Posts Categorised: Design/Interiors

Why It’s Important to Define Your Interior Design Style

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Some time ago now, I told you about my interior design course.

As you’ll know if you read the post before this one, I have been taking it quite easy over the last few months but am now back, ploughing on with it all. If I could be an eternal student, I would. But I really do want to complete this KLC interior design diploma soon and crack on with what I love doing professionally.

For someone who really enjoys playing with colours and indulging in fabric and wallpaper swatches, this part of the studies couldn’t be more ideal. I guess this is how things will be from now on – although much harder and in detail work is coming up and I’m looking forward to it. I’m hoping the technical side will be an exciting challenge.

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What is interesting at this stage, is that I’ve been really working what my personal style is so I can not only define my vision ( and not confuse it with a clients brief ) but also to look back once I have finished this course and see how I have progressed. I’ve found it harder than I thought because I am in to so many style eras and palettes. It’s a really helpful exercise and part of this curriculum so has to be completed properly. I write key words and have found I am quite often drawn to ‘ quirky, colourful and Scandi looks .. now there’s a surprise.

It’s really handy to have instant photos to pop in to my personal record journey to use as inspiration, so I carry my camera around with me a lot – and I’m forever finding colours and textiles that I love  – so they go in to the book too. This is my passion and I feel really lucky to be doing this now for a career.

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As I’m already very much in to interiors, it’s been useful so far to know where to look for ideas but there are so many great companies out there starting up and it has opened my eyes to them. I found a shop called Perch and Parrow who sell gorgeous homeware and I will definitely use in the future and love some of their fabric samples here. The velvet is so lush.

It’s also a great excuse to read even more home magazines. It’s my addiction anyway but I’ve taken it to new levels. Well, it’s all in the name of research ;)

So, that’s where I’m at right now. I am starting to also draw up plans which is the bit I was nervous about so here goes .. I am sure some will appear on my instagram if you follow me.

If you are reading this and tempted to find out about the KLC School of Design then I do recommend them. They run all kinds of interiors and garden design courses at their HQ in the famous Design Centre East by Chelsea Harbour or if you study online then they offer lots of support if ever needed. They do expect a high level of input from their students but in return offer a really good qualification at the end.

Now about you. If you had to describe your own personal style, how would you ? I’d love to hear your thoughts, it’s all great research !

Thanks for reading.

Lucy x

Five Favourite Posts on Lucy Loves Ya for 2016

As we are really close to Christmas now, I am hanging my boots up until the New Year  – although I no doubt will be posting pictures over the festive period on my instagram. I can’t stay away.

I thought you might like to see some of my favourite posts for this year – the ones I have enjoyed making the most. Although actually, I have enjoyed curating all of them.

If you remember way back in Spring, I did up my living room a little and made new curtains, cushions with Designer’s Guild fabrics and put up some new artwork ? Well, this is it again above and you can see it in full here.

 

More and more, I’ve loved trying out recipes in 2016 and sharing a few with you. My Dad is a meeeaan curry chef and passed on his wisdom with a lovely monkfish curry for this post. Omg – it was tasty. Do try it out.

Then there were the moodboards.

I came up with three colour palettes that I really liked for the bedroom. Are you thinking now that I am a huge fan of green ? Well, I am, but check out my other boards – and you will actually see the bedroom reveal early next year ( It was delayed due to some things taking longer than expected ) and I can’t want to show you.

In the Summer, we brightened up the design room with some new paint and and accessories. It feels much more contemporary now and still love the freshness. Unbelievably, I’ve managed to keep those fabrics in the cupboard all pretty neat too .. somehow.

If you’d like a little tour around the room then you can find the post here.

Like I say, lots of things I have enjoyed doing this year – but this is the fifth one I have chosen.

I was asked by The Joy to Plants to photograph some Speciality Orchids as they are Houseplant of the Month for November. It has made me really fall in love with them. In fact I’ve become a bit of a nerd when it comes to looking after them here at home. Such amazing and interesting flowers. I’ve never really been very good at looking after plants but the last year has made me much more aware of their needs and, well, they just look so lovely around the home don’t they ?

So, that’s my little roundup. Have you enjoyed any posts in particular ? Which ones do you like the most .. my days out, recipes, home DIYs or fashion shots ?

Once again this year, I’ve been lucky to interview some really inspiring designers and authors. In January I have another really good one.

I’d like to also say a big thanks to all of you who have added your amazing and colourful photographs to #InspirationIsColour on instagram – we are heading toward 8000 and it’s such a treat to see and share them on my other account @InspirationIsColour.

Have a really Happy Christmas. Hope you get to relax and enjoy some time with your loved ones.

Thanks for reading.

