Dreamy Crib Alert 4

The other day I was having a little digital clear out and I found a link that I saved. Its of an amazing mid century house that was up for sale in America which I planned to feature on my “Dreamy Cribs” series.

Lets just forget that the last time I published a dreamy crib post was back in February 2015  and all collectively drool over this gorgeous pad!

I love this amazing house for many reasons  – 1) Because its awesome. 2) Because the house was up for sell for only £133,000 (Seriously. For real! If I was brave enough and knew what Michigan City, Indiana was like, I would move there in a heartbeat!) And 3) because the house has lots of yellow in it!*

*Because I had a moment the other day, when I thought to myself – “have I got too much yellow in my house?”…..The answer is no. Of course not. There is no such thing. This house proves once and for all that you can never have too much yellow!!!

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The colourful ouside is dreamy. Plus I would only have to say to Rob two words to get him to move to this house – “Double garage” and he would be sold!

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I love the tulip dining set and the teak sideboard.

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Why would you not paint your louvred wardrobe doors bright yellow?

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Change the bedding to some Orla Kiely covers and this bedroom could easily be updated.

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I pressume that this is the original kitchen to the house. The simple walnut cabinets might not be to everybodies taste but I love them!

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This must be the covered patio area that a lot of American homes have. Change the furniture, scatter a few pot plants about and maybe install a mini bar in the corner. Perfect!

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Nice.

All images from Wowhaus.co.uk orignally from Zillow.com.

Dreamy Crib Alert 3

While compiling my Design Classic post about the Cross blanket I revisited my post about Papa Bear Chairs to insert the link, and it made me remember just how amazing Rachel Griffiths’s mid century LA home is.

So amazing, that it deserves its very own post!

What I love about the house is that this is a mid century home thats not a shrine to the past. Its a home that has been bought up to date to accommodate her families needs, but yet still holds onto its original features. Like the fireplace, the large windows (although updated with modern glazing, Im sure) and the wooden panelling on the walls which has been painted white for a lighter, brighter look. Then filled with modern furnishings, all complimented with a few tasteful pieces of furniture from the homes original era (Papa Bear chairs! Bertoia chair! Eames unit!) and with a cheeky Ikea lampshade in the office thrown in for good measure!

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All images taken from housetohome.co.uk

Design Classic: Pia Wallen Cross Blanket

I was thinking of starting a little series on here about design classics. In a way I have already set the ball rolling with my posts about Ollie Eskell’s Cocoa Eyes poster, Welsh blankets and the Papa Bear chair. So I might as well add another tag to my collection and try to make my future posts a little more professional!

I am not an expert on design by any means, but I know what I like and I do like to gush on here about the things that I love! And if this gets me blogging more, then its all good!

If you have read my blog before then you will know that I am a big fan of all things mid century modern, in particular the furniture and the architecture from the period.

Today I am going to write about an item that was designed in 2011*!

I know, I know, shock horror, not an item from the mid century period!

But as well as being a fan of interiors from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, I also love Scandinavian inspired interiors. One of my design heroes is Anna Dorfman from the Door Sixteen blog. I love how she has decorated her house and apartments over the years. She mixes mid century pieces, with stuff from Ikea in such an inspired way that makes me want to paint all my walls black (which really wouldn’t work in my house) and copy everything she does! It was Anna who first introduced me to todays design classic the Pia Wallen Cross blanket. She is obsessed with it and owns one which looks amazing in her bedroom.

At first, I was a bit ‘meh’ about this blanket. You could take it or leave it as far as I was concerned. But over the years, just like the Eyes poster, it has really grown on me. It is simple, beautiful, graphic, neural and, in my opinion, has become a classic with its timeless design that works well in a variety of interior styles and will never go out of style.

It is eyewateringly expensive though. I would never pay 1888SEK (with the postage it works out to around £154) for what is essentially just a fleece blanket which my cat would ruin. I don’t care how limited they are and ethical the bloody cotton used to make them is! And dont get me started about how expensive the original Crux blankets are! I cant even bare to think about the cost of them without needing to sit down with a brown paper bag in case I have a panic attack!**

To be honest, I love them, but I don’t aspire to own one. I don’t think that it would fit in with my bedrooms decor. I am quite content to admire Cross blankets from afar on blogs and Pinterest. I would much rather a Welsh blanket. One day I will find one cheap in a charity shop. A girl can dream eh!

Click on all images for links to the original posts and credits to photographers and sources.

