Focus on- Cole and son

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From geometric to classic, Cole and Son has the entire spectrum of design covered in their wallpaper archives. Founded in 1875 this British firm has heritage and royalty linked to its name. Cole and Son have done so well at staying modern and current, not succumbing to the old fuddy duddy prints they could easily produce over and over again. Their most recent collection – Curio – shows beautiful metallics in classic styles to add a modern twist. Splurging on a few rolls of Cole and Sons masterful designs would set your interior off effortlessly and create a talking point for all that enter. Whether it’s a cult favourite like the Woods print or a fresh new design like Zebrawood, your interior will benefit from a touch of this timeless company.

Using the unexpected

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Industrial design is the hipster of the interior design world and continues to be cool and edgy through every season. If you want to be in with this clique, why not act out and expose some raw materials to give your home the quirk it needs. Whether its brushed concrete on the floor or exposed brickwork this trend of using the unexpected will make your space look unique and industrial. Not only are these design features sstunning, many are eco-friendly as well, in particular concrete floors which are long wearing and keep temperatures moderated. For furniture choices why not try upcycling wooden planks to use for a table top or using stainless steel as a worktop. Think lofty and old factory buildings and you’ll have the style spot on.

Mustard musings

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Continuing with the notions of food here’s some mustard inspiration for your interior, and no we don’t mean how to compliment a hot dog on a summers evening. Whether it’s a splash of fresh colour or a whole new scheme, mustard is sure to bring a sophisticated and stylish feel to your room. Navy compliments mustard perfectly so if it’s a small change you want why not try adding a splash of mustard in the form of a throw or pillow set in front of a navy base. H&M home is a great place to find mustard in pillows, throws and other accessories at a brilliant price. I love this idea of painting the radiator for a pop of colour from a non-traditional place. Try going for something untraditional to change up your interior and choosing mustard for the inspo will make it all the more modern.

Upgrading ikea

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The Swedish furniture giant Ikea is a haven for flat pack and relatively cheap furnishings for your entire home, but can leave your space looking very samey if left as its bought. Make your Ikea finds as brilliant as their meatballs and mash with simple changes to make flat pack look chic and stylish. Adding a lick of paint can change the piece instantly, whether it’s just a small portion of the piece or the whole thing it is sure to look more alive. I love the way of painting half of the steps, it makes the item look unique and up market. Try the old classic of changing the knobs, these leather pulls used below look even more Scandinavian and special. Less is often more with upgrading as you don’t want your furnishings to be too garish or unrecognizable. So we’ve just given you a great excuse to grab some tasty meatballs and a storage solution or two, your welcome!

Styling your kitchen

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The kitchen in most homes is the heart, where you spend time with the family and entertain guests. The most sacred room full of food, laughter and many a social gathering. Why not keep your kitchen in top condition so that it is a haven for you and your guests? By styling certain areas with simple changes you can create an interiors magazine worthy kitchen in your own home. Keeping a few pans out, providing they aren’t the result of a recipe gone wrong, can look natural and homely. Look out for copper or gold pans which not only look good but can last a lot longer than your average steel ones. Leafy greens not only look fresh and smell great but will make you look like the healthiest host, always a great look! Ikea have great solutions for hanging herbs or just tie them with string to a hanging rack for a more natural approach. Lastly keep a few bits out that you use a lot or are your favourite pieces for the kitchen, this will show personality and a lived in home which is welcoming for all guests. Keep your kitchen ready for any social occasion with these quick and simple changes!

Persian sights

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The Persian rug is a classic and lifelong possession for any interior. The incredible detailing means every rug is different and even more interesting. Adding this piece to your space will create interest and keep your guests staring. Whether it’s the bathroom, bedroom or lounge Persian rugs can be suited to any space! Most people think of Persian rugs as red, dark and bold however as shown below a lighter coloured Persian rug can be calming and add a delicate touch to any room. To stick with tradition, add warm tones for an eclectic room using this traditional oriental rug as a feature piece.

Brassy notes

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Copper may have stolen centre stage for the metallic this season but brass is coming in close behind with a cheaper and long wearing solution. Brass mixes really well with whites and natural materials such as wool and copper which is easy to find and add to any interior. The minimal trend lends itself extremely well to brass as delicate furniture below shows. Smaller details as with any trend can be added into an existing styled room such as frames and lighting whereas if you are on the hunt for a more substantial piece why not add some statements like these gorgeous taps for an updated kitchen. Brass can come in many finishes so try your hand at rustic, chic or a mish mash of both for a stylish and modern interior.

The old and the new

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Bring together old and new pieces for your interior like these inspiration image below. This is a great way to be economical as well as bringing through personality to your space. Mixing similar shades of wood is on trend and looks natural when also mixed with plants and simple fabrics. Everyone has a piece of furniture collecting dust in their loft or storage space, so bring it down, dust it off and make it a part of your home!

Focus On Aura Homewares

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Aura by Tracie Ellis is a homeware retailer based in Australia. I can hear the cries already; no fear flat rate international shipping is here! Now back to the good stuff … By just taking a peek at their Instagram you can see the range of beautiful pieces which are stylish and universal to any interior. In particular, their plain bed linen is so subtly textured that it could fit in with any style interior whilst adding depth and interest to the space. The colours in each collection are on trend and can all be used together which is great for those who are unsure of colour matching. Aura has a wide range of products from bed linen to crockery so don’t waste any more time, get shopping! You can thank us later!

Survive the heatwave in style

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The next two weeks are set to be the hottest of the year in England, which is a miracle after the less than average performance weather we have seen this summer! To survive the heatwave in style here are a few tips for your outdoor décor to make the most of the sunny times…

1. Sun burn is inevitable for the paler ones among us so to keep you from looking like a tomato put up an umbrella to enjoy the sun without the after pain.

2. Stay hydrated with a stylish pitcher of your favourite drink. Sip in style and watch the world go by!

3. Make the most of the evening warmth by creating a little sanctuary to relax in after a day of work or play. Check out our previous post “Bring the Inside Out” for some ideas. Swap in some citronella candles for added insect protection!