Month: January 2015

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Urban Jungle Bloggers: Coffee and Plants

This is the first time I’ve joined in with Igor’s (Happy Interior Blog) and Judith’s (JOELIX.com) Urban Jungle Bloggers series. Urban Jungle Bloggers is all about living with plants – in your home, in other interiors and in public spaces. Their aim is to highlight the beauty and benefits of houseplants and other greeneries in urban spaces. It’s also about creating a green community of like-minded individuals and bloggers to share ways of making our lives greener. This month’s theme was coffee and plants: that precious moment of joy and pleasure when you sit down, either mid-morning or at the end of the day, take time to relax and unwind, usually with a warming drink in hand (that ah tetley’s moment!). I’m both a tea and a coffee drinker, I would be lost without my espresso in the morning, but also like a weak, smoky Earl Grey in the afternoon too. At first coffee and plants may sound like an odd coupling, but certainly in my house, where you lay a cup down, there’s sure to be a plant there too. It …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

I admit, I haven’t done a Stop Look Listen in a long time, not since before Christmas. There’s no excuse, January has just slipped by in a blink of an eye, but this one’s a cracker. There’s lots of art, design and architecture events to look forward to this year, from a Charles and Ray Eames exhibition at the Barbican to the Alexander McQueen extravaganza at the V&A (they’ve just released an extra 50,000 tickets, hop to it!). But for the moment, you could either reflect on abstract art at the Whitechapel Gallery, get all nostalgic by the seaside at the De La Warr Pavilion or indulge your inner crafter at Heal’s Modern Craft Market. Enjoy! STOP What: Ladybird by Design Where: De La Warr pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea When: Until May 10 Occasionally I do feature events outside of London (shock horror!) and I can’t wait to get out of the big smoke and see this exhibition. Almost everyone who grew up in the UK can probably remember the innocent but delightful Ladybird books from their …

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A calm, neutral home by Studio Oink

I very recently wrote about German design duo Studio Oink (see it here), they’ve become a bit of an obsession of mine of late (just check out their instagram account and you’ll see why…). They’re a sort of three-in-one –or at least multiple-in-one – design practice; they do both interior design, styling and photography. This is another of their projects for German furniture brand Stattmann Neue Mobel, for which they did the art direction, location scouting, styling and photography in their characteristic style that balances poetry and function, simplicity and playfulness. The images look so calm and soft, perfectly complimenting the smooth rounded edges of the wooden tables and chairs. I can’t wait to see more from this design duo (pssst… don’t you just love the bunting?!). Imagery and styling by Studio Oink

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Styling the Seasons: January

So, here’s my Styling the Seasons for January! It’s almost a bit late, I’ve been waiting for the light to be good enough to take good photos, it’s been so dark recently. This Styling the Seasons for me is all about light and cleanliness – after the warmth, cosiness and spectacle of Christmas, and with a fresh, new year ahead, I wanted to have a bit of a house detox. That means throwing away/taking to the charity shop any unwanted clutter, paring back the shelves and injecting lots of nature in the home – succulents, fragrant eucalyptus and especially recently I’ve been loving the smell of hyacinths, they bring a touch of Spring even when it’s cold outside. I’ve also tried to be a bit healthier this month, though I can’t quite bring myself to have a kale smoothie yet (does anyone actually enjoy them?!) I’ve been partaking in lots of green tea, water and even ballet classes.  I also want to take more time to read books, so I’ve added some of my favourites from Persephone …

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The Garden Issue by House of Rym

As soon as I saw a sneak peek of homeware brand House of Rym’s Spring/Summer 2015 catalogue, ‘The Garden Issue’ on Instagram – a picture of one of their pretty teacups, nesting on a spongy layer of green grass and accompanied by the cutest mound of petit fours – I couldn’t wait to see the whole shoot and share it with you as fast as my little fingers could type. Here, they have well and truly banished away the winter blues, heading to sunny Gothenburg and the west coast of Sweden for a day of creative workshops, open-air picnics, and of course, cups of tea. House of Rym’s five designers’ meet-up takes place in Emma von Brömssen’s stunning 1930’s home, situated in an old fishing village. For this season’s collection, Emma has created the pattern ‘Lit de la fleur’ (you can see her painting it below); as the name suggests (at least if you know your French) she got her inspiration from a blossoming flower garden, which becomes a bit of a theme for the …

