Wednesday, 17 April 2013

This summer, interiors go global

 With the seemingly imminent arrival of our fabulous British summer, it seems that everybody is embracing a very new style of interiors- a world away from this spring's fling with light florals and pastel shades. Influenced in part by catwalk mavericks and print obsessives like Mary Katrantzou and Peter Pilotto, combined with the start of festival season and a current cultural obsession with exotic lands; bright bold prints that take inspiration from far flung continents and abstract cultures are starting to seep in to the world of interiors. 
This emerging trend for all things global is a mixture of different cultural aesthetics, colours, prints and textures- combining to form a riotous celebration of interior design. Perhaps as a backlash to the clean simplicity of the recent trend for tonal whites and scandinavian design, this bali-esque chic is anything but dull.This trend is one that truly embraces the feelings of summer: with one part festival, a smattering of different cultures, a mish mash of print, vibrant colours, textural materials, all tied up with a vintage feel- this trend is very much one of the global traveller. Taking influence from the textiles of India, Aztec prints, the bright zingy colours of the Morroco, the Bali Vibe, and the artisan crafts of Africa, this fashion is completely cross cultural. Combine all of this in a curated and considered manner (you don't want your front room to look like an explosion in a textile factory) and you will have the aesthetic down to a T.
So how does one achieve this cornocupia of styles you ask? Luckily, with a style this bold, it is relatively easy to embrace your inner nomad; just add some eclectic, vibrant new pieces and you'll be on trend for the whole of the summer season. This trend for all thing global requires minimal output but achieves a bold statement. Now for the ultimate in traveller chic, you'll have spent decades jetting off to far flung exotic villages collecting authentic handcrafted pieces. Luckily for you, and your credit card, there is one website where you can pick up all of these items with just a click of the mouse. is a veritable treasure trove of unique pieces- from sumptous bedding, to innovative wall art, this is a site you simply cannot leave without snapping something up. These instantly lust worthy items will lend your home a hint of global chic, or you can go flat out nomadic traveller, its up to you! Happy shopping.

-By Luckies-

- By Blanche Dls Designs-
this gorgeous trunk

-Atlas Collection by Pins and Ribbons-

-By Home & Glory-

-By Viva Design-
-By Kate Sproston Design-
-By I love Retro-
 -By Nkuku-
-By Daughters of the Revolution-
-By I Love Retro-
-Buy Kiki's gifts and homewear-
-By Bombus-
-By London Garden Trading-

-By Paperwork-
Buy me here.

-Out There Interiors-
Buy me here.

-By Strawberry Hills-
Buy me here.

-By Box Brownie Trading-
Buy me here.

Monday, 1 April 2013

Brand Focus - My Flash Trash

My bank manager is not going to enjoy this. Having recently discovered a complete gem of a jewellery website, I am going through the perennial dilemma of overdraft VS lust for shiny pretty things that I absolutely need in my life.  
Describing itself as 'A curation of the most talked about jewellery from the world's coolest designers' the website certainly covers all the bases with its carefully selected stock. With stock from whimsical Elsie Belle, to the fierce Love Bullets, there are pieces to suit any style tribe, and more importantly any budget. Prices range from a £5 to £420, so whether you are looking for a quick trend fix to update a new dress or a forever piece, my Flash Trash has got it covered! Amber Atherton of Made in Chelsea fame is the business maverick behind this lust worthy new website, pairing style with slick business acumen is a sure fire path to success.
Each brand is introduced by a Pinspiration type banner that re-inforces brand identity and shows customers in an instant what the product is all about. Love this approach- here my Flash Trash is cleverly building on the increasingly multi-platform nature of fashion retail and the increasing importance trends bubbling up from the street level. Aswell as popularizing street trends, at the moment the 90's scrunchie and Coachella chic jewels are heavily featured, celebrity endorsement presents another interesting angle. As we all know, getting you garms plastered over a celeb is sure fire way to get your product and brand out there. My Flash Trash is no stranger to the power of celebrity, making sure that many pieces are worn by celebrities; the pictures of which are displayed prominently on the website. The brand is multi platform featuring on social media abound such as Pinterest, instagram, polyvore and we love it, amongst many others.
However a new website is nothing without unique, eye catching product. My Flash Trash is certainly not short of this. So without further ado, have a gander at some of my favourite pieces which will hopefully be stashed in my jewellery box before long.

The BN1's Edit 

Find all these fabulous pieces and many more absolute style steals and trend gems at Happy shopping ladies!