Posts Categorised: Design Interiors

Colour Your Christmas With Stocking Fillers

Colourful Gifts christmas

I have pulled together items to Colour Your Christmas that I think make great little gifts. They’re fun and functional and fittable ( I think I just made that word up .. ) in a nice big sock. Hope you like them.

Although stocking fillers are my favourite thing to do, they always ends up being the last to sort out so if you’re in the same boat…

1. The scent of Jasmin is heavenly as far as I’m concerned. Do you like to too ? Designers Guild have these soaps in a pretty box. They’re £14.  2. We recently did an Alice in Wonderland play here for charity and it reminded me of how brilliant and mad the book and films are – and also how many people love the story. This Mad Hatter tea towel is by Mrs Moore Vintage Store and it’s £12. 3. Being a huge fan of Ban.do – this tote bag is naturally going to be in the list ! Pink and stripes, yes please. £18 from Birchbox. 4. Amara have a stunning range of gifts – like this dinner plate ( with others to form a set available ) by Christian Lacroix at £48. 5. Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a candle or two. Although this is isn’t a festive scent as such, lavender is a lovely gentle alternative – and the motto on the front is perfect. By Rice DK – £17.99. 6. I was at a poetry festival recently and one of the speakers said ” there’s nothing like a new notebook ” .. I totally agree. Full of possibilities. Love the pastel shades of this one by Trouva. £10. 7. A gift for a patient friend who likes to grow their herbs ? Love that it comes in a teacup. This ‘ grow your own basil ‘ is from Not on the Highstreet and is £9. 8. What a lovely, lovely thing. Marimekko print pencils in a box. Amara £9.99. 9. Love this brand. Little Moose Gram. You might already know that I’m obsessed with flamingoes. So, this necklace was an obvious choice. It’s £39.95. Hint hint, husband ! 10. Everyone loves a yummy hand cream don’t they ? Look at the amazing packaging too … another company that I am rather obsessed with – Kiehl’s at SPACE NK. £17.50.

Kids Gifts christmas

Here are some treats that I know my girls would like, so maybe they will appeal to you and yours too ?

1. For the older ones, obviously. Not for the littles. Some bright bubble gum balls from Liberty London. £6.95. 2. These little animal lights always go down well. My daughters love them. This Squirrel Night Light is from White Mint. £5. 3. Wow ! Such a good idea – Kids Nail Polish from Not on the Highstreet. It can be washed off with soap and has no solvents, phthalates, bisphenol A and is perfume free. £8.50. 4. I think this mug would appeal to boys and girls of all ages. Fill it with sweets sweets maybe ? From Scion  – £10. 5. Make your own Super Hero Mask from Not on the Highstreet. £6.95. 6. A beautiful mobile for babas from Leif. Although they are in the States so you will have to get your skates on if you fancy buying one. $70. 7. How can you not love Smiggle ? They’re popping up everywhere and full of cute things. The Yums pencils are £2 each and you can change the erasers. 8. Oh look, how did another flamingo themed item make it in to the list ? ;) One of lots of different birds or animal hangers by Capventure at Forma. £3.50. 9. Well, I wasn’t going to write a post without some elf ears, was I ? Enough said. Paperchase. £7.50. 10. Cannot get enough of Meri Meri. They rock. Cupcake cases and birds – a winning combination. These are £10 for the set.

So, that’s my mini round up to Colour your Christmas. There will of course, also be chocolate coins and satsumas. It’s the law. ;)

Have you already got everything sorted ? If you have any extra ideas then please leave a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog .. or let me know what you think of these !

You can find me on Pinterest and instagram if you’d like some more inspiration.

Penelope Hope Fabrics And Cushions …

Penelope Hope

Just  recently Nadia from Fabrics and cushion brand Penelope Hope got in touch. I was already aware of her fabric collections – how can you miss them ? They’re so colourful and fearless. The opportunity for us to work together was too good to miss !

I received a bundle of goodies in the post to study, including the coolest cushions I have seen in a while, adorable material samples and a metre of  ‘ Pina Colada ‘ fabric from the  ‘ Cocktails and Dreams Collection ‘ in blue to make a little something for our home. I didn’t know where to start, I felt like a kid in a sweet shop.

Samples

Well, I can tell you that the fabrics are extremely good quality and  the patterns are bold and stand out as something really exciting and fresh. I love the contrasting palettes and the vibrancy of each one.

Every single pattern is created by Nadia who uses hand sketching, photography, ink and acrylic painting as well as digital design, so a flexible approach to her work which results in really detailed and unique products.  It’s interesting to know that the brand are committed to printing and producing their textiles in the UK.

