Feel-Good & Fabulous Florals – Modern Decor

With geometric patterns being so prominent in interior design lately, I have been thinking – maybe it’s time to switch things up abit … and florals might be just the answer.

Ironically floral prints are nothing new. They have been around for-like-ever. But florals are taking a new direction – they are now projecting a modern, cool vibe and can be worked into contemporary, urban schemes just as well as they have with traditional interior design schemes over the years.

What I am loving the most about this new look is that the rules of how to incorporate floral patterns into your design scheme have been thrown out the window. Virtually anything goes now: whether it be layering bold florals on top of bold geometric patterns; mixing vintage floral upholstery pieces into exposed brick warehouse apartments with sleek modern fixtures; or layering large scale florals patterns on top of other large scale floral patterns.

Here is a glimpse at some of the possibilities of incorporating fabulous floral patterns into modern home interior design schemes.

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Wow! Who knew exposed brick walls of this warehouse apartment combined with the rustic table would look so good alongside these oversized floral light shades.

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To create a modern vintage look combine geometrics (like this rug above) with floral upholstery (see the sofa). This combination is so fresh and current !

 

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For a modern boho look, layer florals with other patterns and textures. This low set modular floral sofa from Roche Bobois looks fabulous in this exposed brick loft as does the floral patchwork sofa alongside a traditional geometric tile effect chimney.

 

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Love this updated Ikea Karlstad sofa in Designers Guild Flamingo Park Fuchsia cover by Bemz.

 

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Bright, floral patterned Kantha quilts from India are so fun and festive and perfect for any modern home. Love this mix of the floral and the polka dot pillow. See this one and many more adorable designs at Decor8.

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Bring a floral rug bang up to date by pairing it with a low set sofa and textural pillows and lighting.

 

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Even the most traditional and girly floral print sofas can be given a fresh, modern feel when mixed with white lacquer surfaces and contemporary lighting.

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Top:  Delicia Meadow watercolour floral wallpaper by Vymura is a bold statement. Bottom: Floral sofa with some pop art pictures and some vintage furniture make for a very hip, eclectic space.

 

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Feeling daring? How about papering a wall with a bold floral print wallpaper. I am thinking one wall of a room or and entrance hall would be a great space for this treatment. Wallpaper from renowned Dutch brand, Pip Studio.

 

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Get the Scandi look with whitewashed floorboards, neutral decor and just a hint of color in this single floral print chair.

 

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I am not sure I would be brave enough to try this effect in my home but I respect it nonetheless. Possibly something we will see more of in the future as people start with experiment with wallpaper application in a fresh, new way.

 

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While the floral print above is very traditional I love the concept of wallpapering your staircase.  Its a great way in incorporating a hint of pattern yet making a huge statement at the same time. And with so many wonderful wallpapers out there, you could create any look to suit your own style.

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Mix it up! The fuchsia colored mid century chair style partners perfectly with the modern green sideboard giving the dark and dramatic floral wallpaper a modern twist.

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I am definitely a fan of retro floral prints and while originals might be hard to find, check out the fantastic collection of large scale, bold floral prints by Orla Kiely.

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Floral designs shouldn’t be confined to fabrics and wall coverings. How about incorporating a large scale spring rose mosaic of Bisazza tiles into your bathroom. A modern day art piece and certainly a conversation starter!

 

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Painterly effect florals have come back in a big way. I love this Rubelli ‘Malvasia’ floral fabric paired with copper accents and a bold chevron rug. This is a great example of how to update a chevron design.

 

So are you a fan of florals or do they still remind you of your grannies house? Tell us how you would incorporate floral patterns into your home.

 

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Decorative lighting trends at designjunction

Designjunction is set to raise the bar again at this year’s London Design Festival with a line-up of top international brands, plus emerging designers, pop-up shops, flash factories, eateries and seminars.  New for September 2013 is lightjunction, part of the show dedicated to lighting design and showcasing the very best in decorative lighting.

A vital part of any interior design scheme is how you are going to light the space.  From ‘unseen’ lighting sources highlighting architectural features (think of light-washing wall finishes, surfaces, shadow-gaps, staircases, joinery/shelving etc) through to decorative lighting that become the ‘jewels’ of the space. Over the past 12-18 months, I’ve seen how decorative lighting has become quite pared back with the naked bulb going into overdrive (see here), so I was interested to see lightjunction’s 6 key lighting design trends (as shown below) produced in collaboration with Cameron Peters Fine Lighting, UK lighting experts and specifiers.

