Category Archive : Deco idea

10 Inspirational Ideas from Art Basel’s Artists

The international art fair ‘Art Basel’ was in Hong Kong in May. An ecstatic moment for art lovers, but also an occasion to take a fresh look at objects around us. While exploring the fair, we selected 10 creations made with everyday objects, that we could reproduce at home…

1. Cassettes

Gregor Hildebrandt
Romy Schneider portrait, Plastic cassettes in wooden case.

2. Wooden Rulers

Ruler – Ni Youyu
Old-school wooden rulers, create modernity with ancient objects.

3. Brass Frames

Modulor – Nadia Kaabi-Linke
Brass frames on an anthracite grey wall to create an Art Deco effect.

4. Lampshades

Rose-Marie – Andrew Miller
Lampshades piled up around a neon to create an original column.

5. Crates

Caixa series – Sérgio Sister
Well-known by decoration lovers, crates are also exposed in famous art galleries.

6. Neons

Wenhua = Ziben (Culture = Commodity) – Alfredo Jaar
Writing + Light + Message + Color.

7. Wallpaper

Between Red – Sea Hyun Lee
Like a Jouy wall covering, customized with paint.

8. Photographs 

Yee I Lann – Each picture’s caption engages the spectator into the scene.
Remove the decor to focus on the essence.

9. Polaroids


Yellow Sliding – Marco Maggi
A graphic work with colored and chiselled polaroids.

10. Adapters

Adapt Adapter 2 – Chen Sai Hua Kuan
Or how to take a new look at your adapters!

How to create different functional areas in a large room?

This apartment located in Saint-Petersburg was decorated by INT2. A good example for those who want to structure a large room and keep an open space while creating several different functional areas. This Scandinavian-style apartment is just perfect!

The Main Room: Kitchen + Dining Room + Living Room + Office + Piano

Scandinavian Living room ideas
We note:
    Spaces delimitation: a wood loggia for the dining room, white bricks and a dark wood bar for the kitchen, a large rug around the sofa.  

1. Kitchen

Opened Kitchen
We love:
  • Art on a kitchen wall;
  • White bricks that look like tiles;
  • Industrial-style lights;
  • Stools stored under the bar for a much neater impression.

Scandinavian Kitchen and dining room
We note:
    ➨ Different floorings to show different spaces.

2. Dining Room

Wood Dining room
We love:
  • wood raw material;
  • the rear shelves with beautiful tableware;
  • the unpaired chairs. 

3. Living-Room

Scandinavian living room ideas
We love:
  • the mix of different geometric patterns;
  • the vintage style of the furniture.

Scandinavian and vintage living room
We love:
  • the fox (an original touch in this Scandinavian design);
  • the decentred canvas and lamp;
  • the unpaired furniture;
  • the orange touch (lamp + canvas).
graphic wallpaper scandinavian design
We note:
    ➨ wallpaper on a single section of the wall;
    ➨ the mix of geometric patterns;
    ➨ the mix of pastel colors.

entrance and living room and office

4. The Piano

piano design ideas
piano and bookshelves
We note:
    ➨ the grey wall to create a distinct space;
    ➨ Frames just put on the Piano and decentred.

5. Office

how to create a distinct office space
We note :
    ➨ The office is isolated from the rest of the room thanks to bilateral bookshelves, that also bring some additional storage space.
get an office in your living room

Bathroom

black bathtub
We note:
    ➨ A short band of colored tiles over a white base.
original and scandinavian bathroom
We love:
  • the black matte bathtub;
  • the whale poster;
  • the ladder;
  • the two nude bulbs.
stylish restroom

how to decorate a long bathroom
We note:
    ➨ just one section of the wall with blue pattern;
    ➨ the yellow desk lamp on the wall.

Bedroom

scandinavian bedroom idea

modern dressing table
We love:
  • blue and orange colors together, a great match of 2 complementary colors;
  • the mirror hanged with leather belts;
  • the two-colored wall (and the fuzzy delimitation).

Laundry room

geometric flooring

We love:

  • the geometric pattern on the floor;
  • the mix wood, white and natural fibers.

