Month: July 2016

Hans J. Wegner's original Wishbone chair, CH24, expertly crafted in Denmark by Carl Hansen & Søns

Your Home Needs This: Hans J. Wegner’s Wishbone Chair

This is one of those series I had good intentions for but that kinda fell by the wayside over the Spring and Summer. Well, not anymore! It’s back – ‘Your Home Needs This’ is all about profiling beautiful design objects and pieces of furniture that I feel everyone should have in their home. From Vitra’s handy toolbox and Alvar Aalto’s stackable stool to Saarinen’s tulip table and Thonet’s bentwood chairs, I want to look back at classics that are timeless regardless of passing trends. You know, those designs that are built to last, that you’ll pass down from generation to generation. And as with a lot of classics, they’ve been copied to death over the years, so I want to bring the focus back on the designer and give you a little back story about how they were created. This time it’s the turn of Hans J. Wegner’s CH24, otherwise known as the Wishbone Chair. Created for Carl Hansen & Son in 1950, the Wishbone Chair has a lovely, sculptural silhouette, with a sweeping, rounded …

Summer style wishlist, image via Urbanara

Summer style wishlist

Summer is well upon us, and with a heatwave last week in the UK, I’m hoping the good weather is here to stay. You never can tell with this country, but whether it’s sweltering hot or pissing down with rain, you can bring the sunshine indoors and out with a few stylish choices. Just like the new summer dress you might have bought for your wardrobe, the home deserves the same care and attention. I’ve been buying a few new plants for the house (an Oxalis, which has wonderful purple leaves), for example, and am going crazy for baskets at the moment (this one from Ikea, just £9, is ticking all the boxes). I’ve also been adding lots of new items from all my favourites independent retailers to my shop to help freshen up the home – I’m thinking lots of planters to bring a bit of greenery, soft pastel shades, natural textures and beautiful handcrafted pieces. What do you think? The good news? You can shop most of these lovely items right here without having to move …

The new house: BEFORE

The new house: BEFORE

You’ve had a sneak peek of the outside of our new house in south London, this time I want to show you the inside, before we get to carried away with renovations and forget to share the before shots! I’ve been sharing a few sneak peeks on Instagram and Snapchat but here I want to show you the exciting plans we want to carry out. Our new home is an early 20th-century terraced house near Brixton that has been subjected to various – I would say naff – additions and decorative choices by previous owners that are not in keeping with the period of the property. Our plan is to restore it to its former glory, strip back the horrible, ugly Seventies and Eighties features and bring back a little bit of its character. I’ve been eagerly watching George Clarke’s Old House New Home on Channel 4, where he helps homeowners transform their tired old homes into modern interiors. Like the homes on the show, I want to tear out terrible taste and make the most of the home’s history, while …

I wish I lived here

I wish I lived here: open-plan living in Gothenburg

I haven’t done an ‘I wish I lived here’ post in a while, but this is a classic – a lovely, light, open-plan space oozing with Scandinavian style and beautiful touches. I think you’re going to love it as much as I do. Light grey walls – tick, smart white kitchen – tick, concrete worktops – tick and minimal furniture – tick! I’m particularly inspired by this Gothenburg home this week because of the way the kitchen and living room seamlessly connect, with different ‘zones’ for dining, relaxing and entertaining. We’re planning on knocking down the wall between the kitchen and living room in our new house and I can’t wait for it to come down and become one big space. At the moment we’re spending most of our time walking around the wall from one room to the other. Here, the kitchen is tucked neatly next to the door to the bathroom. The L-shape of the kitchen units creates the perfect spot for the dining table without blocking off the living space beyond. I love …

MÛR lifestyle lookbook

MÛR lifestyle lookbook

MÛR lifestyle is a Winnipeg-based lifestyle brand founded by husband and wife Danielle and Joël Cyr. I’ve been following them for a while on Instagram now, liking pretty much every photo they post, so I was delighted when they released their first-ever lookbook full of the most beautifully styled images you can imagine. Styled and shot in their own home, Danielle and Joël have a lovely, relaxed style – think clean white walls, nature textures, soft, muted tones and simple, functional objects. Their philosophy is something that I strive for in my own home; as they say: ‘Our philosophy is quite simple. We love beautiful and functional pieces that carry a timeless aesthetic. But more importantly we want to encourage people to move away from the “disposable culture” that is so prevalent and adopt a more mindful approach to buying.’ MÛR is French for ripe, it means ‘something that is developed to the point of readiness, fully matured like a pear that is ready to be picked and savoured.’ Their beautifully curated shop features carefully chosen pieces from small-scale manufacturers, artisans and designers who also subscribe …

Soft Edge by Iskos-Berlin for HAY

On my radar: 5 furniture finds

In the second of my regular ‘On my radar’ posts, I share my latest favourite furniture finds that have popped into my inbox or I’ve discovered while out and about. This week we have Scandinavian moulded plywood chairs, customisable bespoke furniture and inventive solutions for the everyday from the end-of-year student shows… Soft Edge by Iskos-Berlin for HAY Soft Edge is a collection of lightweight moulded plywood chairs by Danish design duo Iskos-Berlin. Described by HAY as the next step in the development of moulded plywood techniques, the chairs feature a softly shaped seat and back. Subtly curved edges on the seat and back gently face away from the body, while legs come in a slender steel or a chunkier wooden frame. They’re stackable and light, perfect for cafes and canteens or for space-saving home interiors.    Orlo Mirrors Collection by Another Brand Orlo is a new range of wall and table mirrors made of solid oak and oak veneer, finished with clear or brightly coloured mirrored panels. It’s by Another Brand, whose designer and creative director …

Make an entrance: improving your home’s kerb appeal

When moving house and looking to buy a property, first impressions are everything. We’ve just moved into a new house near Brixton in leafy south London (very exciting!), a big change for us from a 2-bed flat in the hustle and bustle of King’s Cross. It wasn’t quite love at first site for us though – this house was let down by its poor kerb appeal. We were initially put off by its uPVC windows, flimsy plastic door and thickly textured grey facade (the rest on the row are brick), yuck, yuck, yuck – it was only when we went inside and visited a second time that we started to see its potential. Unlived-in for months and looking tired, it just needed a bit of love and care. As with many things, looks can be deceiving and with just a few small changes, I believe we can gradually begin to bring this house back to life and restore it to its former glory. When B&Q approached me for their ‘Make an Entrance’ appeal, encouraging people to get …

EGG at Dover Street Market by Jonathan Tuckey Design, image: Dirk Lindner

Egg at Dover Street Market by Jonathan Tuckey Design

If you’re a regular reader of my blog then you will know I’m a sucker for stripes and clean white walls. So when this light, bright space landed in my inbox I knew I had to share it with you all. Designed by London-based Jonathan Tuckey Design, it’s a space for fashion brand Egg at the newly opened Dover Street Market on the Haymarket, central London. Jonathan Tuckey worked previously with Egg on the refurbishment of part of its complex of shops on Kinnerton Street in Knightsbridge. Here though, he has created an intimate, white space with bespoke vitrines and display units that open up to present the light blue and striped items. A suspended grey ceiling and chunky string lights give the space an industrial feel, while brass details add a bit of detail and refinement. Made of stained chipboard, mounted on frames of dark steel, the display units were inspired by antique campaign furniture, especially old trunks and bureaus which could provide compact portable storage. One opens up to reveal hanging space for clothes and has mirrors on the doors. Says Tuckey: ‘Readily …