Archive for the ‘Colour’ Category

Best of Etsy: 12 Vintage Rugs You’ll Love

April 15th, 2015

I shop a lot for my clients. I shop in stores and I shop online. It’s a hard life, honestly. A lot of the time it’s good quality basics I’m after but sometimes the things I’m looking for are a little more unique. Accessories, lighting and textiles. I shop Etsy a lot for unique, one-of-a-kind and handmade items as the choice is so vast and the quality, in my experience, is very good. Because I use Easy so much and think it’s an awesome resource for online shopping, I’e decided to take you guys on my shopping outings from now on and start sharing the cool stuff I find because I see a lot. This is the first column in series I’ll be writing called ‘Best of Etsy’. Today, let’s shop vintage rugs!

10ea2171bf436252c7489cbd25474d37 Rugs are so important to a space because they ground each area and create a sense of cosiness and completion that you just don’t get  without one. They are a fabulous jumping off point for the colour scheme of a room and can set the style tone too. Get the full scoop

Pantone Colour of the Year 2015: Marsala

December 15th, 2014

The world’s leading colour institute Pantone has announced their Colour of the Year for 2015. I’m excited because I always look forward to finding out what will be the hue that will influence product development and purchasing decisions in the fashion, beauty, interior and graphic design industries for the new year. The team at Pantone scour the world each year for that one colour, which they recently announced. Last year’s pick was Radiant Orchid, a dynamic and bold hue not for the faint of heart. This year, a little more subdued but equally as bold with a degree of luxury to it, Pantone have announced Marsala as the leading color for 2015.

marsala 1 Marsala is multifaceted colour with a sense of elegance and sophistication, while being earthy and somewhat neutral due to its brown undertones.

“The most interesting thing about Marsala,” Pantone’s executive director Lee Eiseman says, “is that even though it has this grounded influence – this kind of earthy undertone that we see in this wine red – at the same time it has a sophistication, so there’s something very versatile about the colour.”
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Orchard to Kitchen: A Fall Inspiration Shoot

November 14th, 2014

Fall is a wonderful time of year to get amongst the orchards at harvest time to pluck some crunchy goodness to take home and turn into something warm and sweet. All too often we forget to soak up these simple pleasures. So today I thought I’d take you from the orchards of De Olmenhorst into food stylist Ajda Mehmet‘s kitchen with a collection of dreamy, fall inspired images snapped by the awesome Anouschka Rokebrand, as part of a styled session we collaborated on recently. And the best bit? It comes with a gorgeous recipe for you that I demand that you try this weekend. Seriously.

View More: http://anouschkarokebrand.pass.us/orchard This shoot was all about celebrating the very best of harvest time in the fall, the crispness in the air, the appreciation of life’s simple pleasures, the perfection of imperfection. That sense of nostalgia that hits when you take the first bite of an age-old apple crumble, all conjured up in a beautiful set of images. The familiar, captured simplistically, yet beautifully and full of emotion. Get the full scoop

Style Files: Susan Connor

November 11th, 2014

I’ve discovered a designer that I can’t wait to introduce you to. Meet Susan Connor, a textile designer based in New York and the name behind the most gorgeous collection of textiles and homewares I’ve seen in a long time. Not only is thew self taught designer incredibly talented,. but she possesses a truly admirable ability to find beauty in the simplistic, tune into life’s finer details and live an honest and creatively inspired existence. It’s a rare quality that draws me in because I suppose we live in a time where we are all trying to find peace and meaning in the busy lives we lead. As I browsed her collection and read her story, I knew I wanted to know more about her creative process. My appreciation for textiles goes back to when I was a young girl and used to accompany my mother {a former interior decorator} as she shopped for fabrics – careful to involve me in her selection process – all the way up to my fashion design days after high school. And as an interior stylist it’s what I get most excited about as a project comes to a close – layering in the textiles. So when I laid eyes on the beautiful collection owing to the thoughtful and thought-provoking artist behind them, I had to know more. In her search for meaning, quality and beauty in simplicity, Susan Connor has founded a label that draws on careful craftsmanship and fine artistic detail, resulting in stunning homewares I know you’ll fall for. But don’t just take it from me. Read all about Susan and her work below.

studio-8 Susan: My interest in textiles goes back many years, although not in a direct sense. I’ve always loved what handmade textiles bring to life, they add such richness, not only with their patterns, but with the way they feel. But it was not until recently that I decided to create a collection of textiles, myself. I’m self-taught, drawing upon my love of art, texture, history and artistic living. Get the full scoop

Meet Superfront!

October 10th, 2014

Have you guys heard of Superfront? If not, it’s definitely a brand you will want to know about because I’m certain that pretty much everyone reading this blog has at least one Ikea product in their home. The Swedish company designs and manufactures the most beautiful fronts, handles, legs, sides and tops that fit Ikea’s most common cabinets. It’s a concept beautifully executed that has blown me out of the water and once you take a look below, you’ll see why!

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Colour Files: Olive Green for Fall Decorating

October 1st, 2014

Every so often a colour jumps out at me and I wonder where it’s been my whole life. That has happened recently in a BIG way with olive green. Weird, right? It’s not a colour you see a lot, and I realized while putting this post together that it’s not actually used a lot in contemporary interior design. Ever since our wedding back in May I’ve been obsessing over olive, as our industrial wedding venue had these olive painted walls which really brought our colour palette to life. Take a look here. It’s had me thinking about our home and the style direction I’m going in and I am kind of liking which way things are going, but I also think olive is a stunning colour for fall decorating so I thought I’d share my favourite olive green finds.

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New in the Shop: Lola Donoghue Art

September 10th, 2014

I have loved the work of Irish artist Lola Donoghue since I first discovered her on Etsy about two years ago and my heart still leaps with joy a when I see her work. Spontaneous, bold, abstract and ultra feminine, her colourful paintings are quite something. So when I discovered that she has recently started selling her works on Great.ly, it took me all of about ten seconds to jump online and swiftly stock some of her pieces in my art shop. She is a wonderfully talented artist, and it brings me so much joy to support her work.

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Ferm Living A/W 2014 Collection

August 15th, 2014

Have you guys seen the new Ferm Living Autumn/Winter collection? The Scandinavian homewares brand has launched the most eye catching range of products, and is quite possibly my favourite collection yet. I must admit I wasn’t really into the pastel hues and neons from their previous collections but this, my friends, is right up my alley. Moody tones and textures meet bold graphics. Their simplistic Nordic style that is so recognised is captured to perfection once again, this time in colours and materials that are really speaking to me. Here are my favourite images from the new lookbook.

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