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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Minimal Valentine’s Day Gifts

I’ve never been a fan of Valentine’s day: if you’re single it’s just a horrible day when the all world seems to remind you about it (I’ve been there so many times), but also as a couple I don’t think you need a special day to celebrate love….

That said, a part of me still loves and hopes to receive a little gift, something minimal that maybe makes you remember a special moment you spent together.
So here’s my minimal Valentine’s day Gift List:

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Studio Sneak Peek

My Studio Sneak Peek

My studio/ sewing room / guest room is finally starting to take come together. Here’s a little sneak peek…

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5 Tips to pick a Minimal Bookcase

Hello! Today I’m sharing with you, 5 tips to pick a minimal bookcase for your house:

5 tips to choose a minimal bookcase

1. Space: considering how much space you have is the first step, I love long walls covered by books, but in small flats, it could suffocate the space. Look for something modular, that can grow together with your collection…

K1 Kryptonite: Long Bookcase Display
K1 Kryptonite: Long Bookcase Display
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Vitsoe 606 Universal shelving system  – Small modular bookcase

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