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Home Inspiration: Kitchens

13 June 2017

My favourite room in my house is the kitchen. We have double height ceilings here and a great big window to let the natural light in. I hang my own plate designs on this cupboard wall along with some sentimental items from my childhood. It makes all the difference to add your personality to your kitchen. Here are some other ideas I love:

Keep it organised but keep it fun (pics below L-R) This giant pegboard wall is functional as well as decorative. With this modular shelving can move the pegs and the shelf so that it’s an ever-changing display(source: Position Collective) I love this idea of having the longest row of hooks, somewhere to hang your Mog Mug, brushes, oven mitt, utensils or herbs (Source: My Scandinavian Home/ Granit). I absolutely love the exaggerated giant cupboard handles in tactile solid oak.  This is designer Faye Toogood’s former London home (source: NY Times).

Add a burst of colour. Effective storage is so vital for keeping a tidy kitchen. Why not add some colour? My white porcelain plates with happy faces are great for a feature wall. Not just for the dinner table (Pics L-R: My kitchen (!), designer Dries Ottens colour block green sink, yellow storage by Uncommon Projects/ Jocelyn Low, mixed chairs round the table by Aurelie Lecuyer.

 

 

Natural materials Plants and polished marble. Country kitchen in Sweden. Love the shapes in this Terrazzo floor (source: Ioanna Roufoupoulou) and this Marmoreal counter by Dzek.

Home Inspiration: Special Day Decoration Ideas

31 May 2017

Party time! I hope these decoration ideas inspire your special day, whether you’re planning a wedding, a special garden party or an impromptu excuse to celebrate summer.

Details Details: (Pictured above) my bespoke knitted arrows leading the way at YSP my Endanger Species art installation in 2012. Donna Wilson faces plates, Greg and Grace. DIY Daisy backdrop by The House That Lars Built. Bright Mexican paper flower backdrop, quirky wooden stools for each little guest.

donna wilson wedding decoration

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.

donna wilson wedding cakes

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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!

Home Inspiration: Bedrooms

5 April 2017

In my recent interview with Molly from Secret Linen Store we discussed bedrooms, lie-ins and ideal midnight feasts! It got me inspired to look at beautiful bedrooms and how to balance restfulness and still add your personality.  In my own home I like to mix natural materials and lots of colour!

Have at look at my Pinterest board For Home for more.

Natural Wood I love natural materials and there is something so warming about exposed wood grain in particular. Plywood is such versatile material and so strong you could even build a little hideaway like this Brooklyn loft!
Photos L-R: Concealed nook for a restful sleep (photo by Sean Fennessy),  A Cabin in a Loft, raw wood bedframe (photo by Mark Tuckey)

Pattern clash and mixing colours I’m inspired by patterns I find in my travels and  use lots of colour in my work. I really think there’s no rules when it come to mixing and matching. There’s something so special about the combinations of colours in a patchwork quilt.
Photos L-R: (photo by Laure Joliet). A room with a spectacular view Fogo Island Inn room designed by Isle Crawford, featuring our very own Bertha Chair. My signature cushions Dotty CushionForest Woven Cushion, Robin Cushion.

Peaceful Pinks Photos L-R: a shelf with personal possessions (photo via Nuevo Estilo). Delicate lighting Akari 1AG (photo by Alexandra Angle) Dreamy pink cushions and patterned wall (photo by Studio rar)

Donna Wilson for Secret Linen Store

3 April 2017

We have been working very closely with Secret Linen Store to produce a collection of luxurious bedding. I’m so happy to reveal these 3 new designs based on my favourite patterns.

Introducing ‘Blah Blah’ and ‘Scandi’ in duvet sizes to fit all beds and traditional housewife style pillows. The colours have been adapted in a restful palette which feels contemporary and fresh. ‘Menagerie’ is catered for kids so is available as a single and double bed set. The inner child in me would happily have it for my own bed!

The Secret Linen Store is an online store, run by sisters Molly and Harriet. It’s been a delight working with them. They design and produce bed linen using the finest quality cotton yarns with superior thread counts, directly sourced from the best factories in Portugal.

The bed linen will be available to buy exclusively from both Secret Linen Store and the Donna Wilson website from Monday 3rd April 2017.

 

Donna Wilson Collaboration for Secret Linen Store, Scandi Bed Linen, Landscape, double duvet £49, pillowcase £15

Scandi is inspired by Swedish folk art and my travels around Europe and Iceland.

With Menagerie, I wanted to create something really playful and adventurous with odd animals and birds hiding in the trees.