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  • Posted on June 20, 2017

    Find your interior style - Bathrooms

    So you're planning an interior style for your home, but what about the bathroom? Can you really bring your chosen style into such a functional room without having to fork out for a whole new en-suite. The answer is, yes you can!

    The Scandinavian HomeScandi

    Ok, so we're not all lucky enough to live somewhere where the weather is nice enough to have an outdoor shower, but the principals behind it are very Scandi and something you can bring into your own indoor bathroom. Think simplicity and nature. Find some simple accessories with natural colours and textures, such as the wooden stool in this image that almost looks likes driftwood, or the simple white and blue towels to create a feeling of uncluttered calm in your bathroom.

     

    urban pioneerIndustrial

    Just a few simple touches can bring the industrial look into your bathroom. The old school electric lights in this image are not only easy to source, but they won't cost you the earth and won't require any plumbing! Look out for industrial style fixtures such as taps or shower heads, if you want to get a feel for the style without having to redecorate!

     

    Coastal Living Coastal

    A coastal style bathroom is probably the easiest room to achieve this look without spending a fortune. We love the sky blue bathtub in this picture, but just by adding seaside themed accessories you can easily transform your bathroom into a coastal dream. The jars of shells and pebbles in this picture are a subtle nod to the beach, but you could always go brighter and bolder - think beach huts, stripes and sunshine yellows.

     

    urban pioneerBotanical

    It's so easy to create your botanical bathroom, just add plants! You don't even need lots of plants to make an impact; against this white background the green fern stands out instantly. Go for tropical plants as they are used to the humidity. If you have plenty of light go for succulents, such as aloe. If you are lacking natural light, go for ferns and air plants.

     

    perfect english cottageCountry

    Again, you can create a country style bathroom with some simple accessories and fixtures. Even if you don't have a claw-foot bath, like the one in the image, the gold, traditional tap fixtures create the country style feel, coupled with the water jug and distressed wooden cupboard and shelving.

     

    For more interior inspiration, check out the featured book, (listed in order):

    The Scandinavian Home by Niki Brantmark

    The Scandinavian Home by Niki Brantmark

    Urban Pioneer by Sara Emslie

    Urban Pioneer by Sara Emslie

    Coastal Living by Henrietta Heald

    Coastal Living by Henrietta Heald

    Perfect English Cottage by Ros Byam Shaw

    Perfect English Cottage by Ros Byam Shaw

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  • Posted on June 13, 2017

    Find your interior style - Living Spaces

    What kind of interior style suits you best? Bright botanical or calming coastal? Simple Scandi or classic country? This week we're looking at living spaces to help you pick your own interior style.

    The Scandinavian homeScandi

    Whilst most of us won't get the impressive view that goes with this Scandi Style living room, you can still get the look with lots of natural fabrics, such as wool and sheep skin rugs, coupled with the natural textures and colours of wooden paneling.

     

    botanical styleIndustrial

    We love the colours in the bare walls in this industrial style living room, just going to show that you don't need to paint to add colour to a room. The quirky light adds to the industrial effect, while the plants bring some life to the room to balance it out and make it feel more homely.

     

    Coastal Living Coastal

    Again, a bright, white room for this coastal style living space, with subtle little nods to the sea like the model sailboat in the corner, or the blue and white striped pillow on the sofa. The colours brought into the room are all natural and reflect the colours you would find on the seaside.

     

    botanical styleBotanical

    Going botanical style doesn't always have to mean going green! While this living space has lots of green plants, the vibrant blue wall provides a striking backdrop, creating a very tropical, colourful vibe.

     

    perfect english cottageCountry

    The exposed wooden beams, roaring fire and cosy, comfortable furniture make this a classic country living room. While this picture is of a very traditional country cottage, you can modernize it with brighter colours and less contrasting patterns, as long as you keep the comfy, homely vibe that a country interior needs!

