“Our Croft collection is beautiful and considered. Neutral palette in palette, tactile by nature, it evokes a relaxed feel you’ll love to come home to forever”
John Lewis Croft collection is a stylish and on trend collection which features a lot of natural materials and soft colours. The collection features marble, pine and glass in the most recent kitchen edit which amps up kitchen design to be more practical as well as being stylish. Walking past this collection is a crime when browsing the wonderland that is John Lewis. The simplicity of the collection lends itself to any interior to make it updated and stylish. Try to tear your eyes off of the classy marble or simplistic woodwork for a second to look at wire baskets and beautiful crockery. You will not regret having a hunt for these treasures!
Flying Tiger Copenhagen (formerly Tiger) is heaven on earth. Okay okay, exaggeration aside Tiger offers a huge range of interior accessories for unbeatable prices. They have a minimalist style however so many of their items can be brought into any style of interior and personalised. Tigers unique range of products makes them exciting and innovative making the peculiar a necessity. You may go in for a notebook and come out with fingers rubbers and coconut ice cream but that’s the Tiger way, it’s a fun experience with some great products. My best finds this month were a gorgeous ladder which comes in oak or black steel and some ever handy copper wire boxes!
Trends are ever changing and evolving coming from the fashion world into interiors and vice versa. Looking forward into winter 2016 and early 2017 you will notice a shift from edgy and one off designs to a much more classic form with hard wearing materials. This can range from large pieces of furniture to smaller accessories. We have already seen the trend of marble coming back through and this is leading the way with this forthcoming trend. Sturdy materials like marble last a long time and most often aren’t bought as fashion items at such a high price. This new trend links with the focus on sustainability as it means less people will be buying cheaper “fashion” items which are made lacking quality and will go out of style as quickly as they came in. If you are sat there thinking you don’t like a classic interior then don’t fret, this trend can mean personalisation as a hardy material can live up to multiple changes and regenerations.
As summer winds down, the evening get darker and the purpose of you home changes. No longer are doors flung open with friends mingling between the kitchen and garden. Time to cosy up in the warm and relax! Transitioning your interior is easy and can come at any price point you desire. Throws are great as an aesthetic but are much nicer wrapped around yourself with a cup of coffee in hand. Maybe try tartan … Tartan always makes a triumphant return in the fall season both in interiors and fashion. Choosing more unusual blends like the ones below will add warmth and a lightness that can be lost in the darker evenings. Candles, a leaf wreath or two and some sprayed pumpkins from Halloween are so simple to come by and will leave your home feeling as autumnal and the changing leaves outside.
Robin Day and his wife Lucienne Day were print and furniture designers renowned for their sense of style but also comfort in their designer products. Compared to post war furniture that was available at the time, Day’s furniture was made for comfort and great function. You’ll probably have seen some of the pieces floating through Pinterest as they’ve come back around in interior fashion. One of the recliners could set you back over £1000 so this really is an investment piece. However, as styles come back around so do lower prices! West Elm, Houzz and Overstock all have great ranges of similar furniture for a more bank friendly price. Get a little bit of British post war design into your home with Robin Day designs!
With many creatives off to university this month it’s a great time to look at creative spaces which will make the ideas flow. Having a section of any room you desire dedicated to creativity and personal exploration is so important to escape to and indulge yourself in your passions. Some great ways to keep this space organised (especially if you are a stationary hoarder like me) is to have lots of boxes and hidden spaces to make your chaos a little bit more manageable. I love the first image below which has reclaimed wooden shelves and steel piping for a raw feel. This is such a personal space so make it whatever you want to be! Try mixing personal items with your tools to make the space seem less workshop like and blend well with you overall interior style. If you fear eccentric, then rejoice at the creative example on the right which shows a chic creative space with a minimalist style. Any style, any room, any size, a creative space is exactly what the doctor ordered this semester.
Inspiration really can come from anywhere and where you eat is no exception. Faith and Flower located in Los Angeles was designed by AvroKODesigns and shows a stunning mix of modern and 1920’s design. The fine dining experience will capture all of your senses. From the high ceilings and vintage mustard sofas to the seared ocean trout that’s just landed on your plate, you will truly be treated when dining here. Using full length curtains mixed with hanging pendant lights make the space feel opulent without being overwhelming from the incredibly high ceilings. This mixed with precise uniformity of tables and seating makes the open space feel structured and clean cut to suit its suave vibe. This restaurant has been designed to be creative and individual without being loud and startling. The mix of yellow, green and grey is not common but suits the slightly industrial theme to a T. Definitely worth a visit or if you’re not so lucky just a scroll through their website will set your design senses alive.
One Tuesday night, Spicer Interiors was lucky enough to have been invited to Tom Dixon’s private launch party with cocktails and canopies being handed round as though it were out of fashion. From beginning to end, this zone was filled with aspiring Designers who got given freebies and one of Tom Dixon’s candle holder as a goodbye gift.
Aside from these bonus features, his work proudly stood under a sequence of arches. He had advised a ‘setting’ in each cave in the Portobello Dock ie. a dining room, living room, and other features he wanted to highlight. His intricacy is totally fabulous. I love the way he incorporates metals and oils which touches on very deep environmental issues that we have today. Sphere8 were very clever combining their talents with Tom Dixon as they created the floors in each setting and throughout the dock space. They focus on resin floorings that are eco-friendly and have a seamless shine.
Tom Dixon sells a broad range of items such as tables, lamps, candles, chairs, but it was the lighting that stood out mostly for me. He uses metallics and other materials such as wax and oils that shimmer when light reflects and is soothing to be around. His work will instantly lift ones rooms’ aesthetic. Whether you opt for a splash of shimmer or floor-to-ceiling lustre, these pieces will ensure your interiors shine with style; he’s one to watch.
Midcentury style is all the rage in the interior design world this year. The sleek and simple styles look great on their own or mixed with older and newer styles, perfect for an instant uplift! Popularity of this style has meant you can access this style at any price range (so no excuses). Made.com sells a huge range of larger furniture pieces but even Primark can give you a cheap solution to this style. We love the mid-century lounging chairs to add comfort and style to any corner of your home. Cover with a pillow or two, as any interior lover would, and this will become the most fashionable place to relax. Leaving raw wood exposed or a quick lick of paint will personalize these pieces to suit your own style.
Lets focus on table dressing… At Spicer we absolutely love a shindig, love hosting & love dressing a table! As the season changes, it is the perfect time to start hosting those ab fab dinner parties in your dining room. Now that the sun is slowly disappearing, we are totally over bar hoping in the evenings (until summer ’17)
Instead; we’d rather host or attend a dinner parties filled with yummy food, great company and most of all amazing attention to interior detail!
As the temperature drops a little, we should try to incorporate that mellow and snug feel in our homes. Using rich tones will allow you to achieve this in the middle of winter. Focus on the Burgundies, deep Greens, burnt Oranges, Navies with hints of Rose Golds and/or rustic Brass. Adding texture to your table will also allow you to invite that cosy yet formal feel around the table.
The Conran shop have a fantastic range of exclusive place mats which’ll instantly add character to your table. Also using accessories such a candle holders in the center of the table alongside a stunning statement vase with either faux or genuine flowers will instantly lift the look on the table.
Graham and green have a great range of Agate slices which can be used a coasters, champagne flutes and an amazing range of Faux Flowers. Check them out!
Ohh go on… Pull out the Crystal glasses, gorgeous plates, Merlot bottles hiding in the cellar and invite guests around for some ‘Dinner in the Dining room’.