For a time, white and cream were the colours ‘de Jours’ for interiors. Everything, everywhere was painted in a white or light neutral palette, then we moved to 50 shades of grey literally…. grey walls, curtains, woodwork, lights, upholstery, scatter cushions, throws and on and on and on. All beautifully co-ordinated and teamed with silvers, lilacs, glass and mirrors. But eventually you see so much it all becomes a little…well boring!. Straight out of a magazine, even the accessories become repetitive.Read More
The Marks and Spencers’ Home amd Furniture Event runs from the 16th April 2019 to the 27th of April with 20% off selected items. Use code HOME20 at checkout to avail of this fantastic discount.
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Colour in kitchens is one of the hottest trends for both 2018 and 20-19 with hues from navy to blue topping the colour choice.
If you are thinking about changing up your own kitchen either with all new cabinets or by painting your existing ones here is some colour inspiration to get you motivated
All images were taken from Pinterest
Top Pick - we love this homely feel softened by mixed textiles
We are loving Marks and Spencer’s homewares range this year – they are killing it with their retake on retro patterns in vintage blues, soft greys and luxurious velvets.
Our personal favourites are these beautiful subtle patterns in their soft furnishings…they have the feeling of a Parisian boudoir mixed with a formal reception room but the colours and patterns are so subtle they work in so many styles of homes. Team them with their take on antique style glassware, ornate mirrors and floral candles to bring a little piece of feminine luxury into your living room.
For a more striking contrast check out their monochrome range with contrasting patterns, zebra prints and a myriad of polka dots. We love the combination of monochromes accessorised with indoor plants. We believe it’s colour referencing back to seeing actual zebras in the jungle – colours in nature always work together in the home or fashion and it makes us feel all native.
They are carrying the natural theme through to their kitchen wares also with their monochrome Aztec influenced patterned tableware. What we love about these are they are rustic but not specifically seasonal, so suitable for both indoor and outdoor, spring, summer and winter without making us feel over optimistic about our Irish weather.
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Lombard Dinner Set - Buy Here
Savanna Side Plates - Buy Here
Richmond Dinner Set - Buy Here
Marble & Brass Coasters - Buy Here
Embroidered Runner - Buy Here
Cotton Tablecloth - Buy Here
Bathrooms are a real feature this year….we are obsessed with this bathroom storage trolley It feels like a cocktail cart in your bathroom giving us the perfect excuse to have a glass of prosecco while having a soak. There is also a great range in towels with more contemporary colourswhich you can mix and match to compliment or contrast . Grab a set of stone and copper toothbrush holders and soap dispensers for a bit of timeless elegance or just the straight marble range for accessories that really work with any colour scheme.
Marks and Spencer’s deliver all over Ireland and it’s free if you spend over €30 or you can order online and pick up at your local store. Personally I love a bit of online shopping – makes us feel like we have admirers sending us gifts, who cares if they are from ourselves!
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The kitchen is the heart of every home and where we spend a large proportion of our time so it should be a room we really love. If you are planning to treat yourself to a new kitchen in 2017 or just need some inspiration to help you upgrade your current kitchen then look no further. We've taken the top four colours for 2017 and collated them for you here plus some materials that will be on trend for the year ahead.
Neutrals are here to stay - check out our variations of greys, pale blues, mint greens and beige
Hot Trend - Cork
Yes cork is making a comeback in 2017 in various ways - check out this great cork wall in a home office
Hot Trend - Terracotta
Those of us old enough to remember when terracotta was huge the first will definitely feel a bit of nostalgic as it's resurgence. Those warm earthy tones give warmth to any room and definitely give a feeling of homeliness. And as and added bonus all the bars and restaurants in France and Spain will be bang on trend for 2017!
Hot Trend - Luxurious Bedheads
Gone are the plain wooden bed head and back in are the velvets,crushed velvets, cushioned or uncushioned - the more luxurious the better
Hope this gives you the inspiration you need to make your interior beautiful in 2017!
