THE LITTLE BOTANICAL: LIVING ART
With so many of us now working from home, creating a green space in our offices, work spaces or any part of our interior and personal surroundings really dose create a sense of calm.
Personally my home has become a botanical garden, with plants literally everywhere. I have become addicted to this internal green space, while also connecting with the plants that I have collected over the past 2 years.
If I now see a plant abandoned on the streets, it's generally brought back home and given the love and security it deserves. Crazy as it may seem, we have all flourished from shared caring, and my plants bring me companionship, along with my dog and husband of course!! And we all communicate in our own special way.
For those looking to create a better environment, The Little Botanical has launched a new collection of Biophilic designs, expanding on their existing living wall collection. Inviting the natural environment indoors, these delicious wall hung frames are the latest plant trend and are set to innovate interior design, as well as creating much needed and desired wellbeing we often take for granted.
The new selection of green walls and botanical art bring to life any space with the installations being delivered straight to doorsteps nationwide when ordered directly from their website.
It is the time to bring the beauty and serenity of living organisms, let's say plants into the home. And I can guarantee you will start to receive the benefits of this shared companionship, caring and neutering your living environment. You may even if like me even give them names. Thats where the fun really starts.
The Little Botanical
Lick Home's dazzling wallpapers
Arts Editor: Christopher George
Decorating the home has been a key trend for 2020, as we find ourselves stuck inside staring at the drab walls that were last given a lick of paint when we moved in 7 years ago. It's not unsurprising that this has spurred a desire to go big and bold with our interiors, to give us something interesting to stare at whilst on the 5th zoom call of the day.
With this in mind it seems only appropriate to share with you Lick Home's newest collaboration, an edited collection of four wallpapers borne from the fantastical mind of digital flower arranger, Natasha Coverdale, AKA Studio Coverdale.
Two designs, two colour ways, four fantastical wallpapers, this is a collaboration that seeks to showcase Natasha’s imagination and creative hand with zero holding back. Focusing on her favourite florals to date, in our papers she layers and layers to create a mass of foliage, especially in the aptly-named Mars Meadow wallpapers.
Mars Meadow 01: There’s something a bit psychedelic going on here and we think it’s important to not let the paint colours distract from the magic that the wallpaper is creating. We’d suggest quieter paint colours like Blue 02 and Blue 03. If you’re somebody who prefers a darker colour scheme, look to Blue 05 or even Green 05 with Teal 03 as a happy middle ground.
Mars Meadow 02: We love the idea of really celebrating the hero hues in the harvest finish by taking them to the walls too. Orange 02, Yellow 02 and either of our reds – Red 01 and Red 03 – will help the wallpaper to seamlessly settle into your living space. This palette is less about contrast and more about consistency in colour so that the whole room is one big statement rather than having a feature section. If you want some contrast however, try Blue 03.
Electric Poppies 01: ‘Pull out the understated pale blue trim seen on the petal edging with Blue 01 or Blue 02 and work in some contrast with Blue 05 on your skirting boards. Electric Poppies is all about fun after all. If you want to maximise the blush element of the Candy colourway, try Pink 03, but I like the idea of Pink 04 too.
Electric Poppies 02: ‘Pink 03 works well as a paint colour partner for both Electric Poppies papers if you want to break up the greenery. Otherwise, run with the verdant theme and go for the olive tones of Green 05 balanced out with Green 04 or Teal 03 which is a bit fresher. Green 06 would create a beautifully dramatic colour scheme too.”
Plus by partnering with One Tree Planted, for every roll of wallpaper you buy, one tree will be planted around the world!
You can explore the collection in more detail and order the limited edition
Lick x Natasha Coverdale wallpaper right here.
