Thursday, 28 April 2016

Brit Decor: Seasonal Style Update/ A collaboration with Delcor

Earlier this week I wrote about my own determination to start the new Spring season with some changes around the cottage, in preparation for brighter times and longer days. So today, as part of an exciting collaboration, I'm sharing some of my interior styling tips to help deliver knock-out style statements around the home.

Delcor has been a beacon of British craftsmanship for nearly five decades. With a mind-blowing selection of over 10,000 fabrics to adorn their made-to-measure sofas and chairs, I am thrilled to be drawing upon some of their iconic pieces as styling inspiration.

I've honed in on five key looks for the home (see 'below'), starting with an updated monochrome, fresh for 2016 with inky blacks and charcoal greys for a sophisticated twist on a classic style (see Delcor's Capri chair for inspiration). For me, it only takes one day of bright Spring sunshine for it all to be about 'Happy Hues'. Here I have focussed on vibrant pops of yellow to bring the sunshine indoors, like the Chelsea sofa featured below.

Please pay the folks at Delcor a visit at their Kings Road store in Chelsea, London or check out some of their eye-catching designs over at - I'd love to know which is your favourite furniture piece...

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Pink isn't just for girls, 'Blushed to Perfection' is inspired by the Eaton sofa and highlights the complexity of this dusty pink colour, which gradually ebbs towards a more neutral palette when fused with greys. On a similar note, if you haven't already done so, now could be the perfect time to 'find your inner-floral' by indulging your living space with bold & beautiful floral prints and textiles - heighten the drama with corresponding accent colours. I've selected the Magnum sofa as my key 'get the look' piece.

Foliage is 'fierce' right now - are you feeling it? With houseplants gracing many a stylish abode, peppering the 'real deal' in amongst intense foliage-inspired wallpapers and prints can create a highly graphic and intense scheme. I am completely swooning for the Metro armchair featured 'below'!

Images (from top) 1/2/ Delcor 3/ Studio Oyama 4/ Delcor 5/ IKEA 6/ Delcor 
7/ Pinterest 8/ Delcor 9/ Apartment34 10/ Delcor 11/ Studiopepe 

Monday, 25 April 2016

Brit Decor: Sideboard Crush/ My latest furniture addition...

It's usually at about this time of year (Spring here in the UK) just as everything outside is awakening, that I feel the urge to initiate change indoors. This can just mean changing a few cushions and perhaps a new print, along with some other light cosmetic touches. However, this time around I've opted for a few mini-makeover projects around the cottage (I guess you could call this 'decorator's itch').

My first project has actually taken several months to complete, following a painstaking search for the perfect mid-century sideboard. This particular piece had to be compact, which severely limited my options until I stumbled across this elegantly formed, original Jentique sideboard.

This is also a great piece to display some of my favourite accessories, with a theme of greens, blues and teals, fused together with crisp whites & greys, not forgetting the obligatory foliage.

Well that's my first home project completed - I'm moving onto the Brit Decor office next...

All Images/ Copyright Mike Ahern

Friday, 22 April 2016

Brit Decor: Bright Thinking / Choosing the perfect bedside lighting

The bed is frequently one of THE largest pieces of furniture found in the bedroom, and therefore, it deserves to be dressed to impress. However, when considering the 'look' of your bed it pays to think further than merely adding some crisp designer bedding, or maybe even a throw.

The area immediately surrounding the bed is also packed with the potential to massively enhance this piece of furniture. Adding a side table, for example, not only delivers a practical storage function, but it can also bring symmetry to the room - helping to frame the bed too.

Another of my favourite bedside essentials has to be lighting - a design element that I frequently call upon as a form of embellishment, or 'the icing on the cake'! The great thing about this feature is that there's a style of bedside light for every bedroom - freestanding for those rooms with oodles of floor space, the table lamp for that all-in-one look, especially when paired with a table, and the wall-light, particularly useful for those rooms short on space.

Which style of bedside light catches your eye?

Images (from top) 1/ Kasia Gatowska 2/ Dustjacket 3/ Elise Joseph 
4/ Style Life 5/ Refinery29 6/ Amber Interior Design
7/ Dwell 8/ Plastolux 9/ Home Edit

Monday, 18 April 2016

Brit Decor: Touch Pad

Adding tactile elements to our homes can be just as important as the visual stuff, particularly when searching for that all-rounded sensory experience. I love to experiment with juxtaposing surfaces, placing rough against smooth, pattern against plain.

When working specifically with texture, I prefer to keep my palette to a minimum and concentrate on opposing surfaces, rather than colours, perhaps placing a pastel linen fabric sofa against a raw brick wall painted in a shade of chalky white.

Especially when it comes to textiles, layering up contrasting textures can maximise the comfort factor - just think fluffy sheepskin rug underfoot, or the soft and very stroke-able feel of sinking into a velvet sofa, to name but a few examples.

Of course texture doesn't have to be all about comfort and touch, as regular Brit Decor readers will know, I have a bit of a 'thing' for exposed brickwork, then there's Anaglypta-style embossed wallpapers (looking stunning in Elle Decoration's pilot style consultancy project) for that classic look.

Sometimes it really does pay to take a truly hands-on approach to design!

Images (from top) 1/ 2/ Blissfulbblog 3/ Goods We Love
4/ Johnson Tiles 5/ Stella Harasek 6/
7/ Stillstars 8/ Tektura 9/ Temple & Webster

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Brit Decor: The Feature Wall Edit

Occasionally I'll encounter homeowners, who despite being in possession of a beautiful room scheme, are bewildered by a slightly lacklustre feel to a particular living space, but can't quite pinpoint what's missing. The solution can actually be pretty straightforward; create a focal point.

Whilst there are many ways in which we designers can channel attention to a specific point (or points) in a room, today I'm editing some of favourite feature wall picks.

This isn't to say that we should concentrate on 'glamming' up one wall only, whilst simultaneously neglecting the remaining walls, but by applying a few creative tricks to one area of a room we can create a show-stopping style statement, which can then be applied, in lesser volume, to an entire scheme, or remain as a standalone feature.

A carefully designed feature wall can easily become the talking point of a room, the bit that really shows your 'inner-you'!

Images (from top) 1/ Dana Tomic Hughes 2/ So Lovely Decoration 
3/ Birgitta Wolfgang 4/ Boligmagasinet 5/ Ferm Living
6/ Murals Wallpaper 7/ Plastolux 8/ Casa Vogue 9/ Thomas Murhpy

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Brit Decor: Explores/ The Ted Baker ArTile Collection

I recently received a beautiful gift from British Ceramic Tile the largest manufacturer of ceramic & glass tiles in the UK, who have recently teamed up with global lifestyle brand Ted Baker to launch a stylish collection of vintage inspired wall and floor tiles; the new ArTile collection. 

Each tile is designed to work as a stand-alone piece of art on your walls - perfect if you're looking for a show-stopping focal point! It comes in two sizes (I have the smaller 200 x 250 mm tile), whilst the larger version makes for a truly elegant splash-back feature, don't you think? (see immediately 'below') 

If you are currently searching for some stunning design features for your home, I recommend a visit to

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Images (from top) 1&3/ Mike Ahern 2&4/ British Ceramic Tile

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