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    How to rock the leather look…even better than Lenny Kravitz!

    by  • Saturday, August 15, 2015 • Latest trends, Stylish shopping, Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    It’s all about leather at the moment, and I’m not talking about the infamous pair of leather trousers belonging to Lenny Kravitz that sparked a twitter storm last week! There have been some equally exciting images lighting up my desktop lately…leather sofas are definitely trending right now.



    Gower Leather Grand Sofa in Walnut, £1,899, DFS

    Now, there’s no denying we’re all very partial to a neutral, fabric-covered sofa, not only does it fit nicely into a classic greige room, it works for pretty much any style, contemporary, trad or country, it’s no wonder they have been dominating decorating trends for so long. It’s also a safe option for such a big investment, you want something that will last for a few rounds of decorating styles.

    Well, no more! There is a leather revolution taking place and I for one am loving the backlash. Not only is it a practical choice that will last and last, it goes hand in hand with the rising trend for braver colour choices for walls; rich tones of leather work perfectly with a dark, moody palette.




    Patrick 3 seat sofa in Satchel vintage leather, £3,240, Sofa.com

    The classic, button-back Chesterfield shape in rich brown tones works perfectly against a dramatic wall colour. It can sit with anything from an eclectic mix of industrial inspired furniture to more traditional styles, or bridges the gap between the two.

    Polished leather in rich chocolate and brass studs adds an air of gentleman’s club that can be softened and updated with unexpected accessories and furniture choices.



    New England Newport in Cal Smoke sofa, £1,695, Furniture Village




    Axel leather love seat, £1,799, West Elm

    Like a good pair of tan leather shoes, this gorgeous colour will age beautifully over time. Contrasting perfectly against medium or strong colours on the wall, it would also make a Scandi statement against white. Go for a streamlined, boxy shape rather than a slouchy couch for a smart Mid-Century style.

    Or check out the new beauty below, an update in leather has transformed this sofa, the angled shape and tapered legs have all the classic traits of the Mid-Century style but the leather finish gives it a totally 70’s vibe that would make a covetable choice for a cool, contemporary space.



    Zinc Leather sofa starts at £1,595, French Connection range, DFS 




    Embassy sofa, from £1,355; Raft

    A strong or moody palette may never be your cup of tea, but a neutral scheme doesn’t rule out leather as an option. Beautiful buff tones work wonders with grey and pastels on the wall, against weathered wood or painted furniture.

    For a sleek, contemporary room, where white leather might be the obvious choice, taupe or grey tones are gentler alternatives. Try an unfussy shape, with a low back. For added luxe, the sofa below has a super discreet built-in recliner too.

    If the thought of light coloured leather fills you with fear, a darker tone will still work, but go for a matt finish, in a rounded, marsh-mellowy soft shape.



    Salzburg recliner leather three seater in ash grey, £2999, Dwell (coming soon)


    Orson sofa in dark chocolate beaten leather, from £1195, Loaf

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    Wow-factor-worthy window treatments!

    by  • Wednesday, August 5, 2015 • Latest trends • 0 Comments

    When it comes to choosing the perfect window treatments for your home, there are lots of factors to consider. Perhaps you want to disguise ugly frames or highlight beautiful ones. Maybe your window is a tricky size or shape to work with, lets in too much light or lets in too little. It could be that privacy is an issue in your home, you want to cut fuel bills and keep the heat in, or even to let summer air blow through. Whatever your window wants or problems, here are some great ideas to give them the wow factor.



    Chic, sophisticated and oh so stylish, shutters give you everything you’d wish for in a window treatment. They’re practical – providing light, privacy and reduced noise without compromising on security (you can add locks for extra confidence) – as well as low maintenance, requiring nothing more than a wipe down to keep them looking their best.


    Top: Classic Popular Wood Shutters, Solid Raised Design, from £169 m sq, California Shutters. Bottom: Full-height 89mm slats in 4 panels, from £290 m sq for standard colours, Shutterly Fabulous. 

    However, covering your windows with folding, sliding and opening wooden panels is more than just functional. Stylistically, a shutter can really transform a room, allowing you to adjust the mood, particularly with the louvred plantation options.



    Top: Solid Shutters in pink to red, from £290 m sq for standard colours, Shutterly Fabulous. Bottom: Full height shutters in Dulux Carribean Dawn 1, from £165 m sq, The Shutter Store.

    In a contemporary space, shutters work beautifully. Their clean, simple lines tend to suit a minimalist room better than curtains and they are great for urban homes where you need both privacy and natural light.


