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Showing posts with label styling. 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.

Styling project - the narrow hallway

After six months of muddling through our little East London renovation project, we can now finally start to think about styling the house up in a way which makes the most of the space. No more worrying about windows, plasterwork and damp issues - the fun stuff can now begin.
One of the weirder aspects of our house is the layout of the hallway. Normally in a Victorian terrace you walk in and have the staircase in front of you and rooms off to the left or right. In truly unique, and completely unfathomable style, when you walk into ours you just have a straight hallway covering the whole length of the house which leads straight to the original back door. So essentially you have a really long passage which doesn't really do anything or offer any living space. It just leads to a redundant door (we put a new back door onto the kitchen) and access to the cellar (far to creepy to actually venture into).
I wanted to do something which would break up the space a little and give some personality to the hall - something which is actually really difficult when it is narrow and no furniture will fit down there.

To do this, we decided to use the radiator to act as an anchor point. It sits exactly in the middle of the hall and marks the point where you turn into the house (lounge, stairs and dining room) so it made sense. Finding a console table which was tall enough and wide enough to clear the radiator was near enough impossible unless you went for something which was quite deep but that would have infringed too much for the width of the hall so wasn't really an option. In the end we found this great media shelf from Ikea which was perfect as it was shallow in depth and didn't require brackets to be attached to the wall, so it doesn't look too shelf-like. As £30 it was also a steal. To frame the area I also added a rug and some chosen accessories which bring a bit of character. The metal storage box from H&M is perfect for unopened letters and post so they don't languish on the doormat.

Other accessories are as follows:

Runner - West Elm
Basket - Ikea 
Antlers and green pot are vintage items I have collected over time

It is still a little sparse so I expect more items to grow on here over time. What do you think?

H x

A quick word on...the wedding

Hello! Firstly a huge apology for my absence over the past few weeks... as you know it has been all go with my house move and wedding being conveniently within a week of each other. Not to mention shooting off on our honeymoon the morning after the wedding and having to organise all the things that going away entails ... to say things have been a little chaotic is an understatement.

But despite the craziness, it has been an amazing few weeks and I am now back up and running. So to kick off today, I thought I would share with you a little about our wedding venue and how we styled it up ... it's also time to reveal the 1000 paper cranes Peter made for the big day. More about that here if you missed it.

Courtesy  of our wonderful photographer Laura McCluskey

The venue we chose was 6 St Chad's Place in King's Cross. I had a very non-wedding vibe which we loved, but was also quite grand and airy with high, beamed ceilings and gorgeous leaded windows. It is where the used to store trains once upon a time and the train mural on the back wall is a nod to that heritage. The bathrooms (which I sadly didn't get a shot of) are actually reclaimed railway carriage toilets with lovely, highly polished wood panelling.

With the beams, we wanted to create something dramatic for a focal point which is where Peter's cranes came in. The looked amazing on the day and were a real talking point. I have to say though, if you are planning on trying this, folding the cranes is only the start and many many hours were taken up stringing them, and finally hanging them on the day.

One of my favourite details on the day, were the mini succulents in little terracotta pots which we used as favours/place holders. They went down so well and were really quite inexpensive. I love how they added to the look of the room when guests arrived too.

I bought all of our flowers from a wholesaler, which ended up saving us about £800 vs the price we were quoted by a local florist. I could not recommend doing this enough! It meant picking exactly the flowers you wanted, and creating the displays was so much fun. They looked lovely on the day and you would never know they weren't done professionally. The wholesaler I used was Dutch Flower Auction and I couldn't recommend them enough.

Finally a shot of me and my new husband for you... this was during the walk from the ceremony to the venue for which we hired a marching band to lead. It was a definite highlight and was so much fun walking through the streets of London with the band blaring out some amazing jazz classics...

My dress was from Sanyukta Shreshtha who specialises in ethically sourced wedding dresses and Peter's suit was from Hardy Amies on Saville Row.

The following day we headed off for 10 days split between Santorini and Mykonos which were two of the most beautiful places I have been bombarded with new interiors inspiration. More to come on that very soon...

H x

Wallpaper Love: House of Hackney

I am a huge fan of a quirky print and there is no-one that does it better than House of Hackney. Based in Shoreditch, they offer amazing fabrics and wallpapers, perfect to reupholster a sorry looking sofa, or to freshen up a dreary hallway.

Along with the classic palm prints which lots of people will recognise, they have a really well thought out range which really does cater for all tastes, Here are my top picks from their current range, with some styling ideas from me...

Look 1 - Tarovine Wallpaper in Midnight / Green

Chest of drawers, cushion and artificial plant, all Ikea. Rattan chair from Habitat and lamp from

Look 2 - Peoneden in Chinois Green

Cushion and ceramic pot, H&M, throw and cooking pot from Toast and chest from Swoon Editions

Look 3 - London Rose in China Blue

Lights from, chopping board form Jamie Oliver, black metro tiles from B&Q, bench from Habitat and enamel mug from H&M

What do you think? Which is your favourite?

H x

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!


Championing the Cheeseboard

The best thing about having gorgeous dinnerware is being able to invite people over to enjoy them with you over some delicious food and drink. In the summer, cooking big hearty dinner party meals is a massive chore - it's much more fun to have some people over for a few sips of summery prosecco and some nibbles. My favorite is a cheese board - I am a massive fan of cheese (I mean really, who isn't?!) so its the perfect option to soak up bubbles in the sun.

Luxury cheese brand Castello have paired up with hosting expert Alison Cork to give us some ideas on how to best display cheese if you are planning on having a soiree soon. Alison advises,  “There are so many fantastic ways to present your cheeses so don’t be confined by convention. Remember that once they are out of their packaging you still need to let people know what they are, so signposting is key, but you can be creative with how you do this.”

Here is some inspiration...

Using mini milk bottles to store wild flowers is a great way to decorate your table. Alison has hung hers using string to create a dramatic effect, great to hang from a pagoda in the garden. I also love the use of cake stands for the crackers!

The blackboard markers are great for signposting cheese and love the mismatched boards 

Has this inspired you? See below for my picks on the highstreet to help you recreate your very own cheesy soiree...

Clockwise from top left...

  1. Chalkboard markers - Etsy
  2. Marble and wood cheeseboard - Houzz
  3. Raw wood board - West Elm
  4. Stoneware cheesboard - Anthropologie
  5. Table linens - West Elm
  6. Laguiole set of 3 cheese knives - John Lewis
  7. Cheese dome - Handpicked Collection

What do you think? Do you also feature a cheese board if you have guests over?