A Victorian Townhouse Renovation with Modern Touches

LLI Design have recently completed a total refurbishment of this 3 storey Victorian townhouse on a leafy residential road in Highgate, a desirable residential area of North London. The clients wanted to create a warm, comfortable home with modern touches. Although the house was in a reasonable condition, the joinery and fittings throughout the house were dated, had been well used and looked tired. Many of the period features had been stripped out and those that remained had not been maximised. All in all, the house lacked character and personality although it benefited from ‘good bones’, nicely proportioned rooms, a delightful garden and a handsome exterior.

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LLI Design felt that more could be made of the period features, enhancing some and reinstating others to bring out more of the Victorian feel of the property. The brief was to create a warm, comfortable and welcoming home referencing and emphasising the house’s Victorian past as well as adding more contemporary elements to the scheme

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Although the entrance hallway was a good size it lacked character. The stained glass in the fan light window above the front door and side window were reinstated in a bespoke design, bringing light, colour and texture into the hallway.

The original tiled floor had long been removed so the whole of the entrance hall in was re-tiled in crisp black and white period tiles with a border pattern. This immediately visually increased the size and lightness of the hall area.

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In the living and dining rooms new light greyed oak parquet floors were specified and traditional white marble fireplaces installed. Bespoke pale grey lacquer joinery was designed and installed either side of the fireplaces in both rooms, incorporating plenty of storage, with asymmetrical shelving which were lit with individual accent in joinery spotlights

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The kitchen extension, although a good size, was rather dark, with a wall of folding sliding doors on one side at the back overlooking the garden. The architectural style was traditional and in keeping with the architecture of the house. The rear extension was enhanced by adopting a contemporary aesthetic, installing folding sliding doors in dark grey aluminium on 2 sides. This allowed in copious amounts of light and gave a real sense of connection with the garden.

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The existing kitchen was re-designed to suit the family, with a bespoke joinery kitchen in lacquer, with walnut drawers and interiors. The styling is contemporary classic in soft colours with plenty of storage, including a generous larder and breakfast cupboard to house a kettle and toaster as well as a small wine fridge. Thus eliminating all clutter with everything being behind doors when not required.

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By subtle changes to the spaces and by adding texture, color and interesting material choices LLI Design were able to create a warm, comfortable and welcoming family home. They have achieved a harmonious and calm aesthetic throughout, with modern touches within a timeless design

For more information : llidesign.co.uk

Travel Trends for 2019

New research from The Luxury Travel Fair, which jets in to Olympia London (Thursday 1st– Sunday 4th November) has revealed the nation’s top getaway locations.  When 1,500 people were asked where they would like to go that they’ve never visited before, New Zealand came out top, followed by the Galápagos Islands and in third place, Iceland!  The full top 10 was as follows:

1. New Zealand

2. The Galápagos Islands

3. Iceland

4. Canada

5. Japan

6. The Maldives

7. Hawaii

8. Vietnam

9. Australia

10. South Africa

But what are the anticipated travel trends for 2019?  We’ve picked the brains of some of The Luxury Travel Fair’s leading experts to see what – and where - will be big news in the year ahead.

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

Tourists in 2019 are not going to be afraid to try something NEW.  Holidays are getting more and more adventurous and this is set to continue, no matter their age. 

Catherine Thake, Fair Director at The Luxury Travel Fair says: “We’ve found that consumers are hungry to discover new and uncharted destinations.  They are searching for places where they can immerse themselves in the culture and community, whilst gaining authentic and real travel experiences.  They are much more conscious of where they are travelling, understanding the locality of where they are and being more environmentally aware.”

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THE RISE OF WELLBEING TOURISM 

Nearly half (47%) of people surveyed by The Luxury Travel Fair said they are more health-conscious as they get older and therefore pick holidays with this in mind – choosing to take trips that improve their physical and mental wellbeing.  Think yoga retreats, sporting activities and mindfulness camps.  

Helen Bell, Director of Romancing the Ordinary says: “Last year one in ten of our clients booked a wellness retreat style holiday and in 2019 the numbers seem set to increase.  The wellbeing tourist industry has grown at an incredibly fast rate over the last few years and has become big business, driven by an increasingly health conscious population that seeks to live longer, look and feel younger than our years, as well as achieving a level of health and fitness that enables us to do all of the things we wish to do.”

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LUXURY IN THE WILDERNESS

While tourists in 2019 are anticipated to want to stray from the beaten track, there will be a trend for wanting to do this in comfort.  Mike Clay from Panoramic Journeys says: “We have seen a lot of interest in luxurious wilderness journeys; getting way, way off the beaten track where guests can connect with nature and lives far different from their own whilst still enjoying a touch of luxury.  The reason why is travellers today have come to expect a certain level of comfort and cuisine but need to disengage from hectic lives.  An experience like this, that gives the soul time to revive, is the perfect antidote to the ‘switched on 24 hours’ world we live in."

ON THE MOVE

Rather than sticking in one location more and more holiday makers are looking for trips where a key part of their time is spent travelling.  However, 2019 is anticipated to be all about luxury travel with “an anticipated rise in luxury cruise and train travel” says Catherine Thake from The Luxury Travel Fair.  

