MILANO – SALONE DEL MOBILE 2014

Hello!This is a special week, here in Italy: in Milan, a special event is going on: the “Salone del Mobile”, a great show of furniture and complements. I think that images will give you a better idea of “what’s new” for the home starting from next autumn and for the year 2015. I really enjoy myself visiting it, every year I wait for it with impatience.

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You can see great original and creative stands!

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Take relax on a colourfull sofa (decomposable, so you can change it every time you want) …

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Look for the latest news for bathroom, imaging your brand new bathroom like a spa;

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Appreciate great and sumptuous mosaic;

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Search for original ethnic pieces for your home …

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Be inspired by installations about how could you decorate a wall;

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Choose between a bunch of soft, upholstered beds…

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Take note of new fabrics and patterns;

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Take a seat and relax in the glamorous café and restaurants all over the exposition …

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And, finally, every two years, with EuroCucina you’ll be “updated” about the latest news about kitchens: this year, wood and metals are just the main characters: the kitchen opens to industrial style.

IN THE MOOD FOR SPRING

Hello!Spring is finally here! Nature is blooming all around, showing us her beautiful pastel colours. I love spring, the nature wakes up bringing to us such beautiful colours, melted with flavours and scent of flowers’ blossom. For me spring means “pastel colours”, in every declination. As if we have to wake up too from winter, we need colours to stimulate brain and body. Colours that are the same in home interiors like in fashion, as well. Have you ever noticed that nature gives us some suggestions? If you’re in doubt with a combo of colours, you just have to watch all around you the seasons changing. As an Interior Designer, i’ve a quite well-trained eye to combine hues and gradations: I just love it, and I have lot of fun when i do this kind of things.. But, at the very beginning, when I started my work path, the most important thing was to observe everything, to assimilate every picture on home magazines. To cut-off and store the pictures that cought my eye, and take notes about why they caught my attention: these are still nowadays a pretty unlimited source of inspiration for me. Take a look at this photos below: I just took some notes over the colours that are present in each photos.I choose only 5-6 colours for each picture, but the hues of the same colours are just unlimited.

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You have to refresh the complements in your home? I think these three models are just good enough.If you don’t need to make a full restyle, pick some colours for cushions, curtains, tableclothes, and so on.. your home will be all dressed-up for spring!

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It’s extremely important to know that every colours has an effect over our mood, and they have the power to make us feel at ease and relaxed, or bad and insatisfied. This is also one of the principles of Feng-Shui, a discipline that teach us in which quantities we can use the colours, which are the colours made for the living room, for example, and which are no good for bedrooms. It may be obvious, but it’s not simple to combine colours and materials, every choice has a reason. The concepts are clear and rigorous, but frequently Feng Shui is applied unconsciously. However, Feng Shui is an elaborate topic, with its meanings and symbolism, so I’ll explain it better in a dedicated post. This are the meanings associated with the principal colours for Feng-Shui, with some suggestion to use them.

WHITE
Maybe the most used colour for the walls, white is a ductile and pratic colour. Sometimes, if used too much, it may cause a sense of cold and monotony. A great device is to give the colour a light-warm hue, like beige or yellow, to warm up the ambience. Another good idea is to mix white with a pinch of silver, cause white is also the colours associated with metals. White and metals are just great combined with a room in which you have a lot of wood.
GREEN
Born from the mixture of blue and yellow, it’s a relaxing colour. Green is associated with nature, with the open spaces, and with the trees that provide us oxygen. It’s a colour that allows us to clear up the mind. In its lightest hues, it’s recommended also for the bedroom, and for relaxing spaces.The darkest tones must be use with parsimony.
RED
A powerfull colour that means “passion”. Passion is fundamental in our life, but like all the feelings (and the colours), has to be moderated. Passion and strenght, infact, may flow into a distructive feeling, which could oppress the people. Light red and pink can create a relaxing and harmonious effect, so it’s ok to use it also in bedrooms or restrooms. Dark tones of red are not recommended for resting, they’re too intense.Lilac is great also for the living room, it stimulate communication and sociability between people.
YELLOW
Colour that evokes the sun, it gives warm and energy. Warm tones are great for the kitchen, and also for livingroom, in a lighter tone. On the contrary, it’s a too intense colour for bedrooms or restrooms .
BLUE
Feng Shui generally does not recommend the use of cold tones, except for light hues. Blue represents the deep of feelings, but the risk is to “navigate” too much in our interior world, so sometimes it brings to melancholy.

