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.
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.
Over the years – and certainly since Harris came trotting into our lives – I’ve become much more conscious of the practical considerations when looking at floor coverings. Now my checklist starts with: what’s easy to clean, as you can’t avoid wet paw prints after a damp walk or a bath. And I seem to be incapable of walking across the kitchen without somehow kicking over Harris’s water bowl. All the time. Also, what’s warm underfoot and would work with underfloor heating, as this is definitely on my wish list for our future bathroom. And while I’d always choose timber for a main living space and bedrooms, with a kitchen, bathroom or hallway I can see myself leaning towards something a little different.
Which is why this new collection by Neisha Crosland for Harvey Maria caught my eye. I shared a range of flooring designed for Harvey Maria by Dee Hardwicke on the blog last year, and this latest collection of vinyl tiles designed in collaboration with Neisha Crosland combines a bold geometric pattern with a neutral and elegant (and dare I say very ‘me’) colour palette.
I’ve been a fan of window shutters for a long time – since living in my first flat in Edinburgh when I realised that, both in terms of aesthetics and heat, shutters really work. I love their clean lines on a window, and on a cold night, nothing beats shutters. That’s been really noticeable since moving into my current flat: every window has original Georgian shutters apart from the kitchen and bathroom, and you can feel the cold coming in those single glazed astragal windows on a chilly night. Simply closing the shutters shifts the temperature and creates a more snug mood.
How do you create this look but make it work in a contemporary context? Look no further than Clement Browne.
Given my addiction to all things Scandi, it’s perhaps no surprise that these images from the Norwegian stone specialists Lundhs caught my eye. When I was choosing a new worktop for my own kitchen a few years back, my default mode was to opt for natural stone. (I should explain, while I rent, I’m really fortunate to have a landlord who understands that a tenant who looks at interiors for a living is a good person to get involved when considering any home improvements!) We considered granite in various colourways, but in the end I realised that I really didn’t want a high gloss finish. I wanted something matte, something quiet. I opted for this Silestone and it’s beautiful, but had I come across Lundhs Real Stone worktops, and specifically their silk matte finish stone, well, my kitchen might have looked a little different today.
You know when you happen across a website, start browsing, and half an hour later you’re still there, hooked, clicking through categories and making mental lists of things you’d like? Curious Egg is one of those sites as this online store is literally filled with unique objects from accessories, textiles and lighting to (incredible!) wallpapers and artworks.
Curious Egg was launched in 2015 by artist Lorraine Aaron and her husband Roddy, who live in Perth in Scotland – I have to admit this Scottish connection also caught my eye. Lorraine has worked as a sculptor, painter, public artist and gallery artist, and has also taught contemporary arts practice and run a successful art consultancy business. Intrigued by how this experience led her to launch Curious Egg and informs her selection of pieces and artists, designers and craftspeople, I caught up with Lorraine to ask about her background and her business.