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Showing posts with label style. Show all posts

Home picks for Autumn

I am writing this as rain batters at the window and this week's heatwave seems to have finally dissipated. For that reason I think it's probably time to start thinking about Autumn and getting your home ready with some cosy accessories and warm colours.

As you know, I normally choose soft pastel colours and muted schemes, but that was before I spotted a burnt orange, velvet chaise lounge as part of Habitat's new collection. I am so in love with it. Wouldn't it just be perfect at the end of my bed!? That's what I am trying to convince Peter of anyway...

So here here are a few picks for an Autumnal scheme I am dreaming of right now... warm lighting, rich colours and gold accents. Mmm

Clockwise from top right...

Neon 'love' light - Rocket St George, £275
Gold frame - Desenio, £17.50
Gold picture bulldog clip - Desenio, £1.49
Native American scented candle - Holly's House, £39.50
Isabel velvet sofa (AKA the DREAM) - Habitat, £995
Mila chandelier - Marks and Spencer, £299

H x

Blomma's Best: Berber Rugs

Berber rugs are all over the place right now. Super shaggy, soft and delicious underfoot, they make a wonderful statement, adding a touch of the luxurious world traveller vibe to your home. Whether you are looking for adding some bohemian charm to a neutral bedroom, or a pop of colour to a tired bedroom, a Berber rug could be the perfect addition. I already have three in my house so my love is getting slightly out of hand, particularly when so many great high-street options keep cropping up.

To help wade through the wonderful world of the Berber, here are my picks for the best out there right now...

  1. This unique, one of a kind rug is currently being sold at Urban Outfitters for £790. It is handmade in 100% wool and measures 9x5ft so is a really decent size. I love the colours which would make an amazing statement in any room, especially if you are going for that bohemian Californian vibe which, I mean, why wouldn't you
  2. This Berber style rug is great value and from a brand which is really upping it's home accessories at the moment; La Redoute. Prizes start at £59 but the biggest is still under £200 so really quite reasonable. It isn't wool, but it is stain resistant because of that which means it is going to be hardy in a high traffic area
  3. This colourful number is from West Elm who do have a great selection of rugs available. They are a it more pricey than some of the other high-street options but the quality is great and they often have sales/offers on so its worth keeping an eye on the website. This one is £499 and is fairly small. It is 100% wool though and the colours are just beautiful.
  4. One of my favourite small retailers who is bringing amazingly designed, great quality rugs over from Morocco; Ella Jones from The Rug Trade. All ethically sourced and handmade by true craftsmen. This is my favourite at the minute - that pink colour against the black. wow. This one is £390 so really quite competitive when you compare against the high-street and you are really getting something very special and unique.
  5. Finally, if you are looking for rug which brings a touch of colour, but which isn't quite as shouty as the super colourful options out there, then this is a real winner. It is from independent rug retailer the Rug Merchant. It's a really affordable option as it isn't wool, with prices starting at £134.
Tempted? I literally want them all.

H x

Hero Product 24th February

I came across this little number in John Lewis a couple of weeks ago and I keep putting it into my online shopping basket because it is just so nifty.

It has a touch operated system within the base which operates three levels of lighting - the first a soft glow, a second for more ambience and then a fully light bright and warm light. SO useful in almost any room where you are trying to layer up lighting to get the right vibe. I am thinking of having it in the hall as I have just the spot to sit it so I can easily ding it as I stumble around in the dark when I get in from work.

John Lewis, priced at just £45

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

Hero Product 29th September

Sometimes it's not about the great statement pieces in your home. Sometimes the devil absolutely is in the detail, which is why today's hero product is a toilet roll holder. That's right, a toilet roll holder.

This little gem costs just £30 (and it's about to hit the sale) at Urban Outfitters - just use the code FIRSTDIBS to get the discount. The gold details of this design adds a touch of luxury whilst the leather strap gives it a worldly, traveller vibe which would look great in a bathroom alongside some woven baskets and hamman towels.

