Stay One Step Ahead

July 23rd, 2014 | Posted by deardesigner in Interior Design - (0 Comments)

If you thought all carpet was beige, you couldn’t be more wrong. In fact I wish someone had told that fact to the developers of my new house! Just as fabrics,wallpapers and paint colours follow trends, so does carpet. Trends might be slower to catch on – carpet and flooring after all is a relatively expensive outlay – but believe me, the circle of life moves on.

Carpetright, Champion (four colours) £2.99m2

Champion (four colours) £2.99m2

For autumn/winter the clever peeps at Carpetright are predicting four easy to follow trends that are all achievable at surprisingly affordable prices - English Eccentric, Refined Monochrome, Tales of the Orient and Meadow Breeze.

Carpetright, Paris Rug Collection from £99

Paris Rug Collection from £99

English Eccentric – is about being adventurous with colour, texture and pattern. A bohemian look can be created using inexpensive carpet tiles laid as geometric patterns, or by using three complementary shades of carpet on alternating stairs for a truly bespoke look.  If carpet is not for you, why not place a selection of rugs, all with different patterns on your floor, adding warmth in the colder winter months but easily removed for summer. It’s about mixing the unexpected in a fresh and bold way.

Carpetright, Ashby Anthracite Carpet £5.99m2

Ashby Anthracite Carpet £5.99m2

Refined Monochrome - is a cool and sophisticated trend that has an elegant and timeless look that never dates.  Black and white flooring will provide the perfect backdrop for glamorous and classic furniture. Capture the new refined monochrome look with velvet upholstery and shiny glass and metallics. It’s best to keep accessories to a minimum but ensure each piece makes a statement.

Carpetright, Carousel Twist Turquoise Carpet £13.99m2

Carousel Twist Turquoise Carpet £13.99m2

Tales of the Orient – is all about injecting bold colour and pattern into your home, creating a vibrant scheme packed full of opulence.   Juxtapose Chinese and Japanese design with strong geometric lines and add an exotic touch with Oriental inspired wallcoverings.  Mix spicy shades with jewel blues and offset with black for a dramatic contrast. Yum. 

Carpetright, Virgo Pink Carpet £7.99m2

Virgo Pink Carpet £7.99m2

Meadow Breeze – is a feel good colour palette.  The upbeat colours will give your home some summer sunshine all year round.  It’s best to choose your flooring first to provide an essential base colour.  If you opt for a boldly coloured carpet, balance it with lots of white furniture and accessories.  

Which trend would you go for?

All images are taken from the Carpetright lookbook.

Tine K Home’s Beautiful Home

July 22nd, 2014 | Posted by deardesigner in Houses - (1 Comments)

“It is the contrast between light and dark which creates the style and atmosphere. Often, the dark colors come from old objects, furniture and carpets from the East. I like pieces that have history, that are handmade and different, and that I can’t usually find in Denmark.”

Tine Kjeldsen, Tine K Home

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While I was researching yesterdays post I stumbled across the latest press images for Tine K Home and I was reminded once again how much I love and admire everything about this Danish brand. The image above is from the Tine K Home website but I found the following pictures of Tine’s own home in a 2012 issue of Est magazine. It may have changed a lot since then, but I have a feeling it will still exude that cool Scandinavian vibe. If I could fill my home with her products, believe me I would.

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Photographs by Jacob Gils

Dreaming of Moody Hues

July 21st, 2014 | Posted by deardesigner in Interior Design - (1 Comments)

I’m not sure how much longer I can go on without getting the paintbrush out my lovelies. I know I’m supposed to wait a year before putting paint and paper on the walls of a new house but it’s so BORING! There’s only so much planning I can do before I actually start doing, and the longer I wait the more times I change my mind. Do I want paper? Do I want paint? Do I want to cover the walls with art (might be a tad expensive even with Ikea frames) or do I want to make a statement in other ways.

This weekend in was all about mulling over paint colours. I did have a brief flirtation with Farrow and Ball’s Downpipe in the old house and I loved it. It got mixed reactions as you’d expect but I loved the drama of it. I’m just not sure I want a whole house of it.

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I still want drama and so I’m loving this saturated emerald-green. It still makes a statement but it’s so uplifting. Personally I would keep everything else neutral with shots of black and white, grey, natural wood and my gorgeous Moroccan rug.

Walls of Navy

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Or what about navy? It’s much more sophisticated especially with white. And doesn’t it look great with wood?

Walls of Grey

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And then of course, there is still the deep, deep grey. A safer option but my, does it divide opinion.

What do you think?

Do you ever have a yearning to relive childhood fantasies and drift away into a whimsical wonderland? Yes? Well you should definitely check out ‘A Curious Kingdom’ which is the debut collection from Sky Siouki.


Mythical creatures, oversized foliage, dreamlike landscapes and frolicking wildlife, all combine to create an enchanting essence of nostalgia. 

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Each design features intricate hand-drawn illustrations digitally printed onto luxurious fabrics. Unique and bold, these cushions are perfect for those who dare to be different. Everything is made in the UK.

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 The range includes cotton velvet and silk dupion cushions, lavender bags, linen notebooks and unique greetings cards all available to buy online.

Let your imagination run away with you!

Every so often I come across a new (or new to me) website that I just have to share. Today it is the online shop of Blue Isle Interiors and their range of beautiful furniture and home accessories.

