Month: February 2016

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Best of bar carts

Who wouldn’t like a bar cart in their home? A little extra surface in the home to display your best glassware and prettiest bottles, where come 8pm (ok, maybe 6pm) the cocktail shaker’s rattling, the ice cubes are clinking and the bubbles are fizzing. Whether it’s a lovingly aged industrial style, a mid-century wooden design or minimal black affair, they’re perfect for home entertaining. Just add a record player, some vintage tunes and you’re rocking. But, while we all enjoy a tipple every now and then, they also double up as a space to curate your favourite objects, design books and plants. I love a multi-purpose piece of design; it can be a shelving unit by day, a trolley for tea come the afternoon, and home to a set of candles or lamp for some moody lighting come nighttime. Plus if it’s on wheels, you can wheel it around to suit the space, use it as a coffee table or push it against the wall (is it just me who likes to move the furniture around …

Nina+Co Breakfast Collection

Q&A with ceramic and interior designer Nina+Co

I’ve been developing quite a thing for ceramics recently. I could now easily serve tea or coffee to near on 40 people with the amount of cups and vessels we have in our kitchen (my boyfriend would call it clutter I’m sure…). But I just added again to the collection, with some beautiful new favourites – a pair of espresso cups by London and Amsterdam-based design studio Nina+Co. With a background in interior design, Nina Woodcroft founded Nina+Co in 2014. Focusing on sustainability and natural materials, Nina+Co believe in the duty of designers to reduce environmental impact and promote the notion of wellbeing. As well as currently designing a cafe for homelessness charity Centrepoint in Soho and a bakery which offers opportunities for vulnerable women in East London, Nina also creates small-scale batch produced ceramics, as seen here. Her debut tableware collection, The Breakfast Collection, made in collaboration with London-based consultancy The Ceramicists, comprises a plate, bowl, mug, butter dish and these little espresso cups that handily double up as egg cups. They’re all made of responsibly sourced materials and batch-produced to …

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My top picks from Stockholm Furniture Fair

From 9 to 13 February, Stockholm positively buzzed with all things design. Not only were there more than 80 events, installations and parties across the city for Stockholm Design Week, exhibition centre Stockholmsmässan played host to around 700 brands for the largest gathering of Scandinavian design, Stockholm Furniture Fair. It was design heaven. Here I’ve gathered together all my favourite finds, from reissued classics by Danish masters, through design studios developing innovative ways of working with materials, to up-and-coming, young designers you need to know about. So grab a cuppa ‘cos this is a long one… Enjoy! Air Wardrobe by Mathieu Gustafson for Design House Stockholm With roots both in Paris and the Swedish province of Småland, Mathieu Gustafson finds inspiration in their two different approaches to furniture design. Air is a light wardrobe and sideboard that doubles as a room divider. A little French je ne sais quoi can be seen in his panels of traditional natural woven cane, while the graphic pattern of white ribs brings to mind the strict clean lines of Scandinavian design. ‘My Swedish …

Muuto Spring 2016

Muuto: New Nordic, Spring 2016

Last week I was in Stockholm for the furniture fair, the largest meeting place for Scandinavian furniture and lighting – a haven of clean lines, functional design and muted pastel shades. One of my favourites of the 700-plus exhibitors was Danish brand Muuto, which I’ve written about before. Rooted in Scandinavian tradition, its designs are characterised by a clean aesthetic and craftsmanship, forward-looking materials and fresh creative thinking. The name Muuto comes from ‘muutos’, meaning new perspective in Finnish, hence its aim is to present a new perspective on Scandinavian design. Here is Muuto’s latest imagery from Spring 2016. Isn’t it dreamy with the textural concrete backdrop and rich palette of colours? Let me introduce you to some of the pieces. Above is the brilliant mini stacked storage system on the wall by Julien de Smedt, the Airy coffee table by Cecilie Manz, and the Connect sofa, the Oslo Chair and the Five pouf, all by Norwegian designers Anderssen & Voll. The sofa comes in 11 different modules for numerous possibilities and is upholstered in a range of rich textiles from Kvadrat. I’m …

