Black Ideas

I think the title says it all … black ideas. Over the last 12 to 18 months we have all seen how black has been used as a colour both inside and outside the home with much more frequency. No longer is black seen as a sombre colour to be used sparingly but rather as a colour perfect for adding drama and contrast to a space. Black ideas work in contemporary and more traditional spaces both in the interior and on the exterior of buildings. It can also be a great colour to use in commercial spaces and for branding.

The high street is now well stocked with black homeware products making it much easier to use as little or as much of the colour as you want. It is now easy to go and purchase black bed linen, find a black feature light, use black tiles or design yourself a black kitchen.

Here are a selection of images which I hope inspire you to look into using black as a colour or at least make you think about it! There are a few products included but mainly inspiration images and ideas. I would also check out Rockett St George, Bodie and Fou, Buster + Punch, Bert and May plus my own Pinterest board for a few more black ideas.

 

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.

 

 

Brighton

We had a lovely day in Brighton and I took my camera with me. Although my pictures are not anything special I picked out 12 that summed up our day out and caught my eye. There is so much inspiration everywhere you look in Brighton and these are the pictures that survived the cut!

We found a place to eat, called The New Club which served tasty food, looked amazing and had sea views…. Kind of perfect really. There was also some time to stroll the Lanes and discover shops that we knew nothing about and revisit some old favourites. I found myself snapping small details of materials, products or textures that perhaps one day I will use on future projects.

The day finished by popping round to Oliver Heath’s house for a tour of his eco home and then a chat and nice coffee afterwards. He was engaging, interesting and generous with his time….Thanks Oliver!

Needless to say, I would suggest that Brighton is worth a visit sometime soon

OSB Board.

OSB board or orientated strand board is just a fantastic material to know about and use. It is an engineered wood particle board formed by adding adhesives and then compressing layers of wood strands (flakes) in specific orientations. Not only does it look great, its low cost, durable and can be used both inside and out. It is also a timber board that is available to everyone really easily and can be left untreated, varnished, stained or painted. A quick trip down to B&Q is all you need to do to start the process of how to use OSB boards off.

I have used OSB board in my own projects more recently and have seen it used to great effect in both commercial and residential settings. The Stealth Barn shows OSB used to its best in my opinion.

It can be used as a wall, floor or ceiling finish, as a kitchen or bathroom material, or to make bespoke furniture. The uses for OSB board seem to be only limited by your own imagination. I used OSB in our family beach hut and it has proved to be cost effective, robust and easy on the eye.

Below you will find a few ideas for uses that have caught my eye and will hopefully help you. It is maybe also worth checking my Pinterest board or searching Houzz for the never ending uses of OSB.

 

 

My Love of Coffee Shops.

My love of coffee shops has been going a long time now! My perfect weekend usually involves drinking coffee with my family in surroundings that are well designed. For quite sometime, my ideal design job has been to work on a coffee shop interior and hopefully this will happen sometime soon. Creating an environment that is warm and welcoming but also full of personality and style seems to be the key. It also seems the perfect opportunity to work with some recycled materials and up-cycle existing pieces. We have our favourite spots to go to locally and it always has to be a combination of great coffee, cake and an inspiring interior. We always look for places where every member of the family feels happy to visit and is warmly welcomed through the door. If you are ever in the Dorset area then let me know and I can let you know where we like to go as there are some amazing local places like South Coast Roast and Coast to check out. Here are a few interiors that I think look stunning and perhaps give you some idea of how my own fictional coffee shop might look.You can also check out my coffee shop pins.