Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Garden party (European style)

Any excuse for a party, right? Especially in summer when you can set everthing up in the garden or the park. I am partial to the paper pompoms floating above the table (and would keep them for further use indoors). Have you ever had a party in a public park? We've had our fair share of them. One year we went out to Parc de Sceaux with all our goodies in tow (including champagne, of course!) to eat under the cherry blossoms.

Photos: Ikea

Monday, 28 May 2012

Monochrome Milanese home

The owner of this house in Italy is a former classical dancer who is interested in interior design! I have a soft spot for houses where soft powder colours are used without creating a 'Little Twin Star' look. I dig the stripes in the hallway, the purple kid's room and the cosy attic bedroom.

Photos: Marie Claire Italia

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Swedish Gustavian Chairs

In November I've posted about a lovely Gustavian settee before so today whilst browsing Skona Hem I saved my favourite Gustavian chairs in my inspiration folder. I am redoing my chair at the moment so chair design is very much on my mind. Once my chair is ready I will post some before/after photos on european chic. Promise!

All photos: Skona Hem Sweden

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Macaron day

Photo: Pinterest

Today we have 28C in Paris so sitting in front of the computer is less desirable than going to the park and eating ice cream or macarons. Not that yours truly needs any reason to eat macarons, especially if one walks past a certain famous macaron place a lot.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Converted Orangerie

The conversion of an old Orangerie in Geneva, Switzerland inspired me today. With a building like this one you can go either way and the owners decided to boldly add a very modern addition. They furnished their home with design classics in bold colours whilst keeping the walls and floors neutral which really makes the colours pop. Isn't the sun-filled dining room great?

Photos: Schoener Wohnen

Monday, 21 May 2012

An ode to Kartell's Bourgie lamp

Photo: Kartell Italia

The Bourgie lamp is one of Italian manufacturer Kartell's greatest designs in my opinion. It is at the same time classical and traditional and innovative and ironic. The modern baroque masterpiece was designed by Ferruccio Laviani. The translucent plissè shade makes for a very cozy light.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Maison du Monde

This house is located here in France but the style is truly 'mondiale' and eclectic. Napoleon epoque hallway, Nepalese pavillon in the parc, art deco dining room, Henry II buffet in the kitchen and a hyper-modern pared down bathroom. Of course, it is the poorch I love most, as I am officially porch-obsessed.

Photos. Marie Claire Maison

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Bucolic Italian countryside


What can I add to this beautiful view, dear readers! Let's go and have a meal there in the shade.... Paris is horrifically rainy and cold today so I am escaping.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

German Impressions X

I was lucky to visit Berlin again just a few short weeks after my last trip. This time we looked for traces of the Berlin wall (above and below), treated ourselves to a fancy hotel, admired the buildings of the city, and enjoyed the variety of shops and all they have on offer. 

All photos: european chic

Thursday, 10 May 2012

European style credenza

Photo: Rue Magazine

I like this stylish and well styled credenza and elegant sconce. The gold, beige and light blue wallpaper all go very well together.

[Still trying to figure out weather I should move the blog to another platform or get a website.]

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Collecting stuff

Collecting stuff is fun and decorating it at home is even more fun (at least for those of us who read design blogs). What do you collect and how do you showcase it at home? Do you 'rotate' your stuff, displaying your latest acqusitions or favourites.

Photos: Debi Treloar

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