Studio Esinam | New København Prints

4.01.2015

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Studio Esinam, whose beautiful architectural prints I introduced you to in this post. I get so much enjoyment from my Paris Landmarks and Stockholm Elevations prints, and by the number of people who ask me about them on social media, I'm clearly not alone. So when co-founder Josefine Lilljegren told me news of the newly released København Elevations and Landmarks prints I knew I had to share. The prints, which are in a limited edition of 1000 pay homage to the architecture of Denmark's capital. A city that I long to travel to, and the home of so many designers and design studios who I feature here on the blog, these prints hold a special place in my heart!

Both posters feature the signature Studio Esinam simple line drawings and depict Copenhagen’s ornate 18th century grandeur and its pared-back Modernism that evolved 250 years later. This includes the repetitive facade of the Danmarks Nationalbank, designed by the country’s most celebrated Modernist architect, Arne Jacobsen. You can find out more about the architectural buildings featured in the prints here. To see some of the beautiful photography shot during a visit to the Danish capital by Studio Esinam prior to the release of the prints, take a look here and here.

Photography by Patrik Hagborg

Understated and elegant, I love the all-white styling of the beautiful monochrome København printsTo see the full range and to shop online with free worldwide shipping, take a look here.

Images courtesy of Studio Esinam


Sleepyhead Launches Sleep Week

3.31.2015

I first collaborated with Sleepyhead with this two part series last year when they re-launched their luxurious Sanctuary range of beds. Today, I'm helping spread the word about their new campaign, Sleep Week. As daylight savings comes to an end and we gain an extra hour of sleep, New Zealand's number one bed manufacturer is raising awareness of the importance of a good night’s sleep, and to make sure Kiwis are getting enough of it. To help you find out how well your doing, take a look at Sleepyhead’s Sleep IQ Quiz, which has been designed to tell you your sleep personality.

“Sleep is such an important part of our lives and contributes enormously to our overall health and wellbeing,” says Chris Taylor, general manager at Sleepyhead
“However, as our lifestyles get busier and technology is on 24 hours a day, it’s getting harder to get a good night’s sleep. That’s why we’ve launched Sleep Week and we’re kicking it off with new research we’ve commissioned into Kiwis’ nocturnal habits.

The findings show that many of us feel we don't get enough sleep at night. Disrupted sleep can be caused by stress and anxiety, allergies and aches and pains, the latter frequently made worse by a bed past its use-by date. Of course it's important when buying a new bed to do your research, but with so many choices, it can be confusing. Sleepyhead have developed Sleep Selector, an online tool designed to help you find the perfect bed for your needs. It’s also a good idea to head in-store and spend some time lying on a selection of mattresses to test them all out. And it’s really important you try a good quality, supportive pillow with the mattress. The two items work together to support you properly, which is why Sleepyhead always recommend trying them together. 



Overall, the findings demonstrate the importance of making your bedroom a relaxing, quiet haven where you can recharge after a hectic day. So for today's post, I have created just that, with one of Sleepyhead's beautiful Sanctuary beds. I've chosen a calming neutral palette with soft greys and lots of textural elements including concrete and marble, softened by warm wood elements. 


When it comes to bedding, I recommend choosing good quality fabrics that are soft to the touch and kind on the skin, and don't be afraid to mix different textiles. I can't go past the feel of linen, which is why I've paired the linen sheets with cotton sateen, 360 thread bedding. I love the way the monochrome graphic print contrasts with the soft dove grey sheets. The duvet is reversible, allowing for a different look (in black) if the mood strikes. Because we are moving into the cooler months, I've layered the bed with a beautiful wool throw, and there's a lovely grey goatskin hide on the bench seat for added warmth.


My other must-haves for creating a peaceful place to escape from the daily chaos are candles and fresh flowers. To finish, here's a look at the beautiful Sanctuary Bed uncovered, to show its unique boarding. 

