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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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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.

deVOL

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

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.

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Pluck

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

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!

5 Ways to Style a Beautiful Botanical Interior

2016 is the year to celebrate an abundance of nature in our homes. Botanical prints arrived onto the interiors scene last year to a very welcome response, in the form of both natural scientific style patterns and exaggerated forms and colours.

H&M Home 2016 Tropical Collection

This year we can expect to see 2015’s highly coveted fun tropical and cactus style prints going back to nature, with both botanic and aquatic themes playing a major role – think designs inspired by Victorian scientific drawings and natural elements such as lakes, oceans and lush landscapes, teamed with a range of textures from velvet to wicker. Botanical can be a hard trend to style well, so we’ve put together our top tips:

1. Go bold with statement wallpaper featured across a room, or through the fabric dressing your windows.

Take a look at some of our favourite wallpapers:

Fern Gallery by Sanderson | Fastasque by Osborne & Little

Avoid overpowering a small space by taking one key piece, or by creating a singular feature wall. We love Surface View’s new collection with New York Botanical Garden and Bouquet by Photowall. Or why not create a gallery wall with classic Victorian style prints, or you could create your own with plant cuttings and vintage style glass wall-hanging frames.

Photowall | Surface View

For a lighter take on the trend, try introducing plants, not flowers, into your home – look for large leaves in rich greens, like Monstera Deliciosa and Banana Leaf. For a more feminine touch, India Jane have a range of faux-herbs, plants and flowers that come ready in a vintage style planter or vase.

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To create a look that is both on-trend and not overwhelming, showcase botanic patterns sparingly, and team with natural inspired colours – think olive, citrus and khaki greens, brown tones, dark blues and coral. If you’re looking to introduce a botanical theme into your home, we would recommend looking out for the following colours as accompaniment: Greens in lime, jade, lagoon, olive. Pale pink, coral and orange. Vivid and pale brown.

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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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