Tuesday, 15 October 2019 / London, UK

DECOREX 2019 HIGHLIGHTS


I haven't attended as many trade shows this year as I would have liked, but I didn't want to miss the biggest interiors event here in the UK, Decorex (especially since it took place in London Olympia this time). Decorex is the UK's leading high-end residential interiors trade show. It's a major interiors event for both British and international brands. You may remember I also attended the infamous Maison & Objet in Paris back in January. It was about time to go and see what UK has to offer and Decorex 2019 certainly didn't disappoint. 

Trade shows are a great way to see new products, trends, attend interesting talks and just network with other people in the industry. I always find the networking part a little tricky when I'm taking photos. You can get so consumed with the whole photography and product side that you easily forget to talk to people. This time I mainly used my camera phone and my SLR for my Decorex highlights only. If you want to see more photos/video just head over to my Instagram page where I've saved all my Decorex photos in my highlights.

So, you may be wondering how Decorex differs from Maison & Objet? Well, the event is obviously a lot smaller. The entire exhibition was held in one hall and split between 2 floors, but trust me that is still enough walking if you're there for 3-4 hours like I was. Most people (designers, buyers etc) split their visit between the 4 days. There is so much to see and time goes very quickly once you start talking to people. So, due to it's size I do think it was much easier to navigate compared to M&O. Decorex is not by any means small though. Over 400 interior brands and designers are exhibiting at the annual event.

Here are few things that stood out for me this year..

I love discovering new candle brands, especially when they come with pretty marble holders like these. It was the scent that lured me to the direction of oOumm candles actually. They smell absolutely amazing and are probably the most luxurious candles I've ever seen. The collection consists of four original scents and an exclusive refill system. Each raw material in the collection is constantly pushed into limits; from waving marble to brass sculptures. The candle holders aren't exactly cheap (£££) but I would say after having seen the craftsmanship it is pretty much what I expected. These are definitely on my dream candle (holder) wish list which is getting very long by the way.



Launching exclusively with Heal's, Jonathan Rogers has created the filigrana pendant that explores both texture and pattern using a traditional Venetian cane-work technique. Each pendant in hand blown in Jonathan's workshop in Clavering, Essex, creating unique pieces that are simply stunning. I find the etching on the glass dome really unique and timeless. These pendants will work beautifully in both traditional and contemporary interior schemes. 



It is virtually impossible for me to walk past a marble bathroom without stopping to take pictures. Marble surfaces were still very much present at Decorex, which means that marble isn't going anywhere. It's one of those materials that has always been around I guess, but I do find it a lot more accessible these days. From marble effect porcelain to Carrara marble from Italy there is something for all budgets. Luckily Porter Bathrooms provided a lot of inspiration at Decorex from both design and styling perspective. I'm especially loving the subtle grey veining in marble at moment and pairing it with gold accents. If you want to go for a more industrial/contemporary look just pair the marble with bronze bathroom accessories.





Chairs are looking very elegant, comfortable and luxurious right now. I saw a lot of faux fur and boucle finishes in upholstery at Decorex. Boucle especially seems to be trending at the moment. The loopy textured fabric with uneven yarns is the perfect material for a comfy arm chair. I also love this midcentury inspired white arm chair from Hyde House. It's perfect for those cosy autumn nights in.



Velvet also continues to be a popular choice in upholstery. Velvet sofas have been all over pinterest and Instagram, but now we are seeing a lot more chairs (especially dining chairs) too. I love the peach coloured dining chairs from Hyde House. I'm not quite sure I'd be brave enough to get that exact colour for our house with two small children though. You can read about how to look after velvet chairs (with children) here. 



This Officine Gullo kitchen was certainly a show stopper. The custom-made Italian kitchens are created in a balance between tradition and modernitity, equipped with avant-gard technology of course. It does seem that domestic kitchens are looking a lot more like the professional ones these days, am I right?



The coolest part about this kitchen was the built in wine preservation system.  It means that by simply inserting a needle through the cork wine can be enjoyed without having to remove the cork. This is such a transformational and exciting product for wine lovers, because it means that now you can enjoy a glass of fine wine without having to open the entire bottle. It's also handy if you want to open multiple bottles at once. I've seen quite a few of these in restaurants and wine bars but I'd love this to become an essential part of residential kitchens too.


