Vivez Bien * Live Well

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A Colourful, Cheerful Home



In my last post, I told you to expect some stalling..... the X part of my alphabet has me somewhat stumped! If I wait long enough, I could do X for Xmas as one reader suggested! In the meanwhile, while I patiently wait for inspiration to strike, I have a lovely house to show you.



Based in Marbella, the house is owned by a Swedish couple, and is an interesting combination of serene Nordic whites mixed with the more colourful hues of Spain, with a French influence thrown into the mix.


I am usually a fan of neutrals, but as we are entering spring here in South Africa, and our gardens are coming to life again, a colourful palette seems appropriate at this time of year. The colour is cleverly added through the scatter cushions and other accessories and could easily be changed. I particularly love the pair of mirrors behind the sofa.


The solid table with its carved pedestal is a nice contrast to the elegant Gustavian chairs. The beautiful beams in limewashed grey give the room a light and airy feel.


The all white kitchen adds a Scandinavian touch to the home and is softened with touches of wood and wicker.




The bedrooms are more subdued. This one has dark grey walls providing a welcome respite from the bright Mediterranean light. I really love these curtains!



This would be a lovely spot for a cup of tea and a good book.

Wishing you a happy week and feel free to send your suggestions for X. (Thanks for those I've already received!). 

Till next time
Sharon x

Images via El Meuble



Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Aesthete's Alphabet - W is for Wire



Why wire....you might well ask! I could have chosen "wallpaper" as my blog friend Carolyn from Sweet Chaos Home suggested. (I feel that Carolyn and I are kindred spirits. She is also the lone feminine voice in her male dominated household of husband and 4 sons). I thought of choosing "wisteria" which are in bloom here at the moment and look magnificent. I considered "window seats" but then remembered I have done a post on them before. I nearly chose " wine" because ...... I just need it sometimes (Carolyn will understand). I settled on "wire" because for some or other reason, I seem to have collected loads of pictures featuring wire baskets and I was running out of time.


Useful for storage in an office, kitchen, bathroom or almost anywhere, great for picking herbs or fresh flowers, perfect for gift hampers or they can just be left empty as a decorative feature.Whatever shape or size, whether rustic and vintage or sleek and contemporary, I think every household could do with a few. Take your pick.....



































 


 




There might be a bit of stalling before my next post ....... X is for ......because I'm finding it eXtremely difficult to think of something! 


Till then 
Sharon x

Image source: 1. Gypsy Purple Home, 2. Dying of Cute - Tumble, 3. Design Sponge, 4. Maple and Magnolia via  Pinterest, 5. Cox and Cox UK 6. Indulgy, 7. Zsa Zsa Bellagio, 8. Darryl Carter, 9. - 12 Tumblr, 13. Casa Decorada, 14. Tumblr, 15. Charming Spaces, 16. Belclaire House, 17. Tumblr, 18, Pinterest, 19. Tumblr, 20. From Greenwich, 21, Tumblr, 22 Country Living, 23. Pinterest, 24. Kelly Harmon, 25. Tumblr, 26.Simply Klassic Home, 27. Gypsy Purple Home, 28. Houzz, 29. Tumblr, 30. Simple Song, 31, 32. Charming Spaces, 33. Casa Decorada, 34. Charming Spaces, 35. Casa Decorada 36. Blue Room Lady, 37 Rough Luxe Blog, 38. Tumblr, 39. House Beautiful, 40. Unknown, 41. Casa Decorada, 42. Decor Scoop, 43. Tumblr