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How to Style- The Perfect Beauty Vanity

A beauty vanity is key in any woman’s home and in any interior design project. Whether it’s in your bedroom or dressing room, it’s key to have a lovely organised space to get ready in the mornings and evenings. You may have an extensive beauty collection or maybe just a few key pieces, either way it is important to have your products organised for you to access easily, why not even use your best items to display as accessories in your space. We take a look at some great beauty vanities and how to make the most out of them.

If your dressing room needs a vanity/dressing table then why not go for something simple and minimal. White will work well in any interior space but find a nice simple dressing table that will match the style of your room. A table with drawers will be perfect as it means you can tuck away all your make up so that your table doesn’t look cluttered when you’re not using it. You can then mount or stand a nice large mirror at the back of the table to do your make up in, team this with a smaller free-standing mirror for those close up needs. Then, depending on the size of your table, select some of your favourite items (maybe lipsticks in a stand) and have these on display just to add a bit of décor to your beauty table.

If you don’t have a dressing room or you’re a bit tight for space there are lots of things that you can try. Interior design is all about making the most of the space you’re working with. Why not set up a shelf with some drawers and a series of smaller shelves going up the wall to give you some more storage space. If you pair this with a small stool that can be tucked away under the shelves then you can be sure you won’t be taking up too much unnecessary space. Mount your mirror on the wall so you don’t take up any of the shelf space and store your favourite and most used items closest to you. This way you can have a beautiful vanity and a great space to get ready without taking up loads of space with a bulky vanity and chair to go with it.

On the other hand, if you do have lots of space, then make the most of it. The more makeup you have the more space you will need, so plan for that when choosing a vanity or makeup table. Go for something with more drawer space if you know you have a lot of items to store away. You can even find an unconventional table or desk to use as a vanity, just mount a mirror on the wall behind it and you’ve got exactly what you need. Then, if you want to make your table a statement piece in your space, try decorating with some trinkets or even a vase with flowers. Or even use the products you have to decorate. Maybe you have some products that came in a beautiful box or that have luxury packaging, these will be ideal when decorating a dressing table.

If the girly, neutral style isn’t for you then why not try something different. Try and choose items that will fit best with your space and your personal style. I love seeing quirky pieces in interiors, I think they are what makes interior design so special. Also, you don’t have to have gold everything to create a luxury space. Team together some unconventional pieces and see what you can come up with. Although you can purchase full vanity sets, it doesn’t mean you should. Find items that you like and that match your style and just team them together to make something that you love. As long as you have all the key elements, then you can create something new and unique that is perfect just for you. Interior design is all about experimenting and finding what is right for your own home.

Then you need to think about how you want to store your makeup. Organised makeup storage is key in a vanity table as it is important to know where all your products are, especially if you have a more extensive collection. It is also important to keep things organised for aesthetic reasons as the more organised your vanity is, the better it will look. There are loads of different make up storage solutions online that will help you organise your products either in drawers or to sit on top of your vanity. This will help you to sort your makeup and organise it just how you want it to be. This then can be used to decorate the top of your vanity too, as you can purchase some really beautiful makeup organisers.

If you don’t want to purchase make up organisers, or you just want to try some more unconventional storage options then you can always find things at home to use or purchase other items to store your makeup in. Small plant pots, cups or empty candle holders can be perfect for storing brushes or other makeup items especially if you want to use them for décor on your vanity. You can even try putting them into a tray along with your other favourite items to decorate the top of your vanity. This way you can keep these items in one place and easily move it all out the way if you need more space on your table.

I hope this has given you all some inspiration and ideas on how to create or make the most out of your vanities. Dressing tables can be a great way to show off your favourite products and to help you have a beautiful and organised space where you can get ready.

Until next time!

Neutrals Don’t Have to be Boring

A lot of people are under the impression that neutral colours are boring. From clothing to furniture, a lot of us shy away from those neutrals because of a fear of looking too dull. But neutrals don’t have to be boring and they can actually be a great way to decorate your home easily be able to change with the seasons and trends.

Texture is a very important thing when it comes to decorating with neutral shades. Using a range of different textures adds a lot of interest where you may be lacking in colour. Easy tricks like adding in rugs, throws and textured cushions are a simple way of adding instant texture to any space. Wicker baskets and smaller accessories are also a quick and easy way to add in texture and bring the whole look of the space together.

Now if you’re not big on colour but still feel like you need a little added something in your space, pastels are a great solution. They can add in more interest without totally standing out against the neutral tones of your colour scheme. They blend in nicely and there are lots of ways to showcase pastel colours. From bedsheets and cushions to art work, there are some really great choices in the pastel colour palette to give you the perfect accent in your neutral rooms.

