This is a collaborative post, with the products gifted by Plum & Ashby for the purpose of the shoot.
It's been over a year since we have lived in our beautiful flat, however I'm still finding ways to make it feel like a home. Now the days are slowly getting shorter and nights that little bit colder, there's something rather cosy and comforting about lighting a candle. There's a bit of magic in the air at this time of year; gorgeous tones, rich colours and fresh, crisp days. Summer is wonderful, don't get me wrong, however I think part of me has always preferred this time of year, just that little bit more. Who doesn't love a chunky knit jumper, cosied up on the sofa with a roaring fire and a great film?
So now that I'm surrounding myself with all things warm and homely, I wanted to share with you my recent obsession - Plum & Ashby.
I started the 'Discover' series to explore new brands and share beautiful products or design pieces, which I feel you need to have on your radar - and this one, is the perfect example. Beautifully simple yet luxurious, vegan, handmade soaps from FYSHA.
It's very easy to disregard what products you use on your skin, believing that the importance to a healthy lifestyle is all about what you eat or how much exercise you do. Many synthetic liquid soaps and shower gels strip your skin of all the natural oils and goodness your body produces, and it was the frustration surrounding this which caused FYSHA's founder Amina, to search for an alternative.
Once again, another month has flown by and we're already well into April - hello Spring! For this month's 'Design Board', I wanted to tackle a calming yet luxurious bedroom. With a great mixture of textures and finishes, as well as some gorgeous rich colours, there are some wonderful pieces which can help create the perfect, minimalistic sanctuary.
I've tried to include a combination of both high-end design pieces, alongside some high street options, to keep it balanced. There's everything from a hand-stitched velvet bedspread by designer Niki Jones, to a wool-blend textured rug from H&M. Hopefully there is something that will help inspire you in some way!
This is a collaborative post, with the products gifted by Nordlux for the purpose of the shoot.
One of the things that can very easily be overlooked in a space is lighting - whether it's a simple bedside lamp or a statement pendant feature, very often the purpose seems more important than the design or mood it creates. The choice of light can distinguish the function of the space; separate a sense of calm and relaxation, from a bright and stimulating one. There are so many options and styles available, that it has become very easy for lighting to fit seamlessly into the design of a room.
Today, I wanted to introduce you to Nordlux, in case you were on the hunt for a new way of brightening your home. Since establishing in Denmark in 1977, their objective has been to offer quality products at low cost, enabling them to provide a wide range of both indoor and outdoor lighting solutions, which follow new trends and technological developments.
I do love a good home tour - it's the perfect mid-week pick me up. Perhaps a little bit nosey, but I like to think of it as design inspiration? This sensational apartment situated just outside of Stockholm, oozes style, tranquility and most of all, lots and lots of light.
You can't help but feel a sense of calm and at ease when admiring this apartment. The colour scheme is simple, with warmth added through tones of khaki and rich tan, and the contrast between high ceilings and low furniture, emphasises the amount of space. Ceilings as high as these (5m to be exact) allow you to be playful with your choice of lighting; a combination of pendant lights work really well here and help to distinguish the zones within the open plan.
If you're as big of a fan of beautifully designed stationary and paper goods as I am, then I'm sure you'll be more than familiar with British brand Ola. Established in 2013 by Katy Goutefangea, Ola works exclusively with UK makers, to create thought-provoking products with an emphasis on craft, quality and traditional manufacture. Each item is a celebration of pattern and simplicity, drawing inspiration from abstract geometry, architecture and artists such as Anni Albers.
Today, I wanted to introduce you to their most recent collection - Conscious Collection - a 'modern, minimal collection with craft, sustainability and the environment as a central focus'.
I'm a huge believer of shopping locally and supporting small businesses. The variety of original designs, beautifully crafted products and well-considered art is like nothing you will find in a major store - and with online stores such as Trouva, it couldn't be easier to celebrate the independents!
Trouva closes the gap between one-of-a-kind boutiques and the online world, enabling their wonderful offline products to become more accessible. You can uncover design-led brands and unknown studios, which due to their location, you may never get the opportunity to visit.
This month, I jumped at the opportunity of creating a mood board which suited what I'm thinking for our lounge, to help you to follow along with the process. A simple, neutral colour palette, with some rich tones to add warmth and a calmness to the space.
As it is a rental property, we are limited to what alterations we can complete. With high ceilings, white walls and a rich, wooden flooring throughout, I want to really make the most of the original features and maintain the essence of the space. We only moved into the apartment last July, so I don't want to replace too much of what we already have. Through combining them with a couple of new items and decorative pieces, I'm hoping to freshen the space and give the room a bit of a lift.
This post was created in collaboration with Copper + Solder.
There is a lot to be said about this time of year. I often think that March can't quite make its mind up - with crisp, cold mornings surrounded by ice, the warmth from the sunshine if/when it chooses to make an appearance and nature just beginning to bloom again. It's always seemed a rather confused month to me. I do however, think it's a great time to clear away the clutter and have a refresh in your home.
If you've been reading my blog recently, you'll know that I'm currently in the process of redecorating our living area. Whilst that project is ongoing, I'm also trying to 'spring clean' other little areas of the apartment. The dressing table in our bedroom has been a disaster zone since we moved in, so it's been on my list for a long time, to sort it out and freshen things up.
As some of you may know, if you follow me on Instagram, I'm currently in the process of giving our living room a bit of a redecoration and adding a little oomph (I'll be sure to share the outcome when it's all finished). It's a really cosy space and I love certain features, but with too many large pieces and clashing types of wood, it does have the tendency to look ever so slightly like a furniture store. So, I've decided to change a couple of the key pieces, give the walls a lick of paint and try to make the most of the beautiful, original details.
Whenever I'm working on a new project, I always turn to Pinterest for inspiration - it's a fantastic place to source new ideas. Scrolling through my feed, a crisp, fresh living room caught my eye - with high ceilings, white walls and furniture which complimented the wooden floor, it was exactly the feel I wanted to create in our home. So after further swiping, I discovered two further apartments on Stadshem, all with stylish living rooms that made the most of the space and details. I've decided to combine three beautiful spaces in one post, focusing on rooms which include wooden flooring and the way they showcase it in the best way possible.
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