INTERIORS CRUSH | VILLA WITH POLISHED CONCRETE FLOORS

22 October 2014

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You’ve probably seen bits and pieces of this incredible project on Pinterest and Tumblr before but I wanted to show you the whole house and give you a bit of background info.

The owner is multi-creative talent Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen who is not only the co-founder of Danish Norm Architects but also a designer, stylist, art director and photographer. He pays particular attention to haptic qualities – sense of touch that is to you and me – and the human scale in interior design. His spaces are always spectacular and striking, very minimal and understated but nevertheless inviting and full of life, light and atmosphere.

Today’s featured project is his own house located in an old fishing village just outside Copenhagen with views across the harbour and sea. The villa was built in 1911 and the architecture inspired by the Tyrolean Alps. It was in bad need of renovation and Jonas wanted to strip out all the non-original features therefore unearthing it’s heritage and some art deco details.

I would have loved to see a before and after shot as Jonas took out a few walls to create long sight lines and to let daylight stream through the house into the north facing living room. The polished concrete floors give the place a wonderful cohesion and flow carefully balancing the original details with some industrial elements.

Though the rooms are set up for the shoot I can’t help but appreciate the almost poetic quality of his home. I love the stripped back stone fire places, the potted olive tree, the simple and classic furniture in soft greys and different woods and the long tactile curtains gathering on the floor. There’s a feeling of luxury as well as ease running through the property that only a combination of space and natural light can achieve. *swoon*

Can you tell I’ve got a crush!? Check out some more polished concrete here.
 

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MORE INFORMATION & PHOTOGRAPHY | Norm Architects with thanks
 
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WORKSHOP | DEFINE YOUR SIGNATURE STYLE

20 October 2014

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Defining your signature style is essential whether you’re a blogger, starting a business or work on a personal project. Our world and especially the internet is becoming ever more crowded and noisy so good photography is a necessity to help you stand out.

My blogging friend professional photographer, Emily Quinton has therefore teamed up with interiors stylist and trend expert, Gudy Herder to teach this workshop over two days in London.

They are both absolutely lovely people with years of experience and will cover a huge amount of material and practical advice allowing you the creative space to find your own distinctive style.

If your project, whether that’s a brand or blog, lacks focus or unity, or if you just want to gather some new skills to use on projects in your home this workshop will give you the confidence, inspiration and motivation to translate your ideas into a consistent, articulate and bespoke style.

By the end of the weekend you’ll be able to compose beautiful photographs on both your camera phone and dSLR using all the inside tips and advice by professional photographer Emily, including shooting in Aperture Priority mode to really capture the images you want to create.

Interior stylist and trend expert, Gudy will teach you how to define your signature style that can then be applied to your brand, blog or personal project through an inspiration board you will take home with you.
 
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For maximum creative input, Gudy, Emily and all participants will build a giant mood board which will pull all their current inspirations and everyone’s ideas together in a coherent and inspiring way. Connecting with others is a huge part of this weekend workshop and this exercise gives everyone the opportunity to work together creatively in a way they may not have done before.

Absolutely no experience is required, this workshop is suitable for any bloggers, business owners, project managers or those working on personal projects. It makes sense to have a project in mind to apply your newly defined style to, but you can be right at the very beginning of the road, at a crossroads, or some way down the line.

Ideally, you will bring with you a camera phone and dSLR or compact camera. And for the mood boarding you will need images and materials which define you and your project best. There will also be plenty of materials for you to work with during the workshop too and beautiful props for you to photograph.

The cost of this workshop is £275 per person and includes the following:

• all materials for the weekend, including props for the photography lessons and material for mood boarding;

• a full set of notes for each part of the course with a breakdown of instructions for each process: and

• lunch, coffee break, all refreshments.
 

A fantastic opportunity to learn from two pros in the creative surroundings of Hoxton.
Follow the link to sign up, limited spaces available.

 
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MORE INFORMATION & PHOTOGRAPHY | Emily Quinton & Gudy Herder

MOOD BOARD | AW14 TREND

17 October 2014

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What’s nicer than to wrap up in an oversize sweater or coat when you’re chilly!? It’s like a warm blanket that comforts and protects you and I just love this AW14 trend which inspired me to put a little mood board together all courtesy of my Pinterest feed.

