Bold interiors for a day

If you can have any interior for just a day, what would it be? You can be as bold and daring as you like .... Anything you can imagine! Wouldn't it be nice to use every leap year as an excuse to completely change your interior decor?! I would like to magic my spaces (and budget) to look like Peter Mikic or Vincent Darre interiors. A fashionable Islington drawing room designed by Peter Mikic. A stunning room designed by Peter Mikic. Vincet Darre is a Paris-based interior designer known for his maximalist style and Surrealis finishings. I am in complete awe of his interiors and no surprise there! My personal motto for years has been 'Less is a Bore', adapted from Mies Van Der Rohe's famous sa

Budget-Friendly Home Decorating Tips for Couples

Moving in with your partner is a major step in any relationship. In the famous words of the late writer Maya Angelou, “First best is falling in love. Second best is being in love.” If you’ve recently moved in with your loved one or are planning to move in together in the near future, congratulations! This is an exciting moment in your relationship. While learning to live with your significant other can be difficult, especially at first, one great way to reduce stress is by looking for ways to save money as you start your new lives together. Below are some budget-friendly decorating tips that work well for couples who have recently moved in together. Living Room It’s no wonder the living room

To wallpaper or not? That is the question...

Yes! Absolutely! But do follow that famous motto by Mies van der Rohe 'less is more'!. One can certainly get it very wrong with wallpaper so be careful when choosing your pattern. We are big lovers of wallpaper from the mid-century geometric patterns, to oriental classics, metallics, botanicals and textured patterns. Here are a few points to consider when choosing wallpaper: > Do make a statement with bold wallpaper! > Do not wallpaper every room - one bold feature wall in a house is probably enough. > If you must have more than one feature wall in your house, pick more subtle designs or textured wallpaper for the other walls. Alternatively stick to feature paint colours for the less importa

Botanical wallpaper

On our ongoing theme of bringing nature home, what's not to love about these botany inspired wallpapers! A friend pointed out they remind her too much of William Morris Arts & Crafts designs. We don't necessarily think that's a bad thing! The Arts & Crafts movement certainly seems to keep on giving and inspiring modern design. These wallpapers are also reminiscent of modern patterned versions of early botanical illustrations from the fifteenth century onwards. As European explorers sailed forth on grand voyages of discovery, the on-board scientists visually recorded their encounters with exotic plants and animals. The best of these being the botanical drawings of Harriet Isabel Adams and Mar

An internal garden

We are totally in love with internal courtyards! Modern internal gardens stem from Chinese Courtyard Houses which were built around Feng Shui concepts. In most cases, an internal garden would change the way you experience a space, improving the natural flow around the house and bringing a connection to nature. If designed and planned well, it should bring some natural light through a skylight, a window or a side opening and would act as a pivotal point in a house - perhaps alongside what would have been a dark and dingy corridor. An internal courtyard will bring in a bit of zen into a small space and can make a dark unusable area of your house into a light-filled eye candy. An internal garde

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