Saturday, 30 April 2011

How pretty is this

Photo: this is glamourous

When I saw this photo I thought: You can mix' n' match your chairs and sofa syles and still obtain a cohesive glamourous look.

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend!

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Remembrances of Russia & Lithuania

I was invited to a costume party last week and one costume I considerd was to go as 'Anna Karenina'. During my research for outfit ideas I really got into Russian 'old world' decor so I found these sumptuous overstuffed interiors by Alexandre Vassiliev, an international costume and set designer based in Paris,  who decorated his 1950s apartment in Moscow and a 1913 dacha in Vilnius, Lithuania, with a studied eye to the past. I think they evoke a csarist Russia.

All photos: Architectural Digest USA

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

A sunny house

A 'palazzina' in a hip Milanese neighbourhood stretching over four floors, the top floor being a conservatory. Highlights include the stainless steel kitchen and the round window in the floor of the music room (imagine having a music room!?). The glass from on the ground floor gives the allusion that the inside and outside are one seamless space.

What do you like about this house?

All photos: AT Casa Italia

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Bedroom design favourites

Today I thought I post about my dream bedrooms.

Photo: vtwonen

Photo: Living etc
This bedroom feels like summer holidays!

 Photo: Zara Home

Photo: Living etc
How fun to match your nightstand to your duvet cover.
Photo: RUM Denmark

So simple - so great.

Photo: House to Home UK

Photo: Living etc

So, what does your dream bedroom look like?

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Autoban designed cafe in Istanbul

Now that you've seen the über-cool flat of the Autoban designers last week I bet you are curious to see what the spaces Autoban designs look like, right? Here is a cafe in Istanbul they designed. It is on my to do list for my next trip to Istanbul and hopefully European Chic reader A. from the Porto area, Portugal, will also visit this cafe when she goes there this summer.

All images: AT Casa Italia

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Blog birthday extravaganza!

It is European Chic's first birthday today! We will have to celebrate all day! (Any excuse to party, really) A big thank to you, my dear readers, for making it all happen!

Collage: European Chic using Pinterest photos

Do tell me, dear readers, what you would like to see on this blog in the next year?
Oh, and as to presents for the blog (age-appropriate, please): a comment would be lovely or some facebook linking love.

Photo: Wedding Cupcakes

(I am very concerned that European Chic's Japanese readers have all dissepeared since the tsunami/earthquake. Let's hope that this is only due to electricity shortages.....)

Here is some link love!

Get Marie Antoinette, Queen of France (and Princess of Austria-Hungary) (Honest: did you behead M-A?)

Quiz: What is your domicile style? (Do share woth us)
French style gâteau d'anniversaire (If you bake one send in a photo!)

Quiz: Are you decorating diva? (So, ARE you?)

Monday, 18 April 2011

Style statement

Photos: Maxima Interiores Portugal

A vignette of classic meets bohemian.
(Tomorrow is the blog's first birthday! How exciting!)

Friday, 15 April 2011

Painterly approach

This is the Berlin atelier/flat of a renown Austrian painter, Xenia Hausner. I am a sucker for artists spaces! The space was designed to her specifications as Xenia does not believe in seperating her professional and private life (Fantastic concept, although I guess in numerous other professions a seperation is rather healthy).

It is so rare to see flats that are not tidied up and styled, so this space feels very real. I like the open space concept, the very organised pantry, and the hardwood floors.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

A garden room

Photo: Guardian

What a fairy tale: A hat maker (actually a famous one who has already been exhibited at the V&A museum) creates an outdoor garden room in South London because 'The great thing about this "room" is that it's a lovely private space. I garden either at six o'clock in the morning or at night with a torch and a gin and tonic, and I have breakfast out here whenever I can. ' Sounds good to me!

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

French Impressions V

Today I take you an a tour looking at some of the numerous tourist attractions Paris has to offer. When you live here you can easily forget how many amazing tourist attractions we have in our city.

I don't think that I need to introduce the Tour Eiffel to you.

 Below the Jardin de Plantes in the 5th arrondissement:

Below: the Bouqinistes selling books along the Seine.

Below: The famous literary cafe Les deux Margots in the 6th arrondissement.

Below: Le Louvre

.....and a graffitti I photographed in the Marais. Do you like it?

All photos: European Chic

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