Buster and Punch

Buster and Punch have just released their Matt Black Edition to the Heavy Metal Pendant range which is well worth a look. I was going to include them in my last post, Black Ideas, but figured these amazing lights deserved a bit more space on the blog. Not only do I love the material and design, I am really drawn to the matt black finish which makes them something different and striking.

Buster and Punch are a London-based interior fashion design label founded 4 years ago in East London by Massimo Minale. They offer a wide range of beautifully designed items for the home, from handles through to light switches. I have always loved the Heavy Metal Pendant but they have taken it to another level by adding this matt black finish. Not only are their products well made, the website shows the items off to their best with some quite amazing photography.

If you are looking for items to add quality, function and beauty to a space, then I would say you can do a lot worse then head over to Buster and Punch for a bit of retail therapy!

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.

 

 

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!

 

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.

The World of Rugs.

The World of Rugs is HUGE! Flooring coverings come in so many different forms and rugs are a very versatile option. There are a huge variety of options when considering material, texture, size, patterns and budget. Rugs give you the opportunity to introduce colour and pattern into a space but it is also very important to remember the functional purpose of the rug too. There are the more obvious benefits of comfort and warmth but they also provide good sound deadening properties and help to zone or define spaces.

Rugs give you the opportunity to make a bold statement within a space that can be taken away with you when you move on. It is also worth remembering that rugs don’t only have to sit on the floor. It can be very effective to hang rugs on the wall in the same way as more traditional artwork. There is also no reason why they could also not go on the ceiling!

Below are a selection of inspirational ways to use rugs plus my pick of rugs on the market from retailers such as Graham and GreenJohn LewisRockett St George and West Elm. For more ideas please check my Pinterest board and I hope you enjoy exploring the World of Rugs!