Pastel colours are everywhere this time of year and are a lovely way to add subtle colour to your spaces. Lavender is a warmer purple because of the pink/red tones that come through which adds a gentle warmth and softness to a room. Typically seen as a very feminine colour Lavender can also be used to make a bolder statement by deepening the tone of colour you use. Below are a few examples of the different ways in which Lavender is used and the different effects you can create with this beautifully elegant colour.
I've wanted to try Method products for a while now as I love the ethos of the company and the environmental twist on household products. For those of you who are not familiar with Method products they are ecological, biodegradable household products without the chemical nasties or animal testing. I'm becoming more and more aware with my personal environmental footprint and what the products/items I buy are doing to the environment. So when I was gifted the new limited addition collaboration with Johanna Basford I jumped at the chance to review them.
Johanna Basford is the known for the bestselling adult colouring books "Secret Garden", "Enchanted Forest", "Lost Ocean" and "Magical Jungle". She created three designs for the collab and asked Methods Facebook fans to choose their favourite. "Hummingbird Garden" came out on top and it is just beautiful! The gorgeous artwork and bold colour definitely draws the eye and is every bit a enchanting as the colouring books.
The limited addition range includes a multi-surface cleaner, washing-up liquid, gel hand wash and foaming hand wash. I was sent the washing-up liquid and the foaming hand wash and very keen to try them out. Both products smell like the right amount of peonies and peaches without being too over powering.
I love the pump on the washing-up liquid because it means you don't waste product and end up with bubbles everywhere. One, or even half a pump is more then enough and it cleaned everything really well. The foaming hand wash has a pump also, and produces a lot of foam. It rinsed really well and left my hands feeling soft and clean without the chemical film some hand washes leave behind.
Johanna said "like me, method want to make the world a happier and more colourful place. i was using method products long before the collaboration and have always loved the fact that they work well, do good and look beautiful. it’s exciting seeing my designs come to life in a new way and help bring more colour to people’s homes.” I think that sums up this range perfectly and I'm very happy that I discovered Method during this collab as it gave me the chance to see the beautiful design. I think I am a Method product convert and am very excited to try out the rest of their product range. Until next time...
This Method collaboration is available in Tesco and ranges from £3 - £3.50 each.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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...