 Happy Colours’ Mix to You All!Cris

FLOORS&WALLS’ COVERINGS: THE CHOICES FOR OUR HOME!

Hello to you! Some of you surely know that we’re working of our brand new apartement: the works during these last mounth went on quickly, and now finally we’re entering in the most interesting part: the finishing touches – floors and walls covering, doors, fixtures, furniture, and so on…we’re all excited here!
Now that we’ve taken some choices, I want to show you a bit of our nest : I made severals panels (one for each room) in which I mixed textures, colours, and woods ..I think that the final result will be quite satisfying, don’t you think?

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FOR THE KITCHEN: (click on the images to enlarge)
– Bright wood and white cabinets; warm tones tiles;
– Red as predominant colour;
– Funny chairs

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FOR THE LIVINGROOM:
– preponderance of natural colours;
– comfy sofa and pouffs;
– consolle table (to gain space, it can be open just in case and it became a 6-8 places table)

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FOR THE BATHROOM:
– modern essential lines;
– shades of gray jazzed up by orange tones;
– pebbly mosaic tiles (that contains all the shades of gray of the bathroom cabinet and tiles)

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FOR THE BEDROOM:
– White and beige are the predominant colours, that stand out on the dark-brown parquet;
– Upholstered box bed; cushions of any type and size;
– Accessories (lamp, mirror) have some parts made by natural woods: for a welcoming and relaxing space.

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Access rooms are sometimes a bit “overlooked”: still, the hallway it’s as important as the other rooms of our home: we’re thinking about a “seaside setting”: after opening the main door, an outstanding space for us and our visitors: we’ll feel like on holiday every time we’ll go back home.
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– ocean blue on the walls;
– white rustic furniture;
–  particular accessories: lanterns, rétro appliques, seascape photos, and a touch of red (with cushions, decorative objects, ecc..)

Now, sure you know a lot about our home project: I would like to know also your first sensations and suggestion about this, since we spent -with enthusiasm- lot of time and energy about this “topic”. See you soon!Cris

TAKE TIME TO RELAX! (ALSO THE SIGHT)

Hello! Time’s flying, we’re already at the middle of November. We’re into autumn, finally! And autumn, for me, means also time to take it easy and just relax, with a warm plaid and a cup of hot chocolate, a good book to read, flipping trough the pages of some interior magazines…
In this post i’ll try to describe, with images, the mood that i like to breath in some corners of my home, cause it’s important to have your own space to rigenerare yourself. Also colours are really important to achieve this purpose, so you have to be beware of the shades of colors you put together. (Feng Shui can teach us a lot about this topic)
disimpegniThis is the reason why spaces like hallways, storage closet, also the spaces underneath the windows can be used in a better way.
Speaking of me, i think that neutral colors, in shades of beige or grey, are the most relaxing for my body and mind, and the easier to match with every other color. But it’s important to liven up them, cause they could become a little “flats” before your eyes. orange palette
1) PERSONALIZE: In the course of time, i’m got used to surround me with the things i love the most: books, magazines, photo album, travel guides .. it’s a beautiful satisfaction to have plenty of things in your house that remind you on the beautiful experiences in your life, or simply at your hobbies: your home must reflect the inner side of who you are. Unlikely a home that you build step by step, instinctively, will have something wrong at other people’s eyes. I really hope that you’ll find some good advices with the inspiration boards below.

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2) SOFT IS ..BETTER!: Choose with attention your decors and furnitures: plaids, pillows, cushions, lamps and much more.. every detail makes the difference for the final outcome. Don’t be afraid to fill the house with fabrics, poufs, cushions: soft things make your home just warm, for yourself and for your guests!fluffy cushions

hanging chair3) INSERT A PECULIAR OBJECT: it’s good to break optically the perception of spaces. It could be maybe an object that remind you at your chilhood (the hanging chair!), a travel souvenir, or something else.. It must be something that only you have!

green yellow4)LET’S COMBINE COLORS! It’s not such a big deal, in reality, you must have some simply rules always in mind. If you’re a bit insecure, you may start from neutral colors; then, combine maximum two other colors with the neutral one; take inspiration from magazines, and especially from Nature: landscapes or animals have always adequate combination of colors. But Always, don’t forget what you like the most, you don’t need a cold, tidy home, but a home in which you feel better than in every other place.

