And Relax…

The sun is beaming, its Friday and all I can think about is kicking back and relaxing in the garden. At home I have a lovely view with a little wooden deck, I tend to drag the furniture outside when its really nice. Today I thought I would collate some sun loungers, if money was no object, these are few I would happily have dotted around my fictional pool.

What elegant curves, gently bobbing here seems rather perfect to me.

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A rocker made for two. The natural linen looks so inviting.

Giant rocking lounger with a metal frame and linen seat

Or perhaps do it yourself, the internet is bursting with recycled pallet ideas, I rather like this one.

DIY garden furniture with pallet wood

From the rustic to the surreal – pink metal palm leaves bring shade to a rather glamourous day bed.

metal leaf canopy acts like a four poster bed in baby pink

Simple lines and neutral furnishings, a classic way to soak up some sun.

Sun bathing in comfort

Submerged chairs in the pool! Love it.

Sun bathing chairs in the pool

This lounger looks poised to pounce! Red leather and steel, perfect against the matt black background.

A red poised chair for the garden

Smart ‘deck chair’ for the beach, easily portable and kind of cool.

beach chair portable and using the sand as a seat

What a happy place, dappled shade with silvered decking, metal framed seats, wooden tables and sinkable grey cushions. Not forgetting a fire pit!

Soft grey outdoor sofas with metal frames and wooden tables built in

Unusual design that I rather like, the head rests meet a point rising for that cushioned support.

Infinity pool with sea view and cool designed sun loungers with back rests that meet at a point

This basket weave day bed borrows its design from the waves. A handy cover in harsh sun, to me it has a welcome Seventies vibe.

1970s feel to this covered sun lounger

I hope you find some time to relax this weekend!

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A Lick of Paint

Painting furniture can cover a multitude of sins. In fact it can be additive, but I think everything in moderation. From chalky blues to geometric hues, painted furniture is here to stay. Here are a few that have captured my gaze this week…

This is where it started, once I clapped eyes on this elegant offering I wanted more. A powder blue sets off the ribs on this little cabinet, flanked by an Eames chair, what more could you want?

Autumn interior with blue painted sideboard

I like the mix with this chest of draws, a wooden front is framed by a chalky blue. The triangular design really catches your attention.

Triangles painted on the side of a wooden cabinet

So simple and so lovely, a kids wardrobe with cascading circles in vibrant orange and blue.

Cascading dots painted on an orange and blue wardrobe

A perfectly chalky chest of draws in ombre shades of pastel pink and and smokey grey.

Pastel pink and grey painted ombre chest of draws

In a bold acid yellow and black illustration, this piece of furniture makes me want to just get out a marker pen and start doodling.

Acid yellow painted piece of funrinure with cool illustration

Or perhaps go for a colour in the kitchen – a rich aubergine covered in, well, just look at that counter top! Undulating well-worn wood bolted on creates the perfect contrast.

Wooden kitchen with purple painted cupboards and huge wooden top

Romantic pink painted draws double as a bed side table. I love the brassy handles paired with the retro radio and lamp.

Pink painted bed side table with brass handles

Neat and tidy, charcoal grey is framed in white with rounded wooden legs in this mid century style cabinet.

charcoal grey, white and wood mid century style cabinet

Van Gogh inspired wardrobe in brilliant blue capturing the majesty of the magnolia tree.

Japanese style magnolia painted blue wardrobe

Love the geometric pattern on this painted chest of draws. The miss-matched handles just add to the cool.

orange, blue, pink, mustard, geometric triangle painted draws

If your taste is little more simple, this white painted cupboard is beautiful with its contrasting black fittings.

White painted wooden wardrobe

The giant blooms painted on this chest of draws really catches the eye. The colours pick out the features of the room beyond.

White and gold flowers painted on a black chest of draws

You could always start small, a gold dipped chair is just really satisfying. Though I would keep the main chair bare wood and dip the top in copper paint, now thats an idea…

Purple and gold chair

Screening Style

With so much of our living now in open plan spaces, ‘zoning’ is a thing. I think we naturally want to feel that we know what a space is for, its purpose. A way to create this room within a room is with screens or a dividers. What these are however, can be as varied as your imagination!

What comes to mind for me are either thick dark ebony carved partitions or elegant oriental wafer thin screens (with these I need to suppress the desire to punch a hole like in a 60s bond movie. Juvenile I know).

The options are of course endless, here are a few that have captured my imagination, welcome to the world of the screen..

A mammoth piece of furniture which feels like it would be at home alongside a palm tree and a silk dress.

Ornate dark wooden screen

The effect of this screen is rather lovely, the natural fabric is layered producing perhaps more art than furniture.

layers of textiles creating a screen

My eye is always drawn to line, I love the precision of these metallic lines, bringing some sophistication to an open space.

Rigid lines of metal create a screen

Bang on trend, bring nature in with this versatile hipster divide (it’s got geometric shapes and everything)

Hanging baskets in metal frame

I love the classic calm that rattan gives. With rounded corners this screen adds a lightness to a home.

Three panneled rattan screen

Outside spaces can benefit from a bit of screening. I love these skeleton leaf-inspired structures, and the rusty colours on this an Autumn day feel apt.

Outdoor leaf screens in rusty brown

The simplicity of a squared screen, welcome in the roasting heat.

Square screen for outdoors

More linear cool with this narrow but noticeable room divider.

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Or bring nature in with a rather woody room divide.

