Homes to Inspire | Clean Contrasts

5.22.2015

When I stumbled across an image of the kitchen below while browsing the web, it stopped me in my tracks. The clean, contemporary style showcases incredible architectural detailing and beautiful finishes. Itching to see more, I tracked down the firm responsible, Rob Kennon Architects (RKA), who are based in Fitzroy, Melbourne. Thankfully I also found more imagery of the stunning project, Burnley House to share with you! 


Forming part of an open-plan living and dining area, the kitchen flows beautifully to an outdoor dining space. I love the use of marble and black tapware, and the warm richness of the wood. Predominantly monochrome, the mix of grey and black finishes give this home a unique edge and textural depth, while the blue carpet provides an amazing contrast. 


Beautiful furniture and striking artworks provide the perfect finishing touches. 

Images via RKA

Silke Bonde x The Poster Club

5.21.2015

Yesterday I received news of an exciting collaboration between Danish graphic designer and artist Silke Bonde and Copenhagen-based webshop THE POSTER CLUB. Silke, who is well known for her collection 'Blue Water' that I featured here, has created two stunning new art prints Leaf Me and Cove , exclusively for THE POSTER CLUB.  Once again working her magic with water colour, and finding inspiration in the Nordic nature Silke says this about her new prints:  

"With this small collection I wanted to invite the nature inside. Both art prints are inspired by the beautiful ‘skeleton’ you will find in a leaf, always varying from one another and forming its own natural expression and thereby creating small and unique pieces of art... 'Leaf me’ is showing the beauty of the natural lines and patterns you will find in a leaf while ‘Cove’ represents the importance of the water and it’s ability to create life."

Styling by Sofie Brünner and photography by Enok Holsegård

For me, these works combine so many elements that I love.... clean lines, delicate textural detail and a lovely organic feel. The beautiful styling against a white backdrop layered with natural materials further enhances their aesthetic appeal, and I am already thinking about where and how I would style them in my own home. I'm sure many of you are doing the same!

Each print is produced as a limited edition of 300 and can be purchased exclusively via THE POSTER CLUB with worldwide shipping.

Kids Rooms | A Few New Things

5.20.2015

Regardless of the room I'm styling I always have fun in the process. It helps that I love all of the products I work with. I wouldn't have it any other way. But there's so much more to it than just arranging things in a pretty flatlay and taking a quick snap. A lot of effort goes in to the overall composition, and in particular the kids rooms are a real joy to work in. I love telling the boys their new products have arrived in the post, and seeing their faces light up when they get home from school to see how I've transformed their rooms. Whenever a brand approaches me about collaborating together, I show the kids the range of products and let them choose their favourite designs. Recently we had the pleasure of doing so with a couple of fantastic children's companies.

The first is by Sofie Jensen, a Copenhagen-based studio specialising in graphic-art and illustration. Established in 2012 by architect and design couple Sofie Elkjær Jensen and Søren Nersting, the studio produces original work that has gained a reputation for its quality and playful nature. Driven by a wish to make their surroundings more beautiful, the couple create graphic art based in architecture, with Sofie responsible for the graphic work and Søren providing conceptual input as well as managing the web and commercial aspects of the business. From graphic architectural illustrations to quirky hand drawings and charming graphic for kids, my boys were as excited as I was when I showed them the collections!


Marlow chose the gorgeous A Mouse in a House poster from the new by Sofie Jensen Kids range. As you can see, it fits in perfectly on this side of his room. The new Toys paper storage bag is from the wonderful Stockholm-based store Tellkiddo. They also sent me some cute postcards which you can see popping up in the kids rooms here and there. 


Roman chose A Fox in a Box, which I plan to hang it on a wall in his room. The spot is a little tricky to photograph, so for the purpose of this post it's leaned up against the wall in good view. 

Roman also fell in love with the by Sofie Jensen Little House Series. As a budding little artist who is constantly 'doodling', it is easy to see why these playful illustrations really appealed to him. He chose the delightful prints Little House in Trouble and Little House in Tears, now sitting side by side on his bedroom shelf. 