Paris Je t'aime

Paris Je t’aime

I’ve lost count of the times I’ve been to Paris, the city of Love – with a French other half, it feels like a home away from home. I always love coming back and there’s always new places to discover. Wandering along the Seine, sipping coffee outside a quaint cafe, gazing up at the shuttered windows and coming across pretty quiet corners – Paris is just perfect for a weekend, whether you’re exploring it by yourself or have someone’s hand to hold along the way. Last weekend we hopped on the Eurostar (literally hopped, we live in King’s Cross…) and explored the city like locals. Avoiding the tourist trail and bustling museums, we instead wandered from coffee shop to coffee shop, meeting friends and family en route. The whole weekend revolved around food and drink, from hot chocolate and crepes to a glass of vin (or several…) and oysters – we returned full to the brim and with huge smiles on our faces. Here are some picture postcards from the weekend, along with a couple …

Urban Jungle Bloggers: Jungle Animals

Urban Jungle Bloggers: Jungle Animals

I’ve been a very bad Urban Jungle Blogger! Not only have I not posted a plant-based blog post in a while, quite a few of my plants have died a slow death this winter… Slap on the wrist for me. But, with the theme this month of Jungle Animals, and a certain cheeky chappy coming to stay, it was the perfect opportunity to snap some new plant additions in a corner of my home. Meet Harry, a little miniature dachshund who is sure to melt hearts. I look after him every so often when I work from home. I really, really, really want a dachshund of my own, but until then, this is my borrowed jungle animal… With his expressive little eyes and tiny paws, he’s an absolute cutie. He likes to sit on my lap when I work on my computer and is always after attention. But, it seems not when the camera’s on! It took some persuasion to get him to sit still and stop wriggling about, I’m sure in the picture above …

Farrow & Ball new colours 2016

#MyFavouriteNewColour: Farrow & Ball 2016

You may have already heard that Farrow & Ball has released nine handsome new paint colours, coinciding with the paint and wallpaper brand’s Seventieth year. Expanding its ubiquitous palette to 132 paint colours, these nine beauties range from soft, delicate neutrals and muted greys to clean, fresh brights and dark, moody tones. There’s really something for everyone, whether you’re a die-hard fan of Farrow & Ball’s timeless, lighter heritage shades, or someone who likes a splash of bright intensity. There’s even a new shade of grey, proving you can never have too much of a good thing! Made in its factory in Dorset, Farrow & Ball paints rely on age-old production techniques, original recipes and high levels of rich pigments. Each new hue has been in development for the past three years, carefully crafted to reflect the classic Farrow & Ball aesthetic, and of course, intriguingly named with its own back story. There’s Peignoir, a romantic grey-pink inspired by the elegant chiffon gowns ladies once wore in their boudoirs – perfect for grown-up not girly-pink bedrooms – or Cromarty, a light grey inspired …

A staycation in London

A staycation in London

Have you ever had a staycation in your own city? It’s always nice to get away, but sometimes just switching off from work mode and exploring a neighbourhood you don’t often venture to can give you a new perspective of the city you live in and leave you feeling refreshed, ready to face the daily grind once again. It was the end of January and we did just that, finishing off the month on a high for a night at citizenM Bankside in south London. Living north of the river, we don’t often go south and I can go for weeks without actually seeing the Thames. Just escaping for the night, not having to put the dishwasher on, tidy up or answer any emails, was a lovely, much-needed break. Going on a Friday night to celebrate the end of the week also made the weekend feel that bit longer. Even just leaving our phones in the room while we went out for dinner made us feel like we had escaped elsewhere and no one could contact us! CitizenM …

The new grey: green appeal

The new grey: green appeal

*disclosure: Shock horror there are NO white walls in this post! Just bear with me a moment… Although I will always love my favourite colour grey, I have a little feeling that we’re going to be seeing a lot more green this year. Not only is everyone mad about lush, leafy plants and flowers in the home, but green walls and furniture are fresh, bright and uplifting too. From dark, verdant hues to soft, pastel shades, a touch of green doesn’t need to be daunting and can work with the calmest of interiors. It might be a light feature wall in a kitchen, a cosy velvet sofa in the living room or faded French linen in the bedroom. It looks great as a backdrop to plants and cactuses or you could be a bit more adventurous and create some paint effects on the wall, perhaps a half wall of the colour if you’re a bit hesitant to paint the whole room. Usually I’m not one for colour, I like soft muted shades that create a relaxed ambience, …