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- 02/19/13--15:30: _The Wooden Horse
- 01/23/13--15:13: Maison & Objet | &Tradition
- 01/24/13--16:40: Homes to Inspire | Modern Findings
- 01/27/13--14:30: Hunkydory | Spring - Summer 2013
- 01/28/13--15:37: Interior Styling | Oversized Mirrors
- 01/29/13--10:59: Pinterest | Picks & Peeks
- 01/30/13--10:28: Guest Post | We Heart Home
- 01/31/13--15:22: Minimalist Styling | Pella Hedeby
- 02/03/13--10:46: Interior Styling | Home Moodboards
- 02/04/13--13:56: OYOY | Spring - Summer 2013
- 02/05/13--12:21: Est Magazine | Issue # 8
- 02/06/13--10:40: Through the Lens of | Carina Olander
- 02/07/13--15:20: Present & Correct
- 02/10/13--10:13: Guest Post | Cush & Nooks
- 02/11/13--15:21: Valentine's Day | Two-Ten
- 02/12/13--15:10: Kristina Krogh Studio
- 02/13/13--10:13: Londontown | Citta Design
- 02/14/13--11:04: Tiffany & Co | Sydney Store Opening
- 02/17/13--10:49: Homes to Inspire | Kirra Jamison
- 02/18/13--10:31: Interview | Peppin Boutique
- 02/19/13--15:30: The Wooden Horse
The annual trade show in Paris, Maison & Objet has just run its course, showing everything from fashion, design and decoration to interior design and home trends. With such an inspiring line up there has understandably been a bit of a buzz out there in the blogging world, especially for those lucky enough to attend.
One of the exhibitors receiving rave reviews is &Tradtion, the renowned Danish brand who specialise in the design of lighting and furniture. You may remember them from my post on Norm Architects & Design where I featured the stunning Raft Collection of furniture, the Milk Lamp and the Mass Light. Presenting their newest range, I actually got my first glimpse prior to the show via Emmas Designblogg. Too good not to share, the incredible styling and photography by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen has quite literally sent my heart into a flutter!
If you're a fan of mid-century modern, then you can also check out Modern Findings on Tumblir, where you'll find a constant stream of gorgeous images. Fantastic for Pinterest addicts, I'll be joining you for some pinning very soon!
All images via http://cargocollective.com/modernfindings
Before I go, I just wanted to say have a lovely long weekend, if you're in Auckland or Northland. Monday is our Anniversary Day and we're very lucky to be heading up to Omaha tomorrow - my favourite beach, north of Auckland - to stay with friends at their beach house. I do however have a post prepared for Monday, so I'll see you then!
This rustic moodboard started with one amazing image. I love the drama created by the incredible dress, location and styling. When I came across it some time ago I hastily saved it and either forgot to make a note of the source or scribbled it down and can't find it. I'll keep searching, but If anyone recognises it please let me know. It's too good not to pin, don't you think?
Enjoy browsing Jessie's boards and make sure you check out her Follow Blog, where you'll find even more inspiration.
Holly & Trisha here from Fashion For Home's lifestyle blog We Heart Home. We wanted to say a huge thanks to Michelle for having us today to share this wonderful Atlanta loft space with you.
Here we go!
Originally purchased in the 1960s when it was still an office, painter Thea Beasley has boldly (and bravely) transformed this 3,500-square-foot suburban loft into a charming and elegant haven of neutral colours and natural, Scandinavian textures. We adore these wicker chairs and white table linen - they remind us of a Bavarian cottage or fairytale home!
In every room Beasley has combined a simple palette with a wonderful feature of some kind, which really allows her to bring out her artistic side! The white walls and free-standing tub (below) are complimented by the eye-catching feature wall. The uniformity of the golden frames and the monochrome tones of all the images is the key to their success!
