Friday Favourites – Kitchen Perfection

As some of you may be aware, I’m a little focused on kitchens at the moment. Desperately wanting to sort out my own kitchen/diner (but not able to due to finances and the need to replace our boiler first – boo!), I’ve been gazing longingly online and in interior magazines at some beautiful kitchens recently.

And so my Friday Favourite this week is an image which to me is complete and utter kitchen perfection.


Image: Design Sponge

It’s almost embarrassing how much I love this – the pure white of the kitchen units, the stunning wooden dining table, the glorious mix and match Eames chairs. It’s bright, welcoming, uncontrived, stylish, individual, functional, spacious; I could go on.

But instead I’m going to stop before I make a complete fool of myself…

xx

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Monochrome magic

I’m not sure what’s happening to me in my old age (apart from the wrinkles, the creaking bones and the occasional bout of memory loss). No, what I mean is that more and more I seem to be drawn to monochrome interiors.

I used to be all about bright, bold bursts of colour, but there’s something so restful about a black and white interior – especially when it’s warmed up with wood. My latest purchase fits in with my monochrome mood – the really rather beautiful Falmouth rug from John Lewis which has found a home in my living room.

So here’s a little bit of monochrome magic for a variety of different rooms:

Living Room:

Kitchen:

Bathroom:

Bedroom:

Images from top:
Emma’s Blogg; House and Home; Riazzoli Blogspot; La Maison d’Anna G

I’ve come across so many beautiful images of mainly monochromatic rooms that I might come back and do a part two on this topic. But for now, I’m off to hunt me down some houndstooth cushions…

xx

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Friday Favourites – stunning Stourhead

I know – it’s been a while, but life seems to have got a little busy recently.

So just time for a very quick Friday Favourite today – a pic taken last weekend at one of my favourite places on earth, Stourhead. A National Trust house and garden in Wiltshire, it really is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited. A Palladian mansion stuffed full of gorgeous art and Chippendale furniture, set in 2,600 acres of magnificently landscaped gardens dotted with classically styled follies, it’s a little piece of heaven on earth.

The boys and hubby were looking out over one of the lakes from inside a dark grotto, and I couldn’t resist the chance to take a snap of such a magical scene.

xx

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Friday Favourites – Shadow Play

Whilst its been almost unbearably cold for the last few days, one of the most beautiful things about this time of year can be the quality of light.

On a bright, crisp day, with the sun low in the sky, some of the shadows cast can be exquisitely beautiful. I couldn’t resist taking a picture of those created by the sun streaming through the slatted blinds in my living room onto the mantelpiece:

A lovely interplay of light and dark, captured one bright sunny afternoon.

xx

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Roller Coaster

I haven’t bought anything new for the house for a while, so I allowed myself a little splurge the other day on some beautiful drinks coasters.

They’re the Geo coasters, designed by the very wonderful Ella Doran for SCP. I love the geometric 3D pattern, whilst the muted concrete-grey tones are perfect in my grey-walled living room. I’ve met Ella a few times, and I can confirm that not only is she an amazing designer with a fantastic eye for colour and pattern, she’s also a really lovely lady.

Moving on from that terrible bit of name-dropping, here’s my pick of some more must-have coasters out there…

 

Images (clockwise from top left): Rockett St George, Not on the High Street, Etsy

Functional yet decorative, there’s a coaster out there for everyone.

xx

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Friday Favourites

Here’s one to blow your mind – Queensland artist Yayoi Kusama created an installation recently by painting a domestic interior totally white – floors, walls, furniture, piano, everything. Then over the course of two weeks, kids were given thousands of stickers to decorate the room any which way they wanted.

And here’s the result….

Absolutely jaw-dropping – see the image above, plus the full transformation of the room from white and serene to a colourful explosion at the This Is Colossal blog.

The title of the installation? The Obliteration Room. A name that seems somehow strangely appropriate for my own childrens’ room (see the post Complete Carnage for evidence) – just without the artistic justification.

xx

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Friday Favourites

One of my favourite presents this Christmas (apart from the package that opened up to reveal a pair of slipper socks and two packets of pork scratchings – genius) was an amazing book, Just My Type by Simon Garfield. Engrossing, fascinating and endlessly interesting – even to those who might be slightly less typeface-obsessive than me – the inside cover featured a brilliant Periodic Table of Typefaces.

And so here’s my Friday Favourite this week – created by Squidspot design agency, who offer the option for you to print your own version. It’s also available in a number of formats from US company Scribble On Everything.

This is officially one of my favourite things ever.

Personal favourites, I hear you ask? Pretty keen on Gotham (Go), partial to Frutiger (Fr), and also strangely drawn to Rockwell (Ro).

xx

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