What to do with my home decor next..?

Bathroom Design, Garden Design, Home Styling, Inspiration, interior design

Christmas is over, the decorations are down, our homes are feeling a little bare.

With the cold weather, post-holiday and post-Christmas blues, we are all starting to think about what’s in store for 2018, whether it’s holidays, work goals or home projects to name a few.

As you can probably guess, my aim here is to provide you with some ideas and inspiration for your homes leading into the Spring season.

Let’s start with… Flowers. The surest sign that warmer weather is coming.

Spring is such a lovely time of year as all the trees start to show colour and life again. The sight of the colour of Spring flowers everywhere is uplifting and such a contrast from the grey and brown wintery colours. As so many flowers come into bloom in the Spring you will be spoiled for choice and will successfully find arrangements to suit your colour scheme and style at home. The colour of flowers leads me onto…

…Pastel colours.

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Pastels have been a home decor trend for some time now, not just for the Spring season. If you haven’t joined the Pastels hype yet, it’s not too late! Use the turn of the season as an excuse to join us.

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Yellow. A colour of happiness, happiness in the form of warm sunshine and saying goodbye to winter (British weather dependent…)

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Copper. Metallics.

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The copper, bronze and gold metallics add a stylish warmth. The warm colours are definitely necessary at this time of year while there is still a chill in the air. Copper combined with a candle – a double whammy!

Rustic decor.

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Spring feelings can show both inside and outside your home. Your gardens will start to become a little more colourful as the weather gets warmer and the trees begin to blossom. With some rustic plant pots, you can house some Spring flowers – daffodils, tulips, snowdrops, hyacinths, heather…the list could go on and on.

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It’s pretty clear from most of these points that one of the biggest ways to make your home feel more Spring-like and less Winter-like is with wonderful nature.

I would love to see your take on Spring home decor, too, so please share!

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the hobsons|choice Christmas makeover

christmas, Home Styling, Inspiration, interior design, Kitchen, Showroom Dressing

It’s ok to self-appoint yourself as head of Christmas, right..?

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Working in such a stunning kitchen showroom, I was over-excited about it’s Christmas makeover very early in November.

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Showroom dressing and visual merchandising has always been a strong interest of mine, so being given free reign on such a showroom was a privilege and a pleasure.

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The excitement materialised. Who wouldn’t want to get themselves lost in the John Lewis Christmas department?!

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The tree selection

I had so much fun browsing pinterest, visiting florists, purchasing decorations and putting it all together that I wanted to share the journey.

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As a team we agreed on a contemporary rustic theme. This adds warmth and ties in with the beautiful wood and veneer finishes already a part of our showroom.

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Pine cones, twigs and Twisted Willow, Holly and Fir branches are inexpensive, if not free. Most of our branches and cuttings came from the team’s gardens or picked up on woodland dog walks.

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I wanted to prove that this style of decor does not necessarily require you to spend a fortune.

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Pinterest gave me a lot of inspiration for table settings. With the beautiful bulthaup veneer wall panelling as a backdrop and the handmade Carl Hansen Elbow chairs to work with, it was important the table looked classy and elegant alongside them.

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bulthaup and Carl Hansen’s colour palettes are perfect with the rustic theme.

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The coasters make this, in my opinion.

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Credit has to go to Crescent Flowers for digging these enormous branches out for me. It was touch and go whether they were going to fit in my car.

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Tip: Don’t try and tie thread through glass baubles on a concrete floor. I learnt the hard way.

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My new obsession: filled baubles. A pretty way to add Christmas sparkle to the rusticity.

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I hope this post provides you with some inspiration for your own Christmas decor.

If you haven’t got the decs up yet, happy decorating!

Merry Christmas!

light up your garden

Garden Design, Home Styling, Inspiration

Summer is in full swing meaning most of us are spending lots of time in our gardens.

I don’t know about you but one of my favourite things about summer is being able to sit in the garden late into the evening. It can be so relaxing, particularly with nice lighting.

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Candles are a lovely warm and subtle way to light the garden in the evening and create interesting shapes and shadows in the plants, too.

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Candle holders do not necessarily need to be extravagant and expensive. Sometimes the most simple are the most effective. Candle holders can be made from many food storage items, meaning they are free(!), such as tin cans and glass jars. The advantage of this is that you can decorate them as you wish.

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Here is a collection of simple, modern ways to light your garden with candles.

Lanterns:

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Pendants and hanging candle holders:

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Stakes:

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Freestanding:

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Large Open Plan Traditional Style Kitchen

Inspiration, Kitchen

This kitchen was designed for a newly built traditional-style home. The large kitchen is open plan to a comfy seating area, second to the main reception room.

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Birdseye view

The island provides a lovely, vast cooking and social area at the centre of the open room.

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Perspective of kitchen to reception space

The kitchen is a light bone colour as the room is north facing and does not benefit from much natural light.

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Perspective of kitchen from reception space

With a granite surface on the sink side of the kitchen, the material is more practical around water than wood. The wood surfaces provide more warmth to the other parts of the kitchen that are open plan to the reception areas.

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Floor plan

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Mid-installation