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Wooden window shutters from Hillarys - light living room inspiration - window treatments - scandi-style interiors

#cshhouserefurb: wooden window shutters from Hillarys

Bay windows are possibly the most difficult of windows to dress. Curtains never quite hang right, bunching up in the two corners where the window panes meet (not to mention the dilemma of short or long), blinds can look a little messy and often block off much of the top window, while translucent films can bubble and start to peel away at the corners. Window shutters might be just the answer – made to measure, they fit neatly into almost any size window, no matter how old and crooked, and offer flexibility in terms of light and privacy. If you saw my living room makeover in my previous post (here) you may have noticed that we didn’t have anything on the windows to begin with. On visits to Scandinavia I’ve been amazed how few homes have curtains, blinds or shutters – they think it’s mad that you would want to cover a window and prevent what little light there is coming in. Great for those who love to peer into peoples homes when they walk past …

New Sabi Leaves print by Norm Architects for Paper Collective - art prints - minimal design - monochrome art prints

New Sabi Leaves print series by Norm Architects

For a while now I’ve been looking for beautiful, minimal art prints to fill my bare walls and I think I might have found just the right thing. This new ‘Sabi Leaves’ series by Copenhagen-based practice Norm Architects for Paper Collective focuses in on the delicate detail of gently decaying leaves. Inspired by the beauty that can be found in nature’s little imperfections, the four prints highlight the leaf’s complex structure and it’s network of veined lines in minute detail. Rendered in a soft grey colour, the fragile leaves give the prints a sense of calm and tranquility. If it looks a little like zooming down a microscope, that’s because they were shot with the impressive, new XF 100 Phase One Camera, using a glass sheets to highlight the incredible amount of detail. Although they were captured on a solid surface, they suggest movement and grace, a moment captured in time before the leaf crumples and disintegrates. Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, partner at Norm Architects, explains the thoughts behind the prints series by rewording a paragraph from the book Wabi Sabi for …

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Why we should all be switching over to LED lighting

I have always thought of LED lighting as those colourful, sticky strips of light that can be tacked under shelves or up stairs. That is until I was searching for lighting for my new kitchen. I wanted something minimal and bright to light up the units and worktop for cooking, and I assumed halogen spotlights were the way to go. But after a little bit of research I soon discovered that you could get the same effect with LEDs – bright, focused light with a warm and inviting colour in a multitude of shapes and designs. At first I was a little confused why you couldn’t change the built-in bulbs in the lighting track I had chosen – when I had halogen lights I was changing the bulbs every few months. Then I learnt, why would you need to change them, when they can last 20,000 hours, some 50,000 hours. That’s 20 times longer than incandescent bulbs and around 8 times longer than halogen. LEDs can last years, never mind months. Not only that, they’re far more energy efficient …

New minimal objects from Kristina Krogh - minimal design - art prints

New objects from Danish designer Kristina Krogh

Kristina Krogh is a hugely talented Danish designer and artist based in Copenhagen who creates minimal objects and prints for the home. Her work is characterised by graphic shapes, aesthetic lines, clean patterns and distinctly different textures. She has a fascination with the interaction between light and dark, colour and contrast, and the juxtaposition of materials. Artwork You might recognise some of Kristina’s gold foil calendars, but it is her art prints that caught my eye. Most of her limited-edition prints are printed on luxurious, heavy fine art paper using mineral-based archive inks. They have a lovely textured feel, with metallic foils catching the light. Ellipse, below, is made from a drawing Keogh made of thousands of little dots. It is inspired by the natural phenomenon ‘Sort sol’ or ‘Black sun’ that takes place on the marshlands of southwest Jutland in Denmark. Migrational starlings gather there in Spring and Autumn when they move between their winter grounds in southern Europe and other countries near the Baltic Sea. Sort sol takes place just after sunset when the birds fly …

Home tour - I wish I lived in this monochrome Swedish home

I wish I lived here: a monochrome Swedish home

I do love a home tour and good nosy in someone’s home. This monochrome Swedish home caught my eye on Pinterest for that beautiful dining table shot, with the painted white floors, striking Flos pendant light and Fritz Hansen Ant chairs. I love how dynamic the combination is, it’s almost as if the lights are having a little conversation with the chairs, they both have such character. The light grey walls and light floorboards are a little like what I’ve tried to create in my own living room. How I would love to cover my sofa in a soft, linen cover, I’ve seen this design everywhere and think it’s having something of a moment! For the moment, until I can afford a new cover, or even better a new sofa, I have a handful of linen cushions to try and recreate the look. The bedroom is kept beautifully calm with light grey walls and no artwork. A wire mesh pendant light makes a statement. It looks like a lovely, reflective space, with that big window letting in soft light. …

