Month: March 2014

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Handprinted textiles by Cotton & Flax

I only just discovered Los Angeles-based Cotton & Flax yesterday, via a retweet on Twitter, but it was enough for me to fall in love with its lookbook and write a post straightaway. Since 2010, Erin Dollar has been creating handmade textile goods as well as fine art prints on paper from her home in California. The range of cushions, teatowels and napkins are made using natural materials such as linen fabrics with water-based ink decorations. Her latest lookbook features Scandinavian-inspired patterns in a modern palette of grey, navy blue and mustard yellow. Here’s what she says: Each step of the creation of Cotton & Flax textiles is completed by Erin, beginning with the pattern design and the selection of heirloom quality fabrics. Erin draws each pattern by hand using brush and ink, and the drawing is later transferred to a silkscreen to create multiples on textiles. When it comes time to do the printing, Erin scours local sources to find beautiful linen and linen blend fabrics to hand print with her designs. She then …

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Parc Boutique Lookbook Spring ’14

Here is some more spring inspiration for you, this time courtesy of Parc Boutique, who have taken inspiration from their favourite hue, Indigo, for their spring lookbook. Parc Boutique was set up in 2008 by Thao Nguyen in the northeast Minneapolis shopping district, and sells a variety of apparel from basic tees to blazers, vintage jewellery and accessories. Available in-store and online.   wardrobe PARC BOUTIQUE creative art direction THAO NGUYEN & WING TA photography WING TA OF CANARY GREY hair/makeup THEO NGUYEN floral styling JACKIE REISENAUER OF MUNSTER ROSE

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Step in to Spring with Sayaka Davis

Sayaka Davis is a clothing and jewellery label based in New York, launched in 2012 by Japan-born Sayaka Tokimoto Davis. Spring is just about on its way here and her clothes are putting me in the mood for summer– I love the simple white cropped trousers and soft floral jumpsuit. She says: Her central idea comes from Japanese minimalist art, the concept of “spacious beauty”, leaving the blank space rather than filling everything in. This belief is that space defines the object, becoming the subject. Clean, yet modern and unique silhouettes are expressed with a keen attention to detail and beautiful textiles. Check out her blog here. Photography: Yoko Haraoka Model: Laura Okita Hair & Make-up:Yusuke Okita Prop styling: Sachiko Kamiya


Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

Here’s my pick of three things to do this week– step back in time with a vintage fair in Clerkenwell, take a guess and see if you can pick a piece of work by a famous artist at RCA Secret, and lastly, the must-see film of the month, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. Enjoy! STOP What: Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair Where: Old Finsbury Town Hall, London When: March 23 This Spring fair has some of the finest vintage clothes dealers London has to offer– with 50 traders there is plenty to choose from whether it’s an evening dress for a special occasion, 1960′s men’s suits, 1940s day dresses or trimmings for your own masterpiece. Prices start at a few pounds to over £100. There’s also a 1940s style tearoom and a pop-up nail salon! LOOK What: Stewarts Law RCA Secret 2014 Where: Royal College of Art Battersea, London When: Exhibition: March 13- March 21, Sale open: March 22, 8am-6pm Stewarts Law RCA Secret is an exhibition and sale of original postcard-sized artworks, by internationally …

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The delicate ceramics of Kirstie van Noort

Eindhoven-based Kirstie van Noort sees design as a way to communicate a certain process or the story behind a material. Her Ceramic Paint, Collection Cornwall shown below was the result of thorough research into raw materials, and the way in which they manifest themselves in stoneware, earthenware and porcelain. She travelled to Cornwall, England and discovered 12 raw materials, including tin and copper, which were made into a base material for paint, suitable for colouring the ceramics. Ceramic Paint / Collection Cornwall Curious to know about the origin and production of china, I spent two weeks in Cornwall in the UK. Here, large quantities of china clay are extracted every year. During my stay I also learned about other industries besides the china industry. Cornwall played an important role in the Industrial Revolution, because of its soil being very rich in ore. Until the nineties, there were dozens of mines from which copper, tin and silver was extracted. But the prices of the materials dropped, and all mines were forced to close down. The result …


Travel: At the Chapel, Bruton, Somerset

At the weekend I went to the lovely At the Chapel in Bruton, Somerset. Previously a 17th-century coaching inn, At the Chapel is a modern hotel on Bruton High Street housing a bakery, wine shop, cafe, bar and restaurant, all rolled into one. Apparently, Bruton and nearby Frome are on the up, and even more so, now that a new Hauser & Wirth art gallery (they also have galleries in London and New York) is planned for a farm on the outskirts of Bruton. At the Chapel has pitched it just right– the central space features a restaurant aimed at being both sophisticated and affordable, they have bang-on-trend wood-fired pizzas as well as more upmarket steaks and other dishes, while the space also doubles up as a coffee shop during the day and a place for the local community to meet; yummy mummies or business men having meetings. After all, chapels were meeting places… The decor is understated and simple; white walls and sleek contemporary art. The bedrooms are minimal, with just what you need: a big …

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TOAST House & Home lookbook April ’14

I always love having a gander at Toast’s lookbooks– they’re always full of perfectly set up compositions, crisp striped bedlinen and cosy beds just waiting to be got into. This one is no exception, I love the bright, primary-coloured stools and functional toolboxes, which double up as hallway storage or a small coffee table.


New additions from H&M home

Last weekend I made a trip to H&M home for the first time and was positively impressed. I had never really seen its homeware collection before, the stores in London are mainly dedicated to its clothing, but they had a lovely range of colourful additions for the home, from cushion covers to placemats, ornaments and objects, and bathroom accessories. It was almost like a condensed version of Ikea, without the furniture, queues and Swedish meatballs. I picked up some lovely linen cushions for the bargain price of £6.99 (I had previously seen very similar ones in Merci in Paris) and some cheerful napkins, which will be perfect for summer picnics. Have a look at my top picks after the break!    My Top Picks From left to right, above to below: 1 Storage basket, 2 Cushion cover 40×70, 3 Linen cushion cover, 4 Linen cushion cover, 5 Glass vase, 6 Storage basket, 7 Cotton cushion cover, 8 Cotton cushion cover, 9 Tealight holder


Colour Picker: Lofoten, Norway

Here’s another Colour Picker post, where I choose a beautiful and atmospheric photograph of a landscape and match its colour to various home interiors. This time it’s Lofoten, an archipelago and a traditional district lying within the Arctic Circle in the county of Nordland, Norway. While the landscape appears cold and harsh, the small traditional homes on the shoreline look warm and cosy, especially the little red Monopoly-type buildings. I can imagine a fire burning inside and sheepskin rugs on the floor. Below are examples of dark grey walls with dark wood furniture, soft blankets and cushions, and accents of vermillion red. Image above: For Emma, Forever Ago My Scandinavian Home Home Life House and Leisure My Scandinavian Home My Scandinavian Home Modern Love 20 A Merry Mishap


I wish I lived here: A mish-mash of furniture styles in Sweden

I love everything about this apartment, the owner is a girl (or boy) after my own heart. Their home is set in an apartment block by Swedish architect Nils Olsson, and features an envious collection of Modernist and retro furniture, such as Marcel Breuer Cesca chairs, String shelves by Nils Strinning and an Eero Saarinen tulip table (the latter two I have myself). The parquet flooring is original from the 1940s, while the graphic wallpaper in the living room is Fan by Erika Wakerlys. I love the plants dotted around the place and the giant map of Paris above the bed. This is everything I would like my home to be– there’s even colour coordinated bookshelves! Images: Stadshem