THE NEW TRADITIONAL
March 20, 2015 | Posted By: admin
· Interior Design
When referring to ‘traditional’ interiors, it inevitably conjures up images of overly stuffed couches, dark walls, and velvet upholstery with heavy window dressing. This is a far cry from the white minimalism of the ‘contemporary’ interior we have come to accept as being the preferred style choice. Traditional interiors are firmly rooted in the old English countryside, where decorative ceiling details, stone mullion windows and classic seating silhouettes form our understanding of this style.
Corner view of the Billiard Room at Wightwick Manor, Wolverhampton, West Midlands
When traveling through the recent professional interior designs events in London this year, there were definitive signs of a return to a more classic interior. With references to the 50’s, 70’s (matching patterned wall paper, upholstery and furnishings are reveling in their revival) and even as far back as the 1890’s with heavy fabrics featuring damask patterns and other classic designs, there was no escaping the fact that a new take on the traditional interior was enjoying a firm hold on the industry this year.
House of Hackney staking their place firmly as the leaders of fashion trends for the home.
The new traditional is characterised by the following:
- Classic fabrics, such as crushed velvet, updated with a bright colour
- Dark wood furniture and joinery with high gloss finishes, with velvet and highly patterned upholstery
- Bright contemporary colours with classic silhouettes
- Highly patterned wall coverings
- Elaborate decorative lighting using the latest contemporary technology
- The Caravaggio Triptych from Cox London
We fell in love with these unique hand blown glass wall lights, that combine LED technology with a beautiful hand crafted finish.
It may not be to everybody’s liking but the best thing about this design approach is that it incorporates elements of different design influences. Therefore, it is possible to take just one feature element, and still create a look that is up to date, and dare I say, quite uniquely brilliant!
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BUYING A SOFA | AUTUMN TRENDS 2014
As the summer months draw to a close, we invariably find ourselves retreating indoors in these increasingly cooler evenings. I found myself once again approaching my slightly battered sofa for a night in front of the TV, and as I recognised a familiar feeling, it occurred to me it might be time to update my rather tired looking furniture.
But shopping for a Sofa is harder than one might think. With a whole wealth of choices available to suit all budgets, the options seem endless.
With e-commerce brands leading the way on affordable designer furnishings, there has been an explosion of accessible well designed ‘Lounging’ options, with everything from re-invented armchairs to contemporary sofa beds.
'Ditte' sofa by Fred Shand, from £2,199.95 at Anthropologie
Whether you lean towards a retro 50’s inspired curvy shape, or a more traditional Chesterfield, there will most definitely be a style that suits you best.
- Sofa Flights of Fancy Grey Stripe by House of Hackney, £2,495.00
This Sofa from House of Hackney is a great contemporary twist on a traditional button back Sofa. Use this offset against a neutral background as a fantastic statement piece.
This clash of contemporary meets traditional has been a key trend across the interior design world this Autumn, with a collaboration between the progressive Scottish textile designers Timorous Beastie and iconic British brand Ercol, resulting in this gorgeous Studio-Couch.
Ercol Originals – Blotch Studio Couch by Timorous Beastie's, P.O.A
Whatever the style that best reflects your tastes, the 3 main things we think about when looking at a sofa are Style, Comfort and Cost.
Size is another vital consideration. Nobody wants to have a beautiful sofa that they have to climb over in order to get out of the room. Always make sure you measure the space into which the furniture will be placed, along with any steps or awkward obstacles that might be tricky when it comes to installation.
Rothko Sofa, The Sofa & Chair Company, P.O.A.
For rooms with low ceilings, a Sofa with deep seats and a low back would be best, for narrow spaces I would go for a modular system, and the familiar ‘L-Shaped’ works wonders in an area that has a walkway through the space.
Next, fabric options. Along with the shape, fabric is the most important influence that determines the look and feel of your space. Sometime all you need is to invest in a new set of covers. Get in touch with a local interior designer for information on bespoke fabric covers for Ikea furniture, incl. discontinued items.
Do bear in mind that natural materials such as Linen or Leather with wear faster than treated purpose made covers.
Then last but not least, the squish factor. For a firmer seat, I recommend foam cushion. For larger sofas with deep seats feather filling offers a luxurious feel, but be warned you may never want to get up. Alternatively you can opt for a fiber/feather or fiber/foam mix for a good balance.
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Cool Garden Spaces
August 1, 2014 | Posted By: admin
Recently I have been considering moving my office and graduating into an altogether more exciting direction in a somewhat unique setting; namely The Garden! And it seems I am not the only one, as we currently find ourselves working on a number of garden studio and office rooms.
Working from home can have many distractions, and there are certainly some valuable benefits to decamping and moving to the bottom of the garden. Physically it separates your working environment to your living space, leaving your kitchen tables free for their intended purpose, and making it less likely for interruptions by family and pets.
Financially is can also add value to your property, and is certainly cheaper than renting a commercial site.
Image from The Garden Room Guide
‘Shedworking’ may not appeal to everyone, as it inevitably conjures up images of the dusty, tumble down timber hut, filled with an assortment of redundant tools and fossilised cans of paint. However, with an increasing amount of people deciding to work from home with more than 2.5 million businesses being run from home (*source: Alex Johnson theguardian.com, Saturday 25 April 2009 00.01 BST) there has been a growing trend to re-invent the humble garden shed.
Photo: ©Mark Seelan
From recycling an old shipping container to create a cool, fresh take on the office shed, to this DIY workshop, there are options to suit all budgets and requirements.
Image from Dezeen
And let’s face it; when the sun is beaming down in the summer months, who wouldn’t want to stroll over the lawn to their very own hideout.
As seen on Pinterest
Garden rooms are not solely limited to office spaces. It could also be a useful spare room for the in-laws, and serves very well as a music studio as it would be more discreet when raising the decibels. Other great uses could be as a private gym room, media room or a luxury den to hideout in, although larger taller spaces with bathroom and kitchens do require planning permission.
Whether you envisage a typical timber clad exterior, or lean more towards a contemporary powder coated aluminium box shape, with various options of render I recommend you contact a local architect /interior architect to discuss your ideas, and to find out more about the building regulations and planning laws involved to take you dream of a garden space to the next step.
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