Flowers Make a House a Home

Home decorating simply isn’t complete without flowers, especially at this time of year when we’re all looking forward to warmer weather. After all, a vase of spring flowers is a constant reminder that although it might still be wet and windy outside, summer is on its way.

Flowers Make a House a Home (1).jpg

Not only that, flowers give your rooms that inviting look that makes you feel right at home. What about adding that little bit of extra love to your house? A great big bunch of summer flowers makes an impressive finishing touch.

Flowers Make a House a Home (3).jpg

Big bunches of flowers add colour and excitement to a room. What about a beautifully arranged bouquet made of dazzling spring flowers in several different colours?

Flowers Make a House a Home (4).jpg

For a simply charming impression, divide up a bunch of flowers and put them into various little vases, cups, bottles and cream pitchers. In this case, the flowers will look their prettiest when their little containers are all the same colour or have something in common.

Flowers Make a House a Home (2).jpg

Would you like to know more about bulb flowers? Take a look at www.ilsysays.com

All images courtesy of iBulb who are the promotional agency for the flower bulb sector. iBulb promotes the use of flower bulbs, bulb flowers and bulbs in pots by means of worldwide PR activities and advertising campaigns. More information is available at www.ibulb.org.

Updating Office Interiors - Lessons from an Exhibition Stand Company

Advertisement Feature

Interior design for beginners is often not an easy task. And, why would it be? As you delve into the world of the designer, it can quickly become overwhelming, and with sites like Pinterest and Houzz it’s very easy to suffer from information overload, and overthink any choices you had going in to a project.

The reason we’ve started the article out this way is because, for many people, renovating or refreshing their office interior is often the first time that interior design is considered in their lives. Whether at the home or within a business space, the way an office is designed speaks volumes about an individual, and how they want their business to be perceived.

We wanted to ensure that, if you’re upgrading the interior of your office, that you go into it the right way and don’t get pulled off course.

Updating Office Interiors - Lessons from an Exhibition Stand Company (3).jpg

Community whiteboards are key to a creative environment – This first point may sound obvious, however is an often overlooked part of an office. Particularly for larger teams, whiteboards are proven ways to introduce a sense of community into an office and foster a creative environment.

Whiteboards can also be integrated into the design of an office, whether used as a blank canvas against a wall design, or as a free-standing feature to break-up space, as an almost interactive partition with which to log creative ideas.

Updating Office Interiors - Lessons from an Exhibition Stand Company (1).jpg

Integrate home comforts for happier employees – This final point is one that we believe very strongly in, from years of visiting workspaces across the globe and working on exhibition stand designs for businesses of all sizes. And it’s as simple as this… A happy interior ‘vibe’ means happy employees.

Now, that’s not to say that you should be painting smiley faces all over the office. What we mean by this is that, by introducing aspects of comfort into a workspace such as a large couch and comfy chairs, privacy booths in which to take calls, and even allowing employees the chances to update their own office interior with items from home, your staff will thank you.

Updating Office Interiors - Lessons from an Exhibition Stand Company (2).jpg

Introducing these comforts also allows further opportunities to combine textures and blend colour schemes across the office in a way that conveys your brand, and will force you to stay away from bland furnishings or any interior additions that appear to be too harsh.

We hope that this post has given you a lot to think about, and urged you to take a slightly different approach when it comes to breathing a new lease of life into your office space!


This post was written by the team at Focal Exhibitions, a UK-based exhibition stand design company.

New Bold Contemporary Wallpaper Designs from MissPrint

The new Seven Sisters collection from MissPrint introduces 10 new wallpaper designs that celebrate the brand’s signature style of illustration and confident approach to colour in the modern home.

New Bold Contemporary Wallpaper Designs from MissPrint (4).jpg

Inspired by the Pleiades star constellation, also known as Seven Sisters, the collection looks to the sky and explores the many mysteries and myths associated with this unique cluster of stars. From the Ancient Greeks who saw the stars as nymphs (the daughters of Atlas, a Titan who held up the sky), to the tales from Aboriginal Australia of unrequited love and an endless dance around the horizon, the Pleiades constellation holds a significant place in our history. Visible around the globe, this simple pattern in the night sky has taken on great significance across different cultures and promises to lead you on a journey through time.