September 18 isn’t far away and I’m already very excited to see the latest offerings from Artemide, Dare Studio, Davey Lighting and Vitamin (see all brands here) set against the raw and edgy industrial backdrop of the old 1960s postal sorting office in New Oxford Street (get a glimpse from last year here) – it’s a match made in heaven!  Six weeks and counting! But until then…

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Trend #1: Simple glass shades for filament lamps A traditional metal filament lamp is beautiful to look at and casts a warm glow. They are now being used extensively, with no shade or with a very simple shade. Rosthschild & Bickers have picked up on this. Their new Pick-n-Mix range (pictured above) is the simplest in their collection yet comes in a variety of shapes, colours and finishes.

Trend #2: Carved and polished wood In 2012, designers discovered the fun of back-to-basics lights made using untreated pale woods. 2013 sees a return to the beauty of finely carved and polished darker woods. Channels is adding lights to their collection (pictured above). The lack of heat produced by LEDs means they can now make the structure, and even the shade out of oak or walnut.

Trend #3: Light modules for compositions A completely new type of light is creating exciting possibilities! Each design is a module that, when connected to others, forms a spectacular installation that can cover wide areas. You decide where they go, so the result is site-specific. The leading source is Vibia, who are offering modules for use on walls and ceilings, indoors and out.

Trend #4: Classic designs of the 20th century The most significant trend in lighting over the last few years has been the re-issuing of classic designs from the past. All the great architects of the 20th century created lights, which should be available to us. Increasingly they are, from companies like Kalmar, who are plundering 130 years of archives to form their beautifully made Werkstätten collection.

Trend #5: LEDs making eco lights possible LEDs produce very little heat. This means that lights can be made out of a much wider range of materials, including those that are environmentally sound. The results can be unusual. &tradition make the appropriately-named Trash Me (pictured above) out of recycled paper. When you have finished with it, recycle it again! They say, “like our global culture, it is a product that is ephemeral.

Trend #6: Paper lights Paper lanterns have a beautiful light weight quality to them. They don’t always last long (except for Vitra’s Noguchi designs) and few European lighting companies use paper. But Artemide have risen to the challenge. They have cooperated with the Japanese master of folding, Isseey Miyake, to use a paper-like material to create a delicate range of LED lamps called In-Ei (Japanese for shadows, shades, nuances) that unfold from flat 2D shapes into 3D shades

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Mood Board: Outdoor living rooms

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Outdoor living rooms…who wants one? We do – that’s for sure!  Style your patio or deck area with a good mix of seating including outdoor sofas, lounge chairs, floor cushions and poufs like the Kite Kilim Floor Pouf (4) from West Elm (also loving the whole range of poufs – see them here).  Rock on with The Rockcoco outdoor chandelier by Fatboy (2), hung from an overhead canopy or pergola and the Moo indoor/outdoor wall light (3) adds some fun.  Add more layers of lighting with these warm white LED festoon lights (5) ready for party time later in the day.

I could spend hours on Etsy searching out products from independent designer/makers and in doing so found these cushions (1) by PopOColor.  This set is made with ikat fabric by Nate Berkus.  PopOColor has a wide selection of cushions made in indoor/outdoor fabrics by Trina Turk, Schumacher and Jonathan Adler (great find!).

The black rattan lounge chair (7) and side table with glass top (6) is designed and made by MADE.COM – designer styling without the price tag, get yours before they sell out!  The red metal side table (9) with removable tray is just what you need for carrying refills to your guests – find it here along with lots of other dinky side tables.

Another find at West Elm is this graphic patterned MIAC Crossroads rug (11) created  in collaboration with Santa Fe’s Museum of Indian Arts & Culture.  Add more layers with additional rugs like this LUDDE sheepskin rug (8) by Ikea.com (would also look great on a chair) or the The Hex and The Chaplin (not on the mood board but also lovely rugs).

A fire bowl (10) like this one from Idyll Home creates a focal point and keeps you warm as the sun goes down.  And to ensure your plants are well dressed, get these geometric shaped planters (12) by Qui Est Paul?.  Enjoy the summer of 2013!  and pssssst… our favourite USA retailer West Elm not only ship to the UK but are also opening their first UK store in London later this year.  Happy days.

