Totally Tropical Mood Board Inspiration

I get so much joy from receiving material swatches in the post – it makes me all fingers and thumbs when I open them. It’s ridiculous really but guess everyone has their thing.

Also it’s an opportunity to show you some of my favourite prints around at the moment and how they can work together for a tropical look which is what I’m working on for a room here.

The moodboard I’ve put together here is pretty upbeat. With neutral walls of white or grey and plenty of tactile textures here of bamboo, ceramics, wood and gold mixed with the bold hues used within cushion, sofa and blinds it will bring a room to life and add an element of the tropics, Which quite frankly is most welcome in my living room.

Textile Designer Sarah Hardaker fabric prints pretty colours

Let me just give a little shout out to the very talented textile designer Sarah Hardaker of whom I’m a big fan. The green leafy print soft pink stripes and Latika on the left of the photo are her prints. Aren’t they fab ? This isn’t a sponsored post or anything – I just love her designs.Fabric Textiles prints patterns colourful cheery colours

The blue spotty print is by Rapture and Wright again who do some pretty fabrics. The colourful little squares top and bottom are by James Hare and the yellow bold pattern is from F & P Interiors.

Putting together patterns colours and designs that you wouldn’t normally especially if you’re more a minimalist when it comes to your home, can be really uplifting and doesn’t have to dominate the whole house. If there is a particular area that you feel lacks character – why not add a little vibrancy ? I have a few rooms here that I think sometimes lack something. So an injection of fun helps hugely.

mood board sofa rug tropical bold room1. Bamboo mirror  – Trouva 2. Colourful rug – La Redoute 3. Green plant pot – White Mint 4. Faux Bamboo – Ikea 5. Gold shelving unit – Mia Fleur 6. Rattan coffee table – Maison Du Monde 7. Cushion – Made 8. Flamingo lamp – Out There Interiors 9. GPlan sofa – John Lewis 10. Blue trio vase – LSA International.

Inspired by the colours I have chosen some interior items that I love the look of together.

Adding lots of greenery with low maintenance succulents is an easy way of filling space and achieving the desired look. There are many faux plants out there that you would think were real. I’ve added a bamboo plant from Ikea but you can find them in lots of places currently. I really fancy the mirror too.

What are your thoughts on this collection ? Like or too much for you ? Do leave me a comment  – as always I love to hear your thoughts.

Lucy x

How to Make a Summery Seaside Teepee

Tutorial Seaside DIY tent stripes happy fabric kidsSo we are in the full swing of Summer Holiday here which can mean only one thing. Time to make a Teepee for the beach. I have meant to do this for years but finally we have achieved it.

I’ve written up a little tutorial for you in case you fancy trying one out for yourself. It’s teesy peesy …. sorry, I know …

You can use my measurements or adjust to work for you and your fabric, hopefully my instructions will make it easy to do either.

Teepee tutorial seaside tent diy

What you will need:

4 metres of fabric – 150cm width ( Less if you are not wanting to pattern match )

5 sticks diameter 2.5cm at least. I used broom handles from a local DIY store measuring 155 cm in length.

3 metres of string or thin rope.

2 metres of large pom pom fringe ( optional )

sewing machine, scissors, tape measure, pins and an iron.

teepee southwold hut striped pom pom kids fun

Instructions:

Assemble the 5 sticks so that you have 2 at the front, 2 at the side and one pointing backwards. the 5th one adds extra space in the teepee but you could live without if necessary and it would mean using slightly less fabric. Bind the sticks together with string / rope like your life depends on it. Or just do it tightly .. :)

Before I start on fabric – please make sure you add 1cm for each seam. So add it to every measurement I have given here if using my pattern. I’ve added the odd reminder but do it every time. I haven’t added it to my instructions in case you are using a variation on size.

So here we go …

Measure at the base between each stick. The distance between the two front sticks and the 2 behind them should be equal on both sides – for this teepee it is 92 cm. Then measure round for the back panel from one side stick to the other including the 5th back stick which will be sticking out a bit hence being a larger panel of fabric needed – for this you will need 146 cm.

