Saturday 27 February 2016

Cozy White Warm Bohemian Bedrooms .....

Cozy White Bohemian Bedroom: Styled by Urban Outfitters

Relaxing warm white bedroom
White bedroom: From that lampshade!!
Dreamy, warm white bedroom

Here are some beautiful white bedrooms to prove that white doesn't have to feel minimal and clinical. Using layers of cream and white textiles, including knits, sheepskins, and fluffy rugs etc... can still give a chilled out, cozy bohemian vibe to your room. Of course house plants and natural wood floors also help, but for those of you with carpets like me, layered rugs made from natural fibers also do a perfect job.......or a dreamy beach view....swoon

White bedroom: The most dreamy view!

Friday 26 February 2016

A beautiful relaxed bohemian Artists home in Baltimore

A Beautiful Relaxed Bohemian Artists Home in Baltimore

Having lived in Belarus, New York, Pennsylvania and now Maryland, Daria Souvorova has seen her fair share of apartments. Moving can be tiresome, but it has taught her exactly what a home must have in order for her creativity and happiness to flourish. Her latest move saw her strolling around Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood looking for a new apartment. Checklist in hand, she was eager to find a place with “decorated mantels, parquet floors, huge windows, chandeliers and high ceilings.”

It was another feature, however, that had Daria pining for this 2-bedroom walkup: leaded, glass windows. Every room in the 800-square-foot apartment has them. The windows’ history and beauty immediately caught her eye, but the planner in Daria had to make doubly sure this was the right fit. In the same thoughtful manner in which she approached her apartment search, she crafted a 2D, scale model of the walkup. She even gridded out furniture beforehand so she could know exactly how every item would fit inside! Luckily this exercise proved the home’s worth, and she moved right in.

 To see the full  interview visit Design Sponge here
Photography by Rafael Soldi

Wednesday 24 February 2016

Secret Garden.... Ultimate Indoor Pool...

Check out this indoor pool area that I found over at Desire to Inspire!! This place is totally magical isnt it? It reminds me of a cross between my gym's swimming pool and a botanical garden.... the perfect combination!

It is designed by Australian Landscape Gardening firm Secret Garden . The only thing I would do differently was maybe replace the white plastic chair with an Eames style lounger and choosing terrecotta or basket pots for my plants... but I am just being picky :)

Monday 22 February 2016

Tree House Hideaway.....

I am sure you wont be surprised to learn that this beautiful Atlanta Tree house hideaway has recently been listed as Airbnb's no 1 most desirable listing worldwide...

Secluded Intown Treehouse

The tree house is just magical. Imagine lying in bed watching the stars through the trees canopy, and waking up to the birds singing overhead!!

For more images and bookings visit airbnb here

Saturday 20 February 2016

'My Nest'..... Vanessa and her Vintage store HoneyWood Vintage

Vanessa From HoneyWood Vintage shares her beautiful Vintage store with us

I am so excited to re-introduce you guys to Vanessa from HoneyWood Vintage. I have a bit of a crush on Vanessa and her impeccable tastes and have featured her home, her peacock chairs and snips of her home many times... so i thought it was about time I featured her beautiful store and Interviewed the lady herself....

So Hi Vanessa......

What inspired you to open Honeywood Vintage?
When I opened the store I was doing a lot of business online and I kept getting requests from customers to come try on items and see the pieces I was selling in person. I didn’t want people coming to my house so in the back of my mind I had started fantasizing about a small space where I could work, take appointments with clients and showcase my collection. It also seemed like all of my time was spent at home in front of the computer and I was very isolated not to mention the house was super cluttered with vintage clothing and textiles.

