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Pantone’s Colours of 2016

On January 29th, 2016 Jemma wrote on the subject of Colour schemes,Fabrics,Fun Stuff,Interiors and Ideas.

The Colour Gods have spoken and they have declared the colours of 2016……are pink and blue! Global colour standardisation company PANTONE® announced for the first time that they had blended two hues this year; specifically, Rose Quartz (13-1520TCX for any industry nerds) and Serenity (15-3919TCX).

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I studied colour at university as part of a textile and fashion course and I find the psychology behind colour quite fascinating. Did you know that several US prisons painted their interior walls pink in an attempt to suppress inmates’ violent behaviour? Studies have shown that pink evokes calm and reduces anger and stress thus impacting human aggression in a positive way. Pale blue has similar peaceful connotations by its association with the sky, water and nature as well as serenity and cleanliness.

Of course, these colours are frequently used to represent gender and from a young age we are conditioned to recognise that pink is symbol for a girl; blue for a boy. Perhaps PANTONE® feel that using Rose Quartz and Serenity in harmony is somehow reflective of the current Zeitgeist for gender equality. Whatever the reasons, these colours are certain to add some appealing, homely and fun tones to your interior!

 

The two colours together, mixed with greys and warm neutrals, create a fun retro feel:

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Muted blush tones against blue-grey are stylish and sweet:

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For the less brave, subtle pink and blue accents, like this cushion and cabinet, in a neutral room can really pop!

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Here are some of my favourite pink and blue fabrics:

 

From top row across: Stellar Pink; Portofino; Pinky; Posey; Peonies; Rose Taupe; Martitime; Sacha; Field Rose (all available at The Natural Curtain Company)

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From top row across: Arwen; Mineral; Posey Blue; Bluestem; Nouveau Blue; Nuthatch; Sherwood Blue; Egret; Africana (all available at The Natural Curtain Company

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Winter Comes

On January 18th, 2016 Jemma wrote on the subject of Cushions and Throws,Fabrics,Fun Stuff,Interiors and Ideas.

I don’t know about you but I’m delighted that winter is rumoured to be on its way this week, finally! Enough with the rain, clouds and unseasonable temperatures. Early January should be about crisp days, low sunshine and maybe even a flurry of the white stuff. Here’s hoping.

If, like me, you shun the idea of battling through the first month of the year with a fridge full of kale smoothies, armfuls of fitness DVDs and a stack of ill-fated resolutions, then you’ll probably want to get cosy. If you prefer to ease yourself into 2016 with a stylish period drama, some beautiful books gifted to you over Christmas and the last of whatever sweet, flavoursome hot chocolate you’ve been hording in the cupboard, then we’re on the same page. Here are some simple ideas to help to you feel nice and snug at home.

I’m getting married soon so lights are high on my hit list right now! I love the idea of using lots of fairy lights in the home, particularly in combination with swathes of soft, sheer linen fabric like these.

Layer up your pillows, cushions, throws and bedspreads:

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Pin back your dramatic drapes with fun tassels like these!

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Lights can help to create warmth in the most unusual places – transform an unused fireplace into a cosy reading nook like this one:

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…and just look at this! A winter’s dream, surely?

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Alternative Christmas trees

On December 21st, 2015 Alice wrote on the subject of Christmas,Colour schemes,Fun Stuff,Home tour,Interiors and Ideas.

Christmas is fast approaching and it’s time to start making last minute dashes to decorate your home before the in-laws arrive.

If you’re still in need of a tree, here are a few ideas that will save the day and create a real talking point amongst your guests. They won’t even need to know that you’re a last-minute Larry!

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Decorate the tree

You don’t actually need to buy a Christmas tree in order to make your home Christmassy. Why not decorate a tree you already have? I love the idea of hanging ornaments on this house plant – its original, modern and will look great in a Scandi-style apartment.

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Christmas teepee

This is a Jubiltree – a wood tree form that you can decorate differently all year round. You could use it as a teepee in a nursery, decorate it with flowers in spring or transform it into a Christmas tree over the holidays!

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 Driftwood Tree

I love the idea of finding pieces of drift wood along the beach and piling them into an awesome modern Christmas tree. It might need some careful planning but this driftwood tree is fab, and looks great with the simple silver and white baubles.

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Top 5 UK Christmas markets

On December 14th, 2015 Alice wrote on the subject of Christmas,Fun Stuff,Useful Resources,Vintage.

