KIDS CORNER | BLACK AND WHITE KIDS ROOM IDEAS

20 November 2014

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I’m thinking about changing the boys bedroom when we move in a couple of weeks and have been toying with the idea of keeping it very minimal and black and white – well, as much as a kids room actually can be minimal.

Researching kids room ideas on Pinterest and the wider web has made me realise how much fun it is to furnish and style a kids room and that I’d love to incorporate a few vintage pieces like an old school desk or some vintage gym equipment. Speaking of which an old leather mat would be awesome as my youngest one loves standing on his head and doing forward rolls. My love for DIY which had been on the back burner whilst the boys were still babies is slowly rearing it’s head again and I’ve got a few ideas and projects that I’m currently researching. More soon!

I love the idea of painting part of a wall with black board paint so the kiddos can let their creativity flow and hopefully won’t paint on any other walls… Hmm… might be wishful thinking so let’s start with getting their beds and bedding sorted.

I was surprised at how little choice there is for black and white kids bedding but I can always reply on Agata from Rafa-Kids to come up with the most stylish solutions – isn’t the sheep blanket below to die for. Alternatively, I can dive straight into my first DIY project, buy some fabric and sew some bedding myself. Oh, isn’t inspiration late at night just wonderful!?
 

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MORE INFORMATION | Rafa-Kids
PHOTOGRAPHY | All via my Pinterest boards
 

 
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PLACES TO GO | ONDER DE LEIDINGSTRAAT

19 November 2014

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Oh, how I love the internet, my window to the world that let’s me discover beautiful new and exciting places like Onder de Leidingstraat, a deli and cafe in the hip Strijp-S district of Eindhoven in the Netherlands. The interior has been styled by the talented Renee Arns who has got the most fabulous eye of how to style industrial spaces so they look cool as well as inviting.

Onder de Leidingstraat serves healthy salads, pasta, sandwiches, soups, cakes and coffees made with fresh seasonal and mostly organic ingredients. You can take-away or eat in and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. It’s a contemporary space with exposed pipes, rough plaster walls, simple furniture and gorgeous industrial pendant lamps. I especially like the quirky DIYs like the black barrels and coffee table made out of wooden palettes. Some neon yellow pops of colour lift the atmosphere and I bet there’s a cool background track playing.

So next time you’re in Eindhoven make sure to pop in and enjoy one of their home-made goodies.
 
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PHOTOGRAPHY & STYLING | Renee Arns with thanks
 
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MODERN RUSTIC CABIN IN THE PYRENEES

17 November 2014

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Let’s kickstart the week with a gorgeous example of Modern Rustic with wonderful textures and contrasting materials. A beautifully renovated stone house in the Spanish Pyrenees that retains it’s character despite the modernisation.

Restored and modernised by architect Carlos Nicolau his brief was to create a weekend get away where his clients could relax and live a simpler life. They wanted a complete antidote to their busy lifestyles in the city and reconnect with nature. The dilapidated building is an old farm in the mountains and needed it’s facade restoring as well as a new roof, running water and electricity.

I love the large open-plan living area divided by a minimal concrete fireplace open on two sides so the flames are visible from the bedroom and the living area. The exposed oak beams give a great sense of height and rest on three original stone pillars. The new floor-to-ceiling oak framed windows bring in lots of light and the deep window frames serve as extra seating to admire the view – perfect for some daydreaming.

Another favourite of mine is the clever bespoke kitchen island designed in black metal which looks like a large table and has ample space for preparation and cooking. The in-built storage doors are made of large oak boards that blend well with the flooring.

This is a cabin after my own taste and I love the combination of rough and smooth surfaces, cold and warm materials and the muted colour palette. I’m pretty sure I’d loose myself daydreaming on one of those window seats.
 

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PHOTOGRAPHY | Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer/Sisters Agency with thanks
STYLING | Julia Mincarelli
 

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FOOD HEAVEN | ASIAN FALL VEGETABLES

14 November 2014

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Asian Fall Vegetables is a lip-smackingly delicious gluten-free recipe by talented photographers and kitchen wizards Susann and Yannic of the stylish German recipe blog Kraut-Kopf.

Fed to me via Pinterest (excuse the very bad pun) I was hooked on their simple, contemporary and minimalist aesthetics as well as their ethos of simple, healthy and balanced seasonal dishes incorporating influences from all over the world. With an awareness on ingredients they keep an eye on sugar, dairy products and grain. Cute little icons under each recipe show whether it’s vegan, gluten-free or dairy-free and if it is prepared with whole grains or without industrial sugar.

The site is a delight to browse with seasonal sections and a simple layout for ingredients and directions. After a quick chat with Susann I was delighted when she gave me permission to feature her Asian Fall Vegetables photography and I hope you’ll head over to Krautkopf for the real deal and to get your hands dirty.

On further investigation I found out that the multi-talented couple also shoot weddings and have created a little label called Paul’s Schleifen for handmade bow-ties. Whatever next? Watch this space… I’ll be keeping a close eye these hipsters from Berlin.
 

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MORE INFORMATION & PHOTOGRAPHY | Kraut-Kopf
WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY | Paul Liebt Paula
BOW-TIE LABEL | Paul’s Schleifen
 

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TOAST UK AW14 | BLACK SAND AND ICE

12 November 2014

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Toast UK have done it again for me this AW! I’m just drooling over their latest photo series shot in Iceland and titled ‘black sand and ice’.

The stark contrast of soft winter fabrics against black sand and ice in the eerie Icelandic landscape is just beautiful and I love the choice of model. The colours and textures conjure up a sophisticated, calm and reflective mood for me that makes me want to go out and buy their whole collection.

Cue evil laugh by the Toast marketing department but I’ve got to hand it to Nick Seaton and the team. A great campaign and wonderful AW14 collection. For more inspiration check out their look book online.

To satisfy my shopping urge I’ve selected a few pieces below that would be just perfect for me – and Christmas is just around the corner.

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1 // GEIR COAT
2 // SILK IKAT SCARF
3 // MADLI CROPPED SWEATER
4 // RITTE TOP
5 // TALL SPATS BOOT
6 // ALINA SKIRT

 
MORE INFORMATION | Toast UK
PHOTOGRAPHY | Nicholas Seaton
 

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