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Blink London kitchen redesign project: multi facetted

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

The final look at our kitchen redesign project and I wanted to share a close look at the finishing touches. Yes, we are feeling slightly obsessed with facetted shapes. These are three of our favourite additions to the kitchen scheme, setting off the more permanent elements (Ikea kitchen units, custom plywood cupboards and shelves, concrete worktops, metro tiles) really well. Good looking and all very useful too.

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yellow facetted ceramic vase

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Tiger facetted bowl, with one of my collection of vintage Bjorn Wiinblad discs

LIV Interior facetted bowl, Blink London kitchen redesign, Ikea kitchen, concrete worktop, lifestyle blogger,metro tiles, vintage Turkish plate, Sergeant Pepper pepper mill, vintage 50's tea pot

LIV Interior facetted bowl with vintage Turkish plate, Sergeant Pepper pepper mill and vintage 50’s tea pot

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Blink London kitchen redesign project: patterned floor tiles

Friday, January 8th, 2016

Hope you enjoyed our kitchen redesign catch up earlier. Now we move on from the plywood to the next design decision that tortured us for several sleepless nights… what to do with the floor.

The house is Victorian, and yet nothing in the redesign reflected that. In fact one of the original features in the building that I love the most are the stunning encaustic tiles in the hallway. I toyed with the idea of sourcing some tiles to match those in the hallway but this just felt a bit forced, as well as a bit incongruous in the rather minimalist new kitchen scheme.

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Victorian monochrome pathway tiles, spotted in Notting Hill

The solution finally came to me as I walked through Notting Hill one afternoon. This is a classic Victorian pathway design that can be seen in most London Victorian or Edwardian neighbourhoods. I decided that this was the perfect reference point for me. It’s authentic to the period yet modern, minimalist, patterned, clean and bold. Yay! After some serious time trawling tile shops I came across these guys on Target Tiles. Not only seriously stylish but also on budget.

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Monochrome patterned floor tiles from Target Tiles

They absolutely make the kitchen as far as I am concerned. I love, love, love the finished effect- especially with my neon pink, pimped Ikea step stool! I hope you’re enjoying these kitchen redesign posts. To see more form our lifestyle coverage, just click here.

Blink London kitchen redesign project: Birch Ply

Friday, January 8th, 2016

Gosh, we’re awfully sorry to have left you hanging on for more about our kitchen design project. It’s just that we are so very easily distracted by our first love which is obvs fashion. To remedy the situation we hope you enjoy this post, along with a couple of others just to round off our content on this really exciting project.

So, you have seen where we started, the inspiration and planning, the Dowsing and Reynolds custom lighting, that fabulous pimped Ikea step stool and those oh so gorgeous poured concrete worktops. Now it’s the turn of the key additional material that elevated our simple Ikea cabinet choice into something far more innovative and interesting: the birch plywood.

Birch ply elements nispired by this shot found on Pinterest (mini studio foto: Lisa Van Damme)

Birch ply elements inspired by this shot found on Pinterest (mini studio foto: Lisa Van Damme)

This was the first image that I spotted and fell in love with, leading me to discover several other great kitchen schemes that included ply. I wanted something that would be as neutral as possible, less ‘figured’ looking than this, but still naturally varied, bringing in some warmth and something kind of ‘crafted’ to the overall look. And of course, those stunning, crisp and even stripes that good quality, high end ply has. We sourced some birch ply that answered the brief on every level, as well as being resilient in the steamy kitchen environment.

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the finished Blink London kitchen redesign

Stefano, my carpenter/kitchen fitter created custom cupboards, inserts and shelves that not only made maximum use of the small kitchen space, they also added a ‘made-to-measure’ uniqueness to this refit.

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Birch plywood shelves (with Anthropologie’s wishbone brackets) flank the oven and extractor

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Birch plywood shelves in the Blink London kitchen redesign. Plate from Rob Ryan

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Birch plywood windowsill in the Blink London kitchen refit. Matte finish pot from Liv Interior.

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Birch plywood cupboard door with cut out handle from the Blink London kitchen redesign.

We hope you have enjoyed sharing our first ever interior design project. To see more lifestyle posts, just click here.