I love the Cupola lighting by Tamasine Osher Design. The industrial metal frame works incredibly well with the organic timber sphere. Although the two materials couldn't be more different, they complement each other so well. The lamp shades are hand turned from whole trunks of naturally fallen beech. The live edge wooden table also matches the lamps perfectly. 




Who doesn't love patterned cushions? Gaynor Churchward launched her new Artisan collection in 2019 and she makes the most beautiful cushions and curtains. All of her products are made to order and she also takes in bespoke orders in case you can't find the exact size you're looking for. You've got to check out her entire collection to fully appreciate her talent. 


Ornate rugs also have a wonderful collection of both traditional and contemporary rugs. I'm especially loving all the greys and muted colours here. They also accept custom orders and have worked in many commercial projects too.



My last stop at Decorex was the Sweetpea & Willow showroom. I pretty much loved every single item there. From the ostrich floor lamp to the velvet bed frame it all felt a bit like a dream. A very nice and luxurious dream if I may say. London based Sweetpea & Willow sell the most glamorous and luxe homewares at affordable prices. I especially loved their 'Handmade in London' range. The Martha bed oozes both glamour and comfort with gorgeous accessories to match of course. 






So, did anything catch your eye? Leave a comment below or let me know on Instagram

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Tuesday, 8 October 2019 / London, UK

BEDROOM HAT WALL


Can you believe it's already October? Now that the weather is getting chillier I've had to hang up my summer hats (quite literally). I created my hat wall 7 months ago, mainly because I just had too many hats lying around the house. I love wearing hats during the summer months, but they can be awkward to store which is why I think a hat wall is the way to go. 

I've been also thinking about expanding my hat wall for quite some time. It's probably why I didn't publish this post straight away. I have more than 3 hats, but I decided not to place them all on the wall above the TV(for now at least). I didn't want to make this wall feel too crowded, although I'd like to add two more hats to my hat wall. I guess I just need to find the perfect hats to go with it first. There is a big difference between just hanging random hats on your bedroom wall and going for a 'curated' hat wall look. You can add a hat wall anywhere in your house by the way, not just in the bedroom. Having a hat wall in your hall can be both super functional and stylish. And of course creating a stylish hat wall in your home is easy if you just follow few simple steps. 

First up I would start by keeping the colours fairely similar. I love neutrals so that was never going to be an issue for me. Although hat walls are meant to be functional, they should also be considered as a design 'feature' (ie. look good). Hats can also look great as part of gallery walls, although I really wanted to dedicate this section in the bedroom for hats only. Secondly, similar shapes also work well together and will give your hat wall that collected look. There are always exceptions though. If you want to create a colourful hat wall you can obviously get more creative. I think a hat wall should ultimately reflect your personal style. Do you follow trends or like to stick to a more timeless look? 



The whole hanging part is super easy. I don't ever use nails on the walls, unless I absolutely have to. I used the Command clear hooks (size medium) on my hat wall and they have been just perfect. The clear ones are really subtle and they are easy to remove too. The oval hooks are perfect for hanging up most hats, although they may not work with all hat shapes (you'd want to double check this first). I would also advice you to measure the distances first before hanging them up, although they are easily to remove and should not damage the wall if done right. You can always place the hats on a bed or on the floor so you get an idea whether they'll work together or not.



I also like to use hooks to display and store my hand bags. I used the same clear command hook here but I probably prefer these Wooden hooks from Amazon. They need to be screwed into the wall though which is why I haven't used them yet. They do look super stylish though!



I love our new butterfly palm. I really wanted to add a bit of tropical greenery to our bedroom and this is the perfect size. I'm not the best at keeping house plants alive, but since my rubber plant is still going strong one year later, I though I'd risk it. I didn't want a faux plant in the bedroom this time. They never look quite as good and real plants are meant to improve air quality too which is why I decided to go for the real thing. I love it! The cute Pom Pom basket/planter is from Matalan (gifted). 





A word of warning though; if you decide to create a hat wall in your home expect to dust your hats regularly. By regularly I mean probably once every two months or so. They do gather dust, although most of the time this is not very visible (doesn't mean it's not there). When I'm dusting my hats I just bring them outside and give them a good clean with a damp microfiber cloth. Then I leave them in direct sunlight for few hours so that they get a good airing.

Are you a fan of hat walls?

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