Thursday, January 29, 2009

New spring collection of Zara Kids home

The online shop of Zara Home already presents its spring/summer collection.
Have a look at the Zara kids collection!

Great bed linen for sweet dreams, colorful frames and accessories, fun tabletop...
When I have a look at all these atmospheres I have only one regret . that they don't deliver in USA !

Monday, January 26, 2009

The cozy Home of Antik Batik designer

The designer of Antik Batik, Gabriella Cortese, does not only draw sublime tunics and scarves with ethnic inspiration.
She is also passionate about interior decoration. I had already discovered the bedroom of his son. Here is the visit of her parisian house posted on the site of French magazine Elle Deco.

Her idea for lighting? no lighting from the ceiling but "Expanding light sources. In my living room / dining room, in addition to six lamps around the room, I put a lot of small lights on all the furniture (drawers, fireplace , library ...)".
Her only concession, and we understand her, has been "a paper lamp by Noguchi, put one meter above the table in the dining room, to give a warm atmosphere."

A warm atmosphere that we also find in her bedroom. Because if she chose to leave the living room without curtains so that the light enters the maximum, she made an accumulation of curtains in her bedroom: "one in silk taffeta, another thick cotton and a third in silk tulle . This gives the character and a cozy ambience. "

But my favorite room of the house remains the stairwell and the suspensions from Tom Dixon. "We have, hanging from the ceiling, twelve suspensions at different heights." She previously made a test with balloons.

What makes the atmosphere of a place for the designer? "The personal, not necessarily beautiful, but warm stuff like a piece of furniture from my grandmother (in which she put all of her beauty products), a large photo of the ancestors of my husband raised over the bathtub in the bathroom ... The memories of family bring a soul to the house. "
I just hope one thing: that she, one day, design also products for our interiors!
A broadcast visit is also available on the French TV show Interior:
Photo credit: Elle decoration

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Some painting, waiting for Spring!

The February issue of French Maison magazine has visited some child rooms colorful... exactly what I needed before spring !
Above in a Parisian loft the parents have created a little cozy bedroom with a cute vintage crib with linens from Petit Pan, hand made animals and a little library already full of great french books.
Half of the wall is painted in red for the joy of the little owner of the room!

In the South of France, the parents of 3 did not hesitate to mix and match pink and red, grey and blue, grey and green... each bedroom has its own colors!
Another idea: don't hesitate to paint basics from the big Swedish company. It will customize then and personalize each bedroom !

To finish the wall decor, a light garland from Tse et Tse above, or a big wall decal below and you're done!
Photos credit: Maison Magazine, February 2009, Paris.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

A loft In Les Tuileries

LinkIn the French Marie-Claire magazine February issue, there are great pictures of the interior of Sarah Lavoine, a famous French interior designer.
She has designed an exclusive collection of furniture for La Redoute for the spring-summer 09.
Her apartment in Paris is a big loft with a beautiful view on Le jardin des Tuileries, near le Palais-Royal and Les Champs-Elysees.
To keep the impression of space given by the view, she has kept the loft opened.
She only created a bedroom separated by the living-room by french windows to keep the view.
She also designed a big sofa to relax near the chimney. Behind, you can see the bedroom.
She has chosen a peaceful atmosphere of wooden materials and white walls. For her dining-room she wanted a big table and benches to invite as many friends that she wanted.
" My bedroom like a cottage in the heart of Paris". Sarah Lavoine wanted to reproduce for this bedroom the atmosphere of the wooden cottages in the Cap Ferret in the western south of France.
The beautiful Parisian view from her desk: le Jardin des Tuileries, Le Louvre and the Eiffel Tower... what else ?
Photos credit: Marie-Claire Magazine, february 2009, Paris.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Pop nursery

I already posted on my favorite French tv show on interior decoration: Interieurs.
Thanks to their website I was able to watch a fabulous decoration of a nursery by Isis Colombe Combréas, French editor of Milk magazine.
From a small room, she has created a great atmosphere for a little girl. Follow her guide.

Some little shelves were covered with vintage wall papers. Some hand made animals and cute wooden toys have found their place on them.

A cute dress with a light garland is a great way to recycle your Christmas ornaments !

For the reading corner, the Junior Pantone chair, a cute mushroom lamps and some little stickers on the wall are telling us a story.

LinkAn old commode is like new with a Grey painting. A mix of frames with cute postcards on the wall is a great and cheap decoration idea!
A forest of stickers protect the crib and brighten up the walls. Isis chose a red and a pink for the wall colors.
The curtains are from the French brand Robert le Héros and complete this harmonious atmosphere for a pop nursery.
A great job! Thanks to Isis for this decoration lesson !

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Poetic wishes

Here is a selection of tender cards and pictures from french blogs.
A french way to wish you a happy New Year 2009 !

Let's go to work to my little boutique after the party :) I have to launch the sales and prepare the new spring arrivals.. Some great surprises to come... See you soon...
Photos credits from top to bottom : Rouge Nasham, loulou addict, lafeelafee, Les sept etoiles, Fifi Mandirac, Eliot et Cerise