31.7.14

blue fantastic

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Dark blue mixed with natural woods, a little green and plenty of white space is one of my favorite looks or color combinations right now. This is such a great example of that.

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Some Thursday inspiration, found here.

29.7.14

linda farrow still life

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Still life for Linda Farrow Men's SS14 eyewear collection. See more here at Frederik Vercruysse!

Target's Room Essentials: 1 piece / 3 ways



Earlier this month I introduced you to the Target Room Essentials line which includes necessary basics for every room in your house.
I shared a handful of my personal favorites with you but this time I want to show you an even more personal take on one of their pieces.
This foldable desk attracted me because it collapses completely flat quickly, great for small spaces or even for moving. Pair this table with a foldable chair & you have a setting that is just as quick to pack away as it was to set up.
Beyond being convertible, I saw a lot of potential in this piece to be more than a desk but possibly a vanity or entry table, even a sofa table. And two of these side by side could also make for a clean line of shelf space wherever you put it.

Below I share my own styling & photos of the table in 3 different scenarios.



A DESK /



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This is especially great if you want your own personal space to work, draw, read, and write to-do lists (as I often do!). I used these linen storage boxes as a sort of moveable filing cabinet and layered some woven rugs underneath for pattern and texture. Work spaces should be inspiring but they should not be so attention getting that it causes distraction, so a consistent palette of blacks, grey and natural browns add enough personality without compromising focus and efficiency.
A plant that if possibly modeling for some sketches or in the process of finding a new home. A few inspiring images on the wall with an artist's stool in a deep shade of green all elevate a basic table to something more refined and purposeful.



A VANITY /



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Once again this is nice when you want a space all to yourself. For me, with two small kids and a husband, our family shares everything, our daughter even sleeps in our room! To have an area designated just to me, to take my make up off at night or to keep my perfumes and lotions away from the everyone else's is like a small luxury.
Here you can hang a few necklaces, keep your brushes, moisturizers or favorite fashion magazines nearby. Play around with seating for something small and easy to push under the overhanging ledge or possibly an upholstered piece with more cushion. I keep it simple yet again with a round mirror, my componibili which doubles as storage/seating and a group of favorite simple beauty products.



A SOFA TABLE /



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It isn't specifically an example a sofa table but the idea of a console table that can be used either behind a sofa or in a hallway, sort of the same piece in my mind. This can be a purely decorative area and display a collection of glass pieces or favorite framed artwork. You could also hang some knobs nearby for hats and jackets, and a rug for protecting the floor from heavy traffic. I used an armchair for collecting personal odds & ends but also for the wood color that softens the thin black lines.


I hope you enjoyed my take on a basic yet ultra versatile item!




This post is sponsored by Target. Shop Room Essentials to make modern life easier.





28.7.14

brass cube apartment

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A beautiful, timeless project from Stockholm's multi disciplinary office Claesson Koivisto Rune. The big brass island offsets the rest of the minimal interior.

Found with thanks to Nordic Design blog.

22.7.14

doshi levien for HAY

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Mirrors that were designed to resemble jewels, these mirrors for HAY can be stacked or repeated in any pattern in a series of shapes.
Read more about it here on Dezeen.

15.7.14

white sheets

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I must be a tired mom because this room just makes me want to sleep! (found with thanks to stylejuicer)
Actually Elin hasn't been sleeping well lately & I even less than her so I am trying to stay awake all day. Last night I fell asleep on the couch and woke up at 1:30 am, fully dressed and trying to remember how I got there! I hope I'm not scaring away those of you who don't have kids. It's a completely rewarding job and I love my kids very much, they make me laugh and smile all the time & the love I feel for them is like no other...but wow am I exhausted this week!



In my shop news, I have a handful of new OOAK necklaces coming tomorrow, see them soon here.

14.7.14

Target's Room Essentials

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Recently I was asked by the great people at Target to share a few of my favorites from their new RE line.
The entire line is just what the name implies, a home's essentials.
All the basics every modern room needs to begin building upon like thin line frames, solid colored bedding, unobtrusive storage and organizers.
From there you can create your space to reflect your own style, mixing high/low, new/old and patterns/solids.


