Thursday, 30 October 2014

New Cactus Print

I'm really excited to show you my new Cactus print from The Poster Club. It's by Kristina Dam and I love it! I think it looks beautiful in our light grey bedroom. As I've mentionned before, I've got a desk in our bedroom, so it's really important to be sorrounded by nice, inspiring things. I'm really pleased with it.  

The reason I like this poster is because of the faded effect. I find it inspiring the way it was photographed behind a screen. 

photo by Kristina Dam

Have a fab day!

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Black, white and gold home

This is the home of Catherine Dupon, the creator of Pollypapier. I love finding homes of people I admire. 

Not only is this French black, white and gold home beautiful, it's also different, innovative, personal, trendy and rather posh! 

Now I really miss my large vintage frame I had in France (and sold before moving..). This is a great idea for hanging up either photos or pages from magazines. Not everything is lost if you have a frame with no glass or backing. 

A black ceiling is quite dramatic, but can work really well, like here,  when the ceiling is high enough. LOVE IT!

I absolutely love the string lights hung up over the dining table on what I presume is a curtain rail?! Great idea! 

Cacti plants in clear glass vases - yes please!

This bathroom is very posh, isn't it? Makes me want to paint mine black. Love the fact that both the ceiling and the walls are black here. The gold mirror looks just fantastic, as do the round shelves and sinks.  

all photos by Jean-Marc Palisse

What do you think? Gorgeous isn't it?!

Thank you so much to photographer Jean-Marc Palisse for letting me publish these photos on my blog. 

Have a nice day!

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Tuesday Tips - Trending - Quilting

It's funny when you start to notice things, because it's then suddenly everywhere. I've found the trend quilting in both fashion and interior design.

I've just bought a new black cushion cover from IKEA. You've probably guessed by now that it's quilted.. 

Not only that, but I've also bought a new quilted jumper from H&M. Both cushion and jumper - BLACK of course.. 

More fab quilted items.. 

photo by Alvhem

photo by BoBedre

I've also created a Pinterest board called Quilt Trend

Hope you like this Tuesday Tips! Have you noticed the quilt trend lately?!


Sunday, 26 October 2014

Copper favourites

I see a lot of copper on Pinterest. I like copper, but think it's so important not to over do it. One nice item in copper looks a lot nicer than five. It's all in the D-E-T-A-I-L-S.

Simply love this tall copper mirror shelf! It will definitely be on my Christmas list. 


Friday, 24 October 2014

Personalised IXXI picture

A while back I treated my brother to a personalised IXXI picture for this Birthday.  He's been really nice and taken some photos so I can show you all. ;) 

My brother travels a lot and on a trip to Honduras he took this fabulous under water photo of a sea turtle whilst diving. I asked him for a high res photo without saying what it was for. 

I really like the way this image has turned out. I made it black and white for a bit of impact on his white walls. 

There's only one of these pictures, so it's both personalised and unique. I love it and thankfully so does he. The process was really quick and easy. Hanging the IXXI picture on the wall and putting it together took no time at all. I can highly recommend it. Doesn't it look great?

Happy Weekend!! 

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Our curtain choice - charcoal

Whilst in Spain I helped my parents make their rental home a more personal home. One thing they don't have is curtains, so before leaving I requested some samples from The Natural Curtain Company. I received five samples and brought them to Spain with me. 

Although it's very hot in Spain I feel curtains can still add a cozyness to a room and make it more complete. My parents have always had curtains, so I think adding this comfort makes it more like a home they're used to. 

As they have white walls we tried natural fabrics as well as silk fabrics, but ended up with the made to measure fabric Charcoal which coincidentally is from Spain. It goes really well with their charcoal sofa as well as their garden furniture. As it's just the two of them, they don't want lots of clutter, so they decided to use the garden furnture inside and outside to free up space. I think this is a really good idea. 

For the curtain choice we decided the best option was the darker curtains - charcoal, as everything else is either white or light grey (floor tiles). It's quite a trendy town house with a glass stair case, so the colour scheme works really well. With the addition of some green plants it looks lovely. 

A couple of years ago, I painted the vintage frame in the photo. It was a skip find (yes, really!!). I painted a very thin coat of light grey paint to make it look nice in their Norwegian living room. Thankfully it looks nice in Spain too. The simple painting is of Magnus holding a balloon and was painted by an artist friend in France. (This is all very international.)

As my parents now are a long way from home, they have brought some of their things and are now making this their dream home. It's nice to be able to help them. Having the curtain samples with me was really good so they could see the colour and also feel the quality of the fabric. I can't wait to see the living room when it's all done. I think it'll look great. 

In the kitchen we're concidering roman blinds instead of curtains, but will stick to the same fabric as the kitchen / dining / living room is all open plan. 

I'd love to hear what you think. Was it the right choice to go dark?

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Our trip to Spain with many hospital visits

Last week Magnus and I flew out to Spain to stay with my parents (they moved there from Norway just a couple of weeks ago). They've rented a beautiful, recently renovated, town house in the Costa del Sol region. The day before flying out I got a phone call saying my Mum had been in an accident and broken her shoulder, so our trip changed mood. I had planned to work from there, but of course family comes first. My Mum spent five days at the hospital and also had a big operation. I'm so glad I could help with both speaking English and French, as neither of us speak Spanish (although I'm now thinking about having a go at learning it). I'm just glad we were there to offer a bit of support as it's still a long way to go for her shoulder to get better. We're grateful that it went as well as it did as it could have been so much worse. 

Here are some of my (not so many) photos from really hot and sunny Spain. 

Their roof top terrace view one evening. 

Before heading back to Scotland, I helped my parents buy garden furniture. These chairs look just as good inside as outside. 

I don't think I noticed the cacti heaven last time I visited Spain, but this time I saw them everywhere! They grow wild like weeds. Just wish I had some extra room in my suitcase. 

One of my big joys of travelling is of course discovering the country's interior design magazines.. 

Now back in Scotland, it's amazing how much it's changed and looks like autumn here. 
It's also feels freezing and it'll take us a few days to climatise.

Hope you're all well. It's nice to be back blogging again. It's been a while!

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