Design Hunter Tastemaker Sale at Casafina

Benni rug | Design Hunter Casafina Tastemaker sale

A little while ago I was approached by the members only homeware boutique Casafina and invited to curate a tastemaker sale for them. Using some of my own furniture, rugs, lighting and decorative objects as a starting point I worked with the Casafina team to help them put together a sale designed to reflect the look, feel and colour palette of my own home.

The sale has just launched and will run for the next few weeks, so I wanted to share a small taster of it here on Design Hunter.

The pieces in the sale have all been chosen with my love of simple, understated enduring style in mind. As regular readers will know I tend to prefer clean lines, strong shapes, natural materials and interesting textures over lots of colour and pattern, so there are lots of blacks, whites, greys and neutrals.

Our home definitely doesn’t have an ‘off the shelf’ look that’s confined to one style – there are elements of Scandinavian, mid-century and modern rustic style, but these are combined with eclectic pieces we’ve collected and objects that evoke happy memories of places we’ve visited.


Casafina tastemaker sale | Design Hunter

This Benni rug is one of my favourite items in the sale. The perfect counterbalance to either clean lined contemporary designs or classic mid-century pieces, it would also work equally well used to pull together a more eclectic bohemian look.

If you'd like to discover more of the pieces I picked out as my favourites you can join Casafina and view the Design Hunter tastemaker sale here. (Casafina is a members only site so you'll need to sign up before you can shop the sale.) There's also an interview with me about my home and my blogging journey over on their blog MiCasa, along with my thoughts on some of the key interiors trends we've seen so far in 2015.

A bedroom makeover & my 5 must-have beauty products

dressing table details | Habitat Birchbox | Design Hunter
At the dressing table every woman has a chance to be an artist, and art, as Aristotle said “completes what nature left unfinished.”
— Sophia Lauren

Living in a relatively small house where storage is in short supply, a dressing table always felt like a luxury we couldn't really accommodate in our current bedroom.

With storage our main consideration, when we originally decorated and furnished the room we wanted to incorporate as much shelf and drawer space as possible, fitting built in wardrobes and cupboards along the walls on either side of the bed and positioning a large chest of drawers on the only remaining wall. As a result, I'd resigned myself to the fact that having a dressing table just wasn't really an option. But in truth, I've never really been happy with the room layout, and it always felt like a bit of a compromise.

So when Habitat got in touch recently and asked if I'd like to get involved in their current collaboration with Birchbox we decided to ditch the old chest of drawers and see how things worked out with their lovely new Emil dressing table instead.

And what a joy it's been to make the switch! Finally I have somewhere to sit and spread things out while I'm styling my hair and putting on my make up, instead of having to compete with my husband for bathroom space every time we get ready to go out together. Thanks to its slender, elegant design and oversized mirror it has also opened up the room and made it feel much bigger.

White bedroom with Habitat dressing table | Design Hunter
Best face fixers make up of the year | Design Hunter

To celebrate the design's launch, Habitat have partnered with monthly beauty and lifestyle subscription service Birchbox. Since Spring is traditionally a time of renewal, renovation and refreshment, the theme for the collaboration 'Do Try This At Home' fittingly celebrates makeovers of all types - from updating your daily beauty regime to reorganising or redecorating your home.

There are so many beauty products out there that it can be hard to know which ones to choose, so the Birchbox concept is designed to allow you to test out a box of different samples from leading brands each month. If you discover something you particularly like you can then choose to buy the full size product. The March box, exclusively produced as part of the Habitat Birchbox collaboration is available here (and there's a special reader discount code at the end of this post if you're interested).

I've been very spoilt this month as Birchbox kindly sent me a selection of my favourite beauty products (and a few new ones to try out). Here's what I chose:

Bamford Geranium Hand and Body Lotion

The smell of this alone is enough to justify treating yourself - a blend of botanical oils including geranium and lavender with hints of spicy vanilla, peppermint and eucalyptus. I mean seriously could they have crammed any more of my favourite scents into one product? It's incredibly light and easily absorbed too.

My bathroom cupboard is full of unused hand and body lotions, but this is one that definitely won't be around for long.

Absolution Day Cream

My first thought upon applying this was how aptly named it is. It really does feel as if my skin is being absolved of the many sins I have inflicted on it. My skin tends to be fairly dry during the winter months but just a tiny amount of this immediately hydrates it. It absorbs quickly and my face instantly feels firmer and beautifully supple. It is expensive, so you'll want to use it sparingly, but in my view it's worth every penny.

This one's worthy of five stars. My usual cheaper everyday moisturiser doesn't even begin to compare with it. It's unisex and certified organic too.

