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

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Brit Decor: Curating Calm with Herald Black

With the house project continuing at a snail's pace, and without heating this week, rather than waiting for calm to come to me - I've been seeking out ways of creating my own oasis, or 'bubble' as I like to call it.

I recently treated myself to a second artwork from Hackney based printmaker & artist Stephen Dow, aka HeraldBLACK, entitled Midnight Garden II, along with three corresponding stationery cards from the same range and in a delicious palette of charcoals and teals for some #paletteperfection. 

Regular readers of the blog may already be familiar with my first piece from Stephen, Arches III, which has regularly featured on my instagram account.

This latest purchase wasn't just an indulgence, it was also a good excuse for some art therapy. I always find the process of selecting artwork for my walls at home such a therapeutic one, as I carefully layout each piece side-by-side and in various combinations to make sure everything 'flows'. Then there's the process of choosing a frame - the wrong decision can instantly detract from the very artwork that you are trying to showcase, so I allow myself plenty of time to make the right choice.

Finally there's the positioning and hanging of the art, which is the really fun part as you get to see the impact that the piece(s) have on the rest of the room. In this case, the spectrum of sophisticated greys and teal, added a restful element to my living room - the perfect antidote to a stressful week.

You can find out more about Stephen and his work via his website

All images / Mike Ahern

Monday, 20 February 2017

Brit Decor: Trends/ Wooden Kitchen Wonders

With a shifting emphasis towards the more tactile and sensory elements of interior design really taking hold this year, it's no surprise that wooden kitchens are making a major comeback. 

As many of us seek out a reconnection with nature as an antidote to the touch of somewhat sterile smart screens and the ongoing technological revolution, natural materials will have an added appeal in what I'm dubbing as 'style with significance', or perhaps 'substance'?!

I'm not about to wholeheartedly reject technology or retreat into the shadows in a technophobic huff, but I am a big advocate of incorporating natural materials into interiors, wherever possible, to inject calm, tactility and, well - nature! 

Natural materials are also a great opportunity to truly showcase craftsmanship - think bespoke wooden joinery, a hand-knitted lambswool throw, or a hand-thrown ceramic, to name but a few examples. 

Wood is of course an age old material which also connotes stability and quality, so it is no wonder that growing numbers of homeowners are lusting for the latest wooden kitchen designs.

Here are just a few of my favourite wooden 'looks' and how to wear them...

Images (from the top) 1/  Remodelista 2/ Abduzeedo 3/ Afasiaarchzine
4/ Apartment Therapy 5/ Dezeen 6/ Kahrs 7/ Swoon Editions
8/ Sugar & Charm 9/ Scott & Scott 10/ Derek Swalwell

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Brit Decor: Time for coffee & some slow living

Writing blog posts is not only one of my favourite things to do, it's also a must-have therapy which keeps me rooted to, well, me...and my own creativity. With the in-frequent posting of late, it's simple to see why I've been feeling a little anxious and disconnected - distracted by work projects and the bump & grind of daily life. It's so easy to allow ourselves to be pulled in a dozen different directions at once, right?

Sometimes it takes just one little 'thing' to break the cycle of work and in this instance it was a deliberately long coffee break at home (still a building site in progress, by the way). With my Cafetiere to the ready, I decided to sample a limited edition coffee - an exciting collaboration between Taylors of Harrogate and the William Morris Society.

The resulting warm & comforting coffee was a beautifully blended mix of lemon, caramel and chocolate - perfect for that little pick-me-up I was searching for! My little 'pit-stop' was in fact so enticing that I decided to allow myself some extra time out to indulge in a William Morris arts & crafts colouring book.

Here's to more slow living, even if we sometimes have to coerce ourselves into taking that well-earned break...

All Images: Copyright Mike Ahern / Brit Decor

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Brit Decor: Wall Worship with oversized Art

If you've ever had one of those moments where, creatively, you feel a little restrained by doubt or lack of confidence, then maybe this is the post for you!

I've lost count of the number of times I've visited a home where the owner confessed they were too afraid to go any larger than a single A3 print in case it was too 'over the top', despite the fact that they are clearly wanting to. 

If you have already determined that your approach is 'less is more', then all is good, but if you are seriously tempted to get creative with your walls, then oversized artwork is an incredible way to make a statement. It's also a highly effective source of accents for the remaining room scheme.

One cautionary note - an oversized artwork is often expensive, so choose wisely by researching your style and the look/feel that you want your art to create when it's given pride of place at home.

Are you a fan of oversized art in your home? I'd love to know if you've already embraced the 'look' or  if you are considering it!

Images (from top) 1/ Brigitta Wolfgang 2/ Oracle Fox 3/ Black Market Design Lab
4/ Adore magazine 5/ Apartment 34 6/ Chris Loves Julia 
7/ Lola Donoghue 8/ Sarah Yates Mora

Friday, 6 January 2017

Brit Decor: Spring Spruce/ Fast fixes for a mini-makeover in 2017

Happy New Year readers & friends (even if this is a slightly belated one!)

It's been a long and challenging Festive period here at our new home, with building works back underway again on the 2nd of January, I've barely been able to reach my computer through all of the dust sheets, dust, power tools, and more dust.

In amongst the, did I mention dust?, I have been thinking about ways in which I could make our current living conditions more bearable with simple, temporary makeover tricks, that can easily be moved or packed away as we play musical chairs, moving from one room to another whilst the rest of the house is given over to tradesmen. The obvious, like scented candles, are being used in abundance! 

Whatever our situation is at home, it's undeniable that a makeover, however large or small, is good for the soul. It's also a fun & exciting way of ushering in the New -  something that many of us strive for in the New Year.

So today I have shared some of my favourite and most effective interior styling tricks for fast & fabulous home makeovers. These won't require too much of your time or effort, leaving you more time to relax and enjoy your newly refreshed home!

Images (from top) 1/ Sheer Luxe 2/ Interiorzine 3/ Coco Lapine 
4/ Cow+Co 5/ elle decoration.Se  6/ MSBAcakery 7/
8/ est Living 9/ Madogbolig 10/ Matthew Williamson

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