Interior

No Frames, No Worries

No Frames, No Worries

Alternative Photo Framing Ideas

I love absolutely everything about interior styling and I can play with furniture & details all day long, everything but framing and hanging those frames. I know deep down that prints, posters and art should be framed and kept safe that way but for me it’s pure torture, not to mention boring. A year ago, when we moved into our new house, I bought almost 50 frames in various sizes and colors from IKEA with the dream of making a gallery wall but all they did make is a dustball under our bed. Now that I bought the poster I’ve been lusting after for such a long time, I’m looking for some alternative ways to hang prints.

I’m finding these wooden strip hangers perfect for big posters whereas pant hangers or hangers with clips more suitable for small prints and photos. Just want to drill two holes and be done with it? IKEA picture ledges or Urban Outfitters clip strings are your bag. Don’t want to bother with nails at all? Stick them to the wall and add an electric tape in the color of your choice around it et voila!

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Mid Century Modern

Mid Century Modern

Mid Century Modern Furniture

Mid century modern furniture, aka furniture of 1950’s or anything that can be found on your parents’ & grandparents’ homes that looked awfully old to you once is the answer to (my, at least) every interior design related problem. Also the name of an architectural movement; mid century modern furnitures’ key characteristics are their clean simplicity, brass details and splayed legs which is also known as McCobb legs or a more modern metal rendition: the hairpin legs.

The most famous designers of the movement are Arne Jacobsen (the egg chair and the ant chair), Peter Hvidt (the wooden frame armchair with grey textile cushions), Finn Juhl, Hans Wegner (the peacock chair, chinese chair, wishbone chair etc), Poul Henningsen (the “danish” lamp), Børge Mogensen (the spanish chair) and finally Charles and Ray Eames (the Eames chair). As the Eames couple being the only Americans in a big bunch of Danish designers, the movement is also referred to as the Danish Modern.

Why is Mid Century Modern this important again all of a sudden? It is the most essential part of the interior style “california cool” which basically is the perfect mariage of modern and vintage: clean but not too ordinary, simple but not too minimal, modern but not futuristic, wooden but not too rustic. Put a Moroccan or Turkish rug underneath, adorn with coffee table books, candles, old bottles and brass accessories but more importantly modern art and big plants & you have the perfect home.

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Fabulous Pampas

Fabulous Pampas

Pampas Grass Decor

The most glorious of all plant land, it’s quite hard to believe that pampas grass is actually a living thing let alone a “grass”. With its feathery texture and natural color palette, it’s the perfect decor not just for weddings but for homes as well and either used alone or in a floral arrangement, it puts the “d” in “dreamy”. Just make sure to hairspray the prunes if you want to use it as an ornament and place them in a vase without water & be careful not to plant it in the front garden if you don’t want to deal with unwelcome guests since for some people it’s the symbol indicating that swingers live in the home (seriously).

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String of Happiness

String of Happiness

firefly string lightsContrary to common belief, string lights are not solely for Christmas nor for outdoor use only. Sure they are an integral part of any Christmas decoration and the main reason to pay that extra money for a house with a patio, but they are also little beads of happiness that would turn any corner, wall, headboard, mirror, shelf, frame or even jars and glass domes into Disneyland. The moment I feel the happiness of being home is not when I enter the house, it’s when I plug the white string light on our living room brick wall or the twinkle twinkle little star feeling in the bedroom doesn’t come from ceiling fixtures but from the firefly lights around the mirrors. It’s a cheap, easy, creative and unbelievably underrated interior update that EVERYONE should consider, at least in winter. You’ll thank me later.

You can get them from Anthropologie (clear, LED or garland) or from Urban Outfitters (regular ones or the battery powered short version).

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Arts and Carts

Arts and Carts

brass cartWhile in the process of changing the second part of our living room into a dining room (from a home office), the thing that gets me most excited is owning a bar cart, FINALLY. We already have a lovely custom made coffee table and couple of industrial side tables and plant stands; however we didn’t have the place or environment for a bar cart before. Though now that I think of it, they are so versatile that we could have used a bar cart as a bedside table or book stand all this time. Better late than never so let’s get artsy & cartsy.

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Picture Perfect Halloween

Picture Perfect Halloween

Picture Perfect Halloween / Hauntingly Beautiful Halloween Decoration Ideas This year, for the first time ever in my life, I’m going to host a Halloween party at my home. My love affair with Halloween hasn’t always gone well, to be honest. I’ve only been to two parties before and both of them were, well, not what I had hoped. First time was in Milan and me and my friends were the only ones who dressed up (I’m guessing Italians don’t want to give up their sartorial vibes even for Halloween parties, besides they already have their own costume parties so I think they don’t want to give in to American traditions, just like they burningly reject Starbucks and McDonalds) and the second one was a grand party at a huge venue in Montreal where we unfortunately went too early and too sober to wait for it to eventually be fun. This time, in the year that Halloween falls on a Friday, I’m not leaving it up to chance.

There’s no guarantee that my party is going to be fun either, since the fun factor always depends on the guests, but I know that I will do my best to turn my house into a picture perfect Halloween scene. For everybody who is young and not hipster enough to still care about Halloween, I’ve made a round up of hauntingly beautiful Halloween decoration ideas.

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