Outdated home trends

I just finished reading this article about outdated home trends on ELLE decor website.

It’s a really interesting comparison between the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s trends and today more minimalistic or eclectic trends, but it’s also scary to recognize some of the most outdated ones are still living in my parents’ house!

As for my own house, well, I’m not afraid to admit that outdated trend n. 3 is still present! ^_^ I also love it a lot and don’t think I’ll ever ditch it. Curious about which one is it? Go and check the above link!

I also believe everyone of us still is attached to at least one of these: which is your most outdated decorating sin?

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Brands to Love: Broste Copenhagen

A new series of posts: Brands to Love! In which I want to talk about the interior design and home decor brands I like most, sharing their pictures, mood, catalogue, news and everything may concern them.

Considering my love for nordic design I have decided to start with a danish brand: Broste Copenhagen.

Christmas is in a little more than one month, and I always love to take inspirations from the brands I like.

I recently have  been attracted by their new Christmas collection, simple yet striking, shared in their official Facebook page.

Broste Copenhagen Christmas

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Carrara Marble

I just love  Carrara marble, maybe it’s because I live very close to Carrara, the city of marble itself, but I’ve always been fascinating  by this material: natural, strong, full of light and beautiful.

Fortunately it looks like marble has made a come back in the design world lately. You can see it everywhere in any form, not just in the kitchen but in accessories, furniture, tiles, walls, ecc.

I’ve used it in a more traditional way: kitchen countertop, table and windowsills. That’s because I wanted the house to keep its old Italian charme. You have to know that marble countertops and kitchen tables were the symbol of old country family houses in Italy, especially farmers’ houses. Our kitchen table was “rescued” from our basement, where it’s been rotting for years, and once were used by my in-laws in their butchery shop. This means that it’s a bit stained and old-looking, but that’s its true wabi-sabi charme, I love it just how it is.

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Kitchen demolition: work in progress

Exciting, refreshing, scary, stressful. Demolition of your house may assume many shades, it can get you on the edge of your nerves, but when you imagine the potential behind all the rubble everything gets in place and you can’t wait to see how it’ll turn out.

As I previously mentioned our kitchen was really old, like 60’s old, as you may see from the yellow flowered tiles, so typical in Italian houses over that period. I didn’t want any of it, I like black, monochrome, modern rustic look.
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Kitchen inspiration

Kitchen and bathroom are said to be the most important rooms in a house, I couldn’t agree more, even if I don’t like cooking at all.

Our kitchen is rather small with average height ceiling, but it’s separate from living-room which is something I like. Its main problem was being stuck in the 60’s, full of cabinets and not functional at all.

I had clearly in mind what I wanted to do with it and I have to say the final result is exactly as I had imagined.

Here’s a before picture.

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Inspiration

We didn’t hire any architect, just a surveyor, a friend of ours, who supervised all the technical works. His advices were precious indeed, especially because for me it was the first time dealing with workers and such a huge amount of work to do.
The first thing I did was find sources of inspiration. I knew what I liked: Japanese esthetic and Scandi style, I wanted to mix these two elements together without giving up the old Italian “heart” of our house.
So I started researching on the net, following bloggers, pinterest boards, saving tons of inspiration pictures, but I already had some clear ideas in my mind.

Neutri Artesia

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