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Summer Styling

With our highly unreliable weather and currently very lacklustre summer (which will soon be coming to an end), we’ve been on the hunt for fresh interior trends that help inject a hint of summer into our homes. Here are some of our favourite, and easily accessible, trends for a last-minute summer-inspired interior:

Pops of Colour

A simple and very quick way to inject summer into your home is by introducing a statement colour, think citrus colours like orange or yellow, bright blue hues that represent the ocean, or a mix of natural and lush greens for a lush tropical feel.

Munchkin occasional chair in Bumblebee Clever Velvet from Loaf | Pom Pom cushion in Saffron by Bluebellgray from Amara | Twin-tone lampshade in Mint and China White from Lane By Post | Circles in Yellow and Warm Grey art print from Lane By Post | Escher Cushion in Emerald and Navy from Amara

Try these paint colours: Vardo by Farrow & Ball and Citron by Farrow and Ball

Tropical Hints

The tropical trend has long been a reliable source of inspiration for summer styling, but it doesn’t always have to mean kitsch and bright. Tropical prints are not always about bright clashing pinks, greens and yellows, this season we’re seeing more subdued prints hitting the shelves, offering a much-needed relaxing alternative. Go for shades of peach teamed with pink, or create a contrasting scheme with blue and white.

Rockport coffee table from Oka | Tropical Flora Cushion from Amara | Plain Velvet Cushion in Turquoise from Oka | Bamboo Design Magazine Basket from Lombok | Floridita Table Lamp from Oka

Try these paint colours: Angie from Little Greene, Carmine from Little Greene, St Giles Blue from Farrow & Ball and Lulworth Blue from Farrow & Ball

Scandi Summer

Scandi style may not scream ‘summer’, with their much more subtle and paler interiors, but it’s their clever use of light that creates a light and bright atmosphere which lasts all year round. The use of white walls creates a large space for light to bounce from, brightening the area, whilst also providing a simple and versatile backdrop. Scale back on accessories for a space that feels open and airy, using natural and rustic textures, such as light woods, leathers and furs, adding an extra dimension to the space whilst still fitting into a light aesthetic.

Jute Pouffe from John Lewis | Lyon Beton Concrete Hauteville Low Armchair from Amara | Handwoven Pouffe with Sequins from Holly’s House | Colonel Natural Pendant Light from Holly’s House | Sheepskin and Suede Cushion from Cox & Cox

Try these paint colours: Gauze, Gauze Deep and Gauze Dark from Little Greene

Summer Reflections

A cleverly placed mirror can do wonders to a space; it opens a smaller space, enhances eye-catching views, adds the perfect styling touch and also brightens the space, which is perfect for creating a light and airy summer atmosphere. Mirrors provide a simple and easy way to create a statement in your home; go for one with a metallic effect for a luxe look, style as a trio to create an interesting and eye-catching wall, or go for practicality and beauty with a mirror complete with jewellery stand or hooks.

Icicle Mirror from Oka | Danube Carriage Mirror from Graham and Green | Gold Edge Wall Mirror from Shabby Store | Grey Arch Window Mirror from Shabby Store | Bronze Leaner Mirror from John Lewis | Magellan Mirror from Oka

Take a look at our Summer Styling Inspiration board, or get in touch if you would like advice on how to keep summer going strong throughout the year in your home!

All lifestyle photos found on Pinterest

Clerkenwell Design Week 2016 Highlights

Clerkenwell Design Week is one of the most anticipated events of the design calendar and was this year even bigger than before. Now totalling 8 exhibition spaces, that are all situated in architecturally intriguing venues, there was more than ever to see and explore. It can be an overwhelming experience, and with only three days to properly explore it can be hard to ensure you have time to feast your eyes on everything – we’ve pulled together our highlights from the Design Week, from a new London-based contemporary kitchen designer to innovative, and unusual, lighting fixtures.

Tom Dixon

Photo by CDW

A collaboration with a vicar may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you hear Tom Dixon, but this was one unexpected partnership that definitely paid off. By showcasing extraordinary lighting in an equally worthy and awe-inspiring heritage backdrop, Tom Dixon’s installation demonstrates the true potential of making a space unique. Whilst it may have provided the design team with a mix of design challenges, the iconic circular and bold lighting compliments the classic 17th century church’s nooks and crannies to create a space unlike any other – an amazing way to showcase the new collection.

