Blackstone House

Last weekend it was Openhouse here in London, the most amazing architectural festival that gives free public access to lots of buildings in the capital and around the country. While most of the people generally hit for the iconic buildings in the city center, this year I opted to stay local and I discovered a beautiful gem just around the corner from my house:

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This new build is designed by 6aArchitects  and is nestled tightly into an irregular corner plot in North London and is split into three apartments.

The client – an artist and restaurateur – briefed the architects with a series of her own photographs depicting the stacking of everyday objects. The result is a minimal space, with a very strong character. The materials are rough ready, a perfect combination of wood, exposed concrete, brass and scratched white stucco.

The featured staircase is the fluid that connects the 3 apartments. The top floor apartment is the most beautiful one and has been decorated by the homeowner with an exquisite taste using a mix of old and new pieces.

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10 Best Cafes/Restaurants in Milan

Next week the Milan Design Week kicks off (also called il ‘Salone del Mobile’), I’ll be spending just a couple of days there and I can’t wait for it.

Milan is showing off the best of itself during the week and all the showrooms and art galleries open their doors to design events and installations.  In this city furniture is almost as important as food, so don’t forget to treat yourself to a nice meal. Here’s my top 10 list of cafes and restaurants around the city.

1/ 10 CORSO COMO

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This cafe’ is hidden inside a traditional Mialense Courtyard, once you crossed the door from the busy/party Corso Como road you’ll find yourself transported into this amazing space: it’s a cafe, a fashion shop and also an art gallery and bookshop at the first floor. It’s definitely one of my favourite places in Milan, I have to say, I never try the food, but I had coffee and drinks few times and  I’ve never been disappointed!

Corso Como, 10
20154 Milano
www.10corsocomo.com

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A Clutter free Toronto House

 

Don’t you have that deep urge of decluttering things in January? I do every year, and I think this is the perfect month for it (despite the winter sales).
I have to admit that the owners of this lovely house in Toronto totally nailed it:

toronto-declutting minimal-flat

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My (B&W) Xmas gifts

This year I’ve been a good girl again, so Santa got me some lovely gifts. All in Black &White (of course, he knows my taste very well)…

black and white xmas gifts

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“Milano – Storia di una rinascita is a beautiful book with black and white photos from 1943 -1953: a reportage from the destruction caused by the II World War, to the rebirth of the City. It’s the catalog of the exhibition at Palazzo Morando (Via Sant’Andrea, 6 – 20123 Milano). Highly recommended if you’re around!!!

black and white xmas gifts

The cashmere blanket is gonna be perfect for the cold winter London days, while the Menu Salt and Pepper grinder have been on my wish list for a long long time, I think they will be a nice addition to my kitchen.

black and white xmas gifts

Paris is now awaiting me for NYE and the Cereal City Guide is just the perfect gift for it.But before that, I am gonna enjoy the best present today: a day in Milan with my sister 🙂

What did Santa bring you this year?

xx

Silvy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melbourne Calm Interior

Melbourne Calm Interior

A few days ago, I was looking for some interior references at work and I came accross this lovely house in Melbourne. As you might have noticed I have a total addiction with white bright interiors and this one here is an increadibly good example.

MINIAML HOUSE MELBURN

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