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Menu Space, Copenhagen by Norm Architects

Inside the new Menu Space, Copenhagen by Norm Architects

This is the new Menu Space – the showroom, office and cafe of one of my favourite design brands MENU, near the tranquil waters of Nordhavn in Copenhagen. It’s open to the public so if you’re heading to the Danish capital, make sure to visit this raw, industrial space and take in its stunning, minimal setting. Menu Space is designed by Norm Architects with openness, co-working and collaboration in mind. MENU’s goal was to create a spaces for great ideas, where like-minded creatives can work and meet. As well as a working space for MENU’s team, you can stop by for a coffee, a meeting, or just to have a browse and check out MENU’s designs in person. The raw, pared-back setting is inspired by the industrial buildings of the surrounding area of Nordhavn. Polished concrete floors and walls provide the perfect backdrop for MENU’s simple yet wonderfully luxurious designs, while Crittall-style windows and flowing curtains help divide the space. Sculptural lighting and huge plants provide the finishing touches. ‘The space draws heavy inspiration from strong materials …

Smart home technology: GROHE Sense protects against water damage - smart leak detector

Smart home technology: GROHE Sense protects against water damage

As a homeowner for the past ten years, the amount of water leaks I’ve encountered has almost become a regular occurrence. When I lived in a block of flats in King’s Cross we had so many problems – leaks from the shower to the flat below, leaks into our flat from upstairs’ washing machine. We even had to have all the wood flooring replaced once – we only noticed the shower was leaking underneath the boards when they started to buckle and warp. In our new house recently, I noticed an ominous damp patch forming on the bedroom ceiling – water had been slowly coming in through cracks in the chimney. Often you only notice these things when water is pouring in or the harm has already been done. But what if you could detect water in your home before it caused any long-term damage? Innovative German brand GROHE has just launched GROHE Sense and GROHE Sense Guard, a very clever water security system for the smart home. GROHE Sense is an app-controlled water sensor that monitors humidity and …

Tips for choosing the right paint for your project with Earthborn paints

Tips for choosing the right paint for your project with Earthborn paints

I love a makeover project and one of the easiest ways to instantly freshen up a space is with a new lick of paint. It’s amazing how much cleaner and smarter a room can look with fresh paint. But where to start with what type of paint, or even what colour, to use? Every home is unique and we all have different conditions to work with, so I’ve teamed up with Earthborn paints to share with you five tips for choosing the right paint for your project. Earthborn paints is a small, independent, UK-based brand that specialises in environmentally friendly alternatives to conventional paints. Their paints are free from acrylics, oils and vinyls, making them a much nicer product to work with because you don’t get the strong chemical smells. Says Cathryn Helsby, marketing manager of Earthborn paints: ‘Here at Earthborn, we pride ourselves on doing things differently. We do not believe you should have to sacrifice quality or style to protect your health or the environment. Our hero paint is made with clay, which gives it its name Claypaint – it has a unique ultra matt finish that softens and …

best of mid century armchairs

Best of mid-century style armchairs

I get quite a few messages asking me where I got my mid-century armchair in my living room from. It’s an eBay buy, one of those lucky finds that you come across so rarely. It was a bargain at about £150 and I had to fix the seat myself. It’s got such a clean, simple silhouette, inspired by Scandinavian modernism (there’s no date or label on it so I can’t be sure where it’s from) and it’s probably the comfiest seat in the house. eBay can be a bit hit and miss, and it’s certainly a patient waiting game to find the right thing you’re looking for. But not every one has the time to scroll endlessly through sites sourcing vintage designs, nor know where to look beyond the obvious places online. So I thought I would do the hard work for you and compile together 10 of the best mid-century style armchairs out there. I’ve tried to cater for all budgets, there’s contemporary takes on mid-century chairs from high-street stores and more expensive, original designs from specialist vintage shops. …

DFS Capsule Collection for small space living - compact sofa

DFS Capsule Collection – compact sofas for small space living

Homes across the country are undergoing a squeeze – the UK has some of the smallest properties in Europe; a shortage of new homes and soaring property prices means we’re living in increasingly smaller spaces, from city flat shares to multi-functional studios. But when it comes to furniture, we can all dream about those great, big, L-shaped sofas to relax and recline on, yet there’s not a great many options for compact living that’s also low in price. DFS has just launched Capsule Collection, a new range of contemporary and customisable sofas, armchairs, and foot-stools that’s space-saving and stylish. I went to the press launch the other week to check out the designs myself and was very pleasantly surprised by what I saw. The dimensions have been shrunk down to create compact sofas and armchairs that are clean and simple in style, from the mid-century style Laze to the Scandi-inspired Lull. The range comes in 55 fabric options, with feet in chrome, copper, light or dark wood, meaning there are hundreds of options to create a sofa that suits …

Soft blush pink bedroom reveal BEFORE + AFTER - Farrow & Ball Peignoir - West Elm mid-century furniture

