Category Archive: Uncategorised

  1. The key Autumn/Winter 2015 trends you need to know about

    Leave a Comment

    There’s no need to spend hours scanning the latest interior mags for the biggest Autumn/Winter trends, we’ve done all the research for you. It was a tough job getting up close and personal with all the beautiful new fabrics and stylish home accessories but someone has to do it.

    Sainsbury's homeware collection for autumn 2015

    1. Dark botanical

    As this year’s obsession with all things botanical continues, the Autumn/Winter update is darker and moodier, with luxurious, metallic accents. Inspired by natural flora with a fantastical twist, think cool Victoriana meets Alice Through the Looking Glass. Characterised by opulent, vintage patterns, blended with playful twists (like the gold effect pineapple objet, £12). You can either go all-out for the look with dark walls and fabrics or choose a few key pieces for a taster of the trend.

    Dark botanical inspired homewares

    Get the look

    Make a statement with pieces like this gold effect bird cage lantern, £26; store jewellery or trinkets in this 7-drawer storage with gold effect handles, £26; place dramatic faux florals in this leopard print vase, £15 and bring a sense of fun with the gold effect pineapple objet, £12.

    Three leopard print vases

    2. Peaceful Scandi

    Nordic style is the trend that simply won’t fade – and with good reason, too. It’s accessible and versatile so complements any taste or style. This season it’s all about a softer interpretation of the look, which means a harmonious blend of natural materials like stone, linen and wood, with powdery shades of blush, duck egg and mint. Delicate tree motifs decorate cushions and bed linen, and woven rattan accessories lend a nature-inspired feel.

    Candles and home accessories

    Get the look

    Create balance in a room by mixing soft textures like this diamond woven cushion, £14, with ceramic materials – try clustering these grey glaze ceramic bottles, large £12, small £8, with this set of 3 pink ceramic candles, £5, on rustic wooden surfaces.

    Autumn colours inspire bedding

    3. Rustic living

    As the air turns crisper, the big interior designers of the season have turned to Canadian rustic cabins and back-to-basics ski lodges for inspiration. That means plenty of cool, cosy fabrics, heavy plaid and Argyll knits with a warm colour palette of burnt oranges, blended with kitsch accessories like camping-style lanterns and ornamental animal heads.

    Rustic living

    Get the look

    Go all out with this 3D moose head (part of a set of three wall hanging mini heads), £14, and red camping style lantern, £20 – perfect for creating cosy candlelight. Or simply add this small wooden rectangular frame, £10, or this cosy orange and navy check throw, £16, to a room for a more subtle interpretation.

    To discover our new range and start styling the trends for yourself, head to your nearest store now.

  2. New and exclusive: Our Autumn/ Winter 2015 range

    3 Comments

    Sainsbury’s Autumn/Winter range launches this Sunday 6th September, with tableware being the first range to hit the shelves. With bold designs and contemporary colour palettes, it’s a great way to inject new style into your home without breaking the bank.

    Want to know more about what’s in store? Here are 5 key pieces heading your way this Sunday. As with most interior trends, what starts on our favourite catwalks usually filters down to the key homeware looks, too, as we discover…

    Jug

    Sage green multi spot chicken jug, £10

    Dolce & Gabbana embraced the polka dot design in 2015, and this ceramic jug uses this trend to give a country-kitchen modern makeover. Hand-painted in Portugal, it’s perfect for everything from serving up custard to displaying fresh cut flowers.

    Plate

    Midnight Bloom platter, £10

    Any Burberry Prorsum fans will know that its trench coats have been adorned with William Morris-style jacquards for this A/W15 season. It doesn’t take long for homewares to follow suit, so it’s no surprise our Midnight Bloom range features bold prints and rich colour palettes too. This unique ceramic platter is guaranteed to be a talking point at your next dinner party.

    Bowls

    Indigo nibble bowls, £3.50 each

    These stunning bowls are part of our new range of reactive stoneware made in Indonesia. The pared-back blue and white look has simply never gone out of style, looking just as good against a neutral colour scheme as it does amongst a variety of colours and patterns.

