Graham and Green inspiration for spring 2016 moodboard

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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!

Ela

Wallpaper choice of the day- Arte International

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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?!

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Global Interior-Wallpaper* issue – assisting stylist experience

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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.

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Industrial&Modern kitchen solution

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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.

Have a sunny day.

Ela

Under £1000 budget bedroom- shop online in London

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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.

Stores: Ikea, WestElm , John Lewis , NOTHS , Made and Society6 ( which can be order only online).

The total cost its £ 890 but we should add the: paint, curtain pole, an extra rug for both sides of the bed and some vases or a mirror.

Hope you find it inspiring and if you need any help in decorating I’m happy to help you.

Have a wonderful day.

Ela

Mexican Kitchen Ceramic – styling project

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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.

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Have a sunny weekend.

Ela

Normann Copenhagen Minimalism Interior Styling

normannAs 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.

Hope you like it.

Have a easy day.

Ela

Normann Copenhagen sophisticated simplicity – interior styling

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“We Believe In Great Design” – a real statement which can be found in each of the products shown in Normann Copehagen’s gallery. I love their simple and minimalist lines and the colour palette which gives you that feeling of calmness and neatness. This Danish design company collection consists of a wide range of  furniture, sculptural lighting, stunning textiles and home accessories. It caught my eye in a second and I’m looking forward to insert some of their creations in my next project. Hope you find them as extraordinary as I do and visit my blog soon to check my new posts.

 

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Thank you for reading my blog.

Have a lovely day,

Ela

Mediterranean & Scandinavian styles combination

airySummer 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.

Accessories : 1. Lantern from Think Fabricate  2. Sofa from Invaluable    3. Curtains from Urbanoutfitters  4.  Fragrances from Urbanoutfitters  5. Twin Tables from TwentyTwentyone  6.  Rug by The Rug Company  7. Octopus Print from Bashla website  8. Prin by Mirella Bruno   9. Cabinet by Hierve  10. Wall clocks from Anthropologie 11. Chair by Japanese designer Jin Kuramoto found on Dezeen  12. Plant pot by Atelier Stella

Hope you’ve been inspired and you like my work.

Have a sunny day,

Ela

April’s Project – UK studio flat

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I’m thrilled to finally show you some of my latest work. Although its not finished I wanted to show you some of my process.

The project was born when I first moved to the UK. I rented this amazing room ( it might sound cheesy, but I had this vision of the room I would like to have when I would move to the UK – and I was so shocked when I first saw it..it was so similar)..anyway… I decorated it as much as my budget allowed me to, considering the fact that I won’t spend my whole life here. Many times I was wondering: what if I have had an unlimited budget? What will I do with it?

And this is how all started… I created my own world. With a lot of paintings, enough storage and my little corner to relax and read. There’s only one part of the space I didn’t create – the desk wall. I might leave it for later or my thought is to draw it by hand. I’m a huge fan of Anthropologie and M&S, so most of the items are from these two stores. I see myself in a house which is a combination between a gallery, a studio and a place to leave. And I think that you can sense that in my project.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I do and looking forward to showing you more projects in the close future.

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Mihaela