Reorder home: my 4-day summer program

In the first part of this article dedicated to reorganization .

tidy up home 

I showed you the program that I have prepared to set up home during the summer holidays and I told you about how I would have decluttered and reorganized my domestic spaces. Now that the work is done, I want to tell you how it went, what I learned and I want to share some useful tips with you.

The program included 4 days of rearrangement to rearrange some rooms in my house, but unfortunately these 4 days have become 3 because of an unexpected : the first day my daughter got sick. He had flu with a rather high fever, so I had to and preferred to spend that day taking care of her with cuddles and cuddles. Fortunately the fever lasted little and once healed, I was able to devote to the house.

I was not able to fix everything as I wanted, but I still managed to get a good result and what I could not do in those days was simply postponed to another date that I have already fixed in my diary .

I decided to take care of the parts of the house that at that time needed to be rearranged, setting priorities . I left the library , then rearranged the pantry , the bedroom , the bathroom and bedroom furniture. Instead, I chose to move the kitchen and living room furniture , the cleaning of the appliances and the rearrangement of the desk to another moment.

Decluttering has been extremely useful. I really did not believe in having so many things to throw away or donate at home and that I would be able to get rid of useless objects, which I kept only because I was superficially bound, but in fact without any real value: clothes, bags and shoes (yes, with my huge surplus to think again, even shoes!), books, DVDs and other miscellaneous items.

I suggest you try this method, I was really impressed by the amount of things that came out of my house and this makes me think of how many useless objects surrounded me every day. Now that I have cleaned up the superfluous, I have a new purpose : to be much more attentive to the things I buy and put at home, to evaluate if I really need them and to choose them with more care.

The reorganization of the furniture allowed me not only to make order, but also to create the conditions to keep it longer, to make the spaces more practical saving time for daily activities.

This domestic work has also been therapeutic , because getting rid of unnecessary and excessive and see everything in order and clean gives a feeling of real well-being and makes living much better time spent at home.

I leave you with some advice that I gained during this little domestic experience. I hope you will be useful to dedicate yourself to the reorganization of your home:

  • contingencies can happen, do not worry if you can not do everything you’ve set yourself / a, but fix your next day on the agenda to deal with it;
  • he gives everything that is still in good condition and can be reused by someone who really needs it;
  • never throw away books because culture is important. If you do not need them anymore, you can donate them to your city library or leave them in bookcrossing locations ;
  • in your reorder program, also evaluate the time you need to clear the decluttering boxes;
  • remember to do the separate collection and, if it is more convenient, instead of a single box for things to throw away, provide containers in which to divide non-recyclable waste, paper, glass and plastic;
  • if you do not live alone, consider also to have a box for every person who lives with you , to store the objects that need to be rearranged and they are not yours, making sure before that thing pleases him;
  • at the end take the time to enjoy the re-ordering of the reorganization and take care of yourself .

Habanamè: the charm of modern macramé

The modern macramè is the rediscovery of the ancient Arabic technique of weaving , revisited in a modern key and back in vogue in recent years, above all thanks to the diffusion of the Bohemièn style.

Today I bring you to the discovery of this fascinating world of interweaving, knots and fringes, talking to Habanamè , a brand created by Ana Margarita , a Cuban-born artisan who lives in Italy, more precisely in Valvasone (PN).

Habanamè was born from the passion for the bohemian style and the objects in macramé , technique that Ana has learned in the years in which she lived in Cuba and who was able to reinterpret to create magnificent objects that strictly intertwined by hand , including its beautiful plant hangers and the decorative tapestries to hang on the walls.

Her creations are all designed, designed and made by her, using mainly natural cotton yarns or dyed with the technique of degradè, rope and sometimes yuta. Some of his works also feature leather , stone and wood inserts, or roots of trees that he collects by the river or along the shores of the sea and to which he gives new life and meaning, incorporating them into his works.

Ana is a sparkling and sunny person like the land she comes from. I had the pleasure of visiting his workshop , which is also the set of magnificent photos that he shoots to his products, to know it and to see where his creations are born, he showed me his works, the materials he uses and we got to exchange a few chats.

