I woke up this morning, to find a lovely email from Sara Medina, showing me the launch of Melo Studios beautiful collection of table, mirror and stool. All the furniture is handcrafted in Sweden, creating beautiful timeless pieces of furniture. The pictures were styled by Pella Hedeby and photographed by Sara Medina, who is actually the creative director and designer behind Melo. Really beautiful pieces of furniture, that I would happily have in my home.
‘Melo is handcrafted minimalism. Combining humble aesthetics that remove all the unnecessary details with quality craftsmanship from Dalarna, Sweden. By using solid ash and taking no shortcuts in production, the products offer the very best of Swedish minimalistic design’
Great interior design often means making the most of the structure of a building. Although this can sometimes feel like it is a limiting factor, working with the structure makes much more sense. In homes with monochrome designs, making the most of natural light is essential for it to really be pulled off well. Therefore, working out which walls can go a tone or two darker and which ones need to be lighter often depends on the position of your windows and how much light penetrates the room, especially in winter when the sun is lower.
Of course, there are ways in which you can increase the amount of natural light a room obtains. One of the simplest ways of maximising sunlight is to make sure that window frames are painted in the lightest tones, often pure white being the best option. Secondly, remember that most light comes into a house from the upper part of the window, not the lower. If you have frosted glazing for privacy, only apply it to the lower portion of the window, not the upper. For the same reason, Roman blinds, which can often block the upper part of a window, are best avoided.
In addition to making the most of what glazing there is available, increasing the size of the windows and adding more glazing are other options. Internal doors with attractively patterned glass in their upper section are usually well worth choosing, as are aluminium-framed bi-folding doors. On my wish list, the lower profile of the slimmer aluminium frames allows for more glazing. Furthermore, bi-folding doors can be fully opened in summer creating a much larger sense of space with the division between internal and external rooms being blurred.
Where planning constraints mean that additional windows are not possible, it is still feasible to add more natural light internally. Light tubes, which conventionally sit in the roof line, can provide much-wanted sunshine into the darker depths of a home, making them perfect for internal passageways, for example. Indeed, because the light provided is often not direct, but diffused somewhat, the light can be extremely attractive in a monochrome interior setting.
So tomorrow is a pretty big event when it comes to retail and online shops, as its black Friday. In the UK we never really experienced the craziness of slashed prices and big discounts on many items. Until recently, and as each year passes it is becoming bigger and bigger! I have wrote my list of things I am gifting people this year and tomorrow I will be checking to see if any of it is in the sale during the Black Friday deals.
At home we recently got a food mixer with a blender to make smoothies and we have been trying out all different recipes to keep us ticking over the winter months. A current new favourite is this red cabbage smoothie, its super quick and easy to make, especially for those mornings running out the door. It is also very nice to have a kitchen to photograph and which has two windows, letting lots of light in. The kitchen, although it has white cupboards, isn’t really to my taste! I have big plans for the kitchen but for the time being I might just change the worktops to plain white.