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!
The kind of staircase I like is one that is elegant, falling from the ceiling like a ribbon cascading to the ground. Not clunky, asserting its presence – but brilliantly designed so you feel all the more lighter as you alight.
Like the flick of the brush this beautiful staircase makes the room.
A pool of light is revealed as the curvaceous wooden staircase cuts out the floor. I love how it follows through underneath.
This feels very architectural, perhaps not elegant but certainly refined. The white steps stretch to the sides creating a perfect perching patch.
A delightfully minimal hand rail flawlessly twists into the ground.
Old school charm! Wonderfully wide for those gigantic skirts, this staircase transitions from wood to stone effortlessly.
A rhythmic staircase with a linear balustrade. There is something quite nautical about the black tripes. Perhaps it is their uniform nature, beautifully done.
We have an Egyptian feel next with these stone steps. Spacious and gently rising out of the ground, the smooth sides allow the light to bounce.
A nod to Art Deco, these stairs create a pleasing zig-zag just stopping short of the floor.
Striking putty pink stairs reveal a cut-out handrail as they swirl down the wall.
Pleasing shapes are created with this simple black metal handrail.
Strong concrete stairs make their presence known as they twist from the ceiling.
A slight but beautiful enclosed staircase. I like the blonde wood and vertical thin white-washed strips that follow the curve.
Ending with a note of monochrome, a confident staircase that breaks away from the wall has a playful feel.
I love the impact simple lines can have. Bringing a form down to its bare basic is something I appreciate in art, and in an interior I think it can work too. Wire in lighting design is everywhere at the moment, be that spindly strands of LEDs or striking strong black metal or geometric bronze. These are a few that have caught my eye.
Cubist in shape, this shade hovers over its three hanging light bulbs. Designed by Anastasia Vishnevskaya, I love the boldness.
Perfect for a teenagers bedroom, this cloud has a golden lining .
You cannot underestimate the power of a simple black line! This stark and vast reception has elegant black wire pendant lights, rigid and beautiful.
In a similar vein, these pendant lights cut striking shapes in geometric forms. The black casing dangling with glowing bulbs below.
Spider-like this, little light uses thick black lines in cartoon angles.
How is it that inanimate objects can project such personality? These wire table lamps to me look huddle, hunched, perhaps the lighting version of the Liverpudlian vultures in Disney’s cartoon Jungle Book!
This pair have borrow from tradition for their shape. Flared at the edge like a lady’s dress or a flower. Uniform wire spokes cage the light bulbs perfectly.
This string of lights uses presents the wire in the shape of a light bulb, simple but effective.
The close together wire here almost becomes a woven mesh. I am mesmerised by the silhouettes created by the bulbous shapes.
Could it get anymore simple – the clear black lines perfectly suspend the cone shaped shades.
This trio are diamond-like, hanging in strong geometric frames. They look heavy, substantial, maybe even bat-like and gothic.
Perfectly minimal, skewed pyramids look hand drawn mid air!
Conjuring the feel of bygone times, these skeletal lamps have feminine flair.
For my final wirey inspiration, a substantial piece of lighting design which hangs like a full fisherman’s catch. The netting of lights glows with warmth in an industrial space.
Fuel for any much needed ‘light bulb’ moments.
There is something so satisfying about a storage canister, sure call me crazy but they are just so snug, tactile and useful! I have a bizarre mixture at home, orange shiny ones that were my mums, an Orla Kiely ceramic and wood brown one from my sister, cut glass with stoppers and speckled pottery all sit together. Here are a few other kitchen storage jars that I wouldn’t mind clustered on my counter…
These trio are very pleasing, the tactile white ceramic pot is finished nicely with wood and leather lids.
For more strokable texture, below are storage pots that came from the Summertime range by Hornsea Pottery, made between 1962 and 1964.
These smoky objects are by Belgian architect Vincent Van Duysen. The oak lidded bowls come in ceramic, clear and smoky glass. Quite beautiful.
Lovely and simple, and labelled so no confusion! The minimal text and glossy white vessels works really well. I believe they come in black too, for that gothic kitchen vibe.
The endlessly pleasing triangle motif wraps around these storage pots. Light wooded lids fit just so.
A quirky shape and those great 80s colours of grey, yellow and black. I like the cork lids too!
Jolly patterned, again with a cork lid, these storage jars look substantial.
Mango wood lids, a hint of colour through the glaze and twirly knobs! A nod to Arts and Crafts, they would make a happy edition to the home.
What a pleasing collection! Geometric black lines carve up the white space, all wonderfully different but all working so well together.
An finally a little neon to brighten the day. That retro Nordic feel sits together with a grounding of grey.
Just another opportunity to add some personality to the kitchen!
Speak to anyone who knows me and I am a colourful girl. Case and point, I sit here typing in tan boots, a pink and teal floral dress, taupe cardigan and ink-blue scarf! But today I was drawn to the monochrome. My home, like me is a veritable fruit punch filled with every kind of pattern and colour (everything in moderation) but today I wanted to seek out interiors that restrict themselves to the world of black and white – and those grey areas in-between.
This is where it started, I cam across an image on my internet travels and, well, I stopped. The matt black tub is lovely but the mountain mural I just adore.
Another bathroom, this time with fun wallpaper that has ethnic 1990’s vibes. The pattern is rug-little geometric.
Ok, so the green foliage kind of adds colour to my tightly constrained black and white theme. The black framed windows are oh-so-chic, paired with a stripy rug, light wooden table and the classic ‘Y’ chair.
Traditional with a twist, this frayed at the edges sitting room has a comforting layered style.
Back to bathrooms, here is a small space delivers understated glamour. Greyed marble perfectly sets off the graphic black fittings.
A geometric chimney breast steals the show here where nothing is understated. Silver surfaces and Art Deco themes combine to create a memorable space.
But perhaps its best to start small, I love these stripy black and white pots, hugging those architectural spikes.
I have enjoyed this monochrome tour, though I can’t help wanting to add a splash of mustard or a flourish of Indian pink or maybe, just a hint, of decadent gold.