Saturday, 29 January 2011

Design line-up: lamps and pendants

I love Danish design and this lamp, called the IQ Light, is one of my all-time favourites, especially when lit at night. The one pictured below is a replica and sold on eBay.

Another mid-century cracker from Denmark (from

I also love Moroccan lanterns and pendants that create such a lovely diffused light. This one is from Haysom lighting.

This one is a cheapy from B&Q, that we've got hanging in our hall way. Got a nice retro feel to it!

This pendant light is great for its simplicity and elegance and would go in any interior really (and I'd love it to in mine!). You can get it on eBay.

This pendant light with aluminium casting is reminiscent of the successful industrial era of the 60's. I love it! Wouldn't it look great in a pair above the kitchen table? It is available from Garden Trading.

Fabulous warm orange light coming from this retro beauty (found on eBay):

Monday, 24 January 2011

Dramatic colour schemes for moody living rooms

I love browsing the web looking for inspiration and I am always drawn to bold, dramatic colours chemes. I would like redecorating to be easy as 1-2-3 but so far my lounge hasn't changed colour since 2007. Maybe this year? We shall see.

Here are some pictures that have inspired me to at least start dreaming about it...hope they inspire you too.

I love the moody grey wall in this one, combined with the purple and mustard yellow. (via

The steel blue and yellow details give this room a nice modern feel (via Houzz)

More happy than moody, I really like the feel of this living room. Great combination of retro furniture and bright colours. And hey, great purpose of a granny blanket too! :-) (via Houzz)

Wow. These are BOLD colours. I don't think anyone could be moody in this room. Wonderful mix of fabrics. (via Houzz)

This is a seriously moody room. Love the dark blue velvet on the chair. (via Houzz)

And this own livingroom! Quite a bold colour scheme as well. I do still like the spicy red colour of the wall in combination with the glossy black fire place, baroque mirror and the orange lamp, especially at night when it makes to room feel very cozy. Maybe I will leave it for another year...

Do you have a feature wall or bold colour scheme in your house or great example on your own blog? Please share in the comments section. I'd love to see more inspirational photos. Nina x

Monday, 17 January 2011

Turning a spare room into a yoga room

Our spare bedroom upstairs is mainly used for drying laundry and dumping stuff. It also has a single bed in it and my husband's wardrobe. Tonight I decided it has more potential than that, so I tidied it up and added a bit of zen, a buddha and a candle. Voila, here's my new yoga space - combined with dressing room (to display my wonderful gig outfits) and guest bed. This may become my new favourite room in the house... now the main challenge is to keep it tidy!

Friday, 14 January 2011

Repurposing furniture and other things

Hello everyone! It’s January 2011 and as most of us are broke after the December month I thought I write a post about repurposing or altering things you already own or can find for little money.

Looking at the overload of TV commercials from the home superstores it seems that the nation is obsessed with getting new furniture, buying new kitchens and bathrooms and basically getting their whole house done for springtime. I can't help but think people must still all want to keep up with the Joneses and subsequently put themselves into debt as a result, despite the difficult economic times we're in. Anyway, how about we don’t buy all those expensive new things but instead look at what we already own or can find for free or little money and how we can give it a new life?

This is a vintage sofa my mum once rescued from the marriage resistry office at the local Town Hall in Emmen, The Netherlands. Although not repurposed by physically changing it, I gave it a new purpose by placing it in my student room, and later moved it to my first apartment. When I moved again and the sofa turned out to be too large, I had it "adopted" by my good friend Mieke in Utrecht, who now loves it. Schools, local authority buildings and other offices sometimes get rid of furniture, shelving units and desks. Worth keeping an eye out for them...

I got inspired by this post on the Daily What and really wanted to share this with you. "The amazing transformed oven lounge". Not something you would DIY on a Saturday, but what a great idea!

I also came across this - I must admit slightly silly - idea of repurposing a water wing via Apartment Therapy. Still, it's very original!

Has anyone ever looked at the Ikea Hacker site? It's brilliant how people take a run-of-the-mill Ikea item and just make it into something else. Now this Billy bookcase is still a Billy bookcase, except the owner has 'hacked' it by turned it on its side and mounting it onto the wall making it 'float'. Cool!

Fruit crates are very versatile to reuse in the home. Here they've been mounted onto the kitchen wall to be used as open shelving, looking very nice. Found it on the great blog Poetic Home.

Another amazing project featured on Poetic Home is this huge desk made from repurposed books, created by Architectural students at Delft University of Technology. Could you imagine something similar for your own home in the shape of a smaller desk or coffee table?

My car (a lovely old Mazda Mx5 with pop-up head lights) had to go for its MOT today and failed on a rusty bottom (ooh, that doesn't sound right, does it, haha). We're getting it repaired - once again - but if ever it had to die, I would like it to be turned into a sofa, like Bel & Bel have done with a Seat 600. What a cracker.

I drive one in black - such a cool little car

What have you given a new life?