     

    For more interior inspiration, check out the featured books (listed in order):

    The Scandinavian Home by Niki Brantmark

    The Scandinavian Home by Niki Brantmark

    Botanical Style by Selina Lake

    Botanical Style by Selina Lake

    Coastal Living by Henrietta Heald

    Coastal Living by Henrietta Heald

    Perfect English Cottage by Ros Byam Shaw

    Perfect English Cottage by Ros Byam Shaw

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  • Posted on June 8, 2017

    Find your interior style - Kitchens

    With so many different interiors styles to choose from, it can be tricky to know which one to go for when designing your home. To help you decide, we've put together some examples of our favourite interior styles, from the trending Scandi style to classic country homes. All you have to do is pick your favourite and start decorating! This week - kitchens!

    The Scandinavian home - kitchenScandi

    Scandi interiors are all about clean and de-cluttered spaces, often using lots of wood and natural finishes. With lots of natural light and light colours, a Scandi kitchen will be a simple but striking room.

     

    urban pioneer - kitchenIndustrial

    The industrial interior style is all about keeping the natural building materials of a room exposed. For a kitchen, this could mean exposed piping, bare floors or wooden panels. It will often be a clean, stripped back room with access to lots of natural light to make it feel bright and open.

     

    Coastal Living kitchenCoastal

    For a coastal style kitchen, think of a cross between Scandi and country. Lots of wood and light, bright colours. You're trying to bring the colours of the seaside into your home, so go for a balance of blues and whites and light wooden surfaces.

     

    Botanical Style kitchenBotanical

    Botanical style does what it says on the tin. If you love to bring the outdoors in then this is the style for you. Whether you go for tropical flowers and bright patterns, or lots of green foliage it's all about filling each room with nature inspired patterns, plants and accessories.

     

    perfect english cottage kitchenCountry

    A classic country kitchen is one of the cosiest places to be in a home! Flagstone floors, a big wooden table everyone can sit around, perhaps a selection of snoozing dogs and cats, it really is the heart of every country house.

     

    For more interior inspiration, check out the featured books (listed in order):

    The Scandinavian Home by Niki Brantmark

    The scandinavian home

    Urban Pioneer by Sara Emslie

    urban pioneer

    Coastal Living by Henrietta Heald

    Coastal Living

    Botanical Style by Selina Lake

    Botanical Style

    Perfect English Cottage by Ros Byam Shaw

    Perfect English Cottage

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  • Posted on May 30, 2017

    Inspirational outdoor spaces

    From a humble patio to the downright luxurious, we've got together some of our favourite outdoor spaces...

    coastal living

    bold and bright

    bold and bright

    coastal living

    coastal living

    The Mediterranean Table

     

    These photographs have been taken from:

    Bold and Bright by Maria S Teixeira

    Coastal Living by Henrietta Heald

    Coastal Living

    The Mediterranean Table

    The Mediterranean Table

    All photography is ©Ryland Peters & Small

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  • Posted on May 24, 2017

    5 indoor gardening projects

    With the Chelsea Flower Show taking place this week, we're feeling inspired to do some gardening, but without lots of outdoor space we've turned to Isabelle Palmer for some great indoor gardening projects that anyone can do! So if you're visiting the show, or have already visited and need some indoor gardening inspiration, or even if you'd just love to have more flowers and plants in your home but you're not sure where's best to start, take a look at these 5 projects from The Balcony Gardener...

    Bowl of Succulents House PlantsBowl of Succulents

    This stylish display is a must for the “I wish I had more time!” gardener, the “I always forget to water the plants” gardener, or simply the lazy gardener. In recent years, succulents have come out of the shadows and they can be seen regularly on the tables of trendy cafes and in the pages of hip interior design magazines. The odd shapes, the fleshy leaves, and the sculptural globes make very modern and stylish interior plants. They are minimalist, with simple, streamlined shapes, and easily add a “desert chic” look to any home.

    It can be a lot of fun putting together a display of succulents—you can definitely include the weird and the wonderful here. I chose a selection of my favorites, including Crassula ovata (jade or money plant), Sempervivum tectorum (common houseleek or hens-and-chicks), Aloe “Pinto,” Sedum, Kalanchoe thyrsifl ora (paddle plant), Epipremnum aureum (devil’s ivy), Echeveria “Fred Ives,” Crassula perforata (string of buttons), and Pachyveria glauca “Little Jewel,” along with Lithops (living stones or stone plant) and neutral pebbles. I painted the bowl a dark slate color, which I think offsets the overall look very well.

