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modern and rich in red

By houseofanais · August 7, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

This bathroom is a-mazing, with tons of texture and colour, cool modern decor including the fun Verner Panton heart chair with a gigactic chandelier. Need I say more? 

bathroom so red!


two-toned classic kitchen with modern tweaks

By houseofanais · June 26, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

What a beautiful kitchen! Classic look with modern tweaks.I love the contrasting colours of the black island and light ash-coloured cabinets, the spacious island itself and those light pendants above it.

Plus the natural floorboards, light flowing in, glossy white countertops..oh so many lovely things!

Modern take on classic kitchen


serious closet love!

By houseofanais · May 19, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

I am officially in love with the closets and all the storage with our place in Beijing. It's all real (no light MDF and stuff) - made of heavy dark wood (beautiful colour!) with a combination of hanging rails, pant racks, shelves, drawers, and even lights in every one of them. And there is plenty, more than enough I would say at the moment.

So beautiful, functional and plenty of them. What else can a girl ask for (except for a proper shoe closet also; but I actually have here one too, and since all the shoes are not in it it still enough, but would not be for all our shoes...)?

Luggage storage

My luggage closet, fits most of the light pieces since smaller ones are inside the bigger ones

Pretty dark wood closets

All closets are so pretty and functional

Cool inside fittings

Love the fittings inside and lights...


...and dressers in every room!

cooler than cool egg-shaped bathtub

By houseofanais · April 5, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

There is funky, and then there is uber-cool when it comes to unusual bathtubs. This Italian creation certainly falls into the latter category. Unusual egg-shape, matte black colour and the funky "half-hanging" feature embedded in a rough monolite block makes this bathtub a guaranteed focal point of the room.

beyond bathtub

Beyond bathtub


shaker meets chrome in the kitchen

By houseofanais · March 31, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

This kitchen from Chalon is a fabulous combination of old and simple Shaker style mixed with new chrome appliances. The idea of curvy island is great, as one tends to walk into the corners so often. This is all about that cozy and comfortable country living with all modern appliances. Hard to resist that combination!

Chalon kitchens

Chalon kitchens

feeling the scandinavian white vibes

By houseofanais · January 28, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

Oh those clean, fresh white Scandinavian kitchens. They often come with higher ceilings, panelled walls and wood floors. White vinyl or marble countertops and light wood are popular choises. There rooms are a pleasure to look at!

white kitchen

white kitchens

white kitchen

white kitchen

white kitchen


bright pastels in the kitchen

By houseofanais · January 23, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

Is this the year of the pink? First it was pink wood floors, and now new kitchens in pink and soft purple are arriving creating very delicious-looking rooms...

This fabulous modern kitchen is from Scavolini's Tetrix collection, and it combines the sleek modern look, glossy surfaces with the kind of mix of bright white and softer colours that takes away the coldness sometimes found in modern kitchens.

Pop of colour


fireplaces = reflections of modern art

By houseofanais · January 3, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

Chilly night make me dream of fireplaces. we supposedly have one in our house, but it hasn't been used for 10 years and I am not even sure when we are allowed to burn it (those California restrictions!) so it's not of much use really, other than for birds who like the sing on top of the chimney...

So I am dreaming of these fabulous pieces, many of which are gas burning and therefore I assume can be used even here!

Modern fireplaces = art

A glass teepee, sort of ...

modern fireplaces = art

Simplistic beauty with curves


Modern fireplaces = art

Aren't these cute. Would go well with the Aarnio ball chairs...

modern fireplace = art

Another funky one, but probably not really for a home with small kids

fireplace seating

Talk about sitting by the fireplace!


modern fireplaces like art

Amazing fireplace with matching background. Absolutely fabuous...


Modern fireplace art

So funky - not sure how much this heats but it's definitely a piece of art


modern fireplace

Classic modern 2-sided fireplace with added feature of a table


portable style

Fun 50s look, a very cool portable fireplace


5 inspiring industrial kitchens

By houseofanais · November 23, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Oh those industrial kitchens; they are the essence of minimalist modern homes where normally everything has its place and countertops are left gleaming and uncluttered. I'd love to that too, but where does all the mail and other little "necessary junk" go then?

Nevertheless, there is something mythical and appealing in the mix of shiny and metallic surfaces, exposed pipes, concrete walls and stone or tile walls. So often displayed in magazines, but very rarely seem in real life unless one lives in a metropolitan city where lofts and other converted industrial buildings are found most often...

