Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Brit Decor: Explores/ India May

This week I had one of those 'stumble and share' moments where I discovered the newly launched India May store, and just had to share some of these gorgeous images with you!

What really stands out for me is the sophisticated blend of Scandinavian, with its subtle greys & monochromes, cleverly fused with intricate patterns and textures - or as founder Karen Birchenough calls it, 'Scandi-Boho'.

The added twist to this new interiors store is that everything is handmade either in India or Morocco by local designers and makers - Amen to a touch of responsible sourcing! 

You can check out the full range by visiting www.indiamayhome.co.uk

All images / India May

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Brit Decor: Palette Pure/ 8 Incredible All-white Kitchens

Pure white kitchen schemes may seem like the simplest of colour palettes to deliver but be aware that applying a complete 'white-out' with little or no pre-planning, can deliver a sterile-looking space. 

These incredible all-white kitchens show just how sophisticated 'subtle' can be when fused with considered design details - this can make all the difference between a spectacular room and a spectacular fail!

I love the light intensity that's created when pure whites are exposed to strong light sources for the ultimate in uplifting - with the caveat that it's always useful to have the design mechanisms in place to be able to turn down or filter out the light for those slightly more chilled moments.

All-white schemes need not appear cold - a rather beautiful design solution which can be applied to combat this is to merely add some warming wood tones for a Scandi-style kitchen. Talking of solutions, whilst it's no longer a well kept secret, white schemes are a god-send when it comes to spatially challenged kitchens. Their brightness and simplicity immediately creates the illusion of a slightly larger space - win!

Have you gone all-out white in your kitchen? Would you consider having one of these schemes in your home?

Images (from top) 1/ Tamizo Architects 2/ Dinesen 3/ Looks Like White 4/ My Scandinavian Home 
5/ Pantete Deco 6/ Salad Days 7/Tamizo Architects 8/ Time of the Aquarius

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Brit Decor: Ibiza/ Bringing a touch of the Med home

Party, party, party! Well no actually, Ibiza isn't all about taking wild excesses to such an extreme, that a subsequent holiday is needed immediately afterwards just to recover - unless that's your 'thing', of course. 

Like many Mediterranean islands, Ibiza's locals could teach us all a thing or two about relaxed Summer living. Here, the notion of 'home' is about a place of refuge from the unrelenting Summer sun and sweltering temperatures outside. With typically whitewashed walls for simplicity and cooling character, relaxed textiles casually grouped together can serve as an impromptu day bed and comfortably see you through an afternoon Siesta.

Then there's those oven-warm evenings, where it's only right to sit down to a late meal and enjoy fresh produce and wine...okay I'm daydreaming a little now, but you catch my drift, right? 

There are things to be learned here, wherever in the world we call home, we can think about simplifying our homes and taking a minute to consider function - what do we need our homes to do (apart from provide a roof over our heads)?

In the true nature of relaxed living, you might want to check out these two seriously dreamy hotels on the island; Pure House Ibiza and Les Terrases and go seek some simple med-style inspiration, firsthand...

Images (from top) 1/ StijlvolStyling 2/ Revistaad 3/4 Blakstadibiza 5/ Trendland 6/7 Pure House Ibiza
8/9 Les Terasses 

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Brit Decor: Home tour / Treviso, Italy

One of my favourite things to do when I have a minute, or two, is to swipe my way through some of the utterly dreamy interiors on Instagram. It's all about the inspiration, right? 

One totally beautiful home that repeatedly catches my eye is that of fashion designer, Michele Cadelano. His charming Italian apartment stands testament to Michele's design flair and is adorned with a mix of vintage finds and sharp monochrome detailing, all set against soothing whites.  

You can check out Michele's Instagram account at:

All images / Michele Cadelano

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Brit Decor: The Art of window styling - 5 ways to dress a killer window!

Soap box time! One of my pet interiors hates has to be neglected window spaces. Windows tend to cover a pretty large surface area in the average home, so they should in theory be given due attention when it comes to styling our living spaces. They also convey first impressions to the outside world.

The great thing about dressing windows is that even when the framework has seen better days, with the correct style treatment this really doesn't matter as much, and you will have created the perfect visual distraction.

For inspiration I've consulted with the team over at Luxaflex, who provide a complete series of exclusive and custom-made designs, to compose my top five tips for styling a killer window.

You can find out more about Luxaflex products at www.luxaflex.co.uk

*Posted in partnership with Luxaflex.

Shutters are popping up in an ever growing number of windows, and deservedly so. Essentially these are a contemporary take on the classic sash shutters, but with the added advantage of allowing light to filter through. Shutters are guaranteed to bring a feeling of quality to a room scheme and work particularly well with bright & breezy palettes for that fresh New England 'look'.

Plisse blinds deliver a neatly concertinaed effect and can offer a happy medium between Venetian and Roman styles. I love the way this style can look equally strong in both neutral hues and bright pops of colour - perfect for a touch of accenting! I'm swooning for the multi-coloured version just 'above'.

Semi-transparent window dressings are a sheer delight (sorry I couldn't resist!). Sheer and semi-sheer window dressings are an elegant means of filtering soft light into a room, and I simply love the way these lightweight fabrics float gently in the breeze when the windows are thrown open for Summer.

Roller blinds have come a long way - from basic to beautiful. These are also great for customising with photographic prints or even some free-hand block printing. Similarly, choosing designs with simple fabric trims or embellishments can make for a charming design detail.

Images (from top) 1/ Vogue Australia 2/ Huffington Post 2.1/ theROOMedit
3/ Luxaflex 3.1/ biggelaarverfenwand.nl 4./ Blood & Champagne 4.1/ The Design Chaser 
5/ Petit & Small 5.1/ Stylizimo 6/ V T Wonen 6.1/ John Lewis

Venetian blinds are fantastic for delivering strong horizontal lines. I always recommend spending a little extra on these, as more economical versions tend to bow and break pretty quickly. For an added visual twist, try pairing with bold vertical stripes.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Brit Decor: Something like Summer

It's been a typically tempestuous Spring so far here in the UK, with April well and truly crashing out with a crescendo of hail and thunder storms over the weekend. Despite these meteorological tantrums, my mind is still firmly focussed on the Summer and a return to intermittent outdoor living.

At about this time of year I tend to make a mental note of how I'll be using our garden throughout the Summer, with the number one priority being R&R. What does this mean? Plenty of comfort factor thrown in with lashings of textiles so I can sit, lay, read and snooze without a care in the world, naturally!

I also love to entertain guests in our cottage garden (weather permitting of course), so choosing the perfect table and chairs was another key priority, complete with a canopy as shelter from the midday sun. And for those balmy Summer nights, I love the magic of fairy lights, which I'll subtly entwine with our palms and shrubs - to emanate a starry sky.

Do you have any big plans for your garden this Summer?

Happy May folks!

Images (from top) 1/ IKEA 2/ Pinterest 3/ The Design Villa 4/ Gardenista
 5/ Vogue (Francois Halard) 6/ IKEA 7/ House Doctor

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