Pick of the Pads is back with this stunning, light-filled home.
It’s featured in the October 2015 edition of Elle Decoration.
The apartment belongs to Swedish fashion photographer, Maria Wretblad and her film photographer husband, Aril – the Northern Exposure title is a reference to its Stockholm location.
We love the pared back simplicity.
Subtle, layered shades of white, black, grey and dusty pale pastels provide the backdrop.
Carefully selected classic design pieces are dotted throughout the apartment – some beautiful seating and lighting, in particular.
Wood, textiles and lots of books provide warmth and homeliness; plants, seed-heads and feathers draw nature in.
It’s got a lot of impact but, at the same time, is calm and well-balanced – classic Scandi cool!
This fabulous house appeared in a recent edition of Stella Magazine.
It’s the Marseille home of Virginie & Jean-Baptiste Moutte, co-owners of vintage furniture store, Relax Factory.
As you’d expect from mid century modern dealers, their home is brimming with beautiful pieces from the era.
We love their use of bright, primary colours which does indeed put you in a cheery, holiday kind of mood.
It’s done supremely well – well judged and not at all gaudy.
There are eye-catching feature walls, textiles & artwork – or, as in the case of the dining space below, bold chair covers to lift the more muted, natural tones of the room.
With all the wonderful furniture, lighting and vintage accessories on view, the house could work as a staged shop display, but it manages to look very lived in and homely too – a little gem!
We bought a batch of vintage 1960s Sunday Times magazines the other day. The word ‘sixties’ just trips off the tongue like it was yesterday, but it’s half a century ago now! These magazines are like time capsules from the era.
Some have wonderful covers such as this one with skirt length predictions.
There are some really interesting articles…
…and great photography from the likes of Eve Arnold, Robert Freson, Lord Snowdon, Ernest Cole, Peter Laurie, Donald McCullin, Duffy, David Montgomery, Ray Green, Constantine Manos, Horst Baumann & Maxwell Boyd to name just a few.
There are features on fashion and food…
…and, as is often the case in magazines from this period, some eye-catching ads that would be good enough to frame in themselves.
Throw in some wonderful illustrations, drawings & cartoons – and you have a really great read, wonderful source material and archive.
We’ve just listed them all individually on eBay – quite a mammoth session! There are a few photographs and a brief description for each edition. Here’s the link if your interested in taking a closer look.
We bought a pile of vintage Ideal Home magazines recently. We were delighted with them in their own right, but in amongst them was a lovely copy of Vogue which was a real bonus.
It dates from February 1962 – and priced at 2’6!
These vintage Vogues are very collectable and it’s easy to see why.
The fashion is obviously the real draw – gorgeous clothes, shoes, jewellery, hair & make up from the era.
Looks which still look very current over 40 years later!
There are other great features – the fabulous new mini in its early years of production…
…and introducing pasta – now arriving on UK shores!
There are some genius illustrations too – the header for Vogue Travel is good enough to frame.
These vintage magazines really are a great read – snap them up if you see them… and take a second look in that dusty pile of National Geographics in the corner of the charity shop – there might be a vintage Vogue lurking halfway down!
We’ve chosen the wonderful Italian home of Marco & Francesca Constanzi for this month’s Pick of the Pads.
It’s featured in the October 2014 edition of Country Living magazine.
It’s a renovated lamia, a traditional stone-built building originally constructed to provide shelter for livestock. The couple have a wonderful tale to tell when it comes to finding the property. They were driving through the beautiful countryside of the Puglia region looking for the perfect retreat when they crashed (literally) into a local farmer – well, he crashed into them more accurately. They got chatting (as you do when you crash into someone) and he offered to show them properties that were for sale in the local area – all those hidden gems. Whilst they were looking, they came across the run down lamia – how about that for fate, destiny, divine intervention?
It was the perfect opportunity – a beautiful structure set in a truly idyllic location amongst the olive groves.
We think you’ll agree that they’ve done a stunning restoration – Marco being an architect helps!! They reduced the thickness of the walls which were originally a metre wide – this provided enough space for one large central room with mezzanine, a bathroom and a kitchen. Obviously, with the climate of southern Italy to enjoy, there’s also the option of lots of al fresco living too.
It’s stunning in its pared back simplicity, the beauty & integrity of the building shines through – the muted, natural colours are gorgeous – and the restraint shown by Marco & Francesco is amazing; the spaces being simply decorated with country furniture, vintage rustic finds & foraged keepsakes…
…a few cushions & textiles here and there to soften the hard edges – a simple log fire, candles or fairy lights to warm it up.
The renovation has been sensitive to the original building, yet enhanced it – creating something magical. We just love it!! And of course, we’ll be heading off to the Lake District sometime soon to see if we can crash into a local farmer!
It didn’t take much thought for our choice for Pick of the Pads this month.
We’re already quite familiar with this gorgeous Welsh cottage, Bryn Eglur, owned & renovated by Dorian Bowen – and when it appeared in this month’s Country Living Magazine we just had to share it with you.
For Justin in particular, it’s a real favourite house from years of scouring interiors magazines.
The word character was probably invented for it!
It’s cosy & comfortable with perfect retreats to eat, sleep or read.
It’s packed full of gorgeous country antiques too. An oak dresser filled with pottery & pewter, spindle back chairs, settles and spoon racks.
Spaces are softened with textiles & fresh flowers.
Perfect, photogenic corners everywhere you look!
It’s full of traditional charm, but there’s also no sense of it being in a museum with modern facilities such as this gorgeous kitchen.
And the best thing is… if you love it as much as we do, you can stay there!! Yes, it’s a holiday let! And for those fellow dog owners out there – your treasured pooches are welcome too.
It’s one of those cottages that offers a good location to explore the area, but also provides a gorgeous home to relish every hour you spend relaxing indoors. Perfect indeed!