Interiors

Style Fairy Interiors: Window Seats

I absolutely love window seats – I think they can add such beauty and character to a room. We are lucky enough to have a window seat in our kitchen – through a lot of persuasion my end, and even though I was told we didn’t really have the space for it, I am so so glad we went for it. It is my favourite feature of our kitchen.

I am now looking at ideas for it, in terms of upholstery. I think it is a good idea to go for a solid colour base in a durable fabric and then you can bring in colour with scattered cushions, I like that you can update it easily and inexpensively too through cushions.

I think a window seat can work anywhere; in a large window on the stairs, a bay window, a bedroom, a nursery, a kitchen. I think, where possible, it is always a good ida to incorporate storage into the bottom. Here is some inspiration;

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Kitchen Inspiration

Hi all

Welcome to my brand new Interiors section.

As most of you may know from listening to my Snapchat, we are moving!!!! We bought a house that had to be gutted & renovated from top to toe, we are basically working with a shell! I plan to bring you on this interiors journey with me as things start to move forward.

But to kick start things I thought I would begin by bringing you some kitchen design ideas and inspiration. Our kitchen went in just over a week ago – the counter top hasn’t been put on yet and a few bits so I will hold off on showing you pictures ’til it is further on. We went for a white kitchen (the exact colour is Farrow & Ball ‘Strong White’) and we picked grey for our island (the grey is Farrow & Ball ‘Manour House Grey’), our work top when it does go on is Carrara Quartz.

For me, the kitchen is the heart of the house, it is where we will spend the most time, so in that regard it is the most important space for me and most likely where you will spend the most money too!! like everything when it comes to interiors and design there is SO. MUCH. CHOICE. I think it is really important to do some research and try to get a feel for what it is you really want and what you love, it can be overwhelming when you first walk into a kitchen showroom. Thankfully we knew exactly what we wanted to that made life a small bit easier.

Here is some inso on various kitchen styles to give you some inspiration and you are start saving to that house file you have on your phone (I think its a great idea to save down all images you see that you love, even if you are not sure why you love it, it’s that bank of imagery that will help form the basis of the vision for your home)

Kitchen Inspiration

When it comes to your kitchen there are so many decisions to make not only about style (modern, farmhouse, traditional etc etc) but also colours, splash backs, floors, islands,  chairs and stools, worktops, knobs and handles, sinks and lighting….. Hopefully this will give you some ideas!

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Interior Design: Autumn Winter 2015

Meet the Professional

There is something about the Winter months that causes us to ‘hibernate’ and start to look at adding little pieces to our homes. We are very lucky to have award winning interior designer and fellow blogger Moya Farrell on hand to direct us in the right direction when it comes to all things interior design. Check out Moya’s blog here.

We are so delighted to have Moya on board guest blogging with us at The Style Fairy, so if you have any interiors requests, questions or areas you would like covered, do get in touch!

Autumn Winter Hot List

Just like fashion, the interiors market is completely exposed to fads and trends each season, and just like the fashion world, it can be a challenge to distinguish between trends that will be faux pas in the blink of an eye and those that are more likely to stand the test of time.

While fads may give your home the quirk du jour, you may fall out of love with things that become too associated as being a particular trend from a particular time and really when it comes to home décor sourcing timeless pieces you’ll never tire of is the aim of the game.

This Autumn/Winter there are a number of key trends emerging in the interiors industry that I think are likely to give any home an elegant style for years to come.

Here are some of our favourites:

Marsala

Colour experts Pantone never fail to deliver something truly magical each year with the announcement of their ‘Colour of the Year’. The shade of choice for 2015 is the stunning Marsala, a beautifully rich, reddish-purple that is the perfect warm shade to counter-balance neutral, or light colour schemes and bring great warmth to these cooler months of the year. It’s also going to be a key colour for Christmas 2015.

So what makes this shade more than just a one hit wonder? Other than the backing by colour powerhouse Pantone, the beautiful rich tone, its undeniable versatility for pairing with a range of shade from greys, dark blues and neutrals like, browns and creams and the sheer opulence of this hue suggests this is shade is no fashion fad! This image of a marsala sofa demonstrates the impact the colour can bring to a space in a very chic, classic manner.

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Knit Pods

Knits and textiles have a wonderful way of adding warmth and cosiness to an interior scheme – definitely something we want to encourage in our homes during these cooler months! And these knit pods are a great injection of texture, warmth and functionality.

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Classic Metallics

The roaring twenties and the ‘Great Gatsby’ look has always had huge influence in the interiors world. And more recently the hit of Downton fever and the timeless elegance displayed throughout the Crawley mansion has re-instilled the popularity of metallics like gold, brass and coppers. These metals, especially those with a mirrored finish, are a serious homeware hit and I can totally see why!

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Tile Style

Tile style is everywhere I look lately! But tiles have come a long way in recent years and we have become brilliant at experimenting with our tiling. I want to personally thank the genius that first introduced the subway tile (named because of its starting ground, in the subway stations of New York) into residential settings. But even if subway tiles aren’t you’re cup of tea, there are tones of styles, patterns and different ways of using tiles, the options are endless!

Most importantly though, trust your gut feeling on styles, there’s a great saying that I like to tell clients when they struggle to see if something will stand the test of time – ‘be faithful to your own taste because, what you really love, will never go out of style’.

Crafted

Artisan food led the way for carefully curated produce and now the interiors world is following suit with increased favourability for special, handmade products. There is a huge surge in interest for pieces that are designed, made and sold from the one warehouse or studio – the kind of products that have a story behind them. And the really nice thing about this trend is that it has led to a preference for supporting local, Irish brands, Irish Designers and Craftspeople.

