As I sat in my garden last week admiring the first signs of spring (even though it’s snowing today!) I felt compelled to grab my camera. Nature is a constant reminder of how different colour palettes can work so spectacularly well together, and therefore should always be used as a source of inspiration. Take a look at the Pantone Spring 2013 report, the fashionable colours of Spring, straight from the garden…
On October 15th, 2012 by Pippa Jameson.
I am often approached by independent shops and designers asking me to talk about their new products, sadly, I am unable to feature everything but I try my best to include items that really stand out or pieces that I feel will appeal to my readers, Princelets falls into this category. This new online shop offers an affordable collection with wide appeal, selling a mixture of stylish printed textiles including tea-towels, cushions and bags, simplistic and pretty glassware and striking outdoor lanterns.
On September 4th, 2012 by Pippa Jameson.
I have been lucky enough to visit the Olympics a few time over the last few weeks and have been completely caught up in the atmosphere, grinning like a child whenever I’ve been in the Olympic Park. I feel very proud that we have held what is being named as ‘the most successful games to date’, the athletes, the volunteers, sponsors, organisers, architects, what an amazing contribution!
I fell in love with all of the buildings, the fluid and organic shapes, the bright pops of colour and the range of materials used. Below is my take on what I saw. I hope you are all enjoying the Olympics as much as we are!
On August 28th, 2012 by Carrie Graham-Clarke.
When the sun finally came out this weekend, I decided I’d make the most of it and spend some time in the garden. In my garden there is a small patio area which is used for an outdoor seating area, and a kitchen garden with herbs. The patio is fairly packed with wooden planters, a rusted old bench, and plenty of the same old terracotta pots.. oh, and a garden gnome! It’s undoubtably a lovely area but it lacks in colour and character. I wanted to make changes that 1, wouldn’t cost too much, 2, would add colour and 3, would be quick and easy!
My first quick fix was to update the wood and wrought iron bench, which I sanded down then painted in a sky blue, outdoor gloss paint. Next on my list was the boring planters for the various herbs and flowers. I raided the garden and greenhouse – collecting lots of different shapes and sizes of terracotta pots to paint. I sealed the insides of all the pots before painting them in different colours. So as not to waste paint I had several 250 ml tester pots made up in my selected colours at Homebase – they only cost £2.50 and they go a long way. I chose bright colours with the intention of using contrasting coloured flowers for each pot. Once all the painted pots are dry I will mix them into groupings with different pots already on the patio.
Apart from the terracotta pots I wanted to find other planters that would add further interest – first stop, my local charity and antique shops. I was in luck and found a gorgeous old green metal watering-can which is now a planter for fresh mint. I was also hoping to come across a couple crates or wine boxes with interesting type or design, that I could line and use as a planter, but I wasn’t so lucky this time. From looking online, I’ve seen that Not On The High Street offer a fabulous crate which can be personalized with font and colour – click here to view.
Below are the images of my days work in the garden…
On July 20th, 2012 by Pippa Jameson.
I am excited to say that we have just completed on our new house, and one of it’s best features is the beautiful garden. My knowledge of flowers is OK but there are definitely some in the garden that I don’t know the name of. I feel I am going to have to call on the experts, Rona from Flowerona is one! Here are just a few that I took in the pouring rain. Please come out sun!!!
On June 16th, 2011 by Pippa Jameson.
Wow, what a great service, thanks!
we are knocking a wall down between our tiny kitchen and dining room. we are doing a white kitchen with a light grey tile floor and there will be a peninsula between the kitchen and dining room. We have decided to install bifold doors in the dining room that open up onto our deck. It has an oak floor. I am trying to decide what colour to choose for the doors. I like white windows because I love how they fade out when the sun shines in but in all the pictures I have seen of the doors in white aluminum look kind of cheap. You can still see some of the darker coloured hardware showing through. I also don’t want white on the outside of the house since the brick is mostly brown and black. I can do two different colours. I was thinking of black on the inside frame but I am worried it will close the room in. It is about 3mx4m. The doors will be about 2.5 m high. Do you have any recommendations on colour? also do you think there should be a transom?
Here is the room now. the doors will be where the window is:
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The dining room looks very pretty and I think the doors will look great.
With regards to the colour, I am not sure that black would be the right option; I think it would look too strong and harsh against the clean white units. I appreciate that the doors need to work tonely inside and out and so taking into consideration the colours of the brick on the outside of your house, I would opt for slate grey doors.
Slate Grey is a smart, striking and sophisticated colour that works fantastically well within a neutral colour scheme. From the inside, the colour will tone with your white modern units and contemporary decor and create a beautiful framed picture of the garden. I would recommend you buy a few coordinating accessories to sync the look even more such as a slate grey vase for your flowers/plant or perhaps a table runner that incorporates the colour as visually, this would sit in the centre of the doors.
From the outside, the colour will balance well against the natural earthy tones of the brick. You can then introduce a few accessories for outside such as large slate or aluminium planters to match the door colour and marry all of the elements. UK based paint company Farrow & Ball sell a beautiful range that should inspire you.
I have created a little moodboard for you to look at (below)
I hope this helps!
Thank you so much Pippa! I think the rich grey is a wonderful solution, the mood board is fabulous. Your new service is great and I will be sure to check in with my next design dilemma! I am off to have a look at the colour samples.
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