Styling and Photography by Michelle Halford for TDC

For more information visit Sleepyhead. To find your nearest retailer, take a look here

Details 
Queen Size Sanctuary Bed by Sleepyhead
Aura Kami Queen Duvet Cover Set from Perch Home
Vida Stonewashed Linen Sheets and Pillowslips in Dove Grey, Scout Modern Border Bed Blanket in grey and white, Bloomingville Grey Goatskin (in store), Missoni Patch Cushion and Organics Lines Design 4 Nodi Rug from Tessuti
Cloud Side Table by Mr Frag in white carerra marble and white American oak and A-Joint Mini Bench by Henry Wilson from Cult Design 
Large GM Pendant by Menu in Basalt Grey and Willmann Vase by Menu from Simon James Concept Store
London Underground Poster by Kreativitum

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Resident GP

3.30.2015

Online store Resident GP has recently reached the one year mark, giving hard-working and talented owners Gabi Sidhu and Pawel Gaca much reason to celebrate. Since opening their virtual doors in March 2014, they have relaunched with a beautiful new website and branding, been featured in top publications such as The Design Files, Inside Out and fête magazine (to name just a few), and have just hired their first employee! 

Based in Melbourne, the couple have varied backgrounds - Pawel is an engineer and Gabi studied architecture and has worked in the interiors industry - but they share an intense love of design that drives them to seek out products from all over the globe. Their carefully curated selection of homewares include those from iconic and well-known designers, as well as brands that have never been seen in Australia before. Showcasing a few of their latest arrivals with some at-home styling, I hope you love these gorgeous products as much as I do!  


You may recognise the Felt Storage Baskets by Loop Design from my recent post on Small Storage Ideas. The unique shape and clever design which allows for the basket to be folded flat for easy storage really appealed to me. Strong enough to carry my magazines, they can be used for any number of things, such as toys or office papers. I also love the wooden handles, which make it easy to transport from room to room. I chose the Large basket with Natural Handles but it also comes in a smaller size, with a choice of handle colours including light blue, peach and black. Resident GP are also stocking the Loop Design Wall Hooks that I featured in that same post. See the full range here

Another one of their gorgeous new brands is NUR, which will most certainly appeal to all lovers of Nordic Design. Designer Maja Bøgh Vindbjerg takes an honest, simple and minimalist approach to design, with products that are both elegant and timeless. A joy to style, the black Pipeline Candlestick, which also comes in white and petrol blue not only looks great from any angle, it also works as a vase, as shown below. 


The Nur Trays, which you will be able to spot on the String Shelf above and in each of the photos below, are also proving to be amazingly versatile. Made from powder coated steel, they work beautifully in any room, displaying decorative items, jewellery, beauty products, office supplies or kitchen products. The options are endless! Available in four sizes in the black and white, or large in grey, they look great on their own or stacked in contrasting colours. I highly recommend getting more than one! 


Because I love pairing copper with monochrome and marble, I had no trouble working the beautifully understated Lysestage Candle Holder into both my String shelf and kitchen styling. Created by Nicholas Oldroyd Design, an up-coming design studio based in Denmark, I love that the emphasis is on high quality materials, craftsmanship and the aesthetics of simple design. Also available in brass, steel and black, shop the full range here

Styling and Photography by Michelle Halford for TDC

Resident GP have some great shipping offers, including free shipping on all orders over $100 within Australia and flat-rate fees for shipping to NZ. Pop over to their homepage to sign up to the newsletter (and receive a $10 voucher) and find links to their social media.

This post was brought to you in collaboration with Resident GP with additional products from Simon James Concept Store. These include the Moss Green Yeh Wall Table by Menu and Eclectic by Tom Dixon Copper Candle



Friday Finds

3.27.2015

I always feel a little frustrated when I miss a post like I did yesterday, but it was all for a good cause. Working hard on a beautiful bedroom shoot, I'm looking forward to sharing it with you next week. Currently in catch up mode, I thought I'd consolidate a few of my post ideas into one today. Originally noted down under the headings Soft Mood, Grey + Neutrals and Wall Hangings (which I'm obsessing over right now) it's become a Friday Finds post, with my top ten picks. Follow the links at the end to find out more. 


