Homes to Inspire | Katty Schiebeck's Passeig de Gràcia

4.24.2014

My husband has been home this week for the school holidays and it's been so lovely hanging out with my family. Even though I'm slipping behind with the work and emails, some down-time has been great, and also helpful in recharging the creative energy! 

The kids are super-excited today because we're heading off to see The Lego Movie but first I wanted to give you a nice dose of interior eye-candy. Katty Schiebeck is a talented interior designer based in Barcelona. Her latest project Passeig de Gràcia will no doubt end up doing the rounds in the blogosphere, so I wanted to get in early. Much like all of her work, this home features Katty's exquisite style and pared-back aesthetic. Beautifully elegant, there are many interior elements that inspire including the herringbone flooring, stunning light features and incredible art collection. The mix of marble and metallic detailing further enhance the sophisticated spaces. 

How amazing is that bath? See more of Katty's work on her blog Somewhere I Would Like To Live, where she also shares inspiring interiors, architecture, design and photography.  

We are very lucky to have another long weekend coming up. Tomorrow is Anzac Day in NZ and Australia - a very special day to mark the anniversary of the Gallipoli landings - so I will be back on Monday. x 

A Touch of Green

4.23.2014

If you follow me on Pinterest and Facebook you would've picked up on my admiration for the latest Lighting Designs by One Nordic. Included in the new collection, the stunning Vinkel Mirror has also stolen my heart. Its clever design features angled mirror halves, producing a unique double room perspective. I love the two Vinkel Mirrors placed side by side below. The way they reflect the plants is incredibly effective in creating a beautiful style of wall art. 


Showing once again how great a touch of greenery looks when added to bright white interiors, while we can't all own one of these mirrors, bringing a bit of the outside in is easy.  I picked up a selection of simple leaves from Indie Home Collective some time ago, and I can't believe how long they have lasted. My Instagram pic of our living room below shows my favourite variety right now, the tropical plant leaves.


These next images feature bright white kitchens that have been further livened up with plants.

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A welcome addition to any room of the home, if you're unsure where to start I recommend picking up some small, inexpensive house plants and building from there.

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While my indoor plant collection is slowly growing, an olive tree is still on the wishlist.

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Kitchen Inspo | Pretty Pastels

4.22.2014

I hope you all had a lovely Easter. I made a concerted effort to have a technology-free break, and while it felt great to catch up on my magazines and actually read several chapters of a book, I did sneak in a little bit of Pinterest time. That's where I came across this delightful pastel-themed kitchen. Featured on the Danish blog Boligcious, the space is both fresh and inviting. 


Kitchen furniture and accessories in rose, grey and mint look lovely alongside the blue cabinetry which is from Danish company TVIS. Versatile cube shelving provides a great place to display the owners lovely collection of ceramics, while the bench top features touches of marble and copper. 


Inspired by the colour palette and lovely mix of furniture, lighting and homewares, I've put together some products to help you create a similar look. 

01. Muuto Stacked Shelf Module in Ash/Grey
02. Muuto Stacked Shelf Module in Ash/Rose
03. Muuto E27 Lamp in Light Green
04. Harlequin Wallpaper by Ferm Living
05. Marble Tray by Hay
06. Blue Teacup & Saucer by Royal Doulton
07. Night & Day Fluted Jug by Wedgwood
08. Stelton Vacuum Jug in Copper
09. Jonathan Adler Mullet Vase 
10. Bulky Milk Jug in grey by Jonas Wagell for Muuto
11. Nerd High Barstool in Rose by David Geckeler for Muuto
12. Nerd Chair in grey by David Geckeler for Muuto
13. Blue Casserole by Royal Doulton
14. Tea Towel by Mae Engelgeer

The school holidays continue this week and next, so I'll be doing the work/play juggle. I'm aiming to post regularly, but please forgive me if I miss a day!

Blog Birthday Winners Announced + Easter Moodboard

4.18.2014

Congratulations to the two winners of the Blog Birthday Giveaway Zoe Huang and Alexandra Gibson!! Huge thanks to everyone who entered. Sorry that I can't reply to you all personally, but please know that I thoroughly enjoyed reading your emails and was blown away by all the kind words! Thanks also to LET LIV and For Keeps for the gorgeous gift packs. 


I hope you all have a wonderful Easter. I'm taking a few days off to spend with friends and family, which will no doubt involve plenty of chocolate and hot cross bun consumption! I hope you'll be doing the same. Enjoy! 

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Intsight | Tramuntana Hotel

4.17.2014

I first introduced you to the stunning work of Barcelona based studio INTSIGHT in this post. Take a look and you'll immediately see why the style resonates with me. Minimalist with a Scandi vibe, I've been checking in regularly ever since, in the hope of discovering new inspiration to share with you. Today I've found it with their latest project, the incredible Tramuntana Hotel in Spain. 


I can't resist a neutral colour palette layered with muted shades of blush, grey and blue right now, and this mix has been executed so beautifully here. The rustic stone wall adds a lovely patina, while rattan furniture, inky textiles, wools and natural wood add further texture.



