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.... read more

The joy of upcycling!

A look at how Honey Interior Design has previously given new life to old pieces of furniture and incorporated them into a new design scheme. Re-upholstering a client’s heirloom chair. Additional ideas on how you can re-purpose existing furniture or where to find free furniture to update.

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Grand Designs Live 2015

My top picks from Grand Designs Live 2015 show at ExCel London. These first two images are from Jam Jar Lights. Handmade and custom made lights that will add an industrial / warehouse vibe to any space. I also loved the wooden lighting from Macmaster – so beautifully crafted and a feature with or without the lights on!       My recent move to Kent has got me inspired by all things coastal! It’s great to reflect a sense of the location you’re in without it becoming clichéd. The rope on these lights from Culinary Concepts has a nautical feel. There is no getting away from the sea in this amazing unique furniture from Tristan Cockerill.   Wall art was another area that caught my eye at this years Grand Designs. Art is always a great way to express your personality – never miss an opportunity to use the vertical space in any room you are decorating! I liked the Comic Art Pieces for their fun and splash of colour. Life In Squares is a great way of displaying some of the digital photography that we all have, on so many devices (!), these days. Don’t let it sit on your phone or computer – share the happy memories! Lastly, I was blown away by the work of the talented Alex from Lucas Antics. If you need some wild wallpaper or even the exterior of your house painted – she is your girl!     The trek from Kent to ExCel London was definitely worth it for some interior design... read more

Ten Storage Solutions

Lack of storage is a common complaint for many home owners. We all want our homes to work like clockwork – to be practical as well as beautiful and to be easy to keep clean and tidy. Clever storage ideas will make your life easier and could save you time and money. How often have you bought a replacement for a lost item only to find the original days or weeks later? And of course, you can’t put a price on the lost hours spent searching for elusive items!   Make sure you have enough built in or free standing storage to house your possessions – such as kitchen cupboards, wardrobes, & shelving units. If the storage available to house your possessions falls short – consider a clear out, recycling or selling items you no longer need or use. Use storage boxes in every room of your house to make it easier to keep on top of clutter or have a quick tidy up should guests drop by unannounced. Most houses have a “junk drawer” but it’s much more efficient to corral like items and label to make sure everyone knows where to return things. Be sure to include “hidden” rather than just open storage. Whilst open storage is great for treasured pieces like art, photographs, or well-loved books, general storage should be hidden for less visual clutter. Storage doesn’t have to be boring – include it in your decorative scheme – either as a punch of colour & pattern or to add texture – try wicker, felt, knit or metal. Wicker baskets are a cheap and easy solution... read more