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  • Designer Profile :  Out There Interiors talks to Betina Stampe

    Betina Stampe, Creative Director & Founder, Bloomingville Betina Stampe, Creative Director & Founder, Bloomingville

    Originally founded in Denmark in 2000, from its modest beginnings with only 2 employ­ees Bloomingville has continued to grow from strength to strength to the recognisable design house it is today. 

    Out There Interiors talks to Bloomingville's Founder and Creative Director Betina Stampe about family life, Nordic Cool and what inspires her and the brand.

    Bloomingville signature style is a mixture of raw products with a nostalgic Scandinavian twist. Which piece from the collection would you describe as being the most representative of this design heritage?

    In the past years we have become much more modern, but the Nordic emphasis will always be present here. For the spring season we have hit that note with our botanical tableware. The floral print is of wild field flowers – a very Nordic twist on a floral print.

    Why do you think ‘Nordic Cool’ continues to be as popular across the world?

    I think the simplicity appeals to many people. For most, the home is a heaven and place to detach from stress and hassle….Nordic Cool provides a very calm setting…

     

    Serene calm meets Nordic cool Serene calm meets Nordic cool in Bloomingville's Rattan range
    A Danish dish served in the summertime, Koldskal is traditionally made with buttermilk. A Danish dish served in the summertime, Koldskal is traditionally made with buttermilk.

    Denmark in the Summer means…?

    Warmth, long evenings, koldskål ( a Danish dessert), new lanterns for the garden. 

     

    What are you most proud of?

    Other than my kids :) the fact that Bloomingville has become the brand it is today – and we give people the chance change their homes with each season.

     

    What is your favourite product from the SS/15 collection?

    I love our plant hangers – they are perfect for summer and both indoors and outside. We have many different ones and it is impossible for me to choose a favourite.

    macrame hanging planters Ceramic Hanging Planters part of Bloomingville's S/S15 collection

    What or who inspires you, on a day to day basis?

    Inspiration is found all over and it hits me at the strangest times – I even dream up style at might sometimes. We work with a young team of designers as well, and interns and they are also very inspiring to work with.

     

    What is a normal working day like for you and your team?

    Depends on where in the season we are. Right now we are designing S/S 16, so days are spent drawing, looking for inspiration and going over samples.

     

    How would you describe your own personal interior design style?  Are you influenced by the seasons?

    I am very influenced by the seasons and my home always changes with them. My style is reflection of the life my husband and I live with 4 teenagers in the house. I love to take classic Scandinavian design and mix with the seasonal styles from Bloomingville.

     

    Your family is obviously an integral part of your life. (Betina & Husband Simon have a family of four girls) What activity do you and your family like doing the most on a weekend together?

    It is clear that when you work like we do, family time becomes intense and we make a great effort to have time together. We spend time at our summerhouse, go out to dinner and travel, so we share in some great experiences as well.

     

     What’s your favourite film?

    A French film; “The Intouchables”

    The Intouchables The Intouchables

     

    If you could have personally designed one item in history what would it have been and why?

    There is so many great designs throughout time…..I don’t know that I could say one, but it would have to be the perfect combination of an iconic shape, a perfect function and beauty.

     

    Can you give us a sneaky peak into what concepts you and your team are currently working on? What can we expect to see in 2015/2016?

    We have worked a lot with different materials and textures – some used in unexpected ways – there's a lot to look forward to….

     

    Are there any areas that you’d love for Bloomingville to branch into? And any brands in alternative fields that you’d love to collaborate with?

    We always stay on our toes to keep making wonderful collections – and lately we have added our Mini for kids and expanded our bath selection with a line of home and body care products. You never know what the future will bring – we will do ours to stay sharp.

     

    The new Mini collection for kids The new Mini collection for kids

     

    What’s your family’s favourite meal?

    A classic Italian feast.

    To see more of the Bloomingville collection available at Out There Interiors click here

     

  • Behind The Scenes : Courage & Dash #PimpMyFrench entry

    Courage & Dash have kept their Isabelle elegant with a Midas Touch and a surprise inside!

     

    Rich Design Moodboards Rich Design Moodboards

    Of Courage & Dash's #PimpMyFrench entry, Sarah Stopforth (C&D Contributor) says:

    "The pimping involved sanding, wood-staining, re-spraying, and replacing the handles to create a soft and rosy look. We tried to create a sense of intrigue by using bright colours on the inside of the drawer to give a nice little nice surprise when it was opened!...

    IMG_20150319_170723 The deer get a golden makeover

    We had been looking for ideas on Pinterest and were instantly inspired by the gold dipped leg look. From this point we wanted a subtle but warm colour to complement the gold. Lastly the toy searching began and ended in our two deer being put through their transformation, a golden snow storm, finishing the coffee table off with an English but eccentric touch."

