Bringing the Film In: Beaches

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Main Image via The Polished Pebble

I just love the film Beaches. It’s one of Bette Midler’s best performances, ever. I love that her character is mad as a box of frogs and at the same time remaining the rock in her straight-laced best friends life.

Do you remember the beach house that they would go and visit in the summer? That’s the actual beach house above. You can still go and visit the house in Crystal Cove in California if you ever find yourself in the neighbourhood.

I love the visual contrast between the sandy cliffs, the minty coloured picket fence and the wooden shingles on the exterior of the house. I have noticed a trend for shingles in architecture recently as well as furniture. I see that Yellowtrace has too in this great feature you can see, here!

If you want to bring a bit of the Californian coast into your place, check out the items above!

Lx

1. Collect Cabinet by Sara Larsson for A2 | 2. Chance paint, Crown Paint | 3. Grace Pendant, Heal’s | 4. Harlequin Floreale Double Duvet, Floreale Oxford Cushion and Strata Cushion at Bedeck Home | 5. Pomapoma Cushion, The Jay St. at John Lewis | 6. Turquoise Kelim Rug, Urban Outfitters | 7. Rattan Laundry Basket, Lombok.

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Sweetpea & Willow Celebrate 10 Years!

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Most of you who have a love of interiors will be familiar with the brand Sweetpea & Willow. The beautiful, contemporary, french-inspired homewares and furniture boutique that started in London in 2006. S&W started out delivering something to the market that was different. You could shop their store like a capsule wardrobe collection. That is: a collection that offers different styles that work in harmony with one another.

Most people who will remember S&W from their early days will remember a collection dominated by neutral fabrics and tones- now though, their ever-expanding collection has some major colour injection throughout a number of their items. You can see from my round-up of my fave items above, that there are some fun, colourful pieces on offer now that can sit side-by-side their more traditional french items without deviating too far from the core collection.

And, in my point of view, the Laurent Bed (top image above) deserves special mention. I recently used it for a photoshoot and the quality is higher than high, the deep buttoning is incredibly beautiful and the winged sides of the headboard and strong edges lends itself to being equal parts masculine and feminine. Perfect for a couple’s bedroom depending on the accessories that you mix with it.

I have interviewed the team at Sweetpea & Willow below so you can find out a bit more behind the success of this 10 year old luxury brand!

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1.     It’s your 10 year anniversary, how did the company start?

With a little dream and a lot of might, we knew that we loved interiors, and we wanted to inspire everyone to create their dream home.  So we travelled far and wide and created a place where we combined everything we cherish from furniture, lighting and cushions, to beds and armoires in one place ready for everyone to enjoy. And that was how Sweetpea & Willow was born.

2.     How would you describe the essence of your brand?

Our brand encapsulates elegant interiors and passion. We know that no two people are the same, and no two homes are the same; so we go the extra mile to make sure that the piece isn’t just something you’re using to decorate your home with, but an extension of who you are. Our company strapline is “Love The Way You Live”

3.     What have been the highlights of your journey?

Over the past couple of years, we have seen the launch of our Handmade in London collection. A collection of sofas, beds and upholstered furniture that are designed by us and made by us here in the capital. We’ve also won some lovely awards over the last few years including, winner of Sheerluxe Homes and Gardens category, Cool brands and the Small online retailer of the year in 2015 to name a few.

4.     Have you ever had any unusual requests from customers?

Our customers have the luxury to customise their sofas or beds, but the most interesting one we had was an order for a special Lansdowne Sofa for a famous rock star [no names]. The base and seat cushions were in a Designers Guild Nabucco – Fuchsia Velvet fabrics. The back cushions where in Moyka- Turquoise velvet which is colourful stripe pattern. It sounds slightly crazy, but, trust us when we say it worked, it was utterly gorgeous and they were delighted with the end product!

5.     When choosing furniture- where is the best place to start?

The best place to start is by assessing your space; it’s so easy to fall in love with a piece of furniture and then find out it may be too big or small for your room. Understanding your space is fundamental and the foundation of the look you are planning to create.

6.     What is your most popular product or range that you sell?

The Hatfield Sofa collection– It has luscious deep seating, hand fixed chrome studding and dark mahogany feet with a choice of brass or chrome ends. The piece is luxury excellence so we are not surprised by its popularity. You can choose from our 70 handpicked fabrics or get creative and choose your own fabric of choice.

7.     What upcoming trends do you think will appear in stores?

For the rest of SS16 we are seeing inspiration from the 19th Century art movement. Painterly florals will adorn walls, carpets and cushions and we are seeing soft pinks and muted tones. Copper accessories have been a strong theme and compliment the pinks wonderfully. As we run into AW16 we predict you will see lots of navy, green and deep rich mustard colours on walls and furniture. Neutrals will also continue to be a big hit. Concrete will be a material you will see appear more in the home especially kitchens and furniture.