There are so many so-called neutral shades that it can be hard to know which one to choose. So why not go with a variety? No room sticks to one single shade so experiment with neutral tones in your space. Start with a white canvas and play with shades of grey mixed with tan tones to achieve a more well rounded look. These colours can really complement each other well if you get them just right, so try them out and see what you can create.

Metallic gold accessories can really top off a neutral interior space. It brings with it a little added extra luxury and, combined with luxurious fabrics, can really inject a touch a glamour into your home. Look for lamps and side tables to try out this look, or even smaller items such as vases, trinkets and trays can work really well to add a subtle touch of gold. If you really like the metallic look, maybe even splash out on some beaded cushions to add to your sofas or beds!

Wood accessories are a great way to wrap up a neutral colour palette. Go for a brown wood that is on the same spectrum as your neutral colours and you’re onto a winner with this one. It gives the illusion of adding colour without actually straying away from your initial colour palette. Even using different shades of wood can add depth and dimension without adding in any actual colour. Grab yourself a wooden side table and a fabulous potted plant and you’ve instantly added a little extra something to your otherwise conventional interior space.

Black and white is an age-old trend, and using it in an interior works just as well to create a beautiful monochrome space. Done well, it can create a wonderful, minimalistic, scandi style interior. Starting with a bright base is important as it keeps the room open and ready to contrast any black/dark accessories. Just because you are using black, doesn’t mean the space has to be dark and moody. Opt for light rugs, soft furnishings and accessories to place on or next to your black surfaces to bring the whole look together. When looking for black furniture, go minimal. Tables with thin legs, narrow framed mirrors and picture frames and shelving that isn’t too heavy. This will again create this look without making it far too dark!

And that’s it; how to make sure that your neutral spaces aren’t boring. There are so many small changes that really make all the difference and bring your space into a whole new look.

Until next time.

Interior Design Trends for 2017- Part 2

Last week we brought you the first part of ‘Interior Design Trends for 2017’ and now, we bring you even more great trends for this year. There’s definitely something for everyone so if you didn’t fancy any of the trends in the last blog, you’re sure to find some in this one!

Deconstructed Luxe

The clue is in the name for this one. Using natural materials to create an amazing, on-trend look. This includes the increasing popular exposed brick look along with plaster and concrete finishes on walls and floors, metals, cork, woods and clay. Combining a few of these raw materials can create a great rustic/industrial look which is very popular right now. A lot of restaurants and bars have started to incorporate these trends into their interiors but these looks are starting to show up in homes also which I think is great.

Marvellous Marble

Marble has been seen all over the place for many years. But, now it is becoming increasing popular. From the classic marble floor tile, to marble faux wall finishes, it has become a very diverse material for interiors. Explore marble wall murals, colourful marble and, if you search it on Pinterest, marble pretty much everything! I’m definitely a lover of marble and if you don’t fancy tiling your entire kitchen in marble, why not try out some accessories? Every market seems to be untouched by the trend right now, you can even get marble look carpets! Maybe you fancy that maybe you don’t, all I know is that we’ll be seeing lots of this trend in 2017.

Multi-Functional Furniture

Now if you’re tight for space, or you like furniture to tuck out of the way when you’re not using it, then you’ll love this one. Multi-functional furniture is becoming increasingly popular and with more and more new innovative ideas coming out all the time, I can see why. Fold-out tables that turn into mirror or picture frames, sofas that turn into chairs and then back again, the classic extendable table and even height adjustable tables are just a few great examples of this up and coming trend. Whether you want a piece which works as more than one thing, or something that folds away completely (like the classic old Murphy Bed) you’re guaranteed to find something to suit your needs.

Blue Hues

Blue is for sure my absolute favourite colour, so this trend really excites me. This year navy is the new black and French blue is making an appearance too. The great thing about blue is that it can be very versatile, it goes well with most colour schemes so it’s easy to add a hit of blue into any space. And why not go big and rework the whole colour scheme to match your new bold, blue walls! As mentioned in part 1 of this blog, velvet is a big trend for this year and blue is a colour which looks amazing in velvet. Try blue accessories and furniture or even blue artwork to try out this trend if you’re not keen on the idea of painting your walls with such a bold colour. Also blue is great as it lends to a space without making it feels small!

