NOTES FROM THE PINK HOUSE - HOW TO MAKE YOUR HOME PINTEREST WORTHY
Hello, and welcome to Pad Lifestyle's first ever Notes from The Pink House! I'm Emily, a lifestyle journalist and founder/editor of The Pink House, an award-winning interiors blog all about fabulous family living, despite the kids...
I'm tickled pink to be writing for Pad, not least because I'm obsessed with its eclectic, glamorous aesthetic. In a perfect world, I'd own all of the boutique's gorgeous goodies, especially after seeing many of them in Pad owner Anna's swoon-worthy house recently, when I featured it on The Pink House and in i-on magazine.
Unfortunately, space/the long-suffering Pink House Husband won't allow for a full supermarket sweep of all things Pad, so an edit is required. But when it comes to home décor, where should you start? Personally - and I know I'm not alone in this - when I'm planning a space in my place, I start with Pinterest. It's great not only for seeing what's hot, but also for finding inspiration for working these ideas into your own home (yes; stealing other people's excellent taste is TOTALLY fine!).
So when Pinterest recently revealed the top interior trends inspiring Brits today, based on its most popular images, I thought these would make a perfect starting point for my first pick of Pad's lust-have décor. Read on for info on the most pinnable interior ideas around, plus my thoughts on how Pad can help you make these ideas a reality in your own home...
The trend: It's all about shapes and sizes
It's time to show your artistic side by incorporating different shaped items into your home. From hexagon and herringbone tiles to circular shaped mirrors, this is where functional meets decorative.
This stunning diamond-cut Glam Rock mirror table by Reflections Copenhagen (as spotted in Anna's drawing room), is like jewellery for your living room, or bedroom - it would work beautifully as a bedside table. Pair it with a luxe, jewel-coloured velvet sofa or combine it with white walls for glamour, Scandi-style.
I'm a sucker for anything Tom Dixon and his Etch Web pendant combines on-trend geometric shapes, with his trademark use of brass to create an object that's both useful and a work of art. Hang it alone or in a cluster for real wow factor.
There is always a fabulous geometric pattern to be found in the collection of New York designer Jonathan Adler. Handmade by expert weavers in Peru, this monochrome Greek Key Peruvian statement rug is created using hand-dyed wool from Llamas raised in the Andes. A true heirloom, it will age beautifully, while making your living room the envy of all your friends. And of me.
The trend: Bringing the outdoors in
In the late sixties letting the natural world into your home was the height of sophistication, and this verdant vibe is now firmly back in fashion. It's time to get green fingered...
But if you're anything like me, keeping plants alive can be rather challenging (apparently you're supposed to water them...). But even the most rampant plant killer can't go wrong with fabulous faux foliage and flowers. I love this pink Pad Lifestyle Medinilla plant - not only is it pink (obv) but it looks so real, even down to the soil, that no-one will ever guess you're faking it.
Next up is this on-trend Cactus Plate from Danish brand Bloomingville. It's so pretty I'd want to order enough to hang on my wall AND arrange on my dining table. It would be perfect for holding colourful cupcakes when guests come over too.
Another sure fire way of bringing the outdoors in is investing in a little Christian Lacroix. Who needs a garden when you have this colourful cushion called 'One Year in My Garden?' No watering can, slug repellent or lawnmower required, plus you can snuggle it while you watch TV. I'll take four.
The trend: less is more
This year Brits are channeling their inner Marie Kondo with pared back design, simple styling and plenty of concrete. Industrial designer Hanne Willmann has combined silky smooth raw concrete with glass to create the Willmann Vase, for Scandi-brand Menu, that's sure to outshine the flowers. Keep the contents simple - a few fronds of foliage will do.
Another Danish brand (those Danes know how to do clean-yet-cosy design), Care By Me has created the cashmere throw of dreams in the coolest of Scandi hues. Keep this kittn-soft Christina blanket at hand for some super-chic snuggling and you might find your sofa becomes rather crowded.
The enormous, yet tactile, Under the Bell pendant, designed for Muuto by Iskos Berlin, and which I saw in Anna's hallway, is made of recycled felt, and it was love at first 'light.' With such a simple design, it oozes chic sophistication.
The trend: Bold colour palettes
In particular, the UK is going mad for water colours and shades of blue, with the pinky-hued copper coming out on top in terms of metallic materials.
British designer Kelly Hoppen has created this copper and glass globe accessory. Is it a bowl? Is it a sculpture? Is it a must-have item for your coffee table? A big YES to all of the above. Try filling it with short stem faux snowball flowers for year round charm, or a single rose stem. Rarely have I felt this much lust for an inanimate object.
Pair this digitally-printed velvet 'Misty Sea' cushion by Scottish-born artist Hatti Pattisson, with the copper accent vase above and you'll have a match made in decor trend heaven. Or just add it to a grey or navy sofa and gaze at it all day - it's just like being at the beach, but with less sand in your lunch.
Finally, you can't talk about water colour decor in Scotland without mentioning the wonderful Bluebellgray. If you like your paint-effect fabrics bright and bold you can't beat this loved Glasgow-based brand. I have one of their pom-pom cushions and it makes me smile whenever I see it.
The trend: Smart storage
We are more organised than ever - small space urban living has meant ever-cleverer storage solutions for an uncluttered life. Open shelving has become a 'thing', while walls are being put to work when it comes to tidying up.
With leather pulls and a variety of colour-fronted drawers, this wall-mounted secretary desk called Gaston, by French brand Harto, is smart AND sexy. Hang one in your hallway, home office or even your bedroom and watch the clutter magically disappear.
Or, if you're a serial room-rearranger like me, this clever, good-looking modular shelving system, called Stacked by Muuto, could be the answer to your clutter woes. Change the set-up of the shelves with the clips included, then choose whether you mount them on the wall, the floor or on the Muuto podium.
As the world becomes increasingly digitized I find myself yearning for beautiful, tactile materials, and actual books and magazines. So home decor doesn't get much more desirable than this luxury magazine basket called Joey by Netherlands-based Philomijn, made from the finest leather (it's also a great basket for flowers as this cute image demonstrates).
Pinterest schminterest - let's cut up some mags and make some real mood boards - who's with me?!