Some of my favorite essentials are pictured here |

STEEL FOLDING CHAIR | It doesn't get more versatile or practical than a black metal folding chair, everyone has a reason to use one at some point (in a few weeks I'll show you my own take on the basic metal chair so stay tuned).

A GEOMETRIC THROW | Grey goes with almost any decor but with a little pattern it's more interesting.

WIDE MATTE FRAME
| I never have enough frames for all the interesting pieces I find, or for my son's drawings. A thin white frame doesn't distract from what it's displaying, in this case a favorite from design group All the Way to Paris.

LINEN BOX | You can imagine a dozen or more uses for a lidded box. A place to house loose papers, small toys (if you have kids like me), jewelry, or other small things you don't want on display. I'd stack several of these together for a stronger effect. Filling some floating

GLASS ORB LAMP | Simple shapes like circles and rectangles are needed for every room. An orb shaped glass lamp lends itself to whatever you need it for. A linen shade in different colors or a silver dipped light bulb with no shade would work for me just fine. Set it on top of a stack of magazines or a small side table and the light will filter through it's opaque base.



This post is sponsored by Target. Shop Room Essentials to make modern life easier.

13.7.14

trotters tables & cabinets

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A series of cabinets, low tables and sideboards designed by TAF in a variety of birch finishes with glass tops and marbled legs.
Such a versatile set of pieces that plays with " proportion and twisting the balance of the expected in a cabinet or table, the attention has been focused on the often forgotten and understated foot."

See the collection in its entirety here.

11.7.14

Sommerhaus

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Berlin company Sommerhaus PIU is composed of architects Markus Stöcklein and Björn Götte who make these sustainable, quality prefabricated homes located in beautiful, scenic locations.

A quote from one of the creators about the home |

"The prototype (PIU 60) has 60 sqm of living space, 35 sqm of covered terrace and 2 storage units with 2.5 sqm each. Inside you find a spacious living, dining and cooking area, 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom - but the layout certainly is convertible and expandable. Different floor plan options are possible and some are indicated in the plan brochure. The standardized models reach from 40 sqm to 115 sqm."

A peaceful summer home is something my husband and I often dream of having so I'm endlessly intrigued with small, efficient homes like this. Big enough to hold everything you need comfortably but small enough to compel you to get outside!

raya todorova

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This is an ideal bedroom, wouldn't you say so? A place that says I'm Stylish and peaceful but not trying too hard.
That kind of effortless cool that's never really without effort.
With it's monochrome scheme and simply made bed in layers from white to black that hug large, uncovered windows. Looks like the sort of place you'd want to take a long Sunday nap and forget the world around you. The kind of bedroom you wouldn't mind spending the entire day in.
Well I am definitely a fan, can you tell?

Raya's portfolio also included this space below, already making many Pinterest users happy, is pastel perfection. With just enough color and again, like the room above, not overdone. Check out her portfolio for more images of both spaces.


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10.7.14

our new table

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I'm quite late in posting this as we've had this table for a month or so.
After having my daughter Elin in January, I knew I wanted a bigger dining table. With our matte black upper cabinets in the kitchen I also knew I wanted something in a black finish.
Muuto's 70/70 table was our favorite in a list of tables we considered. It's straight lines and exposed wood edge made it feel tailored to our home and we particularly like the unusual leg shape. To me it's a classic piece and large enough to sit our whole family plus a few friends with plenty of room.

The great people at A+R were very helpful in coordinating shipment from Denmark! It took a few weeks to be shipped by boat (it's quite large) but worth the wait & I'm very grateful for the customer service at A+R, for answering all my annoying emails for tracking updates!

All in all we have been enjoying our days of coloring, reading, eating and talking around the family table.

9.7.14

moebe

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I found this from Chris Tonnesen's blog, Moebe frames and designs by a carpenter & architect.

Styled by Ida Laerke with photography credit to Chris.

mirrored wardrobe

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Architect & designer Amee Allsop designed this brilliant solution for housing a designer shoe collection. The mirrored wardrobe doesn't remove space from this open, airy room but also acts as a divider from the wall of shoes and the rest of the room.
This is such a smart solution to me because I personally don't like walk-in closets but having some sort of partition between a dressing area and sleep area is still needed, this solves it while keeping everything bright and open.

Well done Amee.

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