Living + Dining

A New Twist on Industrial Decor

A New Twist on Industrial Decor

What comes to mind when you think of Industrial Decor? Metal? Hard surfaces? Warehouse living? What about mixing up styles? There’s a modern trend to industrial decor where strong, commanding pieces are being mixed with more delicate colours and fabrics – and the effect is fabulous. Transitional Home Office by Austin Architects Cornerstone Architects As with any décor, samey-samey gets boring-boring so a lively interplay between different aspects will keep things interesting. For example, this kitchen (below) by Yvonne McFadden has the warmth of wood in the bench, the coolness of winter white walls and the strength of metal. It’s…

Brabbu Design Forces Bring Exotica Home

Brabbu Design Forces Bring Exotica Home

You may not be familiar with the names BRABBU and Maison Valentina but you will love their design ethos. Brabbu Design Forces have teamed up to bring elegant design solutions to challenging and demanding interior design projects with the KOI Collection. I love seeing what international designers are doing and how interiors can be inspired by exquisite and unique cultures. Brabbu Design Forces show fierceness combined with elegant design bringing intensity to cosmopolitan lifestyles. Maison Valentina is a specialist bathroom interiors design company formed in 2014. They bring luxury to bathrooms filling a perceived gap in the statement bathroom industry….

Emerald Interiors

Emerald Interiors

Pantone’s Colour of The Year 2013 is as enduring as it’s ever been. I always think of the Emerald City in the Wizard of Oz and the rich, vibrant, luxurious colour that is Emerald. Not green, not moss, not even British Racing Green…but enigmatic and mysterious EMERALD! It’s a colour that expects attention but that doesn’t mean it needs to be the predominate colour in your interior palette. In Emerald Interiors you’ll see ways to add a little or add a lot, on your walls, in your textiles or through homewares. So please join me on this joyous adventure to…

The Ten Commandments of Colour

The Ten Commandments of Colour

The Ten Commandments of Colour will become your bible. Colour adds vibrancy, mood, emotion, memories and so much more. It’s an important component of our lives. And while many people have great colour sense when it comes to their wardrobe, more people are reticent when it comes to adding room colours to their home. I recently wrote an article here on Don’t Call Me Penny with three simple tips for adding colour to your home. It proved very popular. I discussed the colour wheel, some simple colour tips, the 60/30/10 rule, and how to put room colours together. Plus lots…