Monday Mint

For this week’s Monday Motivation when the Mercury is hitting +30C on a regular bases mint feels like the perfect cooling colour. Like the swimsuit Attila from Three Graces. Just add a pool and a glass full of clinking ice cubes and liquid of choice.

The old renovated shoe box factory in Shoreditch, London follows today’s theme. It has been transformed into a modern home with some fresh looking features like the mint coloured walls that works surprisingly well with the concrete grey.The-Beldi-Shoreditch-High-Street-London-E1-37-1-1200x800The built-in bench under the windows is the perfect way to add both siting and shelf Just space. And take a closer look at the details, like the big ceramic urn and the lighting.

The colour reminds me of Prada stores back in the late 90s. At that time they always had a pale mint green as a major interior feature.Mint homeHolding on to that shoe thing with mules from Swedish Acne. They will spice up almost any outfit.

And then it’s that little detail. The pink tip of the heel.

Mint with a hint of pink. My kind of Monday candy.

P.s. Just discovered long-time favourite designer Carin Rodebjer’s first drop for AW18. She apparently has mint on her mind as well. The versatile tunic dress will work with or without pants. D.s.

Jade green pointed toe mule, £330 by Acne. Swimsuit Attila, £170 by Three Graces. Tunic dress Trisola, €325, by Rodebjer. Perfumes $125, by Coqui Coqui.

Take a walk on the pier side

A long pier stretching out into the sea.

Like the tide, it’s a quintessential British coastal feature. IMG_0031As a kid I dreamed about a English language study trip to England. In the catalogues photos of young smiling people, palm trees, piers and pubs in Hastings and Blackpool was just the right amount of exoticism that I as a 13-14 year old could wish for.

Unfortunately I never got the chance to go on that teenage trip.

IMG_0041It was not until this year I finally made my way to a classic, English pier.

And the timing couldn’t have been better.

Still off-season in late April. But sunny and warm. And it was Friday afternoon.

IMG_0025 2IMG_0060IMG_0074On the board walk and the beach people was just switching to weekend mode taking a beer and lighting their barbecues.

Sea gulls surfing above and people laughing in the sun chairs.

Slowly the sun sunk into the ocean. The sea and sky was one in an enchanted haze.IMG_0050 2Pier perfect.

The Brighton Palace Pier, commonly known as Brighton Pier or the Palace Pier is a Grade II listed pleasure pier. Opening in 1899, the 525 meter long pier is the 8th longest one in England and still going strong with around 4 millions visitors yearly. Easy access from London by train or car. 

 

 

 

Swashbuckling in Shoreditch

London still basking in temperatures around +30 means my dress code is quite simple. As loose fitting clothes as possible and natural fibres such as linen, cotton and silk makes the tube trip a little bit more bearable.

My go-to heatwave choice is always a dress. Loose skirts or shorts are stand-ins. But today was “chilly” with just +17-18C or so in the morning. Therefore this became Trousers Tuesday, paring an old pair of tapered linen trousers with a pin-striped breezy ballon-sleeved blouse.

The blouse in airy cotton (still in stock when writing this) is a real steal for just £17 at H&M. Comfy wedges and loafers takes me from work to concert night.

My new Jumbo Hemp bag from Australian brand Dharma Door adds some relaxed, boho vibes. This versatile piece is handmade by fair trade artisans in Bangladesh.

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The natural fibre allows the bag to stretch as it fills, accommodating a surprising volume of goodies. Like that extra pair of shoes, the large water bottle, my “no-make-up make-up survival kit” and all other necessary stuff for a long day out.

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Pinstriped natural white/dark blue blouse, H&M. Ink blue linen trousers, Weekday AW11. Wedges COS, probably SS11. Suede blue dotted loafers, Surface to Air, SS12. Dark blue diary, Liberty. Jumbo Hemp bag, Dharma Door.

The Heatwave Haven

At our townhouse we have what our neighbour describe as a “mature garden”. If you want to be positive that means a lush plethora of trees and shrubs that creates a lovely frame and backdrop for our north facing plot.

And the overall wonky feeling with all it’s imperfections is both charming and forgiving. Perfect for me, the lazy gardener. IMG_0577Adding some reality facts, it’s also a garden that no one has done as much as cutting a dead branch in for quite some time. So when we moved in it was an unpruned, over-grown green beast.

