Friday, 14 October 2016

Heather Sent


So, Mid October and after what feels like a long and lovely summer, Im finally ready to surrender to the beauty of Autumn.

A couple of weeks ago the sun was out so I scrapped the usual dog walk and we hopped in the car to walk in one of my favourite spots instead. I'm lucky enough to live just a twenty minute drive from the edge of some of the most stunning scenery in this country - the North York Moors. It never fails to deliver, whatever the weather, but on a crisp blue-sky day the colours just sing as you can see from the pics I took below!
Heather in so many shades of purple, sandstone paths & freshly felled trees provide the inspiration for todays mood board - Heather Sent..... 

Sources (clockwise from top left)
Brinjal, Hay & Charleston Gray from Farrow & Ball
Grandy Chair from Fern & Grey
Midas Gold Geometric Side Table from Rockett St George
Isla Rug from John Lewis
Large Rib LED Hurricane Lamp from Matalan
Industrial Metal Pendant from Nordic House
Oscar Sideboard from Atkin and Thyme
Oscar Chaise Sofa (Two Oscars by pure coincidence!) in Grape Clever Velvet from Loaf

If you have any queries, suggestions, or just fancy communicating, as always, please free to leave a comment or drop me a line directly & I promise to get back to you!

Friday, 23 September 2016

Sea Shanties

Yep - thats a trio of beautiful beaches you see below (All British beaches too Ill have you know!) And yes, I am aware it is late September now, but bear with me for this blog post!


Despite the fabulous weather we've had recently, everywhere I turn there's people willingly giving up on Summer. Practically pushing it out the door, shoving it out of the way to make room for chestnuts, woolly sweaters and pumpkins! There are Facebook memes all over my news feed about falling leaves and winter boots! And, most upsetting of all- there's actual Christmas stuff in my local Tesco already - whats that all about?!

We had a wonderful extended family holiday this year that saw us bouncing around the French & Cornish coastlines. Friends, BBQs, sunshine, balmy sunsets, surfing, rockpooling, icecreams, fresh air, salty skin and of course sand in absolutely everything.....haha! It was perfect, so I am more than prepared to drain the very last dregs of it while I can - I'm not ready to let my flip flop tan fade under thick socks just yet!

So, inspired by Summer 2016, heres todays mood board....


Sources & Links (clockwise from top left)
Originals Nest of Tables by Ercol    
Brass Box Candle Holder from The Decorators Notebook
Blue Moon Light by the Light Shack
Prussian Rug from Bluebellgray
Weathered Wood Frames from West Elm
Hand scraped oak flooring
Vintage Pepsi Boxes from Loop The Loop
Vintage Yellow Basket from Winters Moon
Momo Sofa from Habitat

Monday, 6 June 2016

The Beauty of Botany

Whoa! - I knew the last few weeks have been busy but I didnt realise it had been over a month since I last posted! That's not to say I haven't been planning though - I have a few boards bubbling away in the pipeline!
  
The idea for today's board came through some research I've been doing recently that featured this amazing Martinique Banana Leaf wallpaper. 

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Who doesn't recognise it?! It was created by decorator Don Loper in 1942 for the Beverly Hills Hotel and has since acquired iconic status in the design world thereafter.
Its lush, its juicy - it speaks of balmy nights and endlessly blue sky days. It truly is a fabulous design, no question, but possibly not the easiest to directly transfer into your home.

However, the 'Botanical' trend has been on the scene for a for while now with no sign of abating so the shops are awash with plenty of ways to inject a bit of beautiful botany into your life.........
Heres a handpicked sample of some of my favourites! 



Sources & Links (clockwise from top left)
Urban Grow Gold Diamond Terrarium from Urban Outfitters 
Honolulu Palm Wallpaper from Graham & Brown 
Tapered Recycled Vase from Cox & Cox 
Kasai Salad Bowl from Urbanara 
Aprile Duvet from Anthropologie 
Islay Dry Gin from The Botanist 
Mini Drop Vases from Rowen & Wren 
Alium Ceiling Pendant from John Lewis

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Hippy Chic

Do you use Pinterest? Its an amazing tool for us creative (forgetful) sorts in particular - not just as a place to keep things we spot but its full of inspiration, admiration & revelations galore!
Its so addictive Ive had to restrict the amount of time I allow myself on it, otherwise I could be there all day! It was when I checked in to Pinterest this week that I noticed that the whole of my feed had a definite boho vibe going on! As Pinterest shows you stuff based on boards that you follow or things you've already pinned - its quite evident that the anticipation of summer holidays and imminent festival season is definitely on my mind at the moment!

These interior shots were just 3 of many I could have chosen but I think they each embrace that laid back, eclectic style really well. 

While the beauty of this look is that almost anything goes, if you dissect the images you can see they each have similarities and a few notable key points. The room composition is naturally informal; theres plenty of interest created through differing heights - hanging chairs & planters for example and general layering is key. Leathers and fibres are natural colours; fabrics are either natural (sheepskin) or have a handmade quality - think embroidery/macramé etc; an obligatory pouffe of course and plenty of lush air cleaning greenery.


Todays board contains a selection of pieces that will work independently within your existing interior or all together as a whole Hippy Chic look......

