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.
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?
Image: Denim Drift Grunge by Murals Wallpaper
As the byline to the blog denotes – colour, pattern, patina – I am pretty keen on all things with interesting surface design or colour (forget the patina bit, that’s more my love of vintage, we’ll come to that another time). When both colour and pattern come together and are truly nailed, my heart usually sings with joy. And, since Jordan from Two Lovely Gays installed a beautiful mural wall in an apartment in Brighton on the first series of The Great Interior Design challenge a few years back, I’ve had a bit of a thing for mural walls. There is now a pretty spectacular range of them on the market, and because they are designed for a statement wall or space, they tend to be writ larger than wallpaper, bolder and with more aesthetic punch. Read More
Images: Design Soda
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
It is my dream to have something stylish in our study that will house all of my blogging junk neatly away and look effortlessly stylish whilst playing host to the teenage tidying effort of just stuffing everything into cupboards. Read More
Image: Studio Flock
Help, I have literally nowhere to put this, but I am totally in love with it! The coffee table on the right (but I’d take either of the others too) It’s glorious, the definition of style, so colourful, so noisy, so anarchic, hell just so everything! OK, enough of the hyperbole, but it makes me want to bin other bits of furniture to make room, I’m a little in love with this company and their fine sense of pattern. I bought a cushion from them a while back which is a real stunner and, having seen a peek on their Instagram feed, I can’t wait for their rug collection for FLoor_Story to launch at Design Junction this year. A fellow blogger featured these tables last week just when I’d started drafting this so it’s clearly going to be a design hit everywhere soon!
Sometimes when X meets Y the result is utterly perfect. Say gin and pink lemonade, or Pecorino & honey. In the field of home design, as in fashion, when a brand collaborates with the creative energy of a unique output the results can be truly swoon worthy. Some of you may say Lenny Kravitz for CB2, or Henry Holland x Habitat, or maybe one of the zillion cutting edge collabs Liberty have done. My personal fave was always French company I-Bride’s collaboration with Habitat about 5 years ago. Until now. I’ve been coming across pieces that I love named Roar & Rabbit over at West Elm since the start of the year when I bought this so stunning geo inlay jewellery box (pictured above). But I only got round to looking into what it was last week.
Now, I have design crushes and design crushes, this one, the brogue table, definitely falls under the category of capital letters DESIGN CRUSH. I could not shout my love for this table more strongly. It is perfect. It comes in many colours and is a wonderful design, but this design in this one colour, I may just sell my own nanny for it (and would probably have to given the price). It is by multi-award-winning British designer Bethan Gray who has designed products and lines for Habitat, John Lewis and The Conran Store. It is the quality and detail of this piece that is so stunning, that cut work edging which is hand tooled on leather is exquisite. The cut work, which is perforated and stitched as on a brogue would be (hence the name!) also looks, to me, almost like a doilly, mirroring something of past, a celebrational trim in a totally modern way, it is incredibly beautiful whilst being, dare I say, almost a little kitsch.Read More
Now that the winter chill has really started to bite I have developed habits for hot drinks and croissants. Maybe winter should be a time for bowls of granola and nutritious bulk but it’s also the time one feel most like cosy-ing decadently with something far less worthy. And is there anything more timelessly decadent than well made English tea-sets? This one is sleek and may owe more than a nod to French or modern Italian design, but it’s actually made by a British company that formed to bring the interwar cafe-bar culture of Vienna to London. Freud have a reputation for doing a mean line in cocktails entirely in keeping with these decadent wares.Read More
I love to find a bargain version of an expensive piece and no-where is this more true than with this recent discovery above. I tend to have disgustingly expensive taste in lights and find sourcing things within budget really challenging, but also hold to the design adage that spending on certain things is a necessity for overall look. Almost 2 years ago I featured a vintage light I have been in love with ever since. Read More