One of our all time favourite features about this interior is the mottled walls. Beasley stripped them to reveal this unique plaster effect. While a lot of people think it looks a bit scruffy, we are convinced that given the elegance of her furnishings and the high ceilings means this effect works brilliantly. Once again, this room has a lovely feature in the form of her 1930s display cabinet with a total of 80 compartments, in which she exhibits shells, feathers, nests & even antlers.
The living room really stands out for us. It has a far more French aesthetic with the curvy lines and fitted upholstery of these Aidan Gray wingbacked chairs, white washed (homemade!) farmhouse coffee table and Mongolian-lambhair pillow.
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♥ Trisha & Holly
What I find appealing about minimalist interiors is the elegant, understated look they create. A simple colour palette of black, white and grey with natural materials such as wood, concrete and marble make for a deliciously stunning combination. Add a metallic accent such as brass or copper and I'm practically salivating! Although some find minimalism too stark or sterile, I believe it can be done in a way that still brings life, warmth and personality to your home.
One of my favourite stylists and bloggers, Pella Hedeby has mastered this paired-back, Scandinavian style of minimalism beautifully. Not a day passes where I don't check in to one of her lovely blogs. Stil Inspiration is where she shares all that inspires in the way of interior design and architecture, including examples of her own work. The other, Hitta Hem, is where she and fellow interior designer Marie Ramse share more of their incredible projects.
Simple workspace details...
and branches in a glass vase. Simple, yet stunning. That marble topped sideboard is divine!
As you know, I love creating moodboards from images I find via my Pinterest boards or around the web, but today I'm going to talk about the real-life kind that you can make for your home. To start with, I've found some great ideas for turning simple photo collages into something fun and unique.
Sticking your favourite photos on to a blackboard wall, like in the kitchen above allows you to personalise the surrounding area with messages, drawings or quotes. In addition to family photos you could stick little keepsakes like treasured invitations, tickets to a memorable show or even your child's artwork.
A cute idea for the bedroom or living area, heart shaped collages are very cool, as is the one below which covers the entire length of a bedroom pillar.
I love how Karine Kong of Bodie and Fou has used black washi tape to stick pictures on to the wall of her London home.
I'm looking forward to displaying a moodboard in the workspace of our new home. Personal photos, tear slips from favourite magazines and catalogues, postcards or any work-related/personal inspiration can be brought together to create an eye-catching feature. As with my virtual moodboards, I like the idea of sticking to a colour theme. Always a winning combo, the workspaces shown below are gorgeous in black and white with touches of pink.
The curator of the one above has gone all out, covering the wall above the desk with a mix of fantastic visual inspiration. Completing the look, in true Scandi-style, are a pair of fabulous antlers.
An alternative to sticking images to the wall, you can use a board like in the one above. A store bought memo board, piece of plywood or board covered in fabric would do the trick nicely. Below are some more ideas, including a couple of clever DIY's.
I especially love the gold framed 'love' moodboard and the one above made from a vintage pull-down map.
I hope that's given you a nice dose of design inspiration for your Monday! One more thing before I go... you may have noticed that I've installed a 'pin it' button on the blog, which means you can now pin images from my posts to your Pinterest boards with one click! Simply hover over the image until the 'P' appears on the top right-hand corner, click on it and pin! So easy!
Ever since Danish interior design company OYOY launched last year with their Autumn/Winter range, I've been smitten. (You may remember the post I wrote introducing them). They've now released their New Collection for Spring/Summer 2013 and once again I'm hooked. Inspired by both Scandinavian and Japanese design (such a divine combo) the products mix simple graphics with natural materials and colour. Designer Lotte Fynboe's motto is "less is more" and this is reflected in the high-quality homewares that combine both form and function.
OYOY's signature geometric patterns are seen throughout the new collection, categorised room by room, which includes cushions, throws, kitchenware, accessories and a Nordic range by designer Kristina Dam. I'm loving the fun new designs like the hanging storage and wooden rabbits.
So much eye-candy, and isn't the styling to die for? All images via the latest OYOY Catalogue which you can read here.
