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Freestanding charming bungalow in France

Living Area Hello folks. I hope you had a good weekend so far. It’s Sunday and definitely not fun-day, as I’m feeling demotivated and kind of meh. Do you know this Sunday feeling?This typical Sunday, where nothing goes right. You already wake up with a bad mood, cause you know today is the last day of the weekend and tomorrow your alarm will ring at 7 am, which when only thinking about it, sucks out all energy gained over night and leaves you with very optimistic look-out to the rest of day, thus an awfully negative Sunday-freaking-Blues. Hopefully someone out there has some sympathy for my Sunday-misery. Nonetheless, after a cozy breakfast with coffee and warm bread, the world already looked much different and I gained back my energy while screening my latest vtwonen magazine. Yes, something I do Sundays. And I got even more excited when I found an amazing home tour featuring a freestanding charming bungalow in France which experienced a total metamorphosis.

I’m happy to walk you through this beautiful, handmade home from Constance and Dorian who are located in France. What do I like about this place? The retro-look with Scandinavian inspired color combinations such as white and natural wood. Furthermore, the handmade aspect that turned the former ruin into a modern vintage home with a personal touch. It took the French couple 8 years to rebuild their dream house and they did it all themselves. Wow (!) And I thought I was hands-on..

Let’s take a look at the different rooms. Continue reading

Our first own home: Inspiration Phase

Inspiration Seeking living Inspiration Big news, PART 1 I have to say. Wait there is more? Yes, buckle up, there is a lot to come over the next few weeks. You might have noticed a new logo here on top, but also here and here. Well that’s only a minor change. Let’s pull the confetti poppers and shout out one of the most exciting announcements. I skip the introduction part of the story and go directly to the climax. Here we go! House hunting is over. We found a place – our first own home. To be precise, we will move into another apartment in Amsterdam, yet this time our very own one. Why will we move? Well, it still needs to be built. Thus, all the time to properly prepare for moment X. So you know what that means, I guess. It’s going to be a decoration extravaganza, styling heaven and a fearless, out of proportion DIY shebang. Why? Because it’s nothing less than a huge, empty space waiting to be dressed with things creative and colorful.

From floor, to kitchen and living area, to bedrooms and bathrooms – everything ready to be transformed into a home with heart. If you could hear my excitement! I’m oh-so ultra excited. It’s practically winning the lottery, though not really literally, as buying a place has kind of the opposite effect. Still, I won the decoration lottery. So let’s start with the inspiration phase. Finally, my book The Decorate Workshop by Holly Becker can prove itself to be useful.

Living Inspiration Seeking Over the coming weeks, I will be studying the decoration bible and in 8 creative steps will try to find out what personal decor style our new home shall get. I would say challenging, especially when she and he are not always in the same opinion when it comes to wall colors and toilet brushes. But hey, long live romanticism.. I’m sure we will get through this. I definitely score higher with my master in interior decoration by Holly Becker 🙂  Decorate Workshop Flower Power

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7 Ways to decorate with Persian Vintage Rugs

Persian Rugs_Decor8 This thing with rugs. You either love them or hate them. My relationship with rugs is kind of difficult. The only rug that I remember was that fuzzy, stuffy floor mop that my parents had in their old house. And because it isn’t shameful enough yet – it came in the lovely color blue, which is not necessarily a bad color, yet maybe not the right pick for a floor decoration.

Well, since a few days I’m trying to get used to the idea of buying a rug in the near future. At least thinking about the fact of buying it. I might change my mind last minute and buy a new planter instead that will definitely cost me less. Of course if I get a rug, I don’t want just any, no I would like to have a rather snazzy one, am I right? I mean those that are making their rounds on Pinterest or Etsy. Therefore, I did some research and collected some inspirations. Find below my absolute favorite ones styled in different ways. My 7 ways of how to decorate with Persian vintage rugs.

There are some clear preferences here. I don’t like, and under no circumstances want a fuzzy, fluffy, wooly mop on my floor. I’m more in favor of knotted, woven and smooth rugs with decent oriental or geometric patterns. I think I’m quite clear with what I’m looking for. During my research I came across handmade rugs from Turkey on Etsy, which caught my eye. Really delicate pieces that would make a great centerpiece and eye-catcher in my living room, or future living room. As I said before, I’m still not 100% convinced. I guess I need some help here. So let’s have a look at some examples.

1. I’m sure you notice the 1st picture from lovely Holly Becker from decor8. It’s actually her home, which I really adore, cause of the beautiful color combination of white, gold and pink with natural wooden elements. I’m kind of in love with the pink vintage rug, which makes exactly the center piece I’m looking for.

Persian Rugs_8 2. Speaking about pink. Here is another great rug from Urban Outfitters. I like the idea of having a rug in the kitchen. The only concern I have is the stains that it might attract from food dropping from the kitchen counter. I know my man too well ladies. Besides the rug, isn’t that kitchen simply amazing. This mint colored cabinet fronts and the farmer’s sink (possible to get at IKEA) together with the copper tap turned out stunning. Find more inspiration here on A Lovely Lark.

Persian Rugs_3 3. We see it also in Holly’s example, a rug in the dining area. I find this idea quite nice I have to say. It makes the room look more comfy and inviting, don’t you think? In this radiant example with bohemian touch, the rug sticks out and gives the room a warm and gentle atmosphere. I found this on this lovely Swedish blog Persian Rugs_5 4. Featured on Dreams + Jeans, these two rugs also with a bohemian inspired pattern supports the floor color perfectly. I do think that a rug in the living room area in front of the sofa will make my feet much warmer than they are right now. I know it’s summer over here, but we live on the ground floor and it does sometimes get a bit chilly around the feet area. And this rug is by the way not fluffy. It has short hair, so much more attractive for me.

Persian Rugs_2 5. Well this one is a real oriental rug and it fits perfectly in this loft. It sticks out on the white wooden floor and gives the room a bohemian modern touch. Tip: Use a mirror to make any small room look bigger. Persian Rugs_4 6. When it comes to color, this living area has signature hues of dark grey, blues and pastels. How great is the concrete floor painted in subtle share of pink. I would love this as well. The rug contains similar colors and makes a great composition together with the furniture.

Persian Rugs_7 7. I love the peachy hues in Souraya’s home. The persian rug fits perfectly. I love the vintage look. The interior decoration is so complementary. I’m in love. See more of Souraya’s home here on her blog Binti Home.

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