EN I still remember the day I found out that, inside that ugly piece of furniture, a sewing machine was hidden. I knew my grandma used to sew a lot (and very well, for that matter) but always pictured her doing it in a boring plain white sewing machine, just like the ones I was used to seeing.
Imagine my surprise when the ugly brown piece of furniture opens and a beautiful sewing machine is revealed. It was an old black Singer with the most perfect golden details in perfect condition, almost like it was recently bought. Since that day, I never forgot her.
I learned that the original sewing machine had a cast iron treadle base before the ugly brown piece of furniture which I never got to see. For a child who loved to make clothes for her own dolls a real sewing machine was the symbol of a possible future hobby – maybe something more.
The years went by and the old Singer never came out of the brown piece of furniture again. It wasn’t certainly forgotten, though. My childhood memories preserved her and she was passed on to me. It was when I found out that it was dated from 1923 (which I found out here) and that 230.000k machines were fabricated that same year. It was also when I decided she was way too pretty to be hidden and made her the star of my new vanity.
P.s. I’m planning on painting the brown structure and adding a few shelves on the inside. I’ll keep you updated 🙂
PT Recordo-me do dia em que percebi que, dentro daquele móvel castanho não particularmente bonito, se escondia uma máquina de costura. Sabia que a minha avó costurava muito (e bem) mas imaginei que o fizesse numa máquina branca, aborrecida, como todas as que estava acostumada a ver.
Quando o móvel se abriu, de dentro daquele pedaço de madeira, vi surgir a máquina de costura mais bonita que até ali tinha visto. Uma Singer antiga, preta com desenhos a dourado, perfeitamente estimada, como se tivesse sido acabada de comprar. Nunca mais me saiu da cabeça.
Fiquei a saber que não era o original (com muita pena minha), que antes do móvel castanho tinha havido uma estrutura de ferro forjado, trabalhada.
Para uma criança que, desde muito cedo, se entretinha a fazer modelitos para bonecas, uma máquina de costura de verdade era o símbolo de um hobby futuro – quiçá algo mais.
Os anos passaram e a máquina nunca mais voltou a surgir de dentro do móvel. Não tinha ficado esquecida – as minhas memórias de criança preservaram-na e “ela” passou para mim. Foi quando descobri que era de 1923, que tinham sido fabricadas 230.000 máquinas como aquela. Foi, também, quando decidi que era demasiado bonita para estar escondida num móvel tão feio e que ia passar a ser o centro de todas as atenções do meu toucador.
Last year I officially run out of space to study. I had so many books and notebooks around me that my tiny desk had to be replaced for a bigger one. But I’m sure you can guess what happened next… More space instantly meant more mess instead of decor goals. And that’s how my pretty corner desk became a law mess – definitely not Instagram worthy.
When Bonaval Store contacted me I knew it was time to finally arrange my workspace the way I always intended to.
Bonaval Concept Store is the perfect place to find unique pieces, something that’s quite hard nowadays. Everything from clothes and accessories both for men and women, home accessories, cosmetics, all from independent brands, definitely worth checking out.
I chose a Los Angeles print (created from an original Anna Bond illustration) and a beautiful golden frame (with a grid pattern developed on a theme by Albrecht Dürer) in stainless steel. These two pieces were my main inspirations to start decorating. As soon as they arrived, I defined my color scheme and my theme (yes, yes, I’m that kind of person).
Being a creative person who always surrounded herself with mood boards and sketches, I knew I wanted artwork around me and that LA illustration was the perfect fit. The colors, the vintage touch, that summer vibe, the palm trees, the beautiful car reminding me that I could look like Grace Kelly driving – but then again Princess Grace was so classy that the wind didn’t affect her at all….
The cactus print is not actually a print. It’s a kitchen cloth that I never really saw as a kitchen cloth (nor bought it to be one)… too pretty for that 😉
After realizing that I already had palm trees and cactus I felt super cool. But something was missing… pineapples (they’re to me what avocados are for Aimee Song). Lucky me, summer decorations are all about tropical stuff so I found some really cool glass candleholders with my beloved pineapples and a different one with city names.
My golden grid frame was what made me want all the other decor pieces in golden to contrast with my black desk. Bonaval Store has some of the most creative frames I’ve seen and the one I choose is so pretty and artsy that instead of putting a photo I opted for an old illustration I made.
Let me know your thoughts on my new workspace in the comment section 🙂
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This post was kindly sponsored by Bonaval Store. All opinions are my own.
What happens when two big names join forces is the birth of an amazing collaboration – Giltig being the name of the child. Katie Eary is a menswear designer from London and is one of the the reasons why I want to run to ikea immediately. GILTIG is all about strong and vibrant color schemes that give life to any room of the house and the most creative patterns I’ve seen. The pictures speak for themselves, of course… Spoiler alert: you’ll have your morning coffee with cats.
O que acontece quando dois grandes nomes se juntam é o nascimento de uma colaboração absolutamente fantástica – GILTIG é o nome da ‘criança’. Katie Eary é uma designer de roupa masculina, de Londres, e é a responsável pela minha vontade de ir a correr para o Ikea. A colecção GILTIG combina a moda e a decoração da forma mais criativa possível, recorrendo a cores fortes e ousadas capazes de dar vida a qualquer divisão da casa. Os padrões deixam transparecer aquilo que é o trabalho de um designer talentoso. Spoiler Alert: vão tomar o café da manhã com gatos.
Pictures Source: Ikea
Decoration always has been a passion of mine – you can see my personal inspirations on my Pinterest.
One of the house divisions I always preferred to style is the living room – is the center of the house, the place where you can spend quality time and place where your personal style can stand out for everybody to see.
In order to inspire you when it comes to interiors decoration I made a collage using Modani items – I´m a person whose style is very contemporary with slight retro elements and their furniture includes aspects that I love about furniture and decoration.
“Modani furniture conceptualizes on contemporary and modern furniture at very affordable prices. With stores in Miami, New York, Los Angeles, Houston and Chicago, Modani has designed award winning collections of modern sofas, bedroom, dining room and outdoor furniture. The recipe: influences of eccentric furniture and classic designs from around the world fused with minimalist concepts”
My idea was to create a contemporary living room with straight lines and itens that could stand out. The centre piece was the sofa, chosen from Modani’s sofas – and because I think pillows are capable of changing a room instantly the first thing I picked to select the pallet of colors and patterns were precisely the pillows.
The chairs were not initially on my plans but as soon as I saw them I knew I had to incorporate them on my living room. The contrast betweed wood and metallics is something that I always loved to see when it comes to interior decor.
My Selection (items)
Items I Also Loved
Unfortunately, due to my color and style choices for this living room I wasn´t able to use all of the items I wanted to. Here are some of the pieces I also loved: