Fantastic Brownstone Home in NY

Hello friends! Hope you all had a fun and lovely Easter. We celebrated with wonderful friends at our house and had  a really nice time together while 14 kids hopped all over the house, and not one tear being shed or one thing broken!

Maybe now I am in need of quiet and serenity after this affair and this amazing NY home fits the bill. It has made its rounds in the blog world. But I had not seen it in its entirety until just recently.

The lucky owners of this fabulous brownstone home are Fitzhugh Karol, a woodworker and Lyndsay Caleo, a jewelry designer and goldsmith. Some creative couple, you will find out!

Their home is filled with natural light and incredible architectural details. And tons of their own designs and recycled items. A design love affair in white and brown.

The library ladder leads to one of the guest-rooms and the couple made the dining table together from a fallen tree.

I love the round wooden sculpture in front of the bookshelf filled with sentimental treasures. The classic white Panteone chairs fit in perfectly.

Ok, this is my absolute favorite piece in the house. A barn door that leads to the powder room. They apparently found it in the sheep run of  Fitzhugh’s family farm! This I have to have once in my lifetime!

Fitzhugh made the island counter top with its clever slit for kitchen knives. The wall shelves are reclaimed from a mill. Do you see the happy doggie? (I don’t blame him!).

Here is a carved wood and concrete table by Lyndsay. I love everything in this image.

Fitzhugh carved the four poster bed himself. Lovely room with an original fireplace.

Isn’t this just an incredible home? However, the one thing that I will remember the most – and will dream about tonight – is that sliding barn door!

Happy new week to you all!

Inspiration and images via Designsponge. Photos by Emily Gilbert

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Summer Home With A Heart

I am always dreaming about a little family summer retreat in Sweden. Our own little piece of heaven. Isn’t this small summer home called “Villa Else” lovely? It is beautifully situated in a Nature Reserve in Denmark.

Charming and easy living with a lot of heart – just the way a summer home should be. And not too big. I want to enjoy every minute with my family – not have to fix and clean the house. (As a matter of fact, I would be super happy if there was no vacuum cleaner in sight – only a simple broom for an occasional sweep!)

Love this corner of the house. And the skylight!

You could not bribe me with the largest yacht in the world for family summer vacations. This is my preferred way of living. This is what makes me tick. A quaint summer home surrounded by apple and plum trees. Lazy days and lovely quality time with friends and family who mean the most. And no TV and internet connection!

For more photos go here.

Happy rest of the week, dear friends. Dream big!

Photograph: Stuart McIntyre, Stylist: Katrine Martensen-Larsen

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Quite Simply Swedish

When I need to declutter my mind and find some peace in & harmony I often gravitate towards my old home country. Swedish interiors can at times be considered cold but when done right and with some heart, I find those rooms calm, serene and easy to breathe in. They are often filled with less stuff but instead things with a purpose. Let me introduce you to such a home in beautiful Sweden.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Anna-Malin is a friend who I have met in wonderful blog land. We have been sharing e-mails cross the Atlantic about  life issues and thoughts on design. Not only is Anna-Malin a wonderful person but she is also highly creative and talented. Her home is so inspiring and so is her Swedish blog Helt Enkelt. Take a deep breath – this is not staged, this is how she actually lives. Lovely or what?

Anna-Malin loves mixing Scandinavian design classics with heirloom pieces and vintage finds. She is an expert at taking flea market finds and turning them into must-have objects.

Just take a look at this vintage chair (Anna-Malin is well aware that I have a very serious crush on that particular chair!). She found the chair at a Swedish flea market, nobody wanted it (where was I!!), she paid about $40 dollars and voila. Hello?! Can a chair get much lovelier?

And now that chair lives here. In her kitchen. With sheep skins and everything. Oh no, that was 2 weeks ago! Anna-Malin changes furniture around on a daily basis and the kitchen of the week now looks like this!

                                                                                                                                                                                     She constantly moves things around and prefers to try new ideas before she would even consider going out and buying anything new.

As with most Swedes, Anna-Malin finds inspiration from nature. She is drawn to simple lines, organic materials and neutral colors. And she like to be good to mother nature by reusing things. She says: ” Being from the very North of Sweden, I get good energy from white and cripsy snow, complete quiet and branches from simple, wispy trees”.

Who said you need a whole roll of wall paper to make an impact? Just a little piece will take you a  long way!

My friend is a resourceful lady who is not afraid to use a hammer and nail on any given day. This sofa table is one of Anna-Malins own creations, put together on a weekend. (Maybe Hubby was involved in that project too, I can’t remember).

Another dining/work area in the family room.

All over the house you will find cozy and calm areas to relax and just be.

The rooms of her two boys are no exceptions.

I hope this gave you some good food for thought. Just writing this post got me so inspired that I am heading to a nearby consignment store – today! Thank you Anna-Malin for your friendship and all your wonderful ideas & inspiration! Happy Monday blog friends!

All images, curtesy of Anna-Malin @ Helt Enkelt.

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I Am In Love

Happy New Year to my wonderful blog friends! I hope you created some fun memories this winter holdiay. I sure have missed you! I am very exited about this year. 2010. I feel it’s going to be a good one – for all of us!

I am starting the new year with one image that has kept me occupied for the last couple of weeks. Seriously, I can’t get it off my mind. I am drooling and drooling and thinking about this picture that I picked up at the oh-so-lovely blog Delight for Design.

To me this it the ultimate way of displaying treasured family photos – and because of it I have now decided to repaint my bedroom all white and adopt the concept myself on one of the walls!

Why I am so obsessed? Because of the large cluster of photos collected in one spot. (I like things organized. And I don’t like things skimpy). The monochromatic all white walls, ledges and frames make a quiet but stunning statement. I like the smaller frame sizes in different constellations. Reminds me of an art gallery. (And everything is hung in perfect eye level postion). I also love that there is no fighting for attention in the room. I would die for a room with just the artsy display and a cocktail table. What a hit! Nothing else is needed.

Yep, this I am so trying! And 2010 is off to a good start!

The sitting areas from that same home are also wonderful. The owner obviously has a great eye for art too.

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Lovely Swedish White Rooms

I can never get enough of Swedish white rooms (although I don’t have one single white room in my own home. How is that for being a true Swede! But I have several light gray rooms if that counts!). Just looking at these images calms my somewhat stressed december/holiday nerves. And as always I love mixing old with new. It makes for such wonderful contrast. Don’t you agree? Happy weekend wonderful blog friends!

All images via Skona Hem

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