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New reads: Openhouse magazine

I recently discovered the magazine Openhouse and I have to tell you all about it. Set up by Barcelona-based Andrew Trotter and Mari Luz Vidal, Openhouse is a twice-yearly publication that features bright, creative people from all around the world who have decided to open their homes or their private spaces to the public for all kinds of different activities, from gastronomy to art and design. I always like peering into people’s homes, whether on Pinterest or in my ‘I wish I lived here’ posts, but these are not just nicely designed houses, these are real, intimate homes or spaces, brimming with creativity, generosity and a cheery communal spirit. People taking part also share their secret loved places in their towns or some of their favourite recipes. In the first issue, for example, they visited GnamBox in Milan, who invite people into their home to cook their favourite dishes, and met fashion brand Bless, who have their Berlin shop in a home where Mira Schroder welcomes in customers once a week. Or there was Tony Hornecker, who opens …

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Q&A with… Kristina Dam

Kristina Dam is a Danish designer, based in Copenhagen, who works on the intersection of art, interior and graphic design. With a background in architecture, she creates furniture with a strong focus on materials and textures, as well as pieces of art and graphic posters. A mirror becomes a sculpture, for example, or a regular magazine holder is transformed with a piece of marble and touches of brass. Her botanical posters created in collaboration with photographer Tuala Hjarnø are one of my favourite pieces of hers; slightly eery and ethereal but quietly beautiful at the same time. Here, I find out a bit more about her world: What is your background, how did you end up doing what you are doing now? I went to architecture school and graduated as a graphic designer from the Royal Danish Design School. I now live in Copenhagen with my husband and our little girl. Previously, I worked for design practices as a graphic designer but I started my own company, Kristina Dam Studio, two and a half years ago. [more after the jump…] Where does your …

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Ferm Living's new Spring/Summer 2015 collection

As some regular readers may know, I’m a big fan of Danish interior design brand Ferm Living, so when I saw that they had just released a new Spring/Summer collection for 2015, I knew I had to share it with you all. While their Autumn/Winter collection was moody, cosy and homely, this season they’ve gone all fresh and clean, with lots of clean lines, their signature geometric patterns and plenty of vibrant, green plants. I would just love a little conservatory in my home like the one below. I have to say my favourites are the new grey ‘Cut Bed’ cover (the illustration’s by Alyson Fox, you can see here gorgeous home in Austin, Texas on Freunde von Freunden) and the Stamp tea towels, what are yours? See the full catalogue here.

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Dar Mim by Septembre architects

Paris-based architect Septembre has completed the renovation and extension of a traditional courtyard house in the historic heart of the city Hammamet in Tunisia (incidentally, as I write this post, I can’t help but hum along to Earth, Wind & Fire’s September… “do you rememberrr, the 21st night of Septemberrr, ba duda, badu, ba duda…). As January sets in, with its dark and wet weather here in London, this blindingly-bright home is the perfect remedy. It makes me want to book a holiday immediately, pack my bags and say goodbye to stormy England. The building itself was converted piecemeal over time, retaining a mixture of solids and voids that provide light and much-needed natural ventilation. The project organises the main living spaces around two open courtyards, creating a series of horizontal and vertical connections. All the woodwork and metalwork were made by local artisans, while traditional plaster and limewash has been used to create the whiter-than-white exterior walls. A two-story extension features a guest room and its own terrace accessed from a new staircase. There’s …

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I wish I lived here: a clean, white Swedish home

As soon as it turned January 1st I had the urge to tear down all the Christmas decorations and have a spring (or winter) clean. Just as people like to make resolutions for their body, to be leaner and fitter, so I like my home to go on a detox: clean surfaces, fresh flowers and new magazines on the coffee table. I would love my home to be as clean and white as this one in Gothenburg; I love the white washed floors and white walls. It just looks so fresh, but the suede sofa and rustic wooden table stop it from looking too cold. What I would do for that light turquoise Smeg fridge too! This leather chair looks so comfy, while the unit raised off the ground extends the room slightly and makes it look bigger.   These black cafe chairs and rustic wooden table look great against the white walls. I spy my favourite String shelving unit… All images: Stadshem