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Home Inspiration: Tree Houses

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#myDonnaWilson with Lea

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Celebrating Creativity: Zetteler’s Q&A with Donna Wilson

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#MYOchallenge winners!

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MYO : Goose The Bear is coming to London

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Amazing Hotels: Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland

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Home Inspiration: Tree Houses

24 May 2017

Summer is here in London! Hooray!

We want to build a treehouse in the back garden for the boys. I’ve been filled with ideas looking at these summer tree homes and grand designs. There’s nothing like being surrounded by nature, amongst the peace and quiet.

My ultimate dream would be this Nendo Bird Apartment (pictured above) which can house up to 78 nesting birds which visitors can observe. It’s in the middle of a forest in Komoro City, Japan.

I love the shapes in these inventive prototype structures by Worapong Manupipatpong.

Tree hotel in Sweden is 7 individually designed contemporary lodges high up in the tall pine trees. These cabins are stylish and eco-friendly and have epic views of the surroundings. There’s even one called Bird’s Nest made of foraged branches.

Terunobu Fujimori and London-based, Japanese architect Takeshi Hayatsu have created an inhabitable charred-timber roofed treehouse (last pic on the right). It looks so beautiful in the spring, surrounded by cherry blossom trees. Charring the wood is a traditional technique that actually protects the wood against rain, rot, and insects for at least 80 years.

Practical interiors are something I’d definitely consider for my dream treehouse, decorated with a Donna Wilson Woolywood blanket and cushions (of course!).  I’ve been looking at rustic cabins and I love the utilitarian wooden interior of Inshriach Bothy in Cairngorms National Park, Scotland. It’s not a treehouse but a small cabin. Used for artist residencies with can be hired for a season.

#myDonnaWilson with Lea

22 May 2017

 

Here at Donna Wilson, we are so curious to find out how our customers furnish their homes. I’m sure you are too!

We’re so thrilled to find such creative people all over the world doing brilliant things and want to share them with you. As part of #myDonnaWilson on Instagram, we look at how our favourite people live with Donna Wilson products. To kick off the first in our interior inspiration series we asked superstar, superfan and cushion-addict Lea aka @donnerstagsonntag to share her stylish home in Aachen, Germany.

We love her colourful aesthetic. Just look at how many of our face plates she has collected over the years! She must have every single one. Be inspired by her colour palette and how she mixes our soft cushions along with bold furniture and independent illustrators:

 

myDonnaWilson lea patch

“I am an interior designer from Germany, mother of two boys, part time Lego assistant and night working crafter. I am addicted to good coffee, home-baked bread and magazines. I am over the moon when it comes to happy, playful and colourful designs like these Donna Wilson embroidered patches for my youngest son’s schoolbag. You can sew them to anything.”

 

“Finally it is warm and sunny again with Donna Wilson’s City Vase.” The print on the wall is Lieke van der Vorst.

myDonnaWilson lea vase

“I love the b/w pattern combined with vibrant colours of the flower bouquet”
myDonnaWilson lea shelf

Shelf Life “I belong to those people who love to use a specific cup for a specific purpose like one for coffee, tea, hot chocolate… I even have a favourite cup for my weekend coffee. Any like-minded people out there?”

#mydonnawilson lea robin

We love this quiet corner with an Eames RAR rocking chair, a soft sheepskin and Donna Wilson Robin cushion 

myDonnaWilson lea acorn fox

“What a busy week (on Instagram, at work, with my boys…) – I loved every single day. This is Donna Wilson’s new acorn cushion that fits right at home. Thank you so much for your kind thoughts everyone. Lots of love Lea”

Pictured is Donna Wilson Acorn cushion, Fox cushion and Menagerie Bedding Set.

Thank you so much to Lea @donnerstagsonntag for making our first #mydonnawilson Instagram Takeover so good!

Celebrating Creativity: Zetteler’s Q&A with Donna Wilson

19 May 2017

The studio has been buzzing this week, sending out the first copies of MYO Volume 1. Have you received your copy yet? Let us know what you think!

