Summer interiors

April 29, 2015

It’s funny how I decided today to blog about summer interiors! In Bristol we have grey skies and it’s been chucking it down with rain.

I haven’t blogged for a while as I have been working on the next project for Finzels Reach and just finished 2 show apartments for the new Cask Store apartments. This time I have been involved with choosing all interior items for the scheme so it’s been a little hectic to say the least, but I’m hoping to get back to my normal routine, starting with the blog!

So now we have a glimpse of summer all you lot will start thinking about your interiors in a different way, out go the sheepskin throws.

Most will want to paint out the entire house in white to give it a fresh look, but I say NO to that! You all know I am a lover of dark paint colours and they can still work with summer schemes, trust me!!

My number 1 advice is paint a dark hue but introduce some softer colours in the upholstery and accessories to give that summer vibe. If you’re not brave enough to go dark all over (and when I paint my house the ceiling gets painted the same colour as the walls) try going dark somewhere. What I did in the recent show apartments at Finzles Reach was a dark hue in the hallway – A perfect place to create drama, especially as this is your first impression as you enter the property. We then calmed it down a little in the living area with a neutral tone on the main walls but introduced a dark colour to a feature column. By doing this you create a contrast to the neutral pallet. If you paint everything in the neutral colour the scheme becomes a tad dull and boring and we don’t want to be doing that!

Change your heavy curtains for sheers, I always opt for a soft linen which softens the interior, perfect for the summer and great for not blocking out that all important sun light. I’m still great fan of colour and always get a strong pop of colour into the scheme but mainly with cushions, accessories and art. I am starting to add strong colour to walls, but the much murkier kind, as they give a lot more depth as previously mentioned. I usually do this in hallways and bathrooms as it’s tricky to pull off in large rooms especially if it’s a strong colour. In the hallway at Finzles Reach we opted for a strong purple/red and a deep blue in the en-suite. This instantly gives character and complemented the tiles perfectly. One of my favourite colours for the bathroom is Bowery Blue from the Abigail Ahern paint range. It looks great and it gives that injection of colour, which is often required.

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Add lots of lighting which will soften the overall look, you can never have too many accent lights, like lamps. The experts say you should have up to 7 lighting effects in one room. That is quite hard going! I can manage about 6 including the pendant light in one of my rooms. At least try adding more lamps as it will change the look in an instant and can add that little bit of glamour and there are so many quirky lamps on the market which can also double up as a sculpture/art or a touch of tongue in cheek style. I always opt for the oversized lamp. It works a treat and you should always play with scale in a room.

Take a look at some of the interior pictures that have inspired me.

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Splashes of summer colours in art and upholstery.

Neutral with pop of colour

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Softer colours sitting against a darker hue on the walls, and check out the image on the right the ceilings are painted out the same colour as the walls.

Have a great day!

Look out for a post on my recent show apartments, photographer booked this week to take some pics.

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Christmas Tips

December 19, 2014

My last post this year so I thought a few Christmas decorating tips might be handy, most of you have probably put up your decorations but here’s a few things you may want to consider or take on for next year.

For me making your home Christmassy isn’t about putting up every decoration you possess.

I know this can be a tricky task to make your decorations look classy and effortless, but hopefully a few key pointers it will steer you in the right direction.

Keep it simple! And with this in mind narrowing your choice of colour scheme down to a minimum of 3 colours or tones.

If you want to follow trends the look for 2014 has got to be GOLD!! Really bright shiny gold teamed with an off white or taupe which will tame the gold and stop it from looking too tacky.

One of my favourite things to do is get bare branches, if you get one big one plant it in a pot and hang tree decorations off the branches, some smaller ones make great table pieces or wall decorations. Although you now see this styled a lot in magazines, my aunty did this years ago and still does it now so it’s a timeless thing to do and always looks great. And still something you can do now to add to your table or a console in the hallway is a perfect place.

I’m also a fan of faux plants and flowers, you can get some great green faux greenery, eucalyptus is one of them, I drape this across the middle of the table with glass tea light holders dotted within, simple but it creates a very effective centre piece. This can also be done with real foilage, most Florist will have greenery this time of year, especially my favourite florist in Portishead www.facebook.com/pages/Sarah-Tynan-Flowers/430437143715912 

I also like to drape faux greenery down the banister. Teamed with berries as they are one of my favourite things to use at Christmas but you can also include tree decorations within the garland, just don’t overdo it and remember keep it classy.

Another thing which looks great is clear vases and lots of different sized ones, you can pick up cheap vases everywhere these days, fill them with branches, berries and greenery and the odd smaller one looks great with just baubles in -keeps the Christmas look without having to pin decorations on everything.

Now to finish the look off I collect small vases, glass candle holders even jars can work, buy lots of carnations, spray with hair spray and sprinkle glitter on them (I get my kids to do this) and just put a couple of buds in the small vases and dot them all over the house, teamed with tea lights and candles this will finish off the look, they last for ages so a week before Christmas will be the perfect timing for this.

The very last thing I do is, is add more lamps, floor lamps, table lamps, a dimmer lighting scheme at Christmas looks so much more welcoming, even placed in the kitchen if possible makes a much more cosy feel, and little sheep skin rugs draped over chairs and on sofas creates the warming cabin feel – perfect for a chic Christmas at home.

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My christmas shop window

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Have a great time at Christmas guys!

Newsy stuff!

April 25, 2014

Thought I would do a quick blog about a few things we are doing. For me it’s been a bit of a funny week, having a few days off over Easter has made it harder to get back into working this week. Would of quite liked the whole week off really!!

We have had our first article published for the Bristol Property Live paper http://www.bristolpropertylive.co.uk/ I’m talking about ‘adding colour to your interior’ Hope you enjoy! We are very chuffed here at DHI as it’s going to be regular monthly feature in the paper.

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Also we are very excited to have received our sample pots of Abigail Ahern new paint range that we will be stocking in the store and soon we will be painting out the walls in the store! Now we need to make our minds up of which colours to use!!

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Have a great weekend, more tips on interiors next week!