Year: 2016

Norm Architects new bathroom collection for Inbani

Norm Architects’ new bathroom collection for Inbani

Copenhagen-based Norm Architects has designed a new bathroom suite for Spanish brand Inbani, and it’s everything you would expect from the multidisciplinary design studio celebrated for its clean, pared-back, minimal designs. With a focus on quality, durability and timelessness, Norm Architects’ work draws inspiration from traditions and norms that have been refined for centuries within the fields of design, architecture and aesthetics. This new range, entitled ‘Prime’, is no exception (or should I say a prime example – get it?). Minimal and simple in form, the two white bathtubs and sink that comprise the collection are contemporary interpretations of the traditional antique roll-top baths that have become the centrepiece of the smart, stylish bathroom. The soft, rounded shape of the pieces is inspired by the way the pressure of water shapes and expands an elastic material, like filling a water balloon. They say: ‘This natural and recognisable shape of the designs along with the soft rolled edge makes the pieces extraordinarily appealing to the human eye, as well as inviting, familiar and modern at the …

12 styled days of Christmas

Last minute Christmas gift ideas

I don’t know about you but I’m finding this part of the year especially manic, wrapping up blog posts and work, not to mention wrapping up presents! I’ve done a bit of Christmas shopping here and there but I still have a list of presents to buy for my loved ones. I always try not to, but I think I may be running around like a headless chicken trying to pick up last minute bits on Christmas Eve… But, if you’re like me and still have a few people to buy for, and maybe you haven’t been able to think of what to get them yet, I’ve created this little guide for last minute Christmas gifts. All the items here, handpicked from my favourite independent British shops, have their last deliveries on the 22nd December, so you can relax and know your gifts will be with you before the big day, phew! You can purchase these items right here on my blog, just click on each product for more information, add to cart and you’ll …

I wish I lived here: a bright, pared-back home

I wish I lived here: a bright, pared-back home

I can’t stop staring at this beautiful, bright home – it’s like my eyes are willing me into the space. On the market with those clever folk at Fantastic Frank, it’s a lesson in pared-back simplicity. Just as I’m the final throes of my renovation project, painting all the (damn) woodwork, the plain white walls and white washed floorboards are appealing to me. Just look at that cornicing and those big windows flooding the room with light, it’s magical isn’t it? Let’s begin the home tour… The living space has been kept minimal with a light grey sofa and a Moroccan-style rug that adds an element of texture. I love how the String shelving has been spread across one wall to display art and create a cosy reading nook below (even if it might be quite hard to tell which book is which with them all turned the wrong way, still it looks good!). In the corner I spy &tradition’s FlowerPot VP3 table lamp in black, designed in 1969, and named after the hippy days …

Travel guide, a design packed weekend in Antwerp

Travel Guide: a design-packed bloggers tour of Antwerp

When you think of the design capitals of Europe, cities such as London, Paris, Milan and Stockholm might spring to mind. But, there’s another city out there that should be on that list, the slightly more under the radar Belgian city of Antwerp – a Flemish jewel with an emerging design scene that’s giving others a run for their money. With a strong artisanal heritage and cultural legacy, from the 17th century paintings of Rubens and Van Dyck, through the thriving, polished world of the diamond industry, to its cult status in the fashion world with Belgian fashion royalty Dries van Noten, the merchant city Antwerp has developed into a super stylish cosmopolitan centre. Today, young, emerging Belgian designers are putting their stamp on the city, while contemporary concept stores and gastronomical delights are attracting visitors from across the world. There’s certainly more to the city than frites and beer, there’s culture galore, art and architecture, and design by the bucket load, untapped and waiting to be discovered. In October I visited the city as part of a …

beating the january blues

Christmas gift guide for a homebody

I’m back with my second gift guide for Christmas (here was my first gift guide for design lovers if you didn’t catch it) – this time for those who like nothing better than to cosy up at home and nest to their heart’s content. It’s one of my absolute favourite pastimes – to throw a warm blanket across the sofa, light some softly scented candles, dig out a book or two and enjoy the simple pleasure of a steaming cup of tea. Ah, bliss! If you’re anything like me then, you’ll love these carefully handpicked homely products. There’s beautiful, handmade ceramics and coffee cups, cookbooks with hearty recipes and simple ideas to rustle up a meal, plus the odd gift set for those really hard to buy for… You can purchase these items right here on my blog, just click on each product for more information, add to cart and you’ll be led to the checkout. My shop is powered by Showroom, who do all the hard work and nitty gritty, so you can be …

