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Home styling to get your home spring ready

With the unseasonably warm weather we were treated to in February followed by a windy and wet March, spring seems to have sprung early this year and mother nature seems a little confused. But with Eater upon us and the May bank holidays to look forward to it’s the perfect time to invite spring into your home. Through the use of decorative accessories and soft furnishings, add a little flare to your home with our top five home styling tips:

Perfect Posies

If you are a keen follower of our journal you will have read our thoughts on the use of faux flowers and plants in home styling. We think they are a fabulous idea, especially if you aren’t the green fingered type or if you have a spot away from a window that you would like to place some foliage. However, there is something about a fresh bunch of flowers to brighten up a room, with the added bonus of the perfume they give off. Decorative accessories such as a beautiful vase can be a real statement on a console table, kitchen island or dining table, but why not go for all three?

Seasonal Centrepiece

If your windows look out on to a garden, rolling hills or fields why not bring some of those tones inside during the spring months?  A dining table centrepiece can be easily arranged with some foliage, blossoms, candles and decorative accessories added for extra interest. This is the perfect arrangement for an Easter family get together, you could even hide a few eggs in there! We work closely with a florist who is an expert at creating seasonal bespoke floral designs, and we would be happy to assist you with this should you need us to.

Brighter Hues

Perhaps in the winter months you like your home to feel cosy, warm and comforting. Darker tons and thick faux furs are fantastic ways to create this style, however the spring months call for a lighter feeling overall. Try putting away the throws, blankets and instead embrace the opportunity to add some brighter soft furnishings with different patterned or coloured cushions for the spring and summer seasons. Even with a neutral scheme a little goes a long way and a few additions on a sofa can make all the difference.

Coffee Table Settings

If, like us, you like your coffee table to sit centre stage with accessories styled to perfection, you may have enjoyed our previous post about home styling. In the spring your careful arrangement can be altered to suit the season. If you are a coffee table book hoarder, then why not open a page on a bright image and display this alongside your other possessions? This is a brilliant way to add colour too, without the worry of overdoing it.

Spring Weight Window Dressings

It has been thought of as rather old fashioned to have different curtains to suit the seasons. However, sometimes this change of fabrics may be all that’s needed to brighten things up, without having to commit to it all year round. I mentioned before about creating a winter hide away using soft furnishings with darker tones and heavy fabrics but in the spring and summer months this does not always suit. Why not consider changing your curtains for lighter fabrics that will compliment the season during the warmer months? You can look forward to creating your winter den again when the nights draw in.

 

London Design Week 2019

We always consider ourselves on top of the trends for interior furnishings. Whether it be the latest designs by our favourite brands or new techniques for producing quality bespoke interior design, we aim to bring the very best of the design world to our clients. Throughout the year we visit exhibitions, events and shows to scout out the very best the market has to offer, and this year is no exception. London Design Week is always a highlight, this year it excelled with so many new and exciting items on offer. Our visit was packed full of meetings with our brand reps and industry friends and whilst swooning over new fabrics, furniture pieces and lighting design a glass or two of champagne may have been enjoyed!

A few highlights of the week were new additions by some of our favourite brands. The beautiful new lighting design by Bella Figura, is simply stunning. The new glass and ceramic table lamps are gorgeous, and the bronze and gold pendants would set any space alight, excuse the pun! Master pieces in their own right they always sit beautifully in our schemes and we are so looking forward to incorporating the new collection in to our bespoke interior designs.

Another of our favourites was the Chase Erwin showroom. Stocked full of sumptuous fabrics we were spoilt for choice and were choosing samples for clients as soon as we walked in the door. Textured silks and elegant tones never fail to hit the spot and this brand is always one that compliments the luxurious ambiance we aim for. We have used their fabrics since the very start, whether for window treatments, interior furnishing or upholstery and we have never been disappointed.

We were also very impressed with the Ventura showroom. An Irish furniture brand, we fell in love with their effortlessly luxurious pieces that are excellent examples of fine furniture making. We are looking forward to using some more of their pieces with our interior furnishings. A particular favourite was a stunning occasional chair, perfect for adding a bit of glam to a dressing room.

Whilst at the show we stumbled upon Katharine Pooleys pop up in collaboration with Turnell and Gigon. It was fabulous and oozed sophistication and glamour. Inspired by The Great Gatsby the art deco style was evident throughout with beautiful embroidery, wonderful lighting design and fabulous furniture. Set in their beautiful showroom it was a match made in heaven for us and we didn’t want to leave!

We are looking forward to next year’s show already, but before then we have a few others in the diary so keep an eye out for our highlights, coming soon.

Top tips for home styling

At James Lawrenson Interiors we like to keep our schemes calm and inviting, free from clutter. However, a few chosen decorative accessories styled together with your interior furnishings can create an interesting talking point and finish a room off beautifully. Over doing things can however cause chaos and undo all the hard work you have put into your overall scheme. We have compiled a few pointers to help add those finishing touches.

FOCUS /18 – DESIGN CENTRE CHELSEA HARBOUR 

Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is universally recognised as a primary destination for creative excellence, bringing together thousands of tastemakers from the worlds of interior design, architecture and style.

Focus is one of my favourite events in the autumn trade show calendar and one that I look forward to with much anticipation.

COLLABORATION WITH DEBORAH MOSES AKA THE SILVER ZEBRA

For me, artwork is an intrinsic part of any interior scheme.

It sets the scene and can give impact to an otherwise dull space. Scale is as important as content. Get it wrong and a piece will lose all of its grandeur and impact becoming lost in an expansive surrounding space.

For this reason, I tend to have bespoke artwork made for each project, prints are scaled to the space and canvas paintings are commissioned to suit the colours and layout of the scheme.

7 ESSENTIAL CUSHION ARRANGEMENT & STYLE IDEAS TO KNOW

What’s a sofa without a stylish cushion arrangement? Not only are cushions functional essentials, they’re also your sofa’s seasonal outfit changes – a way to dress up, dress down or style any sofa just as you’d like it. 

A new set of cushions can revive an older sofa, change up your style and even transform a whole sofa arrangement. Don’t underestimate the power of these sofa staples whichever way you style them.

Behind the brand: Ralph Lauren Home

Think of a classic American home style and there’s one name which stands out – Ralph Lauren.

The iconic brand is the epitome of fine living. With its genteel touches and timeless designs, it draws on the style of high society.

“I design for the home the way I design for a man or woman. The same attention to detail and the same eye for what is beautiful and unique – Ralph Lauren”

Six reasons artificial flowers are a good idea

I love real flowers. I do. But there is a time and a place for artificial flowers too, especially luxury artificial flowers. Whilst real flowers offer invigorating scents and the satisfaction of flower arranging, these less perishable but equally reviving floral beauties offer a few outstanding benefits of their own. It may be one of the best decor investments you ever make.

Eichholtz Collection from James Lawrenson

James Lawrenson Interiors was recently invited as guests of Houseology to visit the stunning Eichholtz Collection at their Headquarters in Amsterdam, where we were given a VIP tour of the exclusive lifestyle showroom and factory Eichholtz Collection. Eichholtz is a business-to-business wholesaler of luxury furniture, lighting and accessories with a unique design.

Updates from the interior design studio

Located in the village of Stockton Heath Cheshire, the Design Studio is a creative resource library for bespoke design-led products that James collaborates with on his projects. Featuring beautiful products ranging from textile wall-coverings though to luxurious fabrics and statement accessories and lighting, the Design Studio is the perfect environment to discuss your future project.