Friday, 8 September 2017

Too Trendy Teenagers Bedroom Interior Design

Since when were youngins' so interior savvy? Ok, so obviously teens are spending huge amounts of time on the internet and specifically social media, like Instagram and Pinterest, watching you tube videos etc - looking at masses of pictures of beautifully decorated homes. It's given them the inspiration, and I hate to say it, pressure, to have their own rooms decorated just so.

But the thing that baffles me is why 12 year olds opt for Nordic minimalism as the style of choice. I mean when I was a kid I loved bright colours and crazy patterns...oh hang on...that hasn't really changed, but I mean most kids either didn't care about decorating their rooms or just stuck a couple of band posters on the wall, job done!
Not anymore! Jeez these kids are so sophisticated it blows my mind...



Cushions by Van Asch and bedding from Ikea



I think part of the reason that this style is so popular with teens is that it is easy to keep clean and neutral for all the relentless social media pics and selfies they do...

Big thanks to Klara for these pictures.

When I asked my daughter what were the key features of this look she said 'black, white and minimal. The focus is on the details'.
So there we have it... thats what kids seem to like these days ... here are some fancy versions..

One of the things I do really like about this whole monochrome kids room thing is the gender neutral feel of it which is in keeping with the way society seems to be moving, I like that.

and just so you see what a difference it is now from when I was a kid...just check out a typical teens room from days gone by and I think you'll agree, a lot has changed...

That looks like a bedroom someone goes to die in! Ugh!!!



See what I mean!


Friday, 1 September 2017

Formex & the Autumn Trends for 2017

I've just finished doing Formex, Scandinavias biggest interiors and gifts trade show, in Stockholm last weekend. I've been doing it for years now and one of my favourite things about it, apart from seeing my lovely stockists, is seeing the trends emerging.

There was the usual abundance of grey and muted soft pink that has been constant for years but also lots of jewel tone greens and blues. From Marine shades through to deep indigos and light apple green...





There is still massive amounts of parrots and botanical themes everywhere... including on my neighbours stand. Petra Bush is a designer who loves colour and we can respect that!
I love all those kinds of marine colours and used lots in my own new collection...I'll be putting them up on the website as they come into stock.

But the other really strong trend is for  sort of terracotta, salmon, murky earthy colours. These colours don't really have familiar names like pink or blue... this is a world of spicy earthy euphemism...
This pic is from Home and Delicious blog which is full of interiors eye candy...
But Pinterest is full of this colour right now, from salmon to Masala ...sounds more like cooking recipes than interiors colour themes!

I don't personally relate to this colour palette much but I can totally imagine that a colour like this could end up being the Pantone colour of the year 2018.. Is it a bit like Masala, which was there colour of the year a few years ago? yes, but still.... that's where my money is going. Some kind of pinky earthy tone. Maybe I'll even be able to like it by then.  So what do you think? Do you love these strange spicy earthy colours? Do you think they are a trend on the rise or have we seen the peak? Or do we even care?  

Well, Formex really took it out of me and I've got a cold now, so I'm off home to wrap up warm and take care of myself for the weekend... You have a lovely weekend too...








Friday, 18 August 2017

Are You Sweating in Style?

No, I'm not talking about fancy gym clothes....well, not just yet...more about that later. What I want to know is can you pimp your sauna? Is it even possible? I mean it gets really hot and moist in there! so most kinds of decorating are right off the menu. It's natural wood and not much else...

I was staying at  a friends country cottage recently and they had a stand alone sauna. A little building with a terrace, changing room and the sauna proper, not uncommon in the countryside of Sweden. They had decorated it so nicely, in the changing room outside the sauna, with old fashioned sauna accessories and what looks like instruments of torture... surely they would've served some quite innocent and useful purpose once but I can't imagine what!

The decorating vibe here would definitely be called 'Man Cave'... think shot glasses, funky bottle openers, booze cabinet and cozy places to sit and enjoy the pre and post sauna glow.

 There were also plenty of guns around, and not all decorative...Hmmmm VERY man cave.

It got me thinking, has anyone else pimped their sauna? Well there are certainly plenty of amazing saunas out there... check out this amazing multi level floating Saunalautta raft boat!












Gorgeous, but still just wood...
There are plenty of lovely decorated changing rooms... This one from an article in elinfossland.no




But aside form some fancy lighting or curvy wooden business..there is not much scope for pimping your sauna. To be honest though, when your nearly fainting from the heat, I don't think anyone is going to care whether their sauna  is jazzy or not.






