Tuesday, 30 August 2016

IN COLLABORATION WITH THE LOUNGE CO




Everyone knows what a big difference a nice, comfortable sofa makes to your home and your standard of living. Our sofas are probably the most used pieces of furniture in our home. We like to use them for relaxing, watching TV and entertaining; that's why they need to be both comfortable and stylish. Luckily these days you are spoiled for choice. There are so many different designs and fabrics to choose from that you won't have to settle for anything less than perfect.

I'm  absolutely thrilled to introduce you to a new sofa brand The Lounge Co that opened its doors to the public just last week. I was in total awe the minute I saw their look book. The designs, fabrics and accessories really impressed me. I don't often get this excited about new brands but when I do, I don't hold back. I've picked some of my favourite pieces from their new collection and it wasn't an easy decision at all - everything was just too beautiful!

The Lounge Co isn't just another new brand on the sofa scene. They've got the best furniture makers in the country and are part of the group that have been making sofas and chairs for years. Wait until you hear that all the frames are made in the UK and guaranteed for 10 years. Their craftsmen have tested and tweaked each and every sofa to make sure that they are absolutely perfect. You have 12 different sofas, 6 chairs and 6 footstools to choose from in over 100 fabrics and colours. I find their furniture very affordable too which is quite rare to find. Pretty impressive, right?

But let's face it, buying a new sofa can be a stressful experience for many of us. It's a long term investment and you really want to find something that is great quality, but also good value. Firstly, you need to think about whether it suits your lifestyle. Is the sofa for a single person, family or a couple? Do you have any pets? How big is the space? What other furniture do you already have in your room? How firm or soft would you like the cushions to be? When my husband and I first moved in together, our biggest challenge as a couple was to buy a new sofa. I wanted fabric and he wanted leather. In the end we got leather and fabric just to keep everyone happy. I guess what I'm trying to say is that there are a lot of things that you need to take into consideration when you buy a new sofa, but it should definitely be a fun experience. And, the Lounge Co aim to make it fun for you in their 20 new UK galleries where you can get the full experience and take a closer look at this stunning range of furniture.

Here are my favourite picks from their new collection!

Holly


Holly is the ultimate sofa for a style conscious minimalist. It's contemporary, chic and powerful. Holly is probably my favourite sofa in the entire collection. I adore the twin-needling detail, neat legs and the pulled in back cushions which instantly gives it elegance and style. 

This design is so understated that you will definitely want to jazz it up with some colourful accessories. I would pair it with the Geometric Flame Stitch Cushion which will add an instant pop of colour to your room. I think the 2.5 seater sofa looks particularly nice together with the Sixties inspired Jacob Chair. This chair is such an iconic design that it will never go out of fashion.  The swivel base is also incredibly practical and makes the chair a great addition to a living room or a home office.

Lola


I had a tough time choosing between Holly and Lola. I'm still not sure which one I love more but they both have their perks. Lola is definitely a stunner. This sofa just looks so cosy and inviting. It makes me want to put my feet up and have some much needed 'me time' with my favourite magazine. The weave fabric looks absolutely lush and will bring texture to any room. This sofa will work well in both contemporary and country homes. It's got to be one of the most versatile sofas out there!

Lola is not your average sofa. It's a modular sofa which means that you can just add another unit to it and expand it as your family grows. Start off with a 3-seater and add  a footstool for some extra room to stretch your legs. Don't forget that modular sofas are also great for casual entertaining! If you are considering a family friendly option, it's worth looking into the Lounge Co's family friendly fabrics. They use Aquaclean® Technology in their soft chenille and family friendly basket weave fabrics which sounds pretty good to me. As a mother of two, I am well used to cleaning up spillages and if there is any way I can prevent them, I'm all for it.

Rosie


Rosie is a classic beauty. I absolutely love it in the check fabric. It oozes sophistication and tranquillity. This is the kind of sofa you want to dive into to read your favourite book in dim candle light and forget about the world around you - the perfect spot for everyday escapism! Rosie is definitely a long term investment; it's elegant and stylish so you don't have to worry about it going out of style.


