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“Self care” is a big buzz word these days, you’ll find hundreds of inspirational quotes on Instagram about it and articles written with the words “self care” in the title offering tips and techniques on how you too can exercise self care. I find it encouraging that we’ve developed a collective consciousness about its importance.
Self care has many definitions, for some it’s a mom who wants a hot bath and glass of wine away from her kids, for others it’s a hike in nature in solitude, self care takes many forms. For me self care is exercising every day for the feeling it gives me. It’s traveling to a new place once a month to be inspired. It’s taking the time to meet a friend for coffee so we can catch up and connect. All of these activities are personal acts of self care that bring me greater contentment.
This month I began another ritual of self care that has nothing to do with moving my body or engaging my mind but instead, bringing peace to my soul. Each day I sit in my studio with no distraction, I listen to music or a podcast or I read a book for the first 30 minutes, and then I simply sit in stillness with no distraction in appreciation of the present moment. Sometimes the stillness lasts only 20 minutes, sometimes more. And it’s here where I’ve discovered several things occur.
Stillness indulges my inner rebel. My closest friends and family know this truth: I’m a nonconformist and in many aspects of my life, I make my own rules. There’s an inner rebel in me that’s always looking to push back against societal norms and interestingly, stillness is one way I do it. We live in a world that’s filled with more distraction than ever, so in those moments of stillness I am immune to distraction. In a world of instant connection, I see turning off my phone or being unreachable as an act of rebellion. Sitting in stillness is how I project to the rest of the world: your patterns are not mine.
Stillness makes me mindful of the value of my time. My time has become more valuable to me in two ways as a result of this practice. 1) I pay closer attention to where and with whom I spend my energy when not practicing stillness. I focus my time, love, and attention on the people and places that make me smile and bring me joy and and I avoid the ones that don’t. 2) The gift of stillness has minimized that cultural phenomenon we call the ‘fear of missing out’. I care less about what’s happening on social media and keep my focus on matters I truly care about. In addition, that hour spent in stillness has become more important than anything else happening in the world during that hour, so not only does the time spent in stillness have greater value to me, the time not spent in stillness is not being wasted because of the lessons learned in stillness. Make sense?
Stillness leads to mental clarity. Some of the best ideas I’ve ever had have come to me just this month by making stillness a practice. It’s amazing what flows out of you when you take the time to just be still! I see my path more clearly and I see the steps to get to where I’m supposed to be. When the steps are clear, I know what actions to take and I proceed down that path with greater mental strength by trusting in myself and my abilities.
Stillness removes stress. In quiet solitude, I breathe easier and recognize more and more each day with each practice that worry serves no purpose. I don’t feel anxious about the future or even today’s to-do list. Realizing that worry has no power over me dramatically diminishes its effect. With this awareness inside, I move through my day with greater ease, with less stress, and more at peace with whatever is happening around me.
Stillness channels gratitude. Gratitude is defined as the state of being grateful or thankful, meaning that it can only happen in the moment and in the present. How many of us find ourselves constantly 1) living in the past or 2) anxious about the future? Focusing on the negative events from the past removes my ability to feel gratitude. Being anxious about the future means I’m not living in the moment and therefore cannot feel gratitude. So the greatest way to truly channel gratitude is to center myself and feel it in the moment. By pausing, breathing, and focusing on the good things that surround me today.
As we coast into June, that first warm month of summer when we’re all embracing lazier days, I encourage you too to give yourself the gift of stillness. If you’re already engaged in this ritual, tell me, what do you find comes from your practice of stillness?
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Two industrial style homes, but with a twist. Each of these industrial chic interiors, designed and visualised by Sens Studio, have been infused with a myriad of unexpected cheerful colors. Grey raw concrete and breeze block walls plus neutral floors create a cool backdrop for punches of bright yellow, shades of green, blue accents and warm orange. The neutral canvases allow the brighter statements to be properly showcased, and provides space for them to breathe. The expected exposed ductwork and light tracks sketch lines across the ceilings to set the right vibe, whilst modern pendant lights and stylish furniture pieces upscale the home’s image.
