Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Kelly Hoppen interview: The interior design entrepreneur tells us why she's gone all retro

Kelly Hoppen tells me that she’s gone all retro: basketry chairs, bold fabrics, colour, leaf. Does this mean that the queen of taupe, corkscrew– curled Hoppen is turning hippie?
“Homes are becoming much more loose,” she says, citing the OTT banana–leaf wallpaper, as seen in the Beverly Hills Hotel, that she says is coming back. “I will always do the neutrals, but it’s putting in splashes of colour and using very bold fabrics as one-off accent pieces. I like the way a neutral room feels and then the way a colour will sharpen it.”

An author, MBE and ambassador for Brand Britain, Hoppen has never been so busy. And there is clearly a Hoppen lifestyle that goes along with the design style – she looks glowing, fit and toned, with a steely passion for her work.

Of course we know her cool, calm and considered persona from two series of Dragons’ Den. The two programmes are “chalk and cheese”, she says of the business show vs Great Interior Design Challenge. “Dragons’ Den is about people coming in and shaking at the knees and asking for money, whereas the GIDC is all about design. I’m an entrepreneur as well as a business woman but first and foremost my passion is design.”
She needed no leg-up from investors nor the banks – her wealthy bohemian London upbringing gave her celebrity connections, and as a teenager she renovated a house in swanky The Boltons for the racing driver Guy Edwards, and designed a flat for Professionals actor Martin Shaw (she later became step-mum to Sienna Miller). In 1975, she founded her studio.
Today, she has 48 projects happening worldwide, among them yacht interiors, hotels, boutiques and private residences (the Beckhams are fans and friends), and her work spans myriad collaborations and licensing deals, from high–end baths with Apaiser, to rugs with Brintons and glasses with Boots.
But, tune in to the shopping channel QVC and, low and behold, you will find her jewellery and homewares at mass-market prices. Successfully bridging high/low is surely a nifty tightrope to walk? “You have to start at the top, and once you are established, then you can filter down,” she says. In 2014 she began the Kelly Hoppen London collection of homewares.
“We launched kellyhoppen.com as an online store, so that people can ‘get the look for less’,” she says. She likens it to the fashion world, where as soon as the designers have finished a catwalk show, similar looks appear on the high street. “That’s the way of the world, so now if you want the Kelly Hoppen look you can go and find it.” She was not prepared to leave the imitation game wide open.

She thinks a fifth series of GIDC is likely. “It’s an uplifting show,” she says. “I didn’t want to come across as hard, but being constructive and guiding people and giving them hope, because there is an opportunity in this country for people to become interior designers. As a country we support new young businesses.”

Source: Laura Ivill

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Window Shutters For Your Home's Beauty And Protection

The beauty of a room depends on its interior decoration. The window covering is a very vital part of interior decoration. There is a wide variety of window coverings available in the market today. There are curtains, roller blinds, awnings, shutters and window Venetians.

Window Shutters are a type of covering which can be used both inside or on the outside of a house. They basically consist of vertical stiles and horizontal rails. There are louvers set within the frame to adjust the opening. The louvers may be fixed, vertical or horizontal. Window shutters provide more than just a covering.
Functions of Shutters:
1. Controlling the amount of sunlight entering the room.
2. Controlling the amount of air entering the room
3. Providing privacy
4. Providing security
5. Protecting against the weather
6. Enhancing the aesthetics of the room.
There are basically two types of window shutters.
Interior Shutters:
These are installed inside the house. They consist of a fixed size frame that fits perfectly in the window opening. This frame is hinged to the sides of the window opening and functions as a single unit. The purpose of an interior shutter is to bring an optimum amount of light by partially or fully covering the window. Interior shutters can be single or multi- tiered. A single tiered shutter is one which consists of one shutter from top to bottom of the shutter. Whereas, a multitiered shutter is one in which top and bottom tiers can be opened independent of each other.
There are two main varieties of interior shutters
Traditional shutters: They have narrow stiles suitable for small windows
Plantation Shutters: They have wide stiles and are better suited for large windows.
Exterior Shutters: 
These are installed outside a structure. They are made of vinyl, wood, composite wood or fibre glass. They are hinged on either side of the window or on the top. They can be swung closed if required. Exterior shutters have fixed or movable louvers. These louvers help in shedding rain, allow air transfer and filter sunlight, etc. Different types of exterior shutters are used for different purposes.
Shutters with operable louvers are used when light and ventilation need to be controlled.
Solid Panel Shutters are used for protection against severe weather conditions.
Nonfunctional Shutters are used only for decorative purposes to enhance the appearance of the building.
Due to their versatility and multiple applications, shutters are becoming popular. They are considered as an option to the traditional window coverings. This is because they not only enhance the appearance of a room but in addition provide security and protection against weather.
Window shutters are a way to decorate your home and also protect it.