He told me that in his activity he also left space for experimentation and the study of new solutions, such as the restoration of old furniture that renews with the insertion of textile parts in macramé .

Among his products, those that I prefer are wall hangers or tapestries, especially those with wooden shelves , which in addition to decorating are also functional. Each one is a unique piece and the motifs that Ana creates by weaving the threads are wonderful, each with its own story and someone inspired by its homeland. Below the article you can see some of his works.

Habanamè does not only offer objects for the home, but also beautiful handbags (which I love), necklaces and earrings, dummy rings and teething rings, key rings, coasters, leashes for dogs and Yoga mat strap, all rigorously made in macramé .

The coastal style bathroom Style rooms

These days the summer is felt and the desire for the sea is so great, so I decided to dedicate this article to a style that takes inspiration from the charm of the coastal environment.

This is the Coastal style , a trend for beach lovers and seascapes.

I decided to set it in the bathroom , for those who, even at home, want to recreate the atmosphere of the coast and feel a bit ‘on vacation while allowing a relaxing bath and take care of your body.

The Coastal style derives from the Shabby chic style, with which it has in common several aspects, including the brightness of the rooms, the colonial- inspired furniture, the use of rough wood , light fabrics and the predominance of light colors , among which stand out in particular the tones of white and blue . It is the ideal style to furnish a house by the sea and not only, in fact, the atmosphere that creates at home is fresh and pleasant and refers to the sunny coasts of the United States , Australia and the Mediterranean Sea , with features that change slightly in based on the geographic place of inspiration.

In a Coastal style bathroom there is no lack of wood or marble effect coatings, tiles or mosaics in shades of blue or sand, white linear or colonial style furnishings with shelves in raw or white lacquered wood , white sanitary fixtures, wash basin in ceramics or stone , textiles and prints with nautical style patterns , accessories in white ceramic, light blue or with colors in coral , rope details, scented candles and white lanterns to create a pleasant soft light.

In the fabrics, the lines are a must along with prints and embroideries with a marine theme. To give an accent of color, the details in coral color are a classic, but you can also try with a strong yellow or dark green .

Above you can see the moodboard materials I created in 3D modeling by combining raw wood with a light blue mosaic, white stone, matt lacquered surfaces and a fabric with irregular striped patterns matched with red and beige cut-outs. Finally I added objects with a colonial flavor and a print depicting a coral.

The Coastal style is ideal for those who love the sea and want to feel all year on holiday at home, enjoying a fresh and relaxing atmosphere. It is suitable for those who have a sunny and sparkling personality, but also a dreamer and reflective personality .

Below is the Pinterest wall with lots of examples of Coastal style bathrooms . On the profile, you will also find the bulletin board dedicated to home decor, with lots of ideas for your home.

 

To deepen this trend I suggest you go to browse through these links:

– Coastal Style : the blog of the Australian interior designer Melissah Weigall who talks about Coastal style interior design, but also about the lifestyle of the Australian coast.

– House of Turquoise : the blog of Erin, an American with a real passion for turquoise interior design.

– The Beach Furniture : the blog of the homonymous Australian family shop that sells handmade Coastal style furniture.

– Coastal Farmhouse : the American blog Kathleen Lowe where you can find “Country Coastal” interior design, lifestyle and DIY.

The styles of furniture in the rooms of the house

One of the things I like about interior design is the ability to interpret different styles based on the context, taste and personality of those who will live in the environments being restyled.

The styles of furniture in the rooms of the house

But to be able to interpret them, it is first necessary to know them and understand the distinctive elements that characterize them.

This section is born with the intent to tell different styles of furniture and the way in which these are declined in the various rooms of the house , to draw inspiration, new ideas and find the ideal combinations to create the right style in line with the your personality and your taste.

Each month I will examine a different style of furniture and contextualize it in a room in the house. I will tell you how it was born, where it comes from and what influences it has, what are its distinctive traits and what can not be missing to replicate it. We will see not only the styles of furniture that have become classic , but also new trends and some mix of different styles in which unexpected combinations give strong personality to the environments, making them unique.

