Fine Little Day, Elizabeth Dunker, designer and visual communicator, with 153K instagram followers

Ideas, collections and interiors

This book was published in October 2015 but it is still beautiful and relevant today. It encompasses the world of Fine Little Day, you’re invited to take a peek into the fascinating life of blogger, artist, designer and photographer Elisabeth Dunker. We meet Elisabeth in her studio, where she presents her workplace and sanctuary, before she introduces us to one of her greatest loves – collecting!

With beaded baskets, crochet potholders, vintage embroidery patterns, Scandinavian crockery and retro novels just as a start…

Elisabeth gives us a tour of her own eclectic home. Bursting with colour and pattern, her Gothenburg apartment is an enviable mix of handmade blankets, vintage finds, bold printed wallpaper and fabrics, smart storage and classic Scandinavian furniture.

She also gives us plenty of ideas for recreating the look, with quick and easy projects to try at home: pressing flowers, re-using textiles in a patchwork, making beaded baskets, decorating wooden spoons or printing a sweatshirt…

There are also images of Elisabeth’s creative friends and partners we also meet Japanese artist Mogu Takahashi, illustrator Henning Trollbäck and hear about her successful collaboration with homeware brand House of Rym, to name a few.

This inspiring book is full of pictures, fun and heart and is an essential addition to the bookshelf of anyone interested in interior design and handmade.

Elisabeth Dunker was educated at the HDK School of Design and Crafts at the University of Gothenburg. She founded her blog, Fine Little Day, in 2007. The blog reaches an international audience and features interiors, art and craft. The blog has been featured in Vogue Living, Design Sponge, Apartment Therapy, The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living and more. It has been listed in The Independent (50 best interiors websites 2013), Vogue Japan (top 3 blogs for moms and kids, 2012), and The Times Online UK (50 of the world’s best design blogs). Elisabeth has designed homewares for Urban Outfitters and has worked as a stylist for IKEA.

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Make your own butterfly chair cover

Butterfly chairs are currently in vogue again. I saw lots of them at Maison et Objects in Paris. They were covered in a variety of fabrics and skins including leather and pony skin.

I bought this old butterfly chair in a junk shop for £10. The cover was rust stained and not very nice so I decided to give it a revamp.

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You will need

3 metres of white cotton drill

Dylon goldfish orange machine dye

Dylon Tulip Red machine dye

Dress making scissors

Sewing machine

Thread

Pen

15mm bias binding

 

Instructions

 

  1. Cut the fabric in half and using the instructions on the pot, dye half the fabric red and half orange.
  2. Draw round the old cover to make a pattern and don’t forget to add the seam allowance
  3. Cut out the pieces and sew the pieces first in one colour and then in the next together as in the original pattern.
  4. The only difficult part is pinning and stretching the seat top to the seat bottom as you are joining a concave piece of fabric to a convex piece. With right sides facing, pin the top of the seat to the bottom at the center seam. Sew from the center of the seat outwards stretching as you sew. This way the two pieces will fit together. Repeat this step to join the other half of the chair top to the chair bottom.
  5. The pockets for the front and back of the seam are neatened at their bases and then sewn with raw edges onto the cover. This is repeated for the reverse of the seat.
  6. Once the pockets are in place, with wrong sides facing, sew the seat top to the seat bottom round the edge and then hide all the raw edges with bias binding.

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Create a smart padded coffee table from an Ikea Nornas table and a cut up mattress

I transformed an Ikea table into a stylish padded coffee table, using an Ikea mattress and some fabulous butterfly print  linen fabric from Harlequin

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You will need

Materials

1.5m of Harlequin butterfly fabric

1 Nornas coffee table from Ikea

Sample pot of black emulsion

1 x Vyssa mattress

1m of 2 oz wadding

 Tools

Saw

Paintbrush

Large dressmakers Scissors

Staple gun

Tape measure

Felt tip pen

 Instructions.

  1. Measure half way down the legs of the coffee table and saw each of them in half, at this point it will feel like the table will be very low.
  2. Paint the legs that you are keeping and the underside of the table with black paint. Once the paint is dry, following the instructions, put the table togethe
  3. Lay the table top on top of the mattress and draw round it with a felt tip. Cut out the mattress. You will have one oblong the same size as the table, and the other oblong will need to be made up of pieces. Place the pieces of mattress on top of the table and fit and together until you have an oblong shape the dimensions of the tabletop.
  4. Place the complete mattress piece on top of the pieces that are on top of the coffee table, Cover the whole thing with wadding and staple to the underside of the coffee table. The wadding will hold the mattresses in place.

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  1. Place the butterfly fabric on top and staple this over the wadding. You may need to fold and sew at the corners for a neat edge.

https://www.harlequin.uk.com/shop/fabric/amazilia-fabrics/papilio/?code=HAMA120344 price £56 a meter

 Tip I used expensive fabric for a lovely look but you can find cheaper options especially if you look in the sales or bin ends.

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IKEA’s key trends for Autumn Winter 2017

June and July are the months of press shows, where stylists, journalists and bloggers all get to view next years offerings. Who doesn’t own at least one piece of Ikea furniture? Well their press show was impressive.

The key looks for Winter 2017 and Spring 2018 include Loft Industrial highlights with a bigger focus on metals and dark paint effects to create a loft living look. At its heart is industrial design, that focuses on functionality of the product and clean lines.

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Being Ikea, it is not a surprise that they include Scandinavian as another important trend, with natural materials and pale colours to create a clean and stripped back look. Remember the Scandinavian countries have long dark winters and need to maximize the brightness of space. However, this collection includes more greys paired with terracotta tones and muddy greens to bring a touch of warmth to a space whilst keeping it neutral.

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Yet another theme is Midnight tropics combining bright and playful colours pairing with rich dark tones with accents of brass and gold and velvet.

IKEA_AW_17388Accessorizing with succulents and tropical plants is key to the trend alongside artwork and patterns that take their cue from nature and in particular foliage. Ikea is forming partnerships with small scale social enterprises and creating limited edition collections that provide livelihoods for people who would have little or no access to decent jobs.

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The other very pleasing development is the chair that has been designed using  100% recycled plastic. Not a first, but this one looks great and comes in white and  black as shown above.

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