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

Friday, 4 November 2016

Brit Decor: Shelter from the storm/ Icelandic rustic retreat!

So here's the setting; it's a cold winter's day on the south-west coast of Iceland with a brisk and biting sea breeze lapping against your home for the weekend aka this incredible ocean-facing contemporary barn. Sounds perfect, right?

Filled with iconic blonde woods, largely courtesy to sleek knot-free plywood panelling, which exude warmth and create a subtle glow throughout the interior, there's an essential and plentiful supply of relaxed linens and cosy textiles in every room of this holiday home.

There's a subtle Nordic influcence too, with refined doses of monochromatic silhouettes cut by sleek floor lamps and shades, and not forgetting the contrasting dark-wood kitchen, neatly nesteled into the main living space.

There's a lot of understatement in the overall styling of this home, which adds to calming interior and in turn this actually creates a powerful 'less is more' statement. Minimal fuss and maximum comfort is in abundance in this holiday rental cabin.

With an undeniably contempiorary rustic charm, this is about as good as it gets for a stylish Winter escape!

All Images / Boutique Homes

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Brit Decor: Blue Duo/ Five Hues to Pair with Blue!

Blue, in all of it's glory, is always worth a conversation when discussing home colour choices. Here I wanted to share with you guys just how versatile this hue can be when paired-up with particular colours.

'Blue and green should never be seen' is an old adage I frequently used to hear as a child, is anyone else familiar with this? I imagine this old rhyme may have been derived from the way that bolder versions of these two hues can 'pop' against each other, which once upon a time may have been considered vulgar. 

Thankfully these days it's a different story and a blue-green colour combination is one of my favourite dynamic duos, especially in high energy electric blues and greens (see immediately below). For a far calmer vibe, pairing aquatic blues and greens, which are actually very similar in tones, has the opposite effect to their dynamic relatives.

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Blue & grey is a colour combo for the right now. With Denim Drift making the top spot in Dulux's colour of the year for 2017, this blue-grey has it all! Blues will always sit oh-so comfortably with greys, but I personally prefer to step things up a little with juxtaposing paler greys and darker, moody blues.

Blue and pink in the traditional sense can easily become a little pedestrian and dare I say it - predictable! However, with the correct styling treatment this combo can deliver a harmonious palette of masculine & feminine. Alternatively, exploring the extremities of both these hues can deliver dramatic results with more passionate pinks jarring against steely blues, for example.

Blue & white is one of those classic colour combinations that just keeps on giving. It's often associated with nautical themed interiors and evokes a sense of Summertime, but not exclusively! Navy & white stripes and chevrons will deliver crisp contrasting pattern, whilst larger blocks of blue (see below) can execute a more dramatic theme.

The warm versus cold combination of blue and yellow is another one of those mixes that can really pop! Mustard yellows work really well for that an intensely rich 'look' alongside an alluringly dark blue.

Images (from top) 1/ Roost Interiors 2/ Matthew Williamson 3/ SFGirlbybay
4/ Chris Loves Julia 5/ Mandarin Stone 6/ Vogue Australia
7/ The ROOM edit 8/ Home and Delicious 9/ April & May
10/ Desire to Inspire 11/ Apartment Therapy

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