Showing posts with label inspiration. Show all posts
Showing posts with label inspiration. Show all posts

Look of the Week: Styling a teal sofa

Today’s Look of the Week is inspired by a new retailer I have just discovered which makes me want to buy about 10 new sofas and armchairs (ahem, not exactly practical in a pokey London terrace). They are The Lounge Company and create lovely pieces in a ridiculous selection of fabrics, colours shapes and sizes. Basically, if like me, you have a very clear idea of what you want in a sofa but haven’t found it yet, chances are these guys have something for you. Each of the 24 piece range is handmade in Britain so you know the quality is right up there.

As you know, I have been a slight colourphobe in the past (I blame those monochrome Scandinavian schemes which dominate my Pinterest feed) but I have been trying really hard to branch out. The Summer helps and my visit to Mexico recently completely inspired me (more about that here) so I am trying to inject some more colour at home and in my wardrobe (we’ll ignore the fact I’m wearing black and grey as I type).

Therefore, this week’s Look is all about adding a pop of colour at home. As much as I love my grey sofas, I do occasionally wish I had gone for a bright colour to add a bit of drama to the room. I had thought that choosing a coloured sofa would lock me into a scheme which wouldn’t be easily changed (sofas are an investment after all and last years). But the jewel coloured options out there are fresh and modern whilst also kinda traditional, and the fun really stars when you experiment with accent colours. Accent colours are where it is at and mean that you can switch up your scheme easily and relatively cheaply whilst your beautiful sofa sits proud. I hate wanky design terms but maybe jewel-coloured sofas could actually be a ‘new-neutral’.

This Poppy sofa is one of my favourites from The Lounge Company’s collection comes in the most amazing teal colour as shown here. The pink and lime accents work perfectly but here are a few of styling options which I had a play around with which could also work…

Clockwise from top right...

Scheme 1:

Scheme 2:
Throw – Ferm Living
Drinks cabinet – Swoon Editions
Lighting – Etsy
Cushion – Orla Keily

Scheme 3:
Sheepskin – Ikea
Lamp – Holly’s House
Brass magazine rack – John Lewis
Cushions – H&M Home

Scheme 4:
Lamp – Ikea
Rug – Ikea
Wallpaper – House of Hackney
Cushion – H&M Home
Yucca – Homebase
Mirrors – La Redoute 

What do you think? Any favourites? I love playing around with moodboards like this, especially ahead of a big purchase like a sofa. At The Lounge Company’s website there are loads of interactive tools to help you make a decision and there are also 21 stores across the country – it’s always good to have a jump and lounge moment on a sofa in real life if you can, but then you can buy online easily and with no fuss. Best of both worlds!


This post was done in collaboration with The Lounge Company but as always, all views and opinions are my own.

Wall art: Instagram favourites and where to buy them

If like me, you obsessively follow some of the amazing bloggers and interiors designers capturing their homes on Instagram, you will know that quite often a few of the same home accessories crop up again and again. When you follow a whole bunch, you can start to spot trends and themes and art work is one area where this is certainly true.

If, like me, you often spot incredible picture walls or beautifully curated art collections on Instagram but aren’t sure where to find them, fear no.  I have done all the hard work for you so here are some of the art prints and wall hangings I am crushing on right now… You. Are. Welcome.

This Completely Devoted print is from Soo-UK and is priced between £35-£55 depending on the size you buy. It us unframed but looks great in almost any setting.

The 'Eloise' print is one I have spotted in many an Instagram pic. I can understand why as it is totally feel good and has amazing energy. You can pick this print up from Rocket St George for £45

 The fluffy feather wall hangings... these pop up all over the place and I think they can be a great tool to add interest to a collection of art when you don't just want prints. These are from Holly's House and come in a range of colours priced at £19

So it's probably a little early to think about buying your 2017 wall calender but the Stendig versions are so much more than a way of planning your diary. This is wall art and no Scandi scheme would be complete without one. They usually sell-out so plan ahead and get in there early. Try Twenty Twenty One for yours and expect to pay from £46

One of my favourites, these art prints by Tom Pigeon are the perfect collection to perk up an empty wall. The colours, crisp lines and interesting movement in these are very appealing and would sit perfectly in my lounge... hmm *checks bank balance*. At £60 each without the frame, getting the trio is somewhat of an investment but if you have the right spot for them, it will be a truly striking feature. Try Trouva for sellers of Tom's work.

The Sky Circles print is a firm favourite across the interiors set and you often see it crop up in inspirational room styling. It is beautiful but will set you back £180 from Holly's House

Finally the knitted words which seem to pop up all over my feed. You can custom order specific names, words and phrases or you can check out the collection here on the SeventySeven84 website.

So they you have it. Adding some trend-led art can really pep up a scheme but don't forget to mix them up with pieces that you have collected over the years for a gallery or curation of items which are really personal to you and your family.

H x

A bijou Copenhagen apartment packed with style

Today I am really excited to launch a new section of the blog which showcases amazing real homes. I don't know about you, but perving on other people's interiors is something I spend way too much time doing and there is no better way to get inspired, and start to pull together ideas for your own home, than by looking at other people's.