I will then create, with the rendering technique, a moodboard in 3D materials, combining objects, colors and finishes that characterize each style. In each post you will also find a Pinterest board created ad hoc with all the images I have collected on the subject to show you wonderful realizations in real environments. If you want to deepen and know something more about a certain style, I will point out a series of links to profiles, articles and blogs specialized on that theme.

Reflections on the concept of living and some useful advice

Interior design , through the design of domestic spaces, responds to a fundamental human need: to live .

This is not just a necessity, but it is also an act that we do every day, often without even realizing it, because it is part of our being, our nature and being in the world.

Abitare is a word that derives from the Latin habitare and means “to have continually”.

In Italian it means “to have a home, to reside in a place”. It is a social act that contributes to forming the identity of the individual, of places and of society and can refer to a more or less large geographical space or to a specific physical space.

But what is the meaning of living today? This is the question I asked myself when I decided to write this column to reflect on how to best live one’s home. This is the starting point of a research that spans time, places and cultures, to let you discover stories , curiosities and traditions concerning the home as a place of life, which puts the person at the center, with his needs and his ways of to live.

In addition to reflecting on the concept of living, I will also give you advice on how to decorate your rooms, in order to live them better and I will suggest new creative ideas that will allow you to interpret your everyday life at home.

The house is the place par excellence of living and there are endless ways to live it and interpret it, as there are infinite styles of life , cultures and personalities of those who live there. The house is the space for being in a family and for everyday life , the place to come back with pleasure after a day of work or a trip. It is the ideal environment to express yourself giving space to your creativity . It is a safe place to feel at ease and rediscover yourself and your inner harmony , but it is also an environment of relationship , made of mutual exchange and hospitality.

All these functions and many others make the house a lived microcosm , which we make every day, giving it personality through the signs left by our everyday life. For this reason every house is unique and has a story to tell, which we can discover by entering its rooms, between the furnishings and the objects it contains.

It will be a pleasure to take this journey with you to discover the sense of living , to help you give new form and meaning to your home, discovering new ways of living its environments.

My concept of a house in 3 words

Everyone has his way of living and interpreting the house, and this week I will tell you my story through 3 words that I think best represent my idea of ​​living.

Here they are:

1. Reports

For me, the house is a container of intimate life , the environment in which to spend everyday life together with my family . It is the space I have dreamed of for a long time, which I carefully constructed together with my husband, with the fundamental help of our parents, and now contains not only my things, but above all my most important affections .

I like to think of it as a place made to take care of each other and of oneself, in a mutual exchange of attentions and simple daily gestures , in which each one creates and adapts his habits in respect of those of others.

It is the private and informal space par excellence, where one is free to be oneself without filters, labels and inhibitions. Only our true essence in relation to that of those who live with us, in an environment of sharing, dialogue and confrontation, in which to create the balance that allows a peaceful coexistence.

It is a hospitable place, where friends are welcome to spend a pleasant evening together, telling about this and that, perhaps in front of an informal dinner, with a few glasses of good wine, or simply for a chat about the latest news and a coffee in company. But not only that, it’s also nice to celebrate and share important moments with the people we love.

 

2. Comfort

Comfort is a very important aspect when it comes to designing spaces in your home. It is essential to create welcoming , practical environments that are able to contain , host and serve , that allow you to easily carry out everyday activities , but also to relax and enjoy everyday life in the home.

Knowing how to choose the furniture and how it will be arranged can make the difference in creating a comfortable and functional environment. Every room is in fact the theater of various actions that we do every day or less frequently, and it is important to be able to perform them with practicality. For this reason, providing good ergonomics of the spaces, furnishings and objects that surround us is essential.

Comfort also means living in a healthy and safe environment, made with certified quality materials that last over time, guarantee safety standards and are environmentally friendly.

 

3. Harmony

In addition to practice, a home must be pleasant to the senses and be in tune with our personality and way of life. It becomes harmonious when it is given that personal impression that makes it a place in which to feel at ease , find and recognize each other , without ever getting tired or becoming oppressive.

A harmonious house is neat , welcoming and well designed in all its aspects. It follows our rhythms , takes our scent and becomes like a second skin . We realize it immediately, as soon as we enter and breathe its air.

