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Archive for February 2014

If You Go Down Into The Woods Today

Towards the end of 2013, interior design had taken a trip into the woodlands.  Foliage prints and wallpapers, natural woods, and animal motifs crept into interior design magazines and homes and this design trend is set to carry through into this year and be bigger than ever.

Taking inspiration from nature is perfect if you want to mix classic designs with quirky and interesting pieces.  You can achieve this look in varying degrees either by adding a few accessories or upcycling some pieces you already own, such as benches, sofas and chairs.  A relatively neutral colour scheme of crisp White, deep Browns, and Greens helps complement bolder pieces and indulgent fabrics.



The natural colours of this beautiful check wool fabric (Skye in Heather) evokes thoughts of long walks in the woods, roaring fires and help bring out the dark wooden features of furniture such as this stunning reupholstered Wing back chair.  This fabric suits the rustic accessories of the image above such as chunky wooden furniture and aged candle holder, to really let the fabric stand out I would keep the walls neutral and use natural flooring


Scatter cushions are probably the quickest and easiest way to achieve this trend on a budget.  Depending on your sofa and décor you can choose bolder styles or keep it simple with black and white prints such as this wolf design.  Scatter cushions like this work beautifully when paired with faux fur throws in inviting Mink hues.  

ScatterStag Head

Faux Stag heads are a huge trend at the moment whether on prints like this scatter cushion or as decorative art such as this green and white piece.  You can pick up items in varying styles and colours, so will fit in to most decors.


These wall stickers are great if you don’t want to commit to wallpaper as they’re easy to apply, usually quite inexpensive and can be removed when you want try something new.  Choose one wall to feature on and keep all other wall art and shelving to a minimum so draw attention to your design.

If you would like any help updating your furniture contact us today for a FREE no obligation quote, and your local Home Consultant will talk you through a range of fabrics and co-ordination options.



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Valentine’s Day Dilemmas Solved

Love it or hate it, you can’t really escape Valentine’s Day, so we’ve put together a few tips to get you ready and in the spirit!

  1. You don’t have to spend a fortune to have a great Valentine’s, you can get the same effect by choosing thoughtful gifts or just by spending time together.  Why not go for a long romantic walk, or visit an art gallery or museum?
  2. Cooking a special meal for your partner is one of the simplest ways to make them feel taken care of, so get those cookery books at the ready!
  3. How about recreating your first date together?  You could book the same restaurant or visit the same cinema to bring back the excitement of when you first met.
  4. If you prefer to spend the night in on the sofa with a rom-com and a bottle of wine, then why not add a touch of romance to your home you can enjoy all year round? If your home needs updating think pinky red hues and floral accessories.  We particularly love this Chelsea Velvet fabric in Rose paired with striped and floral scatter cushions.  For that extra valentines feel add some soft lighting and fresh flowers-roses would be perfect if you've been lucky enough to receive some!



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Colour Of The Year: Radiant Orchid

Pantone have announced their colour of the year for 2014 as Radiant Orchid, (taking over from last year’s Emerald Green) which is set to take over homes, catwalks and advertising this year.

As the name might suggest this purple/pink hue is invigorating, warm and evokes creativity. “While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®.


Although the lilac undertones of this colour are quite feminine, this colour can be paired with a variety of accent colours to create different individual looks. Teamed with reds and the look will be deep and seductive. Pairing with shades of purple and lavender will create an elegant and sophisticated look. For a more toned down and masculine look, try co-ordinating with white and black and brushed steel accessories. Or complement with an array of green shades such as Olive, Turquoise and even last year’s Emerald Green to add energy to a scheme. This adaptable colour will work well on all aspects of the home such as walls, window dressing, furniture and accessories.

Fairhaven Lilac Swatches


These Fairhaven loose covers in Lilac are a great way to add colour to your furnishings and have been co-ordinated with fabrics in similar purple hues such as these bold floral curtains in Vista from Swaffer, and Balmoral check scatter cushions in Aubergine to add interest and texture.

ClockSilk Clock, All Modern 

This clock is perfect if you just want to add a splash of colour to a particular area, and the unusual design means this piece will attract attention even when Radiant Orchid is no longer the colour of the year.

If you would like any help adding this year’s colour of the year or any other styles to your home, then contact us today for a FREE no obligation quotation.


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