Shop Love: Quick-Step Flooring

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All images styled by Quick Step Flooring.

One of the most important decisions to make when you are creating your interiors scheme is the flooring. If you opt for the open-plan living idea then the floor will be the element that pulls the whole design together.

Quick-Step is one flooring company that has really upped it’s game of late. With a brand spanking new website to showcase all their amazing new imagery- there is a floor for every possible type of design project including vinyl, laminate and wood and beautiful designs include wide-plank, herringbone and even water resistant. I used to feature them a lot when I worked at the magazine as I knew they would always have something to fit in with the feature I was writing or Styling.

A fab new addition to their website is the RoomViewer tool. You have the ability to upload an image of your room and change the flooring to find the perfect colour and design before you go ahead and buy it. Genius!

*tip* If you are thinking of undertaking a full-scale interior design project in your home you might want to think about having the flooring level throughout the space. This will make the space appear larger as it will elongate the sight lines that go with an open concept, and also eliminates the trip-hazard that comes with uneven flooring.

You don’t have to hire an Interior Designer to choose the right flooring. Quick-Step has a gallery on their website- you can always find inspiration there and implement it in your own home. When you have a collection full of contemporary flooring it’s hard to choose the wrong one!

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1. Largo Authentic Oak | 2. Livyn Select Oak Natural | 3. Variano Royal Grey Oak | 4. Palazzo Old Grey Oak | 5. Massimo Winter Storm Oak.

Victoria + Albert Baths Competition!

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There are so many bath companies out there, but Victoria + Albert Baths is one that stands out from the crowd. Their range is packed with freestanding designs made from 100% QUARRYCAST® which is a blend of Volcanic Limestone(TM) and high performance resins- this makes them naturally white and incredibly light weight! I’ve personally used these baths in a shoot before and attest to their beautifully smooth finish and gorgeous aesthetic quality.

To celebrate Victoria + Albert’s 20th anniversary they’re running a competition to win a 2 night stay for two at the stunning At The Chapel hotel in Somerset. The package includes dinner in the hotel’s restaurant, breakfast and a bottle of champagne on arrival. And you can enter via this blog! Just click here or copy + paste this link into your browser: www.vandabaths.com/win

At The Chapel is set in the beautiful village of Bruton in Somerset. The village is fast becoming a hub for art and design lovers, thanks to a number of galleries and design stores based there. Guests at the hotel can enjoy tranquil, contemporary luxury as all rooms feature original artworks, king-size beds, Egyptian cotton bedlinen and marble-wrapped bathrooms and REN toiletries as standard. It’s all about the toiletries at a gorgeous hotel!

Not to mention of course, the freestanding Barcelona bath from Victoria + Albert which is perfect to soak in after a long day and also big enough to fit two people 😉 Then there is the all-day restaurant At The Chapel that uses the best West Country produce and brings a relaxed Mediterranean approach to British food. And the furniture! It’s all absolutely gorgeous. Pale oaks, neutral tones, natural stone materials and a hint of soft green throughout the scheme.

So, you have until next week (October 31st) to enter the competition via the Victoria + Albert website, here!

Good luck!

Lx

Styling: Arthur’s nursery!

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Arthur’s nursery is included in this season’s edition of Dulux Let’s Colour Magazine that is available for free from DIY stores!  [Photography by Anton Rodriguez]


Hi All,

You know by now that we had a baby boy, Arthur Grey, 11 weeks ago and it probably comes as no surprise that we went to town on decorating his nursery!

Our inspiration came from our trip to France and Spain two years ago when we trekked the Camino Trail (or you may know it as Camino de Santiago). We loved the idea of painting mountains on the wall so I found some left over paint in my shed  for the mountains and purchased some teal coloured paint for the rest of the walls. We chose Proud Peacock from Dulux as it is fresh, bright, bold and gender-neutral! (We didn’t know Arthur was a boy before he arrived).

We had a great weekend overhauling the room and we were pleasantly surprised at how simple it was to paint the mural using Frog Tape and good quality Harris brushes with a nice angled tip.

Once the walls were complete I set about styling the furniture and accessories. I don’t like ‘themes’ but it wasn’t until the room was complete that I realised how many animals I included in the room! There’s the amazing bear cushion from Amara (it’s huge! It’s about 40cm tall), the poster of a kangaroo, koala toys, parrot puppets, donkeys, hares, owls, a wolf and the list goes on.

I picked up the incredible berber-style rug from West Elm on Tottenham Court Road for £100 in the sale (bargain!). It has a chunky silver thread running through it.

Then there is the change table from Ikea. It’s from the Hemnes range. Ikea do such brilliant items for kids rooms as they make their designs quite compact. This one fits a change mat perfectly on top with space for a radio and the drawers are deep to maximise storage. Then I bought the Skubb drawer dividers to make sure I use the space efficiently. What I did to make the drawer fronts feel bespoke was to replace the standard knobs with ceramic owl knobs that I sourced from the internet. We also purcashed the Mosslanda picture ledges from Ikea to showcase some of Arthur’s lovely books. I think books are so important in a childs life! I was obsessed with reading as a kid and hope Arthur is too (fingers crossed!)

The crib is fantastic too. It is from a company called Mokee. They make and sell things without the extortionate price tag. This cot was only £69 and the quality is brilliant.

The nursery has evolved since these images were taken and now include a hot air balloon mobile and lots of other bits and bobs- and I’m sure it will keep evolving as he grows. Exciting times ahead!

Here are some of the key pieces below to help you on your way:

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  1. Cot, Mokee | 2. Mr Bear cushion, Amara | 3. Scandinavian Design Centre | 4. Regents Park Zoo print, King and McGaw | 5. Ruark music system, Ruark | 6. Proud Peacock paint, Dulux.

Please vote for me in the Amara IBA’s!

Hi All,

It’s that time of year again and my blog has been nominated for the Best Interior Designer/Stylist Blog in the Amara Interior Blog Awards and I would really appreciate your vote!

The blog with the most votes gets shortlisted and then the ultimate winners are decided by a panel of judges.

It would mean a lot if you could vote for me using this link here or copy and paste this link into your browser: http://www.interiorblogawards.com/vote/lucy-gough-stylist/

All you need to do is fill out your name and email address and click submit.

Thank you so much in advance!

Best wishes,

Lucy x

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Bringing the Outside In: Chewton Glen

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Main image by Lucy Gough

Hi All!

I’m sorry for the radio silence but I had my baby boy, Arthur Grey, 7 weeks ago! He is just amazing and my partner and I can’t quite believe how lucky we are. I haven’t had a chance to blog since he was born as I have been getting to grips with motherhood and also I find that hours seem to slip by when I am sitting staring at his little face!

Today’s Bringing the Outside in is an image that I took of the tree house suite at Chewton Glen– a luxury hotel and spa in the New Forest that I visited earlier this year. It’s an absolutely stunning retreat in a quintessential English woodland setting.

Each tree house is suspended 35 feet above the ground and fully equipped with a private terrace and a hot tub on the balcony, under-floor heating, a marble bathroom with a large luxurious Victoria + Albert bath, contemporary Bisque radiators to keep you cosy and a Ruark audio system– and of course, much, much more.

If you fancy styling your home in a palette of nude neutrals, honey colours with a hint of green, then check out the mood board above!

Lx


1. Bespoke 54240 wooden floor boards, Ted Todd | 2. Casablanca Cotto Hexagon tile, Mandarin Stone | 3. Puncto 4203 Pendant Lamp, Skandium | 4. Finley Cushion, Jonathan Saunders at The Rug Company | 5. Tonella Chair by Note Design Studio at Sancal.

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?