Ethical Living: Eco-friendly, sustainable & ethical interiors

In our ethical living series we have looked at beauty, laundry, gifts and fashion and now we are looking to interiors. How can we style our homes beautifully while minimising our impact on the environment? Stylists and business owners Karen Barlow and Kirsty Saxon investigate this and gather a collection of homewares and accessories that tick all the right boxes in terms of their ethical credentials.

It wasn’t so long ago that the mention of eco-friendly homewares conjured up images of bland and boring, non colour, scratchy fabrics and furniture made from old shopping trolleys and repurposed tyres.

With much more awareness to the damage being done to our planet from plastics and overflowing landfills, designers have started exploring more sustainable alternatives and natural materials and even some high street retailers are now producing eco lines to sit alongside their main ranges, such as H&M Home’s Conscious range.

Creating an environmentally-aware home has never been easier and the choice of products never more abundant, but there’s still confusion for consumers about what actually constitutes ethical?

Cork lighting –    Nove Lighting   ; Organic cotton stationary –    Folk Interiors   ; Drinking glass and carafe –    Form Lifestyle   ; Terracotta planter on stand –    Object Style   ; Reclaimed wire tray and vintage terracotta pots on windowsill –    The Old Potato Store

Cork lighting – Nove Lighting; Organic cotton stationary – Folk Interiors; Drinking glass and carafe – Form Lifestyle; Terracotta planter on stand – Object Style; Reclaimed wire tray and vintage terracotta pots on windowsill – The Old Potato Store

Recycled, repurposed items

One of the areas of product design that has evolved the most is the use of repurposed items to create covetable homewares. Pioneers in this area such as London-based salvage company Retrouvius and Herefordshire-based Baileys Home have paved the way, demonstrating the use of industrial salvage within our homes, in a cool and interesting way. Items that would have been destined for the skip such as old school chairs, factory lights and redundant retail signage are now making a design statement within our homes.

ceramic plates and bowls and small bowls in foreground by Camphill Village Trust -    Small Batch Goods   ; Fluted edge hand made tableware –    Kchossack Pottery   ; Avocado dyed hemp napkins –    Small Batch Goods   ; Glassware –    Form Lifestyle   ; Blanket on bench –    Lavender and Green   ; Lighting –    Nove Lighting   ; Vintage Wooden platter –    The Old Potato Store

ceramic plates and bowls and small bowls in foreground by Camphill Village Trust - Small Batch Goods; Fluted edge hand made tableware – Kchossack Pottery; Avocado dyed hemp napkins – Small Batch Goods; Glassware – Form Lifestyle; Blanket on bench – Lavender and Green; Lighting – Nove Lighting; Vintage Wooden platter – The Old Potato Store

Handmade objects

As we become ever more removed from the physical world through social media, email, online banking & internet shopping, we crave connection with the real world. Buying hand-crafted items, with all their imperfections and individuality, created by the human hand, helps us to feel grounded and connected. The recent rise in popularity of handmade pottery and tableware is no coincidence. It reconnects us to the earth in an increasingly unstable world. It is both practical and beautiful, reasonably affordable and collections can be added to gradually. One of the founders of The Arts & Crafts Movement, John Ruskin, believed “Fine Art is that in which the hand, the head and the heart of man go together.”

Grey 100% linen bedding –    Soak and Sleep   ; Terracotta organic cotton bedding –    H&M Home   ; Seagrass rug –    Armadillo   ; Handwoven grass slippers –    Yonder Living   ; Blanket –    The London Cloth Company   ; Lighting –    Nove Lighting   ; Cushion in foreground –    Porter and Cole   ; Hand loomed black and white cushion –    mali Mudcloth   ; Mid century portrait and rustic Eastern European milking stool –    The Old Potato Store

Grey 100% linen bedding – Soak and Sleep; Terracotta organic cotton bedding – H&M Home; Seagrass rug – Armadillo; Handwoven grass slippers – Yonder Living; Blanket – The London Cloth Company; Lighting – Nove Lighting; Cushion in foreground – Porter and Cole; Hand loomed black and white cushion – mali Mudcloth; Mid century portrait and rustic Eastern European milking stool – The Old Potato Store

Sustainable and natural materials

The trend for natural linen bedding over the last few years has largely been driven by both its aesthetic quality and our growing environmental awareness and better knowledge of manufacturing techniques. Linen, bamboo, hemp and organic cotton bedding and fabrics are produced without the use of pesticides and chemicals. Both linen and hemp are extremely durable fabrics which should last a lifetime. Avoid any fabric product that says non-iron on the packaging, this will have been produced using petroleum.

Look out for cork homewares for an ethical option. Cork is probably one of the most naturally sustainable materials, regenerating itself repeatedly, growing back under the bark of the tree after it has been harvested. The tree can be harvested many times during its lifetime, which can be as long as 200 years.

Natural flooring such as sisal, coir & seagrass are also both tactile and practical and rug companies such as Armadillo produce beautiful decorative designs. Reclaimed timber flooring, although expensive, creates a surface that at once looks inviting and warm and with a beautiful patina created over years of wear. Look to use parquet floor reclaimed from old school gyms or iroko and teak worktops from old school labs. These can all be sourced from salvage yards. Look at Salvo for a guide to some of the best and check auction sites, one person’s scrap is another’s gold.

TOP SHELF: Items available from    Folk Interiors   ; 2nd SHELF: Vintage kilner jars –    The Old Potato Store   ; Snow tall beaker –    Room 356   ; Rebecca Morris Bowls –    Object Style   ; BOTTOM SHELF: Broste Copenhagen pottery -    Folk Interiors   ; Rebecca Morris Pottery and espresso cups –    Object Style   ; Vintage Madelaine tin & old signage –    The Old Potato Store   ; WORKTOP: Vintage oyster basket, chopping boards and butter pats -    The Old Potato Store   ; Blue Broste Copenhagen jug and beakers –    Folk Interiors   ; Waffle Tea towel –    Such and Such   ; Dimple ceramic mugs –    Room 356

TOP SHELF: Items available from Folk Interiors; 2nd SHELF: Vintage kilner jars – The Old Potato Store; Snow tall beaker – Room 356; Rebecca Morris Bowls – Object Style; BOTTOM SHELF: Broste Copenhagen pottery - Folk Interiors; Rebecca Morris Pottery and espresso cups – Object Style; Vintage Madelaine tin & old signage – The Old Potato Store; WORKTOP: Vintage oyster basket, chopping boards and butter pats - The Old Potato Store; Blue Broste Copenhagen jug and beakers – Folk Interiors; Waffle Tea towel – Such and Such; Dimple ceramic mugs – Room 356

Add contrast to your interior

The most interesting interiors play with contrast, rough with smooth materials such as marble with wood and polished concrete with stainless steel. Juxtaposing old with new is a perfect way to create eclectic, interesting décor. Mix sleek contemporary designs with vintage and salvaged items, hand-crafted items with foraged and found pieces. A perfect example of how beautiful this can look is the Japanese technique of Kintsugi, the art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer mixed with precious metal.

Buy Local when possible

The distance some items have to travel from production to consumer, impacts on its carbon footprint. Lots of small independent shops stock products made within the UK and many stock local makers and artists work. Also trawl maker markets and vintage homewares events in your area, such as The Vintage Home Show. Seek them out and your home will have an individual look and a story attached to every piece within it. It’s always interesting to know the provenance of a piece. Another great idea is to attend a workshop with a maker - learn a new skill while also making something truly individual.

Recycled paper planters and candlestick –    Room 356   ; Terracotta planter on stand and Rebecca Morris hand-thrown drinking vessel used as planter -    Object Style   ; Vintage tiny terracotta pot and scissors –    The Old Potato Store

Recycled paper planters and candlestick – Room 356; Terracotta planter on stand and Rebecca Morris hand-thrown drinking vessel used as planter - Object Style; Vintage tiny terracotta pot and scissors – The Old Potato Store

Go Green

With so many of us working from home on our laptops & computers and shopping from our phones, it’s no surprise that one of the biggest trends to emerge over the last few years is the return of house plants. These little green babies are adept at soaking up carbon monoxide and releasing oxygen as they photosynthesis, purifying the air for us. Surround yourself with them and make your home an urban jungle. Many towns and cities have seen dedicated plant shops opening up, where you can purchase unusual species and receive the specialist knowledge required to care for them.

Use low or non-VOC paints

Traditionally household paints contained VOC’s - ‘Volatile organic compounds’ - or chemicals which gave them their strong smell which could be toxic and in some cases cause ill health. Many companies started produce low-VOC paints. Low however, only actually means compared to other paints on the market. There are currently no regulations to define low. But now there are brands producing non-VOC or eco paints which can be determined by checking the label: look for wording such as non-toxic or natural. These are microporous and allow the walls of the building to breath and are ideal for period properties. They also often provide a lovely chalky matt finish.

Candle –    Small Batch Goods   ; Glass cloche –    Lavender and Green   ; Wire tray –    The Old Potato Store    Organic cotton stationery –    Folk Interiors

Candle – Small Batch Goods; Glass cloche – Lavender and Green; Wire tray – The Old Potato Store Organic cotton stationery – Folk Interiors

Natural fragrances

We all like our homes to smell lovely and fragrances help to discard cooking and pet smells. An alternative to toxic, chemically-produced sprays and plug ins are soy-based candles made with naturally-scented oils - an effective and eco-friendly way to fragrance your home. If the candle is in a recycled or repurposed vessel, even better. Online retailer Orchard Cheshire sell some lovely vegan candles in repurposed vintage French confit jars. There are also some beautiful exotic smelling incense sticks and cones widely available which emit a fragrance when they are burned and natural reed diffusers with essential oils are very effective and long lasting.

