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David Hockney Inspired Interior Design

// Shop the look: fig.1 | fig.2 | fig.3 | fig.4 | fig.5 As a color lover, David Hockney’s work never fails to inspire. His use of color has inspired me from everything from fashion to decor, leading me to color palettes I couldn’t even have dreamed of if it wasn’t for his saturated works. David Hockney’s new retrospective at the Tate Britain has me itching to grab my passport, jump on a flight to London and soak up some color inspiration through the twelve(!) rooms that are showing his art. From aqua blues to coral pinks and everything in between, Hockney’s classic hues are guaranteed to brighten up the darkest of February days – and as it’s been overcast and wet for much of this week in New York City I felt it couldn’t be more fitting to feature some David Hockney inspired interior design! The Kairos Collective have a series of lighting, accessories soft furnishings and furniture that are perfect for inviting a splash of David Hockney inspired interior design into your home. From the spectrum of hues seen in the shell beach rug to the use of graphic color and shape in the indigo two pillow, these […]

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Six of The Best Colorful Couch Designs

Remember the cover of my first book? It featured one of my favorite London apartments and the yellow couch that graced the cover was a hit well beyond the four walls of my home! Even though the book came out almost four years ago, I still get emails from readers asking me where it’s from. So it’s safe to say that colorful couch designs are still super popular! The great thing about colorful couch designs is that they don’t have to be shockingly bright (although that works too!), but can be quietly colorful and still add a punch of personality to a room. I just bought a pastel pink couch for the living room of my New York City apartment (expect a room tour very soon!) and it inspired me to do my latest six of the best round up on colorful couch designs that would work for a variety of design tastes. You name it, from modern to traditional and club to classic, there’s a colorful couch for you! Let me know which is your favorite? Do you have a colorful couch at home that you love? Check out the details on each of the six and where to […]

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10 Scenes From The Weekend

It felt like spring finally arrived in New York City this past weekend. The blue sky was boundless; the first blossom buds started to open; sidewalks felt wider as stores removed their winter wind and snow blockers; restaurants opened their doors and placed tables out front; and the parks were alive with chatter and play. In many ways it felt like the city had awoken from its long winter slumber. And it felt good. Real good. My heart mate and I spent most of the weekend outdoors. We cleaned our apartment, worked out and then jumped on Citi Bikes to cycle across the city. Here are ten things that made me smile over the weekend… 1. Catching the East River Ferry from Manhattan to Brooklyn for the first time this season. It’s my favorite way to move between the boroughs – just look at that skyline view! Nine more highlights after the jump! 2. The beautiful spring weather called for a suitably spring-y outfit, so I paired my new botanical garden chinos with this millennial pink sweatshirt. The sweater actually matches the sofa in my living room – take the tour!3. Speaking of pretty pinks…I loved seeing the first blossoms […]

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Ravishing Rattan: IKEA Stockholm 2017

I’m wholeheartedly dedicated to being an IKEA geek. Like, so much so that I bought three books about the company and their design history to read when I was in the store last week. Remember this infographic I shared with unexpected IKEA stats back in 2013? And then there was the time I went behind the scenes of the IKEA catalog photo studio, too. Fascinating! Many may turn their nose up at the Swedish megastore but I’ve long championed the store. I appreciate how my relationship with the brand and it’s furniture has endured through the various stages of my life to date. Sure, I look back on the tiny bookcases and chests of drawers I bought for my university bedroom knowing I would never buy those pieces now. Yet, they served the exact purpose I needed back then. Since then, I’ve gone onto include many pieces of IKEA furniture in my various apartments, both in London and New York City, and they’ve always served me well. Not only that, but they often are the pieces that garner the most compliments and visitors are shocked to discover that they are from IKEA. I think it’s a common misconception that they […]

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10 Recent Design Adventures & Inspirations

First up, I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who got in touch both publicly and privately to express support, understanding and kind words in response to my recent post that reflected on the highs and lows of my twenties. Your readership and friendship is much appreciated! I may only be a little over a week into my thirties but I’ve started to make in-roads on some of my hopes for this next decade. Stay tuned for some exciting updates every soon! In the week since I returned from a short vacation in Mexico with my husband, I’ve been busy working on spring design updates to my apartment (don’t miss the daily updates in my Instagram story!), as well as various design events across New York City. So I’m jumping in today to share some of the design inspirations that caught my eye in my adventures this past week. 1. First up is the most exciting piece of press I’ve ever received – a profile of my career to date in the Sunday Styles section of the New York Times! The piece was in print last Sunday and can be read online, too.It was such an honor […]