One of my favourite examples, of this ‘artisan homeware’ is Co. Down based handweavers, Mourne textiles. These guys have become enormously popular for their quality yarn products, which are crafted in their family-run warehouse situated at the foot of the Mourne Mountains. Although their products come with a higher price tag, there is undeniable quality, evident care and true craftsmanship in every stitch of their collection

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Wallpaper

While dodgy seventies prints or tacky floral designs may come to mind when the word wallpaper is mentioned, wallpaper is seeing a massive surge in interest lately. And it definitely doesn’t have to be at all flower power or prints that will make your eyes hurt when it comes to wallpaper designs, the options are really endless when it comes to wall dressing.

One range I am a massive fan of is that of, Paint experts Farrow and Ball, who have recently introduced a range of new wallpapers, created using their quality paints in classic, patterns ranging from the classic and subtle to bold and dynamic.

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Basket Love

Natural materials like jute, wicker and seagrass can bring a gorgeous rustic elegance to a home, not to mention their practicality for cosy nights in. Stacked with fire logs or filled with soft, blankets and throws, these are a great living room storage solution that has the added bonus of ranking high in the style stakes.

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Shop The Trends

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1 Lantern: Dunnes Stores,  €25 – Shop Here

2 Basket: Next, €43 – Shop Here

3 Pendant Light: The Elms, €135 – Shop Here

4 Cushions: Dunnes Stores, €28 – €35 – Shop Here

5 Knitted Pod: Next, €108 – €170 – Shop Here

 

About Moya

Moya is award winning Interior Designer and Blogger. Moya’s range of design services bring professional ideas and expertise to a variety of creative projects, catering for each client’s personal style and budget requirements. And her blog designology.ie is the perfect online destination for all the interiors inspiration and advice you need. Guaranteed to keep you up to date with all things lifestyle and interiors, the blog includes fantastic features on homeware, interiors trends and expert design tips. But it doesn’t just stop at homeware, there are lots of lovely recipes and lifestyle features thrown into the mix too. The designology mission is to keep it close to home and focus on homeware that is easily available to the Irish market, or even better crafted in Ireland, by Irish Designers and Craftspeople. You won’t be left disappointed! http://www.designology.ie

 

Stylishly yours,

Moya x

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Nursery Inspiration

If like me, you are starting to think about doing up a room in your home to eventually become your baby’s nursery, then keep reading 🙂 Obviously, baby with be sleeping with us for the beginning, but I still really want to have a little nursery for him or her.

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Inspiration from my Pinterest
Inspiration from my Pinterest

Meet the Professional

Like almost all baby related stuff, I am feeling a little overwhelmed and unsure where to even begin when it comes to the nursery (Although I have started  Pinterest board which you can follow here) so when award winning interior designer and fellow blogger Moya Farrell got in touch to guest blog with us, I was thrilled. You can check out Moya’s blog here.

We are so delighted to have Moya on board guest blogging with us at The Style Fairy, so if you have any interiors requests, questions or areas you would like covered, do get in touch! Enjoy, N x

Nursery Decor Inspiration

Although pregnancy can come with its ups and downs, decorating a nursery is most definitely a high point of preparing for a new arrival. I love working with parents-to-be and seeing the excitement build, as we create a snug space where they and their baby can cherish those precious early days together. Although there’s variety of colour schemes that will work for a nursery design, I particularly like starting with a neutral base and adding accent colours through accessories and fabrics throughout the space. Grey is an excellent neutral base to start with because it compliments traditional nursery colours like blue or pink.

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For couples that plan to keep the gender a surprise I find it particularly practical to start with a neutral like grey and then add some soft blue or pink accessories once the baby is born.

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One major advantage of using this method is that once the baby arrives and the gifts start flooding in, these gifted items can be used to add colour to the space. Things like soft toys, blankets and even sweet artwork can be used to add hints of soft colour to the room. This means a bulk of the work is done prior to the baby’s arrival and there is minimal effort once the fun begins.

Here I’ve created a sample scheme with a mood board and product list for a beautiful, neutral nursery. Happy decorating!

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WHAT TO BUY

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 SHOP THE NURSERY

  1. Cot – Mia Cot/ Toddler Bed in Ivory, €524.99 from Eurobaby (It’s by Mama’s & Papas)
  2. Paint – Little and Greene paint in Dark Gauze from €37 from Little Greene (Also check out Crown Paints; their website is so easy to navigate)
  3. Artwork – Pastel Blue Animals on Parade nursery illustration (available in a range of colours, $44.14 from Etsy
  4. Light shade – Smarty Lamps Cosmo Shade, €42.91 from Not On The Highstreet
  5. Blankets – Woven Check Blankets, £20 each from The White Company
  6. Rug – Grey Striped Rug, £70 from The White Company
  7. Armchair – Eva Arm Chair – £910 from Neptune (several stockists nationwide). Cheaper options also available from Tony Kealys 
  8. Fabric – Emmie Rand fabric available in blue and pink, €8.00/metre from Ikea
  9. Pouff – Cream Knitted Pouff, €95 from Harvey Norman
  10. Laundry Basket, €35.99 – €45.99 from Zara Home 
  11. Ladder, €95 from Sung.ie
  12. Set of two bear face knit blankets, €30 from Next
  13. Mobile – Pastel Baby Air Balloon Mobile, available in a range of colours, $45 from Etsy

About Moya

Moya is award winning Interior Designer and Blogger. Moya range of design services bring professional ideas and expertise to a variety of creative projects, catering for any style or budget. Moya has recently launched a design blog, designology.ie where you can find helpful tips and inspiration for home design or get in touch with any design dilemmas you may have.

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