For the Love of Wood

sideboard teak midcentury

We live in a decor age whereby wooden furniture has been loved and almost loathed in equal measures, some preferring it in its natural, raw state, whilst others will chalk paint or gloss everything in their path.  I suppose when it comes to 1980s orange pine I don’t really blame them, however I do think there are some beautiful woods out there that should be left as they are to shine out as a statement piece in their own right.  A perfect example is the walnut and glass china cabinet I have at home that originally belonged to my Great-Grandmother which I simply adore for the way it is.  Ms Annie Sloan ain’t getting her hands on that baby!!

Essentially, the choice as to whether you paint a piece of furniture or not mostly boils down to your personal style preference; if you love the French country look then an oversized armoire painted in a dusky hue of Paris Grey will undoubtedly look the part in your home, just as a set of mismatched dining chairs painted in pretty pastel shades or an old china cabinet in a slick of bright green paint will guarantee a vintage style lover that quirky, eclectic look she’s after.  Personally, I love wood for the warmth and character that it imbues, but painted pieces can add individuality and a sense of fun, too.  And as I’ve shown before now, sometimes there’s a fine line between a trip to the dump and a gorgeously upcycled piece of furniture you can feel a little bit proud of!

For the purpose of this post, it’s all about renewing our love for wood, be it teak, walnut, mahogany or, dare I say it, pine… check out these awesome interiors for ways to work that wood baby…

 

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The Art of Fika

fika

You may remember some time ago, I wrote a post about the Danish culture of Hygge, a concept centred around celebrating the little things in life, most often associated with staying cosy during the long, winter months and enjoying time with friends and family, but also getting out into the fresh air in the summertime and having picnics or a simple glass of wine in the garden with a good book.

Well, it seems that the Scandinavians have got it right again with the Swedish culture known as ‘Fika’.  According to Wikipedia, Fika is:

” a concept in Swedish culture with the basic meaning “to have coffee”, often accompanied with pastries or sandwiches”.

Sounds pretty spot on to me!  However, you may be thinking “So what? Everyone can enjoy a cup of coffee”, but there’s much more to it than that.  For the Swedes, this is an opportunity to pause your day, share time with friends or colleagues, much like Hygge, but essentially it’s a moment in which to leave the stresses of work behind you, unlike here in Britain or the US, where coffee is a fuel to be taken in short bursts at your desk or on the commute.  I think whether you’re at work, in the middle of studying or in between school runs, everyone could do with practising the art of Fika.

And what’s Fika without the right equipment?!  It seems many of the homeware retailers out there are embracing the trend, too; Oliver Bonas has dedicated a small collection of tableware entirely to Fika, and you can find an ever-growing number of Fika inspired cups, mugs and teapots in many stores across the country.

Here’s my pick of everything you need to take a little pause in your everyday life and embrace this longstanding Swedish tradition…

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My Dekko Loves for May

radish feta mint salad

I was meant to be cheering my son on at his school sports day this morning, but instead I’m here, at the computer, a warming cup of coffee alongside me, writing up my Dekko Loves for the month of May.  The reason for this change of plan?  Three words: Northern. Irish. Weather. Always unpredictable, ever changeable.

Anyway, we have been promised several days of unbroken dry weather from this point on, so we’ll put today behind us and look forward to the first weeks of Summer proper.  First, however, I’m continuing with my new monthly round up post ‘Dekko Loves’ (read my April post here) and I want to round off May with some lovely little things guaranteed to put some sunshine into your day wherever you are…

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Current Colour Combo Crush: Charcoal + Blush

nordic grey sofa blush

I am totally loving anything blush pink at the moment (did you check out my post on THE pink sofa?! Trust me, do, I defy you not to be converted to dusky pink…), not only because it’s such a contemporary, fresh, colour, but also because I think you can introduce it successfully into so many decor styles, from modern country to industrial to Nordic cool.  So, be it blush, rose, dusky or powder, there’s a pink out there for everyone…

I’m currently planning how to redecorate our kitchen/living area (you can read more about it here) and as we’re working around an existing mid-grey sofa and footstool (ours is this one from Next), I can really imagine pale pinks and a bit of monochrome working well with the charcoal grey sofa.

Here are some charcoal/blush looks I have been crushing on lately…

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Home Decor Trends 2016: Bring the Botanical Look Home

plants indoors

Following on from last year, the trend for all things green and leafy is still going strong, with homewares in Spring/Summer 2016 collections loudly emblazoned with botanical prints, lush foliage, tropical fruits and birds of paradise.  Never thought you’d own a pineapple shaped lamp base?  Well, think again!  This look is centred around bringing the outdoors in and embracing Mother Nature in all her beautiful forms.

