Wednesday, 20 January 2016

HELLO 2016

Hello to all and welcome 2016. After a month spent back home, I am now back in London, working and trying to adapt to the current cold weather, a difficult task since I left behind 30c and my dear family. We normally have some Winter months back in the island, but this year has been very unusually warm, specially in the South of Gran Canaria, where I live.
I wanted to start this year's blog post with some photos I randomly took of Maspalomas, and the near by areas. I live very near of the coast, so this is where I spend most of my time, while staying over there. I will show photos of the capital, and North of the island in my next post. 

Some of these houses were built in the 60s when the tourist boom started in this part of the island. I love the simplicity of the square designs, the use of brick, wood and the palms and cactus. They are very different to what you will find in other areas of Gran Canaria, which tend to be more of colonial style. I still dream with owning one of them...
Photos by me

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Christmas in London

Hola, I am writing from a sunny and rather warm Gran Canaria, Spain, where I came to spend Christmas with my family. As usual, it always takes me a few days to settle back here, specially in Winter, as life and weather are so different, and because while in here, I work less hours and enjoy the nature and outdoors much more than back in the big smoke.

Before leaving London I went into town to enjoy the Christmas decorations, shop's displays, buy some decorations and presents and simply walk through the city, as it is looking at its best! I leave you with some Christmas postcards from my beloved London.

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Christmas at home

I am leaving for Spain tomorrow to spend Christmas with my family, this year I am flying very early, which is a shame because I have not being able to enjoy London, gather with friends, visit Christmas markets, fairs etc…the city is looking its best at this time of the year, as there are so many things to do and see!

I didn't want to leave without doing some decoration at home, I always do, and then continue at my mother's house back in Gran Canaria. I was very pleased to receive this very nice wreath from Balsam Hill, as it served as a starting point. I like to keep things simple and I never follow a theme or trend, I just put all the decorations I have gathered over the years on the table and start grouping them together.
I added the Russian doll to the wreath, which comes with the lights already, and nothing else, as it only needed a detail. If I had time I would have come up with a different idea…The ideal scenario would have been to have time to really enjoy the process of decorating the house for Christmas and share it with family and friends over plenty of food and laughs, (which I managed to do somehow), but not as much as I would have wanted, maybe next year...
 
Paper decorations from Papermash | Wreath from Balsam Hill 

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

The Narrow House by FORM studio

The Narrow house is a beautiful renovation project by FORMstudio. The architects have converted a terrace building dating back to the late 19th century into a light calm oasis in the middle of the city.

London is getting extremely crowded, and the housing situation is becoming a very difficult problem to solve. Although I am not particularly in favour of converting old office/commercial properties into residential use, somehow we have to find a balance in this ever growing capital. Well, if you have the budget, projects like this are worth it. The conservation and renovation of an existing building is going to be always better than building a new one from scratch, specially in a city with such an amazing architectural heritage.
The space calls for simplicity over luxury, natural materials, neutral colours, unique art, handmade furniture and home wares…A good example would be the Folklore shop look, see below.

Wall hooks from my shop online 
Project by FORM studio | Photos by Bruce Hemming

Friday, 4 December 2015

Real inspiration from real homes at{mine}

If you are in need of inspiration from real homes, then head over to at{mine}, a growing community of very talented people, who have a passion for their homes and interiors. I like looking at real houses, that don't belong to stylist magazines, which looks are very achievable. My Home is important to me, and spending time trying to make it a serene and comfortable space where to live, work, and entertain is a must. I have chosen some photos around the flowers/plants theme, I think they make our homes more human and personal. 

