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

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Brit Decor: Decorating with duvets / Three key looks for 2018















I've long been preaching about the merits of simple and uber-fast makeovers - not least because these are so much fun and good for the creative soul, without the threat of melting the bank balance.

In terms of bedroom decor, it's pretty much a given that the bed will be the focal point, if nothing else, because it's often the largest piece of furniture in the room! So it makes sense to start with bedding if you want to update your bedroom's current 'look' to be in-line with the trends. 

I'm going to keep this feature simple by focussing on three key bedding looks; Textured / Peach Perfect / Foliage Fancy. 

Textured
I have recently refreshed our master bedroom with subtle texture in mind, using a crisp white Catherine Lansfield Pom Pom duvet set from Yorkshire Linen paired with chalky grey pillowcases to help fuse the bedding with our grey wall mural. Pom Poms are a great way of adding a subtle three-dimensional texture to any fabric, and in white, these remind me of piped icing - delicious!

Peach Perfect
Pastels are here to stay in 2018, with an emphasis towards peach as a key hue to feast on. I see it as a continuation of the trend set by it's close relation, nude pink. Peach also looks great in washed linen fabrics (try H&M home for similar).

Foliage Fancy
Palm prints sprouted onto the fashion radar in 2017 and have literally exploded into a host of botanicals. Don't be afraid to stray away from traditional green prints - I'm currently swooning over the earthy toned 'cactus scene' bedding by Urban Outfitters (see below). Have fun mixing and matching leafy prints and colour-ways with this trend.

Do you see any of these three 'looks' landing on your bed this year? 







































Images (from top) 1/ 2 / 3 Mike Ahern /4 Elle Decor Netherlands /5 Aura Home 
6/ Pinterest 7/ Urban Outfitters UK

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Brit Decor: Home Decor Trends / Colour-rich Kitchens









With our kitchen renovation still yet to happen at home, I've had plenty of time to peruse kitchen-related inspo, in search of the perfect scheme. However, lately it's not just about which style of cabinet to choose it is, crucially, now about the colour.

This year we've already seen many swoon-worthy interiors taking bolder steps towards darker, more intense hues to create all-embracing colour schemes and even homelier homes. This dominating trend is also infiltrating our kitchens with an exciting array of palettes adorning both cabinets and walls. 

It would appear that 2018 is definitely the year for thinking outside of the (colour) box if you're thinking of a new kitchen scheme. When choosing your perfect paint shade, darker is better and intense earthy hues will deliver you with an on-point kitchen scheme.

To help steer us through the kitchen colour maze, I've picked some of my favourite colour-rich kitchens (scroll downwards) and remember to utilise those tester pots!

Happy hue-hunting folks...






































Images (from top) 1/ Plain English 2/ Farrow & Ball 3/ Shop Chic Home 
4/ Crosby Studios 5/ Little Greene 6/ Buster & Punch 7/ Neptune
8/ Studio Muir



Sunday, 21 January 2018

Brit Decor: Refresh / #HabitatSS18











With practically an entire year ahead of us there's plenty of room for interiors inspiration, right? Having floated around Top Drawer London this week, I'm already brimming with homewares inspo and feeling slightly relieved that gold is still set to shine its way through 2018 - cue Coach House's burnt umber velvet sofa and gold palm leaf floor lamp!

Remaining firmly on the topic of the UK interiors scene, as my regular readers will know, I have always had a soft spot for Habitat and their design-led products, hence my heart is 99% guaranteed to skip a beat whenever I get a peek at a new collection from this British staple of home decor.

Globally inspired pieces in the #HabitatSS18 collection echoes travels to Vietnam, California, Portugal, India, Africa, Scandinavia, and more...in a really interesting blend of luxe through to slow living, minimalist designs. There's also a series of eye-catching textiles and ceramics designed by Martha Coates, which reference some of the liberated colours and forms of the 1950s and 60s.

With too many favourites to choose from, I've pulled out my 'Top Swoons' at the end of this post (scroll down), but I'd love to hear about your thoughts on the entire collection...

















































Top Swoons: 1/ Paco cushion £65 2/ Fenner orange velvet armchair 3/ Visage face vase £25
4/ Zing striped vase £35 5/ Buttons vase £15 6/ Face cushion £40 7/ Eye rug £350
8/ Vera salad bowl £30 9/ Terrazzo table lamp £80

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