the sunday nook {on loop}…

Willy Guhl Loop

i’m in the midst of a mild obsession with sculptural furnishings of late: an obsession i do not foresee abating anytime soon…

little beats simple, well-considered forms beautifully executed, like this concrete loop chair designed by swiss designer willy guhl way back in 1954…

its clean lines & lack of pretention bestow upon it a timeless quality which elevates this nook from country idyll to contemporary retreat…

i’ll take two please…

image via: hitta hem

i’m sorry, don’t hate me…

so, april came and went without so much as a ”hello, how are you?” around these parts…

i blinked and spring, my favourite season, was virtually all but a distant memory…

the past several weeks have been a blur of recurring flu {3 times a charm}, impending client deadlines & general state of knackeredness…

thank goodness for instagram, if for nothing more than to remind me that april & early may also meant:

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the biggest, blousiest peonies ever known to exist, all the more beautiful for their lipstick hues {exhibit a}…

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{exhibit b}…

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blue skies breaking through the gloom that came before…

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vintage finds at flea markets on days out with the boyfriend…

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& blissful moments of pottering in my home…

back soon….

the sunday nook {the watering hole}…

tamer nakisci

i’ve never been particularly partial to light wood kitchens: always thought they were a little bland & safe…

but today’s sunday nook has made me think twice…

teamed with playful geometric tiles {which, by the way, make a lovely alternative to the ubiquitous subway} the look is fresh & modern…

this is helped, no doubt, by the use of streamlined cabinetry {note the cut-outs for handles} which keeps the focus squarely on the main player…

a few additional touches like a deck-mounted faucet with integrated taps, an undermount sink & a chunky floating shelf for accessories keep things clean & simple…

not bland, just beautiful…

image via: academy tiles

the sunday nook {guest room}…

 

be my guest

we have house guests arriving this week which has finally encouraged us to rethink our office/guestroom/dumping ground {ie, do a dirty great clear-out}…

whilst i have high hopes of creating something magical, today’s sunday nook is what i affectionately class as ‘wishful thinking’…

i’d be nothing short of delighted if i rocked up at a friend’s place to be housed in this multi-functional affair: i could even overlook the beautiful brute-like antique desk & paraphernalia which threatens to consume half the room…

i’d turn a blind eye to the fine display of family portraiture & beautifully co-ordinated linens & should my host selfishly decide to leave bedtime cookies & milk {who does that?} on my mirrored bedside table, i’d no doubt forgive that intrusion too…

happy sunday…

 

{p.s: note to future house guests, this is sadly not where you’ll be sleeping}

image via: gold and gray

the sunday nook {stopped in your tracks}…

christine dovey

what’s better than the perfect nook? it’s got to be the opportunistic nook: making something from nothing…

take this hallway in the home of christine dovey of bijou and boheme as an example…

with a few clever furnishings & some attention to detail, christine has turned a transitional space into a destination in its own right…

feature wall coverings add a playful backdrop to a largely monochromatic theme…

a slimline console visually widens the walk-through, whilst mirrors reflect otherwise hidden upholstery details on the flanking chairs…

striking, fun &, most of all, memorable…

image by ashley capp via: stylemepretty 

country kitchen alchemy {edition eleven}…

feeling peckish? well the wait is over: i present to you the first of this year’s country kitchen alchemy editions…

inspired by chinese new year, lisa has singled out some of her favourite yum cha dishes & they’re surprisingly easy to make at home!

enjoy…

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chinese new year fell on the boyfriend’s birthday this year so we celebrated with some {mediocre} takeaway befitting the theme: next time i think i’ll just cut out the middle man & follow lisa’s recipes, all of which can be download from the my features tab where i have saved these recipe cards in a more printer-friendly format…

here’s to the year of the horse!

previous editions of country kitchen alchemy: onetwothreefourfivesixseveneightnine, ten

{this is not a sponsored post, just two friends sharing the love!}

the sunday nook {fashion stakes}…

hedi gores, the coveteur

today’s sunday nook combines two of my greatest loves: fashion & interiors…

tucked away in the home of hedi gores, co-founder of the pressed juicery & the chalkboard, this eclectic corner effortlessly mixes bohemian glam & mid-century masculinity with surprising results…

the layering of pattern & eras alongside some pretty punchy colour creates lashings of intrigue, whilst the clever use of symmetry helps reign in any potential craziness that such a confluence of styles could create…

ok, i concede, it’s still a little crazy, but completely cool too…

no?

happy sunday!

image via: the coveteur

the sunday nook {my home}…

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as the first sunday nook of 2014, i thought it fitting that i feature one of my favourite spaces: my home…

recently, for the first time since we moved to our current flat almost 17 months ago, i walked in the door & finally felt that smug contentedness that this is my home…

full with pieces we’ve curated over many, many years {a lot of which are memory-laden keepsakes from travels or childhood}, it’s by no means perfect, but it feels, at long last, like home…

of course there are still things i’d love to do {it’s a rental, so we’re limited}, like fit-out some new window treatments, plant-up some lush window boxes & build on our art collection {i’m still waiting for the perfect pieces to find us}…

but thankfully the list of coveted items is dwindling thanks to the arrival of our new coffee tables & the installation of a counter-top larder {which finally plugs the gap in the wall between the kitchen & lounge}…

