How to show off your glassware – tips & tricks

How to show off your glassware – tips & tricks

I love showing off beautiful glassware whether it is drinking vessels or vases. We are often too precious about glassware and relegate it to the cupboard and forget to use it. If you collect glasses or have glasses of different styles and colours find an alcove or a shelf where you can show it off. I know you have to do more dusting but then you can easily transfer it to a table or if friends pop round for a drink. Have them to hand.

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Show it off in a nice cabinet in your kitchen or dining room and mix it with your plates and crockery. Free standing furniture such as this one here is so versatile - it’s also great to keep books or linen.

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If you have a dining room for example and you don't use it very often- why not leave a tray with a set of glasses on the table when not in use? It will look lovely when it catches the light.

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A mantle piece is the ideal place to show off your glassware- add a few blooms and your mantelpiece is instantly dressed - voila!

Mantlepiece with glass bottles filled with a mix of lime green flowers, green hydrangea, limelight hydrangea, guelder rose, dill, and emerald roses
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And how do you show off your glassware or other nice objects? Leave your note in the comments below.

by Natalia Willmott
10 tips to integrate pattern in your home

10 tips to integrate pattern in your home

 

Patterns have been used for hundreds of years to enhance home decor and fashion. It is prevalent in nature too and all around us...but we forget to notice it sometimes. We are sometimes scared to use it. But a pattern has great power.

Patterns can bring a lot of visual stimulus to a space so you need to think how you want to feel in a certain room before using it.

Even if you love simplicity, clean walls, zen interiors you can integrate patterns. There are no rules to using pattern- or there shouldn’t be but there are things you can do to slowly introduce it if you don’t have the confidence yet.

 

To slowly introduce pattern use the rule of 3

From the Home I create- the use of three patterns makes this scheme really fresh but also lived in. 

The rule of 3 can apply to any room. Use three different patterns in a room or area but make sure they vary in scale. You are then free to use different colours and also keep the rest of the decor neutral. It gives a bit of character to a room.

 

Use colour to unify patterns together

The Stanley Floor lamp colours are found everywhere in the room

You can use lots of different patterns in a room scheme too but have one or two colours to unify them- this will make sure your eye is not jumping like crazy when you enter a room and doesn’t know where to look.

 

Bring pattern through accessories

Objects can bring pattern into a room in a discreet way but that can be eye catching too.

 Accessories are an easy way to introduce pattern. You can remove it if it doesn’t work for you. It’s a great way to test your taste but also to refresh a scheme.

 

Is wall art a pattern?

Antique textile design stands out and brings the scheme together

Wall art can be a patttern if it’s a design for example or if it has a pattern in it and can be a great way to brighten up your walls if you are not a fan of going bold. You can also use that pattern or something similar in other areas of your room and unify your scheme.

 

 

Be bold- use oversized patterns

tropical landscape 2 wallpaper mural by Andrea Haase uses tropical leaves to bring brightness and the outside in to the wall

You can use pattern to make a statement and create this immediate wow factor. Use wallpaper or tiles to do this to best effect. This can work extremely well in a very contemporary space for example. If you are using a bold pattern you can integrate plants for example to shield part of the design or a bed or large sofa.

 

Repeat the pattern

This "scrolling fern" pattern looks amazing used everywhere in the room 

 

 Use the same pattern on curtains and soft furnishings and lampshades all around the room. This is particularly effective when it is repeated in pairs or more and can really unify the space especially if the rest of the decor is more plain.

 

Pattern on pattern

Fabric designer Peter Dunham does this so beautifully

This can be so effective and looks great in smaller spaces, or rooms with lower ceilings. You can layer patterns on a wall for example by using wallpaper and a patterned headboard and soft furnishings or by adding paintings onto a papered wall.

 

 

Temporary pattern

These cushions can be reversed to hide the pattern if need be

This is a pattern that can be easily moved around- so it helps you give a seasonal feel to your home, to work autumn, winter, spring and summer schemes in. You can achieve this with cushions and blankets, books and objects. Moving items round your home or bringing some items from your cupboards, rotating items enables you to bring fun and fresh décor that inspires you without having to redecorate every year! You can also introduce it to your dining table with patterned napkins for example.

 

Texture

 

A subtle way to bring pattern in a room with baskets

Use texture as a pattern. Natural textures such as bamboo, coco carpets, basket ware are a perfect way to do this. It’s a lovely way to create a more discreet scheme.

 

Pattern is a great addition to a room, bringing a scheme together, adding a pop of colour or something vibrant to a room. My take is, if you fall in love with a pattern why not use it. If you love it you will be able to integrate it. What do you think?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

by Natalia Willmott
Create the perfect zoom experience- Etiquette- Decor and Fashion

Create the perfect zoom experience- Etiquette- Decor and Fashion

 Looks like we are going to be doing more and more zooms right?Hands up if you have been on zoom lately? I have been doing plenty and I find them so fun- it's lovely to see people- it's a new way to communicate. Now I have learnt loads of things whilst being on it...so am I sharing my tips with you to make your experience more enjoyable. I am also so super curious and I love catching a glimpse of people's spaces...who doesn't?

by Natalia Willmott
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How to bring the artist’s studio vibe into your home

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Here are some ways to create that look…let’s not follow conventional rules…but create a space in your home that is fun and intrigues.

by Natalia Willmott
Bonne fête maman- Happy Mother's day

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We simply love our mums that's why we he have this wonderful day to celebrate them. You might not be able to celebrate like you always do this year- but you can send a little gift and a lovely card...to say you are thinking of her.
by Natalia Willmott
10 tips  on how to work from home if you have to self isolate or work remotely

10 tips on how to work from home if you have to self isolate or work remotely

I hear so many people say they would never be able to work from home- they need an office environment to be creative, to get on with their work. Do you feel you will get distracted, you will be unmotivated or won’t be able to concentrate?

 

Having worked from home for over 10 years now and when the children are on school holidays I have learnt a few things. I wanted to share a few words of wisdom with you and if you take away only one of these tips that would make me happy.

by Natalia Willmott
10 Tips to make your home your haven if you have to self-isolate due to the Corona Virus

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How to decorate with antiques and keep your home contemporary

How to decorate with antiques and keep your home contemporary

Decorating with antiques can give soul to your home and can offer the potential to make it unique- if you do it right. You don’t have to have interiors filled with antiques to the brim. A few pieces here and there will add lots of character to your design. Antiques and vintage finds carry history, they are often beautifully made and crafted with striking details. They can also be highly personal too. How and where did you find it? Did you have to bargain hard to obtain it? Did you have to fight with your other half to get a piece accepted? Did you struggle fitting a piece through the door? So here are some tips and examples of where people have integrated highly successfully antiques in their homes.
by Natalia Willmott
Four places to visit whilst in Paris with teenagers

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I don’t know about you, but my children are not super hot yet about museums. So when I take them to the city that I really love and I was brought up in I want to give them a fabulous experience so that they want to come back and discover more.  On our last trip this is where we went. 

 

by Natalia Willmott