Friday, April 21, 2017

Eclectic Home Tour featuring Kate Reid of KROMA by Kate

Today we head to the UK to tour the home of illustrator and all around creative, Kate Reid of Kroma by Kate. Kate's creative brand Kroma by Kate has recently been expanded to include surface design and fashion and even more to come. Her eclectic home serves as an influence for her artistry and creative career. Here's our recent chat on home decorating and being a creative entrepreneur!

Jacquin: Hi Kate! How would you describe your artistry?

Kate: I have always had a thing for colour and graduating as an Illustrator, became fond of the idea of branding myself so that I could explore more creative outcomes under one name. So, my roots are within illustration and painting, but I tend to branch out to surface design and textiles too. I enjoy working in pen and ink as well as paper collage. I try to balance using older techniques such as screen printing with keeping up with the digital age!

Jacquin: Tell us about your new collection! What was your inspiration? What was your process for creating this collection?

Kate: My newest collection is based around fashion styling and trends using bold motifs and pattern. The collection will include silk scarves, sweatshirts and t-shirts. I am also working on some new limited edition screen prints. I feel that this collection, much like most of my work, combines both modern and nostalgic elements.

Jacquin: I love that you and your husband are both creative types (with your husband working on screen printing, sign writing and more). Have you two had the opportunity to collaborate on any creative projects? What future creative project would be on your bucket list together?

Kate: Thank you! Our biggest collaboration was probably designing all our stationary for our wedding last year. It was so fun to work together, Joff doing the typography and screen printing, and I chose the colours and layouts. I think we make a good creative team. We've spoken about collaborating again sometime soon!

Jacquin: How has your experience been decorating your home as newlyweds so far? What has been your favorite home d├ęcor DIY up to this point?

Kate: We love our little space and decorating it has been all the fun. I think our most successful and favorite DIY project has to be our marble kitchen cabinets (shown above). If, like us, you rent and need a way to modernise, this is so easy and makes a huge overall difference to your space. We've really loved filling our home with our personal items and making it both comfortable and cozy.

Jacquin: Where do you like to get your creative work done? What makes a great environment for you to be creative?

Kate: I share a home studio with my husband Joff, which is where we do all our creating. It's been great to share with another creative (I had my own studio for 2 years) because you can bounce ideas off one another and always have a second opinion on hand if needed. Freelancing can also get pretty lonely so, when we can, we tend to do weekend studio days so that we can work together. 

A great environment for me to be inspired is one filled with all my work and inspiration. I tend to always have a pin board filled with visuals above my computer as well as any little ornaments or colour palettes close by. I like to see all my things on display! I guess you could call it organized mess but the more colour, the better! - The colours that inspire me the most tend to be pastels and I love little inspiring quotes and messages. I also fill my spaces with lots of plants!

Jacquin: What is your favorite space in your home?

Kate: I am always changing my mind on my favorite space but currently, it is our bedroom. Out of all the rooms in our apartment, it has the least colour but is so calming and tranquil. I think it makes a change for me who is normally drawn to bolder pattern and colour palettes. Joff chose the design and decor for this room which is probably another reason why I love it!

Jacquin: What is inspiring you creatively right now?

Kate: At the moment, with summer approaching in the UK, I am really enjoying the "laid back surf vibes" and bohemian textures mixed with muddy pastel colours. My pinterest shows all of my current inspiration. Trends really inspire my illustrations whether that be fashion or interiors. Here's a few things and creative people I am loving right now...

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Artist Spotlight: Greg Irvine's globally inspired paintings

Balinese Interior with Green Shutters, Gauche on paper, Greg Irvine

Artist Greg Irvine is the creator of vibrant paintings capturing scenes from his travels across the globe. Irvine's works are known for being boldly colorful and meticulously detailed and have won multiple awards from the art community. He also happens to be a fierce admirer of antiques, patterns, and exotic textiles which really comes out in his paintings of global interiors. In Irvine's paintings you'll find that textiles and patterns are painstakingly recreated with a healthy dose of whimsy, which I absolutely love. While Greg Irvine's multi-decade career has been based in Australia, his artwork is loved internationally.

Grey Palace Kolkata - Part 2, Oil on canvas, Greg Irvine

Indian Garden with Saffron Shutters, Oil on canvas, Greg Irvine

If the artwork of Greg Irvine has captured your attention and imagination, you'll truly be amazed by his South Melbourne, Australia home tour featured on The Design Files. Irvine's home is a haven of global antiques and creativity, providing constant inspiration for his paintings. The Design Files also has an impressive video of Greg Irvine's home tour that you will not want to miss.

