Saturday, 14 October 2017

Brit Decor: Sainsbury's Home / SS18

Shhh, keep a secret? When it comes to sourcing home accessories for interior design projects, I frequently head to my local Sainsbury's for home decor goodies. In fact, forget the 'hush-hush' - I'm all for openly sharing sources of on-trend products and value finds for our precious homes. My new-found admiration for the current design direction of this particular supermarket is down to its consistently on-point home accessory ranges, with the added bonus of value for money finds, leaving funds spare for those larger & more expensive items elsewhere.

I've also made no secret about the fact that I am no fan of the Winter months, which can at times feel like an endless cycle of cold and dark (although I'm improving my Hygge each year). However, there's no substitute for the feeling of new growth and energy associated with Spring time - cue the brand new Sainsbury's Home Spring/Summer 2018 launch.

Elegantly styled and categorised into themes, the key collections for next Spring are aptly named Riviera, Meadow, Palm House and, my favourite, Helsinki. With a cool grey palette carefully punctuated with yellow and navy accents, Helsinki delivers a slightly more sophisticated Scandinavian tone, illustrated with graphic patterns and a warmer, uplifting energy.

Definitely one for my buying list nest year!

*This is not a sponsored post

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Brit Decor: Toys for minimalists

Believe it or not, it's a common dilemma for minimalists like me; how to accommodate new technology into our homes, especially when this requires ugly or intrusive bundles of kit and reams of cabling? Thankfully two perfect design solutions recently arrived at our home in the form of several rather sleekly packaged gifts from the folks at Sony.

The Sony LSPX-S1 glass sound speaker is a slimline cylinder which connects via bluetooth (so it's easily accessible via smartphones etc) and doubles as a glowing LED filament light with controllable dimmer function for those ambient hygge-inspired evenings. I'm currently torn whether to permanently home this little fella in our living or bedroom, as both settings would suit this discrete piece of technology, and the fact that it doubles as a charming lamp is a huge bonus! 

RRP £799

My second little box of tricks is the Sony LSPX-P1 portable ultra short throw projector which at just 10 cubic centimetres is a dream-come-true for minimalists and those who are strapped for space. With no cumbersome screen to worry about, this designer cube will project images up to around 230cm and has built-in speakers, further reducing the amount of kit normally required for this type of function. An accompanying HDMI unit enables us to stream movies directly from our iPad and desktop computer - perfect for those pop-up cinema evenings which we've introduced to our guest bedroom room!

RRP £999

Both pieces of kit also come with handy Apps, adding minimal effort to the list of pro's for these design savvy gadgets. You can find out more about these products by clicking this link.


                                          All images / Mike Ahern

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Brit Decor: All stitched up/ The Finishing Room

It would appear that Upholsterer, Jon Sanderson, literally has his life all 'stitched up' after a recent move to a brand new studio space at the iconic Red House Cone in Stourbridge.

If I briefly take us back to 2013 when I first interviewed Jon about his work under the former working name of The Cantin' Patch, it was clear back then that his passion and drive would take Jon a long way...and it has!

In the four years that I've known him, it's been all systems go, culminating with an exciting opportunity for Jon to move his upholstery business to the Red House Cone. In recognition of the history of his new working home, Jon couldn't resist renaming the business to The Finishing Room, which was formerly used as a finishing room for the hand blown glass, also made on the same site.

Housed within his studio, Jon has also taken the long awaited step of opening a small shop, which sells some of his own creations as well as homeware pieces from other local creatives. Naturally I couldn't help myself and eagerly snapped up two of his totally gorgeous cushions! (see the final pic, below).

You can find out more about The Finishing Room by clicking here.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Brit Decor: New Boy on The Block

Oddly enough, only a few days before excitedly receiving a copy of one of the UK's hottest new magazines, I found myself engrossed in a radio debate which asked if 'print is dead'. Thankfully the conclusion was that the good old fashioned hard copy is still holding it's own with strong sales stats to prove it. 

The hot new print delivery in question is charmingly named Dear Boy - a graphic rich creative journal which playfully explores colour in menswear and yes you guessed it, the first edition is dressed in trending pink!

With worldwide contributions and some eye candy to boot, this tri-yearly journal is sure to become a coffee table collectible. You can find out more by visiting the folks at Dear Boy by clicking here.

All Images / Mike Ahern

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Brit Decor: When Multiyork met Monsoon Home

'Collaboration' seems to be the new buzz word on our ever changing high streets lately with brands teaming up to produce exciting hybrid collections, and the more the better in my opinion!

In advance of this latest meeting of creative minds, the design team over at Multiyork began exploring Monsoon's signature textile prints which in turn inspired them to create the 2017 Monsoon collection by Multiyork.

Comprising of 6 designs in 42 colourways, each of these elegant Monsoon fabrics are available across Multiyork's range of sofas, chairs, footstools and cushions, offering maximum creative flexibility to those of us who might be considering options for new decorative schemes.

Fortunately I was lucky enough to get my hands on two scatter cushions from this collaborative collection, Lennox Slate and Dotty Denim, and they didn't disappoint! Finished with incredible quality and attention to detail, these cushions are currently taking pride of place in my own home #creaturecomforts

You can explore the full range of designs by clicking here.

Images: 1 + 3 Multiyork / 2,4,5,6 Mike Ahern

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Brit Decor: Swoons over the Argos AW17 collection...

Whilst in the midst of the current heatwave here in the UK, I have been reluctant to entertain the prospect of chilly autumnal evenings, and even less so, those dark Winter days, until now...

The folk over at Argos have just previewed their tantalising AW17 collection which is based upon five key 'looks'; Dark Poetry, Inhabit, Native Earth, Forest Frost and Artisan. Collectively, these on-trend pieces provide a perfect balance of light and dark, warm and cool, which quite frankly has got me all fired-up!

I've created my own look book (below) of the new collections, so please let me know what you think...?

The inspiring Summer months are a great time to be planning how you might want to 'pad the nest' in preparation for those cosy Hygge nights-in with the next change of Season.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Brit Decor: #cushioncrush My Top 10 cushion picks!

Cushions, gotta love 'em, right? These little shapes of joy are probably my favourite interior accessory as they instantly deliver shape, colour, texture and comfort with one easy placement (and a little plumping). Hence today's top ten cushions picks!

When I'm styling client's homes I try not to be frugal with cushion numbers as groupings give a more plush 'look' and exude comfort. However, when budgets are tight, I'll mix a small number of more expensive prints with economical plain fabrics to make up numbers with no less of a visual impact. 

However, there's no need to burn out those credit cards when high street stores such as Zara & H&M offer a huge selection of on-trend, on-point and very affordable cushion designs - some of which have made it into my top ten. There's also a lot of amazing sales on at the moment, if you want to stretch your pound even further!


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