I have always loved wooden toys and I know that when I have children I am going to really enjoy choosing their toys, being careful to select ones that have some kind of educational value. Although plastic toys are cheap, disposable and far easier to come by I think there is just something so beautiful,
Last May, I was contacted by homeware brand Brabantia and asked to be a judge for a design competition that were about to run. Naturally I said yes and I was very happy to join Igor Josif of Happy Interior Blog and Yvonne Eijkenduin of Yvestown on the panel along with a number of experts from
Today will just be a quick post as I am still on holiday in Poland with my husband. I am trying not to work, which is a challenge, but I couldn’t resist sharing this with you. These cute little decorative birds are just adorable and I love the pop of colour that features on the
Being an interiors geek, one of the aspects that really fascinates me is Surface Pattern Design and when I come across a really great designer I love having the opportunity to not only feature their work but also to interview them to find out a bit more about what influences their designs and what inspires them.
Now, tell me this is not hilarious! I just couldn’t resist sharing these quirky cushions with you as they make me chuckle to myself every time I look at them. The brainchild of a company called Takkoda, the Pets Rock range of cushions, mugs, coasters & placemats, stationery and homewares is sure to put a
It may not feel like it just yet, especially after the snow flurries we have experienced recently, but I am told that spring is definitely on the way. With that in mind I just had to feature these gorgeous ceramics by Swedish designer Mia Blanche. Based in Södermalm in Stockholm, Mia creates these adorable pieces in
This winter I have been loving the huge range of home accessories that feature woodland animals. They seem to be popping up everywhere and I particularly like this range of stag head accessories from DesResDesign. Available in teal and plum, the cushions and wallpaper feature hand-drawn stag head designs which are perfect for the woodland animal trend
At the moment I am working on a new blog design which I will be launching in the new year and I am very excited about it but I’m afraid that is all I can say for now. However, working on the new blog has given me a reason to go back over all my
Ever since I first moved out of my parents when I went to uni all those many years ago (thinking about it really is quite frightening) I have had a fair amount of Ikea furniture in my house. As a student, Ikea is obviously a great choice as it’s well made, hard-wearing, and reasonably priced.
|A | B |C| D| E| F| G| H| I| J| One of the things that I love about interiors is watching the different trends develop right from the moment they first appear through to the time when they go mainstream and can be seen all over the place. I remember when owls first
As it is Halloween today I thought it was only fitting to get into the spirit of things and post something a little bit scary and macabre. I had planned to post a wallpaper as usual but then I spotted these fantastic products by American designer Sylvia Ji so you’ll have to wait until next
How Are You is a Swedish design firm run by Emelie & Tobias. They created these great cushions as part of their Making Hard Things Soft range, which is printed and handmade in Sweden. I asked Tobias to give me a bit of background to the company and this is what he said: “We are a couple
Morning everyone and happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend and are well rested and prepared for the week ahead. Today, I am bringing you an interview with Guy Chenevix-Trench of Antiques by Design. Operating under the motto “Reclaim, Recycle, Reuse”, Antiques by Design is an innovative company that uses a combination of antiques,
At the moment I am in full creative mode at home. After years of um-ing and ah-ing about what to put in my house, I finally have a clear idea of what my personal style is and what I would like to fill my home with…well my living room at least but you have to
I have been looking for artwork to put up in my house for a couple of years now. The problem is I am very picky and quite flaky so I tend to go off things quite quickly. In the past this has prevented me from committing enough to actually get around to purchasing art work.
When I go abroad, one of the things I always like to do is pick up a few home interiors magazines at the airport on the way home. Even if I don’t speak the language I like to flick through and take in all the gorgeous pictures. Luckily I do speak German so when I
The John Lewis Home Studio team recently announced three key home furnishing trends for autumn/winter 2012. My favourite of these trends is the Home Comforts range, which sees nostalgic colours and shapes from bygone eras bringing warmth and cheer to home interiors. What makes the range so appealing is that the products feel familiar and cosy due to the
There is nothing I love more than a good old tea party. A quintessentially British affair, the tea party is a great way to catch up with friends and family whilst having a good old natter over a nice cup of tea and indulging in some delicious baked goods. But how much more exciting would
For those of you who love colour and are fans of the Pantone Colour Institute, I thought you might appreciate these contemporary wall art canvases. Based on the renowned colour system that has been used by designers for the past 45 years as the most reliable way to match colour, these canvases are produced by
A few weeks ago at New Designers 2012 not only did I spot the amazing work of Jessica Hogarth, who I featured last week, but right next to her stand was the very talented Louise Tiler whose work also really caught my eye. Louise is a surface pattern designer who creates the most beautifully intricate
Grey is one of my absolute favourite colours for interior design schemes at the moment. It is so serene and calming and it goes so well with so many other colours. Despite the potentially negative psychological effects of grey, I find that its use in interiors really resonates with me personally and for me it’s
IKEA PS 2012 is the new design collection from IKEA and it is also the 7th IKEA PS collection since the range first launched back in 1995. Taking inspiration from more than 60 years of IKEA design history, the designers were challenged to look at existing IKEA designs and bring them forward by updating and innovating
The other day I wrote a post over on Freshome about the most fabulous lighting collection by Zenza. The lights, which are made from silver-plated copper, have been punctured with thousands of tiny holes that create stunning effects when the light filters through them and casts shadows on the surrounding surfaces. I absolutely love those
Mini Moderns is an interior brand that I have been following with great interest and admiration for some time now. Specialising in applied pattern across a range of products including wallpapers, fabrics, cushions, rugs and ceramics, this creative duo never disappoint and every new design that they bring to market is equally as good, if