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Inside… Víctor Goikoetxea’s universe

Trained as a painter, Victor Goikoetxea has specialized in the art of trompe l’oeil. He invited us to visit his duplex and gallery both located in Hernani, Basque village on the French border. Discover a world where art and decoration coexist…
Industrial style wall with a rusty effect, made in trompe l’oeil for a private customer


His House

A living playing with the total white. We especially recognize the Barcelona Ottoman from the Bauhaus designer Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1929).

 

Works of art make the décor. Here the miniature sculpture of Continuum by Gotzon Huegun which large format version is displayed on the Plaza Zinkoenea in Hernani.

 

The stairs leading down to the bedroom with its paintings and engravings.

 

The bedroom, separated from the bathroom by a wall of glass bricks and white everywhere to create unity.

 

The “stage door” or dedications and drawings of the many friends and colleagues of Victor.

His Works and Workshop

The polyptych representing the city of Barcelona on which Victor was working at the time of our visit, a realism to be mistaken.

 

Part exposure of his studio and a model of one of its projects.

 

A graphical screen between surrealism and geometrism

 

Sea made ​​for San Sebastian aquarium

To learn more about Victor and his work, you can visit his website: http://www.victorgoikoetxea.com/

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Be at the restaurant and feel at home at le Pavillon des Canaux

Parisians, if you’re looking for some place to forget this August dull weather, we only have one advice: le Pavillon des Canaux. This place is not only a bar and a restaurant with an amazing decoration, but it’s also the place to meet! You can practise yoga, work in a co-working space dedicated to new technologies, or attend the shootings of Arte shows. A must-see, a must-go, a must-do: we absolutely LOVE it!
restaurant in a house paris canal ourcq

 

How does it work? It’s very simple, you can choose any room of the house to enjoy a cup of coffee, a glass of wine or a diner with your friends. Every room has its own decoration and is a small world in itself. Our guided tour:

The Coffice

A coworking space with good coffee, a good wifi connection and something which is quite rare: a wonderful decoration!
working space decor ideas

 

We fall for:

  • The bright coral colour among the monochrome atmosphere;
  • The pictures scotchtaped on the walls using coloured masking tape. 

 

working space decor ideas

We fall for:
  • The large raw wooden table keeping a friendly and communal spirit;
  • The large customized armchair and its surprising tints and patterns.

 

pavillon des canaux pictures

We fall for:
  • The graphic and coloured lamps;
  • The DIY spirit.

 

 

 

The dining-room

 

lime green and blue dining room


We fall for:

  • The combination of lime green and “duck blue”;
  • The retro furniture.

 

 
The blue living-room known as “the explorer lounge”

 

modern boudoir decoration

We fall for:
  • The motley mix of items and furniture;
  • The mix of white, blue and gold.

 

 

blue living room decoration
birds wallpaper decoration blue ideas

We fall for:
  • The birdy wallpaper;
  • The fake fur on the seat.

 

 

light blue decoration ideas

We fall for:
  • The wallpaper just on a small part of the wall;
  • The second-hand and retro furniture.

 

 

The Red Lounge

 

vintage living room decoration

We fall for:
  • The old-fashioned atmosphere which contrasts with the modern fluo color on the wall.

 

 

pavillon des canaux decor paris

We fall for:
  • The coloured lampshade framework used as ceiling lights (Watch here a DIY tutorial in English);
  • The geometric wallpaper;
  • The combination of colours: red and green

 

 

decoration ideas pink and green ribbons

We keep in mind:
  • The coloured ribbons holding the shelf;
  • The same ribbons used as curtain loops.

 

 

Ground Floor Restroom

 

decoration ideas for restoom and toilets

We fall for:
  • This punchy green giving a life to the room;
  • The checker board pattern on the floor.

 

 

We keep in mind:
  • One section of the wall is kept white not to feel stifled;
  • The yard lamp used as ceiling lights.

 

 

Staircase

 

 

geometric wallpaper decoration ideas

We fall for:

  • The geometric wallpaper on the risers;
  • The pattern repeated at the bottom of the wall and looking like cement tiles.

 

 

Bathroom

 

bathroom decor ideas blue

We fall for:

  • The idea of having a drink in the bathtub;
  • The bathtub “duck blue” color.

