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 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

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

Inspiring Interior

Hi Everyone!

Summer is FINALLY here…….well at least according to the calendar.  Now that we are officially into June I find myself daydreaming of sun, sand and vacations a little bit more then usual.  Today’s Inspiring Interior is the perfect modern beach getaway.  Located in Tel Aviv, this gorgeous abode perfectly blends minimalism, city living and beach dreaming all in one beautiful apartment.  With large windows, breathtaking beach views, clean lines and wide open spaces this home is a work of art.  I love the glass walls and shelving that seamlessly divides the rooms without forsaking the natural light that streams through the entire space.  Wood paneling, neutral tones and materials perfectly balance the glass walls and shelves.  It’s clear that the designer and architect thought very carefully about the layout of the space when designing this apartment, and successfully managed to bring the beauty of the outdoor views into the interior of the home.  It is absolutely stunning!

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I hope that you have a beautiful day! ❤️ XXS

Inspiring Interior

Today’s inspiring interior is located in Stockholm.  The bright white walls and many windows allow the natural beauty of this gorgeous apartment to shine.  While a wood table and natural fibre chairs  are not styles of furniture that I normally gravitate towards, I am loving how they contrast against it’s bright environment and the beautiful marble kitchen.  Whimsical touches like the lounge chairs,  super cool light fixtures and eclectic art work give this fabulous space personality, while the grey furniture and plants tie everything together.  This apartment really showcases the beauty of Swedish interior design.  Love it!

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All images from http://www.nuter.se

I hope that you have a fabulous day!  ❤️XXS