Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

Directorio Deco

Wicklewood: home for the modern nomad

I am looking forward to introducing you to  Wicklewood since its founder Caroline showed me the website some weeks ago in London. I instantly fell in love with every single design and its unique and modern approach to home decor.

Wicklewood is a British born, globally inspired collection of home furnishings created to make interior design easy. Built around four design essentials, Wicklewood makes bold rugs, cushions, quilts and throws that will transform your home with colourful artisanal designs.

Having lived in eight different flats in ten years like a true modern nomad, Wicklewood’s founder, Caroline, sought to decorate each new space in a signature style to make it feel like home. Frustrated by the lack of affordable design options that can change with each season, mood or move, Caroline launched Wicklewood to provide people easy ways to transform a simple space into a beautiful home whether for a lease or a lifetime.

The foundation for Wicklewood’s original designs was inspired by Caroline’s great great grandmother, Lilly De Jongh Osborne, who spent her life in Costa Rica and Guatemala pursuing her passion for collecting rare Mesoamerican textiles, arts and crafts. Lilly’s extensive textile collection is one of the largest in the world.

Hawaii is another inspiration for Wicklewood’s designs, as Caroline grew up surrounded by three generations of worldly women passionate about the textiles, design and history of the Hawaiian Islands.

The British craftsmanship is also in the brand’s DNA as Wicklewood grew out of Blithfield, the iconic British fabric and wallpaper company founded by Elizabeth Downing and Anne Dubbs.

Something I really love about Wicklewood is their curated trunks, which include a variety of bold room sets in complementary colours and design that will spruce up any room.

Below you can find a selection of some of my favourite products. Discover the whole collection on their website http://www.wicklewood.com

 

 

Floral Sun Inlay box - Wicklewood
Floral Sun Inlay box

 

 

Calypso Rug

 

Wicklewood - Palopo throw
Palopo throw

 

Three layer dash vase - Wicklewood
Three layer dash vase

 

Osborne oblong cushion - Wicklewood
Osborne oblong cushion
 
Saltaire Trunk - Wicklewood
Saltaire Trunk

 

 For more information visit http://www.wicklewood.com

Jib Doors

Is there something more whimsical, unexpected and fun than having a jib door at home?Invisible storage, a private powder room, a hidden bar… whatever the reason these secret doors are used for, in all the cases a dose of mystery and instant fantasy are assured.

(Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know the meaning of Jib door until now. Not so long ago I didn’t know it either!)

Pauline de Rothschild in her Paris apartment bedroom, shot by Horst for Vogue UK (June 1969) Great jib door
Pauline de Rothschild in her Paris apartment bedroom. Horst for Vogue UK (June 1969)

 

Howard Slatkin NY Apartment. Jib Door
Howard Slatkin NY Apartment

 

Howard Slatkin NY Apartment. Jib Door
Howard Slatkin NY Apartment

 

Howard Slatkin NY Apartment. Jib Door
Howard Slatkin NY Apartment

 

Benedetta Cibrario's apartment in Milan. Jib Door
Benedetta Cibrario’s apartment in Milan. T Magazine

 

A large portrait of King Edward VII by Archibald Stuart Wortley cleverly disguises a pair of built-in wardrobe doors in the State Bedroom. Old Battersea House, London
A large portrait of King Edward VII by Archibald Stuart Wortley cleverly disguises a pair of built-in wardrobe doors in the State Bedroom. Old Battersea House, London

 

A New York apartment designed by architect John B. Murray and interior designer Cathy Kincaid
A New York apartment designed by architect John B. Murray and interior designer Cathy Kincaid. Overscale paisley by Lucy Rose Design. Veranda Magazine

 

De Gournay
De Gournay

 

Barry Dixon design. Gracie wallpaper
Barry Dixon design. Gracie wallpaper

 

Jib door. Hidden bar. Miles Redd
Miles Redd via Architectural Digest

 

Alexa Hampton's NY apartment.
Alexa Hampton’s NY apartment. Souce : Quintessence

 

Jib Door
Source unknown

 

Samarkand wallcovering by Pierre Frey
Samarkand wallcovering by Pierre Frey

 

Versailles
Versailles

 

Linda Evangelista by Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia, June 2008
Linda Evangelista by Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia, June 2008

 

Jib Door. World of Interiors
World of Interiors

 

Jemma Kind's Hampshire state. Fromemtal hand-painted wallcovering. Jib Door
Jemma Kid’s Hampshire state.The hand-painted silk wallcovering mural is by Fromental. Elle Decor

Kalinko: from Burma with love

I was looking for the perfect rattan butler’s tray when I discovered the one made by Kalinko. Later that day I found out that this brand has much more to offer than just pretty trays.

My beloved rattan butler’s tray by Kalinko

 

 

As Londoners living in Burma, Kalinko founders noticed that it was very difficult for the Burmese craftsmen to sell worldwide so they decided to give the artisans access to the international market through an online homeware store.

Their products are affordable yet you won’t compromise on great design and quality. Kalinko is independent, ethical and adheres to the globally recognised 10 Principles of Fair Trade.

If you’re a rattan lover like myself, you’ll probably find browsing their website very tempting! Although I honestly love everything they do, here are my picks.

 

Za jacket. Kalinko
The Za Jacket. Proceeds from the jacket’s sales will be used to buy new looms, yarns and weaving equipment for the community, and to help support their livelihoods, giving them time to train their successors, and keep their traditional skills alive. Learn more about the project here
 For more information visit http://www.kalinko.com