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?

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.

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.

Latest trend: Jungle Fever!

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Hi All!

I’m sorry for the radio silence for the last fortnight. I have had a number of big shoots on and I also gave a really exciting talk at the Heal’s store on Tottenham Court Road last week that I had to prepare for.

It was a wonderful event put on by the KLC Design School to a room full of about 120 design addicts! We talked about about the Styling industry, tips and tricks to make your home feel like a magazine and also about the latest trends on the interiors market. I’m so sorry to all those who missed out but hopefully there will be more in the not-to-distant future!

Today I’m bringing to you one of those trends that I talked about in my presentation last week and thought I would show you where you can buy some of the items to fit the look.

I am obsessed with all things emerald green and walnut at the moment so this is perfect if you are anything like me! Especially with the summer coming up and now is probably the time that you are thinking of sprucing up your home for the upcoming season.

Check out the items above. What are your thoughts on the look above?

Lx

Main image via The Style Files

1. Crosley record player, Urban Outfitters | 2. Barcelona floor lamp, Jonathan Adler | 3. Linea Palm branch, House of Fraser | 4. Honeycomb vase, West Elm at John Lewis | 5. Pineapple silk cushion, Silken Favours at Amara | 6. Lovbacken table, Ikea | 7. Manila fabric, Sanderson.

 

Bathroom inspiration

I am constantly planning my next home decoration project. Surely I’m not the only one? It’s like an obsession. I may not always follow through but I just love coming up with new ideas for our home. For me personally- I spend so much time here as I live AND work from home (when I am not shooting on location, propping or out at meetings etc) so I feel like I need to feel inspired by the space that I spend so much time in.

So, the next room we want to tackle is the bathroom. It hasn’t been decorated in the seven years that I have been here so I think it’s about time! Our bathroom is slightly unusual in that the only bathroom we have in our Victorian Terrace is downstairs at the back of the house. Most houses like ours are two beds and a bathroom upstairs but we have three beds upstairs and a bathroom downstairs that was a 1970’s addition.

We keep um-ing and ah-ing about whether to extend the back of our home (since we watched Sarah Beeny’s ‘Double your house for half the money’. Thanks, Sarah for planting that seed!) and the points that we keep coming back to are:

1. If we extended our house we would need to move the bathroom upstairs and sacrifice a bedroom for it.

2. If we don’t extend our house and choose only to renovate our bathroom now and then decide to renovate the house in a few years time, will we just be wasting money?

So, what I am researching at the moment are some inspiration images of bathrooms that you don’t have to do a complete makeover to achieve. I have always been pretty obsessed by surface materials and textures in my Interior Styling projects- I love when there is a visible grain in timber or a chunky weave in linen or even rust in a metallic finish.

You may disagree and say that you would need a complete renovation to achieve any of the looks below- but I am looking mainly at the statement areas in each picture. For example, it is easy to clad a wall in burnt larch (see image one, below). Builders can more or less clad over any existing surface.

It’s easy to replace your existing shower head with a matt black one. It’s also a simple job to mount a large mirror along one wall to accentuate the length of the wall.

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Being Australian, I think it’s a pretty normal thing to be inspired by any room or building that is modelled after a wool shed (!). (see pic 2) Corrugated iron is one of my favourite materials. I love the raw nature of it. If you don’t like the rustic look then Colourbond (AUS) or Accord Steel cladding (UK) do the same material in practically any colour that you want!

To finish off the look- old taps are easy to come by at car boots or ebay and using them in place of your existing chrome one helps to achieve the industrial/utilitarian look.

I adore the pic below (number 3). Simple neutrals with an accent of brass. We have a bath similar to this so I am thinking of re-painting it in a crisp white.

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I love the black units in this bathroom. This image (number 4) is a new collection from Roper Rhodes and shows off their Burford Slate Grey bathroom suite. I also love the simplicity of the bulb pendant lights wrapped around what essentially could be a broom handle painted black!

We have white floor tiles at the moment and you can clean them one day and they’ll be dirty the next. I will never have white floor tiles again! Loving these Victorian inspired tiles above. They look great and hide the dirt!

Lastly, the pic below (number 5) is too good not to share. I spotted this copper beauty at Decorex last year and it stopped me in my tracks. It’s tiny! Perfect for a small bathroom. It’s only about 1250mm long so it’s essentially a half the size of a standard bath but with all the curves and beautiful features of a full-size slipper bath. Hurlingham Baths have a few of these small baths to choose from. They would fit perfectly into a flat!

I’d love to know which picture is your fave. It might help me decided what to do!

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1. via My Deco Love Photo by Terence Chin | 2. Photo from ‘Firefly House’ at Unique Home Stays | 3.Photo by Brooke Holm of a project by Shareen Joel via My Scandinavian Home | 4.  Burford Slate Grey Bathroom from Roper Rhodes | 5. Photo by Lucy Gough of Hurlingham Baths.

My favourite finds from Maison et Objet, 2016.

Hi All,

I went trend-spotting at Maison et Objet in Paris last weekend on behalf of Tom Dixon, so I could report back to you about what the latest designs are in the wonderful world of interiors!

Please keep reading below to see my round-up of favourite finds while I was there>>

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This seemed to be a significant trend throughout a lot of the higher-end brands at Maison et Objet, especially when to came to vessels and vases in all shapes and sizes. Also, the incredible tables above from Glas Italia are absolutely stunning and have to be seen to be believed at how beautiful they are!

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