interiors

It doesn't always have to be perfect....

You know when you open a magazine and they have the curated style shots, then a few pages later it gives you the details of where you can purchase each item.  The rooms are magazine worthy, but some how a little bit too over styled, a little bit too perfect.

Now anyone who know's me well will testify my dislike for anything 'matchy' 'matchy'.  From what I wear to my home.  A look that could have easily been picked straight out of the nearest high street catalogue can be a bit contrived and not totally personal to you.  Everything co-ordinated, with matching colours and finishes, is just a bit dull.  By mixing things up with your furniture pieces, such as side tables, sofas and soft furnishings, and throwing in an heirloom or something a bit left field, like a random colour, something with a bit of humour or something a little bit battered.  It creates interest, layers and gives your room soul.

I would also argue by furnishing your room a bit at a time and letting it evolve organically means you will naturally achieve a look that is less polished.  Now that doesn't mean compromising on style.  What i'm trying to achieve is a slightly less perfect finish.  No matter what your budget, this rule applies to everyone!

You can achieve the less than perfect look in a number of ways.  For instance using mismatched lamps, or side tables.  An antique mirror (that doesn't even have to be antique) The Range or Dunelm have a really great budget selection from Art Deco to Baroque inspired.  Mixing up the cushions on the sofa, even if they aren't vintage will add a less matching feel. A mash up of florals, geometrics, checks and plain are a great combination in varying scales. Adding a single odd chair, It maybe a vintage one, an old favourite, tattered leather, or a faded linen.  Things with age and patina stop your room looking too done.

In our house I've put up an aged tin tile wallpaper in the kitchen, that has exactly the effect I mean. It looks a bit battered, in fact a friend thought, I was actually redecorating as the plaster was peeling!! But it does make everyone want to touch it when they see it! Everything else in this room is fairly polished.  Porcelain floor tiles, gloss kitchen.  It definitely needed something that was a bit rough looking!

    Merci Tin Tile wallpaper    Vintage chest - Similar  here    Oversized clock - Similar  here

 

Merci Tin Tile wallpaper

Vintage chest - Similar here

Oversized clock - Similar here

The other end of the room is our dining area.  It has a really old heavily distressed wooden table and an old Parker Knoll nursing chair that was given to me by my mother in law. She wanted me to have something comfortable to sit in for the unrelenting feeding that was about to ensue! (3 babies very premature, feeding at different times for an hour at a time means non stop feeding! But that's a story for another time!)  It has been recovered but still has the fabric from when it was in the girls' nursery. Its a very cream light fabric that is now fraying and obviously cleaned in spots where the fabric has faded, probably from flung food and felt pens, but that's exactly why we love it.  Its precious because it was given to me, but it's not too precious you can't throw yourself into it or worry about small fingers adding a chocolatey stain to it!  Likewise, I don't expect you to take off your shoes or reach for a coaster for your mug.  At chez moi its all about feeling comfortable, and if that means not removing your shoes that's ok with me!

My dining area

My dining area

Some of my favourite instagrammers certainly know how to mix up their interiors, and if you've read my blog before you'll have heard me mention these guys - I just can't get enough! If you don't follow already, I highly recommend you do! 

Hilary & Flo - This newly refurbished kitchen has a wonderful eclectic mixture of concrete worktops, tin tiles cladding the island and vintage apotharcary chest.

Hilary & Flo - This newly refurbished kitchen has a wonderful eclectic mixture of concrete worktops, tin tiles cladding the island and vintage apotharcary chest.

Kerry Lockwood  - Displaying that fabulously aged kitchen bench and 50's machinist stools.

Kerry Lockwood - Displaying that fabulously aged kitchen bench and 50's machinist stools.

Abigail Ahern  - Lots of friction with the concrete floor, brick wall and the kitchen bench against the smooth surface of the leather tub chair, glass table and tulip chairs 

Abigail Ahern - Lots of friction with the concrete floor, brick wall and the kitchen bench against the smooth surface of the leather tub chair, glass table and tulip chairs 

Cowboy Kate  - Incredible distressed wall, achieved with layering paint and gold leaf.

Cowboy Kate - Incredible distressed wall, achieved with layering paint and gold leaf.

