Today I love… black taps

Recently I’ve been working on a project for a very famous celebrity chef (no name dropping here), and due to his incredibly busy schedule, I haven’t had a chance to meet with him and his wife to discuss ideas of what they envisage. Which is a blessing and a curse; on the one hand I get to suggest my own ideas and visions for the house without stepping on any toes, but on the other, they could hate it all and mistrust all my decisions for the remainder of the project. So I took option one, and designed what I thought would look amazing.

When presenting the drawings to my boss (who was going to a meeting with said celebrity and wife, in one of his London restaurants), he exclaimed ‘matte black taps?! Are we going back in time here?!’.

The answer to that is no. Black brassware may have been popular around the 70’s, but like many things,  they have been subject to a ‘revival’ movement that have brought them slap bang into the industrial era we are living in. And its not just black matte! Bronze, gold, rose gold, brushed brass, even neon pink! Leave the chrome taps in your memory and open your eyes to the world of finishes. With big brands like Hans Grohe offering the majority of their products in a wide variety of finishes (they will even make your tap in a RGB colour that you give them; how crazy is that?!). The world is your oyster!

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Have you got a unique tap in your bathroom? Do you hate matte black too? I’d love to hear your thoughts – leave a comment!

Today I love… Geometry

Like most academic creatives (yes, that is a thing!) I do get alot of satisfaction out of sharp crisp lines and straight edges. And today I am really loving the use of geometry in a creative setting (because no one likes it in the maths setting). What do you love today??

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Today I love…

… hexagonal tiles meeting wood flooring! I cant get enough of this – its so aesthetically pleasing and oddly satisfying. I dread the day that I send plans for this to my contractor. And a bit excited for it too!

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I love how this extends up the bar!!

Random Inspiration #1

Today I am dreaming of the open sea, embracing the elements and being truly free in the great outdoors. It makes me think of being calm and at peace. Nature is so inspiring; I try and incorporate some element of it in all of my designs.

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Whats your inspiration today?

Spotted: Beautiful Architecture pops up in the oddest of places

A few stumbles away from Pacha and a bar that sells 2 huge beers for 5euros, is this stunning bit of architecture – the Templo Ecumencio de San Salvador. I love that an area so engineered to tacky bars and nights out can invest so much in a religious building. So Saturday night drinkers can go and repent their sins when the sun comes up…

 

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3 Easy Ways To Update Your Staircase

Stairs aren’t fun for most people. But they are for me! That may be because I spend a vast majority of my days designing them, but they say you should do what you love!

1.Carpet Runner

I’m not much of a fan of completely carpeted stairs; I feel like it hides the potential of what is a complex piece of design in the home. But I understand the need for a soft surface under foot, so a carpet runner ticks both boxes. I think it works particularly well on a painted timber staircase. This geometric one really brightens this white interior.

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2. Painted Runner

This is by far the easiest and cheapest way to update your timber stair case. And the great thing is, you can make in completely individual! A nice personal touch would be to paint your families footprints onto a few steps; completely unique and the kids will love getting their feet in paint!

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 3. Tiles

I love this effect on stair risers. Handmade tiles are a bit more expensive, but as you will use such a small amount on these risers its worth the investment. Just ensure you calculate the space you have to fit in them to make sure the tiles will fit – when it gets to cutting tiles to make up a tiny difference you will be cursing yourself. Remember to allow for grouting too! Easy to clean, long lasting and gorgeous. Win win!

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Source: Lark & Linen