Eclectic bathrooms: blue mosaic tiling, copper pipes and vintage accessories

Oh, I can drool over pictures of bathrooms on Pinterest, as I’m sure many of you do as well. We had our own bathroom redone two years ago and we went for something quite simple and timeless ourselves. Still, I can’t help going Oh! and Ah! when flicking though images of bathrooms with a lot more wow factor, eclectic touches and uniqueness to them. I love Moroccan tiles, colourful mosaics, the look of a sleek modern bathroom in combination with more rustic looking copper pipework and wooden accessories such as ladders and stools. It’s the combination of different textures and materials that really makes a bathroom stand out. Are you ready for some inspiration? ‘Course you are.

bathroom1

Wonderful simple, yet striking combination of blues, greys and different tiles. Nice copper hardware too.  Image source

bathroom2

More lovely blue tiles! Without them the room would look much like any other grey bathroom, but the pattern and colour give it a great backdrop. Image source

bathroom3

I really love how this looks, but knowing from experience that these mid-century sideboards are often not solid wood throughout and very prone to water marks, I would put an extra (glass? marble?) top on it before installing a basin. Great colour combo though. Image source 

bathroom5

A very dramatic looking bathroom with the black tiles and the large traditional sink. I love how they create contrast by combining this with a concrete floor and an oriental rug. Image source

bathroom6

Who says that traditional and contemporary don’t go together? Wonderful combo of painted panelled walls, mediterranean tiles, a freestanding bath and a walk-in shower. Minimal in an eclectic way! Image source

bathroom7

I don’t know about you, but I really love the indoor plant trend that’s been around for a while now. It just makes everything, well, greener. Dream away in your tropical bathroom wile soaking in that gorgeous deep freestanding tub… Image source

bathroom8

Oh my word, those tiles, that walk-in shower. I bet the rest of the house is a dream too. I love how they have very sleek, minimalist built in cupboards on the left, which make a good contrast with the vintage features.  Image source

bathroom9

How about this striking, unusual bathroom scheme? Monochrome meets a splash of red. Great use of large patterns and smaller tiles and a very useful and good looking storage niche. Image source

bathroom10

Need I say more? Just wow. Image source

bathroom11
What a fabulous bold colour scheme and patterns going on here. Amazing also what a pink scarf (or towel) and a pot of dark blue paint can do to give your bathroom or toilet a quick update. Image source


Want to see more eclectic bathrooms? Have a look on my Pinterest board.


 

Mid century modern furniture in a victorian house – how to get it right

mid century dining set in swedish cottage
image: The Vintage Cabin


I often get people telling me:”I love mid century furniture but it doesn’t suit our older style house. I disagree with that. I believe that the clean, simple design of mid century furniture suits most properties, whatever the age of the house and no matter whether you live in the city or countryside.
If you happen to live in an old house with lots of character, a minimalist, understated piece of furniture would create a nice contrast and compliment the features of the house rather than compete with it. Likewise, a Victorian property with high ceilings and large bay windows forms a perfect back drop to show off the clean lines of a mid century modern armchair, sofa or sideboard. So if you recognise yourself in that quote above, please don’t feel you have compromise on style, just because you think a country cottage doesn’t go with a sleek teak sideboard. Think outside the box! Be brave and mix it up, you might surprise yourself.

mid century modern furniture in victorian house

This beautiful Victorian apartment in Manchester features many mid century modern pieces, which look fabulous combined with the high ceilings and architectural features. A nice combination form the minimalist teak wall unit, the heritage colour green, herringbone floor and the oversized drapes. Very stylish. Image via Seeds and Stitches

mid century armchair and bookcase in georgian house

This bright Georgian house in Islington, London with its old shutters, decorative ceiling and original fireplace, gives a nice contrast with the 1950s design of the armchair and bookcase. Great little pop colour of the standard lamp too. Image via Design Milk

orange retro lamp above a mid century dining table in cottage
I love this little dining room with the old floor boards, bright orange retro pendant light and mid century dining set. This would look great in any country cottage. Image via Desire to Inspire

Small danish teak mid century sideboard in swedish house
If you live in a small cottage, apartment or your living room just isn’t very big, try finding a smaller mid century sideboard. Keep the room light and bright and combine it with  some vintage finds and a statement armchair for an eclectic, scandi look. Image via Desire to Inspire

For more ideas on how to create a beautiful interior using mid century modern furniture, have a look on Nina’s Apartment’s Pinterest Board.