New Bold Contemporary Wallpaper Designs from MissPrint (3).jpg

Drawn by hand and produced in the UK using traditional print methods and water-based inks, the Seven Sisters collection from MissPrint features a contemporary colour palette that considers the latest trends, whilst capturing the true essence of each design. From the Mono print that evokes twinkling stars and the Pendulum pattern reflecting ancient hieroglyphs, to the Water Lily design that takes inspiration from its Latin name (derived from the Greek for nymph), the collection brings together influences from the past with the wonder of the natural world.

New Bold Contemporary Wallpaper Designs from MissPrint (2).jpg

Presented in a modern palette of deep blues, earthy greens and rich yellow, the Seven Sisters wallpaper range reveals bold, contemporary patterns that allude to the ethereal themes of the collection, whilst ensuring a statement style identity.

New Bold Contemporary Wallpaper Designs from MissPrint (1).jpg

The Seven Sisters Wallpaper Collection: £72.00 per roll (52cm x 10m)

Available from MissPrint.

Spring Greens From Next Home

Next Home have really caught our eye with this fresh green collection for Spring. A little bit mid-century, a little bit Scandinavian, and a lovely palette of greens from bottle green right through to zesty lime green. What more do you need to bring the outside in?

Contains Affiliate Links

Spring Greens From Next Home (3).jpg
Spring Greens From Next Home (4).jpg
Spring Greens From Next Home (1).jpg
Spring Greens From Next Home (2).jpg

All from Next Home.

Smallable Spring Magazine | New Interiors

"I came up with the idea of Smallable before I had children, by looking at the parents and families around me. They never had the time nor the energy to go shopping and find clothes, furniture or toys for their kids'“. CÉCILE ROEDERER, FOUNDER OF SMALLABLE

Almost 10 years later, their concept store has become a major reference in the world of children-related products. As families are evolving, they become bigger, the same concept of ‘family’ takes a new meaning.
 
Today, family, has become more of a tribe: stepfamilies, friends - any kind of bond is important to and therefore Smallable want to make sure to meet the needs of everyone. 

Smallable is identified as a complete Family Concept Store. Decoration, furniture, linen, rugs, lighting, wall decorations, wallpapers... Smallable offers a complete but carefully selected range of products from young publishing houses, designers and contemporary design icons.

And while their catalogue may have grown considerably, they are still guided by the same principles: finding designers we love and making their creations accessible to everybody by delivering their products to more than 200 countries.

Screen Shot 2019-03-06 at 11.52.01.png
unnamed.png
Screen Shot 2019-03-06 at 11.52.26.png

Smallable’s new Spring magazine has arrived with plenty of interiors inspiration as well as women’s and children’s fashion -  do take a look here https://en.smallable.com/page/spring-is-calling-magazine

A New and Unique Wallpaper Collection Featuring Fashion Drawings

This is the Travel The World Collection by Stina Wirsén (one of Sweden's most renowned illustrators) and it consists of eight hand-picked fashion illustrations, each one depicting haute couture and street fashion from various places around the world. Some of the black and white drawings have been published in books and magazines; others have been shown at international exhibitions in India, Germany, and the United States.

A New and Unique Wallpaper Collection Featuring Fashion Drawings (2).jpg

Stina Wirsén's distinctive style, marked by bold colours, minimalist curves, and vibrant lines, is the recurring theme throughout the entire collection. The soft and sweeping movements of her hands are present in every drawing, blending seamlessly with the dynamic and beautiful ink lines and the spontaneous droplet — all of it comes together to give the collection a truly interesting expression.

A New and Unique Wallpaper Collection Featuring Fashion Drawings (4).jpg

Each wallpaper motif in the collection pulses with life and movement. We travel across locales, from the bright neon street signs of a vibrant Tokyo, on to a cosy classic Parisian café, then ending up in a familiar Stockholm neighbourhood among its style-conscious city dwellers.

A New and Unique Wallpaper Collection Featuring Fashion Drawings (1).jpg

All of the designs in the collection exude a contemporary and modern aesthetic, one that matches well with all interior styles, and will give any room an artistic character, creating a tasteful backdrop to everyday life.

A New and Unique Wallpaper Collection Featuring Fashion Drawings (3).jpg

Exclusive to Photowall.

Give Your Kitchen a Rustic Country Look

Give your kitchen an entire new look this spring with a fresh coat of paint. It’s the perfect solution for smartening up tired cabinets if you don’t want to go to the expense of a new kitchen just yet. And just by changing the colour you can alter the entire look too.