The partnership between Tom Dixon and the Vicar of St James’, Andrew Baughen, also hosted a kitchen and co-working environment, that will now be donated as permanent fixtures – creating a resourceful hub for the residential community.


Photos by deVOL

The opening of their Clerkenwell showroom led to an inspired collaboration with the talented designer, Sebastian Cox. The Sebastian Cox Kitchen by deVOL launched at Clerkenwell Design Week 2015 and has gone on to win multiple design awards and has been lauded by the English press as a completely new style: “Urban Rustic”. It is made from sustainable British timbers, such as woven coppiced Ash and English Beech.

deVOL have just added a brand new piece to this range which they are excited to launch at Clerkenwell Design Week 2016. A cross between a prep table and an island, with slender legs and an unusual mixed material worktop, it’s a piece that deVOL hope will work within a kitchen or simply as a standalone piece.

We look forward to showing you The Sebastian Cox Kitchen by deVOL, and introducing you to our brand new piece, in The British Collection at stand BW1, CDW 2016.


Graypants’ much-loved Scraplight showcased a revival at CDW with it’s white corrugated cardboard design. Seeing the Scraplight hanging in its various shapes and sizes against the dark and gloomy venue backdrop really allowed the lights to showcase their bright and modern glow. They provide a chic alternative to a traditional lampshade, giving off a crisp glow through the white cardboard paired with the natural warmth of the cardboard and light.

Photo on Instagram @patrick_mc_callion


Pluck, a newly established London-based kitchen firm, are definitely doing kitchens a little differently. Each part of their kitchen is viewed as a piece of furniture, so your design is not dictated by their furniture range but is instead tailored to perfectly fit your space. This, along with their very simple clutter-free designs, clean lines and retro yet modern colours and materials, makes Pluck a contemporary kitchen designer to definitely keep your eyes on. We especially loved their inventive idea of showcasing the different fittings, colours and materials on offer at Clerkenwell, in the form of a mid-century media-style unit – it seems that so many others did too that it may even become a permanent fixture in their portfolio!

Photo by Pluck London

Home Staging for Selling

Spring will always be known as being the best time to sell your home; the days are sunnier, houses look brighter and gardens are coming into bloom. Not only is it the perfect time to showcase your home, but with a lack of major holidays to contend with, you could also attract a greater number of potential buyers!

At Style My Home, we offer a personal and bespoke Home Staging service, tailored to your needs and style, whether you’re staging for selling or renting, updating for a fresh new look or just looking for some final touches, to ensure that your home is presented at it’s very best. Our Home Staging for Selling service has been a huge success, not only by selling properties faster but also in many cases selling for a greater price, therefore not only covering your costs from staging, but surpassing them! Get in touch if you would like to find out more, and take a look at our top tips below:

1. First impressions are SO important – When it comes to selling your home, firstimpressions are always paramount; most buyers form an opinion of a house within seconds of walking through the door. Make sure that the first things they see are a de-weeded front garden with fresh flowers, trimmed bushes, a swept path and a freshly painted front door with a sparkling clean window

2. Make sure to de-clutter – Clutter makes rooms look disorganised and appear smaller than they really are, which is never good when you’re trying to showcase the best of your property to a potential buyer. Make sure you remove unnecessary coats or shoes from a hallway, as it is the first indoor space your potential buyer will be seeing. Take time to remove as much clutter as possible, or invest in clever and simple storage solutions

3. Clean, clean, clean – Like tidiness, cleanliness should never be underestimated. In high impact spaces, such as the kitchen and bathroom, ensure that all surfaces are cleaned and shiny, and don’t forget the floors, which instantly life the room when sparkling. Add fresh flowers for a natural, appealing scent, and try to maximise on natural light. Faux flowers can also be effective

4. Stay neutral – If you do decide to add a fresh new look to your property, stay neutral with your colour choices; try to avoid bright colours and bold patterns. It allows buyers to envisage the property as their own, with their own furniture and stamp on it, without being bombarded with your own style first

5. Finally fix it – Something broken that’s been playing on your mind for a while, like a broken tile, missing grout or dripping tap? Finally get it fixed before putting your house on the market – it will only send a wrong message to viewers and potential buyers

We understand that updating your home can seem like an unnecessary evil with our modern and very busy lives, but we can offer a detailed consultation and written report, with priorities and clear, practical advice, Alternatively we can arrange clutter busters, painters,carpet fitters, and rent furniture and accessories. We can manage the project from start to finish; ready for your Estate Agents’ photographs

