Christmas Styling: Colourful, Bold & Fun!

 

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Get the Look:

Rockett St George – for bold and quirky decorations and

Christmas Styling: Scandinavian-inspired & Hygge

For a festive look that’s all about simplicity, light and stylish, go for a Scandinavian-inspired Christmas style. Decorate your home with white baubles, grey toned woods, fresh green foliage and light textures like faux furs and cosy knits.

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Get the look from:

The White Company – for knitted throws, faux fur cushions &

Cox and Cox – for wooden and white glass baubles, and white ceramic accessories

 

How to light your home this winter

As we say goodbye to the British summertime, we say hello to dark and gloomy mornings and evenings, which is why the right lighting at home is so crucial over the winter months, even if it just helps to improve our mood!

style_my_home_winter_lightingThink about how light is distributed

To create a warm and cozy room take focus away from a key central pendant emitting light in the centre of the room. Introduce small pockets of light across the room at lower levels – think table lamps, draped festoon lighting, candles, lanterns and fairy lights, and use a mixture of pendant, floor and table lights in each room. To prevent shadowing, place floor lights in the corners of the room. As George Clark says “scattering pockets of light more evenly helps to create that warming, seasonal atmosphere” which is perfect for winter.

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Festoon lights provide lowlight perfect for creating a cosy atmosphere – simply drape in a dark corner over beams or from the ceiling, wrap over a mirror or create a feature on a plain wall.

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Experiment with textures

We all long for a cozy and relaxing space with a warm glow in the winter. However, crystal, glass and metal shades and exposed bulbs can give off a harsh light. Experiment with materials – changing the material of a lampshade can have a huge impact on the way light is cast around a room. Opt for a ceramic or fabric lamp shade, or open weave design, to create a softer feel to the room. Think knitted macrame style, bamboo or white ceramic.

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Choose larger lampshades to be suspended from the ceiling to create a wider projection of light and open weave lampshades to create soft indirect light.

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Fabric choices are also key: if a particular lamp is too bright, changing the material of the shade, its colour or shape can also have a massive impact on the way the light is cast around a room – it also means you don’t have to start from scratch and invest in a whole new light, simply replace the shade.

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Lampshades from Janie Knitted Textiles – prices on request

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Graypants cardboard shades are available in natural, grey or white – these statement shades with their interesting weaves and structure will create eye-catching lighting patterns! From £195.00

Use the right light bulbs

The right light bulbs can truly transform the feel of a room; too much yellow light in the winter will only emphasise the stark contrast to the weather outside and will kill any cosy, relaxed atmosphere. Replace old bulbs with LEDs, or invest in bulbs that come in a range of different colour temperatures – go for a warm white light with a touch of cooler light to avoid a strong yellow tinge. If you don’t have dimmer switches, go for a smoked glass or amber glass shade for the same effect.

Don’t forget your porch!

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As we mentioned in our last blog post, lighting our garden is just as important as battling the gloomy nights inside. For a warm welcoming way of returning home, light up the porch. Hang a glass lantern in the central of your entranceway, or have wall lights on a sensor to greet you and guests before they arrive to your door.

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Moore Lantern in Glass, Pooky – £170.00 – with it’s unusual geo shape of glass panels, expect lots of light and interesting shapes.

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Exterior Box Light, Holloways of Ludlow – from £299.00 – A more traditional style for lighting your porch, style one either side of your front door for most light and a stylish look.

 

Embrace winter – create light in your garden!

No doubt about it, winter is upon us – there’s even only a few days till the clocks go back! So for those of us working all week, that means leaving home for work in the dark and coming home in the dark. While we want to cosy up our interiors and light up those dark areas, we should consider what we miss about the outdoors during the dark winter months.

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We are all adding bi fold doors or conservatories to enjoy our gardens, so let’s make sure we enjoy the full potential of our gardens throughout the winter too. Look to install both practical lighting as well as creating lighting in your garden or courtyard, particularly where you have bi folds or large windows.

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Light an attractive wall, especially if it’s whitewashed brick or stone, as this will reflect light into your house and give an interest to those dark evenings at home. Show off your attractive plants, bringing the garden into your house.

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Floodlight projectors can provide practical lighting if placed near paths or buildings but also look effective if positioned in a row of plants or sporadically positioned in trees. If you have a water feature or a sculpture floodlight projectors can be particularly effective.

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Buried up-lighters in flower beds can wash light up to show architectural plants and trees as well as textured walls or external buildings.

There’s nothing worse than arriving at someone’s house and not being able to see the house number or name in the dark, or follow the way in paths and steps. Give your house a facelift with new lighting at the entrance, functional lighting to guide you but also makes the property look more attractive and welcoming. Re-create the entry of your property with the addition of wall lights or a hanging pendant or lantern. Recessed spots in steps, decking and paths can also create good vision as well as look attractive.

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Look out for our next blog where we look to cosy the interior of your the house for winter with task lighting as well as beautiful ideas for lighting.

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2017’s Hot Garden Trends

As we’re spending more time in our outdoor spaces, whether it’s a large green expanse or a simple balcony, we’re wanting more comfort and cosiness – so make sure to expect a move towards styling your garden as you would your home; treat it as an extra room, an extension of your home, not a separate space.

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The line between indoor and outdoor is becoming increasingly blurred; the trend of bi-folding doors and wide sliding doors mean we can create one large open-plan space leading straight onto the garden.

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Think stylish seating that’s a mix of daybeds and comfy swing seats (not too dissimilar to what can be found in the living room), teamed with lighting that’s no longer functional but feature, and finished off with on-trend accessories and botanicals which would also sit perfectly inside!

Furniture

As the garden becomes more and more important, we want the same level of style, comfort and indulgence outside as we do inside! Forget upright chairs, the garden is now the perfect place to laze and lounge. As 2017 is all about ‘mindfulness’, there’s no better place to put it to practice than in the garden; choose seating that offers the ultimate comfort level, switch off from technology and curl up with a good book (or a glass of wine!) in the fresh air.

style-my-home-glamorous-garden-furnitureRestricted with space? Avoid filling space with big sofas and chairs with act as blocks in the space, instead choose chairs with exposed legs and delicate tables – this allows you to see through to the space behind, making the area feel welcoming. 

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If your outdoor space is slightly smaller, curate your furniture and accessories as you would a small room; go for mirrors to reflect light and make the space feel twice as big, team it with individual furniture pieces that have elegant legs, are neat and stylish and can be easily stacked.

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Perfect for the summer months, we love these string chairs inspired by 1950’s Acapulco chairs, from Cox & Cox. Ideal for both outdoor lounging in the sun, they also contemporary stylish twist to any interior, as seen in our latest Staging for Selling project.

Grey String Chair (and photo) from Cox and Cox | Photo via Maddison’s Residential

Lighting

Garden lighting is becoming cheaper and much more fun. With solar powered, rechargeable or battery powered lights, the style possibilities are endless; from uplighters and lanterns to festoons and fairy lights.

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Style uplighters in amongst large shapely plants for eye-catching shadows, drape festoon lights across dining areas creating a canopy effect, and hide lanterns around the edge of your garden to make the space feel larger than it is, or add a firepit to create a central entertainment hub for you and your guests.

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Accessories

Team traditional manicured flower beds with a mixture of pot-grown plants and botanical features. Go for a mixture of softer, romantic plants (such as the blousy-pink Tulipa) inspired by Scandi style, teamed with low-maintenance dwarf shrubs, and small statement gardens.

These small gardens take shape in terrariums which provide the perfect stylish tabletop decorations, in perfectly crafted window boxes and haute house-plants which can also take pride of place on the patio.

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