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TOP SPOTS

Catherine Thake from The Luxury Travel Fair believes that Japan will be on top of many people’s list in 2019 thanks to the Rugby World Cup, as well as places like Madagascar, Namibia and Costa Rica for those keen to see wildlife and enjoy adventure.  Closer to home, she thinks Slovenia, Puglia in Italy and Finish Lapland will experience a boom.

Meanwhile, Peter Shanks from Silversea Cruises says: “We see 2019 as the year of expeditions – and the top three destinations will be the Galapagos, the Arctic and particularly Antarctica.  Visitors want the chance to experience some of the most remote parts of our planet and many have a growing fascination both with the ice fields and the incredible exploring history of the region.  We anticipate this to be hugely popular in 2019, particularly when combined with a trip to South America.”

Edward Paine, Director of Last Frontiers, specialists in travel to Latin America agrees.  While he identifies Chile and Costa Rica as hugely popular in 2019 thanks to the introduction of non-stop flights (to San Jose and Santiago with British Airways), Edward anticipates the Galapagos and Antarctic cruises to sell very well.  This he credits to the popularity of programmes like My Family in the Galapagos on Channel 4 and David Attenborough’s Blue Planet. 

On the other hand, Malcolm Peasnall, Product Director at The Independent Traveller believes that Canada and South Africa are set to continue to rise in popularity next year.  He says: “In 2018 we have been really busy with Canada and South Africa; both are good value and one works for UK summer and the other for UK winter.  Our best sellers have been train trips across Canada and safari options in South Africa.”

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THE SOLO TRAVELLER

More and more people are feeling comfortable with travelling alone, no matter their age.  Sara White, Marketing Director at Real World Travel & Conservation says: “In 2018 we have seen an increase in solo travel requests. Some individuals wish to join small group escorted tours while others opt for tailor-made stays favouring camps or lodges with convivial evening dining and optional group activities.  In response to this trend we have seen top end properties offering to waive single supplements in specific seasons for the first few rooms booked.”

THE IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE

Travellers in 2019 are looking for a truly immersive experience.  Sara White at Real World Travel & Conservation says:  “For Real Africa we have seen a swing away from commercial activities like balloon safaris to more enriching behind the scenes conservation visits where guests can walk with an anti-poaching dog squad, hand-feed rare giraffes or visit an elephant rescue, rehabilitation and release project.”

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Philip Lee Harvey

The Luxury Travel Fair, the event that offers an unrivalled collection of the most immersive and tailor-made, luxury travel experiences on the market, returns to Olympia London Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th November.

www.luxurytravelfair.com

Trends Straight From Pinterest into Your Home!

If you’re anything like us you can spend an inordinate amount of time on Pinterest. It’s a great source of inspiration for the home, but sometimes it’s almost like there’s too much inspiration! So many different trends, and so little time…

So here are 4 of the most popular trends from Pinterest which you can easily recreate in your own interior, using patterned wallpapers, wall murals, stickers, prints, and posters.

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The Terrazzo Trend
 
Stones and minerals have been very popular in interior design trends for several seasons. This time, the trendy terrazzo, fashionable in the 1970’s and 1980’s is back, which in a modern, refreshed form takes on a unique charm and futuristic character.
 
The new terrazzo is refined, and elegant, but at the same time unpretentious and light. Interior decorators suggest moving a stone motif from the floor to the surface of walls, accessories and even furniture.

Wallpaper and wall murals resembling terrazzo is a great idea for decorating the walls in the dining room, kitchen, hall and living room, and in a colorful edition also in a kid’s room.

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The Trend for Sage
 
In times when the 24-hour day is too short, and life is quick, like never before, we are looking for peace and solace. No wonder that now a delicate, greenish color with a soothing name and properties has become a hit.
 
The color inspired by the herb with healing properties and culinary qualities is a combination of green and blue, through which gray and purples break through. We can find several shades of sage in the Pantone collection: light Desert Sage, silvery Silver Sage, olive Sage Green and deeply saturated Sagebrush Green.

Sage in its delicacy and restraint can be the leading color that will not dominate the space, nor overwhelm even in a small interior. A room with wallpaper in the color of sage will become fresh and more cozy.
 
If greenery does not satisfy our appetite for color, we can combine it with beige and browns, creating calmness and naturalness. Sage also goes well with an appetizing peach, pastel lavender and sunny yellow.

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The Trend for Decorative tiles

Mosaics and ornaments straight from One Thousand and One Nights decorate kitchens and bathrooms all over the world today, and their popularity is not diminishing. Patchwork tiles, each one of them is a way to express a pronounced and stylish interior for people who are not afraid to experiment with color.
 
A mish mash of colors and patterns on the wall is a ready arrangement, which does not require thoughtful treatments and sophisticated accessories. It's the ornaments that play the main role and it's going well.

People who dream about colorful tiles no longer have to worry about the difficult renovation and replacement of ceramic tiles. Modern tiles stickers will work on kitchen and bathroom tiles, and if we get bored we can simply remove and replace them, or return to the original interior design.

