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Velvet The Soft Touch

Friday, 31 May 2019

If this year’s Oscars are anything to go by, then velvet is in. And we don’t mean the classic little black dress – it was the men who were sporting velvet tuxes and dinner jackets in a variety of colours. Velvet has also made it from the red carpet to the red sofa. Lime Modern Living are stocking the latest styles and the Sits Mattias Sofa can be upholstered in a wide choice of colours and fabrics, including velvet.

To be among the stars, head to Oliver Bonas whose Constellation Velvet Cushion – combining plush velvet with an entrancing star print, is the perfect addition to any sofa.

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As Pictured Above (from left to right): The Calligaris Love Chair and Graham and Green's Tulip Pink Velvet Lampshade

Or you could take your seat on a comfy dining chair - the Calligaris Love Chair is upholstered with a velvet seat pad with detailed stitching on the backrest and seat. And to keep you in the lime light, Graham and Green’s Tulip Pink Velvet Lampshade is a must, with its gold inner drum that emits a warming glow around a room.

With online searches for velvet going up by 400 per cent, velvet continues to be one to watch out for in 2019. As one of our all-time classic fabrics, velvet exudes luxury with a soft, tactile surface that has taken both our homes and wardrobes by storm. Unlike other fabrics, it has no raised weaves or loose threads, which makes it difficult for the material to snag. And with its rug-like flat pile, it makes it highly durable and an ideal material for the home.

There is a huge range of chic velvet pieces out there that will keep you ahead of the trends for 2019. So, indulge yourself and embrace that soft touch.

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The Mystique of Teak

Thursday, 23 May 2019

It’s time to soak up the sun and relax on your Teak patio furniture – the highest quality outdoor furniture you can find. And it looks like teak will continue to stay in fashion during these spring and summer months, as stylish Teak designs are hitting our decking. The Tweed chair by the Italian maker Unopiù creates a unique sculptural and decorative effect by interweaving the brushed steel structure with teak.

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As Pictured Above: The Tweed Chair by Italian designer Unopiù

If it’s versatility you want, the Cane-line Area Stool with its slender tri-legged teak base can also be used as a side table. Or if it’s a more rustic look you’re after, then the Cane-line Core Table is perfect for alfresco dining

Going along with the popularity of all-natural teak styles, one look that will be in style this year is weathered teak. As teak is exposed to the sun, the furniture gradually takes on a grey-ish look, perfect for homes looking for a neutral style. Because Teak is a dense and oily wood, the natural oils present within it offers protection from pests such as termites. The oil also keeps water from seeping into the wood. This means teak furniture can be left outside to endure years of rain, wind, heat, and cold - but don't forget, everything does need a bit of TLC from time to time. 

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  As Pictured Above: The Cane-Line Core Table, available at Lime

With teak becoming a highly popular choice for furniture, the drive for more of the wood has reached an all-time high. Unfortunately, the growing demand for teak has attributed to major deforestation throughout Asia. The latest trend will be a call for more sustainable and environmentally friendly options that are grown on teak plantations. More and more consumers are requesting teak furniture that has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

Some regular cleaning is also necessary to keep the wood looking beautiful. With a little care and maintenance, teak furniture can endure a long life and you’ll feel the benefits for many years to come.

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Flexible Fitness at Home

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Hailed as the Netflix of gyms, innovative apps such as Peloton and Fiit have fuelled the popularity of on-demand workouts that can be carried out from the comfort of your own home, while offering the innovative boutique quality of leading gyms.

Busy schedules frequently impact ambitious fitness plans, but a home gym can significantly increase your weekly workout sessions, helping you to address and maintain specific goals with ease. For flexibility and time efficiency, this on-trend ability to live stream studio classes by elite instructors offers the same motivation drawn from group sessions.

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As Pictured Above: Fiit – On-Demand Fitness

Vacant spare rooms or garages at home can be cleared out and furnished with basic gym equipment, adding essentials such as yoga mats, puzzle flooring, resistance bands and kettlebells for weightlifting provide the perfect foundation for beginners. For decoration and functionality, adding oversized mirrors can significantly help to improve performance technique and minimise the possibility of injury.

Where space is limited, a living room TV or Tablet is sufficient. From cardio to strength exercises, modern on-demand interfaces feature a range of time-fixed workouts that you can join in real time as soon as you wake up or while dinner is simmering.

Childcare becomes unnecessary so get the whole family involved. Encouraging little ones to practice alongside you at home will build their confidence, emphasise the importance of fitness on their wellbeing and install a workout routine that can last a life-time.

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Dig Deeper With Clay

Friday, 12 April 2019

From textures to perspective, this year's home trends continue to encourage us to dig a little bit deeper. Sourced from earth, Clay is a highly desired natural pigment that has been used for millenia to create artisan pieces. 

Characteristic of exterior settings, the nurturing burnt orange tonality of Clay transports this warming material indoors, awakening an excitement for the outdoors that can be enjoyed in the comfort of your home.

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As pictured above: The Calligaris Echo Table and Igloo Chair from Lime

Embracing its energy, Clay is the ultimate companion for Southwestern style. This modern desert aesthetic is a popular design method that is homely, while delivering an outdoor sunkissed connection. Blend rugged terracotta walls with mid-century style elements such as the Calligaris Igloo Chair, customise in complementary leathers or neutral creams to finish with a truly grounded outlook.

Authentic clay accessories can help you promote a shift towards sustainability in the home. Textured pots and bowls are perfect for showcasing lush green plants or storing everyday items in a casual yet artistically refined manner.

Take a class and enjoy the calming effects of working with clay - then display your handmade creations at home, and benefit from the pride and self worth experienced when mastering a craft such as pottery.
 

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