Image credits:

1. Laurent Bed | 2. Gold ‘Good Vibes Only’ Picture | 3. Cocarde Vapeur Cushion | 4. Finchley Deep Buttoned Pouffe | 5. Eichholtz Sofa Provocateur | 6. Eichholtz Solaris Mirror | 7. Hatfield Armchair | 8. Divine Mongolian Lambskin Rug | 9. Emerald Green Hatfield Sofa

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My Favourite Blue Paint

My favourite colour in interiors is blue. Always has been, always will be.

There are so many beautiful new shades of blue paint that have been released recently that I thought I would put together the best ones to show you.

The elegance of the colour below from Paint and Paper Library is just divine. When used in the same scheme as that brown velvet it just looks so rich and buttery!

Then there is Ultra Marine from Little Greene (two below). It is based on the old-school paint from about 100 years ago when they used to crush pure Lapis-lazuli to make the paint.

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Blue Gum, Paint and Paper Library        |        Ultra Blue, Little Greene

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Azurite, Edward Bulmer Paint

Blue Opal, Dulux     |   Hicks Blue, Little Greene

How amazing does the kitchen look in navy blue from Little Greene? I love the monochrome look while still having a touch of colour to it. (I also really love the styling with earthenware crockery- another favourite in interiors for me). It makes a real impact to paint your cabinetry and walls in the same colour- breaking it up with the white tiles!

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Hummingbird, Fired Earth

Which one is your favourite?

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Trend: Midnight Garden

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Hi All!

Long time no speak! I’m sorry I’ve been out of touch, but I have been shooting a high street catalogue which has kept me very busy for the last month straight.

I’m also due to have a baby in just under four weeks time so my energy levels have been lower than usual. I’m now taking a break for a few months until after the baby is born so…more time for blogging!

Today, I’m featuring a trend that has emerged that I’m calling Midnight Garden. Lots of lovely plum colours, rich burgundys, red and purples. I have to say that historically purple hasn’t been my favourite shade but the new twist on it when it’s mixed with black, green and blue is DIVINE!

I think the scheme above with the cushions, the hand-blown glass pendant light (I’d use two of them hanging down either side of the bed as bedside lights) and the rug would make the perfect design scheme for the bedroom.

If you fancy any items above then check out the credits below.

Have a fab week, peeps,

Lx

Main image: Very.co.uk

1. Carafe in plum, Mud Australia UK | 2. Dine light, Curiousa and Curiousa | 3. Fiore bath mat, Amara | 4. Misty armchair and footstool, AW16 collection at Habitat | 5. Paradise leaf rug, Henry Holland for Habitat.

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Trend: Block Colour and Pattern

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Main image via Dulux.com.au

One of my favourite trends for 2016 is all about block colour and pattern! It’s so perfect for the current summer season with the positive, happy vibes that it puts out.

The main image above is from Dulux Australia. Dulux is always streaks ahead when it comes to trend forecasting and the image above says it all. The graphic paint colours on the wall mixed with the cosmic energy coming from the sky outside is so exciting right now in interiors! (cosmic patterns are a huge new trend that I will bring to you in the coming weeks.)

Don’t forget the easiest way to update your interior is by using paint techniques so why don’t you follow the lead of Dulux and try some bold colours in your home this weekend? Then you can accessorise around that with some of the items above. Clashing colour = so awesome right now!

Lx

1. Bazaar Paper Vase, Unique and Unity | 2. Profile Vase, Andrea Branzi at Panik Design | 3. Metro chair in Designers Guild fabric, Delcor | 4. Cushion, H&M Home.

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Bringing the Film In: Reaching for the Moon

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Main image via Chroma Design Collective

Hi All,

Todays Bringing the Film In is one of my favourite films of 2013. Reaching for the Moon (Flores Raras as it’s known in Brazil) is a true love story involving Elizabeth Bishop (one of the most famous female American poets of the 20th century) and Lota de Macedo Soares a brilliant self-taught architect from Brazil. Lota is well known in design circles as being the visionary behind the Flamengo Park in Rio.

The film is set in the 1950’s and 1960’s against a backdrop of incredible mid-century design. Think of the set of Single Man with Colin Firth but with a mainly female cast. Stunning retro furniture and a colour palette of of earthy tones like sage green, ochre yellows and salmon reds. It’s a feast for the eyes!

The main image above is a still from the film of Lota’s home in Brazil that she designed herself. She was a true visionary, never allowing anyone to stand in her way when it came to expressing her creativity.

If you want to bring a bit of Reaching for the Moon into your home then check out the items above!

Lx

1. Turini black cutlery, Habitat | 2. Scott 3-seat sofa, Made.com | 3. Tiara tray, Marimekko at Amara | 4. Asti side table by Jader Almeida, The Conran Shop | 5. Axis vase, Woven.co.uk 6. Spring flower rug, Woven.co.uk.

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