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Big wall art 

Wall galleries are growing right before our eyes! Stylists suggest prints and posters in large format - the bigger, the better. Effective, eye-catching decorations can hang on the wall, and if there is no space for them, we can put them on the floor, desk or dresser.

Large prints and posters will work in every style. All painting techniques and styles are allowed: abstraction, classicism, modernism, photo-realism. Size and exposure are important in a place where everyone can see them.

For more inspiration visit pixers.us.

New Wishbone Chair Colours for Carl Hansen & Son's 110-Year Anniversary

In celebration of Carl Hansen & Son’s 110-year anniversary on 28th October 2018, the furniture manufacturer presents Hans J. Wegner’s iconic Wishbone Chair in six new anniversary colours with limited availability.

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Hans J. Wegner – celebrated as the master of the chair – had an experiemental approach, not only when it came to forms and materials, but also when exploring colours. Therefore, Carl Hansen & Son highlights the Wishbone Chair’s numerous possibilities for variation and visual style by introducing this 1950s design icon in six new colours inspired by nature.

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The new anniversary colours are deeply rooted in nature – forests, beaches and woodlands – and appear in deep, elegant and soft shades. The earth tones Rosy Blush, Russet Red and Deep Burgundy are contrasted the more tranquil Oyster Grey, Forest Green, and Deep Olive; all evoke a sense of connection to our natural surroundings and a warm and inviting ambience.

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The Wishbone Chair in these six new colours has a handwoven seat in natural paper cord and is exclusively available from 28th October to 31st December 2018. The special anniversary price is £500 including VAT. Find more info at www.carlhansen.com.

A Scandi-Blush Scheme for a Bedroom

Scandinavian design continues to be an ever-popular trend for interiors and is perfect for a bedroom scheme. But for the coming season, add a touch of femininity and warmth by accessorising with subtle blush-pink hues.

 ercol Teramo Bedstead, £829; ercol Teramo Bedside Cabinet, £251; Raine Table Lamp, £149; Amos One Light Pendant, £59.

ercol Teramo Bedstead, £829; ercol Teramo Bedside Cabinet, £251; Raine Table Lamp, £149; Amos One Light Pendant, £59.

To prevent the colour scheme from becoming too girly, add equal measures of grey, and a couple of darker tones as accent colours. Here, the reverse of the bed cover reveals a darker terracotta shade and the dark grey cushion adds texture and colour.

 ercol Teramo Bedstead, £829; ercol Teramo Bedside Cabinet, £251; Raine Table Lamp, £149; Scatterbox Velour Cushion, £29; Mongolian Cushion, £49.

ercol Teramo Bedstead, £829; ercol Teramo Bedside Cabinet, £251; Raine Table Lamp, £149; Scatterbox Velour Cushion, £29; Mongolian Cushion, £49.

In fact the cosy Mongolian sheepskin cushions and tactile, relaxed crushed linens prevent the space from appearing stark and cold, while a statement gold pendant light injects the all-important hint of luxury.

 ercol Teramo Bedstead, £829

ercol Teramo Bedstead, £829

Tip: When planning a new colour scheme for a bedroom or indeed any other room of the house, it pays to start with a moodboard. Play around with the composition before you make any major purchase or start putting paint to the walls.

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All priced products available from Furniture Village

Autumn Mood With Pressed Leaf Wallpaper

This pressed leaf wallpaper design gives the popular pressed flower style a cosy update as the colder months start to creep in. Featuring a mix of Autumnal leaves in warm tones that sum up the season, this wall mural is a style-conscious way to bring the comfort of Fall into your interiors.

It's easy to fall in love with Fall - with the fresh feeling in the air, pumpkin-spiced everything and, most of all, the reds, oranges and yellows all around as leaves fall to the ground and welcome the change in season. This new pattern wallpaper design by MuralsWallpaper shows a new take on the pressed flower trend of Summer, using crunchy fallen leaves to capture the essence of Fall.

The pressed leaf mural design is great for anyone looking to decorate for a cosy feel, but also wants a beautifully high-design and unique look. Perfect for putting in the places that should feel cosiest, such as the bedroom, living room, dining room and more.

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A Croatian Villa That Combines Traditional Istrian with Modern Industrial Style

This extraordinary renovated villa is located in Istria, near the wonderful town of Novigrad. Villa Covri got its name after the Istrian village Kovri where she is located, and is situated only 4 km from the nearest beach.

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The villa was originally built in the 16th century and was completely restored in 2017 with furnishings of the highest quality and environmentally friendly paint. The old beams that have for centuries framed this beautiful villa have also been restored while the old stone has been put to new use.

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Marble of the highest quality from Istrian quarry’s was used to decorate the house. The interior consists of three floors which successfully combine traditional Istrian with modern industrial style which makes this place especially inviting.

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The open-plan living and dining areas, together with a fully equipped kitchen and toilet are located on the ground floor. Three spacious bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms are located on the first floor where one of the bedrooms has a terrace from which you can directly access the garden.

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The other two comfortable bedrooms, also with en-suite bathrooms, are located on the second floor.