Five easy ways to create a bohemian interior

Five ways to create a bohemian interior

Bohemian style is all about indulgence, decoration, oversized drapes, large house plants, and plentiful soft furnishings. Add the exotic furniture and souvenirs from travels far away and you get the picture. Romantic escapism, day dreaming, artistic flair and heaps of personality and soul. Few things are new, most are found, inherited or collected, lots reused and re-purposed.
I am probably too much of a mid century modern fan to go all floral and decorative in my own house, but I do have a weakness for the more exotic interiors and love taking ideas and inspiration from them. If you’re a monochrome kind of person, look away now, because here are my top five tips for getting the bohemian vibe going in your own home!

1. The Peacock chair

Decorative, feminine, exotic…the peacock chair is a true essential in a bohemian home. Surround it by lush plants in your sun room, drape your scarves on it next to your dressing table in the bedroom or create a cosy little corner with plenty of books, cushions and textiles.

peacock chair in bohemian interior
The Peacock chair, here combined with a shaggy rug, floor cushions, cactus plants, rattan accessories and a vintage swivel chair. Img: Moon to Moon

Vintage peacock chair
Could you recreate this private little jungle in your sun room? Image Sarah Kaye

2. Textiles

Do you love traveling to exotic places? Ever been to Marrakesh or Ecuador? I bet you came back with some pretty throws in your suitcase. Use them! Drape them over the sofa, hang them on the wall. Other essential textile items are rugs, shaggy or oriental ones, ideally slightly worn. Floor cushions are also great to add some bohemian style to your room. Click here for some pretty vintage rugs available in our shop right now.

Bohemian bedroom
A rug draped over the bed? Why not. And hang those guitars up in case you feel like serenading your loved one in the morning. Image Magic Dream Life

Layered rugs in bohemian home
Totally my style, mid century minimalist furniture combined with oriental kilim rugs. Love it. Image Sfgirlbybay

Bohemian textiles on a corner sofa with fig leave plant
Who needs matching cushions anyway? Great mix of textures and patterns going on here. Image The Jungalow

3. House plants

House plants are great to add a bit of bohemian style to your room, the larger the better! Hang them suspended from the ceiling in macrame hangers or just place them on the floor in a big ceramic planter or old tin or brass pot. Did you know plants clean the air in your house, making your living space extra healthy? Better than any artificial air purifier. Here’s some more useful info I shared on the blog earlier.

House plant in bohemian interior
Great combination of a large houseplant in an old brass pot, a vintage chest, natural wooden flooring, colourful art and layered textiles on the sofa. Image Pinterest


4. Vintage, antiques and curious collections

Love going to flea markets? Collecting weird and wonderful items? Show them off! Group your vintage finds to create little collections and displays, on a shelf on the wall, a table or in the window. We have some cool decorative vintage finds in stock too, so have a browse if you like. Lanterns are great to collect and display together, both inside and outside – because why stop indoors? Create a magical bohemian corner in your garden, on your balcony or decking. Oh and get that peacock chair out when it’s sunny!

moroccan lanterns on a veranda at the seaside
Oooh…this makes me long for summer. Gorgeous lanterns. Image Residence Style

 
ceramic collection in black vintage dresser
Ceramics and crockery! Mix and match, collect beautiful ‘orphan teacups’, bring back decorative bowls and dishes from your holidays abroad, find fabulous plates in the charity shop. They will look fab all together in your vintage kitchen dresser. Image via Life is in Everyhting Beautiful / Tumblr


bohemian interior glass bottles
Group fresh green leaves and a single pink rose in vintage bottles together against a dark painted wall. Image via Bloglovin