Who doesn't love Gold and it is so popular at the moment for interiors. Theme it with white or a statement colour to get a really nice effect rather than the stale heavy interiors of days gone by.
Check out these very different gold bedrooms for a few different ways to get gold right in your bedroom
Add a bit of glitter but best to keep it to small amounts - would work well in an apartment
Gold and white with pink for light, bright and fun theme ...this is a really pretty colour scheme for a girls room.
Statement walls and geometric prints
Gorgeously glamorous Moroccan influences
Are you thinking of revamping your kitchen? Here are some great ideas for different colour combinations to give you the inspiration you need to try something different
We love this vintage style blue in a matt finish and we've picked out similar colours from both Dulux and Laura Ashley
Make your kitchen warm and cosy with these beautiful earthy tones - Colortrend do a similar colour in their historic range
Brighten up a Georgian apartment with bight and funky colours from the Little Green Paint Company
Keep it simple with warm neutral tones in creams and browns
Images are sourced from Pinterest, thekitchn.com, Better Homes & Gardens and House Beautiful
The kitchen is the heart of most homes, it’s where we spend most of our time outside the bedroom so we should be really happy in it.It's no secret that mint green has made a bit of a comeback in the last couple of years and it's easy to see why with it's calming soothing properties. Used in the right way this versatile colour can make a kitchen really funky.
Check out our top 8 kitchens from Pinterest
Use natural wood for a much softer take on the colour de jour
Pair it with teal green for a stylish two tone combo
Add it to monochromes for a funky diverse palette
The thoughts of designing a room in monochrome black and white may seem unbelievably dull and boring to some but if done correctly this look can be both stylish and sophisticated. But it’s hard to get right as too much will have your home looking like a Kardashian abode and too little just misses the mark. Here are some tips for creating a funky two toned theme that won’t look too stark.
1. Add natural effects through soft wood and plants
Adding plants throughout a room subtly adds to your palette and softens the overall feel of the room through the addition of organics. The same applies with light coloured woods which lighten the severity of black and add a contemporary Scandinavian feel.
2. Reverse the palette
Automatically one might assume that you would use white on walls and furniture and accent with black but painting one wall and the furniture around it completely black and then softening the look with textures in white soft furnishings for a really different approach. Use rugs, throws and cushions to make the room cosy yet all in shades of white.
3. Add Pattern
Try using varying patterns in your rugs and cushions to vary the space but be careful to show restraint. Introduce organics again through faux animal prints and hides.
Source - Apartment Therapy and tomfo.com
Now that we are all over the shock of Brexit and are wondering how it will impact us in the near future I wanted to take look back at the positive design influences that Britain left behind in the past and in particular British Colonial style.
British Colonial style was developed during the 19th century under the reign of Queen Victoria when the British Empire was at its peak and stretching as far as North and South America, Australia, Europe, Asia and Africa. As members of the British military travelled throughout the colonies they liked to bring elements of home for comfort for the duration of their stay in a foreign country. It was quickly realised that British materials couldn’t withstand the tropical conditions and so local crafts men were employed to make replicas of British furniture out of native materials. The furniture would often have been made from local mahogany, teak, wicker, rattan and animal hide but the craftsmen often added their own design elements such as carved pineapples or florals. This marriage of influences between the British and Asian, African and Indian influences resulted in British Colonial style.
The interiors were designed bright and airy with high ceilings in an attempt to keep them as cool as possible within topical temperatures. The furniture was sophisticated and beautifully carved with a touch of formality. Many of the pieces were collapsible to make them easier to transport and these were called campaign furniture. Campaign furniture included writing tables, mahogany chairs, beds and liquor cabinets and were most notable for the use of their dark woods and criss-crossed legs. Large travel trunks and suitcases were used to transport clothes and possessions.
