Going Black in the Kitchen

I am in the mood for black kitchens. The color is so elegant especially when combined with wood – wooden floor, wooden table, wooden wall. The sleek black is also practical, as your guest might not notice that stain you forgot to clean!

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My dream kitchen. I would love to have a wood burning fireplace to cook my home made pizzas! According to Pinterest this is an outdoor kitchen.

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This glossy black kitchen  belongs to Canadian designer Anne Sophie Goneau. I love every inch of this ground-floor apartment in Montreal – more pictures available via Dezeen. Anne Sophie Goneau is not scared to use black and you might have seen her Patisserie La Folie work.

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White tiles in contrast with the black kitchen and Smeg fridge, for uncluttered look avoid wall cupboards. Image via Trendenser 

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Gorgeous and dramatic black tiles in the Paul Priestman`s kitchen – featured in House&Gardens. Lots of reclaimed materials run throughout this Northumberland farmhouse, the sink, for instance, is made from a stone trough.

Love Black? Check out our monochrome selection 

Make an Entrance: Hallway Deco Ideas

The hallway is the inner gateway to your abode. As well as being practical,  it’s the space for making a style statement.

I love hallways. It`s the first thing your guests see and it sets the mood of the whole house.

Hallways deserve to be stylish so here`s my 3 must-have :

  1. Mirrors –  multiply light and widens the room, giving the illusion of space. Position it opposite a window or door for maximum effect
  2. Seat Benches – perfect for perching while putting on shoes and stashing things away like brollies and wellies so the area is clutter-free. For bench with storage try Correlations Bench,  or opt for the cardboard and wood More Bench or the colorful Streep 
  3. Decorative Coat Hangars – make this a feature in its own right. Opt for practical, versatile designs that accommodate coats, hats and dog leads. Our Scoreboard Coat Hangar looks like a work of graphic art, and the pins can be positioned at different heights depending on what you’re hanging

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Hallway Modern
Trendy Graphical Apartment via http://www.sadecor.co.za/

hall 5Striking entrance hall. The mirror positioned opposite the window light up and widen the space. The gorgeous herringbone wooden floor match incredibly well the dark wall (for a similar color try Farrow and Ball Railings). A slim console for such a small space is a must. Consider as well wall hanged tops for extra space on the floor.

Collage Hallway We Do Wood

Same products, two different ways to style them. The Scoreboard Coat Hanger and the Correlations Bench with storage by WE:DO:WOOD in a Modern hallway compared to a raw Industrial one. Both items available in our store http://www.e-side.co.uk

Deco Alert: 1, 2, 3, Soleil

Yellow is my favorite colour and I am not scared to use it in my home. My open plan living room is a combination of White background, Grey (I`ve managed to finally buy four Emeco Broom chairs in Dark Grey) and spots of Yellow (my son Stokke high chair, cushions and kitchen accessories).

I would love to add more as Yellow is the colour of sun and happiness and when I spotted these images I immediately put them in my Pinterest board and definitely will go back to them when I will be able to afford a new, bigger house for my growing family!

I like to combine Yellow with Grey – rather than Black – but if you are keen on colours, Yellow looks great with Fuchsia and bright Green as well as Brown. Material wise I love Yellow with raw wood and exposed bricks. Have a look below and be inspired.

Kitchen table in Yellow,
Found on casa.abril.com.br
Found via http://www.lifestyleetc.co.uk/ showing Dulux color range. The Yellow is Sunflower Symphony 3 in combination with Labrador Sands 2
IO Bunk Pod by IO Kids Design available in store www.e-side.co.uk
Mina Panic founder of IO Kids Design – her daughters bedroom – IO Bunk Pod available in store http://www.e-side.co.uk
Yellow tiled shower room, Writer's Apartment by Sergi Pons Architects
Yellow tiled shower room, Writer’s Apartment by Sergi Pons Architects

Have a look in store for Brio Floor Lamp in Sun and Emeco Broom Stacking Chair in Yellow, suitable for outdoor. For the children bedroom, the amazing IO Bunk Pod, bunk bed and the Organic Cotton Teepee by Deuz.

Interior Crush: Apartment in Amsterdam

After several years of experience as a designer for the renowned Kelly Hoppen, James van der Velden set up his Interior Design Studio BRICKS in Amsterdam in 2010. For one of his client, BRICKS has created a wonderful apartment of a distinct style.