 

 

The “Duck Blue” Lounge 

 

restaurant decoration

We fall for:

  • The combination of red and “duck blue”;
  • The neo-Baroque inspiration.

 

The Pink Room

 

 

romantic decor ideas bedroom

We fall for:

  • The romantic spirit;
  • The two-coloured walls: powdered pink and taupe.

 

 

doll house decoration

 

 

The Guest Room

 

 

retro chic decor ideas
molding decor ideas

We fall for:

  • These colors ;
  • The fake mouldings used as wall decoration.

 

Kitchen

 

kitchen restaurant paris canal
old style kitchen

We fall for:

  • The retro decor;
  • The combination of geometric patterns

 

 

And besides this amazing decoration, I want to underline the following points: the atmosphere is great, the waiters are perfect, the menu is wonderful and the food memorable. In short… go! >> Le Pavillon des Canaux, 39 quai de Loire, 19°. (M° Stalingrad). Map. Open everyday from 10AM to midnight. Tel: 01 42 57 58 70.

 

Pictures: @awayoflooking-leblog.fr.
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10 Small Things to Do at Home This Summer

You are in your holiday home or you decided to have ‘staycations’ (‘stay at home + vacations’) this summer? there is no such moment like holidays to make all this decoration handiwork you don’t have time to do during the rest of the year. Here you’ll find 10 ideas to add to your checklist of the summer! Your house will get better looking and you can start the year on the right foot. 

1. (Re)Paint a wall, a door or a piece of furniture

 

You have been thinking about painting your bedroom walls for months? You keep saying the dining room table needs to be modernised? Stop waiting and start painting! You have all you need: time, good weather (or almost), and you’ll be able to aerate all day long. Summer is a good time for creativity…

2.      Hang  your frames, ceiling lights and wall lamps which have been lying around for months

fabric framed
Bare bulbs, empty walls… Take the time to hang your frames, your wall lamps and change the position of your furniture. You’ll feel like you live in a new home.

3.  Let’s fix it! Replace the bulbs, level your leaning shelves

toolbox for kids
Miss DIY Kit
Every morning you wake up with this shelf leaning. It’s been a year now since your wardrobe is jammed? Take 5 minutes to lubricate the wheels, replace the kitchen spotlight and fix all those things which don’t work right. 

4.  Find a sewing machine to make cushions, curtains, household linen and more!

 

do-it-yourself cushions
@vintagerevivals
You have meters of nice fabric sleeping in the deepest shelf of your house? Find a sewing machine and make cushions or curtains to adorn your sofa or your windows. How to do it yourself? Nothing easier, you can watch this tutorial for cushions or this one for curtains

5. Give your furniture a new life

change the seat of a chair
Tutorial here

Sometimes, changing the fabric or repainting some furniture is enough to give it a new life. This old chair for example, became in a few moves a unique designer piece, so stop hesitating!

6. Transform or redesign a room

transform your ceiling

 

Your attic or your storeroom is abandoned? Take time to reorganize the space better by tidying it. Your attic might become a guest room and you might even want to turn yourcloset into an office.

7. Put your things into order and tidy your home

wooden boxes ideas
You don’t know where to begin? Start with the 5s methods of our Japanese friends:
  1. SORT: Get rid of what you don’t use anymore and throw what’s useless. Donate what cannot be sold (Emmaus, Popular Assistance…) and sell what’s left (ebay, yard sales…)
  2. STABILIZE: Tidy and organize your space, use pieces of furniture and tidy tips (see this article full of good ideas).
  3. SHINE: Take advantage of this time to clean the room entirely
  4. STANDARDIZE or organize your things by creating an intuitive system: e.g., keep at hand the things you use daily. Put in another room what you don’t use every day and place the rest in height or in your garage…
  5. SUSTAIN: Keep up with it! Pile up your T-Shirts, keep your hats in your shelf and your socks in the drawer.

8. Look for Second-Hand & Garage Sales

 
garage sale
Passing by a yard sale? Go and have a look at it. You might find golden opportunity at a bargain. So-called “garage sales” are usually way more interesting in the summer than during the rest of the year.