Toilet roll holders, along with other bathroom accessories like towel rings, loo brushes and pedal bins often get neglected when it comes to style but it doesn't have to be that way - there are some really well designed alternatives out there if you look around. In fact I see another blog post coming on...

What do you think of it? Should we start a 'down with chrome' revolution?

H x

Hero Product 15th September

Today I wanted to kick start a regular feature I am going to start running where I pick one product a week which really stands out amongst the many things on my wish lists. There are so many amazing products out there that I want to tell you about (and buy for my house!) so I am hoping this is going to be a good way for me to start editing and focusing on the things I really love.

So to kick off today, I have picked this gorgeous cowhide pouffe from Graham & Green...

£145 from Graham & Green
I am particularly partial to a cowhide, gold detailing and chevrons so this is somewhat of an miraculous discovery. I haven't seen anything quite like it on the high street but it feels very right now, whilst also being totally flexible and timeless thanks to the natural material and shape.

I can see this adding a touch of glamour in a scandi inspired living room against soft whites and brass accessories, but I could also see it in a LA inspired, uber lux home alongside deep blue velvet sofas and statement lighting.

At £145 it's a really reasonable price and I for one am already plotting a home for it.

Let me know what you think in the comments section!


Bathroom progress report - nearly there!

Hello! So today I wanted to share with you a little update on my bathroom renovation... it's not 100% finished but I can't wait any longer and it's just a few little touches left to do, so I will be sure to update this post at a later date (hopefully not too much later, ahem builders...) so you can see. Don't forget to follow me on Instagram too for updates as they happen.

For regular readers, you may have seen my inspiration post about my plans for the bathroom (here if you missed it). I wanted to go pretty monochrome with some statement floor tiles and touches of pale wood to warm things up a little. I am really pleased with how things are shaping up and I can't wait to start pulling it together with some great accessories like succulents and pretty ceramics.

All of the functional sanitary ware was from Victoria Plumb as they offered the best price, and we really couldn't tell the difference with the quality compared to other places, for almost three times the cost. We went for the mixed shower head for flexibility and the frameless shower to create a feeling of space. Simple metro tiles line the shower - with the floor tiles being such a statement pattern, I wanted the wall tiles to chill out and disappear into the wall. Although I love dark grout with white metro tiles, I do worry they will date soon too.

The towel rail was from Victorian Plumbing. Finding a black towel rail was surprisingly tricky but I'm really pleased with this one. I haven't tried it yet - just waiting for the electrician to connect it to the thermostat but can't wait for some toasty towels.

The hamman towel was from a Turkish seller on Etsy. I just bought one to see how it sat in the room and I love it so am planning to buy a stack more. They are just so much more interesting than normal towels, although come winter I might start craving a cuddly cotton version... we'll see.

The basket was from a little shop in Brighton, but there are loads around. These ones from Homebase are great value.

The sink unit was from Ikea and it is such a great little addition to the room.  Alongside all of the storage space, Ikea has specially designed organisers which fit neatly inside so I have all of my make-up professionally laid out so it is really accessible and easy to find. Honestly a life changer! I can't recommend getting a storage unit like this for your bathroom and Ikea absolutely had the best range on the market when it came to style, but also when it comes to cost.

The mirror was bought from Rose & Grey and sits perfectly over the sink. Love that I can pop a couple of my mini succulents on the mirror's tray too. We are waiting for a lamp to be fitted above the mirror to give some extra light which I think will finish it off nicely. It is also black and should give a nice glow to the room when you don't want the main spotlights on.

The succulent and concrete plant pot were bought from House of Hackney a while ago.

Finally a word on the tiles... when I posted a picture of the tiles on Instagram a week or so ago, lots of you wanted to know where they were from. Just gorgeous aren't they! I couldn't be happier with how they turned out. So striking and really make the room a little special. They were from Tons of Tiles who I just stumbled across on Google. The savings I made on using them versus a high street chain was really significant and the quality is great. Delivery was a little delayed but otherwise, really happy with the product.

So there you have it - where we are so far. The freestanding bath is still to be plumbed in and some little finishing touches need to be made here and there as I say, but it's really shaping up. What do you think?