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David Hockney Inspired Interior Design

// Shop the look: fig.1 | fig.2 | fig.3 | fig.4 | fig.5 As a color lover, David Hockney’s work never fails to inspire. His use of color has inspired me from everything from fashion to decor, leading me to color palettes I couldn’t even have dreamed of if it wasn’t for his saturated works. David Hockney’s new retrospective at the Tate Britain has me itching to grab my passport, jump on a flight to London and soak up some color inspiration through the twelve(!) rooms that are showing his art. From aqua blues to coral pinks and everything in between, Hockney’s classic hues are guaranteed to brighten up the darkest of February days – and as it’s been overcast and wet for much of this week in New York City I felt it couldn’t be more fitting to feature some David Hockney inspired interior design! The Kairos Collective have a series of lighting, accessories soft furnishings and furniture that are perfect for inviting a splash of David Hockney inspired interior design into your home. From the spectrum of hues seen in the shell beach rug to the use of graphic color and shape in the indigo two pillow, these […]

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Six of The Best Colorful Couch Designs

Remember the cover of my first book? It featured one of my favorite London apartments and the yellow couch that graced the cover was a hit well beyond the four walls of my home! Even though the book came out almost four years ago, I still get emails from readers asking me where it’s from. So it’s safe to say that colorful couch designs are still super popular! The great thing about colorful couch designs is that they don’t have to be shockingly bright (although that works too!), but can be quietly colorful and still add a punch of personality to a room. I just bought a pastel pink couch for the living room of my New York City apartment (expect a room tour very soon!) and it inspired me to do my latest six of the best round up on colorful couch designs that would work for a variety of design tastes. You name it, from modern to traditional and club to classic, there’s a colorful couch for you! Let me know which is your favorite? Do you have a colorful couch at home that you love? Check out the details on each of the six and where to […]

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David Hockney Inspired Interior Design

// Shop the look: fig.1 | fig.2 | fig.3 | fig.4 | fig.5 As a color lover, David Hockney’s work never fails to inspire. His use of color has inspired me from everything from fashion to decor, leading me to color palettes I couldn’t even have dreamed of if it wasn’t for his saturated works. David Hockney’s new retrospective at the Tate Britain has me itching to grab my passport, jump on a flight to London and soak up some color inspiration through the twelve(!) rooms that are showing his art. From aqua blues to coral pinks and everything in between, Hockney’s classic hues are guaranteed to brighten up the darkest of February days – and as it’s been overcast and wet for much of this week in New York City I felt it couldn’t be more fitting to feature some David Hockney inspired interior design! The Kairos Collective have a series of lighting, accessories soft furnishings and furniture that are perfect for inviting a splash of David Hockney inspired interior design into your home. From the spectrum of hues seen in the shell beach rug to the use of graphic color and shape in the indigo two pillow, these […]

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Six of The Best Colorful Couch Designs

Remember the cover of my first book? It featured one of my favorite London apartments and the yellow couch that graced the cover was a hit well beyond the four walls of my home! Even though the book came out almost four years ago, I still get emails from readers asking me where it’s from. So it’s safe to say that colorful couch designs are still super popular! The great thing about colorful couch designs is that they don’t have to be shockingly bright (although that works too!), but can be quietly colorful and still add a punch of personality to a room. I just bought a pastel pink couch for the living room of my New York City apartment (expect a room tour very soon!) and it inspired me to do my latest six of the best round up on colorful couch designs that would work for a variety of design tastes. You name it, from modern to traditional and club to classic, there’s a colorful couch for you! Let me know which is your favorite? Do you have a colorful couch at home that you love? Check out the details on each of the six and where to […]

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My Story So Far: Reflecting On The Last Decade