Source: Kanika Saxena

Friday, 24 February 2017

Creating a Wall Gallery in Your Home

A gallery wall can instantly elevate the style of any space in any room in your home. Gallery walls vary greatly, depending on the décor and taste of the people doing the arranging. They can be the full length of the wall, over a couch or other piece of furniture, going up a staircase, or just about anyplace else.

Select the Art You Want to Include
A gallery wall gives you a chance to make a statement about who you are and what you like. Your gallery is a wonderful way to document and tell a story of your travels and experiences, show photos of family members through the years, display art you've collected, display hand-drawn (framed) illustrations, incorporate metal or wooden objects you've collected, and much more.
Mix it All Together
Introduce several different materials and textures. Break up framed art with wooden art, metal signs and even natural elements such as feathers, branches, found objects, etc. Have fun using your imagination.
Mix paintings and photographs, black and white with color, and high and low pieces. Gallery walls can consist of your favorite pieces of art, paintings, family photographs, trinkets from trips, metal or wooden objects, and much more. If you're looking for items to fill your gallery, go to flea markets, garage sales, thrift stores, Etsy, consignment shops, your grandmother's house, antique stores, and other places of interest. Enjoy the hunt.
Frame It
In addition to the art you select, be mindful of the frames that highlight the art. For a clean, formal, and minimalist look, select frames in the same size and color. For a more eclectic look, mix and match picture frames so it appears that you've collected the art over time. If you go online you will find many framing opportunities that are far less expensive than going to and framing shop. You can find interesting vintage frames at flea markets, antique stores, and yard sales.
Tip: If you have an unsightly object on the wall (such as the box for door chimes, why not put a frame around it to incorporate it into the gallery.
Come Up with a Game Plan
Once you have all the art you want to include, remember that placement is everything. Don't just start hanging. Here are a few suggestions for coming up with an artful wall:
Measure the amount of wall space you want to fill. Then tape off a section that size on the floor. Arrange, re-arrange, and rearrange again everything you want to hang until you come up with the gallery wall that you feel looks best. Once you're happy with the arrangement, take a few photos for reference. Or cut out paper the exact sizes of your art and tape the cutouts to the wall. Then hang your art one object at a time.
The most important thing to remember is that there is no magic formula for creating an interesting gallery wall. Don't let the process intimidate you. Just jump in and enjoy the creativity.

