SHADES OF GREY
JANUARY 28TH 2015
When it comes to interiors, grey is here to stay. Far from drab, this wonderfully versatile colour is the perfect neutral: calm, sophisticated and a beautiful backdrop to brighter pops of colour.
 
Colour expert Edward Bulmer notes that "Grey is a lovely colour with so many nuances, from soft pinky ‘dove greys’ to deep charcoal tones.  Some are very warm colours, others have cooler, more steely qualities.” In decorating terms Edward recommends: "Don’t feel that you have to paint all the walls in your sitting room in the same colour.  It could work really well to just paint one wall in your chosen grey and use it as a backdrop to a focus piece of furniture such as a sofa or sideboard.”
 
We’ve selected our favourite looks from across our clients for some grey inspiration:
 
 
 
 
CLAY
JANUARY 27TH 2015
The newest colours from Edward Bulmer Pots of Paint include Clay, Edward’s take on a classic, earthy shade.
 
The name Clay evokes the natural world and Edward’s shade is a beautifully tonal neutral. Edward notes that "Many traditional colour names refer to natural materials and of course these materials varied from place to place. Ours is a grey/yellow clay which is a very adaptable shade. It’s a good colour for halls, but is also sophisticated enough for a contemporary living room”.
VINTAGE RUGS
JANUARY 26TH 2015
Felt’s latest shipment includes several vintage rugs. These have all seen active service on the walls and floors of nomadic yurts, though they remain in excellent condition. These rugs represent the opportunity to own a unique piece of history, bringing real character to a home.
BURNS NIGHT INSPIRATION
JANUARY 21ST 2015

This Sunday is Burns Night, a celebration of the life and works of the poet Robert Burns, held on his birthday. Traditionally an excuse to eat haggis, read poems about haggis, drink Scotch whisky and perhaps enjoy a ceilidh, Burns night is a tribute to Scottish culture.

Burns saw himself as ‘Scotia’s bard’ and undertook several tours of Scotland, taking in the landscape and the people. Many of Drummonds’ products are also inspired by the rivers and lakes of Scotland. The classic Kinloch vanity basin is named after the river Kinloch whilst the petite Morar bath is named for the river Morar, the shortest river in the UK at just 100 metres long. Other namesakes include the Tay bath, named after the river Tay – the longest river in Scotland, renowned for its Atlantic salmon fishing.

Traditionally associated with Scottish clans or specific regions, Tartan is the unofficial national fabric. Closely entwined with Scottish history, tartan was even banned in 1756 for its association in the Highlands with the Jacobite cause, although this was eventually repealed. James Hare boasts a large collection of authentic Scottish tartans, all 100% silk, adding character and depth to your home.

 

Images show: 

Drummonds Kinloch basin shown in a Scottish shooting lodge.

Drummonds Tay bath hand painted in ‘Beach Hut’.

A selection of James Hare Tartan silks.

CONTEMPORARY NEBBIA BATH
JANUARY 19TH 2015
New at Alternative Bathrooms, the Nebbia Bath is a modern re-work of the traditional ‘slipper’ bath. Its deep, curvaceous form supports and cocoons, bringing a new relaxation to bathing.

Made from a hand-polished luxury stone composite, Nebbia has a beautiful matt and velvety finish which is easy to maintain.
GLITZ AND GLAMOUR
JANUARY 15TH 2015

The centrepiece of the uber-glamorous kitchen shown here is a La Cornue Grand Palais 180 stove. Finished in Aquamarine enamel with a brushed nickel and stainless steel trim, it forms part of a total La Cornue kitchen, sitting within the vast Château central island with custom extraction above. Matching Château cabinetry on the back wall (see below) includes a warming cupboard. Additional elements integrated within the side walls include La Cornue’s powerful Flamberge rotisserie (with matched enamel trim) and the high-tech refrigerator and wine cellar units. 

With finishes and trims matching right across the entire kitchen, a concept La Cornue calls ‘Culinary Architecture’, nothing could better combine absolute function with sheer luxury.

 
THE MODERN BASIN
JANUARY 13TH 2015
Everything you could want in a contemporary design statement, Lapicida’s Modern Basin is simple, refined and highly architectural.

Hand carved in limestone, it comes in two natural colours; grey and white. A matt, honed finish enhances the absolute purity of its lines.

Standing 200mm high x 545mm diameter, from a wide selection of classical and contemporary basins available at Lapicida. Bespoke basins can also be made to special commission in stone and semi-precious materials.
MARTIN MOORE STONE IN THE KITCHEN
JANUARY 12TH 2015
Martin Moore Stone sources quality natural stone from all over the world, to suit anywhere from country cottages to contemporary townhouses. They offer a huge range of stone, suitable for any room in the house, as well as a stone design service for bespoke projects.

Every Martin Moore showroom has its own stone studio, showing stone floors ranging from reclaimed antique materials and handmade terracottas to the purest white limestones for architectural interiors. They also supply exterior stone paving and fireplaces in both natural stone and marble.

Shown below from left: Aged Jervaulx, Aged Bernac, Aged Muscat.
PANTONE COLOUR OF THE YEAR: MARSALA
JANUARY 8TH 2015

Pantone has announced its Colour of the Year 2015: Marsala – a rich, earthy red-brown, named after the fortified Sicilian wine.  

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director at the Pantone Color Institute, comments: "Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us into its embracing warmth… This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.”  

Wine colours have been trending in fashion for a while and now is definitely the time to bring this shade into your home. Consider a feature piece such as a hand painted freestanding bath from Drummonds or a custom coloured La Cornue cooker. A cosy Shyrdak rug from Felt can introduce the colour into your living room or bedroom whilst a small space such as a cloakroom painted in Edward Bulmer Pots of Paint’s Red Ochre makes for a dramatic statement. James Hare’s Orissa Silk in ‘Mars’, handwoven 100% silk dupion, is perfect for curtains, blinds, wallcoverings, lampshades and other decorative elements.

TWICE AS NICE
JANUARY 7TH 2015
Inspired by period pieces and made using traditional manufacturing techniques, Drummonds epitomises classic English bathroom style, creating luxurious pieces that are made to last. It takes Drummonds several weeks to make a single bath and brassware is precision-cast using the lost wax process.

Two’s company in this en-suite master bathroom in a Georgian farmhouse in the Cotswolds. Featuring a pair of Drummonds’ Dalby showers in a nickel finish, this spacious walk-in shower is a sociable way to avoid a race for the bathroom. Tiled in limestone, the enclosure has a half wall for added privacy.

Drummonds’ cast iron Spey bath in a hand painted finish completes the look, positioned by the window to make the most of the garden views.
 
Images show:
Dalby shower with 300mm rose in a nickel finish.
Hand painted Spey bath.
Classic bath mixer with Mull heads in nickel + H stand.
TRENDING: PINK
JANUARY 6TH 2015
Taking a cue from the catwalk, pinks are hot in 2015. Shown here is Edward Bulmer Pots of Paint’s new ‘Rose Pink’, a vibrant pink that shows natural pigments can create wonderfully vivid hues.
 
Edward Bulmer notes, "Pink is back - but not pastel; we are talking sunset in Jaipur, luxuriant colours that give zing to a room and looks great with art and furnishings. Earthy tones work best, from the almost imperceptible pink of our Lilac Pink to the heady, joyous shade of our new Rose Pink.”

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