Cabin Fever

Is there anything better than a warm and toasty winter night in?? All snuggled up in blankets on the sofa, in front of a roaring open fire, sipping on hot chocolate (or something a little stronger if you wish). We are loving the winter cabin interior look this December at Dot Maison. Head to our Pinterest Page to peruse the rest of our cabin fever inspirations. Below are a few of our favorite stylish cabin looks.

Image from Pinterest – source not listed.

Image from PLANETE DECO via Pinterest.

THE ESSENCE OF JOY via Pinterest

Image from COLD TOES COSY CLOTHES via Pinterest

DESIRE TO INSPIRE via Pinterest.

Shop the look here with Dot Maison - below are three of our favourite Cabin Fever products available online now.

Flow Storage Rack – perfect for logs.

Chimo 4 Piece Fireplace Set

Monroe Faux Fur Blanket – perfect comfort blanket.

Lots of Cozy Love,  DM XX

Festive Fun

We might not be in December just yet, but the sparkly Christmas lights have been turned on and its time to start thinking of  the festive season to come. Not feeling the Christmas spirit yet??? Well here are Dot Maison’s top five, favourite festive ways to help your inner excitement snowball and put the jingle into Jingle Bells.

1) Plan your trip to Winter Wonderland, in Hyde Park, London now.  It’s nearly time to put on your skates, wrap up warm and hold hands. Gates open 21st November until 4th January 2015, from 10am till 10pm daily.

2) Peruse your local German Market, the Frankfurt Christmas Market in Birmingham is open now until 22nd December, 10am – 9pm. There’s nothing like a Bratwerst and a mulled wine to salute the beginning of the festive season.


3) ‘It’s Behind You’….. Nothing shouts Christmas any more than a Cheesey Christmas Pantomime. Head to Itsbehindyou.com to find out what is showing in your local area. The Jack & the Beanstalk at Birmingham Hippodrome open their doors from December 19th.

4) For all you sporty lot out there, why not slip into them salopettes and head down to your local indoor snow, ice & leisure centre. A quick meander down a snow packed slope will get the Christmas adrenaline going. If your not a boarding or ski bambino then dont forget to check out some of their other snow activities such as Tabogganning.  Check availabiltiy and book on line at the SnowDome, Tamworth now. Fun for children of all ages.

Above image from Ski Dubai

5) ‘Tis the Season to be Jolly’ ………Wash down all that festive fun with a well earned Christmas cocktail, head to A Family Feast Blog to equip yourself with a mixologists knowledge, perfect for a festive girly night in! Or, head down to Langham’s Artesian Bar for a more exclusive tipple.

Much festive love, Dot Maison xxx

Stylish Christmas

Well I think it is safe to say that now Halloween is over, the countdown for Christmas has well and truly began. What a better way to begin the countdown than welcoming the arrival of some very new and exciting  Christmas products from one our favorite brands stocked here at Dot Maison. Of course I’m talking about the Danish interior company Firm Living.

If your in search of a modern, minimalist, festive look – then look no further. Firm living have created a festive collection of christmas decorations that comprise of subtle metallics, stripes, natural dark wood and geometric shapes which ooze retro charm. Amazing.

Some our favourtie Ferm Living Chrismas decs below.

Shop the look here at Dot Maison.

Cosy Candle Night In.

As winter well and truly creeps upon us and the darkness takes over the night sky, why not take full advantage by treating your self to a cosy candle lit night in. At a strike of one match your home can be transformed to a rich warm and cosy, ambient habitat that any visitor will be in awe of.

Here are some of our favourite scented candles ready and waiting for your perusal.

Millefiori Amber Scented Candle

Millefiori Amber Scented Candle

Millefiori Fig  Scented Candle

Millefiori Fig Scented Candle

Orla Kiely Basil and Mint Scented Candle.

Orla Kiely Basil and Mint Scented Candle.

Orla Kiely Fig Tree Scented Candle

Orla Kiely Fig Tree Scented Candle

Pantone Caribbean Scented Candle

Pantone Caribbean Scented Candle

Pantone Rose and Amber Scented Candle

Pantone Rose and Amber Scented Candle

Walk the Line - Striped Interior Trend.

From catwalk to couch, stripes are fast becoming an integral interior design feature. Be these, thick, thin, horizontal or vertical, these simple timeless lines are set to make bold graphic statements with out being overpowering on current décor schemes. With similar effects of a statement print on soft furnishings or a wallpapered feature wall, choose your stripes wisely, less can be more here.

For a more intense graphic look monochromatic stripes set the perfect ambience for an office or stream lined kitchen. For more relaxing tones, look at using stripes on furniture or textiles such as curtains, bed linen or bath towels – this will help to create a much softer stripey look, which equally will still impress your neighbours.

