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Happy Sunday! Thanks to everyone who has followed me this week. We’ve learnt a lot this week, from how to mix and match Memphis style to rental home hacks. If you like what you see and want to read more, head over to www.studiob-low.com now. Sign up to our weekly newsletter while you’re there and be the first in line to read our latest trends, How-To Tips & the best homeware picks. Photo: @studiob_low
If you’ve followed me this week on my “How to make your rental a home” & you’re now ready to make it happen, get the look from my curated shop. From storage that looks good to decor pieces that won’t damage your walls, this roundup will help you transform your rental space into a home with no danger of losing your deposit. Hit the link in bio to shop the full range. 📷 @made
Ready to bring the Memphis look into your home? Follows these three tips and you’ll have it in no time. ✔️ Splash around with primary colours - Memphis design is all about bringing opposing colours together so get bold with your choices and don’t worry too much about which ones “go well” together. ✔️ Combine juxtaposing shapes - In the same way that you can mix and match opposing colours, you can do the same with shapes. Combine straight lines with soft curves to add something a little d
The Tulip Chair was designed by Finish designer, architect & sculptor Eero Saarinen for Knoll in the 1950s as part of the designer’s Pedestal collection which includes an armchair and stool, as well as various tables. "The undercarriage of chairs and tables in a typical interior makes an ugly, confusing, unrestful world. I wanted to clear up the slum of legs. I wanted to make the chair all one thing again." His design started with hundreds of drawings, followed by ¼ scale models which al
5/5 How to make your rental feel like a home: - Light it up. Most rentals come with limited lighting options. 💡 Why not spruce up your ceiling pendant light with a new shade. 💡 If this isn’t an option, add a standing floor lamp or some nice side table lamps with dimmer switches instead. This allows you to direct the light to suit your mood. Switch to a low light for when you want to practice some Yin yoga, or turn the brightness up for some reading time before bed. Thank you
Schneid Studio takes a softer approach to Memphis mix and match. Having ‘schneid’ is the German equivalent to being bold, the perfect name for this design studio that uses juxtaposing shapes in its graphic lighting and objects. Schneid balances jarring shapes with gentle colours, making it more accessible for the everyday home. The Junit lighting collection is a great example of this, featuring playful customisable arrangements of geometric shapes stacked on top of one another. You can eit
4/5 How to make your rental feel like a home: - small multi-functional furniture pieces. If you need some extra storage space in your room, buy some small furniture pieces which can double up as decorative too. 💡 A coat rack and rail is great to add some much needed wardrobe space, and if you neatly display some of your best pieces of clothing, you can make it look good too. 💡 Need a step-stool to reach those extra storage boxes above the wardrobe? Why not buy one that looks good so
3/4 How to make your rental feel like a home - removable wallpaper. This seems to be the latest decor trend and I can see why - they’re so easy to put up and take down too when you feel like a change of scenery. I’ve never been a fan of wallpaper, but with these new modern prints, I am loving how people are using them to create more of a feature wall and mural. 📷 @etsy
Hidden Art - why I’m framing tea towels I love holding on to beautifully illustrated cards or wrapping paper with a stellar pattern. By putting them in a simple frame, I can really elevate them and I’ve recently discovered it’s the same with tea towels. When flattened out in a frame, they can look like a piece of high-end textile art. Hit the link in bio for a selection of some of my favourite tea towel art.
French textile designer Camille Walala transforms public buildings and spaces with her bold, graphic style inspired by the contrasting shapes and colours of Memphis design. She’s been a household name in Shoreditch since she painted the facade of a nondescript building on the Silicon Roundabout with playful colour-blocked shapes, splashing life across the worn-out area. For one of her most recent projects, she teamed up with Lego to build a life-size playhouse in Coal Drops Yard, made up of m
2/4 How to make your rental feel like a home: Add some tactile touches. I often find a great way to bring a whole room together is by choosing soft furnishings that compliment the rest of the decor. 💡 Cushions and throws go a long way in your living space, and work well in a bedroom too. 💡 Choose a lovely bed linen and don’t forget display cushions here too. 💡 You can even add a throw to just drape over the end of your bed or a chair in the corner to create your cosy reading no
We’re a long way from minimalism now... Founded in the 80s, Memphis design followed on from the art-inspired Bauhaus movement. Austrian-Italian designer Ettore Sottsass brought together a close group of influential architects in Milan. During their first meeting, Bob Dylan’s “Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again” was playing on repeat in the background, inspiring the name and start of the explosive movement. The radical style was known for its playful designs, often using a
Living in London means telling ourselves that small spaces are part of the charm. I’ve learnt to adapt by investing in clever furniture solutions like versatile dining tables that either fold out into something bigger or can double up as another surface. Hit the link in my bio to check out my selection of the best dining solutions for small living.
