Inspiring Interior – Jenna Lyon’s Loft

Hi Everyone!  

I hope that you are currently enjoying a much needed break filled with good food, laughter and relaxation.  The holidays are looking very different for me this year as I am unable to travel due to lockdown restrictions.  Like it has been for most of this year, life is just different than what I am used to but I am determined to make the best of it.  So despite spending the holidays alone (for the most part), I am enjoying getting back into the kitchen and trying new recipes, taking some time to work out everyday, watching some great shows (has anyone seen Bridgerton yet?) and working at getting both my mind and body in a more balanced state, as this has been a challenging year that I have let get the better of me on more than one occasion.  Taking the time to relax and unwind has also given me space to feel inspired and hopeful again.  One show that is currently providing inspiration on the creative front is Stylish with Jenna Lyons.  For those of you not familiar with this American fashion gem, Jenna Lyons was previously the creative director for J.Crew.  Her styling is both unique and inspirational and having binge watch the first six episodes I am now convinced that I too need to wear multiple shirts at once.
7D67A26D-DF19-4E91-9210-DFC6AE8977C6Aside from the inspirational fashion and interior design ideas that the show provides, I love that I get to see into Jenna’s home. I first saw images and fell in love with Jenna’s home in Althena Calderone’s interior book Live Beautiful.  The mix of metals and marble, textures and colours, unfinished herringbone floors and oversized crown molding are both dreamy and inspiring.  Seeing glimpses of her home throughout the show just further reiterates how fabulous Jenna’s style really is.  
2E9058AB-83BA-4BAC-8E75-1061ED8D8D3FThe elevator opens up to Jenna’s living room which is home to a gorgeous, modular pink velvet sofa.    Jenna has then layered in different styles of furniture and pieces resulting in a space that is both cool girl chic and inviting.  A cool feature of the space is the TV which slides out from behind the fireplace to the space between the mirror and art when in use.  Genius!
B367463A-78E4-4D8B-B1E3-42E4390E79B2The grand Venini chandelier in the kitchen is a showstopper that elevates the space.  Unlacquered brass backsplashes and honed marble countertops round out the space.  I never would have thought to combine all of these features but they work beautifully together.  
3422D0FE-291E-4A7E-87E4-9BCDFE743563E97B86A5-8E2B-4371-BAFC-4F5DD7D30F9FWhile I am enamoured with the entire home, the master bedroom and en suite bathroom are my absolute favourite space within the loft.  I have never really been a fan of wood panelling but it works perfectly in this bedroom and when combined with a warm and textured bed cover the bedroom becomes both elegant and cozy.  Floating brass bedside tables and an ornate chandelier further elevate the space.  Metal and glass doors allows views from the bedroom to the luxurious bathroom that is a marble lovers (aka moi) dream.  From the grand use of marble, to the herringbone floors and the brass detail, this is by far one of my most favoured bathrooms that I have seen.  The unlacquered baroque style bronze vanity legs were sprayed with salt water to speed along the oxidation process resulting in a beautiful green patina that complements the other features of the bathroom.  
F83A5DB6-6E27-4766-954B-8BEBFFD05DC3766B7D67-6C7B-47BA-9B07-AF3990118B82Last but not least, no home tour of a fashion superstar would be complete without a glimpse of the closet, and not surprisingly Jenna’s does not disappoint.  Being a total shoe lover myself, it’s clear that Jenna is my spirit animal.  There are about 300 pairs of shoes in there!  
2D819DB7-9D55-4C78-9F28-690C5EC03779Jenna Lyon’s style has always been inspirational to me and her home continues to provide further inspiration with my own living space.  Her style is the perfect mood for me to be entering 2021.  What do you think of this space?  Let me know in the comments below.

I hope that you have a beautiful day!  XXS

All images via http://www.cocokelly.com

 

The Furniture Files – The Wassily Chair

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There are many variables that contribute to a beautifully designed space and that includes the furniture that is placed within the room.  There are some styles of furniture that have really captured my attention, some are Instagram favourites while others are a little less mainstream but equally fantastic.  Many times I find myself wanting to know more about them, it’s history or it’s backstory so to speak so I present to you The Furniture Files!  

