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The Coolest Lighting Trends Spotted On The London Design Fair

When it comes to lighting products, I always desire for something cool, not just for myself, for my customers too. It can make such a difference! I seriously hate those boring lighting concepts in our heads, that we need a chandelier, a desk lamp, some spot lights, maybe classic (cheap) side lamps in the bedroom and we’re done, lighting design ready for the home. Pfffff! It’s even worse when lighting is forgotten, ’cause it’s the last thing you do anyway, and people run out of money (curtains and blinds suffer a lot from this too, especially after a big refurb).

So, I suggest you plan your lighting well ahead, and pick interesting, statement pieces for each of your rooms. Just like anywhere else in the home, you can combine designer pieces with high street brands or with special buys from the flea market. The important bit to keep in mind is, that the owner has to like the lamp – side note: you and your spouse CAN have different side lamps in your bedroom if you have different tastes, just make sure they match on some level, or the surroundings bring it all together in an eclectic way. Plus, don’t try to force your taste onto your children. If they want a blue or a pink desk lamp, let them have it, they will sit with more pleasure at their desks if they like how it looks and feel good in their rooms.

Now, here we go – the very best delivered to you straight from the London Design Fair – latest & greatest, a bit of innovation and all time classics, re-imagined.

The Coolest Lightning trends spotted on the London Design Fair - wanna stay on trend with your lights? Read this!

The two lads from Well Lit Led are on a mission to deliver quality led lighting for a reasonable price. The result? A beautiful dimmable led filament, that comes in a bright orange colour and is flexible enough to fold into any shape.

Did I mention that they are BEAUTIFUL? My personal favourite is the huge globe shaped bulb with the smokey glass :) Which one do you like?

The Coolest Lightning trends spotted on the London Design Fair - wanna stay on trend with your lights? Read this!
The Coolest Lightning trends spotted on the London Design Fair - wanna stay on trend with your lights? Read this!
The Coolest Lightning trends spotted on the London Design Fair - wanna stay on trend with your lights? Read this!

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The Coolest Lightning trends spotted on the London Design Fair - wanna stay on trend with your lights? Read this!
The Coolest Lightning trends spotted on the London Design Fair - wanna stay on trend with your lights? Read this!
The Coolest Lightning trends spotted on the London Design Fair - wanna stay on trend with your lights? Read this!
The Coolest Lightning trends spotted on the London Design Fair - wanna stay on trend with your lights? Read this!
The Coolest Lightning trends spotted on the London Design Fair - wanna stay on trend with your lights? Read this!

I love blackboards around the house, they help kickstart my creativity. I believe in using surfaces to write or draw on them, and personalize them this way. From wallpapers to stickers I am crazy about everything that can be used as a blackboard (or whiteboard, for that matter). I’m a visual person ;)

So it is no wonder that I fell immediately in love with the In-es artdesign pendant lamps.

The Coolest Lightning trends spotted on the London Design Fair - wanna stay on trend with your lights? Read this!
The Coolest Lightning trends spotted on the London Design Fair - wanna stay on trend with your lights? Read this!

Yep, you can doodle on them, or write messages, notes or quotes on them :) how cool is that?! I’d love one of this in my kitchen, above the dining table.

The Coolest Lightning trends spotted on the London Design Fair - wanna stay on trend with your lights? Read this!

My other favourite was the grater-lamp. It comes in multiple colours with different types of fabric cables. I quite love the idea and have seen so many DIY tutorials on how to create one of these, but it’s nice to know that you can buy these ready-made if you are short on time or just simply sooooooo not good at DIY (like me, hah!).

The Coolest Lightning trends spotted on the London Design Fair - wanna stay on trend with your lights? Read this!

Some of you may know that I am a big fun of eco designs and I used to have a column on the topic too. BTW, if you’d like to hear more about eco-design news and how the latest technologies try to save the planet, let me know if the comments section and I will re-introduce the column. (I’d love to hear if you’d be interested to read about stuff like this!)

The beautiful Graypants lamps caught my attention on 100% design as they were hanged from the ceiling. They are made from 100% recycled cardboard, the shape and the craft is absolutely beautiful plus the lamps are super light!

Would you like a personalized colour palette created for your home?

