Wanderlust: Koti, Paris

Let’s kick this Monday off with some dreamy wanderlust shall we. I have serious cravings to stay at KOTI - a sleepover experience in the heart of Paris.

Conceived and created by designer Linda Bergroth, KOTI (Finnish for home) offers Scandi-style accommodation like no other. Situated within the cafe and project space of the Finnish Institute, six spruce timber cabins of varying sizes are available to rent each evening. Each day, the installation is open for the public to visit – so you can check it out even if you're not officially a guest staying there!

KOTI also plays host to a series of inspiring events throughout the spring – oh how I wish I could visit. I just adore the pastel hued barn doors too, adorning each cabin. Super cute right? You can book your stay via airbnb.

Current Crush: Farmhouse Kitchens

Casual, rustic and filled with country charm, these farmhouse-style kitchens are my latest obsession. I’ve rounded up four features you should consider when trying to achieve this look in your own home.


1 ENCAUSTIC TILES

Encaustic (pressed cement) tiles with intricate, bold patterns, often feature in a farmhouse kitchen floor. They’re probably not to everyone’s taste, but in a farmhouse-style kitchen they just work beautifully, as evidenced in the kitchen above by Studio McGee, and in the one pictured below designed by Emily Henderson.


2 OPEN SHELVING

Open shelving seems to appear in almost every single farmhouse-style ktichen we’ve featured here. And for good reason! This style of kitchen is much more decorative (and probably why I’m a huge fan) – you’ll often find beautiful ceramics, rustic chopping boards, cookbooks, heck – even art, styled perfectly on open shelves. Usually timber shelves work best for this style, like these pictured above and below, both designed by Studio McGee.


3 BRASS DETAILS

Whether it’s your light fixtures, tapware, or kitchen handles, brass is the metal of choice in today’s farmhouse kitchens. It certainly lends a more contemporary edge and a healthy dose of glamour. I’m currently lusting over this strap brass bracket from US based company Rejuvenation pictured above.

I know from personal experience that it can be hard finding brass handles in Australia so you may be interested in this one pictured opposite by Kethy. It would easily fit in a contemporary kitchen too – but I think its simplicity would also make it ideal for a contemporary twist on farmhouse style. However black, and silver are also great options for all those little details that make your kitchen sing.


4 COLOUR

Sure black, white and natural timber are an obvious choice for a farmhouse style kitchen, but creating something more homely, and unique requires a little bit of bravery – yep we’re talking colour.

Consider coloured cabinetry or painting the island bench when designing your country-style kitchen – just as Emily Henderson has done in her own kitchen (pictured above) and in this other one she designed for a client (pictured left). Muddy greens, blues and greys work a treat in these areas – the key is to keep these colours more natural – sickly bright colours aren’t going to work. The key to making colour in the kitchen work, is balancing with plenty of white as proven in this kitchen below designed by Amber Interiors. It will keep the whole look clean and fresh.

Consider coloured cabinetry or painting the island bench...

BARN DOOR BASKET  /  TEA TOWEL SET  /  HANDLE   
CASSEROLE DISH  /  TILES  /  TAP  /  STOOL  /  OVEN  /  BOWL

CUSHION RANGE FROM THE STABLES

Cushion addicts rejoice – we recently chatted to The Stables interior stylist Catherine Heraghty about her new range of delectable cushions.

Tell us the motivation behind your cushion range.
After being in the interiors industry for over ten years, the most common question I had from clients was where I had sourced those cushions from! Being a stylist, I had the skills to purchase cushions from a range of suppliers and combine them to create a look, and I know that is something my clients struggled with. The objective with this collection was to create a collection where customers can easily put a look together themselves. So many of my cushions work beautifully together so it is easy for clients to do it themselves. Customers can also jump onto my Instagram account and website to get a little inspiration on how they can recreate looks with my cushions.

When it comes to styling a bed, do you have a preference for a number/arrangement of cushions?
When styling a bed, I love to add three cushions to my bed. The best combination for any bed is two European pillows, four standard pillows and three cushions – it sounds like a lot but this is the key to a cosy bed. Add to this the layers of linen and throws and you can create the most luxurious looking bed.

Likewise on a sofa... Are there any design tips/rules that should be applied?
When putting together cushions for a sofa, I like to work with odd numbers as I don’t like it to feel too balanced and perfect. So for a standard two seater sofa for example, I might have two cushions on one side and one on the other. And then one on an armchair, this is generally enough – cushions look great but you need to leave room for sitting!

