Friday, 28 June 2013

Brit Decor's Top Ten Makeover Tips: Number Six

Like rugs, picture frames can be placed over larger surface areas to create a focal point by adding colour, texture and pattern. In terms of layout, the potential can be endless - you can group frames together, place them individually or stand on a flat surface. My favourite method of displaying picture frames is to lean them on a shelf and slightly overlap each frame to create a layered effect. If you are unsure how or where to place your frame(s), why not have fun experimenting with different layouts until you find the look that best suits your room? 

Frames also share the same handy potential as rugs because they too can help to cover-up those out of favour surfaces such as wallpaper or perhaps some uneven plasterwork, which you may not be able to replace right away. If you are working from a strict budget then I strongly recommend a visit to IKEA - as with most of their interior ranges, they offer a huge selection or great value frames and posters.

Why not tell me about your favourite ways of displaying frames in your home?


Thursday, 27 June 2013

Brit Decor's Top Ten Makeover Tips: Number Five

No matter how much I love the flooring in a room, the scheme some how seems incomplete without a rug - whether it's in the form of subtle layering or a centrepiece. I also love how rugs can hide a multitude of sins if your main floor is not up to scratch, a rug can be a great way of diverting the eye from any imperfections.

If you want to keep it simple, go for natural woven fabrics in neutral colours and for an added comfort factor - go for wools.

As with all of the top ten series so far, rugs come in all shapes and sizes and cater for all budgets so the perfect rug is out there waiting for you!


Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Brit Decor's Top Ten Makeover Tips: Number Four

Lighting is very important in any interior scheme as it can help to determine the mood and feel of any room at the flick of a switch. I love how lighting can be as subtle as a circuit of inset spotlights, or as bold as a jaw dropping luxury pendant lamp. 

Personally, I love to accessorize with table and floor lamps - using these as showcase objects in their own right. I also like my lamps to correspond with a colour(s) elsewhere in my interior scheme but equally, contrasting colours are great for making a statement. 

Alternatively you may want to opt for something simple and elegant like a clear glass pendant shade or a crisp white paper lampshade to create a pure and simple style. I particularly love the way glass shades seem to sparkle and shimmer in the light. 


I just had to share this find with you! I love the natural tones and textures of these amazing porridge spoons made by Hampson Woods. These products are handmade in Hackney from fallen UK Plane trees and each spoon has its own unique look. 

This somehow transported my mind back to the Little Porridge Pot book which I read as a child!

Available from SCP from £14.50

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Brit Decor's Top Ten Makeover Tips: Number Three

Candles work on so many different levels in a room scheme. They offer style, scent, colour and a huge range of choice - so really do make a great 'must have' accessory. If you are strapped for cash, you need only buy some inexpensive tealights and invest a little more in a jar or holder, alternatively, there is now a thriving luxury candle market for those of you feeling more indulgent. Whatever the budget, I find that candles really can add a luxurious feel to a room.

I am currently obsessed with the amazing array of scented candles now available and on a recent visit to the True Grace shop in Bath, my friend and I managed to spend nearly an hour sniffing our way through the entire range! (Thanks again to the incredibly patient shop assistant!). I was amazed to smell a scented candle called 'Bonfire' from the new Manor collection, which for me evoked vivid memories of my Grandad's garden bonfires in the Autumn. Equally, 'Moroccan Rose' reminded me of exotic sun-filled trips - I loved the way these scents played with my senses. I'm keen to know if you have a favourite scented candle too?

Candles can look great anywhere in a room, scented or unscented, they can take centre stage on a coffee table for example or if you are short of surface space, try a wall sconce.

Monday, 24 June 2013

Brit Decor: Fabulous Find

One thing I really love about blogging is discovering new and exciting interior products - I always get a buzz from imagining how these might look in my own home as well as in other schemes and settings.

So imagine my excitement when I discovered that these beautiful designs from Obi furniture are made in the Somerset countryside (my home county!). It's not always easy sourcing handmade bespoke designs in the latest contemporary styles but Obi have pulled this off with stunning results.

Made from Walnut and Oak, the range of furniture is very 'on-trend' with sleek contemporary pieces, which have elements of mid-twentieth century styling. To add to my excitement about many of these products, you also get to choose from a variety of neutral and vibrant colours!

If you want to keep up to date with the latest news at Obi, you can follow their blog here.

Clockwise from top left: 'Jack' cabinet £380,  'Pear' side table £210,  Oak coasters £15, 'Statement' writing desk £750.

Brit Decor's Top Ten Budget Makeover Tips: Number two

Where would we be without cushions! Yes you've guessed it, number two in the list of top mini-makeover tips is the ever present cushion.

You will have probably already noticed that cushions are a favourite of mine here at Brit Decor?! They offer so much choice and can be an extremely fast and inexpensive way of giving any room a lift.

Friday, 21 June 2013

Brit Decor's top ten budget makeover tips!

Austerity doesn't have to be all bad! As I recently proved in my 'Shoestring Style' post - styling your home on a budget doesn't mean that you have to compromise on style.

I know personally that it never hurts to be a little more savvy about what I spend my hard earned cash on so I thought this might be a good time to share some of my top tips for creating a mini room makeover that won't break the bank - hoorah! It's amazing how often it can take only one carefully chosen makeover element to transform an entire room. The key is to add strong, interesting focal points to draw the eye away from the old and focus clearly on your new feature.

In all there will be ten top tips but I'm going to tease you and post one tip per day! As always, I'd love to hear from you and learn about your own makeover triumphs (and disasters).

Monday, 10 June 2013

Brit Decor: Spotlight

History once again seems to be in-vogue with a huge increase in all things vintage. And yet, how many of us would be willing to fully embrace the very essence & history of the style that we are trying to emulate and how far would we go to achieve this? 

This month's spotlight is on Historian and TV presenter, Dan Cruikshank and his beautifully restored Georgian townhouse in London's Spitalfields.  

Over the years, Dan has been a passionate campaigner against the demolition of many Georgian properties across London and is actively involved in the Spitalfields trust. Dan bought his historic townhouse, built in 1727, for just £15,000 and in doing so saved it from demolition in the late 1970s. 

Although the building was declared structurally safe, the interior was in a very bad way due to years of water leaks which had contributed to the collapse of the ceilings. The key to Dan's approach was sensitive restoration, so that features such as the original pine panelling, cornicing and dado rails remained in tact. Dan even discovered fragments of original Georgian paintwork, which he was able to replicate and further authenticate the restoration project. 

The process of restoration also included building a collection of antique furniture and historical artefacts sourced from junk shops, secondhand markets and from Dan's travels around the world.

It is clear that this has been a major renovation project but the results are both stylish and authentic, which gives the scheme a definite edge, whilst encapsulating the past.

One of Dan's latest books, 'The Country House Revealed' is on sale now.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Brit Decor's colour palette: Indian Dream

India and all of its rich culture has long evoked inspiration in design, from exquisite fabrics, the elegant architecture of the Raj era, to the vibrancy of the Bollywood scene. This is why today's colour palette takes inspiration from the beautiful arched Indian doorway (shown below).

I love how the multi-layered tones of fresh greens add to the sense of depth, almost like a luscious, neatly manicured lawn. Meanwhile the deep yellow arch detail is a great way of adding highlight and helps to frame the doorway. The white marble gives a sense of luxury and really lifts the entire scheme.

Why not try introducing a similar scheme into your space, (it doesn't have to be on such a grand scale) go for vibrant fresh colours that stand out and make you feel good. If you feel the colours alone are too intense for your scheme, perhaps incorporate some natural stone tiles in muted greens or neutrals.

Which colours inspire you?

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