My 30th birthday is fast approaching (March 14th!) and it’s kind of snuck up on me. The last three years of my life have been a whirlwind of major work and personal moments, from publishing my books to getting married, and then emigrating to another country. So, it was only as we entered 2017 that I realized this year signals the start of a new decade for me. As with any milestone birthday I’ve started to reflect upon what’s next, so I took the last few weeks to think back over my twenties – what went great, what didn’t go so well and how I hope to grow and improve in the next decade. Here’s the thing. Over the past month I’ve realized that I’ve never felt better than right here and now: I’m confident in who I am; I’m finally recognizing it’s OK to be proud of my achievements; I’m more aware than ever of my shortcomings and what I can do to be a better person – both for myself and those in my life; and I’m comfortable in the state of my relationships with my loved ones. Yet, it’s not always been that way. I think because […]

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Relax in Nature With a Cozy Swing Bed

Ever thought how a swing bed would make your Sunday evenings more comfortable? Yes a swing is always nice to lie down and soak the sun, but a comfortable swing bed will definitely be a better idea. You could very easily install such a bed, in your backyard and not even worry about the sunlight. […]

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Build a Kitchen Island with Pantry Storage

If you have a tiny kitchen, yet wish to make the most of the limited space that you have, and then this idea will be brilliant for you. Making a mobile kitchen island will definitely save you a lot of space, while being a multipurpose piece of furniture. Such an island is exceptionally cool as […]

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David Hockney Inspired Interior Design

// Shop the look: fig.1 | fig.2 | fig.3 | fig.4 | fig.5 As a color lover, David Hockney’s work never fails to inspire. His use of color has inspired me from everything from fashion to decor, leading me to color palettes I couldn’t even have dreamed of if it wasn’t for his saturated works. David Hockney’s new retrospective at the Tate Britain has me itching to grab my passport, jump on a flight to London and soak up some color inspiration through the twelve(!) rooms that are showing his art. From aqua blues to coral pinks and everything in between, Hockney’s classic hues are guaranteed to brighten up the darkest of February days – and as it’s been overcast and wet for much of this week in New York City I felt it couldn’t be more fitting to feature some David Hockney inspired interior design! The Kairos Collective have a series of lighting, accessories soft furnishings and furniture that are perfect for inviting a splash of David Hockney inspired interior design into your home. From the spectrum of hues seen in the shell beach rug to the use of graphic color and shape in the indigo two pillow, these […]

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Six of The Best Colorful Couch Designs

Remember the cover of my first book? It featured one of my favorite London apartments and the yellow couch that graced the cover was a hit well beyond the four walls of my home! Even though the book came out almost four years ago, I still get emails from readers asking me where it’s from. So it’s safe to say that colorful couch designs are still super popular! The great thing about colorful couch designs is that they don’t have to be shockingly bright (although that works too!), but can be quietly colorful and still add a punch of personality to a room. I just bought a pastel pink couch for the living room of my New York City apartment (expect a room tour very soon!) and it inspired me to do my latest six of the best round up on colorful couch designs that would work for a variety of design tastes. You name it, from modern to traditional and club to classic, there’s a colorful couch for you! Let me know which is your favorite? Do you have a colorful couch at home that you love? Check out the details on each of the six and where to […]

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LEGO Inspired Kids Furniture Collection

What is the outcome when you combine simple puzzles along with the bed side furniture? It is none other than LEGO inspired furniture collection for kids. This entire collection is for the kids to have a guess at the puzzle and solve them. All this at the cost of simple furniture! LEGO has made this […]

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How to Build Your Own Pizza Oven

While many are of the opinion that eating pizza on a regular basis can be very hazardous to a person’s health, it is not the pizza but the ingredients which cause health issues. So if at all you are a pizza lover, then you can easily build a pizza oven at home and use organic […]

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David Hockney Inspired Interior Design

// Shop the look: fig.1 | fig.2 | fig.3 | fig.4 | fig.5 As a color lover, David Hockney’s work never fails to inspire. His use of color has inspired me from everything from fashion to decor, leading me to color palettes I couldn’t even have dreamed of if it wasn’t for his saturated works. David Hockney’s new retrospective at the Tate Britain has me itching to grab my passport, jump on a flight to London and soak up some color inspiration through the twelve(!) rooms that are showing his art. From aqua blues to coral pinks and everything in between, Hockney’s classic hues are guaranteed to brighten up the darkest of February days – and as it’s been overcast and wet for much of this week in New York City I felt it couldn’t be more fitting to feature some David Hockney inspired interior design! The Kairos Collective have a series of lighting, accessories soft furnishings and furniture that are perfect for inviting a splash of David Hockney inspired interior design into your home. From the spectrum of hues seen in the shell beach rug to the use of graphic color and shape in the indigo two pillow, these […]

