Monday, 29 February 2016

Brit Decor: Reader giveaway/ Win 2x tickets to the Ideal Home Show

This week I am teaming up with Saga UK, who are offering one lucky Brit Decor reader 2x free tickets to this year's Ideal Home Show at London's Olympia! Saga is currently campaigning to highlight that the most common reason for equity release from properties in the UK, is to make home improvements. You can check out full details of their campaign by clicking here.

The Ideal Home Show will be open from 18th March through to the 3rd April and it's an incredible opportunity to catch up on the latest news and trends for Interiors, Home Improvements, Gardening, Technology, beauty and much more. Plus there will be a whole host of expert guest speakers, including Channel 4's George Clarke.

All you have to do to enter this giveaway is; either add your email address or follow @SagaUK on Twitter, via the widget 'below' - simple.

As always - here's wishing you the very best of luck!

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Friday, 26 February 2016

Brit Decor: Design Solution/ Steel & Glass room dividers

Steel + Glass may sound like something straight off of an industrial spec sheet, but like many other aspects of industrial styling and design, there is a growing trend towards applying these materials to a domestic setting, and guess what - it really WORKS!

In fact, this is one of the more inventive interiors trends where function equals form, or in other words; a designer's dream! These materials can be used as an elegant solution for dividing up open plan or larger scale living spaces into zones without compromising on light or the flow of floorspace.

I also love the idea of these screens on wheels - serving as sliding walls/doors for the ultimate in versatile living and functionality. So for today I've scanned through and selected some of my top picks for steel and glass room dividers and as always, I'd love to know what you think!

Images (from top) 1/ Yellow Trace 2/ Atelierrueverte 3/ Stijlvol-wonen 
4/ Interior Junkie 5/ Caroline Gomes 6/ My Warehouse Home 7/ Jessica154blog

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Brit Decor: Gets creative with Cheerz!

Working at a computer has its perks but I begin to feel a little too far removed from my creative roots if I'm not using my hands to make something on a regular basis. Does this happen to you too?

However, when the design projects are stacked up and blog posts are pending - sometimes there just isn't enough time in the day to 'make'. This is why I jumped at the chance for a creative collaboration with the folks at, because not only can I use their handy App to quickly upload a selection of my favourite photos, but with their super cute La Boite à Photos, I had a ready-made activity box delivered directly to my home - Fact!

Inside my box of creative goodies, alongside 40 of my chosen photos, there was a selection of 'crafty' essentials such as Washi tape, mini-pegs, and decorative string - perfect for having fun and getting creative, minus the sourcing around for materials and equipment.

This box offered a fun-fuelled interlude from my gruelling work routine and allowed me to kick-start those creative juices. Not being one to keep things all to myself, I want to spread the creative love by offering all Brit Decor readers a whopping £4 off your first order when you spend £8 or more with Cheerz - simply use the code BRITSR 

Please take a moment to check out the many more fun & creative products available at

Images/ Mike Ahern / Graphic no.3

Monday, 22 February 2016

Brit Decor: Loves/ New Aura AW16 Collection!

I won't bang on about how big a fan I am of Aussie homeware brand, Aura by Tracie Ellis, because I think this eye-catching Autumn/Winter collection speaks for itself. Typical of Tracie's oh-so cool style, this range of bath towels is driven by bold geometric patterns and stripes in a delicious selection of pastel pinks, peppermint fused with misty charcoals, and as if this wasn't enough, a divine indigo too!

These towels are perfect for adding a contemporary touch to any bathroom, complete with pattern perfection & cool colour. What do you think of this collection? Are you a fan?

Friday, 19 February 2016

Brit Decor: Get the marble look / 5 of the best marble wallpapers

These days you don't have to thumb through many pages of interiors-related magazines before stumbling across a magnificent marble-clad home, in fact this classic material looks just as in-vogue in homes today, as it did in ancient Greek temples and palaces. The images I've selected today show just why this coveted material is so timeless.

One thing that the marble of 2016 still has in common with earlier applications, is it's pristine status as a luxury material, and of course with the luxe-look comes the inevitable high-end price tag. But don't despair, if your budget doesn't currently stretch to the real deal, there are plenty of other ways to introduce the 'look' to your home, including, porcelain tiles, adhesive papers, fabrics and wallpapers.

