Taking it Back to the Bare Bones

 

I’m sure we’ve all seen the minimalist design take over many a design magazine or blog over the last several years, whether its in a trendy city apartment or country mile, minimalism is bang and trend and we’re going to tell you some key pieces you can use in your own home to create this style.

Being minimal doesn’t mean you have to throw everything out that you already have, being minimal is all about key pieces that work for you, in terms of storage and your home and removing the clutter.

Light colours are also a must with minimal design. To create the effect of minimalism, clean lines should be your starting point. We always recommend picking out some pieces that pique your interest then use a design app or a good ol piece of paper to draw out your room plan, this will help you decide which items to purchase and which items don’t cut the mustard.

We will be looking at some key pieces of furniture which will work perfectly for a minimalist design.

Clean cut Sofa

Now, there is no hard and fast rule with which type of sofa you should choose, but we have found that grey, white, black and blue sofas are the most popular. They all have one thing in common, they are sleek with clean cut lines, they may not look like the most comfortable thing ever, however you can find a minimalist sofa that is just as comfortable as it is beautiful.

Functional Coffee Table

Wooden tables with high metal legs are a big trend in the minimalist design. Another trend is coffee tables which when unfolded can make a living room dining table, these not only look fantastic but provide ample storage, which will give you a chance to keep your clutter in check while sticking to the minimalist design.

Flawless Flooring

The style of your home will normally dictate what flooring you will have, however this doesn’t have to be the case. There are some truly breathtaking homes that appear to be one thing on the outside, yet when you walk through the front door you’re met with amazement because the exterior is the complete opposite of the interior so don’t let your home box you in, in terms of your interior design.

A popular choice in minimalist rooms is wooden flooring with a statement rug that will tie the room together. The wooden flooring can be painted white or even dark walnut, and the rugs are normally textured, this will bring another edge to your room while maintaining minimalism.

Another great by product of the minimalist design is that it gives you a chance to de clutter and start from fresh and you never know once you have sorted out all your clutter you may want to go minimalist throughout your home!

A Pinch of Colour

 

Statement walls have been around for quite some time and for good reason too! We have seen an influx of dark coloured walls to add depth to any room. A few years ago the trend was to have all white walls in our homes, but now a shot of colour is welcome in any home.

It doesn’t have to be dark, you can go bright and bold, it is all down to personal preference. One of the most popular colours we have seen is dark navy on feature walls for the living room, and as long as you have light coloured walls around your room, you will be able to pull off a dark colour. If you have a large living room you could even go for several colours in your living room, for instance a nice dark navy feature wall with your other walls being a medium grey colour, this will not only fantastic, but it will also add warmth to any room.

We will be looking at some of the post popular colours for the rooms in your home.

Colours for the Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of any home and getting your colour scheme right is crucial. Most people opt for a plain white or magnolia in their kitchen, but 2015 is the year to be bold and make a statement. You can do this with flooring and wall colours. A zig zag light grey floor would work perfectly with a dark grey or aubergine wall colour.

Colours for the Living Room

The living room is one of the most viewed rooms in our homes, with friends and family popping over throughout the year, this is one of the rooms that will get the most attention in terms of design and features.

Blacks and greys are one of the most popular colours for a feature wall in the living room, it has popped up in hundreds of home magazines and interior design blogs. Now, we know that black may seem like a daunting colour for a living room, but to make this colour work, why not try pairing this dark and sultry colour with a vivid blue sofa? Or light wooden floors. You can even try textured black walls, this will add depth and another dimension to your wall. One downside is if you change your mind, black can be a bit of a nightmare to cover, however, don’t let this put you off, if you decide to change 2-3 coats of Dulux will solve the problem.

Colours for the Dining Room

If you have a dining room one of the most important pieces of advice we have is to make this a separate, individual room. It might sound ridiculous, but it is so often the case that our dining rooms become a dumping ground from the other rooms in our house, or they can be a bit of an undecided room, the way to cure this is by making a statement with a bold wall colour choice and taking the time to add accents that work with your room.

A perfect example would be to have a walnut dining table, with one aubergine wall with the rest being a muted grey, with a white and gold trimmed dinner service, this will make a statement and help you keep your dining room ready for family meals and special occasions.

Colours for the Bedroom

Considering we spend over 2,300 hours a year sleeping, getting your bedroom décor right is an absolute must. From choosing the right bed and storage, to wall colours that suit you and your needs.

We recommend going for muted greys, or dusky pinks in the bedroom as these can make your bedroom the relaxing haven it should be. You can of course go bold with blues, greens reds etc, because the most important thing to consider when choosing a colour is does it work for you in your home. It is of course great to check out the new trends, but if they don’t work for your family tweak them to suit.

How to Create the Perfect Traditional Christmas

With Christmas just a matter of days away, you may think that you’re out of time in terms of decorating, however, fear not, with a few decorations and some patience, you can transform your home into a traditional Christmas wonderland.

We have shared some of our favourite festive decoration tips below.

Christmas Tree

This is the feature piece of any room and for good reason too! Whether you opt for a real tree or not, the method is almost identical, you need to settle on a theme and go with it.

