The Love List: 2015 colour trends

New Year, New you, New home, right?

Well maybe that’s a bit far but why not spruce up your “so 2014″ decor and jump on the 2015 trend wagon. I came across a delightful article by housebeautiful.com about their predictions of the must have colour schemes this year and below I have put together my top 3 loves.

1. Mediterranean Blue

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Blue tends to be a very calming, tranquile colour and surely that is exactly how everyone wants to start off their new year. This particular Mediterranean shade is a gorgeous splash of bold colour that looks fresh and exciting in any room. Blue 2066-10 Benjamin Moore is a great paint for this scheme.

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2. Neutral Grey

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Neutral Grey

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Neutral and soft greys have been popular for a couple of years now and I really believe that they are here for the long haul. It’s a great base colour that so many other colours, patterns and textures work beautifully with. Pairing it with other neutrals like creams, whites or even varying shades of grey gives a scheme a soft and fresh feel. This French Grey Mid (162) from Little Greene is the perfect neutral grey.

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3. Olive Green

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Olive Green

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I would most definitely never class myself as a green fan. I try to use it as little as possible, I’m not too sure why I dislike it so much but I just know that it doesn’t tend to work for me. This shade however is very easy on the eye, organic and rich and I am totally in love with it. Farrow & Ball’s Olive No. 13 would work wonderfully.

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What do you think will be trending in 2015? Why not have a look at what House Beautiful predict here. We’ve put some more ideas on Pinterest.

Happy New Year guys!

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Dining in style

This dining room is so sleek. It was that fabulous light fitting that drew me to it originally but once I looked closer at it I completely fell in love with it.

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Whether it is the combination of shapes or the elegance of the leathers soft colour palette against that rich wood, it’s just beautiful. Although one has to question just how practical a bench at a dining table can be, particularly if it was a full table (I can just picture the shuffling back in unison at a dinner party), I do love how there is a single chair along side the benches. It really separates it from other bench dining sets. And finally that soft roll edge of the table with the subtle curve of the top of the chairs works wonderfully.

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The Perfect Annex

Don’t we all dream of a little annex we can transform into a wardrobe? Oh, well I do.

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This is divine. I love the dark wood floor with the white wood clad walls, the beams over head and the rug on the floor make it feel much warmer and cozier. And do I even need to mention how snug that chair is? Oh and that shelf running above- Fab. Great for displaying things such as picture frames or simply using it as a bookshelf. A collection of old books on there would be a great touch. What would you do with the space?

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Dazzling in the Kitchen

If there is one look within a home that I do love it’s a fabulous kitchen splash back. And oh my is this fab-u-lous.

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This adds that extra special touch to a plain old monochrome kitchen whilst also drawing so much light in and reflecting it off around the room. That light fitting just completes the whole look, taking away from the cliche it could have been by adding such a beautiful industrial feature. Love, love, love.

Image from Pinterest.

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The Leather Look

So I already completely crush on Rosie Huntington- Whiteley’s at the best of times, yet this woman in leather is unbelievable. Obviously I don’t have washboard abs nor legs up to my eyeballs but that doesn’t mean that I can’t jump on the leather wagon, right? Rosie however (we’re on a first name basis) can wear anything she damn well pleases, wobbly bits and price are no issue for her I’m sure of it. So I’ve searched high and low for some gorgeous pieces that are stylish and comfortable, on both purse and body for us “Average Joes”, no offence…

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“The Leather Look”

1. Katie Peplum Top, £38, Oasis | 2. Beige high waisted leather-look skirt, £30, River Island (lots of other fab colours available) | 3. Black Leather-Look Skinny Jeans, £25, New Look | 4. Burgundy Leather Jacket, £150, Miss Selfridge | 5. Black Leather-Look Wrap Front Skort, £23, New Look | 6. Raysel Blame Society Embossed Slogan Clutch Cobalt, £18, Missguided | And the wild card we just like to stare at, unless you are actually rolling in money… 7. Stitched wool-paneled leather mini dress, £7,990 Balmain |

Head on over to Pinterest & check out “The Leather Look” board for more inspiration on how to spice up your wardrobe with a leather touch.