The Wassily Chair is the star of today’s Furniture Files post.  Easily recognizable and a popular Instagram star in its own right, the Wassily Chair is has experienced waves of popularity since it was first designed in 1926.  Originally known as the B3 model chair, it was designed by Marcel Breuer while he was at the Bauhaus in Dessau Germany as head of the cabinet making workshop. 7226F2FF-72BB-4560-A492-07272EF9D8FC

The painter Wassily Kandinsky was at the Bauhaus at the same time as Breuer and greatly admired the design of the B3 model chair.  He loved it so much that Breuer had a duplicate chair made for Kandinsky.  The B3 model chair didn’t become known as the Wassily chair until decades later when the design was re-released by the Italian furniture manufacturer Gavina.  Thru their research of the chair, Gavina learned of the Kandinsky connection with the chair and decided to release it under a new name – The Wassily Chair

The first version of the Wassily chair designed by Marcel Breuer along with a tubular steel furniture collection, was inspired by the construction of a bicycle and used the techniques of local plumbers. Breuer had recently purchased his first bicycle and the lightness of the tubular steel frame inspired him to experiment with the material in furniture design. Breuer’s first designs which includes the Wassily chair have become icons within the style of modern furniture and are some of the most easily identifiable.   Of all of the different versions of the Wassily chair that have been produced, the Thonet version is known to be the most rare as it went out of production during World War II. FD6BE589-4B63-4592-91E6-2438201C6779

What makes this chair so popular is the use of the materials which include bent, tubular steel and eisengarn (aka iron yard) along with its manufacturing methods.  When it was first produced, the Wassily chair was first available in both a folding and non-folding version.  In early versions, the straps were made of fabric that were pulled taut along the back of the chair with the use of springs. 781D76CC-A603-4A2A-9B4C-91E0AB92EC0F

The Wassily chair has been mass produced since the 1920’s and has continuously been in production since the 1950’s.  While the name Wassily Chair has been trademarked by Knoll of New York City, there are many reproductions being produced and marketed around the world by other manufacturers under different names.  I personally love  the Wassily Chair as I love the modern, elegant and industrial look of it.  I have always gravitated to a steel and leather combination so the Wassily Chair fits my tastes perfectly.  My favourite colour though is a buttery camel colour instead of the popular black leather, I find that it adds a softness to the look of the chair while making it look more welcoming, comfortable and elegant.  

What do you think of the Wassily Chair?  Would you consider adding it to you space.  Let me know in the comments below.

Thank you for stopping by Stylishly Zen today!  I hope that you have a beautiful day!  XXS

Photo Credits: http://www.steelform.com, http://www.chairish.com, http://www.eternitymodern.ca, http://www.interiorcom.com

Retail Restoration – Acne Studios Flagship Store Stockholm

I love a good restoration and I especially love one with a great backstory, which is why I am so excited about today’s project. Acne Studios recently unveiled their newly restored flagship store in Stockholm and it is gorgeous!

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Located in a former bank, this building has quite the backstory. In 1973 there was a well known six day hostage crisis at the bank. The aftermath of the hostage situation resulted in the famous psychological term known as “Stockholm Syndrome”.

Barcelona based architecture firm Arquitectura- G is behind the newly unveiled restoration and they were clearly the perfect partner for Acne Studios as the final result is minimal and quiet luxury, exactly like the brand’s well known aesthetic.

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The original design of the building included marble columns and after stripping everything back to it’s bare bones, Arquitectura-G choose to enhance the neo-classic design by adding additional columns to areas such as the fitting rooms. By painting the walls the same colour as the columns, the final result is a monumental marble lovers dream land. To complete the stunning marble design, British furniture designer Max Lamb created five oversized marble tables which have been place throughout the shopping area of the store.

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To sharply contrast with the grandiose design and material throughout the space, sleek and minimal office style lighting designed Benoit Lalloz was used. I love how it balances out the space and elevates the design from looking too heavy.

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This space is an Acne shoppers dream, offering an elevated yet cool environment to shop for the gorgeous offerings that Acne produces season after season.

What do you think of this design? Let me know in the comments below.

