Interior styling

Simple, soothing lighting for your home

December 6, 2016

The Suspense lamp by GamFratesiI just finished a long interview for As You Like magazine (out in Feb 2017) which is dedicated to Digital Influencers and Bloggers and one of the questions about my home was why it was so white….

White interiors and simple, beautiful white objects calm me down…As an Aries, I’ve often been told that red is my colour but frankly, I couldn’t think of a least appropriated colour for me. I thrive on minimalist, uncluttered, simple interiors.

It’s busy and agitated enough in my head, I really don’t need more stimulation :-) Anyone else feeling like this!!??

If I feel stressed out or in a creative rut, I always turn to my white mood boards on Pinterest.

This Suspence nomad lamp designed by GamFratesi has the same calming effect and would look perfectly at home in our dining room, should I be in the market for a new light but maybe you are….

GamFratesi is a design duo formed in 2006, and consists of the Danish architect Stine Gam and the Italian architect Enrico Fratesi. Both thrive on Scandinavian functionalism and draw their inspiration from both classic Danish design and the tradition of craftsmanship, and the classic Italian intellectual and conceptual approach. I wasn’t aware of them until recently but I really like their work like this marble coffee table they designed for Gubi or this metal shelf console

What do you think of the light? Did you know about GamFratesi?

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10 beautiful & inspiring Christmas wreaths to make

November 16, 2016

10 beautiful & inspiring Christmas wreaths to makeI know it may be a bit early for some, to start thinking about Christmas but as you figured it out from my post yesterday, I want to re-focus on things that provide us with a great deal of happiness and peace and I’m talking about doing things that are good for our body and for our soul.

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Book review: House of plants by Caro Langton & Rose Ray

November 3, 2016

How to look after your plantsI came home from two weeks in Marrakech to find three of my plants: an Areca, an Aloe Vera and a Pachira (if you don’t know it, is a gorgeous looking plant) looking very green and beautiful + a copy of the House of Plants by Caro Langton and Rose Ray which is an inspiring, beautifully written and photographed book.

I’ve always thought of myself as someone who was not being able to look after plants simply because until recently, I had a track record of killing plants and the only ones that survived, were the ones I collected on Pinterest in my urban jungle folder.

However, last Sunday, my beautiful green friends were waving at me, saying: “YES YOU CAN, LOOK AT US!!”

I can’t tell you how happy it made me feel to have such green beauties still alive in my home. One thing I really enjoyed in Marrakech was walking through the Majorelle Jardin, previously owned by Yves Saint Laurent & Pierre Bergé, which is filled with the most gorgeous cacti and the Secret Garden museum in the Medina.

So I decided to shift paradigm and from now on to define myself as someone WHO CAN look after green plants.

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DETAILS: WHITE WOODEN BENCH

October 25, 2016

DETAILS: WHITE WOODEN BENCHAs a white interiors lover, I had this image saved in my Pinterest for ever and recently realised that the bench was from Morocco where I have been for the past 10 days and was perfect for my DETAILS series.
Last Summer, I bought a similar stool from the market in France and have been pondering since then if I should leave it raw or paint it white like above. The jury is still out but I do love the contrast of white wood against the concrete floor while I think raw wood would look great and more beachy on the deck of our holiday home in France (July is almost booked up).

If you are wondering if you should come to Marrakech, my answer to you is yes.
Marrakech has been an incredible inspiring place from an interior design point of view and I’m in awe each time I see an Artisan making beautiful wooden furniture or creating something out of copper, iron, leather or rubber. In fact, it has been such a positive experience that I’ve already booked our return for May 2017. I’ve already tagged on Instagram all the places I visited but I will do a Marrakech guide on my return to reality next week ;-)

MEANWHILE IN THE UK, TWO THINGS YOU CAN’T MISS!

1/ My favourite shop HUSH is having a mini sale with items up to 50% OFF and I’ve listed below my favourite pieces but don’t miss out on this gorgeous leather top down from £150 to £90this classic V jumper and this fab fur parka.

2/ I’ve also partnered with Cubika Design so you can win some vouchers from design store Heals.

To participate:

1. Tag 2 friends below my instagram post here
2. Follow @cubikadesign @bodieandfou and 
@heals_furniture
3. Post a picture of your living room on Instagram with hashtag #cubikadesignchallenge

Competition ends Thursday midnight. The 3 winners will of the £300, £200 and £100 vouchers will be announced on Friday. Good luck!

//Styling: Marianne Lunning for VT Wonen

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