Category Archives: DESIGN

SUMMER ESSENTIALS: A RELAXING LOUNGE CHAIR

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A comfy lounge chair is an essential for a hot summer day. The ‘Swingrest’ by Dedon fits the bill and is perfect for creating a tranquil space. This ultimate hanging lounger was one of the first products to emerge from Dedon Island resort, which is Dedon’s Outdoor Living Lab in Siargao, Philippines. Daniel Pouzet, co-architect and designer of Dedon Island, took his inspiration from the extra-high ceilings of the resort’s villas. Borrowing the basket-like bottom from his earlier creation, the Nestrest, he has managed to create an altogether new work that feels even more spacious (and fits more people) while seeming to take up less space. Perfect for hanging on the terrace or veranda, or even indoors, the Swingrest is distinguished by the purity and simplicity of its concept.

CERAMIC RING DISH BY EMILY REINHARDT

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How lovely are these ceramic ring dishes from Baba Souk. The dishes designed by Emily Reinhardt are perfect for storing your rings but I think they would also look wonderful grouped together on a wall.

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SUMMER ESSENTIAL: BEACH TOWEL BY THE BEACH PEOPLE

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Another summer essential is a beautiful towel to bring to beach or park. I have the Majorelle towel from The Beach People. The beautiful pattern is inspired by the blue hues and exotic location of Yves Saint Laurent’s Moroccan Botanical gardens. Australian label The Beach People, founded in the summer of 2013, are makers of luxe sea essentials, designed to bring bliss to your sea adventures.

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COLORFUL TABLEWARE FROM THE MOD COLLECTIVE

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These colorful porcelain tableware pieces from The Mod Collective are perfect for summer! They would look stunning on al fresco dinner table styled with lots of flowers in similar colors..

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TOOLS FOR DESIGNING YOUR DREAM BATHROOM

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Everyone was has ever renovated a house knows that the bathroom is one of the most challenging rooms to design. This is because bathrooms are generally the smallest spaces in a home. Therefore it is essential to use available space as efficient as possible. And with our busy lives for most of us a bathroom is not only functional (for a quick shower in the morning) but also serves as a peaceful oasis after a hard day’s work. It is a place to escape from everyday stresses, and to relax and recharge your batteries. When designing my own bathroom I used an online tool to make the best design choices and to help me visualize all possible options.

Villeroy & Boch, a European company with 267 of experience in designing bathroom products, has two very handy tools. With the Bathroom Planner you can easily create a clear floor plan based on the dimensions of your bathroom. The 3D view provides a clear depiction of the interaction between your bathroom furnishings and sanitary facilities. The zoom feature is very handy as it allows you to view the bathroom from different angles, as well as giving you an impression of how the bathroom will look when you step into it. When creating the bathroom of your dreams with the Bathroom Planner you can win the actual bathroom that you have designed. Isn’t that exciting? This contest runs from 7th May until 31st July.

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With the Villeroy & Boch Bathroom Inspirator you can find inspiration and explore a wide selection of design options. By mixing and matching various products, colors and shapes you can define your personal style. Both tools are very intuitive and user friendly.

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STUNNING STONEWARE PIECES BY BLUE EAGLE POTTERY

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I have my eye on these stunning stoneware pieces from Blue Eagle Pottery, created by husband-and-wife team Robert Blue and Susan B. Galloway. These stoneware items are all handmade and glazed with white, teal, salmon, black, and brown glaze. Available from Mociun.

PICKLE POTTERIE HANDMADE MUGS

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I love all things handmade, especially pottery! This handcrafted mug from Stephanie Adams’ Pickle Pottery is wheel-thrown in California. Pickle Pottery is unique because each piece is hand made and hand decorated by the maker, Stephanie Adams. It is truly a labor of love. Stephanie believes the beauty in the work is seeing the makers make, embracing the Wabi Sabi aesthetic. Each piece is unique, different, and one of a kind. Simply beautiful!

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