This weekend’s Get the Look Decor is inspired by a light-filled home in the Centro region of Portugal. Catarina and Pedro have transformed their 4th floor apartment into a welcoming family retreat for their 7-month-old daughter, Carmo, and two dogs, Doggy and Scott. They embrace the simple joys of daily life, like tending to the little garden on their balcony and listening to their neighbor’s daily piano sessions.
Describe your home decorating style.
It’s a kind of eclectic mixture among recycled-industrial-bohemian-Nordic style. I simply adore old stuff and items people usually consider trash. I also love contrasts: new/old, male/female, rough/delicate, industrial/romantic. I prefer neutral colors and natural materials, and I’m a huge fan of white. I also like some touches of humor.
Did you decide to decorate in this style or was there an evolution to your decorating process?
There is absolutely no plan beyond being surrounded by things that make me feel cozy, peaceful and happy. Right now, it is evolving to reflect my personal desire to downshift and practice a simpler life.
What is your favorite part about your home?
Our living room. It has a southern exposure with a wall-to-wall window, fireplace, our pallet coffee table and all the little treasures I find on my walks. It’s the place where we spend time together as family (dogs included) — eating, talking, playing, watching tv, playing games, having a drink or just taking a nap. By day, it’s completely invaded by light. By night, there’s only the soft glow of lamp and maybe a candle creating the most delicious and serene atmosphere.
Where are your favorite places to shop for home items?
My favorite pieces are those I have collected at my grandparents’ attics, rescued from the trash or found in abandoned buildings. I love charity shops (although there are only one or two in the area) and flea markets.
What inspires you when it comes to decorating?
The colors and textures of nature: wood, wool, the colors of my dogs’ fur, cotton, linen, stone. I was strongly influenced by Mark and Sally Bailey’s books Recycled Home and Simple Home, as well as the wabi sabi concept. I do follow some websites and blogs about interior styling, like Remodelista, and I can get lost on Pinterest for hours. I also love the homes featured on Freunde von Freunden or The Makers Project. The simple, natural, handmade and unpretentious style of Japanese magazines as Come Home! and I Love my Zakka Home are truly inspiring.
Does your home hold any strong memories?
The strongest memory of this house is perhaps the little snack of fruit and cheese we ate together when my husband came home from hospital after a surgery and some difficult days. I don’t have words to express how good I felt that day, but everything tasted like heaven. And of course, the sweetest memory is the day we came home with our new little baby girl, and she fell asleep with her dad on the sofa.
Can you share a few of your favorite design tips?
Forget all about chromatic schemes, trends, and fancy furniture. Surround yourself with items you love and make you feel good. Seek out natural materials that grow old and wear beautifully. Learn to appreciate the beauty of the imperfection. Don’t believe in fast solutions. Take your time and enjoy the process.
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