Thanks to Karen and Kirsty for all of this sage advice and lots of shopping tips too. Be sure to check out Kirsty’s gorgeous cork lighting at Nove Lighting and Karen’s fab vintage finds at The Old Potato Store.

Photography by Si Thompson / Words & Styling: Karen Barlow / Styling: Kirsty Saxon

Home tour: Janniche Kristoffersen

91 contributor Hannah Bishop chats to Swedish blogger Janniche Kristoffersen about her effortlessly stylish home which has gained her a substantial following on Instagram.

home tour of Swedish blogger Janniche Bergstrom @bloggaibagis

Tucked away in the south of Stockholm city is the leafy suburb of Bagarmossen, or ‘Bagis’  as it’s known to the locals. This is where blogger Janniche Kristoffersen and her husband Johan moved to after the birth of their daughter Rio. The couple previously resided in trendy Södermalm, but wanted to be closer to nature so sought out a townhouse with a garden. Their new neighbourhood later lent its name to Janniche’s blog Blogga I Bagis (Blogging in Bagis).

blogger Janniche Bergstrom at home
home tour with Janniche Bergstrom, swedish blogger
home tour with Janniche Bergstrom of @bloggaibagis
Janniche Bergstrom home tour on 91 Magazine blog

Initially, Janniche and Johan were enchanted by the old charm of the house, which was built in 1954. Though it wasn’t the most beautiful house they’d ever laid eyes on, with it’s bright, garish yellow exterior and old fashioned interiors­, there were original features such as wooden floors and a fireplace that captured their imagination. Janniche opts for modern minimalism, and describes her interior style as Nordic, with a mixture of old and new. She explains, “I like a calm base, but add details to it for colour and texture.” Janniche regularly declutters the house, keeping objects she really likes and moving things around to bring new life to ‘old’ features. The kitchen is compact, but it feels airy, and light spills in from the windows that look out on the garden. A wooden shaker kitchen from Skandinaviska Shakerkök creates a hub where the family spend most of their time eating together, playing board games and socialising.

home tour with Janniche Bergstrom on 91 Magazine blog
home tour with Janniche Bergstrom on 91 Magazine blog
home tour with Janniche Bergstrom on 91 Magazine blog
home tour with Janniche Bergstrom on 91 Magazine blog
home tour with Janniche Bergstrom on 91 Magazine blog
home tour with Janniche Bergstrom on 91 Magazine blog
home tour with Janniche Bergstrom on 91 Magazine blog
home tour with Janniche Bergstrom on 91 Magazine blog

One of Janniche’s favourite objects is a painting by her grandmother which hangs in the dining room - a daily reminder that creativity runs in her family. Her husband Johan is also a creative. He works as a photographer and artist, so the walls of the house are adorned with photographic prints and interesting art, adding pops of colour to their minimalist space. In the living room, there’s a collection of art books and magazines displayed with their covers facing out, inviting visitors to delve in, read and relax. Janniche explains that her favourite features of their home are the parts they’ve built on their own and made from scratch. For example, the large table which sits proudly in their dining room was crafted by themselves. Her latest project is a custom-made desk and some shelving solution for the children.

home tour with Janniche Bergstrom on 91 Magazine blog
home tour with Janniche Bergstrom on 91 Magazine blog
home tour with Janniche Bergstrom on 91 Magazine blog
home tour with Janniche Bergstrom on 91 Magazine blog
home tour with Janniche Bergstrom on 91 Magazine blog
home tour with Janniche Bergstrom on 91 Magazine blog
home tour with Janniche Bergstrom on 91 Magazine blog
home tour with Janniche Bergstrom on 91 Magazine blog

The kids’ rooms are full of playful curiosities, animal motifs, cosy nooks and favourite books. Janniche loves decorating for the children as her imagination can run wild. She explains the enjoyment she gets from designing and styling her home: “I love playing with different angles and light, my home would be my creative canvas regardless of Instagram. I always strive for something new. I like to try things out. It really takes time to find the right style that works for you and your home.” These projects allow Janniche to constantly learn new skills too. Last summer she made the garden her focus, adding some new flower beds, which taught her more about gardening and planting. Her home is an ever-evolving canvas for her to portray her creativity and explore and develop the space and in turn, herself. ‘I'd rather try an idea to see if it works. Sometimes it doesn’t, but at least I experimented.’

Read more about Janniche’s home on her blog or follow her on Instagram.

91 is pinning... cafe interiors

Design inspiration is all around us. If you know of my first book, you’ll know I love a shop interior, but I also LOVE stealing ideas from cafe and restaurant interiors. When out for a meal, of course the food is hugely important, but generally you won’t find me snapping what’s on the plate, I’ll be busy trying to photograph the design details of our surroundings! I can’t see us ever running out of eateries to get inspired by, and Pinterest is the perfect place for a bit of cafe ogling…. You can check out our board for lots of lovely examples, but here is a little taster - a few places to perhaps add to your cafe bucket list….

Malmo Saluhall , Sweden

Do you have a favourite cafe or restaurant interior? Let us know so we can pin it! (and visit!)

91 loves.... hanging chairs

In our current issue (AW18), we incidentally had two home tours which featured hanging chairs. In both homes, the chair is a striking feature, creating a cocooning and cosy spot to curl up with a good book. There is something quite romantic about them, they almost insist that you take some time for yourself, gazing out at the garden or reading a magazine. In fact, putting one in the garden is a great idea too! Can you imagine sitting there in the summer with a chilled glass of wine?! Bliss.

So, today we are sharing a few inspirational images for how to incorporate one into your home and garden, as well as some online sources to bag yourself the chill out accessory of dreams.

photo:  Georgia Burns
source unknown - via  Pinterest

source unknown - via Pinterest

Our top 5 hanging chairs

Broste hanging chair , £285 - Decorelo

Broste hanging chair, £285 - Decorelo

Black outdoor hanging chair , £322 - Out There Interiors

Black outdoor hanging chair, £322 - Out There Interiors

Rattan hanging chair , £199, House Curious

Rattan hanging chair, £199, House Curious

Macrame double hanging seat , £145, Ella James

Macrame double hanging seat, £145, Ella James

Rattan bowl hanging chair , £575, Out There Interiors

Rattan bowl hanging chair, £575, Out There Interiors

From the cutting room floor - AW18 issue

Thank you SO much for all the lovely feedback on the AW18 issue - we are so proud that lots of you have said it is your favourite issue yet! :) We recently announced that we are now offering one year subscriptions to the magazine - you can start from the AW18 issue if you haven’t got it yet, or start from the upcoming SS19 issue, out in April.

But if you’ve already devoured the current issue from cover to cover, then here is an additional little bit of eye candy in the form of images from the cutting room floor…

home of Aerende online shop owner Emily Mathieson

Totally in love with the simplicity of Emily of Aerende’s bathroom, in fact her entire home feels effortless yet thoughtful. Her bathroom also features products from skincare brand La-Eva - whose studio we featured in this issue. Shot by Jon Aaron Green.

Pickled radishes on rye bread recipe
Plum Jelly recipe

We ran a gorgeous food feature on preserving in this issue and stylist Sally Meier and photographer Catherine Frawley created these beautiful images - the colours, the textures… so fresh and enticing right?!

Lord Whitney's studio, featured in 91 Magazine AW18 issue

We visited so many stunning spaces in the AW18 issue - from shops and studios to homes and restaurants. Above is the super cool studio of Lord Whitney - there really is colour, fun and joy in every corner of this creative haven. Beautiful images by Kasia Fiszer.

Forest shop, London - featured in 91 Magazine AW18
Forest shop, London - featured in 91 Magazine AW18

The South London plant lover’s paradise that is Forest also had us swooning and wanting to add another 300 or so plants to our homes! Rachel Warne captured it beautifully.

Melissa Avila's apartment in Mexico City

During our trip to Mexico City earlier this year we got the chance to visit the home and studio of Melissa Avila. Her style effortlessly cool, her work immensely humbling. Thanks to Jemma Watts for her company and great photography on this trip.

Silo, Brighton - featured in 91 Magazine

We are in love with this little corner of zero-waste restaurant Silo in Brighton. How dreamy is that slouchy velvet seating?! Another great shoot by Jemma Watts.

Home tour - Daniele Schinke of Wunderblumen
Home tour - Daniele Schinke of Wunderblumen

The home that featured on the cover of this issue is that of Daniela Schinke. She has such a great eye for colour and a wonderful collection of objects around her home. How sweet is that mother and daughter illustration? Images captured by Olinga Ok.

Styling an Ethical home - 91 Magazine

Last but not least, an extra image from our conscious living shoot by Cathy Pyle, styled by Lauren Becker. How much do you want to curl up with a good book in this little spot?!

Grab your AW18 issue now, or why not treat yourself to a subscription?!

91 loves... face motifs

Faces have long been a source of creative inspiration, particularly in the art world, and recently we've seen them appearing on more and more every day items for the home - mugs, plant pots, plates, rugs and cushions, to name a few. With so many ways to express facial features artistically, styles range from playful and cute to abstract and serene, and we are kinda loving them all! The first few images here give a sneaky peek at the work of a designer featured in our AW18 issue (pre-order now!) who often uses face motifs in her designs, followed by a selection of other face-inspired finds we are loving right now... 

