So you have Christmas covered right? You have your tree, the lights, the festive bedspread, the reindeer cushions and the scented candles placed meticulously on every bare surface of the room. But what about the New Year? Every New Year comes with a longing to start a new, to breathe fresh life into all things ‘last year’. Just like the snow, as the old layer melts, a shiny clean surface is uncovered and of course we want this for our home. Gone with the tree, the needles and remnants of tinsel that lie in its wake and on with Spring!
In those cold January days of quite frankly, doing nothing, why not cast a fresh lick of paint on your wall to create a pop of colour? Play with patterns and stripes in fresh colours like white and grey to breathe life into a tired room. We love these fresh and bold fabrics to reinvent your old and tired furniture. Why not go for a bold fabric on a small chair and contrast it with a block colour on another? Check out this colourful dining room with a bold wall paper from the CasaDeco collection and striking green and pink fabric details.
Colour not your thing? Why not strip it down. Back to basics. As Coco Chanel once said, always take off the last thing you put on. So why not go for a clean and simple aesthetic this spring? Dust off the cobwebs of winter and revive your home with these calming neutrals. Playing with different shades of grey and stone help to add tone and texture to the room, don’t be afraid to mix up your colour pallette. Adding more than one shade or pattern to a room gives depth and character.
Christmas is well and truly on its way and, before you know it, it’ll be time to put up the tree and decorations. It’s such a wonderful time of year with family gatherings, Christmas parties and the chance to not feel guilty about overindulging in all of your favourite Christmas treats. If you want to up your decorating game, or need some inspiration to get into the festive spirit this season, check out our top tips below on styling the perfect home for Christmas.
Update your colour scheme
You can’t celebrate Christmas without embracing the wonderful cosy colours that come with it. Shades of red, green and gold are traditional and can be incorporated into your interior design in many great ways. Why not update your living area to a stunning shade of red to create a cosy feel, or transform your bedroom into a winter wonderland with a white and blue themed bedspread? You can even bring colours of Christmas in subtly, via cushions or chairs covers.
Get clever with lighting
The correct lighting can transform a living room and bedroom into a Christmas haven. Christmas is all about twinkling, bright, lights which help make any house feel like a home. However, if you really want to take it to the next level, you’ll need to add more than just subtle fairy lights around the Christmas tree. Think outside the box and wrap lights across the mantelpiece, and around shelves and stair bannisters. Focus your lighting attention on the complete house, not just one room. It will transform your home into a magical place.
Accessorise with all things Christmassy
Think scented candles with essences of mulled wine, cinnamon and winter spices. Pop candles throughout the house and embrace the amazing Christmas smell that will greet you all day long. When it comes to decorating your tree, pick a theme of two or three colours and, if you’ve got children, help them make some baubles to hang on too.
Follow these tips and you will create a perfect home for Christmas this winter.
If you need any ideas or inspiration take a look on our website or get in touch directly with our design team on 01274 595952.
Let’s face it, we all have ‘#bathroomgoals’, but achieving the stylish looks we’ve pinned to boards on Pinterest, shared on Facebook and dreamed about since we were little, is a little pricey.
Not only does the space, size and shape of our bathrooms often effect us reaching said goals, the fact that accessories and luxuries these days are much less affordable doesn’t really help.
However, that’s why we scour the internet for the DIY Whizzes to find cheaper ways to replicate our favourite looks with our own personal touches.
Sojourn – Sanderson
Emma Bridgewater – Sanderson
Momentum Wallpapers 3 – Harlequin
Wabi Sabi – Scion
We’ve collated a list of 13 Ways To Achieve Your #BathroomGoals which are quick, easy and effective! Whether you’re renting, developing a new home or refurbishing your family home, these easy DIYs are the perfect Sunday project to try, before having a relaxing bath to round off the week in your new fancy bathroom, of course…
1. Decorate your cupboards
The simplest way to spruce up your bathroom, would be add a splash of colour to your cupboards! Lining the back of the medical cabinet above the sink is a great way to brighten your day during the morning rush! Use leftover wallpaper, origami sheets or even print your own funky pattern and paste or tape it to the back! Simple as that.
2. Transform Your Shower Curtain
Add even more colour to your morning routine by dip-dyeing an old white shower curtain. Or, add a motivational quote.
3. Make your own fruity fresh shower mat
How fun is this for the Summer? If you love a colourful atmosphere in the bathroom, try out this simple tutorial for making your own bathmat! Whether you’re making a pointy pineapple, or a stripey square, the bathtub is your oyster!
4. Draw your own tile patterns
Most bathrooms these days have scrapped these pretty tiled basins, and provided much modern modern alternatives. But if you’re a lucky one who’s still living the classic life, then what easier way to reinvent your tiles than drawing on them! With a steady hand, add a few dots here and a few lines there with a Sharpie, for a new, twee look.
5. Create your own wire storage baskets
Surely by now you’ve seen the amazing storage baskets ladder craze taking the world by a storm?! Well, after noticing these cool items can set you back hundreds of pounds, we think it’s time to make our own.
This nifty little tutorial will teach you how to really reduce the price by creating your own wire baskets. Then, all you’ll need is some hooks and a ladder!
Perfect for storing towels, cosmetics or even potted plants within the bathroom, kitchen or bedroom!
6. Add fancy storage
Will mason jars ever be a thing of the past? We think not. After hosting your cute cocktail night, clean out your mason jar mugs and re-purpose them into vintage style storage for your vanity space.
7. Bring in some colour
Bontanical pots and plants can only ever be a fun way to bring life back into the bathroom – leaving the space fresh and at one with nature.