I took some time out to have a tea and a chat with Zetteler. Read my interview all about the idea my new bi-annual publication MYO and some other projects in the pipeline. Here’s the link.

We’ve also been preparing for the fantastic launch party of MYO (“Make Your Own”). The event is next Saturday and tickets have already sold out. We have the fantastic Lutkovno gledališče Ljubljana/ Ljubljana Puppet Theatre coming to make their UK debut of Goose The Bear. We’ve also invited some of our friends to do some super fun making workshops.

 

#MYOchallenge winners!

17 May 2017

… and the winner is!

All the #MYOchallenge pics have been so good! We couldn’t decide on one winner so we’ve decided to offer three prizes!

So first prize is @elininia! You all seemed to love her detailed micro crochet skills. Congratulations! You’ll receive our MYO creative goodie bag with some Donna Wilson products and some crafty gems from Present and Correct.

The second winner is @made_by_helga who made the amazing vegetable marble run using cucumbers, celery and green peas. And the third winner is @mikodesign who made the most beautiful breakfast scenes for her little girl. You’ll receive a consolation goodie bag of prizes for all your hard work.

Thank you to everyone for taking part our competition and keep the #myochallenge coming just for fun it’s great seeing what you do. I’m so impressed to see creative people from all over the world! I hope it’s got you inspired to get creative. We have making kits here to get your started.

myo challenge winner elininia

@elininia made this tiny scene with mini clouds, tiny house and trees. We also loved the micro crochet dog and the little living room set. Check out her Instagram feed.

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@made_by_helga created this vegetable marble run using just vegetables! check out her account for more veggie creations.
myo challenge winner mikodesign

@mikadesign made a surprise breakfast for her daughters. Everything you see in this photo is edible!

MYO : Goose The Bear is coming to London

11 May 2017

Last year, the Donna Wilson team collaborated with  Ljubljana Puppet Theatre to make all the wool characters and scenery for this classic German children’s story Goose The Bear.

Now after a year of successful performances and touring around Europe, we are so pleased to welcome the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre as special guests at the MYO London launch party on Saturday 27th May. We are hosting the first ever performance in the UK.

 

Goose The Bear is a delightful tale about a confused little gosling who believes he’s a bear. This is your chance to meet Big Ted, Goose, the Fox and the rest of the colourful ensemble at our event in the heart of Shoreditch in London.

There will be 2 performances at Protein Studios along with some fantastic creative workshops for all ages to take part. There are a few tickets left on our Eventbrite page. Join us!

Amazing Hotels: Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland

10 May 2017

You may have seen this fab BBC2 TV documentary series Amazing Hotels: Life Behind The Lobby currently available to watch on BBC iPlayer. I was delighted to stumble upon the episode about Fogo Island Inn a stunning luxury hotel which is located in Newfoundland, the most northerly region of Canada.

Did you know I had a hand in creating this magnificent place?

The modern building itself sits on a rocky ledge, facing the brutal North Atlantic Sea. I was so honoured to be invited by Ilse Crawford to be part of her team of designers to help to create warm and welcoming interiors for the hotel.  Our team travelled to Fogo Island with the architects in 2011 and met the wonderful owner  Zita Cobb. You can read more about my unforgettable trip to Fogo Island here.

 

I was so inspired by extreme weather conditions and the wildlife on this remote Island,  This Caribou blanket was an idea I had from witnessing the wild caribou roaming free.

 

I created some exclusive designs that are available to buy from the Fogo Island Shop

Bertha Chair Fogo Island Donna Wilson

Bertha chair sits in some of the guest rooms. I designed this with a yellow birch wooden frame which is inspired by the traditional boat-makers on the island and upholstered in my specially designed Shingle lambswool fabric. I love this pattern with it’s slightly wonky angles and repeated geometric shapes. It’s inspired by Brett House.  You can buy this Shingle scarf here.

Shingle Scarf Light Blue Donna Wilson