Inspiring Interior

Today’s Inspiring Interior is a small space with a lot of style.  Located in Kiev, this compact (484 square feet) apartment was tastefully designed by MARTIN Architects.  The owners intended to use this apartment as a rental so it needed to have universal appeal to attract potential renters.

Despite not being a very large space, the abundance of natural light and open layout makes this apartment feel much larger then it actually is.  The bedroom is partitioned off from the rest of the apartment by a glass wall allowing natural light from the bedroom window to brighten up the entire apartment.

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The colour palette is kept neutral with greys, blacks and brown but a aqua green accent colour has been incorporated throughout the apartment upping the style factor on this gorgeous space.

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My favourite part of this apartment though is the kitchen.  The exposed brick wall was painted black to contrast with the light floors – it’s positively swoon worthy!

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I hope that you have a beautiful day!  XXS

Inspiring Interior

Today’s Inspiring Interior home is a lesson in simplicity. Located near the Flemish town of Westouter in rural Belgium, this simple single story structure blends seamlessly into it’s surroundings.E0B778EC-1849-4A9B-A9B2-AB6CDEDC6FC1Constructed from both wood and concrete, the low lying home beautifully showcases both of these materials inside and out.  The large windows help to brighten the inside of the home while allowing gorgeous views from any place in the house, and the open plan living and dining area help this small home feel spacious yet cozy.  The living and sleeping areas are separated by a centre portion and patio enabling the residents to easily access the outdoor space regardless of what part of the home they are in.9DA46FC2-6871-4176-9633-8F82E2ACF1CDA1238098-CABF-4EDA-8108-A4067608E17EWarm details like the gorgeous oak floor contrasted with black joinery and window frames help to keep this space clean, welcoming and chic.1A973EE1-E7C3-44DF-ADB3-59990F2B96CE308C4C3E-E594-413A-B5C0-2D79F1851EF3Cozy, simple and beautiful this gorgeous home has me craving for a simple country abode of my own.

I hope that you have a beautiful day! XXSC6C98750-D18E-45CD-A936-1C316E00D148All images from http://www.dezeen.com

Trendspotting – Fall Florals

Floral patterned clothing is normally reserved for spring.  They add a freshness and a softness to the wearer’s outfit marking the change of seasons after a cold hard winter.  My personal style tends to be a little bit more simple and edgy so florals rarely make an appearance in my wardrobe – the one exception is if I find a darker floral pattern that I can integrate into my wardrobe.  Thankfully this fall darker florals are trending in a big way.  From jackets and dresses to blouses and bombers, fall florals are everywhere this season.  The darker, more muted colours blend seamlessly with other fall trends such as red clothing and accessories , velvet and gorgeous suiting 

Fall florals can work for most people’s styles – the key is to pair it with things that you already own and love.  I love to toughen up the look by pairing it with darker denim, leather jackets or leggings and booties.  Here are some of my favourite fall floral looks this season.

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All images from http://www.pinterest.com

What is your favourite way to rock fall florals?  Let me know in the comment section below!

I hope that you have a beautiful day!  XXS

3 Beautiful Reasons To Eat Pine Nuts

My love affair with pine nuts is fairly recent.  Although this beloved seed has been eaten since the ancient times for their nutritional benefits, I only tried it for the first time four years ago.  But since then, pine nuts have become my go to addition when I want to take a simple dish to the next level.  Aside from its delicious nutty taste, pine nuts are a great beauty boosting food.  Here are my top three reasons to reach for the pine nuts:

  1. The majority of the fat in pine nuts is made up of monounsaturated fats, which is the primary fat in the Mediterranean diet.  Monounsaturated fats are helps to keep the cardiovascular system healthy making pine nuts great for heart health.  It is also great for skin health as it keeps the skin healthy and hydrated from the inside out.
  2. Pine nuts are packed with antioxidants such as selenium, Vitamins A, B, C, E & K and lutein.  These antioxidants help the body to combat the signs of aging by fighting free radicals.  They also help to keep the skin supple and young looking with good elasticity
  3. Pine nuts also contain many anti-inflammatory properties which help with a myriad of skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis, acne and itching.

And there you have it – 3 beautiful reasons to complement your dishes with pine nuts.  What is your favourite way to include pine nuts in your cooking – let me know in the comments below.

I hope that you have a beautiful day!  XXS

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Please Note: This blog post is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice.  It is not intended to serve as a substitute for a consultation or medical treatment from a qualified physician or healthcare practitioner.

Inspiring Interior

Restoring a historic building requires a lot of thoughtful consideration, a well trained eye and a talent for creating a modern space while still respecting the building’s history and bones.  Today’s Inspiring Interior is a historic building located in Ghent, Belgium that was carefully restored in 2013 by Hans Verstuyft Architects.  This stunning 19th building has been transformed into a spacious and modern home with stong historic details.  The contrast of the timber flooring and minimalist esthetic against the high ornately carved ceiling is memorable, unique and breathtaking.  Hans Verstuyft Architects have done an incredible job on this project and I look forward to seeing what other projects they develop in the future. Here are some of my favourite shots from the Ghent project:

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All images from Hans Verstuyft Architects

I hope that you have a beautiful day!  XXS