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All of the items on the website are unique to Blue Isle and they try their very best to make them affordable. They are undoubtedly passionate about design and their style is classic, with either a hint of French decoration, or plainer, solid English Weathered Oak reminiscent of the 1930’s, or a ‘metal and salvaged’ look, inspired by loft-living.

Their craftsmen use solid oaks,  salvaged woods, and crisp linens in a subtle palette of colours, and each piece is handcrafted .  The range is aimed at people who love good design, both the individual homeowner, and the interior designer  who wants to find unusual and  unique pieces for clients.  

Blue Isle elm desk

Blue Isle 4 poster

Blue Isle table lamps

I could certainly find a home for a few pieces :-)

Did you have a good weekend my lovelies? I had a relaxing time with the BF and a couple of very old friends, catching up, eating good food, and exploring our new rural neighbourhood.

Saturday night we had supper at home and I had the perfect excuse for getting out my new charcoal grey tablecloth that I thought looked pretty damn good with plain white china, silverware, and a bowl of sunflowers.

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I usually keep the table quite simple and I love this new (for me) combination of grey, yellow and green. The napkins are Victorian and they have been washed so many times they are super soft.

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I tied them with string and added a simple flower that repeats the green of the bowl.

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A few other white accessories and a couple of tall white candles created more of a sense of occasion.

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Dinner wasn’t bad either :-)

The July issue is now out my lovelies.

Heart Home magazine July 2014 cover photograph by Paul Craig

I’m particularly fond of this cover. It’s a detail that we took in the home of Craig Masson and I’m kinda fond of skulls but instead of looking macabre these ones just looked pretty, especially with that gorgeous mirror as a backdrop. The rest of Craig’s home is just as inspirational. Full of collections and retro finds but you’ll have to read the issue to see more.

Oh go on then, just one more teaser.

Heart Home magazine July 2014 - Home of Craig Masson photograph by Paul Craig

We also have our first ever garden makeover feature. It’s full of ingenious ideas for re-cycling everyday objects to make the most of our outside spaces. Stylist Joanna Thornhill demonstrates how to glam up the garden in fact, in her very own little oasis.

Heart Home magazine July 2014 - Garden Feature styled by Joanna Thornhill, photographed by Rita Platts

And of course it’s full of all the usual interviews, hotel recommendations and shopping news including this one that I’m very drawn to.

Heart Home magazine July 2014 - A touch of moroccan magic shopping feature


Heart Home magazine.

I have so many walls to cover in the new home that I’m being drawn to large-scale wall murals as an alternative to wallpaper and artwork. Why not combine the two I say! And being a new build it could do with some atmosphere and character.

So, I was having a little mosey on the website of An Angel At My Table - one of my all time favourites by the way – and they had a couple of new frescos that caught my eye. At first I thought the cherubs would be a good choice for the bedroom. Kinda soft and romantic and oozing pastels.

Cherubs wall mural from An Angel at my Table

And then I saw the trees.  A slice of England as if captured by the Old Masters. Pastoral scenes, rolling mists and magical intrigues.

Trees wall mural from An Angel at my Table

And then I saw all of the other products that had been styled in front of this woodland glade.

An Angel at my Table

Oh, my giddy aunt, I’m in love.

What a good idea are these outdoor rugs from Cuckooland?

The perfect basis for creating an outdoor room and they are so stylish too! I can imagine one or two to liven up a plain deck (layer, layer, layer) and make entertaining and outside dining so much more of an occasion. And so practical for making more usable space on the lawn. Imagine, no more damp bottoms. Not only that, they tick the recycled materials box, can be used as indoor rugs if you so wish, and roll up in a carry bag to be taken and used as a beach mat or a picnic rug. 

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Did I mention that they’re reversible too?

I can’t quite decide between Laguna and Lhasa. What do you think?

Did you know that the leather Chesterfield sofa has been around for about 200 years? The distinctive button-backed style with scrolled arms is often synonymous with libraries and gentlemen’s clubs but stuffy it’s not. Not only is it a hard wearing and practical choice for a family home, it’s also a bit of a chameleon and will fit comfortably in most styles of interior.

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The room above is perhaps the type of room you’d expect to find the handsome Chesterfield. It’s dark wall colour, mounted trophies and antique furniture would be at home in a hunting lodge. But look closer at the Perspex coffee table, rug and the very colour of the leather. All contemporary touches that lift this room out of the ordinary.

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You perhaps wouldn’t expect a Chesterfield (in fact a pair of Chesterfields) to be so at home in a white-painted room with pale wooden floor, but don’t they look fabulous? The Chinese furniture, art and the wicker chairs all prevent the room from looking too dull and balance the colour of the leather. Love that plants have been added too. A room just isn’t the same without them.

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Here a pair of Chesterfields look very at home in a luxurious, modern scheme. The traditional grouping of two sofas either side of the fireplace works very well mainly because the typical low back does not impede the view across the room. It’s also eminently comfortable I can tell you now.

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And last but not least, a very feminine room to prove that this type of sofa really does work anywhere. Just add an antique rug, cushions, furs, books and flowers. Oh, and a dress on the back of the door. Love the ceiling mouldings!

For a fantastic range of Chesterfield sofas, club chairs and wing chairs visit Distinctive Chesterfields.

Image sources: 1 Payal Desai Designs 2 Dust Jacket Attic 3 Lazaro Rosa Violan 4 Favim

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