This week at EcoSalon we welcomed the brand new, shiny year with a week of charismatic home tours. To wrap up the inspiration, here’s a look back at five of my favorite home tours from 2010.
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Brace yourself. Your eyes are seconds away from falling on an interior simultaneously wearing composed white walls and a chaotic chromatic rush – radiant pockets of vivid hues embellishing a blank shell. This bold serving of design is the London flat of Liza Giles. Ms. Giles has borrowed brilliant color and feminine details from her profession as a senior designer and stylist for Designers Guild.
Ms. Giles has arranged isolated tufts of seemingly unrelated elements that coalesce for a sense of overwhelming cohesion. Each vignette is a gathering of shiny new objects and flea market charms (which, by the way, has me yearning to locate her blissful flea market resources). Once again, James Merrell‘s photography has flawlessly captured endless design details with his talented lens.
This flat literally sings to me; gushing and admiring comes easily when the space is this perfect. I still remember the first time I set eyes upon this interior. Love at first sight. Every time I view these images, I find a new detail that makes it even more endearing (like the unassuming charcoal lace quietly dangling over the living room window). I would move in immediately, forsaking all personal possessions and arriving with only one suitcase and one husband. I have adored this space on my personal (humble, little) blog more than once. I still love it.
I am smitten with the sense of unintentional variety laced with deliberate eclecticism. The subtle whispers of color (through muted artwork) adjacent to the not-so-subtle shouts of color (reflected through gleaming metallic teal wallpaper) form a palatable, delicious tension. All this contrast is balanced into tranquility by the overwhelming silence of stark white walls, floors, and ceilings.
With time, things change. Not too long ago, I shared my (once) beloved interior – the home of Liza Giles. Ms. Giles’ home is still lovely, but no longer holds the title of my favorite. I’m not fickle, and I don’t use the word favorite frequently. Meet my new love – this ravishing home is wooing me with unique details and vintage embellishments. The combination of charismatic artwork and industrial elements is inspired. Totally my new favorite.
These beautiful walls enclose the dwelling of Virginie Denny and Alfonso Valles in Paris (in case you needed another reason to visit Paris). The vignettes of imperfection create a cohesive and deliciously livable perfection. There is something charming about a space that screams with personality and boasts vintage botanical prints. I would love to take a seat at this desk, stare into a wall of wire typography, and churn creativity daily.
These gorgeous photographs were captured by Petra Bindel for Elle Interior Sweden. The talented Emma Persson Lagerberg is the stylist and writer behind this feature. Is it too much to ask to have coffee with both of these artistic geniuses (preferably in Paris)?!
Meet fashion designer David Delfin. Meet architect and photographer Gorka Postigo. Rest your eyes on the stunning space these gentlemen share. Once a convent, this audacious Madrid residence was conceived and designed by Postigo. Tina Komninou lent this space a compelling description, “The minute you enter this house you appreciate that its owners are comfortable with who they are and express it with no inhibitions.”
This isn’t the type of place you want to scour in a ten page spread; this is a home to be experienced in three dimensions. I want to walk through this space and soak in the details, study the exposed white structure, ponder each art piece, and peruse through each book lounging on every horizontal surface. The simultaneous adjacency of retro furniture and fresh modern artwork is delicious. The effort put into this perfectly curated collection of artwork is as palpable as the bondage ropes dangling from the bedroom ceiling.
The amalgamation of rhythmic ingredients like antiquated oversized industrial light fixtures, natural wood, dramatic details, and provocative photography combine in price proportions for sincere cohesion. Natural light floods each room with innocence and sultry shadows of masculine silhouettes.
(This space was captured through brilliant photography by Manolo Yllera. This gorgeous dwelling of drama and edge was discovered lingering at the lovely Wabi Sabi. If you are bold enough to covet any of the artwork in this stunning apartment, click over to this post by Tina Komninou on Yatzer for more information.)
Confession. I don’t always buy organic (gasps abound). But today I found something organic that was literally irresistible; it looked fresher, toxins were nowhere in sight, and it certainly left a delicious flavor on my taste buds. I am talking about the supple and fresh Organic Interior Design. Kelly LaPlante is the genius behind this firm. Yes, genius. And no, I don’t use the word genius lightly. Ms. LaPlante’s biography and resume are gleaming with a shine that rivals her gold dining chairs. I can’t decide if I am overwhelmed with awe and esteem or choking on my jealousy. Either way, there’s no debate about the gorgeousness of LaPlante’s Los Angeles Loft. Devour these images by Thomas J. Story.
The wildly talented LaPlante is in the midst of creating Standard, a periodical publication. The magazine is based on LaPlante’s thought that, “green is a standard, not a style.” I wait with baited breath.
My heart belongs in Stockholm along the streets of Södermalm. This lovely little place in the northern hemisphere is considerably more charming because the influence of the southern hemisphere is all over the walls. The Moroccan details lounging in this Scandinavian home are the perfect influence of crisp, clean, ethnic, and complicated.
Amelia and Andrew Lonngren Widell are a stylist and photographer duet, so it shouldn’t be surprising that their home is full of delicious little vignettes, perfectly composed and perfectly styled. The global influence in the furnishings comes from travel and shopping trips to Morocco. What makes this home different from a home bursting with souvenirs from foreign bazaars? Amelia shares that the couple has, “a personal relationship with everything in the home, it is not a tourist hop.” It is clearly a flawless collection of deep travel, love, and interest in interior design.
Amelia and Andrew have coined their aesthetic Rock Bohemian. Their style is composed of individual items they inherently love, not items they find that fit their style. Their design philosophy is, “to build on what exists and make the best of it.”
Get acquainted with Google Translate and sift through the original article on Skona Hem.
(Images from Lonngren Widell Photography.)
Have a peek at the archives of home tours. What’s your favorite?
Oh, and Happy New Year!