Interiors and Lifestyle Blog:For the eclectic and ever so slightly eccentric…
Will Taylor is the writer of the well-known interiors blog Bright Bazaar which is always a riot of life enhancing colour, so if you like colour regardless of the style, Dream Decor is the book for you. And if you want to be in a with a chance of winning a free copy of the book, see the competition details below!
Eleven homes from around the world are showcased with ideas on how to bring elements of the look to your own interior, even if you actually live in a semi in the Midlands but have dreams of a Tuscan retreat, or aspire to urban loft living, there is always a way to bring that dream into your own home by capturing the essential something that speaks to you. The photos are inspiration enough but the text helps to pull together the essence for you to recreate. I’m not sure what is says about me but the two pages I’ve chosen to photograph come from the Hollywood Chic chapter!
We like to get our money’s worth from accessories at MiaFleur so we always try to think up different uses for our products and inspire you to think outside the box. With that aim in mind we have had a play about with our pentagon brass terrariums and not only styled them in 3 different ways but with 3 different uses.
I have some lovely little Moroccan tea glasses that I use to show off individual flower heads but they can get a bit lost being so small but by popping one into a brass terrarium they suddenly take centre stage and it really shows off the blooms.
Most of us inherit a garden from its previous owners, which can be a mixed blessing depending on how well its designed, but I was lucky enough to be given a blank slate (or unlucky depending on your view point). To me it meant I could do exactly as I pleased without having to feel like a vandal! No dodgy terrace, no ugly overgrown shrubs, no boring layout and last but not least no grass.
A garden should fit in with your lifestyle and your capabilities so plan out how you want to use the space, how much gardening you want to do and how much entertaining you want to do in the garden. My 6 top tips when redesigning your garden are:
1. Position your terrace (or terraces) to make the most of the sunshine for alfresco dining. Check out where the sun rises and sets on your garden. Mine faces south east so I get sun from early morning until about 4pm and then it starts to move around the side of the houses so in the evening I only get sun at the bottom of the garden. To be able to eat outside in the sunshine I have two terraces, both with a table and chairs – one by the back door and one near the bottom of the garden so I can catch the sun at any time. I don’t think there is anything more distressing than eating in the shade in this cold climate.
At MiaFleur we are always repainting backdrops for photographing our products, and in fact I’m pretty sure one of the rooms in the house is decreasing in size due to the successive layers of paint it’s acquiring, which makes us extremely fussy about quality! When I use a cheaper paint brand, the depth of colour isn’t right, the nuances of colour aren’t there, the finish isn’t right – so I always go straight for my favourite brands now. They being Little Greene, Farrow & Ball and Paint by Conran, so in this post I’ll share my pick of the best dark and moody paint colours from these brands, to get you feeling inspired!
The mainstay of MiaFleur is our love of interiors and gardens be they small suburban terraces, country cottages, palatial mansions and everything in between. We love eclectic interiors which can encompass anything from vintage to industrial to retro to glam boho, and any other styles you care to mention. We love to see how our customers style our products in their own home and garden in a way that is meaningful to them – and to share ideas and style inspiration. Hence our Instagram and Twitter competition whereby we invite customers to share photos of items from MiaFleur styled in their own homes and gardens, for the chance to win a £20 voucher for MiaFleur. So it’s time to get creative and let us see your images for a chance to win!
As you know I do love a bit of spray painting (gold and black being the favourites at the moment) so I thought I would share with you this amazing bit of DIY from Amy at Homey Oh My! These little gold desk dishes are fab and tie in so well with our blog on covering lever arch files in marble effect sticky back plastic. Why have a boring, uninteresting desk when, for very little effort and money, you can have a glamorous and inspiring desk that actually gives pleasure, plus it’s so satisfying to have done it yourself. I love to transform something that is essentially a utilitarian object into a thing of beauty to be admired instead of hidden away.
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