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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Decorating with String Lights...


String lights are a nice, decent and romantic way to decorate your home. It makes every home feel cozy and comfortable.
Usually people associate string lights with holidays but they are also a great accessory throughout the year and you can avoid the holiday vibe by sticking in white lights instead of coloured ones, that you especially see on Christmas.   
There are a lot of variations and styles to decorate with string lights and we have some examples for you:

String lights are especially nice in the bedroom for a chilled atmosphere and as a replacement for a bedside lamp. They are not too bright but also give enough light to create the right atmosphere.





They can also be an eye-catcher in the lounge for a good atmosphere when having friends over for drinks or a movie night.


Another nice idea is to have string lights on the balcony or the terrace for a BBQ with your friends or a sociable event like a birthday.


They are also nice to decorate on a mirror or other furniture pieces.


Be inspired!
The Laroshe Team

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Home Story Paris

Today we are in Paris, the city of love!



An apartment in Paris is what everyone dreams of! The little balcony with a nice view on the old decorated houses, the dark wooden floors, high ceilings, a chimney, the mixture of antique and modern furniture and of course a big chandelier. 

This is exactly what we have for you, have a look:


This luxurious apartment is for a big family and offers bedrooms for up to 7 people. Is is located on the 5th floor in the 16th arrondissement and very close to the popular Champs-Elysee. There are 4.5 bathrooms so there is space for everyone. 


The interior design is sophisticated and it was mixed of modern and antique furniture. 
A chimney in the lounge and a big chandelier are essential in Paris to suit the typical Parisian style.
The combination of leather sofas, wooden floor and doors and walls, glass and vintage furniture makes this place special and represents a unique flair. 







Who can not fall in love with this amazing apartment!
More pictures are to find on Haven in Paris.

Your Laroshe Team

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Home Story Italy

A beautiful home on the Island of Panarea, Italy


This beautiful home is located off the Sicilian coast in the Italian island of Panarea (part of the Aeolian Islands). Most of the Aeolian Island has been deserted over many centuries but it has recently become an important tourist destination for wealthy visitors. According to Style Files "the Island is only 3km long and 2km wide and there are only around 280 permanent residents on the island which makes it a very charming island." There are eight islands which make the Aeolian Islands all together and Panarea is the second smallest.
The property consists of 3 houses and which have been renovated "with respect  to local traditions and materials." (Style Files)


The house is very simple decorated, with wood furniture, warm colours such as orange, yellow and blue and also earthy tones. The interior is held traditional and has an antique style.




The bedroom is kept in an innocent white and a pretty looking net around the bed.




The most important thing in a home on a beautiful and warm island is the terrace or garden because people spend most of their time outside.
The terrace is perfect for a little siesta.



There is also enough space to invite friends over for a BBQ or a nice and relaxed summer night with a glass of wine.

We hope you enjoyed!

The Laroshe Team

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Home Story

A beautiful home on the Island of Panarea, Italy


This beautiful home is located off the Sicilian coast in the Italian island of Panarea (part of the Aeolian Islands). Most of the Aeolian Island has been deserted over many centuries but it has recently become an important tourist destination for wealthy visitors. According to Style Files "the Island is only 3km long and 2km wide and there are only around 280 permanent residents on the island which makes it a very charming island." There are eight islands which make the Aeolian Islands all together and Panarea is the second smallest. 
The property consists of 3 houses and which have been renovated "with respect to local traditions and materials." (Style Files




The house is very simple decorated, with wood furniture, warm colours such as orange, yellow and blue and earthy tones. The interior is held traditional and has an antique style.





The bedroom is kept in an innocent white and a pretty looking net around the bed. 



The most important thing in a home on a beautiful and warm island is the terrace or garden because people spend most of their time outside.
The terrace is perfect for a little siesta. 
There is also enough space to invite friends over for a BBQ or a nice and relaxed summer night with a glass of wine.



We hope you enjoyed!

The Laroshe Team
Summer has arrived! 
Time for sun and fun! This cool DIY project to make a wooden tray just bursting in colour is easy to make and looks like you bought it straight from the shop. This fauvistic art piece in the style of Henri Matisse can really brighten up your home!


You will need:


  • A Blank Wooden Tray
  • Sharpie Oil Based Pens in your favourite summer colours
  • Pencil
  • Wood Sealer
  • Paint Brush


  1. Lightly brush and wipe the tray to remove any sandpaper or obstructions
  2. Now its time to draw your designs. Take the pencil and draw some exciting, fluid shapes of foliage, leafs, etc (make sure to draw the pencil on lightly so that it doesn’t show through)
  3. Now simply paint inside the shapes you have drawn with the Sharpie Pens. Do your best to keep it within the lines you have laid out but don’t worry if it goes over a little!
  4. Now you can add more designs to the handles or sides of the tray, its entirely up to you!
  5. Leave the tray to dry for the specified time to make sure that it is dry. Then using the wood sealer, cover the tray to make sure that it is waterproof and that your designs will stand the test of time
  6. Now enjoy your creation throughout the summer!


