Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Brit Decor: Inside Out Living / Create a garden space with an urban edge

As promised at the beginning of the week, I'm coming back at you with my second outdoor living 'look' in conjunction with the folks over at Wayfair UK. I'm hoping the milder weather has gotten everyone in the mood for some inside-out living?

Rather like my Palm Springs mood board, this Urban Edge setting is defined by strong contemporary pieces and is suggestive of high-living for those who enjoy style-savvy comfort in an outdoor room setting.

The predominant colour theme here is a relaxed monochrome, with charcoal grey aplenty and an abundance of lush green foliage (real or fake, the choice is yours!). I've opted for furniture with strong architectural detail and an emphasis on form, perhaps mirroring structurally elegant palm trees. 

An outdoor rug and textiles is a great way of re-enforcing the sense of a living room for the outdoors, again, I've leaned towards monochrome shades, however, vivid colour 'pops' would also work in this setting, or if you wanted to 'switch-up' to party mode.

Have a scroll through and let me know which is your favourite 'look' - Cali-cool or Urban Edge? And don't forget to have a peek at Wayfair's impressive range of outdoor living wares by clicking here.

*This is a sponsored post

Images / (from the top) 1/ Adam Robinson Design 2/ Adore Magazine 3/ Homedecort 4/ Myiser

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Brit Decor: Inside Out Living / Create a 'Cali Cool' Garden Space

Summer living: the opportunity to spend long balmy evenings outdoors and create a little piece of 'home' outside is a lifestyle that many of us aspire to, but simply don't know where to begin when it comes to turning our gardens into an extra room. So let's pick a theme...or two! This week I'll be honing in on two key 'looks', with a second coming in a few days.

I have a huge crush on Palm Springs in the U.S - the incredible mid-century architecture, the colours, luxe-living, and of course, those iconic palm trees. So when I recently teamed up with home and living brand, Wayfair, I immediately set to work on the challenge of re-creating a Cali-cool garden.

My prime objective was to mirror the classic PS colour-way, with it's crisp white single-storey homes, desert inspired vegetation, warm Californian hues, and refreshing aqua blues - reminiscent of those shimmering pools straight out of a photo shoot. 

I also wanted to create a sense of holiday fun with a retro twist, and immediately sought out midcentury inspired loungers and outdoor seating in a respectful 'nod' to a 1960s Palm Springs (if only I had a time machine!).

Scroll downwards to shop this look. All of my product finds today can be found in Wayfair's outdoor living department (click here to visit) where you can find a whole host of goodies to cater for almost every garden theme.

*This is a sponsored post.

Images / (from top) 1/ Modernous 2/ Hannah Klemm VSCO 3/ Palm Springs Style 
4/ Horatio Street 5/ Pinterest UK

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Brit Decor: World Stationery Competition with Old English Company

Only recently I was thinking that it's been an eternity since I posted a competition on Brit Decor, so there's no time like the present to remedy this, right? 

This particular opportunity coincides with World Stationery Day on the 25th April 2018, which means that one lucky person will get to win a set of four rather swish planners from one of my favourite go-to stationers, Old English Company. 

Click here to visit the Old English Company competition page and submit your entry, and if you're inspired by these gorge planners, you can check out their full range by clicking through here.

Good luck folks!

Brit Decor Home:

I realise it's been a very long while since I last posted an update on here about living in a renovation project. In all honesty very little has happened over the last ten months in terms of major building works - as real life pretty much got in the way and our focus had to switch to a family crisis and eventually losing a loved one.

All being well, works are planned to resume again late Summer and, fingers crossed, we can finally think about some nice new flooring once all of the knocking down of walls and re-plastering is complete (walking around on old underlay and temporary flooring is so un-glamorous!)

If I rewind ten months, when our living room ceiling and walls were re-plastered, I was keen to get a basic scheme completed to make at least a couple of rooms in the house feel a little more like 'home'. Without the time to devote to a full design process, I opted for a dreamy pale grey nicely juxtaposed with a warmer dusty pink.

Over the time that we've been living here, I have been wowed by the amount of bright south-westerly light which floods our home every day. This also means that paler colours such as those in our living room, frequently appear bleached. With this in mind I'm now experimenting with darker and richer hues (similar to those of our velvet sofa cushions pictured 'below') in a quest for a cosier and more dramatic scheme.

Watch this space...

All images / Mike Ahern

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