yesterday, another rainy day. brilliant! well, at least i can say that these days make me feel really happy for working at home. it feels so good to get out of bed, making breakfast, and don’t stress out about driving to work, or umbrellas, or rain coats! it feels good to work cozy at home, in the silence listening to the rain! and of course, after i moved my office to the living-room, i can look through the window and embrace the weather.
i bought a few herbs this weekend and change them into pots! they are probably going outside, but i loved them by the window sill like this. and the light was so beautiful. anyway, indoor plants and rainy days sometimes make me happy!
rain is kind of poetic actually… but i’m ready for spring. come on spring, you can run, but you can’t hide. let’s go girl, you can do it, don’t let all this rain get to you!
hello lovely friends, how are you doing? i bet most of my american friends and readers are preparing themselves for a delicious thanksgiving! i think this would definitely be the kind of holiday i would bring to portugal! saying thanks, gathering the whole family around a table with food, actually this part always sounds good to me in any case! and latins we love gathering people over a good and delicious meal and just talk and eat for hours! and talking about tables and such, local markets today is about beautiful rooms as our guest is a lovely and very talented interior designer, with whom i had the pleasure of working a few weeks ago – catarina batista interiores.
catarina batista is an architect who shifted her professional course to interior design about two years ago. she has worked with a famous portuguese tv show querido mudei a casa, and since then she has opened her own atelier and has been working by herself. i am deeply in love with her aesthetics and sense of style to bring the best out of a room!
recognizing that light is such an important source of life in a room, she carefully plays with the existing objects in a room or home, and builds up the idea she has in mind, according to her client’s wishes. this living room had already plenty of the objects you see here, but she was able to add extra light and pops of colour to make it airy, lighter and elegant, and at the same time, really cozy! i mean look at that couch! don’t you feel like grabbing a beautiful blanket and crawl into it with homemade cookies and a good movie?
when i was photographing this room she had finished, we were talking about her working process and she amazed me by her humble attitude with her clients, making her best to work with her clients’ tastes, respecting their will, but also bringing out the best in that project with her professional knowledge. and sometimes we don’t see interior designers with this honest and respectful attitude, truth be told. this room had to be finished in a very tight schedule to provide a new room for the hostess’ birthday party and everything was looking amazing, airy and delicious with her colour touches and even cupcakes to add a sweet spot!
catarina has also a special project for newlyweds (or for those who are about to get married), who cannot afford a complete makeover of their home, wish to make it as time goes by, or even wish their wedding guests to help with that process, which is providing a project with changes they should be making in their rooms, with detailed information about objects they can buy, their prices and further instructions to make their home feel exactly that – their home. this way she helps them on the decision making part and they can change things at their pace.
i was really happy to work with catarina and i cannot wait to see more of her work! this girl has got what it takes, definitely!
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and as promised i’m back with more monday’s favourites! i’ve been thinking about this one for quite a while now, because i’ve been noticing this trend for a few months. and as i’m turning into a interior design freak (just for the hours i spend on pinterest planning our interior decoration), i needed to share my latest design crush – copper! i am so in love with this material, the colour and the feel. it warms up a room and adds an extra character to it. and it would look so good in our living-room!
there are a lot of lighting options, some of them quite expensive like the tom dixon lamp (441€… ouch!), but other ones really affordable like this diy project by jennifer hagler of a merry mishap, the copper vase! and yes, images 2 and 6 feature the same lamp, but both rooms are so beautiful, i couldn’t resist!
so what do you think about this trend? do you like this? would you add this colour to your rooms? leave your thoughts here! i’m also very into those simple-no-shade bulbs! i might get one of those some day!
hi you all, ready for a rocking weekend? i am!! we have so much to do on our backyard and also so much work as usual! but i know i’ll get to relax as well, will go to a wine tasting event and take lots of photos with my cameras for sure! and speaking of cameras last week i mentioned i loved to carry my film cameras, and i shared a few photos from my summer vacations and this week, simple things is also dedicated to film cameras, but different ones. i inherited a really old film camera and a film video camera from mr twiggs grandfather. his parents moved last year to their beach house and they are slowly taking their things out of the city house and when i was there with her, she showed me a lot of cool vintage things that she was happy to hand to me. so i came back with those two cameras, a black rotary phone and a typewriter! yay!
we got to choose some furniture around the house when we moved, so we have some 50′s inspired furniture in our dining-room, and it looks pretty cool to showcase all my vintage cameras there! so today i really wanted to share these news with you along with some delightful photos of two things that must have so many stories to tell!
in the meantime i’ll get to find out if the film camera is working! it’s a crazy camera let me tell you! it took me a while to figure out how i would load some film in that camera, because i couldn’t find the way to open it! i’m not sure if it works, the buttons feel a bit strange. but i’ll just take the camera into my local lab, with which i always work, and ask them what they think. this is an old camera, from the late 50′s, but it’s so advanced for its time. it has some really cool features like using the lens cap as a shade, and making the film advance twisting the lens itself. crazy, right? but it has so much charm, it’s so simple… all the buttons are below and above you can only access the shutter and nothing else!
oh and by the way, i’m growing lavender for the… 4th time? this time i really want to make it work and i know that less water is perfect, so almost no water for that lady on the right! so now i’ll be getting on to shipping orders and keep on the web-design projects!