Idyll Style

  • 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.


    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.

    modern scandinavian interior with sissy rug

    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.



  • 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?!

  • Pretty Industrial Style

    Casting light on Industrial Style

    Whilst receiving fresh stock of our rustic industrial "Shack" pendant lights (which are incidentally, custom-made for Idyll Home by a small family-run lighting business in the Midlands) it got me thinking, what is the modern industrial look all about now? Does industrial style have to be minimal and hard or can it be softer and combined with pretty and dare I say it country? I think so!

    The thing I love about industrial style is the pared down no frills attitude, but often this can create a cold grey or white space, I need a bit of colour and pattern, adding the right type of soft furnishings and accessories can help to achieve a "pretty industrial" style. I like the use of soft pastel paint colours mixed with metal lighting and accessories, not the norm for most industrial spaces but I think it works.

    Industrial style on a smaller scale

    The other issue with achieving industrial style is that most people don't live in big loft spaces with bare brick walls and concrete floors, so how do you introduce industrial elements into a smaller space or more conventional type of home?

    Vintage metal lights, reclaimed wooden stools and rustic furniture can help create this look and work beautifully with old wooden floor boards found in most older properties. Metal lights don't actually have to be vintage, there are lots of new vintage style lights out there, such as our own Shack pendant light, which work perfectly for creating this look.

    Think of it more of an industrial evolution rather than revolution!

    This image from shows how you can soften the industrial style with the right accessories, I also love this dreamy cloud mural on the wall, a perfect way to fluff up the industrial look.

    Industrial style decor

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