Aesthetics plays an important role in this sense, because, if well studied, it becomes the means by which we give personality to interiors and fill them with meaning . Once the style has been defined, it becomes important to balance well volumes, colors, full and empty spaces to furnish without weighing down the appearance of the environment.

DIY: 6 DIY tutorials for home decor in summer

Abitare also means creating objects and decorations for oneself to personalize your home.

It is for this reason that in this section you will find, in addition to reflections and furnishing advice.

Also some selections of ideas and tutorials for DIY and other inspirations to give free rein to your creativity and to create your very own home decor . I will personally collect what I consider the best DIY tutorials for home decor , making sure that they are explained step by step in all their steps.

This week I will point out 6 tutorials to try to give a touch of summer to your home. Click on the images and follow the instructions to make these wonderful DIY decorations .

 

1. Paint the fabrics with the shibori technique

 

The first tutorial is dedicated to the coloring of fabrics with the Japanese shibori technique , a fascinating way to personalize the home textiles obtaining nuanced and very casual designs. Click here to also see the video tutorial .

 

2. Customize a beach chair

 

This tutorial in English is dedicated to outdoor furniture. It teaches you how to create or renovate old deckchairs by customizing them with the designs and phrases you prefer.

 

3. Create a marine-themed shipyard

 

Even the entrance wants its part. So why not try to create a summer sea theme outing ? I warn you that to make it better you will first have to eat lots of ice lollies and take a nice walk by the sea in search of shells .

The living room in contemporary style

Since we are going to furnish the living room of the Community House in a contemporary style , I decided to dedicate this month ‘s style room article to this trend, to get to know it better and to draw inspiration from it.

The contemporary style reflects the current taste and is constantly evolving, for this reason it is not easy to give it a unique definition. More than a style in itself, I like to consider it as a mix of trends, as its main characteristics are a set of aspects common to other styles, including: the clean lines and color contrasts of minimalism, the warmth of wood Scandinavian style, the elegance of the classic – modern, the materiality of the industrial style and the insertion of objects of vintage style design icons .

For the furniture we use compact volumes with essential lines and modular solutions , easily adaptable and transformable, to guarantee maximum practicality and allow reinventing the spaces when necessary. Contemporary furnishing pays close attention to design , technology and environmental sustainability of materials.

The general impression when entering a contemporary living room is that of a tidy, bright, light and elegant environment. You can not miss the equipped wall or the low cabinet , the modular sofa upholstered in fabric or leather , the table with metal structure and wooden shelf, the big size lamp with floor lamp or suspension lamp.

The materials that distinguish the contemporary style are wood , stoneware , glass , marble , steel , painted metal structures, matt lacquered surfaces, finishes in cement finish and plastered brick . The basic colors are white , black and all shades of gray , both hot and cold, which can be accentuated with a brighter tone on a wall or on the details of the room.

This style can be customized by applying custom designs or geometric patterns to walls or textiles. There are many designs to use, such as vertical, horizontal or zig zag lines, herringbone patterns, hexagons, triangles, circles and other patterns almost always with desaturated shades combined with white or tone-on-tone.

 

Above you can see the moodboard materials I made in 3D , combining a natural wood with hexagonal tiles, white opaque surfaces, concrete, papers with geometric design, marble details and gray jersey textiles.

The contemporary style is suitable for balanced personalities, for lovers of design , elegance and bright environments . Thanks to the formal cleanliness that distinguishes it is a style that lends itself to being easily customized, even mixing it with influences of different styles to make it your own.

Below is the Pinterest wall, in which I collected inspirational photos to furnish your living room in a contemporary style.

If you want to deepen this style, the best thing to stay informed is to follow the architecture and design magazines. I list below some of my favorites:

Wallpaper – English magazine among the most famous of architecture and design, but also of art, fashion and lifestyle.

Domus – The historic Italian architecture and design magazine founded by Gio Ponti in 1928 and always current.

Interni – The Italian magazine to stay up to date on the world of interior design.

Dezeen – the architecture and design web magazine based in London and New York.

