Category Archives: Design Favourites & Inspiration

Design Trends | Crushing Over Cork

March 22, 2017

Cork table and kitchenalia, , cork interiors trend ideas, uses and inspration in interior design and home decor

Cork table and kitchenalia, image via Atelier, CPH.

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Ikea cork pot cooler re-purposed in our bedroom as a surface to display objects upon.

Cork?! Did you say cork? Oh dear. No. Definitely not. That’s been the reaction of a few people I’ve mentioned cork to recently. Reactions are a bit like Marmite, and seem to come down to how vividly you remember the seventies, or if you were even born then, as to whether you can embrace this trend. Happily for me I wasn’t, so I can peruse it with the kind abandon that isn’t held back by memories of aunties cork tiled kitchen with terracotta walls and bead curtains (though listen up, apparently bead curtains are on their way back too). I love cork, I love its texture, it’s warmth, its sustainability, its crafted aesthetic, the way it lends itself to the bohemian look, and I have been known to occasionally feel rather fond of that vintage fizzy stuff it often preserves.

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Scandinavian dining simplicity, the cork here is a beautiful match to the other natural elements in this simple scheme, image via Domino.

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Styling: 9 Tips for Styling the Perfect Surface in Your Home

March 13, 2017

How to style a Vignette or suface, interior design stylist tips and tricks, tutorial on how to create interesting surfaces in the home, bohemian mid-century modern interior decor ideas, brass lamp vintage
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I’ve spent a lot of time recently moving trinket-y objects around the house, partly because I’m trying to style the house properly for photo shoots (which I’m sure will be re-styled on the day!) and partly just to shake things up a bit, finding new homes for old favourites (I think this is known as ‘shopping’ your home!) and making space for a few new items (has anyone else noticed how amazing H&M Home is this season?). We’ve been in this house for a little over a year now and I really feel I could have got my styling game on a bit better here. Each time I clean I’ve been trying out new ways to style things and paying more attention to the ‘rules’ of styling more readily. Actually I think if you’d been watching me over the last few months you might have found something quite comical in all of this, a vase moves downstairs one week to its new home, is rejected and moved upstairs during cleaning a week later, and so repeat. I definitely don’t consider myself an expert in this but I do spend a lot of time faffing around with surfaces so I thought that today I’d share some of the things that work for me. If you are looking for an in depth deconstruction of all things home styling related I thoroughly recommend Emily Henderson’s Styled, or the very similarly named beautiful coffee table book Life Unstyled by Emily Henson, if you’re looking for shortcuts, read on.

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How to style a Vignette or suface, interior design stylist tips and tricks, tutorial on how to create interesting surfaces in the home, kinfolk slow living

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Design Crush #13 Laduree Geneva

February 17, 2017

 

 

Barely a day goes by where I don’t see an interior that stops me in my tracks, sometimes it provokes argument with my instincts, sometimes it’s something that confirms my taste but is executed to a standard that, frankly, I am completely jealous of. I posted recently on some of my favourite cafes and restaurants in London where you can pick up a tasty brunch whilst drinking in design inspiration. Well, today I am sharing a new cafe space which in my eyes ends all other cafe spaces and we are travelling to Geneva to see it (not literally, though if anyone has a spare plane ticket I will happily drop along!). It’s the first time I have made a space (and not an item) a focus of my Design Crush series, so pull up a chair and a pastry and peruse the glamour with me, we’re there if we think it, right?

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Laduree Geneva by india mahdavi at Quai des Bergues, design inspiration pink green velvet truchet

Laduree Geneva by india mahdavi at Quai des Bergues, design inspiration pink green velvet truchet

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Lifestyle: Design Inspiration over Brunch: 5 Prettiest Places in London

February 3, 2017

 

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Blush tones and velvet in abundance here alongside giant desert style cacti, all on trend and en pointe.

