Decorex International 2015

Decorex International 2015

  Decorex International takes place 20th to 23rd September at Syon Park – at the start of the London Design Festival. Here are my top picks and favourite bits from my visit to the show! It looks like warm metallics are here to stay – be it gold, brass or copper. The colour blue also seemed to be in evidence on many of the Decorex exhibition stands – gorgeous deep, royal blues and navy tones.  Blues work really well with a warm metallic tone so it is no surprise to see these themes running in tandem. Check out the paint work on the Little Greene stand! I love the blue tiles from Drummonds with gold hardware.  Elegant blue chairs from AM Classic and MASSIVE chandelier from iDOGI. There was still hints of the “world traveller” trend with lots of Ikat prints, tribal influences and an earthy rustic feel – lots of colour and texture. A Rum Fellow showcase great examples of Artisan Ikats and artisan textile statement pieces – unfortunately I couldn’t get a good piccie of their stand due to the throng of people around it – check out their website! Luxury was everywhere – after all the theme of the show –  including: lots of wallpapers and fabrics with shimmer; sumptious fabrics with rich colours, metallic influences and velvet texture.  Fabrics from Black edition and Villa Nova, upholstered chair from Haddow Group and wallpapers from Tektura and Sandberg Wallpapers. Tektura have a great new range of wallpapers including a collaboration with Timorous Beasties and Rare Finds – unique wallcoverings and tiles handmade with gold and silver leaf, silk, resin and glass beads. Another top spot at Decorex was furniture with metallic accents. These beautiful...
Coastal style

Coastal style

I’ve already blogged about bringing a Tropical feel to your interior – but what about inspiration from closer to home? The UK has a long coast line and so it makes sense that many of us want to bring coastal style into our homes. Coastal style, sea-side or lake inspired interiors are great fun and easy to achieve. You can really go all out – or just give a gentle nod to the theme. For a deck-chair feel try Juliet Taylor Fabrics – from Ocean Living, Island Style to Beach Hut. The collections are enough to have you booking a weekend at the sea-side – if you know me then my spare room is ready! The deck chair stripe evokes child hood visits to the beach, ice creams and Punch & Judy shows and adds a punch of colour and fun – whilst a more grown up coastal feel can be achieved using striped fabrics with blue, white and sandy neutrals.   Nautical fabric prints are another obvious choice to add to the coastal style. From boats, rope or knot patterns, to all manner of creatures from the deep! Use them on blinds & curtains or on cushions and upholstery.   It’s not just about the fabrics – consider the whole of your room when working on any scheme. For sea-side interiors white washed floorboards, or white wood plank walls work well as do painted furniture, flooring and panelling that has a weathered and distressed look . Choose accessories that use chunky rope – such as lanterns or on lamp bases or even door stops. Sea glass and vases in sea jewel colours can be used to good effect....
Weekend Project: Upcycled bar stools

Weekend Project: Upcycled bar stools

It’s always good to fit in a quick project at the weekend for that feel good sense of achievement! When I should have been painting my walls (still not done) I turned my attention to two dated and rather plain bar stools that were left at our house by the previous owner. They were definitely in need of a make-over and I knew it could be achieved in just a couple of hours (plus drying time). Here was my inspiration picture – apologies as I don’t have the original source for this “after” picture! I love the dip dye effect and the colours are just about right for a coastal feel. I had some small pots of paint left over from previous projects and grabbed what I had in white and blue. The stools were in pretty good condition but I did give them a quick wash and a light sand and then taped them off. I started with the lighter off-white colour, let that dry for an hour and then re-taped for the blue! This can easily be done in a day – and you can get on with other jobs (or sit and have a cup of tea / glass of wine) whilst the paint is drying – perfect in the sunny weather we are having! I used a cardboard stencil and tape to mark off the area for the star and it isn’t as neat as it could be – but it will work for me! I am still contemplating stripes on top of the white topped stool but actually quite like the simplicity as it...
Is your interior design style eclectic?

Is your interior design style eclectic?

I love an eclectic feel in my own home – and more and more we hear people describing their design taste or interior design style as “eclectic” but what does that really mean? My understanding of eclectic is that it means you select or derive your ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources. In terms of eclectic interior design that could mean that you love the Queen Anne chair that your grandmother gave to you, and are quite happy for it to sit alongside your mid-century sofa and industrial style side-board. Using this interpretation would mean that one persons eclectic interior looks very different to another – as we all choose the individual elements that we love and appeal to us! And that is what I love about eclectic style – that it is fun and quirky and above all can really tell you something about the people who live in a home and what appeals to them! I love getting packages in the post  -and even more so when they are new pattern books. The Ephemera pattern book from Linwood arrived recently and I could barely contain my excitement – I want to use just about every fabric and I’m on the look out for interior design schemes where they might work. The looks that these fabrics achieve would definitely add an eclectic feel – especially when used in unusual ways! It’s also about the items you collect and how you curate them in your interior. Here’s an example – an industrial feel white locker sideboard on which sits 19th century candle snuffer and cheese...
A Tropical touch for your home interior

A Tropical touch for your home interior

Is summer finally here? As I sit here typing with a view of the sea and the sun shining it certainly feels summery – if not quite tropical! There are some lovely new textiles out from Clarke & Clarke. “Inspired by the French countryside, the Fougères collection is elegant, charming, classical and contemporary. It has a vintage feel and the palette includes natural, noir, raspberry and citrus”.  The pineapple trend seems to be staying on course and Clarke & Clarke have a lovely new print – Ananas – from their Fougères collection. Shown here made up as a lamp shade – this would also look great as a cushion (perhaps piped in a bright pink or lime green?) or as a Roman blind. My long time favourites Rockett St George never let me down for interior styling – and have plenty to offer with a tropical theme. A pineapple nightlight, vase and ornament can all be snapped up plus melamine plates featuring tropical birds, and don’t forget to add the Toucan snow globe (yes really!) to your basket before you check out. The Barneby Gates pineapple wallpaper, also available from Rockett St George, in pink/ red is another winner for me. This would look great in a cloak room – what a great feature wallpaper. Just looking at it makes me smile! If you haven’t already, then check out the Rockett St George summer look book here Rocket St George Look Book I also love the Flamingo print from Clarke & Clarke which is in the Fougères collection. Seen here made up as a Roman blind. Flamingo’s seem to be making something of a comeback right now....