10 Original Ways to Paint your Home

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 !

Inside… Víctor Goikoetxea’s universe

Trained as a painter, Victor Goikoetxea has specialized in the art of trompe l’oeil. He invited us to visit his duplex and gallery both located in Hernani, Basque village on the French border. Discover a world where art and decoration coexist…
Industrial style wall with a rusty effect, made in trompe l’oeil for a private customer


His House

A living playing with the total white. We especially recognize the Barcelona Ottoman from the Bauhaus designer Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1929).

Works of art make the décor. Here the miniature sculpture of Continuum by Gotzon Huegun which large format version is displayed on the Plaza Zinkoenea in Hernani.

The stairs leading down to the bedroom with its paintings and engravings.

The bedroom, separated from the bathroom by a wall of glass bricks and white everywhere to create unity.

The “stage door” or dedications and drawings of the many friends and colleagues of Victor.

His Works and Workshop

The polyptych representing the city of Barcelona on which Victor was working at the time of our visit, a realism to be mistaken.

Part exposure of his studio and a model of one of its projects.

A graphical screen between surrealism and geometrism

Sea made ​​for San Sebastian aquarium

To learn more about Victor and his work, you can visit his website: http://www.victorgoikoetxea.com/

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

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A Desk in the Wardrobe

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A Desk in the Dressingroom 

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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

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2. Hide it in a niche or a chimney


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3. Transform it into a mirror


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4. Frame it with a family picture or with art


Customizable TV Frames from DressMyTv

5. Play with trompe l’oeil


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6. Lock it in a closet


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©Sex and the City

7. Try the automated closet


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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
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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.

The 5 most Beautiful Private Clubs of Hong Kong

“There’ll be nothing but beauty, wealth, pleasure,
With all things in order and measure.”
Charles Baudelaire, l’invitation au voyage, (in Les Fleurs du mal)

Kee Club

Kee Club could be the exact embodiment of Charles Baudelaire’s poem from which the lines above are extracted. This club is indeed a real ‘Invitation to the Voyage’: a classical European residence with African sculptures and pieces of arts from the greatest (Pablo Picasso and Anthony Quinn to name but a few), richly decorated with precious colors and Bauhaus designed 1940’s furnishings.
Most beautiful interiors

Exquisite interior

Beautiful interior

beautiful dining room


Beautiful club armchairs

Art Déco style
Photo Credit: Kee Club 


China Club

China Club will make you travel at the heart of 1930’s Shanghai. Each room astonishes and enchants: the lime green staircase and its Chinese artists gallery, the art deco restaurant and its Roaring Twenties singer accompanied by a grand piano, the “Long March Bar” and its trinkets from another time, the library and its thousands of books devoted to Chinese art and culture, the terrace and its breathtaking view on the illuminated skyscrapers…
China Club Hong Kong

China Club staircase Hong Kong

Shanghai 30's style

China Club Hong Kong

China Club Bar Hong Kong

beautiful library

China Club rooftop Hong Kong


Red Chamber Cigar Divan

Although it is not strictly speaking a private club, the Red Chamber Cigar Divan deserves to appear in this selection. This chamber will delight cigar and brandy lovers: large Club armchairs, a refined decoration at the crossroad of Asia and Western influences, and a selection of the finest cigars and liquors.
Beautiful smoking room



Hong Kong Royal Yacht Club

Originally situated on an island in the middle of Victoria Bay, the Yacht Club has been progressively reattached to the coast but is still floating on the sea. The commanding view of the Bay and the Titanic-like decoration give the impression to board a prestigious cruising ship. An anchorage which brings together sailing and sea lovers from all over the globe.

Yacht Club Bar
Photo Credit: Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club


FCC

The Foreign Correspondents’ Club is not reserved to the sole reporters and journalists anymore but it is still bustling with effervescence and the press photos covering the walls recall some of the most memorable moments of the recent past. A place steeped in history which remains full of energy.

