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Good Morning!

So this is our last instalment in the Pantone predictions series, and they do not disappoint.

Here are the final 3 palettes:

Raw Materials

This palette is all about lifestyle, embracing upcycling, repurposing and reusing materials both from nature and from industry. The colours that embody this lifestyle are faded denims, natural tones, pinks and purples.

Graphic Imprints

This is probably one of my favourite trend predictions, a neutral base of black, white and grey offset by stong pops of colour. This is quite a scandianvian style and one that we have embraced for a quite a few years now.

Reminiscence

This palette is the most traditinal and structured of the Pantone palettes for 2017. The main colours in this palette are beige, duck egg blue and pale green. Although there are a few surprises thrown in with some stonger tones.



Hey there!

With all our talk of the perfect colour schemes and new trends, we are going to give you some insight today into how to make your home Pinterest Perfect!!

For most of us out there, Pinterest is the go to place for inspiration, but sometimes it can leave you a bit depressed and green with envy. Well not anymore…..

Here are 10 ideas for you to embrace:


Embrace Colour

First it was beige and then it was greige. Well my friends, the day of grey’s and beige’s is ending and we are embracing colour again. Now between you and I, we never forgot about colour but many did!!! Now I am not saying that you can just through the rainbow at a room, stick to maybe 2 or 3 main colours and then work off that palette.

Wow with your WC

It is easy to see why people shy away from bold patterns or colours, but the one room in the house that you should never shy away from is the WC. In most houses, this tiny room is the one that nearly everyone will see including your guest, so why not give it the wow factor. So have a little fun with the room and choose bold wallpapers, crazy artwork or bold colours.

Your Kids Room should be Playful

When designing your kids room, you need to look at it from their perspective. This is their room and it needs to be fun and colourful, not just blue and pink. The furniture that you choose needs should be practical for their activities like reading or painting, but it should also have a fun element. So, select colourful furniture as opposed to plain, or create a fun piece of art on the wall with wall stickers or paint.

Make the Small Spaces Work

The one thing that we never have enough of is storage, so it is really important to put ever inch of your house or apartment to use. You should always consider unconventional spaces for uses, like creating a home office under the stairs or adding concealed storage along a corridor
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Give Marble Its Moment

For the last year or so, marble has slowly been creaping into the the contemporary world of interiors, and it is easy to see why. This beautiful material, whether its Carrara, Calacatta or Danby is timeless and adds luxury and elegance to a space. I particularly love it when its mixed with bold colours

Make a Statement With Lighting

The impact that a light fitting can have can be really underestimated. Not only is it a functional piece but it can really add drama to a space. Consider adding an oversized pendant to a smaller room or if you are really brave, paint the ceiling a darker colour for real impact

Dazzle with your Drinks

Over the last number of years more and more us are opting to stay in and entertain at home. Even if you are not into happy hour, you’ve probably noticed that more of your friends are having cocktail parties. However, if this is your thing it makes sense to put a little thought into how you display your bottle and glasses.

Add a Pop

Adding a pop of colour to any room is the best way to take a room from just functional to exciting and fun. Now if you really want to make a statement consider one of the larger pieces of furniture, such as an emerald green sofa, but if this is too big a step for you then start with the accessories and go from there.

Wow With Wallpaper

Wallpaper is really back in business after taking a break for a decade or so and I’m delighted that it has. Wallpaper is one of the easiest ways to being colour, pattern and interest into a space. Now while I do think that the famous feature wall is coming to the end of its life, the right wallpaper can work well on just the one wall if you don’t want to cover all four walls.

I’ve totally been collecting these for 20 years

Collectibles can really vary and go in and out of fashion quite regularly. However, if you clever and selective about the pieces that you have on show then it can be timeless. Using flea markets, vintage stores and second hand stores, you can very quickly build up your collection, then display them en masse to create a “collection.”

So while some of these are larger projects than others, there are some great ones to get you on your way to being Pinterest Perfect!

THE PROS AND CONS OF OPEN PLAN OFFICE DESIGN!

When it comes to open plan office, they are increasing in popularity and the age of the cellular office seems to have faded into the past. With Millennials dominating most companies, it is ever more important to keep them happy and they are more in favor of communal working, open communication and teamwork.

As popular as this design is, research has indicated that it can reduce employee productivity and detract them from their work at hand. In recent months, we have had clients come to us with similar issues and so isolated spaces have had to be installed to counteract this and give flexibility for different work preferences. Companies like Framery, a Finnish company who create soundproof booths, have the perfect solution for this problem, and the booths can be easily installed in offices that have been completed.

We have looked at some of the pros and cons for open plan offices, see below:

PRO: Collaboration


Collaboration is a really important element all companies in today’s market. This is way most companies are embracing the open plan office design, as it encourages interaction and communication between employees. The office of yesterday with cellular offices puts a barrier in place and doesn’t encourage collaboration or communication. Open plan offices are also a great place for introverted people to work in as it forces them to interact with their colleagues.

CON: Too Noisy


On the other end of the spectrum, open plan offices are generally noisy and can hinder people from getting their work done. So instead of collaborating, as the space was intended, people are isolating themselves and resorting to headphones as a way to concentrate and keep the noise out. It is also important to consider the type of work that people are working on and perhaps having dedicated “quite” areas, for certain employees.

PRO: No More Hierarchy


By embracing the open plan office design and removing individual offices, hierarchy becomes a thing of the past, and the corner office is no more. Having everyone working in the same space puts everyone on the same level and it also allows access to all level of staff. This leads to a mutual respect between staff and management and allows for a more cohesive environment.

