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.

IKEA x Katie Eary 

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.

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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

Modani Furniture – Styling a Living Room

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.

About Modani

“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”

Living Room

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.

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My Selection (items)

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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:

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