Simple festive styling

We have made it through the first week of December, it comes round so quickly and suddenly there are Christmas trees everywhere and the pressure is on to drag the boxes of decorations out of the attic and see what you have to work with. Anytime from now is good to start creating your festive theme. The best bit is the unwrapping of all the decorations from their coloured tissue and old bits of newspaper and then of course the childish excitement to discover these bejewelled and colourful festive treasures. This year we did a 'reccy' of some well known retailers to see what was on offer and to look at the festive colour trends. There are some really fab little finds out there, rule of thumb is to buy a few things each year to add to your collection which are timeless and look like they were literally handcrafted by elves. 

The Fireplace is the focal point of any room and in a way the easiest area to style. A simple swag with intertwining lights, a few well positioned  tea lights and then some larger statement pieces for balance and proportion which will also draw the eye. Here we used some tall white candlesticks, a stunning red coral in the centre and some rust coloured fun reindeer on either side of the mantle piece. In the fireplace hearth an Indian brass tray provides a lovely backdrop for pillar candles and piled up pomegranates, fruit and nuts. We have also planted up some potted 'paper white' bulbs this year for constant flowers over Christmas.

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 On this table in the bay window we put a huge big vase of eucalyptus which smells amazing and adds instant greenery.

On this table in the bay window we put a huge big vase of eucalyptus which smells amazing and adds instant greenery.

The hallway pictured below painted in' Inchyra Blue' from Farrow & Ball made a great backdrop for this cutely decorated little corner that during the year would go otherwise unnoticed. This simple silver tree with lights from John Lewis is a fantastic alternative to a standard Christmas tree and fits anywhere. We used some silver oversized baubles from our own collection and some gorgeous decorations from John Lewis; a tiny little beaded stocking, a folklore bird disc and a gorgeous embroidered mesh panel. All beautiful quality and exquisitely made. The fragrant circle of dried fruits from Jormaepourri at John Lewis gives off the most amazingly addictive Christmas smell so a great piece to put in a hallway to welcome guests.

 

 Embroidered cushions and stockings from  TK Maxx .  Hunter  wellies - mini stylists own, we didn't ask his permission to use them - oops.  All other decorations from a selection at Trinity Interior Design. 

Embroidered cushions and stockings from TK Maxx. Hunter wellies - mini stylists own, we didn't ask his permission to use them - oops.

All other decorations from a selection at Trinity Interior Design. 

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On our footstool bespoke made by the London Footstool Company we used a big mirorred tray, the reflections look great in the twinkly lights and the mirror is a great backdrop to show off some pretty things, a gold rimmed glass bowl from Waitrose for nuts and angel and crown tea light holders from our own Christmas range at Trinity Interior Design. Christmas styling done, now to finish decorating the tree........ 

 

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Our top picks from Holiday House London

You've got to love the concept, two beautiful townhouses in an amazing London location, each room designed by a different designer and lifestyle brand and all in aid of a charity, in this case Breast Cancer Research. Holiday House was founded in the States in 2008 by Iris Danker a designer and cancer survivor and this is the first year it has been held in London.

 Image Source :  Interior Style Hunte r

Image Source : Interior Style Hunter

We have been eagerly awaiting the opening of the event since we first heard about it, so we dashed up to Hamilton Terrace NW8 last week to have a good nose at what the various designers came up with. To say it is a diverse mix of styles and looks is an understatement and this really highlights how different designers promote their own individual aesthetic and push the boundaries in terms of what is achievable. . It was also great to see the use of bespoke luxurious finishes in unusual and individual ways. 

Such an inspiring visit and we knew immediately what we liked and didn't like. Here are our top picks below. To see more of the houses take a look at http://theholidayhouselondon.com/

  Fiona Barratt  Interiors : 'Curated Design' Living Room  Rug from  Luke Irwin , Curtain fabric  de Le Cuona   Fireplace from  Chesneys

Fiona Barratt Interiors : 'Curated Design' Living Room

Rug from Luke Irwin, Curtain fabric de Le Cuona

Fireplace from Chesneys

 Fiona Barratt Interiors    

Fiona Barratt Interiors 

 

 Sophie Patterson Interiors : 'The Garden Oasis' Kitchen Living Space   Pendant Lights :  Bella Figura    Counter Stools :  The Sofa & Chair Company