H x

My top picks: Gray & Willow

Good morning all! Today I wanted to share a new brand which I discovered this weekend... Gray & Willow. The brand has been launched by House of Fraser, whose homeware range has always been a little hit and miss for me if I am totally honest.

This new range though is really quite lovely... a very consciously Scandinavian aesthetic so expect lots of soft greys, natural materials and monochrome detailing. Things that you know I'm a total sucker for so it was always going to be a winner from me, and the prices are really reasonable.

Aside from homeware, the Gray & Willow range also extends to fashion so do check that out too if you like muted colours and high quality basics with a twist. But here are my tops picks from the homeware range...

  1. Love this Elska range of dinnerware. Very reminiscent of Marimekko prints, but at a fraction of the price with pieces starting from £6
  2. For regular readers, you will know how much I am crushing on marble at the moment (have a read here if you missed it) and this rolling pin is probably my favourite thing from the range. A great design piece for any Scandi inspired kitchen. It's a little pricey at £40 but a definite future heirloom
  3. I can't get enough of pretty vases and these would look gorgeous on any window ledge with a fresh sprig of eucalyptus in situ. The small vase is £25 and the larger, is priced at £35
  4. Useful and lovely to look at - I could find a use from these storage boxes in almost every room in my house. Three for £30? Yes please.
  5. Not technically a homeware pick but I just like the idea of lounging around the house in this jumper with some slouchy lux joggers whilst reading the paper, or browsing Pinterest. Mmmm
  6. Another fab kitchen gadget I almost certainly don't need and it's marble... I'm starting to get worried I may be heading toward marble overload #help
  7. And of course, a lovely wooden chopping board - you literally can't have too many. At £45 it is on the pricey end of the scale but it is pretty big and will last for many years
What do you think of the new range? Any favourites?

H x

Marble Marvel

I feel like I am a little late to the party on this one, but it is something which has become somewhat of an obsession for me in recent weeks so I needed to get something out there about it... marble. White, veiny, clean, cold marble. My god what a stone. But funnily enough, a stone I always thought I hated. I used to think of it as old fashioned, overtly showy and a little Liberace. But now, for some reason it feels fresh and modern again, and luxurious but in the best kind of way.

It must be the love of white interiors and an increased focus on natural materials that has brought it back to life. It is so versatile too. From adding a touch of luxury to a country kitchen (perfect for pastry rolling), or super dramatic against dark greys and copper accents in a more industrial setting - it works in so many ways.

It doesn't have to be expensive either, there are so many mock-marble products on the market and the real deal is totally affordable in carefully chosen accessories. Here are some of my favourites right now...

  1. These  tiles are 100% going in my kitchen if we can stretch the budget. The hexagon shape is super modern and the subtle grey veining adds interest and warmth. A trip to Topps Tiles this weekend to see them in the flesh is definitely on the cards. £5.49 per tile
  2. I love the mix of wood and marble in this pendent lamp from Cox & Cox. Would look perfect almost anywhere in the house. I quite fancy two hanging either side of the kitchen sink... very tempting. £140 each.
  3. Dunelm have an incredible affordable range of bathroom accessories made from real marble. This soap dispenser is £12.99 but other pieces include toilet brushes, soup dishes and marble printed towels.
  4. A marble chopping board looks beautiful propped up against a kitchen wall. This one is £38 from Holly's House
  5. This marble topped coffee table perfectly combines mid-century simplicity and luxury. There are loads around at the moment but this one is from West Elm and is priced at £459
  6. H&M home has a whole host of ceramic products made to look like marble. Not only do they look exactly like the real thing, they are a total steal. This plant pot is £9.99
  7. Finally a cushion with a marble print from Amara, priced at £22. There are loads of fabrics which are carrying the marble trend through to a new dimension from shower curtains to towels and throws. I love the coral edging on this version, keeping it fresh
What do you think? Have you been swept away with this trend or is it one you'll be staying clear of?

H x

Swoon Editions: Soho Pop-up

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to have a snoop around Swoon Editions' first pop-up shop in Soho. I have been a big fan of the online retailer for a while now, often browsing the site at lunchtime planning a fantasy new scheme for my lounge. However, seeing the products first hand, in the flesh, really brought home the quality and artisan nature of them which I have to say was very impressive.

