RALPH LAUREN | DOWNTOWN MODERN AW14

22 September 2014

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You’ve gotta love Ralph Lauren. His rags to riches story is well documented and there’s barely a harder working man in the business who despite his age is still very much hands on and signs off on every single piece as I found out at the press launch for his new AW14 Home collection last week.

There were of course the over-the-top sumptuously dressed beds with a multitude of delicate and luxurious fabrics and trims but I was pleasantly surprised to find a pared back version in the ‘Downtown Modern’ collection. A kind of country in the city style with ebonized oak, cypress wood and textiles inspired by Navajo prints adding a touch of warmth.

The graphic prints and black and white palette give a modern feel and I like how a few industrial piece have been incorporated – my favourites being the large Fulton pendant and Equilibrium table lamp. The throws and cushions are beautifully tactile in mohair and cashmere oozing Ralph Lauren luxury and comfort. At one point I just wanted to curl up on the sofa with one of the cashmere rugs and have the superb caterers feed me teeny tiny eggs benedict and blueberry pancakes but luckily my manners got the better of me.

I have to concede that I’m not the target market but it is interesting to see how Ralph is reaching out to new customers. I also like to believe that he has a wry sense of humour as the press shot of the loaded jeep outside an old red brick factory made me smile. What better way to conjure up his country in the city style than to include some vintage skis, freshly chopped logs and a fluffy white American Eskimo dog?

You’ve gotta love Ralph Lauren!
 
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NOTE: In case you were wondering what to get me for Christmas I’ve selected a few favourite pieces below.

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PHOTOGRAPHY | Ralph Lauren

 
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MOOD BOARD | LIVE WITH LESS

20 September 2014

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To Live With Less sure is easier said than done. After all I kind of need nice decorative things around me…

I was first attracted to the typography but then got thinking about what it means to Live With Less. For me this is about paring back, de-cluttering and making conscious decisions which things to keep and which ones to part with. As we’re slowly moving towards a new season maybe this is the time for me to have a clear out and re-organize my wardrobe. It somehow always feels cathartic…

What about you? Are you a hoarder or can you part with stuff easily?

Wishing you all a happy weekend!

 
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NOTE | All via my Pinterest boards
 
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BLACK AND WHITE HOME IN CONVERTED FACTORY

18 September 2014

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As you know I’m a huge fan of black and white interiors and today’s home has the added advantage that it’s located in an old converted factory in Vasa, Finland. Bit of a dream set-up for me…

I love all the industrial elements that the couple have included in their interior design, especially the lighting like the oversized lamps, cluster of steel cage-lightbulbs and tripod studio light. Quirky finds like the oversized signage letter ‘Z’ and old leather boxing gloves add interest and are right on the typography and old school gym trend at the moment.

I also like how they’ve incorporated clever little DIYs like the rustic wooden plank with black iron pegs and coffee table on wheels reminiscent of the buildings manufacturing past. By keeping the colour palette very neutral with walls and ceilings in white and furniture mostly black it almost feels like an exhibition space setting their eclectic pieces perfectly in scene.

Last but not least I’ve got to confess that I’ve got a major crush on that huge black trunk serving as a bedside table – any ideas where I can get hold of one!?
 

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VIA | Femina with thanks
PHOTOGRAPHY | Katja Lösönen/IDECOR images with thanks
 
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STYLING BY LOTTA AGATON FOR HERMAN MILLER

17 September 2014

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I found some lovely styling for Herman Miller by Lotta Agaton on her new portfolio site, shot by Petra Bindel.

Great to see such talent come together for an iconic brand like Herman Miller and perfect minimalist, clean styling and photography. I love the dark green and prussian blue backdrops giving the furniture a classy and sophisticated edge. Enjoy… and get pinning!
 

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STYLING | Lotta Agaton with thanks
PHOTOGRAPHY | Petra Bindel with thanks
MORE INFORMATION | Herman Miller

 
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COOL STUFF | TORI MURPHY MADE IN ENGLAND

16 September 2014

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Tori Murphy has been on my radar for a while but in this fast moving (blogging) world she kinda slipped my mind so I was delighted when Dovetail Living informed me last week that they now stock her home textiles.

I adore her aesthetic of simple hand drawn designs combined with beautiful and tactile materials. She tries to keep her ingredients to a minimum and instead be creative with pattern and structure. Supporting British manufacturing is imperative to her with fabrics woven in Lancashire, washed and finished in the Yorkshire Dales and then made up into product in Nottingham where Tori lives and designs the products.

Her collection is created with style and quality in mind and in an interview with Occa Home she explains:

I’ve always tried to make things that are about simple design, good, honest materials and good craftsmanship. I like to keep the focus on the materials and the designs are quite simple and bold, we use the best materials possible and to an extent we let them speak for themselves. I would describe it as a simple, pared back aesthetic.

I’m always intrigued where textile designers get their inspiration for patterns from and was interested to read that Tori is inspired by regular patterns she sees in nature and drawn to anything that is repetitive but has an imperfection in it. All of her designs are hand drawn and nothing is really perfect which makes them different and sets them apart.

Though she does introduce a hot pink and some gold in her textiles I prefer the strong black accents and muted colours which for me work best with her bold patterns. In fact I’m having a serious crush on her Murphy and Chevy throw.

NOTE: Read the whole interview with Tori on Occa Home.
 

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MORE INFORMATION & PHOTOGRAPHY | Tori Murphy
 
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