The front panel will be split in to 2 pieces for your ‘ door ‘ so measure between the front 2 sticks. So for this teepee -140 cm that will be cut down the middle and not forgetting seams on either sides of both panels.

Now measure up to where you would like the top of the teepee to start, making sure you allow room for sticks to meet and cross at the top. In this instance the length needs to be 127 cm plus your seam allowance each end. Work out desired top lengths for each panel. For this it is 14 cm for all 3 panels and seam allowances.

Next – draw out your panels on your fabric. Incidentally my fabric here is from The Stripes Company ( perfect for the beach and home ! ) I found it quite helpful with the perfect stripes as it helped indicate exact measurement. The two side panels are the same so you can cut one out and then lay it on top of the fabric, pin it and cut out the second. The third will be slightly larger as mentioned before. For the front panel, fold it in half long ways and then cut in half along the fold.

Pin then sew all of your panels together with seams facing inwards. Then press open all of the seams with your iron. Press the 2 front split panel seams and sew down 10cm and back stitch it. Then press down seams at the top and bottom, press and then stitch down.

Pom Pom teepee pink pretty fringe sewing diy

At this point you can add pom pom fringe  – again this gorgeous pink ones are from the Stripes Company. I just measured out amount needed and attached it inside with pom poms facing outwards, sewing carefully as it’s a tad fiddly but worth the effort.

Teepee sticks diy tutorial seaside fabric

Then all you need to do is slip the teepee over the sticks and you have your very own little hut to keep the kids happy and un – windswept and entertained for at least a week. Am I being optimistic here ?

 

seaside teepee tutorial stripes pom poms

But anyway, we took it to Southwold as you can see and although it was windy ( spot the stones weighing down the bottoms ) we sat very snug and cosy in the marshes. We felt like something from an Enid Blyton book watching kids run past with buckets and spades and we sat and ate our ice creams without wind blowing everything over.

We have put it at home in the toy room and its brightened up the space. So well worth the time making it.

If you’d like to get hold of some of this ‘ Baseball ‘ fabric or trim or see the entire fabulous range then have a look at the shop here. If you remember I used their deckchair canvas in my DIY Beach hut post.

Five tips for finding your dream sofa

You’d think it would be a walk in the park choosing the right sofa for your living room ?

But there’s actually quite a lot to consider before making such a purchase and it’s one of the most important pieces of furniture in the home. You need to have a really clear idea of dynamics, colour schemes and style by the time you click on the ‘buy’ button so hopefully if you’re thinking about a new look living room sometime soon this post will be useful for you.

Here are my 5 steps to finding yourself a dream sofa …

L shaped sofa grey comfy large living room corner lazing restful

Size of the room.

If you have a large living room you may want to have a few different seating options but if you want a sofa to be the main focus then how about a big comfy centre piece with lots of character. You can use this as inspiration for the rest of the look. Or an L  – shaped settee / corner sofa is perfect for using up space ( and keeping kids and guests happy ) and generally works in most big rooms.

pink retro sofa chair tasteful trendy light classy stylish

For a more compact area think about what kind of feeling you want to achieve. Would you prefer the sofa to be the focal point ? If so a two seater in a bright hue to draw attention ( will talk about this more in a minute  )

love chair sofa living room space

You could instead have a couple of snuggler chairs that accommodate more than one and look super cute. These are a great alternative to full sized sofas if you’re happy to double up.

warm orange cosy crushed velvet

Colour scheme.

If you’re just replacing the sofa and keeping the same colour palette then it’s an easy job and you’ll know exactly what to search for. But if it’s a makeover then a very good idea is a moodboard – Pinterest is a great place to start. Start a board pinning lots of finds and then whittle down to what will work with your sofa choices.

When it comes to choosing a colour then it is important to think about the overall impact this will have.

yellow bright spacious cosy restful

Strong reds through to most yellows are generally energetic and uplifting just like this Hollie Love Seat, and and will draw attention. Although pink is nurturing.  Greens and blues will offer calm and are also inviting. Neutrals will also give a sense of serenity and are timeless.

I’d always lean towards being a bit daring with colour ( of course ) but it has to work for you and be something you’re not going to grow out of anytime soon.