3/4 Top cities for stunning interior ideas: Kyoto, Japan Humble houses line the alluring streets of Kyoto in all shapes and sizes. They conceal well-designed small spaces that are integral to Japanese living, paired with neutral tones and natural materials that create calming environments. As many of these homes are tightly packed into small properties, they often don’t have many windows. Bamboo sliding doors filled with shoji paper panels allow light to stream between rooms, creating fre
1/4 How to make your rental feel like a home: leaning decor. Standing decor pieces are your best friend. Hanging things on the wall is not the only way to decorate your space. 💡 Why not stand your wall art leaning on the floor or on a bookshelf or mantel. You could get a free standing mirror & prop it up against a wall - I much prefer this than hanging them anyways. 💡 Plants are another great way of bringing some life into a room. Not only do they help clean the air but they add int
Is Minimalism officially over? This trending style says yes. “Good design” in recent years has been characterised by neutral tones, clean lines and a generally pared back approach. The terms “scandi” and “minimalist” have been broadly applied to a decluttered way of living, but all that space has made way for a not-so-new trend - Memphis design. This week we’ll discuss why you’ll be seeing more of this fun bold trend in a home near you - come back tomorrow to find out why. 📷 @camill
This quote feels so relevant to me today. I have been striving to learn more about the current issues we are trying to tackle and eradicate in society. However, in doing that I am finding I don’t have all the answers and often find myself consumed with how to do it “right”. But I’ve realised it’s okay to be called out on mistakes and it’s important to have open discussions about these topics with others. Be ok in knowing you aren’t striving for perfection, but striving to be better.
Follow me this week as I show you the best ways to decorate your rental space so not only will you be able to make a house a home, but also get your deposit back! Living in a rental home can often feel impersonable and lack the real reflection of the person living in it. Many rental spaces have blank white walls, limited decor touches and without prior written agreement with your landlord, you can't paint the place, hang anything off the walls or get rid of any furniture. However all is n
4/4 Top cities for stunning interior ideas: Mexico City, Mexico Mexico City boasts an eclectic landscape of Art Deco buildings that inspire interior designers to create vibrant and shapely spaces. Rife with geometric shapes, colour pops and concentric patterns, this style grew out of a golden period around the 1930s that influenced everything from painting, film and industrial design. Many of the original buildings in Mexico City were long forgotten but have since been restored to t
#ShelfieSundays Every Sunday I am going to be sharing an amazing space that has brought it's shelf game. Today's look is from Pierre Lacroix - Paris based Interior Designer who has trained under India Mahdavi, before setting up his own practice. If you would like to be featured next Sunday - tag @studiob_low & use the hashtag #studioblowshelfie 📷 @florentnemeta , @pierre_lacroix_
#SundayStyleLoves - The cloverleaf sofa. Danish designer Verner Panton’s 1969 modular sofa is the perfect marriage of form and function. You can link up the modules to make wavy lines and circles, and you can sit in both directions on whatever shape you make! It’s been spotted in the most exclusive spaces like the home of Elle Decor France’s editor Sylvie de Chiree, and the Cathay Pacific First class lounge designed by Ilse Crawford. 📷 @lotta.motta
Alongside his work as an interior designer, @samluppy_ buys and sells vintage clothing through his side business @tinywindowstore . He travels to Italy several times a year to scour boutiques and flea markets, returning home to London with a flurry of Milanese 60s treasures. He’s fond of clean shapes with exquisite details, a flavour that trickles into his interiors through a signature style that he’s learning to nurture every day. Want to know what his dream product is? The modular Ca