Sunday, 23 April 2017

Brit Decor: Summer Style/ Exploring the HOT new homeware collections by Sainsbury's

Yep I'm happy to admit that lately I've been merrily sourcing styling accessories for projects from Sainsbury's! I've found their ranges to be slightly up and down over the years but there seems to have been a notable turnaround in this supermarket's approach to creating and editing on-trend homeware collections, and great value ones too.

These latest Summer collections are available in stores from June (if I can bare the wait) and includes five highly trend-led collections; Printmakers, Moroccan Luxe, Bloomville, South American, and BBQ,  created by the Sainsbury's in-house design team

The warm & glowing metallics of the Moroccan Luxe collection and the bold colour blocking in the Printmakers range are just some of my favourites - what about you?


All images / Sainsbury's 

Monday, 17 April 2017

Brit Decor/ Simple in-house escape nooks

We all need our own little nook in life, don't we? 

Whether this in a literal sense or otherwise, I believe that everyone needs their own space, refuge, 'me' time, or however else we choose to define a need for that precious bubble of comfort, one where we can remove ourselves from the hustle and bustle of our daily routines, even if only for an acutely short period of time.

My beau recently treated me to a stunning armchair from HAY (see my Cobalt Cool post), which has turned out to be my own perfect little nook. Tucked away in a sunny corner of our master bedroom, a handy reading light and some books close at hand, this chair has become my refuge. Crucially, I know it's there whenever I need to bail out for some downtime.

Another great thing about nooks is the ease with which anyone can create one, yes some of the bespoke carpentry versions look amazing, but essentially all you need is seating with those must-have accessories, to aid those moments of calm.

Amen for nooks!

Images (from the top) 1/ HER Creative 2/ Coco Lapine Design 3/ Est. Living
4/ Dust Jacket Attic 5/ Leibal 6/ Louise Poulsen 7/ Scandinavialist

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Brit Decor: Cobalt Cool

In my mind there's something about a vivid blue that just air punches 'cool', particularly during the warmer months when we often associate blue & white colour combos with all things coastal & nautical. Perhaps this duo evokes images of fluffy white clouds dancing against heavenly blue skies...or maybe it's simply because this pairing of hues really works?

Colour philosophy to one side, back at the new home project I had been toying with the idea of injecting some high-energy blue accents into our new master bedroom, and when I stumbled across this colour rich HAY Baby Dot quilt from one of my favourite go-to interiors sources, Connox, my decorative vision immediately fell into place in one of those creative high-fives moments.

The overall scheme of this room is a mid-grey nod to Scandi styling (mid-to darker tones of grey can have a warming effect) with simple white detailing for a freshening feel. I chose crisp white cotton bedding to accentuate the contrast between the blue accents and greys, and opted for plenty of pillows for a luxurious feel. I also love the versatility of the Baby Dot quilt with it's double sided / two-tone palette of navy versus cobalt blue - here I've folded the quilt over for added depth of colour.

To complete the cobalt cool 'look' I added a collection of cobalt and navy accented accessories, such as prints, ceramics and a striking copper-meets-cobalt light shade. The final infusion of rich pops of colour standing proudly against embracing neutrals, makes it very difficult to leave this room on a morning! 

For more furniture and accessories inspiration from some of the most on-trend designers & brands out there right now, please take a moment to check out my friends over at Connox (click here). I'd love to know what you think of their store...

All Images / Mike Ahern

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Brit Decor: Marble mural moment

Due to my job role, I get to feast my eyes on some pretty swoon-worthy interiors products most days, and for this I consider myself to be one lucky guy. However, time to 'fess' up that I'm not very good at sharing all this inspiration, yes you heard it here first!

So this year I am determined to post more inspirational finds, as sharing is caring, right?
I can't think of a better way of kicking off this slightly belated New Year's resolution, than sharing this pretty jaw-dropping collection of marble-effect wallpaper murals from Murals Wallpapers.

Despite being a massive marble devotee, I tend to be very dubious about imitations, but not in this instance. The level of colour and detail are pretty spot on and theres a huge range of colours to choose from. Another great thing about these murals is that you can effectively pick out strands of colour and use these as accents in any decor scheme!

You can check out the full range of designs by clicking here.

All images / Murals Wallpaper / Graphics by Mike Ahern

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Brit Decor: Love Letters/ ByALEX

Don't you just love it when one of your favourite designers is in full creative swing? 

I first became aware of the ByALEX brand back in 2016 (a little late to the party on this one) and have been coveting the product range ever since. Founded by Brit designer, Alex Swain, his 'cool as a cucumber' range combines some of my favourite design elements (typography and furniture) with a distinctly clean and minimalistic aesthetic.

Things have just become even more interesting for Alex with the launch of ByALEX's 'SPOT' graphic greetings card range, inspired by Dutch Graphic designers such as Wim Crouwell. The super-cool twist to this eye-popping range is the perforated dot grid layout, which allows you & me to punch out our very own design

My own attempt at perforated perfection is intended to spread the message of 'love' just in time for the week ahead...

You can check out the full ByALEX range by clicking here.

All images / Mike Ahern
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