While the overall look is simple and restrained, there are key features that give the spaces a unique edge such as the pendant lights, mobile, sparse wooden frames and that stunning blue bookshelf. 


Providing a striking contrast to the neutral canvas, the blue tones are continued in the kitchen and add a sense of drama to the bathroom. 

Photo Credit: Mireia Rodriguez

For more beautiful imagery visit INTSIGHT

Before I go, a quick reminder that I will be drawing the two winners of the Blog Birthday Giveaway at midday today (NZ time), so make sure you pop across and enter if you haven't already! 

Simon James Concept Store

4.16.2014

Living in Auckland certainly has its perks, one of which is that it is home to the beautiful Simon James Concept Store. Located in the inner city suburb of Herne Bay, the boutique features an exquisite collection of homeware, fashion, design objects and the iconic Aesop Beauty range. For those who live outside of Auckland I highly recommend paying them a visit if you're ever in town. You will be taken back by the clean simple deign and beautifully edited display of products on offer.

Fortunately there is also an Online Store, allowing easy shopping for those living a little further away. The Simon James Journal provides additional insight and reading into the wonderful products and designers that the store represents. These include a mix of both local and international brands such as Areaware, Minimalux, Gidon Bing Ceramics, Eclectic by Tom Dixon, Benah Accessories, Simon James Design and Resident. For those planning a wedding or corporate event, there is also the handy Gift Registry service.

I recently visited the store in person, to check out the latest arrivals. The new and highly covetable range from the Scandinavian design company Menu exceeded all of my expectations. Two of my top picks are the Stone Storage Jars which come in lovely muted shades of sand and earth, and the Glass Teapot which is inspired by both Chinese Zen philosophy and modern Scandinavian design. Even though my husband and I are coffee drinkers, I would happily make the odd cup of tea just to experience the sensory delights created by the unique transparent design. 

The Stackable Glassware by Norm Architects for Menu, is beautiful to look at and hold and clever in style, making it is the perfect glass for any occasion. Each mouth-blown piece is unique in its own way with varying shapes depending on the size.  

Also designed by Norm Architects, the Menu Ladder is a versatile piece of furniture that can be used for storing towels and accessories in the bathroom, clothes in the bedroom, books and magazines in the living room and scarves and coats in the hall way. Available in two colours, black with dark oak rungs and white with light oak rungs, I absolutely love the understated elegance of this design piece.  

The Blog Turns Two | Giveaway!

4.15.2014

Two years ago today I fired up Blogger and wrote my very first post. Little did I know of the amazing journey ahead of me. At the time I had nothing to lose (except sleep!) but what I have gained is beyond anything I could've imagined. Having literally taken on a life of its own, the blog has brought me so much joy and I'm incredibly grateful for all the opportunities that have come my way. I'm also thankful for all of you who stop by, whether it's every day or every now and then, and all of my lovely sponsors. I've met so many amazing people along the way and I'm continually inspired by the talented people who I'm surrounded by on the web and social media. 

The past year has been a big one with the completion of our home build and the launch of TDC Style. The blog has just undergone its second facelift, and while its not quite completed, I'm loving the new, understated look. A bit like moving into our new house, I'm happy to live with it for a while as is, before making the finishing touches. 


I couldn't have reached this milestone without your support, so to show you my appreciation I've put together a lovely giveaway for you today. In keeping with The Design Chaser's age, there are two gift packs to be won, thanks to two of my wonderful sponsors LET LIV and For Keeps


Being that my office is my happy place, where most of the magic happens, I thought it fitting to include a few lovely office-inspired items that I love. I've been singing the praises of Le Sac En Papier bag from For Keeps for a while, and for good reason. The most stylish paper bag you will ever own, it has so many uses, not just in the office but any room of the home. Mine has certainly done the rounds. While it was very handy in my son's room for storing toys (shown here) it's currently residing in my office. Marlow is okay with this because he gets to play with all the balloons! 

The iconic Design Letters Cups by Arne Jacobsen are from LET LIV. A must-have for fellow coffee-lovers, although certainly not limited to use as a cup, they make a gorgeous vase. You can also use them to store pens, toothbrushes, snacks, or any other little items around the home. The lucky winners will get to choose the letter. Finally, because I love stationery and believe you can never have enough, the gift packs also include an Organised Life Notebook Set from LET LIV. With three individually labelled notebooks in different designs, what better way to add a little order to your office and life?


To enter, simply email me at enter@thedesignchaser.com with HAPPY BIRTHDAY TDC in the subject line. Please also let me know your full name. Entries close on Thursday, 17th April at midday (NZ time) and the two winners will be chosen by random.org and contacted via email to arrange shipping. The winners will also be announced on the blog and TDC Facebook page

Please note that this competition is open to New Zealand and Australian residents, due to the shipping terms of the sponsors. It's really important to me to be able to extend my thanks to all of my international readers, so please look out for a worldwide giveaway on the blog soon! 

Thank you for joining me in the celebrations. Best of luck!!  

Update: this competition has now closed, and the winners have been announced. Huge thanks to everyone who entered and to LET LIV and For Keeps for their generosity. 
 

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