6 Ikea Hacks: KURA Children’s beds

DesignJoyBlog 6 DIY Ikea KURA Hacks

It’s so difficult to find good and creative furniture for kid’s and all of the nice ones are so expensive!! I think it’s pretty fair to say that most families end up having one of these at home, no? KURA beds are not only affordable but they are very versatile. Here are some lovely hacks and with a little creativity and some tools you can transform your child’s room from the boring ikea look to a fabulous childhood wonderland.

Happy weekend!

1. Such a wonderful little forest house via Ikea Hackers

2. Here’s a proper little wooden cabin via Ikea Hackers

3. A fire station via The Share Space

4. This cute modern cabin via Vintery Mintery

5. Wich would love to have their own ball pit? via Rusta Upp

6. And the easiest of the all using stickers from StikkiPix

8 DIY Ikea hacks: VITTSJÖ

Ikea Hack Vittsjo

Nice and easy, sometimes with just a little change of color or different shelves, these simple metal and tempered glass Ikea Vittsjö tables and bookshelves can go from mass produced cheap to high-end unique pieces. I love how simple and effective these hacks can be! 

Happy weekend!

1. Oh such a beautiful color in this Bar Cart via Style Me Pretty

2. Your bookshelf is now made of Gold via Honey Sweet Home

3. From big nesting tables into chic smaller… Nesting Tables! via Project Palermo

4. And an elegant Cocktail Ottoman via Melodrama

5. Colourful vintage charm with enamel chalk paint via  Brittany Makes

6. The most beautiful Marble + Copper Side table via Style Me Pretty

7 & 8. And to create a more industrial look replacing the glass shelves with wooden ones for bookshelves via Yellow Brick Home and a laptop table via Storefront Life

Le Caveau, Lausanne | Restaurant and Bar Design Awards Nominee

So… I figured it was about time I put my own work on the line here for a change. And I am so pleased because, for the second consecutive year, one of my projects has been nominated for the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards. This year my little project made it as one of 43 European Bars, right next to Karim Hashid, Minarc (The Northern Lights Bar I wrote about just yesterday!!!) and last year’s winner, Sandra Tarruella Interioristas. Talk about playing with the big boys! DesignJoyBlog_Julia_Christ_caveau_bellini_web_6 This project is very dear to me as it was quite a challenge in terms of time and budget, which pretty much determined the style and the design process. The first step was just gathering all the elements we had at hand, like the gorgeous bar stools, copper lamps, and the hotel sign. From there pretty much the only option was to go full on bohemian style! Though I have to admit I was very stressed about choosing this particular color palette. Instinctively I knew the dark tones was the right choice, but I just feel so much more comfortable working with pastels and lighter tones. The fact that it’s a bar and a cellar (no windows) made me go for the more ‘risky’ choice and it paid off. The dark tones work really well and the reflections of light on the vaulted ceiling creates a nice texture but without attracting a lot of attention to it, which is what I wanted. If a while back someone had asked me if I’d paint an entire room in metallic taupe I’d probably have laughed…

And here’s a brief description by the designer, a.k.a. yours truly: 

Located in the basement of an 18th century building in the centre of Lausanne, Switzerland, Le Caveau is the wine bar of local italian restaurant Caffè Bellini. The owners wanted to transform this space, which had been used for storage for many years, into an intimate bar and dining area to be used mainly during the winter months.

The biggest challenge was renovating a very old cellar on a budget. The floors were recuperated but unfortunately the vaulted ceilings could not be brought back to stone, instead they were simply re-plastered and painted in a dark reflective tone and different light sources to create texture. We also worked mainly with repurposed materials – such as the wood paneling for the bar and old oak for the big tables – mirrors, colourful patterns, murals and a mix of affordable furniture and more expensive vintage design pieces.

With an eclectic bohemian vibe, cheerful murals, dark tones and soft lights, the space has a unique ambiance that is reminiscent of an old school members-only club. Complemented by colourful vintage design pieces, the big comfortable sofas create intimate spaces for small gatherings, while the more convivial wooden tables and benches are ideal for bigger groups.

8 DIY Interior Design Makeovers using Stencils

Simple to use and very cost effective, stencils are a great way of bringing color and pattern to a space without spending too much money. Nice and easy, these 8 wonderful DIY projects will inspire you to upgrade your home using stencils.

Happy weekend!

DIY stencil projects

1. Stenciled floor via Apartment Therapy

2. Create your own wallpaper using a stencil via A Beautiful Mess

3. Beautiful Stenciled Ceiling Medallion via Apartment Therapy

4.  Old floors made new with Geometric Stencils via A Beautiful Mess

5. Coffee time is much nicer with this beautiful Stenciled Tray via House of Fifty

6. Customized curtains via Home Made by Jill

7. Stenciled roller shades via Martha Stewart

8. Charming detail with a Stenciled Throw Pillow via Country Living

Where to buy:

To make it even easier, and if making your own stencils is not your thing, thousands of Stencils are available to order online. Check these out:

http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com

http://www.stencil-library.com/index.html

http://www.hennydonovanmotif.co.uk/index.html

http://www.stencil1.com/topic/stencils

http://www.royaldesignstudio.com

http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com

http://www.stencil-library.com/index.html

http://www.hennydonovanmotif.co.uk/index.html

http://www.stencil1.com/topic/stencils

http://www.royaldesignstudio.com

Style Tips: 1950s

Like pretty much anyone else working with interior design and architecture, I am a big fan of the 1950s. Much like nowadays, mid-century modern homes were open and airy with bright interiors. The simple and clean lines of the architecture were complemented by rounded geometrical shapes found in furniture, lighting and textile patterns, wooden panelings and a fantastic color palette composed of cheerful pastel tones. At around that time, many designers began creating mass produced furniture using new materials such as plastic, glass, and plexiglass, while other materials, such as linoleum and formica, became increasingly popular, bringing even more color and texture into the homes.

Although a lot toned down, the creativity and designs emerging from that time are just as popular now as they were back then. Classic pieces are still being edited nowadays, such as the designs by Ray and Charles Eames, Hans Wegner, Arne Jacobsen, just to mention a few, as well as the many new designs influenced by them.

And here are some tips to get the elegant mid-century look without having to burst out the formica and linoleum! Enjoy! 

 1950s style tips products

Get the look:

1. Colourful glass vases by LSA

2. George nelson spindle wall clock by Vitra

3. The Wishbone Chair, designed by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn in 1949, and it has been in continuous production since 1950.

4. Pair of Upholstered Wooden Chairs by Pierre Guariche

5. Wallpaper by MissPrint

6. Becky Bird Cushion at John Lewis

7. Dream piece lounge chair and ottoman by Ray and Charles Eames for Herman Miller

8. Inspired by mid-century designs, we created small-scale Anson for modern living.

Formica Sunrise Catalog - 1950s color palette

Images from back then:

1. The iconic Eames House remains a reference for mid-century modern architecture

2 and 3. 1950s colorful kitchens via Retro Novation

4. Mid-century parties: 1950s via Apartment Therapy

Images from nowadays:

1. A home “très mid-century” via La Maison d’Anna G

2. Dining room via Sf Girl by Bay

3. Nordic contemporary via European Chic

4. Mid-century modern home in Tuscany via Sf Girl by Bay