CON: Lack of Productivity


While there have been numerous studies carried out to show that productivity increases in open plan spaces, there is also evidence to show that productivity can diminish as employees value spaces that allows them to focus on their work without any interruptions. Offering your employees the option off private spaces to work in creates a balance within the workplace.

PRO: The Amenities


With the introduction of the open plan office, the amenities improved beyond our wildest dreams. Companies are now encouraging their employees to not only work in the space but to socialise and have fun. Not only is there free food and drink and most large companies but some lucky employees have access to pool tables, ping pong and even rock climbing. Hard to believe we know!

CON: Stress and Competition

Even though the spaces have been designed for constant collaboration, communication and even transparency, this can lead to undue stress among employees. In particular, if an employee or team are struggling or not performing as they should be, this can lead to unhealthy competition if other employees are aware of it. Some employees may even lack motivation, as they may feel that their work is less superior to that of their colleagues.

If you have an office space that is not working for you, then we would be delighted to meet with you for a chat. All you have to is contact us and we’ll bring the coffee.

Beyond the Kitchen Door!

Good afternoon!

So following on from last weeks newsletter, I’m gonna stay in the kitchen….

Now that you’ve done the leg work, or got someone else to do it for you, you need to consider the functionality of the kitchen and how it is going to work for you. There are lots of functional interior fittings that will help maximise the space of your kitchen, but they are costly and you don’t need to have every gadget on the market.

So we have looked at some of the options out there to try and help you narrow down the options…..

The Larder

The Larder used to be something that we would associate with our Grannies houses, but not anymore. The Larder has come back with a bang, and lets be honest, is one of the most useful spaces in the kitchen.

If you have the space, then I would definitely consider a large double press, with a purpose designed interior. Here are 2 really nice options….

If you don’t have the space, then why not consider the single door option. These generally come in 400mm and 600mm options, depending on your kitchen space. I recently upgraded to one of these and I have to say, I love it!!!!

The Corner Press

I’m pretty sure that we can all remember a time when we had to reach into the back of the awkward press to find something, and everything fell out on top of us. Well there are now some fantastic solutions…..

Depending on what you intend to store in your corner press, you have a few options, there is the fly moon corner pull out (above). This works really well for pots and pans, etc. If you are storing smaller items or dry goods then the corner carousel or angled drawers is the way to go.

The Humble Drawer

While drawers are very useful and needed, they can equally turn into chaos with everything just thrown in. Drawer organisers are most definitely the way to go, and there are maybe some unconventional ones that you just won’t have thought of…

Most kitchen companies will have the option of adding extras, such as drawer organisers, and you can pretty much get one for nearly everything that you put in a drawer. However, they can really bump up the overall cost of your kitchen. Ikea have a great range of drawer organisers, so it might be worth checking them out first.

Well, you have to admit that you don’t see this very often….. The space underneath our kitchens is effectively dead space, so kickboard storage is a great way to maximise this space, particularly if you are working with a small kitchen space.

If you are in the process of selecting a new kitchen, then hopefully some of our suggestions will be of use to you.


5 Inexpensive Upgrades That Will Increase The Value Of Your Home

Good Afternoon!

Renovating your home doesn’t have to cost the earth. In fact, when it comes to improving the interior and exterior of your property, making a few simple, cost effective changes will allow you to significantly boost the value of your home.

From small changes such as painting your kitchen cabinets and adding visible storage, through to updating your window frames and creating an inviting seating area outside your home, there are a whole host of ways that you can will instantly increase the value of your home.

We’ve created a list outlining 5 inexpensive upgrades that will increase the value of your home.

Paint your home

Giving the rooms in your home a fresh lick of paint is one of the most cost effective yet high impactful improvements that you can make to your home.


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Perfect for refreshing a wide range of spaces, freshly painted rooms can transform the entire look and feel of a space.

Just remember, when it comes to picking out appealing colour ways, you should try and pick universally appealing colours that are fresh, inviting and unimposing, particularly if you are hoping to sell your home. For example, neutral tones are far more desirable than bold, statement colours.

Update your fixtures in your kitchen and bathroom 

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When it comes to increasing the value of your home, small changes can make a big impact, and it’s not always necessary to undertake a complete renovation overhaul. 

For example changing your kitchen units or worktops as well as swapping your toilet or installing a new shower can add instant value to your home. Equally changing the handles on your kitchen cabinets or painting your bathroom can boost the value of your home.

Lighting

Your choice of lights can have a huge impact on the look and feel of a room. And installing new lights will instantly improve the ambiance and mood of the spaces throughout your home.

Improve the exterior of your home

An overgrown garden, tangled trees and an unloved landscape is never going to win you any style points when it comes to aesthetic appeal of your home.



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But making cost effective improvements, such as optimising the privacy of your property with a fence, investing in a professional landscape service and planting some flowers will instantly improve the look and feel of the outside of your home.

After all, an attractive garden that is inviting and functional is one of your homes most valuable assists.

Upgrade your front door

When it comes to renovating your home, many people overlook the exterior of their property.


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But the condition and appeal of the outside of your home can have a huge impact on its value. After all, it’s constantly exposed to the elements, so it definitely deserves some TLC from time to time, right?

Small changes such as upgrading your front door will make the entrance your home look and feel far more appealing.

The right style for you

Good Morning!

Still haven’t found your style, well then maybe this weeks style, which is the last in our series, might just be the one for you…

I have to admit that this weeks style is probably my favorite, as it allows you to inject your personality in to the space and you don’t have to conform to one particular style. Haven’t figured it out yet? This weeks style is Eclectic!

So what exactly is an eclectic style? Well, if you have an eclectic taste, then you will at your best when you are mixing lots of different styles and colors and really embracing your own personal style.

Here are some of our favorite eclectic style interiors:



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