Neon colours are big on the design scene at the moment, popping up in clothing, furniture and interiors internationally. However the intensity of these colours means I prefer them in small doses, preferably paired with subtle neutrals. The neutral elements of these pieces soften the impact of the neon hits and allow them to be integrated into your style and home more gently.
Enjoy this neon candy!
Love pats XX
1. Pillow from Paleolochic
2. Shoes from Knstrct
3. Outfit shoot to be found here
4. Necklace from A Merry Mishap
5. Print from Shop Ampersand
In today’s environmentally conscious design world, consumers and designers alike are aiming for a fine balance between modern clean lines and natural elements. It is within this harmony where rugged and earthy materials such as wooden elements, are used beautifully and sustainably alongside smooth concrete and other modern materials.
My dream home would walk this fine line proudly and there is no shortage of architects and designers who are glady filling their portfolio of work with eco-sensitive designs, pushed by the demands of a savvy and environmentally wise client base.
This focus on including natural elements within our homes, see’s a return to a time when we relied on mother nature to provide us with the materials for our home. Now with technology and talented designers on our side, we are able to relish the ability to mesh our modern design aesthetics with the cabin dwelling wood lover within us all!
Here is my pick of some of the fabulous designs out there offering us the best of both worlds.
Image courtesy of Moco Loco
Image courtesy of Inspire
Image courtesy of Freshome
Image courtesy of Euro Heat
Image courtesy of Elite Homes
Image courtesy of Apartment Therapy
Recently I found myself lured into the scent haven of an Aesop store in Melbourne’s Flinders Lane. I was lured not only because of the ethereal and Australian scents hovering outside their door, but because of the surprisingly fresh take on interiors to be found within.
Upon entering I witnessed what I hoped to be the future of retail design within Australia. The store is created from hundreds of uniformly lined up rows of industrial grade cardboard boxes that snuggly hold Aesop products. The opposing wall compromises of the same cardboard thickly stacked to create a wall of rough texture which beckons the touch.
Designed by Melbourne interior architects Rodney Eggleston and Anne-Laure Cavigneux of March Studios, the store is yet another respectable addition to the reputable Aesop brands stores, whose aim is to celebrate the location of the store, rather then provide a predictable and cookie cutter approach to their interiors.
The approach Aesop has to their retail interiors leaves customer like myself departing their store with product in hand and a soft smile on my face. A response like this to a product is priceless within the retail industry today, and I hope other retailers are listening. If you give customers a fresh and enveloping experience, something the world of internet retail is lacking, they will return for more.
Images courtesy of Cool Hunter.
Till next time,
Love Pats xx
I’ve been trying to come up with new patterns to work into a new mini homewares line I’m working on, and this rams head wall hook from online store Wolfum has all the lovely punchy elements of a good pattern style. It can be used to inject some character into a muted space, or add more zest to an already character filled space! I will be aiming for a simpler more minimalist pattern design, but perhaps one day I’ll amp it up and design something punchy like this!
Buy this lovely piece here.
At the moment I am working on a design that spreads across two prints. I like the idea of an artwork that works in two parts, it seems to make a bigger and bold statement then one solo piece working on it’s own. This print by Blacklist Studio is a great example of this style (alas, mine will not come with a pony tailed good looking man :( ) Will post my own design soon!