    Cup

    Midnight Bloom teacup and saucer, £5

    Mary Katrantzou has lauded the bold floral look on the catwalk this season, with this trend translated onto this Midnight Bloom teacup and saucer.

    Martini glass

    Midnight martini glass, £4

    Your cocktail parties will instantly be given a little more style with these animal print martini glasses, where Mad Men chic meets 80s kitsch.

    To discover more about our new range, head to your nearest store.

  3. 3 easy ways to get your home Airbnb ready

    Leave a Comment

    Holiday rental company Airbnb has taken the world by storm, currently having more than 1,500,000 listings in 190 countries. UK hosts are renting out a spare room for anything from £8 to £1,000 per night.

    So, if you’d like to offer up a room in your house to a holidaymaker it’s important to make sure it provides guests with what they’re looking for – a real home from home.

    And that is easily done. All it takes are some stylish touches here and there, and the visitors are sure to keep coming back for more.

    Purple home accessories to style up your home

    1. Give a warm welcome

    The first thing you want to ensure is that your spare room looks warm and inviting. There’s no need for a big overhaul – a few artfully chosen pieces can instantly make a room look cosy and well put-together.
    Drape this berry woven throw, £15, over a bed or chair and scatter a couple of purple chenille cushions, £10, around too. This lavender and geranium diffuser, £10, will give off a welcoming fragrance, while cute pieces like this dark orchid trinket jar candle, £4, just add that extra something.

    Baskets to help declutter

    2. Have a tactical tidy up

    You’ve probably been meaning to do it for a while anyway, so have a quick purge of any bits and pieces you don’t use anymore. These rustic rush weave baskets, £10 for 3, should be able to fit under any bed, so they’re perfect for keeping things out of the way. These Moroccan-inspired woven baskets, £10 for 2, and large white wire storage basket, £10, (available in small, £8), are also good choices for an instant, stylish neaten-up.

    Throws for the final touches

    3. Enough supplies

    It’s really important to have enough sheets and towels for your new guests to use. Impress them with this grey shell print bedlinen double, £25, or vintage-style country floral print bedlinen, £18. And thick, fluffy bath towels are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser – go for classic Egyptian cotton towel, £8, or cool monochrome diamond towel, £10.

    Hottest Airbnb places to head

    Of course, Airbnb isn’t all about inviting people to stay, it’s about jetting off and seeing some amazing places too. And there really are some incredible homes on offer. Check out our favourite few from the ‘Airbnb Top 40’.

    Cubehouse, Rotterdam

    Cubehouse, Rotterdam

    Mind-bogglingly brilliant to look at from the outside, this house is also lots of fun inside with all sorts of confusing angles and fun shapes going on. Located in Rotterdam, Holland, it can be yours to stay in from just £395 per night.

    Tile House, California

    Tile House, California

    You heard us: a whole house filled with colourful mosaic tiles, inside and out. In the making since 2000, this incredibly unique house in the Twentynine Palms area of California is full of bright colours and quirky touches. It even has a hot tub. Available from £139 per night.

    Dairsie Castle, Fife

    Dairsie Castle, Fife

    Why settle for a house when you can stay in a castle? Originating in the 12th century, the castle perfectly blends medieval charm with modern comforts. And starting at £271 a night and sleeping up to 13, it’s never been easier to be king for a day.

    Check out all the products featured, plus the rest of our stylish home range at your nearest store.

  4. 3 of the best Instagram accounts for interiors lovers

    Leave a Comment

    Image: instagram.com/ispydiy

    1. Share ideas at {mine}

    Newly launched this year, at{mine} is an online community for home and design lovers where members do the sharing. The site’s Instagram is packed with pictures of beautiful, real homes and by double-clicking the image you can view where to buy the featured items. Simples.

    instagram.com/atmine

    Image: instagram.com/atmine

    Get the look: artful clutter

    Use surfaces to showcase a personally curated mix of candles, potted plants, mismatched glassware and ornaments – it’s an intriguing and creative way to show off your favourite things.