Annie Sloan  Kitchen  Chalk Paint in Antibes Green Graphite floorboards with Gloss Lacquer detail  Lifestyle  Portrait (1).jpg

This bright green is a colour found on rustic country furniture from Ireland and the south of France and will certainly add a touch of Provence if character is lacking. A simple decorative edge around the table and duplicated on the walls will further enhance the traditional folk-art references and requires no skill at all except maybe a steady hand.

Annie Sloan  Kitchen  Chalk Paint in Antibes Green with Valeska stencil Hands stencil on jug fabric in Tacit  Lifestyle  Portrait.jpg

Accessorize with country style pottery, chunky wooden boards and pots of fresh herbs.

Annie Sloan  Kitchen  Chalk Paint in Antibes Green Graphite floorboards with Gloss Lacquer detail  Lifestyle  Portrait.jpg

This look has been achieved with Annie Sloan Kitchen Chalk Paint in Antibes Green, Annie Sloan Valeska stencil around the table edge, graphite floorboards with Annie Sloan Gloss Lacquer detail, Annie Sloan Tacit fabric, and the Annie Sloan Hands stencil on the jug.

www.anniesloan.com

Living Rooms for Spring, from Willow & Hall

The perfect space for social gatherings or relaxing after a long day, the living room has become the heart of the home and where families are spending the most time. So having a comfortable high-quality sofa is essential. British retailer Willow & Hall’s product offering will suit all living room schemes, from traditional chesterfield shapes with delicate button back detailing, to contemporary angular styles for the modern home. All designs come with a 25 year wood frame guarantee and are available to upholster from a selection of over 240 fabrics.

Quote from Sarah Massouh on SS19 trend predictions “Indigo blue is set to be one of the big trends for SS19 and after broadening our fabric offering, we are already seeing a demand from customers for darker blue shades. To incorporate this trend into your living room, opt for upholstery in a durable velvet in indigo or royal blue and team with white accessories for a fresh spring update that won’t overpower your space. Alternatively, for a bolder approach, combine a statement indigo wall with a neutral based sofa and introduce metallic accessories for a contemporary look that will last through the seasons.”

Willow & Hall The Hunstrete Chaise Longue in Matt Velvet Mallard from £897

Willow & Hall The Hunstrete Chaise Longue in Matt Velvet Mallard from £897

Willow & Hall The Kingswood Sofa in Broad Weave Linen Seashell £1,364

Willow & Hall The Kingswood Sofa in Broad Weave Linen Seashell £1,364

The Psychology of Blue

Neptune’s spring range (which will be launching in March) has us falling for flax blue. It’s the colour of flax petals (the plant from which linen’s grown) that inspired the store’s shade of the season, and it’s the perfect colour for injecting a new freshness into the home.

Blooming at the end of June, the petals turn the flax fields a hazy sea of blue, though the flowers only last a single day. Taking that blue tone, Neptune have added grey to make it more muted, give it more depth, and make it even easier to use.

The Psychology of Blue - All products from Neptune (2).jpg

The Psychology

Light blue is the colour most commonly linked to creativity and serenity. Hailing back to nature, with associations to the sky and the ocean, the shade is versatile and unique, proving perfect in any room. For kitchens and living spaces, Flax Blue will emphasise the room’s capability for relaxation and recreation. Looking to the bedroom, this hue will create a peaceful space to settle down and snuggle into of an evening. Using blue in your home, be it through paint, fabric or decoration, will instill a sense of calm and nurture an imaginative environment.

Keats Pendant £94, Suffolk 5ft Glazed Dresser £2,930, Suffolk Dining Table £845, Wadley Chair painted in Flax Blue £270. All from Neptune.

Keats Pendant £94, Suffolk 5ft Glazed Dresser £2,930, Suffolk Dining Table £845, Wadley Chair painted in Flax Blue £270. All from Neptune.

Perfect Pairings

Every colour palette benefits from a bit of contrast – it’s what makes each shade look its very best. That’s why Flax Blue’s perfect pairings are abundant in choice and showcase earthy, calm tones.

Olivia Sofa bed, in Hugo Pale Oat from £2,670, Camilla Scatter Cushion, Mabel Flax Blue & Harry Flax Blue £93. All from Neptune.

Olivia Sofa bed, in Hugo Pale Oat from £2,670, Camilla Scatter Cushion, Mabel Flax Blue & Harry Flax Blue £93. All from Neptune.

