home: featured [ Merci ]
Interiors and homeware lovers that make the trip to Paris, France, definitely need Merci on their radar.
This beautiful Parisian store, does offer an online shopping service, but to see the store in person, see the how the curated range can be styled and enjoy the entire retail experience is an extra layer of pleasure to shopping with this wonderful brand.
The brand also offers fashion and the store is an all round design and lifestyle experience.
111 Boulevard Beaumarchais
Merci is a place created in March 2009 in the heart of the historic district of Haut-Marais. Bernard and Marie-France Cohen, founders of BONPOINT the children’s fashion label, realized that Paris lacked a place which would bring together the best of the world of fashion, of design, of household goods with welcome refreshment areas.
A business established in the heart of its region and of its country, Merci has already created more than 70 permanent jobs. Merci is, moreover, very pleased to act as a developer or launch-pad to the young designers who, thanks to this sounding-board, can make themselves known to the many customers and international personalities who visit Merci.
Merci is a commercial enterprise “like any other company” founded by shareholders “unlike any other shareholders”. The founders decided that the proceeds of this investment would serve to fund an endowment paying for educational projects and development in south-west Madagascar.
Bernard and Marie France Cohen wanted to say MERCI to life, MERCI to the talents and to the designers who made this success possible. It is this success which makes their generosity possible.
In 2013, Marie-France Cohen passed on the torch
The current Merci team has kept up the commitment and the founders’ original dream by contributing year on year to the foundation.
home: trend [ Bauhaus ]
Bauhaus is a movement of art and design that has influenced, created and set a precedent for such a huge amount of incredible design since its founding in 1919.
Its style and ideas can be seen in homeware, furniture, pattern design, prints, and interiors throughout the decades and is very recognisable.
Poster • Trouva £55 / Desk • Pamono £4751 / Place mat and coaster • Etsy £12.99
Pitcher • Coggles £29.40 / Lamp • Pagazzi £55 / Chair • Italy Classics £400.73
Sofa • Case Furniture from £1930 / Chair • Houseology £1735 / Cushion • Red Bubble £17.27
‘The Staatliches Bauhaus, commonly known as the Bauhaus, was a German art school operational from 1919 to 1933 that combined crafts and the fine arts, and was famous for the approach to design that it publicized and taught. The Bauhaus was founded by Walter Gropius in Weimar.‘
Its a strong look with colour and line and can be styled quite sparce or detailed and still achieve that confident Bauhaus feeling.
Create with block colour and simple pattern of the era and furniture which creates lines and forms.
Search eBay and other auctions and fairs for true pieces or head to the high street for modern versions and creations. You don’t have to look far with current high street brands to find pieces indicative of the style and design.
Keep walls and floors plain with detail in the fixtures and furniture. There’s a strong emphasis on smoked grey glass, mirrored surfaces, mat colour and keep a space light and airy. Architecture would have favoured high wide glazing and open plan living – popular and on trend in today’s building work.
home: found this [ wall basket ]
Bring some Morrocan flavour into your home this season with these gorgeous wall baskets from French Connection.
Mix and match the different sizes and styles to create a simple gallery wall, or why not combine art and shelving for a full on maxamilist look.
Made from natural jute and recycled materials. [ £25 – £30 ]
home: nice price [ cushion ]
Loving the pattern and texture of this gorgeous West Elm cushion and it’s in the sale.
Explore the West Elm sale for cushions and other homewares with up to 30% off original prices.
home: made [ tie dye bedding ]
With marble still being a strong trend, why not try tie dying at home in black and white to create a similar monochrome look.
It’s simple and effective and all you need is the dye and some cotton plain bedding.
Try John Lewis, Argos or Dunelm for great plain bedding.
We love this effective method from HonestlyWTF but also our favourite A Beautiful Mess has a great tutorial too.
home: found this [ ANNANSTANS – IKEA ]
IKEA are constantly bringing us new collections and challenging design within homeware to keep us coming back.
Their latest is ANNANSTANS, a handcrafted collection of cushions, ornaments and ceramics.
‘ANNANSTANS has a modern, urban expression, but not because of a machine. The pieces are crafted by hand, so each one is unique‘
‘In ANNANSTANS, meaning “elsewhere” in Swedish, the contemporary concepts of designer Martin Bergström find new expressions through social entrepreneur artisans in India, Romania and Thailand‘
Get inspired by the colours, pattern & textures through this range.
[ Cushions from £10 ]
home: trend [ vintage florals ]
Vintage florals is a trend to see you through the seasons with its lightness and beauty that doesn’t feel out of place near winter throws, velvet furniture and cosy nights nor out of place with rattan furniture, white walls and natural rugs.
It can be incorporated boldly with whole walls of tiling or wallpaper, clashing layers of cushions or an eclectic gallery wall of prints but also can be done subtly. A simple print on a wall, a feature armchair in a minimal room or random tiles dotted amongst plain on a splash back.
Parisian Tiles £35.99 per sqm Tons Of Tiles / William Morris Tile £13.99 Etsy / mosaic floral £4 per sheet Mosafil
Wild Meadow Wallpaper £18 Laura Ashley / Designers Guild £65 John Lewis / Wonderland Wallpaper £47.21 Naken
1909 Print £5.93 Etsy / Flowers £59.99 Wayfair / 4 prints £30.16 Etsy