Sunday, 16 September 2018

Desk Divine: 8 Surprisingly simple desk decor situations

Our faithful IKEA Lisabo desk with its compact dimensions and classic blonde tones has moved between houses and, at some point, has lived in almost every room in our current home until finally settling in our blue guest room (pictured above).

With my consultation and interior styling work taking me out on the road more than ever before, our desk has taken on the dual function of a weekend and evening work space, which doubles as a casual dressing table for our guests, but in both capacities - calm is key.

With a new debate here in the UK about a future potential four day working week (yes please), I'm sensing a new and growing school of thought which is embracing a simpler approach to the form and function of our workplaces as flexible working becomes a genuine 'thing'.

Thankfully many of our homes are already streets ahead of the politicians as we increasingly embrace slow living and a slower style with an emphasis toward nordic neutrals, heavenly hues, tactile 'softer' materials, and space savvy furniture, as many of us balance family life with working from home.

So here are eight workspace interiors to inspire and to elevate us to a new level of calm working...

Images (from top): 1/ Mike Ahern 2/ Cate St Hill 3/ Coco Lapine 4/ Liljencrantz Design
5/ Only Deco Love 6/ Planete Deco 7/ Pressbilder Norrgravel 8/ Krone Kern

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Preview Peek! Edgy Autumnal vibes with the Habitat AW18 Collection

With this insanely hot Summer we've been experiencing here in the UK, not only have I been unable to stomach a fully cooked hot meal for an age now, but I have also found it nearly impossible to entertain the prospect of Autumn and even less so, Winter. 

However, the reality is that change is on the way and currently we do still have Seasons, (even if they do get a little jumbled and out of sync from time to time!) and it won't be long before those chillier, shorter days become the norm, cue a shift of focus to the great indoors.

Habitat - long-term devotee - glad I've got that out of the way! It's always a 'heart skips a beat' moment when a favourite brand launches a new collection, right?

As always with Habitat, I found myself greeted with an impeccably styled and curated gathering of furniture and accessories for their AW18 launch. With a consistent thread of happier hues skipping hand-in-hand with modern folk, cool artisanal craft and a laid back luxe, the design team has delivered a comprehensive collection of 'goodies' for the design loving home.

The key elements to the Autumn collection are: Modern Folk Pattern / Natural Cool / Industrial Edge / Japanese Influence / Curves / Luxe Layering / Eccentric Glamour / Silhouette. So there's a lot to get your design-savvy teeth into!

It felt right to see a reference to bold 1970s hues such as the mustard yellow and burnt orange Rex dinnerware, and not forgetting the on-point tan leather Elkin 4-seater chaise sofa - a new future classic perhaps? 

But for those who are still very much in love with all the dreamy shades of neutral, fear not, classic Oaks sit with raw organic & untreated jutes and wools to deliver a subtle natural Nordic home style, and the Isaure and Popcorn cushions (to name but a few) will be fuelling my #cushioncrush this Autumn. 

Images / Habitat UK / Graphics & Editorial / Mike Ahern

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Brit Decor: Simple Things / Made+Good / Rebecca Williams

I do love a good 'ceramic swoon', don't you? 

My latest fix of stoneware style comes from Made+Good, supporter and supplier of hand-crafted goodies direct from the UK studios of incredibly talented designers and makers, and I'm all for supporting British design.

Today I'm honing in on the work of one particular ceramic designer/maker, Rebecca Williams, and her dreamy new collection of stoneware pieces. The simple charm of Rebecca's creations is inspired by her love of the coast, with speckled sandy colours and textures, reminiscent of a chilled out walk along a beach.

Stoneware is the perfect choice for adding a softer, more relaxed and natural 'look' to your kitchen and dining spaces, whilst the handmade element adds to a sense of a considered home, which will have house guests queueing up for a piece of slow living!

I've included my top picks (scroll down) and you can also peruse Rebecca's full collection of works as well as the creations of many other makers & designers at the Made+Good online store by clicking here.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Brit Decor: Inside Out Living / Create a garden space with an urban edge

As promised at the beginning of the week, I'm coming back at you with my second outdoor living 'look' in conjunction with the folks over at Wayfair UK. I'm hoping the milder weather has gotten everyone in the mood for some inside-out living?

Rather like my Palm Springs mood board, this Urban Edge setting is defined by strong contemporary pieces and is suggestive of high-living for those who enjoy style-savvy comfort in an outdoor room setting.

The predominant colour theme here is a relaxed monochrome, with charcoal grey aplenty and an abundance of lush green foliage (real or fake, the choice is yours!). I've opted for furniture with strong architectural detail and an emphasis on form, perhaps mirroring structurally elegant palm trees. 

An outdoor rug and textiles is a great way of re-enforcing the sense of a living room for the outdoors, again, I've leaned towards monochrome shades, however, vivid colour 'pops' would also work in this setting, or if you wanted to 'switch-up' to party mode.

