VIPP Shelter post via Ollie & Sebs Haus

VIPP Shelter post via Ollie & Sebs Haus

VIPP Shelter post via Ollie & Sebs Haus

VIPP Shelter post via Ollie & Sebs Haus

VIPP Shelter post via Ollie & Sebs Haus

VIPP Shelter post via Ollie & Sebs Haus

VIPP Shelter post via Ollie & Sebs Haus

VIPP Shelter post via Ollie & Sebs Haus

VIPP Shelter post via Ollie & Sebs Haus

VIPP Shelter post via Ollie & Sebs Haus

VIPP Shelter post via Ollie & Sebs Haus

VIPP Shelter post via Ollie & Sebs Haus

VIPP Shelter post via Ollie & Sebs Haus

VIPP Shelter post via Ollie & Sebs Haus

VIPP Shelter post via Ollie & Sebs Haus

VIPP Shelter post via Ollie & Sebs Haus

VIPP Shelter post via Ollie & Sebs Haus

VIPP Shelter post via Ollie & Sebs Haus

VIPP Shelter post via Ollie & Sebs Haus

VIPP Shelter post via Ollie & Sebs Haus

A few weeks back, I got invited to Copenhagen to visit the Vipp Shelter. I couldn’t have been more happier, I had seen it popping up over social media and couldn’t wait to see it in person. It really did not disappoint!

The day started with a delicious breakfast and a chat with Jette Egelund, who spoke about how VIPP started, this followed with a Q&A with Morten Bo Jensen, the designer of the VIPP Shelter. After finishing up breakfast, we then set off for a 2 hour drive to the shelter which is situated in Southern Sweden. When we arrived the setting was so tranquil and calming, a short walk in and the shelter was surrounded by nature of trees and the most wonderful large ferns and water to sit and look out on. The whole experience was pretty calming. The presence of the shelter looked striking against the green, that’s the things about black, it will look great against any colour, especially through the changes of seasons. Inside the 55 square meter shelter, was just how I imagined it. With the light flooding in, the panoramic windows made you feel very close to nature and sat perfectly against the tonal greys. The shelter has a two level living space, where you can sleep in the bed loft, if you really feel like escaping. I for one, would love to wake up in the morning looking out at the picturesque views outside.

The whole experience was very inspiring, you can read more about the shelter here.

A massive thanks to VIPP for sending me to visit the shelter.

Curious Egg Post via Ollie & Sebs Haus

Curious Egg Post via Ollie & Sebs Haus

Curious Egg Post via Ollie & Sebs Haus

Curious Egg Post via Ollie & Sebs Haus

Curious Egg Post via Ollie & Sebs Haus

Curious Egg Post via Ollie & Sebs Haus

I was introduced to Curious Egg not that long ago, and what made me love it more was that it was based in Scotland.  The owner Lorraine Aaron definitely has amazing taste, as each object is picked to tell a story in your home. I recently got to speak with Lorraine and asked a few questions about her home and Curious Egg.

 How would you describe your style?

Classic with an eccentric twist and subtle boho vibe.

What inspired you to create and open Curious Egg?

I have a lot of experience in making artworks for public places through an art consultancy partnership I set up with a fellow artist. I began to see crossovers between interiors, architecture, fashion and art and thought it could be interesting to bring an artist’s eye to retail for interiors. We wanted to create a place where people could browse several lifestyle elements together, helping them create a little drama and intrigue in the home and help build soulful interiors with bags of personality.

How did you come up with the name? Do you have a story behind it?

It was actually my husband Roddy that came up with the name. We used to spend Sundays out on long dog walks plotting how one day we’d set up a business together and I remember chatting about what we wanted to create and how it was hard to describe – like an intriguing object that you hold in your hand but don’t quite know what it is as it doesn’t fit anything you’ve seen before – a curious egg!

What are your main influences when picking products for Curious Egg?

I look for something that is not generic and also something that is not over-designed. It should be timeless and tell a story, whether by means of an authentic material used, sometimes it’s age and history, the marks that are left on it by the hand that makes it, the concept behind it, humorous twists, unexpected details – things that add character. I am more drawn to dark palettes than pale but there are exceptions! I love mixing European influences, in particular French Boho, carefree style and putting old with new. I also love some of the gritty influences from America as well as more rustic Scandinavian styles – quite an eclectic palette!

You a have background in art and have gained a lot of experience in sculpture and fine art. Can we, or will we see any of your work being sold in Curious Egg in the future? (I was also very happy to read that we studied at the same art school!)

Gosh really?! Haha, I keep meeting people that studied there, we must have inbuilt radars for one another – it’s a great art school! Yes definitely, I have plans to make quite a few things for our own collection both in sculpture and interior products. I’ve also taken up printmaking at the DCA so once our new online gallery is up and running, I hope to add some of our own limited edition prints to it in the future.

