Chedva is a design journalist, blogger and consultant. She writes the popular interior blog Rooms and Words. Her blog features design trends, interviews with designers, and plenty of beautiful images that will give you inspiration for your own decorating projects.
It was a love for home decor blogs and magazines – but most of all for design – that originally led her to start Rooms and Words. And she has also contributed to various magazines including Go Style, Rue and Heart Home Magazine.
Based in Tel Aviv, Chedva is a mother (who has learned to survive on little sleep!) a bookworm and twitter junky. All of this gives her an original voice and fresh style perspective. She shares with us here some of her own design inspirations and styling tips.
Describe your interior style in 5 words or less
Textural, layered and lived-in.
What is inspiring you right now?
I’m currently inspired by industrial design and by film, especially movies from around the 1960s. It’s very different for me, but I’m fascinated!
What do you love about autumn?
Oh, I just love fall. The weather, the fashion, the scent of the first rain, sleeping with open windows, sipping a chai latte with cinnamon, and the calm of the autumn routine.
Can you choose three of your favourite home accessories that you have in your home?
My red (ikea) desk, my husband’s “magic carpet” mousepad (which I mostly use) and my fabric dinner napkins – we stopped using the paper ones.
What do you have on your wish list right now?
This Nina Campbell wallpaper for my bedroom.
What do you think makes a house a home?
The people in it, definitely! There has to be a connection. Seeing houses that don’t look or feel like they belong to the people who live in them is just sad.
Do you have a favourite styling tip?
Yes, fresh flowers in every room. It doesn’t have to be a whole arrangement. Even a single bud will do. It injects life into your surroundings.
Which designer or designers do you most admire, and why?
That’s a tough question! I admire a lot of designers that are very extravagant. But lately I’ve been drawn to incorporating nature, and so I’ll chose Lauren Liess and Justina Blakeney. Okay, just another one: John Robshaw for the textiles.
Which city have you visited that has most inspired you and why?
I’m ashamed to say I haven’t traveled a lot lately. I always find Tel Aviv (including Jaffa) extremely inspiring and versatile. The same goes for New York.
Finally, how do you like to relax when you’re not working?
Because my work is also my hobby, I find it hard to put it aside. But I do love reading a good book or watching a great movie. I also love sewing, but I haven’t done it in a while.
[Photo credits: 1 – Chedva by Aline Frische | 2 – Collage with still from ‘Barefoot in the Park’ and a space from Anthropologie | 3 – Chedva | 4 – Lauren Liess | 5 – Justina Blakeney / photography: Bret Gum]