home: trend [ 70s ]
There was some incredible design and style to come out of the seventies – it wasn’t all bad bell bottoms and glitter, but the design mentality of the midcentury continued, evolved and produced slick but funky interior design, luxury and a lot about comfort and relaxing – think low level seating, sumptuous throws, endless cushions, fabric on walls, even padded walls… dinner partying in the home and cocktail evenings or ‘soirées’ were becoming all the rage so creating the right home environment was key.
Fast forward to present day and a lot across the current high street has taken inspiration from the styles, patterns, furniture silhouettes and luxurious feel.
The colour palette to stick to should include neutral creams and beiges with rust, red, mustard and green tones. For a modern approach keep things quite minimal with not overlaying too many strong patterns as they would have done in the 70s.
Hunt on eBay, in markets and at car boots for pottery, ceramics and homewares of the era to bring in the right details but also high street favourites Habitat and Dunelm have some great modern equivalents.
Top row :
‘Biba’ Cushion £28 House Of Fraser / Rug from £44.99 Very / H K Living Bowls £31.13 Trouva
Middle row :
Leaf Dish £16 Dunelm / Cushion £20 Urban Outfitters / ‘Flynn’ Sofa £2300 Habitat
Bottom row :
Vase £17.50 (sale) Habitat / Chair £229 CultFurniture / Curtain £103.50 Maison Du Monde
home: nice price [ ceiling light ]
Create a lovely mood with great lighting, try this stylish smokey glass ‘Oliver’ pendant light from Matalan – currently half price in their sake.
Was £80 Now £40
Low hanging stylised pendant lights have the power to transform any room into a stunning spectacle thanks to the simple beauty of a single shade. Constructed in black and dark grey smoked glass, this edgy pendant is fashioned in a rounded tulip shape for added interest and features a black chrome fixture. Hang next to neighbouring pendants at staggered heights as seen in interior glossies. Part of the Concrete and Rose Gold trend.
home: featured [ Argos ]
High street giant Argos is definitely one to put on the list for great homeware and furniture.
With Habitat and Sainsburys Homeware under their belt and their own great home designs, the range of products to choose from is vast and offering great design, on trend pieces, super value and ample choice.
Industrial, Green and Faux Planting all feature in their new season collection and it’s easy to create entire room styling solely from them, from the sofa and shelving down to the ceramics and cushions.
There’s even same delivery on some products!
To make it even more appealing there’s even more all under the same (virtual) roof to help you out – from toasters and kettles, mattresses to fridges and even all you need for the garden too!
home: made [ concrete vase ]
Head to PaperNStitch blog for a great, simple tutorial for making a cool modern vase from concrete.
Concrete is still big in interiors and doesn’t look like that’ll end any time soon. It’s such a beautiful and versatile material which suits so many parts of the home.
home: events [ embroidery hoop workshop ]
Need to be amongst people on Valentine’s Day? What’s better than getting creative, learning a skill and getting to have something for the home as a result?
Love the sound of this workshop at West Elm on Valentine’s Day – book now HERE
Learn to cross stitch a felt heart onto 100% wool felt. In this workshop you’ll get to stitch three hoops, in the colour combinations of your choice. This technique is really easy so suitable for beginners, but more experienced crafters will find it really satisfying too. You’ll go home with the project kit, including a template and pen, so you can carry on stitching hearts, for friends and family. Each participant will receive a Cotton Clara goody bag and there will be drinks and snacks provided on the evening.
home: trend [ rust ]
The rust tone is warm and it’s best layered with lots shades of this one colour – plus splashes of rose as a lightener. This creates a lovely building of the colour with no striking other colours to distract from the colour. It’s not overwhelming at all. It’s also a colour that works with trends including Traveller, Moroccan and Woodland.
If you just want a little rust, use in a clean white or soft grey interior with lots of wood tones and keep minimal so the rust stands out.
For walls we’ve found Red Earth (Farrow + Ball) and Heat (Little Green Paint Co). Create the full impact by also painting skirtings, doors, frames as well as walls in a rust tone.
Sofa £389.97 Furniture 123 / Cushion £45 John Lewis / Rug £175.20 (sale) Houseology
Cushion £10 (sale) Made / Chair £160.65 (sale) Clippings / Rug £96.99 Wayfair
Armchair £499 (sale) Made / Throw £30 Trouva / Pair Cushion Covers £6 Dunelm
home: nice price [ vintage lighting ]
It’s a special thing to have a unique and original piece of vintage lighting in your home.
We found this beautiful Space Age Chandelier By Gaetano Sciolari in the sale at Vinterior.
A beautiful example of the incredible design from Italy in the last century.
Was £790.00 Now £553.00
This Italian space-age chandelier was designed by Gaetano Sciolari with smoked glass globes produced by French glass maker Vianne. Depending on the ceiling height, the chain can be adjusted to the correct height. The original ceiling cap is included. In excellent vintage condition.