Liberty London launches The Chesham Cabinet Collection

Friday, December 11th, 2015
Liberty London's Chesham Cabinet Collection, Arthur Liberty

Liberty London’s Chesham Cabinet Collection, Arthur Liberty

The other week we were delighted to be invited to Liberty Interiors new collection launch. The Chesham Cabinet Collection has been inspired by some of the world’s finest ‘cabinet houses’ and dolls houses.

Queen Mary's Dolls House, Windsor Castle

Queen Mary’s Dolls House, Windsor Castle

We met with some of the Liberty London designers who told us how they were so inspired by the scale play and intense detailing, craft and workmanship found in these amazing dolls houses. They translated that inspiration in to a stunning collection of new interiors textiles designs translated across velvets, linen, wallpaper and even Scottish made, luxurious woollen blankets.

It was wonderful to see the mini room sets created by the Liberty team, but my absolute highlight was being able to see the original, hand-painted artworks for these designs, painstakingly created by Liberty’s textile designers. No computerised design work here!

Liberty London artwork for the Chesham Cabinet Collection

Liberty London artwork for the Chesham Cabinet Collection

Liberty London artwork for the Chesham Cabinet Collection

Liberty London artwork for the Chesham Cabinet Collection. Close up

Liberty London artwork for the Chesham Cabinet Collection

Liberty London artwork for the Chesham Cabinet Collection

Liberty Interiors Chesham Cabinet Collection

Liberty Interiors Chesham Cabinet Collection

Liberty Interiors Chesham Cabinet Collection

Liberty Interiors Chesham Cabinet Collection

Liberty Interiors Chesham Cabinet Collection

Liberty Interiors Chesham Cabinet Collection

Thanks so much to the Liberty Interiors team who were so generous with their time. Wonderful to be able to see the whole creative journey behind these stunning new designs, and wonderful to see how such a recognisable heritage brand continues to innovate.

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Art Rookie share their Christmas gift ideas

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Do you know about Art Rookie? If not, then let us introduce you to a wonderful source of brilliantly creative products that is about to transform your Christmas shopping angst into Christmas shopping ease. Art Rookie is a brilliant online shop that is dedicated to supporting British artists and designers.

Liz and Jodie, founders of Art Rookie

Liz and Jodie, founders of Art Rookie

Created by Liz Bush and Jodie Prince, young artist and designers themselves, Art Rookie’s USP is that the designer or artist is given the opportunity to apply their artwork to a selection of products, showcased on the Art Rookie website. This is where the artist can then get back to being an artist, and all the rest (from production to shipping) is all handled by Art Rookie. It’s a brilliantly supportive way for designers to get their work out there in a consistently high quality way, all made to order in Britain, with the benefits of being part of a bigger concern whilst retaining their independence.

The Art Rookie team are in a unique position of being to oversee a multitude of artists and see trends in the work that’s being created. We asked them to share the biggest stories with us so you can be as inspired as possible with buying gifts for the design driven people in your life. There are three big trends: surrealist, monochrome and bringing the outside in.

All of these products can be found on the Art Rookie site and while you’re looking for your favourites from these moodboards, I feel sure you’ll discover many more irresistible designs.

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Art Rookie and the monochrome trend

Art Rookie, the surrealist trend, Christmas gift ideas, creative gifts, British artists

Art Rookie and the surrealist trend

Art Rookie, the outside inside trend, Christmas gift ideas, creative gifts, British artists

Art Rookie and the outside inside trend

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The Blink London kitchen redesign: the concrete worktop

Thursday, November 26th, 2015
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The Blink London kitchen project, the concrete worktop. Love it with this Liv Interiors bowl and the Target Tiles floor tiles.

So we have set the scene already with our earlier post which I hope you enjoyed. I was truly fixated on carrara marble for the worktop, but there was no way the budget would allow for that (or we could just have a worktop and no kitchen maybe??) so I spent lots of time researching stone alternatives. Whilst trawling Pinterest for inspiration I noticed how gorgeous concrete worktops were. I was a bit conflicted as isn’t that a bit ‘done’? Well, it seems its all in the execution and combination of materials, so I decided to set aside concerns for ‘what’s hot and what’s not’ and instead focus on whats beautiful, budget appropriate and also (shockingly) what’s practical. I have to admit that I also got really in to all of the online tutorials and decided that the lovely Stef, my kitchen fitting super hero, could do with a sidekick on this job.