No project is too big or too small! You can find our range of interior design services on our website, but we always tailor them to suit your needs and wishes – just get in contact to seehow we could help: www.stylemyhome.com or phone us on 01892 510070 Make sure to check out our Houzz page to see some of our recent home staging projects

Spotlight on London Design Week 2016

During March, London becomes the international capital of design, when it welcomes London Design Week at Chelsea Harbour’s Design Centre. Whether you’re a designer and looking for specific products for a client, re-designing your own home or just passionate about interiors, you will be sure to find something special at Chelsea Design Centre, with over 500 of leading brands in the interiors sphere. Style My Home visited London Design Week during one of the first days to explore some of the highly anticipated new collections, here are some we think are definitely worth noting:

When it comes to lighting, there was one clear winner for us at London Design Week. Porta Romana’s new Elemental collection includes a variety of shapes, patterns and colours taking inspiration from natural elements, with aspects resembling honeycomb, insect cocoons, crystals and burnt wood, and colours clearly representing cool clear blues of air and water matched with the hot rust tones of earth and fire. Decorative, luxurious pieces, the pendant lighting from Porta Romana’s Elemental collection will be sure to create a statement!

After visiting London Design Week, it seems like orange is definitely the colour for 2016! Although it’s already a statement colour, teaming it with bright blues and teal creates a beautiful statement look. Style with neutral furniture and accessories with simple geometric prints, like we spotted in Fox Linton/Jim Thompson, for an interior that’s both modern and rich.

As we’ve already said, orange and bright blues seem to be enjoying a moment, as we found them showcased in fabrics across the Design Centre. 2016 also seems to be the year for rich and fun patterns, both modern and traditional, Osborne and Little’s new collection demonstrates a retro/mid-century vibe with geometric shapes and pastel tones mixed with bold brights, whilst Colefax & Fowler’s new collection includes rich, luxurious velvets with traditional and oriental designs.

When it comes to wallcoverings, 2016 is all about creating a feature, with both texture and patterns taking centre stand. Brian Yates’ new Vinyl collection of non-woven wallpapers include a denim-inspired design, with muted colours that create the perfect piece to showcase on one statement wall or across the room with either muted furniture and fabrics or statement oranges and blues, the ‘must-have’ colours for this season. With Cole & Son’s new collection, we see more inspiration from nature; with shimmery mineral surfaces, woodgrain textures and coral inspired patterns. When it comes to tiling, there’s only one brand to aspire to at the Design Centre; Ann Sacks’ collection are so beautifully simple that they speak for themselves.

Make sure to take a look at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour’s website to see some of the iconic new collections from international leading interior brands!

Valentine’s Day with Style My Home

For most of us, it would be a very bold move to paint a whole wall, never mind a whole room, red. Although traditionally considered to be a very fierce and daunting colour to work with in interiors, it shouldn’t have to be; the styling of the room can go a long way, and that red can turn a room into a warm and welcoming space. If you do go for a bold colour on the walls, break it up with wall features; create a gallery wall, use a miss-match of frames and pictures to draw attention, or hang statement lighting to draw the eye’s attention elsewhere.

Red is not so commonly used in homes, due to it being quite a daunting choice for many. Instead of using it as the dominating colour, showcase it through feature pieces; we love a statement sofa or chair that can be used to determine the rest of the room’s interior.

Pink may be a stereotypically candy-like colour, but it gives character and adds a bit of fun. Style it with striking furniture, especially more industrial pieces and materials such as steel, concrete and metals, to give it a cool and on-trend edge. If you would love to include red but are scared of creating an overtly feminine interior, Farrow & Ball’s Eating Room is more masculine, and traditional as featured in many period properties.

Feeling inspired and ready to implement some Valentine’s inspired accessories that could last all year round? Take a look at some of our favourite picks below:

1. Fornasetti Bacio Scented Candle, Selfridges | 2. Catania Kilim Rug by Gandia Blasco, Heal’s | 3. Heart Cone Chair Red, The Conran Shop | 4. Osaka Armchair, Inside Out | 5. Maison de Jeu in Groseille, Designers Guild | 6. Twin Tone Lampshade Bright Red & Stone, Lane | 7. Samana Cushion by Matthew Williamson, Osborne & Little | 8. Diptyque Rosaviola Candle, John Lewis

Inspiration for Spring 2015

Spring is upon us and once again it’s the time of year for the interior design trade to fling open their showroom doors and display their wonderful new colours and products for the season.

