Monday, 24 February 2014

A sprinkling of sugar - injecting pastels into your interiors. Just don't make it too sweet!

According to those 'in the know' pastels are BIG in 2014.

  • Benjamin Moore has downgraded grey and in its place heralds "breath of fresh air" pale blue
  • Heal's Tottenham Court Rd store window sets are styled with pastels, mostly pinks
  • H&M has pale pink as a running theme throughout its core SS14 homewares range
  • John Lewis Maison trend is all about the pale and beautiful
  • Ferm Living has injected more pastels into its soft furnishings
  • IKEA launched the Bråkig collection, the colours of which are misty pastels

.... what more can I say, if you're shopping high street, then pastels will be hard to avoid. Take a look here for yourself....

Benjamin Moore 'breath of fresh air' paint

Heals pastel window display (notice the copper)

Heals - ombre trend still continues

Pretty in pink at Heals

H&M soft greys, pinks & metallics

John Lewis pastel painted hanging pears

Ferm Living pastel hues & geometric shapes

IKEA Bråkig collection - more pastels and geometrics

Being more of a fan of all things bold, pastels aren't generally on my radar. However when mixed up with metallics - especially brass,  bold wham bam dark inky blue, deep dark grey or even blackened aubergine and ever stylish geometric pattern, you've certainly got my attention *smile*.

How do pastels make you feel? Fancy them in your own home?

I can feel Spring in the air, can you? 
It's making me sooooo happy - yay!

Monday, 20 January 2014

So what's hot this year? Colours for 2014

Believe in what you think you know, because if it feels right to you then it will work for you. Like I've said time and time before, I'm not really one to jump on a bandwagon and follow a trend for trend's sake. But what I dig, is when something is bang on trend and I'm already on it (yeah baby!). 

I'm 50:50 with what the colour big shots have to say this year. According to Pantone, the colour of 2014 is 

According to Pantone “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.” To spruce up interior spaces you could incorporate this hue in paint, accent pieces and accessories. Radiant Orchid complements olive and deeper hunter greens, and offers a gorgeous combination when paired with turquoise, teal and even light yellows.

Hmm, purple's just don't do it for me. I've tried various combination, hues and tones of purples over the years but it is not a colour that pleases me. Maybe it's too feminine for me? I know it is a favourite amongst high street stores and appeals to a wide age range so this will certainly be a success if adopted by such accessible brands.

Following on from that, Dulux's colour of the year for 2014 is 

Teal perfectly combines the natural harmony of green with the tranquillity of blue, it has a gentle character and is a favourite in the world of design. For such a statement colour, teal is surprisingly versatile and works well in different colour combinations. Sitting opposite coral on the colour wheel it works beautifully with delicate pinkish tones and warm ochre yellow, but for a trend look should be combined with other tones of teal, green or blue to create a tone-on-tone effect. 

Now, I love teal! I have worked with it a lot over the years and have always been pleased with the overall results when combined with colours such as yellow and grey along with wood and white finishes. 

What do you think? Will you be favouring Pantone or Dulux's colour of the year and injecting some if it into your home in 2014?

On an aside, my favourite colour (as many of you already may well know) is yellow - happy, sunny, bright, jolly, uplifting, gotta love it. It's not en vogue at the moment and it's an absolute swine to get in any kind of fabric or fitting but perseverance pays off and yup, after months of digging, poking and searching I found a fabric I love yeehah! Romo, I salute you, I have fallen head over heels for Ilsa Mimosa in Orvieto fabric for my living roomcheck it out, it's the fabric on the left below. How fab is that.ochre yellow, vivid inky blue with warm grey and bright white  - my ideal, match made in heaven colour combo *big grin*

Share with me what fabrics you've fallen in love with recently. And, hey it's not long to wait until all the Spring collections hit the shops so if you are still struggling, bear with, your very own match made in heaven design may be just around the corner!


Friday, 15 November 2013

"I rebel, therefore I exist"

Hardworking. Conscientious. Motivated. Ordinarily I can tick all those boxes, but you know what, nope, not today.

I, like you I bet, have worked my noggin off all week, exhausted myself mentally, denied myself fun, frolics and fitness (sitting at my desk is soooo not good for my butt!) all in aid of achieving my work goals.

Well, sayonara baby, laters, I'm outta here. I've done loads this week and I'm off to take my mum out for lunch. It's been waaaay too long since we had a girly catch up and I could do with some fun mum time.

Ok, I admit I'll do some work tonight (see, I am conscientious really) but for now life takes over and a yummy lunch and maybe a cheeky glass of something pink and bubbly await me.

Why don't you give yourself a break and be a rebel. Give yourself the afternoon off and go do something amaaaazing, yay!

Have a fab weekend my lovelies x

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

A happy Tuesday shout out for true craftsmanship

Cor blimey it's been a little while hasn't it, life seems to just take over and stuff happens - like moving house (yay!) and half term holidays full of kiddies parties and halloween excitement…enough excuses because today I just HAVE to share with you the best and my most favourite solid wood furniture, which I have been meaning to shout about for ages. Oh what joy there is to be had when you buy a timeless and beautiful piece of furniture that has been impeccably crafted and is full of life and character, just fabulous. I'm most certainly going to be buying some for me very soon and also sourcing for a new and exciting project next year. So let me tell you all about it…

