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#mydonnawilson: Meet Nicki, aka @siglinchen

10 April 2018

#mydonnawilson is a new interior inspiration series where we ask some of our favourite people to showcase our products in their homes. Not only does this mean we get to peek into some beautiful houses and apartments, but we also get to know a little bit about the owners – and their interior design tips.

So without any further delay, here’s this month’s homeowner, Nicki, aka @siglinchen on Instagram!

I live in Berlin with my husband and our three girls…

By day, I´m a paediatrician, working in a small surgery in Berlin. It can be quite challenging especially during wintertime, but I’m very happy with my job and I really enjoy working with children.

In my spare time I’m trying to learn more about photography. I ‘ve taken a few courses to improve my skills, but I still need a lot of practice with my new camera (Canon EOS 6D)! I like to decorate our home with colours and flowers, and I’m often inspired by my exchanges with other of interior lovers via Instagram.

#mydonnawilson, Nicki aka @siglinchen

#mydonnawilson, Nicki aka @siglinchen

Home is…

It’s really two homes! An old apartment building in Berlin, and a modern house just outside Stockholm.

Our rental apartment in Berlin is in an old building with high ceilings, stucco ornaments and creaking floorboards. Most of the interiors are inherited from our parents’ homes, and pieces we found in second-hand shops. A lot of the furniture is made from teak wood – I love the 50s – 60s feeling you get with it.

Our home in Sweden is a very modern house with big windows, straight lines and mostly interiors is modern interiors. The house is furnished in a very simple way because I’m afraid of destroying the straight feeling of the house. If I’m honest, I would prefer to have no furniture at all because I really love the pure architecture of the house – but this is not practical of course. Even though our house is tiny, it feels much bigger. The architect did a very good job and has used every single square meter very effectively. The house is surrounded by a big garden. We planted a lot of flowerbeds with mostly perennial flowers. I’m at my happiest when sitting on my knees in the flowerbeds with my hands deep in the soil.

Although right now our family are all living together in Berlin, it changes from year to year. Next year my husband will work in Sweden again, and I’ll stay on in Berlin with the kids until our oldest daughter has finished school. It might sound complicated and not that easy to juggle two homes and three children, but my family is quite used to it. We’ve been living like this since 2004 and it’s working very well for us.

#mydonnawilson, Nicki aka @siglinchen

#mydonnawilson, Nicki aka @siglinchen

My favourite room is…

Our kitchen in Berlin. It’s the room I spent most of my spare time in right now. In contrast to the open kitchen in our house in Sweden, I can close the door to the kitchen, turn the music up while preparing dinner and enjoy a couple of minutes to myself. I really enjoy this evening ritual. The kitchen is also the room where most of our family activities take place during the day. And in the evening my husband and I sit around the kitchen table drinking our evening coffee, talking about the day and doing some work. We hardly ever use our living room – except on Saturday nights when it’s movie time for the whole family.

I love gardening

I’m interested in all kind of flowers but am particularly fascinated by old-fashioned perennial flowerbeds. I grew up in the plant nursery of my grandma, so I guess that’s why I still enjoy having as many flowers as possible around me.

#mydonnawilson, Nicki aka @siglinchen

#mydonnawilson, Nicki aka @siglinchen

My most treasured object is…

My teak wooden desk in Berlin. I found it in a second-hand shop in Hudiksvall in the north of Sweden. It was in fantastic shape with no scratches at all and a really good price. I was so happy to have found such a bargain and I made the decision to buy it immediately. It had been snowing outside and the ground was icy. As my friend helped me carry the desk to my car, we slipped and the desk fell on the ground. The entire front of the desk is now covered in scratches, but nevertheless, it has become my absolute favourite piece of furniture in my home.

My interior style is…

It’s a mixture of playful colour on one hand and pure, minimal style on the other hand.

#mydonnawilson, Nicki aka @siglinchen

#mydonnawilson, Nicki aka @siglinchen

My top tips for vintage finds…

I have to admit that I don’t spend much time and money in hitting and buying interior design objects anymore. We bought most of the furniture for our house in Sweden (the String shelves, the Montana shelves, the HAY table, chairs and sofa) at Valamagasinet in Uppsala.

In Berlin, most of our furniture was found in second-hand shops or has been inherited. I have two favourite stores in Berlin, which I have to mention. One is called ‘La Lampisterie’. It’s located in Prenzlauer Berg. It’s run by a French guy who has a real passion for vintage lamps. He has a fantastic selection which he renovates by himself. We bought most of our lamps there, and I drop by from time to time to see if there is a new lamp waiting for me. The other shop, also in Prenzlauer Berg,  is called ‘Chairs’. You can find the best vintage chairs there – it’s where we bought all of our original Eames fibreglass chairs.

My biggest interior crush is…

Garlands! I love to decorate my home with them, and not only if there is a party or something to celebrate.

#mydonnawilson, Nicki aka @siglinchen

#mydonnawilson, Nicki aka @siglinchen

The item I covet the most is…

An Akari 10A floor lamp, designed by Isamu Noguchi.

At the top of my shopping list is…

More Eames chairs! We want to expand our little collection. Most of all we are looking for odd and rare colours. On a more practical note, we also need a few things like a bigger bed for our youngest daughter and a bunk bed for our middle child.

It’s what’s inside that counts…

It might sound corny, but from my point of view, it’s the people living in the house who make it feel like home.

#mydonnawilson, Nicki aka @siglinchen

#mydonnawilson, Nicki aka @siglinchen

Shop Nicki’s #mydonnawilson:

Fox Cushion – Yellow

Fee & Fish

Large Sweetie Cushion – Pink

Meg Cushion – Cream

Sausage Dog Bed Set – Cream

All photography by Nicki. You can see more of her beautiful homes on her Instagram account, @siglinchen.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas – 18th June

1 June 2017

It’s Father’s Day very soon. Is your dad top of the pops? A master chef? Perhaps a keen cyclist? An angry bird? A big papa bear? (or just really hairy?)

We have some smashing gift ideas for all kinds of dads this Father’s Day! Cosy scarves and hats, fun ceramics for tea and toast, soft cushions and cheeky greeting cards.

Shop Gifts for Him

Fathers Day Gifts

 

 

#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!

#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!

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

 

 

Beat the January Blues

17 January 2017

A cosy hot water bottle will brighten your day! Our catch of the day is Finn the fish.