Monthly Archives: March 2017

Design Trends | Crushing Over Cork

March 22, 2017

Cork table and kitchenalia, , cork interiors trend ideas, uses and inspration in interior design and home decor

Cork table and kitchenalia, image via Atelier, CPH.

bedroom cork styling, Studio Arhoj, cork interiors trend ideas, uses and inspration in interior design and home decor

Ikea cork pot cooler re-purposed in our bedroom as a surface to display objects upon.

Cork?! Did you say cork? Oh dear. No. Definitely not. That’s been the reaction of a few people I’ve mentioned cork to recently. Reactions are a bit like Marmite, and seem to come down to how vividly you remember the seventies, or if you were even born then, as to whether you can embrace this trend. Happily for me I wasn’t, so I can peruse it with the kind abandon that isn’t held back by memories of aunties cork tiled kitchen with terracotta walls and bead curtains (though listen up, apparently bead curtains are on their way back too). I love cork, I love its texture, it’s warmth, its sustainability, its crafted aesthetic, the way it lends itself to the bohemian look, and I have been known to occasionally feel rather fond of that vintage fizzy stuff it often preserves.

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Scandinavian dining simplicity, the cork here is a beautiful match to the other natural elements in this simple scheme, image via Domino.

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Styling: 9 Tips for Styling the Perfect Surface in Your Home

March 13, 2017

How to style a Vignette or suface, interior design stylist tips and tricks, tutorial on how to create interesting surfaces in the home, bohemian mid-century modern interior decor ideas, brass lamp vintage
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I’ve spent a lot of time recently moving trinket-y objects around the house, partly because I’m trying to style the house properly for photo shoots (which I’m sure will be re-styled on the day!) and partly just to shake things up a bit, finding new homes for old favourites (I think this is known as ‘shopping’ your home!) and making space for a few new items (has anyone else noticed how amazing H&M Home is this season?). We’ve been in this house for a little over a year now and I really feel I could have got my styling game on a bit better here. Each time I clean I’ve been trying out new ways to style things and paying more attention to the ‘rules’ of styling more readily. Actually I think if you’d been watching me over the last few months you might have found something quite comical in all of this, a vase moves downstairs one week to its new home, is rejected and moved upstairs during cleaning a week later, and so repeat. I definitely don’t consider myself an expert in this but I do spend a lot of time faffing around with surfaces so I thought that today I’d share some of the things that work for me. If you are looking for an in depth deconstruction of all things home styling related I thoroughly recommend Emily Henderson’s Styled, or the very similarly named beautiful coffee table book Life Unstyled by Emily Henson, if you’re looking for shortcuts, read on.

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How to style a Vignette or suface, interior design stylist tips and tricks, tutorial on how to create interesting surfaces in the home, kinfolk slow living

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Colour: Farrow & Ball’s shades of 2017 (and how to use them in your home)

March 10, 2017

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Walking along the road from Parsons Green station yesterday, passing my old school, which I haven’t seen for 18 years, I was struck for the first time not by feelings of panic, dread or rebellion (though I’m sure they’re buried there somewhere) but by how much I had enjoyed being educated in the grounds of such a gracious set of Georgian and Victorian houses. It may be because I was on my way to a Farrow & Ball colour event with high tea to boot, but I spent much of that walk thinking about what I’d loved architecturally about my school, remembering the school library well with its old wooden bookcases, sash windows and views over the green, or the very pretty garden through the main arch before the tennis courts, and I wondered how much this had informed my sense of aesthetic since. I’m not sure that I’ve ever really felt that I had taken much from my formal school experience, it was a pretty mixed one, I made some wonderful lifelong friends but the culture of competition (in every aspect) had been stifling for me, it was a very pretentious state school with selective intake, and not one I would choose for my own child, but today I was struck only by its aesthetics, which are very lovely indeed.

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Farrow and Ball colour forecast 2017

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So, architecture aside, it was with great relief that I turned the corner and found myself in a very different but slightly intimidating other grand setting, The Talisman, an absolutely incredible trove of vintage antiques in a converted Art Deco car showroom on the New Kings Rd with a collection of pieces by the likes of a Pierre Cardin & Etergere to name but two. Luckily for me this beautiful setting didn’t come with exams or prefect places, but an afternoon tea and colour talk, though I was a little worried should I spill said tea on some priceless antique or other! Sometimes, at blogging events you really luck out and get to see fantastic places, hear and meet truly inspiring creative people that you can then share on the blog. At the Farrow & Ball colour trend forecasting event, the setting was incredible and Joa Studholme, colour consultant at the company with over 20 years experience and a paint on the chart in her name (Joa’s white), was a truly inspiring expert. She had our coterie of bloggers hanging on to her every word, learning from her wealth of creative experience and most of us contemplating re-painting our homes in light of her advice! (If you’re reading this Dan, I promise not to start painting a single room, well not straight away). I took pages and pages of notes on Joas wisdom, which I will be bringing you in a separate piece on colour choices soon, but today I want to talk about Farrow & Balls selected colours for 2017. Read More

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D.I.Y: How To Make A Simple Spring Wreath

March 6, 2017

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It’s very nearly Spring. Hurrah to that, in two weeks time official British Spring time will be upon us and I am so ready. I love the change of seasons, all of them, the contrast always jolts me into thoughtful mode as I anticipate the months to come. And, like many of you, there’s no new season I love more than the start of Spring, especially this year after an especially dark and overcast winter, I love the fresh colours stirring after a long sleep and the interludes of bright clement weather. Whilst official Spring may be a few weeks off, I have been watching the mimosa in our garden for some months, since its first few buds in December, the many more in January and the buds that turned to yellow in February, gradually getting fluffier and more pompon like until finally they are almost all out in full bloom in the garden and I know that Spring is at last on its way. I just love the early flowers of spring – crocuses, daffodils and muscari, followed by tulips, bluebells and finally white lilac and ranunculus, it’s a great season for cheerful blooms. The houseplants are all doing really well at the moment, but I really wanted to bring some colour and floral elements into the house as a celebration of the new season. 

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Everyone has their go-to Spring flowers that give them an instant hit of sunshine, right? My mother’s are daffodils, mine are Mimosa. Our Mimosa tree was the first shrub I bought when we moved and finally had our own garden, and over the last year it has grown far beyond what I had anticipated. I bought both a mimosa and a white lilac tree primarily so that I could make bouquets of cut flowers for the house that would mirror my choices at flower stalls and save me money. The mimosa is so abundant that it’s been a staple as foliage pretty well all year, so when it started to bloom I knew it was just the thing to bring indoors as an early spring celebration. You may remember that back in November I made a couple of fresh flower wreaths for the Christmas period and I mentioned then that I’d like to do one for each season. They were so incredibly easy to make and we could do with a spring centrepiece indoors to cheer us up after the cold dark winter so I thought as the mimosa is in such abundance at the moment and yellow is surely the colour of spring I would make a wreath entirely of mimosa. 

 

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