Johanna Gullichsen is a textile designer from Finland. With her label Johanna Gullichsen Textile Craft & Design she offers an extensive range of woven textiles for modern living. Bold and simple patterns, natural materials, a down to earth sensibility – the entire collection is all about comfort, colour and ease-of-use. Johanna describes her approach to design: “Handweaving with the loom is my inspiration for exploring techniques and patterns. That’s how most of my designs are born. Craft is a living design tool for me, always included in the narrative of my textiles. I am especially interested in the construction of fabrics and I am drawn to technically challenging designs, even though the final product might seem simple. The ready-made products that I design are defined by the fabric itself; by its material or by its pattern.”
Recording moments in life that are precious has never been so simple, yet despite this, the reality is most of us store our photos away online or just leave them on our cameras or phones and do nothing with them. Photos of loved ones, important milestones and memorable holiday adventures should be treasured and are the perfect way make a space truly your own. Together with Canon I have created some tips on how to make the most of your post–summer holiday photos and how to give them a well-deserved place in your home:
Tip 1: Organising and selecting your photos
There are many simple, yet appealing ways to get creative with your printed photos but first you will need to organise them. An easy way to manage this is to upload your photos from your camera or phone on a regular basis, deleting the bad ones as you go, to a cloud service such as irista from Canon. Not only will your images be safely stored but irista will group your favourite photos each time you upload a batch, making it much easier to find your best shots later. Choose rich, vibrant and imaginative images and think about the story you want to tell and express these with the images you select. Irista not only lets you store and protect your photos in an online cloud but also lets you group your photos into collections that you access at any time, from anywhere on any device.
Tip 2: Choosing your frames
The type of frame you choose is another way of bringing character to your photo display. Photo walls are more pleasing to the eye when the frames complement each other and the easiest way to do this is by sticking to one colour or texture. For example, you may decide to use all black frames or just wooden ones. My favourite photo frame at the moment is one from Danish label Moebe. Their minimalistic style frames consist of four pieces of oak wood and two pieces of plexi-glass which means you don’t have to worry about cutting your photos in the exact size of the frame.
Having a printer at home means you can easily try out different photo sizes and still achieve professional standard prints, so if you change your mind about what photo you would like to put in a frame, selecting and printing replacements is convenient. I am using the Canon PIXMA MG7750, which produces high quality prints in a variety of sizes (A4, A5, 20x25cm, 10x15cm, 13x18cm) at high speed.
The walls and floors of this Scandinavian home are all white which work as a blank canvas. This way all focus go to the furniture pieces, accessories and art works, which are the elements that give color to the rooms. I love the art gallery wall in the first image. Below the staircase is not a conventional spot for an art collection but this is great use of space.
This is the beautiful home of The Junior contributor Tinta Luhrman. Tinta’s Instagram feed is a feast to the eye, as well is her home decorated in a natural color palette. After having built a career in the corporate world Tinta decided she was on the wrong path and quit her job to focus on family and work that makes her happy. Together with Diana Maria she now creates unique and interesting objects for kids and adults, often these are restyled vintage finds.
Earlier this year interiors journalist and stylist Ellie Tennant and photographer James Gardiner visited us to shoot our home for Ellie’s new book “Chic Boutiquers at Home”. Last week I received a copy of this beautiful book, which has just been released, and I was excited to see the result! Chic Boutiquers at Home is the follow-up to Ellies’ best-selling Design Bloggers at Home. In Chic Boutiquers at Home, Ellie meets the characters and creative forces behind leading online stores around the world, from the US to Europe, and explores their beautiful homes in a series of inspiring case studies. The result is part-decorating book, part-shopping directory – a smörgåsbord of fascinating interiors from a new generation of online style gurus who do much more than just sell homewares – they inspire and delight their customers, too, offering glimpses into their gorgeous homes and covetable lifestyles. The images in this post are all from my home. Some of the other ’boutiquers’ featured in the book are textile artist Maryanne Moodie and Swedish calligrapher & designer Ylva Skarp. You can find the book here on Amazon.
This is the gorgeous home of Ina and Matt, owners of design studio INA MATT. They exchanged their busy city lives in Amsterdam for a quieter life in Friesland in the north of The Netherlands. Here they transformed an old farmhouse into their dream home. I see a mix of styles: traditional building elements such as the wooden beams are combined with an industrial touch (concrete floor). While modern furniture pieces and art works are mixed with ethnic style accessories. The result is a unique decor with lots of atmosphere!