5. Art. Lots of it. And books. Lots of books.

I have a weakness for art, whether it is big oil paintings, graphic design, prints, black and white photography or sculpture. I LOVE art and when I see something that catches my eye and ‘speaks’ to me – I have to buy it. Well, if it is within budget that is… You’d be surprised though how often you may find something that would look great in your collection that isn’t expensive. A little bronze sculpture at a yard sale, a vintage oil painting in a charity shop or a cool film poster at an auction. You really don’t need to fork out thousands to buy original art by famous names to get a great collection going. Just do it. Try also going around exhibitions in your local area to discover artists in your own community whose work may be more affordable than you think. Or how about framing some of your children’s drawings to add to the mix? Or an illustrated page from an old book? To get the bohemian vibe going, group your framed art on a wall to create a colourful eye catching gallery. Lean them against a wall, overlapping even, or arrange them on a shelf if you like changing them around every now and then.

Bohemian art collection with mid century chair and books
Old paintings, framed prints, stacks of books, vintage furniture and oriental rugs. Oh…and that mid century chair…what a gorgeous mix. Image Lonny
Floral paintings gallery wall
These are the type of paintings you could easily come across at flea markets or charity shops. Group similar ones to create a colourful ‘themed’ wall. Image Happy Loves Rosie
Framed plants and curiosities
Not into paintings? Frame your plants and dried flowers! Collections are all about reflecting your own personality, so be creative and think outside the box. Image Our Southern Home

Inspired? Have fun giving your own interior the bohemian touch. And remember:

Bohemian quote

Stylish easy care house plants and how to keep them alive

I love house plants. I think it must be a bit of a Dutch thing, as they seem to be far more popular in The Netherlands than over in the UK. Drive down any Dutch street and you’ll find most windows full of flowers and plants. Luckily bringing the outdoors indoors and surrounding yourself with greenery is very on trend this year, so I decided to dedicate a blog post to it.

Sanseviera

The trusted Sansevieria, easy to grow and healthy for your house.

My grandmother used to have the greenest fingers ever and had wonderful lush plants all around the living room. I inherited her ‘sansevieria’ or snake plant after she past away, which amazingly survived my student years in my small bed sit, and I am pleased to say it is still alive – and thriving – now living with my sister. She re-potted it into a larger pot and it has grown much since. The plant must be well over thirty years old now as it appears in many childhood photographs. Strong little fella.


Air purifying plants

Another amazing bit of knowledge? Sansevierias improve indoor air quality. This plant is one of the best for filtering out formaldehyde (ugh!), which is common in cleaning products, toilet paper, tissues and personal care products. Put one in your bathroom — it’ll thrive with low light and steamy humid conditions while helping filter out air pollutants. Who knew. Here are some other low maintenance plants with amazing air cleaning properties:
  • Peace Lily (Spathifyllum)
  • Rubber plant (Ficus elastica)
  • English ivy
  • Aloe vera
  • Heartleaf philondendron
  • Spider plant

snake plant in bedroom
Img: My Domaine
Green fingers, me? I don’t really have green fingers, or at least I have never put much time and effort into learning about plants and how to keep them healthy. I think I am probably not alone on this one when I say I am always a little scared to buy a house plant as they usually die. You too? Well, here are some more useful tips and advice from around the net on how to care for house plants, as well as how to make them look uber stylish in your interior.