Typical to the style are open spaces with long islands providing plenty of countertop space, open shelving or lack of upper wall units completely and drawers instead of standards units. Say hello to some of my favourite industrial kitchens, which all share a central island of some kind:

industrial kitchen

The original industrial style with all metallic units and tops, and what looks like concetre walls on the background



Metallic matte from Italian Valcucina with hidden storage and travertine splashbacks


Croma design

Streamlined white, glossy Ikea kitchen with travertine splashbacks


open industrial kitchen

Metal units and open, asymmetrical wall-hung units with sliding glass panels mix industrial wth modern stype


Bare industrial loft kitchen

This loft kitchen in an old factory building is a prime example of bare industrial style where the kithcen is stripped down to minimal necessities


oh la la for this ultramodern babylon series

By houseofanais · November 3, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Oh la la - this Babylon-collection of ultramodern ethanol fireplaces from French designer Stephane Perruchon or Studio Kosmo Design certainly has the wow-factor. The suspended burner hung by cables is pretty unique, as are the designs in many geometrical shapes - and these fireplaces can be used either horizontally or vertically.

With delicious, glossy coatings these fireplaces are the pièce de résistance for lovers of geometry, modern designs, art and functional objects - all in one. Pretty please, could I have one too - preferably the red one with the dark flooring, and let's just throw the house in the mix too. These fireplaces certainly are calling my name!

Fireplace by Stephane Perruchon

Fireplace by Stephane Perruchon

Fireplace by Stephane Perruchon

Ultramodern fireplaces by Stephane Perruchon

images Stephane Perruchon

pantry inspirations for the kitchen

By houseofanais · October 19, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

I am feeling a tiny bit of pantry envy today. I have been desperately trying to organise the kitchen, but I am only keep it tidy if I chuck a lot of dishes and food in the garage - there just is no space! So today it's all about pantry inspiration, although I suspect that I am going to end up with a wire-shelving unit by the washer in the garage. After all this is not our house, so no changes allowed - just dreaming!

traditional pantry

Cute more traditional pantry with delectable rattan baskets

image Org options


A modern version of the pantry - I actually find those wire baskets pretty cute!

image Allways organized

white pantry country door pantry

Just can't beat the country style when it comes to a pantry - so pretty. Especially when filled with fab old-fashion looking bottles and jars...

images Country Living

large walk-in pantry

This is spacious and so cute - i.e. must have been expensive too. My favourite by far!

image House Beautiful

Simple pantry

Simple and functional pantry solution, but it would be nice if it looked pretty too...

image Living well design

the world's most expensive kitchen

By houseofanais · September 30, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

They are cute, modern, sleek and curvy - and filled with exquisite details. At the same time these luxury kitchens from Marazzi Design cost more than a whole house in many places! At a whopping $470K (or 300K in pounds) this certainly is something special you won't be finding at every neighbours' house as only ten kitchens will be made. Looks like a perfect thing to go along with the million-dollar bathtub for the Ecclestone sisters!

The details are well thought and you get for your money many luxury brands such as Swarowski crystal lights, crocodile-embossed leather doors, 24-carat gold detailing, Zaha Hadid designed ultra-modern taps and glitter lacquer worktops. Yet still, I would rather carry my gold and Swarowski around my neck than have it embedded on kitchen fixtures (and dug out by kids who love shiny things). A sleek Boffi kitchen or similar still is a winner for me, and after this kitchen they seem almost cheap in terms of what you get for your money!

Marazzi Design

Marazzi Design

Marazzi Design

images Marazzi Design

Given the choice my heart would beat faster for the less blingy, and more sleek and streamlined Boffi, such as this Zone 1 kitchen (but with a tad more of colour - like red or orange...)

BOffi Zone 1

image Boffi

crystal bath - one of the craziest luxuries ever?

By houseofanais · September 11, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

If today was April 1st I would say this was the certainly a hoax story, but apparently it is not. This certainly must be one of the craziest luxuries I have read about considering the priceThe Ecclestone sisters, who are tipped to be potential material for a movie abut extravaganza, are on the spotlight again. This time it is the older sister Tamara who sent a team to Amazon to find her a perfect crystal to create a bathtub. The overall cost is estimated to be around $1.6M (£1m).

It looks quite fancy but is it really comfy? I think I would still rather buy a nice beach hut with that money and settle for a modern deep tub with some other funky gadgets such as jet tubs, lights and built-in sound system...

Crystal rock bath

image Daily Mail

calming traditional haven with modern pizazz

By houseofanais · August 26, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Slight purple tone, snow white and silver is the recipe for this calming bathroom. It is beautiful and looks like a haven for relaxation.

The modern pendant light from Vaughan adds some pizazz to the scene, and it all works well together!

balanced bathroom

image Tom Leighton/Homes&Garden

modern stairwell cum bookcase

By houseofanais · August 23, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Sleek modern staircase - and very functional too as the vacant space underneath has been well utilised by turning it into a custom bookcase. Beautiful dark wood both in the staircase and on the floor creates a lovely continuum.

