Home Decor

i love our rental apartment – it’s where we welcomed our two girls into our lives, and where they have been growing and thriving for the past six (and three) years. but if there’s one thing i could change about it, it would be the walls. in switzerland there’s this habit of putting a textured plaster on the walls of apartments, especially rentals, because that’s supposed to be more maintenance friendly. it’s true that you don’t ‘see’ the imperfections as much, but in my opinion that’s because the whole damn wall is one big imperfection. it’s impossible to paint, and even more impossible to put pretty wallpaper over it – to my big regret.

but it doesn’t keep me from daydreaming about how i would decorate our dream home, if the walls were smooth and i could do whatever i wanted. so here’s a little inspiration for all those lucky parents out there who can go crazy with all the lovely and LUXURIOUS WALLPAPERS that are out there. the choice in prints and colors is just endless – and what you can do with them as well. one big statement wall behind your little’s bed? or plaster one print all over the room to create their own little universe? here are two ideas that i would have loved to implement (some day!)

the first is fauna & flora – a childhood favorite, but make it stylish. i’d say ‘no thanks’ to papering brightly colored animal prints all over the walls, but the selection of ANIMAL WALLPAPERS out there right now is simply beautiful. the perfect balance between the parents’ wish to create a classy home, and the kids’ need for something to tickle their imagination.

1 // this cole & son acquario wallpaper wouldn’t just be gorgeous in a kids’ room, i could also picture it as a statement wall in a hallway or the bathroom!
2 // the flamingos print would be perfect to inspire little ballet lovers.
3 // and for a baby nursery, this two birds wallpaper from arte would be so sweet.
4 // all of the katie scott designs for ferm living are my absolute favorite, but i especially love the birds and animals pictured above.

while the first moodboard is soft and delicate, i also love wallpaper for its ability to add a huge dose of drama to a room. if your vibe is more moody than sweet, make sure to browse wallpapers by color. over at COLOREDWALLS i looked through all the BLUE COLORED WALLPAPER to find the most moody and bold designs, for example.

1 // this woods & stars print would make the perfect magical forest backdrop to any kids’ room, don’t you think?
2 // the all’ombra dei cipressi print from arte was probably not conceived with a children’s room in mind, but i think it would look gorgeous there, and definitely speak to the imagination of little ones.
3 // the palm leaves design from cole & son adds a bit of adventure and mystery;
4 // while the moon print from ferm living will inspire future astronauts and scientists.
bonus // kek amsterdam has some truly gorgeous and bold designs that can really add an interesting vibe to a room. i love the royal blue flowers print for a touch of ‘hollands glorie’!

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Work From Home In Style

March 19, 2021 • DesignHome Decor

we’re halfway into march and it’s been a while since i showed up here. life during this pandemic is certainly challenging in any season, but winter has been particularly tough. spring is doing its best to give us a little sneak peeks of what’s to come though, and that’s giving me the boost of energy i needed to get my ass off the couch and hit pause on the non-stop netflix binge i seem to have been on since mid december.

one thing that is not bound to change any time soon, is the fact that most of us are working from home a lot more often than we used to. i can’t say that’s a bad evolution for me – i’ve been working from home my entire career so far, so i’m used to it. but i can tell that it’s more difficult on people who thrived in an office environment, surrounded by their colleagues and enjoying the ease and efficiency of a company’s infrastructure. i can’t change that you miss your colleagues (zoom is just not the same, i totally get it!) but what i learned early on, is that working from home – your productivity and sense of happiness depends largely on your set-up. that’s why i wanted to share some inspiration today to help you design a beautiful and efficient place (whether you have an entire room or just a corner at your disposal) to get your work done, without sacrificing your home decor or style.

i’ve been pretty happy with my own set-up – i invested in a beautiful keyboard and extra large screen because well designed electronics are the way to my heart. then i added a beautiful table lamp to create a cozy atmosphere (there are plenty gorgeous desk lamps that have the same effect), and some pretty accessories to dress up an otherwise rather uninspiring white table. if i were to change anything, i would first invest in a beautiful design desk chair, and then in a large desk.

my home office takes up a pretty large corner of our living room, which is why it is so important to me that everything looks as beautiful as it is practical. i think most of us thrown into wfh because of the pandemic are in similar sitations, having to create a corner from which to work that is not completely separated from the rest of the home. i browsed mister design’s large collection of items to create your own home work space, and i’ve gathered some of my favorites in two themes.

the first is old school chic – focusing on classic or almost vintage-looking designs that still look modern rather than retro. the second collection gives a cozy twist to thepopular industrial look. i opted for neutral colors and materials in both, because that’s what i would love for my interior, but such a subtle color palette can also make a work space feel a lot less intrusive. especially if you don’t succeed in keeping it tidy 100% of the time (who does??), then it’s nice to not have too many color contrasts also vying for your attention. after all, at the end of the day, you can’t get into your car and drive away from your work place – so it’s important that it’s not a constant source of agitation or stress.

1 // this fritz hansen series 7 desk chair is so pretty, it wouldn’t look out of place as an extra dining chair when you have a dinner guest.
2 // the gubi gräshoppa is an iconic design from the forties that looks just as beautiful (and studious) today.
3 // if you don’t have a lot of space for a home desk, this ferm living sector wall desk is a really nice solution. i love how it can be combined with the sector shelves so you can also use the unit to display your favorite books and objects.
4 // definitely the most aspirational piece in this collection, but the vitra soft pad chair is a classic that will never go out of style, so i like to think of it as more of an investment than simply a practical purchase.
5 // i love this ferm living scenery pinboard – it’s perfect to bring some of your favorite pinterest board to life as a tactile source of inspiration.
6 // the design of tom dixon’s slab individual bureau is inspired by victorian times. it definitely has that old-school vibe, but is just modern enough to seamlessly fit into your living room or bedroom corner.
7 // delightfully retro and oh-so-practical, the vitra hexagonal containers will keep your bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils (name that movie!) close at hand.
8 // i am still so into messing it’s not even funny. this &tradition bellevue lamp designed by arne jacobsen is just pure beauty.

1 // the only problem i have with the hay aac 153 desk chair is that it looks almost too cozy and comfortable to get any work done sitting in it.
2 // we have two of these artemide tolomeo micro lamps in our home and they have been used for a variety of purposes. if you ever quit working from home, it can still be used as a beautiful night or reading lamp.
3 // the fjordfiesta alto desk is such a light and airy design – it won’t take away from the design of the rest of the room. so if you’re not able to have a separate home office, this desk is perfect to add to any other corner in the house.
4 // available in a multitude of colors on either a black or a chrome frame, you’re bound to find a version of the hay aac 53 that will fit perfectly with your interior decor.
5 // there are so many possibilities with string furniture, you can either go for a small and unintrusive working space or transform an entire room in a beautiful and functional home office. i also love the incredibly wide range of color options!
6 // does your work take over every possible surface in the house? then extra storage is always a good idea, and especially if it looks as good as the moebe storage box. at the end of the working day, you just swipe all of your paperwork in there.
7 // admittedly, i’d include this ferm living grib toolbox no matter what the theme of the blog post would have been, because it is just that pretty. but it could be ideal storage in a home office, too – right?
8 // and i may or may not be in love with the design of the anglepoise type 75 mini desk lamp because it reminds me of that cute pixar lamp so much, but does it really matter? just think how beautiful it would look on your desk.

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