Interiors and Lifestyle Blog:For the eclectic and ever so slightly eccentric…
OK, so we’ve got some fairly big news to tell you. Actually, that’s a lie. It’s like, THE biggest news we will probably EVER tell you.
You see, we’re saying goodbye to MiaFleur….
No, we’re not going anywhere, it’s just that the name MiaFleur is. Why? Well, we’ll get to that. But firstly, let me just say that this was not an easy decision. It’s not one we’ve taken lightly, and we know that many of you love the name, but in the end, we just felt that it was the right decision.
What a delight we have for you today with a stunning before and after living room transformation of the ‘Peach Palace’. The 80’s was definitely the era of peach (although this house perhaps takes it a bit far), and swags and tails were the in thing. I should know, I even made a few myself! To cut a long story short, Katie (Mrs Peach) has devoted a blog, Come Down To The Woods about her trials with eradicating the colour to create a vibrant, eclectic home for her family.
Katie was a self-confessed neutral décor woman at heart, so this is her first foray into the wonderful world of colour and eclecticism, and her blog shines through with her new-found love of colour and pattern. The first room to get the treatment is their glorious family living room, so we wanted to share it with you and hear a little more from Katie about designing the room.
Today we have 2 perfect pink interior colour palettes for you to drool over, both a completely different shade, to show you how versatile pink can be and what colours are best to pair it with. Pink is my go to colour if I want some warmth and glow to my décor, from softest baby pink to full on hot pink, there has to be pink in my life and I know many of you out there feel the same, although some of you are still in the closet, or shy about admitting a fondness for this supposed feminine colour. I read an article the other day called ‘Pink Wasn’t Always Girly’ that goes into depth about the history of pink and its gender connotations that makes for an interesting read if you want some background detail.
There is a whole world of science out there about lighting your home, (a complicated and expensive one at that) but most of us just want atmospheric lighting for those dark evenings, and something that is decorative during the day. Lighting is not just about bringing light into your home on those dark evenings – it’s also a way to create atmosphere and drama, day or night. How to choose decorative lighting is certainly not rocket science but here are a few helpful pointers to bear in mind.
Lots of table lamps in various sizes around the room, to create an equal distribution of light. I always think of table lamps as like mirrors – the more the merrier! And where you have the space, a standard lamp makes a striking feature and varies the height of lighting. Lighting is the same as furniture in that you need various heights to achieve balance and interest.
Design inspiration can come from anywhere, and I always find it fascinating to hear where designers draw their inspirations from. So when I was introduced to Anatomy Boutique, an interior lifestyle company, who design wallpapers and ceramics, amongst other things; not only was I drawn to their incredible creations, but also the fascinating story behind them.
The owner and creative force behind Anatomy Boutique is Emily Evans, anatomist, medical artist, author, publisher and senior demonstrator of anatomy at Cambridge University. Phew! If that’s not enough to be going on with there is even more to her skills – check them out on, Emily Evans Illustration.
This is such an unusual path for a homewares designer, so we asked Emily a few questions about the inspiration for her designs and why she decided to go into the design side of things.
East meets west in spectacular style at Bar Palladio Jaipur to create a luxurious and out of this world orientalist fantasy. Combine the stunning restaurant décor with the best in Italian cuisine and you have a wonderful setting for a luxurious holiday retreat. Inspired by Caffe Florian and Harry’s bar in Venice, and named after Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, the restaurant is the brainchild of Italian, Barbara Miolini. Located within the grounds of historic Narain Niwas Palace Hotel, the Bar Palladio is home to the best of Indian craftsmanship for which Jaipur is famed. Dutch fashion designer Marie-Anne Oudejans, a resident of the Narain Niwas Hotel, was inspired by the opulent lifestyle of the maharajas of the early 20th century, to create a magnificent garden belvedere with tented canopies, mature mango trees and wandering peacocks.
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