The collection seems to have something to offer everyone, from the shabby chic French-styled pieces to the Scandinavian inspired chevron rugs and mid-century inspired side tables. Particular favourites of mine include the Karla armchair, the Joey bar stool and the Shimla quilt (in fact I may have to put an order in right now for that one!).

The soft furnishings or 'Accents' as they are called on the site are gorgeous - a real highlight for me

The quality really stands out and this sofa, retails at just £549 which is incredibly good value

The showroom featured beautiful postcards of the entire range

Each product has an ethical background with Swoon working directly with artisans from various parts of Asia

Love the boudoir vibe of this chair - perfect for a bedroom and costs just £299
If you are looking for a new sofa, armchair, desk or rug I would really recommend checking them out. Such great value for the high quality you get, and also so assuring to know exactly where the products in your home come from. There aren't that many retailers out there who can offer great value whilst remaining true to their values so big love from me to Swoon.


Look of the Week

Good morning all! Hope you are well and keeping warm... I don't know about you but I am itching for Spring. I have already spotted some blossoms and the opened toed shoes in the shops are incredibly tempting.

So this morning I wanted to share a lovely light, bright, Spring-like room to get you in the mood too...

There are so many things I love about this room from the incredible giant windows to the sumptuously styled bed and mid-century inspired furniture. A word must also be said for those stunning floorboards. I usually prefer the white-washed look when it comes to painted flooring, where you can still see some of the grain underneath, but this high-gloss finish looks incredible. It really bounces the light around the room and feels so fresh and clean.

As ever, I have had a scour of the high-street and these are my top picks for recreating this room at home:

  1. Cotton pillowcase in light grey, £2.99 - H&M
  2. Glass pendent shade, £35 -
  3. Natural woven rug, £65 - Ikea
  4. Artificial plant, £5 - Ikea
  5. ZigZag storage basket, £29.99 - Zara Home
  6. Cheap RX
  7. Wooden bedside cabinet, £285 - Oliver Bonas

What do you think? Any favourites in this room?

H x

January Sales Edit

Happy New Year all! Hope you had a wonderful break and feel rested and zen-like on your return to work... hmm maybe not but hope you had a great time celebrating Christmas and NY.

I thought to kick things off this year I would do a quick round-up of some of the homeware products I am coveting in the sales this year. For me now is the time to buy those things that you don't normally like to spend money on buying e.g. towels, bed linen, new crockery etc. It's also a great time to get some bargain accessories to change up your home for a fraction of the original price. See blow for me picks this year.

But first, I wanted to thank everyone who is out there reading and supporting my blog since I started in the summer. For me it has been so inspiring to become part of the blogging community and I find it so rewarding putting energy into something I love away from my day to day work and I would urge anyone to give it a go. I hope in 2015 I will be able to continue figuring out exactly what I want this blog to be and hopefully continue to reach and connect with more and more people through the year.

Blomma's sale picks

  • Heavy knitted cushion, £13 (was £45!) - Habitat
  • Weekend scented candle, £21 (was £30) - The White Company
  • LSA Copper liquor glasses, £22 (was £28) - Heal's
  • Heal's Twiitter lamp, £60 (was £120) - Heal's
  • Ceramic bowl with stripe, £3 (was £4.99) - H&M Home
  • Cheap RX
  • Mohair blanket, £60 (was £120) - Cath Kidston
  • Penguin towels from £4 (roughly about 40% off each) - Cath Kidston
  • Ikat stripe bed sheet from £9.95 - West Elm

What have you been hunting for in the sales this year?


Choosing a scheme for your wedding

As some of you may know, I am getting married next year so I have been immersed in the world of dresses, cakes, venues and, most importantly for an interiors blogger, room styling. To get some inspiration on colour themes, flowers and decorations I have become a little obsessed with Pintrest and today I have picked out some of the most inspiring moodboards I have come across to share with you.