However, even if this trend seems a little too ‘out there’ for you, it can be brought into the home, or indeed garden, in a subtle way, too – a few botanical print cushions can make a bright and cheerful addition to any patio set, as can some colourful picnic ware.  Indoors, how about using a softer print on a smaller scale, such as on a roman blind within a small window, or create an element of surprise with a patterned lampshade on a hall console table. It will brighten up any entranceway!

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A Rainy Day Make: Circle Bunting

I was recently inspired by a rather cute little product spotted on the lovely Rainbeaubelle blog, which was a circle bunting garland made from coloured and glitter card. It would be perfect to hang up for a birthday party or simply to add a bit of pizazz to an otherwise bare space of wall in the home.

As Julia suggests on her blog, it costs around £13 per garland, however it could be quickly and pretty easily made at home, too.  This got me thinking, until one day recently, when I was shopping in my local Sainsbury’s store and found myself dandering down the stationery aisle (is it just me?!), I came across some little gift tags that I thought would make for the sweetest circle garland!

I immediately got to work with a selection of the gift tags, a few rolls of washi tape and a length of string.  Find out how I did it here…

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My Dekko Loves for April

daffodils in vases

I hope you’re enjoying this glorious Spring weather we’re having at the moment! It really has been simply wonderful feeling the warmth of the sun once again and being able to spend all day outside getting jobs done in the garden, watching the children enjoy playing in the water sprinkler and having fresh food cooked outside on the barbecue and enjoyed in the last warming rays of the evening sunshine with a cold glass of wine.  Life is infinitely better when the sun comes out!!

I recently started up a weekly round-up feature on the blog called Friday Five, the idea of which was to share with you some lifestyle, decor related and other inspiring things I’d been loving over the past week, however I soon realised this would be much better as a monthly post, which I have called “My Dekko Loves”.  So, here we are with my first instalment for April, albeit a tad late as we are eight days into May… I promise to be better organised next month!

If you follow my Instagram account, I’ve also created an Instagram hashtag called #dekkoloves which I have been tagging onto some of my recent Instagram shots and I would love it if you could use it too!  I will then be able to share some of your favourite decor discoveries, as well as my own, when I write My Dekko Loves round-up at the end of each month.  It’ll be fun to see this monthly feature develop and I really look forward to seeing what pops up under #dekkoloves!  You may also use the #dekkoloves hashtag on Twitter, just make sure to tweet @dekkobird and I will always retweet you.

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Five Under £5 for May

5under5May

How’s your weekend going so far?  I thought I would take a little time out of the usual Saturday morning running around to share my monthly Five Under £5 post with you.  It’s part of a lovely link up feature run by Julia who blogs over at Rainbeaubelle, where I share five things I have picked up for less than a fiver over the past month.

Last month, my post had a bit of a pink and grey theme going on, but this month I’ve mainly been inspired by my newly painted grey potting shed in the corner of our garden, which I’ve been spending a good deal of time pottering around in, potting up plants for our veg patch, mainly, but it’s also a lovely place to enjoy a good book with a cup of tea on those chiller clear Spring days.

Anyhow, here’s my round up for May:

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My Kitchen Makeover Update #1: Weighing up wall paint, window coverings & what to sit on

Eames dining chairs

Before we had even moved into our new house, one of the things I had decided I would tackle first was the open plan kitchen/living space. We are now three months in and I’ve finally made some firm decisions on the decor, including what colour to paint the 1990s oak kitchen cabinets (I think this colour will be perfect to bounce some light around), as well as what shade to use for the surrounding walls (I’m loving this new colour from Farrow & Ball which looks great alongside the cabinet colour choice).

If you haven’t seen what our kitchen looks like in its current state, I shared some early pictures here. Although it is completely functional (in fact, if I say so, quite well laid out), it is totally outdated in terms of its style and finish, however, as I’m sure you’ll agree, a lick of paint will transform it entirely, as well as open up lots of possibilities for using the space in new ways. In particular, I’m thinking of a blackboard area, some modern open shelving and a gallery wall to display the children’s art in a more modern and creative way than the standard blu-tack on a fridge door. I have come up with some ideas already on the gallery wall front, which you can see here.  Just how cool are these colourful frame wall stickers – they are so fun to use and can be moved around and updated as often as you (or the kids!) like.Children's art gallery wall (more…)