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.

 

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.

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.

12 Work Lights.

Here are 12 work lights that I really love. I enjoy selecting lights and applying the correct light to the different functions within a room. These 12 work lights look amazing but also tick the box as far as providing a good functional task light.

A good desk light should provide flexible directional light and also give ambient light to backlight any screen that may be in use. I guess it’s fairly predictable that one of my choices would be the classic Anglepoise light with a design dating back to the 1930’s. When I look at my other choices its also clear that this iconic design has influenced many of my other selections too. There also seems to be a move towards mixing materials more and I am really drawn to wood as a material for lights. Lighting can also be a great opportunity to add an item with age and character which helps bring more personality to a room.

It feels to me that many stores now stock strong ranges of very affordable lights so I have tried to look outside the usual shops where possible for this selection to hopefully highlight something new for you.