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 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 Sticks and Stones and asked Tom about his new project…

What is the idea behind your shop? Sticks and Stones 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 Sticks and Stones 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 (@sticksandstonesstore). 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 Sticks and Stones was born.

What does the name ‘Sticks and Stones’ mean? Thinking of a name for the shop was the hardest part! I ended up going with Sticks and Stones, which I thought was easy to remember as it also describes the basic materials that man needs to make things. Many of the store products are made using traditional skilled methods and I wanted the store name to reflect this. I also didn’t want the name to shout just menswear, or just lifestyle.

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 Sticks and Stones.

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.

Sticks and Stones, 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


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.

Art Director, Graphic Design guru, and one of my personal favourites, Therese Sennerholt, has a hot new collection of photographic prints for sale, as well as a sign collaboration with Swedish enamel sign manufacturer, Skillinge Emalj. It’s a sign are exclusively hand made glass enamel signs (50x70cm) printed with a stencil technique. They can be used inside or out, and are signed and numbered on the back. The new photographic prints (30x40cm) come unframed, printed on matt paper, are also signed and numbered, and taken by Therese herself. Available in limited editions of 100. Head over to Therese’s website to see the rest of her cool, covetable collection. www.theresesennerholtshop.se

Broste Copenhagen is one of the leading Scandinavian design companies behind some of the products you see on the shelves of homeware stores. Starting in 1955, they scour the globe for inspiration and raw materials to design beautiful pieces that perfectly balance their Nordic signature, with an ever watchful eye on what is going to be coveted next. Their AW14 collection boasts a moody palette, combined with metals and marble, tones and textures, as well as possessing the usual cool, and modern vitality their designs always have. The evocative imagery was styled by Nathalie Schwer and photographed by Line Thit Klein. www.brostecopenhagen.com

Summertime, and you really want the living to be easy, and oh-so-relaxed. Life should be geared towards enjoying sunshine, warm balmy evenings, and simple, delicious food shared with loved ones. These pieces reflect a more laid-back vibe, reflective of warmer climes, global finds and easy living. Simply add sunshine! 1. Nordic House 2. The Neutral House 3. Nordic House 4. Decorator’s Notebook 5. Plümo 6. Loaf 7. West Elm 8. Cachette 9. Rowen & Wren

Let’s go outside…in the sunshine. It is surely time to migrate outdoors and start enjoying life alfresco once again. If you’re seeking some colour inspiration, then here are some picks of outdoor pieces sure to bring a cool vibe and an injection of happy hues to your garden or balcony this Summer. 1. Graham & Green 2. Habitat 3. Jennifer Newman 4. Cox & Cox 5. RE 6. Rockett St George 7. The Modern Garden Furniture Company 8. West Elm 9. John Lewis


Who are you: Petrina Tinslay

What is your work: I photograph food, interiors and travel for magazine, book publishing and advertising clients internationally.

Where can we find you: Website / Blog / Instagram

Describe your work in 5 words. Clean, modern, evocative, soulful.

Can you tell us a little about what you do? I photograph delicious food, gorgeous interiors and wonderful travel destinations for some really wonderful clients. My images get published in glossy magazines, cookbooks and adverts around the world.

What took you on the road to being a photographer? I always loved studying art at school and did it all the way through until my final year, when I happened upon photography and spent the whole year in the darkroom during the lunch breaks. I was completely addicted! I then went on to study Photography and Film at Sydney College of the Arts. I started to assist photographers after graduating, and then went out on my own as a freelance photographer with my first client being Vogue Australia, and have never looked back. It’s a dream job and I still pinch myself that people pay me to do what I love so much.  

Where is your office/studio and what is the view out of your window? I photograph a lot either on location or overseas, so my job is definitely one you can be anywhere in the world to do, which is one of the great advantages to it. I have an office in Sydney that is on the 21st floor with a spectacular view over the city and out past Sydney Airport.

What is the first thing you do when you get to work? Coffee always…then switch on my computer and fire up my camera.

