Reinventing a new home

So it’s official! We are leaving Brussels at the end of the month after two and a half years spent here and are heading to Madrid. It’s another exciting change that expects us: new language to learn, change of pace and climate, new city to discover and friends to make, new professional opportunities to find and create for myself.

It all starts with a new home for our now recently extended family of four. We spent a week in Madrid in September and found the place: it’s a house with a small garden for the active boy and his soon to be active brother to run around. It was probably built in the seventies and features high gloss dark wooden doors, door frames and built-in closet doors wherever direction your eyes happen to look at, as well as in the living area a soon to be covered by wooden floor, flamboyant tile flooring that would give you a migraine within an hour of looking at it. I unfortunately won’t share pictures with you as I don’t want you to have nightmares. Before dwelling further on details, I’ll try to get back on track. My brain has been spinning wildly thinking about the direction the design of the new place should follow and which will definitely be very different from our Art Deco inspired Brussels home.

I am drawn towards mid century lines and classic iconic furniture pieces like the Eero Saarinen tulip table. Sure mid century design is trending right now and you could wonder if my motivation lies there. Actually it is not. Living in a trendy home has never worked for me with the idea of living in a personal home. We happen to already have mid century elements in our home some purchased many years ago. It must have been the fact that I literally grew up with mid century danish furniture that my parents kept over the years and landed in our family summer house. Anyway I feel that this particular style would work well with our glossy dark wood fixed elements, which will remain unchanged unless I spent the next 6 months stripping and painting them. (hmmm doesn’t sound like a plan, does it?)

I have already created a pinterest board dedicated to vintage inspiration. Here is a little collage of iconic pieces that I’d love to own, obviously, or that I’d see fit to work in the design scheme. Check out those upholstery colors: Teal, mustard and mint, what a combo!

Left to right and top to bottom: Tribeca 4 Arm Pendant Light, Terence Conran Armchair (AD January 2012), Coogee sofa by Sentou, Gräshoppa floor lamp, Adnet Circular Mirror, Eero Saarinen table.

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  • Auburn and Blue

    I am soo in love with this color scheme at the moment !! Just soothes my eyes !!! NICE POST.ReplyCancel