Colour Trend: Black, Natural & Greens

SOURCES (PICTURED ABOVE)

DINING ROOM  /  LEAF PRINT  /  CANDLE  /  RUG  /  CHAIR  /  CUSHION  /  TERRARIUM  /  PERFUME  /  SHELF  /  HANDBAG

PLANTS ON SHELF IMAGE: STYLING IVY MUSE FOR DULUX DESIGN EFFECTS COLLECTION  /  PHOTO AMELIA STANWIX
PRODUCTS USED ON PAINTED POTS DULUX METAL SHIMMER EFFECT IN VARIOUS COLOURS

Luscious leafy greens are big in 2017 – just ask Pantone, who’ve named Greenery as the Colour of the Year! Team it with black and natural rattan and pale timbers to create a look that’s bang on trend.

Compiled by Loni Parker, Kate Moss, and Rose Polglase

I’ve long been a fan of the colour green – in particular a deep, kelly green – there’s something about its freshness and vibrancy that has always excited me.

But, when Pantone announced their colour of the year as Greenery, I have to say I wasn’t a total fan of the vivid lime green colour they chose (I prefer a darker shade), however the idea of greenery, as in plants indoors, is very on-trend this year. I recently stumbled across this advertising agency’s office, and just adore all of the green mixed in with black and white – and that stunning Flavor Paper wallpaper in the staircase is pretty sublime right?!

And speaking of leafy prints – how about this tile pattern at adults only resort Casa Cook, Rhodes (pictured below)?

SOURCES (PICTURED ABOVE)

WALLPAPER  /  BASKET  /  PRINT  /  FASHION  /  CUSHION  /  BENCH SEAT  /  CHAIR  /  AGAVE IMAGE

C'mon Baby Light My Fire

  Invita’s  Kazan  fireplace from Oblica   /  Oblica image credits:  Photography   Gavin Green   /   Styling   Julia Green

Invita’s Kazan fireplace from Oblica  /  Oblica image credits: Photography Gavin Green  /  Styling Julia Green

As we edge closer to Winter, my mind has turned to all things toasty and warm. So snuggle in, ’cause this blog post is on fire!

So it’s probably too warm in Queensland (where I’m based) for a fireplace – with only mild winters. And whilst I’m thankful for all that sunshine, sometimes it’s nice to be able to pop on your pyjamas and cosy up next to a roaring fire – something I only ever do when I’m holidaying down south or inland. For those of you who are in the market for a fireplace I’ve rounded up some of my favourite freestanding wood heaters from Oblica. I love the sleek tubular design of Invicta’s Alcor pictured above – something like this would work great in smaller spaces thanks to its slim design. Invicta’s Kazan (pictured very top) and Skanthern’s Shaker designs are also great choices (that bench seat adjoining the Shaker one is genius). Click here to check out their range.

Looking for a stylish yet rustic way to display all that chopped firewood? Unearthed Garden have a number of beautifully designed, Melbourne-made options including the Square Stack, Wood Stacker and Baby Stacker (pictured below). All of their stackers are available in a rust patina, or your choice of powdercoat paint.

If I had a proper backyard, a fire pit would be high on my agenda. The idea of sitting around a fire pit at night, toasting marshmallows and sipping on wine sounds like my idea of fun. And when I think of fire pits I’m always drawn to the rustic kind for their country charm – like the Angelina and Molly (Mel)Drum designs from Robert Plumb, pictured.

Pre-order New Small Homes edition

With another season around the corner, it means another issue of Adore Home is almost here. Our Winter issue celebrates small homes and stylish storage solutions. Here’s a little taste of what’s inside...

  Interior design   Petrina Turner   /   Photography   Annette O'Brien   /   Styling   Julia Green

Interior design Petrina Turner  /  Photography Annette O'Brien  /  Styling Julia Green

  Photography   Anna With Love   /   Styling   Lark & Linen

Photography Anna With Love  /  Styling Lark & Linen

In this issue, we check out four homes that make the most out of their petite sizes – whether that’s through installing custom cabinetry, creating a large void to give the illusion of space, or adding extra square metres on to the existing home. Our front cover home decorated by Petrina Turner, has turned a generic off-the-plan inner-city apartment into a gorgeous home filled with functionality at every turn. Custom made cabinetry, built-in bench seats with storage underneath, and a spare room that serves dual-purpose as a study and guest room thanks to a clever fold-up Murphy bed are just some of the clever solutions implemented.

Storage is always limited when it comes to smaller homes, and in this edition you’ll find over 80 smart storage solutions that are not only functional, but also beautiful. In fact, this issue inspired my recent hallway nook makeover (click here to check it out). So if you’re also struggling with finding storage or need some ideas for your small spaces or home, you’ll need to pick up a copy of this edition.

The Small Homes edition hits newsagent stands June 1 and is available for pre-order now in our online shop. Click here to buy.

  Photography   Hannah Blackmore   /   Styling  Alice Stephenson

Photography Hannah Blackmore  /  Styling Alice Stephenson

  Photography   Tanya Zouev   /   Styling   Paige Noelle

Photography Tanya Zouev  /  Styling Paige Noelle