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Simplemente Blanco: My Favorite Things

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…

Simplemente Blanco

Simplemente Blanco

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).

Simplemente Blanco

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.

Simplemente Blanco

This is a stack of guest towels, soap bars and soap petals on the sill of the main (and absolutely white) bathroom.

Simplemente Blanco

Simplemente Blanco

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).

Simplemente Blanco

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.

Simplemente Blanco

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!

Simplemente Blanco

Simplemente Blanco

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.

Simplemente Blanco

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. :)

Simplemente Blanco

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).

Simplemente Blanco

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)

Posted in guest bloggers on August 05, 2009

Chocolate Creative: My Favorite Things

A few of my favorite things: Chocolate Creative

Hello everyone! I am Margarita from the Chocolate Creative blog and I am visiting today while Holly is moving as part of her August guest series, “A few of my favorite things”. I’ll be sharing a few of my favorite things with you from my place here in London so here I go…

Chocolate Creative

This picture is about my love for vintage things, I can’t help to go into junk, second hand, vintage shops, and markets, and always walk away with something special. Everything in this picture is dear to me, the old locks box, the vintage rent book, card game, and the little Scandinavian vase from the 50’s. This gathering is in my studio at home.

Chocolate Creative

I love my reading corner, when I get in, tired from work, or on a Saturday morning I sit here by the window with my magazines and coffee This is where I start day dreaming and looking for inspiration for my textiles… my mind is always working. The lamp is probably one of the most expensive things I own. I got the deer recently, the mirror very cheap from Greenwich market, and the crochet sitting on the sofa arms are made by my mother so that makes me feel like being back home in Spain. This place comforts me, especially in Winter as it is by the radiator as well, so all I need is a blanket, my cat, a hot drink, magazines and a nice movie!!

Chocolate Creative

This small simple corner is about having people around for dinner, I love cooking for my friends, we normally eat a lot and end up sitting on the sofas laughing and talking too much. I have gathered a good mix of chairs over the years, I am obsessed with them — different periods, shapes, colours, materials. My favorite is the tea pot and the laces, made by my mother, and some others vintage finds from London and Brazilian markets, plus a gorgeous Victorian wood cover I got from Ebay and even and IKEA lamp.

Chocolate Creative

Missi, my cat is the my most valuable thing is this house, and as such needs to be mentioned here in my favorite things list! My bedroom is very simple and comfortable, the bed is so good that I have problems getting up in the morning… This room is the best in the house, it is where I rest and dream, and it is full of my cushions and other quirky things such as the old dresses hanging on the walls. I feel very safe in this room.

Chocolate Creative

When I bought this house, I found the small doll in one of the kitchen drawers, it was left by the previous owner, so it feels like it was left behind therefore I feel very special about her. She is so cute and smiles! And the vintage black cup and saucer are from Bavaria Germany, a rare pattern that I fell in love from the moment I saw it.

A few more views of my home…

Chocolate Creative

Chocolate Creative

Holly asked me to share where it is that I gain inspiration. Well I look for inspiration in traditional craft, embroidery, stitching, old linens, vintage textiles, art, museums, (V&A in London), design, interiors, old objects that has got a story to tell, places I visit. My most recent travel was to Brazil, I fell for the country, the people, the music, the landscape, etc… especially Salvador de Bahia, with its historic old churches and colourful decayed buildings. I love the English countryside, so beautiful and full of amazing things, such as houses, lakes, kind people, old markets, shops, etc… I like mixing the old with the new and that is what I try in each design, to bring a bit of tradition into a contemporary piece. When working I tend to listen to Bosanoba, Cuban classics, and good chill out music.

Chocolate Creative

People who have achieved their dreams, follow their passions and are true to themselves inspire me the most though. Especially those who manage to get all this without being overly aggressive or too ambitious. My main source of inspiration comes from people and actions that show spirituality, kindness and honesty. I had and still have a lot of good advice from many different people in my life, such as my brother, my dear friends, and people in general. The piece of advice that has helped me the most and that I pass on to you all is: “Be true to your heart, believe in yourself and follow your dreams” and last “Respect and treat people the way you want to be treated”.

I hope you have enjoyed visiting with me today and seeing some of my favorite things! – Margarita.

