Category Archives: Sourcing

Styling: Creating a Gallery Wall on a Budget with Scandinavian Prints

February 6, 2017

 

Interior design ideas gallery wall layout inspiration bohemian modern abstract texture

Image: Design Soda

.

I think wall art has got to be one of the hardest things to get right in a home, it’s a constant dilemma for me, it can be hard to find just exactly what you want, especially on a budget, and most of us don’t want to wait 15 years till we’ve acquired pieces with meaning before we can cheer up a hallway or a blank wall area. Small collections and items grouped within a theme work well in small areas to add interest, and once you know what you want are fairly easy to complete. But how do you approach a great big space like a hallway wall to add personality? Some people fill these walls with family pictures which is a nice way of personalising a space. But I always want something a bit more abstract than my own family (sorry guys!). There are places that you can get cheap wall art but where you also know your purchase won’t feel unique to you – I think we all know a particular and rather brilliant Swedish furniture company I’m aiming at here, they do many things very, very well but when it comes to artwork I don’t want to find my latest purchase in the living room of someone from Eastenders! (not that there’s anything wrong with soap interiors, per se, it’s just that my childhood self has never quite got over sharing my wallpaper choice with Ron & Bev from Brookside!). Well to my mind you can’t really go wrong with a collection of posters online from Desenio.

Read More

Share

Trends: Spring Summer ’17 Home Trends at Top Drawer London

January 20, 2017

Top Drawer London Spring Summer 17 Interiors home trends

Image: Design Soda

.

I can think of no past time more cheerful on official ‘Blue Monday’ than surrounding yourself with Spring season homewares(!), so, as Top Drawer London was in town I hopped along to have a peep at what’s on the horizon in the world of interiors for Spring/Summer. Having seen a few previews in November from high street chains, the main things that resonated with me there – velvets, smoked glass, craftsmanship, and blues were all in abundance at Top Drawer too. And it may just be because I ventured out with a heavy cold unable to smell my own perfume, but my eye kept getting caught by gorgeous blankets, candles and soft pastel colours and I don’t think it was just because I felt like hiding under a duvet! The overall vibe I took from the show was one of understated luxury, craftsmanship, small details and if there was one message that was pretty hard to miss it was BLUSH PINK IS STILL HERE! And hooray for that as I’m not tiring of it any time soon. I love pretty well all dashes of pastel in spring time, they are like little drops of optimism for a new season in the home. Some of the blush is also turning to coral this year which I welcome gladly as a slightly punchier tone to offset the whites, blacks and greys that aren’t going anywhere either. So this is my roundup of favourite looks and inspiration from the show, with so many thousands of stalls I’ve narrowed down to just a few but as you can imagine there was an abundance more available to be seen. Let me know what you are swooning over, I have all the heart eyes for the knitted textiles at the moment.

Read More

Share

Shopping: Tile Choices & Home Design

January 16, 2017

Decorum Tiles Handpainted Calligraphy & Mint wash interior bathroom kitchen ideas and inspiration

Image: Design Soda

.

So we are now halfway through January, and as it’s the first month of the year the accompanying clarity in relation to getting on top of things and to-do lists for a fresh start means that quite a few of you have been discussing your renovation plans online with me. So, today, I thought I’d do a piece on one of the big areas within renovation – tile choices. The nuts and bolts of a room, from kitchens to bathrooms, and even flooring, tiles are one of the most impactful decisions you’ll make in the home. There is such an abundance of wonderful products on the market these days that it can be a little daunting trying to narrow down your search and get just the look you want and which will outlast trends (drooling over competing looks on Pinterest is a bit of a past time of mine!). And tiles are such a big investment, usually in cost but also longevity, once those tiles are in they’re usually staying there for quite a while! I’ve been planning our kitchen for nearly a year now and keep changing my mind (luckily no tiles have been purchased or adhered). So, with all this in mind, today lets talk tiles!

.

Decorum Tiles Marble and Mother of Pearl interior bathroom kitchen ideas and inspiration

Tiles: White Carrara Brick Mosaic Tiles & Shell Mystic Circle in White

Image: Design Soda

.

Share

Design Crush #12 – Murals wallpaper

December 14, 2016

bw-dalmatian-speckle-Murals wallpaper

Image: Denim Drift Grunge by Murals Wallpaper

.

