Saturday, 27 August 2016




One of the things I like the most about my Parisian apartment are these doors. Beautifully engraved, white ,French doors. Cute white porcelain knob. All very typical of a Paris home. 

I'm one that's always paying attention to every little detail, and even if some people don't seem to care that much about the doors they have, for me, they are very important. There's no cutting back on the budget when it comes to doors! 


This gorgeous rug has become one of those thing you couldn't live without anymore! Underneath there's beautiful vintage wooden floors that I always liked a lot. Until this rug!

I remember showing a picture of my new rug to my mom and she couldn't understand why would I buy something that was so faded! I laughed and say: "that's the beauty of it! it's vintage!" And you know, not everybody is going to get you, but the important thing is that YOU get you.



A Turkish delight...





Another recent addition to my bedroom are these gorgeous vintage-peach sheets. 

At first, I wasn't quite sure, having always had white sheets. But the color was so pretty that it ended up being an easy choice, I had to get it and give it a try! 

A perfect choice of color, especially for these summer days.  I love it very very much and it makes me happy just to look at it! I mixed it up with my Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic pillows and the result is pure heaven. I'm a happy girl.



A combination of colors and textures that go perfectly together. 



Soft pink and white hydrangeas are this week's favorites.





A French farm cupboard and a couple of French vintage mirrors. My bedroom is filled with details that complement each other. Relaxing beauty that makes me feel good. 








Friday, 26 February 2016

The Art Of Beautiful Living...




Beautiful living is all about creating a space that makes you feel good. It's as easy as to go and get fresh flowers every week. After all, flowers do make everything look pretty! I think home is the most special place, and to make it beautiful certainly means to live a beautiful life.

For me it's all about vintage pieces and romance. It's about time-worn colours and patina. The lovely harmony between shabby and chic.

I love mixing glamour and country. It's as if these two where meant to be together to create that perfect balance between elegance, confort and old time beauty. These vintage country chairs are the final touch  in achieving a relaxed and charming feeling in this whole setting.


As the tittle of the photo above says: "I love creating a beautiful space" And even though I live in a small apartment that doesn't stop me when it comes to creating the prefect ambiance for a special occasion, or any occasion really. 

Pale colours and whites are my favorite and they are so easy to blend with each other. You just can't get it wrong! 

For this setting I added a pop of dark fuchsia with those beautiful wilting roses. I love and embrase flowers in every stage of their lives, allowing them to shine in their decadence, aren't they pretty?!

I also like to spread around a few petals and to make the table look effortless even if it took me hours to figure out where to place that teacup! Attention to detail can be fascinating and very well appreciated!


Flowers are a must-have in my home and settings. I just feel there's some sort of magic within them. They make everything look pretty and pretti-er. They inspire me and make me feel good, I think their infinite beauty has a certain power over those who look closely at them. 

My French vintage china is pretty much all flowery but I also have a few plain white china to compensate for a possible outburst of flower madness! For me it's all about mixing patterns and not having a set that is all the same. So whenever I go treasure-hunting I'm always in the search for new pieces to mix with my other patterns. 

 But without a question there's nothing prettier than vintage china, and if it's French even better!


I just love time-worn patina and faded colours. And that's what fascinates me about this chair! That country, modest, relaxed look. The beautiful dark wood breaking through the old white paint. Pure gorgeousness. 


So as you can see, creating a beautiful table setting is very easy, just get a simple white linen 
to dress up your table (that allows you to have a blank canvas to play with). Add mix-matched vintage china, a few candles and lots of flowers! 

We are having Champagne tonight, and the fact that it's pink is no coincidence ;) 

Have a beautiful living experience! 

Love,

Adriana.
  

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Welcome to my little Parisian kitchen!

As they say, the kitchen is the heart of the home and I absolutely agree. That's why I consider myself lucky when it comes to my little Parisian apartment, because it comes with a lovely kitchen that certainly is the heart of this home.

Welcome to my kitchen! Fancy a cup of tea?

 

Starting with these beautiful vintage French doors, the entrance of the kitchen. They add so much character to my apartment and delicately separate the kitchen from the living room in the most charming way. 

Thanks to the glass panels it feels almost like an open-plan kitchen but I can still close the doors to separate one room from another and believe me, when you live in a small place, that comes in very handy!

  

I always get so many nice comments about my vintage chippy turquoise cabinet. I bought it in a vintage market in Paris a few years ago and it was love at first sight! One of those finds you just can't pass on. It really is a statement piece in my kitchen.

The color is one of the first things that catches your eyes. A light shade of turquoise, the paint has chipped and faded perfectly through the years and all the small imperfections make this a unique and wonderful piece.


I get a lot of use out of it too! A very functional beauty this is. I storage napkins and other bits and pieces inside.