 

hard to kill house plant list

 


A lot of these plants have kind of ‘fatty’ leaves, which means they are forgiving when you accidentily forget to water them. If you are short of space, succulents are an example of this type of plant, looking very cute and pretty and small containers or cups lines up on a shelf.

succulents in teacups
A cute way to upcycle those vintage teacups! Plant a succulent in them. Img: Brit + Co
 
 


Terrarium 

Another great idea if you are looking for low maintenance house plants is to buy a ‘terrarium’: basically a glass bowl with succulents and other draught tolerant plants, nicely arranged like a kind of ‘mini garden’. We are currently stocking some by The Potting Shed. Have a look here.

terrarium with succulents
Terrarium by The Potting Shed


Fiddle Leaf fig

The fiddle leave fig plant or ficus lyrata keeps popping up in all of my favourite images on Pinterest just now, so I want to share some tips with you on how to care for one at home. I own one and mine has started to show some brown spots and edges, so I am definitely going to try some of the advice mentioned here. Important tip: clean the leaves, as they get very dusty! Wiping them down with a mixture of water and milk apparently works wonders.
mid century interior with house plants
Gorgeous sideboard surrounded by the fiddle leaf fig and other plants. Img Topista
 
fiddle leaf fig

The beautiful fiddle leaf fig tree. Img: Angi Welsch


Plants and a mid century table
Who says plants need a window? As long as they get the right amount of light, you can place them anywhere. Img: Blood and Champagne
 

bathroom with plants
Plants in the bathroom look great and help purifying the air img: Design*Sponge

 


Hanging gardens

 
Love the hanging gardens look that is very trendy right now? You can hang any plant of course, but some are more suitable if you want to have them trailing down from their pot, such as the spider plant or ivy. If you fancy having a go at DIY-ing your own macrame planter, click here.
hanging plants in boutique Wilderness Amsterdam
Boutique Wilderness in Amsterdam img Lili in Wonderland
 

 

If all else fails, buy a cactus!

Still too scared to buy a plant with leaves? You could of course go down the artificial route, but not sure if having a plastic plant in your bathroom will have the same air purifying properties as a real one! There’s always the option to buy a cactus. Looking cool, and surviving on very, very little.

cacti in a nice interior with blue chair
Image: Bloglovin

How to create a cool interior with mid-century furniture

“Oh my goodness, my mum had one just like that!”….
“It’s like walking into my auntie’s house”….
“I know folk who burnt a whole lot of these on the bonfire, that’s what they used to do”

Yep, that’s what I hear in my shop almost on a weekly basis! I sell old furniture that for some people is too much ‘like their childhood’, or is ‘too recent’ for others. But I love it. And this is why.

The wonderful Mies van der Rohe pavillion in Barcelona
http://www.themodernist.co.uk/2011/12/ludwieg-mies-van-der-rohe/
 —
Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen,
who made the famous ‘Ant’ chair

In Groningen, The Netherlands, where I am originally from, I studied Architecture History with the emphasis on the 20th century. Modernism was a big part of the course and that is most definitely where I got my passion for form and design. A lot of architects, such as Juhl, Eames, Mies van der Rohe, Jacobsen and Le Corbusier are not only responsible for revolutionary buildings, but created some of the most iconic pieces of furniture too. If you have ever visited Barcelona you might have come across the gorgeous pavillion by modernist Mies van der Rohe (pictured above). Would you believe this was built in 1929?

The Eames DSW chair

A lot of great chairs have been produced by these guys too. Who doesn’t know the famous ‘Eames chair’ from the 1950s, that is still being produced and more popular than ever? Mies van der Rohe’s ‘Barcelona chair’ is still in such high demand that there are now numerous companies around selling reproductions.

It is the attention to detail, the love for material and the belief that ‘form follows function’ rather than to adorn a piece of furniture – or building – with unnecessary decoration, that make these ‘vintage’ designs into timeless classics. Buildings are ‘light and open’ instead of dark and heavy and so are the chairs, tables and sideboards.

Danish architect Finn Juhl’s house in Copenhagen. http://www.finnjuhl.com/inspiration/inspiration-finn-juhls-house-copenhagen-2/
A Danish style sideboard combined with a Mies van der Rohe ‘Barcelona’ day bed and some bold artwork. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/259027416041155470/

 

A 1960s tallboy that may have ended up on the bonfire if I hadn’t
rescued it, polished it up and painted the outside grey to cover
the stained top.