Photo:  Jemma Watts
Photo:  Melissa Avila
available via  Maud's House

available via Maud's House

available at  Anthropologie

available at Anthropologie

available at  91 Magazine shop

available at 91 Magazine shop

available from Hus & Hem

available from Hus & Hem

Available from  Jane Foster

Available from Jane Foster

available from  Donna Wilson

available from Donna Wilson

available from  Donna Wilson

available from Donna Wilson

available from  Esme Shayler-Webb

available from Esme Shayler-Webb

available from  Tea & Kate

available from Tea & Kate

available from  Austin Austin

available from Austin Austin

available from  Form Lifestyle

available from Form Lifestyle

available from Rose & Grey

available from Rose & Grey

available from  Meylor Goods

available from Meylor Goods

A slow living guide to decorating your home

Decorating your home can often feel overwhelming, can't it? With so much to do and so many choices on the market, it's easy to choose the first thing you see and later regret it. Minimal lifestyle blogger Jessica Rose Williams is here to help you approach your project in a more considered way with personal experience guiding her. She shares her top tips on how to plan, what to prioritise and how not to rush into hasty decisions. 

Where to even start. This was my dilemma the day we moved into our little cottage in the Peak District in April. I'd known there was work to be done since our first viewing but only when I saw it completely empty on moving did I realise just how much work I had on my hands. It was in desperate need of TLC. 

Embarking on any renovation project can feel so overwhelming. All those decisions to make, and the fear of making the wrong choice can be crippling. It’s tempting to reach for the tin of paint and pop down to the nearest Homesense for Pinterest-worthy bargains because that’s the easiest way to make a difference right? What I’ve learned from my own renovations is that the bare bones must be taken care of first. Once you get those right, the rest will follow. Making a plan and taking care of the essentials first will ensure you’ve created a space that will work hard for you for years to come. 

Personally, I have zero patience and have rushed every decorating project I’ve ever done and then regretted not taking my time or not tackling things in the right order. I overlooked the drafty windows in favour of said quick fix bargains. Throwing myself into the project without any kind of structure made all that stuff a giant waste of money. I can confirm even the perfect grey wool blanket doesn’t make a room - unless you’ve done the ground work first it only confuses it.

how to manage your decorating project

This time around I was determined to do things right, and it’s worked! It’s true what they say, good things take time and it’s all in the prep. Four months of renovating later these are the areas I’ve prioritised with our budget. I’ve found they’ve made the greatest impact and by taking care of these I have created a solid foundation I can slowly build on in years to come. Here's a few tips I've learnt along that way....

Take time to plan - The more time you spend planning the better. Rule number one is do not rush! I’m still getting to grips with this one myself so I know that’s the last thing you want to hear. Pinterest is your friend to begin with. Create a private mood board for your project and pin anything and everything you’re attracted to. Once you’ve done that, take some time away from it and go back with the intention of cutting your pins down to a maximum of 20. Try to pick out similar themes, colours, tones and above all be realistic. Make sure everything on your board will work in your own home. 

Managing your decorating budget

Windows - If a room is cold and draughty you simply won’t want to spend time in it. How boring to have to spend money on new windows or repairs I know, but creating a warm and cosy space is absolutely key. I refuse to let go of the wooden windows we’ve inherited but I did replace the two windows that were draughty and split as soon as we moved in. It left us with fewer pounds to spend on the finishing touches but it was worth it. 

prioritising when decorating

Radiators - Choosing to upgrade to beautiful period style radiators was a decision not many around me could understand. But now they’re in, they totally get it. They’ve made such a difference to the rooms. If these aren’t within budget you can always paint your existing ones the same colour as the walls so they blend in. 

making a decorating plan

Repurpose what you can - Be brutally honest with yourself about what can stay. There’s a lot you can do to spruce up old furniture as long as it’s structurally sound. Sofas can be reupholstered and kitchen cabinets can be painted if it’s just the colour you’re not keen on. Google is your friend!

Floors - Stripping the floors properly and having them refinished has transformed our cottage. One floor that was previously carpeted had to be replaced because the floorboards were rotten. Installing new pine floorboards was cheaper than replacing the carpet and as long as we look after them they’ll last us decades.

Walls - Skimming the walls where necessary and then painting the entire house the same shade of white (ceilings, walls and windows) has made the biggest difference to our home. Where it once looked dark and dingy it now looks fresh, light and bright. The rooms feel twice the size. 

prioritising when decorating

Natural Textures - Wood, linen, wool, cotton or even shiny metallics. Opting for natural texture wherever you can will add a guaranteed sense of cosy and timelessness to any space. They’re more attractive to look at and sustainable too. 

Lighting - This is an area I’ve regrettably overlooked for most of my home-owning life. When we were in Oslo in January it struck me just how important it was. Warm, subtle lighting made those dark days and nights feel oh so cosy. Nothing too bright and always carefully considered. There are entire books written on lighting which is a testament to what a difference it can make. Instead of just placing a lamp here and there take time to think about which areas you want to light and be sure to use multiple light sources for a cosy atmosphere. 

The biggest lesson I’ve learned from our renovations so far is that a house is never finished. Good things take time and unfortunately we need to be patient. There will always be something that needs doing, our styles will change and what we need from our homes will change too. Looking after the basics is always the best place to start. 

So many valuable tips there for either a large scale project or even just a small one room makeover. Check out more of Jessica's great advice on her blog and Instagram

Home Tour: Rachael & Alex Otterwell of Object Style

Creative business owners Alex & Rachael Otterwell’s modern Manchester home combines a thoughtfully curated mix of designs by independent makers and crafters with iconic mid-century modern pieces.

Home tour with Racheal & Alex of Object Style

Immediately upon viewing the three-storey new-build in Whalley Range - a creative and culturally diverse suburb of Manchester - Rachael and Alex knew they had found their next home. The modern townhouse has open-plan ground floor living, with floor to ceiling views of the back garden - a perfect space for their French bulldog Polly - while a second floor lounge also boasts large expanses of glass providing a light and uncluttered feel. Crucially, the location was close enough to both their lifestyle shop, Object Style and Manchester city centre, a vital factor for the couple who regularly visit the vibrant city. They feel strongly about supporting fellow small businesses and enjoy collaborating when possible, so accessible links to the city makes perfect sense for them.  

Home tour with Racheal & Alex of Object Style
Home tour with Racheal & Alex of Object Style
Home tour with Racheal & Alex of Object Style
Home tour with Racheal & Alex of Object Style

After previously living in a Victorian period property, the new place, with its clean lines and functionality, better suited their aesthetic, which had been honed during their travels to California. Here, they’ve been inspired by mid 20th century design and iconic homes such as The Eames House. The simple style of the house fits perfectly with their collections of original mid-century furniture, eclectic art work and ceramics.

Most of the walls have been painted a neutral shade to offset the colourful textiles within their home which they also sell through Object Style, such as Eleanor Pritchard blankets and wall hangings by Moss Hound Designs. Where colour has been used, it is in bold, deep hues which perfectly frames their collection of objects on wooden shelving by Hubsch and Ferm Living. The couple travel extensively, sourcing unusual and often exclusive items for their business. Reminders of these trips are evident throughout their home by way of photographs taken by Alex, travel books and art work from galleries around the world.

Home tour with Racheal & Alex of Object Style
Home tour with Racheal & Alex of Object Style

Rachael and Alex spend a lot of their time in the open plan ground floor area, which is the perfect space for entertaining in the summer months. The adjacent outside space has been transformed since they moved in, with a beautiful ceramic tiled patio and black fencing, which provides a dramatic backdrop to the foliage and potted palms in the garden. Inside, a mint green accent wall offers a cool contrast to a vibrant orange retro film print. Their original Ercol furniture was reupholstered in an Eleanor Pritchard orange, wool fabric by their friend Simion Hawtin-Smith from Reloved Upholstery.

Storage for their collections of table ware, glasses and pottery is a glass-fronted cabinet by Ferm Living, juxtaposed with an original retro piece found in Pear Mill - Stockport’s Antique Emporium. This contrast of modern and retro is a continuing theme throughout the house and is something they are introducing more and more within their store. “Our business is constantly evolving,” says Rachael. “Through our travels we like to source interesting items not readily available in the UK. As our home and business aesthetic closely reflect each other, we’ve recently decided to add a selection of quality original mid-century furniture into our range. These retro pieces are so well made and their form and function fits perfectly with our business model.”

Home tour with Racheal & Alex of Object Style
Home tour with Racheal & Alex of Object Style
Home tour with Racheal & Alex of Object Style
Home tour with Racheal & Alex of Object Style
Home tour with Racheal & Alex of Object Style

Climbing to the third floor of the house, you are greeted by a sea of green, the colour familiar to the customers of Object Style and followers of their Instagram account. The couple’s bedroom and their shop are both painted Smoke Green by Farrow & Ball.

“The name of the colour is one of the most frequently asked questions by our customers!” laughs Rachael. The adjoining en-suite bathroom, where shelves of organic lotions and potions are displayed, also boasts a floor of sea green geometric tiles by Terrazzo, perfectly complimenting the bedroom.

Home tour with Racheal & Alex of Object Style
Home tour with Racheal & Alex of Object Style
Home tour with Racheal & Alex of Object Style
Home tour with Racheal & Alex of Object Style

For a cosier and more intimate environment to the downstairs space, there is an alternative snug style living room on the second floor. Here the walls have been kept neutral, but cushions, wall hangings and rugs create a bold and dramatic aesthetic. It’s here where Alex’s love of music is evident with an impressive vinyl collection, his guitars and the deck designed by Dieter Rams for Braun in the 1960’s, a gift from Rachael, taking pride of place. One contrasting wall, painted black, displays a metal shelving system from the Punctual Series by Ferm Living and exhibits personal objects, showing a life well lived and giving hints to the many interests and inspirations of Rachael and Alex; a true representation of what led to them becoming owners of one of Manchester’s most stylish lifestyle stores.

