I was very excited as from what I heard, last year’s show was great with many interior inspirations and a buzzing atmosphere. Well, sadly I barely found something I really liked! Of course, I’ve seen some great arrangements or great armchair designs but overall the presented arrangements simply lacked SIMPLICITY. You know me well enough by now not to be surprised with this comment.
Living room arrangements were overloaded with the decor and three seat sofas with massive cushions. Oh, and don’t forget about flower vases that were way too big. The only thing I found really well arranged was one black and white bathroom with my favourite ladder towel rack and really stylish black sink, and one bedroom arrangement with a really nice side table and creatively attached light source.
My suggestion for the merchants showcasing? Gather more brands which are focused on simple design, and I’m sure it will gain a more modern audience, as I felt it was targeted only to people in mid-40s. Nothing wrong with that, but I personally felt let down.
But this is just my personal opinion. Did you attend the show? Have different feeling? Please, share it!
Time for a little project. As you probably know I live in London, where rent is unreasonably expensive and apartment sizes are, well… tiny. I thought I will share with you inspirations on how to arrange a tiny space. This will span a couple posts so stay tuned and you will see how this project will develop!
Today I want to share with you a few things which inspired me:
Would you use any of these ideas? I will be moving to the tiny apartment very soon and I need as many tricks as possible! Comment down below with your solutions for small spaces.
City life can be stressful, especially when you don’t really like that city life but you don’t have a choice at the moment. But there is always something that can help you to relax and completely forget about the overcrowded tube and lack of nature around yourself. And that’s…
It helps me a lot. Because of fresh lavender smell, I can manage to forget that I am not in the forest near Camelot but in my own bedroom, or bathroom. I normally use my secret heavy weapon: lavender essential oil in my lovely diffuser, a lavender scented 100% vegancandle, dry lavender hanging from the curtain rods, and lavender Fresh Skin essential oil on my duvet. Yes, a lot of lavender. And this is not the end.. I have a lavender bubble bath and a lavender bath oil from NYR (ok, this one ‘just’ contains lavender). Wait, I also have a lavender tea (Pukka Night). Ok, I’m turning purple already.
Of course, you don’t need to use lavender only, and the fact I’m obsessed with it, it doesn’t mean everyone has to be. Another great soothing oil is eucalyptus oil, that helps to purify your interior and helps you with early spring nasal infections.
But what aromatherapy actually is?
To save you googling, I found some facts about it for you to read:
‘Essential oils have been used for therapeutic purposes for nearly 6,000 years. The ancient Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used them in cosmetics, perfumes, and drugs. Essential oils were also commonly used for spiritual, therapeutic, hygienic, and ritualistic purposes.
More recently, René-Maurice Gattefossé, a French chemist, discovered the healing properties of lavender oil when he applied it to a burn on his hand caused by an explosion in his laboratory. He then started to analyse the chemical properties of essential oils and how they were used to treat burns, skin infections, gangrene, and wounds in soldiers during World War I. In 1928, Gattefossé founded the science of aromatherapy. By the 1950s massage therapists, beauticians, nurses, physiotherapists, doctors, and other health care providers began using aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy did not become popular in the United States until the 1980s. Today, many lotions, candles, and beauty products are sold as “aromatherapy.” However, many of these products contain synthetic fragrances that do not have the same properties as essential oils.’
Why lavender is good for? As everyone probably knows, lavender helps with sleeping, but healing insomnia is not its only benefit. Lavender bath can relax your muscles after a hard cardio or heavy gym session, it can also be a relief after a stressful day at work or school. What else? Caught a cold? Feeling tired? Try lavender essential oil in a diffuser or vaporiser, I’m telling you, you’ll feel better!
If you’re interested in some more info click here.
Time for eucalyptus. It is known for centuries for its wound healing qualities. It is highly antiseptic oil and helps wounds to heal quicker and prevent microbial infections to develop. As I mentioned before is also excellent in respiratory system problems like asthma, blocked nose, etc.
Peppermint is antiseptic and antimicrobial, but also very calming. I think it’s great to blend lavender (lol) with the peppermint, such a great smell!
I gave you examples of these three because I use them, but there are so many essential oils and all of them have unique benefits and smells. Click here to explore.