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Phew, we’ve got to February already, not sure I’m going to want to see a lot of news this month, groan of helpless despair! But on a positive note, time has been flying by here as we’ve spent much spare time decorating of late which means I’ve got a few rooms to show you soon, but alongside the decorating I’ve been thinking a lot about my design inspirations. I was recently asked in a piece for Essential Living about my home design ethos and inspirations. As is pretty much a given with those sorts of questions I answered everything(!)  or more specifically everywhere – architectural details, tv, what people are wearing on the tube, I’m always looking round for interesting combinations of colour, form & texture. But perhaps my number one place for finding interiors inspo is in commercial spaces, and I am often taking mental notes of good design over coffee (ok, I don’t actually drink coffee but you know what I mean). Famous landmarks always provoke a reaction in me and make me assess what I like and what I definitely don’t. But new commercial spaces are one of the greatest spaces to see how new design ideas are being put into practice, how they look or feel in reality. Having done a bit of styling work, the element I loved most on a job was seeing materials I can’t afford being used and wondering how I could modify them to produce a similar effect in my own home. But actually bars, cafes and restaurants give us all access to this and I’ve found Instagram a really great tool for finding places I want to visit in London (and the U.S, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Belgium or Australia should I ever find myself in cities there). So over the last year, if I’m in an area with a cafe or restaurant on my list I will drop in, even if it’s just for a quick lemonade and a recce of the building (or to see the palm print toilets as was the case at Palm Vaults in Hackney last year). These below are my five favourites, there are others like The Wolseley for example, or the many branches of Comptoir Libanais, and many more I want to make my way to including Bob Bob Ricard, Bronte, Mustard, Spring, Yopi, Story coffee and Clerkenwell Grind. But for today here are 5 cafes and restaurants I could happily while away many hours in taking onboard decor inspo. If you know any great places to try please let me know in the comments below.

 

No197 Chiswick Fire Station

Chiswick fire station decor pink kingsize cactus

So much style to take note of here, but you can’t help notice these giant cacti first!

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Trends – Best of the Terrazzo Interiors Trend

January 31, 2017

Image: Cafe Kitsune by Anne Van Assche

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So this trend has been slowly building for over a year now, quietly sitting and biding it’s time as the counterpoint to marble, and I reckon it’s going to be everywhere come summer so today I thought I’d turn my attention to beautiful terrazzo. The current trend seemed to start with Max Lamb creating a showcase of the material for interior use and it’s slowly being used for pattern in homewares that are accessible to you and I. There were elements of terrazzo in Normann, Copenhagen’s Daily Fiction range of accessible design products last year and Danish powerhouse of style Ferm Living are just about to launch some terrazzo pattern in their kids range this month, and you know that if the stylish Scandi’s are bringing it,  it’s going to be a thing soon. Hell, even even The Wall Street Journal  are calling it for Terrazzo this year, it’s coming folks, mark my (amongst others) words. I love everything about terrazzo and have been waiting for enough products on the market to share with you, this runs the gamut from £4.59 to £800 so there’s something for every budget but most are in the highly accessible price bracket. Some of the examples I list are a cross over between splatter patterns (in abstract) and true terrazzo, some use a modern method of dried paint over precious stone (actually I’m thinking of making a d.i.y item using this method so watch this space for the practicalities!)  but what all of these items have in common is a chaotic and very beautiful sensibility. Enjoy!

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Trends: Spring Summer ’17 Home Trends at Top Drawer London

January 20, 2017

Top Drawer London Spring Summer 17 Interiors home trends

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I can think of no past time more cheerful on official ‘Blue Monday’ than surrounding yourself with Spring season homewares(!), so, as Top Drawer London was in town I hopped along to have a peep at what’s on the horizon in the world of interiors for Spring/Summer. Having seen a few previews in November from high street chains, the main things that resonated with me there – velvets, smoked glass, craftsmanship, and blues were all in abundance at Top Drawer too. And it may just be because I ventured out with a heavy cold unable to smell my own perfume, but my eye kept getting caught by gorgeous blankets, candles and soft pastel colours and I don’t think it was just because I felt like hiding under a duvet! The overall vibe I took from the show was one of understated luxury, craftsmanship, small details and if there was one message that was pretty hard to miss it was BLUSH PINK IS STILL HERE! And hooray for that as I’m not tiring of it any time soon. I love pretty well all dashes of pastel in spring time, they are like little drops of optimism for a new season in the home. Some of the blush is also turning to coral this year which I welcome gladly as a slightly punchier tone to offset the whites, blacks and greys that aren’t going anywhere either. So this is my roundup of favourite looks and inspiration from the show, with so many thousands of stalls I’ve narrowed down to just a few but as you can imagine there was an abundance more available to be seen. Let me know what you are swooning over, I have all the heart eyes for the knitted textiles at the moment.