Techie Furniture

In the past few years, and this year especially, we have been seeing LOADS of new technology cropping up all over the place. Personally, I’m not massively into gadgets and tech accessories but some of what I have seen in the past few months has been pretty impressive. One great new product are the new voice-activated home assistants, like Google Home. These are great and not only are they super helpful, but they look great too and come in a whole range of different colours. Another popular trend is tech that is integrated into furniture. This can range from phone chargers built into bedside tables or light stands, to upholstered speakers like the classic Linn speaker upholstered in Timorous Beasties fabric (shown above). This trend is very exciting and I’m certain we will be seeing a lot more of this over the next few years.

Bring the Outdoors in

If you read my blog ‘How to Decorate with Florals’ then you’ll know that I love having fresh flowers in my home. But it doesn’t stop there. Indoor plants are another great way to bring the outdoors in and bring a little life into your home. You might opt for a huge potted plant if you’re feeling adventurous or maybe you go for a tiny terrarium, either way it’s sure to add some more character into your space. With green being all the range this year this is a great way to incorporate two trends in one and explore natures colour palette. If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere with beautiful surrounding views you can even put in a large window to incorporate the outside colours into your space. I suppose if you don’t feel like doing major construction work on your property you could always just grab yourself a cute little cactus and stick it on your desk instead.

I hope this has inspired you all and helped you explore the interior design trend for this year. As always, please feel free to leave a comment and tell me what you think or if you’ve tried any of these trends out yourselves tell us how they worked for you!

Until next time!

Interior Design Trends for 2017- Part 1

With 2017 now fully underway, we are starting to see more trends appear and those trends that were forecast for the year are starting to crop up in the design world. So, I thought I would take this opportunity to share with you all what’s hot right now and how to make your interiors on-trend for this year.

Plush Textiles

Velvet has been a trend emerging for the past few years and has spread to everything, from fashion to interior design. But, we are now seeing more natural/organic fabrics such as linen being introduced and ethereal fabrics being used for bedding or drapes. These fabrics are also being folded, pleated, gathered and manipulated in different ways to introduce added texture to upholstered furniture, soft furnishings and textile pieces.

Brass is the New Copper

Copper was a big hit last year, unavoidable wherever you looked it seemed. No more is the high shine, pink tinted metal. Instead, now, brass is making an appearance and what a welcome reception it has received. Whether or not it is because we are all fed up of seeing copper EVERYTHING, I don’t know. But I’m certainly pleased about the change. Swap out your copper accessories with brass or gold ones and why not even go bigger than that and include a larger piece. Brass showers or exposed pipes are a great way to incorporate this into a space. Team this with tapestry tilling (also very on-trend this year) for the perfect shower space.

Upholstered Headboards

Upholstered headboards are also becoming more popular this year. If you want to add a little bit of drama and an added ‘wow’ factor to your bedrooms, this is the way to go. From big to small and from square to spectacular, there is something for everyone with this new trend. Some are very high and others are extremely wide. But, whichever style you may opt for these headboards are sure to add texture, colour and charm to your space.

Barely There

This trend is definitely one of my favourites and a very clever one also. By choosing furniture pieces which are either clear acrylic or completely mirrored, you can create the illusion of more space. Transparent acrylic furniture and accessories can appear to be almost invisible and this allows you to take a piece which may be too bulky or unpleasing to the eye and swap it with something that is barely there. On the other hand, mirrored furniture will reflect the space around it (just as a normal mirror would) and this makes the room look larger and again the piece almost disappears into its surroundings.

Art Deco Makes a Comeback

Now for probably my favourite of them all. Art Deco is such a classic and recognised trend worldwide that the thought of putting a modern twist on it and injecting it into our homes really gets me excited. Expect loads of and lots of bling! Look out for bold geometric wall coverings and tiles (also big trends for this year) and amazing statement lighting. A brilliant way to try out this look is with small upholstered furniture. Try a velvet chair or ottoman in a blush pink or mint green to add in a small glimpse of Art Deco style in your interiors. Team these elements with gold/mirrored furniture and you’re onto an Art Deco winner!

Go Bold or Go Home

Now, this trend certainly won’t be for everyone. But, if you like to be adventurous or you’re feeling brave then this is a great trend to try out. Statement walls have definitely been an in and out trend for the past few years, but now they are back with a vengeance and bolder than ever. Think neon colours, geometrics, tropical prints and botanicals. Splash these across your walls and team them with simple, wooden furniture and you can achieve this look brilliantly. And if you don’t feel like going so big and bold, try wall hangings or art work to achieve this style without changing the whole look of your interior.