Thank you for stopping by Stylishly Zen today and I hope that you have a beautiful day! XXS

All images via http://www.yellowtrace.com.au

Amazing Architecture – A Glass Cabin on a Cliff

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People’s creativity in architecture and design never cease to amaze me and today’s project is no exception.  When I first saw an image of the “Air Cabin” on Instagram, I was stopped in my scrolling tracks amazed at what I was looking at.

D0A87D26-D6A8-4ADB-B377-27AAC7A0EB14A glass home hoovering over the edge of a rocky cliff is not something that you see everyday.  Designed by Yakusha Design, this is an original and creative design as a holiday home for a surfer.  “Air” is the inspiration behind this stunning glass cabin with a goal to create a feeling of weightlessness.

765EED08-5F3C-47F9-8BD2-04F03D1672FBProminently positioned to overlook the horizon, directly facing the sea breeze in many ways this cabin is is similar to a modern yet radical light house.

713B3F22-6E9A-449F-8904-88751A2C8268Secured on a foundation made with recycled concrete and set on a vertical pillar, the cabin doesn’t take up a lot of area space but maximizes the view over the Atlantic Ocean.  In order to curtail any privacy concerns that the resident may have, there is a integrated system of windows blinds built around the perimeter of the structure. Inside the colour palette is minimal but warm and welcoming allowing the stunning views to take centre stage.  The various living zones effortlessly flow into one another throughout the home.

5F2E1660-77B0-452F-A874-5121E02CEF8D74E3689F-D1BA-46E3-ABF3-2113671B00AFDespite the neutral colour palette on with the interior, visual interest has been created within the interior with different shapes such as round lamps and organic forms for the sofas and textures such as straw surface panels on the walls.  The combination creates the perfect refuge to comfortably enjoy the breathtaking views.

6E30F7B7-7D6D-47BA-8F42-7D56B58EBC08E88AD1C7-64CC-4C64-ADC2-E6927042B64EThis cabin is one of the most memorable that I have ever seen, and I am in awe of the level of creativity that is displayed throughout.  What are your thoughts on this cabin?  Would you ever consider building a holiday home similar to this?  Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you for stopping by Stylishly Zen today, I hope that you have a beautiful day!  XXS

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

Relaxing Reverie

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Like most people, 2020 has been a challenging year for me. And with those challenges have come lessons that I am grateful to have learned or that I am in the process of learning and understanding. How to slow down has been the most important of all of these lessons as it has taught me patience and to understand what is truly important to me. It has also allowed me to get comfortable with quiet and stillness, two things that I have often struggled with. Lately though, I find myself enjoying simple and quiet moments which is why today’s Relaxing Reverie really resonated with me.
This simple concrete bungalow located on Mexico’s Pacific Coast is the perfect example why bigger and expensive does not always mean better. Built with a budget of only $38,000(!) this retreat is simple yet sophisticated and seems like the perfect place to relax.

Designed by PALMA, as Mexico City based design firm, this 50 square metre building is functional and contemporary and blends well within it’s environment. I have always loved simple concrete structures as they perfectly showcase the beauty of brutalist style design and this building is no exception.


The bungalow is comprised of two cubic volumes, one which houses the bedroom and the other the living room and kitchen. The cubes are separated by a open patio. The brutalist style of the bungalow is softened with a thatched roof. This style of roof is quite common within the region as it is an efficient and inexpensive way to encourage ventilation which helps to naturally cool down the interior. Folding doors in both the bedroom and living areas also helps to enhance the ventilation further. Along with a circular skylight on the patio, the folding doors also help the residents to enjoy the views of the surrounding area.

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Like the simple aesthetic of the exterior, the interior of the bungalow has been kept minimal with a muted palette of grey and natural wood with the exception of a statement red built in day bed. Stucco was used in place of paint in order to avoid any humidity build up within the walls (which I had never heard of before but I think that it’s genius!). Uncluttered and simple, this bungalow looks like the perfect place to escape, relax and rejuvenate and get back to a simple more thoughtful way of living.

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Would you like to escape to a simple bungalow like this one? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Thank you for visiting Stylishly Zen today and I hope that you have a beautiful day! XXS

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