Let’s not forget that stronger colours and patterns will also cover a multitude of sins …

luscious deep green emerald velvet comfy tasteful

Textiles.

Do you want a tactile piece of furniture that you can recline on ? Durable fabric that will last for as long as possible ? It’s always good to have the opportunity to feel the fabric and maybe add it to a moodboard. If possible order some swatches and a good company will be happy to supply these.

olive green velvety stylish comfy classic

Lifestyle.

Well, this is fundamental. Because your style says so much about you. But also the style the sofa needs to fit your lifestyle and how it functions. Can you lie down easily and watch TV … or is it perfect for socialising with friends ? Can you fit all your kids on easily.

sofa bed leather living room cosy comfy tidy functional

If you need an extra bed in the house for guests then maybe try out a sofa bed. Like this Sloane 3 seater.

Brand.

With a sea of companies out there it can be difficult to know which will deliver it’s promises and most importantly present you with the sofa of your dreams without any stress ! All of these sofas and chairs are from Darlings of Chelsea who have a very good reputation for the quality of their hand crafted furniture and offer ‘ award winning customer service ‘ .. and 4 showrooms. You can find out more about them here.

Hopefully my ideas here will have made your next sofa adventure that bit easier …

So which is your favourite out of all the sofas and chairs here ? I am drawn to the Stirling sofa with deep buttons. Love the studs and opulent look.

Do leave me a comment under this post  – as always would love to hear from you.

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with Darlings of Chelsea  – all opinions as ever are my own.

All images copyright Darlings of Chelsea.

 

Why we Chose Wooden Flooring for our Guest Room

Wooden Flooring Bedroom light airy inviting welcoming inspiration

Fancy a little browse around our updated spare bedroom?

Not so long ago I showed you our main bedroom with the built in wardrobe that I designed. Well, we decided to strike while the iron was hot and get the guest room completed too.

Antique Chest of Drawers

I’m almost too embarrassed to show you this room before we did it up. Ugh. It was so drab and had been neglected a little to be honest. The carpet hadn’t been changed since we moved in and it just had zero character which is something I tend to bang on about here … adding character !

Before After Bedroom Inspiration

So, the obvious choice as we were so pleased with the main room and wanted continuity was to add the same engineered wood floor, which is by Quick-Step who also do vinyl and laminate flooring can see in the before and after how much changing to floorboards lifts the room without it even being finished.

Quick-Step Flooring

On our checklist it had to be durable, aesthetically pleasing and sympathetic to the style of our home was an important factor for both rooms I spent time looking through some of their samples and felt really confident by the time we had made our decision that it was perfect for us.

Laying Underlay Floor

Mark who I found on the Quick-Step website installed the flooring last time and did it again this time and it took less than a day to remove carpet and skirting board then put in the underlay,  put in the floorboards and replace the skirting boards so it was really convenient as well. No hanging around – job done.

Comfy Bedroom Guest Room Wooden FloorWooden Flooring Bedroom Tropical PlantSequin Basket Bag Wooden Floor

I am really chuffed with the room and it’s light and airy feel. It’s so much more homely and welcoming now. I love too that the floor is very easy to keep clean and it’s more hygienic than carpet too. Much easier all round. The floorboards also don’t creek like you might expect with wood.

Flamingo Print Wooden Floor Cosy bedroom White inspirationBedroom Warhol Print Inspiration King & McGaw

This post is a tad picture heavy but couldn’t stop snapping it and I wanted you to see if from many angles as possible. I also painted the chest of drawers a Farrow & Ball colour – Parma Gray . What do you think ?

Bluebell Gray Print Cushion Hennes White Comfy BedBedroom Design Inspiration White Cosy Pink Throw

Hope you’ve enjoyed a peek at our new room ? I can’t wait to have guests over to stay.

Do leave me a comment under this post with your  thoughts or just to say hi !

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with Quick-Step. All opinions as always are my own.