Balinese Tropical Outdoor Setting, Gauche on paper, Greg Irvine

Cuban Interior with Portuguese Tiles, Oil on canvas, Greg Irvine

Greg Irvine shares images from his sketchbook and more on his Instagram page so if you're a fan of his artwork you'll definitely want to follow him on Instagram, as well. To inquire about purchasing his artwork head over to Greg Irvine's website

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Indoor garden vibes... Space saving tips for plant lovers

I'm proud to say that I'm slowly, but surely developing my green thumb and knowledge of plants and flowers. A few things I've learned is that the world of plants is quite vast, and that plants and flowers can really add to my at-home experience. While I only own a few plants right now, my goal is to surround myself with gorgeous greenery at home... executed tastefully and with style of course! 

In honor of my botanical goals, here are some of my favorite interiors giving major indoor garden vibes. I've even included 6 great ideas for making potted plants work for you at home!

Idea #1: Cluster your potted plants in an empty corner of your home to maximize space. Using small side tables of varying heights will create great visual interest and allow you to see all of your plants at once. 

Image via Behance

Idea #2: You can never go wrong with symmetry! Choose two matching potted plants and place them across from one another for an upscale look like in this stunning Atlanta home.

Image via Atlanta Homes
Idea #3: If you're tight on space, choosing just one great oversized plant will go a long way. And you'll love the pop of green it adds to your space!

Image via Studio McGee

Idea #4: Try creating a stylish plant cart to maximize the look of your plants when styled together. This is a space saving idea that's also really attractive. Just purchase your favorite bar cart and then fill it with your favorite potted plants!

Image via Pinterest

Idea #5: Another unique way to style several plants together is to hang them from a garment rack. I love the look this creates with the plants hanging at different heights and it's an unexpected use of a garment rack!

(Left) Image via Kmart (Right) Image via Pinterest

Idea #6: This last idea is great for someone with a bit more space. Try filling an entire bookcase with potted plants like shown above. The results are a breath of fresh air... literally!

Plants in a space really make everything better. Trust me!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Bloggers at Home: featuring Brit Pierce of House Updated

New home tour alert! Today we're touring the chic and relaxed home of Brit Pierce, founder of blog House Updated. Brit's home decorating is all about soft neutrals, while using black decor elements to add a touch of upscale sophistication. While you peruse this home tour, lookout for the pops of black paint and decor she uses in several rooms of her home (LOVE!) and see if you can catch all of the gorgeous, textured fabrics used. Brit successfully achieves a home that is warm, welcoming, and approachable while still being stylish, which I'd say is a decorating win!

Jacquin: I love the fresh feel of your home! What did you set out to achieve when decorating you home?

Brit: I really set out to achieve a home that felt comfortable for our family and our friends. We entertain a lot and I wanted everything to be open, kid-friendly, and a perfect place for fun.

Jacquin: What is your favorite thing about being at home?

Brit: Hands down it is spending time with my family in a way that is easy and fun for all of us. Creating an open concept home allows us to be together often and you can usually find us gathered around the kitchen island. Eating... and talking A LOT. :-)

Jacquin: How was your decorating experience? What was the most difficult part? What was most rewarding?

Brit: I’ve enjoyed decorating our home but the most difficult part is committing! There are so many wonderful design options out there that picking just one lamp or just one chair can feel overwhelming. But, by far the most rewarding part is to see everything come together in the end and just enjoy the finished product.

Jacquin: Do you have any changes you'd still like to make to your home or any other projects you'd like to undertake?

Brit: I’m always changing our home! This year I’m hoping to tackle some bathroom projects, update our living room, and another big one is to take our untouched office and bring it into this century. I like to mix big remodels and smaller decorating projects throughout the year to keep me motivated and enjoying our house progress.

Jacquin: What design element in your home do you thing made the biggest design impact?

Brit: I think the design element that has made the biggest design impact is starting with neutral spaces everywhere and layering on top of that. All our walls are white or light gray (except my daughter’s room is a pale pink) but in every space we’ve added a lot of texture and color on top of the neutral base to keep things interesting. This allows for easy changes but also makes all the spaces seem cohesive and clean.