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Inspiration: outdoor living rooms

Inside out or outside in?  Creating an ‘outdoor living room’  is a great way to extend your living space and make those summer days last long into the night.  The sun has finally arrived here in the UK (albeit its arrival rather late, but very welcome) and I’m visualising a new outdoor room scheme with a space to relax, entertain and dine. Changing things around and updating your outdoor living room style could never be easier or quicker with some of the ideas I mention below.  Here are some inspirational images of outdoor spaces…

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A simple wooden construction creates a low sofa come daybed (also think of using wooden pallets here) and topped with a foam seat pad in a bright zingy tomato-red fabric.  The overhead pergola creates a ‘ceiling’ and walls on two sides (or more) makes the space feel very room-like.  Find a great range of designer outdoor furniture and side tables (some suitable for occasional outdoor use) at Made.com.

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I’ve never stopped loving the outdoor inflatable chesterfield by Blofield –  what a great design (you can find one here, along with the sofa and kids version too).  Check out the white painted deck and the hand painted rug, another big tick in the good design box.  I’ve noticed that Farrow and Ball are creating lots of painted rug effects using floor paint on what is referred to as the ‘5th wall’ (see more painted floor ideas here). The outdoor light by Bloom! on the side table, teamed with the chair creates the look of an outdoor room.  A hot pink feature wall provides the shot of colour.  Add a topiary stags head and a lollipop tree (very Dr. Seuss) and you’ve created a very modern outdoor living space. outdoor_door_living_rooms_design_lovers_blog_4 copy

My favourite element of this outdoor space is the built in seat and panels of fabric dropping from the overhead shade.  Imagine how easy it is to change this look around, and update those panels with inexpensive sheers in different hues that add movement as they blow in the wind.  Add some outdoor lighting and voila!!

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White decking and panels with graffiti art makes for a very urban outside space.  Loving the simplicity of the white and chrome base sofa with cushions picking up the bold colours from this statement making feature wall.  You can find digitally printed wall panels like this here.

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Party time!  This is definitely taking the inside out. There’s lots of seating areas here, with different types and different heights of seating, and lots of layering (lots of layering is so good!).  Notice the rugs, on the floor and sheepskin rug on the chair along with lots of soft cushions.  A lovely global eclectic style.

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Grey decking, brushwood screens and lots of seating with this built in L-shaped bench .  The glass or perspex dining table doesn’t take up any visual space and the Magis puppy stool (as found here) and the orange mirror frames inject some colour.  Visually expand your space with mirror (mirrored acrylic is a good material to use outside).

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A monochromatic scheme for this decked patio.  Add some geometric print tiles to a wall or a purpose made partition, plus an outdoor rug and you get the wow factor.

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A good mix of rustic and modern design with white Panton chairs and wooden top table with iron base (and integrated ice bucket!).  This space gets a bolt of colour with bright geometric print cushions and hanging lamp over the table.

See the mood board for outdoor living rooms here.

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Lust list – Copper Crush: Home Decor

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Metallics are huge in interior design right now, and copper (more prominent in the past) is making a big comeback. Thank you Tom Dixon for putting the vogue back into copper! Copper is showing up in modern home decor and furnitureeverything from light pendants, art and coffee mugs to side tables and beds. Copper is the perfect color for injecting a little warmth and interest to the grays and whites that have become popular for large surfaces in the home these past few years. With it’s reflective sheen and rich tone, copper immediately adds a touch of glamour to any room.

Copper accents look fabulous: mixed in with natural elements like wood and stone to create a soothing, organic interior scheme; mixed with pattern for a more vintage / bohemian look; mixed with monochrome for a sophisticated look; mixed with bright colors and modern art (like the Twiggy print) for a more fun, contemporary feel; or mixed with deep, dark colors and black for high drama.

Got a crush on copper too? Come shopping with us right here:

1. Cantori City Side Tableicon  // 2. Gideon Copper Funnel Pendant  // 3. Cantori Urbino Super King Bedicon  // 4.  Missoni Oakley Wave Stripe Cushion  // 5. Copper Vase Small and Copper Vase Large // 6. Cantori City Bedside Tableicon // 7. Ball Metal Pendant Lighticon // 8. Davey School Ceiling Light // 9. Cantori City Coffee Tableicon // 10. Twigs Painting/Print // 11. LSA Remi Copper Bowl & LSA Copper Coffee Cup and Saucer //  12. Cantori Aurora Chairicon

 

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For a little more copper inspiration check out these images below.  The Tom Dixon copper pendant lighticon shown in several images below, definitely got the design world focussed on the beauty of copper again. It is the hero of most of these interior schemes.