     

    Herb Wooden Crates House PlantsFrench Herb Container

    What could be more satisfying than reaching over and picking some fresh, home-grown rosemary to use with your Sunday roast lamb? Parisians and other apartment dwellers living in mainland European cities are often starved of outdoor space, so they make the most of their balconies and indoor planting areas. Walking through the streets of Paris and looking up to the sky, you will often see apartments lined with window boxes and lushly planted balconies. The rustic-looking crate is perfect for the herbs housed inside, creating a picturesque miniature French herb garden. You can often find wooden crates in vintage and antiques stores; sometimes, you might spot a neglected one at the back of the store, containing other bits and pieces—they’re often cheap and you can haggle with the seller!

    The compact thyme bushes look great in this crate. Thyme can be grown successfully indoors; it simply needs a bright windowsill and some basic care and attention to thrive. The heady scent emanating from rosemary is delicious, and this highly fragrant herb can be used in many dishes. It is very easy to grow and, being a Mediterranean herb, it will appreciate a sunny spot. Finally, the lavender plant makes a lovely partner for both the thyme and the rosemary. Lavender is hard to resist, boasting beautiful flowers and an equally arresting scent. It gives a delicate flavor to cooking and is especially wonderful in light desserts.

     

    Summer floral arrangement house plantsSummer Floral Arrangement

    Flower-arranging is often regarded as a rather staid and old-fashioned hobby. However, there has recently been a noticeable resurgence in floral arrangements, with edgier displays featuring wilder flowers that are markedly different from commercial blooms. This bountiful floral display, which includes roses, peonies, delphiniums, Salvia farinacea (ornamental sage), Chamelaucium uncinatum (Geraldton waxflower), and Brodiaea (cluster lilies), is bright and colorful, and housed perfectly in a white kitchen jug. The eclectic mix of color and foliage makes for a lovely contrast with the pale hues of the open kitchen.

     

    Mason Jar containers House PlantsMason Jar Containers

    These three vintage preserving jars are perfect for a kitchen display of indoor plants. Terrarium-style planters need not be expensive, since the plants don’t need to be housed in antique cases or terrariums commissioned from a specialist maker. In fact, it’s more fun to think outside the box and be imaginative. So, visit antiques stores, flower markets, and thrift stores, or look in your own home—are there any jars or vases that you’ve always kept but never found a use for?

    When I found the jars I was on vacation close to the coast, so I have kept that lovely feeling and can remind myself of walks on the beach by using golden sand as a base for the plants. Succulents grow very well in sand; simply place a spoonful or two of succulent potting mix in the base of the jar, then sprinkle the sand around the sides and over the top to hide the potting mix. I used reindeer moss in all three jars and picked different glossy succulents, including Crassula ovata (jade or money plant), which is one of my favorites. Other succulents you could use include Schlumbergera (Christmas cactus), Sempervivum tectorum (common houseleek or, rather charmingly, hens-and-chicks), and Kalanchoe tomentosa (panda plant). Spend some time looking into your preferred succulents and thinking about which colors would work best in your own kitchen. Water your succulents sparingly.

     

    ivy and fern hanging basket house plantsIvy and Fern Hanging Basket

    Hanging arrangements are a wonderfully creative way to display indoor plants. They create a fabulous point of interest in a living room, above a long table in a kitchen, or displayed in a hallway. This arrangement features lush, green, trailing Hedera (ivy) and busy Nephrolepis exaltata (Boston fern), both typically outdoor plants. This bountiful hanging basket makes a wonderful contrast to the crisp white surroundings of the room.

     

    These projects are from House Plants by Isabelle Palmer.

    house plants by Isabelle Palmer

    Photography by Helen Cathcart ©CICO Books

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  • Posted on May 17, 2017

    5 ways to use colour in your home

    You might want to grab the paintbrushes and go bold and bright, or maybe you prefer something softer and more tranquil, even if you don't fancy picking up a paint brush at all, here are 5 ways you can introduce colour into your interior design to bring some fun and life into you home.

