Thursday, 8 December 2016

Brit Decor: Merry Mellow / How to channel calm decor this Christmas!

Time for me to 'fess up about Christmas 2016 - it's caught me woefully unaware, or maybe I ignored it on purpose? Either way, the Festive season is fast approaching and it's time to reach for those holiday decorations, new and old.

Having recently moved into our new home and now dealing with all of the associated problems that come with many renovation projects, such as an aged and decrepit heating system, old & breezy windows, and a genuine 1960s lemon yellow bath suite complete with black mould, I have been struggling to comprehend the notion of Christmas decor this year and how to rock the 'construction site chic' look in time for Santa's arrival?

This got me thinking about how pared-down and easy to assemble festive decor could translate into something really rather beautiful. With this in mind, I've collated some of my top picks of beautiful homes bedecked in subtle Christmas decorations with an emphasis on natural materials, uncomplicated colour palettes, the handmade, and a notable absence of Festive bling! After all - less is more, right?

How will you be decorating your home this season? I'd love to hear!

Images (from top) 1/ PutAllOnMe 2/ IKEA 3/ Pinterest 4/ Artilleriet 5/ Pinterest
6/ Apartment Therapy 7/ Urban Outfitters 8/ 101 Recycled Crafts
9/ Mini Eco 10/ Salad Days 11/ Pinterest

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Brit Decor: Belgian Coastal Penthouse/ Vincent Van Duysen

I couldn't resist sharing these images of a truly indulgent example of minimalism created by talented Belgian designer, Vincent Van Duysen. What makes this duplex apartment extra-special is its privileged views of the Belgian coastline, making it a dream weekend retreat for its owners.

This project, completed in 2016, spanned over three years in total with the sole aim of creating a space in which the owners can relax, socialise, and enjoy the ocean views via the deliberate open plan layout.

As if the dreamy views of the coast weren't enough, Van Duysen, has cleverly incorporated echoes of the outside environment into the interior, with pale wooden flooring and the kitchen worktops reminiscent of sandy beaches, and a chalky neutral palette throughout.

There's also room for some Hygge with the large mininmal open fire in the open plan seating area - perfect for those cosy coastal nights!

Images / Koen Van Damme

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Brit Decor: Autumnal Awe/ Seasonally Inspired Hues for All Year Round

After selling & finally vacating our beautiful cottage on Monday, we are currently living out of packing crates and suitcases at 'Hotel Mum & Dad' before we can move into our new home in just under two weeks. 

It seems a little strange writing a blog post away from my faithful Scandi-style study back at the cottage, but I keep reminding myself that a brand new and exciting chapter is just around the corner, and one that I'll be sharing with you guys along the way...

In the meantime, I think it's been far too long since I last posted some #paletteperfection - and what better Season of the year to source a rich, intense and moody palette from nature itself? I've sought to bring the outdoors-in by sourcing today's incredible interiors and corresponding paint choices based on colours I can see around me - from fiery reds and oranges, blazingly bold yellows, to deeper more intense reds, greys, browns and mossy greens.

If ever you are stuck for colour choices in your own home, remember there's always a wealth of free inspiration outside your front door, whether it's an urban or rural setting, just take a step outside and start hue hunting! 

Images (from the top) 1/ Ferm Living 2/ Neptune 3/ id-home 4/ Pinterest 
5/ French by Design 6/ Hitta Hem 7/ Luislaplace

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