You and your husband are well travelled… What inspiration do you take from your travels and put into Curious Egg?

I’ve always been a bit of a dreamer. I think it’s a good way to be when the day to day gets a bit much. I like to create rooms that transport you to a different place, where you can feel like you are somewhere else when sitting in them – a bit like visiting the theatre. I love observing how other cultures live and hope to bring the best parts of ours together with some of those we’ve visited. That can be through layering interesting materials, colour, unusual forms and textures. I love how something that can seem so everyday to one culture can look incredible when taken out of context.

You have a beautiful collection of bespoke wallpaper, have you used any in your own home?

Not yet but we have plans! We still feel like we’ve just moved in even though we actually moved here over a year ago. With our travels and setting up the business, we just haven’t had time to renovate much yet. We have one room just about finished, our dining room, and I actually considered putting a large mural in that room which I may still add but at the time I was trying to get it finished for Christmas and we hadn’t launched yet so I went for a beautiful soft black paint – it’s a magical room in winter with candles and a log fire lit.

Does your style at home reflect the carefully curated products you pick for Curious Egg?

It will do! I tend only to stock things that I would love to have in my own home. I can’t say I’ll have everything because there just wouldn’t be enough room. I suppose I buy with several different homes in mind that I own in my head! Roddy constantly reminds me that I can’t keep things for myself or we won’t have anything to sell!

What is your most loved object in your home?

Oh that’s really difficult, I have a few but it could be our coffee table ‘Urli ‘ which is a giant antique Indian brass bowl that was once used to cook meals for large numbers. I had it shipped from Kerala in India where we spent our honeymoon. It has such a lovely scale and presence and it took about three months to get here so I especially appreciate it!

What are your hopes for Curious Egg in the next couple of years?

We hope to raise awareness of our brand, grow our product and services, especially our art offering which takes longer to source and set up but, for me, is the most rewarding. Developing our own collection is definitely a major focus ahead and I’m looking forward to getting back into making.
There are other longer term plans that are a bit of a secret but we’re very excited about the possibilities Curious Egg’s unusual model allows us to explore.

I really do love hearing about peoples backgrounds, and how they started their business.  If you like Curious Egg as much I do, pop over to my Instagram, were you can be in with a chance of winning a £50.00 gift voucher to spend, so many lovely things, like the Ana Vase I have in graphite satin or the marble chopping board. More details on my Instagram.

Institute of Flavour in collaboration with Propercorn post via Ollie & Sebs Haus

Institute of Flavour in collaboration with Propercorn post via Ollie & Sebs Haus

Institute of Flavour in collaboration with Propercorn post via Ollie & Sebs Haus

Institute of Flavour in collaboration with Propercorn post via Ollie & Sebs Haus

I have spoke briefly about eating well on my blog, and we are trying every day. Meal times are the easiest, I have always cooked with fresh ingredients and been conscious about what we eat, but the thing that I always seem to fail at is the snacking during the day. In between meals I get so hungry and I grab the nearest and quickest thing I can find in my cupboards, which usually isn’t that great for me because it’s full of sugar. I was delighted when Propercorn got in touch to try some of their delicious packets of guilt free popcorns for snacking. So far my favourite is the lightly salted and the peanut and almond flavours.

Institute of Flavour in collaboration with Propercorn post via Ollie & Sebs Haus

Institute of Flavour in collaboration with Propercorn post via Ollie & Sebs Haus

Institute of Flavour in collaboration with Propercorn post via Ollie & Sebs Haus

Institute of Flavour in collaboration with Propercorn post via Ollie & Sebs Haus

Institute of Flavour in collaboration with Propercorn post via Ollie & Sebs Haus

Institute of Flavour in collaboration with Propercorn post via Ollie & Sebs Haus

Institute of Flavour in collaboration with Propercorn post via Ollie & Sebs Haus

Institute of Flavour in collaboration with Propercorn post via Ollie & Sebs Haus

Propercorn have a great selection of flavours, however during the month of June, Propercorn want you to test some different ones.   You can be designing your own bespoke seasoning together with the help of a kit to institute your own flavour. I have been lucky enough to receive one of these kits, and have been experimenting at home with all the different seasonings. All these ingredients are freshly ground and some of the flavours are bespoke to you. I honestly thought I was more into sweet tasting things but when I have been testing out all the different flavours my top two have been the Pink Himalayan Salt and the Kale.

We are a family who loves popcorn, especially for movie night! But I am happy that I know what we are eating a healthier version of popcorn and that we will have fun experimenting with all the different flavours.

This post was in collaboration with Propercorn! All opinions and photographs are my own.