Image from sugarandcloth.com

Image from sugarandcloth.com

Image from myscandinavianhome.blogspot.co.uk

Image from myscandinavianhome.blogspot.co.uk

image from myscandinavianhome.blogspot.co.uk

image from myscandinavianhome.blogspot.co.uk

Image from littlebigbell.com

Image from littlebigbell.com

And two images of the original Crux blanket from Pia Wallen

Image from housetohome.co.uk

Image from housetohome.co.uk

Image from myscandiavianhome.blogspot.co.uk

Image from myscandiavianhome.blogspot.co.uk

However, there is a way of owning a bit of Swedish cross action without needing to remorgage your home. This cushion from Ikea is similar in style. Ok not really, but it is monochrome, Swedish and kind of a cross pattern! I own this cushion and am very fond of it for its easy on the eye pattern. It blends well in so many different interior settings. (Read that as this cushion is everywhere as pretty much everyone owns one. However, it always looks good!)

The Stockholm cushion. Image from Ikea.com

The Stockholm cushion. Image from Ikea.com

Our sofa with our Ikea cushion

Our sofa with our Ikea cushion

Image from emmas.blogg.se. I love everything about this photo! The Marrimekko bowl on the coffee table, the Eames bird, the cheeky WG vase and Hornsea plant pot peeking out in the corners!

Image from emmas.blogg.se. I love everything about this photo! The Marimekko bowl on the coffee table, the Eames bird, the cheeky WG vase and the Hornsea plant pot peeking out on the edges!

*The original Crux Blanket was designed in 1999. The cheaper Cross blanket with the smaller crosses was launched in 2011.
**£774.80 before postage if you are interested.

Dreamy Crib Alert 2

Here is a little festive treat for all you fans of mid century architecture and interiors out there!

I spotted this house tour on Apartment Therapy and it induced a bad case of house envy. I love everything about it! The outside, the layout, the furniture, the art work, the ceramics. Its all so dreamy!

All images from apartmenttheraphy.com141216 Bobbie-1141216 Bobbie-2141216 Bobbie-5141216 Bobbie-6141216 Bobbie-8141216 Bobbie-14141216 Bobbie-31141216 Bobbie-33For more images of the house please check out this link on the owners website and this link to houzz.com. Its such a gorgeous pad. Im smitten!

Dreamy Crib Alert

I try not to do too many of these type of posts. You know, just copy and pasting stuff I have seen online.

There are many reasons why I don’t, including I am not 100% sure about the legal side of things, and mainly that there are thousands, nay millions of other bloggers who do a much better job at this type of thing than me!

But this house is just too good not to share!

I saw this house last month on Wowhaus and immediately fell in love with it. I sent Rob the link and he immediately fell in love with it. Although he did comment that the photos look a bit staged as the furnishing are so in keeping and stylish. Yup! I totally agree (with the stylish part)! In fact the only thing Rob and I disagreed on was the kitchen tiles. He would rip them out, where as I would keep them.

It truly is a lottery win type of dream house for both of us. The only problem is that it is in Folkestone. A town that I have recently visited and have added to my ever growing ‘towns that I do not want to live in if I can help it’ list.

Ah well nothing is perfect eh! Lets just all admire the photos below and bask in all the mid century goodness. Soaking up the beautiful wooden panelling, the original (I think) pendant lamps, the amazing staircase, the Hornsea and Le Crueset pieces in the kitchen and the stylish, well thought out furnishings.

All photos are taken from themodernhouse.net, plus there are a few more images here if you want to see more.24bDSC_0394bDSC_0409bDSC_0626kkDSC_0475lDSC_0562tDSC_0430

Design Classic – Cocoa Eyes

Back in the late noughties when I first started reading blogs, in particular interior blogs like Apartment Therapy, Decor8 and Design Sponge etc, the Keep Calm poster was everywhere.

Fast forward to 2014 and the bloggers favourite words of wisdom in the form of a print has all but disappeared (overkill maybe?) These days blogland is currently obsessed with house plants, that moon postermacrame wall hangings, the Its Ok banner and everything yellow.

All things that I heartily approve of.

However, I do try to not let myself get too influenced by the internet trends, overwise this would happen – A) I would be broke after spending a fortune on Etsy and vintage stuff. B) My house would be filled to the brim with lots of bad half finished DIY projects involving neon washi tape and gold spray paint. C) My house would sort of look like everybody else’s on the internet.

Image from Someform.com. Original sources linked in post.

Image from Someform.com. Original sources linked in post.

However……I really want this poster! Maybe you have spotted this distinctive poster around the internet and in interior magazines from time to time. Its a bit of a strange poster really, just two staring eyes on a plain background. But the clean lines and simplicity of this print really appeal to me. The more I see it, the more I like it. It has really grown on me!

Image from apartmenttherapy.com

Image from mamamekko.blogspot.uk

Image from mamamekko.blogspot.uk

I think it would look perfect hanging in our bedroom. (Full tour coming…..you guessed it soon!!)