It's a public holiday here in NZ (Waitangi Day) which is rather nice, midweek! The sun is shining and the kids want to play, so just a quick post today to share with you some of my favourite pages from the latest issue of Est Magazine. Packed to the brim with stunning interiors, here's a peek at each of the three incredible homes featured. I know this will leave you wanting more, so if you haven't yet done so, make sure you pop over and subscribe - for free!
This home belongs to Eva Van Dongen, a freelance architect/designer and her family. Located in Amsterdam, I love the stylishly clean and simple interiors. Beautifully styled and photographed by one of my favourite creative pairs, Anouk B and Marjon Hoogervorst, whose work I featured in the post Concept 2012.
The last home is my favourite. A new build in Melbourne, design team Leibowitz and McLachlan were enlisted to help create the family home, and the results are breathtaking.
All images via estmagazine.com.au
Based in Trollhättan, Sweden, it's hard to believe Carina Olander was formerly an aircraft mechanic. Naturally creative and having always loved painting and photography, she started freelancing on the side in 2009, in addition to doing several courses. Making the move to being a full-time photographer at the start of the year, and judging by her small yet impressive portfolio, I'd say she made the right decision!
All images via www.carinaolander.se
Born out of two graphic designers obsession with stationery, Present & Correct launched its online store in 2008, and opened the doors to its first retail store in London last year. In-house designs and sourcing trips four times a year result in an ever-evolving range of products including the most beautiful paper and desktop accessories from around the world, as well as charming vintage finds.
"Inspired by homework, the post office and school" the products have a nostalgic quality, taking us back to our childhood when we wrote notes to one another instead of emailing or texting! Remember those days, before we became attached to our mobile phones, laptops and tablets?
The gorgeously curated selection of products on their website are grouped into categories such as "mail, give, write, organise and ephemera". The brand oozes timeless style, with classic typography, gorgeous colour ranges, simple geometric shapes and a lovely mix of modern and vintage.
I had so much fun browsing the Present & Correct website. It really is a stationery lover's dream! Rest assured they ship worldwide, and despite taking us back to an age pre-digital, you can join up to their mailing list, follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and read their blog!
All images via www.presentandcorrect.com
Hi to all Michelle's readers, it's Vic here, from Cush & Nooks. I'm really happy to be guest posting on The Design Chaser today. Two of my favorite things are being inspired by other people's beautiful homes (I love seeing people's personalities expressed in their homes), and interior magazines. So I'm combining those two things in this post by showing you the home office of Apartment 34 blogger, Erin Hiemstra, which is featured in the latest Rue magazine.
As soon as I saw Erin's office I immediately knew I wanted to share it with you today. I felt that Erin's style was a pretty good blend of mine and Michelle's. Michelle loves Scandinavian design - gorgeous clean, stylish interiors. I do too, but also love to throw in lots of pattern and a bit of quirkiness.
I'm a firm believer in treating myself to something special every birthday and Christmas, and because hubby and I don't exchange gifts for Valentine's Day, I'm thinking that this could be another great excuse to buy myself something nice. Whether you are wanting to hint at something or just shop for yourself, here are some sweet ideas!
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01Lorna Love Heart Cushion
02Z Lamp by Leitmotiv from Let Liv
03Ecoya Lotus Flower Madison Jar Candle from Redcurrent
04 Moroccan Leather Pouf from Let Liv
05Mozi Porcelain Teapot
06Meadowlark Cat Paw Cocktail Ring
07Superette Co-Labs Giraffe Envelope Clutch
08Superette Exclusive Yellow Tassel Bracelet by Lindi Kingi
09White Forest Home Mix & Match Love You Print
10White Forest Home Mix & Match Forever Print
I'd love to see Kristina's work displayed in the home, preferably mine when it's finished being built! I've been following Kristina via her Facebook page and she said yesterday that she was doing last minute testing before launching her webshop, so keep an eye out for that. You can also view more of her work at Kristina Krogh Studio. Her portfolio includes some very cool graphic design work for a wide range of clients, and you can see her full range of posters here.
