So I’ve been trying to put up a frugal christmas list for my house. It’s hard to choose from so many gorgeous house decors, but I came up with this short list of some of my favourite portuguese designers and other pieces. Some of them I already spoke of here in the blog, so you’re probably familiar with some pieces. Nonetheless here are my choices for sant this year.
When I came across this brand, I thought to myself “this is what reinventing our traditions should look like”. Burel is a common portuguese fabric, made of wool traditionally used in shepherds capes in northen Portugal, but it has been making its way to design. The burel mountain originals is a brand that took this ancient technique and joined forces with creative designers to give it a new and beatifull life so that we can dress up our houses with simple but tasty pieces.
Take a look at these wonderfull creations and fall in love
Autumn is coming for good and if there is a place in the house that I associate with this season, it’s the dinning room. The colder weather makes us want to stay indoors, and gatherings happen more often, we invite our friends for dinner and we want our house to look the best.
If you’re thinking of redecorating your dinning room space, keep in mind lighting, confort and “cosyness”. In my case, as in many of cases, I also have to keep in mind the budget, so I had this idea, of making a dinning room three times, with three very diferent budgets, but maintaining the look I wanted from the first time. I’m having a love affair with yellow, so I went with it, but you can make this exercise with any colour you wish. Just start with all the pieces you really love (regardless of your budget), and then, search for low budget simmilar products (Ikea is a great source), until you have what you want.
All of these budgets contemplate six chairs, although I only show two for mood board purposes. Enjoy.
Every year, the Andrew Martins interior design review is launched. These are the oscars for interior design and I love that Portugal is always represented. Take a look at the book. The first pages are from this years winner, all the other are from Portuguese designers featured in the book.
Allways on the search of novelties, I came across this brand, Organoid. This company makes an unique, innovative and versatile material. From lampshades, to furniture, but also aplicable on walls, these decorative coatings are characterized by their naturalness and authenticity. They allow a new experience of natural raw materials through all the senses as the surface is untreated and therefore also the scenting characteristics are preserved. The smell component is really my favourite, because I think smells bring back memories (from your grandmothers kitchens, to the grass covered fields we used to play in), and you are immediatly transported to a place you’ve sometimes forgotten.
The uses for this are so many, but just so you know, you can make it backpaper (to hang like a normal wallcover), acoustic pannels or mold it anyway you like.
Although I cannot give you the pleasure of smelling these pictures, if you come across this brand live, please try and give a sniff. By the way, they will be in Lisbon at Homeing up to saturday.
We had a very cultural weekend this week, there was this thing called Open house Lisbon, and lots of places were opened to the public or museums weren’t charging entries. There were a lot of places we could go, but with two little kids, we couldn’t cover it all. So we decided to visit the city hall and the Museu dos Coches (that is allways a win with kids). Although it doesn’t have a lot to do with interiors nowadays, it’s allways interesting and inspiring to look at. Hope you will feel inspired by these photos that take us to another era.