News – Build your house yourself !

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Well, it has been a long time since I last posted a news article on my Cosy Cosyneve blog. That’s life going on here, life takes up all the free time for some beautiful projects !

I’m sure you already had some weeks, months, years like that before, where you just have to concentrate on some projects for it to be “successful”.

At the moment, one of our project is getting closer and closer to be finished ! Yay !
With my husband, we’ve been building our home in the french Alps, a house I designed to look like it has always been here. I love nature and I fight against visual pollution, so I wanted our house to be a good ad-on this beautiful landscape surrounded with mountains.

We started building 2 years ago and did most of the indoor construction ourselves. The electricity should be plugged-in next week. It will be a step forward !

Our other “project” started 20 months ago and will go on for our whole life : we created a child, her name is  Néva. We try to balance our life to still free some time to spend with her. (but I have to admit it is very challenging to “balance” correctly).

As the house will soon be “finished” (it is never actually finished”), I’d like to get back into writing articles more often to share my interior design discoveries about nature and mountain.

I’d like to explain some process of building a home, a chalet, which I think might interest some of you. If it’s your case, please fill free to ask questions or manifest your curiosity. It will help build my motivation to write and share more for sure !

For now, I can share a picture of our house “almost finished”.

Have a great week and I hope to see you again soon : )

Amandine

1st expo for CosyNEVE

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During the week-end of the 7th and 8th of November, CosyNEVE participated to its first expo : a small one in my home town as a start !

Here are a few pictures of the stand we built my sister and myself : a lot of fun !

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A give away has been organized where visitor are offered to create their own ski sign poster to win it.organisation concours sur stand

 

Thank you to all the participants and visitors of our stand !

Mieux Vivre Expo

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Rétrospective of the expo “WORK by des Designers” in La Roche/Foron in France

Here are my favorites design items :

Cushions HJEM product, a new brand based in the french Alps.

coussin HJEM product alpes

 

Altiligne, mountain table by Benoit Chabert.

table forme montagne relief

 

Claerbout Yohan, mechanic innovator

original french armchair

 

One of my favorite brand: Arpin dress up a long chair La Cox

arpin et lacox I love the wooden sled/chair behind.la cox arpin

 

Adrien Bonneau

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In’Bô, young artists in love with wood and outdoor sports.

la cox arpin

 

 

Original French Armchair by Paco Tourté.

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What’s your favorite ?

Learn more about it on the website: desdesigners.fr

Those items are available on bowigo.fr

DIY poster “Let go or be dragged”

Here it is, the new poster “Lâchez la perche” is available for sale in the shop!

Here is the step by step process explained :

1. The Idea

When teaching ski to the beginner classes, it is one of the first thing we tells our customers: “If you fall, make sure you release the pole”, that you let go!

Because we have to agree, we see too often poor people swallowing a certain amount of snow, though vainly trying to recover in remaining hooked to this lift pole. But why? Surely as Gad Elmaleh, a french comic says, it is “because it is our own, we don’t want to let it go… And yet, there are plenty of others available behind, but we remain stubborn, as it is ours, we keep it and that’s it!”

2. The Drawing

Each poster starts with a sketch on paper with a pencil. As most of my day is already spent in front of a screen, I enjoy to draw sometimes, I can let my hand free to create pretty curves.

Below is the drawing, probably the creation step that I prefer. Several points have to be studied : the body position, the expression of the face, the style of clothing.

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3. The drawing vectorization (digitalization)

Once satisfied with the drawing, I take a photo and import it in Adobe Illustrator. The vectorization starts thanks to the tools “quill pen”, zone by zone.This is a meticulous and lengthy work.
Parallel to this, I choose the colors of the drawing, inspired by fashion of the moment or by old vintage posters. I like to keep a sober and simple style without too much clutter.
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4. Incorporation of the drawing into the poster

Once the drawing is traced, I proceed to the poster layout by adding texts and background decors. Several colors and typography are tested. Small shadows are added to make it a little more “incorporated” into the decor.
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5. Finalization and rendering

This process can be time-consuming because the aesthetics and the balance of the whole counts a lot for me. As soon as a change is made, I let “rest” the poster a moment before looking again at it. Having a “fresh” look is important in order to effectively judge its own creations.

It is still a bit of an apprehension when I present my creations. I hope you will enjoy this new poster, you may recall an enjoyable moment skiing…

Here is the new poster :
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And here is the framed poster :

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Feel free to let me know your thoughts about this poster, it is always very constructive!
If you want to buy the poster click here!

The poster is available in size A3 (29,7 x 42cm) and A4 (21 x 29,7cm) to the price of 19 and 13€.
Delivery is possible worldwide. Posters are stored in rigid cart board envelopes which guarantee a prefect quality once received.

 

 

Japan architecture inspiration

table moderne bois métal

This interior caught my eye as I like the warmth brought by the wood. Mixed with metal, it adds up a modern feel to the uncluttered and simple volumes. I could have bet this house was located in the french alps, but no ! I was surprised to discover it’s actually located in … Japan !

Visit the “Ishibe” house, made by Alts Design in Japan.

Mix of wood style for this corridor. Decoration enhance with large posters framed sitting on the floor.

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The entrance made of wood with a metal stair linking with the second floor.

 

 

entrée porte et lambris bois

 

Living area with kitchen and a wide table for family reunion : the hub of this house. Beautifully designed with a mix of wood of the ceiling and for the table top. Industrial feel adds modernity with hanging lamp bulbs from black cord on the ceiling and metal structure for furniture and stairs. A wise mix !

 

 

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Very simple lines is what works best ; )

cuisine et salle à manger ampoules suspendues

Check the large open shelves for storage on the far right.

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Another view from the kitchen side.

intérieur moderne et bois

 

The mezzanine upstairs with wooden floor and ceiling. A wall has been covered of old pieces of wood for a more rustic look.

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A cosy atmosphere with a japanese touch. Very ZEN !

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Surprisingly, I didn’t expect the exterior of this house to look like a cube. We expect a chalet type house, but it is actually a perfect cube ! Why not ? (Well actually a bit too modern to my (french) taste)

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I hope you enjoyed this japan inspiration !

Have a good week !

Photo credit : Alts Design Office

Favorite lamp pendant by Muuto

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Muuto is a swedish brand who creates furniture and lighting in a beautiful way.

They create new and original perspectives with the aim to expand the Scandinavian design tradition,  following the meaning of their name in Finnish : “muutos” means “perspective”.

Objects are made sublime through new perpectives from designers across Scandinavia.

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Here is a selection of pendant lights I particularly like : their shape is smooth and uncluttered.

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Décoration scandinavian

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scandinavian inspiration lamp

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The new Muuto pendant light out in 2015 is called “Grain”

designed by Jens Fager. It would fit perfectly well inside a cosy chalet atmosphere.

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warm clean shape

GRAIN is a small lamp with plenty of personality, a clean and human shape inspired by daily life.

It is perfect for hanging in rows over a bar setting or placed in clusters of multiple lamps to create an alternative light installation over a table.

Equipped with a 4W LED bulb that can last up to 10.000 hours, the lamp will save energy, whilst reflecting a natural light and warm glow.

Here is a short video presenting the designer and his work.

I hope you enjoyed those lamps as much as I did and that it has been a good source of inspiration for you.

If you like, you can find more lighting on the Muuto websitemuuto.com