“For spring 2019, Flax Blue is joined by Denim – a blue that’s similar tone just a few shades darker – and York Rose, a light neutral, in our Chloe linen; and by Rust, a deep, rich rust found on both plain and striped fabrics. Not forgetting our bright (but not brilliant) paint shade, Salt - it’s the clean and crisp to Flax Blue’s soft and subtle.

However you wish to incorporate Flax Blue at home, look to combine it with one of our contrasting, neutral shades to prepare your space for the warmer months to come”. Neptune.

5 Ways to Style Grey Floor and Wall Tiles

Advertisement Feature

nikea_1.jpg

Create your dream interior with grey tiles.

If you’re planning on undertaking a remodelling project, choosing a colour palette is an important place to start. The colour of your walls and floors is going to determine the look and feel of your entire room.

One trend in design that isn’t going away is the love of grey interiors. Grey is a perfect neutral, allowing you to complement any light or dark tones in your home. Grey tiles have seen a huge surge in popularity in the past few years, owing to their style and versatility. Effortlessly chic, grey provides an ideal back-drop to accentuate all those personal accents in your home.

Bright greys are a fantastic way to open up a room without the glare of white, and dark greys are perfect for introducing atmosphere to any space. If you’re thinking of incorporating some grey tones in to your property, we’ve put together a look-book to inspire you.

gris_fresno.jpg

Co-ordinate floor and wall tiles for industrial interiors

The industrial revival in interior design is one of the defining trends of the decade. Coordinating concrete-style floor and wall tiles is the perfect way to capture this look. Lay matt grey porcelain tiles from floor-to-ceiling for a seamless aesthetic with an industrial edge. Add some finesse to the room with metallic accents.

45x7.5_living_tortora_life.jpg

Lay herringbone tiles for a classical revival

Mix traditional and contemporary trends by laying grey modern tiles in a herringbone style. This innovative way of displaying grey tiles is perfect for building a feature wall in your bathroom or kitchen. Mix and match tones for a visually stunning look – perfect for a feature wall or a creative kitchen back-splash.

Choose decorative tiles for decadent interiors

Patterned tiles are a decorating main-stay for creating eye-catching interiors. Choosing a grey colour palette updates these Victorian-influenced designs and adds a touch of luxe to any room. We recommend the artfully printed Nikea tile range from Crown Tiles. Using prints in a limited space is a great way to capture the broken-plan flooring trend, which makes any space look bigger.

57x19_brenzone_gris_life.jpg

Honour tradition with wood-effect floor tiles

There’s no denying the popularity of wooden flooring. The natural look and texture of wood is ideal for making any house feel homely and it is undeniably timeless. Unfortunately, traditional wooden floors can be high maintenance. Wood-effect porcelain tiles are a perfect alternative, as they capture the look and feel of wood without the maintenance and cost. A high-quality wood-effect tile is a wonderful way to bring the outdoors indoors.

scale-equipe-ceramicas-160707-relb355b949_1_.jpg

Go ultra-contemporary with hexagonal tiles

Creative tile shapes are becoming more and more popular. The humble tile has moved well past being a functional surface and is now a design feature of its own. Forget the traditional rectangle and elevate the style of your bathroom or kitchen with hexagonal tiles. Create beautifully geometric feature walls with different grey hues. The stunning honeycomb effect will push your home toward the cutting edge of interior design.

Grey floor and wall tiles are incredibly versatile, and their popularity means there are endless styles to choose from. They complement all colours and styles and will suit changes you make to your interiors over time. Choosing the perfect walls and floors for your next project can feel a little overwhelming, but hopefully these ideas will inspire you to create the space of your dreams.

Affordable Bespoke Style Kitchens from Husk

Installing a new kitchen can be an expensive business. Even more so if you want something that looks bespoke, is well built, and will last. In fact, designers have been using IKEA cabinets for years (a not so secret, secret) and fitting them with more stylish doors. But if you’re not a designer and you want to save even more money but doing your own installing, this is not always a workable option. But now, there is a company who supply customisable kitchen fronts for standard kitchen units, including fixing locations for simple installation.

Affordable Bespoke Style Kitchens from Husk (6).jpg

Husk is a new company. It was launched in October 2018. They offer an affordable way to add custom elements to your kitchen. The fronts and countertops are designed to work with IKEA or Howdens cabinets, and materials have been chosen with durability in mind. There’s no need for maintenance and they are hardy enough to withstand busy family lifestyles.