A Living Wall


From Paris to Singapore through Palm Beach, a quick tour of the most beautiful living walls around the world.

We could be in a jungle, @Pershing Hall, Paris

@Sevva, Hong Kong

East Conservatory, Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, US

Artistic living wall on one of Saks’ wall in Palm Beach

@Athenaeum Hotel in London, Made by living wall superstar, Patrick Blanc

Singapore’s Supertrees, and the restaurant of the same name at the top of one of these big trees.

Private Apartment in Paris


Tropical Bathroom


You would like to have one of these living walls at home? There are a lot of different solutions: you can make it yourself, order living wall kits, hire a specialist or even buy a stabilized plant frame (which need no water or light).
Or you could just opt for the junglewallpaper!

Pots and Plants for an Interior Garden

With spring coming we would like to see more nature and greenery in our homes… Here is an original selection of plants and pots that you can buy or do yourself.
My favorite : The Click & Grow smart pot that will grow mini tomatoes and strawberries by itself.
No need to have a green thumb or to water plants anymore!
A short demonstration video 
here and for the shopping, it’s on our website of course!
Herb Stand Normann Copenaghen:
Another smart and handy pot that you can buy here (and here for the video)
A clever creation: the Corsica Flower Bridge Table from Elho label,
perfect for small terraces or balconies. You can find it 
here.  

Say farewell to traditional pots and welcome Bacsac bags! Available in many bright colors,
they can be used outdoors or indoors. You’ll find them 
here.
A cardboard pot for your flowers really? It could have been a bad idea but you’ll surprise
your friends and family with this ceramic version by Marie Michielssen, available at 
Merci.  
For more glamourous and elegant plants, 
you can chose the hexagonal brass pot from Ferm Living here.
If you already have plants but you don’t have nice pots, here are some tips to transform them quickly and at a bargain.


With Leather

Just cover your pots with leather, it is very simple to do (see tutorial here) and so chic!

With Jute Fabric

Just use vintage jute bags to cover big pots. You can find plenty of them on Ebay
and your plants will feel very cozy in them.

With Paint or Paper

Another easy idea: paint your pots or write on them! 
You can use paint, wallpaper or stickers to transform them.
‘I Will Survive’ Pot can be found here.  

10 Original Ways to Paint your Home

1. Paint the baseboards or the stairs (or both)

Grafic black & grey baseboards
with a yellow touch to energize the whole

2. Paint Geometric Figures

DIY tutorial on VintageRevivals’ blog

3. Paint the doors




4. Paint one or two bands on the wall




5. Paint just one wall or a block


© Jo Pesendorfer
© Sophie Hanniet

6. Paint the furniture tone-on-tone




7. Paint the moldings

 8. Paint the ceiling

9. Paint half of the wall




10. Paint… a canvas


If you don’t dare to paint the whole wall,
try the light way: just paint a canvas with a plain color
(here the 
Blue by Klein)
Or just buy the Pantone canvas !

A desk in the closet

It is not easy to have an office space of your own when you are living in a small space. The solution : put your desk in a closet!

A desk in the closet

@decocrush

@designsheppard

@officestylist

@decoralos

@spoutgraphics
@marieclaireidées

@apartementtherapy
@cathdreams

@decocrush

A Desk in the Wardrobe

@marthastewart

@manuelidades

@Camara-de-maravillas

@decorainteriores

@donnamoderna

@dcoracao

A Desk in the Dressingroom 

@officestylist
@Northridge publishing
@Decoralia

7 Ideas to Hide your TV set

After discussing movie decors last week, we move on to the other side of the screen to deal with a very popular object which is also very unaesthetic: TV set. A TV in a room is like the black element in Space Odyssey: it’s huge, it’s black, it’s useless, it takes pride of place and it spoils the décor… So how to make your TV set disappear?
Black Element in Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick

1. A frame among others

@betterhomesandgarden



2. Hide it in a niche or a chimney


@decordata


3. Transform it into a mirror


@Seura

4. Frame it with a family picture or with art


Customizable TV Frames from DressMyTv

5. Play with trompe l’oeil


@Completehome.com.au

6. Lock it in a closet


@ElleDecor

©Sex and the City

7. Try the automated closet


@LaFilleDeBrigitte

Decors and colors in Wes Anderson’s movies

With his last movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson not only confirms that he’s a brilliant director but also reveals that he could have been a great interior designer! Colors, furniture, lights, disposition, all reveals that décor is important for esthetic reasons but also has a meaning of its own.

