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The Beauty Of Everyday By 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 …

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 …

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.

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 …