1. Kinnasand textiles styled by Susanna Vento. I immediately recognised the incredible home of Maja from Musta Ovi, from the first instalment, which you can see here. A beautiful bedroom setting with the sun streaming in, Susanna works her magic with the exquisite Kinnasand textiles, assisted by Pinja Forsman.

2. Tapestry artwork by Oslo artist Ann CathrinLately I've been obsessing over all kinds of wall hangings but this stunning piece would be the ultimate. See more of her amazing work here

3. A small but stylish 70sqm apartment via Stadshem. Because it wouldn't be Friday Finds without some Scandinavian real estate snooping, and I absolutely love the neutral and grey colour palette and relaxed vibe.  Photo by Jonas Berg and styling by Charlotte Ryding.

4. White ceramics by Hanako Nakazato found on Hungry Ghost. Hanako is a 14th generation potter whose technique and philosophy are rooted in the traditions of her hometown, Karatsu Japan. Her beautiful work is carried throughout many galleries and shops in Japan and also the US where she spends half her time. 

5. The new FRISBEE series by Danish furniture company Herman Cph spotted on Stylizimo. Simply elegant I have been drooling over their entire Spring Catalogue which you can view here.

6. A beach-inspired bedroom with a palette of blue and white to mirror the waves. Of course the gorgeous wall hanging caught my eye. Photographed by Prue Ruscoe and styled by Claire Delmar via Inside Out

7. Designer Faye Toogood's new furniture pieces exhibited at the Oliver Gustav studio in Copenhagen, via Residence. The perfect setting for showcasing the beautiful, soft shapes of Roly Poly in fiber glass, Faye who originally trained in fine art and had plans to become a sculptor also showed some brand new sculptures. See more here.  

8-9. One more via Stadshem styled by the talented Charlotte Ryding via Decordots. It was hard to pick just one photo so here's a couple. I especially love the bed with its perfectly draped linen and mix of knitted and graphic cushions.

10. Sea Art Exhibition. Another incredible wall hanging to finish off, this is part of a collaboration between Jacqueline Fink of Little Dandelion and stylist Lara Hutton. Jane is a crafter of hand knitted oversized scale textiles and installation works made from a selection of beautiful natural fibres and raw materials. Inspired by the intricate forms and soft muted tones of natural sea treasures washed ashore and housed in a series of still life interior installations, Sea Art captures the beauty created when forms, textures and materials converge. Styling by Lara Hutton and photograph by Sharyn Cairns. Find out more here



Mocka Jimmy Tower | Two Ways

3.25.2015

Last year I found a great little storage solution for my office, the Mocka Jimmy Stand. Like many who have followed suit, I have found it to be an incredibly versatile piece of furniture and styling staple, that can be moved from room to room as needed. When Mocka came to me about styling the Mocka Jimmy Tower, I didn't hesitate to take up the challenge, and like the stand, I have styled it in two ways to showcase its versatility. 

I have found the compact shape of this unit to be a major asset. Where space is tight, I always recommend utilising unused wall space for shelving, and because this is tall and narrow, it works really well in small spaces. Easily fitting into room corners and nooks in the hallway, bathroom or bedroom, for today's post I chose to style it in our living room and my office. 


I recently hung a wall mirror in the living room corner, and was looking to create a little reading nook below it. The Jimmy Tower works perfectly, storing books and magazines as well as providing a place for a cup of tea or coffee. The height of the unit creates a lovely sense of balance when paired with a chair, and offset wall art, and the top shelf is perfect for flowers and decorative items. The framed Letter Press Prints are by An Organised Life.