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The villa is surrounded by a beautiful Mediterranean style garden with lavender, rosemary and olive trees surrounding the refreshing private pool.

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Guests can experience water sports at a discount. Yachts and other boats can also be arranged. And for those who would like to truly relax - a top yoga teacher can come to the villa and offer a private or group class as well as a massage.

Villa Covri

Architect/studio; Boris Ruzic

Photographs: Rajan Milosevic / Koridor 27

A Calm & Neutral Kitchen With British Standard

With a calming, neutral colour scheme and fresh white cupboards, this idyllic country kitchen combines cosy and rustic, with practical and simple work spaces.

Contrasting wooden surfaces, exposed brick and original cladding, bring charm and a traditional cottage feel, with plentiful storage and open shelving to store and display.

With off-white worktops and plenty of natural light, this lovely kitchen blends together tranquillity and style, with organised and spacious work spaces.  This practical space includes generous storage, plenty of cupboard’s and larder. Scrubbed pine floors match the warm wooden worktops, with a rustic ceramic sink and vintage brass taps, to create a homely kitchen in London.

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The client really wanted wood panelling on the walls, but couldn’t find any ‘off the shelf’. They searched high and low and in the end fell in love with some wood panelling that they found at Audley End stables. They took measurements and cut it themselves with a router out of 9mm ply.  Cupboards and wall panels painted in Farrow and Ball strong White. 

The lighting is an industrial machinist lamp from one of their favourite antique shops Otto antiques. The final design really fits in with the period of the house and the kitchen. Although it’s all new, the kitchen has a lived in look and feel which family members and visitors seem to love and have commented on.

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All cupboards: British Standard Cupboards Individual cupboards start from £465 per unit. An average sized British Standard kitchen costs In the region of £8,000.

A Seating Collection With Hygge Firmly in Mind

Does the idea of curling up in a cosy armchair with a book sounds perfect to you? If so, you’re going to love this new collection designed by British designer Elnaz Namaki.

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The Luuna collection was born with the Danish principle of hygge (the heart of Danish culture, describing those that crave cosiness and comfort) firmly in mind. This inspiration led Elnaz to use shearling as a core material in her pieces which connects us to nature, as well as evoking warmth and comfort.

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The collection presents mid-century inspired ergonomic and sculptural shapes, which are striking and original, yet simultaneously reflecting timeless luxury. All pieces are hand-made in England by highly-skilled English craftsmen.

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Shearling was carefully chosen for its organic, natural and allergen free qualities. It offers an amazingly soft texture - when the organic wool fibres connect to the skin, the user feels warmly connected to nature. Curly and straight-haired merino and aviator shearling is contrasted against suede, leather, wood and metal. The choice of mid-century pop art colours (the colour palette for the initial range is pink, grey, black and white) creates strikingly bold yet classic pieces, which bring soul, depth and originality to every interior.

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As the American poet and novelist May Sarton accurately said “A house that does not have one warm, comfy chair in it is soulless”.

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Elnaz Namaki Studio is a London-based interior design and creative direction studio. The company began designing prestigious residential properties in some of the most desirable areas of London in 2012, and offers a fully bespoke service to their clients.

Bottle Terrarium Workshop With Forest London

Learn to make a self-sustaining bottle terrarium with Terrarium expert Judith Baehner of Het Groenlab at the gorgeous plant shop, Forest. With passion and knowledge, Judith will explain how to make your own 5 litre bottle garden and teach you the secrets of how to build it, how it works once sealed, and which plants you can use.

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Judith is an indoor plant guru, plant architect and botanical author from the Netherlands. She shares her passion for plants in her books, magazine articles, lectures, workshops and buildings. One of her latest books, 'Groen in glas', explains the science behind bottle terrariums, which she will pass on to you during this 2 hour workshop.

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You will get to take your bottle terrarium home with you along with an instruction booklet on how to get it started and keep it happy.

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Date - Friday 26th October 2018, Time - 7:30pm - 9:30pm, Location - Forest, Deptford Market Yard, Deptford, SE8 4NS. Book here!

Something for the Weekend - Get Dotty for Polka Dots

Polka dots are synonymous with fun. And with polka dots appearing on the runways by just about every notable fashion designer, it’s time to bring couture into your interior scheme by using geometric paint patterns to mimic the design.

Contemporary yet deliciously retro, the polka dot pattern works throughout the home with contrasting or complementary shades

 On the walls - Pashmina, Matt Emulsion. For the dots - Copper, Metallic Emulsion. On the woodwork - Jet Black, Non Drip Gloss.

On the walls - Pashmina, Matt Emulsion. For the dots - Copper, Metallic Emulsion. On the woodwork - Jet Black, Non Drip Gloss.

Alternatively, adopt the playful nature of the design, and create imperfect alternatives to the traditional pattern by painting freehand spots. Using metallic shades to create these shapes will add an additional layer of fun.

 On the walls - Hare, Matt Emulsion. For the dots - City Break, Matt Emulsion.

On the walls - Hare, Matt Emulsion. For the dots - City Break, Matt Emulsion.

