Six, sexy new wallpapers caught my eye recently for their striking designs, boasting the most gorgeous inky-blue colour palette. Maybe it is a desire to still have the bluest of blue hues to look at when inside - reminiscent of summer skies and exotic destinations. These wallcoverings are hot off the press from cool design companies such as Mini Moderns and Designers Guild, and fashion designers Eley Kishimoto’s debut wallpaper collection,  and Matthew Williamson for Osborne & Little. 1. Osborne & Little  2. Natmaks 3. Eley Kishimoto 4. Designers Guild 5. Mini Moderns 6. Harlequin

I have long been a fan of the tile collections produced by Fired Earth, and their latest new additions don’t disappoint. They take their inspiration for their designs from far and wide, including far flung destinations such as Morocco, Malta, Shanghai and Stockholm. From the quirky new hexagons in the Graphix range, the classic Marrakech vibe of Ourika to the encaustic Valletta tile, inspired by a 16th century home in Malta, their range is ever expanding and always inspiring. Accompanied by beautiful lifestyle photography, take a look at their new collections here.

Having attended Tent London and designjunction last week as part of the design festival, a few stand-out products caught my eye. With talented makers lining the halls and cool companies on show, there were far too many to single them all out, but here’s a small selection of some of them. 1. Sebastian Cox’s beautifully crafted pieces 2. Lindsey Lang’s new Scallop tiles in electric blue 3. Tracey Tubb’s origami inspired paper panels 4. Native & Co’s wooden tableware 5. Sue Pryke’s earthy ceramics 6. The stylish and cool string® shelving system 7. Kangan Arora’s colorful kitchen textiles 8. Wild and Wood’s chunky chopping blocks 9. Dyke & Dean’s enamel splatterware 10. Argent and Sable’s cheeky fairground signs

Compact, bijoux or downright cramped! Call it what you like, but with space becoming a luxury few of us can now afford, there is a need to make even the smallest of homes work as hard as possible. Whether downsizing or compromising, we are all in need of inspiration for clever design solutions and creative ways to make the most of our compact interiors. Stylist Sara Emslie embraces the positive aspects of small-scale living in her new book, Beautifully Small. Packed with gorgeous photography by Rachel Whiting, Sara explores ideas and solutions, case studies and indeed her own home, to show us that small can also mean practical, stylish and highly covetable! With thanks to Ryland Peters & Small I have one copy of Beautifully Small to giveaway. Head over to Facebook to leave a comment about why you would like to win this copy. Beautifully Small by Sara Emslie with photography © Rachel Whiting, published by Ryland Peters & Small £19.99. Available online here

Taking her first solo camping trip at the age of 14 and setting out on a month-long 600km canoe trip through the northern-most point of Ontario, Natasha Wittke was destined to design paddles! Being an artist and keen canoeist has proven to be the perfect formula for designing her cherry wood paddles, which are hand finished in her Montreal-based studio. Named after a tiny Algonquinesque island, nestled in the cool waters of Lake Huron, (where she took that first camping trip) Norquay Co. was launched in 2013 and the combination of Natasha’s Northern heritage and extensive back-country canoeing adventures have played a huge part in the influence of the designs behind each of the paddle series.  Though they are not recommended for the rigours of extended wilderness trips, they are great for cruising around lakes on day trips or perfect for gracing your walls at home, or even in your lakeside retreat. With each purchase, you also receive a complimentary handmade leather paddle harness. See more of Natasha’s designs here and follow on Instagram here. Interior images © Leslee Mitchell

With Stockholm on my list of must-see places, the beautiful Ett Hem hotel recently caught my eye. Not just because of its strikingly, stylish interior which was desgined by UK based Studioilse, more of that later, but because it is just that little bit different to the usual run-of-the-mill hotel environment. Ett Hem is a place that allows and encourages their guests to become part of it, treated as friends who are staying, where you can turn on the television in the sitting room, help yourself from the fridge, borrow the car or take the family dog for a walk! Located in Sköldungagatan, the house was designed by architect Fredrik Dahlberg and built in 1910. It was home to a government official and his wife, a lady with a love for the aesthetics of Karin Larsson, who collected objects, textiles and furniture from all over Sweden. The house today is still a container of beautiful things, with antiques, design and fine furniture - objects and art with real stories and histories, things that frame moments in a life. There is a lounge with sofas to sink into and games to play, a library stacked with lose-yourself reads and a small spa complete with sauna, gym and relaxation room. What the Scandinavians do so well is dress their outdoor spaces just as beautifully as their interior ones. The courtyard garden provides a secret city wilderness, and is a room every bit as important as the interior spaces. Whether you wish to book an entire floor for a celebration or a suite for a romantic getaway, Ett Hem is not your usual hotel…it is far better than that. It is a place to use as you please and enjoy at your leisure, a home-from-home and one I will definitely be putting on my must-stay list! See a short film about the hotel by Studioilse here. Photography by Magnus Mårding. www.etthem.se

