Small spaces – BIG ideas

A few clear hacks for small homes and apartments. You may find that you need less space than you thought! Continue reading

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French Walls

The distinct French sense of design in food, fashion and interiors has had a profound effect on the rest of the world. Since the beginning of the 18th Century right through to the present day it has continued to cast its spell over us.

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It is difficult to to define what French taste is and why it has continued to be so popular, for interiors the best description is probably subtlety and simplicity but with flair.

The style tends to be unadorned and crisp, the emphasis on less being more. In many other cultures, minimalism can become gruff basic and crude; in French hands it is graceful and balanced with just the right amount of decoration and shapeliness. It is also playful and delicate – never heavy, never over-adorned, and never complicated.

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How to create the look: Colour

PALETTE OF PALE: neutral colors of white, off whites, mushroom, taupe, soft grey, the fabulous duck egg blue and soft green. Touches of gold and silver would add that touch of luxury.

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PALETTE OF BOLD: look to use rich colors to add some vibrancy into your concept. Peacock blue and teal look fabulous as do emerald green and shades of red.

Walls

Create a feature wall making use of a glamorous wallpaper using the typical French design.

-Fleur De Lys

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The English translation of “fleur-de-lis” (sometimes spelled “fleur-de-lys”) is “flower of the lily.” This symbol, depicting a stylized lily or lotus flower, has many meanings. Traditionally, it has been used to represent French royalty, and in that sense it is said to signify perfection, light, and life.

-Rococo

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The emphasis in this wallpaper is clearly on the leafy, floral pattern. Most things during this period shared this idea of emphasizing pattern and rhythm. Color is used as a tool to aid in this task. Most color palettes were made of pastel colors or other light, airy colors. Also, gold was a common color used throughout Rococo art.

-Baroque

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A profusion of plant life characterises the Baroque style. Scrolling foliage and garlands of flowers decorate many objects.

-Toile De Jouy

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Abbreviated to simply “toile”, is a type of decorating pattern consisting of a white or off-white background on which a repeated pattern depicting a fairly complex scene, generally of a pastoral theme such as a couple having a picnic by a lake or an arrangement of flowers.

-Damask

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Damask wallpaper is synonymous with luxury and sophisticated style. With a rich history as a cultured and fashionable design element. Ranging from traditional to glamorous.

Decor

To top your French home decor, look for striking vintage furniture or antiques which will enhance your French interior design concept. Go for beautiful upholstery fabrics which could be of similar pattern to the examples shown above, in the collection of wallpapers or choose opulent fabrics of velvet, brocade, silks and lace to get your look of luxury.

Lighting

Surely the wise choice of lighting is to go for a chandelier which would become part of your focal point within your space. There are some many ranges available to choose from. Look at both traditional and modern fittings and decide which would fit best into your concept.

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Just as the French cuisine uses basic but very fresh ingredients so it is with interior design. Fine cottons and linens, natural materials such as metal, wood, stone and terra cotta is combined with matt paints, rather than shiny, artificial finishes.

Thats why its so easy to fall in love with this style.

Good Old Neutrals

NEUTRALS

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Sometimes called your “non-colours,” as they are not on the colour wheel.

When it comes to decorating, these are normally accepted as being greys, browns, beiges, greys, creams, off-whites etc.
Many of these neutrals are found in nature and in natural
products, linen, wool, stone, wood – hence some call them Natural Neutrals.

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All schemes need some neutral colours to act as contrasts or links.
Often these are chosen for ceiling or paintwork,
as the background to a wall covering or fabric, for the filed tiles or for the flooring.

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Neutrals need not to be used in this way – they can form an integral part of the scheme,
or be used on their own to create a very restrained, refreshing mood. In the main, neutrals create cool, calm effect, but schemes based on black and white can be stimulating.

Consequently neutrals can be warm or cool, depending on the original hue.

Light or Bright?

While light colours can be used to “open up” a small room and make it seem less confining, it sometimes works to accept the room’s limitations and to decorate it in a jewel-like colour in compensation for lack of space. Where natural light levels are low, strong colour intensifies and becomes richer. Brighter colours in areas that are not used too frequently, such as halls, stairs and landings, can link a house together.
In light, spacious rooms use light colours to emphasise this – pastels or subtle neutrals can be very interesting.

