Month: May 2016

Bert & May kitchens

Bert & May kitchens

I’ve written previously about Bert & May’s beautiful barges, designed to make the maximum use of space without compromising on design, but now I want to introduce you to their dreamy bespoke kitchen range. For me, it was love at first sight. Created in collaboration with London-based Red Deer Architects, this new range comprises three made-to-order kitchens with a focus on honest, natural materials, simple forms and an architectural attention to detail. They’re designed in London and handmade in Yorkshire; the carcasses are made from birch-faced ply and finished with a carefully curated palette of raw materials such as brass, concrete, reclaimed timber and marble. Oh the choices! Here is the birch faced ply, available in 55 paint colour washes which are hand applied to bring out the natural texture of the wood. I love the clean streamlined units without the need for any handles. The pairing of patterned tiles and brass taps with the wood creates a soft, natural feel that’s contemporary and rustic. I think I’ll call it modern rustic! The taps are part of a rang of brassware designed …

I wish I lived here: soft shades of grey in Sweden

I wish I lived here: soft shades of grey in Sweden

I’m getting serious kitchen and bathroom envy here. How beautiful and calm is this three-bedroom flat in Gothenburg, Sweden? I certainly wish I lived here. The light flooding in, the soft shades of grey, the lime washed floorboards, the big connecting rooms, the list is endless, and that hexagonal marble floor in the bathroom, swoon! Most of all, I like the kitchen, with its simple, handle-less doors and smart marble worktop; I’m not sure if I could keep it all that clean but it looks a dream. I like how it doesn’t look to kitchen-y – all the appliances and kitchen clutter hidden away – in fact I can hardly see that hob it is so discreet. Definitely writing notes for my next kitchen. And the bathroom… oh so smart and oh so white. Really lovely and light, with the white walls, modern sanitary ware and a hammam-style floor; it looks like somewhere you could really pamper yourself even though it’s probably a really small space. That’s a great space saving idea – if you have a …

Camerich leather chair

Camerich leather lounge chair

A well-designed armchair, or you might call it a lounge chair, can last a lifetime; passed down to your children so they too can sit in its comfortable folds and while away a moment or two. And there’s something very grown-up and classic about a leather lounge chair in particular, conjuring up images of gentleman’s studies, dark wood-panelled rooms and cocktail hour in a quiet corner. But it’s somewhat harder to find a modern take on a leather lounge chair for more contemporary tastes, without spending an arm and a leg (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun). That’s where Camerich come in; their new designer furniture collection has been designed to offer quality pieces for modern lifestyles and comprises beautifully crafted contemporary shapes and a sleek, minimal aesthetic. I’ve fallen for their Leman chair, a simple modern leather chair in brushed chrome. Comprised of two square frames, held together by a padded seat and back, it’s sharp lines have a modernist vibe that brings to mind Eileen Gray designs and early Twentieth century classics. Dark brown is the classic choice; less …

Beni Ourain moroccan rug

The Beni Ourain Moroccan rug of dreams

Beni Ourain Moroccan rugs seem to be everywhere at the moment, all the top high street and online brands seem to be doing versions of them and after seeing them in numerous beautiful homes, I’ve long wanted one of my own. But, I can’t exactly jet off to Morocco at the click of my fingers just for a rug, nor can I really be bothered with all that bartering. So I was super excited when Sukhi rugs got in touch, offering to send me the real deal – one of their signature Beni Ourain rugs handcrafted in Morocco. Beni Ourain rugs are traditionally made by nomadic Berber tribes deep in Morocco’s rugged Atlas Mountains using a specific breed of sheep renowned for its rich, high quality wool. Thick and warm, the wool creates a deep shaggy pile rug that’s 100% undyed. Signature dark brown lines and geometric shapes on the white or cream background tell stories from each weaver’s life or reference natural events, from birth and fertility to rural life. I chose the Naima rug with its …

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Spring bedroom updates

The sun is shining, the weather’s hotting up and I think it’s time to shed the thick wool blankets and cosy bedding in favour of soft French linen and bright pastel shades in the bedroom. With Spring in full bloom, I feel the need to refresh, de-clutter and brighten up my home. I’m thinking lots of calming natural textures, clusters of plants (if I can keep them alive) and accents of blush pink or fern green. The windows open and the sun pouring in. But, you don’t have to completely overhaul a bedroom to get a new perspective, by simply changing the bedding, adding a new print to your collection or a cushion or two, you can create an easy-to-attain, affordable update for Spring. Or simply, by rearranging the room around – that used to be my absolute favourite pastime as a teenager… At the moment, I’ve just got a new rug to go by my bedside (more of that next week) and have switched up my cotton sheets and wool blanket for much lighter and …

Tylko Totem Mills

Introducing… Tylko + GIVEAWAY

Thank you for all your entries, this giveaway has now closed. Congratulations Iza! Let me introduce you to Tylko, who came onto my radar at last year’s London Design Festival. Tylko is a Warsaw-based start-up with big ambitions to change the designer furniture industry by letting customers customise pieces to their tastes, wants and needs. Their aim is to provide a bespoke experience, to make it digital and revolutionise how people design, adapt and build unique pieces of furniture. Tylko has handpicked a roster of well-known and emerging designers who have designed adaptable shelves, tables and kitchenware for them. They have also developed an app through which customers can adapt these designer pieces and visualise them in their own home. Augmented reality allows 3D images of to-scale items to be virtually placed in a real space, but not only that, you’re able to adjust dimensions, colours and sizes, all in the app, until it’s right – how clever is that? It’s that personal connection that’s the interesting part, allowing you to not just rely on a designer to produce a nice piece of furniture, but …

Creating the perfect outdoor space

Creating the perfect outdoor living space

I don’t quite know what this hormonal weather is doing at the moment, but I want it to get its act together and get warmer! While I’ve put the heating back on and pulled out my winter coat that I had prematurely put away, I’m dreaming of relaxing in the sunshine on my balcony – opening the French doors wide open (without having to put a blanket around my shoulders) with a good book and coffee in hand. Come on summer, it’s nearly time. It’s also time to give your outside space a bit of TLC so its prepped and ready for summer. While I love my sunny balcony, I have always dreamed of a garden of my own (from previous posts you might know that I’m moving house and top of the checklist is a garden!). I’ve been daydreaming about what it might look like and how I would create a relaxed space to entertain and un-wind. So, with a little help from Cox & Cox, I wanted to share some ideas on how to create that perfect outdoor space – an outside living …