The Little Loafers Kid’s Collection from Loaf

Loaf - Roofus desk and Ickle chair £495One thing I promised myself I wouldn’t do after having a baby is suddenly start blogging about home stuff for kids and babies. However, that was back when I thought that being a mother was simply another role in your life and it needn’t affect your work or your hobbies (or your blog). However, now I know that it is not that simple and being a mother doesn’t just affect what you do but it becomes a part of who you are. I always used to think that many women somehow lost their identity when they had kids as they often let their kids define them as a person. They became so-and-so’s mummy rather than a person in their own right. Kids became their life and it seemed like nothing else mattered. Now I know that becoming a mother changes your life beyond recognition and it affects how you view the world and what you class as important. Before I had Matylda I really wasn’t that interested in interiors for children but somehow this has now become part of my vernacular and I find myself drawn to interesting and creative designs that can improve the quality of life, development and enjoyment for the little people. So today I want to (unapologetically) share the new children’s collection from Loaf with you. Read More…

Straw Bale Furniture from DesRes Design

DesRes Straw Bench & Lge Pouf Leather

I’m always on the look out for interesting and unique furniture designs and ones that surprise me are always a great find. I was certainly surprised when I saw this new furniture range from DesRes Design in my inbox. The collection is a rare combination of rustic, playful and elegant all rolled into one unusual design that really stands out. The pieces are made from heavy duty, easy-to-clean PVC that is stuffed full of treated straw. This is clearly not the most obvious material choice for furniture pieces but it does give them a certain appeal that is strangely difficult to identify. Perhaps its the fact that the straw is a sustainable and widely accessible material? Or perhaps it’s down to the use of PVC which makes the furniture extremely easy to care for. Or maybe it’s the sophisticated leather accessories that bring these pieces to the next level and which makes them so attractive. It’s hard to pinpoint what it is that I like about this collection but it just looks so fun and so refined at the same time.  Read More…

Little Bishop Ceiling Hook for Cable Hung Pendant Lights

Little Bishop Ceiling Hook for Cable Hung Pendant Lights

Kickstarter is such a great resource for creative people like designers, illustrators, writers, publishers and filmmakers (to name but a few) who are looking to get their projects funded. I love the idea of crowdfunding because it allows creative people to put their hopes and dreams on the line in front of millions of potential backers who can help them to bring their projects to life. I myself have pledged funds for a couple of Kickstarter projects now and I take real delight in knowing that my small contribution has helped someone to meet their goal. The most recent project that I have backed is that of Antony Richards, an industrial designer from Melbourne, Australia. Antony has designed a super sleek solution for hanging cable hung pendant lights from the ceiling. Read More…

Hand Drawn Map of Paris by Jenni Sparks

Jenni Sparks Hand Drawn Paris Map from Evermade

I’m not sure if I have ever mentioned it here on the blog before but when I was a student at University I had the opportunity to spend a year abroad as part of my course. I studied French, German and European Studies at Bath University and I was extremely blessed to have been able to spend my third year in Paris as part of the Erasmus Exchange programme. That was back in 2002-2003 when I was a student at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and that year was probably one of the best years of my life. I have such fond memories of my time studying in Paris and it will always hold a very special place in my heart. Even now I can hardly believe how lucky I was to spend this time in Paris, especially as I was living in the 7th Arrondissement of St-Germain-des-Pres just next to the Musée d’Orsay and across the river from the Louvre. What a fantastic location! So when I spotted this fantastic hand drawn map of Paris by Jenni Sparks I came over all nostalgic.  Read More…

Pinspiration : Concrete Trend in Interiors

Concrete wallpaper 05 by Piet boon for NLXL

I first noticed the concrete trend in interiors way back in November 2011 when I wrote about it over on Freshome. Since that time, concrete has increasingly been used by designers as a material for creating furniture, interior accessories and lighting for our homes. I wasn’t too sure how I felt about such an industrial material being used for residential spaces back then but as it has become more mainstream I have really grown to like the idea. The hard-wearing, utilitarian properties of concrete make it a great choice for creating a distinctly urban feel in our homes. As long as you use concrete strategically and don’t go overboard I think it can really add something quite special to your interior. What do you guys think? Not convinced? Why don’t you check out my Concrete Trend Pinterest board to see what I’ve been pinning. Read More…