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Colorful dining chairs – Modern Mix Up

It is funny how in a period of about five years the term ‘matching’ has almost become a dirty word in the interior design vocabulary. Mixing it up is what it’s all about right now and this applies to all rooms in the home; the dining room and dining chairs are no exception.

A mix-up of modern dining chair styles and colors definitely adds pizazz and personality to both formal and open plan kitchen / diners. And as someone who loves color, I can’t think of anything better than being given the choice of sitting on the chair that most suits my mood and personality (as long as it is comfortable!).

Here are some of Design Lovers Blog’s favorite inspiration pictures of colorful, mixed up dining chairs. Go have some fun with it!!!

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Mixing metal and wood in vibrant colors gives this space a fresh, modern look with a relaxed, rustic edge.

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Love the mix of chairs in neutral tones allowing the oversized pendant lights and wall treatments to dominate.

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This room is perfection to me – the stark white walls and glossy floorboards serve as the perfect backdrop to these cheerful, colorful Tolix Maraix chairs and metal pendants.

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Think the same style of chair in different colors is too boring? Prefer something more eclectic? Add fun and interest by combining different styles of chairs in different colors.

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Image: From the most casual of spaces to the grandest of dining rooms, colorful chairs always impress.

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Love the unexpected shot of orange on the base on this table and the crisp white and yellow chairs.

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This room oozes style and sophistication!

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For a more youthful look choose chairs in primary colors.

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In this eat in kitchen the soft furnishings are chosen to compliment the multi-colored chairs or vice-versa. The sorbet colors create a very feminine space.

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For a sophisticated, masculine look, mix natural wood and metal chairs with just one accent color.

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A beautiful selection of Eames molded plastic dowel leg side chairs become the focal point in this minimal room.

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Blend traditional with modern by using traditional furniture pieces with bright upholstery.

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This image makes me think how effective and easy it would be to take three similar / the same stools and modify each one to create interest. Dip the legs of one in colored paint, wrap wool around the legs of another and keep the third as is. Might be time to me to do some DIY.

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I love this eclectic mix of furniture styles and colors and the bright pendant light. So fun and fresh.

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Colorful Tolix stools looks fab next to this weathered table.

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A true rainbow of colors in these mid-century chairs.

GET THE LOOK – HERE ARE SOME OF OUR FAVORITE DESIGNS

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No. 1  Vitra DSR Plastic Chairicon by Charles Ray Eames | Heals (UK); No. 2 Vitra DSW Chairicon by Charles Ray Eames | Heals (UK); No. 3  Kubikoff Angel POP Chairicon | Occa Home (UK) No. 4 Vitra Panton Dining Chairicon | Occa Home (UK); No. 5  Vitra Vegetal Chairicon | Occa Home (UK); No. 6 Kubikoff Angel Chair with optional seat padicon | Occa Home (UK)

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No. 7  Reidar Chair, yellow | Ikea; No. 8  Roxo Chair, turquoise | Ikea; No. 9  111 Navy Chair® | Design within Reach; No. 10 Lisboa Side Chair | Design Within Reach; No. 11  Calligaris Wein Dining Chairicon | Heals (UK); No. 12 Heal’s Ellie Chair By Bethan Grayicon | Heals (UK)

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No. 13 Kartell Masters Chairicon By Philippe Starck Chair Sage Green | Heals (UK); No. 14  Tolix Classic ‘A’ Chair | Graham and Green (UK); No. 15  Classic Metal Cafe Chair (Pair) | Interior Addict (UK); No. 16 Vitra DAR Armchairicon by Charles & Ray Eames | Heals (UK); No. 17  Waterfall Armchair | Graham and Green (UK) No. 18  Wishbone Chair | Design within Reach

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mood board: black & green

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This modern ikat design pillow (7)  from Designed Goods in Los Angeles landed on my desk last week and sparked the idea for a green and black mood board.  With the Echo pillow as my starting point, I was inspired to go bold and graphic and create a look with an industrial edge and a little rock chick at the same time! Here are our top picks to create this look:  

SURFACE & PAINT COLOURS:   Fired Earth just added Mad King George to its paint collection, a discovery from its archived pigments and the perfect emerald green hue.  Use this to create a bold accent piece by painting a chair or dresser turning the ordinary into something extraordinary.   My all time favourite at the dark grey/black end of the paint colour spectrum is Railings by Farrow & Ball, a very dark grey, but softer than black and it just always seems to work everytime I use it (and I have tested every dark grey/black possible!).