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Apartment in Primrose Hill by Amos Goldreich Architecture

When it comes to interiors, I don't have a defined style, I can either go for something very clean and modern or a more vintage old and eclectic style. Either way, white walls or neutral colours are my must. I am very interested in renovation projects of old properties, I will always be more in favour of rescuing an old property than in building a new one. Even a small simple flat can become a beauty if well renovated.
This flat in Primrose Hill has been renovated by Amos Goldreich Architecture studio. A small 60-square metre space has been converted in a practical living space filled with light, contemporary furniture, and added touches of colours by using colourful homewares. You can see the before and after pictures of the project here. How by using quality materials and clever space solutions they have created a beautiful and cosy flat. I like the simplicity of the open layout and the white bespoke furniture units. I can see my range of wooden knobs and bespoke handles being used in projects like this, adding the final touch.
 

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Bright Friday: give back on black Friday


I have something very nice to share with you all. This Friday, November 27th, I’m collaborating with independent brands papermash and Sian Zeng on Bright Friday. As an alternative to Black Friday discounts we’re donating 15% of sales on Friday to Doctors of the World UK, a small charity who offer vital healthcare to vulnerable groups, primarily refugees across Europe, in Calais, Lesbos in Greece and in Germany. In London, they run a clinic in Bethnal Green who serve groups who feel uncomfortable accessing traditional GP surgeries; the homeless, refugees and sex workers. A friend who works at one of the largest aid agencies really recommended them to me as a smaller charity who are doing great work (they’ve been in the Calais camps for a long time) and who would really benefit from our support.

Here’s a comment from the Executive Director of Doctors of the World, Leigh Daynes: “By supporting Bright Friday you are directly helping refugees, who are fleeing conflicts and war zones and are in search of a better life, even more urgent as we move into the winter and conditions deteriorate. To find out more please visit www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk.”

There are some items from our shops below, and you can visit our Bright Friday website for more info as well as our shops. We’d love it if you could help share the word too, via Twitter and Instagram, (@brightfridayuk). If you don’t want to buy anything, we don’t mind at all but please consider texting DOCTOR to 70660 to donate £3 directly (plus network charge.) The charity has been super supportive of our little idea and we’d love to make it a great fundraiser for them.

Thanks to all for taking the time to read this post and thanks in advance if you decide to take part in this event.


Monday, 23 November 2015

The Glebe House – a converted Georgian coach house in Clapham

I learned about The Glebe House when I met Alix a while ago. I have always being interested in old houses with plenty of history, so when she said she lived in this beautiful house, I wanted to hear more about it straight away.
Alix Bateman is the owner of The Glebe House London, an atmospheric Grade II listed Georgian converted coach house in the conservation area of Clapham Old Town, that is fast becoming a creative hub for the area. Holding workshops in traditional craftsmanship, such as gilding, woodcarving and stone carving, and hosting talks and mini salons, the interior Alix has created is a cool mix of period features, muted colours and striking contemporary lighting and accessories.
The living room was once a passageway through which horse and carriages travelled into the stable yards beyond, and Alix’s home is used for photo and film shoots, as well as hiring out for intimate parties and pop up events. Their latest supper club event, in collaboration with the Disappearing Dining Club, was said by Time Out to be one of the coolest things to do in London.
My favorite room in the house is the kitchen, it feels as if you were all the sudden transported into the past.
My English Romantic lampshade (above) fits the room scheme and colours so well, as if it has been created for it. Alix has chosen some very nice pieces to decorate the house, including interesting choice of lighting, mixed with some beautiful vintage trasures. The house feels like the ideal B&B to spend a few days if you are visiting London, not very often you get to step into these so chraming houses. 
If you are looking for a class in London, where to learn new skills in a very interesting and unique environment, subscribe to The Glebe House London’s mailing list or find out more on their Facebook page. Classes ranging from origami to taxidermy are set to run throughout 2016 and beyond, and the two double bedrooms have been listed in Alastair Sawdays guide to special places to stay in the UK for the past three years running.
Photos by Rachael Smith and Alix Bateman

HELLO 2016

Christmas in London

Christmas at home

The Narrow House by FORM studio

Real inspiration from real homes at{mine}

Apartment in Primrose Hill by Amos Goldreich Architecture

Bright Friday: give back on black Friday

The Glebe House – a converted Georgian coach house in Clapham

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