Patterns that were very popular of the time consisted of botanical prints, paisleys, Ikat and animal prints in light weight fabrics such as cotton and linen. Window shutters and celling fans had practical uses in controlling breezes. As the British travelled they collected numerous accessories which they displayed proudly on shelves and in cabinets. These consisted of China, crystal, carvings, maps, magnifying glasses, telescopes and letter writing sets.
Probably the most instantly recognisable feature of British Colonial style is the use of large tropical plants indoors. Potted plants, ferns and large palms adorned the rooms giving a sense of grandeur and bringing the essence tropics inside.
Images Via Houzz
Metallics are very much on trend for home accessories at the moment and let's face it they go with any room. The key is not to mix them. If you are going with gold/brass keep everything gold/brass. If it's silver or chrome again make sure everything is silver or chrome. And rose gold deserves a platform completely to itself - I'll be doing a separate post shortly on rose gold
Today I've picked 8 great buys that you can buy online or in store today to suit all budgets.
Net Brass Finish Tea Light Holder
€9.95 - Buy Here
We think these are a steal at €9.95 and we'd have multiples around a room for added impact.
Paul Costelloe -16 piece Gold Cutlery Set
€80 - Buy Here
These would certainly make an impression at your next dinner party!
Natlight Candle Holder Brass - from Skultuna was created by Dutch designer Richard Hutten.
€82 - Buy Here
Two of these would be beautiful on a mantelpiece with two long white candles
Cantilever Floor Lamp in Brushed Copper
£99 - Approx €130 - Buy Here
We think this is a great reading light for any room - simple and practical.
IKEA has transformed the way we think about furniture. It's generally affordable, easy to put together and they have such a large range that you can literally decorate every room in your home for a fraction of the cost of anywhere else.
So when you've exhausted all your IKEA options here are four other companies doing flat pack and delivery that offer some alternatives.
Tylko is a Polish furniture company with it’s own app to allow you to customise the designs of basic furniture products. The selection is small, mainly shelves and tables and everything is wooden but it gives you the option to view how the furniture will look in your room with a smartphone and you’ll feel like it’s your own design by adding the tweaks. Unfortunately, they don’t ship to the US but they do ship to most of Europe including Ireland and the UK. They aren’t as affordable as IKEA but they are a bit different and the customisable features are pretty good.
Floyd, a US based furniture company based in Detroit has a different approach to furniture. They’ve created the components to allow you to create furniture yourself at home from. It all started with the Floyd legs….seasoned renters will understand this concept as every time you move house you gather more belongings including furniture. So rather than leaving something behind when the next place can’t accommodate the furniture you have, Floyd came up with the concept of creating a set of legs that enables you to make a table out of any piece of flat wood of any size. They’ve since expanded this to incorporate other products. It’s definitely a different concept and you’d need to be somewhat DIY inclined but it’s interesting and worth a look and gives great options for working with materials such as reclaimed wood.
Hem is a cross between mass produced and pricey design. It has a high price point compared to Ikea but it still retains that Scandinavian influence that we all love so much in IKEA showrooms. You can customise some of the pieces and It’s definitely an option for something a bit different….
US based company Grey Cork and only shipping within the US for now. But as they expand they may ship to Europe. They are probably the closest in price point to IKEA but again their range is nowhere as large. The furniture is stylish though and you can get an entire living from set for under $2k…Let’s hope they go global….
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Rugs...the centrepiece of any room but often overlooked, undervalued and walked all over! How much do you really know about the lowly rugs
Here’s a little history….
Although the exact origins or carpet remain a mystery, it is thought that they date back to the Neolithic age. There are a couple of theories though, one is that they were a woven solution to keep nomads warm as they travelled acting as beds, seating and rugs as such to protect from the coldness of the ground. The second theory suggests that they were an art form that were used during festivals and special occasions to decorate the ground and people’s homes.
Fact: The oldest specimen dates back to the 5th century - The Pazyryk Carpet which was evacuated from the tomb of the Shiite chief in the Pazyryk Valley in the Altai Mountains, Siberia which was encased in ice.
