Sunday, 13 August 2017

Brit Decor: New Boy on The Block










Oddly enough, only a few days before excitedly receiving a copy of one of the UK's hottest new magazines, I found myself engrossed in a radio debate which asked if 'print is dead'. Thankfully the conclusion was that the good old fashioned hard copy is still holding it's own with strong sales stats to prove it. 

The hot new print delivery in question is charmingly named Dear Boy - a graphic rich creative journal which playfully explores colour in menswear and yes you guessed it, the first edition is dressed in trending pink!

With worldwide contributions and some eye candy to boot, this tri-yearly journal is sure to become a coffee table collectible. You can find out more by visiting the folks at Dear Boy by clicking here.















All Images / Mike Ahern

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Brit Decor: When Multiyork met Monsoon Home









'Collaboration' seems to be the new buzz word on our ever changing high streets lately with brands teaming up to produce exciting hybrid collections, and the more the better in my opinion!

In advance of this latest meeting of creative minds, the design team over at Multiyork began exploring Monsoon's signature textile prints which in turn inspired them to create the 2017 Monsoon collection by Multiyork.

Comprising of 6 designs in 42 colourways, each of these elegant Monsoon fabrics are available across Multiyork's range of sofas, chairs, footstools and cushions, offering maximum creative flexibility to those of us who might be considering options for new decorative schemes.

Fortunately I was lucky enough to get my hands on two scatter cushions from this collaborative collection, Lennox Slate and Dotty Denim, and they didn't disappoint! Finished with incredible quality and attention to detail, these cushions are currently taking pride of place in my own home #creaturecomforts

You can explore the full range of designs by clicking here.





























Images: 1 + 3 Multiyork / 2,4,5,6 Mike Ahern

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Brit Decor: Swoons over the Argos AW17 collection...









Whilst in the midst of the current heatwave here in the UK, I have been reluctant to entertain the prospect of chilly autumnal evenings, and even less so, those dark Winter days, until now...

The folk over at Argos have just previewed their tantalising AW17 collection which is based upon five key 'looks'; Dark Poetry, Inhabit, Native Earth, Forest Frost and Artisan. Collectively, these on-trend pieces provide a perfect balance of light and dark, warm and cool, which quite frankly has got me all fired-up!

I've created my own look book (below) of the new collections, so please let me know what you think...?

The inspiring Summer months are a great time to be planning how you might want to 'pad the nest' in preparation for those cosy Hygge nights-in with the next change of Season.






















































Sunday, 2 July 2017

Brit Decor: #cushioncrush My Top 10 cushion picks!













Cushions, gotta love 'em, right? These little shapes of joy are probably my favourite interior accessory as they instantly deliver shape, colour, texture and comfort with one easy placement (and a little plumping). Hence today's top ten cushions picks!

When I'm styling client's homes I try not to be frugal with cushion numbers as groupings give a more plush 'look' and exude comfort. However, when budgets are tight, I'll mix a small number of more expensive prints with economical plain fabrics to make up numbers with no less of a visual impact. 

However, there's no need to burn out those credit cards when high street stores such as Zara & H&M offer a huge selection of on-trend, on-point and very affordable cushion designs - some of which have made it into my top ten. There's also a lot of amazing sales on at the moment, if you want to stretch your pound even further!

#cushioncrush 



















































Sunday, 4 June 2017

Brit Decor: Monochrome Magic with #MYROOI









Little by little I am gradually accumulating quite the monochrome home in terms of accessories. I love the versatility of this classic black versus white combo, whether it's colour-bombed with a flash, or three, of a bold & energetic hue, or fused with gold accents (see my previous 'Golden Hour' post) for an enviable luxe-look scheme, the simple fact is; Monochrome works!

I was recently rooting through the web pages of my latest go-to home decor accessories find, Rooi, when I spotted the perfect 'details' to add to our monochrome family, including these Scandi style placemats by House Doctor - the perfect addition for our white dining table and soon to be monochrome kitchen.

I also had to (yes I literally twisted my own arm) opt for a scented candle to feed my current obsession with home scents. This eye-catching concrete and gold tumbler is scented with Amber & Smoke and smells divine. I love how well this candle pairs with the classic and slick candle snuffer, which hopefully suggests the look of a serious candle connoisseur!?

Have a look for yourself at the pretty amazing range at www.rooi.com and be sure to use the #MYROOI hashtag if you share some pics of your purchases - I'd love to see!


























All images / Mike Ahern

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Brit Decor: Golden Hour / Styling metallic accents for a 'luxe look'












Did I mention that I love styling (or more aptly, re-styling) my home every five minutes, literally? Fortunately for my bank balance I'm not talking about major redecoration projects, but merely playing around with accessories (new and old) and creating new compositions in my favourite spots around the house.

This rather therapeutic exercise often occurs on weekends, when I tend to have more time. Styling and playing around with decorative objects is my creative outlet and a way of de-stressing from the frantic week behind me.

This weekend's re-vamp was prompted by my latest find - the Nevis polished brass tissue box cover from The London Homeware Company, who also happen to stock an incredible range of designs (click here). Lately I have been lapping up the current trend for shiny metallics like a magpie on heat, and I simply couldn't resist the high-sheen reflective surfaces of this luxe-look tissue box! 

Like many materials, I find that grouping several 'finds' together delivers a powerful statement and creates a more interesting composition. Here I've added other shiny metallics, including my vintage C-3PO, for some retro fun, and my latest coffee tabletop book, The Maker (a cherished Birthday gift from one of my besties, Cath). 

Suddenly our living room has taken a luxurious turn and I love it!





















All images / Mike Ahern

Monday, 8 May 2017

Brit Decor: A date with Trinité Haussmann / Paris











What to do when you hit a milestone birthday...and more importantly, where do you go and with who? Fortunately these were all questions that I could easily answer. I hadn't been to Paris for over a decade so another visit was long overdue, and my beau Simon had never been, which only added to the excitement of the trip.

When planning a break, for me it's all about design. I tend to seek out hotels with decor that I know will inspire me and as I'm currently channelling lashings of minimal-luxe decor, hotel Trinité Haussmann seemed to fit the bill perfectly. 

Just a short stroll from the Opera Garnier and famous department store Galeries Lafayette, this newly refurbished hotel was designed by Laurent Maugoust, with simple yet indulgently chic interiors. 

Marble chevron floor tiles, meet corresponding pale ash flooring with pale chalky grey wall paint, which contrasts beautifully with the charcoal grey panelled corridors - this put me in mind of luxuriously dark labyrinths leading to suites of uncomplicated calm, or something like that.

The crowning glory of our stunning suite was the oval gold-tinted mirror which sits proudly above the crisp white leather bed, and I'm still swooning over this right now as I sit at my desk back at home. And despite the damp weather outside, this was my ray of sunshine for the entire weekend!



















































All Images / Mike Ahern



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