     

    Like what you see? Vote For Courage & Dash' Entry on Facebook or via Instagram hereVote by hitting the 'Like' button.

     

     

     

     

     

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    Open the bench and inside you'll see a surprise of stripes waiting for thee!

     

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    About Sarah Stopforth, Courage & Dash Contributor : 

    Sarah Stopforth is a contributor to Courage and Dash and her posts feature various D.I.Y projects. Sarah has known the creator of Courage and Dash for a few years and jumped on board when the blog was in the initial stages. The interiors blog focuses on inspiring others to improve their rented accommodation with quirky, colourful and cosy home comforts.

  • Behind The Scenes : Mollie Makes #PimpMyFrench Entry

     

    The Mollie Makes team have combined grey and neon with an added cross stitch detail The Mollie Makes team have combined grey and neon with an added cross stitch detail to fantastic effect

    Charlie Moorby, Deputy Editor at Mollie Makes says of Mollie Makes' team entry:

    "If there’s one thing we love at Mollie Makes, it’s a materials mash-up!

    We wanted to give the bench a makeover that represented the personalities of our team, whilst paying homage to the creative brand we work on, so we knew it had to include: neon pink (our favourite colour), chunky stitching (we’re all about the yarn) and pom poms (because we believe everything should have a pom on it).

    We used Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint (www.anniesloan.com) for the grey base, Rustoleum spray paints (www.rustoleumspraypaint.com) for the neon pink accents and gold drawer interior. We wanted to make the inside of the drawer feel like a bit of a treasure trove – ready to be filled with yarn, of course.

    Our focus point, the cross stitched rose, is a design by Audrey Smit (www.thislittlestreet.com), which we stitched in bright tapestry yarns. We loved the idea of taking a technique traditionally reserved for fabrics and super-sizing it so it could be stitched directly onto wood.

     

    Finally, we sprayed the handles white, wrapped them with yarn and decorated with a few pom poms before hitting the studio with our infamous pineapple decoration.

    Ta-da!"

     

     

    Like what you see? Vote For Mollie Makes' Entry on Facebook or via Instagram hereVote by hitting the 'Like' button.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    About Mollie Makes: 

    We are Mollie Makes - a lifestyle magazine for those who live creatively.

    We bring you the latest crafting trends in easy-to-follow how-tos, encouraging you to adapt and share your own crafty spin on things. We celebrate creative industries and give up-and-coming designers their first platform. And above all, we aim to inspire you to live your best, artful life.

    Creative endeavours are more than a day job for us. From choosing indie cushions and prints for our interiors pages to learning how to take beautiful photos for our Instagram feeds; we’re crafting along with you.

    We love trying new things and being inspired by what you’re creating, wearing and blogging about, too. Come and meet us! (http://www.molliemakes.com/about/)

  • Behind The Scenes: Period Living's #PimpMyFrench entry

     

    Cross Stitch becomes fun, crafty & interactive in the hands of Pippa Blenkinsop Cross Stitch becomes fun, crafty & interactive in the hands of Pippa Blenkinsop

     

    Period Living's entry was conceived, made and styled by Pippa Blenkinsop, Period Living's Content Producer...

    Colour combination moodboard

    "The motivation behind my ‘Pimp my French’, upcycled bench was to create something crafty, fun and interactive. I love to juxtapose different styles and use mixed media, and, as the bench was French-inspired, I thought incorporating industrial-style pegboard – reminiscent of retro hardware and general stores – would present not only a interesting contrast to the elegant unit, but also provide a canvas for some crafty cross stitching. In order to do this I had to slightly alter the original design of the piece from a drawer unit to a cabinet with hinged door; this way the pegboard can be accessed from either side for easy stitching. Colour-wise, I am drawn to bright, jewel shades, like a moth to a flame, so there was no question that bright teal, hot pink and citron green would form the palette for my project."

    Like what you see? Vote For Period Living's Entry on Facebook or via Instagram here. Vote by hitting the 'Like' button.

     

    About Pippa Blenkinsop:

    Pippa Blenkinsop is Content Producer for Period Living where she produces monthly shopping, news and the ‘My Vintage World’ pages. She is a vintage, interiors, and craft enthusiast who is always on the hunt for talented designer/makers and beautiful products and homewares to feature in the magazine. A real girly girl, Pippa has a weakness for anything floral, aqua and pink so it’s no surprise that these are key elements of her final upcycled bench. When she’s not beavering away in the Period Living office she loves to visit vintage and craft fairs and ramble around the Cotswolds.

  • Behind The Scenes : Emily Quinton's #PimpMyFrench entry

    You would never be afraid of monters with upcycled bench by Emily Quinton You would never be afraid of monsters with this upcycled bench by Emily Quinton for #PimpMyFrench

    Of her #PimpMyFrench entry Emily says "The inspiration for our Monster bench came from our family life. My husband, Stef Lewandowski draws these monsters all the time and runs cute monster drawing workshops in the mornings for our four children. ...