I like the combination of industrial elements – such as the kitchen lighting – with recycled touches: look at the amazing kitchen isle made of cement and recycled wooden planks. The vintage feeling of the kitchen is opposed to the contemporary and sleek living room. 

Brick Interior design
Amazing kitchen counter made of cement and recycled wooden planks.
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Sleek and contemporary living room


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Love the detail of the stairs – Excellent Idea to Copy

Brick Interior design 4images via http://www.bricksamsterdam.com/



Deco Alert: The Art of Display

Collections are not for closets. If you have bought something you love, you want to show it off. So don`t be afraid to take out your personal collection and surround yourself with it. 

Displaying is an art. So think about it carefully before hanging out your precious things.  You can place your items, take a picture, and try different layouts, till you are happy with it.

Surround yourself of what you love: even if your pieces aren`t expensive or valuable, they are still part of you and you can create a nice display that will light up your home, create a focal point and create a unique space.

Think outside the box:  I have selected from Pinterest some images that I am sure will inspire you. As you can see you do not need to perfectly align your collection.

Dreamcatcher, The Art of Display
Giant, raw, triangle-shaped dream-catcher made of driftwood, recycled fishing netting, hemp, jute, and cotton string, available on Etsy from Hummusbird
Display of Hats
Vertical Hat Display. Each hat appears to be clipped to a ribbon hanging from the picture rail. via apartmenttherapy.com
Portraits Display
Display of vintage portraits via anabundanceof.tumblr.com/
the art of display
The Murwillumbah studio of textile artist Helle Jorgensen. Photo – Toby Scott via http://thedesignfiles.net/

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Garden Inspirations with Emeco

We love Emeco chairs. I am sure you know the iconic Emeco 111 Navy in recycled Aluminium , and the version made of recycled PET using Coca-Cola bottles. Emeco has launched as well a few years back a chair called Broom made of an innovative material  made from 75% waste polypropylene and 15% reclaimed wood fiber that would normally be swept into the trash. Designed by Philippe Starck the Broom chairs are getting noticed and becoming an iconic piece of design like the brother Emeco 111 Navy.

Most of you may not know that Emeco chairs are design for indoor and outdoors. And I am pleased to have found via Pinterest some wonderful images of garden / patio areas dressed up with the Emeco chairs. Have a look and be inspired!

Emeco 111 Navy Red lifestyle garden patio

Emeco 111 Navy in Red available in store http://www.e-side.co.uk – image via Pinterest

Emeco 111 Navy in White, available in store http://www.e-side.co.uk – image via Pinterest
Emeco Broom Chair designed by Philippe Starch, available in store http://www.e-side.co.uk – image via Pinterest

All Emeco chairs and stools are available in store http://www.e-side.co.uk. For more information get in touch via customercare@e-side.co.uk or tel. +44 01494 616081

Deco Alert: Wonder Wicker

Still freezing outside but if like me you are already thinking about spring here a trendy way to spruce up our home for the milder weather. Lately I`ve seen an increased number of wicker funiture and lighting.  The traditional craft of weaving meets modern shapes and I  love the result. Have a look here:

Distressed walls and bamboo wicker chairs
image via Petite Passport – http://petitepassport.com/

Take inspirations from store Portrait in Raamvest, Haarlem (Holland), pictured above.  Distressed unfinished walls  and wicker bamboo lounge chairs for a relax area to socialize with friends.

Wicker Lighting
image via http://www.sacramentostreet.com/

Natural material for the above lampshades made of rattan.


Fabulous Vintage Mid Century Wicker Basket Chair available on Etsy!

Meet-the-Wicker-Set by Chudy / Grase studio

Design studio Chudy / Grase have created a lovely collection called “Meet the Wicker” . By combining the traditional craft with the industrial metal frame the project aims to go away from the crafty look of wicker weaving and instead reinterprets the plants core values. The result is a series of fab modern pieces.


Even Ikea has launched a collection of rattan furniture and accessories. The limited edition NIPPRIG range, made from renewable natural materials, is a collaboration between local artisans of Vietnam and Indonesia. The collection includes chairs, containers, decorative rugs, and we like the introduction of bright colors.