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Emily-Henderson-Living-Room-Poof-Couch-Tree Recently, I was asked by Modern Rugs UK to pick my trend predictions for rugs as we go into 2016. I was given a choice from their 5 key interiors trends and I picked ‘Inspired by Nature’.

2015 saw the popularity of outdoor greenery being brought indoors. There was certainly an explosion of foliage prints and patterns adorning soft furnishings and home accessories.

I think 2016 will still see the bringing of outdoors in, but in a much subtler way. I am thinking of pretty pastel hues of floral blooms and the changing tones of the skies and seas.

This also ties in nicely with Pantone’s colour predictions for 2016. The beautiful dusky blue shade of Serenity and the pinky sky tones of Rose Quartz.

I have curated a few images to show you what Inspired by Nature means to me in 2016.

The photo above is by Emily Henderson, found via Brit and Co. I’m loving the dusky blue rug with patches of white. It’s like having the sky below your feet. Looks beautiful when combined with Danish mid century style furniture. The blues pair well with the light teak colour of wood and the worn brown leather of the sofa. The white cushions draw out the patches of cloudy white in the rug.


To recreate this look, I have found a similar rug from Modern rugs UK by Designer’s Guild. It is called Phipps Sky rug .
Weekend-thuis-Binti-Home-ontwerp-3 Next, is a gorgeously styled living room by Souraya Hassan of Binti home. The rug is not quite Rose Quartz but on the more coral end of that shade. Love how the look is balanced with the grey of the sofa and the pinks drawn out by the accent tones in the cushions and rose gold planters in the far wall.

cameo_8246_fedra_swedish-1 I found a similar rug but with a darker tone, edging more towards Pantone’s Rose Quartz. Like the changing colours of the skies at dusk.

It’s the Cameo 8246 Fedra Swedish rug, part of the Louis de Poortere collection which can also be purchased at Modern Rugs.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post. Have a great festive week.

( This post has been done in collaboration with Modern Rugs, the images of the individual rugs are courtesy of Modern Rugs, all views are my own).


Hello! Back with my ‘A room in the house’ series where I pick a room and discuss an interiors related aspect, then endeavour to search for a similar product, hopefully at a more affordable price to help recreate the look. Today, I’m visiting my dining room, more specifically my dining table.

Recently, for a lunch party with good friends Will and Toby, I wanted to create a table that looked simple, yet fresh like Spring.

To do that, I chose some mint coloured, linen placemats from Designer’s Guild. You can find similar at H&M home.

To contrast the mint, I decided on a mix of grey and teal. My Ittala Teema plates were perfect for this. A budget option for similar plates can be found at Ikea.


Napkins are often colour matched with placemats, which at times could look dull, so I decided on the contrasting tone of teal.

The green glasses from Design House Stockholm and ombre pillar candles balanced the overall look. I bought my candles from Designer’s Guild.


Now a Spring table wouldn’t look right without fresh flowers. Here, I enlisted the help of my local talented florist Matthew Richardson from The Urban Flower company, who I have previously written about here and here.


After explaining to him about the colours that I would be using for the table, I left Matt to work his creative magic in my selected vases.


The pinks, yellows, oranges and violets he used were simply stunning. Each piece was a work of art.


I remembered previously interviewing Matt and he explained how his creations took fruition through instinct rather than set steps.


I think that is truly a sign of an artistic mind. Hope you’ve enjoyed my Spring lunch table and the cheer these floral arrangements have brought. Wishing you a wonderful and restful weekend.


It was an honour last weekend to have my son’s bedroom featured on the front cover of the Sunday Times newspaper – Home section.

It was written by Katrina Burroughs, on Unisex style in children’s bedroom.

To quote Katrina “it was about the decor wars that are gently waged between adults and their offspring – and between adults and the purveyors of pink and blue designs –  and how the bill payers can triumph, creating child friendly yet stylish interiors that satisfy all parties.”


I styled two gender neutral rooms for the feature. The above photo was used. The other room was styled in a monochrome palette, revealed below.

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Not sure if you remembered my son’s recent bedroom Spring refresh above? It was very blue.

I’ve fine tuned it to yellow and mint for the unisex feature.


Katrina’s comment in the Sunday Times made me smile. Here it is “Her taste is understated, chic, design-savvy – good luck getting her to admit a novelty duvet into her house.”

Yes, the whole issue around novelty duvets! I’ve been lucky so far with the latter, my children have not really requested them and we have worked collaboratively to achieve the look in their rooms.

Here’s a list of where everything is from:

The duvet cover is from Hay; the linen mint ombre throw is from Designer’s Guild; the bed is from Little White company; the prints are by Fine Little Day and Corby Tindersticks; the chevron green rug is from Urban Outfitters; the side table is Componibili by Kartell; the mint leaf lamp is by Muuto.


This striped cushion in yellow and blue is by Kangan Arora, a recent purchase from Heals. That sweet little fella sitting on the bed is by Lucky Boy Sunday.


The chair is vintage, by Casalino and the cushion is by Lucky Boy Sunday.

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Here is the monochrome room

The duvet cover is Arne Jacobsen by Design Letters from Skandivis; the dog pillow is by H&M ; The Cross throw is by Pia Wallen; the geometric storage bag is by Ferm Living and the mint stool is part of the new Brakig range from Ikea.


The monochrome prints are from Future and Found.

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The alphabet cups are by Design Letters and the laundry bag is by House Doctor.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my styling! Have a wonderful weekend. x

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