Whichever theory is correct they both suggest that carpets served the purpose of protecting against the elements and of beautifying the home. With the Middle East deemed the cradle of carpet weaving much of the antique carpets and weaves that we see today reflect their Persian style origins. There is no doubt that throughout history a good rug was considered a valued and treasured possession and was thought to denote standing in the community
Back to today.....
Rugs are fantastic, they transform a space, add texture and colour to a room, warm your feet on an otherwise cold floor and overall add a cosiness factor that even a carpet can’t achieve alone.
Tips for choosing a rug
Colour: If you already have a lot of colour or pattern in your room you don’t want to add another layer to that with a multi coloured rug. You can use colour blocking with a contrasting rug but make sure it’s a colour you can live with long term. One good rule of thumb is to match your rug in colours similar to either your walls or your soft furnishings
Texture: Aim for contrast when considering texture. If you have leather couches or chairs they can look great against a long haired shaggy rug for contrasting textures and to create a softness. Reversely textured soft furnishings like velvet can benefit from a short hard pile rug. Take into account who will be using the rug - is a tripping hazard? Or if getting a short hard pile snow white rug is practical if you have a big long haired dog who likes to do carpet gymnastics after coming in from the rain
Size: A rug should cover the size of your seating area. Ideally all of the furniture should sit on the rug but if only the front legs are on it that’s a perfect compromise. Orientation is also important. If you have a rectangular room get a rectangular rug and a square room benefits from either a square or a round rug. I've curated a few examples from the internet to give you some ideas.
At last the warm weather appears to have arrived and with it come thoughts of BBQs, picnics and spending more time outdoors. If you plan on inviting people around or just entertaining the family in the sunshine it's nice to have some fun and summery tableware to really set the mood. We've rounded up some great ideas for entertaining that you can buy online .Click on the images to be directed to the site
Aegean Dinnerware from Anthropologie
This Large Rustic Serving Platter would look great as a centre piece loaded with salamis, meats and cheeses for everyone to share
Large Rustic Serving Platter - www.notonthehighstreet.com
Get really close to nature with this funky table runner - it's like a picnic but not a picnic
Artificial Grass Table Runner from www.notonthehighstreet.com
Sieni Fishie On A Dishie 12 Piece Dining Set from www.iwantoneofthose.com
Personalised Beer Holder from www.notonthehighstreet.com
Galvanised Bucket BBQ - www.Notonthehighstreet.com
Heart Shaped Nibble Bowls - www.handpickedcollection.com
Linea Amazon Melamine Dinnerware - House of Fraser
Metal Star Lantern - www.handpickedcollection.com
LEYLA BOWL from Okadirect.com
You might not think it but your entrance way is one of the most important rooms in your home. Why? well it's the first place you see when you walk into your house and the last place you see when you leave. It gives you that ...ahhh I'm home! .. feeling as you walk through the door. It's generally where you drop your keys, handbag, coat and often shoes....unless of course you are super tidy ...unlike me.
It's the first place your guests see when they come to visit and it gives them an impression of the rest of the house....it should be warm and inviting, bright and inspiring and show a little bit of your personality too.
What could be more awful than walking into a cold, dark, drab hallway smelling of damp and with no decoration at all. you want to feel welcome in your own home and you want your guests to feel welcome too.
Essential decorations really depend on your needs but I think a mirror is definitely a priority....everyone needs that one last check before rushing out the door to ensure they aren't wearing a beard of toothpaste!. After that I think each to their own...
Check out these simple ideas that are easy to recreate in your home and there is something here to suit every taste.
I'm in the process of planning a redesign for my living room and as the room is fairly bright anyway with lots of natural light I've decided to go with a rustic chic theme. Which got me thinking as to what a rustic chic really is....
