Sometimes you just have to take a break to deal with ‘life stuff’, so it’s great to be back here thinking of blog posts again. And after a fraught few weeks I was feeling the need of some Scandi calm when I spotted this gorgeous house featured on Inside Out. What do you get when a Norwegian interior designer, Hanne Poli, who has also lived in New York, Malaysia and Amsterdam, relocates with her family to Italy? Well, you get an amazing house for one thing, and an interior that blends Poli’s pared back Scandinavian roots with a relaxed rural Italian vibe and a fair share of eclectic touches.
Back in February 2015 I wrote about a house at 47 Old Church Street in London’s Chelsea that had been completed by the design studio and developer Echlin – you can find the accompanying Steller story here. It was a stunning property, and at the time I wrote: ‘This interior reminds you of what luxury really looks like: exquisite materials and detailing with a strong sense of craftsmanship, with some knockout features… and a floor plan conceived to enhance the space and flow and light.’
Two years on and I’m delighted to be sharing another project by Echlin that reflects these same qualities of craftsmanship combined with an impressive use and flow of space – with all photography by Nathalie Priem. Continue Reading…
Back in February I shared a post about Lundhs Real Stone worktops, otherwise known as ‘the kitchen worktops I’d like to have in my future home’, so perhaps I don’t need to explain why this latest collaboration between the Norwegian stone specialist Lundhs and the British and Norwegian design duo Thomas Jenkins and Sverre Uhnger caught my eye. Featuring Lundhs Blue stone combined with solid oak, this design collaboration is called As Long As You Like and offers a series of unique handmade dining tables that can be tailored to any length.
It’s funny how some properties – and some developments – just connect with you. Years ago, way back in 1999 – and yes, I can barely believe it was so long ago! – I visited this loft development in Edinburgh’s Leith area. Named Leith Lofts, the project architects, Duffy & Batt (since reborn as Studio DuB) converted two former B listed whisky bond warehouses on Maritime Street in the heart of Leith to create 28 apartments. Buyers had the choice of purchasing a shell where they could fit out the interior themselves, or buying a completed apartment. Over the years I’ve written about a few of the lofts, and each has been interesting and unique, not only in terms of the individual spaces but also in the way each owner had interpreted and worked with the characteristics of each space.
While I’ve always imagined that my future kitchen or bathroom would feature white subway tiles – as it’s a timeless look that I can’t get enough of – I was considering a project over the last few weeks that challenged this ideal. The kitchen in question was tucked at the back of an open plan living space, so it was darker than most, while the bathroom was internal, and I realised that while white subway tiling could look great in both spaces, deeper and warmer tones could look even better.