Cool concrete walls rise behind a two tone modern sofa combo in the open plan living room of our first home. Perpendicular to a textured grey couch, a mustard yellow sofa stretches out to divide the floor area between the lounge and dining room. A small side table is finished in a brighter shade of yellow to lift the look.
Deep blue scatter cushions dress the grey sofa, behind a white round coffee table. An adjacent concrete planter complements the grey couch upholstery.
The living room opens up to an industrial chic kitchen with breakfast bar.
The formal dining area seats eight around a modern green dining set.
Unique dining room pendant lights are paired over the table to double their visual impact.
Grey breeze blocks flank the side of the kitchen and storage volume, and provide an industrial feature wall for the dining room.
The cold grey and white kitchen decor is warmed greatly by a wooden breakfast bar, which runs most of its length. The bar breaks around the midway point to allow for a structural support column.
The bonus piece of bench can be used as extra space for prep or serving up. Three wooden bar stools line up at the dining end.
Punched metal wraps an industrial style cooker hood, mounted over slick grey base cabinets. A white tiled backsplash extends all the way to the ceiling line, and covers all of the window wall in the kitchen.
A green slatted wall behind the dining room reveals the home entryway. A small wooden bench seat is centred in the black foyer. Light tracks give the dark box a glowing border.
Light tracks and directional spot lights run the length of the hallway that leads from the living room.
A dark interior design fills the master suite. A black headboard feature wall and black slatted wardrobes line the room.
A chunky throw makes the upholstered bed extra cosy. Modern bedside lamps throw reading light over plump grey pillows.
A red wall light and desk chair vie for attention in a green and grey kid’s bedroom.
Custom closets fit flush into the wall, with a tower of shelving recessed at the end. A chunky white bedroom pendant light makes the room bright for play.
Gloss green panels back bookshelves by the kid’s workspace.
In a second kid’s bedroom, a sunshine yellow kid’s chair teams with the desk.
Multiple bookshelves and storage nooks are wall mounted above the study space and the foot of the bed.
A metal framework wall divides up a large bathroom, whilst still allowing the two ends of the room to visually connect. Industrial style lighting extends from one of the white powder coated rungs in its network.
A white metal bathtub is perfectly paired with natural wooden accents, under a white floor lamp.
The floor plan reveals the homes storage areas, along with the bedrooms and bathrooms layout.
Orange upholstery visually dominates the living room of industrial style home interior number two.
A slimline black floor reading lamp glows at one end of the orange sofa.
The unique coffee table design is cut through like a powdered ring doughnut. A black and white side table acts as a connecting piece between the white marble coffee table and the black floor lamp.
A wooden dining bench completes the seating at the modern table.
Terrazzo floor coating carries flecks of orange, brown and black across the entire room.
Glass topped display shelves extrude from a white wall, to hold bright belongings.
A mint green dining bench extends from a colour coordinated backsplash.
An orange kitchen faucet packs unexpected punch.
White kitchen bar stools match with white support struts under the countertop.
Grey cabinets give the mint, orange and white kitchen some weight.
A charcoal grey upholstered bed fills most of the minimalist bedroom.
Turquoise side tables brighten the monochrome bedroom scheme.
Sliding doors conceal the bedroom.
The floor plan shows the unique workspace nook.
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I finished a fun little DIY project over the weekend. It’s been driving me crazy that I didn’t have a place to hang my backpack, hoodie, and hat each day, so I built a unique solution! Let me introduce you to a hat + coat rack I pieced together, painted, and hung behind the front door in my studio.
Mass produced coat and hat racks were just a little too boring for me, I wanted something more unique, less ubiquitous!
