Author: Anya Parish

Transforming Hallways With Sophie Cooney Runners

When we moved to our current house a stair runner was one of the hardest purchases to make. I realised that the choice out there was mostly limited to traditional stripy designs and eventually I settled on painting a stair runner on and postponed the idea of buying one until later. But recently while browsing Instagram I have discovered Sophie Cooney runners. I loved ethnic inspired but updated for modern interiors patterns, bright but restrained colour schemes, that make runners more of a statement rather than a bland background, and authentic craftsmanship. Like me, Sophie had trouble finding a stair runner for her home, but instead of giving up she decided to create her own! I got in touch with Sophie to find out more about how she started her business, what inspires her and her plans for the future. “I started with stair runners back in 2014 but I didn’t really make it a business until late last year. I originally had one made for my own staircase when I couldn’t find what I …

6 Of The Best Coloured Glasses To Get You Ready For Summer Alfresco Dining

Coloured glass is one of my interior obsessions and bright, colourful, sparkling in the sun glassware suits outdoor summer dining perfectly. There are so many jewel hues out there at the moment at very affordable prices that you are bound to find something you will love. Below is a list of my best finds in my favourite shades of green, olive, sea blue and refreshing and so “now” peachy pink.   Fish & Fish Medium Glass – 22 cl – Serax, £8. Love this green fish themed glassware, that includes so many complementing items, not just glasses but also useful for storage jars, serving dishes and a pretty fish shaped bottle.   British Colour Standard Bubbles Tumbler, £5. The Bubbles tumblers by British Colour Standard are handmade from recycled glass and come in an array of candy colours – perfect for mix and matching on your summer table.   Bitossi Long Drink, €4.50. I have to admit that these recycled tinted blown glasses are probably my favourites. Available online from French retailer Merci.   Tivoli Promenade glass by …

Tour The Most Magical Girls’ Rooms You Will See

When I saw Giselle’s fairy tale kids rooms I fell in love with her whimsical magical style, so I couldn’t wait to share her story and images on my blog. Here is what Giselle is saying about her home: We have lived in this house for about two years. It’s just an ordinary two up two down house and it’s not very big! In fact it is a really small house! Downstairs we only painted the walls and that’s about it. That’s the reason why I don’t like posting any pictures of the living room or the kitchen. In the future I would like to renovate these rooms too. So for now I just decorate the kids’ rooms. It’s also the favourite place in the house where you can let fantasy loose and that’s what I really have done I think. The rooms are from my 2 girls: Cheyenne (9 years old) and Allison (1,5 years old). I have to say that I really like to change the rooms so they look very different every …

Vitra Sample Sale – 13th July 2019

Dates: 13th July 2019 from 9am to 5pm Get ready, the Vitra Sample Sale is coming up! On the 13th July 2019 at a brand new location, Bargehouse, OXO Tower Wharf, you will have the chance to purchase original Vitra products at a special price for one day only. With discounts of up to 60% and prices starting from £25 for accessories and £99 for furniture. All furniture and accessories on sale have already been used in showrooms, at exhibitions and on photo shoots. Address: Oxo Tower Wharf London SE1 9PH United Kingdom

Danish Brand HAY: 12 Essentials Every Home Needs

On my recent trip to Bath I stumbled across HAY shop and of course couldn’t go past it. I have never seen the whole shop full of HAY products before and subsequently was surprised to find out that their Bath store is the only one in the country. I wonder why there isn’t one in London – a shame, Bath is a bit far to travel to otherwise I would be a frequent visitor. HAY is one of those several Scandinavian brands I go to whenever I am looking for something for my home. Apart from their contemporary non-pretentious furniture and lighting design (it’s so much more difficult to create something simple but perfect), what I like about them is the fact that they take essential objects in our household, the ones we’d rather keep out of site, like a kitchen sponge, a dish cloth or a tooth brush and make that look beautiful. Another big positive for me – they claim that one of their fundamental goals is to make good design accessible to …

Design Classic: Mid-century Decorative Glass

For many years now I have been obsessing with various rainbow shades and imaginative shapes of vintage coloured glass from restrained forms of Holmegaard bowls to bursts of colour by Blenko or Murano glass. What I really like about it, is that you can easily find a spectacular looking object, be it a vase, a paper weight or an ashtray and create a unique centrepiece for a relatively small price compared to, say, a piece of art.   I have recently browsed Etsy and found so many amazing designs that I would like to share with you, so they can be an inspiration not just to me, but perhaps to some of you too. I have added links to the product under each photo. When searching for coloured glass I look out for the following makers: Czechoslovakian vintage glass. Some of it, like Exbor sommerso glass, can get quite expensive but there are cheaper options too if you go for less well known makers. Murano, by different makers. There is a lot of cheap, tacky …

Designers Guild Warehouse Sale 26 – 29 April

Come to Park Royal Distribution Centre for fantastic bargains. Enjoy up to 75% OFF Fabric, Wallpaper, Bed & Bath and Home Accessories. Friday 26th April 09.00 – 18.00 Saturday 27th April 09.00 – 15.00 Sunday 28th April 10.00 – 15.00 Monday 29th April 10.00 – 15.00 FREE PARKING – Postcode for car park – NW10 7PS Designers Guild, Unit 10, Matrix Park, 900 Coronation Road, London NW10 7PH 02078937400 For more details go to their website.

Tour This Contemporary Home Set In Idyllic Woodland Location Near Helsinki

This impressive contemporary new build in amazing woodland location 35 minutes from Helsinki is home to Tuuli and her family. A house in the middle of the forest with a vegetable garden next to it is a home of my childhood dreams, so when I saw this house I couldn’t resist to see and find out more. Could you tell me a few words about yourself? I am an art teacher by education, but also studied marketing at the university.  My occupation is related to marketing, but interior design has been one of my passions since the early age. I see myself as artistic and visual person. I really enjoy doing ceramics and visual arts during my spare time. Could you tell me a little bit about the house? How did you come up with its’ design?  Before this house, me and my husband had designed a few houses on paper and also had bought a plot near to our current house. We used to live in a traditional wooden house also located near to …

Canvas Home Sample Sale 11 – 13 April

From the 11th to the 13th of April Canvas Home will be holding a sample sale at their London Shop. There will be items from their previous collection as well as discounts on the new lines with prices starting from £2.00. A huge variety of tableware, glassware, ceramics and cutlery will be available. Dates: 11th April 2019 from 10am to 6pm 12th April 2019 from 10am to 7pm 13th April 2019 from 11am to 5pm Address:     57 Amwell Street  London EC1R 1UR  United Kingdom www.canvashomestore.co.uk  

Interior Designer Alison Anderson on Her Favourite British Made Brands And Local Shopping

I am very interested in British made products and it seems at the moment it’s quite an exciting area with new, small, individually crafted, artisan brands starting up and thriving. There is definitely a revived interest towards local and hand made.  I had a chat with an interior designer Alison Anderson, whose house featured in one of the recent posts, about her love for local and sustainable products and she told me about a few of her favourites:   “I’ve very much a supporter of well made British products and I’m setting up an on-line shop later this year to sell a curated selection of products for the home.  I’ve been busy meeting suppliers and discovering new makers and their amazing products, so it feels like a completely natural extension to my business. I’m on a bit of a mission to fight back against the throw away culture that’s become so ‘normal’ and I love incorporating beautiful finds in my designs that have been well made by talented craftspeople with purpose and passion. It’s easy to become …