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  • Hot Off The Press

    Just a sneek peek of what is hot in the press this month, copper accessories seem to be getting lots of coverage as well as Moroccan style home furnishings. Our simple and elegant Copper Lanterns have been featured in Country Living and Ideal Home this month and have as a result sold out several times but are back in stock now!

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    House Beautiful are also featuring our Pastel teapots, sugar bowls and milk jugs, along with the  ever popular Crumple range of crockery, Vintage Lamps from House Doctor and a beautiful John Robshaw Clay throw.

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    Some more great coverage in the July issue of Homes and Gardens our beautiful Moroccan Baskets and Bamboo Baskets take centre stage in this shot.

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    House Beautiful have featured several products in their Moroccan Bazaar feature, Filisky Little Pear lights have been grouped together and look fantastic.  Our Copper Jug looks great too in the centre of the table and our Rug Rhombus looks beautiful on the floor of this bedroom shot. I love this Moroccan theme in home interiors and it never seems to go out of trend so can be enjoyed for years to come.

    Transform your home into a Moroccan Riad with our copper and Moroccan accessories and with the SALE now on the prices are almost like shopping in the souks of Marrakesh!

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    Transform your home into a Moroccan Riad with our copper and Moroccan accessories and with the SALE now on the prices are almost like shopping in the souks of Marrakesh!

    Styling by Hannah Deacon and photography David Brittain

  • Modern Meets Vintage in Scandinavian Style

    If I had to describe my style when it comes to home interiors I would say it's a little bit modern meets vintage...with a splash of Scandinavian style...and the occasional Moroccan influence - a bit of a mishmash basically!

    I can't do ultra modern, I like a bit of character and charm in a property, but then, I can't do clutter either - so I sit somewhere in between, which is probably why I like Scandinavian brands like House Doctor and Tine K so much. They seamlessly blend the two together beautifully. Scandinavian style in general tends to combine simple modern lines with wood and natural materials such as a fluffy sheepskin rug to add warmth and character.

    I love the look of this room, it is calm and light but cosy at the same time, with the addition of a large Moroccan rug and naturally warm vintage leather sofas.

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    This image by House Doctor has that perfect mix of modern and vintage; the rustic wood mirror and Sissy Rug add the vintage charm with the industrial table and lamp adding a dash of modernity.

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    This image by Tine K Home gives another example of modern meeting vintage. I love the simplicity of this scene, the faded pink walls and lacy curtain give the room a vintage look but the upholstered black headboard and shiny white floors are very contemporary. The Pampille shades from Tine K Home add a touch of "modern vintage" too.

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  • What Makes A House A Home?

    Just over a month ago we moved house and business. The business was starting to take over the house and with stock filling up every nook and cranny. It was the first time I have bought a place that didn't need completely renovating, but it doesn't quite feel like mine yet- so now I am in the process of trying to put my stamp on it.

    But how do we put our own personality into our homes without ripping out kitchens, bathrooms etc? I suppose a lot of it comes from the "stuff" that we have collected over the years, items that reflect who we are. Subtle changes like paint colour, adding beautiful lighting and interesting home accessories can transform a house and make it your home.

    Here are a few things from the new product ranges at Idyll Home that might be making their way from the warehouse to my new house shortly!...

    I love these Filisky pendant lights, they are just beautiful . These lights don't just look pretty, they flood the room with dappled lighting, creating a warm atmosphere of Moorish charm, with a bit of glamour thrown in.

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    These are on my wish list too; new in from a print-maker based in the UK. These stunning woodcuts are used as the basis for print making to emboss the prints.

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    I love the texture and thickness of the wood in this design that depicts two Cornish Elm trees. Somehow this British design has taken on the characteristics of the African Acacia tree found in the Savanna. What's even better about this product is it creates interesting wall art that doesn't cost the earth and transports you to an exotic place.

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    These pretty Moroccan vases from Danish designer, Tine K home have a lovely hand-made earthy quality to them.

    I feel that by marrying modern elements of design with hints of the warm exotic and dashes of opulence I can make this new house of mine a home.

  • Outside Inside - Let Nature Lead The Way

    Nature gets it right

    Summer may be behind us now, but it left a little inspiration for us at Idyll Home. Whilst whiling away the hours on a beautiful Portuguese beach (life can be such an effort, I know!), I found several small pebbles in faded pastel shades of pink, yellow and grey and noticed how closely they matched the colours of some of our new linen cushions. That set us talking about how nature always seems to get it right.

     

    Sense of peace

    Much further than just the colours of nature, the textures and materials themselves can bring a sense of calm and relaxation to a room. Try mixing light woods with raw clean metals such as copper, brass or silver to achieve an authentic 'earthy' feel.

    Evoke the sense of tranquil communion with nature achieved through a rustic lifestyle by finding simple designs such as linen cushions, hand-crafted pottery and natural wooden furniture, such as these bamboo tables from Tine K Home

    Calm or chaos

    The forces of nature can clash of course - think of waves smashing into the cliff-face or strong winds up-rooting trees. Far more common though are the complementary relationships between elements of nature - grasses, plants and trees building up a seamless, expansive landscape. It is this feature of layering and setting accessories against furniture and soft furnishings in a way that makes the whole greater than the sum of the parts which is the key to interior design for many.

    Where chaos does creep in from time to time (such as the tropical storm which are kids!) there are of course several good storage solutions to quickly restore serenity, like these metal storage trunks from House Doctor

    Changing seasons

    Styles and trends come and go, it can be difficult to keep up. Nature moves with the seasons too of course and different moods are revealed as the months go by, but there is always the right balance - so whichever feel you go for, why not take a look out of your window to get a design lesson for free?!

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