7 Oct 2015

French Living

Serge Mouille lighting, Moroccan Berber rug, herringbone floors…this spot in Lyon has all that and more…but doesn’t feel canned, in my opinion. This home feels livable and personal and beautifully unique.

Photos & styling by Felix Forest | Elle Decoration UK via Dustjacket Attic

30 Mar 2012

Lessons Learned: Buy What You Love (and can afford!)

Building a place or renovating or decorating is all about trade-offs. You can’t have everything you want – or at least I couldn’t.

So, what I would say is, invest in a few things that you really love and cut back in areas where you can get away with it. At least that was my overall philosophy.

I bought my BDDW mirror early on in the process. I knew if I pushed this off until the end, I’d never buy it. I had to cut back in other areas later on, but I love this mirror and it’s the first thing I see every time I walk into our place. So, yes, I spent a small fortune on a mirror, but for me this was a good trade-off. You can get knock-offs, but the lines and craftsmanship in this piece stand out.

I made a trade-off when it came to lighting. I really wanted a three (or four or five…) arm pendant by Lindsey Adelman. Her work is stunning and hand-made and I can see why each piece costs thousands and thousands of dollars. I just couldn’t do it. I went with three black Artek pendants instead. It’s a totally different look, but at a fraction of the cost, I couldn’t resist. Plus, I’ve always loved these pendants.

So – to each their own. Only you know your budget and what you really love. But if you’re anything like me, I think you’ll find that coveting a few special pieces will bring quite a bit of joy. Likewise, I love a good deal…and knowing that I saved big in certain spots makes me equally giddy!

BDDW Captain’s Mirror

Lindsey Adelman Lighting

Artek Pendants

Some of my favourites for another day:

Serge Mouille Lighting

Hiroshima Dining Chairs by Naoto Fukasawa

Hans Wegner seating

Bulthaup kitchen

3 Feb 2012

Swing Arm Pendants

Eeny meeny miny mo….it’s hard to decide which one of these swing-arm pendants I like best. I wish I had a suitable wall / ceiling / room in my place where I could have made a pick.

Well, I’m pretty sure money would be the deciding factor, but I have to say, I’d be thrilled to live with any of these pieces.

1) Flos Mod 265 Wall Sconce (About $1K at Y Lighting)

2) Potence Lamp by Jean Prouve (About $1,700 at DWR)

3) Serge Mouille Two Arm Wall Sconce (About $5200 at DWR)

Photos via: Petra Bindel, Anita Calero, Finetingogjokolade blog, Interior Decline, Emmas Blogg, Hege Greenall Scholtz

21 Nov 2011


I wish I would just get sick of these Serge Mouille lamps. But I don’t.

Ah, someday!

Source: Style Essentials, Est Magazine, BenedicteMce, Petra Bindel, Yatzer, Design Therapy