Why did you choose the building /area?
Honestly price, I had lived in Northeast Los Angeles on the boarder of Eagle Rock and Highland Park for a while and I was watching the change happening in Highland Park. I really wanted to get into the neighborhood before the rents skyrocketed. It’s a very creative, eclectic, and quickly gentrifying neighborhood, lot’s of artists, musicians (Jackson Brown is from Highland Park) and creative types as well as being a very culturally diverse area.. We feel very blessed to be where we are. I really couldn’t imagine being anywhere else other than the desert…

How would you describe the style/vibe of the store?
The vibe of the store is definitely an extension of our own personal styles, 1970s Ethnic bohemian mixed with a Rock n Roll vibe. We love anything that is Artisan created, Mexican hand embroidery, Indian Block Prints, 70s handmade leather, Native American jewelry and textiles. Charlie (my boyfriend/partner)  is a musician and has a pretty deep history in Rock and Roll so there are a lot of vintage Rock t-shirts, motorcycle boots, a few guitars and records as well. It’s very romantic with lots of textures and patterns but it also has a southwestern/desert vibe. There is a feminine and masculine energy which is a nice balance. A lot of our customers come to shop but end up hanging out for hours which is really cool, we love that people dig the vibe and feel really comfortable here. We’ve been told the shop is kind of a mix between Joshua Tree and Laurel Canyon in the 70s.

What is the inspiration behind the name?
People ask that all of the time and that’s a hard question to answer! It seemed like a good combination between hard and soft. I could have imagined a little western town years ago, named Honeywood.

What are your 5 favorite products?
Hmmmmmm, that’s a hard one! Like any die hard Bohemian woman at heart I am a sucker for vintage Indian Dresses, I have been obsessed with them since high school they always sell fast and I struggle because I want to keep them all! I also live in Calamity Pass Trading Co braid wraps (whose home was featured on Moon to Moon here) , I sell out of them and we generally have a waiting list. We are really in love with a brand we recently started carrying out of Joshua Tree called Totally Blown , they are a conceptual clothing company that distresses their one-of–a-kind pieces with shotguns. I am also so proud to carry my close friend Stormie’s beaded pieces, I have been obsessed with her Native American beadwork for years and years and we are honored to carry her pieces in our store. Last but not least we are pretty proud of our own creations my one-of-a-kind Honeywood overnighter carpet bags made from vintage woven textiles and Charlie’s hats, Lone Hawk @lonehawkhats

What’s next for Honeywood?
For over a decade, Honeywood has carried curated bohemian vintage and always will but we are very excited to be branding and making our own one-of-a-kind items, like the bags. Incorporating vintage handmade elements with luxury one-of-a-kind products is rewarding and has been a very organic progression for us. It’s also been VERY rewarding to move away from 3rd party online sites and be able to function autonomously as I also plan to launch my own line of handmade dresses this year as well so stay tuned!
 Vanessa's Collaborations with Free People and Lone Hawk hats

You recently Collaborated with Free People, do you have any future projects you would like to share? 
Yes! I am thrilled about Free People carrying my bags, it’s pretty cool to be recognized on that level. It has really given me confidence to push my boundaries as a designer and produce on a larger scale. Producing quantity while making one-of-a-kind pieces is a big challenge but one that I love and I am familiar with.

Honeywood is also the home of Charlie’s brand of hats “Lone Hawk” @lonehawkhats which has grown amazingly fast. Nine months ago he received a request from a friend in a successful rock band and Lone Hawk was off and running. Lone Hawk has quickly developed a loyal following of musicians and entertainers. Charlie picks only the finest old vintage hats and carefully and lovingly reshapes, restyles and puts his own vibe on them purely by hand so that every piece is one of a kind and of the highest quality. It’s been a really great blend, incorporating some of the textiles and bohemian elements of Honeywood into the hats.

HoneyWood Vintage Overnighter bags and Lone Hawk hats

If you had the choice of traveling back in time to shop for furnishing for your home or Honeywood what decade ?
I think London in the late 60s early 70s must have been amazing! The music, the fashion, Biba, Zandra Rhodes, all of the textures and patterns. I can only imagine how amazing Portobello Market must have been! One of my favorite movies of all time is Performance (1970) with Mick Jagger and Anita Pallenberg, the art direction and wardrobe is to die for! Decadent and rich but relaxed and unstaged.

A big thank you to Vanessa for taking the time out to talk to Moon to Moon.

Images sourced from Honeywood Vintage Instagram 

and Apartment Therapy

Wednesday 17 February 2016

Thyme Herbal's 'Everyday Living Series'

I think I have featured the bottom Thyme Herbal poster before on Moon to Moon, but the collaborative work of hebalist Brittany Wood Nickerson and Illustrator Chelsea Iris Granger is just so beautiful I thought it deserved a re-share.