Chelsea Harbour launched their Design Week  this month inviting designers to come and see their  exciting  new colours, fabrics and products…….truly inspirational for designers working with clients to introduce the new products to their homes and places of work.  

Colours for this year range from  soft tones of pinks and coppers, Farrow and Ball Setting Plaster and Pink Ground & Dulux Copper Blush, to the favourites tones of greys from Farrow and Ball Dimpse and Lamp Room Grey.  Natural materials such as wood, leaf prints, butterflies, are still evident in many products to work well with these colours and there are  many monochrome designs in wallpapers, fabrics and accessories which can give an immediate statement and  update to any room.

There is also a great range of vibrant prints and weaves using reds, yellows, blues and bright geometrics .

Copper lighting, wallpaper and fabrics can play an important part giving rich textures  and creating extra dimension and reflection to an interior.  

Spring is a great time where light is more plentiful in  our homes and can look at our interiors to capture those longer days. The old idea of a Spring Clean is not only cleansing but can really make you identify with your home and re-assess how you want to live. Cleaning and clearing  can be a very positive  process for your well -being and the running of your home. Re designing rooms or re allocating space in your home is often useful and can offer extra space for the family.  Larger projects like extending can also offer a reason to redecorate and add another room to your home.

As William Morris famously said ‘Have nothing in your house which you do not know to be useful  or believe to be beautiful’

If the answer is that you have, then maybe you need some help to make your home work better for you and your family.

Style My Home are happy to come and look at your home to discuss how you can make a start.


Mood Boards

Landscaping for Interiors


Bring the garden inside your living or work space with a moss wall for interiors- a living wall of plants!

Yes, this really is a wall of living plants which are designed to thrive indoors with little or no maintenance required.  The moss and bark is real and treated but the foliage panels and walls are fake! There are some designed for outdoor and some for indoor.

At Style My Home, our London clients really like this new trend in interior design. We predict the trend for moss walls in Kent will ‘blossom’ in the next few months. We are a nation of gardening enthusiasts with a keen interest in all things botanical and nature-inspired for the home. Having a real wall of plants is just one step on from a beautiful botanical wall print!

Moss walls for interior design are guaranteed to stay evergreen and are proving popular in commercial settings where they have a stunning impact in a reception room or waiting area. You can have whole walls of plants or just textured green panels and feature pieces. Even furniture and table tops can be given the ‘green thumb’ treatment. Graffiti walls of moss are a growing trend in the USA also.

The smallest darker area in a reception area could be brought alive with a small natural green panel , contrasted against a flat painted wall. This creates an interesting statement that will be very impressive for a small financial outlay, giving many years of pleasure.

Not to mention the use of this in small courtyards or roof terraces where green can give another dimension to a small outdoor area.

The watering process is an integral feature of the design. Some of the plants chosen are ‘air plants’ which extract the moisture from the air to survive. Others are mosses, nature’s evolutionary success story which seem to survive on fresh air!

No more apologetic pot plants in the corners of reception rooms. Browning leaves and watering are a thing of the past!

This attractive moss wall in a London office is quite a talking point. It even offsets the company’s carbon footprint! 


Moss has been around 350 million years – it is a very simple plant, and also very adaptable. For this reason we have been finding a lot more ways to grow and enjoy the beauty of moss inside the home.

Choosing the Right Spot for your Moss Wall

Areas exposed to the sun throughout the day are not great for your moss wall. Yes, they need some light but not much. Walls without sun will be fine as you can use one or more light bulbs to simulate sunlight.


This indoor garden goes not require natural light, in fact it does not like direct sunlight, does not need watering, fertilising or pruning, and is ready to install on any surface. 


 Photos courtesy of Bright Green

Inspiration for Hallways, Stairs and Landings

Sprucing up your hallway, stairs and landing can be a challenge for many homeowners this spring. Making do with a lick of paint won’t really solve the problem long term will it? You need to address the lack of storage, clear space and get light into your entrance hall. Make that area a lovely welcoming place to walk into after a hard day’s work or opening your door to friends, knowing you are looking good.

As this is literally the heart of the home, where you throw off your soggy raincoat and boots after walking the dog, clever storage and expanding walls could be on your wish list!

When you open your front door, first impressions really do count, so let’s get to work to really let spring into your home.