Pallet Furniture the New Must-Have
Article: Christopher George
Research: Believe Housing
Finding the right furniture and home décor that satisfies the renovation you had in mind requires a lot of time, energy, and creativity. Regardless of whether it is fashion or homeware, trends come and go. These flat wooden structures are commonly used for the transportation and display of goods in the likes of supermarkets and storage facilities. However, have you ever thought of a pallet table or sofa? Recent Google search data find that ‘pallet furniture’ is becoming an increasingly searched term across the UK, with the term increasing from just 4,400 searches in January 2019, to 74,000 by May 2020.
Although a wooden pallet doesn’t sound like the comfiest surface to sleep on every night, it does make for a stylish and rustic frame for a low-platformed mattress to be placed on. So much so that the term ‘pallet bed frames’ has dramatically increased on Google over the last year, going from being searched 720 times in January 2019, to 1,600 times in August 2020. As for the term ‘pallet bed’, this is found to be increasingly talked about. This term rose from 5,400 searches in January 2019 to 12,100 searches in August 2020.
The term ‘pallet tables’ has experienced significant increases in monthly search volumes from January 2019, accounting for 880 searches, to 6,600 searches in May 2020. It seems the nation is looking for creative new coffee tables too, with the term ‘pallet coffee tables’ increasing from 1,600 searches in January 2019, to 4,400 searches in May 2020.
As for the exteriors of our homes, it appears the nation adore the woodland, cottage-style feel that pallet furniture captures. The term ‘pallet garden furniture’ has found to be an increasingly searched for choice of décor, with the term increasing from 1,300 searches in January 2019, to 14,800 searches in June 2020. For those that are looking for a new addition to your deck area, the term ‘pallet sofa’ has excelled in popularity over the years. The phrase was searched for 880 times in January 2019, rising to 12,100 searches in July 2020.
A pallet sofa provides a stylish touch to your back-garden furniture. To save time on figuring out how to DIY your pallet sofa, you could purchase a one pre-made from a supplier and then add your own décor to it once it arrives. For example, get creative with colours and paint it to match your garden aesthetic. Or, purchase a variety of cushions and throws to add to it.
When it comes to quirky home décor, there is inspiration wherever you look. Since the UK has a newfound adoration for pallet-crafted furniture, learn a new DIY skill this winter and assemble a timeless furniture piece that is unique to your home.
Arts Editor: Christopher George
Decorex International’s hit its 42nd edition, with thousands of visitors flocking to one of the the most important show in the UK’s design calendar. Debuting at Olympia London, its new home in the Capital, and this year saw a 10% rise in visitors across the four-day spectacle.
Over 400 of the world’s top design talents showcased everything from hand-painted wallpapers and printed fabrics to bespoke furniture and conceptual lighting. Visitors could preview the latest launches from leading brands including Arte International, Hästens, Beaumont & Fletcher, Bert Frank, Dedar, Devon & Devon, Ferreira de Sá, Lincrusta, Nicholas Haslam, Officine Gullo, Rose Uniacke, Tom Faulkner, Thibaut, Vaughan and Villaverde
Environmental responsibility was central to year’s edition, with Decorex finding new and innovative ways to put the environment at the heart of luxury design. Nowhere was this more evident than in the VIP room, created by UK interior design studio, Harding & Read. The team worked closely with suppliers, including Vinterior, Matthew Cox, Christopher Howe, British Standard and Farrow & Ball, to encourage a conscious approach to consumption. Mindful of the lifecycle of furniture and fixtures, the studio chose vintage and reclaimed pieces where possible. Each and every piece that featured was given the opportunity to find a new home after the show, with an online auction that raised £14,300 for Emmaus – the charity working to end homelessness.
Alongside inspiring new ways for brands to think about their environmental impact, Decorex also celebrated those that are already going above and beyond to be sustainable. This year’s Decorex Awards were the ideal opportunity, with the introduction of a new ‘Best Sustainable Product’ prize. Judges Henry Prideaux, interior designer, and Irene Gunter of interior architecture practice Gunter & Co, gave the accolade to Jennifer Manners, whose eponymous rug brand has released two new designs made from 100% recycled plastic.