15 Ideas for Making your Own Indoor Festival

Festival indoor interior home ideas colourful inspiration music
  1. Cacoon – Cacoon World 2. Chocolate Pizza  – Gournet Pizza Company 3. Bunting – Selfridges 4. Colourful tea light holders – Dotcomgiftshop 5. Heart Cushion – Sweetpea & Willow 6. Gold trunk table  – Graham and Green 7. Fondue Set – John Lewis 8. Dream Catcher – Meri Meri 9. Aztec Yellow Rug – John Lewis 10. Pom Pom bag – Bohemia Design 11. Festival Candle – Bath and Unwind 12. Stackable Glasses – John Lewis 13. Drink Dispenser – Clas Ohlsen 14. Cushion – Maison Du Monde 15. Cacti String Lights – Amara

If you’re choosing this year to enjoy the music festival season at home I have a little festi – colour inspiration post for you today.

Ironically although my husband works in music I am not often tempted to attend the festivals. Call me a little bit OCD if you like but the thought of relying on wet wipes to stay clean for a whole 4 days is not for me ! So instead I prefer to enjoy the highlights relaxing on the sofa. No doubt in years to come when the girls are a little older we will be donning the wellies and getting muddy with everyone else.

But in the meantime it doesn’t mean though that we don’t do the ‘festi feels’ and you can have some real fun doing up your living room or garden for the weekend or whole Summer. I’ve picked out some colourful items to make a house feel ready.

Think eclectic .. mixing it all up. Bold, brights and bohemian.

The Cacoon is great for inside and out the home. Although not an impulse buy kind of item – it would be a fabulous addition to the home. I love the orange colour but they do come in quite a few other shades.

Chocolate pizza or a fondue while on the sofa watching your favourite bands on tv. Yes please thank you.

Over the Summer holiday the girls and I will be making something inspired by this that we can’t wait to show you ..

What do you think of my picks ? Fancy a festival this weekend ?

Lucy x

Making Guests Cosy with our Sleepbear Mattress

Sleepbear mattress review

What would be your top 3 things for a good and serene night’s sleep in a guest room ?

For me it would be the temperature being nice and cool, the palette of the room being soothing – certain hues such as reds or some yellows and loud wallpapers are a stimulant so a nice calm shade of white to keep your mind clear or think blues, greys and deep greens to relax.

But most importantly it would be the comfort of the bed. So I gave this quite a bit of thought when updating our spare room recently because obviously we want our visitors to feel really welcome. We spend 1/ 3 of our lives sleeping so it’s got to be right ?

Sleppbear mattress foam bedFoam mattress review

I did quite some research in to mattresses and found Sleepbear who ticked on all of my ‘ initial interest ‘ boxes on paper being that they offer a trial period of 100 days trial meaning you can avoid wandering around shops lying on mattresses in front of strangers ( unless that’s your thang of course ), very quick delivery, a 10 year guarantee.

SleepBear Mattress Review Guest roomSleepbeqr Mattress

All of Sleepbear’s mattresses are hand made in the UK by their family run business right through the process.. There’s a little video on the website showing you it all which I found pretty interesting. The mattresses have 3 layers. For this double mattress for our guest bed the top layer is 4cm thickness of a very perforated high quality pure latex that naturally regulates your body temperature and offers extreme comfort , then 6cm of memory foam that moulds and adapts your to your sleeping movements and then a 16cm super dense base which is the firm foundation and offers the support needed.

Memory Foam Mattress Review

What is really cool about Sleepbear ( and my daughter’s were extra impressed by this bit ) is that they have teamed up with Polar Bears International and give a percentage of proceeds each year to the organisation.

Comfy mattress reviewSleepbear Mattress Review

What better way to actually review the Sleepbear Mattress than to ask the girls to try it out and make a rare appearance on the blog. Then I tried it out the second night… y’know just to be totally sure…

Here’s the girls’ review of their night’s sleep in 5 words …

Relaxing, soft, bouncy, comfy and delightful !

I found my night on the mattress really good. I don’t always manage to sleep through the night but I did and felt well supported. So much so I didn’t actually want to get up in the morning to be honest.

So we are looking forward to our first guest staying now that we know it’ll keep them comfy.