Although Penelope Hope is a relatively newbie on the interiors scene – they have already made quite a big impression and turned the heads of Elle Decoration Gallery Magazine to name a few – and I reckon it’s just the start of big things for them.

Penelope Hope Cushions

Back to the fabrics. I want to tell you a bit more about the current range …

Lucy Loves Ya

The Oresome range is made of foiled fabrics and oozes on trend glamour. Copper and golds, silvers and gunmetal. My jumper says it all ! It’s going to be a fight over our ‘ Happy ‘ cushion. We’ll take it in turns, I think :)

Using classic geometrics like this herringbone and dogtooth, they are printed on to a silk twill and also a heavyweight cotton. Screenprinted by hand in small batches, they are limited edition, all called either an emotion or feeling. Adore, Lucky, Lust, Wish, Covet … Perfect names.

Then you have  ‘ Plunge Collection ‘ which is inspired by and in homage to Guernsey where Nadia grew up ( and it is incidentally a place close to my heart too )  –  where she remembers playing in rock pools, eating fish and chips and the salty spray of the sea. The prints are a kaleidoscopic and fragmented variation of her original artwork. The colours are blues and greens as you might imagine. They co – ordinate well with the others or just on they own. They have silk satin piping and feather inserts.

Marbelous ‘ is a capsule collection which is 100% silk satin with wonderful marbled print inspired by minerals and granite. The colours are quite incredible and I would like to stare at the swirls for ages. Mixing up total luxury with a huge splash of fun. Love it.

Penelope Hope Fabric copy

As I mentioned earlier I use some of the ‘ Cocktails and Dreams ‘ fabric in a little project – a yoga floor cushion. Yeah – I will start doing some classes soon, now I have this ! What do you think of this print design ?

Penelope Hope Yoga Pad-1 copy

Not only are there pineapples in different colour ways, there are also palm trees, tiles, cocktails of colour and even  ‘ Picking Coconuts ‘ which is one of my favourites.

Penelope Hope Samples

I piped the edges with a strong pink – like it with the blue ? I’m looking forward to using it and dreaming of an exotic holiday.

if you’d like to find out more about Penelope Hope then you can find their website here. You’ll also soon be seeing a collaboration with them and Swoon Editions in the New year on armchairs. Can’t wait for that !

In the meantime I have an exclusive discount code for you. If you spend over £15 in the store – you will receive 10% off. Just add  LUCYLOVESYA at checkout. The offer lasts for 3 months from now. Enjoy !

Which is your favourite print ? Or do you love all of them too ?

Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog – As ever, I would love to hear from you.

Lucy x

All images are taken by me –  Lucy Loves Ya.

I was sent the products for the purpose of this blog post. All opinions are my own.

Afternoon Tea With Amara at Ham Yard Hotel

Ham Yard LoveIn between the recent work madness here , were a very special few hours, spent at Ham Yard Hotel, as I was invited by Karen and Emily from Amara to have afternoon tea with them and some of the other category winners of the Amara Interior Blog Awards.

This time around I felt slightly less stunned, as I’m sure did the others, so, we caught up and discussed blogging. It was really interesting as we all blog from slightly different perspectives but all with a mutual love of interiors. You must check out the blogs of Victoria of Apartment Number 4, Hollie who runs Miafleur with her family, Teri from The Lovely Drawer and Phillip of English Buildings. All a really good read.

HYH Bar Orangery landscape MR

Now, let me just tell you a bit about Ham Yard Hotel. As you may have read my post about the Awards Night, you will know it was held there and I loved it, but then to see it again in the day time, in all its colourful glory was something else !

Ham Yard Reception Area Ham Yard Restaurant 1Ham Yard Hotel LibraryHam Yard Bowling AlleyBar

Ham Yard Restaurant 1 Ham Yard Theatre
The Hotel is situated in a type of courtyard, slightly tucked away from the hustle and bustle that Soho is so well known for. The building is a U shape that revolves around trees and a bronze sculpture –  it’s hard to imagine how Tim and Kit Kemp ( the hoteliers and designers ) managed to create such an impressive place in what appears from the outside to be a modest size. For anyone seeking a little luxury in the centre of London, then it’s perfect. The restaurant decor is stunning as you can see from the pictures, there’s a drawing room, library – then there’s the retro bowling alley and the theatre downstairs – where the awards took place.

