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Unexpected guest:) / Niezapowiedziany gosc!

Look who came to see us today 🙂

Kitten at our house
Kitten at our house

Don’t know where it lives or who it belongs to, but I have fell in love with the kitten the moment it appeared at our house – I guess just because it is a very nosy and cheeky cat 🙂 My hubby categorically stated, though, that there is no space for a cat in our tiny house… so it only got some delicacies and we had to see it off 😦

Cuddling up
Cuddling up

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Przyszedl do nas dzis niezapowiedziany gosc 🙂 nie wiem skad ani do kogo nalezy, ale natychmiast zakochalam sie w tym kociaku z plamka na nosie gdy tylko bezceremonialnie pojawil sie w naszym domku! Niestety moj mezus kategorycznie zabronil zatrzymywania go, gdyz nie mamy po prostu na zwierzatko miejsca… wiec dostal tylko kilka smacznych kaskow i pomachalismy mu na do widzenia 😦

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Reading for the Weekend / Weekendowe czytanie

During an all-day shopping spree yesterday, where I searched through half of London to get all the stuff needed for my Diploma in Professional Interior Design which is about to start, I bought a book and a magazine which I recommend a lot:

 Small Spaces: Making the Most of the Space You Have - by Rebecca Tanqueray and Chris Everard
Small Spaces: Making the Most of the Space You Have - by Rebecca Tanqueray and Chris Everard

Firstly: Small Spaces: Making the Most of the Space You Have. I really like this book as altough some spaces / floorplans perhaps are not the same as our flats and houses, it is very inspirational, and most importanly – offers a lot of ingenious storage solutions! Focusing on storage and multifunctional furniture, it is a good buy especially for someone who is not afraid of experimenting or DIY (or spending some money on professionals) to turn some of the ideas into reality.

The second buy is the Livingetc October issue:

Livingetc October 2009 issue
Livingetc October 2009 issue

Yes, I admit it – I bought it because of the stunning cover (I just LOVE yellow and grey and patterns!!). Yes, I admit also that this is NOT a magazine for decorating on a budget. But – it’s cutting edge and provides loads of inspiration and GOSH! I don’t remember when was the last time I loved every page of a magazine! It is just stunning… check out especially:

  • the ‘Living With A Flatscreen TV‘ section showing how to blend yout TV into your room using very original solutions,
  • the ‘Modern Romance‘ section (Alex! watch out some of that might inspire your room 🙂 )
  • and the astonishing ‘7 ways we boosted our space’ house presentation with super-smart and pretty DIY solutions for both storage and flexibility (furniture on wheels as an example). And – believe it or not – they downsized the house to make more use of the garden and outside space.

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Na wczorajszych calodniowych zakupach, gdy przelecialam z mezem pol Londynu starajac sie znalezc wszystkie materialy potrzebne do mojej nowej szkoly 🙂 (przypominam bom dumna:) – dyplom profesjonalnego projektanta wnetrz) natknelam sie na ksiazke ‘Small spaces‘ (czyli Male wnetrza) oraz pazdziernikowe wydanie magazynu Livingetc – no i oba druki mnie powalily 🙂

Small spaces to naprawde ciekawa ksiazka pokazujaca faktycznie male przestrzenie (w przeciwienstwie do niektorych innych wydawnictw) i jest bardzo inspirujaca, ale co najwazniejsze – skupia sie na wszelkiego rodzaju schowkach i sposobach przechowywania, a takze na wielofunkcyjnych meblach i sprzetach ktore sprawiaja ze mieszkanie na malej przestrzeni moze byc tak komfortowe jak w duzym domu. Swietna ksiazka zwlaszcza dla tych ktorzy nie boja sie projektow ‘zrob to sam’ badz tez moga wydac troche pieniazkow na specjaliste, gdyz wiekszosc rozwiazan jest na wymiar (podstawowa zasada zagospodarowywania malych przestrzeni).

Z kolei Livingetc wydanie pazdziernikowe zaszokowalo mnie tym, ze wszystko mi sie w nim podoba. Nie pamietam kiedy ostatni raz mialam taka gazete w rece. Przyznaje, nie jest to gazeta ‘oszczednosciowa’, ale ile w niej inspiracji! Wystarczy popatrzec na okladke ktora ma boskie polaczenie szarego z zoltym i duzymi wzorami. Mniam 🙂 Proponuje zwlaszcza artykuly o Nowoczesnym Romantyzmie (Ola! zdjecia niedlugo do Ciebie dojda :), sposobach umieszczenia plazmy tak by nie byla glownym elementem wystroju pokoju, oraz prezentacje domu, ktory o dziwo – zostal zmniejszony 🙂 po to by miec wiekszy ogrod i polaczenie z natura. Dom jest rowniez bardzo ciekawy pod wzgledem zabudowy, a takze elastycznosci rozmieszczenia mebli (kanapa na kolkach i tym podobne). POLECAM!

