A Danish-Inspired Getaway on Shelter Island

We fell hard for this getaway that Lisa Jones, a London-born fashion buyer redeveloped with her husband on New York’s remote Shelter Island. What emerged (after purchasing the home in it’s original seventies condition) was a bright, Danish-inspired lakefront home that showcases Lisa’s natural curator eye with many vintage pieces sourced online. Keen to stick to a minimalist, Scandinavian palette, we love how her choice of pieces appear timeless against fabric choices of pink, dark green and hints of yellow. Fashionable Moroccan rugs bring a cosy texture to each room, while a vintage Persian rug punctuates the white-washed oak kitchen floor. Design classics such as the vintage Børge Mogensen daybed and contemporary Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen dining set, work together seamlessly. We can only imagine that this spacious weekend retreat will continue to look timeless for many years to come.

Photography by Jonathan Hokklo.







As the days grow shorter and the frosty chill sets in, we renew our focus on hearth and home to bring the serenity and warmth of the Holiday season inside… or at least that’s the idea.

Wouldn’t we all love to have that cozy home where we can focus on enjoying the good things in life with our favourite people around us? But at the same time there is also this urge, that is apparently part of our evolutionary heritage, to want to ‘hibernate’ and curl up in our caves as a reaction to shorter daylight hours.. And let’s be honest, with the mania of shopping, gift-giving and a busy social calendar ahead of us, adding decorating our home to make it ‘Christmas-cosy’  leaves even the best of us feeling flustered.  

But not to worry – help is at hand! We have teamed up with the best home interior and well-being elves across London to bring you an irresistible opportunity, allowing you to transform your home into the sanctuary of joy that will blissfully carry you into the new year!

Register HERE to be part of our competition with a chance to win the Ultimate Holiday Home Makeover and get your dream home for the holidays in order. The competition runs from the 14th of November to the 4th of December 2016. Our winner will receive;

  • A voucher of £300 to spend with Vinterior, the fabulously curated online marketplace to discover, buy and source stylish vintage and design furniture.
  •  A Homewings Premium Interior Design Package where you’ll work with a senior interior  designer to create the space of your dreams. This includes two weeks of online design time with your designer, a design concept board, a furniture placement plan, set-up instructions and a clickable shopping list with a complimentary personal shopping service.
  • A voucher of £300 to spend with Vinterior, the fabulously curated online marketplace to discover, buy and source stylish vintage and design furniture.
  • A voucher of £300 to spend with Case, the London-based furniture supplier working with world-renowned, award-winning designers, offering modern furniture, with integrity and character.
  • A three month subscription with Bloomon, the revolutionary fresh flower subscription services bringing impeccably designed bouquets to your doorstep on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis.
  • An ALTRUIS designer wearable technology ring created by VINAYA (£200 value, Bluetooth-enabled, pairs with VINAYA app).
  • A £300 giftcard with Pooky, procurer of beautiful decorative lighting solutions.
  • A fully decorated Christmas tree from Patch, the indoor and outdoor urban garden magicians

With these amazing home decor brands having your back, you’re well on your way to a stress-free home for the holidays and beyond. The lucky winner will receive the good tidings on 5 December and we will be ready to transform your space together..

All you have to do is leave your email HERE and cross your fingers that you’re on Santa’s nice list!


Where Retro and Modern Collide: Vintage Pieces in a Contemporary Home

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Image source: Veneer Designs

Vintage is the new modern, or at least that’s how interior design trends stand right now. Blame it on the growing popularity of classic décor inspired by Great Gatsby, The Great Budapest Hotel, or Amélie, but retro glam is here to stay. Still, vintage finds should be carefully incorporated into a contemporary home to avoid a haphazardly put-together impression. However chic mix-and-match décors may be, there are a few principles you should bear in mind when enriching your home with finds belonging to different design eras. Here are five home styling tricks professional designers follow when introducing vintage elements into a modern home setting.

1. Contrasts for Vintage Eclecticism

Photography by Janne Olander for Stadshem

Vintage elements in bold hues will infuse a minimalist home with a sense of visual opulence and eclecticism. As a general rule, most successful old-meets-new décor blends rely on the power of contrasts for aesthetic interest, which is why you should pay attention to the colors of vintage furnishings you’re introducing into your home. An antique statement piece in a bold tone will feature as a focal point in a color-coordinated room, and if you’re after superior effects, you can also draw on contrasts in terms of texture and shape when incorporating retro elements in your home.

2. Mix ‘n’ Match for Boho Aesthetics

Image source: New Darlings

Using furniture pieces belonging to different periods of design history will create a boho chic backdrop in your nest. If you’re a firm believer in visual eclecticism, you can try to blend several styles in your living area rather than using just a few vintage pieces as accents. The mix-and-match formula will help create a décor that exudes personality, depth, and interest, allowing the vintage pieces to blend in neatly rather than commanding attention or overwhelming the rest of the décor. For eclectic traveler home aesthetics, you can round off the bohemian-style décor with ornaments and mementoes salvaged on your travels.

3. A Sophisticated Antique Statement

Image sources: Hannah in the House and Skona Hem

However visually engaging, eclectic style is not everyone’s top favorite, but it doesn’t mean that you have to settle for a no-frills modern décor. A single vintage statement piece of furniture will be enough to add character and aesthetic value to your living area, but you should select it with care to prevent a brash décor impression. For instance, an antique leather sofa with a foot stool can double as the living room centerpiece, whereas a bold Victorian-esque wardrobe perched by glass-paneled aluminium sliding doors will add depth and contrast to a modern open-plan living area.

4. Thinking outside the Vintage Box

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When using vintage finds as décor accents, you don’t necessarily have to stick to conventions. A daring blend of retro and modern pieces such as a vintage desk topped by a modern ergonomic chair will unleash aesthetic dynamicity and add the element of visual surprise to the home office or living room. On that note, a mid-century chest of drawers will look at home as the TV console in a nature-inspired living room, while a retro bureau can be used as the home bar for a sense of playfulness and creativity.

5. Where Retro and Country Collide

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Most vintage pieces come in solid wood with a matte paint coat, but if you wish to liven up the home atmosphere with a dose of rustic charm, you can overhaul antique pieces following in the country style footsteps. Wire-brushed wood cabinetry or tables with bold grain will seamlessly blend into the modern décor structured around pastel colours, stone and/or timber flooring, and organic textiles. For bonus aesthetic points, you can dress contemporary laminate floors with an antique rug, and round off the vintage décor with a few country-inspired extras such as a rustic coat hanger, decorative signboards, baskets, and a distressed table or floor lamp.

Introducing antique pieces into a contemporary-style living area will increase the aesthetic value of your home and infuse it with character and timeless elegance. There’s a host of ways in which you can pull off the old-meets-new décor, so feel free to experiment with different approaches – just don’t let your modern-looking living area go without retro touches.

Zoe Clark

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Author bio:

Zoe Clark is a journalist, freelance stylist and blogger. She is a visual storyteller and aesthetician by heart who often writes about decorating and DIY ideas. She loves sparking creativity in people and giving them ideas for their own spaces. You can find her blogging at Smooth Decorator.