Ikea’s VIKTIGT Collection

Display of a collection in bamboo and rattan. Consisting of sofas, easy chairs, rugs, baskets and pendant lamps.

 

I feel like I’m a bit behind with this news, as I am with most things in life- I tend to be the last to find out or notice!  However, I found out today that IKEA will be launching a new limited edition collection named VIKTIGT. This will be released in to shops as of May this year.  I am so excited for this to arrive!  For those who know me well, they will know I have a love for natural handcrafted materials so this new collection is right up my street.

It will be created in collaboration with a well known Swedish glass and ceramic designer Ingegerd Råman. I hadn’t heard of her name prior to hearing about this collection however, after spending some time researching her work I now want every piece she has ever created. Her work is beautiful and timeless and very simple in its form and would look amazing paired with any interior design style.

The new VIKTIGT collection ranges from handmade glassware to furniture woven from natural fibres like bamboo, rattan and seaweed. Its aim is to promote a love of craftsmanship and simplicity and will use the skills of local craftsmen and artisans to create these gorgeous pieces.

I have a favourite few items already that I’ll be keeping my eye out for. What are your thoughts on this new collection? Do you have any favourites?

All images sourced from Ikea Media Room

 

 

 

 

 

Bedroom Lusting

Bedroom Lusting

 

There’s something really  satisfying about creating room wish lists; for me, it lets me see all the items grouped together and lets me know how the colours ,textures and styles work with each other. I remember creating mood boards like this when I was really young- cutting and prit sticking clippings from any home magazine I could get my hands on! It’s nice to know my interest in interior design started young!

Living in a rented house it’s quite difficult to make it seem like your own, and there are so many things I’d love to change about the place we’re in at the moment. Unfortunately, for now, I will just need to make do with what I’ve got and make it work. I’m planning on adding a few additions to our bedroom to help add some interest to the otherwise minimal space. At the moment, the bedroom really only has the bare minimum in it, mainly due to the fact that it is so small it only just fits our ikea malm bed in to the space as well as a chest of drawers. I’m thankful it has a fitted wardrobe!

For me, my bedroom has to have a calming atmosphere to it and I usually pick colours and textures inspired by nature. I have introduced calming blue shades and more brighter colours are introduced in the form of cushions in a textured cotton fabric in various teal and yellow tones. I eventually want to replace these for more subtle colours maybe experimenting with various different textures and materials.

For now though, here are the items I’m currently wishing for.

1. West Elm Letterbox Bedside Table– We currently only have one bedside table from ikea that’s about 10 years old which is on Martins side of the bed. I’m trying to gradually replace my old ikea furniture for pieces that are a bit more long lasting and ones that I won’t feel the need to replace every few years. However, first on my agenda is to get myself a bedside table! This one really stuck out to me as it’s quite small in profile which is perfect for our equally small bedroom and I love the wee cubby hole design in the front for storing books and other bits and bobs in.

2. West Elm Marble Decoupage Box– The story behind this little trinket storage box isn’t any other than the fact that I have a slight obsession with anything marble and I really love the size and shape of this box, perfect for storing all my jewellery which is currently strewn across our chest of drawers.

3. Heal’s Job Copper Table Lamp– I have been looking for a lamp like this for a while and have toyed with the idea of getting various different versions from high street shops however, I really love the  warmth of this particular shade of copper lamp found in Heal’s and think this elegant classic piece will look perfect as a beside lamp.  It marries both functionality as well as a stunning finish, adding a little bit of elegance to my corner of the bedroom. It is based on the profiles of iconic 20th century lighting designs, and can be simply arched and angled to provide directional or mood lighting.

4. The White Company Colville ThrowEven though it’s getting closer to Spring, where the nights should be getting a bit warmer, I still freeze when it comes to bedtime. I currently have a luxurious grey lambs wool Avoca throw to keep my warm, however, sometimes in the chilly Scottish climate I feel an extra layer is sometimes needed.   This classic crisp cotton throw is just what I need! Pristine in its pure cotton form and perfect for adding extra warmth.  A beautiful woven throw which uses a technique that imitates hand stitching, it has a gorgeous texture which instantly adds interest and depth to a plain white duvet cover. This collection of bedding is currently in the sale, bonus! I’m going to try and snap this up soon before its gone.