What factors are important to you when you have friends or family staying over ? Leave a comment – as ever I love to hear from you :)

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with Sleepbear. All opinions as always are my own. 

Inspire Me with Jackson and Levine on their Debut Habitat Collection.

Linen tableware Eclectic dinner party

There’s no stopping Laura Jackson and Alice Levine. Not only do they have their own very successful careers broadcasting on television and Radio 1 respectively. They also run the the very cool London ‘ Supper Club ‘, have written a book to inspire the perfect dinner party and now have their debut collection for Habitat.

I love the Habitat designs and so had several questions for Laura and Alice about their journey together and how they manage it all …

Striped linen tableware retro

Where did you originally meet and how did you decide to work together ? 

It’s a romantic story. We met at a jumble sale about 5 years ago when we had stalls next to each other. We pretty much talked about food non-stop the whole time and became friends following – going to new restaurant openings together and also trying out new recipes on each other. We then decided it would be fun to take on the challenge of setting up our own supper club together – hosting evenings in our apartments that would bring together strangers over food, drink and music. We both work in TV and Radio and this is a great change from what we do day – to – day and is a real passion project. Held every 2 months in a warehouse in Haggerston, we seat 16 people around our communal table and serve up seasonal treats from our kitchen. In the past we’ve made ricotta filled ravioli with deep fried sage, hare ragu and lemon posset amongst other things. We always try and source ingredients locally or celebrate the great produce around us by using neighbourhood bakers and wine merchants.

How did your famous Supper Club evolve in to working on a range with Habitat ?

When we started our supper club, we got a bit carried away on guest numbers for our first event meaning that we didn’t actually have enough crockery ! So we basically approached Habitat with a bit of a love letter email to ask if they would be up for potentially giving us some spare dinnerware that we could use at the supper clubs. We didn’t actually expect them to come back however they did and sent us some beautiful hand-glazed tableware which was a bit of a result ! As the supper clubs have grown in popularity over the last few years, Habitat has helped us out with a few different events and we both love the focus that Polly Dickens, Habitat’s Creative Director, has put back onto hand-crafted textiles and ceramics in the collection. This hand-crafted look has always been a key visual element of our supper clubs and last year we got discussing a potential product collaboration with Polly – and the rest is history !

Supper club essentials relaxed dinner party

What reaction have you had so far to your new Habitat range ? 

We have been thrilled with the reaction to the range – it’s become one of Habitat’s fastest selling kitchen linen collections so we are genuinely delighted! When we started the project, Polly suggested working with a khadi based fabric from India, made using traditional skills that are becoming less commonplace due to mechanisation. This means that each piece is entirely individual – not machine uniformity – and the cloth has a wonderful loose quality that gives a relaxed, informal feeling to it. You can see that human hands have worked on these products and we think this is what people are really liking about the collection.

Did a particular era inspire the range and why ? 

We tend to bring a lot of different ideas to each supper club that we produce – we like to make each one entirely individual so we don’t necessarily have a house ‘ style ’ that defines us – so the whole process began with us producing a mood board that included design inspiration from ornate Chinese wallpapers, delicate 1900’s embroidery and French fashion illustrations to botanical prints and floral sketches. Working with Habitat – especially their Pattern Designer Martha Coates – we started to narrow these conceptual ideas down to focus more on botanicals as we both felt it appropriate as it gives a nod to the foraged herbs we use in our cooking and table decorating.

Were you both involved in the design process?

Yes – it was a really fascinating process working alongside Habitat. We wanted a range of products that would be classic, chic and timeless – products that would appeal to everyone and that were genuinely useful. We wanted the linen to be washing machine friendly, so it could be washed hundreds of times and still retain its shape and beauty. We knew we wanted to have a print – which we worked on with Martha – but in terms of colour, we wanted a cool, neutral base and a stripe to underpin the whole collection – allowing you to layer colour on your table on top. The apron was also a massive triumph for us as we spend most days in the kitchen wearing aprons but we’ve never struck on the perfect design that is simple, stylish and practical. If you’re spending a lot of time lovingly preparing something, then we think you should you have something equally lovely to wear and hopefully we’ve achieved that !

