home: trend [ desert ] 

home: trend [ desert ] 

We are needing a retreat, a place of calm and perhaps an interior that makes us think of warmer climates, holidays and miles of endless sands. 

The desert trend back for 2017, with the surge in popularity of succulents and cacti still growing (happy plants we generally succeed in not killing!) is a strong easy look to pull together in a home. High street (and designer) stores have plenty of natural homewares, products that look as if they’ve been gathered from travels and craft inspired goods. 

Use bright light interiors and bring in leathers, weaves, wood and tapestry. Search vintage fairs for large patterned rugs or head to highstreet stores including Urban Outfitters, La Redoute and House Doctor for new versions. The current Summer sales are perfect to pick up large items that work with this trend – suede sofas and leather armchairs and with the good weather explore markets and carboots, and thrift unusual items, pottery and trinkets to build the look.  

Stick to neutral colours, dark and light but throw in a little colour in an odd chair or patterned cushion. Essentially use indoor planting for fresh green tones that will set off well against the tans, beiges, whites, creams and other neutral tones – with highlights of gold and bronze. 

Get creative and work on your own DIY projects for accessories – macrame pot holders, woven hangings for the wall and block print canvases leaning casually against the side. 


Credit : TheArtHouseConcept 

Product guide: 

1 cactus curtain / BritishMadeInteriors £27.73

2 ‘Clunch’ paint / Farrow + Ball £43.50 

3 ‘House Doctor’ rug / Wayfair £85.17 

4 goat skin pouffe / MaisonDuMonde £108

5 Aztec cushion / Wolf + Badger £105 

6 llama cushion / Urban Outfitters £35 

7 midcentury leather chair / Rose + Grey £915 

8 woven throw / Dunelm £15 

9 white cactus vase / La Redoute £65 

(Currently 25% off at La Redoute with code : 25OFF )

home: trend [ earth tones ] 

home: trend [ earth tones ] 

This summer sees a trend that embraces the natural Earth, sustainability and grounding ourselves with the planet we walk on. 

Bringing together a natural inspired set of colour palettes;  

‘This colour scheme draws from a palette taken from natural rocks, deserts, earth and trees featuring pale rose, peach, cinnamon, tan, ochre, burnt orange, burgundy and terracotta.’
LondonEssentials.com 

It creates a warm interior and encourages a slower pace. The tones compliment each other and work along side each other alike to the natural world. 

Using tones of each shade, build up this look through soft furnishings, furniture and all the way to wall finishes. Embrace textured coloured wall papers, feature walls in painted choices and subtle texture and pattern in throws and cushions including the use of silks, linens, weaves and matt finishes in ceramics and furniture. 

Buying guide [ clockwise ] 

1 Taupe Brown Linen Duvet (from) £59       La Redoute 

2 Dulux Perfectly Taupe £26 B&Q 

3 Cole & Son Crackle Wallpaper Ochres £70 Beut 

4 Metro Sage Wall Tile £15 p/sqm Tile Mountain 

5 Soft Wool Olive Green Throw £42.25 (was £65) Cox & Cox 

6 Scott Burnt Orange Velvet Sofa £899 Made.Com 

home: trend [ dark kitchens ] 

home: trend [ dark kitchens ]

In between the love for white minimal and Scandinavian pops of colour, the strong trend for dark tones within the kitchen is a beautiful stylish style direction to head in. 

Choosing between dark cabinets, counters, wall tiling, floor covering or all of the above creates a deep rich interior – a modern look for a home. 

Ikea // dark kitchen cabinet doors

Bringing together a lot of dark tones (greys and blacks) is a bold move but it pays off. Although high lighting with colour or white is also a great look. Intersperse dark cabinets with white tiling or use a paler paint or  flooring to soften the darkness. 

Tiles / Victoria Plumbing • Cabinets / Ikea • Floor Tiles / Terrazzo Tiles • Cabinet Doors / Ikea •

For accessories, using other on-trend colours of the moment including metallics, blushes and pastels or light greys will really add to the look. 