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Pink bedroom for a 20-year old / rozowa sypialnia dla 20-latki

…So I am about to design and decorate a bedroom for a 20-year old Alex as her birthday present! It’s an attic room with one slanted wall, one big window, and pink walls with the slanted one in violet. Pink is a tricky color though, and Alex wants to avoid the room becoming too sweet and teenagey – after all, a young woman is to live there!

I have started the design process by finding some inspirations, which I will later present to Alex to find out her preferences. There are two styles I want to suggest: romantic and modern, and an extra twist with statement wallpaper.

  • First – the more romantic look with a wrought iron bed. A natural choice with pink, it enhances its feminine style and is very relaxing. Conducive to dreaming and planning, should create a good atmosphere for the whole day!
Feminine pink bedroom
Feminine pink bedroom
Pink blush bedroom by A Gift-Wrapped Life
Pink blush bedroom by A Gift-Wrapped Life
Shades of pink bedroom by Country Living
Shades of pink bedroom by Country Living
  • Now to more modern look. Stylish and simple, if slightly darker due to complementing with black rather than only white.
Modern pink and black bedroom from KiaC Stylebook
Modern pink and black bedroom from KiaC Stylebook
Pink flower bedroom from Photobucket
Pink flower bedroom from Photobucket
Black n Pink bedroom from Elisabeth85
Black n Pink bedroom from Elisabeth85
  • Finally, here are some ideas for enlivening the look with a statement wallpaper on one wall:
Hot Pink Damask from Direct Wallpaper
Hot Pink Damask from Direct Wallpaper
Milly Black Pink Silver by Direct Wallpaper
Milly Black Pink Silver by Direct Wallpaper
Lydia Floral Feature Pink White 13948 by Direct Wallpaper
Lydia Floral Feature Pink White 13948 by Direct Wallpaper

I will let you know what Alex prefers when she lets me know 🙂

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…No wiec wlasnie zabieram sie za zaprojektowanie i udekorowanie sypialni 20-letniej Oli – jako prezent urodzinowy! Jest to pokoj na poddaszu z duzym oknem, a sciany sa koloru rozowego z kontrastowa fioletowa sciana kolankowa pod skosem. Intrygujace to zadanie – stworzyc ‘rozowy’ pokoj dla mlodej kobiety, starajac sie by byl jak najmniej dziecinny i nie przeslodzony.

Postanowilam rozpoczac od zrozumienia preferencji Oli, wiec zamierzam pokazac jej kilka propozycji by zrozumiec jej styl. W poscie pokazuje moje propozycje, czyli dwa style: romantyczny z kutym lozkiem – jasniejszy, oraz nowoczesny – z ciemniejszymi dodatkami. Jako urozmaicenie proponuje rowniez oblozyc jedna sciane zdobna tapeta w rozu, ale jeszcze chetniej – w ciemnym dopelniajacym kolorze, typu grafit.

Dam Wam znac od razu gdy dowiem sie co Ola preferuje 🙂

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Room of the Day / Pokoj dnia

Ish and Chis super-sweet studio
Ish and Chi's super-sweet studio

How pretty is that! Viv has completely remodeled her studio by converting an unused space in her house into this gorgeous haven of creativity! I live the DIY aspect of it which not only saved the budget, but also immensely personalized the space. Check out the gorgeous butterfly mobile, Eames style chair, painted wardrobe and this antique sideboard on the right! Not to mention the pretty designs over the desk (Viv’s own, and you can buy them in her Etsy shop here).

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Co za piekne studio! Viv przemienila niewykorzystane miejsce w jej domu w przepiekne, kobiece studio w ktorym tworzy swoje male dziela. ‘Zrob to sama’ to jej motto i dzieki temu przestrzen zostala upiekszona nie tylko tanie, ale i bardzo wyjatkowo. Zwroccie uwage na piekna ozdobe z motyli, krzeslo stylizowane na Eames, pomalowana szafe i zabytkowy bufet. No i oczywiscie obrazki nad biurkiem, ktore sa dzielem Viv i ktore mozna kupic tu.

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Living white / Mieszkac na bialo

I’ve noticed that you prefer white recently” wrote my Mum through IM a few days ago. Do I? I guess I do. Although I’m ashamed to admit it, it took me some time to acknowledge white as a color. I’ve always loved bold colors (even though my red bedroom was giving me headaches during my uni years). With time, however, perhaps the more interiors I’ve seen, the more I’ve learned how colors dramatically influence how we perceive everything around us.

