Today I wanted to focus on structure. From the pleated preppy skirt to the folded cladding of a modern high-rise. How the light falls on a natural ribbed wooden surface and the wavy shell encasing a home. Love it!
Fresh off the back of my India post, I’m still feeling the colour. Today I have turned my focus to kitchens. At home, my kitchen is in a cherry wood style with white mosaic tiles held in place with orange grout. It works but it wasn’t my choice, its how the kitchen was when I moved in. I fill it with colourful finds and happy patterns. On the notice board I pin illustrations I have drawn, or postcards I have collected. There is the vintage blue scales that were my grans, my nan’s ceramic salt and pepper and a wooden dresser piled high with teacups and patterned bowls. My ideal kitchen would be a mix of wood and white. Light, bright with clean lines and colourful flourishes and accents. When I cook, which I love to do, I like my food to look colourful, a little bit of everything goes on my fork – textures, colours, smells – in perfect balance. I think I like my kitchen to be like that too. Here are some kitchen’s that I’m enjoying today.
The best thing about my kitchen at home is the view! Gorgeous green hills fill my window. I like in this kitchen how the green foliage becomes part of the colour scheme. Adding a rug is an easy way to bring the colour.
Who doesn’t love a Smeg fridge, and in vibrant orange this one brings the joy! The wooden floor, Victorian style radiator and light shade are all things I love.
Ultra sleek and ultra modern, grey tames this glowing yellow splash-back.
What a creative space, they make great use of the height with layered artworks and I love the mug hooks.
This kitchen has that Scandinavian calm. Mint green units are satisfyingly chunky, together with light wood and ample helpings of white.
This kitchen is like visiting an art gallery. I love the forest green units, brass handles and marble counter tops. The drama of dark kitchen’s always draws me in, but I don’t think I could have one – I need the light. It is so sophisticated though.
Green is the colour of choice here too. A more industrial and rustic vibe. The island unit I love, and the concrete and wood dining table.
I like the wooden in this kitchen, just the right amount of honey and grain. White counter tops gleam and the yellow stools just make me happy. Its the simple things!
This is pretty perfect – the long table, low lights, acres of books and framed prints just all work wonderfully.
This diddy kitchen maximises the limited space with sea green units and cream framed windows. The light streams in and what is essentially a corridor looks inviting.
A shelf window allows a plentiful supply of herbs. Lovely wooden counter tops and painted units make washing up less of a chore.
And finally, another flash of yellow! You can never underestimate the power of a lick of paint. Enjoy.
The sun is beaming, its Friday and all I can think about is kicking back and relaxing in the garden. At home I have a lovely view with a little wooden deck, I tend to drag the furniture outside when its really nice. Today I thought I would collate some sun loungers, if money was no object, these are few I would happily have dotted around my fictional pool.
What elegant curves, gently bobbing here seems rather perfect to me.
A rocker made for two. The natural linen looks so inviting.
Or perhaps do it yourself, the internet is bursting with recycled pallet ideas, I rather like this one.
From the rustic to the surreal – pink metal palm leaves bring shade to a rather glamourous day bed.
Simple lines and neutral furnishings, a classic way to soak up some sun.
Submerged chairs in the pool! Love it.
This lounger looks poised to pounce! Red leather and steel, perfect against the matt black background.
Smart ‘deck chair’ for the beach, easily portable and kind of cool.
What a happy place, dappled shade with silvered decking, metal framed seats, wooden tables and sinkable grey cushions. Not forgetting a fire pit!
Unusual design that I rather like, the head rests meet a point rising for that cushioned support.
This basket weave day bed borrows its design from the waves. A handy cover in harsh sun, to me it has a welcome Seventies vibe.
I hope you find some time to relax this weekend!
When I was little a had a lovely bedroom, with an engaging freeze of alphabet letters all around my tiny room. For some reason I started reminiscing about my little room of peach and grey with Laura Ashly floral wallpaper, and it got me thinking, what alphabet options do we have for nurseries today? Oh and there really are some beauties! Take a look at my favourites…
I love this idea, alphabet cards pegged on a line! Fun colours too.
I would love to illustrate my own!
Make it monochrome with black and white wallpaper and lovely doodles.
You can’t go wrong with squidge, grey crocheted letters that are huggably good.
Anything with an embroidery hoop I love, these appliqué letters are no exception.
For a more neutral take, I love the white letters acting as a freeze.
Or perhaps something like this, a white chest of draws up-cycled to be tactile fun.
Not technically decor, but aren’t these brilliant? Wooden alphabet blocks with letters and sign language.