We featured Rachael & Alex's gorgeous store in our Feb 2018 e-zine which can be downloaded here. Visit their web shop: www.objectstyle.co.uk

Words by Karen Barlow / Photography by Kathryn Taylor

From the cutting room floor - SS18 issue

I always enjoy going back through the images from our previous issue and rediscovering some of the shots that we couldn't quite fit on the pages of the magazine, but that I still think are visually inspiring. It seems such a shame to hide them away from the world, so, as always, here are a few from the cutting room floor from our SS18 issue, which by the way, we only have a few boxes left of! So, if you haven't furnished your home with a copy yet, make sure to pop to the shop and grab one before they all go! Pre-orders for the AW18 issue will be opening in just over a week (eeee!), so keep your eyes peeled for that. (signing up to our mailing list will send you a handy reminder)!

Stylish Bristol Cafe - Albatross
Albatross Cafe, Bristol - featured in 91 Magazine SS18 issue
Albatross Cafe, Bristol - featured in 91 Magazine SS18 issue

Could there be a more dreamy cafe?! This feature on Albatross Cafe in Bristol literally makes me want to make the three hour trip there just to sit in here and while away an afternoon! Gorgeous photography by Kym Grimshaw

Artemis Russell of Junkaholique's home as featured in 91 Magazine
Artemis Russell of Junkaholique's home as featured in 91 Magazine
Artemis Russell of Junkaholique's shed as featured in 91 Magazine
Artemis Russell of Junkaholique's shop Rust as featured in 91 Magazine
Artemis Russell of Junkaholique's home as featured in 91 Magazine

The home and creative spaces of Artemis Russell, shot by Maria Bell provided us with so many gorgeous images, and even though the feature was spread over ten pages, there was still lots of lovely unseen shots to share with you here.

Duck Duck Goose Coffee as featured in 91 Magazine SS18 issue
Duck Duck Goose Coffee as featured in 91 Magazine SS18 issue
Duck Duck Goose Coffee as featured in 91 Magazine SS18 issue

Photographed and styled by Cathy Pyle and Kay Prestney, Duck Duck Goose Coffee, a gorgeous space for both adults and children, offered many photogenic corners, so again, we struggled to fit all the shots into the mag. These were a few extra faves of mine.

Home of Rebecca Lawson of Malmo & Moss as featured in 91 Magazine
Home of Rebecca Lawson of Malmo & Moss as featured in 91 Magazine
Home of Rebecca Lawson of Malmo & Moss as featured in 91 Magazine
Home of Rebecca Lawson of Malmo & Moss as featured in 91 Magazine

Jemma Watts photographed the lovely London home of Rebecca Lawson AKA Malmo & Moss, where around every corner appears to be another perfectly styled scene or vignette! Isn't her en-suite bathroom the stuff of interior dreams?!

crafting with flowers feature with The Real Flower Co in 91 Magazine
crafting with flowers feature with The Real Flower Co in 91 Magazine
ideas for using Edible flowers as featured in 91 Magazine
ideas for using edible flowers as featured in 91 Magazine SS18 issue

Lastly, we had a few impeccably styled features sharing dreamy ideas for making and baking, all with flowers. Firstly, Catherine Frawley styled and shot some beautiful projects, including pressed flower frames, while stylist Lauren Becker and photographer Veerle Evens worked together to demonstrate three ways to delight your senses with edible flowers. Just stunning. 

I think you'll agree, we have a seriously talented group of contributors, who truly make the magazine what it is with their fab photography and styling. Thank you so much guys! 

Remember, get your SS18 edition before they all disappear folks! 

How to create a beautiful guest bedroom

Summer often means the arrival of visiting friends and family, yet creating an inviting bedroom for them needn’t involve lots of time or money. Abi Dare of design blog These Four Walls teams up with other interiors experts to bring you a few easy tips.

Spare bedrooms are so often an afterthought, furnished with leftover pieces from other areas of the house or used as dumping grounds for unwanted clutter. But with a little bit of effort, you can create a welcoming and comfortable space where guests want to spend time. Here’s how…

Photo: Abi Dare

Photo: Abi Dare

Photo: Ruthie Matthews

Photo: Ruthie Matthews

Treat it like your own bedroom

Start by thinking about what would make you feel at home and go from there. Blogger Ruthie Matthews of Design Soda says: “I would always recommend treating a spare bedroom as you would your own and giving it the same care and attention. In my case this means a comfortable and welcoming space accented by natural textures.”

Photo: Abi Dare

Photo: Abi Dare

Look for clever furniture solutions

Guest bedrooms often have to perform a dual purpose – ours, for example, doubles as my work space – so versatile furniture is a must. Ruthie recommends looking for streamlined, multi-purpose pieces that can be folded away when not in use, as does interior stylist Donna Howell: “Whether a spare room be a study, a dressing room or a studio, the first thing I always tell clients is to start by planning storage. The idea here is to be clever and have a place for everything so that the space easily converts.”

For example, if your guest bedroom also acts as a home office, then look for a desk with a pull-out computer shelf than can be pushed out of sight when not in use, and make sure files and paperwork are hidden away in drawers or cupboards. If you need to use the room for storage, invest in a divan bed with drawers in the base, or buy crates that you can slide underneath.

Photo: Abi Dare

Photo: Abi Dare

Keep things neutral

When it comes to colour, both Ruthie and Donna advise creating a neutral base. “I favour light grey,” says Ruthie, “as it’s a calming and non-controversial shade.” But that doesn’t mean the décor has to lack character, as you can incorporate interest and texture through cushions, artworks and other accessories. “Your guests know you well,” Ruthie adds, “so little pieces that represent you or tell a story about your past will help to create a feeling of easy welcome.”

Photo: Abi Dare

Photo: Abi Dare

Think about lighting

Lighting has a major impact on both the feel and functionality of a space, so make sure the bedroom incorporates task lighting for reading and dressing, as well as softer ambient lighting. Interior designer Mathilde Kubisiak of MK Design says: “Multiple, dimmable light sources will create a calming and nurturing atmosphere – an overhead pendant light and a few adjustable lamps are a great combination.”

If you don’t have enough space for nightstands with full bedside lamps, try fixing wall lights above the bed or look for clip-on reading lights that can be attached to the headboard.

Photo: Abi Dare

Photo: Abi Dare

Invest in high-quality bedding

Good bedding can make the difference between a great night’s sleep or an awful one. Donna advises: “Whether you have a permanent bed, a daybed or a sofabed, choose the best-quality bedding you can afford. My personal favourite is linen, as it’s warm in the winter months yet cool during summer; alternatively, go with high-thread-count Egyptian cotton.”

Layering the bed with a top sheet, a duvet and an extra blanket or throw is also a good idea, as it means guests can adapt it to their ideal sleeping temperature. And think about providing a choice of pillows – I have some friends and family who prefer feather pillows and others who like synthetic ones, so I put a set of each on the bed and let them choose.

Photo: Donna Howell

Photo: Donna Howell

Provide space to unpack

Give your guests somewhere to hang clothes so that they don’t have to live out of a suitcase. It doesn’t have to be a full wardrobe – Donna suggests installing a peg rail painted the same colour as the wall, but even a few hooks on the back of the door will help. It’s also worth adding a small rack or bench where people can store luggage, rather than tripping over things left on the floor. And if you have a chest of drawers or cupboard in the room, try to leave a bit of space free for guests to use.

Photo: Abi Dare

Photo: Abi Dare

Photo: Abi Dare

Photo: Abi Dare

Don’t forget the little things

Finally, make your guests feel pampered with little touches such as fresh flowers, a carafe of water and perhaps a few interesting books or magazines dotted here and there. You could even provide toiletries and other easily-forgotten essentials such as toothbrushes – perhaps build up a stock of hotel miniatures and leave them in a pretty basket so that guests can help themselves.

Other useful touches include a make-up mirror, a kettle for making tea and coffee, and a note with the WiFi password. Mathilde also likes to add comfy slippers and a relaxing scented candle, while Donna leaves out a linen spray that guests can take away as a gift. And, very importantly, make sure there’s easy access to a plug for phone chargers, hairdryers and the like – it’s very frustrating when the only sockets are hidden behind heavy furniture!

