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The perfect items for a calm zen-like home

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Don't you love it when you're on the hunt for a design piece and then find out it's actually a readily available high street find? This year I've had the privilege of spending a few days at the IKEA headquarters working with the PR team. I must say, the design team have really come up trumps this year and it was pretty hard to focus on the new upcoming collections - all I could think was 'I need these items in my life'!  My two favourites being the SINNERLIG collection which has been designed in collaboration with the talented  Ilse Crawford and focuses on natural materials such as cork, bamboo and cotton to create a zen feel. And the second; SKOGSTA is a collection of classic kitchen and dining items made of solid acacia wood designed to age gracefully. See you in line this August?!












My favourite item? That daybed!...I also love the cork work stool, which would be perfect for the long days I'm spending at my desk writing right now.

How about you?

Next month both collections will finally hit stores around the world and I think I'll be first in line...see you there?!

If you're after more calm home inspiration today I love this, this and this space. And relax!

Have a lovely day!

PS This is not a sponsored post, I just love these collections and thought you may feel inspired by them too! 


Zoe Dent's exotic yet calm oasis in Avalon

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Happy July! This has become one of my favourite months since moving to Scandinavia. When the sunshine comes out, there's no where I'd rather be and today's a ripper (I took this pic in Helsingborg yesterday, can you believe it?!). To celebrate I'm going for a home tour with a tropical vibe. And Zoe Dent of The Wedding Nest has achieved just that. Her light and open plan Australian beachside pad in Avalon, which she shares with partner and new born baby, reflects her love of nature and the seaside. The interior is decorated using a neutral colour palette and the varying textiles and textures add depth.  Wall to ceiling windows and plants bring the outside in to form a wonderful oasis of calm.  Let's take a look...






Photography: Hannah Blackmore (shared with kind permission). Styling: Claudia Stephensen. Adore Magazine.

What a wonderful living area, don't you think? I'm sure it would feel sunny even on the greyest of days.

A few items I know and love: Basket lampshadeBeni Ourani rug, search for tribal ceremonial necklaces on etsy, wishbone and Safari chairs, juju hat (on wall).

Is this your kind of style?

For more boho-exotic inspiration I'm also loving Jade Jagger's Goa retreat and this little piece of paradise in the Philippines

Have a lovely sunny day!

PS I love to see unique online boutiques grow in exciting ways and Blackthumb is doing exactly that. This month the store, which brings a collection of Nordic design home and gardening products to North America, has added items from fab Scandinavian brands Nur Design, By Garmi, Kreavtivitum and Menu to the mix. I've got my eye on the Concrete Copper Chunk candle-holder, Nur tray and Opuntia print. How about you?


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