Head over to House Updated to learn more Brit, her home, and her passion for DIY! Have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Your "Go-to" brand for upholstered furniture on a budget!

Hooray! My custom headboard has arrived from Carrington Court!

The first day of Spring is finally here and you may be ready to refresh your home on a budget. I happen to be on a mission to redecorate my own bedroom right now. Carrington Court has been an amazing resource for finding quality upholstered furniture at reasonable price. I have just traded out my traditional wood headboard for Carrington Court's Bergman Headboard, which comes with custom nailheads in the finish of your choice. They offer over 200 custom fabric selections ranging from bold patterned fabrics, to solids, and even leather. You can check out how my custom headboard with Carrington Court turned out in the photo above. It is extremely well-made and I love the fabric. I selected their "Dakota Snow" fabric, which has a subtle sheen and a nice reflective quality that really brightens my room.

I've styled 3 of my favorite Carrington Court furniture selections below to inspire your next redecorating project. These looks all have a fresh contemporary feel and feature Carrington Court's budget friendly upholstered furniture. You will seriously love this brand!

1. Bergman headboard w/ custom upholstery & nailheads | 2. Bubbly Green Table Lamp | 3. Alegria Sital Woven Tasseled Pillow | 4. Nearly Natural Agave Succulent in Vase, set of 3 | 5. Auric Orbit Table | 6. Nika Throw Blanket | 7. Coconut Milk Mango Lavish Hand Cream | 8. Tonka Noir Diffuser

When it comes to relaxing at home transforming your bedroom into your own personal sanctuary will go a long way. Here’s how to style this chic headboard complete with custom nailheads. This luxurious bedroom design will make relaxing at home so much easier!

1. Keats Seat in 'Angela Lime' | 2. Carved Wood Coffee Table | 3. Allurine Floor Lamp | 4. Costura Sectional with Chaise | 5. Agua de Oro framed print by Parima Studio

This compact seat will impress you double when styled as a set of two in your living room. These seats will also do well as a set at the foot of your bed. The lime green upholstery accented with blue piping makes this seat a unique original. Here’s how to add a dose of style and color to your living room with Carrington Court.

1. Salisbury Leather Parsons Chair | 2. Hand-Painted Moroccan Pillow | 3. Horne Scholar Table | 4. Cog Desk Tidy in Gold | 5. Yuda Table Lamp | 6. Nearly Natural 64" Faux Palm Tree & Cylinder Planter with Black Metal Base  | 7. Paris Map Print | 8. Natural Agate Bookends

Love the luxe look of camel colored leather? You’ll love this FAB parsons chair from Carrington Court. Try this chair in your office paired with casual-luxury decor elements. If you prefer a more contemporary look, style this tan leather chair with contrasting black decor for a truly eye-catching look.

Which of these Carrington Court furniture selections is your favorite? The Leather Parsons Chair, the Bergman Headboard, or the Keats Seat in lime green? I happen to also really like their classic Hemingway Wingback Chair which would go well in nearly any space. Hoping you've learned about a new brand that can meet your future furniture needs. Visit for more information!

This post is sponsored by Carrington Court.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Transforming a Warehouse Into a Well-Designed Home

Warehouse Home Magazine is a publication that explores the transformation of warehouses into homes. 

One of the design ideas I've been especially inspired by lately is the idea of transforming and living in non-traditional spaces, like old industrial warehouses. My interview with the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Warehouse Home Magazine Sophie Bush was my introduction to this new way of living, and I must say that I am loving it! Warehouse Home Magazine features the best of historic and industrial warehouses in London and beyond, made new through architecture, interior design, and the imagination of their passionate owners. See the interview below.

Warehouse Home CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Sophie Bush.

Jacquin: Tell us about how your love of warehouse homes came to be. What do you find most charming about taking non-traditional spaces like warehouses and turning them into lovely decorated homes?

Sophie: I have always been passionate about architecture and interior design. When I moved to London, I was immediately drawn to its industrial conversions. These buildings represent a by-gone era of manufacturing that I find fascinating. And they have so much grit and character - they offer a very different way of living for more conventional and contemporary flats. Authentic features like exposed brickwork and concrete are incredible backdrops for adventurous homeowners and interior designers - normal interior decor rules don't apply here, you can really get creative! At the same time, steel columns and more unusual proportions, including high ceilings, can represent challenges when it comes to establishing different living areas in an industrial conversion. But no two warehouse homes are the same - and that's what I think really appeals to their residents and to anyone channelling that industrial look.