If you’re anything like me you’ll be having a bit of a panic at not having started your Christmas shopping yet. The idea of heading to Oxford Street at this time of year makes me feel a little bit nauseous, so I’ve decided to look elsewhere.

There are so many gorgeous Christmas markets to catch at this time of year all over the UK. Here are a few of my faves…

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1. Manchester Christmas Markets

Manchester is a great city to peruse Christmas markets – there’s several throughout the city, and all in different styles. From German to traditional, you’ll be able to pick up some great presents and make a day of it too.

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2. Leadenhall Market

One of London’s covered Christmas markets, you can go any tinme in the lead up to Christmas to discover some amazing crafts, gifts and food and drink too. A must-visit in London!

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3. Canterbury Christmas Market

A gorgeous part of England to visit at this time of year. One of the oldest towns in the UK, this place goes all out when it comes to festive cheer and it’s a great place to take the entire family.

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4. Norwich Christmas market

This market is around at all times of year, but it really comes to life at Christmas. Buy anything from clothes, art, crafts and other knick-knacks right in the heart of Norwich. Make sure you visit one of the independent coffee shops in the Norwich lanes and grab a cake and a coffee to warm up.

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5. Winter Wonderland, Edinburgh

 Over the Christmas period Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh transforms into a Winter Wonderland complete with towering Christmas trees, Christmas Decorations an ice rink and a funfair. There’s also a German Market with quaint wooden stalls selling hot food, mulled wine, crafts and gifts.

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Stocking ideas

On December 7th, 2015 Alice wrote on the subject of Christmas,Colour schemes,Curtain Accessories,Fabric Care,Fun Stuff.

Thinking about making a stocking this Christmas? Whether you’re planing to give one to a fully grown adult or you’re looking for inspiration for your children, stocking’s never go out of style. I know a lot of my friends’ still expect stocking’s from their parents or might plan to give one to their partners.

Here are a few stylish ideas to surprise your special one, whatever their age…

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Modern stockings

If you’re family is grown up and you want your stockings to suit your decor, why not purchase some that look super slick in your home. I love these graphic, cushioned stockings. Stylish yet Christmassy at the same time.

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At dinner

If you’re having a dinner party with family and friends, why not put a stocking by each of their places? No need to spend loads of cash, just fill with the classics like a clementine, some candy or some chocolate. They’ll love it!

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On trend

If you’re thinking about making a stocking for an adult loved one, why not choose some super stylish material and make it yourself? Here’s a fantastic tutorial where you can learn how to make your own. The best part is you can use any spare fabric lying around or purchase some of your own.

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Decorating with photographs

On November 30th, 2015 Alice wrote on the subject of Fun Stuff,Home tour,Interiors and Ideas,Tips and Hints,Upcycling,Useful Resources.

Family and friends are always special, but never more so than around the festive period. With all these adverts on posters and on TV sugesting digital photo albums make great Christmas presents, I got thinking: why can’t we stick with good old fashioned photos?

There’s a huge trend of putting disposable cameras by place mats at weddings to ensure awesome physical photos are taken of their happy day. It’s important not to lose that physical memento – however you frame it, here are a few ideas on how to decorate your home with photos…

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Montage

A great way to showcase photos is by gathering all of your favourites and creating a beautiful montage. You can even theme them – one for family, one for friends, and with a slick frame around each photo this is a fantastic modern update to the classic montage and will look great in any environment.

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Accessorise

I love the idea of matching the theme of your photos with real life wall hangings. If you’re hanging photos of your friends from school, add your school jersey in the mix. If they’re wedding photos, why not pin your veil to the wall? It’s a great way of mix and matching memories and looks gorgeous too.

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Notice board

This is a fantastic idea for a creative and dynamic way of showcasing your photos. Transform a wall in a bedroom or in your home office to a cork wall, where you can pin your favourite memories and constantly chop, change and update. Add bits and bobs from all over the place – photos, tickets to plays or boarding passes to create a rich wall of memories.

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Inspiration post: spare rooms

On November 24th, 2015 Alice wrote on the subject of Curtains,Cushions and Throws,Fun Stuff,Home tour,Interiors and Ideas.

It’s that time of year where you need to start preparing for guests. Dust off those spare bedsheets and begin thinking about how to spruce up your spare room for when the in-laws come to stay.

It’s easy to overlook the spare room – it’s not used very often so the idea of investing in expensive wall paper or accessories isn’t particularly inviting. However there are loads of ways you can refresh the spare room without having to go all out and get the decorator round.