    Recent design innovations include wider shutters, sliding options and versions with larger louvres that come in cool neutrals that update the classic white plantation style. At the other end of the spectrum, traditional solid designs in vibrant colours or upholstered in tactile finishes can create an eye-catching focal point.


     Blue Classic Poplar wood shutters, from £177 m sq, California Shutters.


    If you want to provide privacy at your windows without blocking out the light, then window film is your answer. It’s ideal if you want a simple look – in a kitchen or bathroom, for example – especially if you have beautiful window frames to show off – and is a great solution for internal doors, too. Film is a fuss-free alternative to nets and sheers as it’s so easy to apply and suits any scheme.


    Top: Frostbite FB041 Window Film. Bottom Left: MissPrint Ditto, White on Frost. Bottom right: MissPrint Muscat clear on frost, all from £30 per sq m, The Window Film Company.

    These days window film is available in all sorts of patterns and styles, and it’s a great way to inject some fun and personality into your home, with out spending too much cash. It also helps to reduce condensation and can be easily removed.


    Top: Customised Frostbite- Fern. Bottom: Customised Frostbite- Pineapple both from £30 per sq m,  The Window Film Company.

    Plus window film is a great way to keep the heat in during the winter months. A typical house loses around 10% of its heat through windows part of which is because of draughts. If your windows are single glazed and you can’t afford to fit double glazing, fitting window film with tape to the frame, then heating it with a hair dryer to shrink into place and trapping the air, means you’ll soon feel the difference.


    Top: Frostbite FB083 film. Bottom: MissPrint Little Trees clear on frost, both from £30 per sq m,  The Window Film Company.


    If you feel blinds will suit your décor and style better than shutters or window film, then before you make your selection, think about the function of the room, its existing decor and how much light and privacy you want. Would you like the room to be bright and airy or warm cosy? You may for example go for black-out Roman blinds in the bedroom to ensure a good night sleep and choose sheer white roller blinds in your living room to make the most of the natural light, while still having some privacy.


    Top: Scion Living Lace roller blind, from £30.95 for a made to measure blind measuring W40cm x D40cm, Tuiss

    If you’re after a hit of colour in your scheme but you’d rather keep your walls and floors neutral, then a brightly coloured set of Venetian or roller blinds is a great idea. Go as bright as you dare! Plus, you can roll the blinds up if you’re after just a hint of colour, or hang them low for dramatic effect.


    Top: Scion Living Mr Fox roman blinds. Bottom: Scion Living Passaro roman blinds, both from £35.95 for a made to measure blind measuring W40cm x D40cm, Tuiss. 

    Many online websites offer hundreds of patterns and styles. So if you’re after something pretty to dress your dining room window, you’re bound to find a design that will complement your tablecloth or favourite crockery.


    Scion Living Lunaria roman blinds £30.95 for a made to measure blind measuring W40cm x D40cm, Tuiss.

    Happy window dressing!! x



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    Trend alert! It’s all about wonderful weaving!

    by  • Wednesday, July 1, 2015 • Latest trends • 0 Comments

    It’s officially summer (yay!) and with the sun finally out, the warm balmy evenings, and barbecues being lit up and down the country, I feel myself getting that holiday feeling. Which is why I’m so happy that woven pieces, finishes and motifs are taking over the high street right now, as this chic trend instantly makes me think of long lunches on a Mediterranean beach or candle lit dinners in rustic Italy. But woven isn’t just for outside living, it works wonderfully inside too!


    Take your dinner party alfresco and hang woven lanterns to illuminate your outside space. These are from Habitat, as well as the colourful, woven food covers, which all create a feeling of holiday style dining.


    These fabulous Lyra dining chairs from Made.com have been designed with lazy summer evenings in mind. The seats of the chairs have been woven with poly-rattan for extra comfort  meaning they can happily sit outside when not being used to entertain guests.


    Beautiful and storage are two words I love to hear together and Rigby & Mac have hit the nail on the head with these stunning woven baskets. Sold as a set of 3, use as a stylish laundry basket, a home for magazines and books or even housing your summer shoe collection.


    How fabulous is this statement woven lamp from Ikea? With its simple frame, it allows lots of light to flood out creating the most wonderful shapes over the dinner table. Anyone else thinking if turned upside down it would make a great fruit basket?!


    Want to add a touch of scandi style living to your home? Then head to Berry Red and snap up some of their Emily Red Woven baskets. Available in a range of shapes and sizes, they are lightweight yet strong and I’m loving the red and white colourway!




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