Category Archives: Home & Interior

INTERIOR TREND | TERRAZZO

4 April 2017

 

Terrazzo is having a bit of a moment right now and I’m loving it! Originally created by Venetian construction workers as a low cost flooring material most terrazzo now consists of chips of marble, quartz, granite, glass, or other suitable material, poured with a cementitious binder. After it is cured it is ground and polished smooth or otherwise finished to produce a uniformly textured surface.

A new take on Terrazzo is Marmoreal an engineered marble for architectural surfaces by the British designer Max Lamb. The word ‘marmoreal’ means ‘marble-like’ and is composed of approximately 95 percent marble and 5 percent polyester resin binders.

Another fascinating adaption are the Bentu Lights made from recycled waste and the stylised printed Ferm wallpaper above complete with metallic speckles and the triangle ruler from Danish designers Hay.

For more design and interior trends and the latest product launches follow me on Instagram at the Salone del Mobile in Milan where I’m meeting some old and new blogging buddies at the DDN Safari Blog organised by Design Diffusion.

Follow the hashtag #ddnbloggers to see what we get up to.

 
 

1 + 6 | Bentu Lights

2 | Wallpaper

3 | Ruler

4 | Marmoreal Chair

5 | Flooring

 

 

 
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INTERIORS CRUSH | YOGA STUDIO IN CONVERTED WAREHOUSE

13 March 2017

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Starting the week off with a crush of epic proportions, the interior of this yoga studio in a converted warehouse in Sydney was designed by Karen Abernethy who translated the spiritual concept of light and reflection beautifully within this space.

Yoga has been a bit of a lifesaver for me for a long time now. I initially got into it because of work stress, mental as well as physical, sitting at the computer for 12 hours a day takes its toll eventually on neck, shoulders and back. I continued with my practice through both pregnancies and after a few crazy sleep-deprived baby years got back into it thanks to a wonderful local teacher.

I can’t rate the benefits of yoga high enough. For me it’s as if my whole body gets stretched, bent and simply wrung out from top to toe with the added benefit of a relaxing meditation at the end of it. Not just my body feels calm and energised but equally my mind is given much needed perspective from the daily grind and stresses of family life.

So you can imagine how my heart skipped a beat when I came across the Humming Puppy Yoga Studio. The actual studio space sits above the reception and changing rooms at the top of the warehouse for minimal disruption to your flow. The floor is covered with black plywood panels and there are thick dark curtains to restrict the incoming light helping to create the perfect atmosphere for meditation and reflection. Elements of the old warehouse are very much embraced by leaving the ceiling exposed but painted in black and giving the brick walls a distressed white wash.

The reception area and changing rooms below are separated by a mesmerising transparent angled screen which appears to shimmer and change colour as you move around. I think I’m most in love with the locker area though which is kept intimate and dark setting you up for your session. And please check out the stunning water fountain fed by a single pipe coming out of the dark from above – simple, elegant and functional.

Namaste friends.

 
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INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE | Karen Abernethy
PHOTOGRAPHY | Katherine Lu with thanks
MORE INFORMATION | Humming Puppy Yoga Studio
 
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SOFT MINIMALISM WITH POPS OF COLOUR AND PLANTS

9 March 2017

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Showing you some soft minimalism today with splashes of colour and a cluster of beautiful ornamental plants since it’s one of the first Spring days here in the UK.

The white-washed top floor apartment is situated in the Dutch town of Deventer and though the owner is a self-confessed design addict he’s not overly precious about his decor and designer furniture merely appreciating the craftsmanship and design of classics pieces by Eames and Herman Miller.

After the prolonged grey wether these cheerful pops of colour and little plant family are just what I need. Hope Spring has arrived for you too.

 

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PHOTOGRAPHY | Jansje Klazinga with thanks
STYLING | Caroline Manning

 
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CLEVER ISLINGTON CONVERSION BY LARISSA JOHNSTON ARCHITECTS

1 February 2017

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Phew… it’s February!

You may have noticed my absence on here during last month and though not physically absent – after all the kids are back at school – I’ve been struggling to find my mojo. Not just in terms of blogging but generally as I talked about in this post here.

Politics is not something I usually talk about on Stylejuicer but the events in the US are worrying me… a lot! Coupled with what seems like an endless stream of colds and coughs around the house no amount of interior porn design has managed to drag me out from under the proverbial duvet.

Until now… and it’s all down to plywood.

This fabulous conversion by Larissa Johnston Architects is in Islington, North London and I love how they have completely rearranged the house, taking out all internal walls and switching the bedrooms so now the living space including dining and kitchen are downstairs and connect to the rear garden via some full height glass sliding doors flooding the house with light. It’s a minimalist modern space where each nook and cranny has been put to good use which in turn maximises the floorspace on view making the house feel a lot bigger.

What really got me excited was the way they have managed to create a custom built unit that not only incorporates the stairs but also the kitchen and some clever storage areas. This plywood unit wraps up the stairs and gives the house an anchor connecting all the floors and making for an easy flow.

Larissa and her team have also made great use of the half landing making it a study area with more inbuilt shelving and a desk running along the window. I wish there were some shots of the downstairs WC and utility area as they are both concealed underneath the stairs and clad with plywood.

It may seem a bit geeky but I love seeing the bare bones of a house which is why I’m showing you the floorplan at the end of this post. I’ve got a feeling I’m not the only nerd on here.

Here’s to plywood!

 
 

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MORE INFORMATION & PHOTOGRAPHY | Larissa Johnston Architects with thanks
 
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FINDING MY MOJO AND TRENDS FOR 2017

18 January 2017

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Beautiful Story Coffee on London’s St John’s Hill, Battersea. Loving the wooden hexagonal tiles.
 
 

It’s been a sloooow start to the year. We got back from the Canary Islands just before New Year’s to the most awful rainy, miserable, grey and cold winter weather you can imagine and were stuck indoors with various illnesses until the kids started school again.

2017 is going to be a big year for us as we will be looking to move out of London and find a home to renovate. The kids will inevitably switch schools and we will have to make new friends and find a new social circle. All of which has been a bit daunting and I’ve struggled to find my mojo in 2017 so far.

Naturally, I’m browsing Pinterest and various blogs for inspiration but somehow nothing sparks much interest with me. I wonder if we are coming to the end of a phase and waiting for the next big thing to happen?

In December I was lucky to be invited by Houzz to discuss emerging trends in interior design with a bunch of bloggers at the Miele Experience Centre. We were served a delicious 5 course meal by head chef Martyn Meid, founder of Ink and ambassador for Miele, and had a wonderful time exchanging views and discussing trends for 2017.

 

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I’ve particularly noticed the increased use of hexagonal tiles in bathrooms, kitchens and flooring. Via Pinterest.

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Colour and texture perfection via Wanderer Wanderer.

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A movement towards matt surfaces is emerging after years of high gloss finishes. Via Pinterest.
 
 

My Function+Form sidekick and mad plant lady (her words not mine) Tiff predicts “dark and murky greens” and so far I’ve spotted this trend not only in interiors but fashion and wall art as well.

 
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One of IKEA‘s latest addition for 2017 shot against a dark green wall. LOVE!

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You may remember our trip to Antwerp a few month ago where we spotted these gorgeous dark green kitchen cabinets at trendy concept store St Vincent’s.

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Pre Collection 2017 from Toast featuring “murky greens”.

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“Recent Works On Paper” by KENNETH JAWORSKI – exhibition at St Vincents, Antwerp
 
 

Find out what fellow bloggers Hannah, Lotte and Geraldine predict for 2017 over on Houzz.

 
 
 

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