Tuesday, 12 October 2021

New Artwork Reveal

It feels a little like a 'Transformation Tuesday' moment here at our Welsh hilltop home today. We've been here for 10 months and the white washed stone wall in our dining room has been crying out for a focal point, but you just can't rush these things, right?

My initial design priorities for this space was to create some banquette seating (for seating and storage) and then whipping up some made-to-measure cushions and choosing wall paint treatments, whilst keeping an eye out for the perfect artwork.

This is the point at which The Future Mapping Company came onto my creative radar. Who knew that maps could be so beautiful?  To confess I've always been rather obsessed with horoscopes, "which star sign are you?" is a question you'll often hear me ask - so it seemed only fitting to opt for The Constellations.

Intricately illustrated with original 17th Century illustrations by Polish astronomer Johannes Hevelius, the artwork depicts all of the creatures and characters that inspired us to identify the constellations. Add into the mix some striking fluoro detailing for a contemporary twist, midnight blue and shimmering metallics, and we now have a stunning focal point for our dining space, not to mention a prime talking point too.

Warning: Now I have the perfect excuse to quiz dinner guests over their star sign! 

 All images / Mike Ahern / This is not a sponsored post

Wednesday, 6 October 2021

New Project: Coastal Airbnb

It seems a smidgen strange to be writing about holidays on a stormy Autumnal day. However, there's no skirting around the subject for today's post so I'm just going to go for it! 

For those of you who don't know about my work outside of Brit Decor, I've been busily launching a new service under my Studio Mike Ahern business after relocating to the West coast of Wales and dealing with all of those initial 'nesting' issues, to put it mildly!

Since settling in and exploring, one of the key observations I've made is a.) the key importance of tourism in the area and b.) the lack of holiday lets suited to the interiors savvy tourist *deep sigh*.

I'm sure many of us would confess to at least one holiday where we settled for less than ideal decor just to secure a sea view? In reality we shouldn't have to compromise aesthetic over location, but we do, despite soaring holiday rental costs.

As well as my 'regular' interior design clients, I've been reaching out to holiday let owners to see if we can work a little interiors magic to enable their accommodation to stand out for all of the right reasons. (A little side note, I also offer a social media and photography staging service for maximising the holiday 'brand').

So without further faffing, I'm really thrilled to share a completed guest Airbnb scheme which I've been working on recently. 

I consulted with the client in detail about including all of those important coastal references but without a glaringly clichéd result, instead something more relaxed and subtle, focussing on mood and the finer details.

Farrow & Ball's Purbeck Stone, a calming and easy neutral seemed the perfect choice as the base colour for this room. Wishing to put a more memorable stamp on the scheme, I opted for a feature wallpaper with calming waves which elevates the space. White washed floorboards topped with a cosy pure wool rug radiate cosy coastal vibes, whilst locally sourced coastal lino print artworks add authenticity. 

For this project I kept pops of colour to an absolute minimum for an ultimately restful escape, with the exception of a gorgeous two-tone throw to evoke a sense of the nearby ocean.

I hope you've enjoyed today's little share!  


Friday, 1 October 2021

BRIT DECOR: Exciting new Collab! Farrow & Ball curated by Liberty


Disclaimer - this is not a sponsored post! You know when a particular brand / product just sits in harmony with your own aesthetic? Well this has been my relationship with Farrow & Ball products as a long term fan on both a personal and professional level. Anyway enough drooling over my favourite paint brand and onto the inspiration...

With this new month of October comes an exciting launch of a collaborative nature between two iconic brands - F&B and Liberty. With a total of 15 paints from Farrow & Ball's archive and complimentary interiors fabrics from the Liberty Modern Collector range, there's a hugely versatile collection to pull inspiration from.

Below I've extracted my top 'picks' from this new collaboration which covers the essentials of warm, cool and neutral with mellow mood through to all-out drama.

I'd love to hear from fellow F&B and Liberty fabrics fans on your thoughts about this collection.

Pantalon & Wilshire Blossom Lapis Dark
I love the way in which Farrow & Ball describe Pantalon as a Mysterious tone, neither brown nor green. This hue is a perfect fit for the current trend towards earthy shades with it's all embracing qualities - shown here with the uplifting pops of colour from the Wilshire blossom fabric for an electric contrast.

Clunch & Persian Voyage Jade Stone
Clunch - a timeless neutral difficult to go wrong with and brought to life here with the addition of the jewel tone fabric from Liberty. Just one example of a gazillion possible colour combinations with a steadfast chalky neutral shade like Clunch. 

Smoked Trout & Persian Voyage Pewter
I don't know about you but with the onset of Autumn I am so ready for the warm undertones of Smoked Trout. This mushroom tone is perfectly complimented with the serene and gentle tones of Persian Voyage Pewter. 

All images / Farrow & Ball

Cola & Floral Botanical Lacquer
Another warm embrace of a hue courtesy of 'Cola'. This shade could be used to dramatic effect with a wall and ceiling treatment, or for the faint-hearted, as a sharp block of colour with a lighter contrasting hue as per the photo. The gentle pink of this Liberty fabric plays with the red undertones of the Farrow & Ball paint with harmonic results.

Thursday, 16 September 2021

Colour Trends 2022


One of the many great things about working in the Interior Design industry is the ability to see into the future, a clairvoyant of colour + style so to speak. Personally I'm not a huge fan of the Winter months so pouring over the latest forecasts of how our interiors will be looking next Spring into Summer serves as the perfect remedy for chasing away any winter blues.

Whilst we are still eagerly awaiting 'colour of the year' announcements from the likes of Benjamin Moore on October 13, other results are already in...

Undoubtedly there is still a leaning towards the healing powers of nature as a point of reference as we continue to view our homes as a place of refuge and safety from a world in slow recovery from the Covid pandemic, particularly evident in Farrow & Ball's choices of Breakfast Room Green and the deliciously chalky School House White. 

However, there's also a notably upbeat and optimistic trend towards pick-me-up palettes featuring energetic colour picks such as Pantone's dynamic Innuendo with it's promise of a brighter future. Then there is the utterly fresh Bright Skies by Dulux, which echos our collective desire for a fresh and positive start in this brave new world.

Babouche, a cheerful and heartwarming yellow is one of five hues for 2022 picked by my go-to brand, Farrow & Ball. Their handpicked selection is intended to signal a sense of function form and comfort, as Joa Studholme (Colour Curator at F&B) explains;

"They are an eclectic mix of the pure and the humble that evokes the warmth and harmony of a more innocent age while celebrating life today. Function goes hand in hand with ornament, using colours and finishes in unusual ways to celebrate the principles of utility, kindness and honesty."

I've explored some of my favourite of the 2022 colour predictions below and pieced together some accessory combinations to enhance each colour scheme, do you have a favourite...?

Images / Farrow & Ball / Dulux / The Modern House / Pinterest

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