Friday, 1 July 2016

Roost Bamboo Cloud Chandelier

Roost Bamboo Cloud Chandelier's

How cool are these Bamboo Cloud Chandeliers from Roost?

Starting at $1200, they are well out of my price range but they are super stunning. I am so pleased bamboo and rattan is having a little moment in the Interiors world, I love it!!

The Roost Cloud Chandeliers are available from Modish

Thursday, 30 June 2016

A Sneek Peak: Gwen Gunheim

Photography by: Heidi Zumbrun

I just love the colours in this beautiful Sonoma County home and workshop of wood artist Gwen Gunheim...... I have included an extract of the original text below as it is beautifully written and I can never paraphrase....

For Gwen Gunheim, a fifth-generation Californian, working with wood is a process that connects her history and heritage to the present moment. Because of her deep local roots, she desires to embrace the stories found in the materials she uses. In the early 1950s, her great-grandfather Harry built a house in Monte Rio, California. When it burned down in a fire four years ago, she visited the remains of the structure and salvaged what she could.

In her first trials with woodwork, she dismantled the steps of the house, which were constructed from old-growth pine, and reshaped them into handled French-style cutting boards for her family. In another project, lumber framing from the walls of the house became the base of a dining table, recollecting the charred memories of a previous life. A live-edge redwood slab served as the tabletop; it was sourced from a tree that she removed with her father from family land by Timber Cove, an hour west of her home in Santa Rosa.....

To view the full article and set of photos please visit edit on local

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Bike baskets from The Basket Room

A few years ago I brought myself a vintage light purple Raleigh bike that came with a basket, which inevitably I decorated with plastic flowers and nicknamed Violet.

Out for this years summer debut I noticed that Violet's basket has now seen better days and needed replacing..... that is when i stumbled across the new baskets from 'The Basket Room', a great company that I own a beautiful handmade, fair trade storage basket from... used as toy storage (even garish plastic toys look cool in there)

The Basket Room is an ethical lifestyle brand, specialising in handwoven baskets and accessories made in Africa. Woven with vibrant colours & unique patterns, they work directly with weaving cooperatives in rural Kenya, Ghana & Tanzania.

Awia bike basket from The Basket Room
Not only are these bike baskets beautiful to look at but they are also beautiful where it counts....The Basket Room's unique Ghanaian bicycle baskets are designed in house and made by their partner weaving cooperative in Northern Ghana.  Made from natural materials and finished with leather straps, these beautiful and colourful bike baskets are ideal for Summer rides, small shopping trips, a cycle around town, study books and picnics!

My favorite is the green Awia basket above....

Our partner weaving cooperatives have always been a strong hold of women, but in Ghana men also weave. Here are a group of talented weavers who make our bike baskets!