    Artful accessories for the home

    1. Large grey sand hour glass, £8 | 2. Silver bird object, £6 | 3. Small mercury glass bottle, £6 | 4 . Small ceramic lantern, £6 | 5. Small white candle stick, £6 

    2. Find chic kitsch at Charlestown Vintage

    Junior stylist, lifestyle blogger and copywriter Charlotte dreams of becoming an interiors magazine editor, and we say why not! Her Instagram feed is a delight to scroll – packed with vintage florals, country gardens and quaint tabletops.

    Interiors-Image3_gm_blog_33

    Image: instagram.com/charlestown92

     Get the look: vintage tabletop

    Create a quintessentially English tabletop by artfully arranging a mix of vintage-style and contemporary crockery, glassware and cutlery. Top Instagram tip: when taking a shot of your beautiful tabletop, make like Charlotte by angling the camera from above to achieve an on-trend bird’s eye view.

    English tabletop accessories

    1. San Miguel recycled carafe, £5 | 2. Monochrome jug, £10 |3.  In Bloom teacup and saucer, £4 | 4. Mini cake dome, £15

    3. Let loose with ISpyDIY

    Run by crafty creator and DIY-er Jenni Radosevich based in New York, I Spy DIY shows how to replicate designer style by making it yourself. And Jenni’s Instagram feed is proof that doing it yourself produces amazing results – think painted neon brights, quirky typographic art, DIY favourites and foodie creations.

    Three shelves with home accessories and flowers

    Image: instagram.com/ispydiy/

    Get the look: colour pop

    Squeeze the last few drops of summer into your home by introducing brightly coloured accessories and graphic prints. This works best with neutral décor and fresh white walls, allowing your pops of colour to have maximum effect.

    1. White & Black Pattern Bone Effect Frame, £15 | 2. Aqua tumbler, £5 | 3. Dipped mug, £4 | 5. In bloom floral print bed linen double, £18

    Find our full range of stylish homeware products at your nearest store.

  5. What do your colour choices say about your personality?

    Leave a Comment

    We’re all naturally drawn to particular palettes and colour ways – whether it’s an obsession with all things monochrome or a love of sugary pastel shades. Certain colours make us feel good while others help us to chill out, especially when used within our homes.

    You might not realise it, but your choices can often mean more than you think, reflecting surprising facets of your personality and your passions.

    Choose your favourite colour ways from our selection below to discover your palette personality, then translate your chosen shades to your home with a few key pieces from our summer collection.

    Yellow, orange and green colour palette

     

    Bursting with creativity

    If you’re drawn to shades of orange, the chances are that you’re creative, energetic and fun, while fans of yellow shades tend to be bright and cheerful types. These colours often feature during picturesque dawns and hazy sunsets – think sunbursts and sepia shadows – so you’re probably a nature-lover, too.

    If this sums you up, inject more of the colours you love with these stylish homeware picks:

    Brown and orange home accessories

    1. This hand-embroidered wild floral cushion, £15, is perfect for adding some countrified charm. 2. Add a pillar candle to this wooden lantern, £35 (small, £22), for instant warmth. 3. A terracotta pasta bowl, £5, gives any dining table a rustic, hand-spun feel. 4. With it’s burnt orange colour scheme, this tealight tray, £10, always gives off a fiery glow.

    Pastel colour palette

    A natural pacifist

    If you feel at your happiest surrounded by deep blues and aquas then you’re probably a trustworthy and peaceful type, while a love of purple suggests that you can have a spiritual side with a wise outlook on life.

    Our top products for trustworthy types such as yourself:

    Blue and purle home accessories

    1. Dramatic and romantic, this pillar candle, £8, is ideal for purple lovers. 2. With its graphic print, this earthenware aqua print platter, £10, is perfect for adding pops of colour to your kitchen. 3. Evoke the feel of lazy Mediterranean lunches with these aqua print dip bowls, £2.50 each. 4. This butterfly wall art, £15, makes a stunning statement piece.

    Black and grey colour palette

    More than meets the eye

    If you’re always drawn to monochrome hues, then you’re most likely an influential person with strong views, but you may well have a more mysterious side too? Modern and elegant – the combination of black and white is a timeless one.