Jewel Tones

More colour inspiration for this year. We all know that Greenery was the colour of the year from Pantone and has been a massive hit so far. But, there are also lots of jewel toned colours appearing and looking to be popular for this year. From vibrant greens and teals to purples and ruby reds, there is certainly a beautiful array of colours to choose from. Combine these into upholstered furnishings or soft furnishings and accessories to explore this trend. Or even take it a step further and try a dark, moody colour on your walls and combine with others of this year’s trends to create the ultimate look for 2017!

I hope this blog has given you some inspiration for your interiors this year and has inspired you to incorporate these trends into your homes. Part 2 will be coming soon also so watch out for that one.

Until next time!

How to Style- Statement Furniture

Recently, I’ve been seeing lots of interiors which are neutral toned and very ‘safe’ in terms of design. I think it’s a shame that people aren’t more adventurous with their interiors. If you like it, then buy it! Don’t shy away from bold, exciting pieces- use them in your spaces and embrace them. So, here are a few ideas of how to incorporate statement pieces into your interior spaces.

Luxury furniture and fabrics.

Clan Milano- Cortes

Why not start off small? Go for a small side table or a stool just to add a small accent to your space. Go for something bright, in a luxurious fabric, and even experiment with a bold pattern. These stools and side tables from Clan Milano are a perfect idea if you want to add a little injection of interest to your space. The side tables may be a small addition but with their shiny brass components and coloured marble tops, they certainly do stand out.

Boca do Lobo- Venice Mirror

If you don’t fancy splashing out on statement furniture, why not opt for a simpler option like a mirror. Mirrors make a great addition to any room and are perfect for reflecting other elements in your rooms. I think the bigger the better when it comes to mirrors. Go for something that stands out; mirrors with detailing or interesting borders are great for any space. The Venice Mirror from Boca do Lobo is a great example of this. It’s big and bold, but is entirely made from glass so it is a great way to make a statement without messing with the colour scheme.

Cappellini- Embryo Chair

I have always been a lover of bright colours. So, when it comes to choosing furniture, colourful, quirky pieces like these really excite me. I love the thought of having a piece in my home that has that real ‘wow’ factor when people see it. That’s what statement furniture means to me- pieces that people ask you about when they see them, things that are interesting to the eye and those elements that really bag a great response. These chairs from Cappellini are no exception. The perfect way to add some interest to your living area and have your visitors saying ‘wow’.

Splinter Works- Hammock Bath

No need to leave the bathroom out; take your statement pieces to any room you want to. This Hammock Bath is the perfect way to change things up in your bathroom and add a bit of glamour. Instead of having a clinical looking bathroom, bring in some excitement with interesting tilling and lighting as well. And if you’re feeling extra fancy, Splinter Works also make the Hammock Bath gilded in 24 Carat Gold! Now that’s what I call making a statement.

Jimmie Martin- Never Sleep Alone

Maybe you don’t feel like going bold in your shared spaces, but that shouldn’t stop you transforming your bedroom. Try an interesting head board for your bed or some bright furniture choices to really bring your bedroom alive. Brighten up the space with bold, bright colours to contrast an otherwise neutral room. A piece like the one pictured above is a great example of this, it is harmonious with the look of the room but definitely draws the eye. I am all for adding a key piece of interest to a space and this is a brilliant, quirky way to do it for sure.

Serip- CT3368/70

If you’re feeling adventurous, then you can go really big. Lighting is a fabulous way to create interest. Halls and entryways are a brilliant place to really showcase some amazing lighting solutions. These spaces are the first thing people will see when they enter your home so why not make a great first impression. A chandelier is a great way to add a bit of glitz and glamour to any space. Why not try and extended chandelier or pendant light hanging through a spiral staircase. Not only does it provide lighting for your hallway and upstairs landing, but it creates a beautiful, eye-catching feature when using your stairs. This one from Serip is truly spectacular and really plays on the traditional chandelier to create something completely different. The perfect lighting statement.

Verner Panton- Living Tower

Now, the design world comes out with some pretty fantastic things and it certainly doesn’t stop when it comes to furniture. With so many fun, quirky and downright mad things on the market these days, why would you want to go for something plain? From bright colours you wouldn’t think of displaying in your home, to pieces that you can’t even believe are meant to be furniture, there is so much out there. The Living Tower by Verner Panton showcases exactly this. An ideal statement that not only serves as a piece of furniture but as a piece of art in itself also.

I hope these ideas have inspired you to add fantastic statement pieces in your homes and add a little more interest. After all, we all want that ‘wow’ moment when people come to visit us don’t we?

Until next time!