Dream Home

I suddenly realized a couple of weeks ago that it was already May and I could barely remember the last few months.  Nothing traumatic had happened for the weeks and months to fly by for me but, I had done something that I normally try to avoid – I had gotten so caught up in the random everyday stresses of life that I had lost sight of the bigger picture. I was focusing on things that really didn’t deserve so much attention and I needed to hit the reset button. So in an effort to get back on track I have been taking some time to just dream, breathe and reconnect with what makes me happy and, what I would like to achieve in my life long term.

As many of you may know, I love interiors and architecture (some may even say that I am a little obsessed) so much of the time that I spent dreaming involved where I would like to live long term.  And today’s dream home is positively swoon-worthy.

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Located in Sonoma’s Wine Country, this home has breathtaking views, beautiful interiors, high ceilings, a swimming pool and fire pit.

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All images are from http://www.sothebysrealty.com

I hope that you have a fabulous day! XXS❤️

Inspiring Interior

Hi Everyone!

I love discovering designers and beautiful spaces on Instagram, which is exactly where I discovered the designer of today’s Inspiring Interior. I was especially excited to discover Montana LaBelle’s work because she is Canadian just like me.

Located in Toronto, this Lytton Park residence is elegant and modern perfection. The bright white walls contrast perfectly with the darker touches and details such as the beautiful banister, frames and black grout in the bathroom (which I am particularly obsessed with).   Contrasting marble in the kitchen, the light filled living room and floating bed in the bedroom sharply elevate the fabulous factor of this home. Love! Love! Love!  Here are some of my favourite pictures of this gorgeous home.

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

I hope that you have a beautiful day! XXS

Spotlight with Rachele Biancalani

Hi Everyone!

Today I am so excited to introduce a new feature here on Stylishly Zen called Spotlight, where I will be interviewing incredibly talented designers, bloggers and entrepreneurs about their lives, their work and how they got started within their respective industry.  Today’s Spotlight is with one of my favourite architect and designers Rachele Biancalani, and I was beyond thrilled when Rachele agreed to be the very first person to be featured on Spotlight.  Rachele runs her own namesake firm based in Italy which means that she is a architect, designer and business woman extrodinare.  It became clear from Rachele’s interview that she lives and breathes design, and this passion and dedication is clearly reflected in her work.  A Tuscan farmhouse that Rachele designed has previously been featured on Stylishly Zen (you can check it out here) and I have no doubt that more of her work will be featured in the future.  Without further adieu, here is my interview with Rachele:

Where are you originally from and where do you live now?

I’m Italian, I’ve studied Architecture in Florence and I live in Italy right now close to Florence, in Tuscan

When did you know that you wanted to be a designer?

When I was a child I enjoyed looking at similar apartments (at different floors of the same building) and discover how much they were different with various furntiure and different walls.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

My main inspirations are my Clients and their desires; for this reason my works are so different one from the others.

What is your favourite city to visit for design inspiration?

I think Italy (with Florence, Rome and Milan) is very inspiring but also other European Cities as Berlin, London and Paris

From start to finish, describe your ideal day…

My ideal day is wake up early in the morning but without the alarm clock, prepare breakfast for my two children, go to gym, go to work in some of my building site and then work all-day-long with nice collegues and smart Clients, then meet my family for dinner and talk about all the beautiful things we have done during the day.

What is the best advice that you have ever received?

An Architect that I respect and esteem told me that in each difficult situation I have have to keep calm and always trust in myself

What is your favourite food?

My favourite food are vegetables and dark chocolate but not in this order 🙂

List three things that you always carry in your bag

I’ve always got in my bag a meter, my smartphone and a pencil

What is the first thing that you do in the morning and the last thing that you do at night?

The first thing I do in the morning is going in my children bedroom and the last thing at night is to fall asleep with them on the sofa watching some tv series that we love

How do you incorporate wellness into your life?

Unfortunately in this period I’m not able to incorporate yoga, meditation or fitness as much as I would… but it is one of my best intention for 2018.

What does living well mean to you?

Living well for me is definitely to defeat stress and learn to say “no” and take care of ourselves

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To see more of Rachele’s work please visit her website www.rachelebiancalani.com

I hope that you have a fabulous day!  XXS

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