If you’re looking for a traditional Christmas tree, you can’t go wrong with red and gold, the staple colours of a festive, traditional Christmas.

You can purchase hundreds of different styles of baubles and decorations or if you’re feeling brave why not try your hand at making your own, they will be a lovely memento of the festive season that you can use year in year out.

Decorating the Table

Garlands, pine cones, candles, these are friends when decorating your table traditionally! Decorating the tables around your home can make a huge difference, especially the smaller console tables.

You could even add a few fairy lights to brighten things up. It may seem like a small task but taking the time to decorate your tables will make your guests feel incredibly festive and welcome.

Wreaths

Creating your own wreath is not only incredible simple it is hugely effective and the best part, you can design your wreath to you Christmas style.

You can also make large ones, for your door and little ones to pop all around your home and nothing says festive cheer like a homemade wreath.

Mince Pies

Now these are not strictly a decoration, however they are an integral part of any Christmas.

Whether you have puff pastry or short crust pastry, one thing is for sure, these festive delights give you a taste of Christmas with every mouthful! As an extra special touch why not try some pine icing sugar.

 

However you decide to decorate your home this year just remember to enjoy the festivities, maybe with a mince pie or 2 :)

The Joys of a House Move

When planning a move the more organized you are during the process the more smoother it will go. There are many steps you can take to reduce your stress level and the chaos that typically is part of any move.

Moving into your first home can be one of the most exciting yet daunting times in your life. From packing up all your belongings, organising removal men to buying new furniture and this is just the tip of the iceberg! However, it isn’t all doom and gloom, with some organisation and patience moving into your new home can be a joy instead of a chore.

Statistics show that moving home is right up there with getting divorced on the stress scale and for good reason too, it’s not just a case of packing up a few pots and pans, there is the utilities to organise, which is a mission in itself, and the worst part is the unpacking. Sure, the first few boxes are fun, you’re still in the ‘new house haze’, but by box 25 the enthusiasm starts to wane.

Once you have gone through this minefield, the fun really begins. This is the euphoric stage, the stage where you get to purchase all the exciting new bits for your home, I like to think this is the reward for all of the stress that comes with moving.

Coast 2 Coast 140cm Fixed Dining Room Table

Deciding Your Home Style

Not everyone has an immediate sense of what their home should look like, this normally comes with time, or if you’re slightly addicted to Pinterest you will know exactly what your home should look like, or at the very least what style you would like in your home.

What to Buy First?

Deciding on what to purchase first can be quite difficult, however this doesn’t have to be the case. The best way to begin this process is by choosing which room you want to begin with first, if you use a system, room by room etc. it can prevent you from purchasing items that you may not be so in love with at a later date.

It may seem ridiculous to put so much emphasis on the importance of choosing the right furniture, but these are items that will be in your home for quite some time and if you buy quality, timeless pieces they can last a lifetime.

There is no hard and fast rule on what item to start with, but your dining area is a good place to begin, why the dining area? Well this is the place that you will be entertaining your family and friends, so getting this area ready first is important, and plus we all need a place to eat our meals.

The size of your dining area really does dictate what furniture you should go for, but one of the most purchased styles is the sturdy, chunky square dining table, the reason for this is because it is a timeless piece of furniture that can stand by you through all of the trials and tribulations of life, even when you have 3 children throwing themselves around the dining area, they can do so safe in the knowledge that your table will withstand almost anything that they can throw at it.

So, whether you have moved into your first home, or this is your tenth home, it is always fun to purchase new bits that will complete your home.

How to create the Perfect Nordic Christmas Theme

With Christmas just a few days away there is still plenty of time to create the perfect festive theme throughout your home.

One of the biggest trends this Christmas season is to go Nordic. The reason the Nordic theme is so popular is due to its simplicity yet effectiveness and nothing says festive like a stack of logs, stags and knitted items.

This simplicity can be achieved by bringing the outside in, so imagine lots of lovely nature inspired elements, with candlelight, with red, white and wood tones throughout.

There are several key elements to a Nordic theme, we have shared some of our favourite must haves below.

Heart Lanterns

These are absolutely perfect for creating a warming ambience, while bringing the outside in. You can pop them on your sideboard, around your living room, in the kitchen, basically anywhere you want to add a ‘Nordic’ touch.

Felt Decorations

Nothing says Nordic quite like red and white felt decorations! You can have them in almost any shape, with hearts and stars being a popular choice. They add a special touch to your tree, or you can even dot them all around your home to carry the theme through.

Stag’s

Now, this doesn’t have to be a real life stag head, you can go ceramic, wooden or even plastic. Over the mantelpiece is the traditional place to put them, but you can of course put them anywhere around your home. These are a real statement piece and can really bring the room together.

Faux Fur Throws

Is there anything more Nordic than fur? Well, there might be, but in terms of a Nordic theme, a fur blanket is an absolute must! Just imagine relaxing in front of a beautiful open fire with a faux fur blanket draped over you, while your sipping a nice mulled wine.

 

These are just a handful of ways that you can bring the ‘Nordic’ theme into your home this festive season.