8. Bathe in style
If you’ve ever experienced the trauma of getting your favourite book wet, dropping your phone in the bath or splashing water everywhere as you slip reaching for the shower gel, then this is the perfect project for you! This old cupboard door plank is ideal for staining and varnishing to create your own bath tray. Perfect for making shower essentials a little more accessible once you’re comfy, or for keeping productive whilst having a soak.
9. Paint the floor
10. Conceal the tub
You don’t need to a hire a grafter to create a beautiful spa style for your home. Using self-adhesive or airstone, tile your bath to cover up the white and add a bit of luxury! This looks so effective and will have both you, and your guests in awe of your super fancy living style.
11. Spice up Storage
Who says storage baskets have to be on the floor or in a cupboard? This ingenious project makes storing towels practically a decoration! Simply drill the baskets sideways onto the wall and you’re done!
11. Use supplies as decoration
If you’re a particularly tidy person, there’s nothing to say that household essentials can’t be displayed. Using cool charity-shop finds, you can add a huge amount of character and style into the bathroom like this antique tray and cute jewelry bowl.
12. Stain your cabinets
Staining cabinets is probably the best way to add a contemporary and sophisticated look within the room. These espresso stained cabinets look sleek and practical, but it’s easy to find a stain that matches your colourscheme. Experiment with metallic shades for drawer knobs and cupboard handles too. For a clean and fresh look within the bathroom, hide away any bottles, cleaning products or towels that don’t fit in with the colourscheme in a big chest of drawers or shelving unit.
13. More Mosaic
This stunning mirror tutorial upcycles any old CDs you’ve got and transforms them in a light refracting frame for any household mirror! Perfect for a bright bathroom interior!
Have a go and see where the inspiration takes you, and let us know what you think!
Bright and bold might be your style, so Caselio have provided a range of eccentric and quirky designs with a summery, Hawaiian theme. Paired with bright pinks, playful furnishings and accessories, the room can be transformed in a fun and lively environment.
The classic, country housewife style (there’s a little in all of us, let’s face it) is accommodated for through beautiful floral pieces, polka dot fabrics and pastel shades. Summery and timeless, the shabby-chic fabrics and wallpapers in this diverse collection are just what you need to make the house a home.
For the strong, proud and fashion-orientated girl, Caselio knows it’s not always about being pretty-in-pink. This monochrome selection of curtain fabrics and feature wall wallpapers inspires the independent woman in a sophisticated and sleek way. Featuring Vogue style newspaper strips and bold typography, the Hollywood style fabrics and wallpapers make a big statement within the home.
Yep, yet another French designer brand beginning with Ca to add to our collection. But we just cannot resist these contemporary and cool brands!
Originating in 2000, the Casamance brand’s aim is to produce stunning backdrops to everyday life. The brand feels that in this hectic modern world, it’s important to ‘make time for time’ – whilst life stresses can get us all down at times, it’s vital that we create beautiful memories on the way. Casamance provides striking fabrics and wallpapers to frame these memories for years to come. So take time to read a book in that cosy reading nook you created, but never used; have drinks with friends or a Sunday dinner with the family. Take the time to live, and feel relaxed.
Casamance use a variety of techniques and styles to create their eclectic selection of contemporary collections, and use a special colouring method which allows refinement and precision to be at its best throughout their wallcoverings.
With a strong focus on classic French design, and adding a contemporary twist, the Casamance family really offer a proud range which can be use in any interior.
Currently we have a small range of fabrics and wallpapers by the brand, and more to come very shortly. Be sure to browse the collections and keep an eye out for more brands to come!
You’ve probably noticed by now that we’re creating a nice little group of French brands starting with ‘Ca’. Camengo, Casedeco and Caselio are all in one big family, yet Caselio – the latest brand to be added to our site – has something rather unique about it.
So far, we’ve added 6 collections to the brand, but we’ve plenty more to come!
With textured plains, co-ordinating stripes and exotic patterns capturing the beautiful atmosphere of European life, the Caselio brand is truly irresistible for anyone with serious wanderlust.
And if you’re strapped for cash, and can’t afford to fork out money for a whole redecorating project, Caselio’s Accent Collection has the perfect option: These stunning wall panels are the easiest way to revamp your interior on a tight budget. Grab some paint, and a single wallpanel and you have enough to create a whole new look.
And of course, no cool, quirky and contemporary brand is complete without ones for the kids! Currently online, the Only Boys Collection (Only Girls coming soon!) offers a variety of bright and lively wallcoverings for the motorbike, football, car and astronomy fanatics!
Not to forget, there’s plenty of wallpanels for the kids, including Elsa – which may need to be kept quiet, unless you fancy having the home full of the Frozen soundtrack again…
There’s so much more to come from this exciting brand of designer wallpapers, and we’ve waited so long to launch them, we can’t wait for more and more to be added to the site.
What makes this brand unique, other than it’s stunning wallpanels? The brand offers wall stickers as quite possibly the funnest and easiest way to redecorate. Don’t worry, we’ll get everything on as soon as possible, but be sure to check out the live collections first!
If you’ve been on our Facebook over the past week, you’ve probably noticed we’re a little excited about Voyage’s latest range; Alchemy. The range is split into three collections: Lustre, Weaves and Prints, each with something beautiful and different to offer.
As part of International Women’s Day, we thought we’d dedicate a blog post to 3 inspiring women from the Interior Design Industry.
1. Kim Parker for Clarke & Clarke
Originating as an artist, Kim Parker is now an iconic lifestyle designer brand which was launched in 2001. The beautiful prints and patterns all feature stunning floral artwork, designed by the woman herself, featuring a variety of exotic and warm colourations, fit for any room of the house.