HYH 101 straight to bed C MRHam Yard BedHam Yard BedroomHYH deluxe angle to bed C MRHYH 108 straight to seating area MRHYH 122 straight to sofa landscape MRHYH 117 straight to sofa v2 MR

Upstairs … there are 91 bedrooms and also many apartments for a longer stay. The colours schemes are varying and run through the different bedrooms. From the roof terrace you can enjoy a wonderful view of the city.

I really would like to stay a night or two sometime because as well as all of the above, the staff are absolutely lovely and for me, that’s always the most important thing. It can make or break a visit somewhere.

Ham Yard Afternoon Tea

Did you think I was going to leave out the food ? Not a chance. We ate a selection of savoury and sweet treats, including scones and, macarons and cakes,  which were washed down with champagne for those who drink bubbles and I had a delicious Summer Mint Tea in a very delicate, vintage style cup and saucer.

A big thanks to Amara for a slice of calm and great chat before heading back to all the madness that was going on here. I loved it.

If you want to check out more details on Ham Yard Hotel, you can here.

Do you have a favourite place that you like to meet for tea, or to stay ? I’d love to hear about them. Recommendations are always the best way !

Have a good day.

Lucy x

All images copyright of Photographer Simon Brown 2015.

Interview with Charlotte Cosby, Creative Director at Farrow & Ball

CHARLIE COSBY 0

Charlotte Cosby, Creative Director at Farrow & Ball is behind all of the beautiful shades and patterns, along with her team, based in Dorset. I feel really lucky to have had the opportunity to interview Charlotte and ask her amongst other things, about their new collection …

BP5203_239EE_239EEG

A question I am sure you get asked a lot, as you have such a dream job, but how did you become Creative Director at Farrow & Ball ?

It was really just a case of being in the right place and the right time, although a love of design, interiors and colour certainly helped as well!

My first job was at a bank, but as it turns out, I wasn’t that interested in Swiss market intelligence so packed my bags and headed for an ad agency in London. There I worked as a planner but soon realised my heart was in creative and I went to work for a freelance interior designer and gallery owner. Finally, at the tender age of 23, I settled at Farrow & Ball. I was like a kid in a sweet shop full of colours and patterns and have spent the last nine years growing up with the brand.

BP5007_3

What are your earliest memories of colour and patterns ?

I’ve been drawn to colour and pattern for as long as I can remember but my most vivid memory is of the wallpaper in the living room of my childhood home. It had an off-white background with pale blue, peach and aqua irregular dots that created a loose impression of flowers in a garden. Coincidentally, I’m very attracted to patterns with that type of texture and this question has helped me to pinpoint exactly why that might be the case !

Research must be an integral part of your job. Do you travel far and wide ? How do you find these places ?

Yes absolutely, I’m very fortunate to be able to travel to lots of amazing places as part of my job. From research trips to the States to attending trade shows across Europe, I journey anywhere and everywhere for Farrow & Ball! While I’ll often start by looking for inspiration for new wallpaper designs in archives, initial inspiration could have come from anything from Japanese manhole covers to historic houses to something interesting I’ve found in the antiques fabric dealers in New York.

 

BP5002 & BP5004_273EE_273EEG_2

Are you constantly updating your own home with your new hues and wallpapers ? Or do you have staple favourites ?

Yes I paint a lot! Every time we introduce new colours I end up painting another room with a new favourite colour. My home is an eclectic mix of contemporary and modern with a restful colour palette backdrop. I spend a lot of time around colour and am always busy so I opted for a simple, restful palette so I could properly relax.

My bedroom is painted Wimborne White which is a great backdrop for the 8ft high green banana leaf print I have on the wall! The living room is painted in the soothing Dix Blue which is extremely calming and the guest room is a combination of Ammonite and Purbeck Stone.

I also have some bolder colours and patterns, for example I have Lotus 2051 though my hallway. Being a first floor flat, this covers two floors from the bottom of the stairs. For my kitchen, I wanted something a little more dramatic so opted for rich Stiffkey Blue. My bathroom is also painted in Dix Blue and Pavilion Blue but with the addition of a giant pink Aubdon flamingo on the tiles !

BP5106_239EE_239EEG

How would you recommend using palettes throughout a home to ensure a happy balance ?

If you want a house to flow from room to room, choose paints that have the same weight of colour within them. Strong colours are great but do think about how they relate to one another. Make sure you are happy with the flow and that it doesn’t shock or jar from one room to another. For example, a Stone Blue hallway leading into a Rectory Red living room will work well because the weight of colour is balanced.

Farrow & Ball have the most wonderful selection of whites. Can a subtle difference in shade make all the difference in a room and why ?