“One great way to add character to a space is with a textured or metallic emulsion. Rather than paint an entire wall, why not stencil metallic or textured paint in circles on to a monochromatic base to add areas of drama and interest.” Judy Smith, Crown Colour Consultant

All paints shown are from Crown Paints.

Left to right:

  • City Break, Matt Emulsion, from £14 for 2.5l.

  • Millionaire, Metallic Emulsion, from £19 for 1.25l.

  • Pashmina, Matt Emulsion, from £14 for 2.5l.

  • Striking, Metallic Emulsion, from £19 for 1.25l.

Halloween Nights With John Lewis

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Is it too early to talk Halloween yet? Well with it fast approaching before you know, we thought it would be best to share some decorating ideas to incorporate into your own feast.

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This Halloween host your own fright fest with these scary yet stylish decorations and accessories, available from John Lewis & Partners. From pumpkin trick-or-treat buckets and wreaths to skull glasses and hanging decorations, you’re sure to find everything you need for the spooktacular season.

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Pre Lit Black Tree 60CM £22, Black Owl 24 CM £10

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Day of the Dead 85G Bar £2.50, Day of the Dead 7pk Slims £3.50

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Pre Lit Black Tree 60CM Battery Operated £22, Glass Skull Tealight Holder £5

Herb Crusted Salmon with a Crunchy Kale and Beetroot Salad, and Lemon Butter Sauce

If you’re on the lookout for a healthy Autumnal lunch or supper we have just this dish for you. This salmon, kale and beetroot salad packs plenty of flavour and crunch and is off the scale healthy-wise too!

 Serves 2

Serves 2

What you will need:

2 salmon fillets

  • 170g fresh bread crumbs

  • 2 tablespoons of butter, melted

  • 2 tablespoons chopped tarragon leaves

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the salad:

  • Large bunch of shredded kale

  • 1/2 red onion - thinly sliced

  • Pickled beetroot - thinly sliced

  • Handful of mint

  • Handful of cashew nuts

  • Pumpkin seeds

  • Olive oil

  • 50ml of lemon juice

  • 1 clove of garlic, minced

For the Lemon Butter Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 280C. Blend the tarragon with breadcrumbs and add salt and pepper. Once blended, stir in butter.

  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large pan and sear two salmon fillets over high heat for 2 minutes, skin side up. Flip the fillets and top each with the crumb mixture. Transfer the pan to the oven and bake for 10 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through.

  • To make the salad, massage kale with a little olive oil, then combine with red onion, beetroot, mint and cashew nuts.

  • Combine 50ml of olive oil, lemon juice, crushed garlic and black pepper, and drizzle this mixture over the top of the salad.

  • To make the lemon butter sauce, melt butter in pan, then add the lemon juice. Add in the Worcestershire sauce, then remove from heat and allow to cool

  • Dish out salad and top with herb crusted salmon fillets, pour the lemon butter sauce over the top of the fillets and then sprinkle with pumpkin seeds and black pepper.

TOP TIP: For fuss free fish and sauce, straight from the freezer, try The Saucy Fish Co.’s Herb Crusted Salmon with Lemon Butter Sauce. Available at Ocado.

Colours of the Season with Lovely Sofas

Each and every snazzy new sofa from Lovely Sofas is made to order in their Lancashire workshops which means customers can pick their own fabric from any of the beautiful fabric collections on offer.  There are clever velvets, cosy wools, and textured weaves to name a few, all perfect for creating an inviting sofa to nestle into on a cold night.  But what about the colour?  There are lots of pleasing shades to choose from making it super easy to stay on trend this AW18.

  Don Large Sofa - Shown here in Downton Marigold Luxury Velvet. This rather refined sofa plays nicely with all sorts of décor. Its design is simplicity itself, with a fixed upholstered back rather than cushions and wooden legs rather than a base frame. Just add a cat, a dog or some kids and you’ll feel right at home. Amalfi Fresco wallpaper from Graham and Brown.

Don Large Sofa - Shown here in Downton Marigold Luxury Velvet. This rather refined sofa plays nicely with all sorts of décor. Its design is simplicity itself, with a fixed upholstered back rather than cushions and wooden legs rather than a base frame. Just add a cat, a dog or some kids and you’ll feel right at home. Amalfi Fresco wallpaper from Graham and Brown.

Pretty in Pink

Whether it’s baby pink, soft dusky pink or bright bubblegum we are loving this feminine shade in our homes for this coming season.  Pink works really well with other pastel colours and is thought to bring warmth to a room, perfect for the seasons ahead.

  Frankie Large Sofa, shown here in Downton Mallow Luxury Velvet. With its eye-catching, deep buttoned back, The Frankie says “look at me” without being too showy about it. You can up the stakes with a bold colour (like the pink in the pic) or play it subtle with something earthy. Either way, it’ll look gorgeous every time you walk in the room. Volare wallpaper from Graham and Brown

Frankie Large Sofa, shown here in Downton Mallow Luxury Velvet. With its eye-catching, deep buttoned back, The Frankie says “look at me” without being too showy about it. You can up the stakes with a bold colour (like the pink in the pic) or play it subtle with something earthy. Either way, it’ll look gorgeous every time you walk in the room. Volare wallpaper from Graham and Brown

Going Green

Jewel colours are great for the festive season and bring a touch of glamour to the home.  Shown above is the gorgeously stylish Gracie Love Seat, featuring comfy scatter back cushions and elegant piping on the arms.  Alternatively, for something more formal, the Lottie Sofa below boasts a traditional deep buttoned diamond design on both its back and high sides making it supremely welcoming. 

