Archive for September, 2015

Style Files: Sofacompany

September 28th, 2015

Sofacompany is a young label with a striking range of Danish designed sofas that caught my eye during a random internet browse some months ago. We got in touch, chatted, discussed ways we could collaborate and I was later asked to photograph their showroom based in Arnhem, the Netherlands. They have since moved to a new showroom (an old car garage located on Vlamoven 37, Arnhem) but the industrial space I visited was filled with quirky and fun sofas in a range of different styles and colours to suit all tastes, plus the team was so warm and lovely to work with so it was a pretty good day all round. If you don’t know of them already, I am excited to introduce to you Sofacompany, with a few of the images I shot for them and an in-depth interview behind the label with the company’s location and marketing manager, Rein Aalbers.

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// How would you describe Sofacompany products and what interiors best fit the brand’s aesthetic?

Sofacompany designs sofas, chairs, chaise longues and tables inspired by the interiors of the 50s, 60s and 70s. You can call it retro, but it is Scandinavian design with a modern twist. Almost all of our chairs and sofas have beautiful oak wooden legs typical of this era. What makes Sofacompany unique, however, is being able to design your own sofa, choosing from 1500 combinations to create a sofa that combines your favourite fabric, colour, type of model and type of leg.

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Best of Etsy: Cushion Crush

September 24th, 2015

Hey guys! Long time no see. I’ve been doing many things over here behind the scenes, one of them shopping profusely, day in, day out, for the very fortunate people I call my clients. I know. It’s hard. The other thing is binge watching New Girl on Netflix during the evenings, which is proving to be a problem, mostly for this blog. Moving right along, nothing to see here, back to shopping. I do a lot of that over on Etsy because the range is just so huge and most of what you find is hand made and of very good quality. I shop accessories a lot on Etsy when I’m looking for special pieces to finish off the spaces I am working on. Lately, that’s been a couple of bedrooms and the odd living room so I’ve been bringing in gorgeous cushions left right and centre – and that’s not including the 15 beautiful cushion slips I brought back with me from Marrakech. So I thought I’d throw together a little collection of the cushions I’m currently crushing on in case you’re looking for a few cosy touches to bring into your fall homes this season.

 

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A couple of well chosen cushions can be just what your living room or bedroom needed to pull everything together and create a lovely whole.

I’m really into textural pieces at the moment – African mud cloth with bold patterns in subdued black and whites, Turkish kilim cushions with beautiful muted palettes and striking woven designs, and plain and simple yet classic linen pieces that balance out colour and pattern.

 

Best of Etsy Cushions 1.1

..  1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 ..

I love all of the cushions in the above selection because they’re neutral yet still have the ability to transform a sofa or bed. In each collage we have put together pillows that can sit pretty alone or work really well as a collection. I own cushion 1 in the above board and combine it at home with a Ferm Living black and white kilim I bought a while back and this african mud cloth cushion in black and cream.

My favourite shops for cushions on Etsy right now are Boho Pillow and One Fine Nest. They are always updating their collections with lovely creations and I am loving the monochromatic style and interesting patterns of the African mud cloth textiles they use a lot in their collections.

Which cushions would I put together from the above selection? I like subtle yet textured so would go for a mix of 3, 4, 6 and 8. For a pop of colour and pattern though I’d throw 1, 4 and 10 together on a bed, maybe with a 2 tossed in there too to shake it up a bit.

Best of Etsy Cushions 2.2

.. 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 ..

I love mixing patterns and varying textures, and the above cushions all look good together so it’s a no brainer and would be super easy to bring any of these cushions together in your space. What would I put together on a sofa? I love those palm leaves so would throw 18, 19, 14, 20 and 21 on a cream couch in a heartbeat.

So guys, what is YOUR favourite cushion and how would you mix it up? If you’re having trouble deciding and don’t quite know where to start with matching your favourites together, the general rule of thumb when mixing and matching cushions, or any textile really, is to:

> Pick 3 patterns in a complimentary colour way and in a range of scales to combine together. For example: a thin stripe or zig-zag (such as 14 or 4), a medium size geometric (such as 2), and a floral or kilim (such as 18 or 11)

Make sense?

Have a great day, guys, and I’ll see you back here shortly for a peek at a very cool brand of sofas and my recent trip to Marrakech.

Holly and team x

All Images via Etsy |First image courtesy of Project Sarafan | Collages made by my awesome assistant Malou Muizer

Moody Blue Interiors

September 15th, 2015

Temperatures are dropping fast and days are turning in much earlier now that summer is on it’s way out, making me drawn to moody hues perfect for fall. Though I’m typically drawn to light places, I do love the impact a dark element or two can make to a space. I’ve been working on a bedroom restyle for a client recently and we’ve been toying with using Farrow & Ball’s ‘Stiffkey Blue‘ on the walls which I’m a bit excited about, and then last weekend I took the plunge and painted the inside of my front door ‘Railings‘ by ‘Farrow & Ball’ – a deep, black/blue colour which has warmed up our entry way very nicely. Dark blue, while a little scary at first for those who are timid to the idea of rich lashings of colour on their walls, works well in pretty much every room of the home, so I wanted to show you some spaces that really make it work and how.

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IN THE LIVING ROOM:

Dark blue walls add an instant mood factor in a living space, amping up the cosiness and giving a space drama. I love dark blue walls paired with lots of texture and interesting textiles. Side note, this space is making me long for the textiles I just spend five days pining over in Marrakech. It was epic. Will share more about that later. On with the dark blue walls!

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