White Out

How beautiful are these rooms? Swoon.

I think that a lot of people think that white interiors can be intimidating and minimal, but these images prove that a shabby chic interior can be refreshing and welcoming. The rustic furniture with the light flooding in can provide a peaceful interior to sit back and relax in…

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Jar of Light

Great lighting can set the tone. An interesting piece of lighting can draw the eyes up and creates a focal point in a room.

As we all try and do our bit for our planet, many people (myself included!) have turned to recycling and upcycling furniture and accessories into brilliant items for the home. I really like mason jars and think they make brilliant tea light holders on a table or in the garden and I recently saw an upcycled mason jar chandelier in a restaurant that looked fantastic! You can make the chandelier as big or small as you wish and they give off a really lovely subtle light.

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Table Top

This weekend I had a spring clean of all the things in and on my dressing table. Who knew one girl could accumulate so much? I like to keep all things precious to me on my table, from my jewellery and make-up to photos of my family from past and present. I love flowers so always have have a vase full close by, this weeks choice are Sweet William’s. I love the brightness and the scent, there is something so uplifting about them. Summer from a stem.

Anyway, as I was in ‘tidying mode’ I’d decide to have a peek at how others organise their tables and found some really beautiful images that I wanted to share with you…

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Dalston Rose

‘Colefax and Fowler on acid’ is how the House of Hackney has been described!

They’ve taken the beige out of interior design and created playful and quirky prints and colours to their collections. They focus on British traditions and have added their on twist to appeal to the new generation in interiors.

I’ve personally fallen madly and deeply in love with the Dalston Rose collection…surely you can see why?

{Images: House of Hackney}

Old & New

Meet Nina Bergsten and her beautiful home.

She likes to combine the old and the new to create a luxurious interior, graced with earthy tones and pretty pastels. As an interior designer, Nina knows how to bring a room together and admits to being some what of a magpie for vintage finds and loves to visit Parisian flea markets to fill her home with trinkets and treasures.

From ‘looking around’ this home, I’ve definitely learnt that less is more.

{Images: Residence}

Palm Green

I always seem to be attracted to the colour green. It’s uplifting and fresh and, let’s be honest, there’s not a lot to not like about it! Green is symbolic to hope and growth because of it ties with nature, and I always think that green is easy to incorporate in to interiors and outfits as it’s matches well with other hues.

I was recently looking at wallpaper samples for the flat (I’ll conclude my findings in another post!) and came across so many beautiful designs that focused on nature. It got me researching into how a lot of stunning wallpaper and fabric patterns are also present in fashion at the moment…

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Dusk

I recently stumbled across this amazing artist, Rune Guneriussen. These are by far my favourite images that I’ve seen in a while! There is something capturing about the subtle light within these images, almost romantic. I have always been a massive fan of light installations as a medium too.

Guneriussen is working in the transition between installation and photography. As a conceptual artist he works site specific primarily in nature, but also with more manmade structures. The isolation of objects are turned in to installations, most of these are not seen by audience, but only photographed. As an artist he believes strongly that art itself should be questioning and bewildering as opposed to patronising and restricting. As opposed to the current fashion he does not want to dictate a way to the understanding of his art, but rather indicate a path to understanding a story.

I don’t know about you, but the light of these images makes me crave winter walks!

{Images: Rune Guneriussen}

Porcelain

Tea cups and other crockery can be picked up cheaply from flea markets and charity shops. I always love the vintage designs they hold and they always looks really effective when mixed and matched with other prints.

I have been gathering some images for a while now on what to do with the porcelain treasures, besides the obvious, and thought I’d share them with you. I think they make beautiful candle holders, table decorations and vases and can be recycled over and over…

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Kartell Living

I am a HUGE fan of Kartell furniture!

The brand was established in the late 40’s and continues to push the boundaries of furniture design, whilst concentrating on using modern and industrial materials to produce visually stunning designs. Over the years Kartell has collaborated with many designers, including Philippe Starck, Ferrucio Laviani and Ron Arad to inject quirky designs into the home.

The beauty of Kartell furniture is that it pretty much ‘fits’ anywhere and, due to the durable quality of the materials used, can be used outside or in and happily blends into every interior imaginable. I am personally a huge fan of the Bourgie lamp (I have two!), it is the perfect mix of traditional and modern and gives of the perfect light at anytime of the day because they’re controlled by dimmers. I think my next Kartell purchases will be a Louis Ghost Chair to sit pretty in front of my dressing table and a few Ghost Buster bookcases. Yum.

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