I strongly believe it`s important to celebrate the seasons even in your home interiors; surrounding yourself with decorative objects that mark the annual calendar will make you feel more connected to nature and in the end, make you enjoy your time at home a bit more.
As the summer is approaching we have selected for you 5 gorgeous additions to your home that will bring summer in.
Handmade from twined paper, these braided lampshades by FermLiving will add a natural and rustic look to any room. Ideal for a living room as well as a bedroom.
2) SUMMERY PRINTS
We recently introduced you London based – with Australian roots – brands Olli Ella. This season we love their prints – the Cacti and the super trendy Monstera. The pastels colours will add a soft, relaxing touch. Great for kids bedroom, home office.
Our Belly baskets – panier boules – fair made from seagrass by Olli Ella are such a versatile and fun addition to your home. Use them as planters, magazine storage, toy storage or bring them with you at the farmer market!
Beautiful graphic wallpapers are such an impactful way of bringing vibrancy and visual interest to your interior design. And this is especially true of Scandinavian brand ferm LIVING’s range of striking and easy-to-hang wallpaper designs, which can instantly transform a child’s room into a life-sized illustrated storybook. Created by Danish graphic designer Trine Anderson, the contemporary prints awash walls with colourful yet calming hues and quirky patterns that, although engenders a sense of childish innocence, appeals to adults and may ‘grow’ with the child as they enter from adolescence to teens. Using big vibrant patterns, of course, needn’t be daunting; the key thing to remember is, when using busy patterns, to temper this with flecks of plain soft textiles in your trappings as well as furniture with clean, sleek edges.
This Harlequin design has been incorporated effectively into the room. The adjacent wall is white and softens the visual busyness of the patterns. A swathe of sleek plain fabric hanging from the ceiling to create a canopy offers respite from the repetitive graphics, and the furnishings – simple and white – complements the overall colour scheme. The white pop-pom style light injects further texture to the décor; a wonderful contrast to the crisp linear edges of the wallpaper and the surrounding furnishings.
This tepee and totem pole graphic paper is beautifully intricate yet, because of the simple black / white colour scheme, is rather subtle in overall effect. Again, simple and plain furniture with clean edges provides a pleasant contrast to the patterns. Other graphics are introduced via soft furnishings and provides a burst of colour to what is a generally muted and neutral colour scheme.
The white cloud patterns on this wallpaper design are soft yet striking; the pale grey/green hues create visual ambience and calm. This has been offset by accents of natural materials – from the dresser and wicker storage basket to the light wooden floors. Contrasting graphics provide a gentle and elegant clash of textures via cushions and patterned storage boxes.
A fantastic example of how big patterns can create a calming environment. These watercolour effect cacti delineated in light to deep mossy shades of green make a striking feature wall for a room. Once again, large patterns are shown to work effectively when complemented by simple furniture design. The plain yet textured floor gives the illusion of space and provides contrast to the bold wall design. A simple wooden rack and wicker storage basket adds natural touches to a very earthy colour scheme.
Large jungle scenic monochrome illustrations on this feature wall dominate the interior design and commands attention. This is a wall you can never tire looking at. The drawings are so beautifully intricate, and there is a lot of ‘action’ occurring in this scene. The power of the design speaks for itself and requires no further wall hangings or embellishments. Bursts of bold primary colours in the chair, sofa bed, cushions and table ornaments inject vibrancy into the room and provide a welcome contrast to an otherwise monochrome palette.
Wallpaper can add visual dynamism and life to an interior design. Contemporary styles are becoming bigger and bolder but not overpowering. It provides a striking backdrop to your furnishings and can make the smaller, more understated details of your interior design really stand out.
You can now view our latest collection of ferm LIVING wallpaper at E-Side.
Jewellery and homewares designer Helena Rohner’s Madrid family home is full of natural warmth, vibrancy and life.
Simplicity and elegance define her aesthetic, and this love and respect for the serenity and purity of lines is in inherent in her abode; an apartment that harnesses light and softens the effect with splashes of colour – a great example of modernity and nature working in perfect harmony with one another.