Describe a typical day at work. I’m very happy to say I have absolutely no such thing as a typical day. Every day, and every shoot is so different and unique to the particular job, brief and commission that I have. I think I’d get so bored being in the same office every day. One day I’ll be photographing a resort in Fiji, the next in an airport lounge waiting for flights, or the next in a New York studio shooting food, and others in my Sydney office processing out files and doing preproduction on upcoming jobs.

What are the tools of your trade and what camera do you like to use? It varies greatly depending on the brief and final use of the images. As I travel a lot, I shoot with either a Canon 5D MK3, or a Canon 1DS MK3 for more lightweight travel reasons. When in the studio shooting advertising work I’ll use a Hasselblad with a Phase One digital back for larger file sizes with more detail. The one constant is the laptop, and when in studio or at one location all day, a monitor to view the images.

What can’t you work without? My camera and computer are fairly essential to the job…and a great crew!

Why do you love what you do? It’s a real adventure. You get to see and do things as a photographer that you wouldn’t ordinarily have access to. Or travel to exotic destinations and stay in quite amazing surroundings. While they can never be enjoyed in a totally relaxed manner, as though you are on a holiday, it is still fairly great nonetheless to experience these things as a part of your work. Most of all I get to meet and photograph people who excel in their given field and have burning passions and enthusiasm for what they do, which can be so incredibly contagious and interesting.

One shoot you won’t forget and why? Some of the top highlights in my work have to do with some of the travel jobs I’ve done. I just love to travel and see new things, such as when I travelled to Nepal 12 years ago for a magazine feature. The trip had such an amazing sense of adventure unlike any I had before. There was no phone, no internet, no hot water in sub zero temperatures, no heating, no blankets, just sleeping bags, and lots of climbing and dust. I remember getting back to Katmandu and having a hot shower for the first time in eight days and sleeping in a bed with a mattress and blankets. That shower is the best one I’d ever had in my entire life.

Who or what inspires you? Travel is the best inspiration of all. Being exposed to new people, sights, sounds and experiences - there is nothing like it

What is the best advice you have received? Never stand still and never rest on your past achievements. The harder you work, the luckier you get.

One moment in your career you will always remember. I’ve had so many great experiences such as chatting to Nigella Lawson in her London kitchen about life. Getting special access to photograph Prince Frederick and Princess Mary while they were in Sydney for Vogue Entertaining + Travel, walking on top of the glass rooftop of the Grand Palais in Paris to photograph the bee hives, and taking in the magnificent beauty of the city from such a great vantage point. I’ve had a truly blessed career.

What is the best part of your job? I get to work with some amazingly talented people, try wonderful food and travel to some fascinating places.

And the worst? Jet lag.

What’s your proudest career achievement? Hearing I’d won the illustrious James Beard ‘Best Food Photographer’ Award in 2000…when I didn’t even know I’d been nominated!

What are you working on at the moment? Shooting lots of interesting and challenging advertising jobs, and about to start an exciting book project for my blog ‘the food dept.’

Which phrase do you overuse? "I’d eat that" taken from the TV chef Tyler Florence’s final sign off when he was happy with a food shot. I have said it ever since, just before I shoot the final capture or frames on a dish.

What single thing would improve the quality of your life? More time

What have you learnt the hard way? To trust my instincts.

If you could do another job what would you like to do and why?  I simply can’t imagine doing anything else…but maybe a racing car driver in another life.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to do what you are doing? Never give up, work really hard, be true to your style and always have integrity.

If you could be someone for a day who would it be? This was the hardest question for me to answer! My mind raced to, being Barack Obama to change some things in the world, to Jamie Oliver in order to experience some of the fab food related things he sees and does, to the Dalai Lama to come closer to enlightenment. I simply couldn’t settle on anyone as there are too many interesting people out there doing great things.

How do you spend your downtime? Eating, swimming, Instagramming, and spending time with family.

Can you give us a tip on how to take better photographs? Don’t follow the rules. I was always taught never to shoot into the light. I spend my life doing it now!

What would you like to be doing in five years time? Shooting many more personally motivated projects.

If you had an extra hour each day what would you do with it? More exercise.

What’s your personal motto? The most powerful force on earth is the human soul on fire.

How would you like to be remembered? As someone who cared about people and loved, and lived life to the full.

Thank you Petrina for talking to The Lifestyle Editor.