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The Love List: Brown Design Group

Brown Design Group are a Los Angeles based interior design firm and their work is nothing short of fabulous. They create contemporary spaces but incorporate a rustic touch, in keeping with that classic Californian style. Here’s our Top Ten of their work, loving how crisp yet homely they are (if that makes sense… we know what we mean).

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To see more of their work check out their website.

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The Love List: Oscar de la Renta

This week Oscar de la Renta sadly passed away at the age of 82. He had designed for everyone from first ladies to the now Mrs Clooney.

In celebration of his life and beautiful designs this week’s Love List is in memory of him and his ten most fabulous pieces.

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We’ve put together even more of Oscar’s gorgeous creations, check it out on Pinterest.

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Throwback Thursday

It’s Thursday! So a perfect excuse for a fashion throwback, and this week we are heading back to the 90’s. From double denim to dungarees, the decade blessed us with many fashion  faux pas & phenomenons, but nothing quite as fantastic as tartan being on point.

I have always adored a good plaid. Who knows if it’s my distant Scottish roots or the nostalgia of my first school uniform, a little red kilt (I will find a photo for everyones amusement), but to this day I’m still completely in love with the idea of it. There’s no better time of year than to pull off a cute tartan skirt (summer and spring you would only look silly, and winters a wee too nippy to have those pins out). Here’s some must haves I plan on snapping up.

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1. Scarf In Grey Tartan Check, £16, ASOS | 2. Tartan Asymmetric Zip Mini Skirt, £25, £12, River Island | 3. Mamie Boyfriend Tartan Shirt, £25, Missguided | 4. Plaid dress, £35, Mango | 5. Tartan Print Hair Bow, £6, ASOS | 6. Jill Tartan Tailored Blazer, £35, Missguided | 7. Tube Trousers in Tartan Check, £28, ASOS | 8. Checked wool mini skirt, £330, McQ Alexander McQueen (okay so it’s a tad pricey but it is SO cute. It can also be justified as an “investment” as tartan is timeless…right?)

P.s. As co-ords are back in why not go all out and match those checks up top to bottom. There’s no judging here.

For more inspiration check out the Pinterest board here.

Now where’s that Clueless DVD…

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“Wear it Pink”

Jennifer Garner co-hosted The Pink Party in Santa Monica last Saturday (looking as divine as ever in Dior). It is a fantastic event set up to raise money for women’s cancer programs in the States, in nine years they’ve made over $9.5 million. Lots of lovely Hollywood ladies came out to show their support for the cause.

Giuliana Rancic, Brenda Song & Marcia Cross rocked black court shoes and gorgeous outfits on the pink carpet.

Giuliana Rancic, Brenda Song & Marcia Cross rocked black court shoes and gorgeous outfits on the pink carpet.

Here in the UK it’s Breast Cancer Awareness month this October and there’s lots and lots of wonderful things going on to raise money and awareness. This Friday, 24th October, it’s Wear it Pink day. More details and how to sign up are here & here are some fabulous bits to inspire your Wear it Pink day.

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1. Oriental Jacquard Midi Skirt, £50, £25, Oasis | 2. Bonded Crepe T-shirt Dress, £58, Warehouse | 3. Straight Leg Trousers in Sateen, £30, ASOS | 4. Ribbed-knit cotton sweater, £270, Tibi | 5. Liberty textured-leather tote, £1100, Victoria Beckham | 6. Jaguars Dorsay Point, £65, Office

What a lovely idea combining fashion, Fridays and charity. Whether you’re at work, school or home it’s so easy to get involved & have some fun with it- All for a great cause!

Don’t forget to donate, we definitely will be.

