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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FERM LIVING KIDS | SPRING SUMMER 2017

24 January 2017

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I’m totally smitten with Ferm Living Kids latest Spring/Summer collection for 2017 which includes an awesome jumbo terrazzo print on wallpaper, tote bag or knotted bean bag. The small architects desks and chairs are the perfect height and design for little artists and come in a range of tastefully dusty and muted colours that suit the trend-chasing, design-conscious parent (*coughs*) as well as their offspring.

The hand braided lampshade is a lovely texture to add to any bedroom and I love their whimsical details like the little leather bunny ears on the mirror or the tactile dots on the Popcorn bolsters. It all oozes Scandi class and sophistication and I’ve pinned just about everything onto my kids new bedroom moodboard.

Who cares what they want – we’re the ones who have to look at it, right!? #mymummyisadesigner

For more inspo flick through their look book on issuu here.
 
 

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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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ALL IS CALM

24 December 2016

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It’s Christmas Eve and since arriving in the Canary Islands a few days ago we’ve pretty much managed to let go of all that pre-Christmas stress and instead relaxed into bach life and running after the kids going with the flow.

I can’t wait to finally unpack the presents from our suitcase Santa’s sack (obvs) tomorrow and get rid of all this unnecessary packaging kids toys seem to come in these days. Annoyingly, it’s exactly said packaging that makes the present extra special for them so I was only able to pack the absolutely minimum with regards to clothing and shoes. Quite a good exercise actually in minimal living and no real hardship considering there’s a washing machine in the apartment.

Although this is a family holiday with the in-laws we are exploring the city as much as we can from coffee shops and tapas bars to small boutiques and quirky shops. I’m posting my finds over on Instagram if you’re curious.

Now, only leaves me to wish you a Happy Christmas and thank you all for reading and following along. I really do appreciate each and every comment, link back or thumbs up and am so chuffed that I might contribute in some small way to inspiring your daily life.

I hope All Is Calm, All Is Bright wherever you are.

 

 
PHOTOGRAPHY | Annie Kruse
 
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INTERIOR STYLIST ELISABETH HEIER’S CHRISTMAS HOME

21 December 2016

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I wanted to share these images of Elisabeth Heier’s Christmas home with you. The Norwegian interior designer, stylist and blogger has managed to create the perfect neutral backdrop in her home to style almost any product. Combined with her love for photography her images are distinctly recognizable featuring stylish – often minimal – Scandinavian design as is the case with her Christmas home.

I always look at her place with slight envy as it oozes serenity and calm without any clutter to be seen – though I know it’s probably chaos behind the scenes (unlikely, eh!?). How gorgeous is her advent calendar? Simple white paper bags with number tags on a white stylized wooden Christmas tree. DIY really doesn’t get any easier… #nextyear

The other simple but effective details around her home like the stylized wooden pine cone on the coffee table, the light stars in the window and the pine tree branch with minimal but beautiful decorations bring an immediate festive atmosphere. Have you noticed the brass wreath in her bedroom? Interesting how this dull rustic metal keeps creeping up everywhere. See my posts here and here.

Now, my cop out for this year is that we’re not at home during the festive period but I better get organized for next year. Somehow Christmas always seems to come as a surprise.

 

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PHOTOGRAPHY | Elisabeth Heier with thanks
 
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