I measured out my wall space and conceptualized a simple diamond shape with knobs attached, then off I went to Lowe’s to buy the lumber and supplies. I purchased 2 eight foot long 3” x ½” birch boards.
To recreate this you’ll also need flush mount hangers (seen below), four mending brackets (seen below), polycrylic protectant, white paint, wood filler, a protractor, measuring tape, painter’s tape, and miter saw.
The entire rack measures 30” in width by 60” in height, it’s just 5 feet tall. To achieve this size I used a protractor to measure a 30 degree angle for the top and bottom cuts.
Set the miter saw at the same 30 degree angle (double check your pencil line on the board) and make the top and bottom angled cuts.
Once you’ve cut the four angles, set them together at the top and bottom joints then measure where they overlap, mark with pencil, and make secondary cuts that form the middle joints.
Originally I was going to use my Kreg Jig to secure the joints together but because this board is only ½” thick birch I opted instead for flat mending braces at the back and they work perfectly! Just be careful where you secure them to allow yourself to center the knob later.
Any imperfections where the joints meet can be hidden with wood filler (sand it when dry before painting or applying protectant.)
To achieve the two tone finish, I first added one coat of Polycrylic to seal the wood. It’s easier to correct paint mistakes on this gloss coat vs. a raw wood surface.
Next I used painter’s tape to create the white stripe. Note: you’ll get a cleaner line if you peel back the painter’s tape when the paint is wet. Allow the first stripe coat to dry, reapply the painter’s tape, and repeat the process by painting a second coat of white then peeling back the painter’s tape once more.
Allow paint to dry, correct any mini mistakes with a brush (or your fingernails) then add an additional coat of Polycrylic to give it a shine and protect the surface.
To hang it flush to the wall I used these hangers. I installed them 16” apart on the back of my hat rack so they’d match up with the wall studs. (Or consider using drywall anchors if you can’t hit the wall studs.)
To finish it off, I added six gold knobs that I found online, they’re this Lew’s brushed brass knob.
All on its own when not in use, it’s a cool geometric installation, I love the medley of wood + white + gold! I already have a mirror in my entry, but I also thought this would look fab if you added a mirrored back to it!
I styled it with a few hats from my collection…
… but on ordinary days, I’m a backpack and baseball cap girl, so this is a more real picture of how I use it!
I’m so pleased with how it turned out, and its slim profile that hides behind my entry door!
Practical, pretty, and unique!
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These three small apartment tours illustrate three very different ways of creatively utilising limited living space, all measuring under 50 square metres. The first tour is all set to show off how a super stylish space can be possible on a budget, featuring a glass wall bedroom and a surprising volume of storage. Tour number two is a pine filled picture of bespoke furniture and unique elevated viewing platforms that increase the square footage. Lastly we tour a high-end interior on a tiny footprint, which still manages to squeeze in a double workspace, a glass wall bedroom, and a chic little bathroom with a multitude of storage niches.
This 45 square meter one-room apartment was designed to be rented, and therefore only allowed a small project budget. The designers transformed the flat into a spacious studio with a combined kitchen and living room, a separated bedroom area, and a bathroom. A sectional couch, set of round coffee tables, and a floor reading lamp form the simple but stylish lounge.
A glass wall serves as a room divider between the living areas and the bedroom, whilst maintaining the complete visual area of the apartment.
Bespoke storage makes the most of every inch of space.
In the narrow home entryway, a rattan stool tucks neatly into a nook within the closets.
A sleek linear suspension lamp illuminates the dining end of a bench. The other end becomes a shelf below the wall mounted tv.
Bookshelves tower at the end of the kitchen installation, providing a pleasant focal point to the rest of the living area.
The support leg of the dining bench is transparent, which complements the aesthetic of the glass wall bedroom nearby. See more modern fruit bowls like this one here.
Inside the glass wall bedroom, an orange bed matches with the orange area rug in the lounge.
Black towel rungs stripe the adjacent concrete bathroom wall.