Source: Sheryl Roberts

Monday, 20 February 2017

Quick Color Trends That Date A Home

Color trends of eras gone by can hurt you if you are currently in the market to sell your home so paying close attention to what those colors and finishes are can help you figure out if your home has a chance of getting sold. Below are some tips to help you go ahead:
The Earthy 70's
The seventies was all about wood tones and earth tones. If you doubt me take a trip through time and look at old home photographs. See a lot of wood paneling? How about on the floor? Is that shag carpet rust colored? Or perhaps you had green carpeting? Let's talk about the kitchen, remember the Avocado green appliances? Or was it Brown, or Harvest Gold? Flooring was usually a wild pattern as well and you can bet greens, and oranges and browns were in them as well. Now if your home is still hanging on to the 70's look, you may want to get it into a time machine fast and move on up to the current decade. Leave that Brady Bunch home behind.
The Pastel 80's
You may think that your buyer will not notice your eighties décor, and in fact you may not even notice or be aware of your 80's décor either. Does your home look like it was used as the backdrop for the show The Golden Girls? To help you assess whether your home is dated, watch some shows from the era and pay close attention to the décor. Whether it is the Cosby Show or Different Strokes, chances are if your home looks similar it is time for an update. Wood theme was a big trend those days. Look for these clues, large over stuffed pastel and floral furniture is usually a dead giveaway. Brightly polished brass was another popular finish in the 80's and 90's. While the 80's home furniture was over stuffed and larger than life, the kitchens were suddenly taking a turn as well and County blue and similar shades. You will also notice Oak furniture was all the rage, whether it was in the kitchen, or other parts of the home, Oak was in. Oak and brass was also seen paired together.
The Hunter Green and Burgundy 90's
When we left the 80's behind, someone decided to go from warm and sunny pastels to darker cooler shades such as good old Hunter green and Burgundy. These color shaded were all over, in king or queen size flat sheets, curtains, wall color, furniture and what not. What designers didn't think through in this era was how hard it is to neutralize this color scheme, and when a color scheme is hard to neutralize, it is hard to match it to other colors not in the same color group. What does this mean to a buyer? It means unless they have all neutral furniture, they may have trouble matching their décor in your home, assuming they still want to. Hopefully if your home is caught in this time warp, a can of paint will correct it all. If not, you may be looking at some more expensive measures. If this color scheme carries onto your solid surfaces and flooring, get ready to shell out some major coinage to correct the problem.
In a rosy world, we'd like to think "if a buyer loves my home, they will make the changes to it that need to be made.." however, buyers see "changes" as extra "money" they have to spend and if a buyer thinks they have to sink an additional 5 to 10 thousand dollars updating your home, they might as well look at a more expensive home that doesn't need updating. When selling your home, think like the buyer, not the seller. Disassociate yourself from your home, pull your head out of the past, and look toward the future, if you want to sell your home. Otherwise you will find yourself sitting year after year on your little piece of nostalgia and you will have to make peace with that.

Source:  Mark S Cooper

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Rustic Luxe Interior Design

Rustic Luxe decor is a look that is here, there and everywhere. To describe this look would be where city chic and rustic barn style overlaps in a cool fashion. Rustic woods, earth elements, antiques, faded fabrics and soft cotton throws come together in Rustic Luxury.Together they create interiors that brings together the best of both their worlds. Both feminine and masculine, the ying and the yang, mixed with a palette of warm browns, subtle taupe, white washes and multi layered textures.

Reclaimed distressed wood furniture is a style that speaks to several styles of interior decor but is must have to the rustic luxe look. These beautiful barn doors are made from wood salvaged from old Indian Havelis or buildings. An old door table immediately becomes the statement piece when added to a room. For the finesse of the reclaimed wood try a buffet with wrought iron railings and original tiles.
Metallics create the modern dimension of this look taking luxe into high fashion. Mirrors encased in old jharokha windows or through accessories like metallic hued fabrics and shiny candle holders. A traditionally inspired silver finished armchair, the Queen Of Hearts adds a touch of luxe classic to the room. This classic stands apart from the more worn pieces and the feminine metallic accessories.The kitchen uses rustic antique manjoosh, an Indian chest on wheels with elephants and peacock carvings as an island combined with crystal wine glasses creates luxury decor, practical yet eclectic.
The luxe cabinet styles with raised edges glazed doors in distressed white finish with a ceiling harnessed with warm cedar beams and planks creates a huge statement. Earth hue granite counter tops and back splash with and rustic bar stools pick up the story started by a professional range and a built-in refrigerator with custom doors made from old distressed woods.
The kitchen pantry is wrapped in rustic panels and a sliding barn door does the trick, working well with the mirrored tiles, and cabinet hardware which is porcelain hand painted knobs.Straight clean lines and the warmth of old woods close the space between traditional and rustic.
Creating a kaleidoscope of ideas, mixing unusual tribal earthy colors, getting away from the norm, yet keeping it classy and sophisticated, rustic luxe is the tribe norm. Warm turquoise patina buffets, smooth textured wood tones contrasting with sleek clean lines, tapestry fabrics with fabulous multi hued texture placed against smooth calf leather, mirrors and glass sprinkled in for decorative elegance.
Rustic Luxe is a lifestyle trend allowing the freedom to put favorite items together so that a person's individual style shines. Create Rustic Luxe interiors with old antique doors carved by hand, telling the stories of the past, consoles and dining tables in distressed finish and armoires with tribal painting, a design trend that is timeless and as beautiful as you!