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On my radar: new furniture launches for Spring

With the Spring furniture fairs in full swing, from Paris and Cologne to Stockholm, there’s a bounty of new furniture launches to swoon over. Here are some of my favourite designs that have caught my eye recently – all three below display a dedication to craftsmanship and detail, celebrating a material’s natural capabilities and finding beauty in the simple and minimal. &tradition Danish company &tradition has released several new furniture designs for Spring, continuing its mission of creating made-to-last design that fuses craft and art. The Catch lounge chair, for example, by Spanish designer Jaime Hayon comprises a high, reclined back and elongated seat in a singular shell supported by a simple metal frame. With its short armrests it has character and humour, a signature of Hayon’s work. It comes in four gorgeous, deep, rich colours – a light mustard yellow, a red wine colour, navy blue and reddish-brown. Hayon says: ‘A lounge chair should be inviting to look at. In a way, it should be almost irresistible. Meaning you can’t help but sit back, …

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My living room makeover – painted white floors and light grey walls

It’s been a long time since I shared the first photos of our new house in south London. It hasn’t been the smoothest of renovations (nightmare builders, endless delays) so I’ve been reluctant to share much of the progress, because for a while there wasn’t any! But, just before Christmas the builders were finally out of our hair and we could get on with the decorating and making it home. I’m so excited then to reveal the first of the spaces to be finished – the living room. After the builders had painted the ceilings and whitewashed the walls, it didn’t take long to put the final coat of paint on and see a real difference. I spent the days in-between Christmas and New Year painting the original floorboards white and after leaving it to dry and cure for a few days, with a new month and new year, we were ready to move our furniture back in and put all the finishing touches in. There’s still a few bits be done, and it’s still a work in progress, but …

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Spring Fair to present UK’s largest selection of Scandi brands

It’s the time of the Spring interior trade shows again – while much of the focus is on Paris, Cologne and Stockholm, the UK also has a bounty of inspiration to offer. Spring Fair is a gift and home interiors trade show that takes place each year at Birmingham’s NEC. It’s one of the oldest shows out there, with a 67-year history. This year, from the 5 – 9 February, some 60,000 visitors will stream through its doors in search of the latest design trends and home products for 2017. With 14 sectors on offer there’s something for everyone. The Home section has doubled in size since 2014, with a more international focus, and for the first time a DIY and home improvement sector will be added. The Summerhouse will feature an edited collection of over 40 exhibitors offering a stylish mix of high-quality home and lifestyle brands with a designer edge, such as Abigail Ahern, VITA Copenhagen and Nkuku. Elsewhere, the Kitchen, Dining & Housewares sector will show an impressive line-up of brands exhibiting for the first time, such as Everdure by …

Menu furniture - Tailor sofa - minimal design - scandinavian interiors

Minimal designs from Menu’s SS17 collection

Expanding on their ‘Modernism Reimagined’ range from last year, Scandinavian design brand MENU has added new products to its collection for Spring/Summer 2017. Appealing to the minimalists among us, these carefully-considered, beautifully simple pieces are functional and designed to last. More and more I’m wanting to embrace the pared-back, minimal interior, living with less, and investing in well-designed objects that live beyond trends and fashions. It might mean a well-loved chair you pass from generation to generation or a set of glasses you always get out at special family occasions. I was once talking to a Danish sofa manufacturer and he said that in Scandinavia even sofas are often passed down over the years, and because they’re so well made, they may only need a little bit of reupholstering every generation. MENU’s new products, here, all show an almost obsessive attention to detail and an exploration of material and memory. There’s the beautifully crafted Tailor sofa inspired by the designer’s memories of his grandfather, a mirror that explores the history of our relationship with reflections, …

The making of Alvar Aalto's famous vase

Your Home Needs This: Alvar Aalto vase

My series ‘Your Home Needs This’ is all about profiling beautiful design classics and timeless pieces of furniture that I feel everyone should have in their home. And this one is the perfect example – the Alvar Aalto vase, produced by Finnish glass manufacturer Iittala. If I had to name my favourite piece of design, ever, this would be it. It’s by my favourite architect and designer, Alvar Aalto, and it’s my favourite object at home. I love its soft, sinuous form that makes it truly unique – there’s nothing quite like filling it with flowers and enjoying its sculptural shape day after day. The Aalto vase has become a true classic in Scandinavian design, found in the homes of every Finn and in museum collections across the world. Compared to the highly decorative objects being made at the time the vase was first created, the organic shape of the vase was a revolutionary statement. Inspired by waves in water (Aalto means ‘wave’ in Finnish), it’s a simple design whose tactility appeals to the senses. It’s lost none of its allure …