Martin Bjoernson’s Tile Collection for Purpura

I hope this blog post finds you well. I am just back from a busy and inspiring weekend in Barcelona, where I attended the Meet The Blogger trend Seminar led by Gudy Herder. I finally got to meet her in person after knowing her online for over two years (she had been so kind to guest post here after my son was born). It was so nice to finally meet in person so many bloggers I am in touch with regularly over the web. We learned a lot, we laughed and it was a refreshing break from m current busy schedule in Madrid.

Now let’s get back to business on this rainy Monday morning with some color to kick off the week in beauty. I wanted to share with you the work of the Swedish designer Martin Björnson who designed a cement tile collection for Purpura. I am in love with cement tiles as a material that has been used since the process was invented in the late nineteenth century. What sets apart cement tile from other patterned tiles is the fact that the pattern’s colors are hydraulically pressed into the surface and become a part of the tiles. This process creates a hard wearing tile with a beautiful mat finish and slight imperfections.

Martin Björnson’s collection comes in five different patterns, two square and three hexagonal ones, each available in different color ways. They are graphic, modern and playful, often with a white base that gives them a sense of visual lightness. The Roundstar pattern is my favorite as I love the fact that different patterns can be created from combining the different colors together.

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What do you think of them? I wish you a wonderful and fulfilling week.

What beautiful!!!!
My favourite is roundstar.
I love those colours!
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Current Color Crush: Burnt Orange

What I love about my work is that I get to work with colors. “For sure you are a color consultant” would probably be your first reaction, but I kid you not, there is something truly magical about color, its versatility and the way it reinvents itself in different settings. I am so grateful that I can work with my clients on this creative process. I love that this collaboration gets me thinking about new ideas, associations or ways to use color. I love that every project dictates a new color palette different from the last one, and that it brings me so much joy each time.

Right now, the project I am working on is getting me to use slate blue and burnt orange. Orange is not really a color I have ever been drawn too but I just can’t deny that I have a current color crush on burnt orange, its warmth and sophistication. Here are a few of my favorites of the moment.

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Do you have a favorite color at the moment that you didn’t think you’d like one day? I’d love to hear about it. My posts are a little shorter at the time because I am running around Madrid like a madwoman overseeing the renovation site, sourcing furniture, or planing the new kitchen. But I’ll do my best to keep up the rhythm on the blog. Have a wonderful day. It’s Thursday already. Damn, time flies when you’re busy….

Four years ago I fell in love with both orange and burnt orange! Totally unexpected, I can assure you. And now, well, I think I have at least a touch of each in almost every room. With gray, navy, cream or even red…it looks great! My latest love is this shower curtain: http://www.garnethill.com/rustic-rose-shower-curtain/bedding-bath/bath/shower-curtains/363158?&defattribvalue=main
We’re redoing part of our master bath, new radiant heat and tile floor and the walk in shower has a curtain. I don’t like glass doors at all. So this print is perfect. To be continued, I’ll post about it as the work gets underway!
I’m also, can’t believe it…sort of liking blue! I am not a blue person, but it’s growing on me. You never know, do you!
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I’ve always been a kind of all colours lover so I’m really happy to discover your blog and your colours ! :)
I really got a crush on this burnt orange ! Loving it !

Dear Libby, thank you for sharing your own color crush. Can’t wait to see the result in your bathroom.
Jeanne, it was great to meet you this weekend. Welcome on the blog. I hope you’ll find plenty of inspiration.

Caroline Gomez’s Colorful Nordic Inspired Home

I have been following Caroline Gomez on Instagram for quite a while, but I only realized recently that some images I had seen on Pinterest were of her home in Bordeaux. Caroline is a designer in the broad sense: she has been working on many projects including art direction, photography, object creation, magazine and city guides. Her home is light filled, colorful and playful. Originally a jukeboxes repair shop from the 30′s, Caroline and her husband renovated it during six months with the help of their family. The furniture is a mix of vintage Scandinavian pieces with modern classics.

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As you can see the color palette is made up of a wide range of pretty pastels which work perfectly together in combination with the many spaces that have been left white. Although this color palette is not one I would have in my own house, I admire how she used color intelligently to define specific areas in the large open living space. How do you like it? Do you want to see more pictures? Well you are in for a treat because I have plenty of pictures to illustrate this house tour.

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To see more of Caroline’s work you can follow her current projects on Instagram and Facebook. Through her website you’ll find access to her shop, where she sells some of her creations.

I wish you a great start into this new week. May it be as colorful as this post!

Qué pasada!!!
Tanto color y que el resultado sea una casa en sintonía no es fácil.
Bravo por Caroline!!!!

Vontrueba: Modern Art Prints

I am furiously on the search for original and affordable art prints for my current project and came across Vontrueba the other day. A Spanish architect and designer based in London, she has a small selection of curated art prints and illustrations. Her Veggie prints are very much in stream with the current movement incorporating plants in interiors. The effort she put in the styling of her art frames is enough of a reason to check out her website. It is a visual feast.

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I also love her Archadia collection: it superposes images of famous architects and their realizations, illustrated by one of the architect’s quote , in a composition mixing color with black and white.

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Have a wonderful weekend. We are enjoying those last warm days as it’s starting to be cooler in Madrid (only 30°C today).

All these prints are awesome. I had a crush for the ones with the greenery (so urban jungle ;-) and the ones with the designers are definitely a must have if you love mid-century design! Thank you so much for sharing these beauties!!!

You are welcome Ilaria. Have a great weekend and see you next week in BCN :)

What a great find Corinne! I like the plants best. And good to have you back. Hope you are ok. xx
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Thank you Louise. All is well :)

Love love love these! Spectacular, and just may have to get one or two. What a great find….

La Brasserie Le Flandrin

You might remember my post about Monsieur Bleu, the restaurant designed by Joseph Dirand. The acclaimed and talented designer has done it again for another landmark of the Malafosse family, Le Flandrin, an iconic brasserie of the 16th arrondissement in Paris. The result is all about understated luxury and similar in feel to Monsieur Bleu except that the palette is one of mustard, black, and khakis. Dirand used some of the same elements such as the Eero Saarinen chairs by Knoll, smoked mirrors, custom designed wood and brass tables, or richly veined marbles. I am particularly in love with the geometric encaustic tile flooring which adds all its dimension to the design.

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It is such a great feeling to see color understood, used with intelligence and sensibility, to create a coherent and contemporary design which respects nonetheless this historic brasserie opened in 1932.

* Photography by Adrien Dirand

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