Bradley Mountain make bags to be used. Whether cycling in the city, hiking in the outback or simply a weekend away with friends, they are strong, hard-wearing and practical. Handmade in San Diego, using waterproof canvas, copper rivets and leather detailing, the collection is overseen by founder Tyler Axtell. Created by a collective, each piece is handmade by a specialist - the purpose here is not to brew competition, but cooperation. Tyler is keen to explore the trading of skills in communities and has always admired the specialised work of guilds and craftsmen. “Before the growth of large industries and urbanisation people traded their skills in the community. Bradley Mountain seeks to honour an era, and a mentality where each person can specialise in what they’re best at. Their heart was behind their work. The end result is not just a product, but a piece of the craftsman.” From totes to weekenders, rucksacks to notebooks, you can guarantee theses pieces are first and foremost made not only with great quality materials, but also with a whole lot of love! Currently only available for delivery in the USA. See the collection here. Follow on Instagram. All images by Garrett Richardson of Clove & Kin.

 

A creative group of photographers, graphic designers, fine artists and writers have got together to launch INSTANT, a charity initiative to sell photographic prints to raise funds. They offer a limited edition of 50 prints from each of their Instagram images, (each creative will have five photographs available for purchase) and donate 50% of the profits to a different charity each month. The prints are reproduced on premium 100% cotton paper that provides the aesthetic and feel of an original darkroom paper, are available both framed and unframed and cost from $87. You can follow INSTANT on Instagram and to see their print collection for sale visit here.

On a recent trip to New York, I popped along for breakfast at one of the cool eateries situated on a tree-lined block in the West Village. Buvette Gastrotheque was opened by Chef Jody Williams, and is a cosy and charming taste of Paris in downtown Manhattan. This is a place that seamlessly merges the idea of a bar, café and restaurant, and is both elegant and relaxed – a perfect spot for breakfast through to a late night digestif. Following on from its success in Manhattan, Buvette has also opened in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, in the heart of the Pigalle neighbourhood. If you cannot get to visit the restaurant in either of these two cities, then you can recreate some of their delicious dishes at home with the cookbook, Buvette: The Pleasure of Good Food by Jody Williams, now available online here. www.buvette.com. Images © The Lifestyle Editor.

Habitat recently unveiled their AW14/Christmas range in a suitably cool, disused warehouse on London’s Southbank. 2014 sees this iconic company celebrate 50 years since its launch in the swinging sixties, and with Creative Director Polly Dickens now firmly at the helm, this is a store that is back where it belongs as a strong design influence on the high street. There are six inspirational ideas coming through strongly next season: Walnut, New Scandinavian, Fragmented Pattern, Skinny Legs, Juxtaposition of Form, and Copper. What is evident with Habitat and their collections is a strong, stylish aesthetic, the use of beautiful materials, affordability, and their finger back firmly on the pulse of design. With a Design Reunion project to be showcased in September and Habitat’s collaboration with acclaimed designers to develop a range of products, there’s clearly more exciting things in the pipeline. Here’s a sneek peek of what’s to come next season. Habitat…keep up the good work! www.habitat.co.uk

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New kid on the block, and one to watch, Tom O’Dell has opened his first lifestyle emporium O’Dell’s (originally named as Sticks and Stones) in the hip and happening area of East London’s Shoreditch. Situated in a genteel tree-lined avenue amongst other like-minded independent boutiques, Tom has curated a simple, white-washed space, stocked with a range of menswear, lifestyle accessories and homewares. Wanting to offer more niche brands than other retailers, and to present these in a minimalistic, organic environment was Tom’s mission. I recently visited O’Dell’s and asked Tom about his new project…

What is the idea behind your shop? O’Dell’s is a carefully curated selection of products from skilled makers and brands, that sit within a relaxed and friendly shop in the heart of Shoreditch. I want to focus the selection of merchandise on menswear, lifestyle and homeware products. I have tried to introduce products that are exclusive to O’Dell’s and have an interesting story behind them - items that I love and hope others will love them. The store design allows the products to be the main focus, I have been in to many stores over the past  years where they are themed, and I felt this took away the focus from the most important thing - the product. I am very particular when it comes to my merchandising - everything has a place, and not one product takes centre stage over another. I like things to be in straight lines as you will probably see from my Instagram feed. The only props I like to have within the display are green plants, as this just adds a hint of colour to the store and gives me something to look after until I get a shop dog!

