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11
Mai

Summer Cottage in Sweden

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Ein Blick nach Schweden in diese traumhafte Sommerhütte. Guten Wochenstart!

A look inside an idyllic summer cottage in Sweden. Stay well, friends!

photos: johan fornstedt for lansforsakringar via my scandinavian home

5
Mai

36 m² Attic in Sweden

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Ein Blick nach Schweden in diese traumhafte 36 m² Einzimmerwohnung. Design: Emma Fischer.

A look inside a dreamy one room attic in Sweden. Design: Emma Fischer.

photos: Annie Hyrefeldt for Alvhem via My Scandinavian Home

4
Mai

Happy Bohemian Home in Argentina

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Ein Blick nach Argentinien in das tolle Zuhause von Virginia EscribanoBloggerin und Kreative. Guten Wochenstart!

A look inside the bohemian home of Virginia Escribano – creator of Aires de Bohemia. Happy new week!


photos: Magali Saberian for la nacion via planete deco

27
Apr

59 m² Apartment in Sweden

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Ein Blick nach Schweden in diese tolle 59 m² Wohnung. Guten Wochenstart!

A look inside a 59 m² home in Sweden full of light and optimism. Stay well!

alvhem

9
Apr

Interview with Alexander Warren-Gash

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“For me, success equates directly with levels of happiness. I get the most pleasure from spending time with my family and travelling, but the levels of happiness are that much greater if I feel like I deserve it. This comes through working hard, being a good person and a belief that I am giving my best at all times.”

Alexander Warren-Gash of Mashamba Garden Design

Timeless Mediterranean landscapes. A fascinating mix of long-lasting blooms, textures and vibrant hues. Simple yet rich… It’s hard to tell where nature ends and the garden design begins. Summed up in one sentence: Landscape architecture has never been so beautiful as in the work of the Mallorca based studio Mashamba Garden Design. Some days ago I had the pleasure of interviewing Alexander Warren-Gash – landscape designer and Mashamba‘s founder, – speaking about success, daily routine and absolutely epic landscapes. I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did. Stay healthy & happy Easter!

What does a happy day in the life of Alexander Warren-Gash look like?

As much as I enjoy my work, my happiest days usually coincide with weekends or holidays. Early morning is my favourite time of day as the light is beautiful and everything is very peaceful. I really enjoy adventure, so a day trip out with the family to a remote beach or a hike in the mountains, followed by a bbq at home in the garden with some friends and a bottle or two of wine. That constitutes my perfect day!


Do you have a daily routine?

One of the beauties of being self employed is that you don’t have to stick to the rigors of a routine. A cup of tea and the news in the morning and dinner with the family in the evening are set, but everything in between is on a day by day basis. Self discipline is extremely important and there are often times when I work 70 hour weeks for months on end, but equally, when the work load is lighter, as it often is during the summer months, I know how to settle back and relax.

When did you first discover your love of landscape architecture?

I have always loved nature and gardening, and I have always been very creative. However, it wasn’t until I was around 32 that I put 2 and 2 together and realized that I could combine the two elements and chase the dream.


What landscapes move you most?

I love gardens, but I get the most thrills from dramatic natural landscapes. Mallorca is not short of these with the beautiful calas, rocky coastline and rugged mountains, but in terms of absolutely epic landscapes, I think it is hard to beat Namibia.

Is there one bodily sense – as in touch, sight or hearing – that is most powerful in experiencing a place?

Tough question, as it is generally the all round sense combination that creates the magic. The sound of the birds singing and bees buzzing. The smells of orange blossom, lavender, jasmine. A mint tea made from freshly picked mint……


How does your home garden look like?

We have just bought a property that we are still in the process of doing up. Builders, whilst great at building, are also notorious for destroying gardens and as such we are waiting until they are finished before we do the garden properly. The goal though is to create a relatively low maintenance gravel garden, with pathways linking various seating/chillout areas that we know that we will enjoy through the seasons. That said, we have taken advantage of the lockdown to put together, as a family, a great vegetable and herb garden.

What do you suggest people to transform a small garden?

Gardens are generally the most undervalued but potentially most important part of any property. A nice garden will bring you lots of pleasure and does not necessarily have to cost lots of money. Work out where that sunny spot is in winter and the shade in summer and you are already a good ways towards structuring your space.


If you had no limits, what would be your dream project?

My absolute dream would be to create a self sustainable finca in a remote location abutting a national park in a place like Costa Rica, where all water, electricity and food would be generated  and grown on site, whilst the majority of the land would be left as a wildlife haven.

What do you love to do when you are not designing landscapes?

I love traveling and exploring, surfing and fishing, photography and most importantly, doing these things with my friends and family.


What are your favourite books?

I think that it is important to balance your reading out. My library is a complete mish mash of literary classics, airport thrillers, history, fictional novels, coffee table books and reference guides. One of my favourites though is the early works of Louis de Bernieres.

What are your favourite movies?

Comedies are my favourite as they high light the lighter side of life, and remind me that there is no need to take life too seriously.

What are your favourite places in Mallorca?

I prefer the more rugged areas of Mallorca, such as the coastline along the parque levant near Arta.

What does success mean to you?

For me, success equates directly with levels of happiness. I get the most pleasure from spending time with my family and travelling, but the levels of happiness are that much greater if I feel like I deserve it. This comes through working hard, being a good person and a belief that I am giving my best at all times.

Imagine you’re teaching a class in the school of life. What would be your tips?

I believe that everybody has different prioirities and different philosophical outlooks on life, so there is no universal silver bullet. That said, I would recommend that if you can work out your own motivational factors and what makes you happy, and then do your utmost to work towards making your goals/dreams a reality, then you are along the right track. The more that you put into life, the more that you are likely to get out of it.

