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!

Lx

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

Shop Love: Button & Sprung

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Images all styled by Button & Sprung

1. Burdock | 2. Rose | 3. Camelia | 4. Lavender | 5. The London Showroom | 6. Fabric swatches available online.

Today’s shop love is dedicated to Button & Sprung, the beautiful bed and mattress shop where quality upholstered beds and dreamy pocket sprung mattresses take centre stage.


Not only can you buy their beautifully designed beds in almost any colour but you get an amazing 100 night trial period before you have to make up your mind! There are a few other things that make their service different to their competitors and that is that they will remove your old mattress for free so you don’t have to take it to the waste recycle centre yourself (always a bonus) and their products come with a 10 year guarantee.

If you’re someone like me and you’re really fussy about your mattress you should check out their pocket sprung mattress selection. The clever thing is that B&S didn’t like traditional springs so they decided to make their own! They’re called IQ and provide the same level of comfort regardless of how much pressure you place on them. That means if you and your partner weigh vastly different sizes you’ll experience the same level of comfort.

One of the things that I love about the beds at Button & Sprung is the dramatic, clean lines in all the bed head designs. They are all exceptionally strong shapes, and, paired with bright, bold colours (like in images 1-4 above) can make for a striking room scheme.

You’d be right on trend if you decided to upholster your bed in the colours above (image 6) as Dulux have just announced that their colour of the year for 2017 is ‘Denim Drift‘. So expect to see a lot more of these gorgeous blue hues in the coming 12 months!

Lx

Shop Love: Bisque Radiators

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Hi All,

A few months ago we re-did our hallway ahead of our baby being born. We decided to do it because we thought ‘we’ll never have time to do renovations when the baby arrives! Well, at least for the first little while we wouldn’t and I wanted to make sure they were installed for the colder weather which would be upon us in the months to come.

Every year for the past seven years (since I arrived in the UK) winter would set in, we would light the fire in the gorgeous victorian fireplace and we would say to each other ‘this fire is so beautiful to look at… but I’m freezing!’ It just didn’t give out enough heat to combat the cold. So, we replaced the old fireplace with a wood burning stove (or pot belly stove as we call them in Australia) and that then prompted us to re-decorate the hallway and the hallway of course had an old, boring, run of the mill white radiator that just had to go!

The first thing we did was to visit the gorgeous Bisque showroom in Kilburn (see pic four, above) and decided on two classic ‘mild steel’ radiators in anthracite (see pic one, above). Mild steel is used instead of traditional cast iron as it is much lighter and it heats up quicker. So you get the look of the cast iron with all the modern benefits. Genius!

One fabulous thing about Bisque radiators is that they can paint your radiator in any colour you like! They also do different finishes like the iridescent finish that you can see here.

If classic (some might say traditional) radiators aren’t your style and you prefer something more contemporary then the Lissett range may be your thing (See pic 3, 5 and 9, above). The Lissett radiators are made from recycled, scrap aluminium and assembled by hand! So, not only do they have lovely curves but a feel good factor too :)

Not only do we have a new stove this year but new radiators too- baby Arthur Grey doesn’t know how lucky he is!

Lx

1. My new hallway (Classic in Anthracite) | 2. Ellisse radiator | 3. Lissett in Nature green | 4. Gorgeous Bisque shopfront in Kilburn | 5. Lissett in yellow | 6. Classic in any shade you want | 7. Classic in silver | 8. Classics in pastel shades | 9. Lissett in Volcanic finish.

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.


 

10 of the Best House Numbers

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Hi All,

I hope you have had a lovely week so far!

One thing I love about Britain are the vast number of different coloured front doors, door knockers and house numbers that you find on every street. No two are the same and I love seeing how adventurous some people are with their colour choices. So, I thought I’d show you some of my favourite house numbers that could complement the many front doors out there in the UK.

Hopefully you’ll agree that there is something for everyone in the round-up above. I’m particularly fond of item number 4- the mid-century ones. They are made of vitreous porcelain clay and are suitable for both indoors and out. They wouldn’t look out of place in an amazing 60’s property or even on the front door of the Flinstones!

I also have a soft spot for item number 9. They are sourced from old Soviet buildings and are available from this etsy store. And there is no denying the beautiful craftsmanship that has gone into the smooth timber numerals from Another Country (item number 10). Those talented guys always put quality above anything else!

Which one is your favourite?

Lx

1. Ceramic House Tile, SoMiTileworks at Etsy | 2. Slate tile, Homebase | 3. Flowering Brass house sign, Anthropologie | 4. Handmade Prairie tile, PrairieMileTile at Etsy | 5. French metal door signs, I Love Retro at Notonthehighstreet | 6. Art Deco House Sign, Lumley Designs | 7. Illuminated Sign Light Lamp, eBay | 8. Carlisle Brass door number, Leader Stores | 9. Vintage Soviet sign, 888 Vintage Shoppe at Etsy | 10. House numerals, Another Country.