I mean, one that’s based on your unique personality type?

Cause now you can have it, for FREE. It will take 20 minutes of your time, on a call with me.

There’s no trick, I want to help 20 people experience the power of colour. Grab your spot today as seats are limited!

The Coolest Lightning trends spotted on the London Design Fair - wanna stay on trend with your lights? Read this!

They are very pretty to look at, and come in all sorts of sizes and shapes from tiny to absolutely huge globes. You can choose white or brown cardboard, whichever matches your interior best!

The Coolest Lightning trends spotted on the London Design Fair - wanna stay on trend with your lights? Read this!
The Coolest Lightning trends spotted on the London Design Fair - wanna stay on trend with your lights? Read this!

If you’re after something different, cool, fresh ooooooor some vintage, industrial statement lighting, then go to Dowsing & Reynolds. They have a wide range of lighting products and I picked the funkiest pieces to show to you :)

The Coolest Lightning trends spotted on the London Design Fair - wanna stay on trend with your lights? Read this!
The Coolest Lightning trends spotted on the London Design Fair - wanna stay on trend with your lights? Read this!

Above you can see the geometric bulbs that look absolutely stunning, and below is the gorgeous origami lampshades. The colours are so vivid I could not even choose my fave one!

The Coolest Lightning trends spotted on the London Design Fair - wanna stay on trend with your lights? Read this!

The last brand I wanted to talk about is my very favourite. Of course, they are scandi and their lamps are absolutely gorgeous! I love that they use unusual materials to design their products and with every new family, they create statement lighting, that looks just stunning. Yeah, you can probably tell that I am massively in love with all things

Yeah, you can probably tell that I am massively in love with all things VITA Copenhagen.

Here are some of my favourites, and soon the Eos Mini will be featured on my bedside table in my new living room (stayed tuned for the upcoming posts and follow me on Instagram to get a sneak-peek).

The Coolest Lightning trends spotted on the London Design Fair - wanna stay on trend with your lights? Read this!
The Coolest Lightning trends spotted on the London Design Fair - wanna stay on trend with your lights? Read this!

Above you can see the Eos family in grey and white, and below you can see the Sine and Silvia lamps.

The Coolest Lightning trends spotted on the London Design Fair - wanna stay on trend with your lights? Read this!
The Coolest Lightning trends spotted on the London Design Fair - wanna stay on trend with your lights? Read this!

Wow… this turned out as a really long blog post :) hope you enjoyed and you’ve seen something that you loved. let me know which lighting product is your favourite below in the comments section.

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The Secret Behind Handmade Products

It’s been ages since I could just sit down and write. There is so much going on in my life right now that it is really hard to find the time.

I visited multiple events during the London Design Fair – you will see couple of posts coming out on the treasures I found, during the next couple of weeks. We found a new house that we will rent long term – unfurnished – YEAH! that’s right, I am furbishing our own home this time FROM SCRATCH. This is the best (and scariest) thing that can happen with an interior designer – trust me, we really really really wanna get this right :) Of course, it will be Scandinavian, but with a statement to reflect my style, maybe a bit eclectic here and there. You will get a sneak peek very soon – just follow me on Instagram.

And here we come – the real reason for this blog post is to share what I’ve been up to last weekend, when I was invited to Handmade at Kew by The Window to their #LiveTheStory event.

The secret behind handmade products - click through to discover

I love handmade things, because they are unique and special. There is so much thought and passion behind these products, but we hardly have the opportunity or the patience to research the story behind a product that we love. It makes such a difference when you can meet the designer and maker, talk to them and experience the process of making. Suddenly, a cushion may become more precious and the price of a hand-printed wallpaper starts to make sense.

The window is bringing us (bloggers) closer to the process, so we can meet the person behind the design and hear their stories. So, here we go, this is what I learnt on the day.

The secret revealed behind the uniqueness of handmade products
The secret behind handmade products - click through to discover

I’ve never seen screen printing before and hardly ever seen hand-printed wallpaper in real-life (pretty bad for an interior designer, isn’t it?). So I was very happy when I was invited to see Daniel Heath’s silk-screen printed wallpaper in the making. You would not imagine how time consuming this is. Each design is printed in multiple layers precise and with care. There is absolutely no room for mistakes, as then you can start it all over again. You have to be very careful on how much paint you apply – it’s tricky, as you have to put on just the right amount, otherwise you either don’t get the design you wanted or it’s overdone. Difficult and very humble process, where your creation is the focus of your attention; this is what makes a truly unique product.