Brabantia Collaborates with Orla Kiely

Brabantia & Orla Kiely Retro Bin Collection

You’re probably all sick of hearing how much I love Brabantia and I don’t blame you as I must sound like a broken record. But the thing is, it’s really hard not to love a company that has such a focus on creating great quality functional products that also look absolutely beautiful. There is just no need to compromise with Brabantia and that is what I like most. Since the launch of the ‘Designed for living’ range Brabantia has gone from strength to strength bringing out loads of great new products that have been designed to make our daily chores more pleasurable. Everytime that I get wind of a new product launch I get really excited to see just what they have come up with this time and I certainly wasn’t disappointed by their most recent launch for which Brabantia collaborates with Orla Kiely. Famous for her retro-inspired lifestyle collection, the Irish designer and ‘Queen of prints’ has teamed up with the interior design brand to give its bins a fresh new look. Read More…

Ilse Crawford’s Collection for IKEA

IKEA & Ilse Crawford Sinnerlig

I have been a big fan of the work of Ilse Crawford ever since I interviewed her back in 2011. It was her humanist approach to interior design and architecture that really inspired me. I love the way that she puts human beings at the centre of her work in order to create spaces that address our basic human needs and that act as platforms for social connections. So when I heard that Studio Ilse has partnered with IKEA, one of my favourite interior brands, I could not have been more excited. The SINNERLIG collection will be launched in all IKEA stores this August, which seems like a lifetime away, but I’m sure the wait will be worth it. After all, the new collection will offer top of the line design at typical IKEA prices. What more could we ask for? It’s a match made in heaven if you ask me.

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Edgy Tiles by Patrycja Domanska & Tanja Lightfoot

Edgy Tiles from Kaza Concrete

I absolutely love a good wall tile and the crazier the better as far as I’m concerned. Tiles don’t need to be simply functional they can also make a bold design statement. And that is exactly what these gorgeous tiles that I’m featuring today do.Edgy tiles are designed by Austrian-based designers Patrycja Domanska and Tanja Lightfoot for KAZA concrete. The collection features two types of tile: one is three dimensional, the other is two and half dimensional.  I really like the asymmetry of the tiles and it is easy to see how their shape enables the designer to create a multitude of patterns, allowing flexibility and individuality. The tiles can be used for all manner of purposes from decorative surfaces to guidance systems or even the integration into corporate identities. They can help to give structure to smooth walls in both the public and private sectors. They can also be applied to interior or exterior surfaces, covering walls partially or entirely. I’m going to stop there as I think you’ll agree that the pictures speak for themselves. Stunning work! Read More…

Space Saving Kitchen Ideas from Magnet

Space Saving Kitchen Ideas - Table Plus by Magnet Kitchens

A little while ago I published a post looking at tips and tricks for designing a small bathroom. This post was inspired by my overwhelming desire to redesign my own small bathroom which is so far from my dream bathroom it’s untrue. I have an equally strong yearning to redesign my small kitchen, which desperately needs a makeover. As a first time buyer living in a small flat there are so many projects I want to take on but we just don’t have the budget at the moment. Whilst conducting endless research while we save up, it occurred to me that there are probably countless first time buyers and new homeowners in exactly the same boat who would more than likely really appreciate me sharing some of my findings. So I have decided to embark on a series of posts aimed at first time buyers and new homeowners. As small kitchens are usually an issue for this group I decided to tackle this in today’s post. Read More…

Sian Zeng Launches Seasons Wallpaper Collection

Sian Zeng Summer Tropical Bloom Wallpaper

I have been a big fan of designer Sian Zeng for some time now and I wrote about her fabulous magnetic wallpaper here on the blog last year. Well she has just launched a new wallpaper collection for 2015 called Seasons and it certainly does not disappoint. As the name of the collection would suggest, the wallpaper is inspired by the ethereal beauty of the changing seasons. The bold, dramatic designs are beautifully detailed and really bring the seasons to life with an artistic mural like feel. My personal favourite of the designs is Tropical Bloom as I love the jungle feel and the bright pops of colour added by the flowers and the beetles. But then I also like Wild Rain as it has a more delicate painterly touch to it and I really like the way the paint drips down the paper as if the rain has made it run. However, out of all the papers, I would probably be more inclined to use Snow Drift in my own home as this is the one that I find most calming and it’s important to me that my home is a serene and relaxing environment. But what about you guys? Do you have a favourite? Read More…

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