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- Abigail Brown
- Animal motif
- Ben De Lisi
- Berry Red
- Canvas art
- Coat hook
- Colour schemes
- Cox & Cox
- Deer head
- Dunelm Mill
- Feature wall
- Get the look
- Graham & Green
- House of Fraser
- Lavender Room
- Living Room
- Past Times.
- Rockett St George
- soft furnishings
- Spare room
- Top 5
- Urban Outfitters
Lovehome.co.uk design blog
Dec 04, 2013
If you read American homes blogs as avidly as we do then you'll already know about the US brand West Elm. Their seasonal collections are met with glee among American interiors addicts, always full of key pieces at a great price.Read on
Well the good news is that UK shoppers can see for themselves with tomorrow's opening of the brand's first UK store, on London interiors Mecca, Tottenham Court Road. We got an insider's tour this morning, so we're delighted to give you a sneak preview of what you'll find there.
The store is built around the concept of 'decorating'. Sounds obvious, but this is a more American concept of decorating, with layers of fabrics, rugs, curtains and accessories that all work together, nothing shouting out too loud. That detailed, polished style that looks like a professional decorator has created it? You'll find all the details for putting it together here.
Each area is packed with prints and textures that will work well together, making it easy to create your own look.
We loved the furniture, with both the beds and especially the sofas offering styles that are hard to find on the high street, and at really affordable price points. The high-back sofas in blue and grey velvets were particularly desirable.
There's lot's to enjoy in the flagship store, with a cafe set into the heart of the cookware department and an incredible 'living wall' of growing plants. Best of all is the Design Lab, where you can consult in-store experts on creating your own scheme.
The store opens tomorrow, 5 December at 8.30am and the whole collection is also available online.
Nov 29, 2013
Brits have really woken up to the power of good, stylish lighting in recent years. Whether it's chandeliers or industrial-style pendant lamps we've been getting braver in our choices.Read on
British designers like Tom Dixon and Lee Broom have been at the forefront of lighting design, using materials like copper and crystal in new ways to create must-have pieces. However the high street has been slow to catch on... until now.
BHS have always had a good reputation for affordable lighting that picks up on trends, but we've just seen their collection for 2014 and were more than impressed.
They cover trends in materials perfectly. We especially liked their copper shades in geometric shapes, and polished concrete used to for simple bulb-shaped pendants or teamed with wood for floor lamps.
The trend for quirky, witty designs is also in evidence. Lee Broom's cut glass light bulbs are an obvious inspiration for a range of lights inside wine decanters and smoky glass bottles.
There are even some signage-style lights that are pure fun, and the kind of thing you'd normally have to seek out in an industrial antiques yard. We love the exposed bulbs on these arrow and star signs - just perfect for a quick update that looks like a one-off find!
Nov 27, 2013
Kitchens are changing. It's official. After years of sleek lines and fresh glossy white, we think the tide is turning away from ultra modern fitted kitchens. And we can't wait to bring this update home ourselves!Read on
Last year saw the appearance of country kitchen-style wooden dressers, but we predict that 2014 will be the year of the freestanding kitchen, with pieces that look much more like furniture.
We've spotted lots of tables and consol units that are perfect for adding extra storage or surface space to existing kitchens. Above is a perfect example from Marks&Spencer's 2014 collection. The trend is for a functional worksurface on top and black metal legs below.
The Habitat dining table and console unit above - with handy wooden drawers ideal for storing cutlery - has a zinc top for an industrial look. Zinc is a desireable but unusual material. Softer to look at than stainless steel, it will mark with use, giving it a well-loved appearance.
Sainsbury's will also be stocking a wonderfully chunky and practical range of kitchen furniture with frames in black powder-coated metal and tops made of FSC-certified timber. You can just see the kitchen stool in the image above.
If your kitchen isn't ready for a full overhaul then you can get a taste of the trend by choosing accessories in practical, timeless materials. We love these copper pans, also from Sainsburys. Teamed with simple white and blue ceramics, or wobbly crockery in muted grey, these will give any kitchen a bit of rustic luxury.
Nov 21, 2013
We've already seen lots of things that we predict will be trends for spring and summer 2014. One of our favourites though is one of the easiest to add into your existing scheme, no matter what your style.Read on
Out-sized chunky glass vases and bottles have been key accent pieces in many home store previews. Most were in muted, smoky colours that would sit well in a grey or off-white scheme. The wonderfully wonky ones above were at Habitat.
Others, like these from Littlewoods, were bright blue or strong red, perfect for adding a pop of colour to your room, or even your patio.
And these, shown at Marks&Spencer, were made from Spanish recycled glass. They're so simple but so striking - they're our first must-have accessory of 2014.
Nov 14, 2013
This week we were invited along to a contemporary apartment that had been taken over by paint brand Dulux and decorated to show off their colour trend predictions for the coming year.Read on
Creative Director Marianne Shillingford talked us through new colour palettes for whites, pastels and industrial colours, but most exciting was a trend they're calling 'Do It Now!'
It is built around bold, zingy colours, including a hot orange (Nigerian Sands), a warm pink (Caribbean Dawn) and an electric blue (... Electric Blue). But the key thing about the trend is how you put the colours on the wall.
Ditch the masking tape, was the message. Wobbly edges, half-painted walls, colour clashes and dramatic drips were all on display. The trend celebrates being impulsive with colour, taking risks and going for it.
Playful ideas abounded, from the Jackson Pollock-style dribble wall above, to these joyfully bright striped stairs.
Although they take a bit of nerve, all the ideas on show seemed simple and achievable. Let us know if you're tempted to try any!