HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Halloween2One more day and counting till Halloween, so I went online and found a few inspiring pictures to get in the mood. It’s not the big deal here that it is in the States, but in the past few years Dutch retailers have caught on and you know what that means? The kids know about it. And when they kids know about it, they won’t let us forget! Continue reading

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TAKE IT LIKE A MAN

Men2The current line-up of oversized coats has me in a state of perpetual bemusement. No matter how often I see all those huge overcoats, whether in black, camel, print or Carven’s baby pink version, I just can’t seem to get on board with the trend. The massive, sloping shoulders and shapeless silhouettes, often executed in an unforgiving hard wool, remind me of men’s fashion circa 1950. And it’s not even worn ironically, as is the case in the picture above. Continue reading

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SWEAT IT OUT

Sweats3You can hardly walk into a store these days without running into a rack of statement sweatshirts. From the designer boutique to the market stall, there they are: those ultra comfy, jersey pajama-worthy items that you would never have been caught dead in outside of your house or the gym are now being worn together with pencil skirts and killer heels. Whether it be a big, cheeky shout-out, a colourful print of a wild animal (no points for guessing who) or beading and rhinestones, sweats are BIG right now! Continue reading

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DESIGN CRUSH: JEFFREY BILHUBER

Bilhuber2So here’s someone I haven’t talked about before, but on whom I have a major design crush: Jeffrey Bilhuber. This New York based designer counts Anna Wintour and Iman and David Bowie among his clients. I remember, back in my Beige Period, I saw the image below of the sun room done in shades of muted coral and beige, and I promptly fell in love with the room and the designer, whom I had never heard of at the time. The beauty of Bilhuber’s work is that, as my design aesthetic has changed and my colour choices have become bolder, so have his. Continue reading

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INSPIRATIONAL PEOPLE WE LOVE: EMILIE KRÖNER

EmilieKronerLast week we took a trip to Amsterdam to visit Emilie Kröner, an interior designer turned ceramics designer with a twist, whose brainchild Piselli Projects is making waves in the design world. The first project consists of a series of all white table accessories called ‘White Animal Life’, which were inspired by 17th and 18th century animals featured on tureens as decoration. The oversized napkin holders, carafe’s, salt and pepper shakers and salt and vinegar dispensers – all in the shape of wildlife – are excellent ice-breakers at a dinner party, which is exactly what Emilie was going for when she dreamed them up. Continue reading

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