Thursday, March 11, 2010

Decor in profile - Cyrus Company

By Guest Blogger Daniella Kilov...

While traveling the States I was definitely on the look out for anything in design, but when I fell upon Cyrus Company in Mercer Street Soho - it was love at first sight. The Italian Company exudes the epitome of what true European craftsmanship and design means to the styling enthusiast….Each piece varies slightly due to the intricacy of detail and attention to quality. The pieces are exaggerated yet elegant. With hints of gold amongst a sea of white, Cyprus certainly knows how to create understated luxury.

I am definitely one for colour - and I find it more exciting than clean simple lines but there is something so eye catching about these pieces - maybe it’s the over exaggeration of the elements making up the designs.

Hello big chair! I love the contrast between organic and inorganic.

Yes, it may be a little garish - but this close up is outstanding.

The same chest of drawers also come with ceramic bows. How precious!

While quite feminine, the strong lines of the furniture create a masculine edge, which I think balances the collection well.

So, to prove my point about this great company I want to go one step further and show you the HH Florence (Hotel Home in Florence). The concept being that guests are made to feel at home in an uncluttered space devoid of the over emphasis of staying in a hotel.

I love the idea of white on white - play with textures and finishes to create interest and depth. Splashes of bright colour will modernise a space. The use of various shades of timber flooring will also alter the ambience of the space. Lighter floors give a floaty, dream like feel, while darker timbers give a grounded feel.

[all images via Cyrus Company]

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Hello Trosman Lover...

By Guest Blogger Daniella Kilov..

Just proves your creativity is only limited by your imagination...
Isn’t it amazing how something so simple can create something so wonderful… a rainbow of tussled and layered fabrics.

Of course the clothes are as intriguing as the styling.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Textile Inspiration - Madeline Weinrib & her fantastical atelier

By Guest Blogger Daniella Kilov..

Not only is Madeline Weinrib Atelier in New York known for their sumptuous, deliciously, lavish fabrics, rugs and furniture but they are the sponsors of Project Marala - A non profit organisation founded in the late 1980’s. Its goal and purpose is to eliminate child labour within the carpet weaving industry in India. The organization has set up a school curriculum which empowers children and allows them to matriculate into higher education creating more learning opportunities for them.

Now for the lady behind the name - Madeline Weinrib, painter and designer, great granddaughter of the founder of ABC carpets in New York has created her own collections drawing from her travels and love for opulent colour and pattern to create beauty and interest for the home.

Now that I have created this picture perfect description of MWA feast your eyes on this wonderful world of colour, pattern and texture….

There are 3 fabric ranges this is the Ikat range - what a stunning take on such a cultural pattern.

It’s like licorice all sorts for textiles. A candy land…

Dont these just look good enough to eat...

Just some of these magnificent fabrics made into cushions (available here]

Suzani is motif based and the intense colours give this pattern an incredibly bold statement.

The Organic Block Print range is a little more subtle. What a great alternative to the same stripes and spots for a childs room - used in accents on drum-shades, blinds, trimmings and throw cushions with a beautiful striped wall in neutrals would create a fresh take on the good old kiddies space.

Great for a little girls room. You could even add to the cushions contrasting pom poms in pink and orange for an extra element of fun.