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer

I've long been a fan of the Laura Mercier range and probably have more of their products in my make up bag than any other brand. My skin is prone to Rosacea and so I use this on any areas where I need a little extra coverage while keeping the rest of my face more lightly made up. It's long lasting and offers complete coverage. If I'm out and about and travelling light I just pop this and a lipstick in my bag for quick touch ups throughout day.

Elemental Herbology Biodynamic Facial Soufflé

Yes, this really is like applying a soufflé to your face. My skin feels dewy, soft, revived and firmer. It's great for more mature skin as it seems to instantly reinject some of the plumpness your skin loses as it ages.

Laura Mercier Creme Body Wash in Ambre Vanillé

This smells like the best dessert you've ever had. It quickly works up into a luxurious creamy lather that leaves your skin feeling soft, nourished and deliciously scented.

An indulgent way to start the day.

Bamford products from Birchbox on Habitat dressing table | Design Hunter
White waffle dressing gown
Habitat dressing table details | Design Hunter
Habitat dressing table & Birchbox products | Design Hunter
Bamford products from Birchbox on Habitat dressing table | Design Hunter
Habitat dressing table in white bedroom | Design Hunter

Birchbox are offering Design Hunter readers £5 off their first box. This means that you can try out Birchbox for just £5 instead of the usual £10 per month. Or in other words, for less than the price of a cup of coffee and a glossy magazine you'll receive a little box of treats in the post to cheer up your day. Click on the link below and enter the code BBXTDH5 at the checkout.

With thanks to Habitat and Birchbox for gifting the products featured in this post.

The Contemporary Touch

Dedar Cherie - a Chanel inspired tweed | Design Hunter

Although I'm perfectly capable of appreciating bold colours and vibrant prints, when it comes to textile design I invariably find myself drawn, first and foremost, to weave, texture and touch.

So when I visited London Design Week at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour last week and viewed the new designs from Italian textile house Dedar I was happy to discover a collection that is overwhelmingly tactile in the most luxurious way.

Established in 1976 by Nicola Fabrizio and his wife Elda, Dedar today is still very much a family passion with son and daughter team Rafaelle and Caterina now at the helm of a growing international business.

Dedar's designs are contemporary but at the same time have an elegant classicism. The new collection draws on a number of different moods and sources of inspiration - from African and tribal influences to graphic motifs and expressionism, and from the unique imperfections of the handmade through to haute couture tailoring. This showroom moodboard offers an insight into some of the inspirations behind the current collection.

Image: Design Hunter

Image: Design Hunter

The 2015 lookbook, shown below and shot by Milan based photographer Andrea Ferrari who has also worked on previous campaigns for Dedar, is a visual treat. However, even these beautiful images can't fully do justice to this collection. It's only possible to appreciate the texture, lustre and opulence of these designs by seeing and feeling them for yourself.

Touch is one of our most basic instincts. When we reach out to make physical contact with an object with our hands what we are often actually doing is seeking confirmation of what our eyes are already telling us, and it's certainly hard to resist the urge to touch Dedar's luxurious silks and opulent jewel toned velvets, or indeed the yearning to be cushioned and cosseted by their ripples and folds.

Here's a run through of some of the collection highlights.

Shortcuts tangled ribbon pattern by Dedar | Design Hunter

Designed to represent a heap of tangled ribbons, the Short-cuts design has a strikingly three dimensional effect which is accentuated by the interplay between its contrasting matt and lustrous elements.

Oban cotton velvet tartan by Dedar | Design Hunter

Perfectly paired here with a green marble backdrop, Oban is an Italian interpretation of Scottish tartan in cotton velvet.

Dedar geometric motif | Design Hunter

On The Edge is a bold geometric design, which has a light quilted effect.

Green velvet sofa in Dedar Splendido | Design Hunter

Splendido is a viscose and silk velvet with a luxurious pile which at 4mm is almost twice the thickness of most velvets.

Dedar Dedaedro curtain | Design Hunter

In Dedaedro a geometric motif takes on blurred contours. This softens the severity of the design and evokes the play of light on a faceted crystal surface.

Dedar Cherie | Design Hunter

Chérie, described by Dedar as an haute couture jacquard, is an homage to Coco Chanel and was inspired by her iconic tweed. It's woven on special looms to accommodate the multiple different types of yarn from which the design is created - from fine and bulky to lustrous and matt.

Dedar Tangram | tribal inspired geometric motif | Design Hunter

Tangram features a tribal geometric motif applied to coarse hand-woven matka silk using a traditional screen printing technique.

All images are by Andrea Ferrari for Dedar except where otherwise stated.

Posted in collaboration with Dedar.