    Ucycling in progress Monster-cycling in progress

    Final Design_Emily Quinton_top view ...Our home is full of them and they are a big part of our family now. We have just got a new studio together and it seemed right for us to design a bench together that was full of happy, cheerful monsters to go in the space. ...

    ...The bright blue on the top is also a great photography background for my Instagram vignettes!

     

    Like what you see? Vote For Emily Quinton's Entry on Facebook or via Instagram here . Vote by hitting the 'Like' button. 

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    Close up detail of the Monster box! Close up detail of the Monster Box!

     

     

    About Emily Quinton

    I am a writer, photographer, trainer and makers. And Stef is a technologist and artist. Together we have four young children. We live our lives with the motto 'create something every day' and we work together on lots of things. My first book, 'Maker Spaces' has just been published. I was so inspired by all the amazing interior projects the makers in the book had created that we have both been planning and making things for our home ever since. This project with Out There Interiors was a great excuse to create another piece together.

  • Behind The Scenes: 2LovelyGays #PimpMyFrench entry

    Jordan and Russell say of their #PimpMyFrench entry...

    "As soon as we saw the piece of furniture we knew that we wanted to focus on its functionality. Not just giving it a makeover, but totally re-inventing it. Once we took the drawer out it totally changed the way we viewed the object and so we made it into two pieces, connected by their use.

    customised french coffee table

    Spray paint

    We then wanted to find that visual connection and for this we wanted an element that was a total juxtaposition to the original French roots and that's why we chose brass metal tubing. As if the original piece had not just been pimped, but taken over by the invading metal and new purpose.

    We are not metal workers, but we know a man who is amazing with metal, so we had a meeting with Primary Grey and a collaboration was born.

    We gave the bench new life as a hall set, with space for shoes inside, a seat to perch on to tie your shoes, a pot plant of your choice to make you happy and an umbrella stand.

    We united the elements with bold sapphire blue from Dulux and pieces of scrap brass tubing from Primary Grey's workshop. We kept the French handles and leg shape as a reminder of its past life and added a touch of terracotta to bring the piece right up to date."

    Like what you see? Vote For 2 lovely gays entry on Facebook or via Instagram here . Vote by hitting the 'Like' button.

    Buckley the Wonder Dog - models the newly reinvented Isabelle bench Buckley the Wonder Dog models the newly reinvented Isabelle bench

     

    About Jordan & Russell : Jorda2 Lovely Gaysn & Russell aka 2 lovely gays are an Interior Design duo based in London, working with residential and commercial clients. Collaborating with Britain's leading designers, established brands and rising talents to create spaces that truly inspire. Simplicity, elegance, functionality and our signature use of colour, we believe that by surrounding yourself with expressions of who you are we can create an environment for growth and happiness.

  • Behind the Scenes : Moregeous' #PimpMyFrench Entry

    Moregeous' Sian Astley says of her #PimpMyFrench entry "It's been great fun taking part in the #PimpMyFrench bloggers challenge in amongst the chaos of my renovation and believe me, it's made a very welcome designer type change from all the bricks, slate and dust...!!

    The inspiration for my bench came from some of the coolest 2015 interior design trends spotted as I've been redesigning my house and looking for kitchen ideas. I've fallen a little in love with stylish Crittal style, black framed windows and splashes of warm metallics like brass and gold, plus the vibrant, vivid greens of the botanical trend really appeal to me. I'll be channeling these influences into the interior at Moregeous Mansions and thought it'd be fun to try and Pimp My Bench using these themes. ...

    I used Annie Sloan's Graphite chalk paint with dark wax to get the black frame effect, Japlac's gold paint for a touch of luxury and an amazing new wallpaper called Bamboo Lime by Designers Guild to add pattern and colour."

    Like what you see? Vote For Moregeous's Entry on Facebook or via Instagram here . Vote by hitting the 'Like' button.

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    About Sian Astley: Sian Astley is a DIY, renovation and interiors blogger at www.moregeous.com. Known as the lady builder who can be often seen bossing men about on the tellybox, she's currently undertaking a challenging self build & period renovation of Moregeous Mansions, ably assisted by Missy #BuilderCat who appears to have taken over her Instagram feed.

  • Behind the Scenes : We Love Home's #PimpMyFrench entry

    Once upon a time....there was a fluffy white dog called Teddy, who took off on a floating adventure over the high seas of Brighton in his pimped out pom pom coffee table.....Who knows where he'll end up at the end of this #pimpmyfrench up-cycling furniture adventure?

