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An Artful Home Renovation in Sweden

10.16.2017

This elegant Swedish home featured in the current Residence magazine belongs to shoe designer Nicole Wilson and her husband, actor Andreas Wilson. Currently working for & Other Stories and at Acne Studios before that, Nicole has kept some of her striking sculptural shoe designs from over the years, and displayed them around the home in a artful way. Most of the artwork displayed on the walls is by Nicole's father, artist Lubos Janota, while the ceramics are by Andrea's mother, Constance Wilson. Moving into her parents home, and the place where she grew up, Nicole and Andreas wanted to make their own mark on the property, with lots of light, open spaces and a harmonious play of colour and materials. Moving the location of the kitchen became the starting point for the renovation project. A place to hang out with their two small children, eat, work and do homework together, it was moved to the opposite side of the house to be both open with the living room and to face a small lush garden. 



Timeless and functional with beautiful parquet flooring, the kitchen features granite countertops and marble surfaces. A custom glass and sliding door connects with the elegant living room which is furnished with design classics including the Rio table by Charlotte Perriand for Cassina, the EJ6 Ø Chair by Torben Skov for Erik Jørgensen and Sofa by Emma Olbers for Ire.



In contrast to the soft palette in the living areas, the bedroom features a dark blue colour. I love the collection of ceramics and books displayed on opens shelves, the natural linen bedding and homemade pedestals. 

Styling Alexandra Ogonowski / Photography by Erik Lefvander

So many beautiful corners in this home, the one above features the incredible Lady armchair by Marco Zanuso for Cassina and the Vertigo pendant light by Petite Friture

Images via Residence magazine 

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Abstract Art Prints

10.12.2017

More and more lately I've been drawn to abstract art due to its strong visual appeal. A composition of shape, form, colour and line, these elements compliment the Nordic style of interiors I love. You may remember the first print below from my Dulux Kinship interpretation by talented Finnish stylist and interior designer Riikka Kantinkoski. I love the simplicity of the shapes and warm colours of this print series.


New Form print series by Riikka Kantinkoski, available from The Poster Club

These next prints are part of the Hepworth Collection by Atelier by Mintstudio and were created in celebration of the British artist and sculptor, Barbara Hepworth, whose work as a sculptor became recognised world-wide at a time where female artists were rare. Known for her organic, simple shapes and her refined sense of texture and colours, these elements have been beautifully translated into an abstract series.


The Hepworth Collection available from Atelier by Mintstudio

Caroline Walls is a much loved Australian artist working across a number of media, including painting, drawing, soft sculpture, and print-making.  Earlier this year she held her second solo exhibition, Another Thought, at  Modern Times in Melbourne. With a highly skilled and fluid approach to aesthetics, Caroline's paintings have a strong focus on the female form. Grounded in a sensitive use of colour and a deep understanding of composition and form, she is able to convey notions of sensuality, inner beauty and the intangible qualities associated with femininity. The prints below are from The She & Her Collection and feature beautiful shapes, strong graphics and a play of neutral, nude and navy tones.


The She & Her Collection prints are available to purchase from Caroline Walls

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Vipp Hotel Launching Soon

10.11.2017

Launching on the first of November, the Vipp hotel offers a one of a kind design experience, with a twist. Unlike traditional hotels which offer many rooms in one location, Vipp offers unique rooms at various destinations. “Our destinations all share the same goal: we want to invite people to experience first hand our philosophy of good design in a place out of the ordinary." -Kasper Egelund, CEO at Vipp


The first two Vipp hotels are located in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Immein in Sweden. The stunning space shown above and below is a 400m2 Copenhagen loft designed by renowned Danish architect David Thulstrup.  Refined architectural details and contrasting raw timber beams provide the perfect setting for the iconic industrial Vipp kitchen, lighting and accessories. Beautiful furniture such as the Clerici chair by Konstantin Grcic for Mattiazzi and The Tired Man sheepskin easy chair by By Lassen further enhance the warm and inviting space. 