Now 18 months later we have at least done the most urgent trimming and cutting. But since we’re renting and not planning to stay here for more than a couple of years, we are following the strict pot plan. Meaning, just adding potted plants to strategic places.

Oh, there’s one exception! The small patio at the the back end of the garden. I will return to that one in an upcoming garden post.IMG_0426The part closest to the house is in shadow almost 24/7, so that’s not the spot for basking in the summer sun. For us it was just the transit on our way out to the sun.

But that was before the Brittish scorcher summer of 2018.

From being a constant sun-seeker (spf, check!) and trying to work as much as possible outdoors in the summer,  I have found myself facing a quite new problem. Where to sit when it’s too hot to handle the sun?

So now finally, that leads us to this post’s real content – the transformation of that “useless”all day shaded spot.

It’s framed by one of the house’s brick walls on one side and a really old fence on the other. This creates an inviting room like feeling to it. Also it’s blurring the lines between in and outdoors. A feature that I always favoured in architecture.

Luckily it happens to have neutral, big sand coloured tiles adding to that indoor feeling. So with that “conservatory canvas” to work with it was not that such a big task to do the decorating.

Being into rattan for some years now and wanting to be able to mix and match all garden furniture for different settings, I decided to stick to the same furniture as on the other patio, the Mastholmen from IKEA.

IMG_0533After moving some pots from other parts of the garden and using our Röshult Urban fire basket as a big plant box our new green room was sorted.

By the way, the terracotta pot from Arket (below) is a new favourite. With it’s minimalistic design it let’s the plants do the talking. IMG_0554Still need to fix the lighting tough. Lanterns and candles always does the trick to amp up the cosy factor. And also will add an old lighting chain.

The Santa Cole new battery version of the now classic Cestita lamp designed in 1962 by Miguel Milá  will add a little Japanese touch. Will show you how that turns out soon.

Outdoor rattan furniture, Mastholmen, IKEA. Terracotta pot, Arket. Watering can, Haws. Green carafe, Pinheiro Bordallo, Arket. Fire basket, Röshult. Terracotta linen cushion covers, H&M Home. Nina wears: Trousers and sun hut, H&M SS15. White tunic, Other Stories, SS15. White bra tank top, Uniqlo. Sandals, Hawaiianas. 

Magical Monastery

Setting the mood for this summer weekend with beautiful Milan venue SIX Gallery. Always been into places where indoors and outdoors meet and mix. And this is a case study of that with a striking timeless elegance.

p1_six_gallery_milan_italy_yatzerThe former 16th monastery  has been transformed into a design gallery, a green boutique and a bistro. It’s also home to the architect studio of Quincoces-Dragò & Partners. Who together with entrepreneur Mauro Orlandelli  and art director Samuele Savio are the creative team behind it.

we wanted everything, from the furniture to the plants, to look like they had been here forever“.

f1_six_gallery_milan_italy_yatzerHave a lovely weekend!

Credit: Photo by Alberto Strada. See more at yatzer. Found through Automatism

 

Ready-to-work

Raye wide-leg cotton chino trousers

The camel colour pants from Raey is the perfect everyday work wear. Depending on mood, weather and work tasks it can easily be dressed down or up. When warehouse or photo session day in the webbshop, I pair it with an well-worn t-shirt. Add a white shirt and the work meeting outfit is sorted.

Raey is the in-house brand from fashion online success Matchesfashion.com that I find myself returning to over and over again. With clean, crisp silhouettes and a masculine touch it’s timeless aesthetics it’s what I want as the back bone in my wardrobe.

Wide-leg chino trousers, £225, Matchesfashion.

Let there be Bliss

One of my favourite Brittish artists is Camilla Bliss. So no surprise that it was love at first sight when I found these statement lamps made by her.

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Lamp Guardian Dome by Camilla Bliss, £1,050, The New Craftsmen.

London based Bliss is an extremely talented contemporary artist, designer and ceramist.

She produces lighting, artworks and sculptures. All with her distinct, personal expression. Playful and dynamic at the same time. Just as these ceramic lamps.

A closer look at Bliss’ multi-disciplinary work is in the pipeline.

Photo: Gareth Hackner for The New Craftsmen.