Today I'm honing in on marble-effect wallpapers as a less expensive means of delivering a marble pattern, culminating with my top 5 picks from the high street in the final image 'below'. Do you have a favourite?

Images (from top) 1/ Hello Sukio 2/ The Way We Play 3/ Style & Minimalism 4/ Dwell
5/ Apartment Therapy 6/ Murals Wallpaper

Clockwise (from top left) 1/ Marble white wallpaper £20 B&Q 2/ Ferm Living marble
wallpaper £57 Scandinavian Design Centre 3/ Black marble wallpaper by Piet Hein Eek £199 Rockett St George
 4/ Wabi River wallpaper Calico 5/ Paris marble wallpaper £150 Ella Doran 

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Brit Decor: Breakfast with Nina+Co

Not that I need to remind myself why I'm so obsessed with ceramics, but Nina+Co's recent collaboration, The Breakfast Collection with London-based design consultancy The Ceramicists, has got me totally swooning for breakfast here at the Brit Decor cottage. Comprising of a plate, bowl, mug, butter dish, and an espresso cup that also doubles-up as an egg cup - all of the hardware for a truly stylish start to the day - is right here. 

Designed and handmade in London, the entire collection of dreamy pastel blue tableware is lovingly made from responsibly sourced materials and batch-produced for maximum efficiency and a reduction in waste. With the clay ingredients sourced exclusively in the UK from Devon, Cornwall, Shropshire and Derbyshire, this is a British affair.
Born and bred in Camden to an Indian & Danish father and an Australian mother, Designer, Nina Woodcroft draws inspiration from her multicultural heritage - with her clean approach to design translating into stripped-back geometry and simple, honest forms. I'm all for a serving of artistry and simplicity at the beginning of my day!

The bowls featured on Brit Decor are available from the Nina+co website and are priced at £22.

What do you think about this collection?

Images (from top) 1+2/ Nina+Co 3/4/5/6/7/ Mike Ahern

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Brit Decor: On Air/ Top indoor garden ideas with Airplants

Air plants have always been a bit of mystery to me. I recall my Gran being given one as a gift many years ago and as a child, I just couldn't grasp how a plant could live without any soil or substance, so I ended up dismissing it as 'faux foliage'. Little did I know!

Incredibly in-expensive to buy and relatively easy to maintain, these architectural beauties are perfect for indoor gardening. With the recent upsurge in air plant sales, there's been the inevitable explosion of creative ways to display these little gems, including some eye-catching DIY projects  - Amen for inspiration.

As you can see from the photo I took 'above' and my terrarium in the third image 'below' - I'm now in on the air plant action too. However, I am feeling the need to break-out a little more creatively and explore other ways to display my plants, so here's some of my top picks for today's air plant extravaganza!

Do you have an Air Plant? How do you look after yours?

Images (from top) 1/ Mike Ahern 2/ 3/ Flora Grubb Gardens 4/ Mike Ahern
 5/ Robin Charlotte 6/ Sunset Magazine 7/ Hruskka on Etsy 8/ This is Colossal

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Brit Decor: The Earth Edit/ Inspirational Earthy Tones

Going back to nature may sound like a bit of cliche these days, but actually, tapping into the most natural and 'real' of colour palettes for home decor inspiration is totally logical and can deliver truly exquisite results, from darker moody tones through to dreamy whites (my mind is suddenly drawn to stormy grey seas lashing against the White cliffs of Dover...)

Winter is possibly the best Season to explore and appreciate the full breadth of an earthy palette, with exposed bark and branches, lichen covered stone and a plethora of rich soil tones, all laid bare. Some of the major players include; Slate, yellow & red ochres, lichen, moss, chalky whites, and heather.

I have put together 'below' some examples of interiors that perfectly showcase this earthy palette and I've also selected some corresponding paints - in case you fancy getting the 'look' at home.

I found Paint by Conran to be one of the best resources for earthy shades, but if you want to go one step further and really embrace the natural element, NaturePaint offers a new concept of decorating, with eco-friendly natural ingredients. The range comes in a dry powder form and all you need to do is add water and mix.

Images (from top) 1/ Hiroki Ooura 2/ Design Sponge 3/ Bykoket 4/ Elle Decoration Sweden
5/ Farrow & Ball 6/ Sarah Michiko 7/ Style Files 8/ French by Design 9/ Mike Baker

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