It's felt like a very long January indeed but we've seen lots of great things to post about and have lots of ideas for the new month. :) Here are some 'random likes' from January. :)

Over the past 30 years the end use for linen has changed dramatically. Linen uses range from bed and bath fabrics, home and commercial furnishing items, clothes to industrial products like luggage and canvases. 
Linen fabric is one of the preferred traditional supports for oil paintingIts is also used extensively by artisan bakers. And paper made of linen can be very strong and crisp, which is why the United States and many other countries print their currency on paper that is made from 25% linen and 75% cotton.
And we like linen because it could be such a great addition to any interior. It is very soft, gentle and light and make your room look very cosy and inspirational.

Sharing our love once again for simple, clean minimal interiors. Less really is more.

I have found this product on one of the design blogs, I thought that it looks very elegant an unique and decided to share it with you...:)
From Their Website:
Orée was founded by creative technology entrepreneur Julien Salanave and award-winning product designer Franck Fontana. They assembled a team of mastercraftsmen in each of the finest natural materials (wood, leather, marble...) to help them transform their product ideas into reality and push the boundaries of what was held possible.
Each Orée objects is crafted with care and pride by our talented team of artisans in our own workshop in Castelnaudary in southern France.
We only use the finest natural materials to give our objects their distinctive soul. We carefully select them to provide a strong lasting built and create a warm tactile experience. We source these from long-established and sustainability-minded partners.Our design philosophy is to serve these materials: we magnify their timeless elegance, place them at the very center of our products and work hard to minimize their waste.Our objects are made possible by a unique combination of timeless craftmanship techniques and cutting edge technologies.The techniques secrets & skills passed down generations of talented craftsmen allow us to preserve and enhance the very best properties and esthetics of the materials we use.The cutting edge technologies we invent and optimize in our workshop focus on maximising the durability and usability of our objects.

Many terraced houses in London have been built with access to the back of the house by a side gate, or with small patio/terrace areas to the side of the house. In many instances, these spaces are not wide enough to be usable space (except for outdoor storage) and many people choose to have a side return extension. This can make the kitchen / dining area (which is normally located in the garden side of the house) more spacious and let more light in - in many cases, planning permission is no longer required for extensions like this. If possible, glass ceilings or skylights can have a big impact on the amount of natural light entering the space - giving the illusion of an even bigger area!

Wood is a great natural material, which will never be out of fashion. Kitchen with wooden finish cabinets will always look very traditional, elegant and cosy. For a greater design effect you can always combine wood with other materials, such as polished concrete or stone worktop, to play on the contrast.

Galley kitchens are a popular choice for terraced houses in London, especially when houses have a side return extension and there is more space to have a kitchen with cabinets on both sides. However, galley kitchens are a great way to utilise narrow spaces and to fit lots of cabinet space into a small area - very useful in London!

We have seen Alape products at Sleep Hotel Design event. We were impressed by their thin basin and beautiful and soft basin cabinet. Alape can provide a bespoke design service by giving you exactly want you need. 

From Their Press release:
Inside by Alape:
Intelligent use of storage space

The new washplace Inside.S, floor-standing and with wall connection, has a
side drawer for the main bathroom which can be arranged on the left or right depending on the space available and opened with a push-to-open function.
The towel holder is positioned on the opposite side. The basin consists of the
new Alape rectangular recess X.plicit, which merges with the body of the washplace to form a unit. The dimensions of Inside.S for the main bathroom are 749 x 900 x 484 mm (w x h x d).

The new line Inside.S by Alape once again demonstrates the company's innovative powers together with the advantages of the specific material glassed steel. For the first time, the use of glassed steel as primary material has permitted the development of washplaces that make constructive use of hollow spaces with drawers or shelves to integrate valuable storage space inside the unit. The new inside washstands combine unique aesthetic properties with functional storage space.
The new Inside line encompasses geometrically designed washplaces with convincing functionality and clear design. Inside.S offers floor-standing versions with a side drawer or open shelf, depending on the model. The functional design of the products is underlined not only by the integrated storage space. All models have a towel holder on the side so that the towel is always directly in reach.
Storage space on the side for the main and guest bathroom
The version for the guest bathroom has an open shelf for bathroom utensils, while the towel holder is integrated on the side in the body of the floor-standing and wall-mounted Inside.S.  The guestroom basin is a rectangular model from the Xplore.S line specially designed to fit in the smallest bathrooms. The dimensions of the entire washplace Inside.S for the guest bathroom are 649 x 900 x 292 mm (w x h x d).