  Lottie Large Sofa, shown here in Downton Chive Luxury Velvet. Super elegant and stylish, The Lottie is all about clean linear design, with high sides and a polished wooden frame underneath. But it wouldn’t be a Lovely Sofa if it was all about looks. A traditional, deep buttoned diamond design on the back and inner sides make the sofa all soft and welcoming too. Bugs silver wallpaper from Graham and Brown

Lottie Large Sofa, shown here in Downton Chive Luxury Velvet. Super elegant and stylish, The Lottie is all about clean linear design, with high sides and a polished wooden frame underneath. But it wouldn’t be a Lovely Sofa if it was all about looks. A traditional, deep buttoned diamond design on the back and inner sides make the sofa all soft and welcoming too. Bugs silver wallpaper from Graham and Brown

Good as Gold

Last but certainly not least, where would we be without a splash of gold in our homes and the trend forecasters are predicting it will be used with even more impact this AW season.  Forget small token accessories and go bold it seems!  The Linda Sofa looks absolutely gorgeous in this luxurious colour, shown below in soft clever velvet. 

  Linda Large Sofa - Shown here in Amalfi Buttercup Clever Velvet. Here the classic Chesterfield has had a modern makeover and the result is one of the most popular sofas. Sweeping scroll arms, aged wooden legs and deep-buttoning give it a timeless traditional look, but a plain, coil-sprung seat gives it a modern twist as well as lots of lovely extra boinginess. Beau Gatsby wallpaper from Graham and Brown

Linda Large Sofa - Shown here in Amalfi Buttercup Clever Velvet. Here the classic Chesterfield has had a modern makeover and the result is one of the most popular sofas. Sweeping scroll arms, aged wooden legs and deep-buttoning give it a timeless traditional look, but a plain, coil-sprung seat gives it a modern twist as well as lots of lovely extra boinginess. Beau Gatsby wallpaper from Graham and Brown

Artist Emma Lindström Launches Aura - a New Wallpaper Collection for Photowall

We’re very excited about this exclusive new design collaboration between the Swedish artist Emma Lindström and Photowall. As we’re always on a quest to find fresh new designs for making our homes just a bit more different, this couldn’t be more up our street. The wallpaper collection Aura, includes 12 acrylic paintings with abstract and vibrant colour compositions. With harmonious and organic expressions, each wallpaper design invites you to experience visual relaxation and serenity.  

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Emma Lindström is an established Swedish artist with several successful exhibitions in the USA and Europe. Her artistic work process has been a long journey with many years of experimenting with different techniques, colours and materials – something that is constantly varying and developing. At the same time, it is Emma’s mood, feeling and pure chance that guide the visual expression.

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The work always starts with selecting a specific colour scheme. Either based on a specified customer order or Emma’s current mood. “When I start creating, I enter into a meditative-like state. I allow intuition to speak and process to lead the way. The first stages of the process include pouring and splashing with acrylic colours and various media. After that, I get on to the detailed work with lines and smoothing out techniques that shapes the final artwork,” says Emma.

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AURA is sold exclusively at Photowall. The collection includes 12 motifs and can be ordered as made-to-measure wall murals costing £30 per square metre.

Unicorn Vibes With MuralsWallpaper

This mural design was created by MuralsWallpaper with the question in mind, 'what would it look like if a unicorn exploded?' The result is a pastel palette paradise that gives unicorn-themed design a fresh, abstract feel.

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The explosive influence of the unicorn trend can be seen everywhere, and now the trend can make a big splash in the interior design world with a mural inspired by an exploded unicorn that transforms a space into a candy coloured dreamland.

This imaginative wallpaper captures the unicorn-everything craze that everyone is head over hooves for, featuring pastel paint splashes and splatters that would comically be expected of a unicorn explosion. 

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The colourful mural provides people with a cool way to incorporate the unicorn trend in their interiors with a design that isn't too literal, but captures the essence of what makes the magic of unicorns so appealing. This product is for any fan of unicorns who wants to decorate with the trend in their home in a way that's far from conventional. 

The mural works well in a bedroom or living space for a playful, feminine look that is the stuff of legends. 

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From £30.00 per square metre: https://www.muralswallpaper.co.uk/colour/pastel/ 


3 Style Tips for Mindfulness in Your Home

Mindfulness and the wellness trend is growing, and it’s definitely here to stay. So it’s no wonder that creating a serene, happy space has become a huge interior trend to explore. It’s all about combining the best of Scandi comfort and health-focused influences - think aromatherapy, colour psychology, and lots of plants and greenery.