Although I am a nurse in a very clinical/medicine based field, I truely beleive in the power of plant based medicine and nutrition, however like many people can become lazy when cooking for myself.  These pretty posters would be perfect for the kitchen wall not only to brighten up the room but also to inspire me to cook healthy food for the family.

The Moon Calendar is also stunning and educational......About the Moon Poster the collaborative duo say...

The intention of this year’s poster is to help inspire connections with herbs associated with sleeping, dreaming, and relaxing. The moon is a nightly creature, long associated with quiet, darkness, and soft introspection. It carries a dreamy energy that helps us access the more watery, intimate places inside ourselves. Connecting with moon energy is a great way to connect with these more subtle elements of the self.

Herbal Wisdom by Brittany Wood Nickerson , Illustrations by Chelsea Iris Granger
Close Up of Kitchen Medicine Poster

The Posters and inspirational information about Herbailsm/ recipies can be found over at Thyme Herbal and I thoroughly recommend a visit!!

To view More posts on Herbalism on Moon to Moon click here

Tuesday 16 February 2016

Cool Kids Rooms: Henry's Californian Montessori Bedroom

 I love this Montessori style bedroom belonging to Henry, the son of Photographer Jamie Street. Natural coloured wood, baskets for storage and houseplants are ideal for making a relaxed child's room and the look can be replicated really cheaply by keeping your eye out at your local charity/ thrift store or eBay!

The idea behind the Montessori style room is that is is child focused. Instead of all the furniture being at a height suitable for the parents it is at a height where the child can easily reach their toys and books. The bed is also just above floor level.

 Here's a couple more pictures of the rest of the house... the rest can be seen over at Design Sponge

Saturday 13 February 2016

Off Line....

Rita Lee

I am here to apologize for my time off line....My computer stopped working over a week ago. It was pretty bad timing as I had some great posts in the pipe line for Moon to Moon and so I booked a whole day off work (without a toddler in tow) to actually get on top of emails, photographs, and interviews I have been too run down to manage recently...

.... but sometimes these things happen for a reason, and actually in hindsight I really needed a day off to chill and recharge with no 'work' to do, or role to play (mum, nurse, blogger etc...). Living in a large concrete city, life can get all consuming. It is so easy to slot into the hectic , one upmanship that seems to happen.... since having my son I have taken a dramatic drop in wages and at the same time found myself walking around my neighborhood a lot more, I have begun to compare myself to others, wishing my house was bigger, that I had nice wooden floors and a roll top bath, wishing I could afford a shiny new car and take my family on warm winter holidays abroad, getting annoyed that the majority of my wardrobe is second hand....and starting to feel a bitter sense of entitlement....

... I really needed a day off!!!

So last Friday my sister and I went to Glastonbury Town and as cheesy as it sounds I kind of 'found myself' again. In Glastonbury there were loads of people shopping in the Charity shops, every shop seemed to be tailored exactly to me and the staff were so friendly, actually taking the time to show us how to play the Hapi drums, giving us free incense because we hadn't tried the shop owners  (Dilliway and Dilliway) favorite brand, and one sweet shopkeeper exclaiming I had 'a new friend' when I brought my new chunk of Quartz!

It was bliss, it was therapeutic and it felt like home. No one was perfectly groomed, the houses were perfectly scruffy and full of character!! It gave me a chance to really consider how exactly I am benefiting from living in a city..... and the answer is despite being able to walk to work and the local shops... I am not. I have totally had enough of the concrete and the pollution and living on top of other people. ..... I don't need a bigger house I really need to move!!!

Rambling over... I will return tomorrow with a new 'My Nest' Interview from Sunny California xxx


Sunday 7 February 2016

My Nest... The London Home of Gudrun and Julian

In this weeks 'My Nest' feature, we are chatting to London based fashion designer Gudrun and taking a little peak inside her earthy bohemian home. Full of beautiful natural fibers and ethnic textiles, her home is perfect retreat to the hustle and bustle of London.....

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and where you live? 

I live in Muswell Hill, North London with my boyfriend and our 2- year old son. I’m Fashion Designer and my boyfriend is a writer and Managing Editor of a magazine called ‘The Idler’.

How did you find this beautiful home and how long have you lived in it?

