April 4th, 2012
Thanks to Tanya I met Gaston Liberto, an Argentinian artist who shares his atelier/shop with several artists in the Born district of Barcelona. On display are his ‘Divinos Mutantes’, mutated cartoonish creatures who live in a magical world. The shop also sells the work of jewellery designer Sandra Velzi who he has provided illustrations to incorporate in several of her designs. Together with his wife he has launched a t-shirt collection made 100% in Barcelona and while I was there his cute son Julio was very busy making colourfull drawings. Seems like the legacy is assured. For a nice stop motion animation which has been made with his work click here.
pictures by elisabeth for aestheticshelter
March 27th, 2012
Some eye candy in tune with the current Belgian weather and another great example on how different disciplines, as fashion and interior design, can come beautifully together. This Vogue editorial was shot in Mario Testino’s LA home, a safe haven for his furniture, objects and accessories found throughout the world. Some people just have a great eye and amazing aesthetic. For full overview of all pictures click here.
January 11th, 2012
I discovered Justina Blakeney’s blog fairly recently checking out Refinery 29 list of home decor blogs to bookmark. It instantly caught my eye since is quite different from what you currently see on most design blogs. She defines her signature style as ‘Jungalow’, where colours, plants, layers of fabrics and rugs room freely. It has a bohemian feel with plenty of room for vintage finds, upcycling furniture an bold prints. She recently started devoting a tumblr to this aesthetic called Welcome to the Jungalow. What makes this lovely globetrotter’s aesthetic even more interesting is that even dough her style if quite different from mine (which is constantly evolving and being defined as I go, I only recently allowed leaving creatures, aka plants, in my own home…) I saw many pictures on her tumblr which I also bookmarked in the past months. If I were to live in sunny California I might infuse my personal style with some Jungalow fever. Here a some pictures of her own Jungalow.
She frequently visits the Rose Bowl, a flea market in Los Angeles held once a month, where she finds the most amazing and exotic treasures. For a flea market aficionado as myself I just want to book my ticket and leave Belgium with many empty suitcases. For helpfull tips on turning your own place into a jungalow click here.
December 19th, 2011
It was a good start of the week! I scratched many things of my ever expanding to do list. Instant gratification. So let’s continue in that same good spirit and talk home inspiration.
The New York apartment of Lauren Santo Domingo, co-founder of Moda Operandi, has been featured in the Home section of Vogue.com a while ago. It’s been on my mind ever since. There is a lot to love even to covet (that beautiful coffee table…sigh) but what i appreciate the most is that she managed to create an beautiful overall look of rich tones and texture infused with a serious sense of humour. Splaches of apparently ‘odd’ colours in the mix with some wildlife. About the pink stool she explains: “Every house should have a wrath, or really ugly piece”. I can not make any sense why, but the thought alone makes me smile. For the full feature of her apartment click here.