Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Soul food

Being in Nyack, one of the river towns along the Hudson, always gives me so much I walked in different neighborhoods and took pictures of some pretty homes. This town has an incredible charm and a faded elegance of times past.
Spring, flowers and the first green make it even easier to find beautiful corners everywhere and I saw much building and restoring activity. This is a good thing to see at times, when many small businesses have to close! I spoke to a few shop owners and all try to hang on to their clientele and hope to survive the change of spending habits amongst the customers...
One of the fresh new places on South Broadway is an unique vintage shop/eatery combination which made it obviously into the hearts of many very quickly.
True Foods/revive! has so many things going for it: Charm,charm, charm, the sweetest owners you can talk to on a big communal table, excellent home style cooked food with a little exotic touch, lovely German style bread, some baked goodies and an assortment of healthy drinks, coffee and tees. All is served over the counter and you mingle with other customers. You can take in different artwork while eating and find yourself submerged in vintage feel and touch at the other side of the shop, where lovely clothes from small Brooklyn labels to fabulous costume jewelery can be found. All the while there is coming and going and a comfortable atmosphere. Lovely!

Look at these wonderful homes...

All pictures taken by V.Zlotkowski in Nyack,NY!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Fair beauty

I so love beautiful color combinations and thank goodness there are endless possibilities...The top picture comes from a source I do unfortunately not remember, but the title is: for the love of white! The pretty table setting comes via House Beautiful and the little arrangement below comes from me, I found this stunning wrapping paper and put three candles and the glass birds on top! Voila! I love these pictures together!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Modern interiors

Over the last weeks I have shown you rooms and places I love and I've realized, that I neglected modern design options a little bit. I am as much drawn to modern rooms, furniture and architecture as to beautiful traditional or modern country. My absolute favorite rooms are eclectic, they mix colors and styles effortless.
Which rooms lend themselves to an introduction of modern? Apart from kitchens and bathrooms you could begin with the master bedroom, even with, for exemple, a traditional four poster bed start with an updated colors scheme, modern linens, contemporary bedside lamps or modern dresser. Your window decoration can play a leading role in the eclectic play. Yor artwork can set the tone as well.
If you like the outcome work your imagination in you living or dining room. Childrens spaces are great for toying with modern ways! Usually one can start there with more contemporary colors since they let all the gadgets blend in better...
Be playful and trust you inner voice, I often feel if you like something, it will fit in, try to connect within each room through colors, or shapes. Juxtapose pieces: modern table, classic chairs. Traditional carpet and ulta modern sofa...
Buy the best quality you can afford, it will show in wear and lasts you longer.
Changing furniture sets every couple of years does not satisfy my sense of creating a home nor makes it sense in an economical way.
Edit, select carefully and build up, a great home grows with you!

I love the modern classic curved sofa in blue by Vladimir Kagan...

I adore such clean lines and clutter free spaces!
But I am a hopeless collector, I simply could not pull it off!

Bathroom and kitchen are just perfect!

I can see Panelite's cafe table in many situations, a small kitchen, on a balcony, a dorm dinner table...

All these pictures via housetohome, Metropolitan Home, Elle Deco, flickr, Cotedetexas and Designers Guild! Thank you!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

While in Berlin...

last year I took of course more pictures and can't resist to show you a few more!

Along the Spree canal the beautiful Museums Island.

The new seat of the German government.

Brandenburg Gate

One of many well preserved old train stations.

A former brewery now transformed into a brewery of culture...

Lovely places to see and walk along!

One of many typical Berlin cafes...

in the neighborhood Prenzlauer Berg.

Garden dwarf overload...

The Charlottenburg residence used to be the home of Prussians queen Charlotte Sophia in the 18Th century.

The gardens are exquisit and covered with wild flowers.


I will be back soon!

Love - Victoria

All pictures taken by V.Zlotkowski
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