home: trend [ boobs and bums ]
It’s affectionately with humour but with a poignant meaning of self love, confidence, removing the over sexualisation of women, celebrating the human body in all its glory, shapes and forms, and creating beautiful homeware. The trend for illustrations or shapes of female body parts is strong across homewares including vases, cushions, prints, plates and cups.
We’ve picked some of our favourite pieces found on the high street and online.
Cushion covers, Etsy £8.83 / Mug, HeartShake Studios $32
Jug, Matches Fashion £350 / Vase, Matches Fashion £340 / Pot, Plus O Plus $50 / Planter, ASOS £4.50
Cushion, RedCandy £26.10 / Pot, Inside Store Ldn £44
home: trend [ sustainable shopping ]
We are in s time now where climate change and sustainability is massively important and undoubtedly is having a knock on effect to how we buy items for the home.
When we talk about sustainability the key areas are:
1: The material ( ie. wood ) has been sourced from certified third parties. Look out for the FSC logo.
2. Items that are made form recycled materials.
3. The manufacturing process is environmently friendly and produces low emissions.
4. Using materials that are a renewable source and easily grown.
Wood is one of the most popular materials used for creating furniture, and there are lots of handmade examples available from UK suppliers as well as further afield. We are also seeing more plastics being reused to make seat coverings, rugs and more.
Anything we can do to help with this, from buying less frequently, buying more long lasting items, or recycling pieces we have rather than throwing away will go towards a more sustainable future for us all.
Clockwise from top left:
Wicker chair / ikea.com [ £110 ], dining table / swooneditions.com [ £199 ], lounge chair / hm.com [ £199.99 ], bench / zarahome.com [ £299.99], stool / woodmancoteretro.com [ £95 ], shelf / wearthlondon.com [ £95 ], armchair / westelm.com [ £899 ], bed / aif.london [ £1269 ]
home: trend [ statement ceilings ]
Turning the interior design world on its head, the new trend for statement ceilings is a brave new design step in putting creative thought on to an often forgotten surface – the ceiling.
Growing in popularity, following the style advice of creative forums like Pinterest and what’s in Vogue, we see various options and design processes being used to create a focal point of the ceiling instead of other more traditional areas that we make a feature like walls or floors.
We see tiles, wallpapers, stencilling and plaster (or faux) relief work, covering ceilings to bring interest to a room as well as often having benefits including allowing a space to feel lighter, taller, or even cosier depending on what is used.
Most of these ideas come from interiors of the past. Relief ceiling in plaster or wood feature (if they haven’t been ripped out) in the ceilings of grander properties from Edwardian, Victorian, Georgian and earlier houses; wood panelling or carving can be seen in the last few centuries but also in the twenties, thirties and forties; wood cladding has been popular since the midcentury and although fell out of favour in the last couple of decades it’s seen a resurgence in use for both a country cottage feel, beach house feel or the strongest design look – a midcentury modern design. A teak or walnut ceiling would have been used to lower and bring down a ceiling to emphasise the open plan so single level living with large glass windows synonymous with many properties of the 1950s and 1960s.
Now we also see tiles being used as a feature product to cover a ceiling. With brands like Rockett St George introducing tin tiles as a beautiful idea, having not been available in this country until recently, we now see other brands following suit.
But this new trend also gives rise to the DIY notion and gives a chance to get creative or crafty. Wood cladding is certainly an attainable level DIY project but also being creative with masking tape or stencils with paint is also a great idea – both cost effective and easy to do, plus can be changed at a later date to suit dates with no major cost issue – just a few coats of paint.
See our picture for ideas but also think out side of the box – swap the planned wall wallpaper to the ceiling or take the pattern from a piece of homeware in the room and transfer it to the ceiling!
home: trend [ high contrast ]
This year sees a big focus on colour blocking and contrasting tones on furniture. Primarily this is seen through monochrome interiors with the high contrast between black & white.
This doesn’t mean your whole home needs to be monochrome, but you can certainly use elements of this trend to create a stand out room.
Key features we have spotted are black legged chairs and table with lighter fabric seats, dark rugs on white flooring, and contrasting woodwork to walls.
Paint is the easiest way to create impact, and if you really don’t like it, you can change it!
Clockwise left to right:
Table / habitat.co.uk [ £156 ], image via pinterest, bar stool / rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £165 ], cabinet / johnlewis.com [ £599 ], image via pintrest, set of 2 chairs / made.com [ £249 ], lamp / grahamandgreen.co.uk [ £295 ]
home: trend [ navy blue ]
The navy trend is staying for 2020. This deep blue hue is rich and strong, creating stylish interiors.
For the modern approach use in multitude on walls in paint or wallpaper, floors, soft furnishings and drapes. Layering the tone to create an overall blue canvas is a bold look. Break it up with highlights of bronze or copper and a few pieces in other deep jewel tones.
Soften the look with the use of grey tones, natural beiges and browns – walnut or teal for furniture and tan in sofas or armchairs.
Crate • WallpaperStore £5 / Armchair • Made £499 (sale) / Rug • La Redoute £154 (sale)
Cushion • Trouva £85 (sale) / Bed • Next from £325 / Unit • Tikamoon £319 (sale)
Paint • Farrow + Ball ‘Scotch Blue’ / Cushion • M&S £19.50 / Sideboard • Maison Du Monde £324
home: trend [ tranquil dawn ]
With a new year brings new trends and new colours to get excited about, and this January sees the launch of Dulux colour of the year – Tranquil Dawn. A shade of green, that is close to a moss green and is a extremely calming colour. It is also very adaptable and can be used alongside pinks, stones, blues and earthy shades.
‘A colour inspired by the morning sky, to help give homes the human touch’
Similar shades of green are being seen in accessories and furniture. You may not want to necessarily layer green on green, but use this as an accent to create your space.We love the combination of pink & green, especially if you’re using it on a wall. Pink tableware and ceramics can also compliment a green wall and then add terracotta’s, yellows and blues to build up a gorgeous pallette.
Clockwise from top left:
Sofa / ikea.com [ £425 ], rug / made.com [ £159 ], cushion cover / hm.com [ £12.99 ], vases / grahamandgreen.co.uk [ from £11.95 ], 2pk napkins / hm.com [ £8.99 ], pottery / rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ from £8 ]
home: trend [ chintz ]
By definition ‘chintz’ is quite a broad term to describe a certain style of multi-floral, ‘twee’ or rather english country cottage-ish homewares and furnishings, but it can be many things to many people.
printed multicoloured cotton fabric with a glazed finish, used for curtains and upholstery.
….the grandparents overly floral sitting room with pot pourri and tasseled tie backs on curtains, dated china figurines and doilies on side tables, pinks and pastels and illustrated florals on every surface and what people often presume is behind every door to a thatch cottage and of course the decor to many a seaside B&B from the eighties.
Fast forward to modern day and there’s a surge in popularity for the chintz look with a subtle modern approach.
Many a crafty blogger or instagrammer is embracing the look and it’s encouraging a great push for upcycling, recycling and sourcing second hand pieces for the home – better for your bank account and better for the environment.
Layer up florals on fresh light painted backdrops. Use accessories in marble, metallics and ceramic. Cluster vases and ornaments and also play with clashing pattern sizes on cushions, furniture and curtains.
Wallpaper from £8 (sale) Dunelm / Bed £599 (sale) Made / Drinks trolley (newer style version now available) £228 Audenza
Vase £26 Anthropologie / Sofa £769.30 (sale) Urban Outfitters / Cushion Cover £68 Trouva
Paint £48 John Lewis / Curtains from £19.80 CurtainsCurtainsCurtains / Figurine £150 Ebay