Sophie Patterson Interiors : 'The Garden Oasis' Kitchen Living Space 

Pendant Lights : Bella Figura

Counter Stools : The Sofa & Chair Company

 Beth Clancy at Rachel Laxer Interiors : 'A midsummer dressing Room'  Chandelier from Porta Romana

Beth Clancy at Rachel Laxer Interiors : 'A midsummer dressing Room'

Chandelier from Porta Romana

 Natalia Miyar Atelier x Luxdeco : 'The Snug' Media Room   All accessories from  Luxdeco

Natalia Miyar Atelier x Luxdeco : 'The Snug' Media Room 

All accessories from Luxdeco

 Studio QD Ltd & Nicky Haslam : 'Nocturne in Grey and Silver' Master Bedroom   Table Lamps from  I & JL Brown

Studio QD Ltd & Nicky Haslam : 'Nocturne in Grey and Silver' Master Bedroom 

Table Lamps from I & JL Brown

 Roselind Wilson Design : 'Striped Night' Bedroom   Striped painted effect :  Farrow & Ball  ; Hague Blue and Calamine 

Roselind Wilson Design : 'Striped Night' Bedroom 

Striped painted effect : Farrow & Ball ; Hague Blue and Calamine 

Pink Curtains in 'The Pink House'

We recently did a curtain collaboration with AMARA award winning blogger, Emily Murray of The Pink House.

“It's all in the name”, we knew that it was going be all about pink even down to the test swatches of paint on the front door of her period home in South East London.

 Sitting room with upholstered furniture

Emily's sitting room was being completely transformed with dramatic Farrow and Ball 'Hague Blue' on the walls and beautiful bespoke cabinetry into the alcoves. From a selection of pink toned fabrics, Emily knew instantly a beautiful pale blush velvet 'Milborne Tea Rose' from GP & J Baker would complement the Hague Blue perfectly. 

We paired the fabric with a bespoke 25mm brushed brass-finish curtain pole from ‘The Bradley Collection’. To give the velvet a contemporary look we went with a cartridge heading pleat. This design really complemented Emily’s window which has stunning views of London.

The curtains were fitted last week by our amazing professional curtain fitter in time for a Christmas magazine feature photo-shoot. 

Best wishes,

L&M

 Living room with white and pink lamp

THE JUNE EDIT

FAMILY HOME PROJECT

We absolutely loved working on this project designed by DMVF Architects and resulting in this stunning family home. The clients were so great to work with and weren't afraid of introducing colour and texture in the finishes. We used lots of pattern in the fabric choices for the blinds and curtains and darker greys and blues in the paint scheme which enhanced the simple classical lines of the architecture. 

 Front door colour from Little Greene Paints : Mister David   Terrazzo floor with the house number inset in brass

Front door colour from Little Greene Paints : Mister David 

Terrazzo floor with the house number inset in brass

 Formal Living Room : Sofa bespoke made by Trinity Interior Design. Cabinetry by Enigma Designs www.enigmadesign.ie

Formal Living Room : Sofa bespoke made by Trinity Interior Design. Cabinetry by Enigma Designs www.enigmadesign.ie

 Kitchen design by Shalford Interiors & Terrazzo Floor by Ryan Terrazzo

Kitchen design by Shalford Interiors & Terrazzo Floor by Ryan Terrazzo

 Detail shot of side table in the formal sitting room with ceramics and potted succulent.

Detail shot of side table in the formal sitting room with ceramics and potted succulent.


TREND EDIT : SUCCULENTS & CACTI

Taking cue from the detail shot above in the post on our family home project we just wanted to put together a little selection of indoor plants inspiration. The cactus has been a popular choice for many years now, but 2017 is all about a prickly green plant of another kind. Needing very little maintenance, succulents are the perfect plants for homeowners with a busy lifestyle.

Available in a variety of shapes and sizes, these little plants add a touch of green into the home and make wonderful decorative pieces. Opt for marble, stone or copper plant pots for a modern touch. 

Here are a few nicely styled ideas with succulents for inspiration and a few good examples of great no maintenance fake ones to buy.

 Yakima Succulent from Abigail Ahern 

Yakima Succulent from Abigail Ahern 

 Aloe Plant in Crackle from M & S    

Aloe Plant in Crackle from M & S

 

 Hexagon Mini Planter from Notonthehighstreet.com

Hexagon Mini Planter from Notonthehighstreet.com


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