Blue and Camel.

Country Road have just released their new season collection and I am completely in love with the colour combinations: blue + camel

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This may well be my favourite colour combination to wear and live in. Country Road have not only nailed this season's wear with the fabulous combination of colour, but also the use of soft, varying textures and materials. This is a great example of how you can restrain your own colour palette by maximising your application of texture! 

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This colour combination gives a space refined elegance and timeless appeal. Think about using suede leather, timber, velvets and denim in shades of blue, navy, tan and camel. Classic right?

SbyD x

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BOOK/CLUB: Bohemian rules.

After indulging in the colourful, layered and textural lifestyles depicted in The New Bohemians book by Justina Blakeney, it got me thinking about whether this interior style is more than just a set of rules in which to decorate your home. 

In fact, according to Google, a Bohemian is a person who practices an unconventional lifestyle without the boundaries or practices of rules and usually in the company of others who share an interest to live in a more creative way, integrating music and art into their lifestyle. In some ways, you can envisage how this style of living can transpose into the interiors of a home. 

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Justina breaks down the bohemian style into six categories, distinguished by unique characteristics including relationships with nature and family and emotive influences like nostalgia and tradition. But there is certainly an underlying theme that is evident in this style:

- each home places a premium on clean lines and functionality.

- each home uses colour, pattern and texture to its maximum for comfort, warmth and character.

- each home incorporates family heirlooms, treasures and recycles pieces of furniture and accessories. 

- each home embraces authenticity and a personal style by celebrating hand-made pieces. 

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I particular love Justina's "adopt an idea" approach to decorating which encourages the reader to find inspiration from the homes they read about and introduce something they love into their own space. I love how this enables you to add a personal touch to your own home!

What are your thoughts about this style? Is there something here that appeals to you? Colour, texture and sense of happiness? It's quite an emotive style of living! If you're looking for more bohemian inspiration from Justina, then you'll want to follow her lifestyle blog, The Jungalow

SbyD x

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The impact of tiles.

At the moment I am working on a project where my clients are keen to explore the impact of tiles in their kitchen and bathroom areas. Its an exciting opportunity to add some colour, pattern and even texture into these spaces. 

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Tiles can be an economical way to add character to your home. Given the huge variety available, there is something on offer for everyone. At the moment, moroccan tiles are certainly on trend, creating a bold statement with colour and pattern. And so are geometric patterns with their contemporary lines and monochromatic colour schemes. But given the more permanent nature of tiles, be sure to choose a design that you love, that compliments your home's interior and that possesses a sense of longevity. After all, its not easy to mix up your tiles as it is to mix up your cushions!

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The subway tile, probably the most common and loved style on the market today, is classic and modern. A great combination if you ask me! But if the all white subway is a little on the plain side for you, why not explore these variations:

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Mirror subway tiles! A great way to add some glam to your home and works equally well in both contemporary and traditional style kitchens (see above). Or perhaps the imperfect, coloured tile (below). I particularly love its irregular shape and movement as light reflects over it. It's simple, but visually interesting. 

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For something special, whether you're designing a new home or renovating your existing one, the collection of Japanese tiles avilaable at Artedomus is something to behold. A stunning collection of colour, materials and finishes so unique and timeless in style and design. Definitely a great resource to keep in mind!

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Have you got a tile project on the horizon? Please share with us your project details below.

SbyD x

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