    Sound like you? See our top products for you sophisticated characters:

    Black and white home accessories

    1. For a modern take on the classic white look, go for this grey shell print bedlinen, £25. 2. Inspired by the line etches of tribal artifacts, this ceramic vase, £10, makes a striking focal piece. 3. Give your favourite photos a touch of contemporary style with this bone effect frame, £15. 4. Bold prints are all the rage at the moment, so get the look in your home with this woven monochrome cushion, £15.

    To give your home a revamp, check out our stylish homeware range at your closest store.

  6. Get Mary Berry’s Great British Bake Off style in your kitchen

    Leave a Comment

    On top of the mountains of cake, the brilliance of Mary Berry and silver foxiness of Paul Hollywood, one thing we love about the Great British Bake Off is the decor. The pastel colours and countrified look give a quintessentially British feel, while a healthy dose of vintage pieces add a nostalgic twist.

    Lucy Parissi, food blogger and baking extraordinaire behind supergoldenbakes.com, is passionate about things looking as good as they taste so we asked her to show us how to get that country-kitchen chic look at home.

    Cook book

    Mary Berry: style icon

    Having beautiful and practical bakeware that’s a pleasure to use and a joy to look at is always at the top of my list. The Mary Berry bakeware range was created with the help of the great lady of baking herself, who was involved in everything from brainstorming to product suggestions and colour approvals. It’s little surprise then that the range is classic but supremely stylish.

    The whole range looks wonderful displayed on my kitchen shelves, but one of my favourite pieces is this biscuit tin, £8. Made from carbon steel, it’s perfect for giving that popular retro-kitchen look, while the cream and pastel blue colours ensure it retains a country feel. I also loved the blue ceramic measuring jug, £12 – practical as well as pretty. Whether you use it to serve up custard or display delicate flower posies, it screams ‘simple, British style’.

    White bowl and jug

    Cool ceramics

    A good mixing bowl should last a lifetime, so opt for these stoneware ones that come in small, £10, medium, £10 or large, £12, plus the wax-resist measuring jug, £10 to match. The cream colour again makes them a perfect fit for a country kitchen, while the black decorative detail gives it that high-quality, timeless look.

    Cook books

    Great British Bake Off recipes

    Any baker worth their salt knows that storing good recipes is a must, so use this Mary Berry notebook, £7 for jotting down your favourites, as well as any tasting notes. And for some inspiration directly from the queen of baking herself, check out Mary Berry’s Baking Bible, (hardback, RRP £26.09, Ebury publishing), or her Absolute Favourites recipe book, £12.49, which features all the foolproof recipes from the show. Make sure it doesn’t get covered in flour and butter by displaying it on a solid wood cookbook stand, £12.

    Baking essentials

    Serve in style

    1. These porcelain Mary Berry cake plates, £12 for 4, are guaranteed to fall under the ‘good china’ category. 2. Create a stylish backdrop for your spread with this 100% cotton tablecloth, £22. 3. With their ceramic handles and stainless steel blades, these cake forks, £10 for 4, complement the porcelain plates perfectly. 4. The last thing you want is for your baked creations to lose their freshness. Store them in style with these classic nesting cake tins, £15 for 3.

    Now you have the bakeware style inspiration, there’s only one thing left to do… ready, steady, bake!

    Find the entire stylish bakeware range at selected stores.

  7. Quiz: what’s your celebrity tableware personality?

    Leave a Comment

    1. Your dream holiday is coming up – where are you jetting off to?

    a) A stylish shopping break in Milan
    b) The Lake District for lots of fresh air and peace and quiet
    c) A beach retreat in South East Asia
    d) Somewhere exotic. The more fiery and passionate the better

    2. What would be your last supper?

    a) A lock-in at the ultimate steak restaurant
    b) A full roast dinner with all the trimmings, followed by apple pie and custard
    c) A Morrocan mezze feast – babaganoush, tzatziki – the works
    d) Never-ending tapas and bottomless sangria