  1. White is a great background to both statement pieces of art, and bold color accents. If you want to display a treasured painting, a gorgeous chair or any other item – what better background than white?? (unless the item is white 🙂 )
  2. White works for everyone. It makes interiors seem timeless, elegant, fresh. It’s exactly why we call it the blank canvas – everyone can imagine themselves in the space, even if to decide what other colors to use. It’s easy on our imagination, bluntly speaking.
  3. White works with every style. Normally we’d think – minimalist. But think also – modern; think shabby chic; French country, Scandinavian, etc, etc. Even think retro! (as a background to graphic designs)
  4. But most importantly, white = space. They are almost synonyms.  It will always create this feeling of spaciuosness, so desired in small places.

And yet, surprisingly, white seems to be used more in big spaces rather than small flats. I’ve realized it when looking through my inspirations collections to choose images for today’s post. All the post-industrial, ex-school buldings, lofts, barn conversions and quite a number of old big mansions boast the white interiors. So why not small flats? (And yes I know I admit my kitchen is green and my bathroom orange! I’m not saying everything needs to be white 🙂 )

Anyway here are some not-so-big-or-expensive places that I hope will inspire everyone to the gorgeous white…

  • …workspaces at home
Desire to Inspire - White workspace
Desire to Inspire - White workspace
Design Sponge - customized workspace
Design Sponge - customized workspace
  • …calm and relaxing bedrooms
Kikettes white bedroom
Kikette's white bedroom
Decor pads glamour bedroom with mirrored end tables
Decor pad's glamour bedroom with mirrored end tables
Melanie Acevedos simple and light bedroom
Melanie Acevedo's simple and light bedroom
Charlies design diarys simple white bedroom
Charlie's design diary's simple white bedroom
  • …and chic and spacious living rooms
Stylerooms white living room
Styleroom's white living room
I like designs living room
I like design's living room
Steven Shadleys gallery-style living room from Katiedid
Steven Shadley's gallery-style living room from Katiedid
Freshhomes minimalist living room with fireplace
Freshhome's minimalist living room with fireplace

So? I’m sure you have at least one white room. Will you look at it differently now?

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“Widze, ze ostatnio preferujesz biel“,
Mama napisala do mnie na GG kilka dni temu. Coz, chyba ma racje. To prawda, dlugo mi zajelo zanim uznalam bialy za kolor. Zawsze uwielbialam mocne kolory, mimo ze ze moja czerwona sypialnia z czasow studenckich przyprawiala mnie kiedys o bol glowy. Ale z czasem, ogladajac coraz wiecej wnetrz, nauczylam sie jak wielki wplyw maja na nas kolory wszystkiego co nas otacza.

  1. Bialy to doskonale tlo zarowno dla wyrazistych dziel sztuki, jak i mocnych akcentow kolorystycznych. Jezeli chcesz wyeksponowac ulubiony obraz czy wyjatkowy fotel – nie ma lepszego tla (no chyba ze obiekt tez jest bialy 🙂 )
  2. Bialy pasuje wszystkim i do wszystkiego. Sprawia ze wnetrza staja sie ponadczasowe, eleganckie i swieze. Wlasnie dlatego mowimy – biala karta, czyste tlo, poczatek; kazdy moze sie w takim wnetrzu ‘zobaczyc’, nawet po to by zdecydowac na jakie kolory ten bialy wymienic. Jest to kolor przyjazny wyobrazji, ze tak powiem.
  3. Bialy pasuje do kazdego stylu. Pierwsze skojarzenie – minimalizm. Ale takze nowoczesny, shabby chic, francuski, skandynawski, itd, itp.. nawet retro, jako kontrastowa podstawa do mocnych wzorow.
  4. Co najwazniejsze,  biel = przestrzen. To prawieze synonimy. Biel zawsze doda poczucia przestronnosci, tak potrzebnej w malych wnetrzach.

A jednak, co zadziwiajace, wydaje sie ze biel jest duzo czesniej uzywana w wielkich przestrzeniach niz malych. Zwrocilam na to uwage przegladajac moje kolekcje inspiracji, gdy wybieralam zdjecia na dzis. Wszystkie te post-industrialne, po-szkolne obiekty, lofty, i inne wielkie budynki wrecz chlubia sie biela i przestrzenia. Czemu wiec nie male mieszkania? (Tak, wiem, moja kuchnia jest zielona a mini-lazienka pomaranczowa, nigdzie nie powiedzialam ze wszystko musi byc biale ale jednak…)

Tak czy inaczej, powyzej przedstawiam kilka wnetrz ktore mam nadzieje ze Was zainspiruja – domowe biura, sypialnie i salony. Prawie kazdy z nas ma choc jeden bialy pokoj – czy spojrzysz teraz na niego inaczej?

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Space for the home office / miejsce na domowe biuro

So we have a Flat. Our first baby. We love it and have a million ideas for it.