Lucy x

Pantone Colour of the Year 2017 Greenery

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1.Pantone Nail Polish – Butter London 2.
Vase – Habitat 3. Peridot Earrings – Leif 4. Sofa – Wayfair 5. Bugatti Toaster – Amara 6. Chopping Board – Jospeh Joseph 7. Moroccan Glass – Habitat

It’s been announced. The Pantone Colour of the Year for 2017 …. Greenery. I’m so excited. I was hoping it would be green in some form and I love the zing it has – have you noticed it has a hint of yellow to it ?

Unfortunately I couldn’t make the unveiling of this yesterday ( but thanks for my lovely pieces in the post, Pantone !) so instead have put together a collection of products in a greenery shade from some of my favourite stores.

Greenery ( or Pantone 15 – o343 ) is transitional – works in all seasons but I really can’t wait to see it used for Spring. For me it evokes nature and is fresh and full of hope which is most welcome, really.

I’d be interested to know your thoughts on it ? Are you happy too or sitting or the fence … or really not sure at all ? Can you see yourself using Pantone’s new colour of the year on your walls or wearing it ? I’m looking forward to using it with some other strong colours  – do you remember my bedroom mood boards recently ? I used a very similar green there.

So, how will we see Greenery feature in 2017 ? I can’t wait to see – I think there will be some bold patterns and bohemian style – that’s for sure …

Lucy x

Festive Living Room Blog Hop 2016

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I’ve been looking forward to today. It’s  my turn on the #UkHomeBlogHop organised and hosted by the very lovely Kimberly over at Swoon Worthy, along with 4 other bloggers who I will let you know about at the end of this blog post.

You may have come here directly from The Ordinary Lovely, and not have popped in to say hi here before which is great – welcome ! I’m Lucy and write and photograph about colourful interiors, fashion, travel and food. I also interview inspirational designers and artists.  If you are a regular reader then I will put you in the picture as to what this is all about.

There are many fabulous interior bloggers out there and we all like to support each other. So what better way than to spend this week while we are all starting to get festive in our own homes, by hopping from one blog to the next so you can discover some new ones and we can meet some new readers too.

I will directing you over to the next blog at the end of this post once you have had al little tour of my living room …

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Things are getting cosy here in our home. We spent our Sunday making gingerbread and getting the decorations out. Actually, let me rephrase that – we spent Sunday eating far too much gingerbread and faffing about with baubles and and loads of cables.

It was really fun though and as you can see, we have the fireplace looking ready for Christmas.

I hope some of my ideas here for decorating my home appeal to you and give you some inspiration if needed. As my girls are still quite young, this is essentially a kids themed room but hey, do any of us want to be grown up at Christmas ?

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The usual place for our large tree is in a corner of the room which is now filled with a sideboard so I rather fancied having two small trees sitting on top of the fireplace which makes it symmetrical. I popped some pom pom baubles on them and they just kind of attached themselves so no string needed. Nifty, huh ?

They’re kind of cute, don’t you think ? These are real trees from Bloom & Wild ( yes, they actually arrived in the post ! ) so I water them regularly and hopefully they will survive until the end of December.

Of course you need lights and warmth at this time of year. I’ve tried to keep things quite simple to avoid clutter in the room ( there’ll be enough once Father Christmas has been ;) ) so focused on lighting what is already in the room rather than adding loads of extra ornaments .. bar one or two !

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Hanging some bauble type lights down one side makes for a contemporary look and these can be used elsewhere all year round. I will probably move them to our bedroom once it is all finished ( another post to come soon ) …

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Wrapping some wire lighting around the logs makes it a feature and I have put some little toadstools amongst them.

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I couldn’t resist this little double bass as we all love music so much in the family.

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We’ve already wrapped some presents for relatives and have used Washi tape to add their initial in a big and bold way on the front. Will make searching though gifts on Christmas Day that bit easier.

Over the next few days you will see our larger Christmas tree and room being decorated over on instagram in my design room.

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But until then, a few more biscuits will be consumed on the sofa, once we have lit the fire.

Warm gingerbread and a hot chocolate for guests arriving from a long journey is always most welcome. I definitely recommend leaving some out at this time of year. It doesn’t last long ..

Now, I’d love you to visit the next blogger – Sarah Akwisombe on this Blog Hop  at 11 am tomorrow morning when her post becomes live.

In fact, check out all the others involved in this week’s #UKHomeBlogHop below because they’re all great and hopefully you will find some new blogs to enjoy.

Lucy x

 

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Speciality Orchid – Houseplant of the Month for November

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Did you know that for November – the Speciality Orchid is the Houseplant of the Month ?

