Decorations: I love spending time outdoors. The way the sunlight changes throughout the day is so magic. Simple decorations made out of paper are so easy and using coloured paper make a mega impact. Here’s DIY paper flowers here’s the how to guide for these realistic looking ones. For something more extravagant I’d love to get my friend Tord Boontje is so masterful with delicate natural floral shapes. I have this same lamp (see picture above top left) as a focal feature in my bathroom at home. Real flowers are also so classic. I love my regular delivery from Freddie’s Flowers.My sister makes such wonderful displays, foraging country flowers and displays them in vintage vases. Here’s my Bird Jug with freshly picked blossoms (photo by Erin McIntyre).
Cakes Designs: As you know, I use nature as inspiration for much of my work. Edible decorations on the top of cakes and pies make great table settings. A fruit pie with delicately shaped pastry leaves by Judy Kim on FeedFeed, herb infused pastel cakes by A Subtle Revelry. fig and blackberry cake (with a hint of decorative rosemary by Twigg Studio. Also pictured are Donna Wilson Forest and Acorn Dinner Plate and dream Mendels cake tower from Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel.
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I hope everyone had great bank holiday weekend and enjoyed the glorious sunshine. On Saturday we hosted the launch party for my new magazine MYO. Wow! What a great turn out. Lots of creative minds (little and large) attended our afternoon of creativity at Protein Studios in Shoreditch, London.
I can’t wait to share pics of everyone’s handmade masks, badges, animal cupcakes, necklaces and selfies with our knitted creatures. If you were at our launch party, join our competition. Please share your pics using hashtag #myocreateand our favourite pic will receive a prize of £100 gift voucher to spend at www.donnawilson.com
We’ll be sharing our own pics of the day over the next couple of days. We’ll have coverage of the creative workshops and of course, the brilliant puppet show “Goose The Bear”.
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.
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.
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:
“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.”
“I love the b/w pattern combined with vibrant colours of the flower bouquet”
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?”
“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”