I really enjoyed having the unit in our living room for a few days, but I have since moved it into my office, where it is equally at home. The white and natural finish works in well with my existing furniture and shelves, and I absolutely love having extra storage for magazines, notebooks and a place to display favourite objects and extra greenery. I've also used it to house my felt basket by Citta, which hides other office paraphernalia. Not only does it look great, it has helped to declutter my floor and desk. I think it will be staying here for a while!

Styling and Photography by Michelle Halford for TDC

To find out more about this product and to purchase it online, pop over here.

This post was brought to you in collaboration with Mocka 


Hansen

3.24.2015

Last week I received an email from Michael Hansen who together with his Dad is breathing new life into a furniture collection from 1959, that was designed by his Granddad. For four generations the Hansen family have worked with upholstery and furniture production, and just last year, after flicking through their 55-year-old furniture archives of packshots, sketches and catalogues, they stumbled across two iconic pieces, The Chair and The Footstool. The two designs which haven’t been in production since the early ‘70s tell of an interesting and inspiring story that started with the 1950's introduction of the television in Danish homes. Realising that there was a lack of seating in the living rooms, Eiler Hansen set about designing and developing chairs and footstools that could fit in every living room, making it possible for everybody to have a seat.
 
The main idea was that every piece had to be well proportioned, functional and comfortable with clean lines. Developing The Chair in 1959, followed by The Footstool, the latter was designed for use as a leg rest, or as a seat for guests. The 59er Collection became a reality, and in the following years sold in thousands, all over the world.


Now relaunched by Michael and his father John, I definitely think they have achieved their goal to create furniture that has the ability to discreetly light up any type of space. What's more, they have stayed true to the original footstool and chair designs, with the new collection characterised by great craftsmanship, a unique simple design and inherent sense of quality. Carefully chosen materials ensure each piece is built to last for generations.

"All our furniture comes with a story, capturing a moment in history, which remains relevant to this day — handcrafted and heartfelt."


Photography by Chris Tonnesen

Available in seven fresh new colours, there is plenty of 50's nostalgia in the mix. Made from beautiful fabrics that come from some of the world’s leading weaving mills, mostly in Italy, I especially love the navy. All of the the furniture frames are made from durable solid beech tree, which grow in the nearby forest areas of Lolland-Falster in the South of Denmark. 

For more information take a look here.

Images courtesy of Hansen


Marlow's Room | Dreamers Inc

3.23.2015

It would be hard to forget Dreamers Inc. the gorgeous new range of children's bedlinen that I introduced you to here. The beautiful, vibrant prints have found their way into many kids bedrooms since launching last year, looking right at home in the Scandi-style interiors that so many of us love. Given the opportunity to work some into Marlow's room was a dream come true, and I wasn't at all surprised when he excitedly chose the Green Budgie. A bird lover, it's his favourite colour and as anyone who knows Marlow will testify, this bold design reflects his personality very well! 


In my last room update, there were some subtle pops of green which worked really well against his room's monochrome palette. This time I also wanted to play on the yellow of the bedlinen, which you can see with the new wall hook from Country RoadAs mentioned last time I use 3M adhesive to attach all of the hooks, so that Marlow can remove them freely without damaging the walls. The downside to this is that they can go walkabouts, and sadly the white Hay Gym Hook has done just that. Because I love them so much and can use them all around the house, I picked up another one in a light grey. Both are from Simon James Concept StoreAs you can see I also played around with the bedside styling to show you how it looks with a lamp. This one is from LET LIV

Styling and Photography by Michelle Halford for TDC

A new print for the wall was the final puzzle piece. We have a lot of kids-themed prints currently, so I wanted to find one that would transition easily from here to our other spaces. Tropical by Seventy Tree had been on my wishlist for a while so was happy to find it at local store Perch Home. It provides a bold geometric touch and ties in nicely with the overall theme of the room. 

This post was brought to you in collaboration with Dreamers Inc.



 

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