Rebecca Snowden, Interior Style Advisor at Furniture Choice shares with us her 3 tips on how to create a relaxing space that can also boost wellness.

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1. Introduce small, meaningful accessories

When it comes to embracing a happier and productive space, a little goes a long way. “The trick is to decorate smart,” says Rebecca. “Go with decor elements that will easily switch up the ambiance of the room, like scented candles and aroma diffusers for an instant pick-me-up.”
 
Sarah Duncan, Reiki therapist and founder of Soul Candles, discusses the benefits of these stylish and practical accessories, and the importance of turning the home into a sanctuary. “I’m a big believer in the effects and benefits of using aromatherapy oils in the home, and the two easiest ways of going about it are with candles and diffusers.
 
“While candles can really set the mood, you can get the same effects - and do away with potential fire risks - by opting for a diffuser, and then selecting the right oils for the right space. For example, our Relax range is ideal for the bedroom and winding down after a long day - notes like lavender, geranium and ylang ylang will lift your mood and improve cognitive function. For livelier spaces, such as the living or dining room, go with our Uplift range to awaken the senses.

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2. Decorate with natural materials and plenty of Greenery

It’s no secret that natural homeware and decor are big this year, with rattan pieces and the tropical aesthetic shaping up to be hot summer favourites.
 
“Woven rugs, wooden furniture and rattan baskets are ideal picks for this look,” Rebecca says. “They lend a handcrafted appeal that complements the understated, calm tones of the space.”
 
“This is also a perfect opportunity to exercise creativity and incorporate some DIY decor. So whether it’s customised shelving or macrame wall art, the end result is a personalised creation that scores big on style without breaking the bank.”
 
Another mood lifter to consider: indoor plants. “Greenery can be key when it comes to promoting productivity and a healthier wellbeing,” says Rebecca.  “Succulents and cacti are easy to care for, but for a statement-worthy investment, a terrarium would make for a stunning feature piece.”

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Milton White Dining Table and Kendal Dining Chair

3. Build a calm, energised setting with colours and textures

Taking visual cues from the Hygge craze last year, neutrals can set the mood for a relaxing space. “Taupe, ivory and trendy sage lend a sophisticated look that’ll work beautifully for a calm interior,” Rebecca advises. “These hues are a great foundation to work with, matching easily with other colours, and can be kept pared back or dressed up depending on your preferences.”

"Neutral tones are also perfect as a background for more dramatic accent colours. Sunny shades like yellow provide a cheerful burst of creativity, while giving your space charm and personality.”
 
“And when it comes to dialling up the comfort, layer in different textures. Think elements like a plush sofa, soft throws and even a fluffy faux fur rug for a huge boost in cosiness.”

 Cassie Corner Sofa

Cassie Corner Sofa

Founded in 2005, FurnitureChoice.co.uk is an independent furniture retailer. The company combines a deep knowledge of contemporary furniture manufacturing with first-class e-commerce expertise.




Make Life Easier with a Stiltz Home Lift

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For homeowners who are starting to find stairs a challenge, but love their home and do not want to move or downsize, Stiltz Home Lifts offer access to all areas of the home with a unique range of ‘through the floor’ domestic lifts.

The Stiltz Home Lift has been designed to make life easier by providing a discreet and practical alternative to using the stairs making it much simpler to move around the house - all at the touch of a button.

Unlike old-fashioned stairlifts, a lift can transport passengers from floor to floor in under 30 seconds, does not block up the stairs, is whisper quiet, and the larger lift accommodates a full-sized wheelchair.

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Who can a Stiltz Home Lift help?

A home lift is ideal for any who has mobility issues stemming from an operation, accident or illness, who is asthmatic, suffers from a heart condition, or any other issue that means taking the stairs are a challenge. A Stiltz home lift is a safe, comfortable and stylish way to independently travel between floors.

How does a Stiltz Home Lift work?

With an intelligent, modular design the award-winning Stiltz Home Lift fits into almost any location in the home and is entirely self-supporting, so no load bearing walls are needed. The only work required is creation of a small opening in the ceiling for the lift to pass through between floors, and if you install one in the turn of the stairs, not even a ceiling aperture will be needed. The Stiltz home lifts are powered by a super-efficient, self-contained motor and plugs straight into a normal mains power socket – just like any household appliance.

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Which Stiltz Home Lifts do you offer?

The Stiltz range is available in two models: the two-person Stiltz Duo+ Home Lift and the new wheelchair-accessible, three-person Stiltz Trio+ Home Lift which includes a gently-angled integral ramp for easier wheelchair access.

The solid-sided, entry-level Duo and Trio Classic models feature a unique thru-car option allowing users to enter into through one side of the lift on the ground level and leave from the other side once it has reached the upper floor.

What features does a Stiltz Home Lift include?

Travelling between floors on easy-glide rails in under 30 seconds, the Stiltz Home Lift is elegantly curved with a clear car body. It is designed in a stylish pale grey finish with internal lighting making it safe to travel in day or night.

It is packed with safety features including multiple sensors so everyone remains safe, an in-car control panel with hold-to-run controls and two remote control handsets to call the lift at any time. An optional seat is available.

