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New Concept In Retail: Casa Perfect New York

I remember writing about The Future Perfect, not long after they’d opened when I was still a new blogger up in Boston - which seems like a thousand years ago. I even visited their shop in 2006 and again, in 2009, with my book agent when we were in conversation about my first book, Decorate. I recall being in The Future Perfect, surrounded by the most unusual and hard-to-find objects, thinking of how brilliant the founder must be since it was really break-through to have a shop like this anywhere in the states back then.

Casa Perfect New York

Founded in 2003 by David Alhadeff, The Future Perfect is known today as much more than a design shop, it’s totally next level - it’s a contemporary design gallery. And from the start, Alhadeff’s strong vision and ruthless editing set him apart from the pack. In many ways, he helped bridged the gap for Americans to have access to all of the European trailblazers, trend setters and designers by sharing their work on home soil. People I know personally, have interviewed or even shared dinner with like Piet Hein Eek and the lovely guys from Dimore Studio, along with some of the newer talents he has discovered like Floris Wubben, can all be found at The Future Perfect. (As a side note: I had the pleasure of interviewing Floris Wubben and seeing his new work debut last year - if you follow me on Instagram, you may have caught that during Dutch Design Week.)

Casa Perfect New York
Casa Perfect New York
Casa Perfect New York
Casa Perfect New York
Casa Perfect New York

In addition to European finds, they offer a great mix of finds from all over the world including, of course, the amazing talents in North America. But I guess one cannot stop with being the best in retail, not in these times. It’s always about leveling up, becoming a leader, being the best.

The Future Perfect has gone a step beyond now to open something totally new - Casa Perfect New York (there is already a Casa Perfect Los Angeles, in case you didn’t know). Because the LA Casa was such a success, Alhadeff decided to try the concept in the West Village. This is a gallery showroom set in a residential space - an emerging trend I saw about 3 years ago which, from my perspective, was based off of Milan Design Week darlings Studio Pepe, Dimore, Rossana Orlandi and Salvatori Stone. I’m happy to see this concept expanding to the states because it was needed and it’s a brilliant concept.

The company founder dreamed of an environment where the spirit of a house party is never far from one’s mind.

I love that this townhouse won’t reveal its address unless you book an appointment to see it, which makes it even more special. Very VIP. More and more, consumers want to see how furniture and objects in general fit a real living environment and a showroom can accomplish only so much. For high end consumers, with higher demands, you have to go all out and bring them something that feels extraordinary - the “ultimate” in shopping. This definitely is THAT experience. Could this be the next level, the new concept in retail for interiors? It’s also not something just any retailer can financially pull off, you need to have a name, the right client base, and the revenue to have showrooms and show “houses” on this level. In this respect, it’s a clever way for shops to set themselves far apart from the rest and to really service that niche, high-end/lux market.

I hope that you liked seeing some of the fantastic shots of the townhouse. To see more, please visit their website. It’s fantastic and trust me, you’ll want to go!

Love,

Holly

(Photography by Douglas Friedman)

Tour a Hygge Minimalist Attic Apartment in Hannover, Germany

I am so excited today to share the home of a lovely new friend of mine here in my very own city of Hannover, Germany. Her name is Sandra and her Instagram account is called @Karlas_view. I have followed her on IG for over a year now and love her posts, usually of her home, but also some with her wedding day and the lovely trips that she and her husband take together.

Sandra is not a designer (shocking to me, she is a pure natural talent at design!) and doesn’t even work in the design industry, yet she lives like a designer would - in a home that is so carefully edited and just beautiful. I’ve actually been to her house (just last week), so I can tell you that she really does live this way, it’s not just “Instagram Perfect”, her home is so organized and nicely styled. It was great to be inside the space and also to meet Sandra in person. Now, let me show you her fabulous home at the top of an old building, where she and her husband have the “attic” with two floors of light-filled living space. Imagine soaring ceilings, exposed beams painted in white, concrete floors in the bathroom and kitchen, natural hardwood throughout the rest of the house, a balcony overlooking the city, skylights, and a big kitchen that opens into the dining area.

