Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Today I'm Loving... Ninainvorm

Last week I stumbled across Nina's blog and what a pleasant surprise it was. Nina is a 29-year-old Dutch designer, art/craft lover and maker. She sells beautiful handmade ceramics in her Etsy online shop. With Spring and Easter coming up they are just perfect and really sets the mood!

Monday, 27 February 2012

BlogTour NYC 2012!

I am not sure if I have shared some exciting news with you, but March I will be flying off to NYC as part of BlogTour. I will be sharing this experience with a group of fantastic bloggers and I simply cannot wait!

So what is BlogTour I hear you say? It is the brainchild of the lovely Modenus Founder Veronika Miller. The ‘Tour’ involves bringing up to 15 bloggers to cities where they are immersed in the latest exhibitions that are taking place at the time of their visit. 

The idea for Blog Tour grew out of my desire to harness the online experience from my website Modenus, and bring it back to the real world,” said Veronika Miller, founder and CEO of Modenus. “Modenus has become synonymous with great design and unique products and I wanted to find a way to bring our audience along as we scour the globe for great new design inspiration.”

Here are the lovely people I will be hanging out with. What a fantastic bunch, right?!

Image compiled by the lovely Carole King from Dear Designer's blog.

1. Stacey Sheppard – Stacey Sheppards Blog  2. Hannah Coleman – Dreamwall Style 3. (me) Arianna Trapani - Arianna Interiors 4. Cecy Brooks – CECY j 5. Will Taylor - Bright Bazaar 6. David John – You Have Been Here Sometime 7. Emily Peck - ACHICA Living 8. Kelly Morisseau – Kelly’s Kitchen Sync 9. Marilyn Russell-Grant - Design Magnifique 10. Andrew Dunning – APD Interiors 11. Katie Treggiden – Confessions of a Design Geek 12. Kate Baxter – The Fabric Of My Life 13. Pippa Jameson – Pippa Jameson Interiors, 14. Carole King - Dear Designer's Blog 15. Toma Clark Haines - The Antiques Diva 

While we are there we are lucky enough to attend the 11th annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show where nearly 350 premium brands will be exhibiting. So there will be plenty of blogging, tweeting and facebook updates from all of us attending Blog Tour!

And last but not least a big thank you to our sponsors, without them this would not have been possible: Miele USAScholtesSamual Heath,Duverre Hardware, Rotsen FurnitureBlanco America, Poggenpohl USBig Ass FansVictoria and Albert BathsModern-Aire,  Spirit of Sports and Jenn Air.

Friday, 24 February 2012

Friday Inspiration With Flora Dora

Have any of you heard of Flora Dora? I am obsessed with their prints! Chelsea and Gary Cefai founded Flora Dora The Pattern House in 2011 after becoming the proud owners of an archive of over 200 original surface pattern designs by the late British artist and designer, Sheila Bownas. Spanning three decades, the vibrant collection dates from the 1950’s and has until now, been unseen by the public eye. Flora Dora aims to protect the history of Sheila’s work and bring her patterns back to life, making them available for the very first time.

Chelsea says "My main priority and purpose is to bring about public awareness to Sheila’s collection of patterns and to an artist who has slipped through the net of recognition. This body of work is very much a part of our British design heritage”. 

Flora Dora has launched its first collection of ten designs offering a limited range of Prints, Fabrics, Cushions & Postcards. 

I was lucky enough to meet this lovely couple and what a truly inspiring pair they are!

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Buddha Of Suburbia From Mini Moderns

Love Love Love the new wallpaper designs to come from the forthcoming 'Buddha of Suburbia' collection from the mighty duo Mini Moderns. Camberwell Beauty is the first print to come from this collection. Stunning, bold, intense and guess what?! It has butterfly designs which I am utterly obsessed with at the moment! So let us take a sneak peek at these fabulous designs...

And on another note I wish you guys a Happy Pancake day! I already started with a mini celebration as you can see :)

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

It's All About Love...

I don't really celebrate Valentines day. That doesn't mean I don't have a heart in fact I am a hopeless romantic. Love is all around us and should be celebrated everyday with the ones dearest to us!

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Sonia Rykiel Maison 2012 Collection

I don't know about you, but I have had enough of this cold weather and frankly would like Spring to come as soon as possible. But as we can't have everything in life, I can at least start dreaming about the upcoming season and this is exactly what I'm doing today. I love the New collection from Sonia Rykiel Maison 2012. With seven new designs it is ultra feminine and bang on trend with this year's key Spring looks. Yes, I feel much better already...

Rue Visconti - Romantic roses in soft colours interspersed with black on supple heavy linen. 

Rue Princesse - Roses amidst the writing for this reversible woven Jacquard. 

Rue Casanova - A big dog-tooth check in vibrant heavy cotton. 

From top left clockwise: Rue Visconti, Rue Madame, Rue princesse, Rue du Dragon.

 Rue des 4 Vents, Rue Mazarine, Rue des 4 Vents Rose, Rue Casanova.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Real Homes: Modern & Vintage Curiosities

People sometimes assume that Italian design is only crisp, white, modern lines but on the contrary they are also big lovers of vintage too. Here homeowner Alessandra Santi immediately fell in love with her 1930's home in Milan. A lover of art, photography and travelling her home is a nest of interesting curiosities. Modern twists with vintage pieces fills this place with so much personality. Totally inspiring don't you think? 

All images from At Casa, photos Cecilia Frattini

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Introducing Matilda!

As mentioned on my 'Butterfly' trend post, I discovered a new Brand, Matilda and have fallen utterly in love. 

Founded by Jenni Carbins, an Australian living in London since 2005, Matilda aims to have as many products as possible manufactured locally – either in the UK or in Europe – while maintaining the freshness of Australian design. The company launched with a pilot showcase as part of the London Design Festival 2010. 

It's cool, fresh and I am pretty much loving their style!

Spun dining setting - love the coloured stools!

Gorgeous Coco pendants.

Chrysalis decorative wall butterflies - My absolute favourite!!!

Full moon chair with Spun light and abstract wall hanging.