Affordable Bespoke Style Kitchens from Husk (8).jpg

Designing a custom kitchen can be daunting and time consuming but at Husk the aim is to simplify the process, offering a carefully curated range of product which works well in almost any combination. Help is also at hand, with a free initial consultation either at the end of the phone or in their Bristol showroom.

Affordable Bespoke Style Kitchens from Husk (7).jpg

What’s more, they really do make plain kitchens look beautiful with styles that will fit comfortably in any home from period to new-build. And they are made in the UK too!

Affordable Bespoke Style Kitchens from Husk (1).jpg

Fronts, handles, sinks, worktops and taps all from Husk.

LED Bulbs of Distinction - Achieve a Stylish, Authentic Look AND Save Money!

Advertisement Feature

Period, industrial and vintage lighting has been popular for some time now and until recently, incandescent Edison style filament light bulbs were the only tasteful bulb of choice. Whilst these bulbs looked beautiful, they were inefficient and led to high energy bills before the EU eventually banned the manufacture and import of these environmentally unfriendly light bulbs.

First generation LED light bulbs were the answer to our energy consumption issues, being around 90% more energy efficient, however, whilst being a blessing for our pockets (significantly reducing electricity bills) they were certainly not a blessing for the look and feel of our interiors!

federico-bottos-744760-unsplash.jpg

The futuristic appearance of the original LED bulb does not lend itself to a period style of lighting or to becoming a beautiful centrepiece in its own right. Thankfully a second generation of LED light bulbs which replicate a more traditional style with multiple finishes of opal, clear and vintage filament are becoming available. Clever flexible LED technology means that the filament no longer needs to be straight and can now be formed into an Edison type spiral. Gone are the unsightly white plastic bases of the straight filament 1st generation LED Bulb and back are the elegantly classic glass and metal finishes we have come to love.

The introduction of the Edison style filament LED light bulbs, like this stunning collection from The SOHO Lighting Company, ensures that the bulb can once again become a focal point or complement any period or vintage light.

Candle Bulbs

Candle Bulbs

Let your design flair run riot - the sizes and shapes range from small golf ball and candle bulbs, right up to giant ER180 bulbs, measuring in at 180mm wide and 300mm long. Whilst the candle and golf balls suit fixtures with multiple bulbs, (see above) the larger LEDs can be hung from a bulb holder on a cable, and if preferred, with no light shade, showing off the beauty and style. (below)

Larger LED’s

Larger LED’s

LED bulbs have long been the weak link in industrial style décor, but now you can create an ambience, complement your surroundings and add a real vintage twist with these beautiful filament bulbs.

Why not try a vintage style GLS bulb in an industrial style floor lamp as an alternative option for quiet evenings in the living room? Or create ambience through amber-coloured Edison style candle bulbs in a classic wall light with multiple fixtures. These bulbs lend exquisite design impact to traditional, vintage and industrial style decors. Whilst first generation LED bulbs detracted from their surroundings, Edison style LED bulbs truly enhance them – utopia for those passionate about design and interiors.

s.jpg

No longer must we compromise on looks for efficiency or efficiency for looks. Now we get the best of both worlds.

So light up.

Style and beauty is restored with optimum energy efficiency in an innocent bulb.

See the full range of LED Edison style bulbs from The SoHo Lighting Company at Elesi.

Top Tips to Styling Pantone's Colour of the Year - Living Coral

We love how Pantone’s colour of the year for 2019 is eliciting so much debate in the home and interiors industry. Today it’s the turn of Valspar Paints.

“Coral is an animated and optimistic shade, adding a sense of warmth and joy to any room in the house. The playful shade encourages us to find intimacy in our environments, while our lives become increasingly busy with social media and technology. With the name playing into life under the sea, the colour evokes wonder and enchantment.”

Top Tips to Styling Pantone's Colour of the Year - Living Coral.png

To brighten up your home with this on-trend hue, opt for Valspar shade ‘Flamboyant Flamingo’. Whether you’re looking to create a statement feature wall, decorate an entire room or add a pop of colour through furniture, this shade has the power to liven up and transform dull living spaces. Pair with complimentary cream colours such as ‘Ode to Joy’ or ‘Sahara Dust’ or go bolder with orange tones like ‘Sunset in Provence’, to inject some much needed warmth.

Like This Look? - Get It!

Get the Look.jpg
  1. Pankita Bamboo Scuttle Chair, Out There Interiors.