The slight problem is, that it’s in a different country 😦 back home. We’re in London, the flat is in Poland. And even though we bought it over a year and a half ago, we never managed to live there for longer but a few weeks as we moved abroad around this time.

Can you imagine how painful it is to have to wait to make it gorgeous?! Nevertheless, me and my husband are planning and decorating it in our minds (…and on paper. And in 3D).

Apart from the usual decorating aspect, we need to decide on the functional division of the space. We both love open plan living, so we have decided not to build the second tiny bedroom for now, in order to have a bigger living space. So, the floor plan is something like this:

Our flat's floor plan
Our flat's floor plan

Since we have a small flat (around 60m2), we need to have multifunctional spaces (and fair enough as open living is all about that!), bearing in mind we have not been able to do anything about the wall of the living room as this is the supporting wall to really reshape the space.

What we needed to figure out is – where will we put the home office space? Where is my piano going to be? Will we have a formal dining space? Where will our guests sleep? How to fit all that in there and not clutter the space unnecessarily? And questions to be solved later – where will we plan the room for the baby? What if I’ll need a bigger / enclosed space for my studio?

For now – ideas for the first problem – the workspace.

The possible locations for the desk are:

  1. in the ex-tiny-bedroom / ‘dining’ room
  2. in the living room
  3. in the bedroom

For now I’ve planned the first option (desk in the dining room) and here are the results:

  • Version 1 using the colors we have on the walls now (white and green):
Workspace in the dining room
Workspace in the dining room
Workspace in the dining room
Workspace in the dining room

Advantages: It’s comfortable in terms of space (the dining table can move slightly more towards the kitchen if necessary). Good natural light available, but not South-facing so will be bearable in the summer. Also, close to the coffee supplies which is so important when working! 🙂

Disadvantages: It’s in the center of the activity so there is potential for disruption. Also, no space for a couch there (we originally had one where I’ve now put the desk).

  • This is a very similar version just with a statement wallpaper added. Still unsure which option I prefer.
Workspace in the dining room wallpaper
Workspace in the dining room wallpaper

…and what do you think?

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Coastal living, czyli inspiracje morzem

Ah… coast! Ah…  sea, ocean, lakes and rivers! But how many of us can have a view like that?

Harmony And Home Beach house dining room
Harmony And Home Beach house dining room

With such exterior, it really does not take much to create a wow factor inside the house, as the outside is the main decoration.

However, even if you don’t live by the beach (and you probably don’t), there is anyway nothing to stop you from replicating that coastal look, bringing the feelings of ambience, relaxation, comfort and serenity. I have chosen a few images of beautiful interiors which you can achieve without this amazing view or huge windows. Get inspired with soothing cool color palette, clean spaces and comfortable lounge seating.

…bring light and subtlety to your bedroom:

The Heart of the Sea Home bedroom
The Heart of the Sea Home bedroom
Harmony and Home bedroom
Harmony and Home bedroom
Visual Vamp bedroom
Visual Vamp bedroom
A Room Somewhere bedroom
A Room Somewhere bedroom

…interesting twist to your hall:

Harmony and Home hall
Harmony and Home hall

…add a theme to your living room to liven it up:

Decor Medley boat room
Decor Medley boat room

One of the reappearing elements of coastal design is the wood panelling. Some of us actually have it in older homes we buy (and actually my parents did in the place they sold just last year), so why not paint it white with this gorgeous effect?

Marley and Lockyer living room
Marley and Lockyer living room

…how about a funny and inspiring kid’s bedroom?

Betibs kids room
Betib's kid's room

…the most obvious place – the bathroom:

M jak mieszkanie bathroom
M jak mieszkanie bathroom
Room Envy bathroom
Room Envy bathroom

… and don’t be afraid to accessorize!

A Lifes Design coastal accessories
A Life's Design coastal accessories
The Heart of the Sea Home accessories
The Heart of the Sea Home accessories

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Na dzis proponuje styl morski. Co prawda nie kazdy moze pozwolic sobie na widok taki jak na pierwszym zdjeciu, jednak nie stoi to na przeszkodzie by ten styl wprowadzic i do naszych domow. Charakteryzuje sie on lekkoscia, delikatnoscia, swiezoscia chlodnych kolorow, a takze wprowadza nastrojowy i zrelaksowany klimat. Styl ten mozna osiagnac nie tylko dzieki chlodnemu schematowi kolorystycznemu (blekit, biel, zielen), ale takze poprzez roznorodne akcesoria, kluczowe dla tego stylu, czyli nawiazujace do wody i natury.

Ten wdzieczny styl mozna zastosowac praktycznie w kazdym pomieszczeniu – sypialni, salonie, holu, czy pokoju dzieciecym. Najnaturalniejszym miejscem jest oczywiscie lazienka.

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