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Florence Lopez’s Bold And Colorful Design

jestcafe-com-florence-lopez6So far, Florence Lopez is my favorite discovery related to interior design this year.

Weekly, I look through interior design magazines and blogs; so many photos of beautiful places, and only a handful of times I am truly love struck at how creatively genius some people are! Of course, Lopez’s style resonates with me, but, even if it is not what you like (for example, if you prefer white walls and Scandinavian style), surely you can admire the capacity for courageous design.

I would describe her work with four words: bold, colorful, original, and vintage. She is a Parisian antique art dealer that has decorated her apartment 18 times in the last 24 years. Yes, she is THAT creative and restless.

Her style is unique and powerful. I am drawn to her wonderful vision of color, her furniture choices, and eclectic mix.

For example, let’s look at this painted mural in her studio, inspired by Brazilian landscape artist Roberto Burle Marx:

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It is a good replacement of art and it is beautiful. How fun to choose a strong hue with that navy blue accent scattered throughout the room, and that lemon yellow as the spotlight. Brave, very brave.

And her bedroom:

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The grey walls surprised me. They silence the room. Very sophisticated.

My other a-ha moment was the kitchen.

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In the midst of color, a dark grey kitchen fits right in.

Here are more photos of her place… to find endless inspiration. Hope you like them.

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Hosting Thrift Score Thursday

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Vintage hunting is my passion and that of another million people in cyberspace. To connect with other fans of thrifting, I have been using the hashtag #thriftscorethursday on Instagram. That feed lets me look through cool treasures others have found. It also makes me feel bad about not scoring that cool stuff myself, but that is more related to my horrible personality (and the nature of social media) than the hashtag.

This week, I shared a photo of some of my best scores ever: two Jason Monet drawings.

jestcafe.com-thriftscorethursday5jestcafe.com-thriftscorethursday2jestcafe.com-thriftscorethursdayThe first time I saw them I had to contain myself. I didn’t want anybody else around me to see the excitement I was feeling at finding these two amazing art pieces. They are not your average painting. They are big, beautiful-ugly, and very cool. Then I looked at the price tag and I flipped: too expensive for my budget, but I didn’t give up.

I kept going back to that thrift store every day. Nothing. They wouldn’t budge.

A month went by and the drawings didn’t sell, then, the thrift store had a 40% discount on all art pieces. I run to the store and killed them with kindness until they gave me the drawings for ¼ of the original price. I cried, paid, and proceeded to hung them in my previously soulless room.

This, my friends, is how the life of a serious thrift score finder looks like. Get excited. Cry in agony. Drown in happiness. Repeat.

Thrift Score Thursday Features

This week, I am cohosting the #thriftscorethursday hashtag event. I went through everybody’s scores on Instagram and chose my favorite pieces. I enjoyed this process so much that I am looking into a new career as a curator. While that is in the works, let me show you my favorite finds of the week.

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Obviously, these chairs from biggerthanthethreeofus made the cut. Years of vintage hunting have shown me that it is not easy to come by these kind of chairs at a thrift store (or anywhere else). They didn’t even need to be reupholstered, and the brass…well, I love brass, don’t you?
thegildedpanda This chair with the cane back is so simple and beautiful. Thegildedpanda scored it. I wonder if she reupholstered it, too. thebohemianfleamarket This wicker collection from the bohemianfleamarket is gorgeous and proves that perseverance is the key to success. A collection like this doesn’t happen over night, but when it is done, it is well worth it. Beautiful wall decor. rosie.case This bird brass box is such a score! I wish I would have found this. A unique piece that makes a beautiful statement. I really like it. Via rosie.casedanamoss

OK. Brass pineapples are very trendy right now, and have been for a while. If you see one at a thrift store, you better get it ASAP. If not, it will be gone within the hour. Via danamoss

Cohosting this week’s #thriftscorethursday was so fun!

Check out my cohosts’ finds and features. You can find links to their posts below. Thanks for stopping by!

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The Valencia Lounge Hostel And The Power Of Paint

jestcafe.com-valencialoungehostel4Sometimes you find interior design ideas that blow your mind in small pieces of jealousy. How didn’t I think about that before? You wonder. How are people so creative to come up with these simple, cheap, and life changing ideas? Can I be one of these people?

That is the way I felt after seeing photos of the Valencia Lounge Hostel, specifically this one:

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Isn’t so cool? The circle going into the headboard, vibrant colors, and interesting shapes. Big doses of creativity and a medium amount of paint, that would do it. So cheap and easy! Just when I was thinking I didn’t have the budget to fix our master bedroom, I stumbled upon these photos, got the creative bug, and realized what I could do with a low budget.

The paintings/murals are probably inspired by the Memphis Group’s geometrical shapes and colors. They feel alive and vibrant. I love them all. Let’s take a look.

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These rooms have given me the idea of creating shapes with different color moldings. I need to come up with a plan for the walls of the room and share it here.

In other news, my phone felt in the water last Friday. 4 days without a phone! A very nice treat, indeed. Although I am not thrilled about having to pay for a new one, I welcome the reminder of how nice is to be disconnected for a little while.

Thanks for stopping by!

Also, a post about the Memphis Group designer Ettore Sottsass, designer Miriam Alía, and Spanish design.

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