Today's home is the most amazing apartment in Copenhagen, owned by the incredibly stylish Kristine...



Isn't it gorgeous? Some things I love include the yellow patterned wallpaper in the living room, the fabulous wishbone chairs in the dining room and the super useful, and beautiful open shelving in the kitchen. There definitely also needs to be a mention of the shoe rack in the bedroom, not to mention those gorgeous striped floor throughout.

I think the combination of traditional, almost French inspired pieces, are expertly mixed with modern Danish design - definitely some ideas here that I full intend to steel! It also shows how you can make a small space feel bright and packed full of style.

You can actually book to stay in this wonderful slice of Denmark if you are planning a trip soon. It's listed on AirBNB here.

What do you think? Which is your favourite room?

H x

Bring the outdoors in

Good Morning! For those Brits reading this, we are in for some rather amazing weather this week so I wanted to post about bringing some gorgeous greenery into your home to celebrate. There is nothing like fresh flowers and gorgeous greenery at home to make you feel fresh and summery and there are some amazing options out there for those of us who don't have a garden.

Here are some of my favourite products to freshen up your home this weekend...

  1. Gold terrarium, £44 from West Elm
  2. Set of 3 hanging planters, £88 from Light and Ladder on Etsy
  3. Hanging planter, £5 from Ikea
  4. Succulents, just £3 from Ikea (they have a great selection at such a great price!)
  5. Set of three wooden plant pots, £9.29 at ElleOneNine on Etsy
  6. Self watering herb pot, £38 at Scandi Living
H x

Trend Alert: Green is the new grey

Firstly a huge apology for my absence over the last few weeks - apparently organising a wedding and a house move at the same time is actually quite hectic and stressful. Who would have thought!? So I have been swamped with very boring things, but I am back and promise to be a better blogger from now on... (gulp).

Anyway today I thought I would drop some inspiration which has really got me thinking about how I am going to decorate our new house when we finally move in (expect lots of renovation posts over the next few months/YEARS - it's a real project). My default decorating setting is grey, grey grey. I love it, especially if it comes in a Farrow & Ball tin and has the word 'Pavilion' in the title. But my obsession with Pinterest has got me going green.

I love grey because its like a neutral to me, but the more I look at green the more I am seeing it that way too. It can be cosy, dramatic, fresh and zingy and looks fabulous in the Scandi inspired homes I love. It just seems to make things pop in the same way grey does, but its just a bit more exciting and fresh and change is good for you, right? I think I might just be converted, and after looking at these gorgeous rooms, you might be too...

I love the softness of this green - it just looks so dreamy against the crumpled linen and white marble

I think 5 years ago this wall would have been grey - it sits so well in the scheme even though there is only one green cushion and some cacti to pull it in

This gorgeous teal-y green adds drama and warmth to this room whilst making the wood and the floor tiles pop

A very easy green to use in any room - I just love it with the pale wood and white furniture and frames. Feels so fresh and clean
I just LOVE this colour. Works so well with the purple

Another way to use green is through super leafy wallpaper - something you are seeing everywhere at the moment. Try House of Hackney for some seriously statement fern prints

What do you think? Might you dip your toes into the murky green waters or are you staying loyal to your 50 shades?

H x

Inside Rebecca Hadley's Home

Good afternoon all! There is nothing like sneaking into someone fabulous's home and today I wanted to take you through the colourful, eclectic magic that is Rebecca Hadley's home. For those who don't know, Rebecca is the buying force behind Urban Outfitter's homeware department which you know I am a HUGE fan of. Her style totally sums up the fun, creative homeware available at the store and I have pulled out some of my favourites below inspired by her amazing home.

You can read a full interview with her, including some more amazing shots of her home on the Urban Outfitters blog here.

I just love the different coloured fences - it makes her garden look like a magical oasis amongst the brick around it
Love the mix of textures and colour - copper, tartan, pastels and sheepskin all thrown together shouldn't work but it so does

Primary colours against the shocking pink desk looks unexpected and unique

The slick kitchen is brought to life with quirky artwork and those amazing copper stools

Statement artwork and lighting give the space great character

A lesson in creating the perfect picture wall

What do you think? Any ideas you might steel for your home? I am loving the painted stairs, the use of great artwork and touches of copper - definitely things I will be replicating!

Here are my top picks from Urban Outfitter's current homeware range...

  1. Large Shrek Planter, £30
  2. Large Multi-Frame, £50
  3. UO X Dansette Bermuda Standing Record Player UK Plug in Red, £250
  4. Copper Coffee Table, £45
  5. Kilimrag Rug, £350


Easter in Paris

Morning all - hope you had a wonderful long Easter break. I was lucky enough to visit Paris over the long weekend. Such a beautiful, inspiring city. Here are some of my favourite moments from the trip...

A must see if you go to Paris - the Le Puces flea market. Persevere through the fake Nike trainers and you find a gem of a market, full or original art, vintage clothes and collectables 

The Louvre is my favourite museum. Avoid the crowds fighting to see the Mona Lisa and visit the sculpture gallery in the conservatoire - my favourite place in Paris.
H x