Another edition of French Impressions.... Sometimes one needs a break from city life. So you go and visit your friends living in the countryside who are delighted that someone makes an effort to go all the way out there. Yours truly went to the pitoresk town of Louveciennes near Paris.
Here is a short history lesson: The gatehouse in the last photo is part of the Château du Barry built in 1700, on order of Louis XIV, for Arnold de Ville, engineer of la Machine de Marly in Louveciennes.
Inhabited by various grandchildren of Louis XIV during the first half of the 18th century and finally given to Madame du Barry by Louis XV in 1769 upon her elevation to the title of principle mistress of the king. It was here that Madame du Barry was arrested during the French Revolution. Exciting stuff, eh? Ok, I am taking off my history hat now.
A bunch of lovely chandeliers and vintage suitcases cought my fancy today. I've been collecting vintage suitcases for ages because you can always store something in them and they add texture and some globetrotter vibes to a room.
I came across a lovely detached Thirties Arts and Crafts house in Brondesbury, London, today with some lovely quirky details. I dig the hot pink conversation sofa in the dressing room (which matches the headboard in the master bedroom), the playroom next to the kitchen and the china plates decorated with birds and flowers above the dresser in the spacious hallway. What do you like?
Good morning, folks! We have a day off in France today but it shall not keep me from blogging. These bright armchairs add fun and whimsey to every room. Think about having several in different bold colours around the fireplace. Which colour do you like best?
Form follows indeed function here with the product's smooth, elegant curves. Henning Koppel's designs look classy and timeless. Henning Koppel (1918 - 1981) was a Danish designer who worked, among others, for legendary silversmith Georg Jensen.
This post is for my blogger friend. R. because I think Koppel's design is his cup of tea. (I hope I am right).
A laid back boho loft in the Bastille area of Paris. A stylist couple converted a former factory (600m2 - gasp!!) and initially decorated it in a more 'traditional' loft design (minimalist, industrial) before they decided to totally change their style and go ethnic and colourful. Bravo! This place oozes with happy vibes.
Fleamarketing at Porta Portese in Trastevere, a hip neighbourhood in Rome. Be prepared to bargain hard and be tempted by what is on offer. The selection is wild and includes all price points and, how shall I put this, varying degrees of quality. In any case it is impossible to leave empty-handed, trust me.
Reader M. from New Hampshire wanted to see more photos of European everyday life (in this case: every weekend) so this post is for her.
Oh, these chandeliers were so pretty. Next time...