Trend: Ethnic Nordic

Friday, 30 January 2015

Zig-Zag Formations 

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Over the past few years, the increase of Ethnic inspired pattern, colour and craft has crept into the minimalist Nordic interior. With floors being transformed with decadent Kilim rugs, rich colour has been welcomed ever so slightly, marking the start of newfangled decorative styles. Embroidered zig zag pattern, woven brights, linen stripes and intricate graphic weaves are all micro-trends that have settled into the Scandi home but with a multicultural edge.

Mood: January White

Friday, 23 January 2015

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The Snowdrops have just pushed through the thin layer of snow in our garden, and with it being a New Year/fresh start (yadda yadda) I thought I would put together a little mood inspo for the current popular colour choice of, white. Such a basic, plain colour, but one that can be instantly transformed. Whether it be dulled down with raw textures, or accented with bold accessories; white isn't just white, it's the starting point.

Fluffy woven Berber rugs are one of my favourite Moroccan inspired homewares, and what better way to feature them than in a Winter white post. Similarly, Kilim rugs and soft accessories have influenced the new 'Nordic Ethnic' interior style, and have contributed to new design approaches such as these Kilim cushions by Ferm Living. The woven patterns represent traditional crafted techniques but are updated with a monochrome, blocky design.

One home accessory to encourage your 'fresh start' is the recycled Le Sac En Papier. This trendy storage alternative resembles a 3 dimensional poster - just a white paper sack and simplistic typography, it's all perfect. I also like the idea of using it as a planter; contrasted against deep leafy greens, the combination works brilliantly. I've been having a lot of cold beach days at the minute (but to be honest they always are in Berwick) so coming home to a thick woven throw and a roaring fire is a January necessity. Another essential is the  Kiyoko lip balm, it is 100% natural and organic, and beautifully simple in it's branded design. Just what you need for January's chapped lips.

I've featured Studio Esinam before and I'm going to do it again: the delicate black and white architectural interpretations of some of the most unique cities in the world, is all you need in a complete white interior. No colour, just plain white and Esinam lines. Yes please.

Whatever your white, it's a 2015 favourite and for me, I like it at it's rawest; textured accessories, complimented with grey/concrete tones for an overall cold, grungy white. A lot like January really.

Trend: Brush Strokes

Friday, 16 January 2015

Brush Strokes are a contrasting effect for feature walls, ceramics and even designer foods. Here are my favourite brushed trends including smokey applications, watercolour washes, grainy strokes and an insight into cake boutique, Nectar & Stone.

Home London 2015: highlights

Wednesday, 14 January 2015


[Alfred & Wilde, Alicja Patanowska]
Last weekend I embarked on the epic journey from Berwick-upon-Tweed to London for the opening of Home & Top Drawer 2015. Whilst I am usually attending tradeshows on a freelance basis, it was nice to visit on behalf of Dursk just as little old me. I began at the Spotted corner where new talent is showcased; Alfred & Wilde were an obvious favourite of the fair with gold geometric printed mugs and textiles, and Alicja Patanowska wowed with her avant-garde collection of vases and vessels, a conceptual combination of glass and ceramic.

Wilder California X Dursk: Wilder Winter Collection

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

All imagery courtesy of Jane Wilder, Wilder California 

My first post of 2015 is one I've been saving especially - Introducing the latest work of Wilder California: Wilder Winter is the newest collection of photography prints by Jane Wilder, featuring botanical themes with a cold aesthetic. Not so long ago I featured Wilder's work on Dursk (view past post here) and was hypnotised by such a dominant pastel colour palette and her eye for capturing natural plant-life in a contemporary way. By applying additional tonal effects and adapting her imagery into an artographic form, Jane's work encourages the eye to focus upon the intricate details of the natural world that might usually go unnoticed.

Wilder Winter is Jane's second collection due to be sold on her Wilder California Etsy shop, with it's release being launched here on Dursk. Despite the distance, myself and Jane wanted to convey winter photography that encompassed our similar tastes and I'm so happy to have been a small part of this creative process. I supplied Jane with a colour palette that channeled her pastel signature style, but was altered slightly with dulled down shades for the winter months.

With the influence of the colour palette, Jane has captured the changing colours of the current Northern California winter storms and the result is a cool adaptation of on-trend botanical prints, but with a refreshing colour scheme that redefines winter greens.

The Wilder Winter Collection goes on sale today on her Etsy shop (here) and until February 1st customers can get an extra 15% off, using code word DURSK - Happy January! X

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