home: trend [ colour clash ]
With any trend you can take elements of what you like and create the looks in individual rooms. This week’s trend focuses on vibrant colour and pattern. Take inspiration at whatever level and transform a room into an array of bold tones and print.
This trend is all about being a maxamilist and being brave on your choices. Mix florals with stripes, bright pink with green, leopard print and yellow.
If you don’t want to go for this look in the whole room then why not try throwing lots of colour on a picture wall or maybe find a corner you can experiment in with ab armchair and soft furnishings.
Embrace the colour this year!
Clockwise from top left:
Lampshade / rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ from £30 ], cabinet / made.com [ £199 ], wall mural / rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ from £195 ], footstool / audenza.com [ £76 ], curtains / johnlewis.com [ from £80 ], vase / laredoute.co.uk [ £37.95 ], chest of drawers / oliverbonas.com [ £795 ], sofa / anthropologie.com [ £1298 ]
home: made [ placemats ]
We are always looking for ways to make a statement for dinner parties with the place settings.
We found some incredible ideas on DIYS.com – with varying levels of skills needed, there’s all sorts of creative projects to make stylish placemats to finish of your dining place settings perfectly. These could be used for home or for a wedding, kids party or other function. There’s lots of ways to personalise settings with names, themes, and colours.
Special placemats at a wedding could also then be the wedding favour or personalise them for a kids party and then pop them in the party bags at the end!
home: favourite thing [ cushion ]
Add a little jungle print to a living area with this pretty little jungle illustrated cotton cushion from George at Asda.
Perfectly in line with the trend of bringing the outdoors in – with lush greens, foliage and fauna.
home: trend [ maritime ]
The new ‘maritime’ trend has a far softer and subtle feel than nautical trends of the past.
Still with a feel of being in and around the sea coast but through textures, colours, patterns and imprints as opposed to more obvious use of rope, anchors and red, blue and white.
The colours are washed out blues, sandy beiges, dirty whites and with metallic hints to give an edge of boat engines, rusty hand rails and anchor chains and using natural weave in rugs, runners and chair seats; as a nod to sailors rope.
There’s much layering in textures and fabrics, with patterns of stripe, weave and linear illustration alike to shell patterns.
Add in collected nicknacks from travels, clusters of vases and stick to natural fabrics and surfaces – wood, wicker, bamboo, cotton, wool and silk.
Main picture guide:
Stool £45 Trouva / Paint from £23 Wickes / Rug £299 La Redoute
Sofa £1445 Loaf / Vase / EBay / Sideboard £651 Turnball & Thomas
Vase £18 Plumo / Light £88.45 More Handles / Curtain £88 Anthropologie
Inspiration from Ikea (above)
home: featured [ Hema ]
High street and online favourite, Hema, has got a whole lot of lovely homeware to give your home some new touches this Spring.
Lighting, soft furnishings, ceramics, bedding, frames, storage and more. See pictures for our favourite picks from their current collection.
The Hollandsche Eenheidsprijzen Maatschappij Amsterdam, or H.E.M.A., opened its first department store in Amsterdam on 4 November 1926. Founders Leo Meyer and Arthur Isaac wanted to open a department store for “ordinary” people. Before this, department stores were very much aimed at wealthy people and most store personnel spoke French. HEMA, as it would later become known, was the first department store of its kind in the Netherlands. Products were priced at 10, 25 or 50 cents. And from day one, the essence of HEMA was defined as: optimistic, unique, clear, reliable, accessible and as typically Dutch. In 1927, HEMA opened its first store outside of Amsterdam and just a year later there were ten HEMA stores in the Netherlands. In the 1950s, HEMA was the first franchise organisation in the Netherlands and is still the largest franchise operator in the Netherlands. From 1958 onwards, HEMA picked up the pace of its expansion, rapidly opening new stores across the country. Then in 1984, HEMA opened its first store abroad, in Belgium.
The number of stores grew quickly and is still growing. Today, we have more than 750 stores in nine countries, with 19,000 employees serving over six million visitors every week. We remain loyal to our history, perfectly expressed in our brand essence: our products are always high quality, well designed and sold at a great price. All our products are developed in house, are sustainable and range from food to non-food articles. Which is why our products can be found in every household. In addition to our stores, we also offer 24/7 online shopping in all the countries in which we operate.
home: featured [ West Elm ]
A firm favourite of ours, West Elm is the place to go for modern Mid Century inspired furniture, gorgeous ceramics & tableware, and beautiful soft furnishings.
With the flagship store located on Tottenham Court Road, London, you can lose yourself in the vast array of products. With regular discounts and sales you can be sure to pick up a bargain too.
We share [above] our favourite new arrivals.
home: event [ Ideal Home Show ]
It’s not too late to book your tickets for the Ideal Home Show which runs from 22nd March to the 7th April at Olympia in London. Book your tickets HERE
From inspiring ideas, to innovative products and on-trend solutions for your home, the Ideal Home Show sponsored by Zoopla, brings together full scale show homes, over 600 companies, 100’s of free talks, the latest technology and fresh ideas from our team of experts. The show will also offer health and wellbeing advice, and an opportunity to be pampered, all for the price of your ticket. We are also excited to reveal that this year’s show will celebrate its British roots with a best of British theme!