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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 …

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 …

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 …

Preparation for Spring in Stephen and Karen’s London Apartment

As the days are getting longer and warmer (particularly this week that’s been the warmest few February days on record) I have noticed my neighbours spilling out into their gardens rushing to tidy up their outside space, opening the windows wide and welcoming the early change of season. A this time of year with new enthusiasm we are starting to think of seasonal changes to our homes. I have asked Stephen Thomas who works for a London branch of B&B Italia to share with me his thoughts on how he is planning to prepare his home for spring this year. Stephen shares a Victorian London apartment with his wife Karen Yuen who works for Clippings. “This time of year after a long dark and dismal winter, where the early afternoon around 4 O’clock begins with the flick of a light switch,  where the interior of the apartment has been filled with the scents of heavily braised, slow cooked meals eaten from bowls on the coffee table, and the living memory of box sets dramas, and …

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.