If you are a fan of neutrals, try to accessorise the room with few bolder colours that will make your home décor stand out. The Noah Chair in purple velvet is very luxurious and goes particularly well with this sofa in my eyes. Velvet is super soft to touch and will add immediate texture and elegance to your living space. You could also add a footstool to elevate the legs or make it double up as a side table. Just add a small tray on top of it and voila - you've got yourself a table!

Georgia


Georgia is another stylish, slim lined sofa range with refined details. What I love about this sofa is that it looks equally stunning in fabric or leather. The stiching on the beige leather looks beautiful and let's not forget how easy leather is to wipe clean! This is the ideal sofa for modern homes and I do feel that the sleek design looks particularly well with minimalist, industrial style furniture. Somehow I consider this as a more formal sofa. I'm not sure why. The style is quite grown up and I think it would look great in a swanky Batchelor pad.
Colourful accessories will always brighten up your home and cushions are one the most affordable ways to update your seasonal décor. If you have a large open-plan living space, there are few options worth considering. Rather than getting a big modular sofa, go for a 2.5 seater and two arm chairs. It will be nice to break up the pattern and having chairs face the sofa will be a lot more convenient if you do a lot of entertaining as you will be able to face people when having a conversation. I love the stylish George Chair. You can easily pair it with the Georgia sofa or use it as a stand alone statement piece.

Sofa is such an integral part of your home which is why it's so important that you get it right. Research, measure the room, get free fabric samples to take home and go and view the furniture before buying if possible. Sit on the sofa, feel the springs through the upholstery and think carefully which design is made for you to stand the test of time.  The great thing about visiting showrooms is that you'll be getting a lot of advice from the furniture makers which will help you in your decision making process. Take your time, have fun and enjoy the whole experience!

I'd love to know if any of these sofas really stood out for you and why? Would you go for a neutral colour or a statement sofa?

For more information visit www.theloungeco.com

*Although this is a sponsored post, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

* Images credited: The Lounge Co
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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

THE BATH PRIORY HOTEL & SPA - BEDROOM INSPIRATION



I just love staying at hotels. We visited Bath in June (you may have read about my trip here) and decided to enjoy the beautiful city of Bath for a few days this time. I don't know about you, but I have a quite a long list of criteria before I book a stay at a hotel these days.  Hotel interiors have become increasingly important to me in the last few years when we are looking for a place to stay. Hotels are not just for crashing a few nights, but somewhere we go with my husband to relax and rejuvenate.

Bedroom should be one of the most comfortable and relaxing rooms in your home. It's where you go after a long day to regain your energy and  get some much needed sleep. I adore monochrome décor but when it comes to bedrooms, I prefer soft muted tones. I find them much more relaxing and calming. I don't actually mind contrasting colours, especially when it comes to the cabinetry, but overall I like a fairly neutral colour palette with few accent colours that give a room a bit of personality.

We stayed at the Bath Priory in June and it was our third stay at the hotel. Obviously we are big fans since we keep going back. It really is a beautiful hotel and the impeccable service and the fabulous Michelin star restaurant make you feel very special during your stay. The décor however is very 'old school' glamour; think of antiques and oil paintings. The hotel is absolutely charming and has a real Jane Austen feel to it. It couldn't be more different from my own home décor but I actually love that.

We are a family of 4 so we needed a bigger room this time. I booked one of their family rooms that was recommended to us.  I knew we were in the newly refurbished part of the hotel but I kind of expected it to be like the previous rooms we had stayed in - old school glam with antiques.

Oh boy, was I wrong. Our room was furnished and decorated to the nines with beautiful modern pieces of furniture and amazing details. This room is the epitome of classy interiors; clean lines, matching custom made pieces, silver accessories and beautifully equipped marbled bathroom. It really was heavenly and even though I personally tend to go for a lot more contemporary look, they had managed to combine contemporary details with rustic classic furniture pieces in a such a beautiful manner that I was beyond impressed.

