Thursday 28 July 2011

Inspiring Interiors

How is your week going my friends? The summer has disappeared for good it seems and the temperatures feel more like autumn. 

I still haven't managed to finish the bag tutorial that I promised you last week so instead I want to share some inspiring interiors that I stumbled upon over the past few weeks and that I keep being drown to wanting to absorb every little detail.

This beautiful lounge above belongs to Anita Schytte who is the sales manager for TineK Home in Denmark. Holly Becker over on decor8 featured Anita's home a while ago, go here for the full house tour.
I like how this lounge is all about contrast - black wall and dark floors against the white sofa and ceiling, rough wooden stools against soft velvet cushions. I also like the bright reflection in the mirror above the sofa.

I am utterly in love with this space, white floors, black sofa, mix of chairs and this delightful vintage table along with a fun and eclectic mix of cushions - perfection. (Image via sköna hem - photo Mette Helena Rasmussen)

This danish home by designer Rikke Juhl Jensen  is filled with wonderful ideas and inspiration - the carefully selected accessories really stand out agains the very neutral interior. I like the mix of materials and pops of colour. How adorable is that grey/blue side table (top left) and the mustard yellow sofa in the kitchen? (Images via Bolig photos: Frederikke Heiberg)

This lovely kids room was created by Belinda Graham over at thehappyhome blog. Belinda is a mother of tree, freelance writer and keen home decorator/renovator. She's a great source of inspiration.

I hope you enjoyed my little collection of images. Anything you liked in particular? 


Friday 22 July 2011

Smells like home...

My husband is from New Zealand as you may know and every now and then I bring a little "kiwiana" into the house by making something from his home country: this time Anzac Biscuits.

We are invited to a summer party to celebrate the birth of a friend's baby and I will take what's left of the Anzac Biscuits along. I like stacking them up, tying them together with string and putting them in a white paper box - simple but it looks nice.

You may also remember that I talked about making this skirt using a mustard yellow fabric I had leftover. Well, it's finally done and I am really pleased with it. I think it looks great with my new brown shoes that I brought back from our recent holiday. Here's hoping the boys will behave and I don't have to chase after them in those heels. 

I hope you have a great weekend and if you're keen on a tutorial on how to make a super quick and easy, yet stylish beach bag, come visit me next week ;-)


Tuesday 19 July 2011

Glass Bell Jars

I am only slowly settling into a routine after our holiday. It was great coming home to our house and seeing everything with a fresh eye - do you get that after you've been away? Summer is usually a time where I spend a little less time decorating/re-arrange my home as I prefer to be outdoors. That said, I still like adding a few bits and pieces every now and then to keep things interesting.

On our holiday I spotted a beautiful bell jar but was too scared to bring it back as it would probably not have survived my husbands vigorous attempts to squeeze everything back into the car AND I was a little unsure as to whether it would be an impulse purchase that I might later regret. Now that I've had a look at some inspirational images on the many great ways to use bell jars I am determined to get one - so the new hunt begins.

What do you think, do you like them and do you perhaps own one already?
How do you prefer to use it? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

picture credits linked below (top to bottom):

Monday 18 July 2011

Trip to the sea

Sorry for my unannounced absence - I've been lucky enough to have had another holiday this summer. This time to the German North Sea coast. My parents are in the process of building their retirement home in a small quiet seaside town and so we all gathered up there to have a family holiday. It was exciting to see their little blue house and be once again blown away at my dad's skill at doing everything by himself. This will be his third house that he has built for the family. My mum will no doubt turn this new house into a warm and welcoming home when it's finished. 

My mum and I visited one of Villeroy and Boch's stores and I fell in love with their new blue and white range called "Farmhouse Touch Blueflowers" Maybe it was the proximity to the sea and all the cute little thatched roofed houses that got me dreaming of a country style setting just like the one below. How beautiful is the ring of different blues around the plates? It's traditional yet works well in a more contemporary setting as well. 

For more info visit Villeroy and Boch's website.

I came across this little house just tucked behind the dunes - isn't is adorable? The perfect holiday retreat.

(images: Villeroy and Boch (blue and white china), rest: Nina Lamb)

Wednesday 6 July 2011

Sweet taste of Summer

My grandfather visited us over the weekend with a great big bucket of redcurrants from his garden. The boys loved them fresh as they are and the rest I cooked into a sweet syrup to have over ice cream, in a smoothy or simply with sparkling water. Don't you just love the taste of summer?

(images: Nina Lamb)
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