home: trend [ desert ] 

home: trend [ desert ] 

We are needing a retreat, a place of calm and perhaps an interior that makes us think of warmer climates, holidays and miles of endless sands. 

The desert trend back for 2017, with the surge in popularity of succulents and cacti still growing (happy plants we generally succeed in not killing!) is a strong easy look to pull together in a home. High street (and designer) stores have plenty of natural homewares, products that look as if they’ve been gathered from travels and craft inspired goods. 

Use bright light interiors and bring in leathers, weaves, wood and tapestry. Search vintage fairs for large patterned rugs or head to highstreet stores including Urban Outfitters, La Redoute and House Doctor for new versions. The current Summer sales are perfect to pick up large items that work with this trend – suede sofas and leather armchairs and with the good weather explore markets and carboots, and thrift unusual items, pottery and trinkets to build the look.  

Stick to neutral colours, dark and light but throw in a little colour in an odd chair or patterned cushion. Essentially use indoor planting for fresh green tones that will set off well against the tans, beiges, whites, creams and other neutral tones – with highlights of gold and bronze. 

Get creative and work on your own DIY projects for accessories – macrame pot holders, woven hangings for the wall and block print canvases leaning casually against the side. 


Credit : TheArtHouseConcept 

Product guide: 

1 cactus curtain / BritishMadeInteriors £27.73

2 ‘Clunch’ paint / Farrow + Ball £43.50 

3 ‘House Doctor’ rug / Wayfair £85.17 

4 goat skin pouffe / MaisonDuMonde £108

5 Aztec cushion / Wolf + Badger £105 

6 llama cushion / Urban Outfitters £35 

7 midcentury leather chair / Rose + Grey £915 

8 woven throw / Dunelm £15 

9 white cactus vase / La Redoute £65 

(Currently 25% off at La Redoute with code : 25OFF )

home: trend [ woven textures ]

home: trend [ woven textures ]

If you are accessorizing your rooms this Summer, be sure to feature something woven. Its all about the texture and detail.

Consider potted plants in woven baskets and bags, heavy woven cushion covers [ think macrame ] and jute rugs. Adding these pieces into a room will bring an artisan / handmade feel and soften a space.

If you want to make more of a statement choose a woven light fitting [ There are some stunning picks online – try grahamandgreen.co.uk & rockettstgeorge.co.uk ]. Woven chairs are big this season as well, like bold rattan furniture but focusing on a smaller weave. 

Guide:
1. Rugs from made.com [ from £20 ]

2. Basket light from rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £56 ]

3. Cushion from anthropologie.com [ £128 ]

4. Armchair from ikea.com [ £39 ]

5. Basket from rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £32.50 ]

6. Bar stool from rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £195 ]

7. Basket from habitat.co.uk [ £14 ]

8. Pendant light from grahamandgreen.co.uk [ £72 ]

home: trend [ industrialism ]

home: trend [ industrialism ]

It will always be a firm favourite with interior fans and designers; the industrial look is really accessible and is great mix with other trends including Mid Century and Scandi and of course you can bring in any paint colours you like.

This year it’s having a resergence in online stores with more and more choices for you to bring the industrial look to your home.

The key materials for this look are brushed metals, concrete, cork and wood. Exposed bulbs instead of using lamp shades, and wire and mess shelving units bring the look together. It’s very simple to achieve and you can go as far as you like with it.

Image from Urban Pioneer by Sara Emslie

If you are looking for inspiration and love reading about other peoples interiors we cannot recommend enough Urban Pioneer by Sara Emslie. The converted warehouse spaces she features in her book are the perfect way to be inspired and look at how you can achieve a similar design in your home.

Guide:

1st column: mirror with shelf from grahamandgreen.co.uk [ £95 ], leather bar stool from rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £150 ], concrete dining table from made.com [ £529 ]

2nd column: pendant light from industville.co.uk [ from £159 ], stacking shelves feom rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £215 ]

3rd column: wallpaper from muralswallpaper.co.uk [ from £25 ], concrete chair from tindesign.co.uk [ £419 ], lamp selection from westelm.co.uk

home: trend [ earth tones ] 

home: trend [ earth tones ] 

This summer sees a trend that embraces the natural Earth, sustainability and grounding ourselves with the planet we walk on. 

Bringing together a natural inspired set of colour palettes;  

‘This colour scheme draws from a palette taken from natural rocks, deserts, earth and trees featuring pale rose, peach, cinnamon, tan, ochre, burnt orange, burgundy and terracotta.’
LondonEssentials.com 

It creates a warm interior and encourages a slower pace. The tones compliment each other and work along side each other alike to the natural world. 

