Category: Trends

It’s a wrap..

Who thought granny squares could look so chic? Or the joy of vintage and handmade mashed so beautifully into lustful street style? Bring on the most wanted piece this winter..

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Love, look and laugh. Hopefully coming to a charity shop near you..

Laters, Kate x

Illusions x

It’s a mad old time at the moment – both kids starting new schools, husband working away from home during the week, scaffolding up, decorators in both inside and out. It does mean Bella’s room is finally being decorated – more on that later.  But making the final decisions in consultation with her has meant much pinning on Pinterest. First there’s been finding the line between what she wants now versus what I believe would stand the test of time and take her through her teenage years…an interesting discussion.  But there’s also been a feeling of walking between a real world and an imaginary one and reaching a point where the two seem to collide into a strange reality.  As we’ve both been pinning and sharing inspiration it’s become more and more obvious that what looks good isn’t always practical, and if it isn’t practical, does it deserve it’s title of good? Take the kids room above, an eclectic vision of white pepped with colour and texture.  But the ladder..why?

At first glance this is a minimalists wet dream with toys framed beautifully to catch the eye like tempting abstract art.  Except how can a child reach them? Stand on the rocking chair? Maybe borrow the ladder from the picture above?

Same problem here.  Except don’t you look at all of these and feel sorry for the kids? The toys are so carefully chosen and exceptionally curated, not because they’re fun to play with but because they’ll photograph well, give the right image..this is a sickness that is contagious..

Or else you’ll get the room where there aren’t any toys at all.  Because..well..playing is just so overrated isn’t it? Far better for kids to just to suck it up that they’re going adults and get used to it, perception over substance, pretence over truth, the new modern dream…maybe I need to go and live with the Amish..or not! But embracing what is beautiful and what is practical seems a basic, honest step…

 

Laters, Kate x

White on..

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There are some things that even science still can’t explain..

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Past bathroom trends: Curiously overstated, flamboyant, slapstick and in your face.

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But maybe it wasn’t so bad…maybe we’ve now gone too much the other way – found the plot but lost the fun?

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Because yes, there was holy chaos…but take away the shag pile carpets, soften the saturated colour..and the essence of something special is in there..

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Hidden in plain view, the traces are lovely…

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This is the Maida Vale sink by Fired Earth, available in aqua, yellow and navy.

Wide-eyed bewilderment in this goofy praise of avocado? Keep watching – the tide marks are turning…

Laters, Kate x

Smoking x

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Remember Granby? They haven’t stopped evolving since winning the Turner Prize last year.  Even better, much of what they do totally feeds into the Future Candy trend – that perfect sweet spot of imperfection.

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These are their unique ceramic tiles created by smoking in a BBQ for 12 hours with sawdust, newspaper and banana skins.

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The effect is tantalising, like you’ve taken something light and let it go daaaaaark.

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Thank goodness for moral depravity.

Laters, Kate x

The Big Idea x

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The passing of time is nothing more than the feeling we get as our brains shift and shunt sensory information into the holding chamber of memories.  It’s a bit like trends – they push their way to the forefront..and disappear again.  Although some like the modern kitchen with all it’s multiple matching cupboards has literally become like the expected signposts on a motorway – totally predictable.  Except I think it’s changing.

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It’s partly to do with the resurgence of the larder, and partly with the joy of glass: Because things behind glass are not messy my friend, but artistic.

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Whatever it is, the big cupboard is making noise.

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Size does matter.

Laters, Kate x

Clip Art x

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Sometimes it’s the little things in life that make the biggest impact: Take the Tiny Homes movement sweeping across America quietly proving that small can mean freedom.  They’re also icons of great design where every square inch counts.

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This is a Tiny Home from Portland that just sings with love and clever details.

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Just because it’s compact, doesn’t mean it has to be modern.

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It puts a smile on your face.

Laters, Kate x

Future Candy x

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The future doesn’t eat, but it does draw you in with it’s promise of change and difference.

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If I could predict a future trend it would be a move away from regular pattern and symmetry.

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Not an easy concept to pull off: How do you make something cohesive whilst embracing chaos?

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Except it’s that perfect imperfect sweet spot that makes it so very tasty.

Bon appetit.

Laters, Kate x