Monday, May 9, 2011

{my dream home would have to have: the splendid willow edition}

We are in for a real treat, as the fabulous Monika of Splendid Willow is visiting today! I adore her style, and her own home is nothing short of perfection. Monika is such an inspiration to me, not to mention a wonderful friend and I am so happy to have her take on her dream home must-have. Visit her gorgeous blog here and I assure you, you will be hooked!


When Nancy asked me to participate in her "My Dream Home Must Have" series I was so thrilled. I absolutely adore her! And her blog is, as we all know, magnificent! It is an honor for me to be here today.



When it comes to kitchens I know that my dream kitchen (some time down the road!) will be white/light gray and fairly modern. But when it comes to my dream house (and boy can I dream!) for years I have been wanting a personal and cozy wine bar/bistro eating area! You must all be shaking your heads thinking I am a most high-maintenance gal. Not really ;) There is just something about wine bars that brings back personal and fond memories. I am not interested in a stuffy wine cellar showing off some 150 year old wine bottles. Nope, I would want an area close to the kitchen (and the food!) where the atmosphere is really key. A friendly, warm, cozy, inviting area to hang out with family and good friends. A corner with a very good vibe where people can relax and laugh and enjoy some comfort food! Yep, that is what I am dreaming about!

(The images below have elements of what I am looking for).





I've spent a lot of time looking for great images to show what my place would look like but I realize that my ideas are more in my head! I like the feel of a casual, funky, non stuffy place with a little bit of an edge. And I know that a brick wall and a leather settee are musts!


So, there you have it. My little dream. I had fun putting together this post and mid way through the process I realized that I am really trying to mirror the atmosphere at my favorite restaurant in Stockholm (where I am from), PA & CO. I want a piece of nostalgia at my house! It just clicked! Well that should save me sessions in design therapy.Thank you, Nancy!


Monika, your must-have is delightful!! I adore all the texture and layers your inspiration pics display. I am starting to think that this series may be dangerous, as I am continuously adding to my own dream home wish list because of this! I had never even thought of a casual bar area and I just adore the idea. A huge thank you to Monika for taking the time to share her thoughts with us! xo


 

24 comments:

Shane Adams said...

The ambience is really good! It would be a great stress reliever chillin' in any of that bistro! Great places to share a night with special people. =)

SHERRY HART said...

I think I will make Monika's dream my dream also :)

Nikki said...

Monika you don't like wine at all do you? ;)

Delishhh said...

I have a very similar dream - but in the living room on a smaller scale :) Love it!

michele at hellolovelyinc said...

FABULOUS, monika! but you're in trouble since your bloggy dreams always ignite something in mine. if my husband saw this post, his eyes would light up. a place to savor wine? YES. the brick wall? YES. cozy and custom? YEP. what i love about this dream is it's not a selfish one. this would be a space that would be more of a gift to friends and family. i get it. you are lovely!

michele

Joe Clarke said...

Monika, Great ideas as always. Yes, brick and wine really do go well together ;)
And thanks for introducing me to Marcus Design. Beautiful blog!
Best,
joe

LiveLikeYou said...

Monika that's so funny that is one of my favorite places in Stockholm!! Know just the kind of ambiance you are going for, it's just perfect and cozy!!!

Splendid Willow said...

Nancy,

Thank you so much for having me over today! I had fun putting this together for you. One of these days I hope to have you over for a glass of wine (or two) - bistro or not! (And let's get Sarah C. to tome too! You are in the same city!).

Warm hugs to you my friend, Mon

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

I loooooved this and I couldn't me more on the same page with Monika- a cozy spot for enjoying wine...perfection!!

A Perfect Gray said...

monika, you have inspired me! love this idea. will I ever have a chance to do my dream kitchen...? maybe not, but a cozy wine spot would be on my list. donna

Marianne {Style For Living} said...

Monika, I'll take one of these at my house too! Love it!

The Zhush said...

Great dream...I'll have what she's having!:)

The Glam Lamb said...

Love this series!! Such fabulousness!!

Meera @ firstsense said...

This is a lovely aspiration and the images convey the ideas beautifully! Loving the cosy, relaxed vibe and yes, this is something I want now too!

Meera xx

Greet said...

What a wonderful serie you have set up on your blog Nancy and I enjoyed this guest post of Monika here. She is an adorable woman!! I am also happy to call her one of my best blogfriends!
Mon, you are like me!! I also would love to have that wine bar area in my house and I will send you a picture of a wine area that I discovered a few months ago at an design exhibition. I enjoyed this post a lot!

Greet

Charlotta Ward said...

I'm with ms Zhush! I'll have that too thanks! :)

Stora kramar

xx C

David Toms said...

I am going to put them all together and have a big dream!

barbara@hodge:podge said...

I love Monika and her blog! She leaves the sweetest comments on mine! I love her Dream Home wish! Wouldn't it be fab to have a cozy wine bar area set up in your home?

Tina said...

I love Mon, her blog and fabolous home too!!! She is such a loving and talanted girl- simply adorable in all ways! Of course I also love to hear about this very personal dream of hers. It looks and sounds great and her dream makes all sense to me. Who wouldn´t want to have a space like that in their home:)!?

Barbara@HausDesign said...

I loved these images - what a cool dream! I loved the mix of rough elements and sleek modern - that always looks so chic!

http://bjdhausdesign.blogspot.com/

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

amazing post, Monika! the black hanging lamps are stunning! xo

Style Attic said...

Have I ever told you you make me wish I was Swedish too? You have a great eye and contribution to our US soil!! XO, Kelly

under spanish moss said...

Mon, love all of the elements you chose! Would be a beautiful kitchen. Adore using interior brick and a white and gray combination.

classic • casual • home said...

The dark pendant lighting is fabulous.

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