Jan/Feb Favourites

It's favourites time again! (The 12th of March is ok for a monthly favourites post right? Maybe not but here we go anyway). This time I've combined January and February to give you a big collection of all the things I've been a bit obsessed with. The first signs of spring have appeared, the Daffodils have started to bloom and it's always a very heart warming sign of all the sunshine to come! The past couple of months have been CRAZY. I received my grade back for my Masters degree (I got a distinction!!! Woooooooo!!!!!) and I have a job!!! I start on the 20th and I am super excited to start my new role as Junior Designer!!! Anyway...I'm getting off topic with my little update. Here are my January and February favourites... 

Graphic Print Gallery Wall

I've expressed my love for gallery walls before and I've written a whole post about gallery wall layouts which I'll link here for you to read. My latest edit includes graphic prints! They're bold and eye catching and dramatic and draw attention. They can update a scheme quickly and can be used as a contrasting statement if you choose the right colour. Tip for continuity: stick to the same style of frame, it creates a more cohesive look. 

Image Source: ShockBlast

Image Source: ShockBlast

Maximalist Interiors

Warning: this is definitely not a trend for everyone!!! But I'm starting to fall for it. It's a bit too much and it's in your face and overstated and somehow elegant. I just love how the style is unapologetic for its brash, bold and clashing nature. Like I said, not for everyone but I think you have to appreciate it for the over the top nature of the style. 

Image Source: Designers Guild

Image Source: Designers Guild

Drinks Trolley

I've been after one of these for a while now and am still yet to find one that I like. I'm looking for one that needs a little bit of love - I prefer pieces with a story - but I can't seem to find one that steals my heart. 

Image Source: Oliver Bonas 

Image Source: Oliver Bonas 

Geometric Wallpaper

I don't think a statement wall will ever go out of fashion, it's the pattern and style of said wallpaper that will change over time. My current obsession is geometric prints. "Too crazy" I hear you groan but they can be subtle too. The blue print below shows how picking a tonal geometric print can tone down the pattern making it more mellow to look at. If mellows not your thing, then the colourful geometric wallpaper underneath will defiantly make a statement! 

Image Source: Period Living

Image Source: Period Living

Image Source: The Room Edit

Image Source: The Room Edit

G-Plan Dining Chairs

We have been on the hunt for a dining table and chairs and we found these beauties (similar, not these exact chairs) on Gumtree that need a bit of TLC. They were exactly what we were looking for so I was very over excited when they appeared on my screen. For pieces like these i recommend either Ebay or Gumtree, some times it takes a bit of digging to find what you're looking for but it's definitely worth while in the end! 

Image Source: Retrospective Interiors

Bright Cushions

Spring is the perfect time of year to introduce colour back into your interiors. Colours like pink and orange are a great transition into summer too! The perfect way to add a splash of colour quickly and without hurting your bank account. Mix patterns and textures to create a warmer look and a more tactile feel to your space. 

Image Source: The Nomadic Decorator

Image Source: The Nomadic Decorator

Retro Armchairs

It's official, I definitely have a thing for retro furniture. Almost everything I see I fall in love with. These armchairs are amazing!!!! I would love to find a pair that is slightly battered so I could give them another life. These make the perfect statement chair if re upholstered in a bold print! 

Green Velvet 

Green velvet has been a favourite of mine fora while now. I actually wrote about it in my Interior Trends for 2017. Velvet is the perfect fabric for making a scheme more tactile and lush and choosing this green is a great way to warm up a scheme because it's super rich and deep. This is going to be a firm favourite for a while.  

Image Source: Brit + Co

Image Source: Brit + Co

Runners

Runners and rugs are a staple for every house. They can add colour, pattern and texture to a space and can help to create zones in open plan areas. I've been really into runners recently, they're great for hallways and entrances. They are best placed on wooden floors and are a great way to warm underfoot. I love the Persian style runners which suit almost every style. 

Image Source: My Domaine

Image Source: My Domaine

So there you have it, my favourites for January and February. I hope you liked these favourites as much as I do, these favourites posts always give me the urge to shop...so I'm off to hide my credit card! Until next time... 

Much love, 

Sophie 

#asksophieinteriors post No.3

So it's been a while since I did an #asksophieinteriors post but recently I have been getting quiet a few questions coming my way. So I thought I would round up the best and answer them in a post...this post! So here we go...

Harry Thompson asked "How would you describe your interior style? #asksophieinteriors". 

