Interior Styling | White + Wood

7.24.2014

Fresh and inviting, the combination of white and pale wood in interiors is undoubtedly Scandinavian. It's also relatively easy to achieve. If you're renovating, white painted walls and ceilings will immediately brighten your home, while tired old wooden floorboards can be revived with a sand and polish. 

Going white on white with the addition of white furniture and homewares can create a beautiful, seamless look, while wood accents add warmth to prevent your home from looking too sterile. For variety choose marble and glass accents as these further enhance the dreamy, minimalist feel, and layer in textured materials like wool, leather and linen for cosy comfort. For a natural pop of colour, bring in some greenery from outside. For those who prefer a bit more colour, white and wood provides the perfect canvas for showcasing your favourite hues.

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To finish, I've sourced a few lovely pieces that fit with today's theme.

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The Horse Watch from Paper Plane | Worldwide Giveaway

7.22.2014

A simple take on the classic time-teller, The Horse range of watches are the must-have accessory right now. I've been eyeing them up for some time, and have included them in my blog wishlists on more than one occasion. You may remember this one from last week which included the gorgeous Steel and Nude watch. 

Designed in Australia, the watches recently made their way to NZ design store Paper Plane, with the first batch selling out within days. Not surprising when you take in to account their beautifully simple design, high quality materials including steel and leather, and great price point. Pre-orders have since been flooding in and new watches are due to arrive this week. 

The good news? One of them could be yours! With seven different colours to choose from, Paper Plane thought it only fair that you get to pick, and I couldn't agree more....  

Black/Black




Steel/Tan


To put your name in the draw to win one of these gorgeous watches (of your choice) valued at $149 NZD, simply email enter@thedesignchaser.com with The Horse and your choice of watch in the subject line. Please also let me know your full name.

The giveaway is open WORLDWIDE and will close on Sunday, 27th July at midnight 
(UTC+12). The winner will be chosen by
random.org  and announced on Monday, 28th July via the blog and my Facebook page.

I can't wait to see which watch is your favourite! Good luck!! 

Lovedales Studio

7.21.2014

I hope you all had a lovely weekend.  Sorry for not stopping by on Friday. I had to put the blog to one side over the last few days to focus on a new project, which I'm really excited about. I'll let you know about that soon, but for today I'm thrilled to be sharing a new online art discovery all the way from Scandinavia.

Lovedales Studio is a graphic design and illustration company and the brainchild of Hanne Løvdal, a talented designer based in Norway. I'm so happy that Hanne tracked me down via Instagram, because one look at her work and my heart was singing, loudly!


Hanne shares my passion for magazines, and has an extensive background working in the area of graphic and editorial design, including 14 years at Egmont Hjemmet Mortensen, the largest magazine publishing house in Norway. Most recently her role was as Art Director for two magazines, which she held for almost 9 years. Needless to say, quitting her job in the Spring of 2013 to start her own business was a brave step, but one that has allowed her to focus on her passion for drawing. She also works with commercial clients on design, advertorials and logo design.


I really love Hanne's aesthetic, her use of water colours and the soft palettes she works with. I think these artworks would fit well in any beautiful interior, especially those that are Scandinavian in style. The great news is, Lovedales Studio ships worldwide. Choosing which one to buy, not so easy! See the full range and shop online here. For commissions, contact Hanne direct, and to stay in the loop, follow Lovedales on Instagram and Facebook.

Homes to Inspire | Marble Floors + Lovely Light

7.17.2014

Earlier in the week I mentioned being happy to see the sun after all the rain we've been experiencing. She is still gracing us with her presence, and I'm loving seeing the streams of light coming in through our recently cleaned windows. Even though I'm at home working and still nursing a head cold, it's so nice to experience a bit of the sunshine, even if it is only indoors.

Sometimes you see those rays of light captured so beautifully in interior images, and today I have a stunning example. The Cronulla Residence, a waterfront property in New South Wales was designed by landscape design and interior architecture studio Amber Road. Sourcing inspiration from Japanese design principles, the Sydney-based, incredibly talented sister duo fulfilled their clients brief to keep things as unpretentious and simple as possible. Clean lines and pale timbers of birch and American oak have been used to compliment existing features like the marble floors. Yes, you heard right... marble. I'll let the images tell the rest....

What an incredible home! See the full house tour over at Est

Photo credit: Prue Ruscoe

One more thing before I go. I was recently interviewed by my lovely friend and blogger Anu of Decordots. Based in Estonia, Anu is a fellow lover of Scandi-style and has a very similar aesthetic to me, so I was very happy when she asked to feature my home along with some decorating questions. Now up on her gorgeous blog, take a look here.  

July | Inspo + Wishlist

7.16.2014

Although it's been on my to-do list since the start of the month this post has somehow never been ticked off, until now! The upside is I've had a bit more time to think about what I'm currently coveting, and I've even ordered a couple of things on my wishlist! 

