From Zara to Living Etc. magazine and the majority of wallpaper&fabrics brands have introduced yellow in their collections…and I’m so happy!!! This colours it’s so summery, full of optimism and bold. It reminds me of my old flat in Romania which had one of the living room wall painted mustard. It’s such a versatile colour – you can make your room look joyful and colourful or using it on small surfaces and in pale tones, it can bring a fresh and calm atmosphere to the room. I created this moodboard for those of you who are looking for an cosy and chic atmosphere for their house. The image is taken from Graham & Green catalogue which I really like. I can see this house near the sea or a lake…although, to be honest I won’t mind having this desk in London so it will make me forget about the weather outside. Thanks for reading!
One of the reasons to leave in London is that you have where to choose from when it comes to decorating your space, furniture stores, home accessories, design fairs… and PUBs of course.. hehehe…because after so much craziness of running from a place to another, you definitely need a good drink. Thanks God we have internet and we have blogs to make our life easier. So, if you are looking for a really special wallpaper, I suggest ARTE International . Their collections are so elegant and vibrant. Somehow, the textures remind me of gem stones or natural textures. The ones that captured my attention were The Alchemy and Mirage collection. You just can’t go wrong with any of your choices.
I also encourage you to pay a visit to their showroom. It’s just stunning! I could easily take it as a place you can leave there. You will find more selections of wallpaper and you are in good hands when it comes to services and interior design consultation. Go for it, what are you waiting for?!
Here I am writing and showing you my last project with Wallpaper*. And when I thought that other projects were pretty intense..this was by far harder than what I’ve experienced before. I really have to mention that, I couldn’t have made it without the help of the photographer assistants and the other interns from the office ..and of course Olly, which I stressed her with thousands of txts and phone calls – thank you all. Although we had one of the biggest studios in London, it seams that we still struggled with space. The entire projects was challenging even from the very beginning. We had only few weeks to get all the products in UK from: Singapore, Mexico,USA etc. We usually have 1 month but because of the Christmas Holidays we had only few time left. Amy Heffernan ( the stylist ) had to change the strategy during the photo-shooting, because some of the products were still on their way. What was very interesting was that we worked in parallel on 2 or 3 sets. Whiles the photographer and stylist were busy with one set, we were already busy setting the next two. Juggling through the boxes and giving things to do to 4-5 people, it was fun and .. I have to use again, challenging ( I can’t find a better word really).
All in all… the result it’s stunning! I love the products and colour scheme that Amy chose and the Richard Foster’s lighting and composition skills (www.richardfoster.com).
I have to say that, the 4 months experience to Wallpaper* was worth it and looking back I realise how many things I learn and what a fantastic team was the Interiors. I couldn’t see myself doing something else and I hope I’ll have the chance to collaborate again with them in the close future.
All the houses I leaved in, and there are few now, they all had a bright kitchen with the working area near the window. Therefore, every time I have to design a new space I think, first of all, if there’s enough light and airy surfaces. I love open shelves which are practical and fun – you can add so much flair to the space by mismatching pottery and kitchen accessories; I love to see herbs in pots; I love the texture of the wood – I couldn’t never see myself working in a kitchen where there’s no wood whatsoever ( although I like it to be in small amounts) …and I definitely love tiles.
This moodboard was made for a potential kitchen of a client – unfortunately the new property came with a kitchen already, so we couldn’t go with this projects, although he was so thrilled of the project. From the beginning he wanted something industrial but cosy with black cabinets and white tiles. Because the kitchen was near to a water canal, I wanted to add accents of natural textures and linen fabrics so it will feel a bit summery – taking in consideration the grim London weather.
I had to leave the space as simple as possible so it will stick to the budget, but if I have to play a bit more with my imagination I could add just a bit of colour to the scheme and some graphic accents: some Moroccan tiles or illustrations on the wall , some playful Mexican or Asian plates and mugs… and i will have to stop now otherwise I’ll risk having a creating atmosphere.
Hope you like the project and find it inspiring for your own kitchen.
For those of you who are planning to redecorate or you are starting from scratch a bedroom which needs to look good on a modest budget, I came up with some suggestions of products you might be like. They can be order online (if you are too busy) or found in stores (if you like shopping and you have time to lose yourself in affordable stores) . This particular project was made for a client with whom I work at the moment to decorate his new flat in London. The room had to be suitable for a young professional either man or woman- it has to be rent it… also the room it’s pretty small so we wanted to create space, but in the same time has to be very stylish on a budget as low as possible. There are plenty of products much cheaper, but we wanted to spend extra money on quality accessories.
The whole week I had in mind to come up with a interior styling project. But I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do exactly. So, what to do in this case? I drove to the Home Sense store, my source of inspiration and from where I can get the products I want, and I a look around hunting for something fun, colorful and inspiring. I was super excited when I found this amazing handmade ceramic pottery from Las Amos – Mexican Kitchen. It was my perfect find as I just spent a weekend with a Colombian family which I adore. We had Latino music and traditional food. It felt like I was back in time when I visited Mexico. Therefore, this beautiful items remind me of the ceramic markets full of colour and Mexican embroidery. It was so much fun to have a play with them and considering the fact that I used only natural light and my camera was a old iPhone5 , I’m pretty pleased of my results.
As promised, I had a play with Normann’s products and let me tell you something, it wasn’t easy at all. It looks very simple and you might think that I might have done it in few minutes but far from the truth. I just realised how difficult it is for me to create minimalist designs. My interior solutions are always pretty packed with a wide range of objects and styles. So, it wasn’t a easy task not refrain myself. My intention from the beginning was to keep the same colour and composition scheme; I think I made it.
Summer it’s almost here and although I love spring, I can’t think of how much I miss the sea and the sun. I yearn for few days somewhere near the ocean/sea, to feel the sand beneath my feet and lie on a soft white cotton sunbed. Because, again I have other plans more important than affording ( as time) a holiday, I thought to come up with a design solution which will bring that feeling alive no matter where you live. I didn’t want to overly use the maritime theme and because the most relaxing moments are brought by light shades and airy spaces, I thought that I should combine the Scandinavian style with a touch of Mediterranean influence. White, cream , grey and accents of black and blue is what you need. Use cotton and translucent fabrics and do not forget the plants to give you that impact of an exotic scene.
It might not be the men’s choice of colour, but Salmon is the perfect accent to give your space a delicate and joyful feeling. I see it more suitable in a girl’s room but I don’t say No to have a bit of splash here and there in your living room or dining room, like in the below images.
If you are looking for something new and innovative, I suggest you to go for few accents ( like painting or some home accessories) or an entire wall ( as in the last image ). Play with different shades and combinations, textures or techniques. It can be a bit tricky, so be careful not to over do it or choosing the wrong tone, as it might look too childish. Be aware, if you want to share your life with a partner , he might be a bit overwhelmed by the colour- in this case, I might suggest to ask him first 🙂 .
Love it! look at this fantastic wall. It reminds me of childhood, when we use to play with water colours. As I was saying in the previews article: more and more images of interiors using this painting technique. Do you like it?
That’s it for now. Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day.
What a twist! From Scandinavian white interiors and the grey tones of the industrial style, this year we talk about an uplifting super colourful palette. I never have been into lots of colours, but I have to admit that the way … Continue reading →