Thursday, June 30, 2011

Hana Blomst a mix of Japanese and Danish design

What do you get if you mix Japanese and Danish design? Beautiful things from Hana Blomst. I guess it's no surprise that the outcome is so pleasing to the eye - there are a number of similar elements in both Danish and Japanese design, one major common trait I can thing of is clean lines and simple shapes. 

Hana Blomst means flower in Japanese and Danish and was started by Helle and Junichi when their daughter was 2 years old and her first word was flower in Japanese and in Danish - multilingual from the get go!

I love the colours and the simple form of these beautiful pieces. Go to the Hana Blomst website for a list of stockists. For once I am in luck they don't seem to have many stockists in the UK but one is just along the road from where my mum lives!

Which one is your favourite?

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Love the Look

The room I have selected for this weeks love the look is an office space from the home of Rebecca Orlov as featured in Unplggd. I love the white furniture against the light grey painted walls. I also love the splash of colour from the gorgeous rug. How could you not feel creative in a space like this?

Here's how you can get the look:

1 - Billy bookcase from Ikea - $59.99
2 - Gem ball ceiling light from Marks and Spencer - £59
3 - Large horse from Jonathan Adler - $395
4 - Black Lack shelf from Ikea -  £10.20
5 - Turquoise Newport cushion from Jonathan Adler - $98
6 - Lulworth blue paint from Farrow and Bal- from £29.50
7 - Vika Amon table top from Ikea - €32
8 - Vika Artur trestle with shelf from Ikea - €26
9 - Orchid Rug from Woven Ground - from £99

Monday, June 27, 2011

Summery Home by Anna Spiro

I am posting this because I am in need of a colour fix. This gorgeous home was created by Brisbane based interior designer Anna Spiro of Black and Spiro. She posted it on her own blog absolutely beautiful things back in December, the height of summer in Australia. As it is now the height of summer over this side of the world I figured we could do with a dose of colour here too.

I love the brightly painted dining chairs and the lime green rattan chair, the cushions are pretty lovely too. Do you love this home as much as me? What is your favourite element?

Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday Favourites - Pendant Lamps

This weeks' Friday favourites are pendant lamps. There are some gorgeous pendant lamps available just now to light up your interior.  Whether you are looking for something bright and colourful, industrial or a design classic. Check out my current favourites from around the web. 

1 - Photographic Lamp available from Habitat  £160
2 - Titan 1 Pendant Lamp in Red available from The Conran Shop  £185
3 - Boja Pendant Lamp available from Ikea  $59.99
4 - Rise and Fall Pendant Lamp available from Anthropologie  €153
5 - Norm 03 Pendant Lamp available from Bodie and Fou  £91.91

Have a wonderful weekend

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Wonderfully worn

There is one trend that doesn't seem to have made it to the west of Ireland and that is the worn vintage look. Every home I go into here is full of new furniture, the best word I can think of to describe these interiors is shiny! Everything is brand new.  I guess this is an after effect that started with the Celtic Tiger (the decade of Economic high before we came crashing down with a big bang a few years back).

Because this trend hasn't hit, it is very hard to find any inspiring pieces of vintage or worn furniture. If anyone knows of anywhere on the west coast of Ireland then please do let me know. Anyway, in order for me to get my fix of all things wonderfully worn, I figured I would post a few images of a vintage variety today. Which do you prefer - old or new? I personally like a mix.

image from book At Home with White via The City Sage

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Love the Look

This weeks love the look is a luxurious bedroom with pink and blue accents, as featured on I love the mix of styles in this room, with the colourful accessories and that gorgeous taupe rug.

Here's how you can get the look:

1 - 50's style mirrored bedside table from Graham and Green - £275
2 - Capri bottle lamp from Jonathan Adler - $275
3 - Embroidered mustique duvet cover from Jonathan Adler - $146.25
4 - Dyed sand dollar cushion from Anthropologie -  €88
5 - Adena blanket from Zara Home - €99.99
6 - Damask rug from Woven Ground - from £99
7 - Moroccan leather pouffe in hot pink from Cocomale - £105
8 - Steel & glass bowl from Zara Home - €5.99

Monday, June 20, 2011

Sumptuous table settings from Livet Hemma

I hadn't been on the Ikea blog Livet Hemma for some time (so many blogs, so little time) but I found some fantastic ideas on there for table settings. There have been a few guest posts featuring beautiful table settings, there are some wonderful ideas here and I love all of them. 

This is an area I don't have to worry about at present. We don't have a useable table (and no space for one) and so there is no table to set. We are hoping to move soon to a place where we can sit down to a meal at a proper table and have people around for diner parties. I can't wait to start experimenting with creative table settings. Which one is your favourite?

Friday, June 17, 2011

Friday Favourites - throws

This weeks' Friday favourites are throws. I love throws - they add colour to a living room or a bedroom, you can change the feel of a room by changing a throw along with some cushions. They are also fantastic for cuddling up on the couch!

1 - Sari Throw available from Anthropologie  €184
2 - Voyage Blanket available from Zara Home  €89.99
3 - Chunky Tassel Throw available from West Elm  $69
4 - Asteri Finnish Wool Blanket available from Hus & Hem  £65
5 - Graffiti Blanket available from Zara Home  €89.99

Have a lovely weekend

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Add some history to your home

I was at a second hand furniture store in Galway a few months back just before they were going to hold an auction for charity. I spotted some gorgeous vintage drawers, they were beautiful but quite large and I had no where to put them or store them for that matter. I had to show some restraint in not purchasing them but until I have more room I had no choice.

