This home, belonging to Swedish photographers Kalle Gustafsson and Sara Bille, is the definition of perfect imperfection. The duo transformed a century old building, in Stockholm, into the most idyllic city dwelling – it’s a superb mix of vintage charm and modern Scandinavian design (the kitchen is IKEA!). I love how dark wood furniture and shelving, that have been salvaged from flea markets and collected from travels, add much needed depth and warmth to a stark white space. I’m especially inspired by the use and placement of vintage lighting. It’s interesting to see that only a single floor lamp is spotted throughout the house!
Bring on all the feminine frills! Monica Paolini and Sean Monahan, of Sea, are feeding my current obsession with ruffles with exaggerated bell sleeves, eyelet frills and puffy sleeves in crisp white cotton. I love how stripes are subtly incorporated into a basic color palette that includes ochre, navy and burgundy. And that cropped denim jacket trimmed with shearling?! Need. Everything is so fresh and wearable, summer can’t come soon enough.
Colombian based artist Diana Beltran Herrera has been constructing the exotic bird sculptures, out of paper, since 2012. Each paper sculpture starts with an extensive study of each bird species and their natural habitat. Her most recent project incorporates birds into life sized stamps from Asia and South America. The vibrant colors and intricate details are absolutely exquisite! How amazing would it be if any of these countries printed these beauties as their official postage stamp? If anything, I’d love to just see her continue the series.
Alix Verley-Pietrafesa first started sewing her own jackets, made from textiles, buttons and appliqués that she had collected from her worldly travels, while attending university in Scotland. Today, she continues to create bespoke, bohemian inspired outerwear from her home base in New York and has garnered a cult following. Her coats are works of art – each one unique and spontaneously designed as they’re constructed. Sadly, her latest collection, which includes beautiful medley of ribbon detailing, ruffles and embroidery, is already sold out. However, it doesn’t mean I’m not keeping close tabs on what Alix produces next . . .
Finding the right rug can be an arduous effort. And when you pass up the perfect one of a kind, the regret can be torturous. I speak from experience. Thanks to social media, however, I’ve uncovered a handful of incredible vintage rug sellers that have helped feed my obsession. And now, I’m optimistic that, soon enough, I’ll find that rug I’ve been searching for . . .
Hamlet Interiors: Veronica Hamlet travels from her home base in Michigan to Marrakesh, multiple times a year, to source an impressive and large collection of stunning, vintage Moroccan rugs. If you’re looking for colorful, large scale Berber rugs, she’s your gal. Not only am I always on the lookout for updates on newly added rugs to her online shop, I continuously find myself living vicariously through her Morocco travels via her Instagram feed.