Daniel let me try to screen-print the base of this gorgeous green wallpaper design. What do you think? :)

The secret behind handmade products - click through to discover
The secret behind handmade products - click through to discover
The secret behind handmade products - click through to discover
The secret behind handmade products - click through to discover
The secret behind handmade products - click through to discover

Hand printed wallpaper is a real piece of art work and can be a great lifetime investment if you’re looking for something outstanding, to make that personal statement for you. As Daniel’s wallpapers are made to order, you can choose from a variety of colors and designs to make it your own.

This is obviously not something you would put on all your walls, as it is quite expensive – but, think about it this way – would you invest in a fine piece of art to decorate your walls? Yes? Well, then this is for you as it is no different in it’s nature. Hand made art, made specifically for you to decorate one of your walls in your home :)

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So I was walking around the stands on this year’s designjunction and I saw these chairs with gorgeous pattern in fabulous colors and I was thinking: “OMG, I’m not even familiar with this brand!” so, I went there and spoke to Corinne, founder of Frame & Cover.

I found out that the brand is new, Corinne took all her experience and created her own label to be able to produce high quality furniture from sustainable resources – something I care about a LOT! Some of you may know that I watched this space through my blogging journey and, trust me there are fascinating things out there to save our planet. If you guys show interest in hearing more about this, I will pick up the topic and blog more about sustainable design in the future – let me know in the comments section below.

Frame & Cover provided the lounge furniture at the Handmade at Kew show, so I could meet Corinne again and hear more about her story and what inspires her to create these beautiful patterns and colors on her fabrics.

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I found out that she’s old school in her design process and uses paper first (so do I, hah!) and it was very interesting to hear how difficult it is to get the colors right, when you are trying to print a pattern onto fabric. It takes a lot of trying and you got to be patient.

I mean, even when you’re printing a photo, how different can that look like from what you’ve seen on your screen? I cannot even imagine, how that changes when you print on a piece of fabric…

The secret behind handmade products - click through to discover
The secret behind handmade products - click through to discover

It took Corinne about 3 years to get to where she is now, but we’re so happy she’s made it as the result is gorgeous, stylish, unique furniture – something we all desire and appreciate.

You can buy chairs, cushions and fabric/meter – get in touch, as everything is made to order, in England, by a unique selection of craftsman.


Would you like a personalized colour palette created for your home?

I mean, one that’s based on your unique personality type?

Cause now you can have it, for FREE. It will take 20 minutes of your time, on a call with me.

There’s no trick, I want to help 20 people experience the power of colour. Grab your spot today as seats are limited!

If you are hunting cool linen cushions to finish off your hunting lodge decor – here you go! I found the perfect match for you at Peaceable Kingdom Cushions. Handcrafted for you, in multiple colors and unique designs.

The secret behind handmade products - click through to discover

You would think it’s easy to make cushions, right? Well, let me tell you, that it’s not. You have to be careful with how much paint to apply (so easy to overdo it), then you have pretty much just one chance to place the linen on the wooden board with the pattern and paint on it ( can’t move it AT ALL after the linen touched the paint), and then it takes up to 4 days for the oil paint to dry completely.

The secret behind handmade products - click through to discover
The secret behind handmade products - click through to discover
The secret behind handmade products - click through to discover

The cushions are very good quality, and so comfy, about £70 each. If you’d like one get in touch and order yours soon. My favorite is the one with the sleeping cat. Which one would you prefer?

The secret behind handmade products - click through to discover

After the bloggers event I went for a walk in Kew gardens and I had some time to absorb it all. And I think I have the answer to this questions:

What is the secret behind a handmade product? What makes it so special?

I believe, the one thing is:

Passion.

There’s this thing that all these brands have in common, and that’s passion. They are passionate about creating these products the way they think & feel it’s the best. And the beauty of ‘hand made’ is that they are part of every item they create.

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