Feminine black and pink

Monday, 27 June 2016

Hello Monday, hello new week, and hello new beginnings. I am not going to go into details about how I feel about the latest development in the UK. As a Spanish living in London for the past 19 years, I feel sad, concern, and confused, it is not easy to see and feel how divided this country is, and what an uncertain future lies ahead of us. To top up the misery, Spain just had the second general elections within 6 months, to come to almost the same conclusion as the first time around. Right now, I find very difficult to seat in my studio, stay focus and talk about interiors/design and sell beautiful things, as this seems so irrelevant right now. 

But as I continue to be the same person I was last week, I can only do what I do best, my job!! Browsing some - new to me blogs - I found the gorgeous and happy This is Glamorous. I was captivated by its dreamy and glamorous aesthetics straight away, just what I needed today, flowers and more flowers, gorgeous buildings, landscapes and accessories.

I am painting some furniture at home in black, and organising the house for a photo-shoot. It helps me to put together some visuals mood-boards with ideas, pinterest, magazines and blogs are my main source of inspiration, although I have a very clear vision of what I like anyway. I have always wanted a chesterfield sofa upholstered in linen, very feminine but still simple and timeless.
Lampshade and cushion at chocolate creative | sofa and dresser at Anthropologie

The above photo is of my living room, I love peonies, and having a mixed eclectic collection of things in the house. The photo below represents my style very well, I like interiors with personality, art, flowers, dark painted furniture, wooden flloors, etc...I hope my ideas come together nicely, all I have to do now is stop day dreaming and get on with the DIY job!!

Gathered Cheer Social trip to lovely Faversham

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

On Saturday the 11th, I took a train together with some very nice girls – Lynne, Sarah, and Ruth for our little trip to Faversham to meet Kate and get to know her new town. I have been there several times, and the more I visit the more I like it. This trip was organsied by Ruth Garner, as part of her Gathered Cheer Social.
I find very important to meet up with people who appreciate the same things as I do, when you work on your own, and spend too much time in your studio, it is good to meet with nice people, share ideas, experiences, dreams, etc…I make a priority to meet up with friends, go to networking events, socialise with new people, sometimes I join a walking group, some others I go to press events, design shows, etc…

Kate gave us a little tour around Faversham, together with Hannah, who lives there too. We explored the town center, the farmer’s market, antique shops, admired the very old English architecture, and walked across the town through the brewery area to the creek. We were blessed with a summery weather, while it was raining back in London, weird English weather...
The Blue shed
The highlight of the day was ‘tea time’ at Kate’s allotment. She had prepared a delicious homemade choice of cakes (her mother baked them) and teas, that we all happily ate while admiring the little blue shed, which Nikalas (boyfriend) has built with so much love.

Kate and Nikalas Shed is the best little house I have never seem. He built it out of scaffolding wood planks. It is such a cosy and pretty space, Kate spend hours in there working on her drawings for her pattern collections. Their allotment is pretty impressive too. They grow veggies, fruits and flowers. They have created the perfect place for relaxing, being creative and entertaining family and friends. I got away with some ideas for my garden, which I will be working on in the next few weeks.
There is an old lady living in the cabin (below) by the creek, all year around. She seems to have it all very organised, cooking area, laundry hanging area near by, etc...I like the romantic idea of it, but I wonder how cold it may get in Winter...
We ended our day at The Yard cafe, a very pretty place in town, for a delicious lunch, and some relaxing time before heading back to London.
Thanks Kate for having us, and to Ruth and Lynne for organizing the gathering, it was a very beautiful trip in great company! 

 Photos by me

Dreaming with a Devol Kitchen

Monday, 6 June 2016

I wanted one of these kitchens from the moment I first came across Devol in some Interior magazines years ago (I am addicted to Interior/design magazines, I have a mini library at home of publications from all the countries I have visited).
My home is very important to me, I tend to spend my little spare money in the house rather than in fashion or eating out, etc…I renovated the bathroom a few years back, but the current kitchen is the original one from when the house was built. It is functional, and in good condition, but not to my taste or as practical as a contemporary kitchen should be.  So I keep dreaming that one day, I would be able to have my ideal kitchen.
I like the handmade aspect of their designs and sustainable production, the textured mix of woods, the neutral use of colour, and beautiful details. I would have a serious problem trying to choose which kitchen to go for, as I am equally in love with the moody dark version, or the rather calm and simple white option, but what about the smoky cabinets on white walls and natural wood?

Sebastian Cox kitchen 
Devol is totally out of my budget, but that doesn’t stop me from appreciating the beauty and quality of their designs. The craftsmanship and attention to detail is exquisite. I had the opportunity of seeing their latest collaboration with Sebastian Cox at Clerkenwell Design Week. The simplicity of the cabinets, and combination of natural wood with the choice of dark stained one is quite a success, the rusty country accessories, and over all the way they styled the space won me over.  
People say that if you focus on your dreams/goals, visualise them, and truly believe that they can happen, that most sure they will become a reality. Margarita will stay focused and will keep dreaming with her new kitchen, maybe it will happen in the next home? 
Photos by Devol