The Writing’s on the Wall

When I was little a had a lovely bedroom, with an engaging freeze of alphabet letters all around my tiny room. For some reason I started reminiscing about my little room of peach and grey with Laura Ashly floral wallpaper, and it got me thinking, what alphabet options do we have for nurseries today? Oh and there really are some beauties! Take a look at my favourites…

I love this idea, alphabet cards pegged on a line! Fun colours too.

Illustrated alphabet cards hung in a children's room

I would love to illustrate my own!

Colourful abc pegged up in children's room

Make it monochrome with black and white wallpaper and lovely doodles.

Blackboard style wallpaper with illustrations and alphabet

You can’t go wrong with squidge, grey crocheted letters that are huggably good.

ideal for a nursery, grey crochet alphabet

Anything with an embroidery hoop I love, these appliqué letters are no exception.

Embroidery hoop framed abc

For a more neutral take, I love the white letters acting as a freeze.

Rain drop vinyl, hot air baloon, loly pop art and alphabet white wooden letter freeze in children's room

Or perhaps something like this, a white chest of draws up-cycled to be tactile fun.

Up-cycled draws with white letters

Not technically decor, but aren’t these brilliant? Wooden alphabet blocks with letters and sign language.

wooden blocks with sign language and letters

What a great idea, a giant magnetic letter wall!

Children's letter wall with magnetic letters

Or these lovely draws which have a deep richness with chunky wooden letters varying in size.

Wooden draws with alphabet letters

Creative ways with the alphabet! Nurseries can be such fun.

Oh So Plush Velvet Sofas

What could be more luxurious than velvet. Recently I’m hankering after a velveteen sofa that I could sink into, but what colour? From jeweled hues that dazzle to the perfectly pale – I love them all.

Where to start! This show-stopping blue sofa brings a little pizzazz to an antiqued interior

Antique round mirrors, lapis blue velvet sofa and smokey walls

Another moody room, this time matt blue walls and floor are perfectly complimented by a golden velvet coach placed at an angle

Blue walls and floor, yellow velvet sofa and dog

A cosy cat in a peachy velvet chair, could we get any more hipster!

Armchair in a dusky pink velvet with a curled up cat

This curved Chesterfield is a breath of fresh air in an icy greyed blue

Pure icy blue velvet sofa

Opulent gold looks so lavish with on a laid back sofa

opulent gold velvet sofa

Taupe shades are layered together with this deep, velvety sofa

Built in large velvet sofa in taupe

You can never have too much blue, cushions cascade to a waterfall effect

blue velvet sofa and cushions

The perfect combination of rustic wood, a woodland view and a verdant green tufted corner sofa

Light and airy modern room with wood, glass, abstract art and a green velvet sofa

A gentleman’s dressing room is set off by a dark wooden sofa upholstered in a deep luxe grey

A dark wooden dressing room with grey velvet sofa

Effortlessly elegant, this room boasts a blush pink sofa coupled with tufted rug and layered golden frames

tufted rug with layered artwork and a peachy pink velvet sofa

Oh my, black walls, tropical prints and a green velvet sofa that glows like an emerald stone

Black walls and an exotic green sofa

It may be little, but worth including in this velvet collection I think, tufted blue velvet is incased in an angular metal frame

Marbled floor, metal frame and tufted blue velvet upholstery

And finally, a orange-gold velveted chair that would be just like sinking into a sunbeam

Golden orange velvet sofar

Are you sold on velvet? I think I am.

Defining ‘Hygge’

The latest Scandinavian craze to be picked up by the world of interiors is the concept of ‘Hygge’. Hard to define,“HUE-gah” doesn’t quite fit an exact English word translation, but has been likened to graciousness, contentment, good feelings or perhaps a warm glow.

The Danes’ Hygge is thought to be the inspiration for our word ‘hug’, ah. So to bring some of that comfort to our homes – because lets face it January can be bleak – here are some interiors that nail it.