Thanks ladies for all of these great tips and ideas for making your spare room a sanctuary rather than a store room! For more interiors inspiration, head over to our Pinterest page

create a stylish guest bedroom

Home tour - Hannah Nunn

Artist, designer, maker and author Hannah Nunn’s home in Hebden Bridge is a lesson in balance and harmony for small-space living.

home tour with designer Hannah Nunn

Sitting at her kitchen table, it is obvious that creating pools of light is something that comes naturally to Hannah Nunn. Her flat in Hebden Bridge is carefully laid out into distinct areas, each illuminated creatively in Hannah’s own inimitable way. Family life brought Hannah and her two children to the Yorkshire Pennines, but her creative homemaking began as far back as her student days in Wales, where she lived in a crumbling Georgian house in the grounds of an abandoned castle. Here she experimented with building a home filled with art and music, which continues into her living space even now.

home tour with british designer Hannah Nunn
home tour with british designer Hannah Nunn
home tour with british designer Hannah Nunn

Hannah’s small flat feels anything but cramped, as its natural flow gives the illusion of space. In the living room Hannah has created distinct zones - a neat cloakroom area sits at the front door and serves to shed the outside world and stresses it may bring. Moving throughout the flat there is an instant feeling of calm, aided by the beautifully diffused light created by the window film Hannah designed herself. A piano is nestled in the corner with an area for kith and kin to create and enjoy music and a huge sofa sits across from the fireplace where the mantle is filled with tiny treasures that Hannah has collected on her travels to draw attention to the open space. These pieces are not only treasured memories- they serve as inspiration, too; a framed piece of wrapping paper that was found in Japan inspired Hannah to create her own range of wallpaper, fabric and window film.

home tour with british designer Hannah Nunn
home tour with british designer Hannah Nunn
home tour with british designer Hannah Nunn

Light and its myriad forms has provided a rich medium for Hannah to explore in her work. Her art has evolved significantly from her original studio space in Hebden Bridge, where she began her business creating paper cuts and cards based her on botanically-inspired sketches. Other artists in the studio building encouraged Hannah to turn her artistic practice into something that could support her and her two children, and in a literal light bulb moment, Hannah started designing and making lighting. As she began selling lamps, Hannah met other independent light makers and a together they recognised the need for a shop that was entirely dedicated to showcasing their work. Radiance has now grown into a lighting concept store with lights, gifts and quirky homeware, now run by Hannah’s daughter, Ffion. Leaving the running of the shop to her means Hannah now focuses her time on her surface pattern designs which can now be found on a wide range of household products.

home tour with british designer Hannah Nunn
home tour with british designer Hannah Nunn
home tour with british designer Hannah Nunn
home tour with british designer Hannah Nunn

The opening of Radiance had an impact on their home life, too, as Hannah moved into a large rented home above the store. However, she eventually moved back into the cosy flat and instantly felt at home, “it was where I was always supposed to be. Even the cat was happier,” she adds. Of course, home is where Hannah’s love affair with light began, and her creativity with both natural and electrical light continues in the flat. Having no windows of its own, the kitchen relies upon light flooding in from the bi-fold doors and the huge Victorian window in the bedroom, but in the evenings the open plan kitchen diner is illuminated with pools of light created by the various lamps and light fixtures that Hannah has created herself.

home tour with british designer Hannah Nunn
home tour with british designer Hannah Nunn
home tour with british designer Hannah Nunn

At home, the muted tones she has decorated with provide a calming environment – the perfect space to practice yoga, write songs on the ukulele and people watch. Ultimately, nature’s own radiance continues to bring Hannah inspiration, and a huge window that frames a tree brings her joy every season, and with it a sense of continuity, cohesion and inspiration.

GET THE LOOK

Green+Pink 'Twig' leaves , Radiance £9.95;  Kitchen chairs , Loaf, £230 per pair

Green+Pink 'Twig' leaves, Radiance £9.95; Kitchen chairs, Loaf, £230 per pair

Cocktail chair , Radiance, £480;  Peg rail , Garden Trading, £38

Cocktail chair, Radiance, £480; Peg rail, Garden Trading, £38

Faux succulent bowl , £24, Sweetpea and Willow;  Mid century armchair , Rose & Grey, £750

Faux succulent bowl, £24, Sweetpea and Willow; Mid century armchair, Rose & Grey, £750

Wooden hand decoration , £25, Maggie Magoo Designs;  Tiny Treasures Wallpaper , £69 per roll, Radiance

Wooden hand decoration, £25, Maggie Magoo Designs; Tiny Treasures Wallpaper, £69 per roll, Radiance

Check out Hannah's range of lighting, window film, fabric and wallpaper on her website and visit her shop Radiance, either in Hebden Bridge or online

Photography: Kathryn Taylor / Words: Nicolette Lafonseca

Win dreamy Soak&Sleep goodies!

Here at 91, we love sharing with you our favourite independent brands; ones that we already have in our own homes and that we think you will love having in yours too. In our brand-new issue (have you got yours yet?!) we teamed up with bed and bath brand Soak&Sleep and stylist/photographer duo Anna and Tam to showcase some of Soak&Sleep's gorgeous products - perfect for turning your bedroom and bathroom into luxurious spaces to retreat to at the end of the day. 

Win Soak and Sleep goodies with 91 Magazine

We've been a little bit in love with Soak&Sleep's Pure French Linen bedding for quite some time - just how gorgeous does the Midnight Grey and White look together here?! Make sure you check out the full feature in the magazine to see more of Soak&Sleep's range - their bathroom accessories are equally as dreamy. Also, do give Soak&Sleep a follow over on Instagram - they've got lots of lovely bedroom & bathroom inspiration to swoon over.

 To celebrate this collaboration, we are thrilled that the generous guys from Soak&Sleep are offering one lucky 91 Magazine reader the chance to win some of the gorgeous textiles as featured here. They are giving away the following bundle worth over £200: 

  • One French Linen set which includes 2 x pillowcases, 1 x duvet cover (similar to pictured above) 
  • Luxury Cotton Knotted Throw in Charcoal (pictured above)
  • Luxury Cotton Waffle Bedspread in Dusky Sage (size: Double) (pictured below - top of pile) 
Win Soak&Sleep goodies with 91 Magazine

it's super simple to enter - just add your details in the form below. A winner will be drawn at random after the closing date which is 13th July 2018. Please see below for further terms and conditions. 

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1. Only entries made before the closing date - 13th July 2018 will be valid. 

2. The winner will be selected at random and will be notified via the email address they provided shortly after the closing date. 

3. The winner will have five working days to respond with their delivery address. If a reply is not received by this date, they will forfeit the prize and a new winner will be chosen. 

4. Bedding set choices of colour and sizing may be limited. When winner has been selected Soak&Sleep will inform them of the available options.

5. No cash alternative. 

6. The giveaway is open to worldwide entries. 

7. By entering the giveaway and providing your email address you are giving permission to be added to the mailing lists of both 91 Magazine and Soak&Sleep. Your details will not be shared with any further third parties. 

This post was sponsored by Soak&Sleep. Images by Anna and Tam for 91 Magazine.  

From the cutting room floor - A/W 17 issue

We are just days away from receiving the brand new S/S 18 issue, we are bursting with excitement! While we wait, I thought I'd look back to our last issue and share with you a few of the images that didn't make it into the magazine although we wish they could have! There is always just too many dreamy images to fit onto the pages...

from the cutting room floor - 91 Magazine
from the cutting room floor - 91 Magazine
from the cutting room floor - 91 Magazine

Our cover story - the home of Liesbeth Disbergen de Leeuw - had us swooning at her use of colour, playful design and mix of old and new. So much pretty in every corner. 

from the cutting room floor - 91 Magazine - The Fig Store
from the cutting room floor - 91 Magazine - The Fig Store
from the cutting room floor - 91 Magazine - The Fig Store

Our shop tour took us to the stunning Bath-based shop The Fig Store. Photographer Kym Grimshaw captured the space beautifully. We kinda just want to move straight in! 

from the cutting room floor - 91 Magazine
from the cutting room floor - 91 Magazine
from the cutting room floor - 91 Magazine

Another colourful home beautifully curated by Michael & Rachel Sullivan, who seem to be a dab hand at styling a shelfie! We love the mix of carefully selected vintage finds, plants and contemporary artwork. Gorgeous photography by Kasia Fiszer

Photo:  Janis Nicolay
Photo:  Cathy Pyle

Photo: Cathy Pyle

Photo:  Kym Grimshaw  / Styling:  Lou Archell

Photo: Kym Grimshaw / Styling: Lou Archell

Finally, a few other fave shots from the homes and studios that featured in the AW17 issue. We are sold out of the print version of this edition now, but you can still get the digital version here, or alternatively scour our stockist's websites, as some may have a few copies left. 

Now, back to anxiously waiting the arrival of the brand new issue! Head to the website to get your copy as soon as it lands! x

Houseboat tour - Gareth Butterworth

There's something ever so intriguing about house boats isn't there? How do people end up living on one? What are they like inside? Is there really enough space? Photographer Emma Engkvist and stylist Clare Piper show us around ‘Viola’ - a house boat moored in central London, while Sophie Warren-Smith talks to one of it's residents, graphic designer, Gareth Butterworth who lives there with his partner as part of a house share.

London house boat tour - living room

In 2014, Gareth was living in a shared house in Manor Park, London, when his oldest friend, Joe, bought a boat in Holland and asked him to move in - naturally Gareth jumped at the chance! He loved the idea of a home that was a project as well as a bit of an adventure - plus it would be in zone 1 - a massive bonus when living in London. A few weeks later they were crossing the channel from Rotterdam, heading to London in a fabulous house boat called ‘Viola’. She is 34 metres long, and six metres wide - in other words - massive. In a previous life, Viola carried cargos of building materials or grains around Northern Europe, but by the time Joe bought her, she had been fully converted: insulation and electrics had been added, plus plenty of amenities and home comforts, from wooden floorboards to modern kitchen equipment.

London House boat tour - kitchen
London house boat tour - reclaimed kitchen shelving

The boat has two main sections, a back cabin which traditionally housed the skipper, and the main section, formerly the cargo hold. This space now includes a kitchen, living room and two bedrooms. The entrance is through a wheelhouse, which has 360 degree windows and the vessel’s steering wheel. When Gareth and Joe and the rest of their crew arrived in London, they moored up at the historic Tower Bridge Moorings, where Viola still resides.

wood-burning stove in London house boat
London house boat tour - dining area
London house boat tour - living room

There are five people living on Viola, but there’s plenty of room for everyone - the boat is as spacious as any three bedroom house. In the summer, that space is doubled when the deck becomes an additional ‘room’. There are two bathrooms onboard - when the guys first moved in, there was just the one, so Joe added a second in the summer of 2015. It makes mornings run much more smoothly! The living room is everyone’s favourite space: it’s large and open, and has six skylights, so is light and bright by day, and the wood-burning stove keeps the room cosy throughout the winter. A long table in the living room, which easily seats 12, gets a lot of use. 'The main living area gives us plenty of space to hang out as well as work from home or relax and watch movies.' explains Gareth. ‘We have hot water, central heating and three open fires, so it’s very cosy in the winter months.’ Hidden storage is everywhere - under benches and bulkheads, in the engine room and the boat’s utility closet. That said, after four plus years onboard, the guys have completely run out of space on their bookshelves, and are in serious need of reducing their coffee mug collection!