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Carl Hansen NYC Showroom Tour

Those stylish Danes sure know how to make me smile when it comes to design. So, naturally, I was thrilled to learn that Carl Hansen & Son have opened their second showroom right here in New York City. Following on from their SoHo space, the brand have now headed into the Flatiron district for their new Carl Hansen NYC showroom. I love that the Danish brand decided to forgo the traditional approach to a showroom, opting instead to create an inspirational, loft-like apartment rather than a traditional showroom. Stuffy showrooms begone – I’m all about more informal environments when it comes to design! After all, you want your home to feel relaxing and personal, not buttoned up and formal, right? So, in my mind, the experience of shopping and designing your space should mirror that, too. Join me in taking a tour through the ‘apartment’ after the jump! Aside from being one of Scandinavia’s best-known brands, I’ve long admired Carl Hansen because they are the company behind some of the greatest furniture classics in Danish design history. From the classic furniture craftsmanship by Hans J. Wegner to modern classics from Ole Wanscher, Frits Henningsen and Kaare Klint, right through...

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10 Things I Learned & Loved This Weekend

How was your weekend, friends? I’m writing this from my sofa (TBH I’m still catching my breath after that incredible performance by GaGa at the Super Bowl – LOVED!) and I am relaxing with homemade pizza and red wine. My weekend took me all over the city included the three Bs: broadway, ballet and brunch – what’s more to love?! What made you smile this weekend? Check out my full list of ten weekend highlights after the jump! 1. A walk through the West Village isn’t complete unless I get a cookie from by CHLOE. So. Darn. Tasty! 2. On Saturday I was proud to rally for the rights of my LGBTQ+ brothers, sisters and allies. There’s a long road ahead and if you would like to find ways to help and support, please read this post.3. The blue sky weather on Saturday filled me with energy and life. As does a view of the One World Trade each and every time I see it.4. Can’t get enough of this Sandro coat. So comfy and perfect for layering.5. It doesn’t matter how many times I walk through the Oculus, the architecture always stops me in my tracks.6. Enjoyed a little […]

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Six of The Best Colorful Couch Designs

Remember the cover of my first book? It featured one of my favorite London apartments and the yellow couch that graced the cover was a hit well beyond the four walls of my home! Even though the book came out almost four years ago, I still get emails from readers asking me where it’s from. So it’s safe to say that colorful couch designs are still super popular! The great thing about colorful couch designs is that they don’t have to be shockingly bright (although that works too!), but can be quietly colorful and still add a punch of personality to a room. I just bought a pastel pink couch for the living room of my New York City apartment (expect a room tour very soon!) and it inspired me to do my latest six of the best round up on colorful couch designs that would work for a variety of design tastes. You name it, from modern to traditional and club to classic, there’s a colorful couch for you! Let me know which is your favorite? Do you have a colorful couch at home that you love? Check out the details on each of the six and where to […]

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Charming Necklace Preserve Flowers in Pendants

These exquisite pieces of jewelry created by designer and artist Paula Schiau will take you within a fairy tale. These lovely necklaces and their pendants evoke a very strong sense of romance, which is why they are just the perfect gift for any woman. The designer handpicks dried flowers after which the flowers are encapsulated […]

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How To Grow Tomato Plants In Buckets

If you would like  to eat delicious tomatoes during whole year, you should grow your own tomatoes yourself. They are not always fresh and tasty tomatoes bought from store. At the same time they can be expensive if imported from abroad. If you don’t want to spend your money on things you can also grow at […]

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Chandeliers Made Out of Recycled Bike Parts

Bicycles are useful and also not harming the environment. They are still being perfect for providing an efficient way of moving you around the city. On the other hand if we talk about decorating the home. Maybe you already know some parts of an old bike are used in anydecorations and DIY projects. In this post […]

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DIY Owl Stone Painting

Today I bring you some examples of a stone can give more than a stone, especially if you have a little imagination and colorful paintings. After seeing these examples, you can be encouraged and may want to enter painting. Here are some useful tips if you are going to paint stones: Uses stones preferably of […]

