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5 Trends in Victorian Interiors

Queen Victoria, born on this day in 1819, has reigned over Britain and its empire for over 63 years. The most interesting feature about the time is that, unlike the period that precedes it, there is no such thing as a Victorian style. It was a period vibrant with experimentation, embracing new cultures and reviving historical styles (most famously gothic, but also rococo).

Flowers and plants for the home, for him and her

One of the conditions of modern life, especially in big cities, is the rise of the house-share. Just like a couple building a home together, these houses should be decorated in a way that makes everyone feel at home, and not like they are trespassing on someone else’s space all the time.Plants are the easy option to bring a bit of nature and freshness into the space. There are many plants that are low maintenance but still beautiful and stylish.

 

Made in Clerkenwell 2017

Yesterday (14th of May 2017) I’ve had the pleasure to attend Craft Central’s Made in Clerkenwell event. Designers opened their studios for the day, some of them working (I was able to observe for a few fascinating moments the work of violin makers Ruschil and Bailly, which is not a kind of craft you expect to see every day), but mostly it was a showcase of products with the ability to buy them, and most designers happy to have a chat about their work.

(c) Martha Stewart

5 favourites for the home in the colour of “natural optimism”

Twinings and Pantone have teamed up to create a colour that would give you an instant mood lift. As we near the end of Mental Health Awareness Week, we think it’s great to remind ourselves that even those who do not suffer from mental illnesses need to take care of their wellbeing (and at L&Y we are trying to be more intentional with our living), so we are really keen on this new colour. Also, blue is my own lifelong favourite colour, so I’m partial to it regardless. So, if you’re up for spending some money why don’t you take a look at our favourites for the home in this new colour (or close shades), and maybe donate something to a mental health charity while at that? 

Flowers and plants for the home – for her

Women seem to prefer round shapes and more delicate colours, with roses being the most popular flower, followed by lilies, freesias and tulips (according to Serenata Flowers). From observation of my Instagram feed, Blair Waldorf’s favourite, peonies, are also a very well loved flower, and a quintessentially feminine one. As for plants, an absolute favourite of mine is fern: unlike tropical plants, which are tall and strong, ferns are soft and come in a variety of foliage, including some lovely exotic ones.

(c) Think Geek

10 quirky Star Wars Gadgets for your home

It’s May 4th, or Star Wars Day, so to celebrate this joyous occasion we thought we’d share with you some quirky and lovely gadgets for the home, straight from www.thinkgeek.com. We chose them because all their products are officially-licensed Star Wars merchandise, and a few are exclusive to them.

Flowers and plants for the home – for him

For men, the most well liked types of flowers are stronger shapes and bolder colours, like tropical flowers. Orchids, Rhizomes, Gingers, and Heliconias are all well known types of tropical (or exotic) flowers. Other flowers like the African Tulip, Annual Delphinium, Amazon Lily, or the Caladium are less well known. There are great flowers for every season, the Flower Expert has compiled a handy list. Plants are also a stylish choice, and, while they require more care than cut flowers, they have the upside of not needing to be put together into a flower arrangement (unless you like to keep it simple with just a bunch of the same flower into a vase), and they don’t need replacing as often. Artificial plants and flowers, which are very realistic, are also a good, low maintenance and sustainable alternative to fresh ones, with the only downside that they don’t act as humidifiers like some of the real ones do.

Hygge for the Summer

This past winter, this weirdly-pronounced word (it’s Danish) was all the rage in Britain. In our dark and cold nights, the idea of “a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or wellbeing” just seemed the perfect antidote to feeling of bleakness worthy of a Dickens’ novel. However, hygge is about intentional living, not curling up on the couch with tea and a soft woollen blanket per se. As Britain approaches the season when it’s socially acceptable to host a barbeque no matter whether the sun is actually out, and sales of Pimm’s skyrocket, there is no need to be jealous of our Danish cousins across the sea: hygge for the summer is something most of us have already been doing, we just didn’t have a fancy word to make us feel like we were on trend.

The Fashion Revolution in Interior Design

If you are reading this blog, chances are you are interested in creating a more intentional lifestyle. Today (April 24th) marks the start of the Fashion Revolution week. Since the tragedy of the collapse of the Rana Plaza complex in 2013, activists have used the anniversary as a catalyst for their activities of change during the year, to create buzz around the subject and reach many people. Ethical fashion has been put on the agenda of most brands, thanks especially to celebrity endorsements and the fact that we tend to consume clothes more than any other products, but fashion revolution is, I believe, very relevant to interiors too.