It was part of a set of cabinets from and old French country kitchen and I sometimes wonder where the rest of that beautiful set of turquoise cabinets went? Hopefully to another loving shabby home...


Open shelves are a great idea for organising and displaying your plates and kitchen stuff in a charming way. I'm always changing the way my shelves look depending on what new addition to my slight obsession with China I bring home. These shelves are always fun to play around with!

   

As you can see I like a rather soft color palette, some darker accents here and there (like the gold bird cage hanging on the wall in the next picture) to add some contrast, but I mainly stay true to my pastels and whites. Soft colors really get me in a peaceful and relaxing mood and I enjoy that feeling pretty much everyday of my life. 



As I was visiting Rachel Ashwell's NYC store in December I came across these gorgeous curtains. Even though I tried very hard to pick just one pattern I couldn't choose between the two and ended up buying them both. I'm loving the result of having two different pattern curtains in the kitchen. That must be my wild side! lol

These beautiful huge windows are the reason why this is certainly the brightest room in the house. And also the fact that they're pointing east. This means I get to enjoy the first rays of sunshine every morning as i'm making my first cup of coffee, what a privilege! 

   

I hope you enjoyed this tour around my little Parisian kitchen and that in some ways inspired you.

No matter how small your home is, beautiful living is a state of mind and we can all achieve it. 

Until the next post my dear friends.

Adriana.

  


Monday, 21 December 2015

Visiting Shabby Chic NYC store

When I decided to spend Christmas with my family in New Jersey, one of the things that popped immediately into my mind was, that means I'll get to go to the Shabby Chic store in NYC for the second time this year! What a privilege for someone that lives in Paris, the city of romance and Limoges China but no Shabby stores. 

I'm such a big fan of Rachel and her work through all these years and her NY store is definitely one of my favorite places to visit when I'm in New York. I always find tons of inspiration browsing and scanning around this magnificent place. 

A beautiful white Christmas tree welcomes us. I can feel already my exciment to get in and start scanning the place with my mesmerized eyes.



I love the wallpaper in this room. So many people would be afraid of using a flowery wallpaper but for me a vintage wallpaper is the perfect way to get that old/cottage look that I love so much! 


And what about those white French doors. They remind me so much of the doors I have back at home in my Parisian apartment. These are a lot prettier tho! Those carved glass panels are the perfect way to add an extra touch of elegance and charm.


This room works perfectly for me. The color palette and the textures marry perfectly with exquisite harmony in this cozy, country, chic dining room. 

Ruffles paradise!


This nex spot stole my heart. That blue vintage console is perfect for adding a pop of color that's still subtle and within the palette. It's a nice way to tone down the ruffles and the flowery wall. 



A big chunky wooden table blends so well in this charming dining room.


I'm a happy visitor! 

  

In case you were wondering, not everything in this store is flowery and feminine. There's also place for neutral and sober. But then of course you need a gorgeous chandelier to make it work ;) 


    

The reflection on this mirror lets us know we're in dreamland. The harmony of the colours is mellow, smooth and peaceful . 



A living room that is all about neutrals, maybe I'd like it better if it had some flowers on the table... And that's just the magic of flowers for me...


I want some of this beauty to take home with me! Need to get serious! 

Off I went looking for easy-to-travel gems. For me is all about fabrics, one of the things Rachel does best! Linens, napkins and curtains. Prints and textures, she gets it so well. They are all gorgeous!

What a great visit! I know you want to know if I bought anything..?! Well, how can you just leave this place empty-handed?

   These are some if the beauties I came back with. Can't wait to get home and start enjoying them! 


Beautiful living is what I love most!


Friday, 30 October 2015

Visiting an old French farm

Today I had the great pleasure of going inside this beautiful French farm, built in the 18th century. 

Everytime I come to Picardie in the northen part of France, I pass by this enormous farm. It always catches my eyes and makes me wonder about what it might look like in the inside. Old doors and windows, patina perfection everywhere you look! 


It seems abandoned from the outside, I found out later that it's been more than 40 years since anyone lived in this forgotten gem full of history and treasures. This is all making me more and more curious! 

A man aproches me. An old farmer who turns out to be one of the 4 owners of the farm. A farmer himself, he tells us about his family and how three generations have lived in this place that now stands unloved and forgotten for over 40 years.

I asked him if we could visit the inside of this amazing farm. The rest is all in picures... 

One of the front doors lets me know this is going to be good... 


Patina at its best! 


How cute is that little door! 


Vintage wallpaper decorates every room. 


This print was one of my favorites!



And then I saw these doors and my heart stopped for a second... 



He was so nice showing us around. Proud and ashamed at same time because this house that he loves so much is in such ruins... 

I still loved it and appreciated every single detail with astonishement! 






I was so lucky to have passed by here today and to have bumped into this man who so kindly opened the doors of this great home and let us take a peak into the French 18th century.