PRODUCTS:  I’ve always been a fan of the Cameroon Juju hat (4) as a wall decoration, and this one is a new arrival at Rockett St George  //   The American weathered oak dining tableicon with steel legs (9) from Heals teamed with this cute Black metal stoolicon (6) and New York black and copper wall light icon(8) by House Doctor DK adds an industrial edge  //  The Lambert chair (3) is a simple design and becomes a little special when painted in a green hue (can be ordered in any pantone colour) //  I love these industrial style Danish spun pendants (1) – they would look great over a dining table, kitchen island or hung low over a big desk  //  The Echo Pillow (7), a limited edition, is dual-sided with black & white ikat fabric on the reverse and embroidered chervons – a definite favourite of mine and I will be using this when styling a room over the next few months – watch out for the pics! //   For the graphic element, get this bold chevron cotton rug (10) (an online exclusive at Urban Outfitters) and the Rock Flag print icon(2) a best seller at Bodie and Fou //  I first saw these amazing Agnes ceramic vasesicon (5) with a brush stroke design when the new Bodie and Fou catalogue dropped through my door, and these are also on my personal wish list!

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Flutter-tastic bird & butterfly decor

Back in the 60’s and 70’s it was the flying duck wall ornaments that were in vogue.  Now it appears that wallpaper, fabrics and home accessories featuring our winged friends (birds and butterflies) are making a splash all over again.

So popular, that fashion designers like Julien MacDonald, Jean Paul Gaultier and Christian Lacroixicon are getting in on the act, designing flamboyant and fun wallpapers to appeal to today’s modern consumer. There is even a wallpaper of butterflies designed by renowned international contemporary artist, Damien Hirst.

The variety of wall coverings featuring our winged friends means they are no longer just for traditional homes or little girls rooms; there is a style for everyone.  From retro prints, to 3D, to painterly effect patterns – here are some of our favorites.

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I am loving the bold colors and 3D effect of the butterflies in this Christian Lacroix Butterfly Parade Fabric icon and Wallpaper available from Designers Guild. Image source: Design Lovers Blog spied this wallpaper at Maison et Objet.

 

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Hot off the press, this months Living etc Magazine features the home of Chassie Post, lifestyle editor of fashion website Gilt. Her bold use of Birds and Butterflies wallpaper by Schumacher and the mixing of old and new furniture pieces makes this home a stand-out!. Image credit: Matthew Williams for Living Etc Magazine.

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Image: As above. Fearless use of wallpaper!   Image credit: Matthew Williams for Living Etc Magazine.

 

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This butterfly art has so much movement and energy and the dreamy color palette compliments the banquette seating perfectly. One gorgeous space! Image source: Designed by Celerie Kemble & Anna Burke via Lonny. Photographer Patrick Cline.

 

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A painterly effect moth wallpaper together with the bright chevron bedding and pillows gives this bedroom a happy, fresh, modern feel.  Image Source: via Fargerike 

 

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When I first saw these adorable birdcage lights in person at Maison et Objet earlier in the year, I have been trying to figure out where in my home I could include one. Prettier than having real birds and a whole let less work! The Bird Cage floor light and Bird Cage chandelier is available from Graham and Green.

 

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Who says pattern can’t be laid on pattern?  A fabulous room for someone is not afraid of color and pattern. Image source: Carla Lane Interiors

 

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Image: A Twitter Summer wallpaper from Schumacher; Bird wallpaper via Jolly Bureau 

 

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The lucite chair and mirrored vanity set the tone for this modern space.  Two of my favorite girly prints include What a Hoot wallpaper and fabric collection by Harlequin (small image) and the Farfalla wallpaper by Nina Campbell (large image). Image source: Large image – Interior Design by Fawn Galli Interiors.

 

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Colorful and bright – this wallpaper makes would make an impact in even the smallest of spaces. How fun would it be in a cloak room or sun room? ‘FlutterBy’ Pearl wallpaper by Julien MacDonald available from Graham and Brown. Image Source: Graham and Brown.

