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. 



Thursday, 10 September 2015

Table Setting


Table setting is one of my favorite things to do. I love making a "pretty mess" with lots of flowers, petals and mismatched china. 

Even though I do have a preference for certain flowers like Peonies, Hydrangeas, and pale-color roses; I try to change from time to time so I don't always get the same flowers. It's for sure I wouldn't mind having a Peony season that last forever, but nevertheless it's nice having different types of flowers. They are all so special in their own different ways.  

I usually don't get red roses (or anything that's red for that matter) but these were a gift from my sweet boyfriend and I got to say I have loved photographing them and adding a touch of red in my pictures. Especially when mixed with blue and pink.


Everything you see in these pictures come from different places. French Brocantes, Rachel Ashwell, Zara Home and a cute little Parisian boutique where I got the white lace napkins from.

As you can see, the red petals stole the show. They're in the fading stage right now but it's been such a pleasure to have them around!







Wednesday, 5 August 2015

My little French chest of drawers



I found this beauty in a Brocante and fell in love with it right away. It's perfectly chipped, white and old.

What I most love about it is that "campagne" look. It seems like it belonged to an old french farm and that is what I look for when I want to add a bit of "country charm" to a room. 



I like it's simplicity and how easy it is to match with more glamorous pieces like that lovely pale pink vintage sconce and of course flowers. 


I like to work on the drawes so they look pretty and cozy inside. 

I always add a vintage-like wallpapper on the inside and few layers of white paint. Now these drawers are like brand new! 

Sunday, 2 August 2015

I’m originally from Venezuela. I moved to Paris 5 years ago and fell in love with this beautiful city, but how can you not? The architecture was one of those things that caught my eye straight away. The Haussmanien buildings with their exquisite molding on the ceilings are one of the most beautiful features of a Parisian home.


Going to French vintage markets became my obsession. Finding unique charming pieces to decorate my home. There’s that feeling when you know you’ve found what I like to call a “treasure”, that unique little charming piece from the past that you have to bring home, otherwise you risk never finding it again.

 

Flea markets or how the French call them “brocant” is where I find all my treasures. Vintage finds are my biggest thrill. To me they are forgotten gems waiting to be found and loved again. It’s the history they hide within them that I want to rediscover. The beauty of a hand-made piece. The patina, the worn-out colors, the imperfections. These are all characteristics that fascinate me and that I look for in every vintage object that catches my eyes.

My style combines the French glamour with the modesty and charm of an old English cottage. It’s in the mixing of these two that I find the perfect balance between beauty and warmth.

And of course there’s the color palette. Whites, soft, worn out colors are my favorites. I also like to leave a few pieces in their original vintage gold paint to add some old glamorous charm, but I stick to my color palette no matter what.


There’s also my love of flowers and their perfection that fascinates me. Flowers are a source of inspiration for me. I always keep fresh flowers at home and even find it hard sometimes to get rid of them once they’ve started fading away. I appreciate their beauty in every stage of their lives.

I live in a small Parisian apartment but my dream is to have a big garden where I can plant my all my favorite flowers; Roses, Peonies and Hydrangeas.