Year: 2014


Apartment Wiesbaden by Studio Oink

I’m in love with this apartment by German design practice Studio Oink, it’s just so light and airy with its washed out plywood joinery and white walls. Set up last November, Studio Oink is made up of Lea Korzeczek and Matthias Hiller, who combine their skills for styling, interior design and photography to create beautiful projects such as this one. This small apartment in Wiesbaden, Germany, has a lovely natural atmosphere with original wood flooring and subtly glazed ceramic tiles in the kitchen. Most of the furniture has been tailor-made for the owner to increase space and storage; one of the beds, for example, is raised on a base of plywood cupboards, while another quietly floats above some shelving in the living room. I also spy my favourite String shelving. They say: We love to communicate with each room, and feel the atmosphere in it. It is important to know the “room vibrations” and the preferences of the owner to create an unique room feeling and room concept. Every room is tailor-made for their use and their …


I wish I lived here: a calming Scandinavian home with a festive touch

Just a quick post today. While searching for Scandinavian-inspired Christmas decor for my tree this year, I came across this calming Swedish home on the property website Stadshem. Here, they have kept the decorations to a bare minimum, but there’s still a hint of festivity, with a mini potted fir tree in the living room as well as sprouting hyacinth bulbs in glass jars on the dining room table. I immediately did the same at home this weekend using old Bonne Maman jam jars; super simple and super easy. They make a very quick but beautiful centrepiece for the Christmas table, especially if you add the odd tealight to bounce light off the shiny glass. Aside from the vaguely Christmas spirit, I love the stripped floorboards and white walls, made cosy with the patterned cushions and a scattering of HAY side tables. Images: Stadshem, styled by Emma Hos


Styling the Seasons: December

Yay, it’s the December Styling the Seasons, I’m a bit excited about this one, because guess what, it’s nearly Christmas! (I’m listening to Classic FM as I write this, with Christmas carols playing in the background and I’m still in my pyjamas…). I mean what else could I style up this month except for a Christmas tree, albeit a rather untraditional affair. There’s no tacky tinsel, red baubles or twinkly fairy lights here! This soft, woolly tree is from Habitat last year but they have a similar one online at the moment in copper. I decided to style it with a similar colour palette to my living room: duck egg blues, soft greys and clean white to get that Scandinavian feel. December started off really well, I was extremely lucky and won a super-duper hamper from Toast in an Instagram competition (eeeeeekk!) I never win anything! So, the beautifully patterned crackers are from there – can’t wait to crack them open come Christmas day – as are the brass tree decorations, which I probably would never have been able to afford (£24 …


Round-up of 2015 Calendars

Despite all these smart calendars, synced to your mailbox, Facebook and whatnot, I still like to have a traditional wall planner, beautifully designed and printed on proper paper. There’s some great designs out there, and many that you can download and print yourself. Many now look more like posters, with sleek graphics and a minimal layout, while others are perfect for propping up on your desk. So whether you like an old-fashioned flip-the-page over calendar, or the whole year on one clean space, I’ve got it covered. Here are my top nine calendars for 2015, get ready there’s only 22 days left until the 1st of Jan… (my favourite’s the doggy one!)   Wildlife 2015 Calendar by Vikki Chu, Anthropologie, £20.00 Playtype Calendar Poster 2015, Skandivis, £24.99 2015 Year Planner, Tom Pigeon, £20.00 Honey Bee Wall Calendar, Rifle Paper Co, $18.00   Dogs of the Year 2015 by Charlotte Farmer, £25.71 New York City 2015 calendar by Marieken Hensen Calendar 2015, Kristina Krogh Studio, £41.08 Pattern & Post Card 2015 Calendar, stationeryboutique, £19.78 Scratched calendar, Coco Lapine …


Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

It’s such a lovely crisp Winter’s day this morning, so I thought my picks for things to do in London this weekend should have a slightly festive feel. These three events have a couple of things in common: craft, objects for the home, shopping, and some tasty treats if you know where to find them. Etsy is popping up in London for the first time, while Monocle is having its annual Christmas Market. Finish the day with a visit to Canal gallery, part of a weekend of festivities on the Haggerston Riviera. STOP What: Etsy House Where: Covent Garden, London, WC2H When: Until Sunday 7 December 12 – 6pm (10 – 8pm Saturday) Everyones favourite shop for handmade or vintage goods is popping up in London for the first time. Located in the heart of London’s Covent Garden, the shop will feature products for sale from Etsy sellers across multiple categories: art, home decor, bath & body, clothing, jewellery, furniture, stationery, and more. There will also be workshops hosted by Etsy designer-makers (Wool & The Gang‘s Snood session is bound to be a …


