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Notable Quotables: What I Love Most About My Home…

 

What I Love Most About My Home…

“Our favorite thing about our home is that it is filled with all the things we’ve collected on our adventures!”

Design*Sponge recently featured the quirky and creative Queen Anne Victorian home of touring musicians Darbie Nowatka and Justin Rice. When the duo is not touring with their band Bishop Allen, Justin writes and Darbie works as a graphic designer and makes jewellery and paper goods for her shop, Field Guide Design. Their home in Kingston, New York is filled with art, books, vinyl records, quirky collectables and vintage finds.

In response to the question “What I love most about my home is…” their answer had to be all the cherished curated items that they have collected during their travels (and adventures).

Be sure to pop over to Design*Sponge to check out the tour of the couple’s home. They have the coolest, most creative and enviable attic!

Tell me, what do you love most about your home?

Glass Display Cabinets in the Kitchen

Want to know what we here at Design Monarchy are currently crushing on? We absolutely love the idea of using glass-fronted cabinets or vitrines as additional kitchen storage. While the concept seems rather traditional, these type of cabinets can easily fit into a style of interior – anything from farmhouse to contemporary. As one blogger described it, “they are as versatile as jeans or a white t-shirt”.

A cabinet with glass doors allows for practical storage – you can immediately see what dishes you have without having to root around in the cupboard.

It also allows your dishes to become part of the show – a focal point. So much character is added to a kitchen if your gorgeous collections of china, glassware and vases are in plain view. In fact, with the current trend focus on more individual, lived-in interiors and décor, your crockery doesn’t have to be anything special or expensive. It just has to be you.

So whether they are loose-standing or fitted, that is why we have a big ole furniture crush we on glass-fronted cabinets in kitchens. How about you, do you like the idea too?

Glass Kitchen Display Cabinet

I absolutely adore the rustic Scandinavian simplicity of this soft grey kitchen vitrine of Tine Kjeldsen owner of the Danish homeware brand Tine K Home. | Image Source: http://myscandinavianhome.blogspot.se/2012/11/the-danish-home-of-tine-k.html

Glass Kitchen Display Cabinet

Don’t you just love the punch of blue in this beautiful rustic glass fronted cabinet? It looks perfectly at home in this gorgeous Industrial-style home located in Cape Town. | Image via http://www.vtwonen.nl/binnenkijken/vtwonen-binnenkijkers/industrieel-jaren-zeventighuis-in-kaapstad/

Glass Kitchen Display Cabinet

Blogger & interior stylist, Anna Truelsen, designed this lovely glass door cabinet on castors for her Scandi Country kitchen which her grandfather then made for her. | Image via: http://mylovelythings.blogspot.com/2012/04/att-gilla-lite-av-varje.html

Glass Kitchen Display Cabinet

A whole wall of glass cabinets? Yes please! Can you believe this is from IKEA’s kitchen range. I especially love the splashes of warm light emitting from the cabinets! | Image via: http://7thhouseontheleft.com/2011/01/ikea-kitchen/#.Vbi_KvkprKB

Glass Kitchen Display Cabinet

When Lynda Reeves renovated her contemporary country kitchen she incorporated this dreamy full-length glass fronted cabinet to show off her prized crockery. | Image Source: http://houseandhome.com/design/kitchen-cabinet-design

Glass Kitchen Display Cabinet

Can you say Vintage Farmhouse Chic! What a statement this oversized wooden cabinet makes. | Image via: http://www.srgambrel.com/six-swans-hous/#.VbjF5_kprKB

Whimsical Nicole Long

We interviewed local freelance graphic designer and illustrator, Nicole Long (aka Striped Flamingo). Her whimsy, vintage, girlie, pastel-coloured illustrations are simply beautiful – it’s right up my street. Don’t be surprised if you find Nicole’s work familiar – she has designed a ton of gorgeous stuff for Mr. Price (lucky Mr. Price)!

Nicole Long - Striped Flamingo

Q:  Tell us a bit about yourself… where you’re from, what you do, any likes / dislikes?

Born in JHB, grown up in Durban. I got my Graphic design degree at Durban University of Technology. I work full time for a Fashion retail store and freelance in my spare time. I love illustration and quirky drawings – my children’s cook book, Little Chef was my stepping stone.

Q:  How did you get into the illustration business? Do you have an art or design background?

I have been drawing and painting since before I can remember and I always knew I’d carry it through in whatever I did.

Q:  Where do you draw inspiration from when designing?

I draw inspiration from everything and anything around me – from food packaging, colours, children,  the outdoors, and even things people say.

Q:  Is there a certain style you admire or aspire to?

I like simple, pretty and hand drawn.

Q:  Could you share your Secret Indulgence with us?

Shopping for my home, furniture and interior design.

Q:   What is your favourite current décor trend?

Aztecs and geometrics in fabrics

Q:  Tell us five things on your Bucket List…

Have my own shop

Holiday in Thailand

Publish more books

Travel Africa

Run comrades

Q:  Do you have a colour that you favour most and why?

Pastel colours, they are soft and refreshing and bring me peace.

Q:  What do you have on your bedside table at the moment?

A bridal magazine, a fineliner, iPod & a white clock from typo

Q:  Future plans?

A few fabric houses are about to stock my fabrics, I’d like to expand my range and get them into more shops.

{Find more of Nicole’s AWESOME work on her blog: Striped Flamingo, or follow her on Twitter: here.}

The Hot Hot Metal Trend

I can vaguely remember Rose giving me a rather sceptical look late last year when I mentioned metals might be one of the big trends of 2013. I was in the process of putting our 2012 trend report together and had noticed a slight but gradual surge in interiors and products featuring copper, brass, and other metals. Sure enough, the trend stuck and we are liking it more and more!

As we said before, it is not the super shiny, glam, and gaudy metallics of trends past. It is an aged, faded kind of metal trend – no blinding, polished yellow golds, shiny silvers, or cold chromes. Old gold, antiqued silver, weathered nickel, and especially the traditionally “functional” metals, brass and copper, have become hot décor commodities. The metals are also often hammered and brushed or, in the case of copper, left to naturally oxidise – a process that with age adds beautiful character to the metal’s patina.

The warmth and earthy elegance of these metals can so easily be incorporated into any interior style – be it minimalist, industrial, or upmarket chic. There is just something about these rich, warm-hued metals that adds dimension, depth, and a sense of vintage luxe.

Weylandts Pendant Lights

We absolutely love this selection of antiqued brass pendant lights from Weylandts – we have actually purchased a few for one of our clients!

 

Anatomy DesignJoburg design studio, Anatomy Design, has been working with brass and copper long before the trend’s current revival! You might recognize Anatomy’s stunning brass Lab Light that won the prestigious Most Beautiful Object in South Africa in 2010.

Tonic Design  LIM

We love the elegant play between the natural grain of the wood and the warm metal of these contemporary nested tables by Tonic Design. LIM has recently added a whole range copper furniture pieces including this quirky table lamp that takes full advantage of not only the metal trend but also the industrial & steampunk trends.

{So what do you guys and gals think? Are you also loving the hot metal trend?}

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