     

    1. Paint bold

    Don't be afraid of colour - if you are thinking of painting a room why not just go for it and go bold! If you have large rooms then you can probably get away with bright primary colours or darker shades. With smaller spaces you might just want to paint one wall your chosen colour to stop the room feeling smaller than it is. Make sure you test your colours on the wall to make sure you are happy with them, as they will change colour once dry and in different lights.

    In the Mood for Colour

    In the Mood for Colour

     

    2. Paint pastel

    If you don't have the large rooms for in-your-face colours, or you prefer a quieter tone, then try choosing pastel colours to create tranquil and peaceful rooms. Remember, pastel doesn't have to mean pink and pretty. You could opt for a sky blue, or mint green and even brighter colours like yellow and orange will provide a less intense finish when in pastel shades.

    In the Mood for Colour

    In the Mood for Colour

     

    3. Don't paint at all

    You don't need to paint at all to bring colour into your home. Keeping wall neutral and then adding splashes of colour using furniture and accessories is an easy way to make a room seem colourful and keep it feeling open and bright. You could choose one colour to create a theme or go completely contrasting. Colouful pictures, cushions, bed covers and kitchen items are great way to add colour into your home without the decorating or commitment. It's easy to change whenever you fancy, making it a great idea for kids rooms as you can update to match their style without too much effort or cost.

    Bold and Bright

    Bold and Bright

     

    4. Be inspired by nature

    If you're not sure about bright colours, one way to keep it natural is to take inspiration from outside. You could choose to paint a whole wall with colours that you have found naturally (paint can be mixed so easily nowadays you will almost certainly be able to request the exact colour you're after) or you could bring plants and flowers inside to act as a splash of colour against a white or neutral room.

    In the Mood for Colour

    urban pioneer

     

    5. Go for contrast

    You don't have to stick to one colour, or even a palette of colours when decorating. If you want lots of colour in your home then don't be afraid to go for contrast. Take a look at a colour wheel - colours opposite each other are contrasting colours. Then, once you've chosen your pair, choose one colour to be your primary colour, which will be the main colour of the room. The second colour you can add in as an accent colour. This balance will make sure that the bold colours don't overwhelm the room and make it look too bright and garish.

    In the Mood for Colour

    Bold and Bright

     

    These photographs have been taken from:

    Bold and Bright by Maira Serra Teixeira

    In the Mood for Colour by Hans Blomquist

    In the Mood for Colour

    Urban Pioneer by Sara Emslie

    urban pioneer

    All photography is ©Ryland Peters & Small

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  • Posted on May 9, 2017

    5 ways to use texture in your home

    Whatever interior style you prefer, you can create dynamic homes and interiors full of life, by adding a little texture to your rooms. Here are 5 ways you can use texture to create your desired vibe in your home.

     

    1. Keep it Cosy

    An easy way to make any room feel cosy and welcoming is to add texture with fabrics. It could be a colourful wall hanging on a bare wall, a patterned throw over a bed, or even as simple as a pile of fresh tea-towels in the kitchen.

    In the Mood for Colour

    Bold and Bright

    texture

     

    2. Go Industrial

    If you're a fan of the industrial trend, find texture in the stripped back elements of your home. Features of the building such as exposed brickwork or piping don't need to be covered over and can add layers of texture to a room.

    urban pioneer

     

    3. Keep it Natural

    Another simple way to add texture into your home is bring the natural textures from the outside, in. One of the best materials for displaying natural texture is wood. It comes in so many colours and grains that you know every piece will be unique. It's also extremely versatile so you can use it to compliment your own style, whether that is a country-style kitchen, a quirky coffee table or even just a striking log pile for the fire.

    urban pioneer

    texture

     

    4. Rustic vibes

    Adding lots of texture to your home is a great way to give it that rustic feel. Natural textures will achieve this, but you can also use paint to create beautiful distressed pieces of furniture. The layers of paint showing through on this chest of drawers make it a feature of the room that draws in your attention. You could even use the same effect when painting your walls. Instead of opting for one colour and a smooth finish, try a blend of colours and make your brush strokes a feature of the wall. All these layers and textures allow people to see the love and hard work that has gone into making your home.