  2. Distressed Metal Wall Planter Trough, The Farthing.

  3. Coral Pink Flamingo Scarf, Natural History Museum.

  4. Curved Terracotta Plant Pot, Scaramanga.

  5. Leopard Wall Vase, Audenza.

  6. Natural Woven Water Hyacinth Camo Side Table, Hurn and Hurn.

  7. Macrame Hanging Basket, Dobbies.

  8. Three Rustic Terracotta Pots in Wire Basket. The Farthing. And Set of 5 Faux Succulent Plants in Pots, Melody Maison.

  9. Tom Tailor ZigZag Berry Rug, Modern Rugs.

Are Curtains Making a Comeback?

Curtain treatments did seem to go out of favour for a few years. Modern homes preferred no-fuss blinds that were more in keeping with contemporary furniture and which were easier to install and keep clean. But we’re noticing a comeback in the soft furnishings department. And with good reason. Curtains really do add a touch of luxury to a room. They add an opulence that blinds just can’t replicate. They are great insulators, good for privacy, and a fab excuse for using some of the stunning fabrics on the market. What more reasons do you need?

All fabrics are from the new Orchard Collection from Vanessa Arbuthnott.

Apples and Pears.

Apples and Pears.

Apples and Pears: available in six colourways, this versatile retro print depicts the eponymous fruit in a mid-century hand. Rose’s original drawing was a bold depiction of both whole and cross sections of apples and pears; this was then formatted by Vanessa to make it abstract enough to ‘go beyond the kitchen’.

Blinds: Apples and Pears. Curtains: May Blossom

Blinds: Apples and Pears. Curtains: May Blossom

Curtains: Sepals and Petals.

Curtains: Sepals and Petals.

Sepals and Petals: a disarmingly simple yet powerful multi-directional motif in six colourways, Sepals and Petals was taken from an original potato print of Flora’s. From a distance it looks like a vertical stripe but appears as a horizontal motif on closer inspection. Contemporary and versatile, it could be railroaded for upholstery.

Curtains: Sepals and Petals.

Curtains: Sepals and Petals.

Curtains: Espalier Stripe.

Curtains: Espalier Stripe.

Espalier Stripe: a striking motif in three colourways, inspired by a length of African mud-resist, indigo-dyed fabric found by Vanessa on her travels in Africa.

Images courtesy of Vanessa Arbuthnott.

Taking Window Film to a Whole New Art Deco Level

We’re big fans of decorative window film. It’s not just pretty to look at, it also has a lot of practical uses too. It’s perfect for creating privacy without sacrificing light in a bathroom or when a window is overlooked. It can add pattern and colour to a decorative scheme. Or re-install the illusion of period detail in rooms that have been stripped of all character. Some window films even offer solar protection to furniture and art without the need of installing heavy curtains or blinds. So when we saw these new designs at Purlfrost we thought they were worth sharing.

Spinel Design

Spinel Design

These stunning Art Deco seamless stained glass window film patterns were created using photographs of real period stained glass which gives the print added vibrancy and detail. The pattern measures 60 cm wide and is repeated vertically and horizontally to match your window size. This design can be ordered printed on clear film for added colour vibrancy, or frosted film for added privacy (duller colours).

Lazuli Design

Lazuli Design

What’s more you don’t need any diy skills to apply the film to your own windows. They are very easy to apply in minutes with a bit of soapy water and the application tool provided with your order. I can actually vouch for this having added window film to my front door at home.

Ruby Design

Ruby Design

Prices start at £19.00 for a 50 cm x 50 cm film from Purlfrost where there are other designs too.

Annie Sloane on Living Coral - Pantone's Colour of the Year 2019

Annie Sloane gives us her take on Pantone’s colour of the year 2019.

“Living coral is a vibrant, almost neon coral, rare throughout the history of colour, because a shade this strong would have been expensive to make. To me, it conjures up the flavours of India and Morocco, of spices and sunsets.”

Annie Sloan   Chalk Paint   Sunset Squares On Panelled Wall   Antoinette Barcelona Orange Emperor's Silk   Lifestyle   Portrait (2).jpg

“Create you own coral by mixing two chalk paints together. Three parts of Tilton, a mustard yellow, with one part Emperor’s Silk, a pure bright red, reflects that energy you can see in Pantone’s colour.

Pack a punch by playing with blocks of colour, Josef Albers-style. A sunset-inspired palette of Annie Sloan chalk paint in Antoinette, Barcelona Orange, Emperor’s Silk and an Antoinette and Barcelona Orange mix will create a lively look that’s perfect for summer schemes.”