I am really drawn to vintage furniture, especially drawers. You don't need to have a classic style decor or taste to add a few vintage pieces of furniture to your home. They add a bit of history and character to an interior and as the images below show, the style of room can be bright, fun, classic - you can even add a bit of vintage to your kitchen. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Love the Look

The room I have selected for this weeks love the look is from a home for sale in Sweden on Stadshem found via Desire to Inspire. I love the details in this modern and eclectic room. The Indonesian stool, photography lamp and orchid being just a few!

Here's how you can get the look:

1 - Over Mantel Mirror from Graham and Green - £295
2 - Pink Phalaenopsis Orchid from Interflora - €32.50
3 - LSA Odile Glass Vase from Heals - £40
4 - Aurora Red Table Lamp from Terry's Fabrics -  £26.95
5 - Photographic tripod and lamp shade from Habitat - £40 & £50
6 - Gilda Blom cushion from Ikea - £15.31
7 - Black Leather Barcelona Ottoman from Furnisho - £149.99
8 - Block Top Coffee Table from Dwell - £149
9 - Teak Chinese Stool from Puji - £125

Monday, June 13, 2011

Attia table top - Australia does it again

What is it with the Australia and their gorgeous table wares? I came across the Attia website the other day and the ceramics are stunning. This trend for matt ceramics is really up my street and the wooden pieces are lovely. Having spent a year living and working in Australia, I can see where the inspiration comes from for these beautiful objects - there is so much fantastic design in Australia. 

These pieces would look gorgeous and sophisticated at any table, unfortunately it looks like they are only available in Australia but you can check out the Attia website for more info. Have you stumbled upon any beautiful table top goodies recently?

Friday, June 10, 2011

Friday Favourites - patterned mugs

This weeks' Friday favourites are patterned mugs. I have seen a number of lovely textured mugs recently - I am particularly keen on all of the knitted surfaces in ceramics just now. So here are some gorgeous patterned mugs:

1 - Dawning Mug by Clare Gage available from Not on the high street  £15
2 - Modernist Mug available from West Elm  $10
3 - Fez mug available from Idyll Home  £12
4 - Coiling dots mug available from Anthropologie  €8.00
5 - Cable cup available from Annette Bugansky Design at My Deco boutique  £30

Have a wonderful weekend

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Boxes for the budget concious

There is something about collections of boxes that is particularly lovely. I remember as a kid my friends and I had an obsession with making small gift boxes from used cards. This obsession went on for quite some time and we had a fantastic collection between us. I also love larger boxes that are used for stylish storage. 

The images of Ikea Prant boxes converted into a beautiful storage system using bulldog clips did the blog rounds a couple of months back and there are some lovely other storage solutions around using boxes instead of furniture.

image from manostiles via decor8

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

stripe mania

Have you heard about stripe mania? If not check out all of the details on decor8. If you have seen more photos than usual of people wearing stripes - that's why. As a result of this I have finally changed my profile pic to something a bit more summery! I wasn't sure if I was going to do this as I didn't want a large photo of me on my blog (I don't mind the small ones!) but I think I will bite the bullet and post to get over my photo fear!

Love the Look

This weeks love the look is a beautiful dining room from the farmhouse home of artist Lisa Camp as featured in the June issue of Rue Magazine via decor8. If you are looking for the specific picture it is on page 88. I love the mix of modern chairs and the old rustic farmhouse table and bench.

Here's how you can get the look:

1 - Tall gloss floor mirror white from Dwell - £199
2 - Beaumont white chandelier from Maison du Monde - €169
3 - Galvanized metal watering can from Pottery Barn - $49
4 - Colette Armoire from Maison du Monde -  €990
5 - Brocante Dining Table from Maison du Monde - €499
6 - St Remy Bench from Maison du Monde - €249
7 - White curve chair from John Lewis - From £19

Monday, June 6, 2011

Urban Outfitters latest goodies

I was in Edinburgh the other week and whilst I was there I went into Urban Outfitters. They didn't have much in the way of home wares in the store but whilst there I made a mental note to check their website as I love sister company Anthropologie so much. I was not disappointed. There are some lovely things, above is just a selection of some of those, I am particularly keen on the crochet rug for only £60 or €79.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Friday Favourites - bedside tables

This weeks' Friday favourites are bedside tables. There have been a few occasions in my life that I have owned a proper purpose built bedside table. There have also been times that I have used a chair as a makeshift bedside table. I have also posted before about using other items like a ladder or old suitcases which I personally love. But if you want to be all grown up, here are some lovely bedside tables on the market just now:

1 - Manufacture Nightstand from maison du monde  €129
2 - Case Valentine Bedside Table from John Lewis  £225
3 - Rustic Drawers on Wheels from Rose and Grey  £295
4 - White Julia Bedside Table from Pottery Barn  $199
5 - Georgia Bedside Unit from Habitat  £130

Have a fantastic weekend

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Wedding venue decisions

Ok, so I know this isn't a wedding blog but I am planning my wedding just now and it is on my mind a lot, so it's time to let it out. 

We have been back and forth between getting married in Scotland and going somewhere sunny with just our immediate family. As Brian's dad isn't one to travel he would be unlikely to come if we go abroad, so Scotland it is. We looked at some traditional venues but I wasn't keen on any of them. They are all lovely places but too grand for our personalities. I have decided to go for the local hall in the village where I grew up. It is right by the river it is also a favourite place of ours to go for a walk whenever we visit my parents.

I love it and because it's not a traditional wedding venue we will have more freedom to decorate as we please......ah the possibilities :)

the union jack flags were up for the royal wedding

This field looking onto the river belongs to the hall so if the weather is nice we can celebrate out here with a view of the river. This is actually the same river that flows through the grounds of Balmoral Castle - the queens holiday home (well, holiday castle!)

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