home: found this [ light ]

home: found this [ light ]

Habitat has launched it’s new season collection, and with it some new designs imcluding this gorgeous walnut light shade. Its plywood frame has a been stained walnut and slots together, creating a really interesting light when on.

A perfect light for a living room or kitchen. Available now from habitat.co.uk [ £75 ]


home: made [ kokedama plant ]

home: made [ kokedama plant ]

This simple diy project combines the popularity of indoor hanging plants and the new trend for Japanese inspired homes.
Kokedama meaning ‘moss ball’ is a Japanese form of hanging plants by creating balls of soil covered in moss. These unique hanging plants look amazing in groups if you have the space.

They are very easy to create, all you will need is your choice of plant, soil, sheet moss and string, and you are good to go.

We have a couple of tutorials for you to follow.


home: favourite thing [ Ikea x Hay ]

home: favourite thing [ Ikea x Hay ]

We have been waiting a long time for this collaboration. And if you don’t know about it, here is the lowdown.

Launching in October Swedish giant Ikea has joined forces with Danish brand Hay to create the new Ypperlig collection. Featuring furniture, vases, throws and accessories the Ypperlig collection has been designed to ‘challenge people’s perception of Ikea quality and design’

New redesign of Ikea Frakta bag

Hay has also taken on the challenge of redesigning the iconic blue & yellow Frakta bag. The size & shape has remained, with new colours including the green & white version pictured. Hay wanted to turn the bag into a ‘design object’ that customers appreciate.

We love the simplicity and muted colours of the collection, with strong design that will fit into any room. As Ikea says ‘a contemporary yet ageless collection’

Keep an eye out in store and online during October / ikea.com

home: event [ acid etching ]

home: event [ acid etching ]

This workshop is not as scary as it sounds. Learn the safe techniques of acid etching onto glass creating a unique piece for your home or a gift. You will have the opportunity to practise on sheets of glass and then move onto a bottle, tumblers or perfume bottle.

Pick from templates provided, create your own design or use a font template to make words.

This 2 hour workshop is hosted by London Craft Club. [ £49 ]

Tuesday 5th Sept / 7pm – 9pm

Book you place at londoncraftclub.co.uk

home: trend [ Art Deco ]

home: trend [ Art Deco ]

Following on from the beginning of this year Art deco inspired interiors are still big. Introducing this 1920s look into your home will bring glamour and opulence, wether a small corner or a whole room.

You can hint at this trend or go full on, but be careful not to over indulge as you don’t want it to look themed or staged. This look focuses mainly on two key areas, pattern and furniture, with bold gold designs set against black and rich blue backgrounds on wallpapers and art.

Mural from muralswallpaper.co.uk

The furniture comes in the form of drinks trolleys and statement armchairs. A good place to start is with a classic round trolley with marble shelves, a design that mixes straight lines and circles, very much echoing the strong print designs of the Art Deco era.

Combine this with a statement chair – velvet is a must – with brass or gold legs and you will have the perfect start to the look. Keep the walls dark to create more drama with dark green, blues and of course black.

Accessories to consider would be classic angled mirrors and perhaps a quirky lamp influenced by the 1920s. As well as this you could continue the feel with soft furnishings like a fringed pillow [ pictured ].


1. Fringed pillow case from hm.com [ £8.99 ]

2. Wallpaper from cole-and-son.com

3. Butterfly picture from miafleur.com [ £75 ]

4. Drinks trolley from rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £395 ]

5. Print from desenio.co.uk [ £22.95 ]

6. Lamp from rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £87 ]

7. Wallpaper from iwantwallpaper.co.uk [ £15.99 ]

8. Armchair from sweetpeaandwillow.com [ £1090 ]

9. Mirror from dunelm.com [ £70 ]

home: trend [ bold wallpapers ] 

home: trend [ bold wallpapers ] 

Another summer where we see bold wallpapers as a strong trend with floral, geometric and tropical patterns appearing most popular in designs. 

These bold papers can be worked in two main styling methods. Either in a minimally styled room with no clutter, few accessories and just using the busy, bold wallpaper on one wall; or embracing a more complicated, layered look that uses multiple patterns and colours on purpose with excess accessories to create a bohemian, eclectic strong look. 

(Above : Cole + Son Hicks Grand / SelectWallpaper £76 • Graham + Brown Colourful Geometric / House of Fraser reduced to £48 ) 

Big bold geometric patterns can be a modern or retro look. They sit well with clean white paint work and furniture as well as light woods like oak, beech or teak. 

(Above : Holden Decore Bird of Paradise / IWantWallpaper reduced to £24.99 • Tropics Pindorama Floral / PriceRightHome £12.49 ) 

Mixing tropical and floral patterns is a beautiful strong idea. Colour match the colour tones but mix and match the flower patterns, size of illustrations and continue through cushions, curtains, throws and other accessories to bring together a vibrant look to excite the senses. 


(Product guide) 

1 Eunoia £89 / The Joyful Home Company 

2 Arthouse Brasillia Blue £15 / Wilko 

3 Cole & Son Geometric II Riviera £76 / Beut 

4 Tropical Bloom £150 / AccessoriesForTheHome 

5 Sian Elin Multi Colour Tress £119 / Trouva 

6 MissPrint Songbird £69 / John Lewis

home: trend [ 60s ] 

home: trend [ 60s ] 

This season give your home a modern retro colourful pop of colour with the 60s trend. Stores are filling with midcentury silhouettes in furniture, great retro patterns in wallpaper, fabrics and cushions and those immediately  indentifiable colours associated with the swinging decade of the 60s. 

Use teals, mustards and burnt oranges but soften with fresh white or creams to balance the palette. Make angles curved and woods light and layer up block colours with pops of great wild pattern. 

High street stores have plenty this season to work for this trend but it’s great to mix in the original pieces – hunt for vintage furniture – a statement dresser or sideboard, track down original samples of fabric to make cushions from and browse antique markets and fairs for ceramics and ornaments to enrich the look. 

Original vintage pieces from auctions and markets

1 Florian Plant stand / La Redoute £89

2 Benni Rug / I Love Retro (from) £309 

3 Velvet Cushion / Urban Outfitters £30

4 Blanket / Cafe Press £54

5 Table Lamp / Efficient Light £120.49

6 Jimi Side Table / La Redoute £59

7 Teal Topaz Paint / Leekes £17.49 

8 Sofa / Madison Du Monde £369.90