I recently read somewhere that you’re only as cool as your sleeves are long this season – or words to the effect – and I for one am very happy to embrace this trend. Being taller and longer limbed than the average female I’m delighted to see there are lots of tall (as well as petite) sections now on the high street and some of my favourite brands like Zara, COS and &otherstories have always cut their clothes with extra long sleeves. Or if you want designer pop over to Joseph and ACNE – did you spot their divine sweater top left!?

I’m not a big fan of the cold so it’s fair to say that autumn and winter aren’t my favourite seasons but I do enjoy putting on lots of cosy layers and playing with different textures and colours. Naturally soft yarns like wool, cashmere and alpaca are my wardobe staple for the coming months and I mostly stick to muted colours from off whites to greys, navy and black with some dark forest greens and plum shades. Mix that with some skinny straight trousers and hip sneakers and you’re all set for the coming months.

Cold? Who’s cold now?

 
NOTE | All via my Pinterest boards
 
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PLACES TO GO | SANTA CATALINA BY SALVA LOPEZ

15 October 2014

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OMG, I was so excited when I came across this gorgeous photo series of Santa Catalina – a neighbourhood in Palma de Mallorca – by Salva Lopéz. [Thank you, thank you lovely Victoria from SFGirlByBay.]

As you might know I’ve got a bit of a crush on Palma and with this dark damp autumn weather I find myself daydreaming about warmer climes and sunshine. The photo series was commissioned by Monocle magazine and you’ll have to buy the issue or subscribe online to find out where all these gorgeous shops, bars and restaurants are to be found.

We’ve visited Palma and Santa Catalina for the first time back in 2010 and have since been back a few times enjoying the laid back Mediterranean vibe, fabulous Spanish tapas bars and restaurants as well as all the hip and quirky little shops. The mix of traditional architecture and modern renovations still gives me a buzz and I love exploring all the little alley ways and back roads. It is this essence and flavour that Salva captured so beautifully in his series.

To me Santa Catalina is an organically evolving neighbourhood that serves the needs of locals and students as well as expats by offering the diversity that I crave.

For more tips on where to go and what to do in Santa Catalina check out my previous post here.
 

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MORE INFORMATION | Monocle
PHOTOGRAPHY | Salva Lopéz
 
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PLACES TO GO | FRANCO MANCA LONDON

13 October 2014

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I’ve never been to Naples – arguably the birthplace of what we now refer to as pizza – but on one of my recent ventures into town I discovered Franco Manca. A pizzeria as close to the real thing as you can get without hopping on a plane to southern Italy.

It’s a small independent chain of pizza restaurants started in 2008 and passion for their product is at the heart of it. From branding to interior design – it’s all about simplicity, no fuss and good honest, quality ingredients.

The secret is in the slow-rising sourdough base (a minimum of 20hrs) which is baked in a wood burning ‘tufae’ brick oven made on site by specialised artisans from Naples producing a heat of about 500C (930F) – the oven (!) not the artisans. This blast-cooking method locks in the flour’s natural aroma and moisture producing a soft, easily digestible crust.

I had a simple Margarita which I watched the chefs prepare and have to say I was amazed at the difference to any other pizza I’ve tasted in the past. It was perfect! The texture, the subtle smoky flavour of some burnt dough ‘blisters’ and the combination of tomato, mozzarella and basil. Heaven is a good pizza – why has nobody made a poster or t-shirt with that slogan yet!?

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Their simple and honest concept also translates into their branding which is monochrome handwritten typography and a childlike logo squiggle of what could be interpreted as a pizza, or pizza throwing or a planetary system. Like all good concepts there is total cohesion between the product, branding and interior design which is simple and clean with a few rustic elements giving the wood burning oven pride of place at the centre of the space.

I loved the ‘ouch’ sign on my way to the restrooms, a simple detail that made me feel warm and fuzzy – discarding my natural cynicism for a minute and making me believe that somebody cares for my well-being, or at least wants to avoid a law suit.

A fabulous experience which was made even better when the bill arrived. In case you want proof I’ve included a shot of it below. Just leaves me to mention that sadly you can’t book but don’t worry they turn the tables around pretty swiftly so I hear there’s never a very long wait. Only problem is I can’t go back to our local now I’ve tasted the real deal. #modernproblems
 

NOTE: Check out Franco Manca’s website to read more about their passionate sourcing of ingredients.
 

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MORE INFORMATION | Franco Mancha
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