With radio and tv presenting – how do you find the time for designing this gorgeous Habitat collection and running Supper Club ?

Haha – the secret ? A lot of our Rocket Fuel cocktail to keep us going ! It’s been quite a whirlwind year – we’ve just launched our first recipe book  – Round To Ours – too alongside the collection with Habitat so it’s been a lot of hard work but a lot of fun as we’ve done it all together. We both really enjoy the spontaneity of ‘what’s next’ and love being busy – never say no and always say ‘ why not give it a go ? ’

Blue plate for dinner party

If you were holding a Supper Club for colour lovers which pieces from your range would you use and what menu to accompany it ? 

The printed napkins look amazing with coloured glass or a glazed plate in a punchy pigment. The radish, radicchio and sweet pecan salad we created for Habitat is almost too pretty to eat – a total pin up of a plate with all the pinks.

What are your tips for creating the perfect atmosphere when hosting a Supper Party ? 

  • Making the table look striking doesn’t have to cost a fortune – sprigs of herbs as place settings are a lovely touch and make the table smell wonderful. Flowers and houseplants can make a huge impact on a room – we have hung giant alliums from the ceiling, had a regimented row of dusty pink hydrangeas in pots and pressed auburn Autumn leaves to scatter on the table. For something inexpensive – separate out a bunch of flowers into individual stems and place in glass jars or just use foliage on the table for a fresh green look.
  • Ambiance is very important – you want everyone to feel welcome and relaxed. No one ever felt that way by sitting under a 100w central light! Soften the room with table lamps and lots of candles. Music can also make or break the night – if you’ve run out of time to curate the perfect party playlist, stream one of your favourite movie soundtracks or check out the ‘ Mood ’ sections of Spotify.
  • If we’re cooking a menu for friends we’ll always ask what their favourite ingredients are and work up a menu around those. It’s a really nice touch to do this – it shows you care and have made an effort and means they don’t have pretend to love tripe! The same goes for drinks. Find out their favourite cocktail and as soon as guests arrive, make sure they have a drink in hand. In the summer, we make up large jugs of gin, elderflower cordial and prosecco with lots of ice. It’s much better than fussing with making individual cocktails.
  • Don’t get bogged down with the food being perfect – rough and rustic is perfect for a dinner party. Try sharing platters rather than plating up everyone’s portions individually as it really creates a more intimate, shared experience that will make everyone feel part of the dinner. Everyone likes seconds so make more than you think you need.
  • Try not to be chained to the oven – the best way to do this is to have some elements that can be made in advance or that just require compilation. We find serving a cold starter and cold dessert makes life a lot easier. Timing food for big numbers can also be daunting – so try cooking a large cut low and slow. Lamb shoulder or silverside of beef are great ones for a crowd and they just get better and better, so even if guests are little late they will have a melt in the mouth meal.

Can you both describe your style in 5 words ? 

It changes all the time.

Dinner party inspiration food book retro textiles habitat

Will there be any more collections for Habitat ?

Stay tuned! We both loved the process of designing a range with Habitat so hopefully there is more to come next year !

Big thanks to Laura and Alice. It’s made me hungry !

What do you think of the Jackson and Levine Habitat Collection ? Has it inspired you to run your own Supper Club ? It has me.

Do leave me a comment under this post. Would love to hear from you.

Lucy x

Good Homes Course with My Interior Design School

Interior design online course

It seems to be ever evolving for us bloggers. If you scrolled back to my posts from a few years ago I was dabbling in interior design and making things for my home and have always loved design aesthetics but didn’t realise back then just how much I would it would be my every day focus.

I’ve just signed up for the  ‘ Good Homes Interiors Design Course ‘ run by My Interior Design School. This is a really creative but also practical course for budding designers.

Good Homes readers can receive £50 off the total of the course, making it £249 for a whole year’s worth of online learning. Pretty good huh ? But even better – I have a code for you too at the end of this post – so if you’ve ever fancied a go at interior designing and styling then now is a great opportunity.

The very first module is colour. Whoop ! I have my colour wheel template from the course here in front of me and have been playing around with swatches and samples to make up four different colour schemes.

