What can a Russian doll add to modern interiors?

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

The fascination with the popular Russian nesting doll, Matryoshka, continues to offer aesthetic inspiration to many European designers and manufacturers.  Its folkloric roots along with its familiar structure, shape and the decorative freedom that it extends make it a visual marvel, almost to a point of exoticism, which is why it is not surprising that this archaic muse is front and center (in various adaptations) on the world’s main design stage, Milan’s International Furniture & Accessory Exhibition.

Objects inspired by Russian nesting doll, Matryoshka

Objects inspired by Russian nesting doll, Matryoshka

From recently introduced Earth, Wind & Fire seating collection designed by Gino Carollo for Bonaldo to the Fedora pendants by Dina Loginoff for Axo Light and the Matroshka glass vase set by Maxim Velcovsky, the literal adaptation of the original Matryoshka doll’s feminine silhouette reiterates though many decorative genres and thus translates into a practical interior solution for the modern home.

What’s more, the now famous Matryoshka concept is also used metaphorically, as a nesting principle by the likes of Karim Rashid who applied this philosophy to a furniture solution, fittingly named Matryoshkarim, that offers space saving seating and work of art qualities.

Matryoshkarim by Karim Rashid

Matryoshkarim by Karim Rashid

Color Story: Earth Tones in the Family Room

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

What’s more welcoming than a palette that signifies warmth and coziness?  Decorating with earth tones is easier than ever with the addition of modern colors that have minimal yellow and orange undertones but instead have delicate hints of grey, an example of which can be seen with the exquisite leather upholstery of Sunset sectional sofa by Gamma Arredamenti.  Additionally, reinvention and reintroduction of precious metal finishes like bronze and copper inserts a new dimension to everyday objects like the Kadoo coat rack and the Apollo chandelier both of which have dynamic natures thanks to their metallic finishes.  And finally, natural influences like the walnut wood of Lingotto coffee table, cotton chenille of the Delhi area rug or the cooper stone facade of Presotto’s I-ModuleArt wall unit allude to the inviting and softening aspect of organic textures in the realm of modern decor.

Earth tones in the modern family room

5 summertime inspired decor elements that are great for anytime time of the year

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

Summer is here and it is absolutely delicious to be outside.  Finally the weather, in four-season states, is pampering us, quenching the thirst we had all year long for the outdoors, for grass and BBQs, for sandy beaches and poolside lounging.  The weather outside is even having an influence on how chirpy the inside is looking. With flashes of bright colors, linens and lucid materials, summer literally steps inside the house with these great decor elements that overstay summer and stick around throughout the year.

Screaming of summer is a sunny yellow modern sideboard that’s actually called Summer.  Manufactured in Italy by Bonaldo, Summer sideboard is designed by Gino Carollo and features cheerful persona inspired by the sunniest of days through its brightly colored facade and an unusual vertically oriented trapezium shape.

Summer sideboard by Gino Carollo for Bonaldo

Summer sideboard by Gino Carollo for Bonaldo

Dream chandelier by Cattelan Italia features natural linen fabric shade, which is primarily associated with warm summary days in the form of a cooling garment.  Linen is most often used in summer fashion for its airiness, and is increasingly utilized in home decor because it is semi-translucent fabric and thus creates an inviting ambience.

Dream chandelier by Cattelan Italia

Dream chandelier by Cattelan Italia

LA 65 Copenhagen rug is one of Calle Henzel’s original collage and text sessions designs.  Epitomizing summer not only through the bright orange, purple and fuchsia colors, LA 65 Copenhagen rug recalls summertime through repeating palm tree motifs.

LA 65 Copenhagen rug by Henzel

LA 65 Copenhagen rug by Henzel

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Top 5 ways to turn a rental into a home

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

While renting can be a short or long term arrangement, it is not a permanent living solution and comes with its own decorative constraints mainly revolving around the level of personalization and “ownership” of the space.  Nonetheless, a year-long rental for a job, a summer rental or one for just a few weeks can still feel comfortable, welcoming and simply like a home.  These 5 easy and low cost solutions will help any temporary living situation feel like a home in both practical and emotional way.

Utensils and dinnerware – regardless of how fancy or unpretentious, new plates, mugs, cups and flatware will always make you feel like you are eating at home.  The key here is “new” so any charming option from retailers like Crate and Barrel, Target and Ikea is perfect.

Utensils and Dinnerware

Area rug – rugs add coziness and completely change the room’s perspective in the most positive and welcoming way.  On the practical side, rugs cover unattractive floors, minimize noise and help define functional spaces in open layout floor plans.  In case of hardwood or tile floors opt for shag rugs or anything that feels plush and soft on your feet like wool, viscose or bamboo blends.  Layer low-pile rugs on wall-to-wall carpeting; choose from flat weave options like 100% jute, cotton, sisal or leather for maximum surface coherence.

Area Rug

Greens and blooms – adding life in the form of living or silk plants will ultimately make any space feel more energetic and cheerful.  Choose from low maintenance plants like terrarium, succulents and cacti, opt for fresh flowers that alter on a weekly basis or just settle on silk options in the form of exotic fig and lemon trees to tropical palms. Read More

Peaches and Corals – Hello Spring!!!

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Spring is here and so are the stunning and ultra-refreshing peachy and coral hues that literally make our souls smile.  All across fashion and décor, this color craze is displayed with a level of vitality that’s directly correlated with the positive energies of good weather and blooming trees.  It also happens to be in harmony with Pantone’s Spring/Summer 2016 color report among which is the ardently gracious Peach Echo hue that dominated Henzel’s Olive Street rug, was used by Bonaldo to upholster its Dream On platform bed while Moroso’s famous Bloomy armchair by Patricia Urquiola got a “wardrobe change” that celebrates this spring’s most refreshing color.

Designs using peach and coral colors

Designs using peach and coral colors