Interior designer, blogger, stylist and owner of the online store Moltaz Design, Henrick Eriksson has applied his design philosophy to his lovely summer home, a cottage dating from 1780. When he purchased it, its charming rough log walls and old oak floors were — unbelievably — hidden behind plastic wallpaper and cork tiles respectively. Henrick also tackled low ceilings, lack of insulation and removed the gypsum plaster from the walls, taking them back to their original condition. Renovating the house bit by bit made it manageable within his busy work schedule — and the resulting style of the cottage is described by Henrick as ‘New England with industrial touches’. As he works with colour all day, Henrick deliberately chose a restful and neutral palette for his own space, concentrating on textures, form and materials to keep it lively and interesting.
The apartment of interior designer Sylvie Blanchet is located on the ground floor of a 1930s building in the chic 7th arrondissement of Paris. Completely redesigned by Sylvie, the formerly poky rooms were opened up and more storage was discreetly added, with beautiful results. Decorated with an eclectic mix of vintage and new, all in elegant white, ecru and grey tones, this free flowing space focuses on the stunning views of the dome of the Invalides. Classic elegant French style, with a dash of the unexpected.
|Benjamin Moore tintable chalkboard paint comes in more than 3,300 hues. Images courtesy of Benjamin Moore.|
Maybe some people are over chalkboard paint, but I’m not one of them. I’ve wanted it somewhere in my home ever since the day I spotted it covering the side of a neighbor’s ugly old fridge. He was a musician posessing a far more interesting (and unpredictable) social life than I, and instead of a yellowing pebbled surface, the black painted side of the fridge became a spot for jotting down cocktail recipes, played drunken hangman or working out song lyrics. While the matte black surface wasn’t stunning, it was social and functional.
So, to sum it up, chalkboard paint was attractive not because of what it looked like, but how it performed—until now. Benjamin Moore just launched a line of chalkboard paint that can be tinted to any hue in the company’s 3,300-shade spectrum. Forget about black or green. My next painting project will be an entire kitchen wall, a central gathering spot where choice suggestions and turns of phrase will be sure to confuse me the morning following a gin-soaked evening with friends.
Still, the idea of a chalkboard can feel a bit gimmicky, which is why I love the huge new range of colors—the chalkboard aspect doesn’t have to be obvious. The latex paint dries to an eggshell finish, making it barely discernible from a matte wall paint. I honestly can’t stop thinking of the ways I’d use this: as signs for parties, inside the pantry door for lists or in a workshop for drafting new projects. Benjamin Moore will also color-match, which is amazing for blending a new chalkboard feature wall into an existing space.
The other day I was walking in an unfamiliar neighborhood and noticed the window display of a shoe shop. There aren’t that many small shops that go all out for windows that I’ve come across here, so this shoe shop caught my eye with giant poufs in ice cream colors- so fanciful I thought they’d be cute in my little girl’s room. Well, randomly I happened upon a site today, Supermarket Sarah (you must see her site if you haven’t already) which featured the creator of that very window display, a set designer named Cordelia Weston. I know everyone may be tired of seeing tissue paper pom poms hanging around in blog decor, but these were really different, and quite beautiful- more like ballet costumes than paper poms. I’m inspired to try to make some. (photos from Cordelia Weston’s blog)
Inspiration from the land of dragons and emperors! Today we are featuring some living room designs from Pinchen Design, a Chinese based designer whose rooms exude comfort and luxury. Using texture, pattern and colour the rooms have been designed with real application in mind.It might be hard to pick a favourite!