A black shower and toilet complete the black bathroom kit.
The floor plan illustrates the banks of plentiful storage installed in the limited space.
Our second tour is set over 49 square meters, in Bordeaux, France. It has been entitled ‘the pine flat’ by its designers, for obvious reasons. Bespoke furniture, wall panels and doors all swim with wood grain.
Green scatter cushions compliment the lumber interior. An arc floor lamp stretches over one block side of the timber sofa.
Neat modern wall sconces are mounted onto the timber headboard wall inside the bedroom. Wooden bedside cabinets are built into the bedframe.
Pine plywood panels engulf the room. Knotty pine planks fashion the door.
Indoor plants populate the space, flourishing in the sunlight from high windows. The extra ceiling height offered by the eaves facilitates a double layered design, where platforms on top of deep storage volumes increase the surface of the small flat to an optimized 50 square metres. The platforms also provide access to the view.
The cool grey kitchen contrasts with the color and patterns of the surrounding wood. Stainless steel doors allow the storage space inside the kitchen island to be accessed from both sides.
A stainless steel sink is undermounted to the varnished concrete worktop.
An induction hob occupies the other end of the concrete countertop.
Industrial style kitchen pendant lights complement the steel and concrete kitchen materials.
Two tall timber doors stand beside the kitchen island, with cut-out holes for handles. One conceals the fridge and the other a bathroom.
This is a studio with lofted bed too; a ladder provides access to the elevated alcove.
The hideaway bedroom goes almost unnoticed from the main floor.
Pine panelwork continues inside the bathroom.
Steps lead up to a tucked away tub.
Floor plan illustrating the two bedrooms inside the tiny home, plus the deep storage volumes that double as platforms beneath the high windows.
Our last tour is a compact 38 square metre abode in Kharkov, Ukraine. The layout includes a living room dining room combo with a double workspace, and a glass wall bedroom.
A modular sofa backs onto a dining table. Its upholstery varies between different shades of grey to break up its visual bulk.
In front of the sofa, a small side table nestles into the crook of its L-shape.
Wood slats trim the lower half of the room beneath the windows, in continuation from the wood effect kitchen base units.
The dining chairs look into the lounge area, past the wine glasses.
A decorative wall mirror softly illuminates one wall of the living room.
A creative slatted lighting solution glows in the hallway, opposite a smooth grey coat closet and a shoe storage stool.
Inside the glass wall bedroom, a storage headboard is built into the closets. The black bookshelves contrast with clean white cupboard doors. Two modern wall sconces provide reading light inside the dark bed nook. A silver grey comforter gives the bed an inviting luxe look.
Cabinets above the desk and computer chair in the living room follow the same aesthetic as the bedroom storage units. Wooden drawers underline the desktops beneath each of the computer monitors, at either end of the workspace.
An illuminated vanity mirror glows inside a wood and white bathroom.
Concrete tiles speckle the floor.
The space around the toilet cistern is harnessed for clever bathroom storage. Candles and nicer toiletries can be displayed within a cut-through section above the loo, whilst excess items are tucked behind the face panel and accessed from the side.
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Friends, I’m such a sucker for handmade ceramics, and I found myself browsing some Etsy shops yesterday. I love supporting makers and these shops are all new favorites of mine.
I love little vessels for holding jewelry, matchbooks, succulents, and for culinary uses… beautiful and practical! Take a peek at these shops and I’m sure you’ll find a little something you love too. Bonus: these are all made in America!
Got a ceramic maker you love? Share them in the comments!
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In visiting this one bedroom loft, located in the Jung-Wha-dong neighbourhood of the Jungnang-gu district, Seoul, we find a soothing living wall with a dual sided design. The unique modern interior is situated up on the top floor of a 30 year old industrial building, with an area of 80 square metres, which is split into two floors. The custom layout and bespoke furniture was designed by architects Arcave to suit the wishes of a professional female homeowner with a deep interest in well-being. It was the client who requested the creation of the double height, double sided green wall as the special revitalising centerpiece for her home.
