Sunday, 10 January 2021
Floors are a great medium to utilise, extending your decor and allowing you to elevate an interior — be it through careful placement of statement rugs or even just changing floor materials to separate zones. We've carefully selected some rugs that we think will really provide a great start.
Pictured above: Sky by Calligaris and Bellis by Fabula
Take the Sky Rug by Calligaris, its warm and vibrant tones and long pile make it a comfortable and stylish selection, and spherical or rectangular shapes mean it can be used in a variety of spaces and ways. You could place a round coffee table on the spherical rug (either centred or off centre depending on your preference) and almost create a spotlight effect within the room – or you could enhance and 'extend' your sofa by placing a rectangular shaped rug at the foot of it. The Bellis Rug by Fabula works great at extending designs into the room such as a sofa or console table, and the marled appearance from its two-tone weave of variegated yarns create an almost ‘rippled’ effect.
Pictured above: Rosemary by Fabula and Luso by Calligaris
For a bolder and more contemporary style, the Rosemary Rug by Fabula offers deep contrasting stripes with a bright red border at each end. The rug is reversible which gives it even more versatility within your space. For a design that is still contemporary but offers more muted tones, the Luso Rug by Calligaris features a beige background with raised chenille patterns in contrasting colours. This gives the rug its own areas of focus, meaning you can play with its placement even further.
These are just a few suggestions and ways to give your floor an opportunity to to show off and lift your interior design from the ‘ground up’. Whatever you choose, don’t let your floors go to waste – they can really make a difference to a room
The Art of Display
Friday, 1 January 2021
An art gallery or exhibition showcases the works of an artist and lets us see what they choose to express and how, so it shouldn’t feel unfamiliar to treat our homes in the same way. Think about stylish placements of personal possessions on a mantelpiece or a bookcase, carefully displaying your curated collection of memories, allowing visitors to your home an added insight into who you are.
Pictured above: Bayus Shelf by Porada and Pica Sideboard by Bontempi Casa
The Bayus Shelf by Porada is a stylish way of displaying items you want out on view with its solid canaletto walnut frame, whilst also providing great functionality in hiding away more personal effects in the compartments. The drawer compartments can also be left open giving you more flexibility over the staging of your items. The Pica Sideboard by Bontempi Casa is another example of this ‘peek a boo’ design. With a wide selection of storage units, hinged doors, and glass shelves, this sideboard will give ample space to showcase your style and allow you the freedom to store items too. This functionality is so important, as not everything we own we will want to have on display. It’s about selecting those pieces that will add depth and character to your space.
Pictured above: Atlante Glass Sideboard by Porada and Arabesque Sideboard by Cattelan Italia
For a more ‘open display’ sideboard, why not try the Atlante Glass Sideboard by Porada, with stylised solid wood frame and smoked glass front door panels and shelves, complete with internal LED dimmer lighting. This design encases and protects your more fragile items such as china or glassware, whilst beautifully presenting them. If glass open designs aren’t what you’re looking for, the Arabesque Sideboard by Cattelan Italia is bold and contemporary on its own. It features four doors which conceal a large array of items, but the graphite painted glass top of the unit has plenty of space for you to style out.
Why not give your shelves and sideboards some thought, and curate your effects – thus adding a touch of art to your home, and showcasing the artist in your own life.
Christmas Traditions and Their Origins
Wednesday, 23 December 2020
Christmas has a long history in the UK, and we continue many well-loved traditions such as card giving, decorating trees, and even hanging mistletoe — but do any of us really know the origins of them? We’ve done a little digging to find out how some of them came to be, and even unearthed some more unusual ones along the way…
Christmas vs Xmas - In 15th Century writings you’ll first find the use of this abbreviation with the X originally representing the first letter of the Greek word Xριστóς, meaning Christ. However, more 20th Century uses probably have more to do with the abbreviation having the same number of letters as the word ‘sale’.
Christmas Trees - In 1800, Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III brought a tradition from her native Germany where a Yew Tree is brought into the home during the festive period. She asked that a Yew Tree be placed into the Queens Lodge at Windsor, and she decorated it herself.
Boxing Day - This term came from sometime in the 1800’s where the wealthier class would receive their gifts in a Christmas ‘box’, then the following day, they would fill the boxes with gifts to give to the poor or donate to local churches etc. This was also a day that would normally be taken as a day of rest by the servants and staff of more wealthier families' homes.
Mistletoe - This romantic symbol was once considered so sacred, it could only be cut by druids with a golden sickle. Those who met underneath this plant were forbidden from fighting even if they were sworn enemies. This then became a symbol of peace and protection and people started decorating their homes with it, to symbolise these offerings. From the Middle Ages our ancestors decided the plant could ward off evil with its symbols of peace, so would hang it above the threshold — and then the Victorians took this one step further and helped bring our current kissing-under-the-mistletoe tradition to life.
Christmas Cards - It is reported that the very first Christmas Card was sent in 1843 by John Calcott Horsley to his friend Sir Henry Cole, and it caused quite the stir as it depicted a child drinking wine. Despite its somewhat controversial start, the card-sending idea caught on and even today fills our homes with messages of Seasons Greetings from our loved ones.
Sunday, 20 December 2020
Whilst the trend of mixing metals may not be new, it seems not to be going anywhere, and if anything appears to be used more and more. From contemporary restaurants to 5-star hotels, the use of mixed metals is seen everywhere and can really create a striking and bold statement.
Pictured above: Glamour Table by Bontempi Casa and Flexus by Bontempi Casa
Introducing this medium into our homes doesn’t have to be challenging, in fact it’s easier than you think. Take the Glamour Table by Bontempi Casa; a metal frame with contrasting metal feet is simple yet effective. Why not try selecting the dark brass metal frame and offset with gold coloured feet for a truly bold design. If you’re looking to pull focus in your space, the Terminal Console Table by Cattelan Italia is a striking design that blends brushed metallic edges with a lacquer steel frame, again to really create a contrast opt for contrasting your frame and edge finish to really highlight this trend.
Pictured above: Artistico Table by Bontempi Casa
The Artistico Coffee Table and Artistico Table by Bontempi Casa both feature a stylish curved metal frame that has the option of coming in multicoloured metals meaning each leg will be cast in a different metal finish. This particular design truly embraces everything this trend has to offer and creates a brilliant striking focal point in any space.
So mix it up this season and opt for a trend that displays true staying power.