Homes of Saigon

A very bright Monastery in the heart of Chó Lón

A very bright Monastery in the heart of Chó Lón

So I have been in Vietnam since January. In Ho Chi Minh. I am just about to pack my bags and head back to Denmark (which I am looking forward to very much!), so I am going through pictures to remember all the cool places we have seen over the past 6 months. With places I mean HOUSES, because i have a thing with them. This is a little outtake of a project I am working on called 'Homes of Saigon'. 

Neighbours

Neighbours

a little house nearly too squeezed to stand

a little house nearly too squeezed to stand

The patina game is very strong in District 3

The patina game is very strong in District 3

A cute blue corner house with a apricot tree in full bloom. Saigon is all about yellow flowers during TET holiday.

A cute blue corner house with a apricot tree in full bloom. Saigon is all about yellow flowers during TET holiday.

I hope you liked my little gallery? The rain has been hitting HCMC hard the last couple of weeks so I have had no chance to take more pictures. I am a bit bummed out about that, since I am leaving soon. But I will be back for sure.

Green Scene

Living with green buddies is really fun. So fun that I have keept adding more and more to my little home. And if you, just like me, can't seem to stop adopting, well, then you have to start thinking about how to utilize your space so you don't end up living in a untamed jungle. Although that would be kind of exciting and Jumanji like!..
I realized I had reached the point the night I turned around in bed -as you do when you sleep, and planted my hand directly on my bedside cactus (what moron even has a bedside cactus!?!). So from that night I decided to reclaim the land that once was mine and started to rethink the green situation I was in.

Big plants, like this Calathea is good for a stand-alone feature. It brings greenery to an otherwise bare area and lifts the home decor away from the surface and creates a calm eye level focal point. God you are a good looking plant Calathea Triostar...

One by one I started breaking up my homeware clusters by placing a plant as part of the group. It seemed to create some air and made the colours and shapes of the homeware pop. 

Also I stopped caring about the combination of colours and shapes of the pots. I had to mix them all up to create groups instead of having one plant sitting on every counter top of the house. Now I totally don't mind the mismatch as it reminds me of adorable English sandstone cottages -and gives me so much more free space!

Planting vertical was also an option as the walls were really bare compared to the rest of the space. I bought some super cheap brackets and cut some shelves from a pine board. The shelves now holds majority of the little planters which used to be scattered all over the place (and next the bed). And the green wall is a perfect feature to the livingroom! Plant hangers are also a great way to free surfaces and utilize blank spaces that otherwise couldn't be used. As for example in a wide door opening.

Nem deko med sættekasse & kakler

Nogle gange behøver tingene slet ikke at være så besværlige. At få nye farver i hjemmet kan være en dyr fornøjelse. Så derfor tænkte jeg (og min tomme sparegris), at kakler er vejen frem. Yes. kakler. For de er så fine og dekorative og faktisk også tilforladeligt billige.
Jeg satte et par stykker ind i en fin sættekasse, for at få lidt flere grafiske mønstre ind i min lyse stue. Jeg er ikke bange for mønstre, meeeen jeg er dog lidt tilbøjelig til at fravælge dem frem for neutrale eller ensfarvede objekter. Med det sagt, så jeg er blevet overrasket glad for resultatet og synes kaklerne giver en super kontrast til det lyse fyrtræ og de hvide vægge..
Hvis du selv vil have gang i et kakkelprojekt, så har Sinnerup lige nu et stort sortiment af kakler i et hav af forskellige farver og mønstre. Enjoy!

This is just a real easy way to add some colours and patterns into your home without having to make a major project/mess out of it. I have used some colourful and graphic tiles and popped them into a printer's type case for a fun and untraditional look. These tiles are from Créton Maison but you could also use vintage tiles. The are usually a bit bigger, so make sure your type case fits them. -Otherwise this simple project will turn epic within minutes! And who wants that!?.. (stop looking at me!). Anyway. Hope you liked and let me know if you try out this simple trick at home! 

NEW WORK

I have a big love for colours and shapes. And when shapes and colours turn into patterns my mind just go crazy! I have been making these for years, but recently created new colour ways that I know will be perfect for our new home in Copenhagen. I am thinking to have them hanging in series of 3. Maybe even more like 3X3 for a feature wall. What do you think? What are your favorite colour combinations this season? Mine are milky blues, brass, pineapple yellow and grey.