Tour a Hygge Minimalist Attic Apartment in Hannover, Germany
Tour a Hygge Minimalist Attic Apartment in Hannover, Germany
Tour a Hygge Minimalist Attic Apartment in Hannover, Germany
Tour a Hygge Minimalist Attic Apartment in Hannover, Germany
Tour a Hygge Minimalist Attic Apartment in Hannover, Germany
Tour a Hygge Minimalist Attic Apartment in Hannover, Germany
Tour a Hygge Minimalist Attic Apartment in Hannover, Germany
Tour a Hygge Minimalist Attic Apartment in Hannover, Germany
Tour a Hygge Minimalist Attic Apartment in Hannover, Germany
Tour a Hygge Minimalist Attic Apartment in Hannover, Germany
Tour a Hygge Minimalist Attic Apartment in Hannover, Germany
Tour a Hygge Minimalist Attic Apartment in Hannover, Germany
Tour a Hygge Minimalist Attic Apartment in Hannover, Germany
Tour a Hygge Minimalist Attic Apartment in Hannover, Germany
Tour a Hygge Minimalist Attic Apartment in Hannover, Germany
Tour a Hygge Minimalist Attic Apartment in Hannover, Germany
Tour a Hygge Minimalist Attic Apartment in Hannover, Germany
Tour a Hygge Minimalist Attic Apartment in Hannover, Germany
Tour a Hygge Minimalist Attic Apartment in Hannover, Germany

I just love Sandra’s home. One day if she ever moves out, I have to beg her to let me move in so I can have my office there and also a place for my guests to stay when they visit Hannover. I would love to rent this space so Sandra, no pressure but when you move out one day, pleaseeeeeee rent this to me!!!! :)

But one can dream…

What I loved

I love the bathroom so much, the exposed wall near the bathtub and the big rectangular tub itself is just so lovely, and the spaciousness of the bathroom was also impressive. I liked the general open feeling to the living space, and that on the 2nd floor, her husband has his own loft area for working where his office is.

What I found

What you don’t see is the hidden walk-in closet behind her bed (genius idea!), I found it because I was looking for an iron and ironing board and imagined it must be in her bedroom closet - what a nice surprise to find this “hidden room”. Then when I text her, “Help, I cannot find the iron!”, she directed me to another “hidden room” that you cannot see in these photos where I found a massive space nearly 1/3 of the size of her whole apartment where there was a washer/dryer, clothes line, storage area, ironing board and iron, and lots of space to store things - so it helped me to better understand how she is able to keep her general living area so tidy and minimalist - she has these two hidden spaces where she keeps things like clothing and shoes and things that maybe she keeps from her childhood or earlier years.

What I learned

It really made sense to me all of a sudden how people really can live with so little around them - they all must have a secret room where they keep the hand-downs from oma, the clothes for winter or summer, the wetsuit, the workout gear, etc. This made me aware that I need to do this now in my own home. Turn my guest bedroom into a organized storage space and reduce the visual clutter in the other rooms so I can breath again and not feel so overwhelmed by having so much “stuff” filling each room.

Well, that extra room AND a hausflohmarket (home flea market) would be nice to set up in March/April. Then I can sell/giveaway beautiful design and decor things that I don’t use anymore or that were sent to me for free for review purposes. Give them to a new home that will love them and enjoy them.

Do you like this home? What do you like about it? I really love it and hope it inspires you today.

Thank you Sandra for the lovely home tour and remember everyone, you can follow Sandra on Instagram each day at @karlas_view.

Love,

Holly

Shop For a Beautiful Bedroom at Westwing Plus My 5 Styling Tips

I’m so happy to show you this lovely collaboration with Westwing that launched last Friday, and ends in just 23 hours, so please hurry up and run to THIS PAGE for more info… BUT They have officially launched the news about my new magazine with Living At Home (Germany) and show it on their site along with this special sale for creating a wonderful bedroom with my 5 styling tips. AND I cannot forget this… IF you order a 12 month subscription to Living At Home magazine, you will get a free copy of my debut issue, “Living At Home + Holly” and a 30 Euro gift card to Westwing - CLICK HERE to buy this special “Abo” now because this sale ends in 23 hours.

Some of my favorite things from the sale below, great for cozying up your bedroom:

Favorite Book
Favorite Pillow
Favorite Overhead Light
Favorite Trays
Chair I Love
Lamp I Love
My magazine

Thank you so much to Delia, Johanna and the Westwing Team for this amazing chance to launch my magazine in a very public space like your amazing website and newsletter. And thank you to everyone else for your interest in my magazine - I’m so happy to launch this - it will be on newsstands January 24!

Love,

Holly

Visit This Warm, Natural Boho German Home For The Holidays

I can’t believe the Holidays are coming to a close and soon we’ll be entering 2019. Whoosh! This year seemed to fly once October came. We can still hold on to Christmas a little longer though, thanks to today’s home tour coming from Monika Abts (Moni) in Odenthal, Germany which is about 20 minutes from Cologne. She shares her 200m² home with her husband, two children (boy 14, girl 11) and her dog, Liz. She’s a textile engineer by day, but also writes a blog called Lady Stil, which focuses on interiors and DIY projects.

