I was recently introduced to new shop Curious Egg (based in Scotland) and was of course smitten straight away. They offer something a bit different. Owner Lorraine Aaron is constantly on the hunt for fine crafted objects, interesting limited edition artworks and tactile, characterful homewares. She enjoys uncovering and sharing the fascinating stories they tell, so hop over to check out the unique collection of amazing products.
On my radar is the Matki vase, the Drip cushion (in grey obviously!) and the beautiful Covet Hanging lamp. I’ll show you something else I bought in a couple of days, but first I wanted to show you my new Ana vase. Anartwork and vase in one! I chose the off-white and brown speckled finish, but it also comes in graphite. It’s truly beautiful, don’t you think?
Some amazing pictures landed in my inbox yesterday. Terzo Piano is an image production studio. They create design images through modelling and photo realistic 3D rendering. I think these images are really creative and had to share. The images all have a story to tell. Which one is your favourite?
concept and styling by Elisabetta Bongiorni all images by Terzo Piano
I often think about what makes a house a home. To me, it’s all about making yours. Own it! Inject some personality and make it feel like somewhere you’re proud of. Hang up a few pictures on the walls, add some nice textiles and some green plants and you’re half way there already. For a long time we thought we would be renting for a few months, so we didn’t personalise the flat we are renting. That was of course a mistake and I wish we had done it sooner. Almost 3 years later, we’re still here. Slowly but surely we’ve made this flat feel more like our home and I think we all feel more settled now. It’s not our forever home and one day I hope we’ll have more space and a garden, but until then we’re making the flat work for us.
I recently did some styling work for home wares brand Urbanara. It struck me that as soon as I put the charcoal cotton quilt on our double bed, the room felt completely different. The room instantly felt both more grown up and homely. Magnus came home from school and let out a big WOW! He even said you’re room is so different! It really does look like I’ve made a huge change to the room. It’s amazing what a dark quilt can do. I love the quality and the feel of it too.
Being a huge fan of waffle towels (and I mean above average huge!) I chose some gorgeoustowels for our bathroom. They both look and feel fantastic. They’re so soft. They come in different colours, so I’ve got a feeling some charcoal waffle towels will be added to my collection too.
The beautiful marble cotton wool boxwill have a lot of uses, I can see that already. It would look just as perfect on my desk as a pen holder or as a secret chocolate box, now that’s an idea!
Our home is definitely better with Urbanaraand I know I will find myself back in the shop shortly. I have my eye on the minimalplant pot collection for my new green plants. Yes, I’ve bought more!
As Father’s Day is coming up and have found some amazing trendy alternatives to the usual mug or last minute gift that seem to happen in this house. I’ve found some really nice things on Etsy. It’s the place I go when I’m looking for something a bit different and I like the fact there are so many handmade items too.
How do you celebrate Fathers’s Day? In our home it normally starts with a nice breakfast and a couple of gifts. Later on we might go out for lunch and take a trip to the park. Most importantly, we try to take it easy and spend time together.
Here’s my take on minimal Father’s Day gifts for a cool Dad.
Magnus is very tall for his age and getting bigger quickly, so it was time for a bedroom update. He was very sweet and helped me change his room around. He loves helping, so together we literally moved everything in his room. He is really pleased with the end result and so am I. It’s perfect for a just turned 9 year old! Needless to say there’s plenty of Lego on the other side of the room..
I recently did some styling work for Eve Mattress and we got to test one of their lovely mattresses. Magnus used to move around a lot at night, but since trying the Eve Mattress he’s actually stopped. He couldn’t be happier with the new mattress and thinks it’s incredibly comfortable. I have tried it too and really like it. The mattress has got four layers and is made with memory foam for extra comfort. For our new home I have a new mattress on our must have list. When we move we would like to have a larger bed than what we have just now. With my bad back a comfortable mattress would be of benefit, so I think Eve would be a really good option. The good thing with Eve Mattress is that it’s possible to return it and get our money back if it’s not suitable. I think that’s really great. I find it difficult to know after testing a mattress for a few minutes in a showroom, if it’s a good fit or not. I think you really have to sleep on it as it were.. Sorry!
The Eve Mattress is delivered in a box, which might seem strange, but it really works. It makes it easy to transport and also to move to the room you want the mattress in. When you open the box, lay the mattress flat on the floor for a few hours and after that it’s ready to go on your bed. I took Magnus to the park for a while and after doing homework and the weekly swimming lesson, the mattress was ready to be tested.
I dressed the bed with washed linen sheets and added a new black and white blanket from Houseology. The emoji cushion was a present from his grand parents and he loves it! So we’ve gone for black, white and yellow in his room. It looks really smart. I’ve given him my largest Monstera plant to look after. I think I’ll be keeping an eye on it though..
I first discovered Paola Paronetto a couple of years ago at one of the Maison & Objetexhibitions in Paris. Her work is truly beautiful and it’s great to see the collection growing. Paola works mostly with paper clay and her work is very contemporary. Back then in 2013 when I first saw her work, the sculptures were mostly in really strong colours (you can see my photo here). My love for her work hasn’t changed a bit, in fact it’s grown stronger. The new neutral tones and more organic colours are beautiful. Her work is unique and every sculpture different. Below you can see the beautiful Paper Clay collection.
When Paola created the collection she was inspired by cardboard. She didn’t want the collection to look like ceramics. I think she’s achieved that and she’s frequently asked what material she’s used. I’m sure you’ll love these beautiful, unique sculptures and the setting too. What an incredible backdrop and how perfect does it all look together?!
Paola works in an amazing studio in the countryside, where she was born in Pordenone, Italy. To me it’s obvious that she’s inspired by nature and her beautiful surroundings. Her work really reflects that. She’s somebody who likes to experiment and I think she’s truly found her own style. What do you think? I love her work!