London house boat tour - bedroom
London house boat tour - bedroom
London house boat tour - bedroom decor

The previous owner had everything fixed up to a high standard, so much of the interior design has been left as it was. Most things on the boat are made to last,’ says Gareth. ‘So any purchases are for function rather than whether they are on trend or not. In terms of furnishings we have got a few bits like the trunk coffee table and some skylights from a marine salvage yard. The shelves and a desk have been made from reclaimed wood but other than that we look on Freecycle and eBay for unique finds.’ Gareth personalises his space with lots of art, some purchased, some made by him and his friends.

London house boat tour

‘It’s nice to live on the river and within walking distance of central London. In the summer the moorings really comes to life and I enjoy being able to chat to the neighbours. There is always a barbecue or party to go to or someone who needs help fixing something up,' says Gareth, ‘I would absolutely consider buying a house boat in future – there’s not a great deal to complain about, we have the odd toilet related explosion and oily engine room moments, but you just have to be willing to roll your sleeves up and get stuck in when something goes wrong.’

GET THE LOOK

Concrete Desk Lamp , Cult Furniture, £69;  Blue dot cushion , £12.50, Wyevale Garden Centres

Concrete Desk Lamp, Cult Furniture, £69; Blue dot cushion, £12.50, Wyevale Garden Centres

Industrial bar stool , £170, PIB Home;  Wool throw in sea blue , £49.99, Black by Design

Industrial bar stool, £170, PIB Home; Wool throw in sea blue, £49.99, Black by Design

50's chair with kantha fabric , £589, Ian Snow;  String of pearls plant , £19, Forest on Trouva

50's chair with kantha fabric, £589, Ian Snow; String of pearls plant, £19, Forest on Trouva

Photography: Emma Engkvist  / Styling: Clare Piper / Words: Sophie Warren-Smith

Home tour - Selina Lauck

As we know how much you love the home tours we feature in the print magazine, we decided it was about time we shared a few more lovely homes on here too! Following on from our recent post about how to create a Scandi Minimal interior on a budget, Louise Parker of Studio Gabrielle gives us a tour around the Berlin apartment of interior stylist and blogger, Selina Lauck.

Selina Lauck home tour - interior stylist
Selina Lauck - home tour - hallway

Two years ago, in October 2016, Selina and her boyfriend (and 5 year old dog, Gordin) renovated their one bedroom apartment in Mitte, Berlin, transforming it into a true blend of modern style furnishings and classic original features. Unbelievably, it only took them three months and they did it all by themselves. Selina's home features a mixture of independent brands including Kai Linke, Mad et Len, DCW Éditions, Gurilla, Cooee Design, alongside well-known favourites Alessi, Knoll, Flos, Hay, Normann Copenhagen, Menu and Hem.

“For me, the theory is always ‘less is more’. I like the idea of designing, building or recreating my own furniture with a mix of designer pieces. There, you have a perfect combination of affordable and expensive investments. I do a lot of searching for second-hand design classics because of their good quality they do not really age and sometimes you can get some pretty good deals.” says Selina. 

Selina Lauck - home tour - minimal living room
Selina Lauck Home Tour
Selina Lauck - Home Tour - minimal interior

In the living room, the parquet flooring, molded cornice and panelled doors are stand out original features, but they took work.  Selina and her boyfriend spent hours sanding down the existing wooden floors to reveal their hidden beauty - time well spent as it brings real warmth and character to the space. The architectural elements are painted in the same colour and finish, which accentuates the architectural language beneath, complimented by Matisse's Nadine print prominently in the room.

Selina Lauck- home tour - bedroom
Selina Lauck home tour - bedroom
Selina Lauck - home tour - bedroom

Singing with comfort and minimalist living, Selina's bedroom allows space to relax and breathe. Linen bedding is an essential item as Selina often switches up the styling in this space to suit their changing requirements - with different bedside tables, table lamps and objects. She believes you can only 'feel' if something works when you try it out for a while, especially in a space as important as the bedroom, where it directly affects your wellbeing.

Selina Lauck- home tour - kitchen
Selina Lauck - home tour - marble and wood kitchen
Selina Lauck - home tour - minimal kitchen style

The kitchen offers warmth to the apartment using tan-based tones in two finishes - both in paint above the shelving and wooden base units. This is offset with black accents with Kai Linke's Blasted KL1 pendant lamp and Iittala's Alvar Aalto vase. In this room, Selina decided to replace the original tiles with a new concrete floor, which flows through to the apartment's bathroom offering a seamless transition. And what kitchen could be complete without Noma's 'Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine' cookbook?

GET THE LOOK

Diamond Chair by Knoll , Utility Design, £1003;  Henri Matisse ‘Nadia Au Menton Pointu’ Poster,  The Conran Shop, £49

Diamond Chair by Knoll, Utility Design, £1003; Henri Matisse ‘Nadia Au Menton Pointu’ Poster, The Conran Shop, £49

Figue Noire Candle by Mad et Len , The Garnered, £75;  Mantis BS3 Table Lamp by DCW Éditions , Made in Design, £452
Portrait N by Gurilla, 580 DKK (approx £69);  Snaregade Table Round by Menu , Finnish Design Shop, £1691

Portrait N by Gurilla, 580 DKK (approx £69); Snaregade Table Round by Menu, Finnish Design Shop, £1691

Check out Selina's work and blog and follow her on Instagram

Stylist's Guide: Scandinavian Minimalism on a budget

Louise Parker of Studio Gabrielle, an interior design & styling agency, investigates the growing trend for Scandinavian Minimalism, enlisting the insight of some experts in the field to discover whether it's possible to achieve the lux aesthetic on a budget...

Scandinavian style stands for simple, calm and pure expression. This makes it easy to grasp, very photogenic and ultimately, attainable for all. But is it affordable for all? Many might associate this look with designer brands and high price tags, but thankfully for those of us who strive style but are on a tight budget, both well-known and independent brands have adopted the trend in order to offer timeless design to the mass market.

In our stylist's guide, we have paired this with the fundamentals of minimalism to buy less, select better and invest in key pieces in order to live better. We talk simple forms and a 'less is more' outlook with a selection of bloggers and stylists who know a thing or two about Scandi Minimalism. Finally, we share some top buys to get the look at the end of the post.

Image:  Abi Dare

Image: Abi Dare

Abi Dare, author of These Four Walls / @thesefourwalls

“One of the keys to achieving the minimalist Scandinavian look is choosing colours and window dressings which make the most of natural light - something which need not be expensive at all.

So, for example, try sheer white curtains rather than heavy drapes. And avoid cluttering your rooms with lots of throwaway accessories, which can make spaces feel cramped and constricting. Instead, invest in a few timeless designs that will last for decades to come. Scandinavian brands do these brilliantly and many of their most popular pieces were actually first developed back in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s.

But most of all, focus on creating a comfortable space that you want to spend time in, with lots of texture and warmth. Scandinavian style is supposed to be welcoming and liveable rather than showy, so it lends itself surprisingly well to small budgets.”

Hannah Thinnesen Trickett, author of Hannah in the House / @han_house

“There’s a lot of thought and practicality that goes into creating a Scandinavian minimalist home. When planning my home, I start with a focus on the functionality of each room. There’s no point in creating a minimalist room that serves little function to you as it’s likely you’ll end up buying ‘things’ to compensate for the lack of practical design - creating clutter and foregoing the intended style.

I buy fewer items, choose well and invest in quality. Once I started to live by these standards I’ve become much happier at home. Balancing budget and style is always tricky when you have your eye on key designer pieces. It’s also a confusing message. Budget and designer don’t tend to go hand in hand. However these days it’s quite easy to create a particular style on a budget. Scandinavian minimalism doesn’t mean that the items you buy have to be expensive and designer. The idea is that you choose well. Saying that, if you buy fewer items, you should be able to afford a little more on what you do choose.

If I do buy low-end furniture, with the aim of it being ‘temporary’, it’s responsible to ensure the item can either be rehomed or recycled when it’s no longer needed. Also if you find cheaper items that you will cherish for a long time then that’s a win, it’s not all high-end design classics. My advice if you want to start collecting designer items, start small. I did so with my wine glasses from Iittala and plates from Menu.”

Caroline Birk Bahrenscheer, author of September Edit / @septemberedit:

“It is difficult for me to describe what I do to create Scandinavian minimalism, being a Scandinavian myself. I just do it without thinking.

But in my own interior, I focus on materials like linen, wood, stone and ceramic. I go for a subtle and calming colour scheme, pairing high street objects with more expensive investment pieces. I decorate my walls with minimalist drawings that I do myself and vintage artwork as I like having art that is not easily attainable.”

Carsten Nielsen, designer at Bycdesign studio / @bycdesignstudio:

“I love to create design that doesn’t cost a fortune, as I think everyone should be able to afford art/design on the walls of their homes. Today, there is a massive focus on how to create a harmonic home and that’s something we all put our effort and take great pride in. Creating a nice atmosphere and helping us to relax more.

