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About Design_Soda_Ruthie

I write Design Soda, a design blog with a focus on interiors. My blog aims to be an unpretentious, stimulating, fun and naturally curious delve into inspirational design and Londoncentric culture. I describe my style as boho-eclectic and am open to most design which doesn’t look too serious or composed. As a design geek with a love of vintage and upcycling, I am passionate about my home and love blogging ideas and looks that I find inspirational. Since the time when my teenage bedroom was an Aladdins cave of upcycled furniture, Cecil Beaton photography and Situationist slogans I have been interested in the way the home environment can make you feel and inspire your inner life. As a new mummy, trying to negotiate my passions with my lovely new baby's schedule can be difficult, but in my spare time you will often find me snapping the things that catch my eye in my wonderful home city London. Or, reading, upcycling, spending longer on Pinterest than I should, baking and watching old movies. I have a lifelong passion for French New Wave cinema.

Summer Blues: Best Bright and Neon Blue Homewares

May 11, 2022

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I don’t like to play favourites, but you have to hand it to blue, it is a very versatile and persuasive shade! I usually gravitate towards the blue-green hinterland, but lately I’ve been attracted to a different blue – a more immediate and shocking shade. Dark-almost-neon blue, vivid blue, Yves Klein blue, sometimes Matisse blue, the kind of blue that pops and creates energy instead of calming. I have been drawn to bright blues in my clothes over the last year, and as with everything, where fashion leads homeware follows! Read More

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Dining Set Upcycle: Restoring my Vintage Mid-century chairs and table

March 8, 2022

 

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In 2015, just before moving into our current home, I began a search for a dining set. For the first time we were buying a house and not an apartment, and it was the first home we would live in with a formally demarcated dining space. I wasn’t sure that we would use it as one, but with a baby under one, I was conscious that someday it may be beneficial for family life. Stuck in the moment of identity loss you get on maternity leave I actually turned our dining room into an adult evening chill out space which I dubbed the cocktail room since it housed both a drinks trolley and a cocktail cabinet I’d bought when I was 18.Read More

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Seasonal changes in the home for autumn with Magic Linen

September 27, 2021

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After a long non-Spring-non-summer in England, we have just come to the end of one of those mythical Indian summers where cynicism gives way to the joys of sunlight even as the days shorten around you. I have been so glad of the sunshine, if only because, like a squirrel storing it’s nuts, I need to drink up every last drop of light before the long dark autumn and winter ahead. Read More

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Simple silhouettes of nature – capturing inspiration on your phone

September 26, 2021

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When you are out and about, or on holiday, do you take pictures of things you find inspiring? I am always a little torn between wanting to take snippets of inspiration and also wanting to be in the moment. Read More

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Pretty in Pink : Downstairs Bathroom Makeover

September 13, 2021

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Reader, meet Vera, my newly-pink blousy downstairs bathroom, if she had a name this would surely be it. Equal parts Barbara Cartland and Milanese cafe, she is bold and beautiful, a tiny bit stylised, and arriving fashionably late.Read More

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