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Clearly my love of monochrome and nude is still going strong. Winter calls for cosy layers and right now I can't think of anything more appealing than an Icelandic sheepskin, cashmere jumpers and fragrant candles. I'd really like some new jewellery, in keeping with my style which is very minimal. Recent discovery, Danish brand Still With You fits the bill perfectly, as do the beautiful range of The Horse watches, which are now available in NZ from Paper Plane. Forever chair-obsessed, I'm currently loving spindle-back chairs, like the J77 Chair designed by Folke Pålsson for Hay. Books and art are always on the list, as are products from Menu simply because they are just so good and I can't get them out of my mind!


01. Hay J77 Chair from nest.co.uk
02. Icelandic Sheepskin by The Organic Sheep from La Maison d'Anna G
03. Maison D'armore Feuille De Tabac Candle from Superette
04. Minimal 4 Piece Earring Set from Still With You
05. Framed Black Lines Art Print by RK Design from Society6
06. Organic Wool-Cashmere Pullover by John Patrick from La Garçonne
07. Mathilda Clahr Back Leather M-Strap from Norsu 
08. Mathilda Clahr Natural Leather M-Strap from Norsu
09. Seletti Neon Letters from Design Delicatessen 
10. The Horse Watch from Paper Plane
11. Chloé - Attitudes book by Rizzoli from Superette
12. Wire Bin by Menu from Simon James Concept Store
13. Yeh Wall Table by Menu from Simon James Concept Store
14. Kaschkasch Floor Mirror by Menu from The Minimalist

This Week | At Home

7.15.2014

Three out of four of us are sick with colds right now and the weather has been pretty miserable for the school holidays, but thankfully we're starting to see some sunshine today. It's always a bit challenging taking photos when it's dark and dreary, but I wanted to share some recent snaps with you from around home. In last Friday's post I showed you a few new faves namely on one side of the living room (and my office). Today I thought I'd show you the other side of the living room, along with a couple of extra photos I took yesterday of the kitchen.  

A welcome addition to our second sofa is the lovely Tart Throw by Australian designers Kate & Kate. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have caught a glimpse of it on our bed over the weekend, where it looks equally gorgeous teamed with our linen bedding from Nest. I've been a big fan of the clever sister-in- law duo ever since I was first introduced by local stockist LET LIV. The black and grey striped Original Blanket is also a favourite in our household, and currently resides in the downstairs living room. As well as being generous in size, they are incredibly soft and snugly (you have to feel these babies to believe it) and easily transferable from bed to sofa. The designs are all fabulous, and while I tend to favour the neutrals, there are plenty of gorgeous colourways to choose from. 

The rearranging of my office shown in last week's post resulted in a few things being moved to the String Shelf, such as the Flip Clock and Nynne Rosenvinge Print. I finally got my first cactus, a sweet little number which is sitting pretty in a paper tea light bag. Both of these are from Indie Home Collective

I recently did a bit of kitchen rearranging by swapping the Nespresso corner with the tray of everyday items. The boys are loving their new Design Letters Cups and Bowls. Made from kid-friendly melamine, they are not only great for fluffies and snacks, they also make cute storage containers for kids rooms and desk areas. You can shop the full range which includes plates, from Simon James Concept Store

Raya Todorova | Dreamy Interior Design

7.14.2014

When it comes to interiors I have no qualms about drawing inspiration from 3D designs, especially when they are this good. Created by Bulgarian designer Raya Todorova, the bedroom windows immediately grabbed my attention, with my first thought being New York loft meets Scandi minimalism. I love the elegant, understated feel and simple palette of black, white and grey. Natural materials, a simple pile of books and artworks casually leaning against the wall further add to the relaxed, uncomplicated style that I love so much. 


In the living room, the monochrome palette has been softened by light grey, pastels, and pale wood accents. A touch of metallic adds a lovely contrast. Still restrained, there are lots of smaller objects, art and details to soak up. I can't help lingering a bit longer just to take it all in. 

You can see more images on Behance and Raya's website

Proving just how inspiring 3D work can be when it comes to interiors, I find that whenever I post images here or on my Facebook page, readers always ask where they can source the products! Luckily they are often modelled on the brands and products I love and as such it was easy to pick out some real-life options to help you achieve a similar look. 


01. Kings & Queenies Linen Pillowcases from Simon James Concept Store
02. Muuto Stacked Shelf System from Urban Couture
03. Large Grey Ferm Living Candleholder from LET LIV
04. Small Natural Ferm Living Candleholder from LET LIV
05. Tom Dixon Copper Shader from ECC
06. Concrete Print from The Minimalist
07. Bloomingville Copper Candleholder from Perch Home
08. Bloomingville Wooden Houses from LET LIV
09. Marble Fragments Cushion from Society6
10. Be Brave Print by Sarah Carter Studio from Society6
11. Normann Copenhagen Large Tablo Table from Design Denmark
12. Grey 'Sheepie' Sheepskin rug from Superette

 

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