It certainly can ! As with all of our colours, our whites have different undertones. The key to picking the right white is taking the time to understand how these undertones will affect the space you are decorating as well thinking about the look and feel you want to achieve. For example, with its red undertones, Joa’s White is the perfect companion for Book Room Red or Rectory Red and will create a warm and homely environment. To create a cooler more urban style, neutrals like Blackened or Dimpse which have soft blue tones, illustrate how the undertone of a colour can not only change the overall feel of the room but also the style.

BP5201

I immediately spot your colours and patterns in people’s homes. What do you think it is about Farrow & Ball paint and wallpapers that make them so distinctive ?

Our paints are made using the highest quality pigments and resins and no low quality ‘ fillers ‘, which means they have a visibly greater depth and purity. The key ingredients of Chalk, China Clay and high quality Titanium Dioxide all combine to give our paints their unique absorbing finish. We also test every batch of paint by hand for colour accuracy, so they meet our obsessively high requirements.

Farrow & Ball wallpapers are just as distinctive. Our papers are handcrafted according to traditional production methods and created using our paints meaning it’s easy to combine paint and paper to create a cohesive look within a room.  You could choose to pick out the ground or pattern colour on woodwork or other walls, or choose fabric and furnishings inspired by the paper. The paint also gives the paper a uniquely textured appearance which makes them really tactile – you can’t help but want to touch them !

BP5102_239EE_239EEG_2

Can you tell me about the new Farrow & Ball wallpapers – Hornbeam, Feather Grass and Blostma. What is the inspiration behind them ?

Living and working in Dorset, I am constantly inspired by the beauty of nature and the changing seasons.  I wanted to create a collection that celebrates the special influence that the British countryside has on you, and translate this into the home.

These papers are inspired by a desire to embrace and appreciate the beauty of nature around us. They are also part of a wider design trend for trees, plants and leaves, as people take a moment and connect with the nature around them. Feather Grass, for example, has a wonderful large scale border design that makes you feel like you a lying in a country meadow !

People are increasing viewing their homes as places of sanctuary and this collection really encapsulates the calm, restful feeling that we all strive to achieve.

Pink Ground

Finally, what are your colour predictions for 2016 ? 

The colours we’ll be looking to decorate our homes going into 2016 will promote a sense of tranquillity and wellbeing.  Sophisticated pastels shades that can be used in isolation or combined with classic greys will continue to be popular throughout the year. The smoky, silvery Light Blue, a colour that is neither blue nor grey but mysteriously somewhere in between and works brilliantly when combined with some of our cooler neutrals such as Dimpse, Blackened and Lamp Room Gray.

Warm Pink Ground reflects the desire to turn away from the more sweet and sugary pinks and towards a more soft edged colour that while remaining pretty, exudes a sense of class. Combined with the darker tones of Charleston Gray and London Stone, Pink Ground is the ultimate sophisticated chic pink for the year ahead.

A huge thanks to Charlotte for taking time out of her busy schedule to answer my questions about her inspirations and very cool job at Farrow & Ball. It was such a pleasure to meet her recently at the Amara Interior Blog Awards when she presented me with my award.

Some really insightful information there about colour inspiration. Has to got you in the mood for painting and decorating ? What do you think of the new wallpaper collections ? Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog … as ever, I would LOVE to hear from you …

Lucy x

All images copyright of Farrow & Ball 2015.

Christmas Colour Inspiration Palettes

RED FLOWER christmas colours

A couple of Christmas Colour Inspiration Palettes today.

Every now and then I like to draw out some of the colours from my instagram photos and share them here for a little inspiration. You may have seen some of my other posts ? As we have festivities coming up – a good time to do it, before we are in the thick of it all.

Do you like to stick with your festive colour scheme each year or change aspects of it ? I tend to see little things throughout the year that I like, or will make something and then I get a bit ahead of myself, thinking about how the Christmas dinner table will look or the living room. Sometimes traditional wins and other times maybe some pastels or stronger colours, that look lovely against a white canvas.

So, here are two photos with different palettes that I like. The first one is Light blue and red. A mix of traditional and contemporary. These colours look so good together.

What do you think ?

christmas colour palettes

I bought this hand held bouquet from a farmer’s market recently. Another nice combination, which would look great on a Christmas tree or wreath. Warm and feminine.

Some more festive posts coming up over the next few weeks. I love this time of year ! Although I really need to get a bit more organised in the gift department.

Which is your favourite set of colours ? Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog – as always, I would love to hear from you ..

You can also find me on instagram for more inspiration.

Lucy x