Annie Sloan   Chalk Paint   Sunset Squares On Panelled Wall   Antoinette Barcelona Orange Emperor's Silk   Lifestyle   Portrait .jpg

“Once the walls are saturated with juicy colour, move onto floors, radiators, side tables, trays - because of it’s unique formulation chalk paint can be applied to any surface without prepping, sanding or priming, while a coat of wax or lacquer will keep your furniture looking fresh into Autumn and beyond.”

Annie Sloan   Chalk Paint   Sunset Squares On Panelled Wall   Antoinette Barcelona Orange Emperor's Silk   Lifestyle   Portrait.jpg

Border in Living Coral mix as above. Radiator in Antoinette. Daybed covered in Antoinette Linen Union and panels in chalk paint. Colours as listed above. Table top and floorboards in Scandinavian Pink. Table legs in Honfleur. All from Annie Sloan.

Embrace The January Blues

As the decorations come down, revealing the bare bones of our homes once more, it sparks a desire to re-instate a sense of calm in our surroundings. We’re all for that! And instead of running from the January blues this New Year we’re happy to embrace it with dark enveloping blues that still feel cosy but also decadent, smart and sophisticated.

French Linen Upholstered Bed

French Linen Upholstered Bed

Paint

A fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest ways to transform a room. Whether it’s on one wall or on all four, this intense shade of blue will look fabulous when paired with crisp white. The white painted floor prevents the room from looking too dark, and the wood bed frame and gold bedside table add just the right amount of warmth. Blue Movie Dead Flat Matt Emulsion Paint, from Dowsing and Reynolds is a good match.

The Versailles Sacre Bleu Armchair

The Versailles Sacre Bleu Armchair

Add an Accent

If painting the walls is just too much of a change you can always add an accent colour in blue. This lovely sapphire blue velvet chair provides a punchy statement in a bedroom or a corner of the sitting room. The combination of blue and gold is not only regal, but it is highly en vogue; sapphire blue is a big upcoming trend, and when combined with gold it really 'sings'.

Girl With A Pearl Bubble Canvas

Girl With A Pearl Bubble Canvas

Accessorise

Sometimes just a touch is just enough and this prestigious wall art canvas adds a twist to a Vermeer Classic too. Ant Fox's subversive epigrams combine the humorous with the traditional, executed in a distinctive style drawn from the Dutch Golden Age of painting. And a vibrant dose of blue!

All items are from The French Bedroom Co who offer traditional French designs with a hint of contemporary styling, paired with quirky, eye-catching accessories.

The True Benefits of Engineered Wood Flooring

Advertisement Feature

Installing new flooring in a home is a major investment. Not only does it have to meet with a long list of practical considerations, ie. hard-wearing, easy to keep clean, warm underfoot etc, it also has to look pretty darned good. The flooring in a room sets the scene, and nothing beats the look of wood for creating a warm and inviting interior scheme. So should you choose real wood? Or would engineered wood suit your needs better? Here’s a few benefits that might help you make that all-important decision.

chairs-comfort-contemporary-1125136.jpg

What is Engineered Wood?

As opposed to solid wood, engineered wooden planks are made up of several layers of plywood that are glued together to form a stable and sturdy floor. The top and visible layer is in fact hardwood which makes it look and feel like solid wood. These floors are perfect when you want the rustic warmth of authentic wood floors without the hassles. The planks are resistant to fluctuations in temperature and humidity and don’t dent or bulge easily, so are highly durable floors and are compatible with under-floor heating too.

Is Engineered Wood Flooring Less Expensive?

The short answer is yes. It's a lot cheaper than hardwood floors without compromising on quality due to the multi-layer construction ensures that the planks are extremely solid, sturdy and durable. What’s more it will last for years without requiring a refinish.

apartment-chairs-decor-709767.jpg

Is Engineered Wood Flooring as Hard-Wearing as Solid Wood?

Yes again. It’s made of the highest grade raw materials, meaning that these floors can easily absorb daily wear and tear. In fact, the best brands offer a lifetime warranty on their floors for residential use, so look out for this when you purchase.

Is Engineered Wood Easy to Install?

Installing is quick and easy. Engineered wood floors are either laid using the floating method, or are glued down. You can install these floors easily even if you have minimal knowledge of carpentry.

bench-chair-comfort-1166406.jpg

How Does Engineered Wood Rate on the Good-Looks Scale?