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Norway’s Polar Night

Between Christmas and New Year I took a week off work to head on vacation in Northern Norway. One cab, three flights and a bus journey later and I had made it from New York to Alta, Norway. If you were following along with my Instagram Story then you’ll know that when I landed at 2pm in the afternoon it was pitch black. This was because I was visiting the region in the middle of their ‘Polar Night’. Norway’s Polar Night is a period of time between November 25th and January 19th where the sun doesn’t rise above the horizon. I was excited to experience this phenomenon, and I’m pleased I did (and also very pleased I only had to experience it for three days; it’s intense!). Each day at around 11am the sky would start to gently glow – as long as it wasn’t snowing – and there would be around an hour of this faint glow before the sky would start to glow pink from below the horizon line, which is a bit like that moment just after the sun disappears from view in a normal sunset. One one of the days the whole sky lit up in […]

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A Morning in SoHo, NYC

One of my favorite things about living in New York City is the knowledge that there’s always a new place or area in the city to explore. Whether you wander through a neighborhood that’s well-trodden or take the path less travelled to an unexplored corner of the city, you can count on finding a new coffee shop, restaurant, gallery or store to inspire you. To celebrate Club Monaco adding menswear to their flagship store on Broadway in SoHo I spent a morning in the area to make a mini guide to SoHo, NYC. Check out my favorite places from this popular part of town in my guide to SoHo, NYC after the jump! MAMAN Maman is tucked away in a relatively quiet enclave off busy Centre Street, making it the ideal tonic to the hustle and bustle of SoHo. They serve family-inspired recipes from the South of France and North America, bringing to life both savory and sweet childhood favorites. They source their ingredients locally and the coffee is divine. Run, don’t walk – it’s the perfect place to fuel up for some shopping!For my explorations around SoHo I wore this Club Monaco outfit, which quite possibly the best fitting […]

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19 Colorful & Affordable Art Websites

It’s no secret that I love art; nor that I adore gallery walls. In fact, I think colorful art is one of the best ways to imprint your personality on your space. While some people have a weakness for shoes or bags, mine is with art. Confession time: the space under my bed is full with prints and artworks from previous apartments that I can’t bare to part with or sell. I know (hope!) that one day I’ll own my own place with more space than a one-bedroom apartment so I can hang them all again. Having navigated (enjoyed!) this addiction for many a year now, I’m well versed with where to find my latest hit of colorful art from affordable art websites. You name one and there’s a high chance I’ve bought a piece from it! So, today I’ve rounded up 19 colorful and affordable art websites that are great to have in your decorating back pocket when you are looking to add a splash of color and personality to your home! 1. U Gallery: Of course my love of the coast and all things nautical led my eye straight to this photographic print, Fish Shacks Spring Thaw by […]

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Morning Rituals

Here’s the thing. Last year, I fell into a pretty bad habit when it came to my morning routine. You see, as gorgeous as the old Brownstone apartment that I lived in for the majority of last year was, it had some downsides, too. One of the major ones was the heat: the steam heat in the building was locked on and so the apartment was always uncomfortably hot. The apartment was located at the top of the brownstone, with the bedroom reached via a spiral staircase that was open to the living space below. I know, I know, it all sounds very “New York sitcom apartment-esq” – and it was charming to look at, just not to live in as the bedroom was like a furnace all year. This meant that I found my sleep pattern to be totally off: I would toss and turn all night, usually only falling asleep in the early hours of the morning. As a result, I would wake much later than I liked, feeling groggy, hot and, well, far from refreshed when I did. That’s why moving into our new apartment last Fall felt like a total 180 on quality of life as […]

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How To Workout Anywhere

Almost every time I post a picture on my Instagram feed from one of my travels someone will ask me how I workout on-the-go when I’m away from home. The truth is, it’s not always easy to fit in a full workout everyday like I try to do five to six times a week when I’m at home in NYC. Schedules are changed, timezones are different, meetings need to be taken and routines are disrupted. Lack of routine – that’s what gets in the way of a consistent workout schedule. The moment I developed a routine for my workouts and planned them into my day-to-day I found myself working out much more regularly and the results started to show. But that didn’t stop the issue of keeping on track while on the road. So, I started to approach my exercise routine differently when traveling compared to how I workout at home. Instead of trying to fit in formal fitness classes, spin, weights sessions and so on, I decided to take elements of those classes that I could do anywhere. This left me with a simple, quick and, importantly, no-equipment-needed exercise routine. The best part about this workout anywhere guide is […]

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