I love modern art - as well as the mid-century lifestyle because it’s a timeless style that never gets boring. I have a big passion for Bauhaus as well as old Danish architects in furniture design. I love the geometric proverbs, not least the 60’s - when there was a great focus on geometric perspectives. My love of geometry makes me work a lot in the mid-century universe that I love.”

Evalotta & Elin, concept stylist at Sundling Kicken / @sundlingkicken:

“Choose one object that you really love the shape of and let it speak for itself. Put it on a clean surface, like your dining table, window sill or perhaps your living room sideboard. You can add one or two things to complement your favourite piece, just make sure that they don’t steal the show.”

Hege Morris - scandi minimalism on a budget

Hege Morris, author of Hege in France / @hegeinfrance

“To achieve a Scandinavian minimalist look on a budget, it’s important to invest in a couple of key pieces. Buy inexpensive items to compliment them. I’ve found nice items in the most unlikely places. Supermarkets, second-hand shops and markets are good places to find great things. I often use magazines in my styling. Photos from magazines are very effective and they don’t have to cost a fortune. Green plants are another favourite of mine. A couple of inexpensive plants can really change a room.

Good storage solutions are essential for any minimal home, so invest in some nice storage. My favourite at the moment is the IVAR cabinet in pine from Ikea. It’s inexpensive, but painted the same colour as the wall it looks amazing. Display key pieces and add budget finds for a nice minimal Scandi look."

Olivia Atkinson_A Stylists Guide Scandinavian Minimalism

Olivia Atkinson, stylist at Olivia Atkinson Design / @oliviaatkinsondesign:

“I’m always searching eBay for a bargain. Before buying an investment piece, I check online to see if there are any cheaper second-hand ones available. Thrift shops are also a great place to find items, one of my best finds recently was a HAY J77 chair.”

Image:  Selina Lauck

Selina Lauck, author of Selina Lauck / @selina.lauck:

“For me, the theory is always ‘less is more’. I like the idea of designing, building or recreating my own furniture with a mix of designer pieces. There, you have a perfect combination of affordable and expensive investments.

I do a lot of searching for second-hand design classics because of their good quality they do not really age and sometimes you can get some pretty good deals.”

GET THE LOOK 

As these experts suggest, investment pieces with budget finds is the best way to create the look for less, so here are some shopping suggestions to get you started! 

Anik Mirror , €63 - 10119 Design /  Arnold Circus Stool , £59 - Studio Martino Gamper /  Small Glass Flower Pot , £10 - Arket /  Atlas Lamp , £444 - KaiLinke /  Bellvis Cushion , £25 - Urbanara /  Betwa Candle Holder , £16 - Urbanara /  Through by Gurilla  - approx £69 - wedoart.fo /  Viva Glass Teapot With Infuser 1.2l , £28 - Habitat /  Drop Chair by Fritz Hansen , £249.90 (on sale) - Nest /  Jessen 3 Seater Sofa , £1699 - Someday Designs,  Drop Candle Holder by Ichendorf Milano , €18 - A  nalograum /  Collar Vase 12cm Light Grey , approx £22 - Cooee Design

Anik Mirror, €63 - 10119 Design / Arnold Circus Stool, £59 - Studio Martino Gamper / Small Glass Flower Pot, £10 - Arket / Atlas Lamp, £444 - KaiLinke / Bellvis Cushion, £25 - Urbanara / Betwa Candle Holder, £16 - Urbanara / Through by Gurilla - approx £69 - wedoart.fo / Viva Glass Teapot With Infuser 1.2l, £28 - Habitat / Drop Chair by Fritz Hansen, £249.90 (on sale) - Nest / Jessen 3 Seater Sofa, £1699 - Someday Designs, Drop Candle Holder by Ichendorf Milano, €18 - Analograum / Collar Vase 12cm Light Grey, approx £22 - Cooee Design

Teapot 2/3 Cups by Ichendorf Milano , €29.50 - New Forms Design /  NY11    Bar Chair by Norr11 , £215.20 (on sale) - Clippings /  November #01 , €87 - Aure Studio /  Lux Velvet Floor Cushion in Navy Velvet , £69 - Made.com,  Hubsch Terrazzo Mirror Round , £31.10 - E  inrichten Design /  Dipped Chromed Metal LED Desk Lamp , £24 (on sale) - Habitat /  Candlestick Holder , £17 - Arket /  Glass Jug by Eva Trio , £26.50 - Connox /  Silver Mirrored Cube , £40 - Urban Outfitters,  Terrazzo Plate Round ,- from €20  Analograum,  Plate Glazed Porcelain , €22.50 - Tine K Home,  Push Coffee Maker by Muuto , £78.32 (on sale) - Nest

Teapot 2/3 Cups by Ichendorf Milano, €29.50 - New Forms Design / NY11Bar Chair by Norr11, £215.20 (on sale) - Clippings / November #01, €87 - Aure Studio / Lux Velvet Floor Cushion in Navy Velvet, £69 - Made.com, Hubsch Terrazzo Mirror Round, £31.10 - Einrichten Design / Dipped Chromed Metal LED Desk Lamp, £24 (on sale) - Habitat / Candlestick Holder, £17 - Arket / Glass Jug by Eva Trio, £26.50 - Connox / Silver Mirrored Cube, £40 - Urban Outfitters, Terrazzo Plate Round,- from €20  Analograum, Plate Glazed Porcelain, €22.50 - Tine K Home, Push Coffee Maker by Muuto, £78.32 (on sale) - Nest

Bell Lamp in Sand by Normann Copenhagen ,£164 (on sale) - Made in Design /  Jobu Oven Mitt , $60 - Ode to Things,  Orb Leather Dining Chair , £319 (on sale) - West Elm,  Sarpaneva Cast Iron Pot , £185 - Iittala,  Robin Chair , £249 for two - Swoon Editions,  Bonbonniere 12cm Black , approx £18 - Cooee Design,  Nordic Kitchen Teapot by Eva Solo ,£45 - Made in Design /  Urban Garden Dishwash 500ml by Meraki , £13 - Design Vintage /  Large Vintage Dough Bowl , £85 - Design Vintage,  Simple Sand Ceramic Teapot by Bloomingville , £16 - Trouva /  Bedside Carafe , $190 - Anna Karlin,  Lavitta Chair by Poiat , £371 - Finnish Design Shop

Bell Lamp in Sand by Normann Copenhagen,£164 (on sale) - Made in Design / Jobu Oven Mitt, $60 - Ode to Things, Orb Leather Dining Chair, £319 (on sale) - West Elm, Sarpaneva Cast Iron Pot, £185 - Iittala, Robin Chair, £249 for two - Swoon Editions, Bonbonniere 12cm Black, approx £18 - Cooee Design, Nordic Kitchen Teapot by Eva Solo,£45 - Made in Design / Urban Garden Dishwash 500ml by Meraki, £13 - Design Vintage / Large Vintage Dough Bowl, £85 - Design Vintage, Simple Sand Ceramic Teapot by Bloomingville, £16 - Trouva / Bedside Carafe, $190 - Anna Karlin, Lavitta Chair by Poiat, £371 - Finnish Design Shop

Aida Kitchen Stool,  £59 - Swoon Editions,  Glass For Champagne , €13.75 - Tine K Home,  Organic Bergamot Juniper Shampoo , £12 -Austin Austin,  Nomad Chair by We Do Wood , £645 -  LOVEThESIGN  /  Pan/Vegetable Brush by Iris Hantverk , £18 - Trouva /  Bardane Clear carafe 1L , £10.50 (on sale) - Habitat,  K Lamp in Earthenware , £220 - Vitamin,  Vilnia Rug in Sand by Jurate ,€99 - Eporta /  Ivory Ceramic Small Bowl by House Doctor , £6.95 - Trouva /  Aalto Vase Savoy Clear 95mm by Iittala , £48 - Connox /  Avery Bistro Table , £90 (on sale) - Urban Outfitters,  Tray Circle in Sand , approx £38 - Cooee Design

Aida Kitchen Stool, £59 - Swoon Editions, Glass For Champagne, €13.75 - Tine K Home, Organic Bergamot Juniper Shampoo, £12 -Austin Austin, Nomad Chair by We Do Wood, £645 - LOVEThESIGN / Pan/Vegetable Brush by Iris Hantverk, £18 - Trouva / Bardane Clear carafe 1L, £10.50 (on sale) - Habitat, K Lamp in Earthenware, £220 - Vitamin, Vilnia Rug in Sand by Jurate,€99 - Eporta / Ivory Ceramic Small Bowl by House Doctor, £6.95 - Trouva / Aalto Vase Savoy Clear 95mm by Iittala, £48 - Connox / Avery Bistro Table, £90 (on sale) - Urban Outfitters, Tray Circle in Sand, approx £38 - Cooee Design

Extra Large Jar Vase , £19 - Arket,  TR Bulb Table Lamp/Wall Light by Men u, £203.15 - Utility Design /  Twisted White Candles , €21.25 for 12 - Tine K Home,  Burnt Orange Woven Cotton Rug by Bloomingville , £55 - Trouva /  Monroe Mid-Century Sofa in Feather Grey , £1399 - West Elm,  Enamel Coffee Kettle by Hario , £49 - Arket /   Aztec Textile Cushion With Tassles by HK Living , €49.95 - OrangeHaus / Simple Sand Ceramic Teacup by Bloomingville,  Single Thermal Double Wall 240 Ml Glass , £9 - T&SHOP.

