I have to admit it... I am a total neat freak, a crazy control freak and I think I suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder (well not really, but nearly). I obsess over details, I am an incorrigible perfectionist and I pick up after everyone as if I were a mad woman. So, when I bump into homes like this one I realize that there IS beauty in spontaneity, dysfunction, in eccentricity, in imperfection and in eclecticism. Not everything has to be perfect to be beautiful, on the contrary. I vow to change my ways...
What do you think of this beautiful little caravan from Brisbane, Australia? It's to die for, isn't it? We discovered it via one of our favorite blogs 79 ideas who wrote a post on it recently. The caravan actually belongs to the multitalented Kara Rosenlud, a photographer turned stylist, buyer and vintage wares retailer.
Kara restored the 1956 Franklin caravan and converted into a unique traveling home wares shop which is full to the brim with beautiful vintage wares.
This week, while on a pre-Xmas shopping spree in Houston, I bought these Cole Haan slipper shoes. As soon as I walked into the Cole Haan store I was instantly drawn to them and luckily they had them in my size and were actually on sale (thank you Thanksgiving!). I had been craving for a pair of slipper shoes since the summer, in fact I had had my eye on a pair from Pretty Ballerinas while on a trip to Madrid but when I went to purchase them they had run out of them in my size. I love that these ones come in speckled haircalf with just the little extra touch of red.
Taking advantage of the sale, I decided to buy this other pair of slipper shoes as well. They are covered in black sequins and will help add a bit of sparkle to any outfit. I plan on wearing them very soon with skinny jeans and a loose black sweater.
I present the Winter 2012 Bracelets which I purchased recently in Mexico City to substitute the infamous Summer 2012 Bracelet (click hereto check it out!). I figured it was time to move on... And I think these are more appropriate for my warmer more sombre clothes. The watch I am wearing is an Hermès Cape Cod bracelet which I got as a gift last Christmas.
I recently purchased this wonderful lamp from the Scandinavian design brand Muuto and I love it so much I keep moving it around the house trying to figure out where it looks best. I originally envisioned it in Maria's bedroom, but I think it would look nice in the TV room so that the whole family can enjoy it. The lamp is made out of unvarnished wood and I find its basic clean lines extremely appealing, it has such a great unpretentious look to it. I also love the green cord which contrasts nicely with the clear wood.
In the images the Muuto lamp is sitting on an old table I bought in a flea market. I sanded it down and I think it looks just fine like this without a coat of varnish. As for the chair it's a reproduction of the great Eames chair which I recently did a post on (click here!). I finally got around to buying it. The natural hide on the floor is antelope, I got that from my sister Becky who bought it on a trip to South Africa last year.
I would like to thank my dear friend Cristina for helping me out with the images of today's post. She takes wonderful pictures and is currently helping me out with the photography of an ambitious project I am embarking on... Gracias Cristina!
One of my favorite blogs, The AH list (who just happens to belong to my dear niece Alexandra Hopf!), recently published a post on the work of the talented Dutch artist and inventor Bernaudt Smilde who has managed to create small clouds in indoor spaces.
It seems that the clouds evaporate almost immediately, but before doing so Smilde has been able to photograph them. The images are truly beautiful, almost surreal.
The Tolix chairs add an industrial & vintage look to the dining room.
Everything is white, even the storage jars on the shelves.
The Nespresso machine makes you want to stay for coffee!
The kitchen opens up directly onto the dining room allowing the light to stream throughout both spaces.
Lavender is the only color that has been introduced, these cushions add an ethnic touch to the living room.
Apple had to be present, right!?
Check out the white-washed wooden planks on the floor.
I love really low beds. In the bedroom the mattress appears to lie straight on the floor.
The curtains hanging from the sink are a fun and inexpensive way to cover all the ugly bits of plumbing, they also help keep the bathroom neat and tidy.
An ideal terrace for the warm summer months.
I have been inspired today by this beautiful house in Denmark. I love that it is all white, the owners have been faithful to this color consistently throughout every room. It has a zen feeling which I can really relate to.