Elsewhere at the show ‘In the Making’ offered live, interactive demonstrations that gave insight into the meticulous journey of skill and care an artisanal piece takes before it reaches a client’s home. One stand showcased the woodworking and stone masonry skills of alumni from the British Crafts College, founded in 1893 by the Worshipful Company of Carpenters, while another dedicated a space to Morris & Co. As custodians of William Morris’ original company, Morris & Co., his legacy was bought to life through wallpaper printing demonstrations using original archival blocks.
Decorex continued its support of emerging craftspeople with Foundation, a platform for the next generation of designer-makers of contemporary, bespoke furnishings. Featuring craft and design companies from various disciplines, Foundation presented twelve businesses that have been operational for fewer than five years. Testament to the exceptional skill and expertise of this up-and-coming group, Foundation exhibitor and artist Amy Collins was the recipient of Decorex’s ‘Best New Exhibitor’ award.
DECOREX INTERNATIONAL is the UK’s leading design show and the only one of its kind in the UK for the luxury interiors market. Established in 1978, Decorex is firmly recognised among the international design community as the trusted resource for high-end interior designers, architects, specifiers, retailers and property developers.
It's no wonder this years exhibition was such a success.
DESIGN WEEK: London Design Fair
Homes Editor: Petra Arko
London Design Fair 2019 was held at the Old Truman Brewery. It saw different countries from across the world represented by their best and freshest designers. Here are some of our favourite finds from the fair…
Californian-based Melanie Abrantes combines traditional craft techniques with contemporary designs, showcasing the most beautiful cork, timber, and glass bases. Her ink ice method creates an incredible watercolour effect on timber.
Altrock showcased their marble-based terrazzo surfaces which they produce in East London. Where we have previously seen terrazzo as many small chips we see it here as large broken slabs of marble.
Danish company Le Klint collaborate with architects and designers to supply the now iconic pleated lampshade. At the fair we saw their new designs alongside original designs from 1965, highlighting the consistently contemporary nature of the company.
Homes Editor: Petra Arko
World-renowned architect Luis Barragan is known for his strong use of colour and geometric forms. His buildings have been described as autobiographical, as he is not dictated by convenience, rather his own emotions. This is evident in his own home and studio, Casa Barragan, which is centred around an oasis of a garden, whose facade is understated, and floor levels and room heights irregular.
Barragan has been hugely influential in design, with homages of bright hues popping up in contemporary architecture, interiors, and fashion. Barragan encouraged the intersection of different areas of design.
“I don’t divide architecture, landscape and gardening; to me they are one”.
Editor: Christopher George
With the Spanish coast becoming one of the most desired destination for luxury living, Malaga is a city on the sea with his aspirations for the future.
The popularity of the city and Costa del Sol region has soared due to national and international investment, and it’s no surprise that Brits are the main international buyers of second homes on the Costa del Sol, followed by North Americans, Germans, Belgians, Dutch and Scandinavians.
Referring to the new purchasers, Daniel Raya, Land Development Manager at Spanish leading real estate Metrovacesa said “They choose Picasso Towers for its high quality, prime location, astonishing sea views, the pleasant Mediterranean climate and the fact that Malaga is the fastest growing city in Spain at the moment.”
The first tower will be called Living, and will feature three swimming pools, a premium spa, fitness centre, private cinema, playroom, co-working area and nursery, as well as the latest technology and security. Carlos Rodriguez, CEO at Sierra Blanca Estates Developments explains: “Buyers are drawn to the exceptional services that will be provided to all owners and residents in Picasso Towers, which are the epitome of true luxury residences”.
The three towers will be finely decorated by the award-winning interior designer Jaime Beriestain and designed by architect Carlos Lamela, who is well-known for designing Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, Madrid’s new Barajas airport terminal and the renovation of Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu football stadium.
The first phase of Picasso Towers apartments will be ready by the end of 2021, and the whole resort is expected to be completed by 2023.
