Retrouvius Take On Alpine Interiors

It’s not really the season for snow but here are some pictures of the Retrouvius design team’s transformation of a cosy chalet tucked away in the Swiss alps. They wanted to achieve a stylish and modern look while retaining some of the original rustic charm of traditional alpine architecture.

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The combination of old wooden planks and familiar soft fabrics work perfectly to create a warm colourful interior.

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The contrast of tweeds and wools used alongside a range of elegant and unsuspecting zesty greens, needlepoint tapestries and silks, add a subtle vibrancy to the home. The use of wood works to ease the impact of differing styles and textures, bringing them together through its natural tones.

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The planks also varied the panelling being highly wire brushed, while the parquet had undergone a slightly more controlled and chic treatment. Nevertheless the neutral colouring of the wood served to unify the range of styles present in the chalet, allowing a mix of modern and bright styles to exist alongside more traditional colours and patterns.

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Reclaiming the Garden

How often do you see junk in peoples gardens? Old chairs, wooden planks and every so often an old bathtub will litter people’s lawns. Removing bulky objects can be an expensive and laborious task. Sometimes this will even build up until it becomes a bit of an eyesore, however there are plenty of ways to integrate discarded objects into your garden without even removing them.

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I saw this beautiful gold painted bathtub in an old winter garden in Christchurch, New Zealand. After the earthquake countless homes were left badly damaged or destroyed completely. This affected gardens too, but nature has a great way of recovering and this particular garden has been transformed not lost. This old bathtub was painted in gold and placed in a disused glasshouse, as the plants have flourished they have almost engulfed the bathtub making it a central part of the winter garden.