Tray / Mia Fleur • Tin Boxes / Ferm Living • Kitchen Utensils / Studio • Enamel Jug / Smug •

Across the high street big brands and smaller independent brands, seek out well chosen kitchenalia, ceramics, equipment and utensils to compliment the look. 

Shopping guide: 

Victoria Plumbing / Ikea / Terrazzo Tiles / Mia Fleur / Smug / Studio / Ferm Living 

home: trend [ drinks trolleys ] 

home: trend [ drinks trolleys ] 

The trend for using drinks trolleys in the home is growing with high street and designer stores alike continuing to stock great styles. The drinks trolley is a versatile, practical, movable piece of furniture that, with all the current styles available (modern, retro, antique, industrial, minimal) there’s one to suit every home and they’re aren’t just for drinks and glasses . 


This handy piece of furniture is great for a multitude of uses – kitchenalia, toiletries, make up, books, as a side table, office and work goods, even shoes. 


With prices up from around £50 there’s something for every budget plus hunting eBay, vintage markets or furniture charity stores can often come up trumps with some amazing prices especially when they are a little worn round the edges and need a little sanding, painting or cleaning – it’s a great upcycling project which benefits you to allow you to colour or style the piece to suit your home. 

Pinterest > alternative styling within the home

TOP IMAGE PRODUCT GUIDE 

(top row)

Dunelm £119.20 / MiaFleur £345 / Swoon £145 

(middle row) 

M&S £299 / Argos £59.99 / IKEA £18 

(lower row)

Atkin&Thyme £299 / West Elm £349 / Etsy £75 

home: made [ room planners ] 

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. 

Drop us an email at anotherhomeblog@gmail.com 

home: trend [ greys ] 

home: trend [ greys ] 

Continuing to be a strong trend for 2017, grey is a familiar safe option for interiors that is flexible and adaptable to your taste and style. It’s a modern neutral colour and especially when the lighter tones are used, it’s easy to compliment and create a homely interior. Although, those braver can make incredible design statements using the darker, richer tones and layering up shades of grey can be very effective. 

Visit Pinterest, and great sites like ApartmentTherapy.com for inspirational guides. 

Importantly your shades have to sit next to each other. With greys coming in warm, cool and varying Pantones, it’s worth having material swatches or paint samples when choosing pieces for a room. 

A good base is to start with a wall colour and the main piece of furniture – like the sofa. 

We love the (pictured above) Made.com Scott sofa (£999) matched with Farrow + Ball Railings almost pitch black grey. To this you can build on with soft furnishings, maybe using highlights of a blush pink or copper. For a clean, less bold approach use lots of white with grey to lighten and soften the look. 


Above : choosing your shade of grey 

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(Top image guide)

Clockwise from left :

Chair / Louis from Maison Du Monde £209 

Wallpaper / Fiori from Cole & Son £90 

Lamp / Lyss from Habitat £20 

Armchair / Orson from Made.Com £349 

Cushions / from a selection at Next 

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Sources / Pinterest • ApartmentTherapy • and styling by Marie Ramse 

home: trend [ oil slick ] 

home: trend [ oil slick ] 

This isn’t about the tragedies that effect the environment but the beauty of a substance that can create the most effective and iridescent patterns and colour effects naturally. The magic of the hues of purple, pink, greens, blues and more, that form in slicks, are translated into homeware and interior finishes – beautiful, chic and with lustre and an expensive finish. 


This is not a trend to push too far, but to use as details in homeware around a room; fabrics, cushions, vases or single wall of tiles or wallpaper; and then use the colour palette and pull out hues to do the main bigger areas of colour required. 

1. ‘Cielo’ Vase / was £25 now £17.50 / Habitat 

2. Colour Effect Cutlery / from £4.99 / Zara Home 

3. Iridescent Tiles / Baked Tiles 

4. ‘Oil Spill’ Mural Wallpaper / £25 psqm / MuralsWallpaper 

5. Rain-Shibori Indigo Silk Cushion / £150 / Vintage & Floral