September 5th, 2014
Source: Rum ID
Have you ever read RUM? Well you should do! Unfortunately they don’t sell it outside of Denmark (Booo!) but if I could recommend subscribing to one magazine this year it would be RUM. OK, so you might not have a clue what the text says but trust me, the visuals more than make up for the language barrier. The above kitchen is just a snippet of what RUM has to offer. I’m in love (of course…..) with the gold drawer units and that flat muted green wall. It’s simple and a little bit rustic but glamorous and interesting all at once. It’s such a contradiction but oh my dayz does it work well!

Source: Rum ID

Have you ever read RUM? Well you should do! Unfortunately they don’t sell it outside of Denmark (Booo!) but if I could recommend subscribing to one magazine this year it would be RUM. OK, so you might not have a clue what the text says but trust me, the visuals more than make up for the language barrier. The above kitchen is just a snippet of what RUM has to offer. I’m in love (of course…..) with the gold drawer units and that flat muted green wall. It’s simple and a little bit rustic but glamorous and interesting all at once. It’s such a contradiction but oh my dayz does it work well!

(Source: thebowerbirds.com)

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July 2nd, 2014
Source: Desire to Inspire
Whoa, there’s all sorts of good going on here. I’m loving all the tall, elongated pieces because they really draw attention to the high ceilings and by highlighting the window frames in black against the pale flooring, it perfectly defines the space. Good trick to remember.

Source: Desire to Inspire

Whoa, there’s all sorts of good going on here. I’m loving all the tall, elongated pieces because they really draw attention to the high ceilings and by highlighting the window frames in black against the pale flooring, it perfectly defines the space. Good trick to remember.

(Source: thebowerbirds.com)

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May 25th, 2014
Source: Apartment Therapy
So every year AP hold a “Small Cool Homes” competition where folks can send in pictures of their home all in a bid to win the contest. I love this! I love trawling through the entries and would even consider entering myself if my place were ready (sadly & probably thankfully it’s not - not by a mile). This year marks the 10th annual competition and as always there are lots of interesting entries. My favourite by far is this little beauty called Erin’s Well Considered Home. She has combined a mix of styles that work together seamlessly. Slightly industrial, slightly vintage, definitely collected and monochromatic at the core (but not in a harsh sharp way) Erin’s home is a reflection of her and that’s the best part! You can really get a feel for the competitors. I find it fascinating - looking at a strangers home and being able to form a mental impression of who these people are, how they live, what they like and even what they might do as a profession. I’ve always said that I believe our homes are an extension of ourselves. If there were such a thing as a PHD in this I swear I would do it in a heartbeat!

Source: Apartment Therapy

So every year AP hold a “Small Cool Homes” competition where folks can send in pictures of their home all in a bid to win the contest. I love this! I love trawling through the entries and would even consider entering myself if my place were ready (sadly & probably thankfully it’s not - not by a mile). This year marks the 10th annual competition and as always there are lots of interesting entries. My favourite by far is this little beauty called Erin’s Well Considered Home. She has combined a mix of styles that work together seamlessly. Slightly industrial, slightly vintage, definitely collected and monochromatic at the core (but not in a harsh sharp way) Erin’s home is a reflection of her and that’s the best part! You can really get a feel for the competitors. I find it fascinating - looking at a strangers home and being able to form a mental impression of who these people are, how they live, what they like and even what they might do as a profession. I’ve always said that I believe our homes are an extension of ourselves. If there were such a thing as a PHD in this I swear I would do it in a heartbeat!

