A few of my favorite things: Simplemente Blanco
Hello! I am Fernanda Bourlot from Simplemente Blanco in Boston and I’m visiting while Holly is moving as part of her August guest series, “A few of my favorite things”. I am an interior designer and also own a small company that makes products and objects that are usually used in interior design projects. Almost everything is made by hand, carefully done and with lots lots of love! Here are a few of my favorite things…
Our bedroom. I love the tranquility that gives me when I am exhausted and I like the lilac and the pillows with our own initials (M and F). I also love the writing on the wall which is a piece of a Poem of William Blake (who I adore for the sweetness and kindness of his poems).
Our half bathroom is very masculine with simple lines — it’s very serious and minimal. I like the little glass tiles on floor and wall but I mostly love my rectangular sink from Duravit.
This is a stack of guest towels, soap bars and soap petals on the sill of the main (and absolutely white) bathroom.
A typical winter (from earlier this year) around the table, our special Sunday 5 o’clock tea at home (we love to have people over during the winter time when there is no any other place to go).
As I already mentioned, my husband and I love to entertain a lot and enjoy a good Argentinean wine on Saturday nights so this is how the dining room sometimes looks when we have dinners at home.
This is a view into my work room at home (it’s one of my favorite places in the house because it’s incredible sunny even when it’s cloudy outside! I have to admit it doesn’t look this clean neat and organize very often!
One of the things that I mostly do at home is gardening. This is what I learned from my mother who is an avid florist and gardener in Buenos Aires so.. this is part of my equipment to plant on my tiny deck and the building front garden where we live.
This is Martin’s (my husband) reading chair. A little background story — he once asked if he could have a his own comfortable chair that could be only “His” chair for reading, so here it is. :)
This is one of the shelves on the right side of the fireplace that keeps all the stuff that probably would be disposable for almost everybody else, but to me has special meaning. An example is the wooden stick that I brought all the way back to Boston from Argentina because I picked it up on one of the bays in our weekend home along the river where we spent a big part of our childhood. This is where we still enjoy summers when we go back there (someday I’ll write a special review about Buenos Aires and house on the river for decor8). Back to our shelf… it also has wooden blocks with initials, pieces of rope from our canoe, very old laboratory flasks from Argentina plus candles and vases and a vintage video recording machine from the 40’s (or something like that).
A big part of my life happens in my showroom Boston’s South End where I have a studio space. Here is a compilation of things I like from collection, Simplemente Blanco. Knitted pillows and throws, organic bags all together on an antique weathered ladder.
And finally to wrap things up, other things I love include the inspiration I get from movies, like “Chocolat”. I love everything — all the beautiful little places and her store and even more all those huge bowls full of chocolate that look as if you can almost taste it! I love to watch very carefully the process of making those spectacular cakes and bars going from cacao seeds passing through all those magical blends arriving to those wonderful packages and then seeing them being displayed on those magical shelves – I love love love that movie! The Sound of Music is one of my favorites too because it makes me dream about having that home with those incredible gardens and most of all having the little lake with a row boat!
Oh and now music…Clair de lune by Debussy makes me feel I am in heaven and even being able to touch the moon with my own hands.
Also places in the world… many, many are my favorites but the most wonderful is for me the Luxembourg gardens in Paris because is the most perfect example of happiness on earth (place that reminds me Buenos Aires a lot especially when I feel homesick.)
Thank you for having me today on decor8, Holly! – Fernanda.
(images: simplemente blanco)