For the second location on offer, guests can retreat to the incredible Vipp shelter located in the Swedish Wilderness. A unique and detailed design space framed by beautiful natural landscape, this is the perfect setting to unwind and recharge.



More destinations for the Vipp hotel are already in the making. ‘Our ambition is to have a palette of destinations with rooms curated to people who seek a one-off design experience, or customers who want to try to live with the Vipp kitchen in a home-away-from-home sitting. A Vipp kitchen is for life, but you can start with just a weekend", Kasper Egelund explains. The ultimate 'try for you buy', I love this concept. 

Sadly I can't make it to the launch in Copenhagen but a stay at the Vipp hotel is now on my must-do list! 

Vipp hotel is available for bookings from 1st November at vipp.com

Images courtesy of Vipp

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TDC x BoConcept Sofa Series | Part I

10.10.2017

In 2015 I collaborated with BoConcept on a Four-Part Blog Series to showcase the process of choosing and designing a new sofa for our living room. An integral element of our home and my day-to-day styling, our striking Carmo sofa has provided our family with a lot of enjoyment over that time. Changes are now about to take place as I embark on the exciting journey for a second time, and I'm thrilled to be sharing the process with you all once again.  


As a starting point, I have been looking the beautiful new 2018 BoConcept Catalogue. Available to view as an e-version here, you can also order the catalogue online. Inside it showcases all the products and gorgeous imagery, providing plenty of ideas and inspiration.


In 2016 I had the pleasure of styling the Carlton sofa in our living room space and I loved how it looked. As with all of the BoConcept sofas, it is customisable in terms of fabric and configurations. Both very important elements to take into consideration, I  know the colour has to be something the family and I all love and want to live with for a long period of time, while the fabric has to be hard wearing. Likewise, the configuration must suit our space and the way we like to live. Luckily we've had the chance to live with both options, because our current Carmo sofa can be configured in many different ways. If you follow me on Instagram you'll know how often I like changing it around! We are lucky that our open-plan living room space lends itself to having both separate sofas and a modular configuration, but it also makes the decision that much harder!


A sofa that immediately caught my eye in the catalogue is the gorgeous new Adelaide sofa. Part of a stylish new collection of furniture inspired by the Adelaide dining chair, the collection extends the Adelaide’s Nordic expression of simplicity into other rooms throughout the home with a sofa, a living chair, a coffee table and a barstool. The collection, designed by Henrik Pedersen, also marks the recent 65th anniversary of the company.

“We have transferred the Adelaide dining chair’s simple lines and shapes to the entire Adelaide collection. Its design is quietly confident. It’s easy on the eye and has a natural form and expression. The Adelaide looks like something that is nice to sit in - and that is one of the most important parameters of an international design success.” -BoConcept designer Henrik Pedersen


Since its introduction, the Adelaide dining chair has been one of BoConcept’s signature products, taking classic Danish design heritage and mixing it with a modern Scandinavian twist. Pictured below, it pairs beautifully with the new Vancouver dining tableWith its characteristic wings, the new Adelaide sofa is beautiful from all angles, with slim organic lines and an elegant form. Available in a wide range of fabrics and leathers, when covered in dark leather or heavy fabrics the sofa has a modern, softer lounge look. The same applies to the new Adelaide living chair which can be customised in countless colours and materials. In addition, you can choose from either fixed legs or a centre pin with swivel.



Now back to my decision on sofas! The Oaska sofa shown on the right hand page below, is the third contender. With a touch of 60s design influence, I love its light look and slim proportions. Shown here in warm leather, it also has the option of tufted seats which provide a classic look and visual softness. 


Next week I will reveal which of the three sofas I choose and I'll also share details of the customisation in terms of style, colour and fabric. 

In addition, I'll be running a silent auction in collaboration with BoConcept for our Carmo sofa, with all proceeds going to a wonderful NZ charity. Details will follow on the blog later this week. 

Images 1,3,4-7 courtesy of BoConcept
Images 2-3,8 styling and photography by Michelle Halford for TDC 

This post was created in collaboration with BoConcept. I only work with products I love and all opinions are my own. For more information please visit my About Page.

