I was living with my husband in a temporary accommodation during the months of my renovation. It was a dark, small, dusty studio apartment in a complex of 24, directly on a busy intersection.
What we used as a dining table was a wall shelf, 30cm deep. That was the “table” of the apartment (I should really say of the room). Eating was hilarious: we were sitting on high chairs, side by side, with just enough room in front of us for a plate each, and when bending slightly forward to eat, we almost hit the wall. Staring at the wall was inevitable, as looking at each other was too uncomfortable. Not to mention catching a glimpse of the tv, which required turning our heads by 180 degrees.
That’s why I thought I had to come up with something to save
as ironic as the whole dining situation we had to face every evening.
I decided to hang a print of Gustavo Fring, the amazing double-faced character from the HBO series Breaking Bad, and placed a huge vase of red tulips in front of it. It reminds me of the offerings of flowers in front of sacred images in a church – but between a saint and Gustavo Fring, the distance could not be bigger!
In this bathroom with dark wall and floor tiles (concrete look, chocolate colour), the white vanity is the stand-out piece and where the attention focuses.
I styled it in three ways.
ONE, objects are grouped at both sides of the basin. On one side perfumes and lotions, displayed on a mirrored tray, on the other side a bunch of white freesias and a potted orchid (not in bloom at the moment, just green leaves).
TWO, I added some colour and a provincial touch grouping lavender flowers in a manson jar, and leaving just the orchid leaves on the other side.
Bathroom styling, with lavender.
THREE, This is a more minimal styling, not so practical for everyday use of the bathroom. It’s good for a guest bathroom or for putting a property on the market. I used white Singapore orchids in a Murano glass vase, a small jar with volcanic pebbles, and a beautiful big candle in the shape of a horse chess piece (by Seletti). I hung a long Indian tassel to the door handle to add personality.
This farewell party was intimate and much heart-felt.
I wanted the warmth of the sentiment to come through the ambience as well, so I chose natural colours and textures like timber, straw, greenery, clay pots, and a rustic wire basket.
Farewell garden party buffet.
A thank you note was handwritten for each guest on brown recycled paper, and was hanging on a rope like clothes to dry.
Thank you notes for all the guests
The rest of the patio and garden was simply decorated with neutral colours.
garden party sitting area