home: event [ Christmas past at Geffrye Museum ]
Step back in time with historic interiors given the festive overhaul. See how real people decorated their homes at Christmas at the exhibition running from November to January at the Geffrye Museum in East London. Get inspired for your home with period details from Christmas Past
The Geffrye is in Hoxton, East London. Admission to the museum is free.
The nearest Overground and Underground stations are Hoxton, Liverpool Street and Old Street.
Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm
Bank Holiday Mondays 10am – 5pm
Closed Mondays (unless Bank Holiday), Good Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day
The period gardens and herb garden will close for winter at 5pm Sunday 29 October. The front gardens are open until 5pm all year round
The café is open until 4.45pm
The shop is open during museum hours
Exciting news … We are about to embark on a transformational £18m development project – Unlocking the Geffrye – which will mean the museum will close on 7 January 2018 for almost two years. Although the main museum building and period gardens will be closed, there will still be plenty of reasons to come to the Geffrye. Throughout closure we will run a busy programme of events, activities and installations in our front gardens. The restored almshouse will also be open for tours on certain dates throughout the year.
home: trend [ sanctuary ]
Forget the high tech gadgets, forget the plugged in paraphernalia, switch off all devices and embrace the santuary trend.
It’s all about creating a natural, calm, serene environment to allow you to switch off, and for your over stimulated senses to have a break from work, stress, busy lives and hectic schedules.
What better trend to bring in to your home?
Using soft tones of colour, mainly neutrals and white, natural fibres and simple accessories including a happy abundance of indoor planting as this will increase the potential of your calm space.
Create seating or bed cocoons with comfort and relaxation in mind. Layer up cushions and throws in soft fabrics, avoiding pattern or bright colours. Use voile or lace on windows to have privacy but allow plenty of natural light.
1 Ira Lamp / Made £49
2 ‘Calluna’ Paint / Farrow&Ball from £43.50
3 Mongolian Cushion / Tesco £12
4 Cerrant Mirror / Maison Du Monde £180
5 Monstera Plant / Waitrose £24.99
6 Alvine Spets Curtains / Ikea £10
7 Stockholm Chair / Ikea £175
8 Wool Effect Throw / Dunelm £35
9 Beatrice Hanger / Urban Outfitters £18
home: made [ room planners ]
So the expertise of an interior designer can be invaluable but with so much interior inspiration from magazines, blogs and tv programmes it’s a lot easier to get a good idea of how to style, create and design a great laid out room yourself. However more important that the actual styling is the fit and measurements. Furniture has to fit, spaces have to work, movement can’t be restricted and a room has to feel like layout has been considered properly.
We love the IKEA software to ensure your kitchens, cupboards and bathrooms are the perfect fit and comprises of all the right elements to suit your requirements and brief. Linking directly to the full shopping site you can work in all the components you need into the correctly measured room with even wall colour, allowance for features like fireplaces and doors, plus being able to view from all sides and angles. It’s an incredibly useful tool especially when you are spending a larger amount of money (on a kitchen) and need to get it right or it could be a costly mistake.
However recently there’s many more apps providing room planning tools. Can they measure up (literally) and are they are better help than an old fashioned pencil, ruler and graph paper, and do they give you more scope for using all sorts of furniture and not just that of IKEA?
Over the coming month we’ll test out the various new apps for room planning and find what works and what doesn’t. We’d also love to hear if anyone has reviews, feedback or results from using room planning apps.
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