We moved in a week before I gave birth. As you can see from the pictures, we’re terrible hoarders, so it was quite a task boxing everything up and shifting it across London. Thankfully we have got some really great friends who rallied round and helped us on moving day. 

 How would you describe your style/ aesthetic?

I am drawn to natural fibres and textures like wood and ceramics in earthy tones and hues. The flat is full of plants and I love handcrafted one off pieces - I have a real thing for wicker baskets, wooden bowls and ethnic textiles. Nothing is particularly valuable or cost a lot but they are really precious to me. Finding little things in markets in France, Germany and around London means that every piece tells a story and reminds me of where and when we bought it. I am inspired by books from the 70s like 'Woodstock Handmade Homes’, ‘The Craftsman Builder’ and ‘Houseboat’ I could look through them all day long and never get bored. I hate that much overused word ‘boho’ but I suspect that our style does fall into that bracket! 

How has your home and style changed since your son was born?

To be honest our style hasn’t really changed since our son was born, but now the flat is full of wooden toys -  his favourites are his little tricycle and rocking horse.  We haven’t gone mad and baby proofed everything. We are lucky as he is pretty relaxed and loves to flick through records with his daddy and actually prefers to unpack the kitchen cupboards and rearrange them rather than play with his toys!  

What are your favourite things about living in this area?

Before we moved here we didn’t know the area at all so it has been a joy to discover it together as a family. It is semi-rural in a way with several woods on our doorstep for lovely walks and lots of great cafes and record shops. We are lucky to have a Steiner school nearby where we go to the Parent & Child group. 

Your ceramic collection is really beautiful, where do you buy these pieces and what attracted you to these colour and textures

Thank you! It has become a real obsession of mine to hunt down pieces that are made from natural materials. I find them in all sorts of places from car boots to charity shops and even occasionally online. 

Do you have a favourite room in your home?

I suppose the sitting room is the one we spend the most time in. It is light and airy with a little balcony that we sit out on in the summer months. It is big enough for our son to roam around on his bike and cart (for the moment!) and is filled with our books and records. 

You have an enviably huge record collection, when did that start? What are you currently listening to? 

The records are mainly my boyfriend’s - he has a bad vinyl addiction! He has been collecting since he was a little boy, taken to shops and car boots and initiated into the record collecting world by his dad. At the moment we have been listening to our friend Flo Morrissey’s debut album which is really beautiful - also old favourites like Judee Sill, Jackson Browne, The Incredible String Band and Cass Mccombs - and of course Raffi gets played on a daily basis for the little man, he loves his songs!

What are you currently reading?

 Well we don’t get much time to read these days! I currently have a pile of guide books on the go to California as we are heading over there in the spring. If anyone has any tips of things to do when we are over there then let us know! 

  If you could travel either back in time or to a far off land to grab some interior items where would you go?

Definitely the 1970s! That is the era that I always come back to. Fashion wise and interiors wise it is full of amazing designs and has a timeless style all of its own. Almost every day I post up inspiration images mainly from the 1970s on my instagram account river_of_daisies. It’s been a real joy to connect with like-minded people all around the world.

Do you have any recommendations of places to shop in London?

  We love going to Portobello market. We lived just up the road from it for years and even though it is not as good as it used to be, it still has a magical atmosphere and we know most of the traders so it is fun to go and chat to them. Julian (my boyfriend) recently wrote a book about the area called Portobello Road: Lives of a Neighbourhood, looking at the last sixty years telling the story of the street. Nowadays it is more famous as the location for the film Notting Hill but of course in the 60s and 70s it was the counter-cultural capital of London with many fashion and music trends emanating from there. He tracked down most of the important figures connected to the street and interviewed them - it’s a fascinating read even if I do say so myself!  

Do you have any wish list items ?

There are always more things that i want to buy for the flat but we are limited by space or lack of it. To be honest I tend to wait and see what I spot out on the markets and car boots rather than having a wish list - and then when I see something I want I can’t imagine how I ever lived without it! Those wicker chairs in the sitting room for example were picked up from a French brocante last summer for a couple of Euros and they are so comfortable I never want to part with them. 

A massive thank you to Gudrun and family for letting us into her home xx

If you have a home you think readers would love tag moontomoon on instagram xx