Where can a Stiltz Home Lift be installed?

The Stiltz Home Lift is so versatile it can be installed from hallway to landing, living room to main bedroom or, for total discretion, cupboard space to cupboard space. It can even fit in the void of a turning staircase or take pride of place in the centre of a room or entrance hallway.

How do I arrange an installation?

For more information visit www.stiltz.co.uk

Taylor Howes & Davidson Launch New Dining Table Collaboration

Taylor Howes and Davidson, two bastions of the artisan and design world in the UK, have revealed a stunning new dining table collaboration at FOCUS 2018. The table, named “The Howes Dining Table”, will be launched at a special event during the week and is the result of a 6-month collaborative process. This is the Davidson studio's first collaboration and a celebration of the pair’s 25-year friendship.

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It took six craftsman and designers from the respective studios some three months to develop the prototype, which is hand carved and has a striking figured Angere to the top.  The table, which in homage to the philosophy of both firms is more akin to an art piece than something so functional as a table, boasts an eye-catching radial pattern on its surface and is a demonstration of the very best in British craftsmanship. 

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The concept of the table was born out of the timeless nature of Davidson's existing pieces and the inherent nature of dining tables traversing decades, being passed on from generation to generation. Taylor Howes explored the nature of passing time and how this might be represented in the design, focusing their thoughts on a single day - from dawn to dusk.  This image inspired the River bed relief, which is reflective of the image of sun hitting rippled water at sunrise and the soft evening tone as it sets at night.   Working with Davidson it was decided that the shape of the table should be oval, as it continued the theme, with the continual loop, a never-ending passage of time. This was then followed through in the base, where the team created two semi-circular elements. 

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The collaboration forms part of a wider initiative by the Taylor Howes studio and is part of its #52WeeksofTH campaign. A year-long celebration of the studio's 25th Birthday, which has seen something new happen, either announcement, collaboration, Q&A or event throughout the year.  The collaboration with Davidson is one of the larger initiatives to happen in Taylor Howes' 25th year and its sits alongside the studio's own collection launch, which is to be revealed November 1st 2018 and the group's first Business of Design and Luxury summit, which is to take place on November 21st in the The Gladstone Library, One Whitehall Place, with guest speakers from the world of design and luxury internationally. 

Karen Howes, CEO & Founder of Taylor Howes, commented: “We are thrilled to be launching our collaboration during FOCUS. I have worked with Davidson for 25 years so it was fitting to work with them to create something truly unique and special for our 25th anniversary. Six months in the making, “The Howes Dining Table” is a statement piece and a signature of our design philosophy: elegant lines, exceptional craftsmanship and material imagination. We're known in the studio for our finishes and detailing and “The Howes Dining Table” is no exception to this. Working with Davidson has been a great journey; we've loved every part of it, from the early consultations to the unveiling of the finished piece. The table is a true celebration and exemplar of British craftsmanship, conceived in our studio by our in-house designers, the skilled team at Davidson then brought it to life, it is part of our commitment to preserve and uphold British craftsmanship”. 

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How To Stencil Wooden or Concrete Floors in 4 Steps

If your floors are looking tired, dated, dull or damaged, why not bring them back to life, and back on-trend with a stencil and some chalky finish floor paint. It’s a quick, easy and cost effective option if you're prepared to try some light DIY, and once applied it will provide a timeless, hardwearing finish that looks amazing.

Chalk paint can be applied to wooden floorboards or concrete flooring and can be applied directly over old paint and varnish. 

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What You Will Need:

  • Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Floor Paint (two colours)

  • Small foam roller and tray

  • Large roller and tray 

  • Paint brush 

  • Sander 

  • Stencil 

  • Cloth 

  • Masking tape 

  • Paint stirrer

  • Can opener

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Directions:

STEP ONE  Chalky Finish Floor Paint can be applied to concrete floors, bare wooden floorboards and floorboards with old paint and varnish, once the surface is prepared properly.

Wooden floors should be lightly sanded, vacuumed, and wiped completely clean before painting. Concrete floors should be vacuumed, wiped clean and allowed to fully dry before painting.    

STEP TWO Take your Chalky Finish Floor Paint base colour (we used Chalk White) and paint around the edges of the room, cutting in a couple of inches.

Next take your large roller and get to work on the main area of the floor. Start at the furthest corner and move backwards towards the door, leaving yourself an escape route. 

You will need at least two coats – check on the tin for drying times between coats. The thinner the coat, the more hardwearing it will be, as it will dry harder.

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STEP THREE Measure the floor to locate its centre. Using masking tape, position the stencil at the centre so that it does not move while you are painting.

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STEP FOUR  Take your second Chalky Finish Floor Paint colour (we used Anthracite) and apply a small, even amount paint to small foam roller. 

Apply the paint to the stencil. To avoid bleeding, make sure that there is only a small amount of paint on the roller at all times.

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Remove the stencil and reposition it. Depending on your stencil, you may need to wait for your design to touch dry to avoid smudging the previous stencil. Repeat until the whole floor is covered.

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For stockist information and more inspiration  please visit www.makeityours.co.uk