Here are a few ideas to get you going…

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Magazines

How simple is this? Go to your cloests WHSmith or Magma and buy a few recent magazines that you know will be of interest to your guests. There’s nothing that says ‘up-to-date’ like this month’s magazines, and they look stylish and thoughtful too!

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 Fresh flowers

There’s nothing like flowers to freshen up a spare room and make your guests feel warm and welcome. I love orchids, they’re so tranquil and their colours are gorgeous – invest in a few to scatter round the house or grow some plants in preparation for your guests.

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 Accessorise with colour

To freshen up your space, go for a colour makeover. Add bright accessories to give the space a new colour scheme and make your spare room feel good as new. Bed linen and scatter cushions are a great way of adding colour and fun without making a hug investment.

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Accessory of the week: day beds

On November 16th, 2015 Alice wrote on the subject of Day beds,Fabric Care,Fabrics,FAQs,Fun Stuff,Home tour,Interiors and Ideas,Tips and Hints.

After a long day there’s nothing like curling up in a nook with a cup of tea and  your favourite TV programme or book to read. These short days and long nights make me want to hibernate, so I’ve been looking at ways of making my space as cosy as possible.

Day beds come in and out of fashion, but finding a happy medium between a sofa and a chaise-longue will leave you with a lovely, open place to lie on a cold winter evening. You can enjoy loads of different styles, modern as well as traditional. Here are a few ideas…

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Country style

I love this warm, charming interior with the huge windows letting the winter sunshine in. This is a simple, country-style reading nook that’s perfect for a day bed. To finish off this classic look go for pin stripes and plain colours when accessorising with scatter cushions and throws.

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Bohemian

If you want to veer away from the classic chaise-longue look, feast your eyes on this awesome boho, DIY day bed. Three crates attached with wheels make this lovely reading nook, 70s-style crocheted throws finish off the look.

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Mid-century

This mid-century day bed from designattractor.com adds a wonderfully unique element to this contemporary-style room. The gorgeous teal blue paired with the geometric decor is right on trend.

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Inspiration post: Metallics

On November 9th, 2015 Alice wrote on the subject of Colour schemes,Cushions and Throws,Tips and Hints,Vintage.

Metallics are well and truly on trend for 2016. From wallpaper to tiling, this trend is both contemporary and retro and will suit any style or interior. Midcentury mod with brass and copper finishes are invading the UK so make sure you ride this trend before everyone else does – get in there before Christmas!

Have a look at a few ways to make this work in your home…

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Wallpaper

I love this metallic wallpaper by Calico. It’s delicate and subtle and would look fabulous anywhere from the dining room to the bathroom. Team with simple ornaments like these globed vases and an oriental plant.

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Tiles

This is a great example of mixing metallics and metal – another trend for 2016. These cool metallic tiles will modernise any kitchen and look super slick next to the aged bronze cage lights, straight out of a Scandi apartment.

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Furniture

Don’t stop at walls and floors, you can add a touch of metal to any aspect of your home. I absolutely adore these cool copper stalls paired with the slate and marble decor – decadent yet super simple.

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Curtains

A touch of metallic can be incorporated easily through switching up your curtains. Silk or grey velvet will bring that depth to your home and will be bang on trend for 2016. If you go for silk curtains, make sure you get them interlined to avoid fading.

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Accessory of the week: mirrors

On November 2nd, 2015 Alice wrote on the subject of Summer,Upcycling,Useful Resources,Vintage.

With our daylight hours slowly diminishing it’s important to get as much light in your home as possible. Mirrors are a great way of capturing the sunshine in your house and will make your space look bigger too.

There are a few emerging trends I’ve noticed recently – big, circular mirrors and heavy, baroque mirrors too. Each style can add unique character to your room, and it’s super easy to add a touch of art deco or bohemian to your interior with this simple accessory.

Here are my favourite styles…

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Circular trend

I love this modern, Scandi-style trend. Circles are a great way of breaking up your space – it’s not easy to get circles in your decor and they have a soothing effect so add a laid back feel to your room.

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Baroque

I love a gorgeous, grand baroque mirror. This one has been upcycled and painted white which makes the space look bright and sunny. Pick one of these up from Etsy or Freecycle and go to town!

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Harlequin mirrors

I love the idea of finding a bunch of old mirrors in a charity shop and hangin them up in your wall for a harlequin, mismatch effect. These are gorgeous art deco styles and make the room look chic and bohemian.

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