Sunday, 12 February 2017

Be my valentine

A shaggy rug like this
sheepskin rug is perfect for romance
Have you ever wondered who St Valentine was?

There are quite a few stories but this one is probably the most romantic. 

Valentine was a priest from Rome who lived in the third century AD.  He secretly married soldiers against the wishes of the Emperor who thought married men made bad soldiers. But poor Valentine got caught and was sentenced to death.  While in prison he fell in love with the jailers daughter and before his execution on 14th February he sent her a love letter signed 'from your Valentine'.  Sweet story.

Today St Valentine's Day is a day for anyone in love, whatever their age.  So how do you set the scene for that perfect romantic night in?  Here are our top tips:

1.   Cook a delicious meal (or, cheat and buy a take away) 
2.   Open a bottle of something nice
3.   Move into the lounge.
4.   Light the candles
5.   Put some romantic music on
6.   Open a box of chocolates
7.   Snuggle down onto a soft, luxurious, long pile shaggy rug
8.   Sip a glass of champers
9.   Nibble the chocs
10.  Whisper sweet nothings

Have a lovely St Valentine's Day - however, you decide to spend it.

Monday, 6 February 2017

How to zone your room

If you are fortunate enough to have a large room - zoning it into different functional spaces is always useful. Similarly, if the fact you are pushed for space means your room has to be multi-functional - a kitchen where you have to both eat and cook or a bedroom that also doubles up as  an office - get the zoning right and you can delineate clear areas for each function. 
Zoning helps you to reinvent spaces without going to the time and trouble of changing the layout of the house in a major way.  If you think of how fashion stores or restaurants can create separate environments in one large space, you can see how you could create different atmospheres at home. 
So first of all be clear what functions have to be used in each room.  
Lighting can really help with zoning and the right lighting will draw the eye to a specific space - such as feature lighting above the dining table.
Being clever with colour is also  a good tip.  Colour block your zones.  The office in the bedroom could feature grey and white for example, while the rest of the room may be grey and pink.
Make sure the relaxation part of the room offers decor and accessories that fit with relaxation - so candles or artwork.  The functional side won't have such frippery.
Rugs are the perfect way to zone an area.  In this example the dining room table is placed on the rug which marks it out from the functionality of the cooking space - this is clearly the relaxation area.  Remember to make use of our different shaped rugs, circular, square and even octagonal rugs can be used to great effect.
Play around with your zoning and you'll see how easy it is.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Period Homes - a favourite read

Period Homes & Interiors magazine is always a good read.
We love being able to look at other people's homes and see how they manage to totally transform rooms and even entire houses and of course, thanks to the 'get the look' feature afterwards we can see how we too can perhaps recreate their great ideas in our own homes.
In the January issue of the magazine they have included a Focus on #Rugs which includes one of our Vibrance designs.  The article describes it as gorgeously geometric and says that it is perfect for adding a splash of bright colour.

Hard floors remains very popular in most rooms of the house and while they are easier to clean and harder wearing than carpet, the magazine quite rightly says they can appear unyielding and so adding a rug will add comfort and colour - we have to agree.

It's always great fun selecting the rug that you think will be suit your room - picking out colours from some other item such as curtains or a piece of artwork is often a good starting point.  Make sure you also get the right sized rug for your room, as a general rule the bigger the rug, the bigger your room will feel.  And try to think outside of the usual rules - perhaps a circular rug would be a better fit than a rectangular one.
On a practical level, don't forget to buy underlay as this prevents your rug from creeping and creasing which can prematurely wear your rug out. 

Friday, 27 January 2017

Interior design trends for 2017

What's hot for the well-dressed home this spring/summer? Most wardrobes will have at least one fashionable piece for the season and similarly every home should have at least item of furniture that is bang on trend.

Greenery has been named the 2017 Pantone colour of the year and its meant to refresh and revitalise - it's certainly a lovely cheery shade that will brighten up any room. 

Patterns are also big this year.  Forget the usual rules of interior design when it comes to pattern feel free to mix and match.  A patterned rug, paisley cushions and zig zag curtains - you can go wild!  

Tropical prints have been seen on the international catwalks and interior stylists often take their lead from fashionistas. These bold designs are not to everyone's taste and the easiest way to go tropical if with a rug while keeping most other furniture items quite plain.

Navy is the new black when you are looking for the perfect accent colour. It works brilliantly with most other colours and unlike black it won't make a room feel too small.  

Finally, inventive geometrics that combine ancient culture with modern life are also a big theme for 2017. Simple lines and triangles are the key and our Moroccan style tribal rugs work the trend well.