home: trend [ marble ]

home: trend [ marble ]

We have seen a huge increase in popularity for marble over the last few years and it’s a material that is being used in prety much every homes.

Whether it’s in the form of kitchen accessories, table tops, tableware, printed soft furnishings, marble is such a gorgeous material with a beautiful pattern, you will always feel you have a unique piece in your home.

This year has seen marble mixed with pastels and metalics; copper, brass & gold. We now see marble in a more basic form, appreciating its character without the additions of colour working alongside it.

Table tops are being seen with simple black metal or wooden legs, and vases and accessories apear less fussy. [ Look out for the additions of black & white to compliment a piece ]. And of course this means you can opt for any wall colour you like as you won’t need to worry about clashing tones.

Guide:

1. Table from oliverbonas.com [ £210 ]

2. Wallpaper from johnlewis.com [ £175 ]

3. Marble effect planter from rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £28 ]

4. Set of 2 pots from made.com [ £29 ]

5. Clock from trouva.com [ £249 ]

6. Chopping boards from rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ from £14.95 ]

7. Table from habitat.co.uk [ £295 ]

8. Table from westelm.co.uk [ £399 ]

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home: trend [ finish it in black ]

home: trend [ finish it in black ]

As more and more people are turning to dark interiors for inspiration Black is becoming a popular choice whem accessorising a room. Whether its small accessories like vases and ornaments, tables and chairs or wall coverings and paint, black is the shade of choice.

Mix high gloss with matte finishes to create tone and collect a selection of black items to display in one space.

Layered black [ image from pinterest ]

The kitchen is a great place to introduce black as there are so many surfaces to play with as well as including electricals, tableware and cutlery. Of course mix with white for a more monochrome feel or combine with dark wood, copper or brass additions.

Combining different finishes [ image from pinterest ]

If you are daring enough, and there is no reason why you shouldn’t be go full on black throughout a room. This especially works well in a bedroom, where most of the time you spend in there is in the dark anyway. Going dark creates a cosy space and doesn’t always – as a lot of people expect -make a room feel smaller. 

Guide:

1. Rattan chair from rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £195 ]

2. Vanity mirror from futureandfound.com [ £39 ]

3. Ceiling light from habitat.co.uk [ £55 ]

4. Lamp shade from made.com [ £29 ]

5. Desk from westelm.co.uk [ £399 ]

6. Smeg fridge freezer from johnlewis.com [ £1999 ]

7. Armchair from ikea.com [ £190 ]

8. Vase from hm.com [ £17.99 ]

home: trend [ cork ]

home: trend [ cork ]

It’s making a comeback in the home through its versatility,  sustainability and general attractive appeal. Cork is being used more and more in products this year and is becoming a big hit.

Cork is being combined with glass for gorgeous tableware, used as table tops and forms the base on ceramics including vases and bowls. Lighting can also use cork, not only is it durable from a practical point of view, but it looks great in a pendant style.

Cork is a material that can be used subtly within other trends and by keeping the natural colour it blends with other materials really well like concrete, wood, marble and glass.

Be bold and cover a wall with cork. Not only does it bring a great texture and look to a space but used in the right room it can become a useful memo wall, used for pining up pictures, notes and decorative item. An office would be the obvious room to try this out in.
Alternatively bring cork to the floor using tiles. Again the texture creates interest and is hard wearing. [ Check out floormaker.co.uk for cork wall and floor tiles ]

Sinnerlig range from Ikea

Another way to have cork in your home is to have it as a table top. Either on a dining or coffee table cork is durable, water-repellent and easy to clean. Ikea’s Sinnerlig range is a perfect way to introduce yourself to cork.

So this year look beyond coasters & table mats and experiment with a new love for cork.

Guide:

1. Clock from brownpapergifts.com [ £14.95 ]

2. Stool from barnabyco.com [ £99 ]

3. Candle from johnlewis.com [ £15 ]

4. Pendant light from nest.co.uk [ £174 ]

5. Vase from quinceliving.co.uk [ £32 ]

6. Glass carafe from ikea.com [ £4 ]

7. Pot from mindthecork.co.uk [ £25 ]

home: featured [ Homeplace ]

home: featured [ Homeplace ]

Based in Walthamstow Homeplace has an eclectic selection of vintage, midcentury, retro and contemporary furniture, lighting and homeware.

‘We are passionate about great design – contemporary as well as midcentury but we are also fans of the quirky and the whimsical..and we like nothing better than mixing them all up to create eclectic interiors with heaps of individuality’

As well as the larger furniture and lighting pieces Homeplace had some great gift ideas, including ceramics, artwork and kitchenware, and with it’s ever-changing collection you get the best choice of styles and colours to fit your home.

Visit homeplace.co.uk to shop the collection. [ hire options are also available ]