    In the Mood for Colour

    In the Mood for Colour

    In the Mood for Colour

     

    5. Make it Modern

    Don't neglect texture when styling a modern interior. Even if you're not a fan of the rustic look, you can still find materials that provide a modern look and a dynamic feel to a room. Slate and marble are great examples of this. Although they are sleek, smooth and sophisticated they still offer great texture and depth through their range of colours and patterns.

    texture

     

    These photographs have been taken from,

    Bold and Bright by Maira Serra Teixeira

    Bold and Bright

    In the Mood for Colour by Hans Blomquist

    In the Mood for Colour Hans Blomquist

    Texture

    Texture

    Urban Pioneer by Sara Emslie

    urban pioneer by sara emslie

    All photography is ©Ryland Peters & Small

     

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  • Posted on May 3, 2017

    5 ways to use space in your home

    Whether you have lots of space, or hardly any to spare, how you use it can transform a room. Here are some of the ways in which you can utilise the space you have to bring simplicity, uniqueness and style to your home.

    1. Let no space go to waste

    The awkward space under the stairs doesn't have to be filled with coats and pairs of old shoes. Every space, no matter how small can be turned into something useful and unique. By fitting a desk and a quirky wallpaper under these stairs the space has been transformed into a quiet nook to study. Or, whilst a sloping roof may restrict a room, tuck in a mattress and you can make a cosy and simple bedroom.

    Beautifully Small

    Beautifully Small

    2. Storage & Display

    Whether you choose to display or hide away, it's a good idea to invest in some storage space. If you like your home un-cluttered and simplistic, choose storage that blends in, like these sleek built in draws under the sofa or the wicker baskets that not only act as storage but compliment the overall feel and design of the room. On the other hand, a beautiful shelf along one wall will allow you to display all your books and knick knacks, as well as adding character and colour to any room.

    Beautifully Small

    urban pioneer

    3. Make something beautiful from 'space takers'

    Why not make something beautiful from the everyday things that take up space in your home? This stairway is a necessary fixture, but the design makes it into something beautiful in it's own right.

    Bold and Bright

    4. Running out of rooms?

    Not enough rooms in you home? Make your own! By simply putting up a pair of curtains, this house has made a study room with no fuss and messy building works. The advantage of this is you can open and close the curtains depending on your needs, making the space work around you and your lifestyle.

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    5. Be unconventional

    At the end of the day, it's your home and you want it to reflect your personality! Don't be afraid to be unconventional and find unique designs for your home to make the most out of the space you've got.

    Beautifully Small.2

    Bold and Bright

     

    These photographs have been taken from:

    Beautifully Small by Sara Emslie

    Beautifully Small by Sara Emslie

    Bold and Bright by Maira Serra Teixeira

    Bold and Bright

    Urban Pioneer by Sara Emslie

    Urban Pioneer by Sara Emslie

    All photography is ©Ryland Peters & Small

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  • Posted on April 26, 2017

    Wordless Wednesday: Natural colours with Perfect French Country

    Perfect French Country by Ros Byam Shaw

    Perfect French Country by Ros Byam Shaw

    Perfect French Country by Ros Byam Shaw

    Perfect French Country by Ros Byam Shaw

    Perfect French Country by Ros Byam Shaw

    Perfect French Country by Ros Byam Shaw

    Photographs from Perfect French Country by Ros Byam Shaw, available here.

    Perfect French Country by Ros Byam Shaw

    Photography by Jan Baldwin ©Ryland Peters & Small

     

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  • Posted on April 19, 2017

    Wordless Wednesdsay: My Scandinavian Home

    My Scandinavian Home

    My Scandinavian Home

    My Scandinavian Home

    My Scandinavian Home

    My Scandinavian Home

    My Scandinavian Home

    These photographs are taken from My Scandinavian Home by Niki Brantmark, available here.

    My Scandinavian Home by Nicki Brantmark

    Photography by James Gardiner, © CICO Books

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