12 Etsy Finds

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Here we go again with a collection of Etsy items that I currently love. Etsy has a lot of random items on it but if you dig deep enough you can find lots of beautiful things too…like Beth Victoria wallpapers and tables!

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1 – Bud vase 2 – Incense holder 3 – Lamp 4 – Hanging planter

How cute is that incense holder! Also love the bright pop of blue in it too! The vase no.1 is also such a great piece for a dining table or mantle piece. Subtle but gorgeous.

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1 – Earings 2 – Metal planter 3 – Mugs 4 – Earings!

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1 – Coffee Table 2 – Wall Art 3 – Mobile 4 – Coffee Table

The leg and base of that first coffee table is just so beautiful and different. In love with the geometric design!

Hopefully my digging has found some gems that you like and can help you on the way to finding more. Another set will be coming up in a month or two so keep an eye out for that!

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Fabric – Villa Nova

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We’ve found and fallen in love with fabric. I will write a few posts like this, looking at different manufacturers of fabric – picking our favourite styles and colours from the collections.

The first manufacturer we’ve selected is Villa Nova. Today I got to see and feel the new fabrics books for their Norrland collection and they inspired me to write this and explore the collection a little and their older collections further.

The first collection I’m looking at is Norrland. This is Villa Nova’s description of the collection:

“The Norrland collection captures the rawness of nature embracing the misty stillness of forest landscapes and a desire to connect with the outdoors. The essence of ‘hygge’, the need for a sense of wellbeing, is instilled in the collection. Norrland encapsulates a relaxed approach to combining a myriad of textures punctuated with handcrafted inspired elements and timeless folk patterns that translate into a casual warmth.”  – Villa Nova

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Norrland Indigo, Printed Cotton.

This design is available in a perfect selection of colour ways. The abstract woodland pattern would make beautiful window treatments and the colours within this allow you to bring the very popular copper accessories into the room.

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Marit Shaker, Printed Cotton Linen.

Again available in many colours, we chose this because of its ability to subtly bring in greys, blues and even some purple tones. We’ve written about the inevitable blue trend that will be seen this year before and all of the patterns within the Norrland collection would fit perfectly into this upcoming trend.

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Alder Bramble, Jacquard Weave.

Earlier today I saw this weave being paired with the design style Croft, Croft involves a lot of light woods, whites, blues and different textures, adding this weave and colour way to it added an extra layer and went very well with the blue accessories.

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Sudare Eden, Printed Linen Union.

This is from the older Hana collection. We love the light mixes of limes, greys and corals. This fabric really allows you to bring in a wide range of colours and would be the perfect amount of pattern for a room.

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Senza Eucalyptus, Decorative Weave. Sanza Sheer Eucalyptus.

This print is from the Senza II range. This is actually the fabric that I have in my bedroom, the Eucalyptus being a roman blind and Onyx a curtain, I didn’t realise it was Villa Nova fabric until this post. So clearly, I liked this manufacturer before I knew what it was (a good sign I think). This pattern is also available in a sheer with two different colours- I liked it so much I had to include it!

Of course, Villa Nova also do a lot of plain fabric, as well as, a great selection and range of voiles. The best thing about Villa Nova is their price -they are very affordable. If you’re wondering where to get them you can look on the Villa Nova website or head into your nearest John Lewis, they are bound to have a large range of look books and hangers for the collection!

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A New Look For Our Etsy Shop

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We’ve added some new products to our Etsy shop!

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You can now purchase prints of the images below in a range of sizes. These images were all taken by Beth Smith on her travels and during her photography degree at Nottingham-Trent University. Including a range of images from Lisbon, Portugal to Highclere Castle (Also known as Downton Abbey), Berkshire.

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And of course our collection of wallpaper is still available on the shop!

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So go check it out and see if anything takes your fancy!

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Lisbon, Portugal

Here is the second instalment of our recent trip to Portugal. We only spent one day in Lisbon but we packed a lot in! So here are some of our highlights!

