Archive for the ‘Art & Craft’ Category

Style Files: Artisan Homewares by Artha Collections

December 9th, 2016

You’ll know from previous entries in the Style Files series that I love nothing more than discovering a young brand and learning about the creative process that goes into their product. When Swiss based independent homewares label Artha Collections reached out a few months ago, I was taken not only by their range of products but of their story and admirable vision to use modern day commerce to influence the lives of artisans around the globe. Their  products are made in small creative communities spanning from Tibet to South Africa, Bengal and beyond and are of exceptional quality. So much so that I used two of their hand woven pieces in this recent bedroom project. It brings me so much joy to be able to work with independent labels in helping them to grow by collaborating together.

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Knowing the kind of consciousness and responsibility that is behind the lovely Artha wares, it has been even more of a pleasure working with them these past few weeks to style and photograph their winter campaign. Below, a peek at some of the scenes I created for them in my home using their table linens, pillows and woven baskets.

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Style Files: Ceramics Studio July Adrichem

October 17th, 2016

Hey guys, I wanted to post this last week but I was struck down with the flu hard so out the window went that plan. Life just gets in the way sometimes, doesn’t it? Anyway, some time ago, I had the pleasure of visiting the lovely and very talented ceramicist and multi-disciplinary designer July Adrichem at her home and studio. I have followed her work after discovering her on Etsy a year or two ago and when my friend Lotte, a Dutch writer I collaborate with, suggested we shoot a story at her studio I didn’t need much convincing. I was so excited to meet the person behind a brand I have long admired and I can tell you, July was an absolute delight and every inch as talented as I thought she’d be. I thought you’d like to see into her studio and read about her work as a designer and ceramicist and see some of the images I shot at her studio that day.

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From previous entires in my Style Files column you will know that I love meeting fellow creatives and delving into their stories. And this one is nothing short of inspirational because, like me in many ways, July (pronounced Julie) has learnt much of her craft from scratch with little to no formal training in some areas and does the most wonderful work that certainly evoked something in my soul that day. As a multi-disciplinary designer, she spends her days helping small businesses develop their branding, doing product styling, photography, graphic and surface pattern design and also has her own ceramics line that is gorgeous, just take one look at her shop. So many things going on and yet she’s as cool as a cucumber. Take a peek into her studio with me, see the beautiful wares she produces and read a bit about her process and story… Get the full scoop

Lola’s Bedroom: Before & After!

September 3rd, 2016

Hey everyone! I have been dying to share this space with you for, well, about two and a half years in fact. It is a sweet little girl’s bedroom belonging to my daughter, Lola, and it has been in the making for a really long time. I am a little ashamed to admit how long this project has taken me to complete, but in all honesty, with a full schedule of interior design and photography projects on the go, I end up putting my own home and house to-do list on the back burner. Some things just a little time, and thankfully Lola has been a pretty laid back customer and hasn’t minded the delay. During the summer break, I made Lola’s bedroom my focus and I am thrilled to finally, finally share this sweet space with you. You might remember I shared a sneak peek of it a while back (like, two years ago #mybad). Well brace yourselves for an epic before and after, folks. This one was a long time coming, but with this tour I hope I’ve well and truly made up for it!

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Quick recap: We bought our home 2.5 years ago and have been slowly renovating and decorating it ever since. A lot happened in the first few months, as it always does, and then the pace slowed down while we recuperated after getting married, buying a house and replacing our car all in the same 5 month period. Though we’ve done things in between – painting the staircase/hallway, bringing in new furniture, and doing some exterior work – we seem to have really picked up the pace these last couple of months and are moving quite quickly again. We’ve been working in the kitchen, living room and garden and I will share these spaces with you in the coming few months. I shared our bedroom last summer, then my studio tour went live a few months ago, I did a studio update more recently and now I am excited we have wrapped up another room and that our sweet Lola loves it every bit as much as we do.
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Simple, White and Crafted with Love

August 2nd, 2016

My obsession with ceramics continues, guys. Not only is my own collection at home growing at a rate faster than I can accommodate my delicate new friends, but I continue to fall in love again and again over Pinterest too. But I’ve been noticing I seem to be drawn most to white ceramics, or is it a trend I am cottoning onto? Perhaps my recent visit to a beautiful ceramics studio has me dreaming of minimalistic pieces in varying shades of white, packed with texture and etched with subtle detailing. Either way, simple, white and crafted with love seems to be the object of my affection these days and the theme for some of my favourite ceramic finds below too. A drip here, a smudge there and a bit of a dip too, I’m sure these snaps below will have you as smitten as me.

