Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Brit Decor: Pale Wood Perfection

Here in the UK we may be heading for a very sad exit from the European Union, but I strongly suspect that our love for pale and simplistic Scandinavian room schemes will continue to flourish. 

When you think about it, Scandi-Style schemes are pretty darn clever. The predominant use of white and pastel colours ensures that during those long dark Nordic winters, both daylight and electric light are reflected and therefore maximised, whilst the heat of Summer is cooled and tamed by the same crisp white decor. The main difference in Season is defined by the choice of textiles - lightweight and sheer in the warmer months versus heavier and comforting fabrics for Winter.

One design element which remains the same all year round is the signature pale blonde woods. These beautiful tones are neither overpowering or heavy in appearance, like some darker woods, and will bring a softer 'look'. Ash, limed oak, soaped Beech and even painted wood (to name just a few) will deliver a dreamy pale blonde.

Are you a fan of this look? I'd love to know your thoughts...

Images (from top) 1/ ArchDaily 2/ gravity-gravity 3/ 4/ Italiandipity
 5/ Home Girl London 6/ My Dubio 7/ My Scandinavian Home 8/ Pinterest

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Brit Decor: Indulgent Interiors/ Hôtel Providence, Paris

Life is all about the inspiration, right? Speaking of which, I was recently stopped in my size 8 tracks on catching a glimpse of one of the uber-elegant suites at Hotel Providence in Paris, and I just had to explore further!

As a creative 'eye' I find it impossible to ignore a beautiful interior, in a similar way a cake connoisseur might struggle to walk past a patisserie, particularly on the streets of Paris - just saying! 

Without getting political about it, times have been pretty gloomy lately, which makes Hotel Providence a welcome shot in the arm. The hotel, situated in the Eastern district of the city, is adorned with indulgent interiors and exquisite design detail.  

There's some divinely dark palettes on offer and these help to create a comforting and semi-cocooning feel. These same rich hues are perfectly fused with striking foliage and floral patterns - and did I mention the exquisite selection of furnishings and accessories!? 

Have you stayed here before? If so, I'd love to hear your thoughts...

All Images/ Hôtel Providence

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Brit Decor: Calm Cuisine/ How to serve calm at dinner

I am all for a lively dinner table debate fuelled by family and friends, but I also love the concept of mealtimes resembling some kind of calming ritual for re-fuelling the body and the mind. 

Wherever your dining table is situated, whether it's in the heart of the kitchen or in a room of its very own, it's important not to be surrounded by too many distractions of the stressful kind - we don't want to be encouraging indigestion now do we...?

Today I'm honing in on some calming cuisine and dining schemes which actively promote a simple supper philosophy. There's an overriding element of 'less is more' with only positive distractions on offer. 

Natural light and some kind of a view out onto nature can bring instant calm to any table situation, but if you don't have easy access to either of these, choosing the appropriate lighting is essential.  Low-hanging pendant lights are great for a cosy and intimate feel and, of course, there's candlelight for a sense of relaxation.

Continuing with the natural theme - simple & uncomplicated arrangements of freshly cut flowers, foliage or herbs will bring a down-to-earth element to the table, and using textiles such as natural linen, will help to achieve a relaxed feel also. Opting for untreated and rustic-effect wooden tabletops will evoke a sense of stability and calm.

Adding artwork, ceramics and one or two quirky objects can also help to break the ice by injecting personality into the room and will create talking points, but be careful not to over-clutter. Finally, keep it casual - calm cuisine isn't about standing to attention with formal place settings. Dispose of the rules and let everyone tuck in to some good food!

Images (from top) 1/  Frama Cph 2/ DesignTrolls 3/ Thomas Murphy
4/ Domain 5/ StyleGuide 6/ Coco Lapine Design 7/ Elle Decor Se 8/ Icelandic Horse

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