What was your background before you got into retail? I have worked within menswear since I was 15 years old as I started working at weekends in a wonderful menswear store in my hometown of Bedford. The store had been in the heart of Bedford for over 100 years, and I gained valuable experience from the skill of altering a suit, to knowledge of fabrics and cuts. I moved to London for university where I started to work at Lizard menswear in Richmond every Saturday. I have always been attracted to independent businesses and Lizard is one I will always be grateful to, as I had the chance to work with an experienced team, and sell menswear brands from Paul Smith to Oliver Sweeney Shoes.
I also worked within PR and Marketing for a while, and as a Store Manager, and then in-house for Nigel Hall, where I looked after the brand’s website, marketing and seasonal campaigns. Nigel Hall gave me many fantastic opportunities and taught me the importance of good quality products, sticking to your ethos, and how to develop a brand. After five great years at Nigel Hall, I thought it was the right time to go it alone and start my own business, and quickly O’Dell’s was born.


Which brands do you stock? Many of the brands are exclusive to the store in London. From the UK, I have beautiful handmade woollen rugs from Pimlico,  leather wallets, organic menswear grooming products, independent magazines and books, handmade wooden brushes and a selection of beautiful shoes. From Europe, I have jeans, knitwear, watches and handmade sunglasses, and from the USA, I have ceramics, leather accessories and my best seller…the soy wax candles.


How do you want to develop the shop? I want to discover new brands and introduce them to the store each month. I also want to grow the brands website and look to work with small independent labels in the area of wholesale and distribution, allowing them to use the store as part selling space/part showroom. I would also like to work with third parties such as boutique hotels to help them source products outside of the UK and hope to one day open a store near to me in South London!

Do you sell online? I will be selling online from next week. The website will be an extension of the store with the images displayed on the site exactly how they are within the store. I haven’t really seen this online (maybe for a reason!) but it’s something I’m going to try and see what people think. Rather than shoot on a background, the store fixtures and fittings and surrounding products will act as the background. I hope this will allow people to feel that although they are shopping from the comfort of their home, and they are still able to experience the ethos of O’Dell’s.


Can you tell us about Calvert Avenue where you are situated? From the first time I walked down this road, I always thought it reminded me of New York, a city I have good memories of. I also love London and I really think it is one of the best cities. I feel privileged to live and work in it. I love the fact that although this street is in the heart of Shoreditch, it has a sense of community, and an old fashioned, traditional feel. Everyone has benches outside their store - which allows people who might be shopping or picking up their laundry, to have a sit down for two minutes for a chat with a local, or just to gather their thoughts. I am lucky enough to be able to work with my friends at Luna and Curious, the shop next door - Rheanna, Karou and Polly have been ahead of the game for the past eight years and I admire how they run their business and the types of brands and makers they stock.

O’Dell’s, 24 Calvert Avenue, London E2 7JP. 

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Enamelware has been used in British kitchens for many years, and is fundamental to a more utilitarian, pared-back way of life. Falcon Enamelware started their business in the 1920’s and their iconic white with a blue rim collection has been used by generations for everything from serving, pouring, eating and baking - with a contemporary colour palette having been introduced to bring the range up to date. Made by fusing porcelain onto heavy-gauge steel, it is smooth, durable and chemically-resistant. With handicrafts, camping and home baking gaining in popularity, plenty of us are striving for a more back-to-basics way of life…it is time to value and appreciate the simpler rituals and traditions of our ancestors. All Falcon Enamelware unless otherwise stated. Enamel coffee pot, Enamel Billy can, Yellow lantern, Blue lantern, Frontier stove, Wooden spoons, Mini milk bottle, Basket, White wooden tree table, Linen cloth, Striped boots, Linen apron, Painted stool