CEO of Warehouse Home Magazine, Sophie Bush, photographed in front of one of London's historic warehouse homes, revived with contemporary style. 

Transformed warehouse home in London.

Jacquin: How was your experience transforming and decorating your own warehouse home, Sophie? What challenges did you face? What was most rewarding?

Sophie: I've drawn a great deal of inspiration from the heritage of the building - it's a grade II listed former mill on the banks of the River Thames. Much of my furniture has been sourced via London-based salvage experts like LASSCO, The Old Cinema and Retrouvius, but I've had quite a bit of success on eBay too - including a beautiful old school desk, used as a side table. I love hard-wearing, heavy-duty pieces and classic industrial designs that started their lives on the factory floor. But I've combined these with contemporary designs from high-street brands like and H&M Home

The ceilings are relatively low and combined with exposed brickwork that could make spaces like the living room look gloomy, so I've incorporated bold splashes of red. Large-scale typographic prints create a contemporary effect and modern metal cabinets on castors reference the industrial features. Right now so much of my time is spent on Warehouse Home magazine, that I am still transforming my own home. It's a careful and considered process where the spaces are gradually evolving. And I actually really like that - there's a sense that every item has 'found its place' over time.

Peek inside the warehouse home of Warehouse Home founder, Sophie Bush.

Jacquin: What details should home buyers consider when deciding whether to pursue a warehouse home or other non-traditional space as a home? What advice would you give to people in the process of transforming a warehouse into a well-decorated home?

Sophie: The debut Warehouse Home book provides so much inspiration for these scenarios. It showcases the most incredible homes all over the world, from San Francisco to Sydney, London to Hong Kong, and numerous locations in between. There are family homes in former factories and foundries, bachelor pads in old printworks and cement works and much more besides! The homes are collected together in chapters themed around typical industrial architectural features - like brickwork, beams, columns, warehouse windows - and showcases the many ways in which these heritage elements can be preserved, celebrated and adapted for modern living. These properties vary enormously so there is no one-size-fits-all solution for a conversion home - I would simply suggest really embracing the industrial characteristics and enjoying the process of finding both vintage and contemporary furnishings to complement them.

The debut BOOK Warehouse Home will be available for purchase April 2017.

Inside of a historic Spratt's factory renovated unit featured in Warehouse Home Magazine.

Jacquin: What are your all time favorite warehouse homes that you've featured in your magazine, Warehouse Home?

Sophie: In Warehouse Home Issue Four, photographer Debbie Bragg contributed photographs of her own home, together with the homes of three of her neighbours, all in London's iconic Spratt's Works - a former dog food factory. When the building's conversion was completed in 1989, the units were sold as empty shells - so every home is entirely unique, as Debbie's photographs demonstrate. One of the apartments depicted belongs to the incredible denim artist Ian Berry - he lives entirely surrounded by scraps of the fabric in every conceivable shade of blue, it's a truly unique live-work environment.

We also featured the home of chef and entrepreneur Patrick Drake, co-founder of HelloFresh, in Warehouse Home Issue Five. Situated in London's fashionable Shoreditch, it's light and airy with white-painted exposed brickwork and a minimalist scheme.

London's historic Spratt's factory revived into several individual homes. 

Warehouse home of HelloFresh founder, Patrick Drake.

Inside of a historic Spratt's factory renovated unit featured in Warehouse Home Magazine.

Jacquin: What can readers expect from Warehouse Home Magazine in 2017? What are you most looking forward to for your business this year?

Sophie: You can expect to see more furniture and lighting added to our online shop over the coming months. And the debut Warehouse Home book published by Thames & Hudson will be out in April - there will be various exciting events to coincide with its launch. We've also launched an online subscription service, which is proving incredibly popular and enables customers to order any of our back issues, as well as pre-order Warehouse Home Issue Six (which will be out in June). 

We have ambitious plans to grow the Warehouse Home brand even further over the coming months. In addition to raising angel investment, we've received a number of enquiries about crowdfunding. So, on 13th March we'll be launching a crowdfunding campaign with Seedrs - a platform which enables anyone to invest in businesses they believe in from as little as £10. It's easy to register and we would love as many people as possible to watch our video and hear what we have planned. 

If the idea of transforming a spacious warehouse property into a contemporary home peaks your interest, be sure to subscribe to Warehouse Home Magazine for more industrial-style inspiration.