Explosive colors

Red and Purple


Mixing bright red and purple is a bold choice, yet it is the main color theme of the Grand Budapest hotel. From the elevator walls to the lobby rugs through staff uniforms, red and purple are the sign that you belong to this special hotel. The two main characters are indeed proudly wearing these colors, even outside of the hotel.
Not really well-known for being the best match, these two colors have first been associated by Yves Saint-Laurent, inspired by the mix and match of colors in Morocco. Maybe India (let’s remember Darjeeling Limited) was Wes Anderson’s inspiration for this masterful association of colors.

(with a touch of orange, like Yves Saint-Laurent in his time)

Orange and Green


Orange and green are two colors which echo themselves quite brutally as well. He uses these two colors, which were very fashionable during the Sixties, to show that time has changed. But the dull tones used (also in contrast with the bright red and purple of the 30’s) let show that the hotel is not what it used to be anymore.


Light pink, blue and green


These colors are often associated with a female world; linked to the young baker in the Grand Budapest Hotel, similar colors are present in the bathroom of Tenenbaums’ daughter in the Royal Tenenbaums.


Complementary colors


Wes Anderson uses a lot of other bright colors, and plays with strong and explosive combinations. He often associates so-called ‘complementary colors’, well-known among artists and physicists for their capacity to enhance one another.

Yellow and Blue

Yellow and Purple

Pink and Green



The way Wes Anderson uses colors is not only visually strong but it also gives a fresh look to interiorsthat are either too classical or a bit old-fashioned.

Lights


Like all good interior designer, Wes Anderson knows how to use light and lights to create a specific atmosphere.


A perfect symetry


Wes Anderson’s shots are often perfectly symmetrical, as this video demonstrates.
Symmetry reinforce the beauty of a scene while giving an impression of order and completeness.

Characters and Decors


Last but not least, if colors and decors are that thoroughly chosen by the director, it’s because they do not only serve an esthetic goal, they also reflect the characters who live in them and thus serve to introduce these characters and to understand them better. In the Royal Tenenbaums, characters are introduced through their bedrooms. In the Grand Budapest Hotel, the main character keeps wearing the old colors of the hotel even though the décor has changed, to signify that he, hasn’t changed.

(zebra wallpaper available at Salamandre)

Lessons to be learned? Don’t be afraid to DARE vivid colors and to furnish your home as YOU wish, remember, your home reveals a bit of who you are! J

Books, Storage and Decoration

You are a compulsive buyer of books, you devour and pile them up until you don’t know what to do with them anymore. I know how you feel… Some ad hoc solutions for books addicts.

Space-saving solution

Bibliochaise by Nobody&Co
Make a table out of your books
@Ritemail

Invisible bookshelves

Created by NotTom
By  Umbra

By TeeBooks.


When books become part of your home décor

At Sal Curioso Restaurant created by Substance Agency
At the Sevva Restaurant in Hong Kong 


Books with a twist

Hook Book by Rose Bunker

Clock Book By Karlsson


Library

You can still use a traditional library, an idea stolen from Ralph Lauren Home: hang your paintings and photographs on your bookcases.

© Ralph Lauren

Bonus

If you like books and decoration and you happen to be in Paris this week, don’t miss Philippe Starck book signing at the Salon du Livre. All you need to know about this event here, and if you just want to buy it you can find it here.

Ideas to steal from the Maison & Objet Fair in Paris!

Turn a corridor into a club with flashy neon

@M&O

Or create an abyssal decoration

@M&O

Unpair your chairs to breathe life back into your dining table

@Vincent Sheppard

Create a luminous view in a blind room 

@Flamant

 Brighten your room with a total white look

@Baxter

Mesmerize your guests

@JNL collection

Create a room divider that call to voyeurism

@Emanuel Ungaro

Seat on your canvas

@innermost