We've had the Norfolk cottage for just under a year now and we are still making progress with it. Every weekend we are up there's a new project to undertake, however the sense of freedom and the quiet up here is for me the ultimate luxury. Below is a little film about the cottage, creativity and the importance of windows and natural light in collaboration with #aeg_uk
A while ago I met up with the lovely people from AEG in our Norfolk country cottage. We talked about how windows and natural light impacts mood and creativity as I showed them around our little house. Now you can win the below limited-edition print of my country house view and an AEG WX7 window cleaner. To compete: Take a picture of a windowless wall in your home and tell why you’d like to give it more life. Don’t forget to tag the post with #myviewbyAEG. Three lucky winners will be chosen on the 15th of May and will be contacted through a DM. Good Luck! #aeg_uk
I went to visit Ren in her Hackney studio yesterday, a short walk from my flat in fact. It's always such a privilege to see how other creatives work and Ren's beautiful textiles caught my eye sometime back and I was curious to find out more about her creative process. Working with linen, Ren block prints functional and contemporary pieces for the home as well as a line of minimalist clothing. Inspired by abstract art, unusual object and architecture Ren carefully sources her linen from a flax mill in Lithuania when her grandmother worked for nearly 40 years. As we chatted about printing, Southern Italy and the wonders of Naples, our dogs Otis & Otto were happily playing on the floor- a morning very well spent.
We've had the most magical time in Puglia, I can highly recommend going. Beautiful architecture, serene nature, lovely people, great weather and of course amazing food! We flew in to Bari and spent lovely days in a villa we rented not far from Arbelobello. Other highlights included going to the food market in Locorotondo, exploring the local ceramics in Grottaglie and relaxing at the beautiful Masseria Torre Coccaro. Wandering the deserted streets of Unesco World Heritage site Matera was pretty special too. Can't wait to return to this magical part of the world.
I've spent most of this week working on a project in South West London, styling the beautiful home of South African interior designer Taryn Driemeyer. Taryn lives here with her partner Paul and their adorable cockapoo Holly - it was lovely to get the opportunity to spend some time in this peaceful part of town. Taryn has done such a great job with this house, the muted colour schemes and contemporary designs work perfectly together.
*All flower arrangments by me, beautiful antique rug courtesy of @broomhill_antique_rugs
I'm a firm believer in having plants and flowers at home, not only because it makes your house more beautiful but mainly because it makes your soul happier. I try to always have at least a bunch of something green in our livingroom, even if it's just a branch from our Norfolk garden. There are plenty of great flower shops in London, one of the most beautiful I've come across is the Urban Flower Company in Crouch End which I visited last week. Their creative and slightly wild approach to flower arranging is refreshing, fun and results is some truly innovate and super gorgeous bouquets. Well worth a visit, you can find the Urban Flower Company at 47 Park Road, N8 8TE
We spent a four nights in Malta and went for a dreamy afternoon walk in the medieval former capital Mdina, also known as the silent city. An ancient walled town, the stunning architecture and quite narrow streets was nothing short of a magical experience. Travelling anywhere in the off-peak season is key for me, and something I can highly recommend to anyone who (like me) suffers from crowd aversion and tacky tourist merchandise phobia. There's nothing quite like an deserted street and the sound of silence to relax your mind and soothe even the most stressed-out city dweller.
Earlier this week I had the pleasure to visit talented maker Corrie Williamson in her Lower Clapton home in East London. I first met Corrie when I worked at Botany and she later bought one of my eduards accessories bags but it was only quite recently I was introduced to her beautiful work.
Working with wood, industrial materials (corian and perspex) as well as precious metals, Corrie makes both bold statement jewellery as well as beautiful hanging mobiles. Influenced by Bauhaus aesthetics, her work features geometric patterns and bold minimalist shapes- I'm completely smitten. I'm in fact now the proud owner of the mobile which is hanging above the piano in the pictures and can't wait to hang it in our Norfolk cottage.
Spring is (kind of) in the air and a sure sign is the arrival of all the newborn lambs in the farm close to our Norfolk cottage. Yesterday was lambing day and we took the chance to go and visit these adorable creatures and admire them up close. Also, there's something truly magical about the light in old barns- the way it seeps through all the cracks and gaps of the old ceilings and walls. Being surrounded by cute baby animals and biblical light, I was truly in my element!
Spending the weekend in the cottage in Norfolk is always such a pleasure, even though it was a very grey, wet and cold one. We are finally getting a bit more furniture in the livingroom, slowly making it into the cosy nest we want it to be. Today we went for a long walk with Otto who got covered in mud but seemed very happy nevertheless. We met some lovely horses on our way, but didn't spot any humans- I think most people decided to stay in today, far away from the wind and damp.
After an hour and a half in the mud we decided to turn back, light lots of candles, make coffee and give the puppy and much-needed bath.