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Catching The Lifestyle Editor’s eye recently were laboratory style oil burners made by Australian design company, Page Thirty Three. With a strong ethos on using renewable materials and eco-friendly packaging, their simple design aesthetic has been applied to their Wellbeing collection of candles, oils and bath products, as well as an Accessories range of lightboxes, wooden crates and bags. Many of their products are hand crafted in their Sydney studio and their collection is available for worldwide delivery. www.pagethirtythree.com

If you fancy a taste of Mediterranean style for your home, or want to daydream of warmer climes, then go and find some beautiful inspiration from The Conran Shop’s stylish homage to the French Riviera. On visiting this weekend, their window displays and new homeware collection immediately transported me to the cool cafés of St Tropez, and sun-soaked beaches of Cannes. The striking blue and white geometric floor tiles from Bert & May set the perfect tone, balanced with walls bathed in cobalt blue and a bespoke pebbled bar area. Tableware in bright accent colours, kitchen and home accessories, and a wide range of French lifestyle products are displayed perfectly in-store, complete with a vintage French van. A must-see for all Francophiles, and perfect to get a hit of seaside-chic style! www.conranshop.co.uk

I HEART WORK

Who are you: Kara Rosenlund

What is your work: Photographer, Stylist, Adventurer

Where can we find you: Website / Instagram / Facebook / Pinterest

Describe your work in 5 words? Authentic, organic, abundant, honest, transparent.

Can you tell us a little about your what you do? I’m a photographer, a stylist and also a vintage wares retailer, which is housed in my travelling caravan.

Describe your journey to get to your current career? I always wanted to be a photographer. I was rarely without my camera in my teens. I went on to study photography and had a very colourful career as a photographer in Sydney. I then decided to move to London to fulfill my aspirations to become an antiques dealer. On a buying trip to France I saw some Romanian women selling French linen out of the back of a caravan which inspired the next chapter of my career - launching my travelling wares business housed in a 1956 caravan, Frankie

What is a typical day in the office? I’m rarely in the office these days. I’m on the road a lot, either sourcing for Travelling Wares or shooting editorial work. What I’m most excited about is that I’m currently travelling Australia shooting for an upcoming project on authentic Australian interiors.

What is the first thing you do when you get to work? Put some music on - silence kills the creative vibe.

Where is your office/studio and what is the view out of your window? When I’m not on the road, I work from home in my workroom which is a very dark space with no view deliberately for retouching. Alternatively, a lot of work happens on the dining room table, overlooking my deck and the backyard with my chickens and the veggie patch.

What are the tools of your trade? My camera, my tape measure, and an excessive collection of every adhesive tape imaginable.

What can’t you work without? My iPhone which, for a piece of technology, is such a valuable tool for my business, especially Instagram

Why do you love what you do? Because it allows me to meet the most amazing, inspiring people from all walks of life.

Who or what inspires you? I’m inspired most by the colours and textures of the natural world.

What is the best advice you have received? You will never be ready.  Say yes, jump into it and swim fast.

One moment in your career you will always remember? I like to always look forward, however, having a photographic exhibition at the Sydney Opera House was memorable.

What is the best part of your job? Creative freedom.

And the worst? Creative freedom.

What’s your proudest career achievement? Launching Frankie, The Travelling Wares.

What are you working on at the moment? At the moment I’m on the road shooting for my upcoming project on Australian interiors.

What single thing would improve the quality of your life? I read eight years ago that time would become a luxury, and at the time it made no sense to me.  However, fast forward to now, and to have more free time would definitely change the quality of my life.

Three of your favourite websites or Instagram feeds? Instagram: @benjaminhole. Websites: www.thedesignfiles.com, www.remodelista.com

What have you learnt the hard way? To say no.

If you could do another job what would you like to do and why? I wouldn’t want to do anything other than what I’m doing now. I’m lucky in that if I wanted to incorporate another aspect to my business, I can.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to do what you are doing? Just do it! The quicker you start it, the faster you’ll get there.

If you could be someone for a day who would it be? Alice Waters – a true pioneer of the paddock-to-plate philosophy.

Do you have a secret ambition still to achieve? So many. I would love to have a TV show on Australian interiors.

What is your personal motto? Live simply. Don’t be swayed by trends. Buy once. Buy quality.

What would you like to be doing in five years time? Living by the sea doing exactly what I’m doing now.

If you had an extra hour each day what would you do with it? I would do yoga.

How would you like to be remembered? As someone who opened the eyes of everyday Australians to the beauty of our country, and the Australian way of life.

Thank you Kara for talking to The Lifestyle Editor.