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Maison Louis Carré by Alvar Aalto

Inside Maison Louis Carré by Alvar Aalto

Maison Louis Carré – Finnish architect Alvar Aalto’s only remaining building in France – is a modernist architectural masterpiece situated about an hour outside of Paris. Open to the public from March to November, it’s a must-visit, Scandinavian gem for architecture and design buffs looking to get a deeper insight into his design process. As an avid Aalto fan myself, I’d already visited his home and studio in Helsinki, and was keen to step off the beaten tourist trail of Paris and step inside another Aalto interior, which combined architecture, furniture and design into a total work of art. The house is located in the remote village of Bazoches-sur-Guyonne and was the home of French art dealer Louis Carré. He acquired the sloping site in 1955 and the following year met Aalto at the Venice Biennale while the architect was supervising his pavilion there. They immediately bonded over their love of fine things – fine art, good wine, the good life – and became friends for life. Carré commissioned Aalto to design him a house that could serve both as a private …

I wish I lived here: bright, white interior inspiration for Spring

I wish I lived here: bright, white interior inspiration for Spring

I’m back with another ‘I wish I lived here post’. And let me tell you, this one is the dream apartment – fresh, white walls, exposed, whitewashed floorboards and beautiful period details. Just look at the ornate frame around the door to the bedroom. The space is light, airy and perfect for some white interior inspiration this Spring. I can just imagine how the sunlight might flood in through those tall windows on a bright day, or coming back from a market with a big bunch of fragrant greenery and slouching onto that sofa with all its linen cushions. Bliss! There’s lots of simple ideas to steal from this minimal space, whether it’s pairing old with new – the gilded mirror and chandelier somehow just works with the sharp, white table and black bentwood chairs. I wouldn’t have put those in that space, but it adds a bit of detail without being over the top. Or adding lots of textures to the bed to make it look inviting, or even wrapping some cheap white cloth around an old pendant …

Home tour - I wish I lived in this monochrome Swedish home

I wish I lived here: a monochrome Swedish home

I do love a home tour and good nosy in someone’s home. This monochrome Swedish home caught my eye on Pinterest for that beautiful dining table shot, with the painted white floors, striking Flos pendant light and Fritz Hansen Ant chairs. I love how dynamic the combination is, it’s almost as if the lights are having a little conversation with the chairs, they both have such character. The light grey walls and light floorboards are a little like what I’ve tried to create in my own living room. How I would love to cover my sofa in a soft, linen cover, I’ve seen this design everywhere and think it’s having something of a moment! For the moment, until I can afford a new cover, or even better a new sofa, I have a handful of linen cushions to try and recreate the look. The bedroom is kept beautifully calm with light grey walls and no artwork. A wire mesh pendant light makes a statement. It looks like a lovely, reflective space, with that big window letting in soft light. …

I wish I lived here: a bright, pared-back home

I wish I lived here: a bright, pared-back home

I can’t stop staring at this beautiful, bright home – it’s like my eyes are willing me into the space. On the market with those clever folk at Fantastic Frank, it’s a lesson in pared-back simplicity. Just as I’m the final throes of my renovation project, painting all the (damn) woodwork, the plain white walls and white washed floorboards are appealing to me. Just look at that cornicing and those big windows flooding the room with light, it’s magical isn’t it? Let’s begin the home tour… The living space has been kept minimal with a light grey sofa and a Moroccan-style rug that adds an element of texture. I love how the String shelving has been spread across one wall to display art and create a cosy reading nook below (even if it might be quite hard to tell which book is which with them all turned the wrong way, still it looks good!). In the corner I spy &tradition’s FlowerPot VP3 table lamp in black, designed in 1969, and named after the hippy days …

I wish I lived here: a neutral, earthy home tour

I wish I lived here: a neutral, earthy home tour

By the time you read this, I’ll be sunning myself in Australia (sorry not sorry and all that…), so in the meantime, here’s a lovely Scandinavian home tour to keep you going until I get back from holiday. This one, a two-bedroom apartment in Gothenburg, is simply stunning – I really do wish I lived here. I could more straight in, no problem. In fact, when can I get the keys? The spacious rooms feature a beautiful, soft, neutral colour palette, that extends from a light grey-beige in the living room, through earth wood tones in the kitchen, to calming blue-greys in the bedroom. Natural textures provide a cosy, warm setting – I can just imagine sinking into that linen-covered sofa below or walking barefoot on that shaggy carpet. There’s something quite autumnal about the colours, while smart monochrome accessories – black and white framed prints and task lighting – keep the space contemporary. An aged table sits at the heart of the kitchen, surrounded by a mis-match of black dining chairs. The extractor fan …

