Minimalist Kitchens with Edge

Posted: 7. August 2011 in Design

It’s always great with a helping hand now and then. Finding inspirational stuff to share on my blog has never been an issue for me. On the contrary, there’s so much inspiration surrounding me all the time that my archive is growing every day…and I only have bad remorses over not being able to show you all the new, intriguing or simply beautiful things. That is why I’m really pleased to have other writers as guest bloggers her on Ewelinas blog. Please say hello to Jennifer that I pass my word to right now:

Hi all! I’m Jennifer and I write for Arcadian Home Decor. I’ve been writing about home decor since graduating university and loved it ever since. I’m addicted to patterned fabrics, Jonathan Adler, chaise lounges, old doors, milk glass jars, antiques, and more.

Home decor is simple when creating minimalist kitchens with edge – all it takes is an uncluttered space and one main focal point. Minimalism is when rooms are stripped down to their most basic forms, and in a kitchen that translates to streamlined countertops and cabinetry with very little home accessories.

Family-Friendly Function

Minimalist Kitchens

Iroonie (via)

The wall art in this family-friendly minimalist kitchen involves nothing more than a few cooking utensils. The colourful area rug adds some pizzazz to the monochromatic palette.

Cherry Chic

Minimalist Kitchens

ARHZINE (via)

Minimalist doesn’t mean it lacks visual appeal – the cherry-red lacquered cabinets, white shelving and slate grey floors all mesh together beautifully.

Resto Ready

Minimalist Kitchens

The Everyday Minimalist (via)

Minimalist kitchens with edge often mimic their contemporary commercial counterparts – this grey and white space, reminiscent of a trendy cafe, features modern furniture in the form of high-back stools.

Simple Nature

Minimalist Kitchens

NewHouseOfArt (via)

A minimalist kitchen is all the more soothing and inviting when decked out in organic hues like this white, chocolate brown and beige room, with only subtle touches of table decor.

Marvellous Mustard

Minimalist Kitchens

Home Design Inspiration (via)

Minimalist kitchens outfitted in foodie colours are always a hit, such as this mustard yellow space – and who wouldn’t love the quirky lettering wall decor?

White House

Minimalist Kitchens

Batam Housing (via)

Nothing is more minimalist than stark white – the only drops of colour are a shelf filled with cookbooks and a single yellow table lamp, giving it that much needed flavour.

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No-bullshit music control system!!!

Posted: 5. August 2011 in Design
Now, this is what I call fun!

I’d been in search of a good looking and above all, a good sounding music system for some time….

Then one day I got an offer of testing a wireless, all-in-one music solution that I got intrigued by and simply couldn’t say no to. That’s how, for the last 3 months, my apartment has been housing a Sonos S5 music system that I’d like to tell you a little bit more about.

The quality of sound has most probably been the biggest surprise to me. It’s really crystal clear and deep. You can easily go crazy with the volume without compromising on quality.

…but let’s start from the very beginning.

In arrives a large box with the two Sonos S5 units, the ZoneBridge and an older model of iPod touch. My boyfriend helps to quickly unpack the contents and proceeds with the set-up. Here’s what he said about the Sonos experience:

  • Unbelievably easy to set up….at one push of a button
  • Easy and intuitive world class menu system
  • A new world of musical experiences with internet radio
  • We even found a Wine radio!!!! 🙂

The setup that I have been testing at home consists of one Sonos S5 Black and Sonos S5 White loudspeakers, plus a ZoneBridge 100 and iPod touch (as the remote control).

As you can see on the pictures the combination proved to be perfect. Both loudspeakers simply ‘disappear’; melt in with the surroundings, which is just what I’ve been looking for. Now that I’ve mentioned the mere look of a Sonos unit – it’s time for the feel. The feel is really all about soft, round edges and a beautiful finish. The speakers have a handle so that they can easily be transported; so ‘check’ for being handy as well.

Besides the look I’ve truly enjoyed using the controller application installed on the iPod that I had to remember to place in a visible place though. I had a similar application installed on my computer. I haven’t used it though. We’ve controlled the Sonos system from an iPhone and recently also from an iPad as well. All set-ups worked just perfectly.

On the minus side:

  • If moved (unplugged from the power socket) the unit needs rebooting which takes some time. The ‘bathroom’ unit needed sometimes to be unplugged when I needed an extra power socket (for hair dryer or flat iron)… that is until I bought a plug-in branch with two power sockets.
  • A quick on/off button misses on the loudspeaker unit. Being dependable on the controller is quite a minus, if you ask me.

One more in the collection of

Posted: 4. August 2011 in Design
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…functional and minimalist places

{Source: Jimmy Schönning}

My absolute favourite thing to do at home is having guests. If only I had a bigger place I’d invite all my friends every time I was arranging a dinner or a party. 🙂

Second best is drinking freshly brewed coffee in my bed on a still early Saturday morning…hmmmm! Love it!

So, what’s YOUR favourite thing to do at home?

Say it with toilet paper

Posted: 28. July 2011 in Design

Well, you wouldn’t think…now, would you? 🙂 …I guess you wouldn’t think that you could actually say so much with the right toilet paper.

Question: Which colour of the toilet paper fits best in the black and white bathroom?

Thanks to Renova there are so many new ways you can think of such an ordinary everyday ‘accessory’.

P.S. The black and white bathroom comes from one of my previous posts.

This is your life…

Posted: 25. July 2011 in Design

Live it!!! 🙂

More architectural minimalism

Posted: 23. July 2011 in Design
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Bow Architecture, design agency behind this residence in Caulfield, Australia, did a really gook job combining the yin and yang of interior design. Look at how the dark elements, like floors, some of the walls and single furniture pieces live in symbiosis with all the whiteness from remaining walls, furniture and the natural light from the outside world.  

The wood elements are so warm and inviting…

Find much more architectural inspiration on Bower Architecture.

{Source: Bower Architecture}

If I had a summer house…

Posted: 19. July 2011 in Design

…I’d definitely buy melancholic and romantic items like these ones from the Danish Liebe Shop to surround myself with in that summer house of mine 🙂

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Kitchen items are all in sweet and soft water colours that can certainly contribute to you stressing completely out.

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{Source: Liebe Shop}

A man by the beach

Posted: 17. July 2011 in Design
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With all the rain here in Denmark all I’m thinking of is …a man in a house by the beach.

Ok, his beach house would actually be perfectly enough 😉 undoubtedly if it looked just like this one:

Here the outside is blending perfectly in with the inside…

I really admire the way this wonderful house is open to its surroundings. The border is vaguely visible.

Here’s a stylish sofa arrangement on the garden deck:

Aaaah! Where’s all that sun?!

Today’s inspiration is two totally differently looking pieces of furniture – both with a similar function though…and both are most welcome to move into my place 🙂

The first one is quite a heavy looking cabinet by a Norwegian designer, Kaia Helene Lien Lisveen. As she describes the product herself, PEEKABOO can hide your mess. The unconventional non-rectangular drawers are characterised not only by their round shape but also by the fact that they’re being opened outwards. The only thing you need to do is to push them sideways.

The other piece of furniture is an explosion of summer colours – yellow and light green. The fact that it is inspired by the ISO international paper standard (Series A – A2, A3, A2, etc.) gives it a twist and makes it only more appealing. Not surprisingly the cabinet’s name is ISO System 216. The designer behind it is Simon Moorhouse from Invisible City. ISO System 216 will soon become a part of a whole furniture series.

For other stories on cool cabinets and sideboards take a look here, here and here 🙂