Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Brit Decor: Explores/ India May

This week I had one of those 'stumble and share' moments where I discovered the newly launched India May store, and just had to share some of these gorgeous images with you!

What really stands out for me is the sophisticated blend of Scandinavian, with its subtle greys & monochromes, cleverly fused with intricate patterns and textures - or as founder Karen Birchenough calls it, 'Scandi-Boho'.

The added twist to this new interiors store is that everything is handmade either in India or Morocco by local designers and makers - Amen to a touch of responsible sourcing! 

You can check out the full range by visiting www.indiamayhome.co.uk

All images / India May

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Brit Decor: Palette Pure/ 8 Incredible All-white Kitchens

Pure white kitchen schemes may seem like the simplest of colour palettes to deliver but be aware that applying a complete 'white-out' with little or no pre-planning, can deliver a sterile-looking space. 

These incredible all-white kitchens show just how sophisticated 'subtle' can be when fused with considered design details - this can make all the difference between a spectacular room and a spectacular fail!

I love the light intensity that's created when pure whites are exposed to strong light sources for the ultimate in uplifting - with the caveat that it's always useful to have the design mechanisms in place to be able to turn down or filter out the light for those slightly more chilled moments.

All-white schemes need not appear cold - a rather beautiful design solution which can be applied to combat this is to merely add some warming wood tones for a Scandi-style kitchen. Talking of solutions, whilst it's no longer a well kept secret, white schemes are a god-send when it comes to spatially challenged kitchens. Their brightness and simplicity immediately creates the illusion of a slightly larger space - win!

Have you gone all-out white in your kitchen? Would you consider having one of these schemes in your home?

Images (from top) 1/ Tamizo Architects 2/ Dinesen 3/ Looks Like White 4/ My Scandinavian Home 
5/ Pantete Deco 6/ Salad Days 7/Tamizo Architects 8/ Time of the Aquarius

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Brit Decor: Ibiza/ Bringing a touch of the Med home

Party, party, party! Well no actually, Ibiza isn't all about taking wild excesses to such an extreme, that a subsequent holiday is needed immediately afterwards just to recover - unless that's your 'thing', of course. 

Like many Mediterranean islands, Ibiza's locals could teach us all a thing or two about relaxed Summer living. Here, the notion of 'home' is about a place of refuge from the unrelenting Summer sun and sweltering temperatures outside. With typically whitewashed walls for simplicity and cooling character, relaxed textiles casually grouped together can serve as an impromptu day bed and comfortably see you through an afternoon Siesta.

Then there's those oven-warm evenings, where it's only right to sit down to a late meal and enjoy fresh produce and wine...okay I'm daydreaming a little now, but you catch my drift, right? 

There are things to be learned here, wherever in the world we call home, we can think about simplifying our homes and taking a minute to consider function - what do we need our homes to do (apart from provide a roof over our heads)?

In the true nature of relaxed living, you might want to check out these two seriously dreamy hotels on the island; Pure House Ibiza and Les Terrases and go seek some simple med-style inspiration, firsthand...

Images (from top) 1/ StijlvolStyling 2/ Revistaad 3/4 Blakstadibiza 5/ Trendland 6/7 Pure House Ibiza
8/9 Les Terasses 
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