Think über comfy with blankets upon blankets, a crackling fire and sinkable sofas

Fireplace, blankets, and candles interior

Danish happiness also includes hot chocolate, no really

Hot chocolate in rustic blue cups with macaroons and marshmellows

Dogs like hygge too. Hunker down with soft natural textiles

Grey and neutral room with low bed and fire

Bring nature indoors with wooden touches, these birch candles are just perfect

Candles in tree trunks

Conjure that wood cabin feel, chunky pottery and a view that’s pine-filled. Just breath it in

Two cups on a terrace overlooking a forest

Chunky knits just say ‘ahhhh’ to me

White chunky knitted blanket

Hygge can be translated as ‘well-being’, and for me a hot bath with a calming view and flickering candles is well on the way to aiding mine

Greenery and candles in a bathroom with a view

Soft under foot and really warm, think flooring so good you’ll want to snub the chair and curl up right there and then

Sheepskin rug in super soft grey

Finally, its friends, loved ones and those that count. Just add easy comfort food that brings a smile and a warm glow as you share stories the Danish way

Hygge style food wth friends

This is what hygge means to me, hope you enjoyed our cosy round up! Happy weekend.

Seeing the world in Black and White

Speak to anyone who knows me and I am a colourful girl. Case and point, I sit here typing in tan boots, a pink and teal floral dress, taupe cardigan and ink-blue scarf! But today I was drawn to the monochrome. My home, like me is a veritable fruit punch filled with every kind of pattern and colour (everything in moderation) but today I wanted to seek out interiors that restrict themselves to the world of black and white – and those grey areas in-between.

This is where it started, I cam across an image on my internet travels and, well, I stopped. The matt black tub is lovely but the mountain mural I just adore.

Black and white mountains murial in a bathroom with a black tub

Another bathroom, this time with fun wallpaper that has ethnic 1990’s vibes. The pattern is rug-little geometric.

Bathroom with rug-like pattern wallpaper in black on white

Ok, so the green foliage kind of adds colour to my tightly constrained black and white theme. The black framed windows are oh-so-chic, paired with a stripy rug, light wooden table and the classic ‘Y’ chair.

'Y' chairs with a round table and black framed windows

Traditional with a twist, this frayed at the edges sitting room has a comforting layered style.

Layered pictures and mix and match furniture in the traditional with a twist sitting room

Back to bathrooms, here is a small space delivers understated glamour. Greyed marble perfectly sets off the graphic black fittings.

Glamourous marbled bathroom with black fittings

A geometric chimney breast steals the show here where nothing is understated. Silver surfaces and Art Deco themes combine to create a memorable space.

Silver and black contempary living room

But perhaps its best to start small, I love these stripy black and white pots, hugging those architectural spikes.

Cacti in stripy black and white pots

I have enjoyed this monochrome tour, though I can’t help wanting to add a splash of mustard or a flourish of Indian pink or maybe, just a hint, of decadent gold.

Silvered

2016 is in full swing and in this long month of January my thoughts turn to silvered interiors. Not because we are enjoying much snow and frost down in Cornwall, its mild but windy! But to bring the outside in and create my own ‘frozen’ interior.

For some Moroccan shine how about adding hammered touches with metallic frames and accessories paired with white walls.

Silvered Moroccan interior

I love grouping artwork on the wall and some silvered concrete tiles would add some great texture and shine to a statement wall.

Concrete art

If you prefer your interiors more comfort than concrete, try layering luxurious cushions over a crushed grey velvet bed – dreamy!

Sumptuous silver bed

For underwater shimmer I love these kitchen tiles.

Silver kitchen tiles

To add a little accent how about bringing in the wild woods with silver birch candle holders.

Silver birch candles

Carrying on that Nordic vibe, I love the subtle tones in this homely styled lounge.

Silver Nordic home

The wonder of using silver is that texture can so easily be created, drama and elegance.

Textured grey wall

And for some final silver drama? I couldn’t begin to explain this interior, but I love the impact it creates.