Even if it’s bitterly cold here in Norfolk this weekend, snowdrops are a sure sign that spring might just be around the corner. Found these pretty creatures dotted around in the churchyard when I went for a walk with Otto this morning. So pleased so see new life in the midst of all the grey, can't wait to welcome spring.
I'm in the final stages of finishing the pictures for the book project on Scandinavia lifestyle which I've worked on this past year (to be published in September). My last trip was to beautiful Oslo (my first time) and even though we hardly had any daylight, these frozen sculptures in the Frogner Park where nothing short of magical.
Located in the Frogner Park in the middle of the city, these sculptures were made between 1939-49 by native Norwegian Gustav Vigeland. With over 200 pieces in bronze, granite and wrought iron, this is the biggest sculpture park in the world made by one single artist. A thick layer of frost added to the dream-like quality of my last day in Norway.
One of the greatest privileges of doing what I do, is that I quite often get to see how other creative people live and it's one of my absolute favourite things, snooping around their homes. This weekend I visited Sara at her beautifully serene one-bedroom apartment in Malmö. Full of vintage finds, Scandinavian design classics and calming colours- I'm hoping to be invited for coffee again next time I'm in town :)
We even had time for a Christmas fika, complete with homemade saffron buns and all. Thanks for having me Sara! You can follow Sara on Instagram here.
I love visiting creative people at home, it's always such an inspiring insight to their lives and everyday. Last weekend I visited Lulu (of lifestyle brand Lulu&Nat) and her beautiful family in their light-filled house in North London. Lulu and I have been working together recently and I've been helping her style and shoot her new gorgeous bedlinen. With an incredible eye for detail and colour Lulu's house is welcoming and warm, with her two sweet daughters adding extra vibrancy to this stunning London home.
One of the things I love the most about my job is the travel I get to do and all the amazing people I meet. I love hearing about peoples' life journeys and how they have ended up where they are right now. I spent a lovely afternoon with Sarah from Sala Yoga in Hampstead Heath this week, reminiscing about life, love, work and yoga (and yes we did talk a little bit about boys too). An inspiring lady with a humble, human approach to life in general and the body in particular, getting to know Sarah has been a pleasure and privilege. The benefits of yoga, meditation and mindfulness is something that for me is a constant companion on my journey so far and I can't wait to see where it will take me next.
After a very long summer, I have lots of stories to share... I'll start with this one. As first-timers we entered three items into the horticultural society annual show in our little Norfolk village. Cooking apples from our garden, a single rose as well as Norfolk Honey biscuits that I made.
We actually won first price for our apples, second for the rose but no mention of my baking efforts ha. Next year we have our eyes set of taking an actual trophy home! Watch this space.
As a Scandinavian living in the UK, I found the whole event rather exotic- this quaint show had a lovely traditional element to it. Plus I loved all the cute ladies in florals. We will definitely be partaking next year, and I'll be wearing my very best floral outfit.
Earlier this week I went to visit Kelly who's the founder and creator of Juniper Weaves in her beautiful home in Richmond where she lives with her husband and two adorable little ones. Kelly showed me a selection of her stunning wall weaves and macrame work- I'm in love with her work's rustic charm and feminine sensibility. Really excited to be working on a special WE ARE HERE NOW + Juniper Weaves collaboration to be released in the next couple of months- watch this space...
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A sunny summer morning spent in the garden of Holly's Victorian house in Stoke Newington, taking pictures of cakes. It doesn't get much better than this in my books! The Floury was founded by Holly in 2015 and makes wonderful cakes and baked goods using mainly seasonal and local ingredients whenever possible. Not only beautiful, but also made with much love, The Floury bakes everything from gorgeous bespoke wedding cakes to delicious birthday brownies. Inspired by the countryside, greenery, flowers and simple living- The Floury's unique aesthetic and mindful approach to baking makes it truly one-of-a-kind and very inspiring indeed.
After a hectic week, going on a weekend retreat with the Secret Yoga Club at the beautiful Knowlton Court was exactly what I needed. Two days filled with yoga, creative workshops, amazing food and wonderful people I came back to London feeling calmer, more mindful and truly relaxed. Some things are good for the soul and this retreat was definitely one of them...
I love the blend of faith, serendipity and luck in life and somehow believe that things don't just 'happen'. There's a purpose to all the people we meet in life, some stay only for a little while to teach us something and some people change your life forever. This is the beauty of life.
I was so pleasantly surprised to find out (via Instagram of all places) that Hana Hybs lives just a couple of doors down from me in the same building, on the same floor. I love the creative process of everything handmade and ceramics in particular, so after looking at Hana's beautifully crafted ceramics online I was dying to see them in person and of course to meet the maker behind them. Hana invited me over to her workspace/ studio/ living space and now we are working on a little ceramic collaboration together- soon available in my webshop.
Working with a variety of clays and porcelain, Hana works with small batches of mainly one-offs. Describing her work as 'modest considered pieces that last' I couldn't agree more and can't wait to share more pictures of her work from our upcoming collaboration. To see more of Hana's work and to buy her ceramics visit throwlikeagirl.co.uk