I wish I lived here: a light, calm living room

I wish I lived here: 3 light, calm living rooms

We’re deep into our renovations of our living room and kitchen in our new house at the moment (I’ll share a little progress report shortly, once all the dust has settled… literally) so all my thoughts have been on the little interior finishing touches which will make it home; paint swatches and tiling patterns, lighting plans and deliberating over plug switches, trawling reclamation yards in search of the perfect-sized floorboards (plus the other uglier truths I’ll just briefly brush over… overflowing toilets, inexplicable leaks, holes in the ceiling, dirt, dust, more dirt, more destruction). Anyway, if I try to project forward to a time when it will all be clean and clear of workmen, I picture a light, calm living space, something a bit like these three beautiful rooms I came across on Stadshem below, I hope. In keeping with this light, bright theme, I’ve noticed lots of living spaces forgoing dark hues and moody colours in favour of white or cream sofas. Perhaps not the most practical of colours, but they do appeal to …

I wish I lived here

I wish I lived here: open-plan living in Gothenburg

I haven’t done an ‘I wish I lived here’ post in a while, but this is a classic – a lovely, light, open-plan space oozing with Scandinavian style and beautiful touches. I think you’re going to love it as much as I do. Light grey walls – tick, smart white kitchen – tick, concrete worktops – tick and minimal furniture – tick! I’m particularly inspired by this Gothenburg home this week because of the way the kitchen and living room seamlessly connect, with different ‘zones’ for dining, relaxing and entertaining. We’re planning on knocking down the wall between the kitchen and living room in our new house and I can’t wait for it to come down and become one big space. At the moment we’re spending most of our time walking around the wall from one room to the other. Here, the kitchen is tucked neatly next to the door to the bathroom. The L-shape of the kitchen units creates the perfect spot for the dining table without blocking off the living space beyond. I love …

I wish I lived here: soft shades of grey in Sweden

I wish I lived here: soft shades of grey in Sweden

I’m getting serious kitchen and bathroom envy here. How beautiful and calm is this three-bedroom flat in Gothenburg, Sweden? I certainly wish I lived here. The light flooding in, the soft shades of grey, the lime washed floorboards, the big connecting rooms, the list is endless, and that hexagonal marble floor in the bathroom, swoon! Most of all, I like the kitchen, with its simple, handle-less doors and smart marble worktop; I’m not sure if I could keep it all that clean but it looks a dream. I like how it doesn’t look to kitchen-y – all the appliances and kitchen clutter hidden away – in fact I can hardly see that hob it is so discreet. Definitely writing notes for my next kitchen. And the bathroom… oh so smart and oh so white. Really lovely and light, with the white walls, modern sanitary ware and a hammam-style floor; it looks like somewhere you could really pamper yourself even though it’s probably a really small space. That’s a great space saving idea – if you have a …

Sneak peek inside a Georgian townhouse in Spitalfields

Sneak peek inside a Georgian townhouse in Spitalfields

I’ve often walked past the imposing historic townhouses of Spitalfields in east London, snapping the exteriors for Instagram and wandering what they were like inside. Last week I got a chance to see for myself, joining a bloggers tour with the lovely ladies of Function + Form and home design website Houzz. Function + Form, set up by bloggers Tiff of Curate + Display and Annie of Stylejuicer, is a new unique gathering of like minds, combining relaxed, informal dining with handcrafted design (just what I like), as they explain: ‘As so much of our lives today are spent online, we seek to bring the enjoyment of interior and lifestyle design into a tangible being whilst enjoying the company of like-minded friends. A chance to make new connections, a chance for real conversation. Each gathering focuses on the work of a designer who we admire for their ethos, their aesthetic, sharing with us their inspiration and inviting us to delve deeper into their process.’ For their latest gathering, we nosed our way into architect Chris Dyson’s home on Princelet Street, originally built in …

I wish I lived here

I wish I lived here: a light home with accents of blue

Those Scandi estate agents have done it again – captured an enviably beautiful, little Swedish home full of light and charm. This time it’s in Gothenburg, and features not quite the monochrome palette of black and white that we have come to love from the Nordic countries. Here, there are deep pops of navy blue, seen in the rich patina of that old door and the blue and white of the crockery in the kitchen. I love the mix of textures, from the different shades of painted floors (hello glossy black!), through the welcoming russet leather chair, to the Moroccan-inspired rug (skewed just so to one angle) that seems to be all the rage at the moment. For me, the combination is beautiful… If you like the look of this, you might also like… All images: Köpmansgatan 10, Stadshem Could you live here?