Glamorous silver interior

 

 

Neon For The Novice

I love bright – the brighter the better, the more colours and patterns the more my heart sings! I am aware, however that for others that might sound like a migraine in the making, so here are some beautiful interiors where a smidgen of neon goes a long way. How to add so day-glow pizzaz to your happy home..

Pair neon with muted shades, softened grey and natural woven fabrics.

Add a little neon to warm a room

Go with the greats, Farrow and Ball have beautiful classic paints in their collection, but their new range certainly has that neon wow.

Traditional grey interior with luminous yellow chair

Start perhaps with some cushions, easy to change if they are too brave! I love these textiles, a definite eighties vibe.

Geometric neon textiles and pink stool

Pair with delicate pastel shades for a subtle and soft room. Metallic notes and Modern furniture help to keep the space current.

Pink and yellow style room

Neon notes can be achieved on any surface, think walls with art, washi tape, posters. Or layer textiles, jewellery and books. (I have that yellow Patterns book in the foreground – lovely flock cover!) I like how acid these colours are but because they are used a shots, little bursts with natural accents, I think it works.

Day-glo interior design

Consider some neon wire furniture – all the zing but with a light and delicate structure. Imagine these beauties in a dark painted room, sparsely lit and cosy with plenty of books and traditional woollen textiles.

Orange wire chairs with blue wall

Go bold with your very own installation! A little crazy perhaps but fun to do and you would make quite an impact. Reminds me of that childhood game cats-craddle!

Neon string installation

For the nervous, hint at your liking for neon with sensible, grown-up black lampshades with a cheeky flash of pink inside.

Black and pink lampshade

I just love this chair – so very very yellow! Pairing it with this calming black-cherry-yogurt-colour works a charm.

Traditional chair upholstered in bright yellow

Painting woodwork, especially a door I think is a great idea. I flash of occasional colour. This green is what you would call a wake up shade, very day-glow.

Grey room with bright green woodwork

For some high glow glam this beautiful table marries natural wood and neon pink gloss.

Wooden table with neon resin

And finally, a little bit of silliness. Floral wallpaper (not sure if it is purchased this way or a creative child has neatly coloured them in) with a white dresser and neon yellow sheep handles. Yep.

Cabinet with sheep handles

A Fresh Look at Built-in Seating

When it comes to the seating in our homes, thought is needed, because lets face it, it is kind of crucial! There is nothing worse than a saggy sofa or a piece of furniture that dominates, and not in a good way! In smaller spaces or a tricky shaped space the answer can be built-in furniture. You would think this would limit your options, but it can actually make a space more flexible as opposed to rigid. Here are a few that have captured my imagination..

Concrete seating is soften by tan leather cushions in this achingly cool pad.

Leather cushions on concrete seats

Ample seating in this bright yellow dinning room frames a chunky wooden table. Loving the ‘Y’ chairs too!

Built in yellow seats around a dining room table

Pretty perfect reading spot. The built-in seat or day bed and library shelves are making this wonderful view perfectly framed.

Perfect reading nook

Make use of limited outside space with a dual purpose bench and seat. I would definitely throw in some cushions though! Maybe create a feel more like a Moroccan riad.

Storage and built in bench for the patio

This cool blue and white tiled alcove works brilliantly in a high spec modern Dubai home. I love how the built in seating and tiles create an unmissable feature wall.

Built in seating in this modern with traditional touches home

This contemporary laid back space strikes the right balance between comfortable cottons and natural surfaces. So simple to achieve, a coffee table and lounging spot all in one.

Contemporary living with built in seating and table

Mid century style with built in seating and storage. Love how the cushion pads themselves add structure. Simple and snug.

Built in wooden seating and storage

The Greeks have it in abundance! Everything is built-in, the whole house is like a sculpture with undulating curves. Even the bed is part of the fabric of the room.

Cosy snug in luxury Greek villa

Moulded seating in luxury Greek villa

And finally an oh so simple built in seat by a window. Little details like this make a home; subtle shades of grey, a warming painting and generous delicate blossoms.

Fresh white calming space with built in seat

Are you looking around thinking what you could box-in where? I am!