My guess is also that there were no silly health and safely people demanding to add a hand railing and side support, which would have destroyed the visual impact. I also like here the square chrome lights collowing the contours of the stairs. After visiting some friends I can gladly say that they are both very pretty and very useful at nighttime. A must-have in my "future house" list.

bookcase staircase of dark wood

image Paul Massey/Living Etc

cooler than cool ceramic bucket washbasin

By houseofanais · August 18, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Modern and yet old-fashioned - what a great and unusual combination this ceramic bucket-shaped washbasin is. I have bought before products from Hansgrohe so I would trust the quality of this basin called Axor Urquiola too. Just love this design!

Hansgrohe basin Axor Urquiola

modern, bold and yet traditional bathroom

By houseofanais · August 14, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

I am starting to think that this is the way to go when it comes to style - an old, traditional house with modern fittings. Lovely tall Victorian windows and wide floorboards make a nice contrast with this high and sleek modern bathtub. Add to the mix a bold curtain, wooden log-like stool and a modern Panton-style chair. A lovely and fresh mix!

bathroom delight

image Living Etc

eclectic kitchen with a pink aga

By houseofanais · August 12, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

This eclectic white kitchen certainly has some bold design ideas and striking contrasts. The traditional Aga cooker has pink-painted doors and above it one can spot modern chromed lights. Add to it a mix of colours and patterns with a large windows opening to a very green garden and a fantastic room has been born!

Eclectic kitchens

image Jody Stewart/Homes & Gardens

airy conservatory with a modern twist

By houseofanais · August 10, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

How I wish I had a conservatory too - a room filled with light and plants giving the feel of being outside - especially on rainy days and in wintertime. I really like this one for it has been skillfully given a modern twist in decor.

The room itself looks like a classic old conservatory, but the details such as that oh so shiny table from LIgne Roset and those cute plant-inspired blinds, armchair and pillows from Zoffany. The mix makes it look both classic and modern at the same time.

airy concervatory

image Housetohome

would you do sauna on the street

By houseofanais · August 9, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

The city of Turku in Finland is one of the cultural capitals of Europe this year meaning that there is something going on all the time - especially in the summertime. As sauna is a huge part of the culture, they asked some designers to create design saunas, which are scattered around the city and by the sea.

We managed to spot two of them - one in the Aura river (whcih doesn't look too clean) and the other next to a museum and a busy road. Ok, so I see the sauna, but where is the changing room and the shower...? I think these were not quite my cup of tea based on their location, but I love the looks of the buildings!

Cube sauna in the river

See-through sauna on the street

rustic wood and bright yellow in bathroom

By houseofanais · August 7, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

If I had seen this room without the sink I would have though that it's a great country chic look - but with this bright yellow basin it becomes a brilliantly eclectic bathroom. I love the contrast of colours and the funky style mix of classic high skirting and gilded mirror with the bright and modern basin and the old wooden table. And did I forget to mention one of the key ingredients - the beautiful dark grey painted walls that create the perfect contrast with the basin...

Bathroom with contrasts

image House to home

a bathroom - really?

By houseofanais · August 4, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

At first sight I might not have believed that this really is a bathroom as one can find there wood flooring carpet, a chandelier, nice modern gas fireplace mounted in the wall as well as a large flat-screen TV.

Unusual choices definitely so one can only image how the rest of the house looks like if the bathroom is already this eclectic. The colour scheme is also very bold with black, white and chrome everywhere. Certainly a mix of old and new, and something I could imagine finding in a swanky design hotel!

Black statement bathroom

image Oliver Beamish

curvy inspirations

By houseofanais · July 27, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

I love it when I see some unusual design delights - like this full-height round window seat area. Beautiful glass balcony on upper floor looks into the round seating area on the lower floor and the high-hanging Moroccan style lamp delights both floors also. Lots of style and imagination here!

side view

full-height seating area

view from the seating area

fridge inspirations in accent colours

By houseofanais · July 24, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Since we took down yesterday the old cupboards and fridge at my sister's new apartment we started looking for fridge inspirations. To our delight the accent colours she has chosen for the apartment (chocolate brown, orange and olive green) seem to be hot in the appliance side also - especially with the retro-style makers SMEG and Gorenje. I also love looking at appliances in these bright colours - a fridge like this would certainly change the mood and appearance of a room instantly!

We have also been shopping also for curtains and found three pairs of the same style in white, chocolate brown and orange - now it's getting time to decide whether the accent colours should be mixed and matched in all rooms or if it would be better to stick one colour in each room...


Gorenje chocolate brown Gorenje orange

Gorenje Olive green SMEG Lime green

grand fireplace inspiration

By houseofanais · July 24, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

This is such an eclectic living room! I have to admire this very grand and ornate fireplace and the wooden log-like armchairs. A very interesting and intriguing mix where the designer has managed to create coziness despite all the grandeur!

Grand fireplace

image Craig Denis