my third weaving and snippets of my living|dining room.

A week has passed already, eeek! then a longer post to catch up.

I've been doing more de-cluttering at home, a chore that is never ending I think.
So, the bright yellow wall paper is gone and now the wall is white.
To be honest, I couldn't look at that wallpaper any longer
(yes, a beautiful thing indeed but a bit intrusive).
The sofa also is gone, I kept the cushions and made two covers with 
heavy linen and made two floor cushions, I'll  make one more 
and the whole thing can double as occasional single bed.
The mid-century coffee table also is gone and replaced with a small table 
made by by spielplatz and it's just great, useful and the exact size we need.
To add some colour I hung the hexagon throw on the wall 
(though the throw eventually needs to be finished...or not?) 
on the beautiful nakagawa hanger from habu textiles.

This room has an odd lighting position, 
basically two lights aligned exactly where we don't need them.
I used a heavy hook to hang my vintage Danish pendant and place it in a corner, 
I kept the cord long in a way that the pendant can go up or down, I like it down.
On the side wall there's now a pile of books and things 
(postcard from Nama design,  wooden fox from  a set from mielasiela
waiting for a bench I have ordered from a local carpenter. 
It's not going to be easy to get that job done, the carpenter is a procrastinator,
I'm waiting with my finger crossed, I had to discuss for an hour 
to make sure the design is kept simple with no additional unwanted decorative things. 
Above the bench (hopefully) I'll put a shelf, and yes, I'm still waiting for that one to be delivered,
it's been a month now.
Below, the mess pile there's my third weaving I finished last night.

On the window side, there's Xenia lovely garland and few beloved plants 
on a mid-century plant stand that still needs some work done. 
A little vintage Ercol chair for those that have hard time to get up from the floor cushions. 
On the chair a Smyrna cushion from Renilde.

On the other side of the room there's the dining table were we eat because our kitchen is tiny. 
I took that photo a little while ago. Above the table, there's a light bulb hanging, 
since I can't use a shade (the hook here is much smaller and screw directly onto the wood) 
I got a nice looking one and most importantly something that doesn't blind you while eating.
The beautiful mobile is from bookhou, the mobile deserves a better picture 
and so I will post one to show it fully next time when the whole room is done. 
A wooden bell from pi'lo (I bought it for Christmas but it's too nice that
 I decided to leave it all year around) hang from the bamboo stick that hold the linen curtain.  
On my table there are small wooden dishes from Caroline Gomez.
In the years the concept of home has changed a lot for me. 
Living in rented houses has made me more aware of the flexibility one need. 
Each house we move in is smaller than the previous one (we can't go smaller than this I guess). 
What I've learnt is to look for multi-tasks furniture,
to have less and lighter things because each move is painful and costly, 
to choose carefully because things should be bought to last, 
to not compromise because if I can't afford it I rather not have something to replace it that
 will be just temporary, to have things around that are there for a reason 
(either they remind us a place, people, or they are handmade or absolutely necessary and
beautiful to look at). 
My home is the place where I want to feel well, my peaceful retreat,
a inner and outer work in progress indeed.

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WSAKE said...

love it - room and weaving…
there´s still so much to do in my apartment… it´s a work in progress - for years to come:)

alessandra said...

thank you Anna. Sure it is a work in progress :-)

the vicars alter ego said...

Lovely and peaceful.

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

Your weaving is fabulous and I really like your use of the nakagawa hanger with your hexagon throw. Your thoughts on the concept of home are wise.

mundochiquinino said...

love it! and as you live :)

trees and what not said...

i love your home, similarly to you we move a lot and the way you have done your sofa has really inspired me, thank you

alessandra said...

thak you vicar, Denise, mundo chiquinino.
trees and what not :-) I'm curious now...thank you .

at swim-two-birds said...

I love al this softness
have a nice weekend :)

Maria said...

Your less is so beautiful.
I love it.In every picture.
Take care of you.

eau de nil said...

so serene, so inviting -
and i love your new weaving.
happy + flattered to see the garland there :)

naa said...

I wish I could be as disciplined as I wanted to be and only have what I really need since I want to many stuff... The bookhou mobile is on my wishlist for years for example... :) Too long wishlist! :)
I really like what you've done with the place, it looks so peaceful and cozy. I wish you many happy hours reading your wonderful books and enjoying time with your family in this lovely house*

Unknown said...

Sure do enjoy all of your craft projects and your blog! !! Have a happy day^_^

Patrice A. said...

i come here everyday
and love this post so much
that firt image, soft and beautiful
and it looks a lot
like the house my father made
for my mouse and er stuff ;^)))

Silvia Buján said...

Como me gusta el estilo de tu blog. Felicidades porque es pura delicadeza

joanne said...

I empathize completely with the several moves between rented property and the need for travelling light. I love how you have pared down this cozy space to the bare, beautiful essentials!

Paravent said...

What a calm beautiful restful place to be! Nice work Alessandra :) Kx

alessandra said...

Thank you all!