Friday, 30 March 2012

Happy Weekend!

Wow what a week it has been! From the hustle and bustle of NYC to London in all its glory I am now back in serene Pisa. To say my head is all over the place is an understatement. While I feel sad that blogtourNYC is over and I miss my friends more than ever I am also happy to be back here. It fills me with joy to say that I have special friends in different parts of the world - which for me is one of the most important aspects of life. Here's to new & old friends!

Happy Weekend!

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Easter Decorating Ideas...

Easter is just round the corner and I haven't even had a chance to think of some cute decorating ideas. Still suffering from jet lag, I was quite pleased to come across these pretty images from IKEA Livet Hemma. A few bright accents and some sweet pastel coloured eggs, make me a very happy bunny indeed! ;)

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Modenus My City Tour: Canvas

One of the highlights from BlogTourNYC was Modenus My City Tour. The lovely and gorgeous Amy from ABCD Design took us around Soho - one of the coolest neighbourhoods in NYC. There she showed us some pretty fabulous shops which I thought I would mention them to you one by one during the next coming weeks.

First up is Canvas, a gorgeous shop selling divine ceramics, wooden objects, textiles, accessories and furniture for the home created by artisans and craftsmen from the US and abroad. If you ever are in NYC then this is a must stop! In the meantime here's a taster of what's in store. 

Canvas in Soho is located on 199 Lafayette StreetNew York, NY 10012 

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

New York City!

I'm back from New york and I am already missing the BlogTour gang so much! To say I had an amazing time is an understatement. I had fun, got inspired, met some great people but more importantly I made some great friends which I will take away with me from this trip!

In the mean time a few snap shots from the city than never sleeps!

A big thank you to all of the Blogtour NYC sponsors for making this happen: MieleSamuel HeathScholtesDu VerreRotsen FurnitureMMPI (organisers of AD show 2012), Blanco AmericaPoggenpohl KitchensSpirit of SportsVictoria and Albert BathsJenn AirBig Ass FansModern AireVitraAxorEthan AllenWallunica & Mix Magazine.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

blogTour NYC Sponsor Profile: Scholtes

Our next fantastic sponsor for BlogTour NYC is Scholtes. Scholtes is an Italian manufacturer of innovative, professional appliances for the home chef whom are launching their products into the North American marketplace. Stylish & elegant it's exactly what you would expect from an Italian Company.

Here in the UK we are more familiar with the parent company Indesit.

Friday, 16 March 2012

BlogTour NYC Sponsor Profile: Miele

Next sponsor up is a well known brand, Miele. Founded in 1899, Miele is a German manufacturer of high quality domestic appliances and commercial equipment. Since the beginning, the Miele motto has been "Immer Besser" or "Forever Better" and this philosophy is still reflected in the legendary quality and longevity of their Products. I do adore their coffee machines - could it be the fact that I gave up coffee for lent?! What was I thinking! 

What is even more exciting is that while I'm out in NYC for BlogTour we have been invited to a special preview of their manhattan table artist experience before it’s formal launch at next week’s architectural digest home design show.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Spring Issue Of Heart Home Magazine Is Out!

Spring is clearly in the air so make sure to check out our latest issue of Heart Home Magazine. It's fun, bright, bold and there is something for everyone. Go on take a look and I hope you will enjoy it us much as we do putting it together. Off I go to sleep for a whole week!!!

Cover Photograph Andrew Boyd featuring Mini Moderns

BlogTour NYC Sponsor Profile: Du Verre

Next on my sponsor series for BlogTour NYC is Du Verre. Du Verre Hardware is a leader in quality and original design for cabinet hardware. Working with highly respected designers from all aspects of the design world, Du Verre has created unique design-driven collections of knobs and pulls for fine furniture and interiors. Love their products and love their styling shots - how fun are they?!

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

BlogTour NYC: Tryp Hotel

I thought I would share with you where I will be staying on my trip to NYC. Tryp Hotel and it looks fab, so enough with the bragging let the images speak for themselves! By the way did I mention how excited I am about this trip  - only a week to go!

Monday, 12 March 2012

BlogTour NYC Sponsor Profile: Rotsen Furniture

Next up on my BlogTour NYC sponsor series is Rotsen Furniture. Since 2005, Rotsen Furniture creates striking sculptural designs integrating wood’s organic characteristics with a clean, graceful, modernist aesthetic. The starting point and inspiration for each piece comes from the wood itself. Combined with the additional elements of metal, glass, and plexiglass, the result is impressive creating exquisite products. Often custom made or customised to suit individual requirements, their collection his truly one of a kind. Here are a few furniture pieces...


Thursday, 8 March 2012

You Inspire Me - International Women's Day

It's International Women's day today and so what best reason to dedicate a post to the top 5 women in the design community who I truly find inspiring and who in some way have inspired me to have achieved what I have today...

Holly Becker
A truly inspirational woman who had a dream and has made it into a reality. After quitting her job and managing her blog full time, Decor8 has become a runaway success. Now she is author of Decorate, one of the best selling design books of 2011 and is also busy working on a second book. Oh and did I mentioned she is just the nicest person you could ever meet! Holly is a true example of that dreams are made of.

Barbara Chandler
Her enthusiasm and vigour are truly one of a kind. I'm in awe of her energy and knowledge which she loves to share. Barbara  Chandler is a journalist like no other whom I look up to so very much. She is also an incredibly talented photographer where all of her inspirations are captured through her photos. Her Book Love London is a great example of the kind of woman she is.

Maryam Montague
Human rights and democracy specialist, writer, photographer, designer.... Is there anything this amazing woman cannot do?! I was lucky enough to meet Maryam in Marrakesh last year as I stayed at her boutique guest house, Peacock Pavilions. knowledgeable, funny and warm are 3 words best to describe her. I hope to meet up with her very soon as she really does transmit such positive energy. Look out for her new book Marrakesh by Design released in May.

Sania Pell
Talented stylist Sania Pell is another woman whom I feel terribly inspired by. I have always loved her work and find her creativeness one of a kind. I was lucky enough to visit her home and it was so inspiring to notice so many objects she had made herself. After spending a day with Sania, I felt all creative and inspired to really try and push boundaries. Her new book The Homemade Home for Children is out in April.

Abigail Ahern
Abigail Ahern is a force to be reckoned with, full of personality and one of my favourite British interior designers. Definitely not one to shy away from bold colours is what I admire most about her and I absolutely adore her take on design and her no nonsense attitude.  With a style of her own, Abigail is someone to feel totally inspired by.

Images: Holly- Thorsten Becker, Maryam -Carole King.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

BlogTour NYC Sponsor Profile: Samuel Heath

It's not long to go now until BlogTour NYC kicks off. I am super excited and really cannot wait for some action in the big apple. It is for this reason I am kicking off this series of sponsor profiles, a way to say a big thank you to everyone involved for making this happen.

First up is a favourite of mine, Samuel Heath. Established in 1820, Samuel Heath is a British manufacturer that has become internationally renowned for innovation and quality. They design and manufacture high quality taps, showers, bathroom accessories and architectural hardware in classic and contemporary style. Crafted in England with time honoured skills and the latest in manufacturing technology. Each piece made from the finest materials and hand finished with the utmost care for you to enjoy for years to come.