Soft blush pink bedroom reveal BEFORE + AFTER

It’s finally time to reveal the results of our bedroom makeover. Neglected and in need of a little love, for a while it was a dumping ground while we did up downstairs. We got the things we really needed in – new windows and clean, new carpet – but came to a pause after the builders had left and the chaos of renovating had settled. Before long we were fed up with the luminous, bright blue ‘feature wall’ and the curtains temporarily tacked up with nails. With a fresh lick of paint and new furniture from West Elm, our blush pink, mid-century inspired bedroom has taken shape, transforming what was a cold, bare space into a welcoming, relaxing room. Now, the bedroom is a calm sanctuary to escape to and unwind, its soft textures appealing to the senses and its feminine hues bringing about an element of serenity. Before So let’s remind ourselves of the before (you can see the full before post and my initial ideas for the space here). When we first moved in, the wood floors were stained a bright orange-brown, the windows were cheap PVC, and …

New IKEA hacks from Danish design company Reform

New IKEA hacks from Danish design company Reform

I wrote previously about Danish design company Reform (see it here) – they create fronts and countertops that enable you to hack and redesign your IKEA kitchen units with designs from renowned architects and designers. It’s been one of my most popular posts ever, so it obviously resonated with you lot! You might be interested to hear then that Reform has launched a couple of new ranges that can transform the affordable into something that looks truly bespoke. Showing how the worlds of eating, living and dining are merging into one space, the new designs widen the scope of Reform’s offering to include cabinets and sideboards for living rooms and perhaps even offices. Let’s take a closer look at them… Chris Liljenberg Halstrøm Up-and-coming Copenhagen-based designer Chris L. Halstrøm evolved her range around the design of the door handle. For this set of doors, the handle isn’t just an add-on serving purely a function, but an integral part of the design. Inspired by facades and window shutters in classic Japanese architecture, the handle becomes part of a frame …

Jackson & Levine for Habitat - simple dining - imagery Kristin Perers for www.habitat.co.uk

The new Jackson & Levine collection for Habitat

Stylish supper club duo Jackson & Levine have launched their debut homeware collection for Habitat. Featuring handwoven table linens, easy-to-wear aprons and striped napkins, the pieces are designed for simple, informal dining. Perfect for intimate suppers for two, laid-back Friday nights with friends and thrown-together gatherings in the garden this summer. If you’re not familiar with Jackson & Levine – broadcasters Laura Jackson and Alice Levine – they host a London-based supper club. The girls first met at a jumble sale and bonded over a shared love of food. The supper club started life out in Laura’s warehouse flat in east London in 2012, inviting as many people as they had chairs, and has since grown to become a successful food and lifestyle business, with tickets for intimate dinners selling out in seconds. At these highly sought after events, popping up in places like a canal-side ceramics factory or a hidden art gallery, they serve up simple, seasonal dishes using locally sourced ingredients. They’re curated to be fairly informal affairs, much like an informal dinner party with …

IKEA day bed - Upcoming collections to look forward to from IKEA - HJÄRTELIG collection

News + upcoming collections from IKEA’s Democratic Design Day 2017

The other week I went to Älmhult in Sweden, the birthplace of IKEA, for the company’s Democratic Design Day 2017. This annual global event is used as a platform to invite press into their ‘house of curiosity’ and reveal all the latest news and future collaborations and collections coming up. And let me tell you, there’s lots to look forward to! IKEA has always had the aim of making design accessible for the many. It’s something I really believe in too – design that is not an elitist thing only a few can afford, but something everyone can tap into. Now their design process is based on five key pillars: Form, Function, Quality, Sustainability and Affordability – a common language through the company to measure what is good in design. It informs every product right from the beginning, to ensure IKEA keeps pushing for simpler, smarter, and better looking objects for the home. This means they want to combine beautiful form with good function, long-lasting quality, produced in a sustainable value chain with a low price. Says Marcus Engman, Head …

Tips for choosing a sofa to suit your home - Galloway Corner Sofa by Darlings of Chelsea

Tips for choosing a sofa to suit your home

A beautiful, well-suited, well-proportioned sofa can make or break a living room scheme. It’s the focal point and centrepiece of a space, around which everything else is evolved. It’s also an investment buy that’s used and enjoyed day in day out, so it’s important to get it right from the beginning and ensure it suits both the style of your home and your lifestyle. Choose well and you’ll end up with a sofa that can endure as well as adapt with you. My current sofa looks the part, but it isn’t the most comfortable thing in the world. I wish I had spent more time researching sofa designs and a little more money, so I’ve teamed up with Darlings of Chelsea to share some tips for choosing a sofa. 1. Measure up Make sure you measure both the size of your living room and the size of your doorways (including your front door!) to ensure your new sofa is right for your space and goes with the rest of your furniture. ‘This is so important, both to make …