Although modest in size, the interior layout feels spacious thanks to a minimalist aesthetic and a light colour scheme of white walls and natural wood tone. A silver floor lamp arcs beside a neat two seater grey sofa in the open plan living room, with a small accent chair situated on the opposite side of the lounge layout.
There is a home workspace located to one side of the main living area, where a desk stands at a right angle up against the tv wall, in a peninsula fashion. The desk chair is situated to face into the lounge rather than looking outward toward the windows, though this could quickly be reconfigured to suit the mood and task at hand.
A group of indoor plants plants stand in pots on the floor next to the bespoke double sided living wall design at the centre of the downstairs floor plan.
Mirrors clad a structural support column in the living room, which visually reduces its solidity in the free flowing open space. One wooden step and a wood landing area leads into the open sided staircase design, which climbs directly past the vertical living wall so that they work together as one elegant volume.
The interior living wall also serves as a beautiful room divider, providing a visual buffer between the home entryway and the lounge with home office. Because this room divider doesn’t touch the wall, all of the natural light through the windows on each side is free to flow into both sections of the room.
A dining room is situated on the same wall as the home entry door, with a dining table peninsula jutting from a run of wooden cabinets. These units are not the kitchen, which is actually situated through a door to the right. It is probable that the cupboards nearest the entryway are used for general home storage, with the units on the right housing tableware and an integrated wine cooler.
The living wall planters are affixed to mirrored panels. Slivers of silver glint from behind the green tumbling foliage.
The very minimalist staircase design has a simple white powder coated metal banister, which climbs the full height of the staircase ascent without the addition of spindles.
A great raw beam contrasts with the uber clean and sleek white finish of the staircase and custom white wall planters.
Sunlight spills down the staircase and green wall from a series of picture windows that are located on the second floor of the loft home.
The indoor plants flourish in the sunlight that blesses the home, and the mirrored backing of the living wall shines right back through the gaps.
Where the indoor vertical garden reaches the ceiling, at the second floor of the home, there is a white bedroom situated on a mezzanine structure. Clear glass balustrades keep the green wall fully on view beside the bed, whilst making safe the gap between the edge of the mezzanine platform and the planting wall. At the foot of the bed, a door leads off the bedroom to a narrow storage area, and into a separate bathroom. An outdoor deck surrounds the entire upper floor.
Back downstairs we take a peek inside the white and wood kitchen at last. The room has a unique half and half design that cuts it straight down the middle. All of the wood units are to the left of the galley kitchen layout with a grey countertop, and an entire wall of white units with matching countertop and backsplash fill up the right. Warm sunlight washes down the narrow kitchen, making it a pleasant and welcoming space to come into and cook.
The ground floor plan shows the indoor garden opposite the entry door of the two story loft space; the staircase design to the mezzanine bedroom situated just behind it. From here we can observe the proximity of the dining room to the separate kitchen. A very generous walk in closet is installed directly next door to the kitchen, which is accessed via a dedicated laundry room. At the end of the laundry room, there is a convenient downstairs restroom attached.
The second floor plan shows how the staircase design from the living room attaches to the mezzanine bedroom. We can also observe the position of the door to the upstairs storage area and the second floor bathroom. The shaded area represents the outdoor deck.
This exploded diagram illustrates the bespoke structure of the double height, double sided living wall design, including the drainage and gutter system.
A closer look at one of the living wall planter cells.
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This is a project built on contrast, carefully created by Cartelle Design. The young married homeowners in Milan, Italy, presented two very different tastes in interiors. The taste clash between the couple resulted in the design team having to seek a way to combine cool minimalism with cosy country house chic. It was important to the owners that the interior maintained that special summer house on the lake kind of feel, so it was decided that warm natural wood and soft texturing would be teamed with cold technological functionality. The result is bright space that is crisp with practicality, yet seasoned with charming beach house touches and character.
