Month: October 2016

#thesimpleeveryday - a hashtag on Instagram

#thesimpleeveryday round-up – October 2016

I’m very excited to say that I’m off to Australia for three weeks for a much-needed holiday and dose of vitamin D! There’ll still be a few posts going live on here while I’m away, but I thought I’d leave you with some of my favourite picks from #thesimpleeveryday hashtag on Instagram. The hashtag has now been going for two months (you can see my favourites from September here) and we’re nearly up to 500 images! I love checking the feed each day, being surprised and inspired by the delights it holds. I’ve discovered new accounts I didn’t follow before, gained new perspectives of everyday moments and got to see a little of the world through other people’s very imaginative eyes. This month, as the days have been getting colder and the evenings darker, there’s definitely been an autumnal feed to the images. Just looking at them makes me want to curl up on a cosy sheepskin rug, put the candles on and sip a steaming mug of hot coffee, gazing out at the wind …

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On my radar: new finds for the home

This week’s ‘On my radar’ home inspiration post combines eye-catching marbled wallpaper, sleek minimalist dining tables and simple, soft minimal home accessories. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re daring with your pattern, love a classic, timeless design or simply have an unhealthy appetite for buying ceramics (like me!)… Marbled wallpaper by Murals Wallpaper I’m not usually one for pattern or colour but these softly hued marbled wallpapers have caught my eye. Paper marbling dates back to the twelfth century, when artisans used absorbent papers and ink to recreate the finely veined patterns of smooth marble and stone. Designed and sold by Murals Wallpaper, these intricate, hypnotising designs use photography and modern digital printing to blow up the paint effects of marbling onto wallpaper. Use as a feature wall to add instant impact to a room, or wrap around a whole space if you’re brave enough… All prints are custom-sized, made-to-order and priced at £25.00 per square metre. Vipp dining table in two sizes Available in two sizes, Vipp’s new minimalist dining table is designed to withstand …

Danish brand Woud's A/W 2016 collection – simple objects that stay true to the brand's Nordic heritage

WOUD’s AW16 collection

WOUD is a Danish brand I discovered and fell in love with at the northmodern furniture fair in Copenhagen back in August. They create minimalist furniture, lighting and home accessories, striving to give each product a meaning, purpose and function. From clever storage solutions and designs for compact living to timeless oak dining chairs and contemporary sofas, their products are simply beautiful and beautifully simple. They say: ‘In our designs, whether it being in form, function or choice of material, we strive to add a touch of innovation while staying true to the simplicity anchored in our Nordic design heritage. Our designs radiate “love at first sight” through colours, textiles and aesthetics.’ This second collection of theirs presents 11 new products designed by a range of international design studios and emerging names. The Pidestall planters, above, for example, were designed by Norwegian designer Emilie Stahl Carlsen, who recently graduated in Product Design from Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences. Created for both indoor and outdoor use, they come in red, grey and deep …

I wish I lived here: a light, calm living room

I wish I lived here: 3 light, calm living rooms

We’re deep into our renovations of our living room and kitchen in our new house at the moment (I’ll share a little progress report shortly, once all the dust has settled… literally) so all my thoughts have been on the little interior finishing touches which will make it home; paint swatches and tiling patterns, lighting plans and deliberating over plug switches, trawling reclamation yards in search of the perfect-sized floorboards (plus the other uglier truths I’ll just briefly brush over… overflowing toilets, inexplicable leaks, holes in the ceiling, dirt, dust, more dirt, more destruction). Anyway, if I try to project forward to a time when it will all be clean and clear of workmen, I picture a light, calm living space, something a bit like these three beautiful rooms I came across on Stadshem below, I hope. In keeping with this light, bright theme, I’ve noticed lots of living spaces forgoing dark hues and moody colours in favour of white or cream sofas. Perhaps not the most practical of colours, but they do appeal to …

Series Four - a new furniture collection by Another Country

On my radar: recent furniture finds

With a whirlwind, design-packed September, taking in the delights of London Design Festival, I’m sharing some of my recent furniture finds that have caught my attention over the past few weeks. There really was so much to see and take in, but I’ve whittled it down to: the best stackable chairs and stools, the smartest, minimalist lounge chairs and consciously-designed tables, plus new updated versions of design classics that you need to know about. PAIR by Benjamin Hubert for Fritz Hansen Previewed at London Design Festival last month before the official launch at Orgatec trade fair in Cologne, young, up-and-coming London-based designer Benjamin Hubert has designed a stacking chair for Fritz Hansen. Designed and built to stand the test of time, the chair has been developed and refined over three years using more than 30 prototypes. Embracing Fritz Hansen’s long-established aesthetic for well-crafted modernist forms, the minimalist design is made of a form-pressed plywood seat shell with an injection-moulded polycarbonate backrest, building on the techniques already used for Arne Jacobsen’s famous Series 7 and Ant …

John Pawson's Life House for Living Architecture - a holiday home designed for moments of calm and reflection

Travel: John Pawson’s Life House for Living Architecture

Back at the beginning of August, we escaped for three nights of peace and relaxation to the Life House – a simple, contemporary holiday home designed by the architect John Pawson for Living Architecture. It was unlike anywhere I had stayed before, a retreat away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, from which to rest, reinvigorate and restore, all in the stunning, picturesque setting of the Welsh countryside. Set up to promote modern architecture, Living Architecture commissions some of the best architects to design houses in some of the most beautiful locations in Britain, a winning formula right? You might have seen Grayson Perry and FAT’s jolly A House for Essex, or the precariously cantilevered Balancing Barn in Suffolk by MVRDV, or wondered what that peculiar looking boat is doing perched on top of the Southbank Centre. They’re all available to rent, making the perfect getaway whether you have an interest in architecture and an appreciation for meticulous design, would like to experience what it’s like to live, eat and sleep in a space designed by a top architectural practice …