First “Quick & Dirty” victim on the blog is this beautiful (trust me!) oak chair,  rescued by my client from an attic. Though in an apparently bad shape, water and fire stained, luckily it showed no signs of woodworms attack. Generally oak, being a harder wood, is avoided by woodworms especially if the little animals have other options. I guess they had plenty of other options in the said attic so they left our chair alone. Nevertheless it has been treated now for future possible woodworm threat. Second worry on my list were the multiple stains, of uncertain origin. Luckily it turned out most of the stains were not-too-profound water stains, pretty easily removable by the elementary cleaning process, and an easy sanding. The one which we chose not to insist on removing, was one stain …

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  Back again with some granny gossip. First the historical facts, though. Then the fun! The Meridienne is a sofa-chaise-longue hybrid, of an asymmetrical shape, featuring a sloping back, starting form the higher headrest to the shorter curved footrest.  It has been developed in the early 1800s, during the English Regency and the French Empire, though the one in the picture above is a later German Biedermeier. It reminds of the Ancient Greece furniture style, but this is on purpose, as back then, the Europeans had a thing for the ancient cultures, Egypt, Rome, Greece. Pretty much everything that was popular in the ancient empires, was revived late 1700s, early 1800s, all that being triggered by that little man known by the name of Napoleon Bonaparte and his imperialistic ambitions love for ancient design, uncovered during …

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This post was inspired by Laura, a friend of mine, the owner of the restored Art Deco boudoir set.  She used to say that she pictured Madam T. owning that furniture. So I recalled the book “Prokrustes Bed” (Patul lui Procust), which I’ve read long time ago in high school, and remembered being fascinated about the perfume of a lady’s life style, living in Bucharest at the dawn of the 20th century. “Ti-am spus, de altfel, ca in odaia de dormit, varuita alb si cu vreo doua dungi aurii, nu e decat divanul alb, scazut si vast, tabloul de Luchian, ceasornicul si, la capatai, o masuta alba pentru becul cu abajur de faianta ca sa pot citi seara. Incolo nimic. Nici covoare pe parchetul lucios ca o oglinda de stejar, nicio mobila de-a lungul peretilor goi …

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This post is probably no big news to most of you, Sarah Jessica Parker’s unusual interview, a pretext for a home tour, or maybe a home tour, a pretext for an interview. It has been all over the internet in the last few days, but bear with me, and read one more person’s opinion on SJP’s townhouse in New York (actually ground floor). Ok, here we go! I like: 1.SJP’s town house in New-fucking-York, pardon the French. (And I could stop here!) 2.wood floors, doors and high ceilings 3. green couch 4. art filled walls 5. antiques 6. books, books, books 7. the eclecticism of her home I don’t like: – the carpet on the stairs – the non-curated book shelves That’s pretty much it. 🙂

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    Behind the art of furniture restoration lies more than just craftsmanship.  A good furniture restorer is first of all an art and furniture historian. Politics, religion, society and technology or the lack of technology influenced throughout the history the shape, dimension, decoration and functionality of the furniture crafted and used in households. Restoring a pieces a furniture, especially a valuable piece, requests a high attention to its provenance and to the materials and methods used back in those times to produce furniture. Nails, woods, veneers should be as old as the furniture if possible. That’s why in a restorer workshop every nail or pieces of broken wood or chip of veneer is saved from ongoing projects, for future pieces that might need parts replaced. Many acquire cheep but old furniture just for the “spare …

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    “Reading Lolita in Tehran” is a book about books. Among many books discussed by the Iranian university teacher Azar Nafisi with her students at the Tehran University, the controversial Great Gatsby gets a lot of attention. I have seen the Robert Redford featuring movie many years ago, but the movie did not trigger any wish to read the book. What did, was these “memoires in books” of Azar Nafisi, so – thank God for Kindle – I instantly ordered it on Amazon. Funnily enough, the Leonardo di Caprio featuring movie was running on the big screens in Romania just while I was reading the book. A post about a The Great Gatsby “literary interiors” is the most natural thing to do, especially because houses, clothes and cars are the symbols of the book, incorporated …

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This post has nothing to do with interior design, but it is something I was impressed of and I had to share. Astronaut Chris Hadfield became a social media star for broadcasting on YouTube his experiences from the International Space Station and twitting beautiful images of the Earth taken from the space. One of these images shows how the division between western and eastern Berlin still persists, 25 years past the unification, expressed through the street light at night in the two parts of the city. The western half uses more Eco-friendly lighting which produces a white light and former east Berlin still sticks to the more yellow light produced by sodium-vapor lamps. Although a beautiful picture, I can’t help but thinking that it is a symbol of how difficult it is to remove marks that …

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    … at least that’s how I suppose, the title of Joel Dicker’s book, “La Vérité sur l’affaire Harry Quebert”, will sound in English when it will be translated to English. So far, the book has been translated only to Romanian (!!), therefore I will refer here to an excerpt of the Romanian translation, adding, for the ones who don’t speak the universal language – Romanian –  only and approximate English version. “Cunosteam bine Aurora, de pe vremea cand eram student si il vizitam adesea pe Harry. Locuia intr-o casa superba din piatra si lemn de pin masiv, situata in afara orasului, pe Route 1, spre Maine, si construita pe malul unui brat de mare inscris pe harti cu numele de Goose Cove. Era o casa de scriitor, dominand oceanul, cu o terasa pentru zilele frumoase, de …

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When I first started to put this interior design blog together, a few months ago, I realized I had to understand first what lies behind a successful and inspiring blog. Quality content is probably the most important factor, but than there are all the technical details that along with the content transform the experience of reading a blog into a pleasure. My information on this technical stuff, design tools, ease of use, browsers compatibility, SEO, coding, Google Analytics, key words, traffic, themes and themes limitations was minimal. Yes, I know this is not suppose to be my job, but in order to put the right questions you have to know what you are speaking about and to understand what you expect from the people who are doing the job. (BTW, the people who did the job …

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  Besides interior design and everything (even remotely) related to interior design, I love reading. It is my ultimate leisure activity indoors or outdoors, at home or abroad. I don’t really make parti pris’ when I choose what to read, but I love books that along the entertainment factor have also the educational element and teach seamlessly and apparently without effort about history, philosophy, history of art, science and all the other tough topics. I guess that was useful when I decided I need more structured and theoretical knowledge on different topics like art and furniture history and started to read also theoretical literature. Nevertheless, when I really really need to unplug, I turn to my big guilty pleasure, the Scandinavian crime fiction (although the “guilty pleasure” part might be unfair to a certain extent, as …

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