Each of the property’s balconies are filled with plants, with one even housing a small fountain with fish. Inside, Helena has created an interior design characterised by delicate ceramics, stoneware and wood – a wonderful celebration of natural materials.
A reading corner with floor to ceiling shelving and a simple chaise longue upholstered in grey marl and livened up with patterned cushions gives a nod to 70s retro design, while the floor retains its original elaborately tiled flooring.
Hallways are usually shrouded by shadows, but Helena’s seems to entrap rebounding light from the adjacent rooms, giving the illusion of space. White washed walls temper the cuboid geometry of the patterned flooring, with natural touches introduced by the distinctive bamboo grain of Henrik Thygesen and Sebastian Jorgensen’s SJ modular wall bookcase – a perfect way of adding splashes of colour and varying shapes into the overall scheme.
Neutral tones dominate the lounge, with textures creating visual interest to the interior design. Wooden floorboards are accentuated by the linear grain of a stone coloured rug and the crisp whiteness of the sofa, with further wooden notes brought into the mix by the natural frame of the oversized hanging wall art, coffee table and floor seat.
A bamboo Nomad Chair, a design inspired by the iconic Roorkhee chair, which was originally made for British military officers stationed in India and later reworked by Scandinavian designers Kaare Klint and Arne Norell, adds further natural modern touches to the simple interior.
If you want to recreate the look, swap fussy designs for the clean, streamlined look of Scandinavian-inspired furnishings, but add visual interest using splashes of colour and textured layers. Start by getting a hearty dose of modern interior inspiration at E-Side and browse our range of designer pieces from independent studios like Wedowood that pay homage to individual craftsmanship and the beauty of natural, sustainable materials.
Elegance is again being redefined to capture an earthy, simple and wholesome sort of minimalism in interior design. Homes this year have been embracing the elements, taking natural and rustic materials like wood, wicker, slate and stone and partnering it with a muted and white colour palette to create an environment of calm. And it is this very ambience that modern homes are really striking.
White seems to breathe in a crisp freshness to a room, amplifying light and giving the sensation and freedom of space. Furniture and trappings crafted from rustic salvaged or upcycled materials bring visual interest to such simplicity. Unmanufactured character and charm is manifested in irregularity and imperfections, and enhanced by the juxtaposition of pieces with clean, smooth lines.Scandinavian design is the epitome of understated elegance. White washed wood and nude wood offset the purity of the colour palette, which magnifies light. Homely touches of black and white framed prints, accents of greenery and wicker temper the brilliance, so that the effect is softer.
A white colour palette in the bathroom seems to aptly reflect its purpose: a room for ritualistic cleansing; an environment in which to relax, unwind and wash away the stresses of the day. Keep the area streamlined and uncluttered to maintain an ambience of simplicity and calm. Light naturally uplifts the soul, so introduce and trap in as much natural light as you can, if not through windows then through using mirrors. Exchange the harsh, jaundiced light of fluorescent bulbs for LED ones that provide soft and natural looking illumination.
This white, rustic, minimalist aesthetic is increasingly being seen in boutique hotels, engendering a ‘home from home’ feel. In this bathroom set, a natural wooden towel rail leans against the wall, its smooth yet crooked form fitting in well with the distressed reclaimed wood of the adjacent dado rail. Low wooden beamed ceilings soften the acoustics and the stone bathroom bench with a bowl-like basin give the interior an overall provincial feel.
Visual texture really comes to life in this bathroom. Mosaic effect tiles in differentiated muted and neutral tones next to the smooth Calacatta gold honed marble floors see two contrasting patterns unite without clashing. A swathe of billowy cotton fabric introduces softer textures against these hard materials alongside rustic shelving housing deep, fluffy towels also in white and stone colours. A dark solid wooden stool with contrasting honey and chocolate hued timber adds further natural touches to the interior design, while the bathroom’s globe-like papier-mache pendant light above the washbasin has a surface look reminiscent of parched cracked soil, adding further visual interest to the scheme and celebrating the irregular beauty of the handmade.