Vacarda Design studio
Belfast-based Vacarda Design studio reinvents traditional craftsmanship
For the first time at Decorex International in London, Vacarda Design present its bespoke design wallcovering, artfully handmade with Italian plaster and natural textiles. By rein- venting traditional material and craftsmanship techniques, Vacarda Design creates unique artisan finishes and beautifully tactile wall products that exhilarate the senses and transform modern spaces.
Vacarda Design, founded by Tanya Vacarda in 2018, is a creative surface design studio that specialises in high-end artisan wall coverings with a textural appeal. Using Italian plasters and her own unique technique, Tanya creates exceptional artistic finishes and products that have the flexibility and mobility that a modern and more fluid way of life demands.
The studio often collaborates with local Northern Irish crafters, weavers, ceramists and embroider- ers to create haute couture decorative wall coverings, murals and artworks.
The inspiration for the Decorex 2019 collection of bespoke plaster murals, wall panels and unique plaster wallpaper finishes came from the dramatic Northern Irish scenery and the work of local art- ists and makers. Despite its Emerald Isle reputation, the region is saturated with warm colours, ranging from intense burgundy to various shades of clay. The works of local ceramists and weav- ers, with their clarity of colours and simplicity of texture, also inspired some of the studio’s tactile designs. Every piece of the collection is unique and handmade to order.
“Each project I work on is an exploration of tactility and the aesthetic and therapeutic value of handmade products. I believe that by creating unexpected textural effects with enhanced tactility we can make living spaces healthy, more meaningful and engaging for the senses. Our tactile senses are not often stimulated in the indoor environment; we rarely enjoy the sensations and heal- ing effects that touch can give. The enhanced handmade texture of Vacarda’s pliable plaster finish- es invites the simple act of touch and adds another sensory dimension to interiors. A touch encour- ages a pause, and a pause is the closest thing to meditation.”
The Annex: EXTENDING your Home
Article: Christopher George
The Annex a brand new innovative product line that is part of the Green Retreats growing product range. With 2 annexe buildings to choose from, the layout can be completely customised. The Annex is a turn-key solution for those looking to easily add extra living space to their home and offers more privacy for a growing family, adding some space for your creative self, or if your considering a small rental possibility. With the growing popularity of holiday rentals, The Annex is a great solution to add an income to your home. We personally crave The Annex at SoEdited so we can escape the office of central London and move to our back garden!! Just imagine walking to the studio in your PJ's.
The Annex take a fraction of the time to construct when compared to a home extension and offer what we compare to a tiny home as opposed to a simple additional room to your already existing property. The Annex is suited for year-round permanent living and is a fully functioning living space, complete with a bathroom, living room, kitchen and bedroom.
All of the garden buildings are built with care to the environment, engineered using high-quality eco-friendly materials in a factory that is completely carbon offset and run from solar power.
Just think of the extra interior decorating you can do!
Homes Editor: Petra Arko
Danish design brand 101 Copenhagen, founded in 2017 with a strong vision to create a world of beautiful accessories, exquisite craftsmanship, quality and timeless design.
With a passion for wood, quality textures and collaboration with master artisans, combined with design aesthetic that reflects their dedication to high-quality materials. A simple yet fun and interesting style and an organic, calm colour scheme. 101 Copenhagen are present their first collection filled with must-have season novelties and timeless classics.
Founder Kristian Sofus Hansen is a Danish designer graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, whilst also spending time in Japan studying at the Kyoto Institute of Technology. Kristian started collaborating with Tommy Hyldahl in 2016 for NORR11, and has now ventured out in the world of lighting solutions and home accessories.
Collaborations with artisans offer handmade dinnerware, hand knitted cushions along with ceramics and glass vases. The assortment of products includes vintage wooden pieces, rugs, suede trays and boxes, mirrors, as well as a bespoke lighting range created in partnership with NORR11.
101 Copenhagen provide home accessories that give interiors a personality and character, using the beauty of edgy elegance and a mix of beautiful textures.
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