9. Customize old/cheap pieces

stylished foldable chair
A customized camping chair by Mat & Jewski
Once you found some interesting objects, try to customize their look to give them a fresh start.

 

10. Do your major purchases (take advantage of summer sales)

Last but not least, take advantage of summer sales and discounts to make your major purchases of decoration before the beginning of the year.
summer picture seaside
Have a nice summer J

 

 

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Silent zone: 10 tips to fight the noise

Fed up with all the noise coming from the outside (traffic/neighbors)? Before engaging any costly judicial proceedings, let’s check how we could first improve your home. Our blog collected 10 tips to help you fight the noise.

Home decor, an aesthetic solution!

1. Carpets and rugs

Not only does the carpet decorate, protect and isolate the floor, but it can also soundproof it. Rugs can fulfill the same tasks, although they were first used to hang on walls and to cover couches. They will absorb part of the noises from downstairs and cushion your own furniture. And you will be able to wear high-heels without disturbing your neighbors… You can have a look at our selection of rugs here >>

2. Curtains on windows and doors

A poorly isolated window or shutter roller box will give you some sleepless nights. Besides sealing their joints with silicon, you can first hang thick curtains on them. Curtains on a door will also deaden the noise from one room to another.

3. Furniture

Avoid echoing empty spaces. A massive wardrobe against the wall will be useful in case of loud doorstep neighbors. If you have little room, you can replace furniture by paintings, mirrors, tapestries, etc.

4. The bathroom

You can hear your neighbor’s TV while taking a bath? I definitely can relate! Pipes and bathtubs are among the main sound conductors. Fill the gap under your bathtub with glass wool. As for the pipes and taps, their acoustic performance is always increasing.

5. Look after your balcony

Use your balcony against the street unquietness. No need for a large one, even a small thuja hedge can make the difference. If you do have a green thumb, why not build your own green wall? Check our article on this topic.

6. If (lucky) you have a terrace, a pergola would be another option. You can get one in wrought iron for €150.

Start renovation works

7. Doors

Change doors: soundproof doors rely on a series of layers in different materials (wood, metal). As it is still expensive, it will be most useful in place of your main door.

8. Windows

New generation windows: forget about double glazing, time has come for triple! Well, it’s still a bit expensive… And double glazing will be enough to stop the noise from inside. By the way, make sure it fits your building’s style. If your ceiling is decorated with moldings, you might have to sacrifice them…

9. A fake ceiling

A double ceiling will isolate you from your upper neighbor. The plasterboard that make it up are covered with glass wool. But… the real ceiling has to be high enough, and it still costs some €500 for 10 square meters.

10. Bring calmness around you…

 

The agitation you feel also stems from your environment. Try to ‘zenify’ your home and put it in order. So you will be less sensitive to the surrounding earsores.

By Lorène Gaudin.
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7 Ideas to Hide your TV set

After discussing movie decors last week, we move on to the other side of the screen to deal with a very popular object which is also very unaesthetic: TV set. A TV in a room is like the black element in Space Odyssey: it’s huge, it’s black, it’s useless, it takes pride of place and it spoils the décor… So how to make your TV set disappear?
Black Element in Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick

1. A frame among others

@betterhomesandgarden

 


2. Hide it in a niche or a chimney

 
@decordata

 

3. Transform it into a mirror

 
@Seura
 

4. Frame it with a family picture or with art

 
Customizable TV Frames from DressMyTv
 

5. Play with trompe l’oeil

 
@Completehome.com.au
 

6. Lock it in a closet

 
@ElleDecor

 

©Sex and the City
 

 

7. Try the automated closet

 
@LaFilleDeBrigitte
 
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Classic vs. Modern – Let’s mix everything!

Like in Art or in Literature, Modern and Classic each have their supporter in Decoration. But unless the other arts, with decoration you can match both of them in one same room. Surprising results guaranteed…

Classic Interior and Modern Decor

‘Le Mobile’ by Xavier Veilhan, Château de Versailles, motorized painted steel mobile.

 

Furniture from Moustache, source

 

The Parisian apartment of Michael Coorengel and Jean-Pierre Calvagrac, source.
A holiday house in New York,
Designer: 
Inson Dubois Wood.

