8 Mint Kitchens you’ll love on Pinterest right now

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.

 

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Use natural wood for a much softer take on the colour de jour

Mint Green and wood kitchen

Pair it with teal green for a stylish two tone combo

Mint Green mixed with Teal

Add it to monochromes for a funky diverse palette

Mint green and black
 
 
Mint green and grey
 
 
 

Looking back at British Colonial Style...

The British Empire during the 19th century.

The British Empire during the 19th century.

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. 

 

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Creating your own personal haven

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 suzanne@desartin.com and we'll publish the best on our social pages.

 

Storage Ideas to help you get organised for spring

Well if you are anything like me once January passes you are into serious organisation mode - I think it's an in built need I have to start spring cleaning. and de-cluttering. Storage is the bane of my life as we never had enough of it. Stop hoarding! I hear you say but it's impossible. I'm a gatherer. As a result, I'm always on the lookout for great storage ideas and I'm guilty of making far too many trips to Ikea to feed my need.

The thing about storage is that it doesn’t need to be boring, the days of boxes and tins piled up in corners, wardrobes and under beds are long since gone and now it’s all about making storage a feature of your room or at the very least making it seamless and unnoticeable.

Here are some great ideas for storage that might make you think twice about that awkward old corner and re purpose it as a funky shelving unit. If you have created any funky or innovative storage spaces yourself then we’d love to see them – take a quick pic and email it into suzanne@desartin.com and we’ll feature the best on our Facebook, Instagram, twitter and pinterest!

The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg

Following on from my post on the return of Rose Gold I had to continue my theme with the modernised interior staple of Yellow Gold. Gold has been used in interiors for centuries. It becomes very fashionable every few seasons and then it dampens down again for another few years.

Recently it is making a much more modern revival in it's shiniest of forms paired with more unusual colours and fabrics such as navy velvet, matt slate grey and even teal green. It's popping up in funky cylindrical lamp shades , bespoke wall hangings, up-cycled retro furnishings and tasteful  murals.

This is the modern urban use of gold with a designer edge, clean lines and mirrored surfaces. Take a look at some of these great examples to help you redefine your perceptions of how gold can be incorporated into a contemporary living space. Enjoy X

 

Defining Elements Of The Modern Rustic Home

Modern rustic is proving very popular of late and as I’ve had a few queries on one of my Facebook posts for rustic kitchens I thought I’d do a full blog post on it.

Why is rustic design so popular, well it removes formality from a room and it gives it a warmth and inviting feel. Modern rustic also now tends to range from log cabin style all the way to beach cottage or New England charm.

Some elements to consider when trying to incorporate rustic into your theme.

1.       Wood- whether you are using pine for its exaggerated knotting or reclaimed wood for it’s used and aged to keep it authentic try to keep it as natural looking as possible.

2.       Metal- Use punched tin or any non-shiny metal to capture the aged concept. Also some antique metals can work quite well in a rustic setting.

3.       Stone- you could incorporate stone in your flooring, fireplaces, walls or subtlety as ornamental features to add an additional feeling of nature to your room

4.       Colour schemes- use natural colours reflecting nature but for a beachier theme you could try adding washed out pastels to soften your other elements.

Here are some examples off subtle additions that you can put together quite easily to add a rustic feel to your room