I think we reached the level when we can say it, finally is proper Autumn: red and yellow leaves, a little bit more clouds and sunrise not earlier than 7:05 AM ( How do you like the burgundy detail on my blog?). I might have mentioned couple of times, this is my favourite season. Why? I love the colours, I love the clouds and mornings that are a little bit moody. I am the person who loves cozy interiors, millions of books, checked knitted scarves and enamel mugs with the tea with lemon and honey inside (if vegan, go for a dates syrup ;)). If I had a massive house in the countryside I’m sure that I would be redecorating it every season, but Autumn would be the one I would spend most of the time doing so.
I would like to share with you some of the inspirations for the most beautiful of seasons.
If you are interested, you can find very nice collection here→ Greige. This isn’t sponsored, I’m just a big fan of Greige products, so stylish and out of ordinary.
Catch some nice Autumn decor items:
Ikea UK also has amazing Autumn decor and furniture! My nearest one is 20 minutes walk, so I will probably redecorate some walls 🙂
Check my previous post about Autumn 2016 Autumn 2016 and see if Designers were right with their trends forecasts.
Do you decorate your home when your favourite season comes?
September! The month when summer holidays are over. Maybe excluding higher education – these lucky people usually still have some time off!. But most of us are ready to go back to work after our school or work holiday.
In my personal opinion, September is an amazing month to be as productive as possible and I feel I can be super focused. Mostly cause I love Autumn and cozy evenings with ginger tea when it’s a bit chilly and rainy outside the window. My brain doesn’t work properly in a heatwave, and this slight drizzle and a bit of wind is something that calms me down.
Speaking of being focused, we need that amazing workspace!
For me, simplicity is key. I need to have almost nothing around. Just my laptop, notebook(s), black pen and the tea. I want to show you some workspace inspirations as well as my own home office space.
Tell me about your workspace and what kind of style do you prefer.
Rustic interiors prove that everything comes full circle. They have a rough-hewn charm that appeals to us in this era of slick technology and manufactured materials.
You won’t find here machine polished and shiny materials. Rustic style describes a style with an emphasis on natural, unrefined elements.
Rustic colours? Mother Earth!
Many dark greens like khaki, forest leaf, all the browns and sometimes oxblood and very dark blue. But the main one is of course rustic wood colour.
The main material used in this style is unrefined wood, many times people decide to ‘DIY’ their interior, using pallets for example. But apart from wood, hand-stitched fabrics play an important role. Black and green checked throws, linen cushions and embroidered elements.
This style is not for everyone, but if you like warm spaces, somewhere where you can read your 100 books and drink tea, rustic style is perfect for you.
But, to the point, to the point.I had a pleasure to take part in The House Fair in London Olympia, and now I would like to share with you what I found there, what inspired me and who was my favourite exhibitor!
Absolutely amazing idea and amazing person at the counter! I will surely purchase their tomato scent candle. Have a look and try, their candles are really original with scents like red wine, coriander, tomato, sage, rosemary, fig and more!
Another exhibitor with an amazing eye for the detail. Leporello designers produce an exceptional range of painted and polished wood furniture in both contemporary and classic styles. Also, their service includes custom design.
But here, it is more about the luxury at home and what is luxurious for us. For some people luxury is being able to have a relax and peace at home, for others it is being surrounded by pretty things. Or maybe you need a cashmere blanket to feel the luxury?
Everyone is different.
But I am sure that everyone will agree with me, that LuxDeco and their amazing products are luxurious.
New Metropolitan Luxe Collection is absolutely stunning. I picked my favorites.
This interior is absolutely stunning. Classic but out of ordinary armchairs, big shiny tables and colors! Brown and beige; these colors have always been classy.
To start with, I am really sorry for the very long break but my postgraduate dissertation wanted to eat me.
But, I am back on track with some fresh ideas which I hope you will like.
Is anyone redecorating? Or moving? I must admit that I am not the biggest fan of the 2016 interior design trends, excepting marble accents!
Dark Marble Coffee Table Have a look here, I think is very useful and practical, especially in small spaces like studio flats or tiny living rooms. But I would also use it as a side bed table.
White Marble Candle Holders A must! I absolutely love them, if you are planning to redecorate your home and you want to be up to date with trends, these candle holders are for you. I already have them and I love them!
Marble Duvet Cover Set I would prefer a white version but this one is also amazing. And is not expensive at all!
Okay, enough of marble. What else is very popular in 2016? This year designers decided to bring granny florals into homes. As I mentioned before, I am not the big fan of this trend but maybe you can find something interesting.
Light Blue Floral Sofa Well, I think I need to change my mind… This sofa catches an eye. If you like light and fresh spaces this one is a must.