Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Home tour with Lisa Levis

Today I'm sharing a little peek inside the home of the lovely Lisa Levis (nee Stickley). I've admired Lisa and her work for years, and am inspired by her hard-working and 'never give up' attitude. I met her recently, very briefly, at an event we were both speaking at, and she is indeed a lovely, friendly and warm person too.

Katie of Apartment Apothecary and photographer Katharine Peachey recently visited Lisa's home to shoot the interiors and interview her, so I'm honoured to share some of these lovely images and extracts from the interview...

the home interiors of designer Lisa Levis

the home interiors of designer Lisa Levis - kitchen
Lisa has decoupaged the kitchen cupboards with vintage knitting magazine pages - such a wonderfully unique idea - and certainly makes the plain white units much more exciting!

Katie asked Lisa:

How has your work as a designer influenced your home?
“It’s all pretty much one and the same, work blurs into the rest of life automatically in everything I do. I’m very lucky to be doing what I love, and I don’t ever really switch off. As a designer I like to surround myself with things that inspire me and my home is no exception. It’s a great place to showcase things I have collected, and experiment with colour, furniture and interesting objects, paintings, bits and pieces that inevitably go on to inspire my work one way or another, be it in a print, a bag shape or styling a shoot. My husband is a designer too and we love collecting pieces of furniture from our travels, so it has been great moving from a one bedroom flat to a three bed, having to decide what will go where and finally have a home for everything. I think things seem to take on a different lease of life moved around and placed in different environments.”

the home interiors of designer Lisa Levis - kitchen

the home interiors of designer Lisa Levis - kitchen

the home interiors of designer Lisa Levis
These chairs are waiting to be upholstered - although they are almost like an art installation as they are!

How did you go about planning your recent renovation? Did you collect ideas and plan each room meticulously or was it more organic than that?
“The bare bones and main d├ęcor were pretty well planned ahead with the accessories and bits and pieces for each room collected and gradually added as and when. We were waiting for quite some time to move so I had a lot of months for ‘planning’. Meticulous is probably quite accurate… I downloaded the floor plan from Right Move and started with the flat as a whole in my mind so as to create a complementary eclectic theme throughout. I then worked on planning room by room with individual folders of colour, floor detail, furniture thoughts etc for each. I’m a bit of a planner… don’t do last minute!”

the home interiors of designer Lisa Levis - living room

the home interiors of designer Lisa Levis - living room
The fab green sofa was from Heals and was a wedding present, instead of lots of little things. The artwork above the sofa are line drawings Lisa created when designing her Ada Rose range.

the home interiors of designer Lisa Levis - living room

the home interiors of designer Lisa Levis

the home interiors of designer Lisa Levis - living room

the home interiors of designer Lisa Levis

the home interiors of designer Lisa Levis - living room

the home interiors of designer Lisa Levis

the home interiors of designer Lisa Levis - hallway

the home interiors of designer Lisa Levis

the home interiors of designer Lisa Levis - bathroom
The vintage medicine cabinet was found at one of Patchwork Harmony's fave markets - Sunbury Antiques held at Kempton racecourse.

the home interiors of designer Lisa Levis - bedroom

the home interiors of designer Lisa Levis

the home interiors of designer Lisa Levis

the home interiors of designer Lisa Levis - bedroom
The Designers Guild wallpaper creates real impact in the bedroom while accessories are kept to a minimum so as not to become too fussy. I love how the stacks of magazines and books create a real lived in feel, and also makes me feel better than I'm not the only magazine hoarder! :)

the home interiors of designer Lisa Levis - bedroom

the home interiors of designer Lisa Levis - bedroom

the home interiors of designer Lisa Levis - bedroom
Lisa's style is effortlessly simple, with a curated selection of retro and vintage finds mixed with contemporary artwork and some of her own designs, and I think it's how she has carefully edited what she has in her home which makes it so beautiful.

Check out the extended version of the interview with Lisa on Katie's blog Apartment Apothecary and find out more about Lisa's work over on Hillside Way, the umbrella brand for her 2 labels Betty and Walter and Ada Rose.

Images by Peachey Photography

xxx

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

DIY: Simple draught excluder

Now that I work from home every day it's becoming more apparent how much our house resembles a walk-in freezer! I've always known it's cold as it's an old Edwardian house with single glazing and wooden floors, but when you're home much more, sat at the computer, the chills really get in your bones! We can't afford to do anything drastic like new windows or insulation, so I'm trying to make it cosier with curtains, rugs and draught excluders. I've always found it hard to find nice, stylish draught excluders, so I have decided to make my own. It's actually a really simple project and that way you can choose your fabric, colours and add any extra bits you fancy...

I've just shared a full tutorial on making one over on the AO at home blog so pop on over to read the full instructions and see pictures of the stages... I'm definitely making another one of these in the next few weeks!

make your own DIY simple draught excluder

make your own DIY simple draught excluder

Let me know if you give it a go! x

Renegade Craft Fair, London

Renegade Craft Fair has to be one of the biggest indie craft fairs, with 11 events a year across the States and in London. It has become one of the go-to fairs for anyone who loves discovering gorgeous handmade products and independent designers.