Extra Large Jar Vase, £19 - Arket, TR Bulb Table Lamp/Wall Light by Menu, £203.15 - Utility Design / Twisted White Candles, €21.25 for 12 - Tine K Home, Burnt Orange Woven Cotton Rug by Bloomingville, £55 - Trouva / Monroe Mid-Century Sofa in Feather Grey, £1399 - West Elm, Enamel Coffee Kettle by Hario, £49 - Arket /  Aztec Textile Cushion With Tassles by HK Living, €49.95 - OrangeHaus / Simple Sand Ceramic Teacup by Bloomingville, Single Thermal Double Wall 240 Ml Glass, £9 - T&SHOP.

Complied and written by Louise Parker - Studio Gabrielle / @studiogabrielleuk

Stylists guide to Scandi Minimalism on a budget

91 loves... rattan furniture

Rattan furniture was once reserved only for drafty conservatories, but its now making a comeback and is popping up in all areas of the home, from bedrooms to living rooms to hallways. It's also working it in many different forms too - chairs, tables, shelving, beds, and even the sweetest of baby cribs and children's beds. If you are loving the latest Scandi Boho trend, then you most definitely need a piece of rattan in your life. It fits so well with colourful textiles and our other obsession - plants. Here's a little bit of woven inspiration as well as a few top buys.... 

via  @sannehop
via  @tessahop

If you've fallen for the look, then here are a few of our fave rattan finds so you can give your own space a touch of Scandi boho! 

Rattan dining chairs  - €160 - Enter My Attic (only available to Netherlands buyers sadly!) 

Rattan dining chairs - €160 - Enter My Attic (only available to Netherlands buyers sadly!) 

Rattan Hanging chair  - £548 - Anthropologie

Rattan Hanging chair - £548 - Anthropologie

Rattan side table  - £135 - Design Vintage

Rattan side table - £135 - Design Vintage

Rattan chair  - £175 - Ikea

Rattan chair - £175 - Ikea

Child's rattan bed  - £379 - La Redoute

Child's rattan bed - £379 - La Redoute

Rattan day bed  - £344 - Maison du Monde

Rattan day bed - £344 - Maison du Monde

Rattan sofa  - £695 - Arbol House

Rattan sofa - £695 - Arbol House

Rattan mirrors  - £69 - La Redoute

Rattan mirrors - £69 - La Redoute

91 is pinning... tiles

We are pretty sure we aren't the only ones with a fetish for beautiful tiles. Just check out the Instagram hashtag #ihavethisthingwithtiles and you will instantly feel at one with your tribe of tile obsessives. Walls, floors, indoors, outdoors - we don't mind - if they have pretty patterns and/or pretty colours, we'll snap them, pin them and quite possibly hunt them down for our own downstairs loo. In fact, it was the tiles I lusted over at Paper Mill Studios (an amazing space featured in our new issue) that I then went on to install in my own ground floor lavatory! 

Photo:  Cathy Pyle  for 91 Magazine

Photo: Cathy Pyle for 91 Magazine

Photo:  Cathy Pyle  for 91 Magazine

Photo: Cathy Pyle for 91 Magazine

Tiles can vary massively in cost, but you can easily create a feature with some spectacular tiles by covering just a small area - a splash-back, a fireplace, or like me - a small bathroom. (you can see mine here

Bert and May tiles (via  Dear Designer ) 

Bert and May tiles (via Dear Designer

via  Contemporist  / Photos:  Dean Bradley

via Contemporist / Photos: Dean Bradley

via  Topp Tiles  

There are many great tile brands out there that we love. For something a little bit special check out Bert and May, Marrakech Design, Baked Tile Co, Fired Earth and Milagros. If you've got larger areas to cover, then budget friendly websites like Topp Tiles, Tile Mountain and Tons of Tiles are a great places to get straight forward designs like metro tiles. Although, many of these brands are creating interesting options like the above from Topp Tiles - there are different laying options to create various patterns and we love how the coordinating grout makes it look almost like embossed wallpaper.

If you need some more tile inspiration then do pop over to our Tile Love Pinterest board

91 Loves... velvet furniture

Velvet is having a bit of a moment in the world of soft furnishings and we are big fans here at 91. Soft and sumptuous, it contrasts well with rougher textures as well as sleeker lines, and it seems to pair particularly well with our other obsession - house plants. We love it in strong colourways like mustard yellow and emerald green as well as softer shades like blush pink

Photo:  Cathy Pyle  for  91 Magazine

The tactile material seems to be up for anything when it comes to design - it's happy in a formal Chesterfield or mid-century format as well as a slouchy, comfy 'dive right in' style. It can be simply paired with cushions of the same colour and fabric, or happily allows textured, colourful versions to take centre stage. We just wish it was acceptable to change your sofa on a monthly basis so we could enjoy all of these different incarnations! If you are in the market for some velvety seating, then read on for a few of our faves to be found on the web... 

Mustard yellow velvet armchair , £975, Att Pynta
Lime Green velvet sofa , from £1598, DFS

Lime Green velvet sofa, from £1598, DFS

Dark blue velvet sofa , £1095, IKEA

Dark blue velvet sofa, £1095, IKEA

Mustard yellow velvet corner sofa , £1699, Swoon Editions

Mustard yellow velvet corner sofa, £1699, Swoon Editions

Burnt orange velvet sofa , from £1598, DFS

Burnt orange velvet sofa, from £1598, DFS

What's your views on velvet? Which one of these beauties are you dreaming of snuggling on this winter?

Using typography in interiors

If you were inspired by the home of illustrator and Little Carousel owner Colleen Larmour, which features in our current issue, then you are in for a little treat. Today, Colleen shares some extra insight into how she has incorporated typography into her interior, something which has become less of a passing trend and more of a decor staple....

There is no denying the trend for typography in home interiors. What may have started with the iconic Keep Calm and Carry On poster popularity some fifteen years ago has now transcended into a love for all things emblazoned with written expressions, words, phrases and slogans. A love that is perpetuated in no small part to the growth and exposure written expressions have on social media today.  

I have always loved written words and letters in all forms - stories, art and design, plus my husband is a graffiti writer - and when I look round our home, I realise we have incorporated typography into every room. There has always been this sense that no space is complete without words and letters on display somewhere. We all speak them, read them, write them every day, so to display them throughout our home has never felt contrived. Only natural and expected. 

Photo: Jemma Watts

Photo: Jemma Watts

We dot many of our favourite books around the house, face out and proud. So many book covers are works of art in themselves and their presence is familiar and comforting. My heart lies with children’s books. Having written and illustrated my own picture books and collected an ever expanding stash of them over the years, exaggerated wildly since my two daughters came along, I relished the chance to display these upon a wall in their bedroom. It is a living display that constantly changes dependant on reading moods, new favourites, exciting discoveries and seasonal choices. The words, images and colours always on the move.

Photo: Jemma Watts 

Photo: Jemma Watts 

The yellow ‘hello’ curtain in my studio came about through necessity - I needed to create some privacy at night when working at my sewing desk. The warm pop of yellow can be seen from the other end of the landing, so it seemed appropriate to paint the cheery greeting on it - it makes me smile each time I walk past.

Photo: Colleen Larmour

Photo: Colleen Larmour

Something that always grabs the attention of people visiting our home are the yellow wooden letters that my husband salvaged on a painting job. Made up from part of an old sign from a Belfast building, Glenn brought them home and cleaned them up. The bulk of them sit beneath an enlarged photo of a favourite graffiti writer’s work on a train that he quickly caught on camera when we visited Copenhagen two years ago. A lucky shot!

Photos: Jemma Watts

Photos: Jemma Watts

The letter ‘A’ rests above the living room fireplace alongside a postcard we picked up when we visited Amsterdam Zoo. I adore this little card for its combination of colour, image and text and the memories it gives me of a favourite holiday. Within the same room, we’ve displayed some of Glenn’s collection of graffiti books. Books and their covers, devoted to our love of letters.

Photo: Colleen Larmour

Photo: Colleen Larmour

I had fun decorating the two paper toy sacks in the girls room with a tongue-in-cheek message about how to play together. Above these, hangs one of my own alphabet prints and a wooden alphabet toy.  

Photo: Jemma Watts

Photo: Jemma Watts

In our bedroom - our sanctuary - where so much time is spent switching off from the world and cuddling with our girls, hangs a beautifully designed coat rack that reads ‘Love’.  It is simple, clean design at its best and gives an unused space in the room interest and zing.

Photo: Colleen Larmour

Photo: Colleen Larmour

Photo: Jemma Watts

Photo: Jemma Watts

Back downstairs in our living space, typography, and our very apparent obsession with yellow, is again demonstrated via a large print of the county name we live in, plus a monogrammed cushion with my two daughters initials on it. In the kitchen, the tin ‘chocolat' sign was bought on a holiday in France when I was pregnant for the first time and eating a tonne of the stuff!

Styled well in the home, typography can be beautiful and enchanting, even life-affirming and powerful. However, whichever way type is used, to really work there has to be some form of relevance and meaning to the individual. This meaning doesn’t have to be loud and explicit - sometimes subtle and quiet wins the day. I hope that is what we have achieved in our home - an authentic and seamless blend of words and letters, that if well read, tells our narrative, speaks of our passions and reflects who we are.

Thanks to Colleen for this inspiring commentary on her love for letters and words. We are off to rummage the vintage shops for signage and beautiful books! If you'd like to see more of Colleen's home, make sure you bag yourself a copy of our SS17 issue, there aren't many left folks! Plus, follow Colleen on Instagram and check out her kids toys and decor shop Little Carousel for colourful objects and prints for your little ones. 

Photos by Jemma Watts and Colleen Larmour

using typography in interiors