1950s cocktail chair in designers guild

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I was looking for a small chair for our master bedroom for a year now (on and off to be honest). I initially fell in love with the MAD chair by Marcel Wanders for Poliform (see my post here) but, as so often, with the beauty of the little chair came a hefty price tag and I just wasn’t prepared to spend that at the moment. So I looked on ebay where I found a vintage 1950s cocktail chair upholstered with the original but unfortunately rather hideous green fabric. I bought it followed by a trip to our local upholsterer with some new and gorgeous designers guild fabric over my arm. And this is the result: our “new” 1950s cocktail chair which I absolutely love. Marcel has to wait…

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chair: vintage 1950s
fabric: kalahari . colour: dove . designers guild
side table: small wire basket with lid . ferm living . made in design
candle holder: kubus . by lassen . nunido
glass dome: graham & green
sheep skin: ludde . ikea

 

concrete and cognac: malibu residence

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Following my previous post, I decided to stay in Malibu for a bit longer…where I discovered this beautiful residence, another design by Burdge & Associates Architects. Concrete plays a major role here with polished floors and raw ceilings throughout. The style is quite minimalistic but in a cosy, almost moody way. Leather sofas in the on-trend colour cognac work beautifully with the grey of the raw materials and add instant warmth to the look. I like how they are arranged in a way so interior and exterior mirror, very nice touch and creates a sense of illusion. The long and narrow gas fire place is a stunning feature, so are the leather benches with the buttoned headboards (there are two, one on either side of the doorway). The light fittings are a wonderful clash in style but that is what makes this house so livable and welcoming, despite its rather sparse furnishing. And who wouldn’t want to live here with that pool and that view?!

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go west: trances country market, malibu

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I can’t remember ever being excited about the prospect of visiting a shopping mall, no matter how large or small it might have been. Looking forward to a shopping spree, yes, being interested in a mall’s architecture, possibly, but that’s about it. These days, when giving a choice, I try to avoid busy places with too many people, too much noise, too much of everything. I have secretly discovered the joy of quiet, space and reflection (even if my husband doesn’t buy into it…yet…).

What might have changed this time is the location of this cute little strip of shops and cafes, Trancas Country Market. Malibu is a pretty nice place to start with, the weather might help, the view from the parking lot is pretty impressive as it involves nothing less than the Pacific Ocean – and the fact that I will actually be able to be there in August this year, makes me seriously happy (OMG!!!). We just booked a three-week road tour holiday in California for the summer! I can’t – can’t – can’t wait to go!!!

I really like the pared-down architecture of this market which has been designed by Burdge and Associates Architects. It triggers associations of local, rustic and fresh, and trust me, I will find out if this is the case. It is located right on the Pacific Coast Highway and we will for sure stop for coffee and treats on our way from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara.

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30745 pacific coast highway
malibu, CA 90265
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mindful vacation: juvet hotel, norway

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In light of my husband’s imminent move to Copenhagen, I can’t help but increasingly glance at Denmark and its Nordic neighbours for…well, everything really: food, design, shopping, restaurants, jobs, real estate, kids activities, museums, schools…you name it, I have checked it out. During one of those, let’s call them “research sessions”, I was looking for some inspiration as to where in Scandinavia we could spend our holidays in the coming years and I came across a true gem, an epitome for mindful living: the Juvet Landscape Hotel, located at Valldal near Åndalsnes in North-Western Norway. Read More

flagstone . berlin

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I am currently spending a few days in my all-time favourite German city, Berlin. I studied here in the 90s and have, since then, visited once a year…until we had children, and from then on I deeply neglected this love of mine on the river Spree. I was here last summer, with our then eight year old daughter, but that was of course a bit of a different experience. In no way less nice by any measure, just different. Well, I am back now, just the husband and myself, and it is nice to just stroll and absorb the city’s sights, and sounds and smells and lights. No travel guide in sight, we don’t need it and don’t want it this time. Read More