As reliable as January sales and fad diets, a new year means marketeers making bold claims about new trends. Some are chin-strokingly questionable (we’re looking at you Pantone and your colour of the year). Pinterest’s round-up is wholly more sane and these are some home decor styles we hope to see more of in 2018.
Wasn’t life easier when you thumbed through a catalogue, turned the pages over on everything you wanted, and Santa did the rest? Or maybe that was just us. Consider this the grown-up equivalent, forward to the gift buyers in your life or treat yo self.
If you’re anything like us, you’re always pinning DIY projects to a Pinterest board that you'll never get round to doing. Christmas wreaths are firmly on that list. Every. Single. Year. We have all the best intentions, but the reality is we do better with some encouragement (and a teeny bit of hand-holding) when venturing into uncharted, crafting waters.
We spend excessive amounts of time house-hunting. Zoopla is bookmarked and Rightmove is a constant in our "frequently used" apps. Also, we're kinda nosy. So when this Georgian townhouse overlooking B-Town's dreamiest square came on the market, we didn't hang about in taking a peek. Now get yourself a cup of coffee, take a seat, and join us for a look-see.
You know all about Digmas. But do you know about the Paperdolls portion of proceedings? It’s a curated market bursting with lovely independent makers and their wares from illustrators and florists, to candles and clothes. Here's just some of their Christmas line-up, at the Custard Factory, November 25.
Just like us, Birmingham-based Houston’s House are Scandinavian design lovers. They sell lovely Hübsch, a Danish homewares brand that embraces the magic of the seasons. And we wholly recommend you do the same.
Helen Powell is Design Hunter. Her eye for contemporary, minimal design has earned her awards, plaudits and loyal followers, the latter in their tens of thousands. She’s based just down the road in that there Leamington Spa, so we had a chat with her about all things house, home and dog. Join us for a nose around chez elle and apply her teachings IRL, like some interior design sensei.
You know that hashtag #ihavethisthingwithfloors? We have this thing with floors, walls and friezes. Honeycomb shapes, geometric prints and splashes of watercolour are the order of the day.
Art is hecking pricey, wallpaper is a huge commitment we’re not willing to make just yet, and mirrors are too easy an option. Pretty up your biggest, window-free wall with these Pinterest-worthy alternatives.
Each of these books is an invitation to slow down and enjoy the best things about autumn. Long meals with friends, fires and creating a cosy house when the days are short and the nights are long.
Hygge is old news and lagom never even really happened. But cosiness will always be in favour this time of year. Forget the log fire, these are our favourite scents to make home cosy (and at a fraction of the cost).
It’s September. You might not be back to school, but summer hols are done did'd, and you’re probably firmly re-installed at your ol' faithful desk. The recycled office air, fluorescent lighting and excessive screen time aren't anyone's friend. Go beyond a trip to the water cooler to get a little work happy.
Subterranean furniture and homeware store Minima is an assured ambrosia of contemporary design classics. Our dream living room set-up would look a little something like this, just add white walls and industrial architectural deets.
Birmingham has a combined total of 17.5million H&Ms and Paperchases. And hey — they have their place. But we're all about shining lights and words and twinkles on the little (wo)man. The independent scene is on the up. Online or fo' reals, here are the loveliest places to spend your hard-earned cash money.
We want every item, in every shade, of every type of blue. And apparently we're not unusual — jewel tones are a key shade for interiors this year, and actually getting gloriously hard to avoid.
If we had our way it would be on the national curriculum, but hanging art is a skill nobody's taught. Benefit from our lifetime of fastening faux-pas as we put some science (learnt the hard way) behind the guesswork.