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Living It Up

On November 4th, 2013 by .

I recently worked on the hit TV show The Hotel Inspector, with Alex Polizzi, where I was responsible for the makeovers and styling.  This meant that I had to change the existing decor, giving the space a complete transformation. The next task was to find some fabulously stylish and generous interior companies to work with us.  One such contributor was ‘Living It Up‘, an online retailer selling contemporary home and garden products.  They were extremely kind and donated several items for the first show.  I’m afraid I can’t reveal the particular products they loaned until the programme airs, in early 2014, but the items below give you a good idea of their range.  The cushions have to be a favourite of mine as they cover off almost every trend; butterflies and owls, geometric stripes, Monochrome and bicycles.  They also sell some lovely furniture pieces and new to their Autumn season is the Vintage Range, all the designs are available in eye-catching finishes as well as classic neutral colours.  Whether its shabby chic storage units or vintage consoles and bureaus, their modern takes on classic designs are beautiful. Their Sunburst clock is also a steal at only £49.  In fact, if you have a good look at their website, you’ll find that Living It Up are really competitively priced!

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Trend: Futuristic Interiors

On April 22nd, 2013 by .

‘Futuristic Interiors’ was the subject of my trend prediction article, which I wrote for a magazine back in June 2012,  almost one year on, we are starting to see this forecast come to light.  Below is a copy of my original article, along with snapshots  from the two magazines who covered the story at the weekend.  If you want to see the full version of my article click this Zest Media link and go to page 55.

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Snapshots  from the weekend magazines.

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My article
Think clean lines, teamed with soft organic shapes on a backdrop of white; and this is the futuristic look that is becoming a firm favourite with designers around the globe.  Fashion collections for Spring/Summer 2012 saw world renowned designers, dressing their models with ‘space-age’ clothes and alien inspired hairstyles, whilst architects and interior designers are having fun with white sci-fi style spaces, teamed with splashes of punchy neon.

“Futuristic Interiors continue to gain momentum as consumers interpret them as cutting-edge and ahead of competitors. Businesses that can incorporate minute elements of sci-fi style will automatically be more likely to be perceived as innovative and effective at pushing boundaries.” Armida Ascano, Trend Hunter.

One designer that is known and loved for producing this style is Pierre Paulin, with his best example being the Ribbon chair, created in 1966.  A beautiful sculptural design, which takes on the appearance of a spaceship and from the 1960s to the present day, has never ceased to be modern.

At a time when everyone is watching the pennies, it is no surprise that we are embracing a refreshing and simplistic style, which is not only achievable but also affordable.

Get the look

Kitchen
For a space-age look, combine curved units in a white gloss finish with bright LED cabinet lights, a great way to illuminate and display modern kitchenware.  Extra drama has been created by hanging a contemporary pendant light over the work surface.
Image credit: Second Nature, Remo kitchen

Living room
A graphic feature wall has been created with a white cubic shelving system, a stark contrast to the soft textures of the rug.  The stylish angular chairs in slate grey and mustard make a confident statement whilst adding warmth.
Image credit: Ligne Roset

Wall art
Graphic furniture has been combined with a unique and innovative, colourful decorative motif concept. Each piece is bicolour (double-sided), and comes in a choice of 3 options. Whether placed on the ground, fixed to a wall (a wall fixing system is supplied with each pack) or suspended from the ceiling via 2 rails (priced separately), they produce a unique tri-dimensional effect that is reminiscent of flying saucers!
Image: Ligne Roset

Dining room
The white furniture in futuristic shapes work well together, with wave plates and ribbon style chairs, the look has a soft fluidity about it.  The lighting has been carefully considered with a delicate ceramic pendent suspended directly above the dining table.
Image credit: Architect Farnosova Natalia, Elena Samarin
Photographer Nicholas Feschuk

Bathroom
The organic shape of the bathroom unit has been mirrored by this vermilion colored stool.  It’s a great example of simple design with dramatic impact.
Image credit: House of Fraser

Furniture
Clean lines, geometric shapes that often take on the look of a spaceship; a good example is Ligne Rosets Pumpkin chair.

Lighting
Often made from new materials and structures, futuristic lighting has a firm place within modern interiors, lighting up and transforming any contemporary décor.

Wallpaper
Futuristic wallpaper along with graphic geometric shapes, has been trending for a few years.  It looks most effective hung on one wall to create a stylish focal point.  Sanderson have just launched a range called Concord, a graphic design in a range of colour options.
Image credit: Concord wallpaper, £38 per metre, Sanderson.

Other picture credits
Pill clock, £260, Rume
Round Muse light, by ERGO for AXO LIGHT
Phylum light, Alessi
La Stanza Dello Al Tramonto light Alessi
Leather Futuristic Armchair, Decoratum
Lime Green Anda Armchair, Ligne Roset
Pink Pumpkin Armchair, Ligne Roset

Stockists
Second Nature: www.sncollection.co.uk tel: 01325 505539
Sanderson: www.sanderson.co.uk tel: 0844 543 9500
Ligne Roset: http://www.ligne-roset.com tel: 020 7426 9670
House of Fraser: http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk tel: 0845 602 1073
Rume: : www.rume.co.uk tel: 01273 777 810
Axo Light: www.axolight.it tel: 00 390243905057
Pierre Paulin: http://pierrepaulin.com
Decoratum: www.decoratum.com
Alessi: www.alessi.co.uk

2013 Paint trends: part 2

On January 24th, 2013 by .

Embracing the trend of Fluro, Dulux introduces ‘Collective Passion’ , their second collection from a series of five for 2013 . With punchy splashes of neon orange, red, pink, yellow and green, this collection is all about building on colour, much like a piece of artwork.  The palette is then harmonised with pale neutrals for the floor and furniture, using polished and highly reflective materials.

It’s refreshing to see new paint techniques, which move away from painting a room with just one colour.  Whilst it is still popular to create a feature wall, this is decorating on a whole new level! I love the second from last image with the grey sofa; the colours on the wall have been applied in painterly layers, this draws the eye up, and by using accessories in the same tone the look is pulled together.

To mirror this look, be creative with the application of paint, consider using panels of colour that graduate in intensity (look at the bedroom below for an example of this technique) add interest to long corridors by layering strong and fiery tones such as pink and orange.  Treat your walls like a large canvas, feel free, and try to have some fun, although do plan out your colours before you begin.  A good idea is to paint a scaled down version on a large piece of paper, that way you can test your scheme before you commit to painting the walls.

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