As the byline to the blog denotes – colour, pattern, patina – I am pretty keen on all things with interesting surface design or colour (forget the patina bit, that’s more my love of vintage, we’ll come to that another time). When both colour and pattern come together and are truly nailed, my heart usually sings with joy. And, since Jordan from Two Lovely Gays installed a beautiful mural wall in an apartment in Brighton on the first series of The Great Interior Design challenge a few years back, I’ve had a bit of a thing for mural walls. There is now a pretty spectacular range of them on the market, and because they are designed for a statement wall or space, they tend to be writ larger than wallpaper, bolder and with more aesthetic punch. Read More

Share

Shopping: Gift Guide – 50 Scandi Gifts for Interior & Design Lovers

December 9, 2016

Design Lovers Gift Guide 2016, scandi homewares

Dan asked me recently if I’d made a Christmas wishlist, which was his less than subtle way of telling me that he’d made one himself! Well, asides from the thousands of items I’m coveting on secret Pinterest boards, I have compiled a list, and it’s just 2 short of 50 items! I’ve chosen quite a lot of modern & minimalist pieces with a Scandi vibe, which are perfect after all the extravagance of Christmas, January will be all about pared back glamour here. I’ve tried to cover a price range, there are 3 items over a hundred pounds (all in the first list), three under a fiver and the majority hover somewhere around the £50 mark. Actually we don’t take Christmas very seriously around here present wise and quite often play a game of best present from the pound store but a girl can dream!  As I am a generous sort, I’m also throwing it out on the blog today as a veritable gift guide for anyone stuck for present ideas for home-mad-design-lovers (and not least because I know my husband will actually be able to find this list!). So, if you know a suitable recipient (Me! Me! Me!) someone crazy about design or interiors walk this way my friend, I have four lists, one for general home beauties, one for Kitchenalia, one for office based pretties and bathroom indulgences, God I hope Santa thinks I’ve been good this year! Read More

Share

Five Favourites: Winter Blankets

November 21, 2016

Woven knitted patterned colourful and monochrome blanket selection, bohemian modern style

.

Image: Design Soda

.

It’s staring to get really cold around here, hats and scarfs are necessary, the heating is ramped up, a few Christmas traditions have already been started, and I think this may be the perfect moment/excuse to go window shopping for blankets!  I’m off to the preview of Craft Central as a part of the winter Made in Clerkenwell this week and I’m sure to come back with memories of several stunning weaves I can’t stop thinking about, so in anticipation of this I thought I’d narrow down a few of my current favourites.  I am pretty hopelessly incapable of not falling in love with just about any well designed patterned knit. This can be a costly downfall as I’m forever loosing my heart to some designer pattern or other that I can’t afford, I swear I’m still dreaming about this Arne Jacobsen one I saw 6 months ago. My idea of heaven may well contain copious amounts of woven patterned wool, both my wardrobe and my home are prided on a fabulous selection of it during winter. This rundown is now a yearly tradition on the blog and as you can see from the pictures,  I’ve amassed quite a few in the Design Soda home along the way. 

.

Woven knitted patterned colourful and monochrome blanket selection, bohemian modern style

 

Image: Design Soda

Read More

Share

A Sneak Peak at: Lizzie for Smug Collection

November 8, 2016

Lizzie for Smug Design Festival launch, london store

Images: Design Soda

Lizzie for Smug pattern collection, Greenhouse cushion detail

.

Today on the blog we are taking a sneak peak at the insanely beautiful new pattern collection by Lizzie for Smug which is launching over the coming weeks. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this to you before, but I will reiterate it now as a confession at the start of this piece, I am the hugest girl fan of Lizzie Evans!Read More

Share

Winter Styling with Cox & Cox

October 31, 2016

Winter Styling with Cox & Cox, hygge slow living blush pink velvet cushion linen bedding geometric wool cushions

Image: Design Soda

.


The clocks have gone back and today is Halloween, my goodness where has all the time gone? We’ve had the odd day with a crispness in the air and a whole lot of mellow fruitfulness (some of the flowers that keep going in the garden continue to amaze me) but next weekend will be bonfire night (and our sons second birthday) and after that, as far as I’m concerned, gloves are off in relation to Christmas!  Read More

Share

Stationary Love & Shop Destinations: Present & Correct

October 25, 2016

vintage style inspired stationary present and correct

Image: Design Soda

.

Some kids at school are studious, some are disengaged and maybe rebellious. Until I suddenly got interested in academia at 15 (when I became a part of a tribe devoted to a slightly intellectual teenage band) I was pretty disengaged at school. As such I was all about the stationaryRead More

Share

Bert and May X Darkroom London

October 10, 2016

 

Bert and May x Darkroom collaboration, geometric monochrome tiles barge, london design festival 2016

 

I can’t believe that we’re a week into October already! I’m starting to organise the house for Christmas (will I peak too early again this year?) and the interiors world has just been flooded with so, so many covetable design launches for the new season.Read More

Share