The home has an area of 112 square metres, with the biggest single chunk of it allocated to an airy open plan family room. This common area is divided into two floor levels, with a change in flooring materials accentuating the zoning. Natural wood defines the raised floor level of the warm lounge zone, whilst cool grey large format tiles cover the kitchen diner floor.
A blue modern sofa plus a blue striped and tasselled throw brings out a modern maritime feel. Behind and above the sofa, some fun ropework continues the theme, and lightly screens off the stairwell. Died pampas grass complements the natural golden tone.
A black square coffee table stands by the nautical sofa ensemble, pushing the style into the field of minimalism. A cosy knitted floor pouf adds texture and swings the balance back to cosy again.
Flames crackle inside a modern fireplace, situated right by the arm of the sofa to make it the hot spot of the home on a chilly afternoon. A compartment stores firewood beside the stove. Open shelves around the fireplace bring life and decoration to the room, giving the place a welcoming and friendly ambiance.
A comfortable swivel chair is seated at the other side of the elevated lounge area, beneath the bookshelves. A run of upper cabinets conceal a multitude of belongings behind obscured glass.
Seating has been sandwiched between two bookcases to create a reading nook at the window.
Dark treads on white risers give the staircase a crisp and clean aesthetic. The house is almost completely free of ceiling light fittings – instead, illumination is provided by wall sconces and lamps to evoke a more intimate atmosphere.
A dark wood dining set appears heavily anchored in the middle of the light, white room.
Stunning mountain views await beyond a set of patio doors that lead out onto a balcony. A white dining room pendant light extends out from the wall; this is an original fixture that was installed in this house at the end of the 1960s by previous owners. The light was preserved as a linking element between the past and present.
A low level shelf runs the length of the dining room, displaying works of art.
Black, wood, metal and concrete volumes present a minimalist style galley kitchen. It was in this area that practical features were put first.
There is an integrated wine cooler concealed within the peninsula cabinetry beneath those wine glasses, to please a wine enthusiast homeowner.
Pillowy bedclothes look dreamily inviting in the master bed. Bedroom pendant lights have been suspended on different lengths of electrical wire, to play on the different heights of the bedside tables.
A wooden bookshelf embraces the cozy bedroom layout like a warm hug.
Cool white walls and a lofty roof height is offset by rich wooden ceiling panels and beams.
A Moroccan floor pouf settles by the window, next to low level bookshelves.
Dried flowers complement a rustic wooden vanity table in the bathroom.
Above a toilet and bidet set, a decorative wall mirror has a sunbeam-like frame.
The natural toned mirror frame contrasts warmly against the cold grey concrete walls and shower enclosure.
The second bedroom we visit in the home has its white decor scheme warmed by a ruddy brown platform bed. Wall art presents a matching hue above the headboard.
Blue accent cushions, a blue area rug and pouf balance out the warmer tones in the room.
More dried botanicals make an appearance in here, presented in a clear glass vase.
Dual aspect windows pull in the mountain view.
Another bathroom decorated with a sky blue wall and a wooden vanity – though this time the vanity is of a much more modern and minimal nature. A rattan laundry basket slots below the bathroom sink to bring in more natural texture.
Beige shower tiles match the hue of the vessel basin on the vanity.
A third bathroom follows the same smooth blue and sandy colour scheme.
Moving into the kids’ bedroom, the kids’ beds have been stacked in a bespoke bunk design that has storage in its base. To accommodate the different ideas of two children, fishy decorations jostle with elephant decor.
A comfy window seat underlines the view.
The wooden drawers of the bunk beds have been replicated in the adjacent wardrobe design.
Kids’ wall decor gives the room a colourful and fun feel.
A white flush plate makes a clean match with the toilet.
Black framework around the shower provides definition inside the soft blue and cream bathroom decor.