Invisible Walls

Contemporary home interiors have become more and more streamlined, exploring the use of materials such as  wood, concrete and glass.  Here, frame-less glass walls allow natural light to flood through.

The glass walls with no frame are from the Set range from Josko and can be combined with Set interior doors.

2012's Mix and Match Trend

The current fashion trend for mix and match patterns translates innovatively into these contemporary Kube sofa sets from Linea Italia.  Kube comes in seven different versions of armrests, back rests and arm/back rests so you can jumble your design to taste with thousands of ideas to transform your home into your own private customised playground.  

To add to its hip and cool image Kube incorporates a powerful 160 watt speaker into its structure which is compatible with a PC, MP3 or video game console.  

Linea Italia offer "a variety of covers, the colour and pattern of your pieces can change at the drop of a hat."

Hoppen Shutters

Kelly Hoppen loves to use shutters in her interiors.  These architectural shutters are from her own range exuding their chunky, sleek and linear style making rooms look polished and tidy.  Privacy and control of light is easy in bathrooms..........


and living spaces........
Kelly advises that shutters are economical as they won't date, and if you want a softer feel at your windows, you can add flowing, beautiful sheer fabric curtains.

Living with Angels

It's not often I get excited about sideboards, but this minimalist, contemporary Portuguese unit made of lacquered MDF has an understated, simple yet stunning design with an angel's wing engraved into the front and extending on to the top section.  

The Angel sideboard from Piurra.

Horses and Tigers for Dinner

Serve your pancakes in these beautiful patterned bone china dinner plates designed by Concetta Gallo for Habitat, and named after her.  The Concetta range features dinner plates combining photography and random graphic images including tigers and horses.  A dinner plate...

Side bowls....

Alternative dinner plate design....
Happy Pancake Day!

Bird Art

An interesting display....
Photography by Emily Jenkins Followill
Have a happy, creative weekend.  Thanks for reading. : )

French Bathing

After a dip in the glass walled pool of this luxury villa (featured last week on this blog) you can bathe in one of the en-suite bathrooms at Villa Freya, Sete, south of France.  A wall-to-wall mirror gives the impression of expansive space and increases the light.  Sweet-scented toiletries and luxurious white towels combine with natural textures to arouse the senses.

Villa bookings from Amazon Creek.

Le Chambre des Enfants

A mixture of smooth, cushioned taupe and crisp, fresh white linen combine to create a stylish children's room in the villa I featured last week in Sete, south of France.

For holiday bookings at the villa visit Amazon Creek.

French on Film

Inside the luxurious Villa Freya (featured yesterday)  is this plush cinema room..... 

and a crisp, sophisticated kitchen....

Villa Freya is available for holiday bookings at Amazon Creek.

Thanks for reading, have a great weekend. : )

Making an Entrance... French style

A spectacular glass-walled swimming pool greets you as you approach Villa Freya, in Sete, in the Languedoc region on the south west coast of France.  Sete has natural sandy beaches and over twenty kilometres of newly built beach promenade.  The living area in this luxury villa offers stunning sea views.

The combination of traditional, local stone, wood and glass provide for a spectacular entrance.  See inside Villa Freya tomorrow.

Californian Dream

Landscape, building and topography coexist in harmony in this rural residence situated at the base of Sonoma Mountain, California, with expansive, heart-warming views across the vineyards and valley.

Respect for the land and its exposed location is clearly evident in the architecture and interior layout which has been carefully thought through by Aidlin Darling.

Interior spaces are organised along the length of the long, reflecting pool.  The house offers both panoramic views as well as intimate enclaves, achieving a sense of balance in use.

The house engages with its surroundings as it sits amongst the vines and brings the vineyard and nature's seasonal cycles into the life of the house.

The building's aspect allows passive heat gain on cool mornings and shade on hot afternoons with natural light infusing into the various spaces throughout the day.

A narrow footpath connects a series of garden rooms on the eastern side of the vineyard to a subterranean wine cellar adjacent to the dining hall.

The tactile experience of the house is enhanced with heavy stone walls juxtaposed with light steel framing, stone and wooden floors, water reflecting from the elongated pool, and of course the natural surroundings which have been highlighted with the choice of interior accessories and art.