Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Useful Links & Tips for Bloggers (Part III)

Blogging traffic tips.

It's that time again... are you ready?

Ready for some more Blogging Tips and Links that could turn your blog from drab to fab?
 Without any further ado, here we go:

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Living In Simplicity...

I truly believe there is beauty in simplicity; one does not need much to be happy.  I learn this every time I sell a home and move into a smaller space.  As a family we are more tight nit and I'm not shouting out to my children trying to find their location.  
I have to say, I'm so relieved to know that this will be our final move, not having to uproot my family ever again.  Even though I have loved the creative process - it can be disruptive not only physically but mentally.  Constantly making choices and buying causes me to focus more temporally, which in turn causes me to not live in the moment as much.  My children notice this more than anyone!  I can be playing with them or helping them with a project, but they know when I'm really present.  I look forward to a summer being settled and more present with my family.
I love these images below - they show the beauty that can be created through small and simple things:

all images via Tiny White Daisies

I know there are a lot of images, but each reminded me to enjoy the beauty in the simple things. 
Anyone can turn an ordinary, simple space into something magical and life changing;  this rings true to each of our daily lives as well!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A Tiny Office

We are in the heart of Paris and this is a rooftop space which used to be an old machine room that  previously housed a motor lift. It was in pretty bad shape due to the weather and since it had been vacant for a long time. When a design team rented the place decided to renovate it and completely transform it with the minimum possible budget. The team paid particular attention to economy of means and space but yet to be fully functional...... 

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Regency library part II


Dear readers, a few weeks ago I told you about a Lefèvre Interiors library project, completely executed in the English Regency style. If you missed this post, you can read it HERE .


Lefèvre Interiors design sketch_thumb%5B2%5DLefèvre Interiors initial design sketch of the Regency styled library.


Remember I mentionned that I really needed to visit our client to take some ‘after’ pictures!

A couple of days after posting about this project, I received an email from our client , sending me…yes indeed…’after’ pictures!!! So I realized that my client was also a reader of my blog!!!! I was very surprised and enchanted at the same time!


Mahogany library bookcases assembled at our client’s home.




The following pictures are the ‘after’ pictures I received from our client.3 


Notice the British Regency period (1811-1820) elements: mahogany armchairs, double desk and especially the daybed. All this, together with the collection of antiques on the chimney and the skin of leopard on the daybed.testifies to a great classicism.

5 Beautiful daybed after a design by GEORGE SMITH (1756 – 1826).


Together with Thomas Hope (read more about Thomas Hope in my previous post HERE), GEORGE SMITH was a renown designer of the English Regency period. As being an Egyptologist in his earlier career, he was of course an enthusiast for the new Egyptian style. He published his “Collection of Designs for Household Furniture and Interior Decoration" in 1808, and four years later he published a further volume, “Collection of Ornamental Design After the Manner of the Antique". George Smith was delighted by Egyptian ornaments and found it a novelty he could not resist using to the full. Later he went on to produce a further major volume  which he proudly called “The Cabinet Makers and Upholsterers Guide” .

2012-02-27_180126Designs from “The Cabinet Makers and Upholsterers Guide” (1826) by George Smith 


7Bookcase with Egyptian ornaments.


10 A collection of antique pieces on the chimney.



Mission accomplished,don’t you think?


I am extremely thankful to my client for taking the time to send me these gorgeous pictures!



An Old Soul...

Lately I have turned into the biggest vintage junky!  You should see our condo - the walls are growing due to all the stuff I have collected for our new home.  My husband struggles, he doesn't have a clue where anything is going - he thinks I'm buying just to buy!  I keep reminding him we have done this before, every time we have sold a home the furniture went with it.  I keep close track of every object and I know exactly where each piece is going.  When I design a home I do it with the furniture in mind, knowing exactly what piece will be highlighted in each room... call me crazy!  Lately I think I really am crazy - building a house will do this to you.
I love these images below... each images has so much history and soul!

all images via Pinterest

Have a wonderful week everyone!!

DIY: Create Unique Tables (at the cheapest!)

Are you ready for some good DIY?

And when I say good I mean AMAZING DIYs!

Without further ado, I'm giving you the photos of what really caught my eye and the links to those

great blogs to check them out for many more crafts and ideas and see the complete

tutorials on any of the following you find interesting or inspiring!

An Outdoors Table made out of pallets

Max with the new Succulent Table.

Probably the cheapest table ever! What you need is only 3 pallets and some nails!

Oh... and the legs of an old table! For the how-to go here.

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Not Your Typical Kitchen...

Who wouldn't want one of these funky and inspiring kitchens?!

via Seventeen Doors


via Besting Nesting

Each space is inspiring and offers so many conceptual ideas!

Making do with STYLE

Sometimes, your living room serves as your bedroom too. These all make tiny look beautiful !

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Inspirational flower decoration


My dear readers, first off all I want to apologize for not being able to answer all of your emails you sent me the passed days. And to my blogger colleagues, please forgive me for not reading nor commenting on your latest blogposts. I have had a couple of very busy weeks concerning my business. And as you will understand, business comes first. I promise to do the best I can to answer all your emails and to read as much as possible blogposts the coming days.

This weekend I have to prepare a photoshoot of our home for an interior design magazine (I will tell you all about it later). So I was thinking about how I would love to see the rooms in our home decorated with flowers. Fortunately I filed a lot of inspirational images. So next Monday I will be busy decorating our home with flowers.


I wish all of you a wonderful weekend by sharing a few of my favorite flower decoration images!

Of most of the images I do not know the source. Sorry for that.


9Image source French Essence


























1 Image source French Kissed




11 Image source Eclectic Revisited






Happy weekend!