Have a scroll through and let me know which is your favourite 'look' - Cali-cool or Urban Edge? And don't forget to have a peek at Wayfair's impressive range of outdoor living wares by clicking here.

*This is a sponsored post

Images / (from the top) 1/ Adam Robinson Design 2/ Adore Magazine 3/ Homedecort 4/ Myiser

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Brit Decor: Inside Out Living / Create a 'Cali Cool' Garden Space

Summer living: the opportunity to spend long balmy evenings outdoors and create a little piece of 'home' outside is a lifestyle that many of us aspire to, but simply don't know where to begin when it comes to turning our gardens into an extra room. So let's pick a theme...or two! This week I'll be honing in on two key 'looks', with a second coming in a few days.

I have a huge crush on Palm Springs in the U.S - the incredible mid-century architecture, the colours, luxe-living, and of course, those iconic palm trees. So when I recently teamed up with home and living brand, Wayfair, I immediately set to work on the challenge of re-creating a Cali-cool garden.

My prime objective was to mirror the classic PS colour-way, with it's crisp white single-storey homes, desert inspired vegetation, warm Californian hues, and refreshing aqua blues - reminiscent of those shimmering pools straight out of a photo shoot. 

I also wanted to create a sense of holiday fun with a retro twist, and immediately sought out midcentury inspired loungers and outdoor seating in a respectful 'nod' to a 1960s Palm Springs (if only I had a time machine!).

Scroll downwards to shop this look. All of my product finds today can be found in Wayfair's outdoor living department (click here to visit) where you can find a whole host of goodies to cater for almost every garden theme.

*This is a sponsored post.

Images / (from top) 1/ Modernous 2/ Hannah Klemm VSCO 3/ Palm Springs Style 
4/ Horatio Street 5/ Pinterest UK

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Brit Decor: World Stationery Competition with Old English Company

Only recently I was thinking that it's been an eternity since I posted a competition on Brit Decor, so there's no time like the present to remedy this, right? 

This particular opportunity coincides with World Stationery Day on the 25th April 2018, which means that one lucky person will get to win a set of four rather swish planners from one of my favourite go-to stationers, Old English Company. 

Click here to visit the Old English Company competition page and submit your entry, and if you're inspired by these gorge planners, you can check out their full range by clicking through here.

Good luck folks!

Brit Decor Home:

I realise it's been a very long while since I last posted an update on here about living in a renovation project. In all honesty very little has happened over the last ten months in terms of major building works - as real life pretty much got in the way and our focus had to switch to a family crisis and eventually losing a loved one.

All being well, works are planned to resume again late Summer and, fingers crossed, we can finally think about some nice new flooring once all of the knocking down of walls and re-plastering is complete (walking around on old underlay and temporary flooring is so un-glamorous!)

If I rewind ten months, when our living room ceiling and walls were re-plastered, I was keen to get a basic scheme completed to make at least a couple of rooms in the house feel a little more like 'home'. Without the time to devote to a full design process, I opted for a dreamy pale grey nicely juxtaposed with a warmer dusty pink.

Over the time that we've been living here, I have been wowed by the amount of bright south-westerly light which floods our home every day. This also means that paler colours such as those in our living room, frequently appear bleached. With this in mind I'm now experimenting with darker and richer hues (similar to those of our velvet sofa cushions pictured 'below') in a quest for a cosier and more dramatic scheme.

Watch this space...

All images / Mike Ahern

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Brit Decor: On the road / White Horse, Dorking

Lately it seems as though I'm away from dear home sweet home more often than not, but on the plus-side there are two major consolations; one, 'home' becomes even more precious, and two, I get to sample some #interiorforinspo hotel decor (and three, if I include zero house chores!). 

On a recent working trip to Dorking in Surrey (UK) I grabbed a one night whistle-stop stay at the impressive White Horse Hotel, which proved to be a feast for the eyes, and my stomach. I thought I'd share my time there with you...

Whilst the quintessentially 'ye olde' 18th Century British monochrome exterior, complete with slightly wonky sash windows, is echoed indoors within pockets of carefully respected original architectural details, the interiors have been extensively re-designed to a high spec (£4 million if we're talking figures) to accommodate us style-savvy travellers.

My room immediately embraced me with a calm palette of oatmeal, heavenly pastel blue, forest green and warming tan leather,  adorned with on-point brass wall lights. Despite the very British setting, I couldn't help but feel, at times, as though I had been posted in a chic hotel in the heart of Stockholm or Paris, but my imagination always did run wild...

The design-led decor didn't end with my room - the ground floor restaurant, Deli and bar areas each offered their own unique bubble of unpretentious charm, again with a hint of 'Scandi' referenced throughout, and all delivered by some of the most welcoming hotel staff I have encountered in a while.

You can find out more info by visiting the White Horse Hotel website (click here).

All Images / Mike Ahern

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