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Wednesday
Nov262014

CREATING A VISUAL DIALOGUE

The moment I walked into the gorgeous studio/showroom of design duo Megan Sommerville and Matt Ensner in upstate New York I knew I was in for a treat. Not only did I get to meet one of the most talented couples I've ever met, but also was dazzled by the beautiful craftsmanship in their furniture and lighting collection. Founders of Materia Designs, the couple moved to the Hudson Valley a few years back to start their business where they bought an old bungalow in need of loads of TLC. With their creative spirits in overdrive, Megan and Matt didn't think twice to roll up their sleeves and emerged themselves into a challenging renovation. Luckily for us, they have opened the doors of 'The Cape' (as they like call it their nest) to showcase the stunning transformation and the results of their hard work. I recently chatted with Megan about their project of love and some of the ins and outs of the design process. Here is what she said:

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Thursday
Nov132014

FOR THE LOVE OF CONCRETE

Concrete is often associated with urban and industrial interiors, but this home in the island of Gotland, Sweden is one exception to the rule. Once an old brewery, the rustic abode is a cozy and warm palace in spite of the amount of cast concrete used throughout. I think the mix of natural elements is just right. The decor's bare simplicity is so soothing and inviting that's hard not to fall in love with it.

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Thursday
Mar132014

A COUNTRY CHIC RETREAT

If you're into nature and love the rustic side of things, Orchard Keepers is a country chic holiday accommodation where you can sit back and relax under a giant Sequoia tree. Located in the heart of Red Hill in Victoria, Australia, this dreamy retreat is the ultimate country getaway for a family or group of friends. Chalk-white walls and waxed floorboards set up the stage for its beautiful and cozy decor that incorporates comfy linen sofas, provincial antiques, vintage furniture, art works and gorgeous lighting all sourced from all corners of the globe.

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Friday
Nov222013

A RUSTIC AND WHIMSICAL FARMHOUSE

I can't get over how cool this century-old farmhouse is. Located in the Netherlands, the converted farmhouse is decorated in a natural and rugged Scandinavian style with strokes of whimsy that makes it so fun. I love the rustic look of the floors and of course the way the left the original wood beams exposed and painted them to be part of their decor — a very clever solution. It looks so cozy that I wouldn't mind being there right now. Happy weekend!

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Friday
Nov082013

COMFORTABLE BEAUTY 

This calm and cozy Dutch home makes me want to lounge and relax, exactly what I'm looking forward to doing this weekend. The beautiful mix of natural materials and comfy textiles creates a soothing and warm ambiance. What are your plans for your weekend? I hope you're doing something fun.

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Friday
Oct252013

A BEAUTY FROM THE PAST

I'm sure it's hard finding any potential in an old, rickety garage for military vehicles with holes in the roof. But for Swedish architects Henry and Lotta Imberg it was quite easy. After looking a various houses to turn into their dream holiday home, the couple fell in love with the rustic look, proximity to the sea and the unique landscape of this abandoned building. They were hoping to find an unconventional structure with lots of character they could make their own. And so the did. Wanting to keep the integrity of the old garage, they opted for a open layout — only adding a couple of partitions to separate the living and sleeping areas. The use of raw plywood combined with the beautiful slate blue and soft black, creates a stunning contrast that gives the Imberg home a beautiful yet primitive quality.

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