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I was invited to have a peak at Habitat's SS15 collection and now I can share it with you! I'm always excited to see what new things Habitat has created to freshen up our decor each season. I love the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Swelle Life
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This living room design allows for an easy transition from season to season. By Brad Ford ID As the seasons come and go, our decorating needs change to reflect the time of year. In the summer we want our home... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Swelle Life
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Photo credit: Alain Denis Photography Plasticase, the Montreal-based company that makes specialised plastic cases for industry such as medical, electronics, tools, military and law enforcement, has now collaborated with Météore Design to create the Nanuknano to offer a hard-wearing, protective... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Swelle Life
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My Sunday mini brunch: Free-range egg fried in organic coconut oil, topped with brie on a BFree Multiseed Bagel and served with sliced mango. I eat meat and eggs, and as far as I know, I don't have any major... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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Wallpaper in Tessella BP 3604; woodwork painted in Great White, estate eggshell; table painted in Dayroom Yellow, estate eggshell Now here's a good excuse to talk about Farrow & Ball. Ramacieri Soligo, a leader in Montreal’s ceramics industry, has introduced... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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This year I've decided to put together some holiday gift recommendations that are genuine, personal favourites of mine. It's a way to support the individuals and companies - many of them independents - who make truly great products that also... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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For the past six weeks, one side of our kitchen has been barricaded nearly to the ceiling with boxes of appliances, cabinets and cabinet carcasses, and it will be that way until the new year at least. It's a long... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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I admit, I have never really been on top of the full-on body beauty routine. My focus in the shower is making sure my hair is fully conditioned before getting out, and I tend to just forget the extras like... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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If you're looking for a way to make a difference this holiday season, you may want to consider this #WinterWarmer campaign from Casserole Club, a meal-sharing project that puts you in touch with an older neighbour who you can bring... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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Finally, the extension is finished, as much as it's going to be for now and I'm really happy with it. Here's the before if you want to see how it went from empty box to completed room, plus a list... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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This autumn, Shinola brought their range of all-American-made, handcrafted watches and leather goods to the UK and Europe through their ecommerce websites, and most recently, the company opened a shop in London's bustling Carnaby Street. But Shinola is not just... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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A new design in bed linens and a complementary rug is all it takes to freshen up your bedroom style. Source We renovate our kitchens and bathrooms, build extensions, replace floors and doors, but our bedrooms tend to be neglected... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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Before reading anything about Jordan Sullivan's latest body of work, The Young Earth, I took a look through the Los Angeles-based writer and artist's exhibition gallery. I saw hazy landscapes of various terrain that appear as if they might have... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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Spanish artist, SpY, has transformed the façade of a building in Paris with the phrase "I'm Not a Real Artist", as part of Nuit Blanche, the city's annual arts festival that runs from dusk 'til dawn. The letters were applied... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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A tree for Christmas doesn't get more minimalist than this. (Well, I guess it could, if it were just a line drawing of a tree done right on the wall. But that wouldn't be very festive.) Deborah Bowness is not... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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Fur. The mere mention of the word makes many cringe. In western urban culture, it's a contentious topic that divides us into two groups: those who deem fur fashion to be gratuitous and cruel, and fur consumers who don't care... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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When I first arrived in England nine years ago (to the day, actually), just as the holiday season hit full swing, I noticed lots of references to pies. "Ooh I love Christmas, I get to gorge on pies for a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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Earlier this week, I was in the comments section of a blog I frequent, and someone had posted a photo of a shirtless, young guy with red hair sticking his tongue out cheekily. People were asking who he was, but... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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Gamsei by Buero Wagner, emulates the ambience of a Bavarian beer hall through amphitheatre-style benches against opposing walls, thus eliminating the common separation of bartender and guest. The latest design awards to be handed out have come from World Interior... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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The other day my friend in Toronto sent me a photo of a pair of sunglasses she had tried on, wanting my opinion. Yes, it's now November, but neither of us thought anything odd of buying an accessory meant for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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"For the princess to be waiting to be rescued by some dude...I never really got that." Keira Knightly, you have my attention. I like Keira. She's witty, self-deprecating, and a great actor. Kind of an anti-celebrity. She even got married... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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There's a great new way to get food to people in need, and it's very easy to support. Trussell Trust, the charity that works to combat food poverty in the UK, is “selling” empty food cans at delis and at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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The Sculptured House, also known as the Sleeper House since 1973 when it featured in Woody Allen's sci-fi comedy, Sleeper, is so cool it's painful. An elliptical curiosity in concrete and glass perched on Colorado's Genessee Mountain, it was built... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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A still from Handprint, directed by Mary Nighy. Photo courtesy of White Lodge and ASFF The BAFTA qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) has teamed up with London College of Fashion to establish a new fashion film strand at this... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at The Swelle Life
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(Email subscribers: click the post title to view the film) Trevor Undi has outdone himself in the fashion film genre. Sure, Chanel offers the most dazzling and copious fashion subjects, but what to do with so much history, so much... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at The Swelle Life