Month: February 2016

Inspired by the new Scion range – Lohko

I’ve been working on a fabulous new bedroom makeover for one of your favourite interiors magazines (I’ll reveal all when it’s in print) and the scheme has been driven by the most lovely new range by the wonderful Scion. The range is called Lohko and it has a relaxed, retro vibe and, like most of their collections can be used in so many different ways. So having been happily immersed in the oh-so-lovely colours and prints I thought I’d write a post on being inspired by a new range of fabrics and wallpaper. When you’re giving a room a new look, especially if the wall paintwork is fine, fabrics can be your best friend and completely change the space without lifting a paintbrush (though you’ll spend a few hours at a sewing machine). I’m working in a room that is currently a dark neutral – a taupe colour, in fact a neutral colour that will be in hundreds of homes up and down the country. Nice neutrals, inoffensive, easy to live with but by adding some Lohko …

See my living room in Real Homes magazine

A while back I wrote a post when considering whether to paint my living room navy blue. I had collected lots of beautiful inspirational images on Pinterest and just had to bite the bullet. I’m always encouraging others to be brave and commit to decor because that has better results than being half hearted so decided to take my own advice to just do it. So I took the kids to school then started painting. It didn’t take long to do the walls, then the rest happened slowly like an organic process with each decision inspiring the next. After the walls came the map because it’s beautiful and the fact it’s canvas makes it even more so (go Newgate – I love this). The room then needed some brighter colour to give it some life so I took the colours from the map and made velvet cushions in mustard and aqua green from soft and tactile Harlequin fabrics. I recovered my chaise long in dove grey velvet (that took a day) and there’s something quietly decadent …