I’ll use a lot of these pieces here to make up some mood boards with paint cards and fabric swatches ( and in this case flowers too ) to work on colour schemes and cement my knowledge on the theory behind the colour wheel even further.

The purpose of the colour wheel is to create ‘ colour families ‘ and is key to making a room work. The wheel was first developed by none other than Isaac Newton back in 1706 and has since taken on varying forms and for interior design it is a visual tool to blend shades perfectly together.

I’ve used blue in each scheme as my main colour today to show you how just changing colours, even slightly can alter a look.

Interior Design Colour

The first is Triadic which are 3 colours equidistant on the wheel.  Blue, red  – orange and yellow. Here is a room using the Triadic scheme which in this case is 40% blue main colour, 30% yellow as a contrast colour and 10% red – orange as accent colour. You don’t have to but ideally use a dominant colour because this is most effective.

Triadic colour scheme Interior Design

I’ve put together these colours and will spend some time playing around with them and studying some images for inspiration they also have a really extensive library of stock photos to refer to on the course.

Interior Design Colours

The second is Complementary which involves two shades on the opposite sides of the wheel.

contemporary colour scheme Interior Design Blue Orange

Blue and orange is quite extreme but it definitely works or you could use blue – purple with yellow – orange . You could also go for green and pink ( red with white ) which is possibly my favourite combination.

Interior Design Colour Scheme

Then there’s split complementary where you go for the main colour and then introduce two neighbouring.

Split Contemporary Colour Scheme Interior Design

So here is blue at 60% and then 30% yellow – orange and 10% red – orange. It makes the accents and contrasts really stand out.

Interior Design Harmonious Scheme

The last one for today is Harmonious putting together 4 colours that sit right next to each other on the colour wheel. Here we have 60% blue, 20% blue  – 20% green as contrast, 10% blue – green and 10% yellow – green. Okay, if you look closely there’s a teeny pop of red but we’ll ignore that for now …

Harmonious Colour Scheme Interior Design

I love this combination a lot. Much fun to be had with it.

There are also Monochromatic and Monochromatic Neutral schemes and I will be working on these next..

I’m soooo enjoying the start of the course and can’t wait to plough on. As I mentioned earlier I have a code for you and it is TEACHMEDESIGN. This will enable the course at the reduced rate by entering it at checkout.

If you are creative or want to become more adventurous then I recommend trying Interior Design School. I have worked on another but I feel this one is right for me as I am more focused on styling although obviously want to learn everything I can about interior design. They also run short colour courses at their HQ in Cheltenham if you’re interested ? You can find all you need to know on their website.

Which is your favourite scheme here ? Do leave me a comment under this post – I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with My Interior Design School. All opinions are my own.

Images credits. 2. A Beautiful Mess 4. Love your Home 6. Karen Knox at Making Spaces and 8. LuxDeco. All other photos taken by me.

An Inspiring Afternoon with Oka at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

Chelsea Flower Show winner

Last week I had a truly lovely afternoon at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show courtesy of the team at Oka.

We started the day with a faux flower arranging lesson with their in house Interior Designer Hilary using Oka’s silk flowers at their flagship store on Fulham Road. It was really fun and I will be showing you the some of the skills I picked up soon here on the blog.

I’ve never been to RHS Chelsea Flower Show before and ironically even though I have worked in TV and know the ropes  – I still imagined it would be ‘ like off the telly ‘ which it kind of was but much, much bigger and spread out than expected.

The show gardens were so clever. The dedication that goes in to each and every one is admirable.

Being a fan of Japanese styles I loved this gold medal winning one above designed by Kazuyuki Ishihara called ‘ Goshi No Niwa Now wall, No War ‘. The way the glass house hides amongst the trees. Stunning.

Tom Raffield ChairTom Raffield lighting

It was really exciting to see Tom and Danielle Raffield showing their ‘ Gwenver Garden Room ‘. You may know that I interviewed Tom recently after their home was featured on Grand Designs. I seem to have learn a lot about steam bending wood recently and I think their house is just beautiful.