When a homeware brand that you love releases a new collection, inspired by one of your favourite cities, you know it's going to be good. Londontown, the new Winter 2013 collection by Citta Design is due to be released next week, and I had the pleasure of attending the preview on Tuesday afternoon. Held at their head office in Auckland, we got to take in the beautiful new range and listen to the designers talk about their vision, all while sipping Pimm's and nibbling on club sandwiches and chocolate lamingtons. All so very English, and I loved every minute!
Citta Design is renowned for their seasonal injections of colour, pattern and texture inspired by unique cultures from around the world. The Londontown story has been brought to life through "five distinct London characters who offer a rich and varied platform of inspiration for Citta Design's diverse range of homewares, furniture and accessories." They are The Vintage, The Eccentric, The English Rose, The Sloane and The Proper Gent.
You can't help but feel uplifted by the bright colour palette of The Vintage above and The Eccentric below. Scarlet red buses and phone boxes and the London Underground are some of the iconic London images that spring to mind.
The lush range of Citta Design towels get me every time, and I think these may be the best yet. I love their take on the traditional houndstooth design, presented in a range of striking colours.
Straight away I knew that The Sloane was a girl after my own heart, with her simple clean aesthetic, luxe neutrals and rich fabrics.
The Proper Gent brings with him rich and dark masculine tones....
The internationally renowned jeweller Tiffany & Co opened the doors to their newest store in Sydney on Wednesday, just in time for Valentine's Day. Located at Westfield Bondi Junction, the celebration was marked with the unveiling of special custom designed sculptures by Dr Lisa Cooper, a unique and talented Sydney artist.
Tiffany & Co Collaborated with Lisa to design and create sculptural objects that pay homage to Tiffany's relationship with true love and the connection to the new store in Bondi. Unfortunately I couldn't make it over to the opening, but I'm very excited to be able to share with you these exclusive photos from the event.
Dr Lisa Cooper
Not only is her work held in private collections in Australia, the UK, US and Singapore, her work has been published in many top publications such as Marie Claire, Vogue Living, InStyle, Harper's Bazaar, Inside Out, and The Sydney Morning Herald. There are also two books featuring her work due for worldwide release in 2012 | 2013.
Attendees included many well known people from the design industry. I'm a big fan of stylist and blogger Jason Grant (far right) pictured here with Brendon Guy and Mason Browne.
All images courtesy of Tiffany & Co | Nac Media Group
When I mentioned being a fan of the Australian stylist and blogger Jason Grant in Friday's post, I made a mental note to share some of his work with you in the near future. As it turns out, the gorgeous home I've chosen for today just happens to have been styled by Jason for the Jan/Feb issue of Inside Out. Not only that, it's the home of talented artist Kirra Jamison, so you get two inspiring creatives for the price of one!
Kirra's home in Melbourne is a partially converted industrial warehouse, perfect for showcasing her incredible art collection. I love the walls which are a mix of exposed concrete bricks and blocks. Walking through our future home on the weekend (currently a building site), I couldn't help but visualise it with the concrete blocks left exposed. It's such a cool look, and despite not being suited our home's aesthetic, I'd think about trying it next time!
Painted white, Kirra's walls provide the ideal backdrop for the colour and pattern that bursts from both Kirra's art and those by other artists, such as the watercolour painting by Luisa Rossitto in the living room above. Cushions from Castle, Anthropologie and Beci Orpin tie in perfectly.
If this is your first time being introduced to Kirra, then I urge you to take a look at her artwork series, Love Me Two Times. Exhibited at the Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts in 2011, I would love to own one of these colourful pieces one day. Kirra has put one in her dining area above and it looks amazing.
