Design Edit: Garden Lighting

Design Edit: Garden Lighting

Autumn is definitely in the air, but what a glorious weekend we had in Yorkshire. After such a long, sunny summer I’ve got rather used to spending time in the garden, so it was nice to be out there again. I’m certainly not ready to close the door on my outdoor space yet. Admittedly, I am excited about updating the interior for the seasonal changes, but this year I’m keen to incorporate the garden a little more, alive to the possibility that it too is a magical place to be enjoyed all year round. Garden lighting may not be the obvious choice for an Autumnal Design Edit, but when it’s cold and dark outside, what’s better than looking out into your very own enchanted forest?

And if you’re garden-ready, as soon as there’s another sunny day, you have the perfect excuse to get outside. Throws, lanterns and candles; perhaps even throw a log on the fire pit. Now’s the time to wrap up and enjoy some cosy, alfresco autumnal evenings. Who’s with me?

So here are my top picks for the optimists who refuse to make the garden redundant for the next half of the year …

#1 I love a floor lamp. And now there’s one to take outside. Make a sophisticated statement with this Elsa outdoor floor lamp, £120 from Cox and Cox (www.coxandcox.co.uk/elsa-outdoor-floor-lamp)

#2 Hang these squirrel festoon lights in a tree for a magical effect all year round, £45 from Garden Trading  (www.gardentrading.co.uk/lighting/outdoor-lighting/festoon-lights-squirrel-10-bulbs.htm)

#3 Now’s a good time to update your hardwired outdoor lighting; welcome your guests in style with this contemporary carriage light, £95 from Garden Trading (www.gardentrading.co.uk/lighting/outdoor-lighting/wall-lighting/belgrave-carriage-light.htm)

#4 Giant lanterns are a great way of creating a bold look while making an outdoor snug cosy and inviting. I love the Mosi giant lantern, £140 – £190 from Nkuku (www.nkuku.com/product/mosi-giant-lantern)

#5 Admittedly alfresco dining opportunities may be few and far between until the Spring, but these pendants would look amazing hung from a tree over a cosy seating area. And then you’re ready for next year’s outdoor dinner parties! £75 from Amara (www.amara.com/products/sunlight-pendant)

#6 Add some architectural definition to your patio area with these luminous orbs, £50-100 from Cox and Cox (www.coxandcox.co.uk/stone-effect-boulder-lights)

 

 

 

Dark Interiors: Autumnal tones

Dark Interiors: Autumnal tones

It’s no secret that I’m a massive fan of dark, inky hues for creating spaces which envelope and cocoon. Dark, rich walls evoke a real sense of drama, which I love. But, whilst dark greys and navy have been recent go-to dark tones, here I want to explore some other options.

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So, in this blog post I’m looking at chocolate brown. Brown is not a colour often embraced in interiors and it can be met with a love/hate response. Yet, I’m keen to explore what this often overlooked, rich colour has to offer. Well suited for an Autumnal post, the earthier tones of deep brown can give a really warm and comforting feel.

Perfect for creating a modern elegance, dark browns work well with other deep, earthy colours such as greens and reds. Layering these rich tones gives a really sophisticated feel. Add in a pop of vibrant blue and you’ve got something really rather decadent.

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Or keep things simple and dark for a smart, contemporary look. All you need is a little colour pop to finish off the look. As with all dark hues; creating depth in the backdrop really lets a touch of colour sing!

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It’s a really effective colour for creating an eclectic look too. Mix up some vintage-style wooden frames for a quirky look or, if you prefer a sharper look use simple black frames and mix in some colourful, vibrant artwork.

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For a more laid back look, soften it slightly and mix in some simple linens. The warmth of the brown walls here creates a relaxing, sensuous vibe. I really rather like it.

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Whilst it might not be a look as easy to pull-off as a moody dark grey or a sultry navy, the earthy, rich qualities of dark brown are really quite endearing. If you want to give it a go, Abigail Ahern’s Bedford Brown is a really good starting point. It’s dark, rich and versatile, creating a really cosy space. Which all sounds perfect for the start of Autumn.

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Hygge: Happy Home, Happy People

Hygge: Happy Home, Happy People

The word on everyone’s lips this Autumn (or, at least, those who can pronounce it) is Hygge (it’s {hue-gah} if you’re interested). It’s a Danish concept about enjoying the everyday; surrounding yourself with things and people you love.

Fundamentally, it’s about creating a safe haven; shutting out the big, dark world outside and making a happy, cosy space inside. With Winter now truly in sight, what better time to bring a little more Hygge spirit into our own homes. To wrap ourselves up with those we love and make our homes happy.

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And here are my 5 ways to bring a little more Hygge into your home this Autumn/Winter.

1. CANDLES & MORE CANDLES

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Nothing does cosy more than soft, flickering candlelight. Dot tea lights in pretty glasses and use church pillar candles in fireplaces or hurricane jars. Easy, and inexpensive.

Indulge the senses with scented candles. I love True Grace Fig for a sensuous and velvety scent. Or try Skandinavisk’s Hygee candle, inspired by the very concept. With notes of black tea and baked strawberry cake it even sounds delicious.

2. CREATE AN INVITING HALLWAY

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Hygge is about creating a welcoming atmosphere. As much as you can, declutter your porch and hallway to create a calming vibe the moment you walk through the door. Try Ikea for cost effective storage, add some subtle lighting and a few personal touches to make your entrance way an inviting space for you and your guests.

3. ADD TEXTURE

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Keep it natural. Warm and tactile; there’s a good reason why Scandinavian design so often incorporates natural materials. Think chunky woollen throws, and snug knitted cushions. Drape a sheepskin over a chair to create a cosy fireside retreat. You’ll never want to go outside again.

4. SIMPLIFY YOUR DINING AREA

Hygge isn’t about elaborate or extravagant dining spaces. It’s about the simple, informal pleasure of sharing food with loved ones. Go back to basics and enjoy a laid-back style. Simple linen napkins and tableware like this stoneware range by Rose & Grey. Just add comfort food and candles and your guests won’t want to leave.

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And for the children, take a look at the Finland Arabia Moon Tableware range, available at John Lewis. It’s too cute not to.

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5. BE YOURSELF

Hygge is about being yourself, so make sure your home reflects who you are. It isn’t about following trends or fashions. It’s about creating a space that feels like home. Make it personal. Add photos, keepsakes; anything that makes you smile.

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How will you get your home ready for some Hygge togetherness this Winter?