 

 

An ancient apartment in Italy.

 

 

 

(Warren Platner Armchairs)
An Haussmannian apartment with ultra-modern decoration, source.
(Embryo Chair)

Modern Interior and Classic Decor

A London loft which mix an industrial-style and ancient furniture

 

A Parisian loft and its neo-classic decoration, source

 

Louis XV sofa in a modern interior, source
English cabinet by designer Jaime Belew, source

 

A softer solution: just bring a touch of modernity to your ancient furniture…

 

 

Well, for or against that mix of styles?
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Pots and Plants for an Interior Garden

With spring coming we would like to see more nature and greenery in our homes… Here is an original selection of plants and pots that you can buy or do yourself.
My favorite : The Click & Grow smart pot that will grow mini tomatoes and strawberries by itself.
No need to have a green thumb or to water plants anymore!
A short demonstration video 
here and for the shopping, it’s on our website of course!
Herb Stand Normann Copenaghen:
Another smart and handy pot that you can buy here (and here for the video)
A clever creation: the Corsica Flower Bridge Table from Elho label,
perfect for small terraces or balconies. You can find it 
here.  

Say farewell to traditional pots and welcome Bacsac bags! Available in many bright colors,
they can be used outdoors or indoors. You’ll find them 
here.
A cardboard pot for your flowers really? It could have been a bad idea but you’ll surprise
your friends and family with this ceramic version by Marie Michielssen, available at 
Merci.  
For more glamourous and elegant plants, 
you can chose the hexagonal brass pot from Ferm Living here.
If you already have plants but you don’t have nice pots, here are some tips to transform them quickly and at a bargain.


With Leather

Just cover your pots with leather, it is very simple to do (see tutorial here) and so chic!

With Jute Fabric

Just use vintage jute bags to cover big pots. You can find plenty of them on Ebay
and your plants will feel very cozy in them.

With Paint or Paper

Another easy idea: paint your pots or write on them! 
You can use paint, wallpaper or stickers to transform them.
‘I Will Survive’ Pot can be found here.  

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10 Original Ways to Paint your Home

1. Paint the baseboards or the stairs (or both)

Grafic black & grey baseboards
with a yellow touch to energize the whole

2. Paint Geometric Figures

DIY tutorial on VintageRevivals’ blog

3. Paint the doors




4. Paint one or two bands on the wall




5. Paint just one wall or a block


© Jo Pesendorfer
© Sophie Hanniet

6. Paint the furniture tone-on-tone




7. Paint the moldings

 8. Paint the ceiling

9. Paint half of the wall




10. Paint… a canvas


If you don’t dare to paint the whole wall,
try the light way: just paint a canvas with a plain color
(here the 
Blue by Klein)
Or just buy the Pantone canvas !

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A desk in the closet

It is not easy to have an office space of your own when you are living in a small space. The solution : put your desk in a closet!

A desk in the closet

@decocrush

@designsheppard

@officestylist

@decoralos

@spoutgraphics
@marieclaireidées

@apartementtherapy
@cathdreams

@decocrush

A Desk in the Wardrobe

@marthastewart

@manuelidades

@Camara-de-maravillas

@decorainteriores

@donnamoderna

@dcoracao

A Desk in the Dressingroom 

@officestylist
@Northridge publishing
@Decoralia
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Books, Storage and Decoration

You are a compulsive buyer of books, you devour and pile them up until you don’t know what to do with them anymore. I know how you feel… Some ad hoc solutions for books addicts.

Space-saving solution

Bibliochaise by Nobody&Co
Make a table out of your books
@Ritemail

Invisible bookshelves

Created by NotTom
By  Umbra

By TeeBooks.


When books become part of your home décor

At Sal Curioso Restaurant created by Substance Agency
At the Sevva Restaurant in Hong Kong 


Books with a twist

Hook Book by Rose Bunker

Clock Book By Karlsson


Library

You can still use a traditional library, an idea stolen from Ralph Lauren Home: hang your paintings and photographs on your bookcases.

© Ralph Lauren

Bonus

If you like books and decoration and you happen to be in Paris this week, don’t miss Philippe Starck book signing at the Salon du Livre. All you need to know about this event here, and if you just want to buy it you can find it here.