Actual tree branches used as room screen

And for that nod to Bohemia I love this wooden carved screen in a rich sea-green

bedroom screen with ornate wood painted green

A geometric wooden slither sits happily in a serene and classic interior.

Wooden screen with geometric squares

And finally, a rustic and basic but beautiful living screen. Adding a bit of green to an urban space.

Wooden plant holder screen on coasters

What Do I Do With All Those Books?

So it isn’t Spring, but I am yearning for a sort out. One thing I have in abundance is books, and so many still unread. Rather than passing some of them on (I do very much believe in sharing what I have) I would like to store them in a better way than they are currently – which is everywhere!

Like many people my house is small, but if you can get creative there really is no end to how you can display these windows to another world. I am a dangerous combination of eclectic and sentimental. I have books where I just like the cover, books that have been recommended, books I read as a child and books that just smell and feel plain great.

I have compiled some rather tempting home libraries that help me feel justified in keeping my growing hord, see what you think…

Lets start with the dream – if you could you know you would, my childhood self would just adore a tree-filled library.

Tree lined dark living room with book shelves

The hidden room – I love the colour of these shelves, the perfect backdrop to all those vibrant spines.

Secret library door in a bookcase

If space is tight then I love the idea of shelves-come seats, and with a view like this I might be torn for where to look, out the window or the pages of my book.

Sea view and a space to read a good book

Over the years I have wondered around many an English country house with libraries worthy of a novel. This room is elegant, well proportioned and the books look old enough to have seen a thing or two.

Traditional sitting room with ancient books

Now this is a room my mum would covet, she is most definitely a colour coordinator. She loves ordering items by colour of the room – yellow for the yellow room etc. These white shelves house a rainbow that is really pleasing to the eye. The furniture is fun too!

Rainbow coloured books in white shelves

I am always wooed by green, and this little reading nook just looks so inviting.

Bookshelves form a little alcove to read in

For some calming white I do like these shelves. It would be guess work what book to pick but I love the varying horizontals of the pages.

The many shades of white - books around a door

Or alternatively, for a little space, these shelves work perfectly tuck away under the stairs. They create a calming piece of personal space.

Bookshelves and seat under the stairs

Granted there are very little books in these shelves but I love the indulgence of the rich dark colours. Painting the inside of your shelves can add another layer to the room. The darkness makes me want to curl up with a book and say goodbye world, just for a little while.

Rich dark interior with fireplace, chair and shelves

Everything is better in the round, ask Shakespeare. Though this wood is a little too orange for me, but painted in a powder blue or and chalky white this space would sing. You can see the craftsmanship and detail, a truly lovely space.

Round room with library and balcony

Such a well balanced space. The orange and blue work so well together, bold but in my book, beautiful.

Blue panneled walls with built in bookshelves

 

An Occasional Table

This little piece of furniture has me at the title! It sounds so casual and yet so desirable. Occasional tables conjuring up images of the nesting dark wooden four legged pieces that sat quietly in the corner of my Grandparent’s house.

Be rest assured, there are many variations available that don’t have to fit this mould. This type of table is all about flexibility. These days our homes are open plan, our kids run free and our gatherings are casual – an occasional table allows flexible living for the stylish home. Lets take a look…

An original 1950s circular table has hidden storage for ease. Simple and practical – pure Mid Century style.

round occasional table

Take the traditional nest and go ombre – the greyscale look updates a classic.

Grey stacked tables

For elegance and convenience I love these marbled topped and black metal framed occasional tables, very on tend.

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For something a little different, how about metal mesh nest tables?

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Marble again but this time in the round. I love the unique patterns and colours – instant class.

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Something about these ombre tables makes me think of toadstools!

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Overlapping transparencies add interest with these irregular shaped tables.

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What space saving genius – A mirror and table all in one, great for the space-challenged home.

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This table has to be one of the best I have seen. The separate elements are sculpture-like in day glow yellow, white and black. Together a succinct cube is formed.

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For a natural nod I love these two tables that become one fashioned in honest wood.

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Elegant gold frames these glass tables, the semicircle shape is actually quite handy.

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And finally – super space saving and visually satisfying – this wooden nest of tables slide perfectly inside one another and would fit comfortably in most homes.

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As ever, just click on the pictures to find the link and if you have any comments, thoughts or anything else just let me know!

Modern Wicker

The beauty of adding a natural material like wicker into your home is the warmth and integrity it brings. The woven basket is so versatile, adding texture and that human element that can make a house a home. I have gathered together some great contemporary interiors showcasing the best of modern wicker.

With all the charm of Mid-Century design this wicker chair is pretty perfect.

Mid-Century modern wicker chair

I love how these wicker draws are all the more beautiful for the backdrop of dark matt kitchen units.

Black kitchen with wicker draws

Ok, not technically wicker, but I just love this piece of furniture. Colonial style with a laid back modern coolness.

Natural furniture in modern home

The ever useful basket looks great in this bathroom. A neat way to hide all that clutter.

Wicker baskets in the bathroom

The wicker Egg chair is so retro cool. With a view like that you would really need a special piece of furniture, and suspended in this warm embrace would work just fine.

Suspended wicker egg chair

Darker moody walls and casual wicker dining chairs, this interior has Scandinavian charm.

Dark walls and wicker dining chairs

These huge pendent lights look quite at home in this bright and breezy kitchen.

Giant wicker pendant lights

Statement furniture never looked so good! Chilled summer living in this designer home.

Statement wicker chair

Sign me up for a class! it can’t be that hard…

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