I also add another link, with a premise: there are many contemporary designers that I admire, but this is absolutely my favorite:

Nendo – studio founded by Japanese architect and designer Oki Sato based in Tokyo and Milan.

As I said at the beginning of the article, in this period we are furnishing the living room of the Community House just inspired by this style. If you want to participate too and stay updated on the developments of the project follow this link . Every Friday you will find a new survey where you can choose the various furnishing elements.

The furnishings for the contemporary living

Here we are with a new chapter of the community house!

 slim up Dall'Agnese - terracotta

This month the furniture in contemporary style was chosen for the living room . If you follow me from the beginning of this design experiment, you already know that every Friday you find a new survey to choose the furnishing elements of this virtual house. If you have just discovered the Community House and want to know more, you can read here what it is.

As mentioned above, in this period we are furnishing the living room and the Home Shaped Community has initially established that it will be in a contemporary style , with natural wood floor and all white walls . As for furnishings , last month the sofa was chosen: it is the Poliform Park model with a gray fabric covering. In the images above you can see the rendering of what the room was like in the month of July.

In recent weeks we have voted for the day system and the armchair . They won the Dall’Agnese Slim-up system in terracotta finishing and the Svev armchair by Flexform in dark brown leather and white fabric . You can see the result of the August design in the cover image. Thanks to all those who participated by voting for their favorite furniture proposals.

The outdoor Boho Chic

Summer is finally at the door, the days are getting longer and there is a great desire to be outdoors, so this month I decided to dedicate an article to the outside spaces of the house.

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I’ll tell you the cozy and colorful world of style Boho Chic set in the outdoor .

The Boho Chic style derives from gipsy influences and culturally refers to the bohemian movements of the nineteenth century and hippies of the 70s. Boho is the abbreviation of bohemian homeless and is linked to the concept of ” bougreois bohémien “, a term coined by the American journalist David Brooks to define the American bourgeoisie engaged in intellectual and creative, consumerist, but at the same time attentive to environmental issues, human rights and spiritual research in the new age disciplines inherited from the counterculture of the ’70s. Appearing first in the fashion world, it has also taken off successively in interior design.

This style is linked to the concept of nomadism , itinerant life and the suggestions of travel in the south-east of the world. Stylistically it is characterized by the mixture of natural materials , such as wood and rope, with ethnic furnishings and accessories, combined with the bright colors of Asian, Indian and African fabrics . You can not miss large carpets with Moroccan designs, cushions and colored poufs with geometric or floral patterns , wooden benches and tables, decorated majolica , lamps and lampshades in colored vertex, souvenirs of exotic travels and decorative objects in macramé.

In an outdoor Boho Chic you can give space to your creativity , in fact this style lends itself willingly to the reuse and creative recycling of old furniture in raw wood, pallets, rattan armchairs and colored tapestries.

Here you can see the moodboard materials that I created with 3D modeling, inspired by this style.

I find this style particularly interesting for outdoor environments, in terraces , verandas and porches , to create super-colored relaxation corners in which to enjoy a drink on a warm summer evening, perhaps swinging on a comfortable hammock surrounded by green palm trees and broad-leaved plants , magically finding himself fantasizing about an exotic travel destination …

A Boho Chic style furniture is ideal for eccentric , nonconformist , curious and travel lovers , often contains unique pieces and objects related to the experience and memories of those who own them. It gives the environment exclusivity, a sense of experience and a strong emotional charge.

Below is the Pinterest wall, in which I collected inspirational photos to furnish your outdoor spaces in Boho Chic style.

If you want to deepen and learn more about the world of Boho Chic , here are some interesting links:

Jungalow – the site of Justina Blakeney , designer, artist and American author who with her business has been able to create her personal style recognized all over the world.

An indian summer – the Indian Bhavna Bhatnagar blog that talks not only about interior design, but also about craftsmanship and lifestyle.

Flea market fab – the website and online shop of Jennifer Harrison, American interior designer. I suggest you go see his portfolio.

Moon to moon – the English blog Gabi, very gipsy with an eye for environmental issues.

And what do you think of this style?