Peppin Boutique was launched in 2010, by Kathleen Waite and Robert Trathen. The talented couple, Kathleen is a fashion designer, Robert an established freelance photograher, opened their flagship store in Auckland's Herne Bay and have since developed a loyal following. Inspired by their gorgeous son Jet, Peppin is known for their beautifully designed garments ranging from babywear to four years old. With a focus on comfort, the clothing is made from "high quality fabrics such as merino and organic cottons, with a mix of netural colours and eye catching prints."
I studied fashion at AUT, and worked on a few labels before starting Peppin. The most well known was Skylark, a women’s streetwear label.
Are you still involved with Skylark? How did you find the transition from designing womenswear to designing kidswear?
All of the products you design are still made here in NZ. Do you think you will take the manufacturing offshore at some point?
Peppin has already experimented with offshore. That was interesting and quite a learning curve. We will be making fully onshore again. Some customers really want to support NZ Made so we have lots of limited edition options for them. The price point is slightly higher but that tends to be ok.
In addition to your store, you also sell online. How do the two compare?
They are so so different, I just love the potential of online and the ease of it all. I’m a big online shopper myself. And I like the bricks and mortar because I have worked in retail since I was 13 and have a good understanding of how a customer wants to feel like and be treated like when they come in to the shop. I love merchandising and getting feedback – which you don’t necessarily get with online.
Jet is now three and a half, and has just moved up into Kindy. The first year was a huge challenge juggling baby and business. It is now a breeze because he knows the routine and can comprehend a lot more. My advice is have support, I couldn’t have done it without Rob my partner and mum helping out too with childcare.
Where do you find creative inspiration - local or international design, the web, travel, magazines etc?
Too many ideas and not enough time, I only look and read about fashion for my own sake. There are many other kids labels I admire – but wouldn’t dream of doing similar work. Peppin is pretty intuitive for me, and details can get changed throughout the process from design pattern and make.
Probably all the sweats which will come in for winter, lots of colour blocking!
In addition to the Peppin Boutique range, you also stock other brands of toys and accessories. Will you continue to expand on this?
What are you working on right now - any exciting projects in the works?
New prints would be the exciting one right now…
What are your future plans for Peppin Boutique - where would you like to take the business?
No big plans, we are really so happy with the brand so far and just stoked that others like it. You will see new prints and new designs coming in, and I hope we will have natural growth.
A massive thank you to Kath for giving up her time to be interviewed. If you're in Auckland make sure you pop in to Peppin Boutique, located at 184 Jervois Rd, Herne Bay. Alternatively, you can shop online. To stay in the loop, pop over and 'like' their Facebook page.
All images via www.peppin.co.nz
The Wooden Horse founded by Joanne Whitney, is a new online store in NZ providing contemporary and vintage inspired Scandinavian homeware. Knowing that I have soft spot for Scandinavian design, Joanne recently got in touch and I'm so glad she did. It's such a pleasure to be the first to share her exciting new venture with you.
Wanting to provide quality design that is both stylish and functional, without the extravagant price-tag, I believe The Wooden Horse has achieved just that. Their carefully selected range of imported furniture and gifts include everything from chairs and cabinets to luxe velvet cushions, glassware and wire storage baskets. What's more, they have introduced the Danish design brand Madam Stoltz to NZ for the very first time. Currently sold all over Europe, this is a very exciting addition to our local market!
I was also pretty happy when Joanne said she'd got in touch with artist Kristina Krogh after seeing my post featuring her gorgeous range of posters. Constantly reviewing Scandinavian brands to add to their range, I'm looking forward to seeing how it expands.
I've picked out ten gorgeous products from The Wooden Horse to share with you, although it was hard to narrow it down as everything is so lovely. The range of velvet cushions in the images above are also high on my wish list!
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I'm particularly taken with the hammered silver metal coffee table. So beautiful and unique, it comes in two sizes. The gorgeous industrial pendant light is a steal at only NZ $99.95! Check out the full range here. Happy shopping!
All images courtesy of The Wooden Horse