How to transform a Middle Age Monastery into a hotel

Chapels and monasteries are getting slowly repurposed into private residencies or hotels. I have seen mainly a shift towards new experiences between tradition and contemporary living in The Netherlands and now in France. Both are heavenly places to stay, why not give them a try?

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Agence Jouin Manku were required to integrate 21st-century aesthetics and technologies without altering the original structure of the Saint- Lazare priory in Anjou, formerly the home of a community of nuns. With a simple palette of wood, metal and fabrics the duo created a serene atmosphere corresponding to its essence that complements and stays true to the history of the building.

Monastery renovation - Eclectic Trends

Monastery renovation - Eclectic Trends

Monastery renovation - Eclectic Trends

Monastery renovation - Eclectic Trends

I believe the chosen color palette is key too with muted tones, a twist of blush and enough gray and black to make it serene and respectful. 54 rooms and a new reason to explore France a bit more (these could be convincing arguments:). I wouldn’t mind to get pampered here for a few overnights. G, x

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It’s a moody Wednesday – IG challenge #15

It's a moody Wednesday - Instagram challenge - favorite four

This time our little Instagram challenge has been all about outdoor images.

Congrats to petiteharvest, I believe that’s a stunning image you have taken, I love how blurry the background gets.

It's a moody Wednesday - Instagram challenge - favorite 4

24cherrys | poppybarach |  many_makers | blossomtreekerry

And thank you so much for participating to the above photographers and taking these moody pictures!

PD: If you read this post for the first time, It’s a moody Wednesday is a Wednesday styling challenge on Instagram. If you’d like to join in, all you need to do is upload a moody image of your choice that same day with the hashtag #itsamoodywednesday and tag @gudyherder. The winning image is shared each week on the blog together with 4 favorites. Please hop over to Steller to see the little digital book made out of it, and share if you feel like. Let’s spread a ‘moody is beauty’ message:)

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It’s trending: Black Kitchen

My leitmotiv this week is ‘interior trends’. I am attending the IMM Cologne show as a visitor to see what’s going on, and I am giving several trend talks on interior design at the BAU show in Munich. I will post less this week but thought I might share meanwhile an insight on trendy kitchen designs.

Black kitchen design-Eclectic Trends

I’d love to revamp my kitchen in 2015 with custom cabinet doors and probably a new countertop, that’s why I started a Pinterest board and noticed all the black images popping in.

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Int2architecture

black kitchen trend - Eclectic Trends

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Katty Schiebeck

black kitchen trend - Eclectic Trends

 Tvis

There is a lot going on now when it comes to modern kitchen design. I am no expert here but one can see one of the emerging trends (besides open shelving and custom cabinetry) is black furniture. And black tiling. The overall look is often paired with white but not always.

Black kitchen designs started to get important already 2014 and seem to become established this year. Still for a minority, I’d say. Generally speaking, black is really really strong right now in interior design.

black kitchen trend - Eclectic Trends

SkonaHem

Furniture-style cabinetry is getting interesting too, and there is loads of wooden doors on the market which I believe is one of the nicest features to bring a warm and personal touch to your kitchen.

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Kvik

Islands seem to be the must-have as a standard and an open kitchen space to start with. Or is this just a glossy magazine and catalog feature? Still a dream for most kitchen lover in Spain where you find mostly small rooms and… don’t better get me start talking about day light :)

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Line Thit Klein Photography

It’s interesting to see how a feminine color can change the entire story here, add a pop of pink and a warm herringbone parket, and you have the most stylish kitchen!

Black kitchen trend- Eclectic Trends

Vipp

If was participating last year in a styling competition at the Vipp Store in Copenhagen when I first starting appreciating a black kitchen. I do remember the price too, it ended somehow on a sobering note but it’s probably well deserved since it’s a long manufacturing process.

black kitchen trend - Eclectic Trends

Maison Hand

And how do you feel about black backsplashes? The squared ones above with the irregular surface are just fantastic (see more images of that kitchen) but I am not sure I’d like them for my home.

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Sylvester Koziolek 

Black kitchen trend - Eclectic Trends

Elle Decoration Norway

So, who is up for black kitchen furniture or tiling? Or both?

I’ll be back soon. Un abrazo from Germany. G, x

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It’s a moody Wednesday – IG challenge #14

it's a moody Wednesday -winning image-Emily Quinton

This week’s Instagram challenge is again all about floral and botanical imagery.

Congrats to Emily Quinton, my partner in crime of our common London Workshop “Define Your Signature Style“. Emily, I just love your style and the fun thing is, some of your Makelight students have made it into the favorite grid this week too.

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And these are the four favorites! Thank you so much to gigglemay | adiandbert | blossomtreekerry| lingyeungb !

PD: If you read this post for the first time, It’s a moody day is my Wednesday styling challenge on Instagram. If you’d like to join in, all you need to do is upload a moody image of your choice that same day with the hashtag #itsamoodywednesday and tag @gudyherder. The winning image is shared each week on the blog together with 4 favorites. Please hop over to Steller to see the little digital book made out of it, and share if you feel like.

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A gray farmhouse in Sweden

It has taken my quite some time to start liking gray. I considered it a sad tone until I saw the combination possibilities last year. Today I love gray combined with blush and white. I wear these two color combos and have them incorporated home too.

grey farmhouse interior design

This Swedish farmhouse is all about combining a dominant gray shade with blues, white pigmented wood and other warmer shades. And the above living space (not sure if you can access) gives the whole place the warmth that make it look just comfortable. I would probably add a huge rug between the two sofas, depending on the style, you might get a complete new feel here.

grey farmhouse interior design

grey farmhouse interior design

grey farmhouse interior design

grey farmhouse interior design

Photography  Jonas Ingerstedt

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Visual inspiration

Lately, I am not reading that much on the internet but I am very visual driven. I visit specific content and do not procrastinate anymore. Well, sometimes but that’s really rare now. I spend more time offline I used to, and I get to know a lot of new interesting people. Skype has become almost a daily tool. It seems there is a slight shift after a frenetic online presence for the past two years. Which feels good.

It has nothing to do with 2015 resolutions but just grows like this. I am part of a small ladies circle where we support and inspire each other on a monthly base, and that happens off-line. And I am joining a local networking platform for business women which just started inscriptions yesterday with a limited capacity of 30 ladies. You should have a look at Extraordinaria. Knowing the founder, Gemma Fillol I just know it’s going to be an amazing experience! So, that’s my thing this year.

Rei* Photography

Coming back to visual inspirations, today I’d like to introduce you to a very lovely Flickr feed.

You have to know Japan is on my wish list. And it’s THE destination I am dreaming of. I know the day I am going, I will attend a ceramics course, fall in love and getting immersed in the old Japan, which probably will fascinate me most. You know… when you want something so bad you just stumble over related information all the time. Like this photography feed.

Rei* Photography

Rei* Photography

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Rei* Photography

Rei* Photography

There is not much I can tell you about Rei* except that she is based in Osaka, Japon and works with a Hasselblad. To me, her images are all about story telling. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! G, x

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