I’ve been a fan of this type of plant for quite some time now now. Ever since I realised that there are so many different colours and types with such interesting histories. They add character to a room and some even offer health benefits.

At the moment I have four different types in our home that I would like to introduce you to. You may well know a lot more about them than me but I’ve tried to add a few facts too below in case you’re interested to know a little more about these fascinating houseplants …

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Cattleya.

This beauty is called Cattleya Hybrid. The petals are so silky. They make really striking houseplants with their thick leaves growing out of the tuber. I love the vibrancy of this magenta shade mixed with the yellow centre – they also come in white, orange, green and pastels and has the most varied appearance of all orchids. The deep and rich fragrance is amazing too – apparently has earned the Cattleya a rather special nickname – ‘ Queen of the Orchids ‘. As with many types of Speciality Orchids, the Cattleya prefers a light spot but not direct sunlight. The soil needs to almost dry out between waterings. It thrives best in high humidity  – and a handy tip is to keep them in their pot on an island of damp clay pebbles. My plant has a little way to go yet but they can reach up to 15 cm in height.

Did you know that the expression ‘ to cattleya ‘ is a euphemism for amorous encounters between Odette and Swann in Marcel Proust’s seven volumes novel ‘ Remembrance of Things Past ‘ ? True that !

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Brassia.

This is possibly my favourite Speciality Orchid with it’s starry bright petals and  burgundy spots and turned stems – almost other worldly ? It’s a Brassia Orange Delight and as with all from the Brassia family – is light and fine, so it moves a little when you walk past it. They tend to be good in light all year round ( this helps with flowering ) and prefer to stay a little moist.  They make lots of aerial roots which enjoyed being sprayed.

It is named after an illustrator called William Brass who was commissioned by Sir Joseph Banks at the end of the 18th century to collect unusual orchids. A job I would have quite liked myself but it was back in the 18th century …

This particular plant is in its early stages of flowering but it will eventually flower all along the stem – it has been nicknamed the the ‘s Spider Orchid ‘ for this reason. Out in the wild the Brassia uses it’s spidery shape to attract Spider Wasps which sting the lip and this then pollinates other Brassias. Isn’t nature amazing ?

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Dendobrium Noble.

Kind of like a mini tree this one. The stems look like bamboo with clusters of flowers growing out of the axil of each leaf. Like the Cattleya it has a lovely scent. In the wild, you will find it growing in the cool mountains of the Himalayas Jungle of New Guinea and all the desert of Australia. Interesting places to find them ? It means that they easily cope with a living room environment. They tend to flower for about 4 months and if you can wait another few months after they sometimes do again.

In total there are about 1,200 different species of Dendobrium. First discovered in 1799 by ‘ Olof Schwartz ‘. The name Dendobrium comes from from the Greek ‘ dendron’ ( tree ) and ‘ bios ‘ ( life ) and in the wild they grow harmlessly  on trees as an epiphyte to derive it’s moisture.  What is really cool about them is that they are known to be very good houseplants for removing toluene ( the most important ingredient in paint thinner ) and xylene ( a solvent for resins and fats ) from the air.

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Paphiopedilum

This Speciality Orchid is attractive with or without it’s flower because of its pretty leaves. Also ( and maybe more commonly ) known as ‘ Venus Slipper ‘ owing to the lip of the flower being in the shape of an elegant slipper. The name is derived from Paphos in Greece where the goddess Aphrodite arose from the sea and ‘ Pedalion ‘ which means ‘ slipper ‘ in Ancient Greece. Ironically though – you don’t find any wild Paphiopedilums anywhere in Greece ! It actually grows in South  – East Asia.

Being a shade Speciality Orchid so it can tolerate partial shade but not full sun. They love fresh air as long as it isn’t too cold. I tend to remove my Paphiopedilum from its pot when watering and let water run though the roots before putting it back once it has drained well.

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One bit of advice I would offer for this orchid and in fact all types  – is to add stones for draining to the bottom of your pots to stop them sitting in any pools of water.

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I always think that Speciality Orchids are too beautiful to play around with too much. It takes away from the star of the show – being the flower. But to add a little warmth, I’ve added some gold leaf to this pot and finished it with a rustic worn look. A  metallic enriches the flower shades even more and adds to their already eye catching opulence.

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I sprayed this old terracotta pot with glitter gold too. Just to enhance the pot and give it a little shimmer. What do you think ?

 

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Hopefully you have enjoyed my little Speciality Orchid post  – and have discovered something new about them ? You can also find out lots more about houseplants and see DIY projects at www.thejoyofplants.co.uk

Please do leave me a comment to let me know more about Speciality Orchids or if you have just enjoyed reading this ! Would love to hear from you.

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with The Joy of Plants. All opinions are my own.