    A canine take on James & The Giant Peach A canine take on James & The Giant Peach sees Maxine Brady's dog Teddy take off in his magical up-cycled furniture for one.

    pimpmyfrenchOf her #PimpMyFrench project WeLoveHome's Maxine says "My #pimpmyfrench coffee has been revamped, resprayed and re-purposed with a splash of festival magic; a touch of high fashion; and lashings of pure fun.

    I wanted to smother the table in pom poms after being inspired by amazing festival outfit spotted in the summer. I knew I had to steal this idea. I wanted my #pimpmyfrench coffee table to have the same colourful, party feel. As an avid follower of fashion - I looked for colours on the Spring/Summer catwalks and instantly hit upon the trend for acid tones mixed with geometric 3-d shapes. A bit of a tall order for a simple piece of French furniture. So I called in the troops for the pimping"

    Step 1/ Once the table was primed with Plastikote spray, I called on my friend who is a graffitti artist to spray the table in starburst pattern in electric neon shades using stencils and repeat patterns.

    spray painting french furniture

    Step 2/ Once dry, 1000s of pompoms were painstakingly glued on (while trying to stop Teddy eat them at the same time). I had a few attempts at sticking them on in different ways, finally setting on using them to highlight the stripes with rows of pompoms. Trial and Error!

     

    dog looking at pompomsStep 3/ the shoot - WeLoveHomeBlog's #pimpmyfrench coffee table is fun, cheery, colourful, festival, carefree and frivolous - not unlike Brighton, the town where I live. So that is why we heaved the coffee table down to Brighton beach to shoot it with a fairground, summer holiday feel. I got some seriously strange looks driving around town in my little car full of pompom furniture, a puppy and seven helium balloons.

     

    dog in french coffee tablemaxine jumping on the beachclose up of french coffee table

     

    Yep, it's safe to say WeLoveHomeBlog was totally carried away by this challenge. We love projects like this which inspire new ideas and unleash the creative spirit. It was such good fun to do this. More please!

    Like what you see? Vote For WeLoveHome's Entry on Facebook or via Instagram here . Vote by hitting the 'Like' button.

     

    french coffee table with a backdrop of beach huts

     

    About Maxine Brady: Maxine Brady is a leading interior stylist, writer, blogger and TV presenter. She styles for many household names including Debenhams, House of Fraser, The White Company, B&Q, Dulux and HobbyCraft, to name just a few. She also styles covers and interior decorating stories for magazines like Country Homes & Interiors, House Beautiful, Ideal Home, Homes & Antiques, Coast, Good Homes, Mollie Makes and The Guardian. On television she produces and presents makeover shows for ITV, Channel 4 & Five, as well as appearing on radio shows as a resident interiors expert. Most recently, she has just launched WeLoveHomeBlog.com which has a vlogging channel on youtube (so you can watch her styling in the flesh).  She lives in her hometown of Brighton in a little terrace house with her Maltese puppy called Teddy and Buster (a rather shy) fluffy white cat.

  • Vote for your favourite in our #PimpMyFrench competition

    Voting has now gone live for our #PimpMyFrench Competition with entries from Mollie Makes, 2LovelyGays, Moregeous, We Love Home, Period Living, Courage & Dash and Emily Quinton, and we can honestly say we've been blown away by the ingenuity and creativity that all of our entrants shown!

    We have seen Neon colours, Santorini Blue, Stripes, Tropical prints, Antlers, Balloons, Graphic Illustration, 2 Dogs, 1 Cat & a Bottle of Gin take over our Isabelle Bench.

    We personally love them ALL but who will you vote for?  Voting ends 07/04/15 and the only way you can vote for your favourite is by visiting either our Facebook page and Instagram accounts to vote. 

    Vote via Facebook here  |  Vote via Instagram here   (Vote by hitting the 'Like' button)

    Each day for the next seven days we'll be doing a little look behind the scenes as to what has inspired each designer and give you background to their design.

  • Meet The Real Moo & Bozo

    If you read interiors magazines you may have noticed rather a lot of rabbits recently. Our bunny porcelain range has received a huge amount of press and as a result is proving rather popular!

    rabbit design porcelain

    The ‘Moo & Bozo Cupcake Plate’ and the ‘Barney Sweet Plate’ are adorable additions to your crockery cupboard and perfect for Easter and beyond. Their slightly odd names relate to real life rabbits, so I thought I’d quickly introduce you to their namesakes.


    moo&bozo
    On the left is Moo. She is feisty, naughty and certainly the boss. (Definitely the one about to grab the cupcake).

    The dozy ginger guy is Bozo. He is slow and soppy (unlike most rabbits) and a joy to live with.

     

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    This is Barney who passed away in 2012. He was a very typical small and wary rabbit but such a character. A much loved old friend never to be forgotten.

    I hope you love your new porcelain as much as I love these guys.

    Jenny x

     

     

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