5. Large Ocean Scape PrintThis image I actually came across on pinterest and was taken by the talented Adam Ford , and off course it is now pinned to my ‘Nest’ board. The walls in the bedroom are currently bare as i’m sometimes a bit funny about putting things on the walls of rented properties incase something goes wrong. However, our landlord is quite open minded and agreed that we could hang frames on the wall if we wanted. I am still on the hunt for a large ocean print similar to the one above, but have yet to find one I like as much as this one. It might be that I need to wait for a good day and head to the coast to take my own photograph. I’ll keep you posted.

6. H&M Large Glass Vase – One thing I would really like to introduce more of in my house is greenery. Being from the countryside and brought up around rolling fields, woodland and beaches I always feel so much better when i’m surrounded by greenery. So, until I can afford to buy myself that perfect little country cottage I will make do with house plants and flowers. I came across this large vase from H&M and thought it would be perfect for a new plant or even a small succulent or cacti placed inside.

 

 

 

Valentines At Home

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Image by Mary Costa Photography 
 

If you’re planning on ditching the standard ‘dining out’ theme for Valentine’s Day, get creative and cook your own meal and create a beautiful table setting. Whether it’s with your husband, boyfriend or even a group of your girl friends, a little bit of love and attention can go a long way when it comes to setting a table for this romantic day. 

It’s very tempting to stick to the traditional red theme for Valentine’s Day, but this year I’ve really enjoyed playing with some other ideas and combining bright colours. I will be putting this into action tomorrow evening when me and my boyfriend will be enjoying a lovely home cooked meal.  I absolutely adore this table setting created by lifestyle blogger Leah Bergman of Freutcake. These plates can be found in Anthroplogie, but unfortunately only seem to be on the US site. The  gold cutlery is something I have been eyeing up for a while and a selection of different styles can be found in shops such as House Doctor, Habitat or for a slightly more expensive set, look on the Amara website. The combination of all these stunning pieces would be a perfect addition to any romantic meal.

It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without flowers – these make a beautiful centrepiece and help bring your table to life. Bouquets can sometimes be overly expensive at this time of year so you could opt for a combination of real flowers and artificial to save some money- you will barely be able to see the difference. I always say, however, that it’s best to shop local when it comes to  fresh flowers and try to shop to the season as well. In February there are a wide range of flowers that are perfect for creating a vibrant table setting. Some of my favourite Spring flowers are Hellebores and Fritillaries and my go to florists in the Edinburgh area are Rose & Ammi, Pyrus Flowers & Rogue Flowers.

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Image found via The Blue Carrot 

How are you planning on setting your table for your Valentine’s dinner?

 

 

Reykjavik Escape

 

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As the average holiday goes, Iceland is probably something a little bit different, and I completely understand with many, when they say that they are put off because of the cold and often wet weather. However, I urge you all to ignore the fact that yes its cold, and yes it’s highly likely that you will experience some sort of precipitation whilst you’re there, and focus instead, on the majestic island full of adventures with beautiful scenery, friendly locals and laid back living.

We visited Iceland in October of last year which turned out to be a great time to go with pretty good weather the entire time we were there, even though we had read prior to us going, that this can be one of the wettest months. The temperature dropped to a chilly -5 but with some cosy layering and a thick jacket we were prepared for our adventure! We decided to opt for self catering rather than staying in a hotel and chose an apartment through Airbnb. It offered us a central location just off the main shopping street in Reykjavik called Laugavegur.