Recently I finally discovered the name of this poster. By discovered, I really mean that I read it on a blog. Its Cocoa Eyes by Swedish graphic designer Olle Eskell. I did some further research and discovered that was designed by him in 1954 for a Swedish Cocoa company.

So yeah, designed in the 1950’s and graphic. What more could I want? Its perfect for our home!

P.S Check out this Pinterest board!

Design Classic – Welsh Blankets

Around two years ago I started subscribing to Mid Century magazine, and amongst all the amazing articles and home tours, I spotted my first Welsh blanket.

Its funny, I showed a magazine to my Mum and mentioned how much I liked the blanket in the picture. Her reply was something along the lines of “ugggh, we’ve had all that type of stuff before and we were glad to get rid of it!!!”

Sometimes she just does not get my love of good bad-taste! If you are interested, here is a B+W Instagram snap of a vintage blanket that used to belong to my grandparents that I now own and love. One persons trash is another persons treasure eh!

At the time I had no idea that the blankets I was admiring were specifically Welsh blankets. A craft industry product which still to this day are woven in local Welsh mills and are so bloody expensive! Have you seen how much these bad boys go for on eBay? Or brand new?

One day I might treat myself to one. In the mean time here is a visual treat of welsh blankets looking damm fine in other peoples houses.

image from design sponge

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Want to feast your eyes on more tasty bedrooms? Then check out my Pinterest board where I lost a few hours down the internet rabbit hole one rainy Sunday afternoon!

Do You Like Mid-Century Modern? Then You Will Love These Links!

I hope so anyway!

Here is a list of my favourite blogs with a mid century modern theme and bloggers who’s style and homes I admire.

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Click on picture for source and more great reading!

Retro Renovation – This site is daddy of all things mid-century Americana. You can geek out on all the small details about home design from back in the day and lose hours on this site (I do anyway!) It has great house tours, kitchens tours (dreamy metal cabinets!) and even made me appreciate the beauty of pink bathrooms and coloured bathroom suites!
No Pattern Required – More of the same goodness.
Mid Century Home – Has some gorgeous homes from the period.
Deedee 9:14 – Eye candy.
Little Owl Ski – I am always pleased to see this blog pop up in my reader Feedly.

click on picture for source

click on picture for source

Mid2Mod – Has informative posts about various designers from the period.
Obsessilicious – More eye candy interiors.
Modern Findings – Droll worthy.
Betty Crafter – I love this lady’s home and I often get the green eye with her charity thrift shop finds!
WowHaus – Great links to 20th century architectural gems. The Rightmove/Zoopla for those with great taste and deep pockets.
Bungalow Journal – Sadly not often updated, but this couple have amazing taste and an amazing home (and former home)!
Design Attractor – Lovely interiors mainly of the mid century variety.
Mid Century Mania – A personal blog with a mid century twist.

Click on image for source.

Click on image for source.

Eartha Kitsch – I love this lady’s kitchen!
Ruby’s Rooms – A blog about collecting. Does what it says on the tin.
Fat Cat – European flea market finds and and decorating inspiration.
Pretty Little Things – Why are the vintage finds in America so much better than the stuff in my local chazza’s?
Jenn Ski – Cute Atomic Patterns.
Mid Century Home – Read it and learn the goodness.

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Mid-Century Midwest – A blog by a bloke in Midwest America who has great taste.
Gonked, Glooked and Slurped – What a great blog name eh! A more 60’s mod twist on things and all the better for it!
Made-Good – A British MCM blog from a shop selling MCM goodies
Whorange – I love this design blog with a MCM twist.
Interior Photos – OK, not strictly a mid century interiors blog, but still some great eye candy interiors mainly of the Scandinavian variety. Because no one paints a room white as well as the Scandinavians.
Door Sixteen – I love Anna’s homes, this lady has impeccable taste.
Manhattan Nest – The most stylish student home in New York, nay the world.
The Brick House – This lady is a thrifting genius!

 

Retro Art Attack

Please click on all images to view the source.
Vintage Patchwork QuiltAbove, bright yellow walls, patchwork bedding and a J H Lynch hanging above the bed. Oh my!
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Would’nt you just love to dine at this table?
New Lady in the House ( d A y)
Orla Kiely wallpaper and Miss Wong = win win.
Kitsch central
Kitsch-tastic!
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More kitschy goodness. This is basically Rob’s idea of hell if I decorated our house like this!
Our new kitchen wall
Shabner in the kitchen. Nice nik-nak shelf!
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Double Lynch in the kitchen. Nice!
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I love this ladies home!