So What was I talking about fancy gym clothing earlier? Well, it just so happens that I'm launching a brand new range of fabulous athleisure  clothing at Formex trade show next week. I'm going to show you more  next week but for now I'll leave you with this...





Friday, 28 July 2017

Sinful Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

You know I'm always hunting for the yummiest cake and cookie recipes... well I came across a beauty yesterday by @displacedhousewife and want to share it with you. I made a few tweaks to her recipe (I didn't have any bread flour so I substituted for coconut flour because I love the flavour) and I think you'll love it...
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
110g butter softened
1/2 cup olive oil
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups ordinary flour
1 cup coconut flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
200g block of dark chocolate roughly chopped

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees C. Line baking tray with baking paper.
2. In an electric mixer, cream the brown sugar, butter, oil and granulated sugar.
3. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix again.
4. Add sifted flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix until incorporated.
5. Gently fold in the roughly chopped dark chocolate pieces.
6. Roll into heaped tablespoon sized balls and place on the baking tray. Allow about 5 cm between balls.
7. Place the tray into the freezer for 10 minutes. This step will really help the cookies keep their shape and not flatten out in the oven and it really is worth the bother, believe me.
8. Put the cookies in nearer the top of the oven and cook for 11 minutes. Don't worry that they will look a bit underdone, they will be slightly crispy on the outside and gooey but cooked through on the inside.
9. Take the cookies out and let them cool down for as long as you can stand to wait before stuffing them in your face ;-)





Saturday, 22 July 2017

Photoshoots, Fashion & Behind the Scenes

I usually do my blog on a Friday afternoon but I was busy yesterday doing photoshoots with Janice Issitt ... So here is a few sneaky behind the scenes pics. And the reality of photoshoots is that sometimes the photographer has to get in the most unlikely places to get the angle. Janice is actually inside a bush here, nothing for it, had to get in the bush...

And poor Nicole had to suffer bitey ants to get this pic. What a trooper!

I did not escape having my pic taken too...


Friday, 14 July 2017

Juggling Holidays & Working

Well, it can't really be done. That's how it seems anyway. Now the kids are off school I'm basically on holiday but I still have masses of work to do. What that means is that our kitchen table has become a 'temporary' office desk with all the tech and clutter that entails. I have to clear it off every evening before dinner and then put it all back. It's a bloody pain in the butt! Plus I'm shuttling back and forth between the studio and home because I've forgotten something tiny, like a lead or a delivery is coming or something. I just want a proper holiday where I can concentrate on just being one thing, a relaxed Mother. No such mercy for us self employed folks. Also I had to remove the most ENORMOUS spider from my studio yesterday. Who else is going to do it? No-one. So I caught it and re located it to a nearby hedge. I even have a special spider catching kit ever at the ready. It's a see through plastic cup (so I can know where the little horror is at all times) and piece of thin but stiff card. My studio is on the ground floor and seems to attract huge spiders specially to amuse/torture me... thanks universe.

On the upside I did just get a delivery of loads of new samples for the trade show I'm doing in August... lots of cushions and clothing and the cool backdrop I'll be using for display...
Check it out

That fab picture in the middle is by Janice Issitt who is coming over to see me next week and we will spend the week doing photo sessions for the catalogue...
Just a bit more work then it's the weekend!!!! And I'm going to be a relaxed Mother. It is decided!


Friday, 7 July 2017

Bohemian Warrior Queen Headdress Thingy

Last week I was supposed to go to Ibiza for a photoshoot. Everything was all planned and lined up except that the clothing samples didn't arrive in time so I had to cancel at the last minute. Talk about a stressful week! Well, no point going to Ibiza for a photoshoot if there are no clothes to photograph! So I've rescheduled it for about 10 days hence. I'm actually really happy about that too because it gives me more time to make props and accessories for it. Today I made a warrior boho queen headdress thingy.

It's just a load of old stuff I've been hoarding over the years. I do that. In truth, apart from the studs on the front, which I bought for doing my jacket, every other thing is just recycled old crap...

Now that I've made that, I don't have any more ideas about what I want to make.... my mind is a creative void, but I bet something will come to me overnight ;-) That sounds a bit creepy, but you know what I mean.