With so much character and beautiful sights it truly is a magical city. We were surprised as to how much there was to see and do and only wish we’d been there longer to experience it all! Some highlights include:

  • Hallgrimskirkja is a stunning cathedral situated at the top of the hill when you walk through the city, it’s a great spot for photos-  you can go up to the very top of the church spire and see for miles across the Reykjavik rooftops and far beyond to the ocean and mountains.
  • This is a city of food! There are cafes, bars and restaurant tucked into every nook and cranny available. You don’t need to walk very far before you come across somewhere that makes your mouth water. We especially liked K-bar and The Noodle Station, both found on Laugavegur.
  • The Harpa Concert Hall. You definitely need to pop along and see this mesmerising bit of architecture if you’re visiting Reykjavik. It sits on the edge of the promenade  backed by snowy mountains and the sprawling ocean and is just breathtaking; despite the cold we ended up standing outside it for about ten minutes.
  • The Golden Circle Tour. This is apparently Iceland’s most popular tour and after experiencing it for myself, I can definitely see why! You start by travelling through Icelands remote and beautiful scenery, full of snowy mountains and sparse volcanic landscapes. The first stop was Gullfoss, which is a huge waterfall and one of the natural wonders of the world. The sheer size and power of it is like nothing I’ve ever seen before, if you’re lucky you’ll glimpse a water rainbow forming through the spray!  The next stop is the geysers which was an incredible experience and felt like we’d stepped back in time to some prehistoric era. The Strokkur geyser erupts every 5-8 minutes and is such a mind blowing sight!
  • Northern Lights tour. A trip to Iceland wouldn’t be complete without attempting to see the northern lights. Seeing them is one of those things that has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. We stayed out until 2 in the morning looking for them. It was a perfectly clear night with no clouds in the sky but unfortunately we had to go home empty handed… (at least it’s an excuse for me to pursuade my boyfriend to take me back to Iceland!) I think next time we’ll probably rent a car so as we can venture out whenever we want.

Here are a few photos from our trip.  I would love to return again during the winter months and explore much more!

 

 

January Pinterest Favourites

Pinterest Favourites

This month I’ve caught myself pinning a lot of plant orientated photos and have been reading up on the benefits these can bring to your home, not just as aesthetically pleasing decorative elements but also their ability to reduce stress in our homes. Indoor plants can make a great decorating tool and you are able to create a great look in a very affordable way with a grouping of small plants or a single larger plant. They can help to soften a space, add variety in colour and texture and bring a little bit of the outdoors inside. These examples above are the ones that I’m particularly drawn to. How do you like to display plants in your home?

  1. Plant ladder with various different textures and colours going on. 
  2. Simple minimal arrangement on sideboard.
  3. Herbs in the kitchen.
  4. Plants + vintage side table
  5. Coloured step ladder with ferns and pot plants

My love is like a red red rose

Tonight I will be celebrating Burns Night! For those of you not so familiar with the Scottish tradition, this is a celebration of the life of Scottish poet and lyricist, Robert Burns. It is celebrated each year on the 25th January, the anniversary of his birth. His life and works are commemorated through recitals of his poems, songs, plays and of course, the traditional Burns’ Supper. Join in with the fun at various events around the city or host your own Burns’ Night at home. I thought this would be a good excuse to find the loveliest Scottish inspired accessories and interior ideas for your homes!

Burns

  1. British Made Heritage Lambswool Blanket in Black Watch Tartan
  2. Bog Myrtle & Fresh Mint Isle of Skye Candle
  3. Ruaridh Waugh Large Milk Jug
  4. Seascape Vessel by EC Ceramic Design
  5. Lolo Design Stag Fine Art Print 

 

 

Keep dreaming huge

DSC_0057Many people start the New Year by setting goals for themselves, in a bid to help them curb an unhealthy habit or achieve something great. I don’t really set myself new year resolutions.. I never really have. I feel it sometimes works out better if I don’t put pressure on myself and instead, just see what the year throws at me!

This year however, I’ve felt a little differently about things. I’ll be turning 25 in April, and although its a few months off yet, I feel so weird about turning a year older and edging towards that ever looming 30 mark.  I’d set a lot of goals to reach by the time I was 25, some of which I’ve surpassed, and some of which I’ve fell way short of- and the other week was really tough for me in terms of my career goals and where I wanted to be. I ended up beating myself up about it for no reason other than complete frustration after hearing something I didn’t want to believe was true . That is why this year, I do actually have a New Years resolution that I’m determined to keep!

One of the things I want to work on this year is to keep dreaming huge, but not feeling like a failure if things take a little longer than I (probably unrealistically) set myself. Because, I know I will get there in the end.

How are you all coping with your New Year resolutions?