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Colour: Pretty in (architectural and design) Pinks

January 6, 2017

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Image: Casa Horta, shot by Jose Hevia for Sight Unseen

 

Good morning! Not many words today as I have 30 killer images for us to collectively swoon over! It’s been 3 years since I first blogged about the new trend for pink, and boy did it really take off last year, 2016 was a year of blush tones everywhere, I loved all of it and in particular when clashed against bold colours or on outside walls. There’s a lot of talk of dark jewel tones taking centre stage this year, and of course green as the new grey, will pink disappear from our radars in 2017? Who knows, I’m not tired of it yet so I have a feeling it won’t. Today I wanted to take a moment to celebrate some of my favourite pink inspirations from the last year, the ones I’ve been lusting after the most, some are harder and bolder than the blush we’ve seen so much of, some are even neon, almost dreamlike where Wes Anderson meets David Hockney! From faded-sherbet pink to ever-so-bold pink all of these spaces inspire me with major heart eyes, perhaps the Jewish deli in Berlin (image below) the most of all, I’m almost booking my flight just so that I can take up a seat at that table and never leave! I’d love to incorporate some of this boldness into the Design Soda home this year. What colours are you craving at the moment? Drop me a note in the comments below.

 

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Image: Louis Pretty Jewish deli in Berlin, shot by Steve Herud

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Inspiration: My Absolute Favourite (Must Read) Design Blogs of 2016

December 20, 2016

 

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As 2016 draws to a close I thought I would take a quick moment to focus on the blogs which have really inspired me this year, you may well know many of them, some may be new discoveries, but allow me to introduce to you 10 fantastic interiors bloggers with distinct voices and styles who have made blog reading a wonderful space for me this year. I’ve seen these kinds of post from time to time on other blogs, often they seem to be one of those chain mail things where a certain number of bloggers all choose each other for favourites and run a kind of co-promotion. I have nothing against this, just letting you know that this is not that. Some of these bloggers I’ve met or speak to online, some I would even call buddies, but this is my, truly objective, absolute real line up of 10 favourites. There are so many great voices out there and people working really hard to produce original content it’s really hard to narrow down to 10, I have included an afterword on another 10 I love but here below are the big guns that make my life brighter:

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Five Favourites: Winter Blankets

November 21, 2016

Woven knitted patterned colourful and monochrome blanket selection, bohemian modern style

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It’s staring to get really cold around here, hats and scarfs are necessary, the heating is ramped up, a few Christmas traditions have already been started, and I think this may be the perfect moment/excuse to go window shopping for blankets!  I’m off to the preview of Craft Central as a part of the winter Made in Clerkenwell this week and I’m sure to come back with memories of several stunning weaves I can’t stop thinking about, so in anticipation of this I thought I’d narrow down a few of my current favourites.  I am pretty hopelessly incapable of not falling in love with just about any well designed patterned knit. This can be a costly downfall as I’m forever loosing my heart to some designer pattern or other that I can’t afford, I swear I’m still dreaming about this Arne Jacobsen one I saw 6 months ago. My idea of heaven may well contain copious amounts of woven patterned wool, both my wardrobe and my home are prided on a fabulous selection of it during winter. This rundown is now a yearly tradition on the blog and as you can see from the pictures,  I’ve amassed quite a few in the Design Soda home along the way. 

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Woven knitted patterned colourful and monochrome blanket selection, bohemian modern style

 

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A Sneak Peak at: Lizzie for Smug Collection

November 8, 2016

Lizzie for Smug Design Festival launch, london store

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Lizzie for Smug pattern collection, Greenhouse cushion detail

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Today on the blog we are taking a sneak peak at the insanely beautiful new pattern collection by Lizzie for Smug which is launching over the coming weeks. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this to you before, but I will reiterate it now as a confession at the start of this piece, I am the hugest girl fan of Lizzie Evans!Read More

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