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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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

Why do we like design ?

Last week, we discovered the work of Marie-Laure Helmkampf, interior designer living in the south of France.

Today, we take a closer look at this kitchen design to understand: Why do we like it ?

1. A balance of verticals and horizontals

 Horizontal lines :

  • calming,
  • pacifying,
  • enlarge the space,
  • create an indoor horizon.

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Vertical lines : 

  • extend the height of a volume
  • create more dynamic
  • can be related to high trees, high vertical mountains, cliff
  • too much of them can create a feeling of suffocation[/one_half_last]

In this kitchen, the verticals and horizontals are used wisely. The verticals are on one side of the room or used for the highest elements, creating thus more volume up high. Horizontal lines are wide giving a calming feeling to the space.

Tips : Make sure you balance the lines in any rooms of your house to create the right feeling. Depending if you want the room to look calm or dynamic, use more or less of verticals and horizontals.

The shape of the lines are also important. 

  • Curve line : charming, warm, traditional
  • Straight line : Simple, modern, unpersonal

In this kitchen, they chose straight lines to keep the look modern and simple. The warmth and charm is added by other elements like materials and colors.

2. Colors

The colors chosen for this kitchen remain in the same tones of brown. The black and the green are added as touches to break the uniformity and give more dynamic to the room.

3. Materials

All the materials used in this kitchen are inspired from the nature : wood, and stone work together to bring a warm feeling. The look is authentic, surfaces look rough. A few vintage item like the blanck lamp and the high chairs, add the final touch to look cosy and warm.

Inspired by Nature !
Here are a few other landscapes from which the materials used in this kitchen are inspired.

I hope while reading this post you found yourself looking at your own kitchen or room wondering how are the lines or colors or materials organised !

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Inspiration : natural interior

Today, I introduce you with Marie-Laure Helmkampf, interior designer living currently in the south of France.

As she says, her goal is to create harmony between spaces with timeless style. For that, she uses a balance between lights and proportions through the volume.

I let you have a look at one of her realization for her house in the South of France.

The kitchen

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The Living area

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The entry room

Entry

 

Salon nature blanc

The bedrooms

bedroom wood

chambre lampe vintage jaune

The bathroom

Salle de bain nature

 I hope you enjoyed this visit. The next article will be about “why do we like this natural style” ?

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I encourage you to visite Marie-Laure Helmkampf ‘s website !

Thanks you : )

 

DIY : colorful plant pots

To continue the serie of articles on how to enhance your interior in a low budget, here is the last creation I made : colorful pots for little plants in the kitchen.

Cost of this project : 5 $NZ for the pots, 6 $NZ for the paint and 12 $NZ for the flowers/earth.  TOTAL : 23 $NZ

The plants : gardening shop or supermarket ?

The initial idea was to plant aromatic plants like parsley or basil, to use them while cooking. We can find some cheap ones in the supermarket. I tested it but I don’t recommend it, or at least not during winter. Those plants grow under solar lamps before being displayed in the supermarket. Once brought back home, they need lots of sun and heat, which is tricky to get during winter. My poor aromatic plants didn’t survived. I learnt from that, and went to buy normal flowers in a gardening shop after asking for good advices from the seller. They still have some cheap plants, those ones were at 1,87$NZ/plant.
So far, my new flowers look happy !  Gardening Shop wins !

The pots : gets them at the recycling center !

Little pots aromatic plants

In Wanaka (New Zealand) at the moment, we have access to this fantastic place called “Recycling center” where you can find already used items. It demands a bit of search and imagination, but that’s where I found 3 little pots in a brown earthy color. Different shapes and colors, but that’s for the charming aspect !

The picture here has been taken when the aromatic plants were still surviving !!

 

The paint : get test pots

Instead of buying expensive acrylic paint available only in the primary colors, I got 2 little Resene “test pots” that are made for testing paint color on walls. Their volume of paint is just perfect for the size of the pots (I even have left overs), and you have the freedom to choose between a laaarge range of colors.

Here are the colors I chose : Grey/light blue “Longitude and Guardsman Red which will go along with the original brown pot.
The reason why I chose those colors is to go well with the rest of the apartment which has grey carpet, brown leather couch, light grey/earthy walls and wooden table. My goal was to add a punchy touch of vitamin in the kitchen that goes along with natural shade like wood colors. The red turns out to be brighter than I thought but I am quite happy with the result.

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If you need any help in choosing some colors which would go well with your living area, feel free to ask me.

The Result

After two layers of paint, here is the result.

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More DIY to follow during the coming weeks : cushions, canvas painting and other little advices.

See you the next time, oh and don’t forget to click “like” if you enjoyed this article. Thanks : )

Kitchen tip : declutter and reorganize

Here are a few simple tips to make your kitchen a better place while staying within a budget.

1. Declutter: 0 €

We often tend to keep lots of little things visible in the kitchen, some to have them handy, others because they are pretty or sentimental. Then gradually, we find ourselves faced with an amalgam where we finally can’t see … anything!

To feel comfortable in a room, we have to be able to free our mind. Thus, by leaving some empty spaces, it appears that we have always some room left to add things if necessary. We feel more free. Conversely, if the space is cluttered, you feel overwhelmed and adding an element is impossible.

Here’s an example:
BEFORE: Doing the dishes seem a chore. AFTER: What a pleasant place to do the dishes with a view of the greenery!

cluttered kitchen   Uncluttered kitchen

What we did here:

  • Remove the little trinkets and postcards,
  • Place garlic and onions elsewhere (because in front of the window, they germinate faster!)
  • Keep only a few decorative elements of the same style (up to three),
  • Add a little greenery, a few leaves considered as weeds in your garden can give a completely different style to your home!
  • We voluntarily leave the tomato, it gives a touch of color, and makes cooking more alive, more human.

Now, what to do with all that has been removed here?

 

2. Rearrange intelligently: for less than 40 €

  1. Where to display the postcards?

    One solution might be to install this magnetic chalkboard on one wall of the kitchen. IKEA, € 14.95

    If you only have a smaller space or if you want to customize a wall, try painting covered with magnetic chalkboard paint. Expect to pay about € 12 per 250 ml of paint Magner, about 0.5 m in 2 to 3 layers.

    Black paint : About 13 € pot 300mL at Castorama.

     

  2. Where to keep the garlic and onions?

    Under your wall cabinets, install a bar GRUNDTAL available at IKEA and by mail order, 40 to 80 cm for a price of € 2.99 to 3.99.
    On this bar, you can hang all sorts of things, such as cutlery drainer, which would nicely carry the garlic and onions! Its price: € 4.99.

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    IKEA is filled with good tips and affordable products to complement the rail and free up the workspace: Click here to view products suitable for the walls.

  3. What about all those little decorative items left?

    If you value these objects and find them all nicer than each other, try to sort them in groups of 3 or 4 of the same style. Then, just display some of these objects and keep the others in the closet. You can then change your setting to suit your desires, without having to get rid of your little decorative objects.

 

The result: a stylish kitchen, tidy, and pleasant to live for less than 40 euros!

Uncluttered kitchen

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