How to decorate a home office

With the rise of working from home, whether as freelancer/solopreneur or as part of flexible work arrangements, home offices are becoming a common feature of our homes. It could be a dedicated room or part of an existing one, but when thinking about decorating a home office there are three interlinked things to keep in mind: functionality, décor of the space, and how it sits in the whole house.
Keeping the décor simple is an important aspect of functionality, as we want to be focused while working (although some of us can be distracted by a white wall!) For this reason, I encourage the use of statement pieces in a room that relies on colour, light and texture to stimulate the senses and awake our emotions. Simple doesn’t have to mean bare.

Fellowes Sit-Stand Workstations

Standing desks have been slowly making appearances in the trendiest workplaces around the world. With an increased interest in wellbeing in the workplace, possibly driven by the generational change but also by the technological advancements changing the way we work (we can communicate with the colleague at the other side of the office on Slack rather than getting up to talk to them as we used to), it seems that the future is going in that direction. The range of Fellowes Sit-Stand Workstations t ...

Lessons in Interior Décor from Pride and Prejudice

Whenever I scroll through my Instagram feed, or flick through one of the many glossy magazines I buy at train stations before a journey, I'm met with dozens of beautiful images of interiors and no matter what style it is, they all share something in common: the rooms are full of things. Beautiful things that make up beautiful ensembles, that's for sure, but I often feel that, in 2017, we are now in an age that is crying for more minimalism. Myself, and I'm sure many others, are a bit wa ...

How To: Restaining an antique dresser

My husband and I love going to antique shows and auctions. We don’t have a lot of antique furniture since we are kind of picky about what we like but we have two antique dressers. One we bought at auction and the other one has been in my husband’s family for a long time!
This dresser was painted so many times that we didn’t know the original color of it. When we got it it was an orangey peach color.

The American Country House

Throughout June, we have looked at country houses around the world: the iconic British, the traditional Italian, and the charming French styles.
Today, we leave Europe behind to explore another quintessential style: American. From Canada in the north to the pampas of the south, the rustic style over the pond has captured the imagination of generations through films and literature. Classics like Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery and The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende take place with the backdrop of a country house.

The French Country House

The uncontested kingdom of the shabby chic effect is (everywhere that wishes it was) Provence. The style which we most commonly associate to the French country home is first and foremost the rustic simplicity of the Provençal style. Coloured furniture in light or bright colours like aquamarine (Annie Sloan has a shade that is called, aptly, Provence) or lavender takes the centre stage, in particular in the kitchen. Wood and cast iron are common materials, but rattan chairs and woven baskets are what really sets the French atmosphere apart from other countries’ country homes.

The British Country Home

When one thinks of country houses, it’s easy to picture a lot of tweed and Chesterfield arm-chairs (and if tweed is what you are looking for, then head straight to the Northumbrian Tweed Company’s website), but the look of a traditional country home isn’t confined to that. From the use of natural sandstone in the Chilterns, or red bricks in Yorkshire, every corner of the country has its own special touch. However, there are a few small ways to make any house feel more like a country home, whether it’s a cottage in a small village in Cumbria or a 10 minutes-walk away from East Croydon Station.

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Our favourite highlights from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

May’s theme was flowers, so what better way to round it up than with an overview of the flower event of the year, the Chelsea Flower Show? One of the big events of the London social calendar (which took place between 23 and the 27th), it’s also the best known of the Royal Horticultural Society many shows, some of which will take place with the backdrop of some of the country’s finest estates over the summer. Here’s our top 5 gardens from the recent show, in no particular order.
 

Should millennials buy antiques?

The answer is a resounding yes. When I talk to someone my age about antiques, the responses are usually something about it being an expensive hobby for elderly rich people. And it’s true, there are indeed luxury objects whose date of fabrication means they now have an even higher price tag than when they were bought new, but the factory-made china set a grandmother inherited from her grandmother is an antique too! Maybe you call it vintage, thinking that antiques really just refers to the expensive Georgian furniture you see on display at the V&A, and, as other Gen Y antiques enthusiasts pointed out before, you wouldn’t be to blame for that.