Renegade Craft Fair, London

Embarrassingly, I have to admit I have not actually made it to one of their London events yet and was totally planning to go to their Winter fair this year but turns out I am otherwise engaged that weekend. BUT! If you are in London on the 9th and 10th November, then you should absolutely pop by. Entry is free and there are 100+ sellers there, so lots to peruse. As well as shopping there are some great workshops on led by some top folk in the industry, including a lino stamp carving class with Make Thrift London, cross stitch with Sophie Simpson and Mollie Makes and The Amazings will be teaching hand quilting (like what I did on their online class, remember?!)


Renegade Craft Fair, London
Renegade Craft Fair, London
These pics are from last year's fair, but give you an idea of what to expect. You can see the line up of this year's sellers here. If I were you, I'd start putting a few pennies aside for this now, as I imagine it's going to be hard to resist! Oh, and its the perfect opportunity to make a start on your Christmas shopping! Let's face it, it's on its way!


Renegade Craft Fair, London

Renegade Craft Fair, London

Renegade Craft Fair, London

Renegade Craft Fair, London

Renegade Craft Fair, London

Renegade Craft Fair, London

Renegade Craft Fair, London

Check out the website for more details and let me know if you plan to go, I'm so jealous! x

Monday, October 28, 2013

The BEST Halloween craft & decor ideas!

So it's Halloween this week! Whether your a fan or not, it's a great excuse to get your craft on, and there are so many fab ideas out there online that you can't help but get inspired! Here are some of my favourite ideas spotted from around blog land....

I love this simple banner and little masked animal figures! So easy and very cute! the mini pumpkins add a shot of colour...

Halloween banner and decor idea
via The Merry Thought

This is great for a slightly more grown up look- a work of art in itself, and could in fact be left up all year round!

Halloween DIY skull art
via A Beautiful Mess
Another simple idea, using pom poms and pipe cleaners-  I reckon lots of these all hung together would look great!

simple halloween craft idea for kids - pom pom spider
via Creature Comforts
Jazz up some lollies to hand out to trick or treaters with another super easy idea - who thought a skeleton could look so cute?!

great craft idea for Halloween trick or treat gifts
via Fellow Fellow

You might recognise this one! This is my own little crafty idea for alternative treat bags which I put together for the AO at Home blog. Full tutorial here.

great craft idea for Halloween trick or treat gifts

There has been a LOT of painting of pumpkins going on this year! I love these really cute ones done simply with a gold marker pen...

paint Halloween pumpkins in gold pen
via Lovely Indeed

If you are having a party for the kids a pinata is a must! Love this ghostly one...

a Halloween party DIY ghost pinata craft idea
via Oh Happy Day

Finally, if you're going for a more sophisticated evening but still want to add some fun, these mini pumpkins with bat wings are a great idea for the table!

DIY idea for a Halloween party table setting using mini pumpkins
via Trendenser

Happy Halloween everyone! x

Friday, October 25, 2013

Rocking chairs - not just for grandma

I have to say, I've never really considered having a rocking chair in my home. Maybe it's been the association with an old lady with a rug over her knees (although, to be fair, that's what I look like most evenings!) or perhaps it's a space issue, you do tend to need a bit of space around a rocker to let it do it's thing. Whatever the reason, I started to entertain the idea a bit more, when this little beauty dropped in my inbox this morning...

Loaf Rocker chair

Now as you know, I am vintage through and through, but for some reason when it comes to rocking chairs, I seem to prefer more contemporary and retro shapes to the old fashioned wooden versions. So I am really loving how Loaf have updated this design which is reminiscent of the old rattan rockers.

If I were to consider a more traditionally shaped chair, I think the best way to update it would be to paint it in an eye popping colour. You may remember this gorgeous yellow chair, belonging to Lisa Aaron of Lou Lou and Oscar. It appeared on the cover of the current issue of Mollie Makes Home (which I edited! ...soz, did I already mention that?! tee hee!) :) I think this looks fab, especially with the addition of the eclectic mix of cushions Lisa added...

yellow wooden rocking chair - Lou Lou and Oscar
©Lisa Aaron

brightly coloured rocking chairs pink turquiose
Left: Pinterest / Right: www.casachaucha.com.ar

brightly coloured rocking chairs bluebell gray pink yellow
Left: Bluebell Gray / Right: mrsboho.blogspot.co.uk
So if you do come across a fab vintage rocker at a car boot, then I reckon this is the way to go - a bright pop of yellow, pink or turquoise to give it a bit of a contemporary vibe.

Then of course there is the classic retro shape of the Eames rocker, designed in 1950. It's simple shape manages to give impact to any room, whether in plain white for that Scandi feel, or in a bright colour that makes a statement.

white eames rocking chairs in an interior
Left: divaaniblogit.fi / Right: Nordic Design
brightly coloured eames rocking chairs in an interior
Left: Pinterest / Right: Interior Junkie
I don't have kids yet, but I imagine a rocking chair is the perfect addition to the nursery for those nights baby wants rocked to sleep, but you are all outta rocks. Sit back in your rocker with a comfy cushion, a snuggly blanket and baby, and let the chair do the work.

retro style rocking chair in an interior
via Desire to Inspire


retro style rocking chair in an interior
via Pinterest

1948 rocker from Race Furniture
Race Furniture
modern and retro rocking chairs gaivota rocking chair at Bodie and Fou
Left: Bodie and Fou / Right: From the desk of Lola
retro style rocking chairs
Left: Miss Moss / Right: Inside Stoop

mademoiselle rocking chair in an interior
Left: Love Nordic / Right: Remodelista
What do you think of rocking chairs? Do you have one or are you coveting one? And what do you think of contemporary vs retro vs vintage?
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