Natural Styling with Cork

9.04.2015

Referring back to this post on London-based designer Ilse Crawford, and her new Sinnerlig Collection for IKEA, it's great seeing the products being featured in Scandi styling projects on the web lately. In particular I keep noticing those made from cork, especially the Sinnerlig Coffee Table, which as you will see also makes a great benchseat. A natural material harvested from the bark of mature trees in southwest Europe and northwest Africa, cork is a sustainable, renewable and eco-friendly material that is extremely versatile. Soft and lightweight, it is both water and fire resistant, dirt-repellent and even dampens sound. Cork also looks great. If you need further convincing, these two styling projects should do the trick.  

Styling by Alexandra Ogonowski and Photograpy by Kristofer Johnsson

Swedish housing company Blooc showcases beautiful Scandinavian style interiors and their latest project Patio, has a slight Japanese influence. Going hand in hand with the traditional Scandi values of form and function, the cork Coffee Table looks right at home, as does the cork Stool and beautiful bamboo Pendants, also from the Sinnerlig Collection.

Images via Alvhem

Another lovely example of the Sinnerlig Coffee Table being used as a benchseat, the cork looks lovely alongside lots of green plants, touches of natural linen, coloured glass and  Terracotta pots. I can also spot some other cork Sinnerlig products including the Pot Stand and Jar


Blakes London | Beautiful Kitchen Design

9.03.2015

This gorgeous kitchen designed by Jamie Blake of Blakes London has a very 'English countryside' feel to it. I can't help imagining a weekend getaway where friends and family are gathered around the kitchen, while the kids are playing in the vast open-plan space and running outside in the sunshine.


The lovely mix of materials (seven in total) all compliment one another beautifully and work as well in this traditional style kitchen as they would in a more contemporary space. White painted floors and exposed bricks, together with carrara marble, wood and and copper accents provide warmth, texture and an overall Scandinavian feel, while the subway tiles and dark blue cabinetry (painted in Farrow & Ball Railings) are very much in keeping with the classic, industrial style of the interior. I love that the island is on castors, making it easy to move around. The built in herb garden is also a great idea!


If you like the style of this kitchen, I highly recommend checking out this renovation project by Blakes London. Another gorgeous, light-filled space, it has a similar Scandi-industrial vibe and beautiful mix of materials. 

Images via Blakes London

Bolia | The New 2016 Collection

9.02.2015

From exquisite sofas, through to smaller furniture, lighting and accessories, the new Bolia 2016 Collection is set to offer plenty of new ideas for the home. The work of a team of award-winning designers who pour their soul into every collection, the products are all hand-made and filled with personality and love. I can't help wish that the uniquely creative Scandinavian brand was available here in NZ, but the beautiful styling is also providing plenty of fresh eye candy.... and making me want to paint our walls grey! 

Photography by David Hughes

Black and brass cutlery is definitely on the wishlist right now and that marble tablecloth is divine. Check out the new collection lookbook here

Images via Bolia 

Jennifer + Smith | Outdoor Cushion Collection

9.01.2015

I couldn't think of a better way to kick off the first day of spring than with the gorgeous new outdoor cushion range by Jennifer + Smith. A big fan of the Sydney textile designers - you may remember their pillowcases I showcased in my son Marlow's room - I'm so happy to see that they have introduced a range of cushions that are accessible to the outdoors. Featuring their signature bold and simple aesthetic, the collection features a mix of fun and classic designs and includes both floor and scatter cushions. 


Founders Jennifer Fowler and Rebekka Carey-Smith are passionate about quality and original design. Using their combined backgrounds in landscape architecture, fashion, business and now textiles, they have developed the unique range of cushions and fabrics from a 100% polyester canvas, water and stain repellent with high UV resistance. The fabric boasts anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties to keep the cushions fresh while still remaining luxuriously soft.

Styling by Marsha Golemac and photography by Brooke Holm

The black and white ones are definitely calling my name... and motivating me to get our outdoor space ready sooner rather than later!


The entire range is now available for pre-order from Jennifer + Smith, and will be arriving with stockists mid September just in time for you to lounge your way into summer.

Imagery courtesy of Jennifer + Smith

Quincoces-Dragò & Partners | Apartment Roma

8.31.2015

Understated and elegant, this light-filled apartment in Milan was designed by Quincoces-Dragò & Partners, a Madrid/Milan based studio founded by David Lopez Quincoces. Completed in 2014 it features a stunning mix of natural elements including wood and marble. Furnished with classic prices from Charlotte PeriandEamesGio Ponti as well as those from David Lopez Quincoces himself, the overall look is unique yet timeless. 


Interestingly, the studio was established on the heels of a two year design and architecture collaboration between David and the renowned Piero Lissoni. Now, Eight years later, Quincoces-Dragò & Partners is made up of a team of architects and designers who work on everything from graphic design, though to interiors and furniture design. See more of their projects here

With thanks to DPAGES with imagery via Quincoces-Dragò & Partners

Before I go, let me also just say a big Congratulations to Karina Young, the winner of last week's AURA Summer launch giveaway


Friday Finds

8.28.2015

A beautiful addition to the Muuto Lighting Collection, GRAIN brings a new perspective to the pendant lamp by combining a classic minimalistic design using innovative new materials. Designed by Jens Fager, the versatile and environmentally friendly lamp has a warm and welcoming appearance and lots of character despite its simple iconic shape. I love the lamp’s refined matt surface which comes from a specially created mix of bamboo grain and plastic composite. Available in a range of colours, 'Green' and 'Nature' shown below are gorgeous. 

Images via Muuto

The new Norwegian poster collection from Visse Vasse caught my eye this week. Capturing idyllic scenes in pretty pastels, the soft yet slightly rustic styling is also providing lots of inspo!


With thanks to Only Deco Love via Visse Vasse

I love the pink details in this beautifully styled home, especially the Muuto Nerd Chair in the workspace. 

Styling by Emma Fisher for Stadshem

After our fabulous new sofa arrived, we shifted the old three seater downstairs and have stored the two seater in the garage. I'm thinking about getting rid of both and going for a new look downstairs all together. A beautiful daybed is high on the wishlist, with a couple of firm favourites like the popular Safari Daybed which I love, and the Menu Daybed which is AMAZING in every way. The Beck Daybed (below) is another Danish beauty. Designed by Anders Folke Anderson for Foxy Potato, I adore the neutral colours and simplicity.

Images via Foxy Potato

At first I thought this living room was a hallway, probably due to the little bench. Either way it works, especially with that incredible picture wall. The kitchen details are also lovely, as is the kidsroom which you can see along with the entire house tour here

Images via Alvhem Mäkleri

Have a lovely weekend and don't forget there's free shipping at AURA until the end of today! To enter their exciting Giveaway pop over here


 

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