Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A light and airy apartment in London

Meticulously styled and staged editorials can be incredibly inspiring and push you out of the box a bit and visually take you to spaces and places you've never seen or imagined. But often they are really more aspirational than realistic for everyday lives and budgets and I find the best inspirations from real life spaces. While perusing through Air bnb options in London (no trip planned, just like to look :) ), I was taken by the clean all white aesthetic of Tess's light and spacious garden flat. The space is flooded with sunlight coming in from the conservatory just off the open kitchen area. Conservatories are not an uncommon feature in English homes. I love how they bring in lots of natural light and a bit of the outdoors into the home, I wish they'd be used more often around here as well. Tess's space is simply decorating with small personal details and hints of travel, but used sparsely and without creating any visual clutter. Definitely seems like a calm and comfortable home away from home to enjoy during a visit to London. 

Photos: Tess's apartment on Air bnb 

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Spring Restaurant, London

 Australian chef Skye Gyngell's new London restaurant aptly named Spring designed by her Australian designer sister, Briony Fitzgerald really captures fresh feeling of the season. Light and bright with soft pastel colours, soaring ceilings and light wood and caramel leather accents. The use of colour is subtle but impactful - an elegant dusty pink tailored sofa greets you at the reception, paired with modern metallic tables in brass and copper. The arabesque marble bar is dramatic yet subtle. A focal point of the space is the pale blue wall adorned with a floral installation 'Blossoms' by Valeria Nascimento. The light fixtures used throughout are Cloud 50 by Apparatus, they immediately draw your eye upwards and make the space feel open and airy. 

For more information or reservations visit Spring.

Photos: 1 - Tom Mannion, 2-4 Paul Massey for Vogue Living

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Four Inspiring Modern Nurseries

Andrew and I are thrilled to be expecting our first little one in late Spring. Along with all the gadgetry and gear, and sometimes daunting mental preparation for the new chapter ahead, one of the aspects I've been enjoying the most (unsurprisingly) has been preparing for the new nursery. Thankfully in recent times we've moved past the era of strictly primary colours or all pastel everything and nursery decorating really doesn't have to be much of a departure from the decor of the rest of the home. Here are just a few of the nursery spaces that have been inspiring me lately:

This nursery designed by photographer Sharon Montrose and incorporating one of her newest prints of a baby rhino captured me right away. The soft, soothing grey palette, natural woods and of course the inclusion of a baby rhino, something I'm quite passionate about. I'm an avid animal lover and already have a not-so-secret agenda to ensure my own little one inherits this as well.

Christine Dovey's modern, neutral nursery looks decadently comfortable and soothing - a calming retreat for both mum and baby. With rich, plush accents it's a sophisticated step away from the garishly jarring primary colours we often associate with nurseries and children's rooms. 

Photos: Ashley Capp for Style at Home via Christine Dovey

I recently loved blogger and designer Sarah Sherman Samuel's very clever Ikea hack for her nursery dresser - slimming the standard legs down with an angled cut and painted in a soft green (Farrow and Ball's Theresa's Green) and fitted with long brass pulls. A great example of a nursery piece that can be repurposed and enjoyed long after the infant stage and is in keeping with the style and flow of the rest of the home.

The classic navy, brass and cream palette of this nursery in a rentable apartment in Cobble Hill Park in New York (previously featured here) is classic and polished - in keeping with the decor of the rest of the home - but still provides a great backdrop for the multitude of colourful art, toys and books that inevitably come along with children. The navy wall with gold polka dots provides a great feature as an accent wall in the all white space - and would also be a simple enough DIY to try for a big impact on a small budget.