The key to a great looking interior with these vintage pieces though is to create a cool mix. Don’t buy a complete matching set of 1960s teak furniture or you will recreate your auntie’s house (especially if you get that orange Hornsea coffee pot out as well). Buy a good solid mid-century sideboard, hang a large bold painting or photograph above it, invest in a great new sofa from a designer shop (or get a budget one from Ikea 😉 and add old and new accessories you find on your travels to make the room truly your own. And keep it light and airy.

When you visit my little shop you will often find teak sideboards and chests of drawers, 1960s dining room sets and Scandinavian looking armchairs of at least 40 years old. Some pieces I paint when I think they look better in a different colour or are too damaged to sell as they are. Some chairs I recover to give them an updated look. But all items are chosen because I really liked them.

The word ‘vintage’ is terribly trendy at the moment and the word ‘retro’ always reminds me of brown and orange psychedelic wallpaper (and that matching Hornsea coffee set). When I select furniture for the shop I go for pieces that have a beautiful shape, are well made and would look just as good in a modern home as they did 50 or so years ago. While I can’t promise you that all pieces found at Nina’s Apartment are designed by famous architects and designers (but I do my best to hunt them down!), I do promise that they will be great examples of beautiful & classic design.

Is this 1960s dining set still reminding you of your auntie’s house?
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/259027416042566364/

 

A great looking dining room with some prime examples of mid-century modern design
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/259027416042407314/

Ways to display inspirational words and text in interiors

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Using words in home decor has been popular for a while now, with most high street stores selling decor items to go along with this trend.

Personally I find the use of single letters or the words ‘Love’, ‘Home’, ‘Welcome’ and ‘Eat’ becoming a bit tiresome by now, especially when done in a faux-vintage style, but I do like the use of text in interior design. As usual I have been pinning myself silly on Pinterest lately, so today I will share some text-based styling ideas with you around ways to use words, letters and complete articles in your house without becoming boring.

Here we go!

Write your favourite quotes or inspirational words on found pebble stones and display them around your house or in a bowl.  Love this idea.

 

http://pinterest.com/pin/259027416038835870/

Reading newspapers in bed gets a whole different meaning with this wall! Using newspaper as wallpaper creates a great graphic effect:

http://pinterest.com/pin/259027416038835999/

The use of blackboard paint has also been popular in home decor for a while and a great way to introduce text in your interior. Good thing is, you can alter it if you get bored with the words ;-). Use it on walls or cupboard like done here:

http://pinterest.com/pin/259027416038835964/

You could be bold and write your house rules on the wall. Bit intimidating perhaps? Or pretty cool?

http://pinterest.com/pin/158611218097275660/

And why just use paint or chalk? Here’s a wall with words made with thumb tacks / push pins. Not sure what it says, but the effect is good.

If you can’t decide what words or text to use, just chalk single letters on your wall!

http://pinterest.com/pin/163607398932548132/

This idea takes a bit of time to gather so many wooden printers block letters, let alone putting them all together on the wall, but the effect is great:

http://pinterest.com/pin/7036943138327305/

Who says to use words exclusively indoors? Paint words on or create text out of metal and attach to a wall in your garden:

http://pinterest.com/pin/45247171226773159/

I already mentioned the over-usage of words like ‘Home’, ‘Love’ and ‘Eat’ in homes, so I thought I include this image! You can be as bold as you want and the possibilities with words, text and languages are endless. So why limit yourself…? Have fun!

http://pinterest.com/pin/234679830552744587/

Enjoy Autumn even more… Bring the outdoors indoors

Photo: DIY life

The trees are so beautiful just now with their vibrant yellows, reds and browns. My office is a 30min drive across the rolling countryside and it’s such a joy, passing those colourful woodlands, especially when the sun shines – which it has been doing for the past week.

I came across some wonderful blogs with nice pictures of homes where the owners must have enjoyed Autumn as much I and actually decided to bring a little bit of that loveliness indoors.

Image: centsationalgirl
Image: centsationalgirl
Image: centsationalgirl

 

Photo: Martha Stewart