Claire Basler’s Nonpareil Home

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I stumbled upon the fantastic oeuvres of well-known French artist, Claire Basler a few years ago in an Elle Decor magazine displaying her previous home&studio and some of her paintings. Back at that time she lived in a former schoolhouse converted to a home&studio in Les Ormes, right outside of Paris. I fell in love with her delightful floral paintings as well as the interior itself. I haven’t foreseen she can further enhance the visual joy in her new home but she could, definitely. When I saw the lovely and creative walls of Hotel Henriette in the previous post I thought about Claire’s wonderful murals and decided to show you over her current home today.

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Henriette in Paris

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A man in Paris… and a woman in Paris… everyone envisions a beautiful romance in the city of love certainly. The reality is not always this…at least not in my case. Even though my parisian hero and heroine live only six kilometers far from each other, they don’t really have much in common, except from their town and the fact that me, personally, I like them both a lot.

I have already introduced you to Monsieur Bleu, now let me present you my heroine, Henriette, this warm-hearted, friendly and beautiful hotel that I have accidentally bumped into several times recently on the internet…she wanted me to write about her…

This relatively new funky boutique hotel on a brick-paved side street in the 9th arrondissement is just a 10-minute walk from Jardin des Plantes botanical garden, close to the Mouffetard district. The enchanting, unique Hotel Henriette offers a very intimate experience for visitors with its 32 individually designed bright rooms, lounge with a wide selection of reading matter and secret garden. Continue Reading

Monsieur Bleu in Paris

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In the previous blog post you could see the high-end home of French architect Joseph Dirand (designer of glamorous boutiques around the world, such as Chloé in Paris, Alexander Wang in Beijing, and Pucci in New York, just to name a few). As I promised, today I show you over another masterpiece of this talented interior designer: Monsieur Bleu, a restaurant in Palais de Tokyo in Paris where one can not only enrich with a culinary but also an artistic experience. Just like in most of his works, Dirand combined in this project of 2013 too minimalist details with luxurious materials, classical elements with contemporary ones; and created a heady mix on a grand scale. The result is low-key, intangible, cool and minimal; open and particular, lively and intimate at the same time. This cosmopolitan restaurant was named after a fictional character, M. Bleu, who had been imagined as a cultivated, elegant, mysterious and suave bourgeois gentleman. This fictional character ‘guided’ Diran when designing the grandiose interior of the restaurant. He managed to create an absolutely timeless, offbeat and elegant ambiance.
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Joseph Dirand’s High-End Home

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Joseph Dirand is one of the most esteemed interior designers of our days. Given that his father, Jacques Dirand has been at least as revered in his field – interior photography – as his son, this French architect had developed, formed, polished his peerless style since childhood. In this post I would like to demonstrate how to pair luxury and minimalism at the highest level possible: The parisian apartment of Dirand is an incredibly high-end interior in which – without any exaggeration – every single piece of furniture and object is placed purposefully, every color and material is chosen thoughtfully – half-baked, random styling can never cross his door-step.
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Grey Bedroom Walls

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Choosing to paint walls gray in a bedroom is not a very common idea and one can be surprised hearing about it. The general assumption might be that gray in a bedroom makes the atmosphere sad and depressing. However, there are many ways to create a fantastic mood with such a brave choice and the result can be an enviably stylish and elegant bedroom. In this post, I will show you how to achieve different, but equally adorable effects and moods in gray-wall bedrooms.

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A Lovely White Home

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One of the kitchens shown in the previous post caught my attention twice as much, as I knew I have seen it somewhere before. After a little investigation on the internet I found again this fabulous, (almost) all white Finnish house with that kitchen. I first saw this beautiful pure white home last year and I found its calm and peaceful ambiance very inspiring. Even though I would not choose to live on the long term in a monochrome home (because I prefer to pop some fine light colors in my interior, never too much, but just a little), I would still call it a ‘dream home’, definitely!

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Again, I have a crush on an Italian

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Every time I notice a SMEG fridge my pupils expand – I guess – from the cheery, characteristic retro view. Whenever I see one in a kitchen it feels like spotting a Fiat500 or a Vespa on the street: it’s love at first sight – for the hundredth time. Not a big surprise that SMEG, just like these two automotive brands is also Italian. Among cars, scooters and now apparently among fridges my genre is definitely the Italian. When I saw that fridge in the kitchen of ‘The Apartment’ in Hoxton Amsterdam (see the picture below) I decided to dedicate this post to SMEG, the most stylish refrigerator on Earth.  Continue Reading

The Latest Hoxton Hotel

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This month, London’s “lo-frills hip hotel brand”, the Hoxton opened their first foreign outpost in Amsterdam, in five 17th century canal houses on the Unesco-listed Herengracht. (The brand plans to open two other outputs next year, one in Paris and an other in New York.) The five townhouses – that used to be home to the Mayor centuries ago – were entirely renovated and redesigned by a local interior designer team, the Nicemakers (mentioned in the previous post). As a result, today they house chic 111 rooms spread across five floors with plenty of quirks including some monumental ceilings and lots of canal views, as the hotel has two canals, on each side of the houses (the Herengracht and Singel canals). Downstairs there’s the restaurant Lotti’s run in partnership with Soho House & Co, plus they also have ‘The Apartment’ a meeting and events space and a mezzanine bar called ‘Up Top’. Thanks to the thoughtful planning and design, the Hoxton Amsterdam offers way more than just a bed&breakfast concept.
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Hotspots: SLA

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As I mentioned in the previous post I like the Jordaan in Amsterdam very much. It is probably the most known neighbourhood of Amsterdam, famous for its narrow streets and small courtyards, the canals, and cool hotspots: shops, authentic cafés, all types of restaurants, lunch & brunch places and bars. I spent a lot of my free time in that area when I lived there. I loved to just simply get lost in the little streets, explore fantastic shops, galleries, beautiful houses and finish the day in a nice café or restaurant. Today I will show you my beloved and often-visited healthy brunch & lunch place in the Jordaan, called SLA.
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A Converted Factory in Amsterdam

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When I was writing the previous post about intimate terraces I again bumped into a photo of a lovely terrace that is part of a splendid loft in Amsterdam. Not only because I absolutely worship lofts but also because the Jordaan is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Amsterdam, I decided to show you over this fantastic home in the following post. So here we go…
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