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If you want to view the whole of Lisbon, look out over the Tagus River and see a little bit of history visit the São Jorge Castle. The castle offers various views of the whole of Lisbon and even boasts a camera obscura. One of the turrets has been adapted to hold a camera obscura that allows you to experience the views of Lisbon in a magical and interesting way. Another way to view the Lisbon landscape is the Santa Justa Lift, although I wouldn’t bother paying to go up the lift, if you head to the ruins (bellow) you can walk across a bridge and get to the viewing platform for free!

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Carmo convent and ruins. Struck by the 1755 earthquake this building has partly been rebuilt and restored but a beautiful open roof has been left, allowing the blue sky to flood light into the grounds. It is a great place to sketch and view some architecture from the 14th century. It also boasts a little museum and gift shop with some interesting books of Lisbon.

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Expo’98 Portugese National Pavilion by Alvaro Siza. We visited this in the morning before the sun decided to make an appearance, it was pretty soggy… This piece of architecture is sort of mind boggling, it doesn’t seem possible that the thin piece of concrete can drape so easily between the two porticoes. It also has some beautiful coloured tiles on the inside and outside.

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And for some great food head to Timeout’s Mercado da Ribeira a fun and interesting food hall that offers a range of food types and drinks! Also the Bairro Alto district offers a lot small bars and pubs that allow you to grab a drink and walk around or to the next pub. We’d recommend checking out the Park Bar located on the top floor of a car park with great vibes and views of Lisbon.

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6 Etsy Items We Love

Here are six Etsy items that we currently love!

1 – These cloud lights!

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Perfect for a nursery, although they’re pretty awesome I’d have them in my room!

Found here: Cloud lighting by LilSpaces

2 – This strapped mirror

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The way this mirror is cradled by the leather strap is oddly satisfying. The perfect fit makes the hang of this mirror something we want in our home.

Found here: NOBI Strapped Mirror by NotoriousBadger

3 – A glass terrarium

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Terrariums always feature in this kind of blog post. They’re just so pretty and the perfect way to get flowers in the home.

Found here: Glass Terrarium by Leosklo

4 – This handmade blanket ladder

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This doesn’t have to have blankets on it for it to be a piece in your home. Even just looping the fairy lights onto it makes it a great addition to a room.

Found here: Blanket Ladder by BirchAndBeard

5 – Mid-Century Ercol Dinning chairs

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These minty dinning chairs are fresh, colourful and fun. Perfect for a mid-century modern style dinning room.

Found here: Mid-Century Chairs by HannahGDesign

6 – Mid-century modern retro beside table

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This retro bedside table is adorable and would look good in any bedroom!

Found here: Retro Bedside Table by Habitables

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5 Interior Design Colour Combinations

A few more ideas on colour combinations for various rooms in your home. From rich blues and mustard yellows to soft pinks and natural greys.

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There defiantly seems to be a theme with the colours that we have chosen for this blog post! Greys always feature as they make a classic look that goes with any other colour or pattern.

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Inspiration – György Kepes

György Kepes was a painter, designer, educator and art theorist.

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He is an unsung hero of design. He was born in 1906 he studied painting in Budapest, then moved to filmmaking after his graduation. In 1930 he moved to Berlin to work with Maholy-Nagy who was a key experimenter in light and moving imagery. They left Germany and ended up in Chicago where they founded an arts school. After leaving Chicago Kepes ended up in 1943 teaching at Brooklyn College and then published “The language of vision”.

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He then moved to M.I.T where he refined his art and the way he thought about art. He conducted experiments and produced exquisitely composed and technically ingenious photographs, photo collages and photograms. Kepes focused his attention on the effects of the light and the objects.