& i almost have enough lamps in our lounge to stop the boyfriend from automatically reaching for the downlight switch {8 & counting}…

most importantly though, it feels welcoming, it feels relaxed & it feels right…

it really does feel like home…

in my home {studded cross vase}…

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continuing with my new in my home series, today i’d like to share the most recent addition to our abode {it arrived this morning}, my studded cross vase {a christmas gift from my mum}…

confession time: my 76-year-old mum did not choose this gift, but no doubt tired of hearing my endless babble about how a studded cross vase would complete my life, she wisely conceded & offered to buy it for me, despite it being the antithesis of her own personal style {gotta love that}

it’s a hulking, behemoth of a vase {though i consider it more a piece of sculpture than a vessel}…

cast in ceramic with a mission brown glaze finish, it’s adorned with knobbly studs dotting the surface…

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it’s a little big retro {think dalek} & a whole lot of cool…

i’ve long subscribed to the need for a good bit of ugly in an interior to elevate the beauty around it & i think this rather fits the bill…

i also love the masculine edge it brings to this space…

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i first clocked this vase on jen ramos’ blog made by girl & was a little elated when i found it for sale closer to home via none other than here {of course}

cherry on the top, it was actually cheaper to purchase in the uk than in the usa {that’s got to be a first}…

i wish i had more details to share, but there are sadly {or delightedly, depending on your point of view} no discernible maker’s marks…

if you have any further details, please do share as i pretty much want to marry this piece!

hello two zero one four {i think we’re going to be friends}…

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hello & belated new year greetings…

after two months away i’m now easing back into london life & desperately trying to hold on to the jetlag that’s promising to make those early work starts next week all the smoother…

as much as i love travelling, visiting family & rekindling distant friendships {& i do}, i equally love that feeling of arriving home…

8 weeks of non-pottering in my own abode is a long time for this pilgrim…

& now, keepsakes, presents & purchases abroad have been duly unpacked & distributed throughout the home, bringing with them happy memories & layering my home with even more meaning…

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from a vodka-infused bottle that formed part of a wedding bomboniere & a cheeky polaroid selfie with a bestie, to a souvenir my sister & i picked up nearly 30 years ago on our travels which has now been ‘borrowed’ from my mum’s house & sits pride of place on my mantel…

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elsewhere some gum nuts help bring a little australiana to my abode & a copy of sibella court‘s gypsy {a gift from a dear friend that knows me oh-so-well} sits proudly on display, whilst a nearby array of cooking pots anxiously await their first session in the kitchen…

yes, it’s good to be back…

to be honest, 2013 wasn’t the best of years for me, but by no means was it the worst either: regardless, i’m thankful it was, but i won’t miss it…

there was a bit of heart ache, a dolloping of hard work & lots of lessons…

early on i foolishly listed my 3*6*5 for 2013 where i challenged myself to choose from a veritable smörgåsbord of achievements…

i failed {big girly style}…

turns out a lot of those challenges just weren’t realistic & not because they were unattainable or foolish, but because they weren’t aligned with where my life is at right now: the aimless wandering of my youth is currently on hold to kickstart a new career, money is tight & free time even tighter…

but the experiences & lessons i got to enjoy in place of those i’d listed proved even more invaluable {funny how life works like that}…

last year i enrolled in two very different design internships which challenged, rewarded & ultimately put my career on the right track…

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the first was at livingetc magazine where i got to experience the dizzying pace of editorial, attend my first ever styling shoot & see my name published in one of my all-time favourite magazines ever {october’s ‘disco fever’ shoot, in case you were wondering}!

the second internship was at a renowned design studio, russell sage studio, wherein i immersed myself in the land of enchantingly bonkers, timeless & intriguing design {this is also the role i will be resuming next week, although now in a freelance capacity}…

i hope to give you the skinny on both of these internships a little more one day soon…

2013 also saw my boyfriend & i successfully achieve our plight to do more, see more & generally enjoy life just that little bit more…

old friendships were revisited & new ones formed…

there were two trips home, four new baby boys {not ours, i hasten to add} to welcome into the world & innumerable memories made…

we undertook our, now annual, pilgrimage to london’s sundance film festival, delighted in a series of outdoor films & plays under an obliging summer sun, took in exhibits & concerts alike & challenged our minds & our hearts to expand…

there was dancing in our seats to the beat of the buena vista social club at the royal albert hall, we were enchanted by the magical surrounds of colombe d’or, mucked-in at pamplona & spent a glorious summer exploring parts of the uk that, up until now, had alluded us…

& finally, we capped the year off by submitting our elusive house plans to council {fingers crossed please} & celebrating a ‘bush’ christmas with our respective families…

this year, who knows what lays ahead: my sole aim for 2014 is to live in the moment & enjoy wherever it is life takes me…

no lists, no muss, no fuss {lesson learned}…

i wish nothing more & nothing less to each & everyone of you…

hello two zero one four {i think we’re going to be friends}…

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