Photos: Alexander Warren-Gash for Mashamba Garden Design

6
Apr

Dreamy 40 m² Mobile Home

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Ein Blick in dieses 40 m² mobile Haus von In Tenta Design. Gesunden and schönen Wochenstart!

A look inside a 40 m² mobile home by In Tenta Design. Much optimism and love to all of you. Stay safe!



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23
Mrz

Lovely Home in England

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A moment of calm in a lovely Bristol apartment. Take care, everyone. We’re all one team. Act in solidarity with those at risk. We’ll get through this. Believe. ❤

photos: the modern house

16
Mrz

Green Home in Barcelona

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Schöner Wohnen mit Pflanzen in einem Zuhause in Barcelona. Design: Sirëe. Stay safe, friends!

A look inside a green home in Barcelona designed by studion Sirëe. Stay safe, friends!

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9
Mrz

Beautiful Home in Paris

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Ein Blick nach Paris in dieses wunderschöne Zuhause. Guten Wochenstart!

A look inside a beautiful home in Paris. Happy new week!

vtwonen

2
Mrz

Interview with Maria Antònia Marqués

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“Believe in yourself! Decorate step by step. Choose carefully the pieces that will form your home. I always say that decorating takes time. If you decorate one step at a time and have patience, the result will be extraordinary.”

Maria Antònia Marqués

Con Alma Design


Wooden tables of timeless design… sustainable cutting boards I love to use every day… amazing studio located in the heart of Mallorca… In two words: Con Alma Design. A week ago I had the pleasure of interviewing the lovely Maria Antònia Marqués – interior designer and co-founder of Conalma Design, – speaking about success, daily routine and favorite movies. I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did.

What does a happy day in the life of Maria Antònia Marqués look like?

Every day is a happy day! I wake up at 7 am. It’s so quiet at that time in our house. I make coffee and enjoy the tranquility. Some minutes later the morning chaos starts – the children wake up. We make breakfast and prepare them to go to school. My husband and I work together in a beautiful studio surrounded by nature. We feel very grateful to work in such an environment. We usually work with relaxing music in the background. At 5 pm we pick  up the kids from school and take a walk with our beagle Murta. After the walk we go home, light candles and  prepare the evening meal. Once the children fall asleep, I read or watch TV.


Do you have a daily routine?

Every day is different. Exept Monday morning when we have more organizational stuff.

When did you first discover your love of interior design?

It was born out of pure curiosity. As a child I loved to imagine what the abandoned houses I saw in the countryside would be like. During first year at the university it was not very clear if interior design was the thing I was looking for. During my final project I felt in love with interior design. I finally had a really good time creating something from nothing. I felt fulfilled. From the subsequent work in companies I would have to highlight my time at Denys & von Arend where I learned a lot. Basics, dealing with clients, choosing materials, making moodboards. With that knowledge we – my husband and I – found Conalma Design six years ago. A labour of love.


Looking back at your first project, what design knowledge do you wish you had back then?

I think time teaches. The mistakes teach us too. Each project teaches us to improve certain things and not to do others. It’s all about teaching.

What interior design moves you most?

I love relaxing interiors. Unpretentious and functional. Homes full of life.


How does your home look like?

It’s constantly evolving. We have two young children and our home looks often chaotic. But I love the atmosphere. It feels cozy. We live a small house in the town of Alaró. With stone walls and white walls. I love putting soft carpets for more comfort. We use our wooden f Conalma furniture – tables, lamps and stools at home too. I love the fireplace and the neutral colors scheme. Our favorite place is our garden where children often play.

When designing a home, what was your first source of inspiration?

The first thing I notice is the natural light that enters a house. I look for the spirit of the home and the client’s needs.


How do you achieve such a good scale? Scale is really an interesting and difficult topic.

The scale is the factor that makes everything proportionate but you don’t have to be overwhelmed by it, just doing a good study first of all guarantees a good result. Our pieces are always adapted to space. We do not have standard measures. It’s a design according to space.

What is your best advice on color?

The main color of our pieces is neutral. If you like it colorful, just choose a color that you are never tired of.


What do you suggest people to transform their homes?

Believe in yourself! Decorate step by step. Choose carefully the pieces that will form your home. I always say that decorating takes time. If you decorate one step at a time and have patience, the result will be extraordinary.


What do you love to do when you are not designing?

I love building Lego and 3D puzzles with my oldest son, going to the beach in winter, traveling. I also have a lot of fun baking bread and cookies with my children. I love to read and going to the movies.

What are your favorite books?

I don’t have a favorite book. There are so many that I like depending on the stage of my life. I like The Child of Isaacson Rupert’s Horses, Knowing How to See the Architecture of Bruno Zevi, Madame Bovary de Flaubert, The Garden of the Finzi-Contini of Bassani, The Little Prince of Antoine de Saint Exupery. I have now finished The Villa of the Fabrics by Anne Jacobs. It is also a delight to read books about landscaping.


What are your favorite movies?

Singing in the Rain, West Side Story, The Wizard of Oz. Even today I love watching The Wizard of Oz with my children. I love the set of the movie and I always discover new details there. I like a lot The Godfather Part II. There are many great movies but there is a movie that I’m in love with because of the meaning: About time – written and directed by Richard Curtis. It’s a charming, funny and entertaining film that touches and makes you value the little things in life. Oh, and Disney… I like happy ending … always…


What are your favorite places in Mallorca?

Sóller and Formentor.

What does success mean to you?

To know that our design pieces last forever in the homes of our clients. That every time they look at our piece they think about the beauty of the creation process and that an exclusive piece emerged simply from nowhere.


Imagine you’re teaching a class in the school of life. What would be your tips?

Do not hurry, be patient and enjoy every moment – it is unique and flies by. Work hard and be nice to people.

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