(Source: thebowerbirds.com)

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March 5th, 2014

Source: Heidi Lerkenfeldt

I’ve been thinking a lot about my kitchen recently. It’s such a vital part of the house in terms of layout and aesthetically that I really want to get it right. Obviously I’m going for that whole contemporary/period mix, but with so much choice out there it’s hard to narrow down to even what materials I want to use! and don’t even get me started on colours…… Clearly I need to give this some more thought……

(Source: thebowerbirds.com)

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January 31st, 2014

Source: Atlanta Homes

With out a shadow of a doubt my favourite piece of furniture in world is the Eero Saarinen Tulip Table. It is both so simple and yet so intelligent in design and most importantly beautiful to look at. I feel satisfied when I look at it because I always think there is nothing more you can do to improve it. It simply is perfect.

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January 20th, 2014
Source: Easy Living
I’m a sucker for Crittall doors and windows. They are a great way to introduce light into a space that is lacking, as well as create a divide and they just look stylish! Also loving the tufted velvet ottomans……

Source: Easy Living

I’m a sucker for Crittall doors and windows. They are a great way to introduce light into a space that is lacking, as well as create a divide and they just look stylish! Also loving the tufted velvet ottomans……

(Source: thebowerbirds.com)

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January 17th, 2014

Source: Planete Deco

Another Long day and another late post. This time I blame it on the horrid cold I have which currently has me in bed at kiddie hours. At least I have time to think about all the things I’m going to do to my house……. and browse eBay. Amen for eBay.

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November 3rd, 2013

Source: First Option

I’ve been thinking a lot about how I’m going to eventually reconfigure the kitchen in my new place - if at all. It’s an awkward layout, an L shape that snakes around a corner. Small and just awkward. Naturally I want a large homey kitchen. The type you can really “spread” out in (bad pun….). A chefs kitchen! but the reality is you have to work with what you’ve got and if there isn’t the space, well, there just isn’t the space. Design conundrum #1 - reality check.

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September 30th, 2013
Source: Méchant Design
Great window! but no blackout curtains? The shears look lovely however, I know from experience that you wanna have blackouts if you intend to have any kind of decent sleep…….. A worthwhile investment. Trust me.

Source: Méchant Design

Great window! but no blackout curtains? The shears look lovely however, I know from experience that you wanna have blackouts if you intend to have any kind of decent sleep…….. A worthwhile investment. Trust me.

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September 12th, 2013
Source: Living Etc
More from that eclectic industrial home that you can see over on the Living Etc house tours. The pops of bright orange are refreshing and I love the brass details. Brass is very “en vogue” right now - personally I’ve always liked it. I mean what’s not to like? It’s like a poor mans gold! Used well it adds a hint of glamour but used badly and it can go so so wrong - cheap and tacky. Use it wisely my friends. Use it wisely.

Source: Living Etc

More from that eclectic industrial home that you can see over on the Living Etc house tours. The pops of bright orange are refreshing and I love the brass details. Brass is very “en vogue” right now - personally I’ve always liked it. I mean what’s not to like? It’s like a poor mans gold! Used well it adds a hint of glamour but used badly and it can go so so wrong - cheap and tacky. Use it wisely my friends. Use it wisely.

(Source: thebowerbirds.com)

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September 2nd, 2013
Source: Desire to Inspire
It doesn’t show much, but what this image does show tugs on my heart strings a little! It’s the black painted floors, tall columns and high ceilings that do it. One day in my wildest dreams :)

Source: Desire to Inspire

It doesn’t show much, but what this image does show tugs on my heart strings a little! It’s the black painted floors, tall columns and high ceilings that do it. One day in my wildest dreams :)

(Source: thebowerbirds.com)

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July 15th, 2013
Source: The Design Files
This Melbourne home pretty much sums up my wishes right now. I’m craving space - something a little battered and used without a shred of twee insight. Brick walls, large windows and the haphazard look.

Source: The Design Files

This Melbourne home pretty much sums up my wishes right now. I’m craving space - something a little battered and used without a shred of twee insight. Brick walls, large windows and the haphazard look.

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Interior Designer raised in the Caribbean and transplanted in London. These are images I collect which I love. It might only be a part of an image, a single object or the composition, but each has something that I am drawn to.