Wiltons music hall

Open House Highlights

Open House returns to London on September 16th and 17th. Here are my East London highlights. I’ve chosen most close to home as I hope to visit all of these. But if I only make it to Wilton’s Music Hall I’ll be happy. The oldest music hall in London to survive in its original form, complete with papier-mâché balconies, barley sugar iron columns and unique … Continue reading Open House Highlights

Story Hotel Stockholm

Last weekend was the first child free weekend my husband and I have had in what feels like 10 years (it’s only been 4!) We went to a picture postcard wedding in By Kyrkby, and for our final night we stayed at the Story Hotel in Stockholm. Located in the Östermalm area it’s in a great location surrounded by cool shops, bars and restaurants. The design is quirky (the bed heads are made … Continue reading Story Hotel Stockholm

Our new kitchen!

Finally after many years of of dreaming, pondering, planning, saving and then designing (thank you Julian!) our kitchen is finally complete. We couldn’t be more happy with it. The whole build took about 10 weeks in total, which was painful, especially the part where we lived on site – but it seems like a distant memory now. Here are some fabulous photos taken by my husband, … Continue reading Our new kitchen!

Interiors Envy

This home in an old factory building near Lille is stunning. It belongs to Fanny and Pascal François. With the help of local architecture firm Bo Architectures the couple have created a large open plan family home. The integrity of the building has been kept intact with concrete floors, exposed brick walls and large industrial windows. Lovely Photos: Pascal François Source: The Style Files  Continue reading Interiors Envy

A travel revolution for designers and visual artists

I have definitely caught the house swapping bug. We started with Intervac a few years back but now that Behomm.com has launched I don’t think I’ll ever go back to hotel rooms and expensive apartments. Behomm.com is the only home exchange community for design and art professionals. Just look at some of the homes they have on their books. Some look like they’re straight from the … Continue reading A travel revolution for designers and visual artists

The Serpentine Pavilion by Fujimoto

Today we braved the unpredictable London weather and visited the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. This year it has been designed by the very young, multi award-winning Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto. I look forward to it every year and I was not disappointed this year. Made of 200mm steel poles the lightweight structure reminded me of a spaghetti model – that every architectural student is familiar with. It’s great for kids. Etta … Continue reading The Serpentine Pavilion by Fujimoto

Garden shed summer house

Just imagine waking up here! Located on a remote Finnish island and originally designed by Ville Hara and Linda Bergroth as a greenhouse and shed, Linda took the architecture a step further by creating a summer house. She added a wooden floor, solar panels for lighting and steps made from reclaimed bricks. Fantastic idea but I’m guessing you’d be up with the birds (might need to pack a slumber … Continue reading Garden shed summer house

Kitchen inspiration

My architect husband has been busily designing our new kitchen for the last 5 years (it’s really only been about 6 months but as I’m really, REALLY impatient so it’s beginning to feel like 5) We are hoping to extend and open the back onto the garden (fingers crossed for planning permission!) I have been collecting some of my favourite dream kitchens in my Pinterest … Continue reading Kitchen inspiration