Monday, 2 May 2016

Brit Decor: Something like Summer

It's been a typically tempestuous Spring so far here in the UK, with April well and truly crashing out with a crescendo of hail and thunder storms over the weekend. Despite these meteorological tantrums, my mind is still firmly focussed on the Summer and a return to intermittent outdoor living.

At about this time of year I tend to make a mental note of how I'll be using our garden throughout the Summer, with the number one priority being R&R. What does this mean? Plenty of comfort factor thrown in with lashings of textiles so I can sit, lay, read and snooze without a care in the world, naturally!

I also love to entertain guests in our cottage garden (weather permitting of course), so choosing the perfect table and chairs was another key priority, complete with a canopy as shelter from the midday sun. And for those balmy Summer nights, I love the magic of fairy lights, which I'll subtly entwine with our palms and shrubs - to emanate a starry sky.

Do you have any big plans for your garden this Summer?

Happy May folks!

Images (from top) 1/ IKEA 2/ Pinterest 3/ The Design Villa 4/ Gardenista
 5/ Vogue (Francois Halard) 6/ IKEA 7/ House Doctor

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Brit Decor: Seasonal Style Update/ A collaboration with Delcor

Earlier this week I wrote about my own determination to start the new Spring season with some changes around the cottage, in preparation for brighter times and longer days. So today, as part of an exciting collaboration, I'm sharing some of my interior styling tips to help deliver knock-out style statements around the home.

Delcor has been a beacon of British craftsmanship for nearly five decades. With a mind-blowing selection of over 10,000 fabrics to adorn their made-to-measure sofas and chairs, I am thrilled to be drawing upon some of their iconic pieces as styling inspiration.

I've honed in on five key looks for the home (see 'below'), starting with an updated monochrome, fresh for 2016 with inky blacks and charcoal greys for a sophisticated twist on a classic style (see Delcor's Capri chair for inspiration). For me, it only takes one day of bright Spring sunshine for it all to be about 'Happy Hues'. Here I have focussed on vibrant pops of yellow to bring the sunshine indoors, like the Chelsea sofa featured below.

Please pay the folks at Delcor a visit at their Kings Road store in Chelsea, London or check out some of their eye-catching designs over at - I'd love to know which is your favourite furniture piece...

*This is a sponsored post

Pink isn't just for girls, 'Blushed to Perfection' is inspired by the Eaton sofa and highlights the complexity of this dusty pink colour, which gradually ebbs towards a more neutral palette when fused with greys. On a similar note, if you haven't already done so, now could be the perfect time to 'find your inner-floral' by indulging your living space with bold & beautiful floral prints and textiles - heighten the drama with corresponding accent colours. I've selected the Magnum sofa as my key 'get the look' piece.

Foliage is 'fierce' right now - are you feeling it? With houseplants gracing many a stylish abode, peppering the 'real deal' in amongst intense foliage-inspired wallpapers and prints can create a highly graphic and intense scheme. I am completely swooning for the Metro armchair featured 'below'!

Images (from top) 1/2/ Delcor 3/ Studio Oyama 4/ Delcor 5/ IKEA 6/ Delcor 
7/ Pinterest 8/ Delcor 9/ Apartment34 10/ Delcor 11/ Studiopepe 

Monday, 25 April 2016

Brit Decor: Sideboard Crush/ My latest furniture addition...

It's usually at about this time of year (Spring here in the UK) just as everything outside is awakening, that I feel the urge to initiate change indoors. This can just mean changing a few cushions and perhaps a new print, along with some other light cosmetic touches. However, this time around I've opted for a few mini-makeover projects around the cottage (I guess you could call this 'decorator's itch').

My first project has actually taken several months to complete, following a painstaking search for the perfect mid-century sideboard. This particular piece had to be compact, which severely limited my options until I stumbled across this elegantly formed, original Jentique sideboard.

This is also a great piece to display some of my favourite accessories, with a theme of greens, blues and teals, fused together with crisp whites & greys, not forgetting the obligatory foliage.

Well that's my first home project completed - I'm moving onto the Brit Decor office next...

All Images/ Copyright Mike Ahern

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