Wednesday, 27 April 2016

BEAUTIFUL FLAT IN BARCELONA

Back in London from my trip to Barcelona. This magical city holds a lot of beautiful memories for me, as I studied part of my Degree over there, and is where I met some of my best friends. The main reason for this time's visit was the birth of my friend Pilar's baby, Otto, a gorgeous baby that stole my heart... 
 
Pilar, lives with her partner Natxi and Otto, in a beautiful flat, very close to Plaza Cataluña, just in the centre of the city. With the upcoming arrival of baby Otto, they decided to make some changes in the rooms and decoration. With a flat as grandiose as this one, it is easy to get immersed in the decorating tasks. They both have a very good taste, and have kept the decor neutral to make the most of the modernists tiles, high ceelings, tall windows and features to speak for themselves.
They have focussed on graphic pieces of art (the top print is one of mine), black and white photography, added some vintage pieces such as the leather chesterfield and chair, combined with more modern pieces of furniture.

Otto's room
Otto's room is a delight, plenty of natural light, white walls, his soon favourite soft toys, and many cushions!! Pilar and Natxi, plan to finish the flat soon – I hope to show the final result at some point – but for the time being I leave you with some snaps of interesting corners and details. Barcelona has got the most amazing architecture and interiors, another location for me to consider, Gran Canaria, the East Sussex coast, Barcelona...
Photos by me

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

HELLO 2016

Hello to all and welcome 2016. After a month spent back home, I am now back in London, working and trying to adapt to the current cold weather, a difficult task since I left behind 30c and my dear family. We normally have some Winter months back in the island, but this year has been very unusually warm, specially in the South of Gran Canaria, where I live.
I wanted to start this year's blog post with some photos I randomly took of Maspalomas, and the near by areas. I live very near of the coast, so this is where I spend most of my time, while staying over there. I will show photos of the capital, and North of the island in my next post. 

Some of these houses were built in the 60s when the tourist boom started in this part of the island. I love the simplicity of the square designs, the use of brick, wood and the palms and cactus. They are very different to what you will find in other areas of Gran Canaria, which tend to be more of colonial style. I still dream with owning one of them...
Photos by me

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Christmas in London

Hola, I am writing from a sunny and rather warm Gran Canaria, Spain, where I came to spend Christmas with my family. As usual, it always takes me a few days to settle back here, specially in Winter, as life and weather are so different, and because while in here, I work less hours and enjoy the nature and outdoors much more than back in the big smoke.

Before leaving London I went into town to enjoy the Christmas decorations, shop's displays, buy some decorations and presents and simply walk through the city, as it is looking at its best! I leave you with some Christmas postcards from my beloved London.

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Christmas at home

I am leaving for Spain tomorrow to spend Christmas with my family, this year I am flying very early, which is a shame because I have not being able to enjoy London, gather with friends, visit Christmas markets, fairs etc…the city is looking its best at this time of the year, as there are so many things to do and see!

I didn't want to leave without doing some decoration at home, I always do, and then continue at my mother's house back in Gran Canaria. I was very pleased to receive this very nice wreath from Balsam Hill, as it served as a starting point. I like to keep things simple and I never follow a theme or trend, I just put all the decorations I have gathered over the years on the table and start grouping them together.
I added the Russian doll to the wreath, which comes with the lights already, and nothing else, as it only needed a detail. If I had time I would have come up with a different idea…The ideal scenario would have been to have time to really enjoy the process of decorating the house for Christmas and share it with family and friends over plenty of food and laughs, (which I managed to do somehow), but not as much as I would have wanted, maybe next year...
 
Paper decorations from Papermash | Wreath from Balsam Hill 

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

The Narrow House by FORM studio

The Narrow house is a beautiful renovation project by FORMstudio. The architects have converted a terrace building dating back to the late 19th century into a light calm oasis in the middle of the city.

London is getting extremely crowded, and the housing situation is becoming a very difficult problem to solve. Although I am not particularly in favour of converting old office/commercial properties into residential use, somehow we have to find a balance in this ever growing capital. Well, if you have the budget, projects like this are worth it. The conservation and renovation of an existing building is going to be always better than building a new one from scratch, specially in a city with such an amazing architectural heritage.
The space calls for simplicity over luxury, natural materials, neutral colours, unique art, handmade furniture and home wares…A good example would be the Folklore shop look, see below.

Wall hooks from my shop online 
Project by FORM studio | Photos by Bruce Hemming

Friday, 4 December 2015

Real inspiration from real homes at{mine}

If you are in need of inspiration from real homes, then head over to at{mine}, a growing community of very talented people, who have a passion for their homes and interiors. I like looking at real houses, that don't belong to stylist magazines, which looks are very achievable. My Home is important to me, and spending time trying to make it a serene and comfortable space where to live, work, and entertain is a must. I have chosen some photos around the flowers/plants theme, I think they make our homes more human and personal. 

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Apartment in Primrose Hill by Amos Goldreich Architecture

When it comes to interiors, I don't have a defined style, I can either go for something very clean and modern or a more vintage old and eclectic style. Either way, white walls or neutral colours are my must. I am very interested in renovation projects of old properties, I will always be more in favour of rescuing an old property than in building a new one. Even a small simple flat can become a beauty if well renovated.
This flat in Primrose Hill has been renovated by Amos Goldreich Architecture studio. A small 60-square metre space has been converted in a practical living space filled with light, contemporary furniture, and added touches of colours by using colourful homewares. You can see the before and after pictures of the project here. How by using quality materials and clever space solutions they have created a beautiful and cosy flat. I like the simplicity of the open layout and the white bespoke furniture units. I can see my range of wooden knobs and bespoke handles being used in projects like this, adding the final touch.
 

BEAUTIFUL FLAT IN BARCELONA

HELLO 2016

Christmas in London

Christmas at home

The Narrow House by FORM studio

Real inspiration from real homes at{mine}

Apartment in Primrose Hill by Amos Goldreich Architecture

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