Today Japan is known for its minimalism and simplicity because of their Zen culture. But how to make a Zen-home in a girlish style? How to combine calmness and little sweet details? Here is a nice example how to do it. The interior is done in a truly Japanese way: with cherry blossoms, traditional colors, natural wood and simple shapes, nothing bizarre. Despite of it, there are many nice girlish details like pastel colors, beautiful accessories and lots of flowers everywhere. I love the decoration of the wall with hooks. It looks natural and is very functional – you can place shelves or hang some things on them. This interior is an amazing example of exquisite and functional combination of styles.
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.
For Femina editor Camilla Kjems, years of busy family life with children, teens and two dogs had left her home’s main living space a jumble of odd pieces of furniture, toys and belongings that had simply drifted there when they had nowhere else to go. On a tight budget but with the enthusiastic approval of the whole family, the entire room was updated, saving money by cleverly repainting and recovering furniture, investing in great wallpaper and completely reorganizing the space, It’s still very much a family room, but one with an edgier and more grown up style.
London-based designer Kenyon Yeh has created the Lipa side table. Made from powder-coated steel, the side table is available in round or square top. According to the designer, “LIPA is made from one sheet of laser-cut steel then simply bent to form the sturdy legs and surface. The beauty part is, there is no certain angle telling which side should be the front. Every angle can be used as the front part depends which side brings the most appealing view. Making LIPA simple, unique as a practical and sculptural side table, nightstand or plant stand anywhere in home or public spaces.