How to make your home festive and cosy this Christmas

I was a bit early on the gift guides, but now it’s the beginning of December, it’s well and truly time for some Christmas inspiration! Now, some of your may be thinking ‘no, not yet, I’m not ready!’… but I’ve teamed up with British homeware brand Loaf to create a Pinterest board packed with cosy and festive ideas for the home. There are easy peasy DIY’s, from gold leaf encrusted pine cone garlands to fresh green wreaths, ideas for the table-top come Christmas day, as well as ways to make the house look and smell great for guests, and of course, yourselves. So put the kettle on, munch on a mince pie if you have one to hand, and get in the mood for Christmas… See our Christmas at Home Pinterest board here. Wreath above by Amy Merrick Loaf Bagsie love seat, with room enough for two, or one, if you’re feeling selfish. Loaf’s cosy suede slippers Photo by Dennis Brandsma | Styling Fietje Bruijn, Christmas wall inspiration. Go the alternative route and hang decorations on the wall instead of …


Screen printing with Farrow & Ball and Print Club London

Farrow & Ball has teamed up with Print Club London to create a series of limited edition silk screen prints for their Christmas windows. Three of the east London-based Print Club artists have created scenes inspired by the festive season using Farrow & Ball paints, from the perky birds by Chris Andrews above to a hand-drawn scene of St Paul’s by Clare Halifax and swimming carps in a misty pool of water by Lucille Clerc (scroll down to see more). Last week I was invited to a screen printing workshop along with other bloggers at Print Club London, just off Stoke Newington Road in Dalston, to meet the artists and have a go ourselves. I had previously done some screen printing with Thornback & Peel at SMUG’s workshop in Angel (see post here) so I was pretty confident with what to do. The hard bit had already been done for us: coming up with the design, prepping and washing the screens. We just got to do ‘the muscle work’, swiping the squeegee at a 45 degree angle with a steady …


I wish I lived here: a monochrome home in Stockholm

This three bedroom apartment in Stockholm has been styled in three completely different ways by three different stylists. My personal fave is the moody, monochrome look seen here, created by stylist and writer Tina Hellberg. While Hans Blomquist opted for a dark, almost festive look, and Mikael Beckman a bright, blingy vibe, Tina has created a calming space using natural tones, accents of chocolate brown and modern Scandinavian furniture. I love the use of sharp, black lighting and Ray Eames’ Small Dot cushion (above and below) that seems to have inspired the whole scheme. Painting a wall half black is good idea too (see the desk space below), especially, if like me, you’re a bit cautious of using dark colours everywhere… Images: Fastighetsbyran


Introducing… Shedquarters

Followers of my Instagram might know that I fell in love with these lovely porcelain espresso cups from alissa + nienke (two designers who joined forces after having met at Design Academy Eindhoven) during my last trip to Amsterdam. They’re almost too good to use everyday. So, I was delighted  when I learnt that British homeware shop Shedquarters was selling them in the UK, partly just in case I wanted to add to my collection! Shedquarters is an online shop selling contemporary homeware and accessories that feature bold patterns, colours and textures. It was started by Hayley Pryke and Ross Frame last year from a shed. Here, they answer some of my burning questions… How did you start Shedquarters and where did the name come from? We set up the online shop last year after deciding it was the right time to leave London and start our own business. It’s something we had always talked about and had the dream to work for ourselves. We moved to Cambridge and spent some time converting a shed into a studio, which is where …

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My Christmas gift guide 2014: For Homemakers

Good morning folks, this is my final installment of my Christmas gift guide 2014. This time it’s for homemakers, for everyone who likes to do what I call ‘nesting’, that is, getting the home nice, baking, drinking and entertaining! And let’s face it, that is exactly what we all like to do around Christmas time. I’ve got some lovely things for you today, my favourite is the House of Rym blanket from The Future Kept, perfect for these cold evenings, or also Bodie and Fou‘s Let’s Stay Home rug – the perfect motto for this guide! FOR HOMEMAKERS 1: House of Rym Go Undercover Heavenly Honeycomb Throw, The Future Kept: £59.99 2: Let’s Stay Home rug, Bodie and Fou: £80.00 3: Mako square cushion, Starling Store: £34.00 4: Concrete bookends, Future and Found: £65.00 5: Dipped terracotta mug, Decorator’s Notebook: £12.95 6: Triangles tray, Oelwein: €26.00 7: Beech shopping board, Folklore: £40.00 8: This is for you, Molly Hatch cake server, Anthropologie: £12.00 9: Mr Fitzpatrick’s cordial set, The Foodie Bugle: £7.60 10: Design Letters tea towel, Skandivis: £14.50