Our version of modern day rustic has evolved from what would have been considered along the styles of an old hunting lodge style to today’s much more bleached out, neutral themed, distressed wood version.
Wood is obviously key to this look but it tends to be mixed with glamorous accessories like ornate candle stick holders, chandeliers and French style mirrors. It ranges with accessories from French country farmhouse to industrial rusted metals and medieval styled lighting with cow hide playing a significant role in soft furnishings. Throw in some wicker accessories, mason jars and French stamped crates with heart shaped tea lights and you've nailed this easy laid back trend.
We all need a place in our house for ourselves, a room that we can sleep, rest, read a book, chill out or just have some me time. For me that is always my bedroom, it's my haven , a place that I can escape to for a cheeky nap or just some down time so I see it as my own little haven.
With our busy lives these days it can be difficult to take time out for ourselves but as more and more research shows the effects that stress has on our bodies both mentally, physically and emotionally it's becoming so important to create that half an hour in your day to wind down. That can be reading, meditating, listening to music , standing on your head or colour coding your socks ...whatever it is that relaxes you. Your bedroom can be an ideal location for this purpose but it has to feel like a place of tranquillity,a place of relaxation where you can close the door to the outside world even if that means barricading yourself in and wearing some ear plugs!
Wit this in mind I've pulled together some great looks to inspire you to redecorate your bedroom into a place of calm without a huge amount of effort and expense. The key is to keep your palette simple, work predominantly with neutrals and create interest using a complimentary colour or by introducing either texture or pattern.
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Using a dark colour on your walls and teaming it with white is a great way to add a strong contrast to your room which challenges your senses. Playing with different sized pictures or alternatively using three strong uniform sized pictures creates interesting structure. Add a cosy textured throw - beautiful!
Mint greens are always a restful colour for bedrooms but by adding an interesting texture you transform the room from something mundane into something a lot more regal. Not everyon'es cup of tea but interesting all the same.
If you break down the elements in this room you'll see that there is very little to it but it has a very big impact...why? A really strong patterned rug pulls the room together, with painted furniture and floorboards, a statement mirror and a few well placed accessories - this room transforms into something fabulous space.
This is probably my favourite example of using a simpler palette and layering both texture and complimentary colours to create a really interesting visual effect. It's soft, yet aesthetically pretty with big bold lines and so versatile it would suit so many homes.
If only my bedroom could be this tidy and uncluttered for even an hour ...but alas I'm a hoarder. I like my bits and pieces within reach. But I do really love the simplicity of this design. Grey has made a monumental come back in recent years and is very evident in home furnishings and interior design. It's a much more versatile colour than browns and beige as it can be combined with so many more colour variations. You can use strong colours like this mustard or even citrus greens or dominant reds or soften it with pale pinks, layering with texture and even incorporating metalics.
A really good throw can transform any room - kept simple here with a few accent colours and your simple white bedlinen has been transformed.
Ok so maybe not all of us are lucky enough to have a canopy bed but leaving that out the rest of this room is quite achievable. Using a suede paint for your back drop wall you can create a texture that will work really well against washed out cottons and painted floorboards.
Painting your floor boards is a really great way to upgrade your flooring but do check the floorboards are in good condition before you tear out the carpet and that any nails have been flattened. Then throw some shaggy rugs or sheepskin onto your floors to create a fabulous loft feel - totally cosy.
If you've created the ultimate haven for your bedroom we'd love to see it - please send us your pics to email@example.com and we'll publish the best on our social pages.
New Colours Pairings? I hear you say ..How can there be any new combinations...surely every colour combo that ever could be invented has been invented.
There is always a search for new colours partnerships , new shades of an existing colours with different tones but some of the recent pairings have really stood out to me as fresh and bold.
We all have colour combinations that we like but it can be good to try something new not because it's fashionable or on trend but because colour can completely transform a room and also a mood.
Here are a few examples of fresh new colours I've spotted recently and I'll be posting more all this week on social media - please comment if you like or dislike