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Blush & Copper

We’re totally loving the blush and copper combo at the moment.

The blush pink gives a room a warm and demure feel, but adding copper spices things up and can make any old room look edgy and interesting. And the two together- well it’s divine. It’s so easy to bring these accents into your home and with a bit of looking around it’s definitely not going to break the bank either. Here’s some gorgeous must haves we found which would look great within this chic colour scheme.

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Blush & Copper must haves

1. Copper Davey Lighting Factory Ceiling Light, £385, John Lewis | 2. Koppel Copper Large Wall Clock, £260, Mulberry Hall | 3. Alegre Rose Beverage Glass, £8, Crate & Barrel | 4. Cameo Champagne Glass, £12, Crate & Barrel | 5. Russet Measuring Cups, £24, Anthropologie | 6.Fragrance Collection Candle, £38, Tory Burch | 7. Wispy Pink paint, Benjamin Moore | 8. Loretta Caponi Flamingo Embroidered Linen Pillow, £202, Luisaviaroma

Get more inspiration here.

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L.A. loving

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How gorgeous is this Bel Air house?! I’ve completely fallen in love with it, all of that natural light just flooding through combined with that incredible view over the canyon- Oh my it’s to die for. ISd40jmwmbyqbb1000000000

I’m such a sucker for quirky details like that little circular window that really has no practicalities but looks so cute. And the corner fireplace adds character to the room but doesn’t take the eye from that beautiful view and doesn’t throw the symmetry of the room off.

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Combining an open living space with access to a surrounding outside area always makes a home feel light, spacious and cool. The neutral colour scheme adds to that fresh look. but keeping the original ceiling beams ensures there is still a cosy feel to this home.

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Look at that window! It’s set back into the view which makes the room feel even more at one with the exterior scenery. Personally, I think that dining set is an eyesore and completely out of sync with the feel of the rest of the living area but the kitchen furniture totally makes up for it. So spacious and traditional to fit in with the structure of the room, yet still has a clean contemporary edge. Washing up really wouldn’t be all too bad gazing out of that window.

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I do love these little wall details and the alternative serving hatch really ties the rooms in together, making the space feel bigger, yet still providing some privacy between the living and separate kitchen/ dining area. The best of both.

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And now to leave you with the pièce de résistance. The main outdoor area is a fabulous suntrap and the style is totally in keeping with that of the living room. From the neutral colour scheme, to the wood deck and furniture- you just feel at one with nature. This house just “flows”, it’s a blank canvas with bags of potential and I’m totally in love with it. Now I’ve just got to get together that $2,000,000 I have lying around…

Check the rest out here.

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Let’s get cosy

So word on the street is that Autumn has arrived, I don’t wish to believe it myself. I feel like I only just pulled together a relatively stylish summer wardrobe (it only took four months). So with the weather changing drastically I’ve been frantically looking for some kind of inspiration for a warmer, more practical wardrobe and just like last year I go straight to the staple oversized jumper. In my book it’s something you can’t go wrong with- dress it up, dress it down, wear with trousers, or a cute skirt, accessorize or keep it simple. You’re still going to look fabulous and best of all feel super cosy. Me being boring old me, I always tend to play it safe, buy jumpers I can wear with the majority of jeans, trousers and skirts I already have knocking around and my knits range from different shades of grey, and then I stumbled upon this gorgeous look and my plain arsed knit world was turned upside down…

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All wrapped up in mustard.

Mustard, it’s mustard! And as much as my mother detests the colour and I’ve somehow been brainwashed into believing the same but I LOVE IT! It’s a perfect autumnal colour, wear with a darker colour on the bottom half, a dash of red lipstick and you’re good to go [and be snug ]. Now for where you can get yours… Knit collage 1. £42 from Topshop | 2. £35.99 from Zara | And for those big spenders… Jumper 3. £455 from Gucci

Get more inspiration here.

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