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Maria Sigma’s Handwoven Designs – The Beauty of Sustainable Craftsmanship

I have always been interested in hand made individually crafted designs and brands produced locally in the UK. Over the last few months I have become familiar with quite a few really interesting UK brands that I would like to start introducing to you on my blog. London Design Fair was a really good place to meet talented crafts people. This is where I saw Maria’s beautiful textiles. Maria Sigma | Woven Textiles is a London based award-winning textile brand specialising in hand-woven textiles. By using exceptional natural materials Maria creates textiles and furniture pieces for projects large and small, commercial and residential, combining expertise in made-to-measure throws, cushions, rugs, furnishing fabrics and many more. Maria Sigma | Woven Textiles collection celebrates a timeless high aesthetic via ‘zero waste’ design and production ethic, combining a contemporary approach with traditional weaving techniques whilst focusing on raw natural materials and texture. Individually designed, handcrafted and fully customisable. Inspired by her Greek heritage and by the colour palette of the British landscape, in combination with a love for …

Design Classic: Snoopy Table Lamp by Flos

Today I’ve decided to write about one of my favourite design classics – Snoopy lamp. I absolutely love it’s chunky simple form somehow in contrast with the luxurious material – quite an interesting choice of marble. The lamp was designed in 1967 by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni and inspired by the Charles Shultz invention, and popular cartoon character.     Let’s enjoy a few images of the lamp in situ which prove versatility of this iconic design.

Best Statement Chandeliers on a Budget

In my opinion great lighting is worth splashing out on – especially a centrepiece chandelier. It’s like shoes or a handbag in an outfit. You can spend more money on a show stopping item of lighting and then save on other pieces. The eye will be drawn to it and the overall look will be finished and expensive. With a chandelier, in my opinion, the bigger the better, ceiling height allowing of course. There is nothing worse than a lamp too small for the room hanging lonely in the middle of the ceiling. Fortunately, there is no shortage of oversized designs that are very much a trend at the moment. Finding one on a limited budget is another thing! If I had unlimited funds I’d probably go for amazing mid century Italian designs like Venini or Stilnovo. But what options are open to us if we can’t afford these classics or expensive contemporary designers? I decided to have a look around and see what can be found on a more modest budget. Unfortunately a large …

Top Finds From The Winter Sales

I can’t believe how time has flown over Christmas this year. Everything seemed to have been such a rush and now it’s almost mid January. In the past few days I decided to explore if there are any good deals and bargains around as it looks like the sales are already coming to an end and there have been final reductions. So it’s a good time to have one last look and I am bringing you my capsule collection of finds. My main objective was to look for real bargains, massively discounted, but useful and beautiful and not something you would regret buying for the only reason of being cheap. First of all, winter sales are really good for stocking up on next year’s Christmas supplies. You can get decorations at ridiculous prices! I found a bunch of really nice ones at West Elm, reduced to £1 from original prices of up to £19. Some of them don’t even look that Christmassy and I could use them to decorate my daughter’s room all year round, …

House Tour: Hertfordshire Home of Interior Designer Alison Anderson

I am really excited to introduce to you a very talented interior designer Alison Anderson and to show you around her beautifully refurbished Grade II listed Arts & Crafts Hertfordshire home. Alison is a relative new comer to the interior design world, having set up her own practice in the summer of this year, however, she has been immersed in interiors and home products for the past 15 years while running her own interiors PR business.  She is a very creative person and a lot of the skills she has picked up over the years turned out to be completely transferable. She felt interior design was what she was most passionate about, so she decided to take a side step into it.  After finishing her house she was becoming increasingly frustrated that she had to suddenly switch off her design instinct. She has no intention of moving from this house to complete another renovation project, so a career change was the only option. Alison designed this house for the way that they live as a family and …

5 Best Office Chairs For Home

For design conscious people a standard office chair no matter how comfortable and ergonomic it is would be perceived as a bit of an eye sore – normally it is not the most beautiful thing. Hence comes the urge to replace it with a dining chair, as it’s so much easier to find something you would love. But what if you want to combine aesthetics with comfort, especially if you work from home and have to spend hours at your desk? In this week’s blog post I decided to explore what other options we have and there are quite a few. Scandinavian brands particularly stand out. To begin with I would like to share a couple of images from an Instagram feed of @yitai_hu  that caught my eye recently. Her home office of  is a perfect example of how to create minimalist and calm work environment without compromising on your personal style.   Aluminium Chair, Charles and Ray Eames, Vitra, From £1,910 A design classic by Charles and Ray Eames, but also at the top of the budget. …

Meet Marianne of Scandinavian Touch (Whitstable, UK)

In summer me and my family went for a day out to one of our favourite seaside destination – Whitstable. I always try and get a moment to myself so I could have a quick run around the local shops. This is where I have found a gem that is Scandinavian Touch, run by Marianne Ofstad. It was actually only their second day since opening but the shop looked very enticing and full of interesting brands, some of them I haven’t seen before. Scandinavian Touch stocks a variety of Norwegian brands such as ceramics by Ment, Kristin Antonsen and Goform, lighting by a Norwegian brand Northern, furniture by Ygg & Lyng, as well as other Scandinavian brands – Danish glassware by Holme Gaard, Art tiles – Danish hand printed tiles, handmade rugs by Danish Linie Design, handsoap and cleaning products by Danish brand Humdakin, Danish handknits by Stinne Gorell, frames and shelving by Moebe and Swedish tiles by Marrakech! I was keen to learn more from Marianne about her business, so I asked her a …

Must Have Pieces From MENU Collection

Danish brand Menu is well known for bringing to the market designs by contemporary talents from around the globe and Scandinavian masters whose work has stood the test of time. They have collaborated with such names as Norm Architects, Note Design Studio, Studiopepe to name a few. In their own words their obsession is creating clever solutions for modern living. They want to make beautiful objects for everyday use. The result is a collection unified by simple and functional Scandinavian look with strong aesthetic value. Wherever they can, they work locally with craftspeople around the world. Their Autumn/Winter 2018 collection is out and I have made a selection of my must have pieces from among the new additions and older favourites. Carrie LED Lamp They beauty of the lamp is that, as name suggests, you can carry easily it anywhere. I imagine it working perfectly outdoors on a summer evening, on windowsill where it would be difficult otherwise to hide a cord or in a bathroom, like shown on the picture. Carrie LED Lamp supplies 10 …

Meet Interior Designer Elena Romanova

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Today I am very pleased to introduce you to interior designer Elena Romanova. We have been friends for years and I am very happy that she agreed to have a chat with us and tell us what her job as an interior designer involves, what the benefits of working with an interior designer are as well as share her recent design projects and some style tips. Can you please tell me about your practice. I run a residential interior design practice based in SW London / Surrey. My projects range from a one-room makeover to a complete house refurbishment. What’s your background and how did you get into interior design? I used to have a corporate career but have always been interested in houses and was always renovating something. While my friends would be enjoying themselves on holidays I’d be at some builder’s yard looking for tiles, wood, and whatever else I needed for my project. I have also always been known as a bit of a house stalker always …

Trend Report: Autumnal Reds In Interiors

As I sit at my table writing this post I am looking out of the window onto my sunlit garden but you can tell that autumn is well and truly here now. At the back of the garden I can see my neighbours’ tree covered in beautiful bright red and orangey leaves. When my interior magazines arrived at the beginning of the month I noticed that these autumnal colours are reflected in interiors this season. Just look at the covers of Elle Decoration.