Alexandravrennes  - The poochies clearly love the cosiness 

Alexandravrennes - The poochies clearly love the cosiness 

If you fancy further reading on the beauty of imperfection try either of these books.   

Perfect Imperfect by Karen McCartney & Sharyn Cairns

In Detail - Hans Blomquist

Life Unstyled - Emily Henson

 

Happy reading!

Pantone Colour of 2017

So the Pantone Colour of 2017 is Green! Some colour phobes may gasp in horror at this choice, but it may not come as a surprise to many.  Last year saw an introduction to the green trend albeit in the addition of house plants,  but this shot of vibrant colour can be used in many guises. Fear not if you fancy a dabble but don't want to fully commit there are other alternatives....

whilst your first thought may be 'how do I live with this colour' or incorporate it into your scheme, there are a multitude of ways in which  you can be inspired.  Green is a positive colour amidst all the uncertainty of last year, without getting too political we can think of it as a fresh approach to adding a bit of zing to our scheme's and with spring just around the corner it seems apt to share with you some of the best images I've found to help you visualise this new colour.

Colour is not just for walls

Having a switch up doesn't always mean dragging out the roller and making a dramatic change in your home, you can add more transient pieces such as refreshing furniture with a lick of green.  Again it doesn't necessarily have to be this very citrus green.  You dont need to be a slave to a trend.  Interiors are meant to be an extension of yourselves and a place to incorporate more of your personality.  This means choosing a tone that you're comfortable with.  

Or you could go for soft furnishings in a green colourway.  Whether that be a wallpaper covering, armchair, or curtains.  If you're feeling a little braver you could commit to a stair covering, like one of my favourite instagrammers - Erica Davies. How amazing is this Roger Oates runner? I'm totally green with envy! 

Images via Pinterest

The resurgence of the humble house plant last year doesn't seem to be waning just yet. I wrote a post on the Jungle Trend last year, click here to read it.  But what better way to bring the outside in and use the transformative decoration of actual greenery! From small succulents to larger palms, fiddle fig trees to full on wall to wall! 

Another favourite Instagrammer alert! Bianca  @frenchforpineapple

Another favourite Instagrammer alert! Bianca @frenchforpineapple

Dark colours aren't going anywhere

Don't worry if you've just caught up with interiors moving to moodier more intimate colours and and already we're onto something new, fear not, the dark trend isn't going anywhere! In fact we will probably only see more of it over the coming year as the high street catch up and offer more choice to compliment our darker homes.  Green and jewel colours can sit perfectly well together and in fact, they are a match made in heaven! But if subtle is more your thing try the darker sage colours out on walls or kitchen cabinets.

Find any green touches that have made you think? I'll leave you with my latest addition of green in my home.  This is my daughters room that needed a little freshen up.  She chose this colour which is in fact called Dix Blue but has a very green tinge to it.  Admittedly this is my tenuous link to the colour of the year  but I would definitely like to explore it more myself! 

Walls - Dix Blue by  Farrow and Ball   Bed -  Ikea   Cushions - Cath Kidston old season, similar  here    Animal head - Similar  here

Walls - Dix Blue by Farrow and Ball

Bed - Ikea

Cushions - Cath Kidston old season, similar here 

Animal head - Similar here

Abigail Ahern Raven Lamp -  Abigail Ahern for Debenhams   Palm Leaf cushion - H&M Similar  here    Sheepskin -  Cowboykate   Artwork -  Out There Interiors   Festoon lights -  Lights for fun

Abigail Ahern Raven Lamp - Abigail Ahern for Debenhams

Palm Leaf cushion - H&M Similar here 

Sheepskin - Cowboykate

Artwork - Out There Interiors

Festoon lights - Lights for fun

More greenery!  Belly basket -  olli Ella   Gold lamp - Tk Maxx similar  here   Zebra vase -  Hilary & Flo   Artwork -  New Icons of Print    Cowhide - Ebay similar  here

More greenery!

Belly basket - olli Ella

Gold lamp - Tk Maxx similar here

Zebra vase - Hilary & Flo

Artwork - New Icons of Print

Cowhide - Ebay similar here

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Have a good evening x