8 home accessories in metalics that you can buy today

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.

 
 

Brass and Marble Drinks Trolley

€450 - Buy Here


Perfect for those after work cocktails for the comfort of your own home

 

 

Mindy Brownes - Adriana Mirror

20% Sale - NOW €159.96 - Buy Here

We think this would be perfect in a hallway or above a fireplace

 
 

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!

 
 

Large Brass Lantern

€195 - Buy Here

We love these but would definitely keep them indoors

 

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.

 

The centrepiece of any room - choosing the right rug!

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.

I’d recommend The Rug House as a great place to buy rugs online They do FREE SHIPPING to the UK and Ireland and they have a 30% off sale at the moment – Check out their Inspirational Pictures

Ideas for outdoor dining as BBQ season approaches...

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

             AEGEAN Dinnerware from Anthropologie

             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

Large Rustic Serving Platter 

Large Rustic Serving Platter 

 

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

Artificial Grass Table Runner

Artificial Grass Table Runner

 


Sieni Fishie On A Dishie 12 Piece Dining Set from www.iwantoneofthose.com

Sieni Fishie on a Dishie

Sieni Fishie on a Dishie

 

Personalised Beer Holder from www.notonthehighstreet.com

Personalised Beer Holder

Personalised Beer Holder

 

Galvanised Bucket BBQ - www.Notonthehighstreet.com

Galvanised Bucket Barbecue

Galvanised Bucket Barbecue

 

Heart Shaped Nibble Bowls - www.handpickedcollection.com

HEART-SHAPED BAMBOO NIBBLES BOWLS

HEART-SHAPED BAMBOO NIBBLES BOWLS

 

Linea Amazon Melamine Dinnerware - House of Fraser

 

 

 

Metal Star Lantern - www.handpickedcollection.com

Metal Star Lantern 

Metal Star Lantern 

 

LEYLA BOWL from Okadirect.com

LEYLA BOWL

LEYLA BOWL

Accessorize with personality

What makes any space unique? What gives it style and sets it apart from a similar space of the same colour scheme - Accessories of course!

When I say accessories I mean everything from what you hang on your walls to lighting and down to ornaments. The one way to let your personality shine through in a space is through your brave use of accessories that you really like and enjoy on a daily basis.

People can be hesitant to  invest in lights or paintings or even that accent chair but the way I look at it is this...if you calculate the amount of years you will have that piece and in that year the amount of times you will look at it and get enjoyment from just liking it and you divide that figure  by the price then the cost of each little piece of happiness is very small. So it's worth investing in something you like for your home if it will make you smile every time you see it.

Here are some inspirational pics of how people have let some of the personality shine through in their interiors in very different ways. Enjoy X