(images: chocolate creative)

Posted in guest bloggers on August 04, 2009

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Hi Everyone! Marichelle here from Heart Handmade and Wunderlust filling in for Holly as she makes her way across the Atlantic and then some. Really ballsy move right?? I’m SO jealous!! (but very, very excited for her and Tee.) Alright let’s get this Etsy Take Five Tuesdays rollin’ shall we?

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

1. Warsaw Made is a one woman operation and by the looks of things in her shop, Luren Jenison runs a pretty tight ship! I love her rustic utilitarian style and the best part is that it’s all surprisingly affordable! I’ve got my eye on the Farm Tote and the Grocery Sacks (comes in a great little pouch of its own).

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

2. Kristen, the creator of Moontea Artwork lives on a hay farm with a creek, an old barn and an orchard. Oh and if that wasn’t inspiring enough, it’s also just 30 minutes away from a brewery on the beach! And she owns 7 llamas…. Erm exactly! Who’s coming with me? Kristen, so is that the secret to creating a wonderful line of handprinted accessories and homewares? I’m a huge fan of the Lavender Sachets, you can never have too many of these! I stuff them in my drawers, keep them on my desk, by the windows, everywhere!

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

3. Osoo… oh Osoo! The original paintings were done with pencil and watercolor. The details are unbelievable, the colors mesmerizing. You really have to go to the shop to check out the larger images, especially the Butterfly! Beautiful.

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

4. Looking to do something creative? HyeKyung’s Nothing Elegant shop never fails to inspire. She stocks THE cutest stamps, deco tapes, stationery and desk accessories. How cute is that matchbook post-it note set for instance? Or the Antique Rubber Stamp Kit?

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

5. Let’s face it, there are a TON of jewelry shops on Etsy and the shops just keep comin’. Amy Olson’s designs were an immediate stand out and I couldn’t wait to share her work with everyone. Simply alluring! A punch of color is quietly tucked just so in each of the pieces, portraying a nice balance between bold and delicate. And not to mention the A-M-A-Z-I-N-G product shots!!!

Hope you saw a few of your favorites and discovered a couple of new ones! Holly will be back next week, reporting from her new hive and since I had the toughest time editing this down to just five I’ve decided to post some of my other picks on Heart Handmade today. Hope you enjoy them! Bye everyone! – Marichelle

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Posted in etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday, guest bloggers on August 04, 2009

Color Me Pretty

Hello everyone! I spent a fantastic day out and about in Boston where it is sunny and hot, hot, hot outside. We just returned to our hotel and I found a gorgeous bouquet of flowers in our room from a couple of friends of mine – how nice, huh? The room smells fantastic and our view of the Charles River and the skyline is a fantastic back drop. We’ve been here since Saturday and things have been non-stop between visits with friends and family coming in to the city to see us off… I’m tired! And most of all, I’m tired of saying goodbye because I am not too keen on goodbyes — it’s hard to say to those you love. Okay, I’m going off track because this post isn’t about me — it’s about Leslie Shewring from A Creative Mint, a guest writer on decor8 who will post two Mondays each month (1st and 3rd Mon.) – her column is called Color Me Pretty and officially kicks off right now… Here is Leslie’s current color inspiration — I hope that her palette inspires you, too!

Colors Selected: Blues, Aquas, Whites and a little Sand

Inspiration: Making sun prints and playing at the beach with my kids

Color Me Pretty

Color Me Pretty

Color Me Pretty

Color Me Pretty

Color Me Pretty

Color Me Pretty

Color Me Pretty

Color Me Pretty

Ideas on using these colors at home: Even though blue and white is a traditional color combination you can freshen the look in your home by adding more variations of blue to your palette, like throwing in some aqua. I love water pictures from past family vacations so I framed a series for my bathroom all using similar frames. Sun prints are another way to bring a great bold blue into a room as they are an inexpensive way to create art for your walls. I used lots of found objects from around the house to make a little series that would have a nice impact if hung together as a group. Of course collecting patterns with similar colors always makes a nice statement too, like my blue patterned Japanese bowls stacked on a shelf. I hope you enjoy this series and I am still staring at my long lasting blue hydrangeas! – Leslie

(images: leslie shewring)

Posted in Color Inspiration, Color Me Pretty, inspiration on August 04, 2009

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