home: favourite thing [ vases ]
Who doesn’t love a vase, especially when they are as stunning as these examples from Oliver Bonas.
The coloured glass on these vases shimmer in the light giving a modern take on a retro design. Use these vases for bouquets and stems, but you could equally leave them empty as an ornament alongside other vessels
Available now from oliverbonas.com
[ from £26 ]
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
home: found this [ ceramics ]
Make your dining experience more beautiful with this gorgeous ‘Jardin’ floral-print china range by Vera Wang For Wedgewood available from Selfridges online or at the London store.
Prices from £26
A truly iconic brand, Wedgewood relies upon over 250 years of expertise in its premium ceramics. Collaborating with the highly-coveted designer Vera Wang on its latest collection, the Jardin range is sculpted from fine glazed china and is decorated with metallic floral accents that showcase the fashion icon’s affinity for art and oriental-inspired elegance.
home: trend [ bold wallpaper ]
Be bold and embrace the beauty of wallpapers that have strong large prints of flowers, shapes and geometric designs.
There are different ways to style the trend and you can choose to be more maximalist or have a clean, minimal style.
To go for a bold look, maximise the clashing strong designs; use various flower prints, various illustrative prints or shape designs to layer up a rich look. Look for sofas, armchairs, soft furnishings that the patterns sit together by colour but have variance in size and design.
Alternatively opt to just have the bold impact of the wallpaper and have far simpler plain accessories and furniture. Pull out a few colours from the wallpaper to have block colours for the sofa and chair or bed linen. Metallic highlights in chair or bed frames, homeware pieces, framed artwork or ceramics can be very effective to add dimension to the room.
You can also create more depth to a room by pulling one colour from the wall paper to use as a solid paint colour on the other walls. Think about papering the largest wall, most likely where the sofa goes, for a more modern look; instead of the more traditional ‘feature wall’ idea of the wall with the chimney breast and fireplace.
Main Picture guide
Naken / Ellie Cashman Design / Jane Clayton £47.20
Jane Clayton £99.20 / World of Wallpaper from £11.99 / Graham Brown from £50
Graham Brown from £40 / Murals Wallpaper from £36 / Murals Wallpaper from £36
Something to make the summer dining table look even prettier.
With wild flowers being a strong trend these floral glasses from Urban Outfitters are rather lovely.
A great sale bargain at £8 (were £18)
home: trend [ faux flowers ]
It has taken a while to get on board with having faux flowers in the home but more and more of us are exploring the possibility.
Now is a great time to find those realistic looking stems, ideal for dressing a table or shelf. This season has also seen an increased interest in a 70’s favourite – dried flowers.
Invest in one or two different stems and then mix in real flowers when required. The realism is so good now on these fauxs and of course they will last.
Also look out for faux plants, perfect for dark corners of rooms. No chance of killing these off!
Clockwise from top left:
Heads Milk Vetch / abigailahern.com [ £9.00 each ], Pink Protea / audenza.com [ £26 each ], Magnolia Spray / coxandcox.co.uk [ £28 each ], Foxglove / abigailahern.com [ £14.50 each ], Allium Bouquet / marksandspencer.com [ £15 ], Eucalyptus / rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £12 each ], Peony bundle / dunelm.com [ £5 ], Dried Canary Grass bunch / trouva.com [ £10.50 ]
home: trend [ winter florals ]
Deeper colour palette, rich tones and the flora abundant in winter, brings all the warmth to an interior for winter.
Using reds, purples and oranges, various sizing of floral patterns and dark woods, this winter floral trend combines a love of maximalism and floral interiors.
Break up the mix of pattern with dark plain walls or plain seating fabrics. Use dark greens, charcoals or reds in wall paint with burnt oranges, rich purple or bark for curtains and throws.
cushion £16.50 Oasis / wallpaper £150 Joyful WallpaperCo / duvet from £17.50 Kaleidoscope
paint from £18.33 PeriodPropertyStore / rug from £386 TheRugsWarehouse / wallpaper £150 Joyful Wallpaper Co
cushion £15 M&S / curtains from £50 Next / cushion £15 WallpaperDirect