Happy crafting!

The Laroshe Team

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

DIY Wall Plant Pockets


We all want to bring a bit of nature indoors with us over the summer. With these easy to make and modern wall hanging plant pockets you can liven up your living area and impress guests!




You will need:
Air dry clay (Crayola works best)
Rolling pin
Canvas about 18 x 24 inches
Scalpel or craft knife
Ceramic pin tool (available at art and craft stores)
Sandpaper
Craft or spray paint
Tissue paper or newsprint and drawing paper
Small sponge
Clear acrylic spray



How to make:
  1. Design a pattern for the shape that you want your plant pocket to be. Then draw it out on paper and cut in out neatly with the scalpel.
  2. You will need to make 2 copies of the shape for the plant pocket. To do this first trace around the shape and then cut it out again. Now that you have 2 identical shapes cut off the top of one of them. This will be the opening for the plants so don’t make it too big!
  3. Now take the clay that you have and roll in into 2 balls (The amount of clay you use depends on how big you want your plant pocket to be). It is best to roll the clay on canvas so that the clay is easier to pick up once you have formed the shape.
  4. Then using the rolling pin flatten the clay until it is around ¼ inch in thickness.
  5. Now place each of the paper patterns you designed earlier over the flattened clay. Then cut around the shape with the scalpel while making sure that the pattern doesn’t move




  1. Next, using the excess clay from when you cut out the pattern, roll it into a sausage like shape which is long enough to go around the bottom edge of the front pattern. Make sure to taper and squash down the bits at the end so that it fits seamlessly to the back piece.
  2. Using the pin tool make small scores along the entire bottom edge of the front piece
  3. Wet the sponge a little and slightly wet the edge with the scores. Then sausage shaped coil of excess clay from earlier and attach it to this edge. The water will help stick the pieces together.
  4. Now if you cut a piece of paper out which fits the recess in the now combined front piece you can use this to stop the front piece sticking to the back when they are joined
  5. Next score bottom part of the back piece just as you did with the first and wet the edges with the sponge again. You should also crumple a small piece of paper into a ball and place it in the centre of the the back piece. This will keep the pieces from sticking and leaving too small a pocket for the plants
  6. Now you’re ready to stick your pieces together!! Place the front piece on top of the back piece and pinch the pieces together like you do with a pizza/pie crust.
  7. Using the sponge, run it along the edge to smooth it. If however there are some bits sticking out don’t worry! You can use the scalpel to cut off the excess bits sticking out and then smooth over that with the sponge
  8. To attach the piece to the wall you will need to cut out a small hole in the top (make sure that it’s centered or you’ll have a wonky plant pocket!)
  9. You will need to shape the pocket using paper to stick inside and fix the desired shape




  1. Next score bottom part of the back piece just as you did with the first and wet the edges with the sponge again. You should also crumple a small piece of paper into a ball and place it in the centre of the the back piece. This will keep the pieces from sticking and leaving too small a pocket for the plants
  2. Now you’re ready to stick your pieces together!! Place the front piece on top of the back piece and pinch the pieces together like you do with a pizza/pie crust.
  3. Using the sponge, run it along the edge to smooth it. If however there are some bits sticking out don’t worry! You can use the scalpel to cut off the excess bits sticking out and then smooth over that with the sponge
  4. To attach the piece to the wall you will need to cut out a small hole in the top (make sure that it’s centered or you’ll have a wonky plant pocket!)
  5. You will need to shape the pocket using paper to stick inside and fix the desired shape
  6. Leave the clay for around an hour in a warm, dry place and then you can put on your last finishing touches before it permanently dries. After this make sure you leave the clay for the drying time specified by the instructions to make sure that it will last
  7. Now it has dried go over it with sandpaper so that it will be easier to paint  
  8. Now it’s time to decorate! These designs used white spray paint all over and craft paint to add a nice contrast on the back but it’s really entirely up to you!
  9. Once the paint has dried you should use a clear acrylic spray. This will seal and waterproof your plant pocket as you’ll most likely need to water them
  10. Now its time to choose what plant to out in. You can go for colourful, fun, summer plants or wall climbers to really embrace nature in your home!
  11. Good luck! Post your own creations below and have fun!