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It is important to remember that matt finishes absorb light, while shiny gloss finish will reflect light.

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Bright, deep colours will look twice as bold over large areas,
and strong pattern even stronger.
Small designs fade into insignificance over a large area,
merely looking textured and swirling patterns
will disguise form and angular contours.

Stripes and checks are timeless and mix with most styles.
They should, however, be kept in proportion to the size of the room in which they are used.
Pale stripes with a white background will look fresh and sunny, while strong,
deep-coloured stripes look rich and sophisticated.

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Mind the gap

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London Underground…

I was introduced to this unknown territory by my 2 brothers, they were probably betting each other taking this extreme step, in teaching me the underground “WAY OUT”

With my massive suitcase (i have little issues but loads of clothes) I was given 10pounds, left on the black line & had to find my way home, through different lines, intersections and streams of individuals, (I still admired the beautiful faces and the unexposed different fashions..) No cabs, no uber, delicious, no excuses, not enough cash….. the underground still to this day is stuck with me, the one thing I miss about London, finding my feet for 2 years on the most beautiful island of the world..an even thinking about the grumpy inexpressible humans next to you couching or sneezing their feelings all over, the crampness, it’s worth it… – an easy transport convenient way of getting home, once you make the tube – one always knew it was a fun, responsible night, the train that takes you home, back to make-believe, cause the night out was reality. metro tiles, canals fitted with history, wowness and disbelief.

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I salute you character of underground..

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i made it home, with my luggage, i did leave some crap behind, not necessary my luggage;)

Trend Talking

Unleash your tribal instincts with these prints from the latest ranges in fabric trends.
Matthew Williamsons presents this beautiful collection of exotic fabrics and co-ordinated wallpapers inspired by an island paradise.
The highly individual colour palette includes vibrant shades of jade, kiwi, neon, yellow, cerise and fuchsia and a variety of blue tones ranging from ink to Persian and electric. These are interspersed with restrained but glamorous combinations of neutrals with charcoal, ivory, linen and taupe.

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Beautiful Dragonfly wallpaper
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Osborne and Little Peacock Wallpaper by Matthew Williamson featuring peacock feathers in metallic and antique gold with tiny reflections peacock feathers

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 Soft, Flowy blues
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46% Polyester, 32% Silk, 22% Cotton. Usage Curtains, Blinds, Cushions, Soft Furnishings, Upholstery. Matthew Williamson Eden Fabric Ocelot
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Celestial Dragon (4 colourways)
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Matthew Williamson for H&M – Preview Summer Collection
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Bold, vibrant tribal like prints
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Scrolling damask fabric
Nina Campbell has chosen the literary name for Imperial China for this collection of fabrics of oriental inspiration ideally suited to both classical and contemporary interiors. Nina’s signature colour palette which includes aqua, amethyst, sage, French grey and eucalyptus is enlivened with more recent additions such as magenta and coral.
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A glimpse of informality in the Imperial Garden with this charming large-scale print on linen union inspired by the effortless brushstrokes of Chinese ink wash paintings. Cheerful birds are depicted amidst blossom laden branches, named after an ancient legend set in a garden.

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An opulent paisley damask is depicted in silhouetted colour woven in viscose & cotton. The design takes its name from an ancient nomadic tribe from the north of China

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An ornamental trellis named after a garden in Shanghai was inspired by Chinese screens commissioned by Nina for a client. Some colourways have been printed with metallic effects.

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Beautiful architectural golden structural shoulder detail

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New York Fashion Week – Autumn/Winter 2014/2015 Engineered Fabric Placements – Digital Photographic Backgrounds – Heavy Folk Embroidery – Constructed Pattern Mixes – Fluorescent Rainbow Prints – Rich Painterly Florals – Stained Glass Window Prints – Garish Plaid and Tartan – Vivid Lime Landscapes

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Watercolour faded and florals still a huge rend at the moment.

What beauty…Very Excited on these ranges!