    3. Which cocktail would you be most likely to (shake and) serve?

    a) Manhattan
    b) Strawberry daiquiri
    c) Mojito
    d) Caipirinha

    4. What best describes your home’s colour scheme?

    a) Cool grey backdrops offset by black and the odd flash of gold
    b) Lots of warm colours and natural textures like unvarnished wood
    c) All the colours, every which way!
    d) Whitewashed walls with complementary pops of colour

    5. If you were an animal you’d be…?

    a) A peacock
    b) A horse
    c) A tiger
    d) A Bird of Paradise

    Victoria Beckham

    Mostly As – Victoria Beckham or Emma Watson

    Just like Victoria Beckham or Emma Watson you like understated yet uber chic style that never goes out of fashion. To channel this ‘fresh from the FROW’ look in your home, pair this barely-there zigzag patterned jug, £10 – great for serving ice-cool cocktails – with a Kitchen Whites bowl, £4. Then punctuate with statement monochrome prints and these elegant gold-dipped effect candle holders, £6.

    Share the quiz to discover which celebrity style your friends are channelling, too.

    Kate Middleton

    Mostly Bs – Kate Middleton or Anne Hathaway

    Like Anne Hathaway or Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, a classic, traditional look sums up your style inspiration. You’re a natural homemaker, so go for earthenware pieces in warm shades with cheery colour pops from the Country Fair range. Serve wholesome bites on this hand-painted lemon print platter, £10 or summery puds in this terracotta pasta serve bowl, £5.
    For added flair, choose a stylish terracotta oil pourer, £8.

    Share the quiz to discover which celebrity style your friends are channelling, too.

    Sienne Miller

    Mostly Cs – Sienna Miller or Solange Knowles

    With your love of bright colours, patterns and prints, you’re just like free spirits Sienna and Solange, working a relaxed but on-trend look that cleverly clashes prints and textures. To capture this vibe, arrange exotic light bites on the santana dinner plates, £3.50, dip bowls, £2.50 and serve bowls, £6 , then serve up after-dinner coffees in this amora print mug, £4.

    Share the quiz to discover which celebrity style your friends are channelling, too.

    Eva Longoria

    Mostly Ds – Eva Longoria or Penélope Cruz

    Eva Longoria and Penélope Cruz sum up your style – which is why a kitchen full of bright and breezy accents and plenty of relaxing blue hues is perfect for you. The Mediterranean-inspired Aqua range is just the ticket for your summer dinner parties and beyond. Colourful salads will pop in this earthenware serving bowl, £12 or this aqua print platter, £10, while this graphic fish-print runner, £12 makes a fresh alternative to a tablecloth.

    Share the quiz to discover which celebrity style your friends are channelling, too.

    Check out the rest of our super stylish tableware ranges at your nearest Sainsbury’s store now.

  8. Blogger style: Georgina Fuggle shows us how to serve up a taste of summer

    Leave a Comment

    Whether it’s styling up a dining table for delicious.magazine or making a kitchen look magazine-page perfect for The Sunday Time Style, food stylist and photographer Georgina Fuggle knows how to make your home look fantastic with minimal effort. She’s a huge foodie, working as a chef for Marie Claire and penning her own stunning recipe book, Take One Veg. With summer in full swing, we asked her to pick out her favourite pieces from our Spring/Summer range for creating the perfect stylish summer soirées. Plus she’s shared a few delicious ideas for what to serve in them, naturally…

    Blissful blueberry mojito

    Magic mojito

    “You’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t like mojitos. I like to add a delicious twist by creating a blissful blueberry version.

    “It’s really easy to mix and is a real summery crowd-pleaser that takes little effort. To make, put 120g blueberries and a handful of mint leaves into a small jug and gently mash using the end of a rolling pin. Add 4 tsp dark soft brown sugar and the juice of 8 limes and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Pour in 100ml white rum and mix.

    “Decant into a large jug (see five stylish picks for serving yours below), add soda water and crushed ice, and garnish with blueberries, lime wedges and fresh mint.

    “Tip: if you want a non-alcoholic version of this recipe, simply replace the rum with elderflower cordial.”

    Go green sangria

    Cool sangria

    “For a twist on an old Spanish favourite, create a green sangria. It’s just as summery as the original, but a little more cool, crisp and refreshing.