Using tones of each shade, build up this look through soft furnishings, furniture and all the way to wall finishes. Embrace textured coloured wall papers, feature walls in painted choices and subtle texture and pattern in throws and cushions including the use of silks, linens, weaves and matt finishes in ceramics and furniture. 

Buying guide [ clockwise ] 

1 Taupe Brown Linen Duvet (from) £59       La Redoute 

2 Dulux Perfectly Taupe £26 B&Q 

3 Cole & Son Crackle Wallpaper Ochres £70 Beut 

4 Metro Sage Wall Tile £15 p/sqm Tile Mountain 

5 Soft Wool Olive Green Throw £42.25 (was £65) Cox & Cox 

6 Scott Burnt Orange Velvet Sofa £899 Made.Com 

home: trend [ watercolour ]

home: trend [ watercolour ]

Take a romantic journey with print and patterns this Summer when watercolours take centre stage. Look out for bed linen, rugs, soft furnishings and art prints in gorgeous blended colours.

Structured and modern art is replaced by the relaxing fluidity of watercolour. Mix in framed prints to a picture wall to update a room, or add a rug to a living room to bring a subtle statement.

This trend is great for everyone, go bold with vibrant colours of red, blues, yellows and greens. Keep it more muted with soft tones; a popular choice now is blue and green with everything in between. And even if you are a monochrome fan, you can still have a bit of watercolour in your home.

Guide:

[ left to right ]

Top row – duvet set from ikea.com [ £25 ], paper napkins from trouva.com [ £4 ], rug from anthropologie.com  [ £298 ]

Middle row – print from skandivis.co.uk [ £64 ], serving bowl from rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £29.95 ], print from rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £37 ]

Bottom row – rugs from westelm.co.uk [ from £499 ], glass vase from habitat.co.uk [ £25 ], print from desenio.co.uk [ £6.95 ]

home: trend [ dark kitchens ] 

home: trend [ dark kitchens ]

In between the love for white minimal and Scandinavian pops of colour, the strong trend for dark tones within the kitchen is a beautiful stylish style direction to head in. 

Choosing between dark cabinets, counters, wall tiling, floor covering or all of the above creates a deep rich interior – a modern look for a home. 

Ikea // dark kitchen cabinet doors

Bringing together a lot of dark tones (greys and blacks) is a bold move but it pays off. Although high lighting with colour or white is also a great look. Intersperse dark cabinets with white tiling or use a paler paint or  flooring to soften the darkness. 

Tiles / Victoria Plumbing • Cabinets / Ikea • Floor Tiles / Terrazzo Tiles • Cabinet Doors / Ikea •

For accessories, using other on-trend colours of the moment including metallics, blushes and pastels or light greys will really add to the look. 

Tray / Mia Fleur • Tin Boxes / Ferm Living • Kitchen Utensils / Studio • Enamel Jug / Smug •

Across the high street big brands and smaller independent brands, seek out well chosen kitchenalia, ceramics, equipment and utensils to compliment the look. 

Shopping guide: 

Victoria Plumbing / Ikea / Terrazzo Tiles / Mia Fleur / Smug / Studio / Ferm Living 

home: trend [ safari ]

home: trend [ safari ]

Last Summer saw the brights of tropical prints, fruit and a lot of flamingos, with patterns full of palm leaves and more fruit. This year is as vibrant but a bit more muted when it comes to colours and this time round its all about safari.

Zebras, lions, elephants and hippos replace pineapples and falmingos when it comes to ornaments, lighting and accessories. Printed wallpapers focus on leopards and big cats in bold yellow, oranges and burgandy.

Animal lamp from Rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £129 ]

Rather than going overboard with an array of clashing patterns consider introducing small pops of colour and print throughout the room. Use animal art work mixed with other photos and prints for a nod to this trend [ Desenio do some great priced posters ]. Combine this with brown leather on chairs and brass tables & shelving.
Bring in a bunch of faux palms and grass reeds and you have the look. Go as full on as you like, but be careful it doesn’t feel themed. Keep it relaxed and eclectic.

Guide:

1. Safari chair from rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £195 ]

2. Storage trunk from habitat.co.uk [ £40 ]

3. Hippo candle holder from rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £42 ]

4. Leopard wallpaper from tindesign.co.uk [ £80 ]

5. Brass side table from westelm.co.uk [ £126 ]

6. Zebra print from desenio.co.uk [ from £11.95 ]

7. Cushion from hm.com [ £12.99 ]

8. Elephant lamp from grahamandgreen.co.uk [ £155 ]

9. Image via pinterest