Chelsea Floreer Show Gold

To really take in every single design you’d have to spend a couple of days there but I took as many photos as I could. Here is the ‘ The Silk Road Garden, Chengdu China by Laurie Chetwood and Patrick Collins ‘. Another gold winner..What are you thoughts on it ? I love its uniqueness.

Chelsea Flower Show Structure 2017

There were a lot of people studying this yet another gold winning garden named ‘ Breaking Ground ‘ designed by Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliams. I really like it. I’m pretty sure if my daughters had been there they woulds have wanted to climb it … not sure that would have gone down well !

Garden Inspiration Chelsea

This ‘ Poetry Loves Garden ‘ designed by Fiona Cadwallader won a silver really caught my eye. I’d love something like this in our garden at home.

Boat Garden RHS Chelsea

One from my neck of the woods. The ‘ IBTC Lowestoft Boatbuilder’s Garden by Gary Breeze. It won a gold and I’m not surprised. Are you ? So tranquil.

Green Garden Industrial Inspiration

I wish I’d managed to get a better photograph of this design but wanted to share it anyway. An industrial style space called ‘ Walkers Wharf ‘ by Graham Bodle using recycled woods and materials. For me it shows how you can make a calm area out of pretty much anything. It won a gold.

Mediterranean Garden Orange Tree

 

This orange tree was part of the ‘ Viking Cruise Garden of Inspiration ‘ by Sarah Eberle made me yearn for Spain. The mosaic and spiky arid loving plants. Sarah won a silver this year.

Colourful Flowers Pinks and PurpleBright colours flowers Gladioli Flowers ChelseaIdeas for garden inspiration

Then there were the flower exhibits. Wow. The colours.

It was a fantastic experience and I think I’m hooked now. Can’t wait for next year. Thank you Oka for a really inspiring time.

Which is your favourite ? Leave me a comment under this post  – would love to hear from you.

Lucy x

How to Stop Damage in your Home With The Grohe Sense Water Sensor

Stop Water Damage in Home

In the past I’ve heard of people experiencing a burst water pipe in a room or a flooded cellar and seen the havoc caused but haven’t ever considered that it could happen to us in our own home .. until now. I had no idea that in fact, every second family has had water damage at least once or that 93% of cases could have been easily prevented. But here is the biggest shocker of all – in Europe the average price for repairing the damage is way over £2000. Yikes ! It hadn’t really occurred to me that a small leak in a home, silently dripping away can cause extensive and long term problems.

But for me – losing any precious memories like photos or artwork by my kids would be the worst as you just can’t replace them. I don’t even want to go there.

Water Sensor for water damage

The reason I am taking you along this avenue is because Grohe have asked me to review their brand new concept: The Grohe Sense Water Sensor which essentially is an early warning system that is wireless so will work in your entire house. It monitors areas where water damage could occur for example a bathroom or utility room and also checks the temperature plus humidity or frost and instantly alerts via the Grohe Ondus App which you quickly install on your phone if it senses potential issues. Humidity itself can cause mould which is not good for health so all in all I am quite pleased to be trying The Sense Water Sensor out  – anything that makes life easier and cost effective along the way is good with me.

Grohe Phone App
Helping to stop water damage

It took me a matter of minutes to download the app by the way – and was self explanatory which helped. You add the room/s that you want to install the Sensor – ( in this case I have used our bathroom to show you ) and then basic information about that room such as whether it’s wet or dry, then place the  Sensor next to the source of water after you have installed the 3 AA batteries ( supplied in box ) which should last for up to 4 years and then … connect !

As you can see the Sensor itself is compact so can easily fit in to a small space and is also reactive to water. As soon as a leak reaches the Sensor it will emit a beeping sound, a red light will flash and the notification will go straight to your smartphone. Even without WLAN connectivity the Water Sensor itself will still work. I tried it out with both the Grohe Ondus App and without.

I reckon it’s a pretty cool idea. How about you ?

Easy ways to stop water damage

Grohe have been developing this product for the last few years and in my opinion the price of £51.99 is very good compared to the potential costs of the unthinkable.

Leave me a comment under this post – would like to hear you thoughts ?

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with Grohe. As always all opinions are my own.