A RENOVATED BLACKSMITH'S WORKSHOP

I've come across this picture (the first one below) several times while surfing around on the internet. Each time the picture would stand alone without a link to other photos of the full home tour, as they usually do. My imagination was left to wonder what type of space this room lives in? Is it in a studio in Quebec, a cabin somewhere in Norway, or maybe a loft space in New York?? I was delighted to stumble across this photo again recently, this time with photos of the space and outer walls that surround it. Turns out it's in an abandoned blacksmith's workshop in Lesbos, Greece that dates back to 1930. The shop was later rediscovered by a group of Danish architects who have since renovated it into this quaint modern retreat home. I'm a huge fan of the combination of materials: original wood beams; new wood used for cabinets, the kitchen and a few walls; cement floors and outside stone walls; and touches of copper, stainless steel, and rod iron throughout. 

 

CURRENTLY MUSING

Just a few things that have caught my eye lately.  

Happy weekend everyone! 

The idea of living in this  loft space  with these tall windows and a little fireplace. 

The idea of living in this loft space with these tall windows and a little fireplace. 

A wrap tweed  jacket . 

A wrap tweed jacket

This pair of classy  3.1 Phillip Lim loafers . 

This pair of classy 3.1 Phillip Lim loafers

This long wavy  hair.  

This long wavy hair. 

A brushed silver  watch  to add to the collection. 

A brushed silver watch to add to the collection. 

How brass and leather come together in these elegant  stools.  

How brass and leather come together in these elegant stools. 

A beautiful set of  ceramic tumblers and plates . 

A beautiful set of ceramic tumblers and plates

A functional oblique  clothing rail . 

A functional oblique clothing rail

A playful  confetti credenza.
Some fresh looking  sheets. 

Some fresh looking sheets. 

This little  bear  and those blue eyes. 

This little bear and those blue eyes. 

A GUIDE TO DISPLAYING WALL ART

This post may make a few of my friends chuckle considering the largely barren walls of my apartment. Although I have taken a minimalist approach to displaying art (simply due to the fact that I don't own any, yet), I have spent enough time analyzing wall art arrangements to understand the different directions one can take. 

Hanging art is often overwhelming due to the copious amount of rules surrounding the "art of hanging art" and the commitment level involved. But for a moment, let's throw out all the rules and understand the only thing one needs is inspiration. The following guide is broken down in a way meant to inspire and allow us to take a less serious and more fun approach, so that we all can all enjoy a little (or a lot of) of art on the daily.  

 

THE GALLERY WALL- 

dreamsandjeans.com   FULL GALLERY WALL- stagger art across the entire span of a wall from top to bottom and wall to wall. 

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FULL GALLERY WALL- stagger art across the entire span of a wall from top to bottom and wall to wall. 

cocolapinedesign.com   SMALL GALLERY WALL- a gallery wall also works well with small wall or space between two doors or windows. 

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SMALL GALLERY WALL- a gallery wall also works well with small wall or space between two doors or windows. 

desiretoinspire.net  LEVEL GALLERY- stagger art work at eye height, each level with the other. 

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LEVEL GALLERY- stagger art work at eye height, each level with the other. 

domainehome.com   GRID GALLERY- for a more structured look, hang art work in rows and columns. This approach works well with photography.  

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GRID GALLERY- for a more structured look, hang art work in rows and columns. This approach works well with photography.  

thedesignchaser.com   WRAP GALLERY- stagger art work across the wall and around fixed objects like a door frame, T.V., or a large piece of furniture. 

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WRAP GALLERY- stagger art work across the wall and around fixed objects like a door frame, T.V., or a large piece of furniture. 

lovelylife.se   CORNER GALLERY- bring life to a lonely corner by hanging art work on either side of the walls that meet the corner in a cluster formation. 

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CORNER GALLERY- bring life to a lonely corner by hanging art work on either side of the walls that meet the corner in a cluster formation. 

   STAIRWAY GALLERY- make use of the stairway by hanging art on the walls that follow the staircase. 

 

STAIRWAY GALLERY- make use of the stairway by hanging art on the walls that follow the staircase. 

THE LEANING GALLERY- 

quincewithsugar.tumblr.com   FULL WALL LEANING SHELF GALLERY- install shelves along an entire wall from high to low and play around with the placement of art and other objects. The best part about this approach is having the liberty to change it up from time to time. 

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FULL WALL LEANING SHELF GALLERY- install shelves along an entire wall from high to low and play around with the placement of art and other objects. The best part about this approach is having the liberty to change it up from time to time. 

cjwho.com   SINGLE SHELF LEANING GALLERY- a single shelf with a small gallery works well over a bed or alongside a dining room table. 

