home: follow friday [ Paint This Pad ]
Love the idea of having great colour and interiors inspiration in one place? New kid on the block, Paint This Pad on Instagram, is the perfect one to follow.
Get inspired to go bold and strong with colour on the walls and gain knowledge on combining hues and working an interior based on one colour.
home: event [ Lee Krasner exhibition ]
Seeing art exhibitions can be uplifting and inspiring. Visit the Lee Krasner exhibition, at the Barbican, and get colour inspiration and a pattern feast for the eyes!
30 May – 1 September
Lee Krasner is a key figure in American art, whose energetic works reflect the spirit of possibility in post-war New York.
‘I like a canvas to breathe and be alive. Be alive is the point.’
This exhibition celebrates the work and life of Lee Krasner (1908–1984), a pioneer of Abstract Expressionism. The first major presentation of her work in Europe for more than 50 years, Lee Krasner: Living Colour tells the story of a formidable artist, whose importance has too often been eclipsed by her marriage to Jackson Pollock.
Discover Krasner’s spirit for invention – from striking early self-portraits to her acclaimed ‘Little Image’ paintings from the 1940s, from collages comprised of torn-up earlier work to a selection of her most impressive large-scale abstract paintings. Explore nearly 100 works, many of which are being presented for the first time in the UK.
home: made [ books ]
January is always the time of the year when everybody starts talking about DIY, cleansing the home, revamping rooms and this is great. But if you are struggling for ideas and need some guidance then there are loads of fab books available to do just that.
We have picked 6 of our favourites ranging from DIY hacks to colour inspiration. These books are there to pick up and put down whenever the need takes you, full of interesting ideas and photos to really kick start your creative juices.
Clockwise from top left:
Be Bold: Interiors for the Brave of Heart – Emily Henson [ Fly the flag for maximalism – bring playful patterns, bold prints and vivid colours into your home ]
Sustainable Home – Christine Liu [ A stylish, inspirational and practical guidebook to maintaining a more environmentally friendly household ]
Pearl Lowe’s Vintage Craft [ In this beautiful and inspiring craft book Pearl shares with you her designer secrets and shows you how to capture her unique vintage style in your own home ]
Creative Living: London – Emily Wheeler [ Don’t read this book unless you want a serious dose of decorator-envy – Evening Standard ]
Reinventing Ikea [ This book features 70 customisation projects conceived from popular Ikea products ]
Beautifully Small – Sara Emslie [ Drawing inspiration from truly tiny spaces, with creative styling for compact interiors ]
All books available from waterstones.com
home: trend [ colours of 2018 ]
Every year we are given a top colour from the big names in paint, and every year we ponder on whether to follow the trend or stay well away! This time around there is a mixed bag with the one everyone is talking about from Pantone – Ultra Violet.
Love it or hate it, it’s refreshing to see Pantone share a daring shade to get us all discussing. It’s not a paint colour that many are going to go crazy for, but don’t rule it out. Accenting a room with accessories or soft furnishing in a purple tone will certainly bring a new dimension to a room and make a statement.
Farrow & Ball and Dulux have opted for a more safe colour pallete for 2018. F&B has launched Drop Cloth, a dark cream that brings warmth to a room.
‘We’ve named this colour Drop Cloth in honour of all the painters and decorators who have worked with Farrow & Ball paints for so long, as it’s the traditional name for a dust sheet. The colour has a subtle touch of mystery about it’
Drop Cloth is a great backdrop to put on your walls, allowing for stronger accents and accesories of colour to stand out and compliment. We love this colour for its subtle and understated finish.
Dulux bring us Heart Wood, a warm neutral tone with a touch of heather. Combine with other natural colours for a relaxed, balanced space or try navy blue and gold for a luxury feel. This colour can cover a large space and not feel overwhelming, and would actually work in any room.
home: made [ books ]
Often we have great ideas but don’t always know how to translate them into our homes. Whether it’s home decor ideas, colour options, diy projects or just the need for general inspiration, there is a book to help.
We have picked some of our favourites including basic diy techniques, the best ways of using plants in the home and a paint colour guide.
Clockwise from top left:
Make a house your home [ £20 ]
Design bloggers at home [ £8 ]
Reinventing Ikea [ £15.99 ]
Hygge [ £12.99 ]
In the mood for colour [ £19.99 ]
Bring the outside in [ £9.99 ]
How to decorate [ £30 ]
Collins complete DIY manual [ £24 ]
House of plants [ £20 ]
home: event [ mid century and more ]
This evening event is perfect for Mid Century Lovers looking for advice and inspiration for decorating the home. Hannah Russell, co-founder and CEO of LayerHome; John Cluroe and Russell Whithehead, the couple behind design blog 2 Lovely Gays; and Emma Morely, founder of Trifle Creative will be at the Hoxton Hotel, Holborn to chat practical ways to bring stylish preloved design influences into your home, plus the next big trends and designers to look out for.
This talk is free and tickets available from Eventbrite.co.uk or Hoxtown.com
July 26th 2016 / 6.30pm