I didn't think I would be one to go for a 'theme' but I am now realizing you kind of have to otherwise how do you decide on flowers/bridesmaids dress etc?! Its a bit of a minefield let me tell you!  These considerations really helped me decide on the scheme for my wedding (which you will have to wait until next year to see!)...

  1. Look to what you wear and the colours you have brought into your home to help you decide your scheme. Don't just choose a scheme because it feels traditional, focus on what colours are 'you'
  2. Create lots of moodboards. I have done about 5 so far and tweaked them a lot to get it just right. Once you have the right board it will be easier to stay on track. What you thought you wanted might not be right when you get it down on paper
  3. I started with flowers because they are what carry the most colour at weddings. Cacti and succulents are what excite me most when it comes to flowers so I started from there and used them as the base of the scheme
  4. Think about what colours suit you and your complexion. Might sound strange but if you have a colour scheme you need to consider your make-up and how that will match up. For example, if corals and peaches don't suit your skin tone you might be better off going for a scheme of neutrals or pinks
  5. Think about your setting and the time of year. For example I love autumnal colour schemes but I am getting married in July and berry reds and plums just wouldn't feel right on a hot summers day
If you are trying to work out what you want for your big day,  the lovely people at Brides The Show in Islington are offering Blomma readers 20% off the ticket price - just add the code BLOMMA at checkout to redeem it. More details about the show below, but first some inspiration...

I love the romance of this colour scheme. The soft greys, taupes and plush make for a dream like rustic feel

These feels perfect for an autumn or winter wedding. The rich colours of the berries and figs create a dramatic yet romantic feel. The addition of navy grounds the colours and would work perfectly for bridesmaid dresses and room detailing

A lovely Spring or Summer theme which would work best for a country wedding. Maybe a little sugary for me?

Black can be overlooked at weddings but I love it in this scheme. The addition of geometric pattern is genius to make it feel modern whilst the corals keep it feeling bridal

This couple chose stars and metallics to tie their scheme together. Such a clever idea if you don't want to be too matchy matchy with a colour. I particularly love the copper accents

How lovely is this? The couple have focused on using nature to pepper their scheme and it looks so fresh and unique

This moodboard feels like it should be for a Scandinavian home rather than a wedding but I think that's why I love it. The rustic materials, texture and muted colours are gorgeous and dream-like to me. Perfect for a relaxed, boho, winter wedding

Which is your favourite? Would love to know what you are planning or did with your scheme.

Anyway, as mentioned above Brides The Show is coming up this October, to be held for the first time at The Business Design Centre, Islington - just up the road from me.

This year the show has partnered with Bobbi Brown (official make-up partner), Champagne Laurent-Perrier (official champagne partner), Michael Van Clarke (official styling partner) and The Turquoise Holiday Company (official travel partner). So lots of bubbly, make-up tutorials and lovely styling things to tempt upcoming brides.

A sneak of what to expect at the show... those flowers are amazing!

If you are interested in coming here are the deats:

Business Design Centre, Islington, London, N1 0QH
Opening Times:
Friday 3 October:  5pm - 9pm
Saturday 4 October: 10am - 5pm
Sunday 5 October: 10am - 4pm
Ticket Prices:
£20 (Standard ticket), £35 (Gold Catwalk ticket) - Use code BLOMMA at check-out to get 20% off
Book an extra catwalk show for £15
Bridal Party Group (4+ standard tickets – 25% discount. Ticket price: £15 when buying four or more standard tickets.) Discount and concession rate available.

I will be there - hope to see you!


Back to School - Stationery must haves

SO today is the first day back at school for schoolchildren, parents and teachers alike. Although this really effects me in no way at all, I do have a penchant for lovely stationery from pens, pencils, notepads and diaries to rubbers and rulers (well maybe not rulers), there is nothing which makes you feel more motivated than some new desk paraphernalia.

So I have had a quick sneak around the highstreet to find me top picks to reinvigorate your home office or office office...