Practically this is usually the last part of the home to be decorated and because it is a thoroughfare it is often overlooked as a room.

Often, lack of light can be a problem and if that is the case take care in selecting colours. Stay neutral, or at least light, and maybe introduce more glass to the front door or use mirrors or reflective wall coverings to optimise what light there is.

Maybe your hallway is festooned with windows and sunshine plays a chasing pattern across your marble stone floor? Then your interior design issues may be different, and perhaps you need to concentrate on historic original features of your period property.

We have some inspirational solutions to put the colour back into your home and make hallways, stairs and landings places you will want to linger – not just pass through.

Design Week took place recently with the many home furnishing specialists opening their doors to the world of interiors, featuring some wonderful wallpapers just crying out to take up home in your hallways. Magazine editors and interior designers rubbed shoulders to celebrate the newest and freshest palettes and swatches which are hot to trot into your home.

The good news is if you would like to know what’s in and what’s out in the interior design world we bring the ideas and mood boards to your front door.

If it’s stone or solid wood floors you crave, or just a hardwearing carpet to withstand children, dogs and everyday life, we can point you in the right direction.

Unless you live in a bungalow your staircase is one of the most important features of your hallway. The grand staircase is an important statement for a larger or period property. Classic wallpapers can  work well to recreate that period and maximise the feature stairs, but there are some fantastic colouful carpets if your stairs are straight and simple and in need of some attention.

If you have an interiors challenge you would like Style My Home to undertake for you just give us a call. Our little black book of design houses and professional trade people are keen to unveil their expertise to make your home an even more wonderful place to live.

Your entrance hall may become a place in your home you want to linger in and enjoy.


Waiting Rooms – Love them or Hate them?

design your commercial waiting room for a more professional look

design your commercial waiting room for a more professional look







A trip to a professional advisor, a dentist, medical specialist, an accountant or lawyer should be a positive and very professional experience. 

If you are working in a professional capacity why not treat your clients to the same level of service before their appointment as well as during? After spending years to get qualified in your chosen career, does your reception area reflect that to your clients?

Our surroundings affect our mood and sense of well-being. We want to feel we are in good hands when we visit the dentist, doctor, accountant or lawyer.

Peeling paint, stained carpets and tatty furnishings do not bode well when we are seeking professional treatment or advice.

Whether as a dentist, doctor, counsellor, tax advisor you deserve to work in pleasant, modern surroundings. A well-lit, well-designed practice could be a joy to spend your days.

First impressions count and the reception desk needs to be practical but welcoming. Choose light interiors and clean spaces that work well with the flow of people entering the building.

View of reception desk at a dentist surgery

Furnishings can reflect personality so go for colour and design that suit your profession and occasion. Depending on the number of clients arriving at any one time will dictate the size of waiting area you require or the space you can make available. You can arrange these in small groups or have a more open plan approach. Fabrics need to be hard wearing and easy to clean. Tables need to be stocked with quality up to date magazines and fresh flowers give a nice touch.

Walls and ceilings are generally best left a neutral colour but warm tones work well and are more welcoming. No one feels comfortable in a stark, white and sterile room, so use lighting and colour to add ambience.

Background music may be appropriate in businesses that require a calming atmosphere. Classical music is generally a safe plan. Think about speakers and where to position the music centre where it can be easily controlled at the front desk.  Sonos make some excellent equipment which streams music from the internet and allows you to create playlists to reflect your customers’ ideal choice of music tracks.

A professional interior designer will make the transition from old to new a breeze for you and allow you to run your practice or business.

Here are some Top Tips for Refreshing your Commercial premises.

  1. Find an interior designer who understands your needs. Perhaps they have a portfolio to show of other commercial projects  already completed?
  2. Review the interior design plan and agree a plan of works. This should be managed and co-ordinated by your interior designer.
  3. Review and consider ‘mood boards’ showing the interior designer’s suggestion for paint colours, furnishings, lighting and fabric textures.
  4. Agree budget and time schedule.
  5. Get the entire team on board to look forward to the transformation that will benefit their wellbeing in the long run.
  6. Prepare to be complimented by your clients and staff on your stylish new interior. People may turn up early for their appointment now you have created such a comfortable pleasing environment. Staff will have the “feel good” factor and a spring in their step which may  have been lacking before.

We are interested in your comments about the establishments  you find yourself waiting in. Let us know if it could do with a spruce up! We are on a mission to make waiting areas much more welcoming and stylish all over Kent!