It’s that time of year again. While Christmas preparations are in full swing for most, there’s still time to reflect on the year that’s almost coming to a close. I’m doing it early this year. Maybe because my festive period will be a bit less fraught than some (Christmas day with my sister and her family, and a pledge to not go mad with presents!), and a slowing down of the online audience for obvious reasons. So, here are the most popular posts of 2018. It’s worth saying though, that these are the posts that I published in 2018, and not the most popular posts overall. Some of the most popular overall were published before 2018 and some many years before. Which just goes to show that interiors don’t move as fast as some think. What was being researched and searched for in 2016 and even prior to that, is still as relevant today.
1.Kitchen Trends That Will Never Go Out of Style
When I first started to research this topic I was going to write about ‘new’ kitchen trends for 2018. An up-to-date account of what products and finishes are going to take the interiors market by storm this year purely from a decorative point of view. But the more I looked, the more apparent it became that when it comes to kitchens, style is much more important than keeping up with current trends. A complete kitchen refurb is costly, so taking risks with colours and finishes that you may tire of in a few years is not advisable. And if you plan on selling at some point it’s important that you have a kitchen that is not going to put off the potential buyers. Having said that, there is still a lot of scope for creating an on-trend kitchen with bags of style and personality that you will continue to love for years to come….read more.
2.Green is the Colour for Autumn and Winter at M&S
As if we need more proof that green is the colour for the coming seasons, Marks and Spencer have used the most sumptuous shade as a backdrop to some of their Autumn/Winter homewares. If you’re wondering what shade of green it is exactly, it looks very much like Three Farm Green as featured in my recent post on green paint shades. But let’s not get distracted, because there’s much more to love here. That duvet set definitely has my name on it. Wouldn’t it look good in my bedroom? And the real stars of the show?! All those lovely faux plants. Oversized (so much more impactful in a room), and in their own belly baskets too…read more.
3.Fifty (Well Almost) Shades of Green Paint
In fact there are 31 beautiful green paint shades in the Little Greene recent collaboration with the National Trust. A collaboration that is a result of an extensive paint research project that has been undertaken in National Trust houses and gardens throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In fact a quest to find original colours, and to tell the stories of the people who first enjoyed them. Wouldn’t I have liked to have been involved in that! Next time guys!! Inspiration was drawn from sources as diverse as Beatrix Potter’s Cumbrian farmhouse, George Bernard Shaw’s revolving writing hut and even mythical birds featured on the wallpaper hung by Chippendale at Nostell Priory. And the result is a new colourcard featuring some intriguing stories, and a gamut of glorious greens in a comprehensive array of hues…read more.
4.New in Store – Tropical Brights from H&M Home
Continuing my obsessional pursuit of checking out what’s ‘new in’ on my favourite homewares websites. H & M Home. This is one store that I can’t pass by on the high street either. They are always spot-on with the latest trends and their prices are always so reasonable I can’t help filling the basket (virtual or all too real) every time I visit. And this Spring is no exception. They have added a few new colours to their ranges that almost make up for the lack of Spring weather. Pink and yellow. Together! How can you not feel happy when you see them. There’s still that ever-popular tropical vibe going on, but in hot new colours. Leave the green to the house plants and indulge in some hot-house hues on the soft furnishings instead…read more.
5.The Latest Stunner in a Regency London Townhouse from DeVOL Kitchens
Just when you think deVOL cannot possibly top their last kitchen design revealed to the world, they just go right ahead and do it again. I’m not going to apologise for sharing yet another example of their exquisite workmanship. This kitchen just has to be seen if only for its stunning colour combination. In fact the designers at first wondered how the Sebastian Cox range would fit into a Regency London townhouse with such an abundance of period details. This historic showroom needed to be decorated with style and care as befitting its original features. And the Sebastian Fox range after all is, shall we say, more artisan and rustic, and a tad minimalist in style…read more.
6.Introducing Muurmeesters – Dutch Masterpieces for Your Walls
Muurmeesters is a Dutch company that prints (old) masterpieces, particularly in over-sized formats, on high quality fabric. And I think they are stunning. Great for creating impact in any room in the house, and I’m thinking one (or two, or three) would look stunning in my newly painted stairway. I do love a feature wall of different art in different frames, but I’d much prefer to have one big stand-out piece myself. I’ll have to start saving the pennies. I just can’t decide between a portrait, a still life or a landscape…read more.
7.10 of the Best Hanging Garden Swing Seats
Well, the sun truly had his hat on at the weekend. And now that summer is finally here and there is another Bank Holiday weekend looming, don’t you think it’s time you sorted out the garden seating? Not just any old seating. But the decadent ‘I’m all right jack’ sort of seating. There’s something truly indulgent about investing in a garden seat that SWINGS! Pure bohemian chic. Kinda ‘lets pretend we have a party pad in Ibiza’ sort of thing. Because is there anything nicer than cocooning in a comfortable, slightly swaying armchair in the garden? One that is so deeply padded that it will be impossible to stay awake. A gentle breeze, the rustling of leaves in the tree above, and the sweet scent of newly cut grass…read more.
8.New Wall Tile Trends That Are Anything But Utilitarian
Much as I still love the plain white metro (underground, subway, whatever you like to call it) tile, it has become a bit too commonplace. Still popular with clients, but if you’re looking for something a bit more decorative and non-utilitarian you’ve come to the right place. While I was researching new wall tile trends recently, I started to notice that finishes are starting to become a whole lot more glamorous. Deeper colours are creeping in, tile shapes are more striking, and there’s a definite luxurious aesthetic for those who are confident and bold enough to use them. In fact, many of the tiles I’ve been looking at could be used in any room in the house, not just the kitchen and bathroom…read more.
9.Bed and Breakfast in a Converted Belgium Bunker Anyone?
This impressive building was originally a fort for Belgian soldiers in the late 1700’s, but has been completely transformed by a Belgian family into a beautiful B & B. ’The Bunkers’ as the property is aptly named, was then rebuilt in concrete on the brink of 1st world war and during the 2nd world war, bricks were added to the concrete construction. Today, the brickwork appears in an eye-catching pattern of red and yellow colours…read more.
10.The Growing Popularity of the Half Painted Wall
Have you noticed the trend? Two-tone walls with a crisp dividing line. Not to be mistaken for the two-tone walls divided by a dado rail. Nothing wrong with those of course, (in a period home) but not the same thing at all. The two-tone walls I’m referring to are much, much sharper. Much more contemporary, and much more popular than you might imagine. Having tackled this effect myself in the bedroom at home, I can honestly say it’s easier to achieve than you might think. You need frog tape of course and nerves of steel when the time comes to peel it off. But the finished effect is more than worth the effort of measuring, taping, and breath-holding…read more.