Here are a few inspiration image taken from PINTEREST. For those of you who are unfamiliar with PINTEREST this is a great site to help collect ideas and inspiration’s, and to be completely honest with you, we at Dot Maison have quickly become addicted. So don’t forget to follow us in order to check out other crucial interior trends and inspirations we are yet to explore.

Striped Walls

Image from ModHomeEc

Above image from Hot Style Design

Above image from Decor8

Above  - Alto Bedding by Jalla from Dot Maison

Above – Alpage Bedding by Essix from Dot Maison

An Artistic Staircase to the Sky

The best forms of art can provide a transporting effect or an exhilarating flight of fancy. NEXT Architects have taken these ideas of wonder in order to create this incredible sculptural staircase.  Located in Rotterdam, Holland, the piece is part of a local art project entitled the ‘elastic perspective’.

Offering visitors the chance to climb the steps and view the Rotterdam skyline, the piece is made up of a rust coloured strip. Based around the idea and principal of the Möbius strip – a surface with only one side – the stairs bend and turn seemingly without beginning or end.

Located in the Rotterdam suburb of Carnisselande, the designers set out to capture some of the ambiguous feelings attributed by the suburbanites towards their mother city.
As the designers put it; the stairway “forces them to retrace their steps back into their suburban reality. Rotterdam, by tram just minutes away, but in perception and experience tucked behind infrastructure and noise barriers; far away, so close.”

The Perfect Combination of Coffee and Books

There are few things in life more pleasurable than sitting down to relax in a welcoming environment with a coffee and a book. The designers of D’espresso a new coffee shop in New York certainly think so – their work firmly instils a gorgeous amount of literary glamour to the comfortable interior.

The group of designers, artists and architects at Nemaworkshop made use of uniquely printed tiles to give the appearance of stacks of paperbacks on the walls.  Offering visitors a relaxing and artistic environment to enjoy a fresh espresso, the coffee shop looks certain to be something of  a hit!

Enjoying the Garden this Spring

Eva Solo Garden Set of Tools

The wait is nearly over. Yes, Spring is about to Spring once again and it could well be the perfect time to try out some new ideas in the garden and outdoors. A good quality tool set is vital for the keen gardener, and the superbly designed one from Eva Solo is just that. Consisting of a digging trowel and a lifting fork, the set is available in cool grey or lively green.

Eva Solo rain gauge

Keeping ahead of what the weather is doing is essential for all gardeners, no matter what level of ability. The rain gauge from Eva Solo can show exactly how much rain has fallen in the night or whenever you’ve been away. As a means of assessing just how much hydration plants and flowers need it can be highly useful.

Misoni Rainbow Cushions

For perfect comfort in the garden and the great outdoors why not try out the relaxing styles of these fantastic cushions (above) ? Created by the style experts at Missoni, they and all the other items featured are available now at Dotmaison. Celebrate the Spring in the best possible way and get yourself outdoors and – hopefully –  into the sun!

The Intricacy of Miniature Pencil Sculptures

Every artist relies on the humble pencil to create, design and draw. However, not all of them contemplate incorporating the tool itself into their personal  artwork. But that is exactly what the Brazilian artist and designer Dalton Ghetti has taken on. The results, as can be seen here, are truly remarkable…

Ghetti explores many different subjects in his work, from political and sociological events to typographical designs such as the 26 letters of the English alphabet (above).

Ghetti’s painstaking approach to his work fully pays off time and again, with a detailed precision of handling the items maximising the effect. As he explains, “I use the sewing needle to make holes or dig into the graphite. I scratch and create lines and turn the graphite around slowly in my hand”. The technique certainly works and gives a whole new dimension to the stationary essential.

Pencil lovers can find out more at Dalton Ghetti.

Amazing bright holiday homes in South Korea

Bringing a vibrant sense of lively activity to their new holiday home designs, Studio Koossino’s artful buildings certainly stand out from the crowd. The South Korean designs are located at a botanic garden park just outside of the capital Seoul and make great use of bright yellow colours and an asymmetric structure.  Working beautifully as a relaxing conceptual series, the homes are evidence of a superb dedication to modern styling…

Influenced by the historic stone statues of Easter Island, the six bright holiday home residences make use of a heavy concrete base and cantilevered upper floors of stunning yellow panelling.

Photography is by Jae Seong Lee

The interiors also make use of this energetic yellow hue, contrasting with stately whites and greys. The homes act as a perfect welcome to the area and can leave visitors with a beautifully peaceful reminder of the area.