A light, summer workspace with Design Letters

Christmas gift guide for design lovers

It may just be the beginning of December, but I’m feeling decidedly festive already. I’m itching to get the Christmas decorations out and make the house sparkle and glow, but there’s so much to do like painting and decorating for the renovation project first. Which leaves me to write up my Christmas shopping list and get ahead with some online purchasing for my loved ones. I love buying and gifting presents, especially if they’re the more unusual finds that that person may not have come across before. So, I’ve gathered together a selection of choice design pieces and minimal products for the design lovers out there. Hand-picked from some of my favourite independent shops and Scandi brands, there’s iconic design classics such as Alvar Aalto’s vase for Iittala and by Lassen’s Kubus candleholder, as well as beautiful handmade pieces from the likes of Another Country, Cooee and Mon Pote. And making it super simple, you can purchase them all right here from my blog… I hope you might have found a present or two for …

St Vincents concept store, Antwerp

Travel: st. vincents concept store, Antwerp

So earlier in the month I shared the first instalment on the bloggers tour I attended with Function & Form in Antwerp (you can see it here if you missed it). Masterminded by fellow bloggers – interior stylist Tiffany Grant-Riley and graphic designer Annie Kruse – we spent a lovely weekend in October exploring all things design in the Belgian city. A slightly under-the-radar European city in terms of design, Antwerp has a bounty of boutique concept stores, beautifully curated design shops and independent coffee shops waiting to be discovered. One such gem is the concept store st. vincents, which we were all cooing over. And if it hadn’t been for the fact it was our last day and we all had trains and planes to catch I think we would have moved in. It has something for everyone, whether you’re an interior and antiques magpie, a fashion lover, or whether you simply want to while away an hour or two over a good coffee or tea in this beautiful, raw but contemporary setting. Visitors are actively encouraged to linger and enjoy …

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On my radar: new furniture finds for November

Hello… I’m back from three weeks in Australia! And the blog now deserves a little love. I tried to make a conscious effort to disconnect from the web (bar the odd instagram post of course…) and not check my emails everyday. I hadn’t had a proper holiday in ages, and with all the stresses of the renovation, I really needed a break. We’re all constantly sharing and connected that sometimes it’s good to take a step back, take stock and revaluate what it is we’re doing. I hope I can now come back to the blog refreshed, ready to give you some lovely, fresh content. It’s also meant that on my return there was lots of new design and furniture finds sitting in my inbox waiting to be shared with you! So, I thought I’d share one of my ‘On the Radar’ posts with four new minimal product launches to watch out for. Enjoy… Dowel Jones Dowel Jones is a young design studio set up in 2013 by Dale Hardiman and Adam Lynch in Melbourne, Australia. Funny that …

Muller van Severen lamps - Galerie Valerie Traan

valerie_objects / Gallery Valerie Traan, Antwerp

If you’ve been following me on social media at all you might have seen that I went on a Bloggers Tour of Antwerp with Function & Form and eight lovely blogger pals. Set up by fellow bloggers – interior stylist Tiffany Grant-Riley and graphic designer Annie Kruse – Function & Form is a community of like-minded individuals who all share a love for interiors and handcrafted design. This was the first outing abroad to explore all things design, meeting designers and delving deeper into their process, touring furniture factories and getting a peek behind the scenes, and visiting design-led concept stores and galleries. One of the highlights of the tour was Gallery Valerie Traan, an art gallery founded by Veerle Wenes. The modern, white interior, designed by Belgian practice LENS°ASS architecten, is split onto different levels and connected by a wide, black staircase. The light space looks onto two courtyards and connects fluidly to Wenes own home, housed in an adjacent old convent. In fact, you don’t know where art gallery stops and home begins, both …

I wish I lived here: a neutral, earthy home tour

I wish I lived here: a neutral, earthy home tour

By the time you read this, I’ll be sunning myself in Australia (sorry not sorry and all that…), so in the meantime, here’s a lovely Scandinavian home tour to keep you going until I get back from holiday. This one, a two-bedroom apartment in Gothenburg, is simply stunning – I really do wish I lived here. I could more straight in, no problem. In fact, when can I get the keys? The spacious rooms feature a beautiful, soft, neutral colour palette, that extends from a light grey-beige in the living room, through earth wood tones in the kitchen, to calming blue-greys in the bedroom. Natural textures provide a cosy, warm setting – I can just imagine sinking into that linen-covered sofa below or walking barefoot on that shaggy carpet. There’s something quite autumnal about the colours, while smart monochrome accessories – black and white framed prints and task lighting – keep the space contemporary. An aged table sits at the heart of the kitchen, surrounded by a mis-match of black dining chairs. The extractor fan …