Visit This Warm, Natural Boho German Home For The Holidays

You can also find Monika on Instagram @lady_stil, where I first discovered her home. I hope that you find some inspiration here, there are so many decorating ideas in this home tour, you may find something that sparks your creativity and gives you a new project idea at home. I like the dried flowers in the glass vase on the floor, the giant wreath hanging above her dining table, her many throw rugs because they are very natural looking, and black bulbs hung over her window in the bedroom. In fact, that is one idea I’d like to try in my wintergarten since I already have the bulbs from Granit, still in a box!

Here is her home, and below, an interview that I had with Monika about her style, what’s on her playlist, and more! Enjoy!

Visit This Warm, Natural Boho German Home For The Holidays
Visit This Warm, Natural Boho German Home For The Holidays
Visit This Warm, Natural Boho German Home For The Holidays

 What does home mean to you?

I’m not stuck to a special house or a place. Home is where beloved things and people are and where I can be myself.

How would you describe your style?

I could never decide on a particular style and so I like to mix them together. My interior hast o be individual and reflects my personality. That´s why it changes more often within a year. What always stays ist the natural aspect and color scheme. I love the contrast between nordic and other cultures.  I could never give up beautiful memorabilia, but I also love modern things.

What do you love most about your home?

That is in a constant change due to lifestyle changes, feelings and how my taste changes over time. As for objects, at the moment I love my desk, which I built out of an old door and left the original hinges on.

What would you like to change at home?

My kitchen! Definitely! A dream of mine is to have white kitchen fronts, but the manufacturer changed the hinges, so no chance until we can afford a completely new kitchen. I also thought about having a new floor in the kitchen/dining and entry. Some kind of resin floor.

Favorite candle/scent?

Snö by Scandinavisk.

Visit This Warm, Natural Boho German Home For The Holidays
Visit This Warm, Natural Boho German Home For The Holidays

Favorite thing to do at home?

Being creative or just relaxing and cuddling with Liz (my dog).

Favorite meal to cook?

Lucky me, we all love pancakes!

What’s on your playlist? 

Darude, Sandstorm

Keane, Everybody’s Changing

AJR, Weak

Imagine Dragons, Demons

The Chainsmokers, Sick Boy

Visit This Warm, Natural Boho German Home For The Holidays
Visit This Warm, Natural Boho German Home For The Holidays
Visit This Warm, Natural Boho German Home For The Holidays
Visit This Warm, Natural Boho German Home For The Holidays
Visit This Warm, Natural Boho German Home For The Holidays

When you have people over, how does that usually play out?

Sometimes we cook, but sometimes we also order something. It depends on how spontaneous the invitation is. But we always talk and laugh a lot until the next day… And we always look shocked when someone tells us the time!

What is your dream piece for the home?

A white kitchen!

What is important to you when you visit someone else’s home?

I like houses which are well designed and when the interior matches, but that isn’t really important to me while visiting someone. It’s ultimately the people that I’m there for!


Visit This Warm, Natural Boho German Home For The Holidays
Visit This Warm, Natural Boho German Home For The Holidays

Fresh flowers or a plant?

Both! I love fresh flowers for the weekend, but I also love my cactus gang in the bathroom and upstairs on the windowsill.

Red wine or white?

Neither! I don´t drink any alcohol. I’ve tried so many times and so many different things, but I don’t like the taste. I drink my Pina Colada without alcohol!

Chocolate or vanilla?

Vanilla

Favorite city to shop and why?

I have BIG Amsterdam LOVE! They have the BEST interior shops for my style! love the Dutch way of life and the decor of their homes.

Your favorite Instagram accounts are…

That is very difficult for me, because I could list at least a hundred accounts which I adore and they all have so many different styles. If I had more than one house, each of them would have a different style.

But okay, here we go:

@tatjanas_world_  - I love the mix of rustic elements with bohemian accessories.

@skovbon - Kirsten’s style is black and white, a gorgeous mix of modern Boho and Nordic.

@anitaeedelbloedt - I would change houses with her immediately.

@tthese_beautiful_thingss - If I were a child I would like to live in one of Viktoria’s kidrooms!

@kimklassen  - Pure inspiration!

 Thank you so much for visiting us today, Monika and happy holidays to you and your family! It was so nice to peek inside of your home and your mind! :)

Love,

Holly

(Photography: Monika Abts)