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: trend [ animal print ]
Let’s begin by saying that this trend is not for everyone. Of course we would argue we all need a bit of leopard print in our lives, but we won’t hold it against you if it’s not your thing.
Taking inspiration from fashion trends, leopard and snake skin print is everywhere right now. Find it on cushions, bedding, accessories, furniture, wallpaper and rugs.
Brands that are fully embracing their wild side are rockettstgeorge.co.uk and zara.com with a great range of products to add some flare to your home.
Don’t be afraid to clash prints if you are feeling brave. Alternatively add touches of animal print to a corner of a room with soft furnishings for a more subtle take.
Clockwise from top left.
Cushion / amara.com [ £35 ], bedding / hm.com [ £39.99 ], floor vinyl / amara.com [ £110 ], chair / rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £180 ], pillow case / zara.com [ £4.99 ], wallpaper / rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £99 ]
home: nice price [ affordable art ]
So you’ll need to buy a frame but finding a cool piece of art work for just a fiver is an incredible find. Hunting through the new home products at House of Fraser we find this gorgeous wrapping paper (3 metres for £5) that is so perfect it needs to be framed. Make a statement – find a great big frame (try the largest size in Ribba frame from Ikea or head to Desenio and pick one of their skinny profile frames) and cut the paper to size.
The pattern, the colour – it’s all on trend and would be perfect as a focus piece of art in a lounge or bedroom.
To ensure the paper stays smooth and flat, hunt out your local picture framers and ask them to ‘dry mount’ the paper to a board (this can cost around £20 for a 60×80 size piece)
home: favourite thing [ sofa ]
The London Transport Museum, known for their incredible homeware ranges and interior styling products, have raised their game with their current moquette fabric (famous from the London tube train seats) sofa which not only comes in all the amazing fabrics from all the various underground tube train lines but also even more patterns – including a truly fabulous leopard print. Custom made to order, one of these investment pieces could be yours for £1964.99.