After lots of research, hours of YouTube videos and a couple of test blocks, we went for it.

Concrete worktop: work in progress. The Blink London kitchen project, DIY, poured concrete, interiors trends

Concrete worktop: work in progress. The Blink London kitchen project

Concrete worktop: work in progress. The Blink London kitchen project, DIY, poured concrete, interiors trends

Concrete worktop: work in progress. The Blink London kitchen project

Concrete worktop: work in progress. The Blink London kitchen project, DIY, poured concrete, interiors trends

Concrete worktop: work in progress. The Blink London kitchen project

Because we poured it upside down the melamine sheeting and shuttering, combined with the weight of the concrete and Stef’s time spend ensuring there were as few air bubbles as possible, all means that the surface was really compacted, level and pretty clean. There was some polishing to do, but nothing like what I was expecting. We used several grades, but nothing too severe, before treating the worktop with a sealant.

Concrete worktop: work in progress. The Blink London kitchen project, polishing concrete, poured concrete, DIY

Concrete worktop: work in progress. The Blink London kitchen project

Once in situ (boy was it heavy to shift!) I then gave it a further coat of sealant and a subtle polish. Partly because I had a hand in the process, but mostly just because it is awesome, I am now officially utterly in love with my concrete worktops and couldn’t recommend this option highly enough. Carrara who?

Concrete worktop complete. The Blink London kitchen project, polishing concrete, poured concrete, DIY

Concrete worktop complete. The Blink London kitchen project.

If you love that Liv Interiors bowl as much as I do, check out their full collection. And Target Tiles were a joy to deal with. For more of our interiors posts, just look here and there’s more from our kitchen project to come.

This post is not sponsored (sadly).

“Blink” Interiors: Inspiration from Columbia Road Flower Market

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

If you follow our instagram, you’ll know that I have been reworking a few things at Blink Towers. I have turned my design skills from fashion to interiors, starting off with a kitchen redesign and refit. I learnt so much during this process and I cannot wait to share the journey with you. Before we get into the cut and thrust, dust and very gritty nitty gritty, I have this rather more accessible and easily translatable post to share with you.

We live in a Victorian terrace house conversion, connecting to our neighbours on the right in an ‘L’ shaped layout. This means that our kitchen window looks out over the space created. This is lovely in that we have natural light etc, but the view ain’t much to write home about. Additionally, it means that we have our neighbour’s window pretty much looking at us too. When I get up in the morning and make my first coffee looking like some sort of walking dead, I don’t want to freak the neighbours out too much. Therefore I needed to come up with some sort of window covering.

My kitchen herbs and I love the light too much to choose a curtain or any frosted glass, so I decided to go for something far more partial, transparent and decorative. I collect Mid Century glass, and it always looks better with the light shining through it. I also love fresh flowers. Combine those elements and this is what you get. You get a trip to Columbia Road Flower Market followed by some artful arranging.

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Flowers in my kitchen, creating a floral window screen.

Flowers in my kitchen, creating a floral window screen, Columbia Road flower market, cut flowers, Mid Century glass, interior decor

Flowers in my kitchen

Now I do realise this isn’t quite enough cover to enable utterly privacy (i.e. some clothing is required…) but it does give some coverage, as well as enhancing my view as well as theirs no doubt. And this looks totally different throughout the day and evening which just adds even further to my delight.

Flowers in my kitchen, creating a floral window screen, Columbia Road flower market, cut flowers, Mid Century glass, interior decor

Flowers in my kitchen, creating a floral window screen

Flowers in my kitchen, creating a floral window screen, Columbia Road flower market, cut flowers, Mid Century glass, interior decor

Flowers in my kitchen

Flowers in my kitchen, creating a floral window screen, Columbia Road flower market, cut flowers, Mid Century glass, interior decor

Flowers in my kitchen, creating a floral window screen

Looking forward to sharing more from our kitchen adventure with you very soon. In the meantime, just look here for more lifestyle posts.

“Blink” Interiors: Kitchen Inspiration- searching for the perfect everything!

