White

White is often the perfect colour to show off texture and materials to their absolute best. I think lots of people associate white with stark minimalist interiors and this is often the case. However, for me a white backdrop can be the perfect way to celebrate natural materials and the simplicity of form.

Sometimes a white background, whether it be for a website, framing artwork or an interior, is the absolute best way to draw the attention to where it is most needed. With a white interior, the slightest injection of another colour or accent material will really stand out. One of my favourite websites at the moment is the Hiut Denim site which seems to have nailed the simple clean look really well.

Below are a selection of images that I love and will hopefully be of interest to you. As usual I have my Pinterest board which includes all the images below plus a few more. I have tried to credit all the images wherever possible and all links can be found via the Pinterest board.

Farrow and Ball Styling

I am a huge fan of the Farrow and Ball styling. For many years, I have enjoyed how they present their new ranges with inspirational images on-line and in print. The styled images not only give you ideas around paint colour and wallpapers, but also provide ideas on presentation, furniture and decoration. When we decided to paint are hallway in a deep rich green, there was only ever going to be one place to find our new colour which ended up being Studio Green from Farrow and Ball.

Below are a selection of some of my favourite images from Farrow and Ball which I hope you like. There are very few companies who mix contemporary and classic styling so well. Hopefully they will inspire you to be bold with wall coverings and paint colours. If you want to see more Farrow and Ball styling then it would be worth following their Instagram and Pinterest feeds which are always full of strong imagery.

 

 

Seaside Living

This post celebrates my version of seaside living. I don’t pretend to be an expert with my camera and maybe half of the images are taken on my phone. What hope all the images help to show is my appreciation for the coastline and the lifestyle I am afforded in Dorset. As I get older, I realise how fortunate I have been to be raised by the sea and even a decade in London did not change my opinion. Pretty much everytime I set out for a dog walk, regardless of the weather or season, I tend to come back with more images of seaside living. If you are looking for the classic English coastline then may I suggest your look to visit Dorset and the Jurassic Coast. For more coastal images perhaps check out my Instagram feed here.

Brown

This time its all about the colour brown on the blog. I think I am drawn to the colour due to its association with metal, cardboard and wood. It can provide an excellent accent or base colour for an interior scheme. Perhaps, as we start to approach winter, there is also the connection with the brown colours of winter. Whether you are looking to use brown pieces of furniture or work with brown finishes, the choices are huge.

Below you can find some images that I love which hopefully provide lots of brown inspiration. These kind of images usually provide me with the ideas that form the basis of a new scheme. Hopefully they inspire you too! For a more comprehensive collection of images, you can also check out my Pinterest board here.

Orange

This time its all about orange. I wanted to post up a piece which showed some inspirational images focussing on orange. We used to have an old BMW 2002 in orange which is still my favourite car of all time, and perhaps this is where this post has come from in my head. I am especially drawn to how well orange works as a colour when used with black, grey and dark brown.

I have collected all the images which I like on to my Pinterest board here and as usual there is a broad mix of images and products for you to look over. Below you can see some images using orange which include a few key products I really like.

Normann Copenhagen

Normann Copenhagen is a store that everybody should know about! The Danish design company believe in good design through bold and eye-catching products which I think are stunning.

Their range of products cover most areas of the home and they have shop located in Denmark plus an excellent on-line store. The products are simple and use honest natural materials that are a hallmark of  strong Scandinavian design. Normann Copenhagen always fill me with inspiration and the way products are displayed on-line is always exciting to see.

I never fail to read their newsletter each time it comes out and cannot wait to see their new ideas and products. The gallery on the website is AWAYS amazing with clever use of colour alongside simple and bold styling. Below are just a few products and images from Norman Copenhagen which I hope you like as much as I do and make you want to head over to the store to find out more.

Blue

The PostLiving blog this time is all about blue. I have always steered away from blue in the past as I think  I associated blue with nautical themes! However, since teal/blue was the colour for 2014, I have had my eyes opened to how stunning it can be when used in interiors. Themed interior schemes have always been a bit of a pet hate of mine but now I can see past this with blue!

As always, it starts with spotting the odd product or photo which sparks a new Pinterest board and it grows from there. On this occasion, I also must give a big mention to the colour guru that is Will Taylor who always brings new colours to my attention. Blue has been a regular colour on his blog and probably sparked something in me too. It is a great colour to use alongside white, black or grey.

There are some great products which can inject blue into a scheme and a few are highlighted below. I was  really pleased to be able to share the cushion from Waffle Design which is now something I have my eye on!

 

Cork Ideas.

So welcome to the world of cork! I have loved cork for years and it seems to me that more and more products and finishes are now starting to feature cork. I have been collecting ideas for using this material on a Pinterest board and it felt worth sharing these images.

Cork might be the solution if you are looking to buy furniture, small items or select a wall or floor finish. It is such a versatile, environmentally and cost effective material to work with. I have been particularly drawn over the last few weeks to cork lighting and chairs. I recently saw an article in Dezeen which highlighted a new range of products from IKEA designed by Ilse Crawford which looks well worth checking out. Once a giant like IKEA locks onto a material you know that it will be in many forms on the high street very soon!

 

Tenby 2015

We had the pleasure of visiting Tenby last week and as usual I took my camera with me. My passion for the Great British seaside is very strong and we were not disappointed with the beauty we found in Tenby.

This was our first visit to Wales and we especially wanted to explore the Pembrokeshire coastline and Tenby was the perfect base to do this from. The town was full of seaside charm and the coastline was something else. A morning run along the beach following the coastal path was the perfect way to start each day. There are miles and miles of flat beaches with flat sand ready to walk or run along.

Below are just a few pictures that I took while we were in Tenby for the week. There was a great mix of colour and texture plus amazing views wherever you looked. We were also able to find a house that was featured on Grand Designs in 2011 and which had stuck in our memories due to it’s stunning location. If you are after a relaxing break away from it all then perhaps you will consider Tenby.

 

Greens

This post about greens was inspired my recent reworking of the home office. While purchasing some small bits and pieces, I started to notice how many great products there are in a huge range of different greens.

As usual, as soon as I start noticing something like that, I start pinning pictures and products onto my Pinterest boards. I am drawn to the huge varieties of greens and especially love the darker shades of green with a grey influence. There are some amazing food pictures which help in providing a colour pallet to start with.

Most high street and online shops carry a nice selection of green products at the moment and one to especially look out for is Really Well Made. Below are a selection of images and products that tick all the boxes for me when its comes to picking greens to work with.