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SINGLE SHELF LEANING GALLERY- a single shelf with a small gallery works well over a bed or alongside a dining room table. 

lifeonsundays.com   FLOOR LEANING GALLERY- for an effortless display, lean art along a wall using the floor like a shelf. 

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FLOOR LEANING GALLERY- for an effortless display, lean art along a wall using the floor like a shelf. 

poppytalk.com   LEANING GALLERY ON FURNITURE- make use of surface space and display art on top of your furniture. 

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LEANING GALLERY ON FURNITURE- make use of surface space and display art on top of your furniture. 

THE FRAMELESS ART- 

residencemagazine.se   FRAMELESS ART-  frameless art gives off a simple and casual look, allowing you the opportunity to change up the artwork from time to time. Get creative with hanging these pieces using clips, pins or a good tape. 

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FRAMELESS ART-  frameless art gives off a simple and casual look, allowing you the opportunity to change up the artwork from time to time. Get creative with hanging these pieces using clips, pins or a good tape. 

trendenser.se    FRAMELESS ART CLUSTER - a cluster of pictures, sketchings, clipping or postcards instantly beome art by displaying them together on a wall. The cluster formation lends itself nicely to this type of artwork and works especially well above a kitchen table or a desk. 

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FRAMELESS ART CLUSTER - a cluster of pictures, sketchings, clipping or postcards instantly beome art by displaying them together on a wall. The cluster formation lends itself nicely to this type of artwork and works especially well above a kitchen table or a desk. 

inspire.neuetoyou.com   SINGLE FRAMELESS PIECE- a single frameless art piece, big or small, can make for an alluring display. 

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SINGLE FRAMELESS PIECE- a single frameless art piece, big or small, can make for an alluring display. 

ART IN NUMBERS- 

blogmilkblog.com   SINGLE LARGE ART- go for the minimalist approach and only hang a few charming pieces here and there. One large piece of art has a bold impact on any space. 

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SINGLE LARGE ART- go for the minimalist approach and only hang a few charming pieces here and there. One large piece of art has a bold impact on any space. 

trendenser.se   SINGLE SMALL ART- don't overthink where or how the art should be hung. Let a small piece of art sit alone and speak for itself. 

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SINGLE SMALL ART- don't overthink where or how the art should be hung. Let a small piece of art sit alone and speak for itself. 

cocolapinedesign.com   ODD NUMBERS- as a rule of thumb, things in odd numbers are always more interesting. Three pictures could be hung asymmetrically or symmetrically (as shown above). 

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ODD NUMBERS- as a rule of thumb, things in odd numbers are always more interesting. Three pictures could be hung asymmetrically or symmetrically (as shown above). 

trendenser.se   EVEN NUMBERS- hang an even amount of art close together to create the illusion of one display, oppose to multiple individual pieces. You can hang these symmetrically or offset for more interest (as shown above). 

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EVEN NUMBERS- hang an even amount of art close together to create the illusion of one display, oppose to multiple individual pieces. You can hang these symmetrically or offset for more interest (as shown above). 

CURRENTLY MUSING

These snow-filled days leave so much room for daydreaming.

The idea of a day  in this room , in that chair, by that fireplace. 

The idea of a day in this room, in that chair, by that fireplace. 

Some pretty  Hammered Spoons  by Yumi Nakamura.

Some pretty Hammered Spoons by Yumi Nakamura.

A  knit turtleneck  with no sleeves. 

A knit turtleneck with no sleeves. 

These funny looking  paperweights . 

These funny looking paperweights

Stacking trays  with over lapping grid pattern. 

Stacking trays with over lapping grid pattern. 

A  coat  that goes to my ankles. 

A coat that goes to my ankles. 

With a cup of this  Warm Coconut Milk with Almonds, Maca, Honey  and a nip of whiskey. 

With a cup of this Warm Coconut Milk with Almonds, Maca, Honey and a nip of whiskey. 

A set of  DANSK Kobenstyle Cookware  for winter cooking. 

A set of DANSK Kobenstyle Cookware for winter cooking. 

ELEVATIONS BY STUDIO ESINAM

Studio Esinam is a creative studio based in Sweden, founded by an art director and architect duo who created Elevations, a series of city posters that have certainly made an impression in the world of interior design. The studio released three new prints recently- Stockholm, an addition of the Elevations series, Goteborg and Brooklyn to launch their new series Landmarks. 

"In our first print series elevations, we seek to capture the unique feeling of various cities around the world. Cities that most of us have some kind of relation to, but probably haven't seen in the format of architectural drawing. By studying the facades, directing attention to details that mostly pass unseen, we hope to touch upon qualities to the architecture that contribute to that specific feeling the city imposes on you."

Now I will just be awaiting the release of the Toronto print to either of the Elevations or Landmarks series- patiently waiting I'm sure. 

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