Source: Era Chandok

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Choose your wallpaper designs

Wallpaper ideas

Damask wallpaper 

A sophisticated style with rich or deep colours, damask wallpaper will bring luxury to any room 
- perfect for a feature wall.
Damask wallpaper is an elegant personal statement that brings a touch of class to a setting. 
Combining well with modern or traditional room features, our premium designs give you the 
chance to create a fantastic look. From dramatic black or silver damask designs to exquisite 
effects, the mixes provide a beautiful backdrop. 
Stripe wallpaper 

Bold, adventurous to subtle, sophisticated design options, there are a plenty of looks to choose 
from - decorating with striped wallpaper designs makes for a timeless style.
Stripes are a simple solution to decorating a room; this style adds colour to any scheme and you'll 
be amazed by how easily it combines with other room features. Give your room a contemporary 
makeover with ideas and inspiration from our wonderful range of designer wallpaper that is sure 
to bring style, substance and warmth to your home.
Floral wallpaper

We have plenty of fashionable options in our extensive modern floral wallpaper range. Make your 
mark with bright, sophisticated patterns that look great and bring your interior to life.
Integrating perfectly with room upholstery and fabrics, floral wallpaper has long been a brilliant 
choice in the home. Add a premium look to any space with bold and beautiful wallpaper designs in a range of 
styles and colours. Find the wallpaper solution for you that co-ordinates your scheme and gives you 
a change for the better.
Plain wallpaper 

Our collection of plain modern wallpaper is understated yet ideal for bringing style to your spaces. 
It's just right if you are looking for a finish that co-ordinates easily with other designs and features.
Complete a room's look with our wonderful collection of wallpaper designs. Available in a number of 
different colours, designs and styles, our options can help you to put the finishing touches to a room. 
Ideal for setting off a feature wall or creating an open space feel, it is a smart and simple idea for refreshing 
an area quickly and stylishly.
Conversational wallpaper

Find inspiration for a finish that energises a room with our fashionable range of luxury wallpaper. 
From quirky illustrations, soft blue butterflies to real-looking brick wallpaper, we have beautiful edits 
of innovative designer styles.

Add some fun to your walls with themed, retro and designer wallpaper. Get ideas and 
inspiration for bringing a fresh approach to any space in order to get the look you want. Succeed in 
creating a real bespoke finish in your home with these attractive options.

Source: Homebase

Monday, 6 February 2017

Craft room ideas for creative days

Looking for craft room ideas? Let us inspire you to create a space that you will love for years to come.
Wi-fi has made it possible to connect to the outside world from anywhere in the house, but if you run your own business, work freelance or have lots of personal admin to do, setting aside a dedicated office or craft corner will make any task more pleasant.
A redundant space on a landing, under the stairs or at the end of a long hallway can accommodate a desk that is used for short periods. Alternatively, stash office essentials in a purpose-built cupboard, complete with a desk and integrated task lighting. Then, at the end of the day, it can be shut away out of sight. If you work full time at home, it’s best to devote an entire space to the cause, as a cramped work area can be counterproductive. Consider converting a bedroom or the attic, both of which should be far enough from the hub of the house to be a quiet working environment.
Get the light right. Poor lighting can cause eye strain and, if the ambience in the room is flat, it can make you less productive. Lots of natural light is ideal, preferably from windows not skylights. A task light, such as an Anglepoise, is invaluable too.
Work out what you need to store – books, technology, materials – and choose shelves that can be reconfigured if needed. Wall-mounted shelves are ideal as they increase the feeling of space and are less obtrusive than floor-standing bookcases.
Invest in a well designed office chair that will support your back properly. Try Vitra for a design classic or, if you’re on a budget, Ikea has good, affordable options.
Whatever your creative hobby or arty pastime and however long you spend on it each week, you will enjoy making and doing much more in a space designed to help, not hinder creativity. Take a look at these fabulous craft room ideas before you start decorating your dream space.
Want more design inspiration? Take a look at our man-cave ideas for dens of distinction

Source: Ideal Home