I love hearing from people who have Skinny laMinx in their home, and it’s always inspiring to see my fabrics put to use in ‘real life’, so I was thrilled when Barbara sent us some pics of Skinny laMinx in her home in Brooklyn, NYC. I loved them so much, I asked for more… and I asked some questions about her too.

Hello! I’m a New Zealander but have lived in the UK, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and now here in Brooklyn for the last 2 years.  Despite being in New York, I’m still heavily influenced by how the Southern Hemisphere interprets Scandinavian design, which is why I love the Paradise is Here fabric collection from Skinny laMinx (Fronds & Palmetto!) and also the Brancusi Stripe design so much.
To me, these designs feel tropical and organic, with their strong contrasts, shapes and angles.  It reminds me of my time in tropical Asia and the semi-tropics of Melbourne and Auckland – much needed inspiration during the 5 months of cold in NYC!
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I like the bold monochromatic feel of the black and natural linen/cotton together and the bold pop of the yellow – which is one of the colour themes in my Scandanavian-modern inspired Brownstone.
The brief on my recent house renovation was to use lots of natural materials and texture….so it has white oak floors, polished concrete floors, cabinetry in birch plywood (painted in white or pop colours; left natural or whitewashed to reveal the grain), steel, glass, concrete tiles, wire pendants, jute rugs, felt wool upholstery, hand-screenprinted linen/cotton and wallpaper etc.  Skinny laMinx textiles are a natural and beautiful fit.
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The jagged edges in the black Palmetto and ZigZag designs remind me of the zig zag made by my kids’ crinkle cut scissors! (note from me: that’s exactly how I made those shapes!)
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 You’ll see I also like white pegboard – it’s the repetitive simple dots as a backdrop that I like – and have a pegboard headboard in my room, and an oversized  “Peg-it-All” board too.  This is a recent purchase I’ve yet to get up on the wall but I’m having fun playing around with at the moment. The ceramic planters are from A Question of Eagles in LA, and Light & Ladder in Brooklyn. The Soft Bucket, of course, is Skinny laMinx!
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Barbara’s hot decor tips:

Find great wire pendants, and all manner of wire furniture at BendGoods

Aussie magazine Inside Out  gets the Southern Hemisphere take on Scandi style just right

Get a giant “Peg-it-All” pegboard from UK outfit, Kreisdesign.

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Thanks so much for your lovely pics and the story behind your beautiful home, Barbara!

If anyone else would like to share home pics, please get in touch at studio@skinnylaminx.com, or tag your pics with #skinnylaminx on Instagram or Facebook. We love it!

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Best Things: Screengrabs

There’s always so much to see on Instagram, and not always the time to explore, so I often store things that intrigue me in the screengrab folder on my phone, and then go back to explore later, when I’ve got time.  Here’s what’s in there right now: Hannah Waldron‘s woven compositions. Plants and interiors by Melbourne artist, Elizabeth Barnett. Neon banana from @electric_confetti,  Via @thedesignfiles @lucialitman plays with her food. @Arianna.lago and her unsettling and sexy photographic takeover at @paperjournalmag.  

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Friends & Neighbours – Sindiso Khumalo

I first met Durban-born, London-based fashion designer Sindiso Khumalo in 2015, when she was (rather impressively) one of the speakers at the Design Indaba Conference. She was such a friendly, energetic person, I immediately wanted to be her friend, so we’ve been staying in touch on Instagram while she’s been back in London, but she’s often in Cape Town, which makes her practically a neighbour, so of course she has to be featured in our Friends and Neighbours blog series. Thanks for participating, Sindi! I call you a ‘fashion designer’ in the intro to this interview, but I’m not sure that’s… Continue reading

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Best Things: Postbox Courier

Oh my gosh, I’m so frustrated! I’ve been working like a dog (a dalmation?) so I decided to treat myself by splashing out on this gorgeous shoe. Although it’s priced in Euros, it is on sale, and they have my size and colour, but…. they bloody well don’t ship to South Africa. Aargh!   There is a solution, I’m glad to say, by the name of Postbox Courier – a company specialising in leapfrogging the South African postal system, and helping locals get their goodies from abroad. I was contacted by Ken from Postbox Courier a couple of weeks ago, offering me a… Continue reading

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Best Things: @breezeblockhead

Call them ‘air bricks’, ‘ventilation blocks’, ‘breeze bricks’, ‘breeze blocks’, whatever you like, I just love it that Aussie architect Sam Marshall (aka @breezeblockhead) has taken it upon himself to survey and record pics on his Instagram feed of these sun-and-wind-blocking architectural features (also known as brise soleil* screens), beloved of Mid-century enthusiasts and tropical climes. This is the kind of geek-dom to which I can really relate. I mean, an instagram post entitled ‘watching a breezeblock about to be born’ had me fumbling my phone as I tried hitting ‘like’ and taking a screengrab all at once. And then there’s that… Continue reading

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Heath Ceramics seasonal collection

This summer, I came to appreciate the refreshing bitterness and gorgeous colour of a Negroni cocktail, which is why I think Heath Ceramics’ fresh-pressed palette for their Summer collection makes perfect sense. Love the new glaze names too: Orange Glow, Cayenne, Tangerine, and Sunrise, and love that there’s lots of Skinny laMinx in the seasonal mix too. In the mood for Summer? Check out the full Heath Ceramics Summer Seasonal collection.

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Making Friday: Old habits and new designs

Whenever I end up in my Think Tank on Making Friday without a proper idea of what I’d like to get done, I seem to do the same thing: I fill up a page with regular brush marks that look like multiple openings, or windows in a big building. It’s relaxing, and makes me feel like I’m making a start, at least, even if it’s not very interesting. Sometimes I even go the extra mile and turn them into trees (the green ones above) or  little faces (below) So inevitably on Making Friday last week, I did my usual dabby thing, but… Continue reading

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In the shop: Borrowed Spoons

It may be an oldie, but it’s certainly a goodie, which is why we’ve just re-released one of my very first tea towel designed (from way back in 2007), called Borrowed Spoons, in three yummy colourways called Graphite, Spruce and Shell.   Read more about how this design first came about right here, and find the Borrowed Spoons tea towels for sale in our shop and online too. Shop in ZAR Shop in USD