Even the most perfectly formed chairs are somehow made infinitely more inviting by the addition of a casually placed sheepskin rug. Well it is January, and we all want to feel a bit more cosy at this time of year don't we?
A quick trawl of Pinterest yields dozens of examples, (Harry Bertoia's graceful 1950s diamond chair crops up time and time again). In all of the interiors featured in this post it's the addition of the sheepskin that adds an air of informality, suggesting that the home is a place that is lived in and enjoyed, as opposed to a perfect and pristine space that is 'on show'.
Like many people I often use Pinterest to bookmark things that catch my eye, compiling them into a wishlist of things I'd love to treat myself to.
To celebrate their launch in the US & Australia, luxury interiors store Amara is hosting an international Pinterest competition in which the winner will receive £1000 (or $ equivalent) to spend on their Amara wishlist. If you'd like to be in with a chance of winning simply create a Pinterest board called 'Amara wishlist' and then start pinning your favourite items from Amara.com. Once you've finished your board you'll also need to submit a link to it on the Amara competition page.
Here are a few of the items on my Amara wishlist (plus more favourites on Pinterest).
The depths of January might not be the best time of year for gardening, but it is the perfect time to gather inspiration and plan for the year ahead from the comfort of your favourite armchair.
With many of his working days held hostage to the winter weather, English gardener John Tebbs recently launched The Garden Edit, a carefully curated collection of beautiful, timeless and functional objects for, and inspired by, the garden. Each item reflects John's own personal aesthetic - "minimal, well designed products from craftspeople, artists, publishing houses and family run businesses."
Alongside a carefully chosen selection of books, art prints, handcrafted stoneware planters and porcelain vases, you'll also find a range of practical but well-considered tools for the garden and gardening.
After the excitement of the festive period January can feel like a bit of a flat month. A guaranteed pick me up is planning a weekend away and I love the idea of hunkering down and staying in a cosy cottage with a roaring fire and a glass of red for company. When it comes to self-catering cottages the UK has a plethora to choose but here are three that have caught my eye that combine modern design elements without compromising on comfort making them perfect winter escapes.
When my ancient and much loved Hunters finally gave up the ghost recently I decided it was time for a change. They had done me proud and been trusty companions on countless adventures but, in reality, there aren't too many days when knee height boots are absolutely necessary and so I figured these biker style rain boots would be more practical.
Designed by Julia Lundsten, a Finnish shoe designer and Royal College of Art graduate, they are made by Nokian, a company that has been manufacturing rubber boots in Finland for more than 100 years.
This week's links for a lazy Sunday...
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- Photographer Bob Mazzer took these images of passengers on the London Underground during his daily commute to work in the 70s and 80s.
- Paul Winstanley's beautiful photorealistic paintings capture the austere beauty of empty art school studios.
- Arresting black and white images documenting the London punk scene in 1976 and 1977.
- Dance choreographers Keone and Mariel Madrid perform a routine as an elderly couple to Bob Marley's "Is This Love". (via The Women's Room)
Image: The Line