Roman's not the only one who has taken a shine to this series! I love them so much, I couldn't resist styling my favourite, Little House Ballooning in my office. Not just for kids, they make a fun and quirky statement in adult spaces too. I highly recommend checking out the stunning Graphitecture series as well. 

Styling and photography by Michelle Halford for TDC

The gorgeous storage bags that feature in most of the photos are from Paris based children's brand Mon Petite Zoréol. They come in two sizes, in a range of monochrome designs. We love our Mini Croix and Mini Gribouillage. They also make the most gorgeous wooden garlands, one of which hangs above Marlow's desk. Today I noticed they have started to introduce some very cute kids clothes to their collection, so I may have to pop back for another look! 

This post was brought to you in collaboration with by Sofie Jensen, Tellkiddo and Mon Petite Zoréol

McLaren.Excell | The Perfect Canvas

5.19.2015

I've spent a fair chunk of the morning looking through the inspiring portfolio of McLaren.Excell, an architecture and bespoke interiors company based in Chelsea, Central London. The design-led practice is co-directed by Luke McLaren and Robert Excell, who work primarily on private residential and commercial projects. Established in 2010, the practice has taken on a diverse range of work in a short time, steadily building a reputation for producing buildings which have a calm authority and finely nuanced sense of place. Driven by a genuine passion for good design, this is reflected in the projects delivered, which are beautifully conceived and finely crafted. 

Case in point, Ingersoll Road is one of their residential projects that demonstrates this beautifully. With concrete being the dominant material, the addition of wood gives contrast, warmth and richness, while the exposed bricks add to the stunning textural effect. Look at the incredible herringbone wooden panels in the kitchen below, and subtle mimicking of this pattern on the white tiled splashback. Such incredible attention to detail, which can be seen throughout the entire home. The perfect canvas to move in and make your own, wouldn't you agree? 


A palette of Scandinavian white-washed Douglas Fir boards and light walls keep it simple and light. I particularly love they way the boards run up the wall as panelling. 


Exposed copper pipes and a touch of marble in the bathroom. That's it. I'm moving in. 

Images via McLaren.Excell

DIY | Multifunctional Bedroom Wall

5.18.2015

I came across this bedroom 'box wall' DIY via Dutch magazine vtwonen and thought it was too clever not to share. Designed as a a place to playfully display your favourite things, you can see a video of how the wall was built here. Even though I can't understand Dutch, it was interesting to watch it all come together, and I have to say it looked pretty easy!

Of course a coat of white paint and some beautiful finishing touches really bring the wall to life. I love the mix of prints, including the Urban Botanic postcard set from My Deer and addition of little shelves to place smaller objects on. The wall also provides a place to attach bedside pendants, using simple wall brackets attached to the top of the wall on either side. The soft teal colour and layers of bedding create a fresh yet cosy feel. 


The multifunctional wall is not only a beautiful bedhead, it acts as a partition. Ideal for small spaces, a simple console/desk placed against the other side of the wall creates a perfectly usable workspace, more storage and a place to display favourite objects and artworks.  


You'll find a full list of the products used here

DIY by vtwonen living editor Corrien Flohil and imagery via vtwonen

Norsu Interiors | Exciting Updates + Reader Offer

5.15.2015

It is always a huge pleasure bringing you updates from our dear friends at Norsu Interiors, and today is no exception. Talented owners Kristy Sadlier and Nat Wheeler who I have so much admiration for work incredibly hard at sourcing new brands and securing exclusive products for both their online and retail store in Melbourne. I know you will be as excited as I am about their newest Scandinavian additions which include handcrafted leather and wooden good from By Wirth, the beautiful Plant Series prints from by Garmi, the Kreativitum Underground Posters (remember this Stockholm poster?), sought after Danish brand Menu (oh yes!) and beautiful watercolour artworks by Magdalena Tyboni

They also have some incredible new local designers such as Barnaby Lane, CULTIVER Bed Linen, beautiful Bed Heads by Heatherly Design, Ivy Muse Plant Stands, Marble Basics and SIT-KA. And they are about to re-launch the Norsu House Bed due to popular demand.