Ethnicraft has been producing solid oak and teak furniture for 15 hears now and has built up a reputation for creating authentic, warm and natural furniture collections that will only become more beautiful as time passes. Supplying the likes of John Lewis, Pure Home Lifestyle and Mac & Mac to name a few, Ethnicraft's stunningly simple collections can be found in the most diverse interiors across the world. See for yourself why there is so much to love about their gorgeous oak and teak solid wood furniture…

Nordic bed - this will be mine!
Shadow oak cupboard
Wave oak sideboard
Wide oak TV unit
Teak pop occasional table
Teak chest of drawers
Madra teak bed
Do you see why I'm so in love with this furniture? So simple. So timeless. So stunning. For a pared back, contemporary Scandinavian styled home, this is the stuff that dreams are made of. Not cheap, not over expensive but a truly worthwhile investment that will age beautifully, at least that's one of us then *wink*

Have a fab day and let me know if you do go and buy any Ethnicraft furniture, I'd love to hear about it. What's more if you do buy some, you'll be safe in the knowledge that you have bought something made with the world's most environmentally friendly raw material and are doing your bit for the ecology of this beautiful planet we find ourselves living on. Bonus!

Monday, 9 September 2013

Take metallics to another level - luxe it copper style

Rainy walk picking blackberries...made into crumble, served with thick custard - tick
Putting the heating an hour in the morning & evening - tick
Dreaming of hot chocolate, knee-length boots & scarves - tick

OMG, a week ago I would never have thought I'd be saying "Summer thank you, you've been truly amazing but could you please now give way for Autumn?" I've got to that point, 2 days before my birthday (ahem) that I inevitably get to every year when I want to pack away my summer clothes, dig out the warm and cosy stuff and light candles every evening.

I love seasons. The change. The newness. And so to mark the start of my official Autumn I've created an Autumnal Pinterest board as a source of inspiration for all things 'Fall'. Stepping back from it, it appears I'm somewhat in love with white &  coppery orange colours and wood & metallic textures.

I was thinking about why I seem to love copper so much. It's warmer than silver. It's less bling than gold. It oozes coolness that other metallics don't seem to pull off in the same way. It suits contemporary and traditional interior design alike and, for me, mix it with navy or charcoal and your style stakes are seriously high.

Seeing as I'm weeks off from moving into a new house (fingers crossed) I'm all abuzz with the new look I'm going to create and I know that copper is going to feature somehow, somewhere. I've pulled together a few favourite looks and products for your perusal, what do you think?

H&M copper look tea light holders & vases

'Snug' copper look vase by Human Empires

Copper foil wall stickers by Ohh...Mhh...

Cantori City bedroom range, Heals

Stanley hammered copper pendant, Original BTC

Stanley hammered copper table light, Original BTC

So, what do you think?? You like copper too? Think you might inject some of its warm glow into your home? Let me know, always fab to hear your thoughts *smile*

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Make your TV look fab in your living room

The television, the television. A bug bear for those designing their living room, especially for those who want to keep the eye drawn to the more exciting installations within a room and not the black box.

Do you you want it to stand out? Not really, I love to watch a good film on it but it's not exactly a beautiful object in its own right to look at.

Do you want to hide it? Yes and no, I need to easily be able to watch it.

Do you want to merge it into the design of the wall its on so it doesn't stand out? Yes, but it is still an eye sore...

There are some very clever ways to 'hide' your television amongst artwork and shelves in your living room, some examples of which you'll see below. But how about going one step further and having a transparent television, which would have an incredibly minimal impact on the overall look of the room? This would overcome all your design just have to choose how to style the wall behind it! Still in concept phase but this Loewe Invisio TV could be onto something...

Some clever ways of blending your TV into the design of your living room;

Paint out dark walls & you'll hardly notice the television

Install a striking digitally controlled framed mirror aka LCD cabinet

Play spot the TV with an installation like in this Brooklyn loft apartment. (Fab green sideboard, non!)

Where there's a will there's way, see how you can blend your TV into your living room. Personally right now I could live without the TV as I never get time to watch it and in this glorious weather I'd much rather spend the evening chilling outside BUT I will admit, I am somewhat devoted to keeping abreast of what's occurring on Eastenders. I know, I know! *cheeky smile*

Loewe Invisio images courtesy of Yanko Design

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Expensive taste? Challenge yourself to find something similar cheaper elsewhere!

Absolute mental and creative overload happened last week. Chelsea Harbour took me by the horns and gave me one huge injection of design oomph for a current hotel project I'm in the early stages of. I'm crazy busy pulling the overall look and style together so my blog is taking a little back step but I'll still be sharing loads of fab stuff so keep on coming for a cheeky peek.

Today's "just gotta share this with you" is this most wonderfully beautiful and elegant Rose Gold Davlin glass tile. I chose it for the hotel bathrooms but when the very friendly Kaitlin at Ann Sacks showroom kindly informed me it retails at over £1,600 per sqm - yup per square metre - I politely smiled, gulped and thanked her for her help. Ok, so the tile is hand painted in gold leaf, uh huh real gold folks, but seriously I'm not designing a princ'e's palace here.

The showroom tiles in all their glory

Do you have expensive taste? Yes? Do you have the mega big budget? No? Well, take on the challenge: find what you love then find something similar for a fraction of the price, you'll feel so chuffed with yourself.

My alternative to the stunning tile above is Original Styles' Cleopatra, which incorporates the thinnnest layer of real gold foil beneath the glass, but only costs £224.72 per sqm. Sill quite pricey but a fantastic price for the look you'll achieve and you would save yourself over £1,375 woo hoo!

So what money saving design challenge are you going to take on?! Go for it and why not tell Home Restyler all about it here.