Pinterest Picks

The pick of Pinterest. I spend a great deal of my time both in work and at home working with images from Pinterest and I continue to be impressed at what a great resource it is. If I need any ideas or inspiration then it is nearly always my first port of call. My Pinterest boards are a personal collection of inspiration that I refer to more and more. I am a bit shocked when I realise that I am nearly 2000 pins already and rising fast.
Over the last 6 months my Pinterest boards have seen the views rapidly increase and its a great feeling to think others like my collections of image, materials and colours. If I connect with a new supplier or start following a new source of inspiration then I always try to follow them on Pinterest. It is also a fantastic tool to share new ideas with clients and exchange ideas about new projects.
I thought it would be a useful exercise to share some of my favourite pins from the last few months… It really is a window into what I like right now and where my thought process is at.
I hope you find some pins that you like and feel like sharing, just have I done. So here are my more recent Pinterest picks.
All my boards are here.

I have done my very best to name the source for each of the images that I have pinned.

Doors…As simple as that!

Doors….I was trying to think about what text to put with this post but could not think of much to say! All I can say is that here are a selection of stunning doors, whether they be old or new, interior or exterior or upcycled that grab my attention because I love them. They are an obvious design statement for the front of your home or room so choose carefully but also think of other uses for the old ones you no longer want. Some old doors are simply dripping with character and personality but new doors can also provide personality in a totally different way.

Which is your favourite …. ?

More lovely doors can be seen here

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

Yellow

Yellow is a colour that is really grabbing my attention. Maybe it is because we are approaching autumn and the colour is a perfect fit for this time of the year, I am not sure. We are about to install a yellow painted floor into the home office but there are so many other ways to use it. Whether its on the floor ,wall, ceiling or with furniture, you can bring as much of the colour as you want in. I think that one of the great benefits of using such a strong colour is that you can also use it in a neutral room as a pop of colour or really go for it as a scheme. So many retailers provide the opportunity to find accessories to bring yellow into a room at the moment, just take a look at Marks and SpencersBHS HomeHomebaseJohn Lewis, and Ikea to start with.

I have put together some products and images that I find inspirational plus there are many more images on my Pinterest board.  It would have been very easy to keep adding lots more images to this post but I did my best to limited myself and I will let you know how the yellow office floor turns out!

Light Up.

Lighting has always been a passion of mine, I think it’s the mix of function and design so it was time to do a “light up” post!  The science behind a good lighting scheme will always be there and is hard to argue with however whats catching my eye at the moment is industrial style lighting. It was probably born out of the increased interest of mixing old with new that has led to there being so many industrial style lighting products on the market.

Its now very possible to build your own bespoke light where you select the colour of the cable, lighting fitting and shade by visiting Nook, Rocket St George, or Nuvarti to name just a few. The range of lights with an old or industrial feel is very strong and I have picked out a few below that I am drawn too plus a couple of stunning light bulbs that look great on their own.

More light up inspiration can be found on my Pinterest board.

 

The Rebel Walls New Collection.

It is a real honour when somebody asks you to give an opinion on a new product or range and this is exactly what happened with the guys from Rebel Walls. I have been aware of Irene and Christofer and their company Rebel Walls for a few months having seen their Frontage wall mural installed on a recent project with great success. The mural elevated the space to something much stronger once it was installed. The new Greenhouse Collection is their latest offering and I was very interested to see what was in the new collection and how I might be able to use it on future projects. This new collection is inspired by the “power and diversity of nature” and I have to say that there are some fantastic wall murals to choose from. The use of bold graphic designs instantly can make a statement and create a point of interest in a residential or commercial setting.

I am personally drawn to a mix of natural and manmade materials and found there were some designs within the Greenhouse Collection that caught my eye and which I wanted to highlight. Below you will find my favourites from the collection but I would recommend that you check out their 3 ranges as I am sure there is something for most people. The website is full of inspiration plus there is a handy section on how to hang a wall mural on the Rebel Walls website here

Have fun exploring the world of wall murals!

 

 

 

 

Clock This.

Clock this! Here is a quick list of 10 clocks that I think look good …..

Click on each image to find out where to get the each clock from.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home Office.

We are starting to think about doing some work on the home office and I always love thinking about this type of room and how it should look. There are the obvious considerations of function, storage needs, flow, lighting etc  but beyond that, I am excited about mixing old and new together. Simplicity and function are the main considerations for our office and this suits me fine! Being able to work in a space that is full of tactile finishes and furniture that is robust and functional is the goal.

There are some fantastic new and old desks to be found at retailers such as Really Well MadeRetrouvius and BoConcept. To me the key will be mixing a new desk with a vintage chair, or finding a stunning old Anglepoise light to sit on a modern sleek surface. There are also some lovely home office accessories and wall display solutions that you would only really ever find in the office enviroment. If we can finish with a desk that has a view out to the garden and a peg board and chalk board on the wall then I will be a happy man!

One practical tip I would offer is remember to get you’re lighting correct around any computer screen. Try to have a light source close to the screen creating a lighting “bubble” that softens the glow and harshness of the screen. If you have a long day in front of your screen then this will help to ease the work your eyes do.

You can see more ideas for our own office on my Pinterest board.

The IKEA Catalogue….a sign of the times.

The IKEA catalogue arrived over the weekend through my letterbox and its always something that I look forward to seeing along with a great deal of other people. I must confess that the layout and style direction of the front cover of the IKEA catalogue is always my first thought before flicking through the whole catalogue. I tend to keep back issues of each year as they provide a great snap shot of that years style direction. I can remember from years and years ago being so excited to see how the new Habitat catalogue would feel and look. This got me thinking about the last few years and had me searching through the office and on-line for the previous few years of IKEA front pages.

Its quite amazing how each year has such a different feel and direction but also how dated covers from 4 or 5 years can look, while others have stayed much more current. The use of colour, layout and products always grabs my attention and gets me thinking but I always am drawn more to the covers that give the strongest Swedish feel.

For me, the IKEA catalogue is a sign of the times

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.