Now, I'm annoyed with myself because I was so taken by the pretty details that I forgot to take proper picture of the room and the layout. In the past we had booked a suite with them but this was way better. The room was definitely big enough for 4 of us. There was a large hall, beautiful marble en-suite bathroom, king size bed, sofa bed for the toddler (that fits easily two children by the way) and a cot for the baby. This is the most fabulous room I have stayed in in a long time and if we decide to go back next year, I'll definitely request to stay in the same room (I believe it was called Lavender).





So let's talk about the interiors. I loved the different hues of grey. I loved the simple grey walls with the wall panel mouldings. I loved the fact there was no wall paper in sight. It was all about simplicity and classy furniture pieces. There was plenty of texture to soften up the décor so it didn't feel cold or sterile. The entire room was oozing sophistication and tranquillity that made me feel like I never want to leave. This room reminded me how much I love grey and pastel blue. They are such pretty colours and apparently light grey has become the new white. I am seeing a lot more grey walls in both interior magazines and private homes. I think it's a pretty timeless colour choice. Especially if you opt for a lighter shade.

Lighting is one of the most essential elements when you are setting the mood in any room. Our room was quite dark so it needed a lot lighting. Consider having floor, wall and table lighting and the darker your room is the more dependent you are on artificial light. Light coloured walls bounce light off nicely so it made a lot of sense to keep things simple in this room.




I can't get this glass coffee table out of my head. It's so chic in its simplicity. I prefer side/stacked tables at the moment but if I ever decide to get a coffee table - this will be it! Even though I love gold at the moment, this piece of furniture reminds me how timeless and elegant silver is -totally understated and fabulous.
Who doesn't love beautiful marbled bathrooms? They are luxurious and timeless. Light brown marble is always a safe choice and will look impressive for many years to come. I adore the neutral colour palette and how everything looks so well organised and clean. The glass shelving (including the spotlight above it) also stood out for me. If only my own bathroom would look this well organised. I also love the light rattan accessories! They are beautiful and durable. Rattan is such a hard wearing and moisture resistant material that it's ideal for shower rooms.





I hope you got some kind of an idea what our room looked like. It's always tricky when you're staying in a hotel as a family. You need more room and have to make sure everyone is catered for. This room reminded me how important it is to stay true to your style. Classy interiors never go out of fashion which is a fact. Luxurious materials and custom designed furniture pieces will always make sure that your décor will stand out. That's why it's worth investing in good quality furniture pieces, especially if you know you will love them forever.

Do you use hotels for sleeping or for pampering? I guess we do both but it's definitely more about the pampering these days especially if it's a short stay. Pretty interiors of course are a bonus too!

For more information visit www.thebathpriory.co.uk

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Tuesday, 9 August 2016

I'VE BEEN NOMINATED AT THE AMARA INTERIOR BLOG AWARDS!

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I hate to do this, but I've got a BIG favour to ask. Something pretty exciting has happened and I've been dying to share it with you ever since I got the news. I received an email few weeks ago, an email that I really did not expect, to say that I've been nominated at the Amara Interior Blog Awards 2016!

I've been nominated in the Best Design Inspiration Blog category and I simply cannot believe that me and my little blog are part of this prestigious competition this year. I've found some of my favourite blogs thanks to the #IBAs which just goes to show what a great company I am in.

I still find it a little difficult to believe that people actually read my blog and enjoy the content. I'm going to be honest with you, as much as I blog for you, I also blog for myself. I thoroughly enjoy it and it's an outlet for me to express ideas, experiences and things that inspire me. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I am so honoured to be just nominated and the thought of winning or getting shortlisted hasn't really crossed my mind (I'm a realist and there are a lot of amazing blogs and bloggers in my category this year that have been doing this a lot longer).

However, I would absolutely love to get shortlisted and in order to do that I need your votes! It would be amazing to attend the awards ceremony in the Ham Hotel in London in October and I'll promise to share every little detail with you afterwards if I do happen to get the invitation.

So, please please if you enjoy what I write about vote for me HERE! I know this is a lot to ask but it will only take you few seconds, I promise! Plus, it will make my year, or the last 3!

Thank you for your support, but most importantly, thank you for reading my blog!
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