home: trend [ statement rugs ]

home: trend [ statement rugs ]

To bring a room together or to give you a starting point for styling and picking colours for a room; a statement rug is the place to start.

The two main routes to take for interior designing from the chosen rug is to keep the rest of the room simple and minimal and take colours from the rug for small highlights around the room or follow the maximalist trend and continue from the statement rug with bold walls, patterns in soft furnishings and layer textures.

Picture guide :

Top row

Maison Du Monde £103.50

Habitat £600

Benuta £59.95

Middle row

French Connection £155

Rugs Direct £385.99

Made £299

Bottom row

Modern Rugs £959.20

Ikea £250

La Redoute from £99

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home: found this [ IKEA x B. Akerlund ]

home: found this [ IKEA x B. Akerlund ]

IKEA has always been a company to push design ideas and bring fun into our homes. A new collection designed with fashion stylist Bea Akerlund may just be their boldest yet, where a heavy gothic vibe meets Alice in Wonderland.

Omedelbar is a limited edition collection launching in March and is expected to be a hit. The collection consists of vases, accessories, furniture and soft furnishings in bold black, red and gold.

Look out for top hat and boot vases, a crown bowl, lip shaped cushion and a giant pocket watch wall clock.

We can’t wait to see it in the flesh.

Head to ikea com for the latest.

home: trend [ mosaic ]  

home: trend [ mosaic ] 

This season’s trend for mosaics shows how patterns of mosaic tiles or patterns in the style of, are not just for holiday destinations or even a bathroom – that can work in any room as a feature or pattern on the wall or homeware. 

Blending art, architecture and design, mosaic tile is one of the oldest forms of wall and floor covering. Using the tiny squares known as tesserae, Ancient Greeks and Romans created detailed stories and intricate geometric patterns, and mosaic art embellishes ceilings, walls and floors from Byzantium to Barcelona // SeattleTimes.com 

Using mosaics on walls can make a bold design statement and an incredible alternative to wallpaper or paint for a feature wall. You could use block colour or patterned design depending on the colour scheme and style of room. It could be used on a chimney breast, kitchen wall or even as an alternative way of creating a headboard for a bed.

Not looking to be so bold? There’s lots of accessories to bring a little of the trend into the home – on ceramics and fabrics.  

Bathroom set £14.94 Wayfair 

Dessert Plate Set of 4  £21 La Redoute 

Mosaic Towels from £6 BHS 

Giraffe Mug £14.99 Fortune & Hopkins l

home: nice price [ lamp shade ] 

home: nice price [ lamp shade ] 

Dunelm is growing and growing in reputation for being a go-to store for affordable great homeware and furniture. This well priced lamp shade is no exception. 

It’s great minimal fresh white look, 3D artichoke style gives it a designer look but at the fraction of the price 

Only £22 

home: event [ designer maker Christmas Fair ] 

home: event [ designer maker Christmas fair ] 

There are a plethora of Christmas fairs across the capital (and country) throughout the lead up to the big day but we loved the look of the Kindred DesignerMaker Fair on Portabello.

Kindred Studios & friends are launching their first ever Portobello Market Christmas Fair, showcasing over 45 emerging artists and artisans ready to take over Tavistock square on the North end of Portobello Road.

A wide range of unique, handmade and affordable gifts will be on sale- all made locally. ‘

Dec 1 / Tavistock Road W11 


home: featured [ Jo Angell ] 

home: featured [ Jo Angell ] 

In the lovely old-meets-new development at Kings Cross (London), Granary Square was host to this year’s Design Junction. A huge spread of exhibitors showing new season products and interior trends as well as super brands popping up shop selling current products, home accessories, accessories and furniture. 

Here we got to meet the lovely Jo Angell and see her brand (of the same name) selling her gorgeous pattern and architectural lead designs in print, on homewares and stationery. Angell, based in North London, from her extensive and successful graphic design background now produces her designs on fabric, art prints and wall paper, as well as translating these designs to tea towels, ceramic mugs and greetings cards. 

Her patterns are crisp and fun using great colours, and all pieces would be fantastic in a modern home. Her prints would stand out alone on a wall but work excellently in a gallery cluster and her kitchenwares would brighten up any crisp  white kitchen. We love her bold designs taken from images of an favourite London architectural site – the old, no longer used, gas holders, which turn these metalwork giants into a great colourful abstract prints on paper and fabric. 

Check out the online store for shopping or to find out where she is exhibiting next or upcoming projects. 

1 Kings Cross gas holder print in navy

2 great prints of colour and geometric designs 

3 Tea towels 

4 Patterned mugs

5 Prints working great in a cluster 

6 Wall paper designed for Graham + Brown 

home: featured [ Abigail Ahern ]

home: featured [ Abigail Ahern ]

With an eclectic assortment of glam and ultra lux pieces mixed with faux flowers and a dash of rustic folk ATELIER Abigail Ahern is a must visit homeware store.

With a signature colour palette of ‘ intoxicating, dark inky hues ‘ Abigail Ahern herself is well known for her trend setting designs, glamorous touches and beautiful finishes.

As a renowned designer and author Abigail Ahern launched her store in 2003 giving us a glimpse into her world, giving us the opportunity to inject a bit of it into our own homes. Full of accessories, prints, soft furnishings, wall decor, faux plants, lighting and a lot more, ATELIER Abigail Ahern is an elaborate playground for any interiors lover.

Our favourite pieces include a beaded chandeliermarble side table and selection of vases.

Along with a well put together website, there is a great blog to keep up to date with, plus an inspiring Instagram page to follow.

ATELIER Abigail Ahern

12 – 14 Essex Road

Islington

London

N1 8LN

Mon – Sat [ 10:30 – 18:00 ]

Sun [ 12:00 17:00 ]