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Prefer art over wallpaper? Here’s a clever example of how you can make your own unique piece of butterfly art by cutting out the butterfly wallpaper (Flutterby by Julien McDonald for Graham and Brown) and laying butterflies onto a board.  This piece of art was created by using a piece of MDF cut to size, which was then professionally spray painted and mounted to the wall with batons. Genius! Image Source: Samantha Giddins of Design Lovers Blog/Mink Interiors.

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Nature inspired! Make a statement with a large piece or butterfly art or even better, how about a whole gallery wall of them?. Limited Edition Papillon Print – Vert –  Rockett St George // Morpho Art Print by Robert Cadloff – Easy Art. 

 

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The Origami bird wallpaper and the New Birdcage wallpaper are playful and fun with a retro vibe.  Image source: Origami wallpaper via Charlottes Fancy; Birdcage wallpaper available from Cachette.

 

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Black and white bird fever! a. Bird Cage Light by Young & Battaglia – Rockett St George // b.  Juneberry & Bird Wallpaper by Lorna Syson – Rockett St George // c. Bone China Swallow Bird Lampshade Decoration – Rockett St George // d. Magpie Belle Limited Edition Artwork – Rockett St George // e. Avari black wooden coat stand - Habitat UK
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Ooh for cool modern, science lab chic, I would choose this Fabulous butterfly Wallpaper collection by Onszelf. 

 

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Bird wallpapers are coming in some cool retro style prints too. Rocking birds from West Elm // Penguin wallpaper in turquoise available from Caroline McGrath.

 

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If you are a lover of modern art and you don’t mind that butterflies were most likely killed for this piece, you might fancy the Butterfly Wallpaper by British artist Damien Hirst. It is rather expensive, but fortunately it is also available as a print and postcard. Check this  out and other fab pieces from his collection at Other Criteria

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If you like a little whimsy you will love this collection of items. Madame butterfly handmade lampshade by Beauvamp via Not on the High Street // Butterfly print pillow from CB2 //  Butterfly desk by Bryonie Porter via mydeco.com.

 

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Gold accents and gold foil wallpaper with black accents help to create a grown up, sophisticated look. Image source: Wallpaper from Mimou. Right: Papilio Foil wallpaper from Unique Fabrics.

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a. Pigeon light iconby Ed Carpenter – Bodie and Fou //b. Jean Paul Gaultier Envol Blue Cushion – Heals UK // c.  Christian Lacroix Butterfly Parade Cushion  – Designers Guild

 

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For a cheerful, uplifting entrance hall you can’t beat the Daydream Almost White / Sunshine wallpaper designed by Julia Rothman – available at Hygge and West.

 

Want to know more about Jill from Design Lovers Blog? Read the Designer Crush Q&A with Jill at California Home + Design Magazine.

Jill Brandenburg is a Freelance Interiors Writer & Stylist and Co-Editor of Design Lovers Blog.

California Home+Design: It’s a good day!

It’s a good day when you find yourself in California Home+Design’s: Designer Crush feature.  (Did I happen to mention that CH+D is my absolute favorite interiors publication in the USA? Yup – that’s right!) Anyway, that was a few weeks ago, so here I am spreading my good news and giving you the chance to catch up on what you might have missed.

In the Q&A I share some background details of who I am, my design aesthetic, some favorite projects to date, what my dream design project would be (hopefully the universe is listening!) and more.

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Here’s a snippet..

1. Where do you currently live in CA and what’s your favorite thing about how you’ve designed your personal space?

I live in the Marina District of San Francisco in a Spanish Mediterranean style condo. It’s my temporary residence while I look for something to buy. It is a pretty neighborhood and very walkable – a few blocks from: the bay, Palace of Fine Arts, and Presidio and a short bike ride to the Golden Gate Bridge.  

My personal style is mostly modern with a bit of a mid century glamour and whimsy thrown in. My home is relaxed, with pops of bright colors against white and gray.  Despite sharing the space with my rambunctious three year old, I have managed to maintain a mostly grown-up design aesthetic by incorporating plenty of storage, and keeping furniture and accessories fairly paired down. Toys and crafts are discreetly stored away in woven baskets in shelving and preschool artwork is consolidated into one big gallery wall in my hall.  It is still work in progress. I am looking forward to implementing bigger, more permanent, structural solutions when I finally buy.

2. What’s your dream design project? Who would it be for (dead or alive)?

Designing the interior of a boutique art hotel or private home along the coast of California, Australia or other exotic location across the globe with my blogging partner, designer, and dear friend Sam Giddins from London. Our client would be someone who loves to entertain and who doesn’t not take him/herself too seriously. A Hugh Jackman type personality!