Photo Credit: FCC



  • Kee Club, 32 Wellington St, Central, (+852) 2810 9000.
  • China Club, 12/F, The Old Bank of China Building, Bank Street, Central, (+852) 2521 8888.
  • Red Chamber Cigar Divan, Shop 405-406A, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, (+852) 2165 6630.
  • Yacht Club, Kellett Island, Causeway Bay, (+852) 2832 2817.
  • FCC, 2 Lower Albert Rd, Central, (+852) 2521 1511.

Sleepbox: Innovation & Design for your sleep

The two Russian designers Alexey Goryainov and Mikhail Krymov have imagined the Sleepbox, a ‘box’ in which you can relax and rest in a calm and quiet environment, even if you’re in the middle of a bustling public place.

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An endless connection between two flights? Few hours to spend in an abandoned train station? Sleepbox has been the dream of all travelers who would like to take a nap without missing their connection.

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Sleepbox has everything a tired traveler could wish: comfy beds with automatic system of change of bed linen, dark blinds, a soundproof cabin, a closed and safe place to peacefully fall into the arms of Morpheus, a storage place for luggage, horizontal handle for clothing, and of course, an integrated alarm clock.

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Unlike Capsule Hotels in Japan (cf. picture below, to be avoided at all cost if you’re claustrophobic), Sleepbox is relatively large, all built in an eco-friendly wood, and has a pure and cozy design.

Capsule Hotel In Tokyo

The first Sleepbox hotel has opened in Moscow in January 2013, where it is around 50 euros for one night. We can’t wait before they open these little sleeping boxes in airports, at an hourly cost maybe, we’ll assuredly be the first clients!

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What about you? Would you use the Sleepbox?
For more information about the Sleepbox, please refer to Minimal Home website and their brochure.

Inside… Sacha Walckhoff’s apartment

Sacha Walckhoff’s apartment is undeniably one of a kind! Mixing artfully the Arabian Nights’ décor with a very pure Scandinavian design, the creative director of Christian Lacroix has managed to mix and match different styles beautifully. A quick guided tour:

Living Room



We love:
  • The painting inside the chimney;
  • The eclectic style and the feeling you’re in a (chic) bazar;
  • The big blue fan at the end of the room (by Maarten Baas).

Corridor


Curiosity Cabinet style

We love:
  • The big Zebra;
  • The pyramid of books and magazine framing the entrance;
  • The eclectic style (again), in-between a design store and a curiosity cabinet.

The office


Office and art
Photo: Eric Morin
We love:
  • The big sculpture;
  • The black and white theme (with a touch of red);
  • The lines and curves.

Bedroom


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We love:
  • The geometric pattern on the floor;
  • The pieces of art facing one another.

Bathroom


grey and orange bathroom
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We love:
  • The grey background with orange details;
  • The chair;
  • The engraving of course!

Frames


a wall of frames
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We love:
  • The eclectic style (still);
  • The shades of brown;
  • Art and photography.

Trend: ‘duck blue’ is the season’s color

‘Duck blue’ is a literal translation from the French “bleu canard”. Although you can say ‘pigeon blue’ and ‘peacock blue’ in English, none of them is quite like the duck blue, which is the color this year. It is everywhere this season: on walls, on armchairs and on fabrics, the whole house is dressed in blue! It goes from turquoise to dark green, but we can still pick a trend…

A turquoise-like duck blue on strangeclosets blog and at Eddie Ross’ in NY 

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A lighter duck blue at Marie-Claire Maison and Agathe Azzis

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The original duck blue, as seen at Guardarte, Mis en Demeure, JNL Collection, Hay or La Redoute

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Why call it ‘duck blue’: the origins




NB: if you want to paint your walls in duck blue, better do just one side of the room rather than the whole room, unless your room has very good lighting. Try also to pick a shade that is not too dark and prefer it matt than shiny (I’ve been there…).