Sources & Links (clockwise from bottom left)
Moroccan Tan Leather Pouffe from Cuckooland
Hurricane Diamond Vase from White Mint
Celia Small Woodblock from Monsoon
Hanging Swing Chair from Rockett St George
Floral Print from Howkapow
End Grain Coffee Table from West Elm
Sheepskin Throw from The Organic Sheep
Fiesta Embroidered Cushion from Bombay Duck

If you have any queries, sugestions or just fancy communicating, as always, please feel free to leave any comments below, or drop me a line directly in the box to the right & I promise to get back to you!

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Bloody Marbleous!

Marble was one of last years predicted trends but it seems to have been a slow burner that's only just coming into its own again right about now.

Marble has been coveted as a precious material for many thousands of years - the Taj Mahal, Michaelangelo's 'David' and our own Marble Arch are just a few recognisable historical marble masterpieces.

Marble is synonymous with affluence and high living. Installing marble floors or worktops in your home or business would never be inexpensive, however it is absolutely a worthwhile investment. There are few materials that can offer elegance, texture, durability and pattern all in one package but marble is definitely top of that list!

If youre liking the marble thing, but not sure how to incorporate it into your home, remember you dont have to go down the obvious route of kitchen or bathroom hard surfaces. Theres an ocean of smaller furnishings, fittings (you can even get marble radiators!) and marble inspired accessories available at the moment, that illustrate the beautiful versatility of this fabulous stone.

I've mined the internet and brought together a selection for you for todays inspiration board and if I do say so myself - its Bloody Marbleous!

Sources (clockwise from top left)
Marble Print Duvet Set from Ted Baker
Marble Base Desk Lamp from Cinnamon Bay Interiors
Marble and Copper Pouch from Renna Deluxe
Hello You Postcard from Paperchase
Marbled Pillar Candles from Nordic House
Mohair Throw from Heals
Marble Sphere Votive from French Connection
Marble Look Plates from Rose & Grey

As always please leave a comment below or feel free to contact me directly with any comments, questions or requests - love to hear from you! 


Sunday, 10 April 2016

Club Tropicana

Theres a definite hint of pineapple throughout the world of interiors at the moment, have you noticed? 

John Lewis have these stylish, on trend, metallic pineapple pots, Barneby Gates have this brilliant Pineapple wallpaper - the pink is lively and fun but they also do a dark colourway  that would look amazing in an eclectically dressed dining room. Then we have Graham & Green stocking this fabuous Golden Pineapple table and just about every other store you look at has a pineapple stashed on a shelf or two somewhere this season!

So todays inspiration board is pushing the pineapples and welcoming in a bit of tropical sunshine.... say hello to Club Tropicana! 

Bright colours & punchy patterns can be intimidating - but if you keep the base clean and crisp, like this white sideboard with colonial style doors, then you can throw colours around and have loads of fun!

Sources (Clockwise from top left)
Pina Lampshade by Rosa & Clara Designs
Toucan Print from Lila + Lola
Cactus Vase from Howkapow
Flamingo Tealight Holder from Home by Matthew Williamson Designer
Tropical Pineapple Garland by Postbox Party
Barbade Sideboard from Maisons Du Monde
Flamingo Hooks from Rigby & Mac
Dekale Side Table from Maisons Du Monde

As always, please leave any comments below. Feedback, questions, requests - everything always welcome!


And finally, if you've have had a certain tune in your head the entire time you've been reading this and actually landed here hoping for some 80's hotties - this one is for you..... Haha! 
You're welcome! Xx

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Unwind

So, avocado and peach suites are out, right?
Totally agree! And there's nothing sharper or more fail-safe than than an all white combo. There are an abundance of differing styles available that work every time, each becoming timeless classics that will fit into any scheme without issue.

However, there are other options!

I've designed this bathroom with two things in mind - the recent leaning towards greenery & botanics PLUS the ongoing trend for taking personal time-out for self care.

I've moved right away from the slick, clinical polished white that we ordinarily refer to when we talk bathrooms. I spotted this bath (that beautiful black, layered structure in the centre is a stone composite bath, you can actually bathe in it!) and it was just perfect for this latest scheme - Unwind.


There's no better antidote to stress than to get back in touch with nature and so I've created the bathroom from an amalgamation of natural textures and materials to stimulate the physical senses and soothe the soul.

Warm timber flooring and smooth pebbles underfoot; slate walls; dark stone basin & bath and plenty of lush greenery (its everywhere at the moment!) If your'e green fingered go for the real deal, if not there are some amazing faux plants available these days, like this fabulous bamboo screen from RSG - so go ahead and just fake it! Ive kept the colour scheme deliberately dark so it encourages the brain to slow down and the body to relax at any time of the day.

At the very least, every bathing experience should gently address each of the senses -

  • Steamy hot water - Touch ☑
  • Soft, low lighting options - Sight ☑
  • Music - Sound ☑
  • Something that smells divine, like one of these amazing, customised bath soaks from The Bathory - Smell ☑
  • And a last but not least a glass of whatever takes your fancy, purely to tick the box of course! - Taste ☑


What's your favourite way to unwind? Any questions/ comments/ suggestions/ chit chat - please feel free to leave them in the comments below or contact me direct. Cant wait to hear from you!

Sources (clockwise from top left)
Copper & Black Candlestick from Hutsly
Slate Wall Mosaic tiles available from most tile suppliers
Copper bathroom fittings from Livinghouse.co.uk
Teak timber flooring available from most flooring suppliers
Customised Bath Soaks from The Bathory
Faux Standing Bamboo Screen from Rockett St George
River Pebble floor tiles available from most tile suppliers
Harmony Round Bath from Apaiser