Month: January 2016

Home Decor Trends 2016: The Mismatched Kitchen

It’s no surprise that the way we live in and use our homes not only has an impact on the design and layout of them, but it affects the decor trends that come and go over the years, too.  2016 is no exception to this rule, with several trends developing or emerging this year that are expected to make a big impact on interior design and decoration.

I plan to look at some of these trends in more detail over the next few weeks, but for this particular post,  I’m looking at the kitchen.  With social change and modern design making cooking and entertaining an altogether more relaxed affair, the once small and draughty kitchen at the back of the house has evolved into what it is today: an open plan, multi-functional space at the heart of the home.  It’s the focal point of our homes and where we all spend most of our time, so we want it to look and feel right for our needs.

Two major trends have been around for a while now in kitchen design: firstly, the hand-painted kitchen in cool shades of grey, green and off-white has become very popular due to its classic, yet modern look, but there is also evidence of a more industrial vibe in kitchen design, with rustic materials, pared back simplicity and a mélange of textures and finishes being key factors.  This is possibly why the latest idea of ‘mismatching’ your kitchen cabinets has become a fast growing trend – it allows us the freedom of a more informal, edgy look, but one that is built upon a base of good quality, solid cabinetry and materials.

Confused or perhaps not convinced?  Then take a look at these kitchens that exemplify the trend and prepare to be wowed…

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Make your New House a Home in 5 Simple Steps

As you probably know, it’s a very exciting time for our family, as we prepare to move into our new home at the beginning of next month!  As we have been staying at my mum’s house for the past few months (yes, she deserves a medal!), we have decided to hold off on having our furnishings and belongings (currently in storage) being delivered until the Monday following completion day.  This will allow us 48 hours to give the house a deep clean, as we all know that no matter how clean the previous owner leaves a home, we want to put our own stamp on it from day one – and for me, that starts with cleaning the bathroom, kitchen cupboards, built-in appliances, windows…the list goes on!  Whether you decide to hire a specialist cleaning company for this task or tackle it yourself, one thing is certain: you will never have as good a chance again to give the house this thorough a once-over whilst there are no sofas to navigate or beds to budge.

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Day Bed Dreaming

In preparation for moving into our new home next month, I am on the quest for a new bed for my eldest daughter, H, aged 9.  Unlike our last house, our children can now look forward to each having their own bedroom, which is new for us (and very lucky for them as I keep banging on at them!), however it does mean that we are one bed short at this particular point in time.  My son, aged 7, will take the bunk beds and my youngest daughter, aged 4, is happy to stay in her toddler bed for another six months, thereby putting off that next added expense until then at least… but for now the focus is on H’s sleeping arrangements, which brings me to this post about day beds…

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Hygge your Home

I talked yesterday about the Danish culture of hygge and how you can embrace it as a way of life, both tangibly in your home decor and emotionally by spending more time on yourself and with friends and family.  Although the high season of hygge is during the winter months, it can also be a focus throughout the summertime, as we prepare our homes and outdoor living areas to entertain friends and enjoy the longer, brighter evenings.

For now though, we need to get through the remaining weeks of winter, so for the purpose of this post, I’m looking at key interiors pieces you can bring into your home to make it a more ‘hygge’ environment throughout the gloomy winter weather.  For the Danes, hygge is purely focused on belonging to the moment, just being grateful for what you have and enjoying the good things in life with good people.  It’s that simple and it really is believed to have a positive and uplifting effect on your inner soul.  Why else would Denmark supposedly be the happiest nation on earth?

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Time to Get Cosy the Danish Way: Embrace ‘hygge’

It is at this time of year when the cheery Christmas lights have been packed away, yet the days are still likely to be dank, grey and cold for the foreseeable future, and having enjoyed plentiful tasty, comforting food over the festive season, we are now made to feel guilty for craving anything without kale in it when what we really need to get through this cold season is a pile of warm toasted crumpets, dripping with butter, and a large steaming mug of milky coffee.  This is the juxtaposition we call January in the UK and in my opinion, there is only one way to survive it –  it’s time to embrace the Danish practice of ‘hygge’!

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Twenty Sixteen

Hello hello and Happy New Year to you!  After a pretty long Christmas break, I am finally back at the laptop with the proverbial fingers stretched and shoulders loosened, ready to immerse myself once more into the lovely blogosphere. Thank you for coming back to read what I’m up to in 2016 and find out what decor trends and ideas catch my eye as we once again pass through the seasons of a new year.  I am very grateful for the interest you show in my teeny tiny corner of the blogging world…

 

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