Pretty Pastels

Pastels are perfect right now and so on trend for spring and summer. Think sorbet ice-cream colours in pretty pinks, soft yellows with a zesty tone, mint greens and powder blues. These sherbet colours make you smile and  bring a feeling of instant happiness, you just can’t help to be sucked into their uplifting beauty and get inspired by an item or two. Whether it’s small little accessories like glasses or coasters, something larger or functional like a sofa or storage, there is something for everyone with this colour-led trend.

Riviera Kitchen Diner by George

Riviera Kitchen Diner by George

Riviera Kitchen: Floral tea towels 3pk, £4. Kitchen hook sign, £7. Coloured canisters, £3 each. Green soda jug, £5. Casserole dish, £8. Glass clip jar, £1.50. Breville toaster, £34.96. All George.com


1. Coasters: Set of 4 Lobster, Set of 4 Seabream, £18 per set, Thornback & Peel
2. Twin Tone pendant lamp, £65, Rume
3. Viola low back chair, from £699, Darlings of Chelsea
4. Spring Pastel Pantone mugs, £10 each, Berry Red

 


5. Primrose Chair £59, Primrose Table £64, Oliver Bonas
6. Coloured glass bottles, £20 each, Not On The High Street
7. Coral cushion, £70, Amy Sia
8. Decorative storage suitcases, from £30 – £70, Oliver Bonas

 


9. Polka wine glasses set, £28.95, Annabel James
10. Geo Pastel cushion, £40, Graduate Collection
11. Tubby 2-seater sofa in turquoise, from £399, Made
12. Wooden furniture knobs, £11 each, Not On The High Street

Feature by Theoda Solms Iles

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Other images supplied by individual companies as credited.

Summer elegance Scandi style, Broste Copenhagen

Make the most of the upcoming summer and those long summers evenings, just like the Scandinavians do, and create a fabulous outdoor living space. Dress it with gorgeous items like lanterns, floor fusions, chunky knit pouffes and tableware ready to entertain. I love this new colour palette from Broste Copenhagen, primary colours that have a faded look to them, red turning into raspberry, blue shading into aqua and yellow fading into dark creams.

Broste Copenhagen Summer Reds

Broste Copenhagen Summer Reds

Broste Copenhagen Summer Blues

Broste Copenhagen Summer Blues

Broste Copenhagen Summer Yellows

Broste Copenhagen Summer Yellows

Photography supplied by Broste Copenhagen.

M&S Outdoor Living Trends, Summer ’14

The good thing about this time of year is, while it is still cold and wet outside and not quite Spring yet, I get to go to the Summer shows seeing what’s new for the season. The designers and buyers at M&S have been really busy, they revealed 5 different looks. Below is the my favourite 2.

M&S outdoor living summer 2014

M&S Outdoor Love-seat Lounger Summer 2014

Indoor-outdoor living is still a huge trend. Make it contemporary with this cosy love-seat lounger. The colour palate is very stylish, black combined with a neutral taupe. They have used yellow in an acid shade as an accent colour. But any other bright colour would work here too.

M&S outdoor living summer 2014

M&S Hurricane Lanterns and Planters, Summer 2014

 

Hurricane lanterns are key. I like these modern ones, great for outside candle light in the summer and during the winter months they will work well indoors too. Large planters in organic shapes are great and I love the texture on these ones.

M&S outdoor living summer 2014

M&S Blue and White, Summer 2014

Blue, blue, blue, is luckily still here for another season. Even more popular than ever, dark blue and white combinations are everywhere. The vivid contrast makes this look a real modern classic. I love the white woven furniture, their slim arms gives this classic style and updated look. Perfect for the conservatory, beach house (if you’re lucky enough to have one) or ideal in a sunny room. Accessorise with oversized items like large vases and bowls. Textiles could go either beach and nautical inspired or more modern with a graphic geometric print.

M&S recycled glass vases

M&S Recycled Glass Oversize Vases, Summer 2014

I just have to have these oversize recycled glass vases. Big enough to display on the floor, or make a bold statement with them all grouped together on a table. Even one will do with a single branch inside. They are a nice take on the original vintage glass trend.