This is probably one of the hardest questions I get asked. How to describe my interiors style? I have the ultimate problem of liking everything! I love a tonal scheme, I love G-plan style furniture, I love clashing prints, I love a boho scheme, I love country chic, I love, I love, I love. You see my problem! If I was to choose one way to design for the rest of my life I would choose dark, inky wall colours, rich, bold furniture and accessories, velvet and silk materials and brass detailing. 

Image Source: We Are Scout

Image Source: We Are Scout

Rebecca Marshall asked "#asksophieinteriors #interiors how do you feel about white ceilings?". 

To be blunt, I don't like them. I feel that ceilings are overlooked to be completely honest and there are so many fabulous things you can do with them to make your spaces feel more special. I've written an entire blog post on it which you can read here. Paint them, wallpaper them, clad them but whatever you do get creative! 

Image Source: Tollens

Image Source: Tollens

Sally Henderson asked "Sophie, can you recommend a brand of paint for my bedroom? #asksophieinteriors #interiordesign". 

It's not so much the brand of paint but the quality of paint that is important. Find a paint that has a lot of pigment and won't fade. My go to's are Farrow and Ball or Zoffany paint, a little bit pricier but defiantly worth it. The colour choice is amazing the tones are just so much softer then the cheaper brands and will add a designers edge to your makeovers. 

Image Source: Fashion Squad

Image Source: Fashion Squad

James Johnson asked "My girlfriend and I have very different taste.We've just bought a house and we're worried that we'll clash when it comes to choosing interiors, any suggestions? #asksophieinteriors #help #questions". 

Create a joint Pinterest board! You can each add interior images that you love and then go through what you have collected together. I would suggest allowing you both to say "defiantly no" to one thing in each room. You can then whittle it down and create your perfect scheme. 

Image Source: SHowardsMusings

Image Source: SHowardsMusings

Zoey Judd asked "#asksophieinteriors what is your go to way to make a space bright?". 

This is a problem that a lot of spaces have. Not all of us are lucky enough to have floor to ceiling windows in a country that is sunny 90% of the time. So to make the most of the natural light you do get, put mirrors or mirrored furniture into your space. Mirrors help to bounce the light around the room and is an essential for every room!  

Image Source: Coasters Furniture

Image Source: Coasters Furniture

So there you have it a round up of my most recently asked questions for you all. I hope you found them useful! If you have any questions you would like to ask me just use the hashtag #asksophieinteriors and I'll make sure I answer them in my next Q&A post. Until next time...

Much love, 

Sophie 

2017 Interior Trends

You will start to notice a change in Interior Design style. Things will become warmer, bolder, richer and lusher and I can't wait. There will be an opulence added to spaces that will really enhance your rooms and personal spaces. 

Image Source: Snake Ranch

Image Source: Snake Ranch

Moody Paint

Yesssssssss! I absolutely love love love dark wall colours! Inky blue, moody burgundy and rich charcoal grey. These dark tones help to bring warmth, luxury and drama to a room. I'm super excited to watch this trend evolve and see the spaces it helps to create! Need some more inspiration? Abigail Ahern is the master of this and one of my all time favourite designers. Visit her website here

Image Source: Abigail Ahern

Image Source: Abigail Ahern

Brass Detail

Brass is by far my favourite finish. I love the warmth it brings and the opulence it portrays so I'm defiantly pleased to see it sticking around. My top tip for using brass though is to go all out with it if you are using it in a space. I mean brass taps, brass handles, bras mental work on your tables or chairs. You will create a more cohesive scheme if you use it as much as possible. 

Image Source: Room Decor Ideas

Image Source: Room Decor Ideas

Mosaic Marble

Another trend I'm really excited about is mosaic marble. I've been obsessed with marble for a while now and you probably saw it everywhere is 2016. Well Marble is here to stay but with a twist. Different types of marble laid into a mosaic patten add a depth and detail to wall and floors. This is a great way to add more texture to your spaces. 

Image Source: Artistic Tile

Image Source: Artistic Tile

Green Velvet

With Pantone releasing it's colour of the year it has caused a rush and increase in the number of green furniture and accessories to complement the chosen colour 'Greenery'. If you don't know what colour I am talking about Here is my post celebrating 'Greenery'. My favourite material to add luxury into your space is velvet. It's tactile, lush and warm and a fabulous addition to any space. 

Image Source: Interior Break

Image Source: Interior Break

Well I can safely say that if these initial trends are anything to go by 2017 is going to be a fabulous year in Interiors. I have loved these trends for as long as I can remember so am very very exciting that they are finally on trend. This year is going to be a good year filled with design that I love! Yey! Until next time...

Much love, 

Sophie