So for once this year I am turning my attention to the great outdoors. With an impending birthday party to plan in the garden, let’s hope the weather improves by July. Keeping fingers and toes crossed for this or am I just seriously deluded?!
First up is the seating, I have always loved the classic lines and shape of the stunning acapulco chair but this bistro chair from George is a purse friendly alternative. I wouldn’t normally go for lime green but for me the zingy hue just works alongside all the foiliage outside. Next up is the Indian Garden Company‘s Cream Pearl parasol. What’s not to love about this handcrafted beauty made in Bali by highly skilled artisans using bamboo and coconut wood. Set the table with some eye catching picnic and tableware in natural inspired materials like the woven basket from Habitat. Love the Palm and La Selva collection from John Lewis as well as the table textiles. For that extra hint of green foliage, add a block printed cushion pad from CMYK Living. The reverse print actually features tuk tuks but I love the natural look of this cushion which works just as well outdoors.
The Great Outdoors
Main picture: John Lewis
1. Primo Egg Bistro Chair at George £60
2. Cream Pear Parasol at Indian Garden Company £310
3. Green woven seagrass bowl at Habitat £14
4. Tuk Tuk Cushion cover reversible at CMYK Living £11
5. La Selva picnic tableware at John Lewis from £3.50 and also love this Palm collection
6. Leaf salad bowl at John Lewis £8.00
Hello Summer! It’s the trend that keeps giving and giving – palm and tropical prints galore again this spring-summer. Palm tree prints have been a part of interior design for decades and experienced huge popularity in the 1940s with oversized banana and palm prints which are just as modern today. With the increasing demand for palm prints in the home as well as the forthcoming Rio Olympics, we have seen the trend re-imagined and influencing clothing and fashion accessories. This time round, rather than palm & tropical prints for the home, this is how to add a tropical splash this summer with exotic birds and flowers and palm prints on kids’ fashion and women’s fashion. Here are a few of my favourites.
Kids – Tropical Trend
Main Picture: Molo
- Tropical print skirt at Tu Clothing £7.50
- Molo tropical sunglasses at Alex & Alexa £15
- Polly the Parrott cushion at CMYK Living £22
- Floral swimsuit at Pepa & Co. £34
- Globe bantam graphic tropical skateboard at Smallable £85
- Scotch & Soda shorts at Smallable £28
- Love Made Love Dress at Alex & Alexa £139
Women’s – Palm Prints
- Palm Print cross body handbag at Pia £60
- Palmeral Meynell high waist bikini at House of Hackney £185
- Palm print heels at Jimmy Choo £525
- Palm print jumpsuit at Top Shop £39
- Palm ditsy necklace at Top Shop £5
- Palm Print skirt at Wallis £27
Et voila – there you have my tropical and palm print homework hotlist. Bring on the Rio Olympics!
Main Picture credit: Fritz Hansen Ro Easy Wooden Chair at Nest
Up until as recently as the 1900s, the colour pink wasn’t always considered a feminine colour and was widely used as the colour of choice for dressing boys. No longer just for little girls, now it’s time to rethink pink.
The pink interiors trend has been making a return to our homes this season. With different shades through the specturm from soft pastels and sugar-coated almond colours to bubblegum and the more vibrantly coloured raspberry pinks, this colour trend shows no signs of abating.
One of the main reasons is because of our love of the colour grey – the new neutral that our homes are all decorated with. All shades of the pink hue work surprisingly well paired with light and dark greys. The trick with pink is to add accents in the home via accessories, soft furnishings, bed linen, statement furniture pieces, a wallpapered feature wall like the middle picture above or simply layer similar colours together to achieve a tonal effect.
I’ve just managed to get my hands on the Zara Home pink linen bedding set below which is a beautiful shade of sugar pink and complements well with Farrow & Ball Dove Tale. It keeps selling out so keep checking here to see if back in stock.
zara home pink linen
I couldn’t write about the trend for pink interiors without being inspired by London restaurant, Sketch’s pink gallery by India Mahdavi. I simply love the shade of this interior and without doubt, it deserves its place as one of the most Instagrammed restaurants ever.
These shades of pink are slightly different to the copper trend I previously wrote about but the blush colour complements well with so many tones without being overly girly.
Without further ado, I give you homework’s hotlist of the best pink homeware pieces from high street through to designer.
- Pink Gold Spot Wallpaper | 2. Favn Sofa from Fritz Hansen at Nest | 3. Agnus pink mug and tableware from Habitat | 4. Cassis Rose linen from The Linen Works | 5. Pink bone inlay chest of drawers at Iris Furnishing | 6. Grapefruit gradient glass lamp at Holly’s House
Main Picture Credit: Ilovegorgeous | Boden | Talc
Blame it on the sunny weather we’ve been having but the yellow trend has no signs of abating this spring /summer. Not the easiest shade to wear for adults but for girls, a zesty yellow dress or pair of yellow coloured Boden Mary Jane’s adds a little sunshine into your life and can instantly lift anyone’s mood. With yellow coloured hues ranging from citrus lemon through to chartreuse, there are still plenty of girlswear finds on the high street, online and beyond. I love the look of this cute yellow laser-cut, layered Monsoon bikini, perfect for summer holidays and days spent by the pool. Team yellow with pale grey or white like the Ilovegorgeous Jet Skirt for a sophisticated look. And if all you want is a touch of yellow, add brightly coloured nails with Nailmatic Kids Nail Polish at Smallable, the toxic free nail varnish for children or the Elfie party hat in mustard. Here’s my pick of the best yellow pieces:
1. Beth yellow dress at Ilovegorgeous | 2. Nailmatic nail polish at Smallable | 3. Lizzie Bikini at Monsoon | 4. Embroidered dress at Boden | 5. Leather Mary Janes at Boden | 6. Daisy Dress at Boden | 7. Party hat at Elfie