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18 October 2016

Shady Grey

There is something beautiful and calming about this interior. The dark colours work together to  almost warm up the room creating a very sophisticated atmosphere.


Colour Inspiration: {black & white stripes}

Stripes have always looked wonderful within interiors. They add focal points to a room and also dress it with charm and a hint of Parisian Chic. I adore a monochrome room, particularly when used as a focal point as too much can be overpowering.

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17 October 2016

Candlelight for Winter's Nights

Winter is gradually setting in with frosty cool mornings, and candlelit evenings. Trees are shedding their beautiful autumn leaves and blankets are keeping us warm at night. Creating a cosy atmosphere in the home during winter is important. It's just as import for kids as it is for adults. There are many ways in which you can decorate your home with accessories to make it feel extra cosy and inviting. Implementing wonderful soft throws and blankets always work well and adding ambient lighting such as candles provide the perfect winter setting. 

India May Home have released a gorgeous collection of tealight and candle holders for winter. They're great for styling your home ready for Christmas.

Glass Candle Holders
The fun of these candleholders comes from their flexibility! The glass box shape of the Nord collection is ideal for holding pillar candles, whilst the special iron supports of the Nordic collection are designed to hold dinner candles, but you're not restricted to these two options. We like to put objects in the centre of ours to create a pretty display, swapping the contents depending on the season: crunchy leaves for autumn, pinecones and faux snow for winter, eggs and feathers for spring. 

Tealight Holders
Display these tealight holders as a set or mix and match several colours together. You have a choice of two sizes and three finishes: Mercury Silver, Black or Clear. Each one is the perfect size to hold a tea light or votive candle.

Star Tealight Holders
Specially commissioned by Karen for India May Home, these iron stars light up beautifully when a tealight is placed inside. They look great in pairs when placed on a windowsill, or strung up from the ceiling using the strong metal loop on the tip. 

Sutara Star Candle Holder
This is a star shaped candle holder in a generous size, ideal for filling with small objects or weaving Christmas foliage around the top! Sutara has space for five tall candles and is made from glass and iron. Each one is made by hand, and therefore has its own small imperfections and character. 

Safi Star Tealight Holder
This star-shaped piece is made from iron and glass, with a rounded iron well in the middle to hold a tealight. If you wanted an extra bright light you could fit another five candles in the spaces around the edge, but we prefer to fill it with decorative objects like pebbles, ornaments or pine cones.

14 October 2016

Farrow & Ball Wallpaper Collection 2016

Last month I had the pleasure of visiting British colour experts, Farrow & Ball at their headquarters in Dorset. I along with other British and international bloggers was invited by Amara to join them for a day of splendid inspiration. We were given an in-depth talk about Farrow & Ball's new wallpaper collection which was held at Deans Court. The 2016 collection is inspired by the 1940s post-war period, embracing a paradoxical feel. The contemporary interpretations of the 1940s prints features three exceptional designs.

Arcade is a wonderfully glamorous take on the art deco movement, portraying a soft, romantic take on the classic curved motif. The beautifully tactile scallop design gently dances across the length of the paper, creating an inherently sophisticated feel. The Gable is quite unique and playful, featuring a rural scene of ploughed fields and farmyard animals. It perfectly captures the innocence of simpler times. Gable definitely captivates the imagination. In contrast to the other two designs, Enigma, named after the encoding machine deciphered by Alan Turing, is a beguiling and bold example of geometric design. The design encompasses a series of interlocking rectangles, which invigorates and enthrals. The new collection is made in the same way as all Farrow and Ball artisanal wallpapers, the new designs are traditionally block printed using real paint and I actually had the experience of seeing the wallpaper being made at the headquarters in Dorset! Each design is also available in seven colour ways ranging from delicate neutrals and muted pastels, to bolder tones with metallic accents. 





18 September 2016

Sofa Trends - 2017

With 2016 almost coming to an end, I’ve decided to explore the forthcoming 2017 trend which will be making a huge impression within our home and workspace. 2016 was a fun and vibrant year with style inspiration from Rio and the Amazon in Brazil being a forefront of trends in both fashion and interiors. Last year I visited Kips Bay during New York Design Week and this was a great example of implementing Brazilian influence within interiors from colours and prints.

2017 is going to be a very different year within the world of design. Due to the increasing use of social media and constantly being on the internet, next year sees a healthy shift towards opaque materials to create a sense of privacy and also minimalistic interiors and escapism, influenced by Scandinavian design.

This will have a great influence on design with many British brands taking on this trend and implementing it within their design, such as The Lounge Co. with their family friendly fabrics and world-renowned craftsmanship. Their sofas and chairs fit in beautifully with the fore coming Scandinavian trend.

The Georgia Sofa Snuggler is perfect in a minimalistic and natural space. It works wonderfully with the Scandinavian trend and provides a warm ambience within the space its in.

Embracing the opulent jewel colours that will also be trending next year, with the Noah chair will provide a regal atmosphere in any room.

This wonderful shade of Green also complements a Scandinavian styled interior, giving the room a wonderful wintery christmas feel. Jewel green also makes for a wonderful accent colour, which can be achieved through accessories such as cushions or a chair, like the one below.

Below is some inspiration of what you might expect to see in 2017, including jewel tones, opulent accent colours and furnishings which provide warmth and glamour. The Sophia sofa provides a neutral backdrop for adding attractive accessories. 

One of my favourite colours for 2017 can be seen conveyed in the Poppy sofa!

A couple of the most popular colours for 2017 will be flat orange and denim blue.

The Lounge Co is highly on trend with what we're expecting to see in 2017. They're a new label offering quality, British-designed and made furniture (from the people behind Parker Knoll, G-Plan and Duresta, no less) that’s contemporary, comfortable and covetable. They have a curated range of 12 sofas, 6 chairs and 6 footstalls all available in over 110 fabric and colour options. 

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