Last month saw the introduction of Feioi Finds – a curated collection of some lovely wish-list-worthy items for your viewing pleasure. I was falling for some gorgeous mirrors in May and this month I’m turning my attention to the great outdoors.
Come on baby, light my fire
Who doesn’t love a good BBQ? We certainly do in our house, and it’s so lovely to spend time outdoors when the weather is good enough. As darkness descends on a cool summer’s eve, there’s nothing like a blazing fire to keep the party going. Just because the sun has gone to bed, doesn’t mean we have to! We’ve been shopping around for fire bowls and baskets so I thought I’d use the opportunity to share my #FeioiFinds with you!
It’s nearly the end of the month, and that means payday! Introducing my Feioi Finds series to give you some ideas for your shopping wishlist this month. It could be a big splurge, a little gift to yourself, or an irresistible bargain that’s just too good to pass up. Go on…treat yo self. You deserve it!
Each month I’ll be featuring inspirational pieces that I’ve been falling for and I’m looking at both designer and high street brands so you can get the look whatever your budget. Each month I’ll focus on one topic, item or look. If you’re searching for something specific, get in touch in the comments section and suggest something for the next Feioi Finds.
Mirror, mirror on the wall…
This month I urge you to indulge your inner narcissist with these gorgeous mirrors. Mirrors make wonderful decorative features and focal points as well as reflecting light and enhancing space. More importantly, they’re essential for checking your hair is still on point or perfecting your selfie game.
I may be tempting fate by saying this out loud but it would appear that summer has arrived in the UK – yippee! Who knows how long it’ll last but with reports stating that 2016 is set to be the hottest year since records began, it’s looking promising. As a country famous for its temperamental weather, many of us are very good at bringing the outside in. Lush house plants, fragrant herb pots and beautiful vases adorned with flowers decorate our homes so that we can still enjoy a little nature on those indoor rainy days.
However, with the sunshine and warm weather out in force, we need to think about taking the inside outside for a change! Here are a few of my favourite ways to bring your living space outdoors.
Interior design loves a black accent. Think of it like your favourite pair of black boots or a little black jacket. It goes with everything, brings out the brightness in colours and makes an outfit pop. Case in point:
Black is a colour that many are afraid to use in interiors. Common concerns are that it’ll be dark, heavy, harsh. All myths my dear friends! A little (or a lot of) black can elevate your interior design and enhance a look like you never imagined. No matter what your style, a little splash of the darkest hue is exactly what you need to complete the look. Not convinced? Hear me out…
It was on a particularly exciting day last week when I was putting away some laundry and looked down to see five striped tops staring up from one of my drawers. FIVE! And I’m pretty sure there are more striped garments in other drawers. Oh well, at least I’m consistent.
As an unashamed stripes addict, I decided to share my love of this classically stylish pattern that, in my book, never fails. Stripe up your life in these 10 wonderful ways:
I was recently asked to design a nursery for a lovely couple expecting their first little one. The brief – ELEPHANTS! It was simple. Specific.
I’m yet to have my own mini me so this was unchartered territory. My research had to be detailed and thorough. As it turns out, the world of nurseries and babies is as vast as it is adorable – filled with tiny furniture, squishy things and mini versions of everything we’d secretly love to have in our own bedrooms. Conveniently, there are also elephants. Elephants bloody everywhere – who knew? And let me tell you – they’re ridiculously cute, so I thought I’d share some of my favourites with you. Thank me later.
Spring has officially sprung. With Easter efficiently done and dusted before April and the clocks going forward, we’re on our way to lovely long days of (fingers crossed) sunshine. Even with the most gloriously sunny days, our homes all need a helping hand and that’s where the rest of this mini series comes in. Having covered natural light last week, we now look to artificial lighting. As we will see, light in the home is not all about function and practicality. Sure, it’s key to the prevention of bumping into stuff in the dark but it’s also about design – creating shapes, moods and interesting features.
So, onto one of my favourites – hidden lighting. Sometimes it’s all about the light itself and not about the fitting. Hidden lighting can be a bold design statement in its own right or a subtle hint to highlight another design feature. It’s such a simple tool that will seriously up your interiors game. We’re talking next level. Onwards to chapter two…
Smashing down all one’s internal walls to create a big open space is a trend that’s been around for a long time now. The gods of the interiors and architectural world are now saying that ‘broken plan is the new open plan’ and I have to say, I’m totally on board with this. However, despite that, I sincerely doubt this is the end of open plan living.
The beauty of the open plan space is that you can maximise the room you have by essentially overlapping what would be separate rooms. This gives the look and feeling of more space and a larger home. One large area also means that everyone can be in the same room doing different things, which encourages sociable living within a home. Yet another bonus is that the lack of walls allows you to optimise the natural light levels.
As with everything in life, it’s not all roses. Despite it’s benefits, open plan living can be tricky to get right. It’s hard to make a large vacuous space feel cosy and homely so it can feel cold and exposed. Plus there’s the risk that your different areas feel disjointed, furniture can look lost and trying to design around so many different factors means everything is compromised.
Ok, that was a really long intro so I’ll move swiftly on…
It’s all well and good giving interior design advice to homeowners, but as my good friend Lou pointed out, what about all you lovely people living in rental accommodation? You may not technically own the bricks and mortar but it’s still your home and you deserve to make it lovely. So, as has been demanded of me, here are 10 top tips for making your rented place feel like home. Continue reading “10 cheap and cheerful design tips for renters”
We’re seven days into January and I’ve decided to kick off the new year by starting a blog. Ta da! I know, everyone else has been blogging for ages so I’m (fashionably) late but here I am and, as they say, the party don’t start ’til I walk in…
So what does the new year hold for us apart from resolutions, empty wallets and going back to work? Aside from all this doom and gloom there’s a whole host of exciting new stuff to look forward to! I’ve been browsing the new 2016 trends in interiors to perk up my mood and here a few of my favourites.