Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Brist Decor: Panel Pitch



















Today I am pitching for panels in our homes; why? Because this once classic look has packed it's bags and travelled into the 'here and now' to bring us a multitude of facades, from cool and calm, to vibrant statement, hardwood to fabric, plain to patterned - there's something for everyone, or more specifically, for every home.

I love how the owners of this quintessential country kitchen (in image no.1) have updated the classic panelling with a breathtaking deep cobalt blue, which sets the theme for the entire room with elements of the cobalt echoed in a pattern-fest of blues.

From country we then move to urban with this uniform grid panel (image no.2) painted in a sophisticated smokey grey from Little Greene. Note how the dark formality of the wood is softened by the use of layered textiles and bedlinen, whilst the monochrome chevron throw provides a show-stopping contrast to the square panels. 

I find it difficult not to swoon at the sight of a Liberty print as a statement of enduring British design but look how exciting this cupboard panel (image no.3) becomes when a print is cleverly applied! A star is born, or in interior styling terms, a centrepiece is created. This is a great example of how fabric and wallpaper offcuts can be applied to panelling as an instant and inexpensive means of updating a room. Do you feel a project coming on...?

Blonde wood is so Scandinavian and those guys really know how to mix style with practicality. The natural glow of the panelling in image no.4 exudes warmth, so no wonder it's the dominant material in this cosy setting. Layer with natural knits for maximum contrast and crank up the comfort dial to maximum!

Finally in image no.5 we look back to classic with this vintage panelling. If you are a big fan of wood detailing and architecture, then think about keeping it simple with a chalky white coat of paint and let the lines and shadows do the rest of the work. There is something so simple and elegant about a paler panel, don't you think?









Friday, 15 August 2014

Brit Decor: Geo Pots #2














All images / Mike Ahern


The Brit Decor HQ redecoration works at the cottage have been moving at a snail's pace recently, with tantalising bursts of progress squeezed in whenever I've had a moment or two to spare. Thankfully, I am now at the final stages of the design process and the really fun part; accessorising! 

Whenever decorating I love to add my own handmade touches to give the scheme a personal and unique touch. Sometimes it can be the smallest of detailing but importantly, I know it's there. In this case I was pondering over desktop accessories - the scheme needed something light and simple so I turned to a previous Brit Decor 'make' project; my Geo pots. This time around I opted for an off-white card to mimic the detailing on my origami lampshade which will also feature in the new room scheme. For an added twist and a focal point, I broke out my letter stamping set (I so heart the hand-printed look). A personalised geo pot would also make a great gift don't you think?!

I am really looking forward to sharing the final room scheme with you! It shouldn't be long now...




Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Brit Decor: Lounge Love

1/ Monochrome check mat £60-185 John Lewis 2/ Boucle cushion cover £7.99 H&M
3/ Tom Dixon Hex bowl £45 Nest 4/ Polar white single spot light £35 Heal's
5/ La Chance Big Vulcain table lamp £912 Nest 6/ Lovbacken £40 IKEA
7/ Regency cushion £25 Habitat 8/ Knit stoneware vase £16 HouseEnvy (Room image / Pinterest)



We all like to dream from time to time, don't we? My favourite pastime (when I have any time to spare) is to imagine a room, real or fictional, and then give it a mental makeover. Letting our imagination run away like this can be hugely liberating and a really useful way of brainstorming ideas and identifying particular 'you' trends.

Lately my creative thoughts have been taking a strong leaning towards mid-twentieth century styling. My starting point for this particular pattern of thinking was my treasured 1960s Danish armchair, which I inherited from my beloved Gran. In fact, it's now formed the basis of the entire design scheme for my own lounge at the cottage. 

My dream room 'above' is dominated by the dramatic jet black feature wall and co-ordinating wood burner, fused with the warmth of the golden blonde logs for an awesome contrast. I love how this black colouring is then pulled like a thread through the rest of the room with the sexy black Ercol chair, oval coffee table and the striking monochrome stripe rug, which accentuates the flow of this dominant colour and guides the eye to and from the feature wall. 

Warmer tones are cleverly injected into this scheme through the inviting beech wood of the armchair with matching footstool, and through subtle accessorising; the chic copper bowl and tantalising mix of ochre yellow and rose pink cushions. Crucially the sheer full-length curtains maximise the influx of light through the ceiling-to-floor windows. Quite simply, I love it!

What would your dream room scheme look like? Good to be home is a new online home and garden magazine that looks at interior design, home improvement, gardens and architectural innovation, with regular posts from industry experts, handy how-to sections and oodles of competitions. The guys there are currently offering the chance to win £750 worth of John Lewis vouchers for your own dream scheme so it's definitely worth a look!






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