    “Simply put 3 sliced limes and a handful of mint in the bottom of your jug (see five stylish picks for serving yours below) and muddle with a wooden spoon. Add 2 tbsp basil and 200g chopped cucumber, and stir. Finally, pour over 500ml white wine and 100ml sugar syrup and top with ice and sparkling water. Serve garnished with fresh mint leaves.”

    Get the look

    As any magazine food stylist knows, it’s all about the presentation. Here, Georgina picks her 5 favourite jugs from the summer range to help you serve up sangrias, mojitos and more in style.

    Terracotta jug

    Terracotta dipped jug, £12

    Bring warmth and rustic style to the table with this stoneware terracotta jug, perfect for serving tropical punch, fresh margaritas, or iced water with slices of lime.

    Lemon print jug

    Lemon print jug, £12

    The citrus fruits on this hand-painted earthenware jug are inspired by balmy lemon groves in the Mediterranean. Anyone for an ice-cold lemonade?

    Aqua print jug

    Aqua print jug, £12

    Bold fish motifs in contrasting Mediterranean blue and white bring the feel of a Greek island. Perfect for fruit-infused waters in the summer and as a bold jug for flowers all year round.

    Cobalt blue glass jug

    Cobalt blue glass jug, £15

    This elegantly shaped jug is given a unique twist with the bold blue rim and navy handle. Perfect for colourful cocktails with bright fruit garnishes.

    San Miguel Recycled Carafe

    San Miguel Recycled Carafe, £5

    Made in Spain from 100% recycled glass, this timeless carafe works beautifully for serving cocktails, water or wine. A truly versatile style.

    To serve up some style this summer check out our whole range of jugs, pitchers and glasses at your nearest Sainsbury’s now.

  9. Why Will Taylor from Bright. Bazaar wants to spread the colour love

    1 Comment

    The king of colour

    Known for his “make-you-smile style”, Will Taylor’s mission to inject colour into all of our homes is in full force, with his best-selling book – Bright Bazaar: Embracing Colour For Make-You-Smile Style – packed with tips and tricks we can all embrace. To find out more about his lifestyle loves and inspiration, we enjoy a colourful chat and take some inspiration from his incredible Instagram feed

    Describe your home in three words

    Colourful, friendly, eclectic.

    You’ve been colour hunting across the globe – where has been most inspirational?

    Burano, an island about 40 minutes from Venice that I visited in April. Every house is a different colour, it’s like a dreamland it’s so vibrant.

    Street with red and blue houses

    Image: Will Taylor via Instagram.com/brightbazaar

    Which room in your house are you most proud of?

    My office. It’s very energising and relaxed and it inspires me to work. It’s both a productive and personal space as there’s art in there that I love. The colour scheme is blue and yellow. The blue is calming, while the yellow gives me the energy I need to work.

    What’s your biggest fashion faux pas?

    I painted my bedroom plum. I really like plum and pairing it with black but it just didn’t really work in that room!

    What’s the priciest piece in your pad?

    A really nice sideboard from Denmark.

    White fruit bowl

    Image: Will Taylor via Instagram.com/brightbazaar

    What’s been your biggest bargain find?

    A piece of artwork from Williamsburg flea market in Brooklyn. It’s a painting by an artist based in Woodstock and was an absolute steal. It cost me £25 and I think it’s worth several thousand. I had to pay so much money to get it shipped back to the UK though.

    Are you a fan of rummaging for treasures at car boot sales and flea markets?

    I do like finding things like that, but my home isn’t full of vintage pieces and flea finds. I prefer layering old pieces with more contemporary ones.

    Brightbazaar bookWhy should people read your book?

    Because it doesn’t just give readers knowledge for how to decorate, but inspiration for colours to love. When people are faced with decorating with colour, they’re often unsure about what they should be choosing, what they can live with and how they can find inspiration. My book gives various ideas – contemporary and traditional as well as colour ideas – so readers know how to decorate successfully.

     

    For more colour-styling inspiration, check out Will’s blog – brightbazaarblog.com and pick up his book,
    Bright Bazaar: Embracing Colour For Make-You-Smile Style.