To showcase their latest products Norsu have produced some incredible new imagery, which they describe as "a nice evolution from our previous photo shoot, with a little more sophistication, and the introduction of a hint of colour to the walls for some impact." As you will see, the pictures speak for themselves! So inspiring, each of these rooms have been designed with achievability in mind, to help you replicate the 'look' in your own home. 


With so much on offer, it's little wonder that Norsu have well and truly outgrown their gorgeous little store in Melbourne. The good news is they are expanding into a larger space by occupying the shop next door in a couple of weeks time! Furthermore, they have introduced an in-home styling arm to the business by employing a full time stylist Liz WolffWhile still new, this service is already proving very popular, especially with their in-store customers.  


Now stocking more art prints than ever, Norsu says their selection has grown a life of its own since the Vee Speers launch that I featured here. How utterly divine is their latest addition to this incredible collection, Untitled #11 from the Thirteen series, seen in the beautiful bedroom below?


Lastly, I am delighted to announce that Norsu has begun collaborating with another incredible artist Ruben Ireland. The acclaimed London-based graphic artist and illustrator has become very well known through the online community, with his striking black and white works often appearing in beautiful interior spaces and Scandinavian homes. They have what I would describe as an almost otherworldly quality often featuring women who appear stoic, yet intriguingly beautiful. Kicking off with three of my favourite works, Marianna, The Mound II and Hold On, Norsu will gradually add to the collection over time as they have done with the Vee Speers collection. 

Styling by Julia Green and Jacqui Moore from Greenhouse Interiors, and photography by Lisa Cohen

If you've been looking for a statement artwork (that won't break the bank) these prints will certainly deliver. The hardest part will be stopping at just one! To get you started, Norsu are very kindly offering TDC readers from Australia and New Zealand an exclusive 25% discount on all Ruben Ireland prints for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

Valid through till midnight Sunday 17th May, simply use the code TDC at checkout. 


At Home | Current Loves

5.14.2015

Do you remember the Monochrome Home book that I included in this recent wishlist?  It arrived the other day and while I have been too busy to read it cover to cover, just flicking through it has had me lingering upon several incredible homes in awe. Page after page of stunning interior inspiration thanks to its author, sought after stylist Hilary Robertson and photography by the renowned Pia Ulin, it's a must have coffee table book for all you fellow lovers of monochrome spaces. 


Another exciting arrival that day was my new CULTIVER bedlinen. So obsessed with linen, I had been wanting another linen duvet cover for some time and couldn't be happier with my new Blush set. Part of the new colour range that I featured here, it's even prettier in real life and looks right a home with my CULTIVER Linen Sheets in Natural. You will no doubt recognise the incredible Penney + Bennett Black Thatch Silk Throw that I used in this bedroom shoot last year. A local brand that I love collaborating with, they very kindly sent it to me as a gift and I am in love.


The gorgeous candle on my bedside is one of the new Deluxe Range of candles from George & Edi, a boutique home fragrance brand based in the beautiful resort town of Lake Wanaka, New Zealand. If you follow me on Instagram you would've noticed them popping up in my feed, including the shot below when they first arrived on my doorstep, beautifully packaged and causing my heart to skip a beat! Celebrating a love of craftsmanship and understated luxury, the new range includes two new fragrances. 22:00 'we surrender to sleep' has been designed for after dark, hence its position by my bed. With lavender to relax, jasmine to soothe away anxiety and hints of leather and amber, not only will it help you get the perfect night's sleep, it smells absolutely divine.  

Styling and photography by Michelle Halford for TDC

Black Coriander is a lovely blend of green coriander, black peeper, patchouli and cedar wood. A unisex fragrance that isn't too sweet, it's already become a favourite. Making these candles even more special are their unique handcraftted brushed steel vessels. Produced in collaboration with sculptor Ernie Maluschnig and his team at Metalworks Wanaka, they have an amazing textural look and feel. You really have to see and feel them to appreciate their uniqueness and cool industrial vibe. 

To celebrate the lunch of the Deluxe Range, George & Edi have produced 50 Limited Edition Mini Deluxe Candles which make the perfect little collector's item to treasure and cherish. Visit George & Edi to shop the new range online, and while you're there make sure you check out their full range home fragrance products. 


 

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