The Beauty of Ceramic
Saturday, 12 October 2019
Choosing key pieces of furniture can be a difficult task, and the dining table is no exception. There’s no denying that aesthetics play a major part in your decision, but if we’re honest, surely we are all thinking about durability, does it scratch easily, how effortless is it to clean and can you remove sticky finger marks with ease? If you fall into this category, then dining tables with a ceramic table top will soon edge to the top of your list.
Not only is ceramic hard-wearing, it’s scratch-proof, non-absorbent, hygienic and resistant to extremely high temperatures – making placemats superfluous. Plus, its charm doesn’t end at practicality and resilience. As with any natural material, each piece of ceramic is completely unique, meaning no two are the same, giving you that bespoke look without the price tag.
As pictured above: The Skorpio by Cattelan Italia and the Duca by Calligaris, both available at Lime Modern Living
Offering remarkable strength and durability with the wow-factor look, Cattelan Italia’s Skorpio Keramik Table features a striking ceramic top that is the perfect solution for an everyday table in a busy family home. Or if you favour a slightly more subtle style that’s well suited to everyday living, the Duca by Calligaris is a good solution.
Unique, durable, hard-wearing and distinctive – what more could you ask for when looking for such an investment piece? Plus, ceramic finishes offer that extra panache that is the perfect conversation starter when entertaining.
Thursday, 3 October 2019
The weather may be turning cooler and the darker nights may be drawing in, but there’s no denying the magnificent bursts of colour outside. The changing leaves that mark the close of summer inspires the interior designer in all of us to make a few changes at home as well.
This year is all about punchy red jewel tones, velvet greens, deep blues and golden yellows – a slightly different take on the autumnal tones we are used to. This eye-catching, playful palette works well with geometric shapes, rich fabrics and bold furnishings, resulting in a confident scheme with a modern edge.
As pictured above Sigge Sofa by Sits and Liberty Chair by Calligaris.
Continuing from 2018, the influence of global-inspired, textural patterns remains ever popular too. With an emphasis on natural woods, rustic weaves, imperfect rattans and simplistic beauty, this trend creates a calm, harmonious look that brings depth to a scheme. Luxury fashion house Loewe actually staged live basket weaving demonstrations at Milan Design Week this year, as well as in its new Mayfair store during London Craft Week.
Cosy nights in front of the TV are inevitable as the darker nights draw in. And these nights can be made much more welcoming with the right sofa. Rich velvet designs are set to be on trend in 2019, which is something Sits Sofas has perfected. Available at Lime, the Sigge Sofa by Sits can be selected in a range of Classic Velvet finishes.
So, as the evenings begin to get shorter and there’s more space for downtime at the end of the day, take this time to think about an interior revamp that will set you up for autumn. By giving bedrooms and living areas a new look, you’ll feel ready to snuggle up in time for the cooler months ahead.
Living Room Storage Solutions
Thursday, 26 September 2019
According to a 2018 poll by PerfectHome, the average Briton spends almost 10 years of their life watching TV. Unsurprisingly, this has resulted in the TV unit becoming the focal point of our living room, but as there are so many storage solutions on offer nowadays, it can be difficult to choose one that works for you.
Wall units and media storage are one of the most creative ways to store and organise items in your living room, resulting in a streamlined space. Ideally you need to ensure the storage unit is appealing to the eye as well as practical. When first choosing a unit, consider your needs and requirements. Choose a design that is wide and deep enough for your TV and has the space to store any media boxes or games consoles, which ideally are best kept out of sight.
If you’re selecting a wall-hung modular option, flexibility will be on your side as you can decide how far to hang the units apart, making it well suited to your space. Most designs will come with holes at the back or cable management options too, concealing any unsightly cables and leads.
As pictured above from left to right: Lime Label Creativ Wall System Composition 001 and 009
You also need to think about what else you want to store in your wall system. A clever combination of shelves, open display units, trays, pull-out drawers and closed cupboards will provide you with both storage space for concealing clutter and decorative space for treasured items, photographs and books. The Creativ Wall System Composition 001 and Composition 009 at Lime integrate a huge variety of optional functions allowing you total freedom to create the storage system of your dreams.
The key factor is choosing the right design that suits your decor space and provides you with all your storage needs. Once you’ve found the right wall system for you, the overall result will be a streamlined space that looks stylish but offers practicality too.
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.