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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!

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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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Best of Houzz 2017 Award Winner – Best of Service!

Earlier this year Style My Home won a ‘Best of Service’ 2017 Award on Houzz, the leading home renovation and design platform which has over 40 million active monthly users!


Caroline Pickering in Tunbridge Wells, UK on Houzz

The Best of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Customer Service, Design and Photography. The Customer Service awards are determined by a number of factors, including the number and quality of client and contractor reviews received.

“We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including Style My Home,” said Andrew Small, MD of Houzz UK and Ireland. ‘Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

We’re thrilled at Style My Home to receive this recognition, and we would like to thank the Houzz community who voted for us, and everyone for leaving supportive reviews.

Find us on Houzz here!

 

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Introducing our ‘Staging for Selling’ service

Sell your house quickly + put yourself in a great position

Achieve the ceiling price for property on your street

Potential buyers will see your property’s best features shine!

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When selling a property, there will always be a risk of running into difficulties and delays. Estate agents might suggest reducing the asking price so you can enjoy a quick sale, which is not always guaranteed. Instead, invest in your home; show off your property to its full potential with home staging. First impressions are so important (on average, most property buyers have made their decision within 3 seconds of seeing your property) – it’s imperative that photographs of the interior are showcasing your home to it’s highest standard, to attract attention and make prospective buyer come to visit instead of dismissing due to a lack of interest or not realising the property’s full potential.

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Property buyers have high expectations; they’re searching for their dream home. If they fall in love with your property, they will make an offer. That’s why it is so important to showcase your home to it’s full potential – our Staging for Selling service provides you and your home the competitive edge against neighbouring properties also on the market, showing off it’s best features. Our Staging for Selling service enhances your property; we focus on what your home can offer and visually sell the lifestyle that the property promotes, whether it’s a cosy family home or a modern open-plan barn conversion.

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Staging for Selling is an investment, not a cost – our service has proven that it is more cost effective to invest in giving your home a refresh and facelift rather than give in to a drop reduction in asking price.

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Previous homeowners have met the ceiling price for property on their street using our Staging for Selling service, with costs starting from as little as 0.5% of the property value. Clients have achieved prices of up to £35k over the asking price after using our Staging for Selling service.

We offer a tailored service that includes:

  • A report to advise on recommendations and a plan of action
  • Complete staging from empty
  • Rental of all furniture and accessories where required
  • Redecorating and re-carpeting
  • Pre-sale staging for photographs
  • Styling of current furniture and accessories

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We will advise how much to invest, based on the condition of your property, property value and the current housing market. Our team will create a detailed property report, outlining our recommendations for improving your property to maximise on returns; whether it involved complete furnishing or re-styling.

Get in touch now for more information:

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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!

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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


5 Ways to Create an Inspiring Workspace in 2016

It’s 2016 and that means a new year filled with a list of goals, new clients and lots of work to do. If you are finding it hard to get motivated or you want to increase your productivity, getting your workspace in order will be massively beneficial to both your happiness and your business.

For some inspiration, here are our 5 best office design tips that will transform an uninspiring or average workspace into a productive and nourishing space that works for you and your business – now you can finish your to-do list with lots of time to spare!

Green plants

Adding green plants to an office space is something everyone should want to do. Research has shown that simply adding greenery to an office increases employees’ work engagement; being physically, cognitively and emotionally more involved in their work. (via Exeter University). Not only do they provide an increase in productivity, cleaner air to breathe and reduce stress, plants also improve the look and feel of your workspace, for both you and your clients – and they’re affordable!

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Colours

A simple way to update a dull or outdated interior is to introduce colour; either in the form of a whole new colour scheme or simply one colour. Colours can have a positive psychological effect on workers, with different colours prompting specific feelings and emotions; for example, red and oranges create an energetic environment, blue and greens have a calming and relaxation influence, yellows and bright accents create a sense of happiness for employees who may be feeling bored or unhappy, and pastels lighten an area without being too intense. We’d recommend to stick to one colour or scheme which can be showcased either in furniture, a statement wall or across the room accents.

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Furniture

Office furniture doesn’t always have to be minimal, neutral and purely functional. Carefully consider the space itself – does it have an unusual shape, special features or amazing windows that need to be celebrated? Can your business be represented through your furniture – for example, if you are a photographer, find furniture that showcases past work and provides an interesting storage solution like painted shelving units or a feature cork wall, if you’re an interior designer, create a space that demonstrates your aesthetic, with cozy and welcoming furniture from your favourite brands or trusted suppliers.

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Light

Natural light can play a key role in our mindset when at work or in a home office – not only does it directly affect what and how well we are able to see, but it indirectly affects our mood, hormonal balance and behaviour, especially in terms of happiness and productivity. The prospect of adding natural light to a workplace does sound daunting, but it doesn’t have to mean adding new windows or creating innovating glass structures – add more mirrors to reflect light, paint walls white for a bright backdrop, add white or light coloured furniture, or install light wooden flooring.

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Textures

To create a cozy space, that feels stylish and complete, add a mixture of textures. Offices tend to feature an abundance of metal and smooth textures, so incorporate things like wood and textiles – textures that have different patterns and are interesting to both the eye and to touch. It’s all about finding the perfect balance that you like, either one simple textile introduction or by changing something more dramatic like an architectural element. A quick way is to add textiles; a throw on the sofa, extra cushions, tablecloths, or tie a room together with a rug; add a geometric or ethnic print for a statement look. For a more permanent look, add parquet flooring, paint a patterned wall, ceiling mouldings or wooden beams.

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