How gorg are these notebooks? I LOVE notebooks even though I never use them *sigh*. These lovely books are from Etsy and at £4.50 they are a total steal

This on the other hand is a bit more pricey at £76 but frankly Smythson is the best and you will love using this every day

A pen which lasts 7 years? No brainer if you ask me... head to Liberty to buy one. At £7.85 that is working out at £1.12 PER YEAR. Bargain. 
Pin things to things with these useful ball pins. At just £2 from Paperchase they won't deflate your budget 

I don't really use pencils but if I did, I would want this to sharpen them. Buy from Liberty for a sharp *pun intended* £17.85
H x

Moving in with your boy

I'm going to be a little sexist here and assume that it is mostly the woman in a relationship who takes the lead when it comes to the decor in a new home. So, when a reader got in touch for some decorating advice now she is moving in with her partner, I can only assume that she means that she feels a need exert her own style whilst ensuring her partner feels comfortable too.

So in response, here are my top 5 tips for creating a gender neutral home to satisfy both you and your partner's tastes and needs...

1. Keep things neutral and use accessories to add colour and interest. This is particularly true if you're renting, but aside from that it will allow you to slowly introduce things that make the place homely without scaring him. Greys, blacks and whites are a good place to start. Here is a good example...

Simple grey walls but killer accessories which you can build up over time

2. The likelihood is that you probably have quite similar taste already, but its a good idea to run some themes and colours past him before you decide on anything. Buy a copy of Ideal Home and just point out some things you like and see how he reacts to them. A good time to do this is when he is preoccupied with either football / Xbox because he is less likely to pay enough attention to object to anything.

3. Although he will probably winge and claim that he doesn't understand the need for endless cushions, throws and rugs, he will definitely appreciate them once you have bought them so don't be put off. Here are some of my favourites at the moment...

Mr & Mrs cushions are a must right?

Clockwise from top left...

4. Be practical. Men can understand things which have a purpose so consider this when you buy any furniture. Somewhere to stand his artisan ale whilst watching the football will make him infinitely happy, as will as much storage as you can bear. A hero piece for me is this coffee table from West Elm. Not only is it lovely looking but you can put things in it, eat things off it and lay your feet upon it... the ultimate man's checklist

It's not cheap at £449 but it will be in your home for many years to come

5. Go hunting for bargains. Junk shop, car boot and charity finds are great because men love a project. If you can get him involved in anything which involves taking apart pieces of wood, sanding and hitting things hard with a hammer he will definitely end up loving it because it will remind him daily of his infinite manliness.

So that is my list of top 5 things to consider when moving in with your boyfriend. I feel that I can definitely think of more tips so keep your eyes peeled for a part 2...

In the meantime do you have any tips to share?

H x

Super Stripes

As you know, I am a big fan of monochrome and often steer away from bright, overly patterned interiors (although I am trying to be a bit more experimental). Sometimes white or grey based interiors need a bit of zing added to them and for me there is nothing better than a stripe to do this. Here are some inspirational room sets to get you thinking of how you could add some stripey interest to a neutral room...

This striped carpet runner adds a splash of colour and personality to an otherwise cold space

A white bathroom suite can be uplifted with a great, hard-wearing rug 

A simple and cheap solution is to add a striped throw to the end of your bed to refresh simple linens

So cute for a child's bedroom to add a bit of colour

Add a painted stripe up your stairs for a fun and cheap way to add interest to a functional area

I love this room. The minty stripes on the wall are subtle and yet bring together the coral and turquoise scheme beautifully

You can't beat a cushion for making a quick and easy change to your living room. These striped cushions are a must have for any Scandi inspired home
These blinds from Apollo Blinds are great for adding some subtle texture to a modern white kitchen

Here are some of my picks from the highstreet...

Clockwise from top left...

  1. Stripe shower curtain - West Elm
  2. Stripe effect bowl - Heal's
  3. Stripe storage basket - West Elm
  4. Striped bathroom towels - The White Company
  5. Stripe cushion 1 - H&M
  6. Stripe cushion 2 - Marks and Spencer
  7. Pet cushions(various sizes) - Land's End
  8. Stripe runner rug - Cloudberry Living
  9. Armchair - House of Fraser

What do you think? H x