Thursday, 18 December 2014

Brit Decor: Bathroom edit/ 6 ways to accessorize

Images (from top) 1/ New Stories 2/ Hearth 3/ Scandinavian Love Song 4/ SRTA Pepis 
5/ Ferm living 6/  Marianne Evennou 7/ Remain Simple 

The New Year often ushers in exciting new plans for updating our homes in what can often feel like a fresh start in so many ways, and of course, there are plenty of January sale bargains to be had when it comes to funding home improvements. 

Almost one year ago at the cottage, I was eagerly planning a complete overhaul of our bathroom, which consisted of ripping out the old suite and completely renewing everything right down to the bricks, pipework and electrics. This was in part due to a minor water leak that had gone undetected for many months but had escalated into a major problem by the time we discovered it.

On the plus side however, it felt good to strip everything back and essentially start over again. We had been tempted to opt for a wet room, and we looked in detail at installing a My Bathrooms wet room kit but in the end, we opted for a minimal shower enclosure and wooden flooring (the wet room remains on our wish-list along with a larger bathroom!).

Key to the success of either a brand new bathroom or a makeover of an existing room - is accessorising. Get this wrong and the entire scheme just won't add up and will lack a cohesive style. So stick with Brit Decor for the Bathroom Edit as I run through my top six tips for accessorising your way to a perfectly styled bathroom...

No.1 Go Green 
It really is a good thing to see the re-emergence of houseplants on the interiors scene right now, but don't overlook the bathroom when applying the green finger to your home. The typically warm and humid climate can be ideal for tropical plants such as Anthrium and Caladium. Foliage will add colour, texture and an organic feel to the room.

No.2 Reflect on it
Mirrors are crucial to the overall success of any bathroom. On a practical level they deliver a visual tool for those essential vanity tasks, whilst in spatial terms, mirrors create the illusion of increased space and help to reflect light around the room - particularly effective for those more confined bathroom spaces.

No.3 Go Spa-Style
You shouldn't have to visit a spa just to feel pampered! Indulge in a selection of favourite lotions and potions to bring that luxury feeling home to your bathroom. There is such a plethora of products to choose from and you can even colour match with your scheme!

No.4 Wax works
Candles not only look great in a bathroom, they can aid relaxation too. Opt for scented candles for increased ambience but either way, this is a win-win accessory.

No.5 Tile-talk
The end result is not such quick fix as the other accessories featured in my top six, but Tiles can offer a relatively fast makeover, depending on how much coverage is needed. Adding a simple row of patterned tiles can sometimes be all that's needed for that extra special design detail. For a unique accessory, consider sourcing handmade or vintage tiles, which can make stunning individual candle and soap stands!

No.6 Sit pretty
Due to the limited floor space in many bathrooms, seating is frequently overlooked in our bathrooms. However, all it needs is a small stool or chair to add instant character. Natural woods offer a neutral and versatile look. 

Monday, 15 December 2014

Brit Decor: Welcome to the house of Brissi

Images (from top) 1/4/6/10 Brissi 2/3/5/7/8/9/11 Mike Ahern

I recently received an exciting invite to attend an important house warming party at no.38 Milsom Street in Bath, now otherwise known as the House of Brissi. This, the Italian brand's sixth UK store, has taken over an entire Georgian townhouse in the heart of the city, and the intuitive layout instantly creates a sense of taking a peek into a private home.

Back in early Autumn I was curious to see this building in the throws of renovation works. Due to my long and enduring fascination with Georgian architecture, I cheekily stepped inside the front door (Health & Safety boffins, please don't read) keen to see the interior in it's shell-like phase. I was not disappointed by what I saw - the interiors had been stripped back to their original features with ornate cornicing, wooden floorboards characterised by centuries of footfall, and elegantly high ceilings, not to mention an ornate wooden winding staircase. But would these features remain in-tact once the new residents had moved in...?

Fast forward a couple of months to press night and I suddenly found myself transported into a world of Italian glamour and luxe living, set against a Georgian back-drop. It turns out that the original features, all still beautifully in-tact, lend themselves beautifully to the pastel grey walls and a sophisticated homeware collection. Floor by floor, room by room, I was totally immersed.

In the words of the brand's founders, Arianna Brissi and Siobhan McKeating; "It has long been a dream of ours to trade from a townhouse as this really allows us to help customers visualise how our products will look in their home, so we're thrilled to have found this perfect space in Bath".

Have you visited this store? I would love to hear your thoughts on it.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Brit Decor: Loves/ Merry Metallics

Image (above) / H&M Home

For those of you who haven't yet decided on a suitable theme for this year's Christmas decorations, the next couple of weeks is actually a good time to buy new ones as many retailers will begin to reduce the price of their festive collections in an effort to shift stock before close of Christmas.

If you are stuck for style ideas, metallics are deservedly hitting the headlines in the world of interiors, and these shiny materials lend perfectly to Christmas decorations. At the Brit Decor cottage, I have already indulged in a dose of metallic magic with my handmade copper 3D gems - featured here on the blog last week.

So here is a small selection of my top metallic picks to help bring that all important style-statement to your Christmas:

Glass skull decorations (box of 4) £12 Paperchase
2 Asteroid gold bauble £2.50 Habitat
3 Zuz antique copper decorations (set of 3) £9.50 House Envy
4 Marble & Gold 24 gift tags £9.50 Rockett St George
5 Golden Christmas tree print £29 Not on the High Street
6 Tippie bell heart decoration £13 House Envy
7 Copper glass star votive £6.95 Idyll Home


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