You can experiment and recreate the rustic, earthy, simple look in the home with our natural range here on E-Side – all beautiful, design-led furniture with a modern, minimalist yet rustic edge. You can also get further design inspiration on our Pinterest page.
The parents called in the help of kids’ design studio Krethaus to convert a traditional and childlike bedroominto an attractive dwelling for the eldest son. Inspired by a calm, simplistic modern aesthethic punctuated by accents of natural materials, the designers set to work in converting the space into a harmonious and relaxed environment.
The walls were painted in a warm gray remiscient of Farrow&Ball’s Manor House hue, offset by blonde wooden furniture and accessories – a gentle play on dark and light.
The high headboad of the distinctive Nido bed, crafted from Patagonian wood, becomes a striking feature in the room and looks decidedly grown-up. Accents of shape, colour and form are introduced to the simple design scheme using pure cotton textiles from Krethaus.
The crisp geometry of industrial design is tempered by the use of natural materials, such as this desk lamp produced by studio TAF Arkitektkontor created for the Danish label Muuto, and the ‘Bau pendant’ shade by Normann Copenhagen.
The ‘Maxxi’ table incorporates handy concealed storage within the tabletop’s surface so accessories are ready accessible and keeps the area clutter-free. The matching stool ‘Milk’is also crafted from Patagonian solid wood has a practical removable pencil holder. Meanwhile, the puzzle-like carpet by Krethaus is cut from natural felt.
Detail of pencil holders in Maxxi Table Desk by Kreathaus
The finished look is simple, young and stylish – fit for a teenager. The play on contrasting textures using natural materials gives further visual and tacticle interest to the overall scheme. Furniture design celebrates shape and form without being overpowering the interior and cleverly incorporates practical and design-led solutions for storing and displaying accessories.
When less is more. I strongly believe a home office needs to be clean, tidy, minimal, in order for you to relax and concentrate. In my browsing I found these lovely images of home offices. The all white interiors and natural tones are perfect to open your mind to fresh new ideas.
3daysofdesign is a design event based in Copenhagen, where more than 40 of the best design companies open their showrooms, stores and design institutions and invite the visitors inside for amazing experiences where furniture, lighting and design objects are the focal points.
During the last edition of 3 Days of Design – end of May 2015 – Danish housing brand Add a Room exhibited their ONE+ housing module. Designed by Lars Frank Nielsen, Danish architect and co-founder of Danish architect firm 3XN, the modular ONE+ is a compact house that can be linked together with other ONE+ modules to create larger living spaces.
Danish interior stylist Tine Mouritsen was responsible for interior styling the 20 square metres room module that can accommodate a family of four.
“When I was asked if I wanted to style and decorate the ONE+ module that was exhibited at 3 Days of Design, I thought, ‘I would love to!’ I did not need to think about it. I have admired the housing system for a long time—the concept and the simplicity by which it solves a need, the opportunities of positioning it in the landscape and the architecture. The challenge with decorating 20 square metres was not hard to solve as my overall idea was to create two zones—one for kids and one for adults—combined with an atmosphere of calmness and warmth through my choice of colours and composition of materials,” says Mouritsen.
Within the compact, flexible solutions found by Tine, the multifunctional IO Bunk Pod from IO Kids Design, a small fireplace designed by Danish designers Bo Bonfils and Jane Reumert. In addition, the ONE+ module was styled with furniture from Woud, lamps from Vasanthi and garden furniture from Trip Trap. This illustrates that it is possible to live well in small, engineered, constructed spaces.
According to Add a Room, the ONE+ modular housing system is energy efficient thanks to sustainable windows from Velfac, which feature aluminium outside and a wood profile inside, and a slim frame that lets in more natural daylight. ONE+ modules can be insulated to serve as either a summerhouse or a permanent house, both of which have electricity installed within the house. The dark kernel pine floors inside are aligned with a Superwood veranda floor.