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.

Stools and Benches

My obsession with all things seating continues hence Stools and Benches today on the blog.
I have always loved chairs and could easily have a house full of chairs but now I also find myself looking at different stools and benches. You don’t have to spend huge amounts of money to get something that looks fantastic. My selection here range from £60 to over £600.
I am drawn to a variety of designs, materials and finishes plus the idea that benches and stools are usually a good space saving idea, value for money and can serve as side tables too. There is a vast choice in either the vintage or new markets for both indoors and outdoors.

If you are looking for retailers to check out then maybe consider UntothislastIkeaReally Well MadeBoConceptJennifer Newman or Retrouvius. More pictures are available on my Pinterest page.

Here are a few stools and benches that have caught my eye.

 

 

Black Kitchen Please.

This post is all about what I want in the future but hopefully not too far in the future!
Some while ago somebody told me that it would be wrong to have a black on black kitchen and this stuck in my mind for some strange reason. I then returned to this in my head while doing some kitchen research and started pulling up ideas to prove them wrong! Once somebody tells me something is wrong or can’t be done then it makes me want to do it!
It became apparent very quickly that an all black kitchen is very much possible and something that we would love in our own home.  As with most projects, it comes down to a careful selection of materials and finishes.

I have found plenty of ideas saved for when our kitchen finally gets done again and wanted to share them. A quick bit of research showed that the usual outlets such as Ikea, Howdens and Wren all sell very affordable black kitchens, its just a case of being brave.

Please check my Pinterest, 4Homes or Houzz  for more inspiration if you like what you see….