What a great idea, a giant magnetic letter wall!
Or these lovely draws which have a deep richness with chunky wooden letters varying in size.
Creative ways with the alphabet! Nurseries can be such fun.
Painting furniture can cover a multitude of sins. In fact it can be additive, but I think everything in moderation. From chalky blues to geometric hues, painted furniture is here to stay. Here are a few that have captured my gaze this week…
This is where it started, once I clapped eyes on this elegant offering I wanted more. A powder blue sets off the ribs on this little cabinet, flanked by an Eames chair, what more could you want?
I like the mix with this chest of draws, a wooden front is framed by a chalky blue. The triangular design really catches your attention.
So simple and so lovely, a kids wardrobe with cascading circles in vibrant orange and blue.
A perfectly chalky chest of draws in ombre shades of pastel pink and and smokey grey.
In a bold acid yellow and black illustration, this piece of furniture makes me want to just get out a marker pen and start doodling.
Or perhaps go for a colour in the kitchen – a rich aubergine covered in, well, just look at that counter top! Undulating well-worn wood bolted on creates the perfect contrast.
Romantic pink painted draws double as a bed side table. I love the brassy handles paired with the retro radio and lamp.
Neat and tidy, charcoal grey is framed in white with rounded wooden legs in this mid century style cabinet.
Van Gogh inspired wardrobe in brilliant blue capturing the majesty of the magnolia tree.
Love the geometric pattern on this painted chest of draws. The miss-matched handles just add to the cool.
If your taste is little more simple, this white painted cupboard is beautiful with its contrasting black fittings.
The giant blooms painted on this chest of draws really catches the eye. The colours pick out the features of the room beyond.
You could always start small, a gold dipped chair is just really satisfying. Though I would keep the main chair bare wood and dip the top in copper paint, now thats an idea…
What could be more luxurious than velvet. Recently I’m hankering after a velveteen sofa that I could sink into, but what colour? From jeweled hues that dazzle to the perfectly pale – I love them all.
Where to start! This show-stopping blue sofa brings a little pizzazz to an antiqued interior
Another moody room, this time matt blue walls and floor are perfectly complimented by a golden velvet coach placed at an angle
A cosy cat in a peachy velvet chair, could we get any more hipster!
This curved Chesterfield is a breath of fresh air in an icy greyed blue
Opulent gold looks so lavish with on a laid back sofa
Taupe shades are layered together with this deep, velvety sofa
You can never have too much blue, cushions cascade to a waterfall effect
The perfect combination of rustic wood, a woodland view and a verdant green tufted corner sofa
A gentleman’s dressing room is set off by a dark wooden sofa upholstered in a deep luxe grey
Effortlessly elegant, this room boasts a blush pink sofa coupled with tufted rug and layered golden frames
Oh my, black walls, tropical prints and a green velvet sofa that glows like an emerald stone
It may be little, but worth including in this velvet collection I think, tufted blue velvet is incased in an angular metal frame
And finally, a orange-gold velveted chair that would be just like sinking into a sunbeam
Are you sold on velvet? I think I am.
With so much of our living now in open plan spaces, ‘zoning’ is a thing. I think we naturally want to feel that we know what a space is for, its purpose. A way to create this room within a room is with screens or a dividers. What these are however, can be as varied as your imagination!
What comes to mind for me are either thick dark ebony carved partitions or elegant oriental wafer thin screens (with these I need to suppress the desire to punch a hole like in a 60s bond movie. Juvenile I know).
The options are of course endless, here are a few that have captured my imagination, welcome to the world of the screen..
A mammoth piece of furniture which feels like it would be at home alongside a palm tree and a silk dress.
The effect of this screen is rather lovely, the natural fabric is layered producing perhaps more art than furniture.
My eye is always drawn to line, I love the precision of these metallic lines, bringing some sophistication to an open space.
Bang on trend, bring nature in with this versatile hipster divide (it’s got geometric shapes and everything)
I love the classic calm that rattan gives. With rounded corners this screen adds a lightness to a home.
Outside spaces can benefit from a bit of screening. I love these skeleton leaf-inspired structures, and the rusty colours on this an Autumn day feel apt.
The simplicity of a squared screen, welcome in the roasting heat.
More linear cool with this narrow but noticeable room divider.
Or bring nature in with a rather woody room divide.
And for that nod to Bohemia I love this wooden carved screen in a rich sea-green
A geometric wooden slither sits happily in a serene and classic interior.
And finally, a rustic and basic but beautiful living screen. Adding a bit of green to an urban space.