Month: April 2016

Sneak peek inside a Georgian townhouse in Spitalfields

Sneak peek inside a Georgian townhouse in Spitalfields

I’ve often walked past the imposing historic townhouses of Spitalfields in east London, snapping the exteriors for Instagram and wandering what they were like inside. Last week I got a chance to see for myself, joining a bloggers tour with the lovely ladies of Function + Form and home design website Houzz. Function + Form, set up by bloggers Tiff of Curate + Display and Annie of Stylejuicer, is a new unique gathering of like minds, combining relaxed, informal dining with handcrafted design (just what I like), as they explain: ‘As so much of our lives today are spent online, we seek to bring the enjoyment of interior and lifestyle design into a tangible being whilst enjoying the company of like-minded friends. A chance to make new connections, a chance for real conversation. Each gathering focuses on the work of a designer who we admire for their ethos, their aesthetic, sharing with us their inspiration and inviting us to delve deeper into their process.’ For their latest gathering, we nosed our way into architect Chris Dyson’s home on Princelet Street, originally built in …

I wish I lived here

I wish I lived here: a light home with accents of blue

Those Scandi estate agents have done it again – captured an enviably beautiful, little Swedish home full of light and charm. This time it’s in Gothenburg, and features not quite the monochrome palette of black and white that we have come to love from the Nordic countries. Here, there are deep pops of navy blue, seen in the rich patina of that old door and the blue and white of the crockery in the kitchen. I love the mix of textures, from the different shades of painted floors (hello glossy black!), through the welcoming russet leather chair, to the Moroccan-inspired rug (skewed just so to one angle) that seems to be all the rage at the moment. For me, the combination is beautiful… If you like the look of this, you might also like… All images: Köpmansgatan 10, Stadshem Could you live here?

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I’m dreaming of… a calm scandi-inspired living room

In the process of selling our home and searching for a new one, my head has been full of ideas of how I would decorate my next abode. I’m like a sponge soaking up all sorts of things from all sorts of places; Pinterest, Instagram, magazines – squirrelling away decoration tricks, beautiful designs and material combinations for the day when I finally move in and can get going. So, to that effect, with my head in the clouds, I’ve been dreaming of a calm, new scandi-inspired living room, with lots of relaxed neutral colours and cosy textures. Come take a little imaginative tour with me… it would be a lovely light room, with tall ceilings and big windows. There’d be period details, perhaps a little cornicing or a pretty tiled fireplace. Flooring would be white or light grey painted floorboards and the walls would be white. Calm, clean and cool. Can you picture it? I’d carefully pick furniture that would stand the test of time. I think that’s the beauty of Scandinavian homes, they seem effortlessly classic and timeless, with …

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Travel Guide: a cultural weekend in Lisbon

Set over seven rolling hills with vast picturesque vistas, Lisbon is a truly beautiful city. Yellow trams chug up cobbled streets to lofty viewpoints or miradouros, ramshackle orange-roofed houses are painted in perfect pastel shades and clad in ornate patterned azulejo tiles, while sun-drenched terraces provide a welcome resting point along the way. Meandering through back alleys you’ll come across tiny wine bars playing local fado music, historic patisseries and boutiques with wood-panelled cabinets that have remained unchanged for a 100 years, next to shabby-chic shops and bold, colourful graffitied walls. Lisbon’s a bit rough around the edges, but it is charmingly so. I had never been to Portugal but Lisbon had long been on my wishlist to visit. So, when my boyfriend turned the big 3-0 and I wanted to whisk him off for his birthday weekend to somewhere sunny and warm, but not too far away, it seemed like the perfect place to explore, enjoy and indulge ourselves. We’d had quite a stressful few weeks so a couple of days email-free in a pretty city with nothing to do but let …

Playtype pop-up at ARAM London

Playtype pop-up at ARAM London

Covent Garden design store ARAM is hosting a pop-up shop with the folks of Playtype that I think you are just going to love. The Copenhagen-based type foundry is heading to the British capital for three weeks with its bold graphic posters, notepads and mugs, all created with the unique Playtype typefaces. Born out of a love of typography, Playtype was founded by Danish brand and design agency e-Types in 2010. It creates custom-made typefaces for brands and individuals as well as for their own line of lifestyle products sold from their cool Copenhagen store and online. Although products are sold here and there in shops dotted around the UK, this will be their first proper outpost outside of Denmark, with items gathered all in one place at ARAM’s showroom in London. ‘It is in the meeting of typography and beautiful products that the Playtype universe is created, and with our clean cuts and bold shapes it is clear to see our Scandinavian roots,’ says creative director Rasmus Drucker Ibfelt. ‘True to our name we put a playful spin on …

Objects by Fritz Hansen

Objects by the Republic of Fritz Hansen

This week marks the start of Salone del Mobile, Milan’s annual furniture fair and design week, for which design aficionados descend on the glamorous Italian city to check out the latest designs, swill down prosecco and snack on gelato. I’m not there but I did want to bring you some new product launches that have caught my eye and flashed up in my inbox… One such highlight is the Republic of Fritz Hansen’s new accessories line Objects. It comprises twelve beautifully simple designs for the home by the likes of design duo Studio Roso, Wednesday architecture and Spanish designer Jaime Hayon. Just like the Danish brand’s furniture, the new pieces show an attention to detail and a focus on materials that are appealing to touch. Designed to engage the senses, the objects range from a solid brass candleholder and molded veneer tray table to soft cashmere throws and sculptural tea trays. Says Fritz Hansen, ‘Objects is a unique collection of design items that reflects our passion for good design with a purpose. Like our furniture, Objects is a statement that can add a touch of …

Easy stylish Spring entertaining

Easy spring entertaining

Hurrah, the clocks have gone forward and we have an extra hour of sunlight! As soon as the sun comes out and the light evenings last a little longer, I always feel like it’s time to crack out a cold drink and gather some friends and loved-ones together. So, today I’m showing you how to style a lovely relaxed table for some Spring entertaining, using some smart Scandi accessories from Danish brand Lene Bjerre, available at Houseology. With an other half who is French, I’ve well and truly adopted the tradition of apéro, that time around 7pm when you can sit back, forget about work, open a bottle and enjoy some great food with great company. Taking inspiration then from the French, mixed in with some tapas-style dining from the Spanish, this look is really informal and laid-back. It’s more about bringing items to the table spontaneously in the moment, rather than neat, straight place settings that have a formal atmosphere. It’s about gathering over a platter of yumminess, everyone digging in and helping themselves, drinks in hand …

I wish I lived here: a home with shades of beige

I wish I lived here: a home with shades of beige

People say beige is boring but it’s far from it in this beautifully peaceful Gothenburg home, the latest in my ‘I wish I lived here’ series. Regulars to the blog will know I love a bit of grey, but with so much of it around and in danger of getting overused, it’s nice to see a slight variation on the usual tones and shades – whether it’s a deep ochre, a natural khaki or dusty chestnut shade. I love how the owner has used a different tone of grey or beige in each room to delineate living, eating and sleeping areas. The effect really comes into its own when one room is viewed from another; the open doorways connect the different coloured spaces and make the apartment appear bigger than if it was all painted in the same colour. It almost looks as if the series of rooms could just keep on going, a clever trick to use if you have knocked through a wall to create two spaces or have a dining room connected to …