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CULTIVER Introduces Pinstripe

10.09.2017

Known for bringing luxury to every day life with premium quality linen, CULTIVER have today launched Pinstripe. A beautiful new design joining their 15 strong colour range in pure linen bedding and table top products, Pinstripe features a delicate, woven charcoal stripe on a white background. As shown below, the new design provides the perfect textural complement to the solid colours in the range.


It's no secret I'm a huge fan of CULTIVER linen. Just looking at these images evokes a sense of calm, heightened by the fact that I know just how soft and luxurious the linen is in real life. Shown above paired with Blush, Olive, and Navy colours, the Pinstripe is beautifully understated, creating a divine layering of linen to reflect the effortless style and timeless aesthetic of the brand.


Available in a Table Cloth and Napkins, the Pinstripe can be paired with one of the many solid coloured table linens to create a gorgeous dining setting. “Seeing the popularity of our Indigo and White Stripe colour way, we know people’s love for stripe in clothing is just as strong in home textiles. We developed this more delicate stripe with the goal of really bringing out the beauty of linen texture through the delicate woven pattern, so subtle yet so impactful.“ - CULTIVER founder Nicolle Sullivan

Styling by Alana Langan / Photography by Annette O'Brien

The new Pinstripe Bedding (single through to super king size) and Table Linens are now available to purchase online at CULTIVER and at selected retailers. 

Images courtesy of CULTIVER

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A Special Arrival from La Cartuja de Sevilla

10.06.2017

During the Sunny Design Days tour in Spain we were given a truly memorable experience on our second night in Barcelona. Visiting the incredible home of Spanish interior designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán, we had a wonderful dinner showcasing beautiful earthenware pieces from iconic brand La Cartuja de Sevilla. Founded in 1841, the company has a rich history that tells of the tableware being present inside royal houses and at the most refined tables, but La Cartuja de Sevilla is also found in most Spanish homes. In fact everyone is Spain has a personal story relating to La Cartuja. Its emotional component is an intrinsic part of the brand, and I'm happy to say that I left that evening having made my own special connection. Treated to a delicious dinner consisting of many courses, each was served on a different La Cartuja de Sevilla plate, featuring one of the distinctive designs. Invited to participate in a fun game, we all had to write the name of the designs on a piece of paper. At the end of the night one was drawn, and it just happened to be mine, resulting in the win of an incredible prize - the Cabeza Frenológica (Phrenological head). An amazing way to end the night, the head was too precious to take on the plane so they very kindly shipped it to me. Excited to receive it late last week, I feel very lucky to have such a special souvenir from that night! 

Styling and photography by Michelle Halford for TDC

Foliage from Bloom Social

After 175 years, La Cartuja de Sevilla is more dynamic than ever. Without losing sight of its past, the company continues to renew its products with innovative shapes and designs. Alongside the classic tableware are several new collections. These include the 202 Blanca, which is a new take on one of La Cartuja's most emblematic designs, and the 202 Rosa, both part of the Aurora collection. The introduction of two new designs, Laberinto and Primavera, sees the editing of templates from 1890, giving them a current touch featuring floral and insect decorative elements.


The new Viena collection is the first minimalist range featuring a more refined design and simpler tableware. This year will also see the launch of La Cartuja Contemporary, which will bring exciting collaborations with renowned artists and designers, the collection La Cartuja Basics, and the production of some limited editions. 


The Vega collection above is designed by Isaac Piñeiro. Consisting of vases, trays and candle holders, this beautiful range is a personal favourite. With a view to create new products that are better adapted to current trends, La Cartuja de Sevilla continues to respect the history and essence of the brand while maintaining its commitment to the highest quality. Artisans continue to work their magic every day, employing the skills and knowledge that have been passed down from generation to generation since the start of their incredible journey more than 175 years ago. 

To find out more about the company and collections, visit La Cartuja de Sevilla.

Images courtesy of La Cartuja de Sevilla 

The Sunny Design Days tour was arranged by RED - Reunión de Empresas de Diseño / Spanish Design Association - a nonprofit organisation that promotes Spanish design worldwide.

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