Interior Design: A Bathroom of Tactile Textures

tactile bathroom
After being asked to create a Pinterest board of my inspirations by C.P. Hart, I had a look through their trend report from Cersaie – the world’s largest bathroom and tile trade fair – and found it refreshing to find that they had pulled ‘tactile textures‘ out as a theme – it is everything I love about interior design.

Tactile textures, as a design genre, has to do with textured finishes on a natural palette – often incorporating rustic or tribal patterns (my favourite example of which is probably The Wheatsheaf, which I found on their trade site). Texturally, I think it is very easy to go overboard; clashing one too many prints, mixing heavy and light textures that don’t compliment each other, or utilizing colour in a way that distracts from the textures themselves. This is why a clean palette is the key component in making texture work.

Focusing on the sense of touch, my project-dedicated Pinterest board has now become a dream compilation of interior features and inspirations. Want to take a look? Simply click here and lust with me!

(In the meantime, you will find me attempting to take baths in C.P. Hart’s showrooms…shh.)

interior design texture
interior design wood texture

In Review: The Optimum 9400 Blender & Froothie

froothie review
The green smoothie obsession is real, my friends.

Though I’ve bought (and blogged about) a lot of juices, smoothies, and detoxes in the past, it has taken me a while to decide on the blender I would bring into my own home. This is mostly down to a few twenty-dollar ‘smoothie makers’ I bought and bailed on as a teenager.

Thankfully, blender technology has progressed past the days of ‘smoosh it or you’ll break it’. Blenders have become a thing.

The best of which I can assure you is the Optimum 9400 blender.

I ummed and ahhed between cult favourites, raw food blogger favourites and infomercial favourites for months before landing on The Optimum 9400 (I got mine at Froothie because they have a 30-day money back guarantee). 30-plus days later? I am a happiest smoothie maker there could be.

Unlike its more mainstream competitors, The Optimum 9400 is commercial-grade (completely stainless steel vs ‘personal-grade’ mild steel), durable, speedy (44,000 rpm), strong, spacious (read: margarita party), and incredibly versatile.

As well as being BPA free.

In my opinion, it’s the Holy Grail of Blenders. I have made almond butter, flour and milk all in less than 10 minutes. I have grated cheese, chopped onions, and grinded coffee with it. I have kneaded bread dough, whipped cream, and juiced into oblivion – all as well as making my daily green smoothie.

However many thumbs I can get my hands on…I give it that many thumbs up.

Click below for my circulation-boosting smoothie recipe!

froothie review
froothie review
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Free Spotify Playlist – October 2014

free spotify playlist october 2014
This month’s free Spotify playlist is something special to listen to while you watch the seasons change. It’s a hop, skip, and jump between genres, decades, bands and solo artists.

It is also a rather snazzy collection of snappy, happy tuneage. Enjoy!

(Need to catch up on last month’s? Click here for September’s free Spotify playlist.)

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN!

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Track listing:
Until the Sun Explodes by The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
Yes, It’s Good For You by Koko Taylor
I’m Not Part Of Me by Cloud Nothings
Bad Thing by Kiesza and Joey Bada$$
Kites by Geographer
Crosstown Traffic by Jimi Hendrix
Dip It Low by Christina Milian
Simple and Sure by The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
9TS (90s Baby) by Redlight
They Want My Soul by Spoon
One More by Elliphant and MO
Pretty Green by White Denim
Sound Of Da Police by KRS-One
I Am An Animal by Twin Atlantic
Take Me Out by Franz Ferdinand

What I Wore – Bethnals and Butterfly Twists

bethnals jeans
Taking a break from scheduled programming, I wanted to forgo a traditional outfit post to scream and shout about Bethnals and Butterfly Twists.

These two new additions to my wardrobe may just be flats and jeans, but as a woman who has never been able to identify as a flats or jeans-lover, my infatuation for each item is simple testament to the pieces themselves.

On leg? It’s Bethnals. The brand (which is very much still a baby) is London-based and was established by Melissa Clement – denim and creative product development genius – last year. After launching a Kickstarter campaign to find investment for production, her unisex denim brand got the thumbs up from all the right people…and now, me.

With denim sourced from ISKO – the highest quality denim mill in the market – Melissa’s designs (like the rinsed indigo ‘Pete Skinny‘, shown here) are able to make quality, conscious, beautiful denim a reality at price poiints that bridge high-street and high-end. I am a complete convert.

Shoe-wise, you’re looking at a pair of Butterfly Twists.

More specially, the Gabriella flats. Though I will often throw on a pair of reasonably-heeled boots if I’m running around all day, these flats have come as a luxurious alternative. While the brand is known for its post-party foldable flats, these pony hair smoking shoes are quite literally as chic as it gets. The quilted memory foam insole means you feel like you’re walking around in slippers, yet the silhouette maintains all seriousness.

Note: no sponsoring of nothing, nada, zip. I just need to share the love.

butterfly twists

The Weekend Wonder – Margaret Cho

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“I am so beautiful, sometimes people weep when they see me. And it has nothing to do with what I look like really, it is just that I gave myself the power to say that I am beautiful, and if I could do that, maybe there is hope for them, too. And the great divide between the beautiful and the ugly will cease to be. Because we are all what we choose.”
Margaret Cho