Hi, I’m Louise. And yes my Mum still chooses my wardrobe for me. It’s nice to meet you.
The iconic Indian-heritage paisley pattern is swirling, twirling and curling its way back into our homes, bringing with it its rich history and taking on a fresh new twist.
I don’t know about you dear readers, but I love a good picnic.
It is hotting up this summer with this season’s tropical jungle trend, evoking sunny destinations and emphasizing nature.
Picture a hot day in June. There is a haze in the air where the morning’s mist has burnt away. The sky is so blue it’s almost violet. Only the wispiest of clouds can be seen in the sky, morphing and changing from one shape to another; nature’s kaleidoscope.
For a person who is not particularly into floral prints and patterns, I have to hold my hands up, and admit, that I have had a major about turn recently.
As the founder of an interiors blog and website, you’d be forgiven for thinking I had an eye for design. I don’t. In fact, so abysmal is my creative flair that I still drag my Mother clothes shopping with me.*
It is official the print of this Spring/Summer is gingham; the classic print is making a revival this season in both interiors and fashion alike, and believe me will instantly make your home appear on trend.
Come springtime, in many homes across the UK, a time honoured traditional is taking place.
Spring has sprung, the holidays are just around the corner, and the shops are all full of seasonally themed motifs. Bunnies, butterflies, chicks and eggs can be found printed on fabrics, stamped on flatware and hung as decorations everywhere you look.
Lisette Voûte Designs undertook a full refurbishment of a Victorian terraced townhouse in Southwest London.
I have always had a passion for textiles, so becoming a fabric designer was a natural route for me to take. I wanted to design and produce fabric that had skill behind it, but would also be accessible and easily incorporated into people’s homes.
Generally, I would say I’m an optimist, a glass half full kind of person. But today, I stepped in something I shouldn’t have.
This Spring take a trip on the Oriental Express, as designers in both fashion and interiors alike are taking inspiration from the cultural Far East.
Compass and Rose were successful in winning this project located in one of the most desired areas in the heart of London. This serviced-residential-new build, designed by Norman Foster, overlooks the River Thames, just a stone’s throw away from Chelsea Bridge.
Lombok casts my mind to pearly white beaches, lapping turquoise waters and palm trees slouched with coconuts. I can almost smell the sun-drenched, salty air. Now amble away from the coast and the lowlands are awash with bananas, cacao, rice and coffee and the highlands are cloaked in a blanket of rich, dense forest. It’s an island dripping with resources and steeped in history and LOMBOK furniture and homeware has captured this far eastern magic and woven it into its spectacular designs.
Interior designers work in many different ways. Some have a strong vision and want to see it carried to fruition. Others have a very unique or individual style that a client will buy into. The way I work, is much like making a bespoke suit. Hopefully it will be a perfect fit, that flatters all the good features and disguises the poor. I literally tailor the house to my client.
With Valentine’s Day nearly upon us, we’re seeing red everywhere. From the bouquets of flowers, clothing through to home accessories. It might be big business but don’t let that spoil your romantic mood.
I’m cold. It’s freezing outside, and although Christmas is over and January is behind us, my radiator is turned up full whack and much to my husband’s dismay I’m wearing socks in bed.
Bedlinen is such a personal item that comes in so many different styles and fabrics. But let’s face it, how many of us fully understand what Egyptian cotton actually is and what a thread count means? Heirlooms, a maker of luxury sheets, is here to shed some light.
In How To Choose A Rug (Part 1) I covered hand knotted, hand tufted, flat woven and tapestry rugs. In Part 2 I’ll cover machine made and natural fibre rugs.
Getting handymen in to do small jobs around the house can be expensive and deter you from making welcome changes to your living space. At the same time, doing them yourself can seem like a daunting prospect. .
I am a true romantic. I love the idea of love. Grand gestures, hearts, flowers, candlelight, the works.
The fun, exciting part of a New Year is of course being adventurous and trying something, well…new. If you’ve been thinking about trying a new colour in your home then this is the perfect time to make the change.
The first signs of spring are emerging, and this spring it is all about florals and the birds and the bees!
Area rugs are such a beautiful accessory to place in ones home. They add warmth, they decorate a space, they diminish noise and they can complete a look. I think of rugs as artwork for the floor. Here are some tips on how to choose a rug.
I’m so over white walls.
Putty, Taupe, Greige, Ivory and don’t even mention Magnolia….
Beat winter blues by injecting some refreshing and vibrant colour into your home.
To me, a home is a place where you can be surrounded by the objects and items that you love most, whether they are old or new or your home is big or small, it is a place that should hold your memories of your favourite moments in life.
Last week we looked at the popular trend of incorporating dogs and horses into a classic interior scheme. This week we focus instead on woodland creatures and how they can add a quirky personal touch to our homes.
With winter upon us there are quite a few furry friends coming into our homes and making a statement – in the forms of fabulous cushions, wallpapers, and animal accessories!
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The wonderful thing about Christmas this year is that anything goes. It’s really about personalisation – creating your own personalised style and colours.
Christmas. Season of merriment, parties, lights, decorations, and that warm feeling of anticipation that something wonderful is about to happen.
This winter has seen a big key trend towards fairytales, folklore, enchanted forests and most predominant of all, woodland creatures. How many of you during your festive Christmas shopping have noticed a sly Mr Fox captured on a plate or cushion? Or perhaps you have spotted a proud stag emblazoned on a jumper, mug or a placemat?
You work in a very niche field, can you tell us more about applied colour psychology and its applications?
Perhaps you have already incorporated some gold or brass accents using decorative accessories, smaller pieces of furniture, kitchen and bathroom hardware, and metallic lighting. You have not yet exhausted all of the options! Read more »
They’re back…. brass and gold accents are taking centre stage as chrome finishes move to the rear seat after years of dominating the interiors market. It has been ages since we’ve seen modern kitchens and bathrooms with brass hardware but this season it’s difficult to read an interiors magazine without coming across the golden glow of yellow metals. Read more »