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Creating a Mindful Interior Scheme
Saturday, 21 September 2019
From the KonMari approach to Zen-inspired spaces, more and more people are trying to incorporate mindfulness and spark joy into their everyday life. And 2019 has seen a major surge towards connecting people’s lifestyle choices, mental demands and digital engagement with decor schemes.
Botanical prints and nature-inspired schemes have always been popular choices, but 2019 is seeing a shift to slightly more muted mushroom greys hues and softer fern-inspired colours. This results in an old world, naturalist feel that is the epitome of calm, making it the perfect space to escape at the end of the day.
Living Coral – Pantone’s colour of the year – is also a prominent choice for home revamps. Described by Pantone as ‘an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energises and enlivens with a softer edge’, this spirited colour welcomes optimism and playfulness. If you’re reluctant to reach for the paintbrush, think decorative accessories and accents in this shade instead – such as the Apparat duvet range by Yves Delorme from Selfridges & Co.
As pictured above from left to right: Apparat Duvet Cover by Yves Delorme from Selfridges in Pantone’s Colour of the Year and the Indoor Planter by Design Project from John Lewis
In addition to colour, lighting is also key to your mood and enabling as much natural light into your home can have a huge influence on how you feel. Artificial lighting is important too – use daylight bulbs in kitchens and bathrooms and softer lighting in living and dining areas for the perfect ambience.
Recent studies recording the health benefits of being outside have also resulted in an insurgence in the purchasing of indoor plants. Not only do they appeal to the eye, but they are reported to reduce stress and help with breathing problems. Crocus offers an array of house plants and offers an easy search function so you can pick the perfect plant for your space. Pair with the Indoor Planter by Design Project at John Lewis for a contemporary look.
When creating a mindful interior space, the most important thing to consider is – what makes you feel calm and does it have a purpose. Mindful living is not just about designing on-trend interiors, it’s about creating an interior that adjusts to your lifestyle.
Bar Stools with the Wow Factor
Wednesday, 18 September 2019
Breakfast bars or home bars can instantly transform the way you use your space. And one of the most important elements of a bar area is the seating. As well as being sturdy and practical, bar stools need to have the wow factor.
If you’re looking to furnish your bar area, there’s a wealth of possibilities to suit your style and space. But first, you need to consider how the stool will be used. Is it for a quick cup of coffee, gathering for breakfast, catching up with friends over a glass of wine or finishing off that last-minute homework in the morning?
For added comfort, the Magda Couture Bar Stool by Cattelan Italian features a solid structure with an upholstered seat and backrest. The elegant backrest provides extra support and features delicate stitching detail, which is a subtle contrast to its strong frame.
If space is an issue, opt for a backless design that can easily be stowed away under the worktop when not in use - the Calligaris Ice Bar Stool is the ideal choice. The technopolymer seat replicates a crystal-like design, while its contrasting metal frame has a futuristic appeal. This style is also easy to keep clean, no matter which finish you choose, an ideal design for families with a busy lifestyle.
As pictured above from left to right: Magda Couture Bar Stool by Cattelan Italia and Ice Bar Stool by Calligaris, both available at Lime Modern Living
Bontempi Casa’s Clara Gaslift Bar Stool is a versatile design with an adjustable height, allowing you to swiftly use it as a dining chair if you’re short on chairs when guests come for dinner. It’s upholstered seat and backrest can also be selected with a contrasting piping detail for a stylish finish.
Once you’ve selected the design for you, the only problem you’ll have is who’s going to do the cooking – with stools this comfy, you’ll want to be the one who gets to sit down.
SITS - Sitting Comfortably
Sunday, 1 September 2019
SITS started as a family business and has become a well-known European custom-made upholstery designer at the cutting edge of contemporary sofa manufacturing. Their exceptional designs and outstanding construction is recognised around the world. With over 25 years’ experience, SITS produce almost 1,000,000 sofas and armchairs per year.
Their ideology is to be environmentally friendly and SITS source as many eco-friendly materials as possible, encouraging customers to have an impact on looking after our valuable planet. They believe in maintaining good relationships with the local community and each product is designed and made by skilled seamstresses and upholsterers. SITS refined goods have a Scandinavian allure and each item is offered in a range of fabrics and leathers creating a bespoke product to cater for individual needs.
As pictured above: SITS Hugo Sofa
If you want to relax, but with practicality in mind, then the SITS Bianca sofa is an in-vogue design that has removable upholstery. It comes with both fixed positions or modular corner options in a large choice of fabrics, with a finish of a Standard Comfort filling that is hypoallergenic.
For a smooth, contemporary look, the SITS Hugo sofa has deep seats and angular armrests with raised seam detail. Available in fixed positions or modular corner configurations it can be selected in a host of fabric or leather finishes with a Lux Comfort filling.
And for even more comfort, why not add an optional pouf to either sofa.
The SITS Alex Armchair is a contemporary design with slim-line armrests, cut-out side details and a curved backrest. The armchair comes with one rectangular cushion and an optional headrest pillow for additional support.
So, are you sitting comfortably? You will be with the SITS collection, available from Lime Modern Living.
Take a Seat - Find the Perfect Armchair
Saturday, 31 August 2019
Often used as an accent piece, armchairs can set the tone of a living room, however they also need to be comfortable as well as stylish. But with such a widespread choice available, it can be a little difficult to know where to start when choosing the perfect armchair.
Firstly, think about the style of armchair you are looking for – modern or contemporary, a reclining design or one with a large seat to snuggle up on, classic or retro? And then you need to consider which room it will be placed in and whether it will complement the scheme. Thinking about these options will help narrow down your search immediately.
Next you need to account for size. A cosy love chair such as the Calligaris Love Armchair would be well suited to a comfortable reading corner, while a small Edwardian-style design would be perfect by the bedroom window or at the top of the stairs. If you really want that showstopping piece, opt for an oversized design with strong shapes to place in your bay window, such as the Elsa Armchair by Sits.
As pictured above: Calligaris Love Armchair and the Sits Elsa Armchair
Make sure it won’t feel too cramped alongside your existing furniture though – a room can quickly start to feel too cluttered. Don’t forget to account for the scroll of the legs, the curve of the arms and the slope of the back too – this all requires space.
Finally, look into fabric choice and colour as this will impact longevity and trends. Whereas a lavish velvet may date overtime and isn’t that practical if you have pets or small children, it will certainly make a statement if you’re after the wow factor. Remember though, shape and style are much more important than colour – you can always re-upholster to stay on trend.
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