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PILLOWS COMBOS

Hello! Here the weather is really bad, so gloomy! Today i need colors to cheer me up after a long week-end of work, so i prepare some cushions combos. I love pillows, cushions and our new home will be full of soft and fluffy cushion, i know!Hoping that you’ll enjoy the view!

VIOLET

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GREEN AND BEIGE

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GREY

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And these last ones are about some handmade cushions, i found the photos on Pinterest. I think they’re originals. (maybe i can make the floral decors with colored paper and frame them – yeah, i think it’s a good idea! – cause i’m not really good at sewing..)

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SEARCHING FOR THE PERFECT TILE!

Hello!How are you?

We’re really busy in this period, cause in spring we’re moving, we’ll change home!! (tough we’ll still remain in the same town)
It was a bit unexpected (so exciting!) but we found a tiny apartement in the town center, it has to be renovated, but, hey!this is my job, so i’ll work hard and i think in the end it will become a beautiful home!

So, the past few day we looked around for materials, tiles, parquet, and so on.. i still have a bit of confusion because of the huge quantity and variety of the materials we’ve seen, but today i would like to submit to you some of our possible choices:

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Kitchen: i was thinking of a square tile, 40×40 cm, to enlarge optically the room. I like the warm tones, like sand for the floor and chocolate (maybe only a stripe between kitchen cabinets)
The kitchen will be two-coloured, in white and laminated wood, and i’ll insert a warm colour, like orange or red. (elegant but energetic)

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Bathroom: we were thinking of a modern bathroom, in the shades of grey, a kind of “architectural shower” and suspended bathroom fixture.

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Our future bathroom isn’t obviously this big, but i like the colour combination: maybe the floor will be “more grey”, to obtein a neutral effect, which can be personalized with all colours, warm or cold, according to the seasons. (i think that customize the bathroom with towels, rugs, curtains means more fun and brings freshness to the room.)

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Bedrooms: I’m totally a “parquet effect” lover, so i’ve no doubt in our choice.
Also in the bedroom is important to have a cozy atmosphere, it’s a private space and it has to fit you perfectly.

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I prefere modern and bright-coloured furniture, with a large upholstered bed. To make contrast, the parquet of the master bedroom will be in dark wood.

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In the end, for the small bedroom ,i was thinking to a brighter effect, with oak wood or similar, but for now i’ve not really planned it.

Hmm.. we still have so much work to do, but i think that our starting selection is quite good. (hoping to show you soon the good result, with the shots of our new home!)

ELEMENTI D’ARREDO: BOOKCASES

To create a cozy corner in your home! Seriously, i adore books and i need unlimited space to store them! Nothing’s better than a confortable couch, maybe a quilt in these days, a cup of chocolate and .. a good book!
Today i want to recreate a dreamy atmosphere with a “collage” of my bookcases shots taken in the past years .. Hoping that you’ll be inspired!

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Curved walls to create movement in the living or/and separate  rooms;

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Contrast between one main colour (White) and warm shades (Brown – Chocolate and Terra di Siena) make the ambience really cozy. Suffused lights and some cushion make the rest.

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I like the asymmetric spaces in a volume like a bookcase: for the eyes is less boring!

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Main color White, combined with Black (or shades of grey) and steel materials/objects is a evergreen. Maybe a little “anonymous”.

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Let’s warm the grey thones with some natural wood! It seems already better than before!

And maybe, for the best confort, a spacious bookcase near your king-size round bed!
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TENDENZE – TESSUTI

Anche per i tessuti abbiamo visto abbinamenti interessanti un po’ diversi dal solito, per andare a controbilanciare la profusione di toni neutri che la faranno da padrone.

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I colori primari vengono declinati non solo in fantasie (geometriche e floreali), ma a maggior ragione accostando tessuti differenti (tessuti con ecopelle o pelle, alcantara con tessuti grezzi a trama grossa, ecc..)

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