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His work and his texts on architecture and light are inspiring:

“In 1967, Gyorgy Kepes wrote: The application of light to clarify and inform architectural spaces and complex cityscapes is not yet a discipline…. We know how to make illumination both adequate and comfortable. This has been the goal of illumination engineers who have learned all that physiology and physics can teach them concerning both natural and artificial lighting. But architects and planners realize that there are immense opportunities in lighting, and they demand more than just comfort and amplitude. “ (Light: The Shape of Space: Designing with Space & Light, Lou Michel, P.xv)

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Autumn DIYs

With Autumn officially starting tomorrow we’ve found some great little DIYs that you can make with the nature that comes with the season.

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By far the best part of this season is the falling autumnal leaves. The colours and the crunch under foot is a sure sign that autumn has arrived. Here is a great way to preserve this and get it into the home. The middle image shows a great way to preserve actual leaves. Hanging them on a stick from the stem, or attaching ribbon or fishing line to the leaf, and arranging them into different heights creates a perfect mid fall wall piece. If you don’t want to just use normal leaves you can paint them with glitter (left) or make leaves with watercolour paintings.

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Acorns are another great part of autumn. Painting them or again hanging them can create the perfect little decorations for the home. Fill vases with them, or place clusters around the house, they will add a bit of seasonal colour to the place.

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This is a cute way of getting pattern and the new season into your room. This DIY can be as simple or as complex as you want. This can be done on any size or colour stone and makes a great little decoration for the home.

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The left image shows what happens when you hammer a leaf onto paper. The colour pigment on the leaf is transferred to the paper. This is a great thing to do to make pictures to put on the wall or invitations and cards for the season. Like with the acorns painting pine cones is also a great way of getting seasonal colour into the room. You’ll have to wait for the pine cones to open, but when they do, adding bright colours to the tips (as above) makes a great little seasonal display.

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London Life… So Far

The Masters in Interior and Spatial design course that I will be studying at Chelsea College of arts starts in October and to prepare for this I have recently moved to Elephant and Castle.

I’ve been living in London for a week now. The first few days I was busy training for my role as Student Welfare Mentor for UAL. The weekend was a stupidly busy time of moving in the undergraduates, welcome parties and meeting lots of new people.

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The building I am living in is a brand new student accommodation. The views from the 8th floor are pretty great. One side looks out over some of the most iconic buildings in London and the other side boasts the London eye and a great sunset.

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So far I have managed to get to some galleries. The first art piece I saw was the balloons in Covent Garden. The installation by Charles Pétillion. 100,000 glowing white balloons have been suspended to the ceiling of the market in a work titled Heartbeat. Pétillion wants this giant cloud of balloons to bring back peoples attention to the buildings and history around Covent Gardens. It is definitely getting a lot of people to visit the building and to look up.

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The next gallery I visited was the Tate Modern. The building is having a lot of work done to it at the moment. Most of the contents of the galleries at the Tate I have seen many times before, but there were a few new pieces. On the river bank I found this guy with his crazy bubble making kit.

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I also managed to get to the Tate Britain and the postgraduate show at Chelsea. Which I hoped would help me to understand a little more what the course was about and what kind of work was produced. But the range of work and meanings behind them was crazy. It seemed like anything goes.

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Designer – Alvar Aalto

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Alvar Aalto was a Finnish sculptor, painter, designer and architect. At the start of his career in the 1920s his style was focused on ‘Nordic Classicism’. This changed to a more international modern style in the 1930s and continued towards a modernist style till the end of his career in the 1970s.

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Alvar Aalto stool, model E60, designed in 1933. Paimio lounge chair, beech plywood, birch, designed in 1932.

The design style of the furniture by Aalto was considered to be ‘Scandinavian Modern’. His designs were pieces that were simplistic, modern and functional.

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Aalto was concerned with making buildings that are a ‘total work of art’. He would not only design the building but the interiors, the light fixtures and the furniture. The buildings Aalto designed continued to have hints towards the Scandinavian style seen in his furniture and early work.

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“God created paper for the purpose of drawing architecture on it. Everything else is at least for me an abuse of paper.” Alvar Aalto, Sketches, 1978, P.104

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