JAPAN | FRAMING HOUSE

27 July 2015

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When I first saw the framing house I thought it had to be CGI due to it’s super crisp lines and dramatic geometry with black-coated steel exterior… but not for the first time in my life I was mistaken.

The Japanese architects Kouichi Kimura managed to create a functional home that includes a gallery space on the ground floor with private quarters above characterised by stark minimalism.

My favourite part has to be the entrance area with that long corridor leading to a small courtyard with a single tree. Every material used, every window, every view and vista is carefully considered with light flooding in through various openings and funnels which make exploring the space so exciting and interesting.

It might not be an interior style that I’d choose for myself though I can’t help but admire the clean lines and uncluttered space that’s only interrupted by the odd pop of colour from a rogue picture book or building block… oh, did I mention the big blue bear… scary or what!?

 

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ARCHITECTS | Kouichi Kimura
PHOTOGRAPHY | Yoshihiro Asada with thanks
 
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RAFA KIDS | WHITE R TODDLER BED

23 July 2015

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I love it when my favourite brands and people come together and I just had to share these gorgeous images of Rafa Kids R Toddler bed taken by Paulina Arcklin. Regular readers will know about my mild obsession with her work and might remember my featured on Copenhagen based interiors shop Clarrods and Finnish brand Zoco Home. Plus last weeks post on the stunning 5 Columns House in Morocco.

She has such a distinct photographic style and easy touch that works perfectly with the R Toddler bed which is now available in white. The gorgeous bedding by Spanish company Moshi Moshi Kids adds some soft and playful touches and I can see how much fun two of my favourite ladies had during this shoot.

Head over to Agata’s blog for more kids room inspiration and to see more of Paulina’s work.

 

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MORE INFORMATION | Rafa Kids
BEDDING | Moshi Moshi Kids
PHOTOGRAPHY & STYLING | Paulina Arcklin
 
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DREAM HOLIDAY HOME | BEACH HOUSE EL SALVADOR

20 July 2015

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Another Dream Holiday Home today this time in El Salvador and yes, I did have to look up where exactly that was/is! For those of you with equally shaky geography it’s in Central America, wedged in between Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala though for today’s eye candy purpose it doesn’t actually matter where this treasure is located as the pictures by Gaelle Le Boulicaut for Elle Decoration Philippines speak volumes.

I can just feel the heat looking at these shots and am in love with the large open plan outdoor living layout complete with kitchen and living / dining / chill out area. Beautiful polished concrete and a simple wooden A frame construction thatched with palm tree leaves provide shade during hot summer months and some colourful pops of yellow and lush green vegetation liven up the neutral almost Scandinavian interior scheme.

Only thing I’d add is a watermelon daiquiri and some relaxing tunes.

 

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VIA | French by Design Blog
PHOTOGRAPHY | Gaelle Le Boulicaut with thanks
 
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BEANIE & BEAR | QUALITY SWIMWEAR FOR KIDS

16 July 2015

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Do you remember having a saggy bottom in your swimmers when on holiday or at the pool!? I sure do. No swimming costume lasted more than a summer season as pool, sea and sand did their best to destroy the fabric and colours bleached and faded under the hot sun. Well, I might have contributed just slightly by basically living in my swimwear regardless of what I was doing or sitting on. Oh, all that lovely Spanish Franco concrete… I remember it well.

Memories of that sort came back to me when I spoke to Noya Bebawi founder of Beanie and Bear at Dot To Dot a few weeks ago. She told me she took matters in her own hand when she couldn’t find anything tasteful and durable for her little ones to wear during one of their extended summer vacations at her mum’s house in Spain. Being a graphic designer and children’s illustrator as well as an all round supermum she has managed to create a collection of high quality bikinis and tailored trunks in a range of bold colours and playful prints. Her focus is on perfect fit, quality and durability with a cut that channels the 70s and a touch of 80s neon – handy when trying to track your kids in a crowd. See, told you she’s a supermum! The cherry on top is that all products are ethically sourced and made in Britain. Noya says:

“I wanted to bring together the aesthetic of great adult swimwear with a sense of the playful that will appeal to little people. This has been as much about bringing a vision in my head to life as it has been about getting inspiration from my children. Beanie’s brilliant illustrations have formed the basis for a range of prints and Bear has an uncanny ability to test things to destruction!”

Having seen her range I’ve totally fallen in love with the collection of quality swimwear and was impressed by the attention to detail. How cute are those little thunderbolt tags!?

Best thing is they even have their own YouTube channel where you can find her husband’s special summer mix of Beanie & Bear tunes. He’s also the talented photographer who took the lookbook shots featuring their two kids – a complete family production.

 

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MORE INFORMATION | Beanie and Bear
PHOTOGRAPHY | Antony Bebawi – proud dad of Beanie & Bear
 
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DREAM HOLIDAY HOME | MINIMALIST IN GREECE

13 July 2015

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Whilst I’m on my way West with the family and everything but the kitchen sink I’m leaving you with this beautiful minimalist dream holiday home in Greece.

Summer holidays are almost here and the shots by R Richard for Elle France capture the essence of easy summer living for me with an almost tangible laid-back atmosphere thanks to a relaxing combination of hot sunshine and a cooling breeze off the sea. Looking at these images makes me want to flop into a hammock and have a long siesta.

The minimalist, contemporary renovation features old favourites like polished concrete floors (do I ever feature a place without!?) white-washed walls and a perfect modern rustic kitchen combined with traditional open floor cabinets, not to mention the large outdoor dining space.

I might just turn the plane around and head East instead. Enjoy this little Greek getaway. There will be more holiday spam coming your way in the next couple of weeks. 😉
 

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VIA | Si’s beautiful blog French by Design
PHOTOGRAPHY | R. Ricard for Elle France
 
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