There would be lots of glass, magnificent views, huge white walls with large scale modern art pieces that we would have to source from different artists around the globe. I would finally be able to purchase one of the glitter art pieces I have had my eye on from San Francisco based artist Rene Garcia Jr. Each room would be unique, colorful, playful yet stylish. I would commission Trina Turk to design the staff uniforms in her signature style and we would arrange one hell of an opening party. 

3. In real life, what’s your favorite project you’ve completed to date?

A totally different and fun project was designing seven room sets at a major Interiors exhibition in London for an international fashion retailer who was launching home stores across the UK. Our room designs had to reflect key fashion trends for the season. I worked with Ann Maurice, my friend and associate for years on UK’s home makeover TV show ‘House Doctor’. It was a chance for us to explore the relationship between fashion and home and be a little more playful with our designs. I love the fact that fashion and interior design industries are becoming more closely intertwined than ever before.  

WANT TO SEE MORE?

Continue reading the Q&A at California Home + Design.  You will also find other great features focusing on California interior design, designers, bloggers and more.

Thank you California Home + Design.

Jill Brandenburg is a Freelance Interiors Writer & Stylist and Co-Editor of Design Lovers Blog.

Interior Design inspiration via Pinterest!

Hey everyone! Today is all about Pinterest and we are delighted to be part of  the Pin It Forward campaign –  a collaboration with over 300 bloggers to get the UK pinning!  Have you come across Pinterest before?  It’s already a big success stateside, and if you haven’t signed up as yet, now is the time to discover the most exciting online visual space for collecting and ‘pinning’ all the things you love.  For me, Pinterest is an invaluable source of inspiration for Design Lovers Blog (check out our boards here) and in my work as an interior designer and stylist (see here).  What excites me the most about Pinterest is that it opens up whole new world of interior design eye candy from around the globe –  one day I could be pinning Scandinavian interiors, or the next getting some inspiration from Brazil,  Athens or Australia!

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If you are planning an interior design scheme you can create your own boards  i.e. bedrooms or  kids rooms‘ and ‘pin’ images from Pinterest or upload images of things you love  from across the web. A relatively new feature on Pinterest is ‘secret boards’ (only you can see these)  and I set up a secret board for each client project and pin images of designs that are inspiring me.  I also encourage my clients to join Pinterest so we can collaborate on a board and pin together – this is a great way to kick off a design project and get it moving faster.

Here are a few examples of how I have used Pinterest for recent interior design projects.  In the early stages of an interior design and styling project, I create concept/mood boards to  represent different design details within the overall design scheme.  This could be a colour palette, a particular style, or a specific detail as in this example below featuring an internal glass door and full height window(s).  For this project I have been working with my clients architect and proposed a change to the plans which involves removing an internal wall between the hallway and the study/guest room and adding a glass wall in its place. The light from the study window will wash through into the hallway and the glass keeps the spaces seperate but will feel much larger.   My concept/mood boards are an excellent way to communicate my ideas to my clients. pin_it_forward_uk_pinterest_internal_glass_window For a different project I designed a bespoke kitchen with banquette seating to create a relaxed and comfy seating area in the kitchen.  I communicated this concept to  my client through images I discovered on Pinterest.  I was also able to show my client the many possibilities of how a banquette seat could look, including details such as thickness of seat pads, what a particular type of filling looks like (i.e a foam filling with a feather wrap gives a much more plump and squishy effect).

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I am currently working on the design of a gallery wall and used these images  below to inspire my client and show how this would look great in their open plan living, kitchen and dining space.   I will be mixing up some family black and white photos with prints/artwork.  Here are some examples of fantastic gallery walls images:

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Other room designs in the mix include a master bedroom with a large heardboard and floating side tables and a kids room.  You can see what is inspiring me for these projects on our boards on Pinterest.

So, what are you waiting for! Sign up to Pinterest right here, follow our boards, create your own boards and discover great things.  Happy pinning!

The Pin It Forward UK Campaign was handed over to me by blogger and photographer Cormac Scanlan and I am handing over to 416 Studios, a London based website and  graphic design company read their blog here and see their Pinterest boards here.

* interior designer & stylist
* owner of www.minkinteriors.com – online interiors boutique, retail store + design studio
* freelance writer & content producer (interiors/design/lifestyle)
* co-Editor of Design Lovers Blog
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