    Get the look

    Feeling inspired to add extra colour in your home? We’ve picked out a few of our favourite colour-popping pieces for spring/summer 2015.

    Aqua Tumbler, £5

    If you want to be bolder with colour, the bathroom is a great place to start. Add bright touches and colour pops with easy, breezy pieces like this ceramic tumbler  and soap dish to match.

    Blue cermain vase

    Santana Dinner Plate, £4

    Impress your guests and brighten up meal times with this earthenware plate, decorated with intricate pad print in on-trend blue and coral colours.

    Ceramic plate

    Frosted Purple Glass Vase, £12

    Give your cut flowers the attention they deserve with this bold purple number. And for periods when you’re in-between blooms, it looks just as good as a colourful focal piece.

    Purple glass vase

    Collection Red Cast Iron Casserole Dish, £50

    This casserole dish, also available in blue, easily adds a bold injection of deep, dark red into any kitchen. And made from real cast iron, it’s perfect for stews, chilli con carne and any other hearty meal to feed a crowd.

    Red cast iron pot

    Visit selected stores to see the full colour-filled collection.

     

    Image: Will Taylor via Instagram.com/brightbazaar

  10. Francesca Stone shows us how to style up our home

    Leave a Comment

    About Francesca…

    Francesca Stone, the blogger behind fallfordiy.com, is an interiors fiend with a penchant for DIY projects. And if that screams wonky shelves and rickety cupboards, think again.

    With a penchant for pops of colour against clean white backdrops, Francesca’s look is chic and modern with a homespun feel. So, if you want to know more about how she combines the right individual touches to create a big style impact, read on…

    Dip bowls

    Clash hits

    “Beyoncé and Katy Perry are among the celebs that love this look, and there’s no reason you can’t recreate it in your home. All you need to do is mix different patterns to create visually interesting combinations that draw the eye. Here we can see the bold monochrome patterns create a fantastic backdrop to the more delicate pad print on the dip bowls.”

    Bowls and cast iron pot

    The rough with the smooth

    “Texture is often overlooked at the table. We assume everything needs to be ceramic or glass-like. But why not try playing around with a variety of textures to give the table some variation? Even the differences between the rough iron pans and smooth falconware pots is striking. And on the paddleboard, traditional wooden meets contemporary marble to create a beautiful mix of tone and texture.”

    Flaconware, bowls, recycled glasses and recycled carafe

    Bits of brightness

    “Use touches of colour like these dipping bowls to help lift the mood away from the monochromes and darker textures to something fun and playful. It’s these bright details that help draw out the individual qualities of each element, bringing them together cohesively.”

    4 ways to get a kitchen like Fran’s

    Feeling inspired? Check out the pieces Francesca used to create this interiors trend below, all available in selected Sainsbury’s stores now.

    Include solid statement pieces: cast iron pan and cast iron pot

    1. The LBD: Little Black Dishes

    For stylish touches that are also hardwearing, go for real cast iron cookware. This cast iron frying pan, £8 and mini cast iron casserole dish, £10, are great for nibbles and side dishes.

    Mix up your colours and texture: wooden paddle board and dip bowls

    2. Kitsch in the kitchen

    The colours of this Santana Dip Bowl, £2.50, are really on trend. Use them for crisps, dips, olives or individual deserts. This Long Two Toned Paddle Board, £16, instantly creates a cool, contemporary look and is ideal for sharing plates.

    Have fun with shapes and sizes: recycled glasses and recycled glass carafe

    3. Art of glass

    Whether your serving up sparkling water or sipping on Sangria, give your home that Mediterranean feel, opt for a San Miguel Recycled Tumbler, £2.50, and Recycled Carafe, £5.

    Be bold with your prints: table runner

    4. Prints charming

    Table runners are a really easy and effective way of allowing you to dress your table up however the mood takes you. These monochrome napkins, £6 for a pack of 4, are a perfect match with this geometric pattern of the monochrome stripe runner, £12.

    For more interiors ideas from Francesca, head to fallfordiy.com now.