With these floors, you can enjoy the traditional warmth and good looks of authentic wood flooring. The planks are available in a diverse range of wood species and shades to suit every décor. Furthermore, the surface is embellished with knots, grains and patterns that ensure stunning similarity to natural timber.

Certain ranges also feature exclusive surface finishes such as distressed, lacquered, burnt, aged, hand-brushed or oiled that makes these floors hardly distinguishable from solid hardwood flooring.

This post was written in collaboration with Lifestyle Flooring, the UK's favourite destination for high quality flooring with unbeatably low prices that will ensure you get the best value for your money.

Clarissa Hulse Introduces Her New Dill Collection

Just what we need for the New Year. A colourful reminder of summer and the countryside from one of our favourite designers, Clarissa Hulse.

Her new Dill collection features silhouettes of flowering dill in contrasting colours with firework shaped clusters evocative of British summertime. The colours graduate from deepest teal to pale aqua.

Dill Double Duvet, £55, Oxford Pillowcase, £15, Cushion £40.

Dill Double Duvet, £55, Oxford Pillowcase, £15, Cushion £40.

When the bed linen is turned down, the reverse is patterned by what appears to be rows of flowers but is in fact looped shapes created by stamens. The coordinating oxford pillowcases are edged with a peacock blue flat piped trim and an embroidered velvet cushion and knit throw (featuring an undulating wave pattern) complete the look.

Dill Curtains, From £75, Cushion, £40.

Dill Curtains, From £75, Cushion, £40.

Meanwhile perfect spheres of the ornamental allium are printed onto the new peacock blue Dill curtains. The silhouettes show the clustered heads towards the end of their life cycle, as they turn from blossoming flowers to dried seed heads.

The curtains are available in 6 sizes, fully lined with matte silver eyelet headings.

Dill Double Duvet, £55, Oxford Pillowcase, £15, Cushion £40.

Dill Double Duvet, £55, Oxford Pillowcase, £15, Cushion £40.

Renovating Your House Without Breaking the Bank

Advertisement Feature

Renovations are an expensive business, especially when you factor in all the delays, last-minute changes of plan and unexpected costs. What you need is a clear, easy roadmap from start to finish, so a thorough budget is essential here. If you’re looking for help with budgeting, then head here.

Whatever your budget is, however reasonable it is, there’s nothing wrong with looking for ways to come in under it, so here are some great ideas to help you do that.

alone-architect-back-1496141.jpg

Foregoing an architect

Some projects don’t actually need an architect, especially smaller ones that don’t involve too much internal remodelling. You can draw up the plans yourself if you really need to save money; just make sure they have all the necessary information and conform to your planning department’s format.

It’s also possible to use a draughtsperson, as long as they have the right indemnity insurance; some building contractors can also draw up the plans as part of the service.

Be flexible about suppliers

There are so many glossy brochures and websites out there that you can easily be seduced into buying all your fittings from the big boys. This isn’t necessarily the cheapest or the best move, so concentrate on your designs and not about who actually brings them to fruition.

Become PM

That’s project manager, you’ll be relieved to know! Being PM means you select the contractors and suppliers. You can also decide which tasks, like painting, you can do yourself if you want to; this definitely saves money, but you’ll be surprised by how much time it’ll take up.

Use several suppliers

Getting all your supplies from one source saves time, but it often pays off if you spend a bit of time shopping around for sales, deals or by going halves on some supplies with a friend who’s also renovating.

adult-blue-blue-paint-1166401.jpg

Get at least three quotes

It’s surprising how much quotes can vary – sometimes by hundreds of pounds. The cheapest isn’t always the best, though, so take into account reviews and recommendations from family and friends.

Recycle as much as you can

If you’re pulling out old woodwork and fancy bricks or digging up flagstones, can you use them elsewhere in your home? Not only does this save money, but it’s a nice nostalgic touch, especially if your renovations are quite sweeping.

close-up-diy-measuring-tape-1573830.jpg

Mix up cheap, mid-range and high-end

A classic example of this is when people buy mid-range cupboard bodies and finish them off with more expensive fronts and handles.

Get ready for bargain bolts from the blue

How many times have you driven or walked past a reclamation yard or a showroom that’s selling its ex-display stock and spied something amazing? You see the bathtub, or the Victorian fireplace and you stop by, only to remember that you’ll have nowhere to put them until you need them. Make sure you have space in your shed, or maybe even hire a storage unit in advance so you can grab those items before someone else does.