Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Brit Decor: Palette Perfection/ Green Kitchen Crush

Green is most definitely here to be seen.

In recent months there's been a noticeable and, in my opinion, a welcome influx of green palettes filtering through into our kitchens. In the true spirit of caring and sharing here on Brit Decor, I've picked out some of my favourite green schemes to show just how effective this colour can be, in what is the hub of many people's homes. Just scroll down for more inspiration... 

Technologies and increased competition amongst suppliers has opened up a larger spectrum of colours and materials to the wider public than ever before - yep I think we are truly spoiled for choice! From pale through to deep greens, there's a shade for every occasion.

Green is the perfect partner for rich wooden detailing (think of a forest setting), whilst elegant materials such as marble, offers a far more luxurious mix. However, rather than limit myself to just one shade of green, I would be inclined to pair one light and one dark hue to create a dynamic duo of colour. For example, richly dark moss-coloured floor units crowned with refreshing peppermint green wall cupboards would just about hit the spot!

Images (from top) 1/ Cote Maison 2/ 3/ Love Cooking Neff 
4/ Apartment Therapy 5/ Fiona Lynch 6/ Desire to Inspire 7/ SFGirlByBay
8/ Wolfgang Stahr 9/ MyDomaine 10/ Emmas

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Brit Decor: Slumber Style/ 7 Ways to Style Yourself to Sle

Sleep, or lack of, is a topic close to my heart lately. With a stop-start-stop house purchase and moving saga currently playing out, it's been a tough few weeks and my sleep is always the first thing to suffer during periods of stress. 

My own erratic sleep patterns aside, whether you're a fellow insomniac or not, there are some simple styling tricks that we can all apply to our bedrooms to help plump up the quality of our slumber, and make bedtime a genuinely indulgent experience.

Scroll down for some incredibly simple styling tricks to get your sleep & style on track.

Sweet dreams!

This post is kindly sponsored by the folks over at Button & Sprung. Please hop on over to their online store to browse for the perfect night's sleep

It's not all about visual aesthetics, scents can also influence the way we feel about a space. From room mists and body lotions, to scented candles, and even a favourite fabric conditioner, find a scent that soothes your senses.

Houseplants are frequently overlooked when styling bedrooms. Not only do plants nurture a calming environment, they literally breath life onto a room. If you want to introduce an added twist, opt for a scented leaf such as geraniums, which come in an amazing array of flavours including, cinnamon, lemon, chocolate and lavender.

Crucial comfort comes in the form of a damn good mattress! Neglecting to renew a mattress is tantamount to neglecting ourselves, in particular, our backs.  With a mattress to suit everyone, there's no excuse not to seek out the perfect match - visit a specialist showroom like Button & Sprung, who sell pocket sprung mattresses and a huge selection of quality beds, including a 100 night free returns policy.

Colour therapy really works - greens are traditionally very soothing. Just tweak the colour volume to increase the amount of light/darkness that best suits your bedroom. Darker shades tend to have an all embracing and comforting affect on the senses.

I guess the 'book at bedtime' approach is instilled into many of us from infancy. Many sleep experts recommend 20-30 minutes of reading before we bed down for the night. A beautifully bound book, or two, also looks 'the part' and is a favourite interior styling trick applied by many designers. 

Lighting and it's technological reaches are wider and more impressive than ever! As well as all -important task lighting for reading and beautifying ourselves, among other things, think about including gentler mood lighting to help induce a sleepy scene.

They say 'nature knows best' so why not cocoon ourselves in beautiful textiles, like a chrysalis!? I always layer from the back of a bed, starting with the headboard and moving forwards with a selection of pillows, cushions and finishing up with a throw at the foot of the bed, all with the softest fabrics I can get my hands on for maximum comfort. 

Images (from top) 1/ A Gentlewoman 2/ Sheerluxe 3/ Pop & Scott
4/ Button & Sprung 5/ My Scandinavian Home 6/ Style & Create/ Anna
7/ Fernandoalda 8/ The Design Files

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Brit Decor: Weekend Wandering/ Frome

Indie lifestyle stores are definitely on the Up!

Having had a couple of weeks away from the hustle and bustle of busy work schedules and easing off the gas pedal to bring my body's engine down to a gentle purr, we managed to take several road trips to help blow away the cobwebs and distract ourselves from the stresses of selling our cottage and buying a new home (aka 'The Project').

Whenever time permits me, I love to take the short drive east across the Somerset countryside to the small market town of Frome. Here, I always feel at home mooching around the independent shops with a freshly made coffee, each store is like a treasure trove filled with goodies.

One day I will make a more comprehensive list of notable stores to visit in Frome, but today I couldn't resist sharing some pics of my visit to menswear and homeware store, Assembly, and the newly opened Resident.

Owner of Assembly, Anthony, is a gent with an acute eye for style and always dresses the store to perfection, currently adorned in a gorgeous blue/grey, which immediately feels very welcoming and cocooning with some added industrial twists. 

Resident is the sister store of the incredible Electrical Shop, and this gem of a homeware & lifestyle shop, is filled with a wealth of must-have accessories for the home, stylishly curated by owners James & Greg.

Naturally I couldn't walk away from either store empty handed, so I picked up several really cool items for our new home, just as soon as we are able to move in!

All Images / Mike Ahern
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