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Have you been following our #kitchenrefurb project on Instagram? If so, you would have seen my hashtag #itsallaboutthedetails, and it really is! The space we’re reworking is rather compact shall we say, and also the style of this kitchen redesign is clean and pretty minimal. Those things in combination mean that every decision, every component, and every square inch of space needs to be considered with great care.

Pinterest has proven to be a super rich resource for inspiration, and helped with many of our creative decisions but we wanted to make sure we’d looked in every corner of the interweb to find the absolute best ideas that we could. That’s when we discovered Homify.

Not only is this a great source of general inspiration with stunning shots of interiors, exteriors, room details, you can also source architects and makers on here too. It’s a great full-service package! So we were obviously specifically looking for kitchen inspiration, and even more drilled down than that, storage ideas. Looking through page after page, I came across quite a few independent labels and online shops that I hadn’t heard of before. The one that I fell for the most was Utility.

Utility shop, Brighton

Utility shop, Brighton

Homify hosts a profile page for each label so after reading they they are based in Brighton, sell their own products as well as some sourced from independent manufacturers and have an online shop I was sold. It’s tempting to place an order for these gorgeous Parfait jars right away, but I have a feeling a quick roadtrip down to Brighton might be in order to find more gorgeousness to perfectly finish off our kitchen project.

Utility's 'Le Parfait orange' storage jars

Utility’s ‘Le Parfait orange’ storage jars

We are very nearly finished and I cannot wait to show you all! For more interiors inspiration, take a look here. For more general lifestyle posts, look here.

“Blink” Lifestyle: Blink Towers Kitchen Refurb Project, the lights

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

As a detail obsessed nit-picker it’s been a trying time deciding on all of the finishing details for this kitchen project- but fortunately I am also a tireless researcher so I managed to track down what I feel are the perfect solutions to deliver the look as well as stay within our budget (with the odd splurge!). One of the elements that I wanted to get absolutely right was the lighting. This is key not only from an aesthetic perspective, but also critical from a ‘fit for purpose’ point of view too.

These are the points that drove out the final decisions:
1) nothing boring or ordinary
2) a bit industrial
3) some fun colour
4) would work with my beloved Plumen lightbulbs
5) not budget-busting!

I roamed around the interweb on a sourcing mission with these five things in mind and tracked down the marvellous Dowsing and Reynolds and all my lighting wishes were granted by this brilliant British company! Alongside lots of industrial inspired lighting there’s also a small but perfectly formed selection of home accessories on their website too. I had a good browse around and then came across the ‘Create Your Own Lights’ section. Dowsing and Reynolds have created a place for you to cherry pick all of the elements that you love the most to create your very own, unique light fixtures. They even have a 6 step guide to help you pick the right elements. Oh, and these for sure would also count as one of our ‘Stylish Steals’ too!

My first port of call was their selection of gorgeous colourful fabric cables. I wanted to share D&R’s video with you just so you can appreciate the art behind these Italian made beauties.

I went for the orange and white to get my colour in to the design. I teamed it with their ‘forgotten silver’ ceiling rose and the same colour in a simple bulb holder.  It was delivered quick-smart and I grabbed my toolkit (yes, I do own a toolkit!) and got to work, under the watchful eye of my builder, Stef.

Dowsing & Reynolds 'create your own light' delivered in lovely packaging

Dowsing & Reynolds ‘create your own light’ delivered in lovely packaging

I carefully wired up the lamp holder and decided on how long I wanted to the pendant lights to hand down from the ceiling rose.

Dowsing & Reynolds 'create your own light'  in progress

Dowsing & Reynolds ‘create your own light’ in progress

I then handed over to Stef to attach the rose to the ceiling and to wire in my lovely new pendant lights. Literally minutes later all three lights were up and ready to have the baby Plumen bulbs popped in and switched on!

Dowsing & Reynolds 'create your own light'

Dowsing & Reynolds ‘create your own light’

My unique Dowsing & Reynolds lights

My unique Dowsing & Reynolds lights

I’m a very proud Blink Boss right now and can’t wait to see you these beauties in the finished scheme. Thanks so much to Ally of Dowsing & Reynolds for all of the help and support and interminable question answering I put her through!

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