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Alvhem Inspiration

I was reading Sandra Juto’s blog last week admiring photos of her recent vacay to Berlin (these are some of my favorites) and came across an apartment that she featured belonging to her friends in Gothenburg and noticed that it is being offered by a company called Alvhem, who is responsible for lots of properties in Gothenburg.

Alvhem

I first blogged about Alvhem quite some time ago because I was impressed by how they style and photograph their properties so perfectly — they make one from the outside think that every home in Gothenburg looks like it is from a magazine! It even appears as though they use lots of the same furniture and repeat ideas in many of the homes and so it’s an inspiration to comb through their properties to see what they’ve done to enhance the space.

Alvhem

Alvhem

Alvhem

Alvhem

Alvhem

Alvhem

I wish they’d set up offices in other parts of Europe as they have immense talent and get their hands on some of the best property. I frequently find myself on their website looking through their for sale and sold files for interior inspiration and well, to daydream a bit too! You can view all of their properties for sale on their website here, but it’s in Swedish so good luck with translating it (sorry).

Alvhem

Alvhem

Alvhem

Alvhem

Alvhem

Alvhem

Alvhem

So what can we learn from an Alvhem-inspired home? Here are some repeat ideas that I’ve noticed.

1. A big black flat screen television is your friend. We are always trying to conceal them yet Alvhem allows them to be out and proud.

2. Keep walls and molding bright white.

3. Floors are wood, and the same tone in all rooms with the exception of wet areas.

4. Some walls with accent walls in pretty pattern.

5. Sofas should be a solid color, fabric with the exception of black leather. Colors commonly used for sofas: white, black, beige and gray.

6. If you don’t own a ladder to lean against the wall to drape things from, get one.

7. Fresh flowers in simple vases look best on your bedside table, dining table, entry way table, kitchen counter, bathroom, floor, fireplace mantle and coffee table. Okay everywhere.

8. Windows should be large and amazing.

9. Flat should be extremely sunny.

10. Put a shelf over your bed.

11. Rugs are mostly solid neutrals with an occasional stripe or ethnic design thrown in.

12. Rooms should all “flow” in design, from one to the next.

13. Most art on the walls look best in black frames.

14. Add plants to windowsills (topiary, ivy, etc.).

15. Try to live without curtains and blinds. Who cares about privacy? :)

16. Every sofa and bed should have one throw casually draped in an accent color.

17. Kitchen cabinetry should be white. Bonus for shiny white.

18. Mix IKEA with flea market finds and some industrial pieces.

Do you spot a few repeating themes as well? I love the work of Alvhem and find so much inspiration from this company!

(images: alvhem)

Posted in Decorating Tips on June 21, 2010

Color Me Pretty

Hello Friends, it is Leslie here with another Color Me Pretty series – the June edition. This time around I played with fruity pinks and purples along with a little chartreuse. Since summer is here for some of us why not liven things up!

Color Me Pretty

In this collection I attached some goodies to a manila folder inspired by Holly’s post here. The cute card of the girl’s head is by Fifi Mandirac who has a fun and color inspiring line. You can also check out more about her in this post with glimpses of her home in Paris. The other pretty floral card is by Elum Designs.

My daughter and I have been mailing out lots of collage work to her grandma’s and aunties lately. It is a fun project for her and keeps her busy while Mommy is trying to work. We use semi-transparent glassine envelopes so that her artwork shows through and then we continue collage on the exterior of the envelope. The little works of love have the potential to bring a smile or at least a glance of interest to those who see them along the way to their final destinations. She loves going to the post office or finding a mailbox to drop her treasures into and I love witnessing her process.

I am still obsessed with roses after my visit to Rose Story Farm last month. All the fragrant varieties are available right now at the flower markets and I have a hard time resisting! In the bouquets some of the roses are David Austen’s Phoebe rose which has a strong sweet scent and Yves Piaget, which also smells divine. Both would work well for a special occasion bouquet.

I hope you have enjoyed this series today, a fresh way to kick off a Monday morning! I look forward to seeing you back here with a few more posts tomorrow and Wednesday while Holly is working on her project. Until then, take care. – Leslie

(images: leslie shewring)

Posted in Color Inspiration, Color Me Pretty on June 21, 2010

Janne Peters Photography

It’s Friday, the weekend is at our door! Let’s look at some inspiring interiors shall we? What a nice way to celebrate a new weekend — to be inspired by interesting spaces. Today we will peek into the portfolio of German photographer Janne Peters who lives in nearby Hamburg. I’ve been following Janne’s work since 2006 and love her eye and the diversity in her portfolio — diverse yet a very noticeable aesthetic that makes it all work together – it’s a cohesive body of work. She has a very clear vision and it’s crisp, modern and fresh.

Janne Peters Photography

Janne Peters Photography

Janne Peters Photography

Janne works with two of my favorite German stylists too – you must check out their creative and fun websites! You can click on these links below to be carried away to fun places to explore and enjoy.

P.S. The top two images are my favorites — I love the walls and floors being a bit rough around the edges… Sometimes we can’t have shiny, perfect white wood floors or gorgeous walls and it’s funny, I’m fine with that as I’m rather liking rooms more and more that have imperfections. I especially am into old peeling vintage wallpaper lately…

(images: janne peters)

Posted in uncategorized on June 18, 2010

Roost at Pergolina

Heavenly. Just so heavenly. That’s what I thought when I read an email this morning from Bianca over at Pergolina, both an online shop and storefront in Toluca Lake, California which is in the heart of Los Angeles. Bianca shared some of their latest stock from Roost and there’s nothing I don’t like or wouldn’t own — it’s all simply lovely. Fancy a peek?

Roost

matsuri sake set

Roost

grove bar collection (Don’t you love the linen accent wall? Great DIY project!)

Roost

fruitwood boards

Roost

bird in tree hat stand – do you see the bird?

Roost

marble salt & pepper cellars

Roost

serving utencils, flatware and hammered silver collection

About Pergolina, “Pergolina is a lifestyle boutique filled with hand picked treasures ranging from jewelry to homewares to art. We are committed to showcasing functional artful objects that are not found everywhere. Paulanna the owner has been in business for over twenty years and is n inspiration because of her personal style and creative courage.”

Do you spot anything that you love? I like the matsuri sake set and the idea of applying linen to an entire wall!

(images: roost)

Posted in shopping on June 18, 2010

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