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Here’s a little sneak peek at a beautiful feature I photographed at the studio of ceramicist, stylist and multi-disciplinary designer July Adrichem. It was the most inspiring day, spent with gorgeous and multi talented July and my friend Lotte who is a wonderful Dutch writer – I love collaborations like this, I returned home with a full heart and a bursting memory card. I adore July’s minimalistic designs and delicate palette and I can’t wait to show you more. For now though, a few more inspiring snaps that have me awash with inspiration. Get the full scoop

Modern Ethnic Style

April 6th, 2016

I’m not sure if it’s my South African roots coming out, but I am digging the ethnic vibe I’m seeing everywhere at the moment. Have you noticed the ethnic trend around shops and online too? Grass baskets, natural elements, wooden sculptures, woven detailing, monochrome colour palettes and graphic prints are a big thing right now and I am liking it. I have several ethnic elements in my own interior from time spent in South Africa – where I was born and grew up – and have been into modern bohemian style for a while now (remember this post?) which is similar in it’s nature inspired simplicity. To keep my home looking personal and textured but not like an African hut, I like to balance out the ethnic with clean lines, contemporary and design elements. Here are some lovely examples of contemporary homes that are rocking the modern ethnic style.

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Modern ethnic style is all about balancing texture, simplicity, nature, pattern and colour. It is earthy meets modern minimalism. Creative ethnic techniques such as weaving, printing, sculpting and knotting applied to earthy materials such as wood, grasses, pottery, terracotta, ceramic and bamboo harmonise with clean spaces, minimalistic styling and sleek surfaces, resulting in a contemporary yet textured aesthetic for the home. Get the full scoop

Inspire Cabin Sessions: Styling & Photography Booster

March 17th, 2016

When Hanke Arkenbout asked me to join her in creating a series of workshops in my home based around styling and photography, we both didn’t realise how much fun and rewarding they would turn out to be. After an overwhelming response to our Inspire Sessions afternoon workshops, we have decided to offer a full day retreat to be held in a beautiful old cabin in the East of the Netherlands that is the perfect place to inspire those wanting to refine their photography skills, practise styling, play with gorgeous props and food, network with creative people who love to photograph and basically just have an awesome time. Plus we are thrilled to announce that we will be working with food stylist Ajda Mehmet for this event, an Amsterdam based foodie who is wonderfully talented, deeply passionate about food and styling and has her work published in several top magazines including Jamie Magazine NL, Delicious and Libelle. Sound good? Keep reading.

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Inspire Cabins Sessions, as we are calling this one-day creative retreat, will be held on Saturday, 16 April. The programme will include food styling and photography, prop and table top styling, a garden soiree where we will feast together on home made deliciousness from Ajda, Hanke and my own kitchen, a nature walk in the beautiful surrounding forest and farmland and a visit to the beautiful and hugely inspiring By Mölle linen atelier. There will be lots of time to network, ask questions to me and Hanke at a round table discussion, share and receive tips and tricks, shoot gorgeous stuff, have fun and be silly and we promise you will leave feeling hugely motivated and deeply inspired.  Get the full scoop

Inside Scoop: A Joyful, Eclectic Home

March 7th, 2016

It’s been ages since I gave you the Inside Scoop of a home I photographed for publication, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy shooting them! Between working client based projects (finishing spaces to show you guys, I swear!), running workshops and traipsing around the countryside with my camera, I have been keeping myself sufficiently occupied. But with spring just around the corner, the preppy hues in this joyful, eclectic home belonging to Ingrid Janssen of WOOD & WOOL STOOL made this home an easy pick for today’s feature. With bright Moroccan textiles, unique vintage finds, light for days and those heavenly floors, it’s little wonder leading Dutch interiors magazine vtwonen deemed this home worthy of a 14-page spread and it made the pages of decor8 too. Let’s peek inside!

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Ingrid and Henk’s 240 square meter family abode boasts beautiful oak herringbone floors throughout and bundles of charm so characteristic of 1930s style homes here in The Netherlands, with all the benefits of a modern home. They purchased it newly built, starting with a concrete interior. Their main splurge was the wooden floor they had a local craftsman create. “With the white walls and the unvarnished floor, the base was just perfect,” Ingrid says.

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Best of Etsy: Handmade Ceramics You’ll Love

February 11th, 2016

If there’s anything I have a weakness for, it’s ceramics. I just adore collecting special pieces and styling with them at home, though I can say with absolute certainty that this is not an obsession my husband shares, sadly. The poor guy can scarcely walk past the ‘props cabinet’ for fear or breaking something, and is mildly afraid of farting within a five mile radius of it too for the same reasons. But his wife continues to bring these precious, bubble-wrapped beauties into his home and I secretly think he wouldn’t want it any other way. I just can’t help myself. There’s something so special about sipping from a cup spun to imperfect perfection with passion in the hands that moulded it. I figured there might be a few of you out there who share this very same weakness, so to avoid hoarding pretties that deserve a place in the homes of fellow ceramics obsessors like myself, and in the interest of supporting the talented folks who make them, I thought I’d let you in on my little secret. Etsy has a fabulous array of talented makers who create beautiful ceramics and I am excited to share with you some of my personal favourites.

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From delicate to dipped, etched and speckled and all downright divine. I want each and every one of these stunners, it’s not fair! There are a handful of makers who consistently create gorgeous things, some of my favourites being July Product StylingKoji Kitakoa | Sam Nichols Pottery | Waupecony River Studio | Yulia Tsukerman.

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