Sunday, 20 January 2019

Brit Decor: Colour-icious / W.A.Green Colour Report 2019









If like me, you are looking for more colour to fill your 2019 with a more up-beat vibe, then founder of the Shoreditch based 'maximalist' lifestyle store W.A.Green, may just be able to inspire you...

Zoe Anderson has lovingly pieced together a fun collection of fun luxe-living products for the home, which are intended to inject some happy hues into her customers lives. W.A.Green, named after Zoe's grandfather, won Best Boutique at the Independent Retailer awards in 2018, so Zoe know's a thing or two about curating an on-point and highly covetable collection.

With this in mind, Zoe has been sharing some of her top tips for successfully applying colour to our home decor this year, and has pulled together some key 'looks' from the W.A.Green product collection (see the graphics below). 

When it comes to introducing orange into our home's colour palette, Zoe recommends limiting this zingy hue's application as an accent colour only, "Think about using it on an alcove or inside a shelf. It's the perfect colour for a child's bedroom as you can be really playful with it."

Zoe admits that she's looking forward to experimenting with more pink in 2019 (I'm with her on this!) and is currently craving a yellow and pink combination for an extra spark. "We've seen Millennial Pink sweep Instagram over 2018 and I'm now expecting to see it used in more playful ways". Zoe also suggests pairing pink with super-dark colours for a high-contrast result.

Given the huge proportion of home rentals in London and beyond right now, Zoe also offers up some great advice on how to update a rented space, "Create your own large painted canvas to hang from the walls; the bigger the better. Gallery walls have become overdone so instead concentrate on creating an abstract piece that covers one of the walls and plays with colour. This is a cheap update that pretty much anyone can do without much time or expense".

I've included some of Zoe's colour blocking 'picks' below but you can also check out the full range of homeware goodies via the W.A.Green online shop, and you can also follow the store via their Insta account.

  















1/ Aria paint from £18 2/ Carafe £135 3/ Faux Hydrangea £10 4/ Neolit bowls from £195
5/ Abbesses dinnerware from £9 6/ Face mobile £145 7/ Chouchou stool £435
8/ Dinner candles £3 9/ Full dose trinket box £68 10/ Octopussy cushion £95
















1/ Orlando paint from £18 2/ Perry throw £245 3/ Play pot £95 4/ Larhe jug £89 
5/ Mrs Hoffman vase £42 6/ Blash shelf £85 7/ Arlequim vase £180 8/ Ellsworth cushion £95
9/ Smiley trivet £30
















1/ Kamila paint from £18 2/ April throw £245 3/ Moroccan ceramics from £7 4/ Faux tropical 
leaf stem £24 5/ Muruno cocktail glass £70 6/ Retro emerald green planter £12
 7/ Lacquer backgammon set £395 8/ Green palm girl planter £65
9/ Eye of the Leopard cushion £95 10/ Two colour coffee mugs £14
























1/ Ida paint from £18 2/ Ceramics from £45 3/ Mila tables from £1325 4/ Top knot vase £110 
5/ Miss Meyer vase £42 6/ Mouth plate £25 7/ Secret ingredient dish towel £12
8/ Merino wool face cushion 9/ Luxury feel real faux stem £55 10/ Ernesto candle £78












1/ Reggie paint from £18 2/ Spicy red canister £240 3/ Faux Bird of Paradise flower £45
4/ Ceramic diffuser £99 5/ Chubby planters £550 6/ Retro vases from £18
7/ Two handled vases from £25 8/ Orange & opal glass jug £135 9/ LSD jar £88
10/ Stacking coffee cups £100 11/ Crystal candlestick holder £75










Thanks for reading,
Mike





Sunday, 6 January 2019

Brit Decor: Memory Lane Makeover













Until about a week before Christmas I had been basking in the glorious knowledge that after almost exactly two years in the making, our home was complete - no more renovations, no more upheaval, no more furniture changes (at least for a while)...that was until I received a phone call from a close relative to say that her beautiful Wiltshire cottage was in need of a de-clutter (we've all been there, right?).

The moral sticking point in my Aunt's early Spring clean was a particular sideboard which had belonged to my great-grandparents, but this needed to be gone, to clear some much needed space. Had I not been able to recall the sideboard in question, in-situ in my great-grandfolk's home, I may not have given it another thought, but when the question was put to me if I'd like to take on this heirloom, my sentimental side well and truly kicked into play.

Almost without thinking, my reply was 'yes'! You see, I'm a firm believer in making things work, even against the odds. Prior to my Aunt's offer, apart from a couple of mid-century pieces (it is a 1960's built home after all) - our home didn't contain any antique / vintage pieces, and I was concerned about how an early 1900's sideboard would sit within in such a contemporary context.

Thankfully, as soon as the sideboard was welcomed in through the front door, it seemed to change the whole dynamic and rather than sit at odds with everything, it actually enriches our home with character - the sort you just can't buy at IKEA! 

Apart from the vintage teal/brown speckle jug, which also belonged to my great grandparents, I've embellished the sideboard with contemporary accessories, including a newly purchased notebook from HAY, which helps to give this cherished piece of furniture a context in the 'now' and not just the past. In short, I love it!



























All Images / Mike Ahern




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