Living Greens

‘Living Greens’, the name says it all. A combination of rustic woods, moss and lime greens, hints of sea green and the surprise introduction of pale coral and copper, brings life to this third homes range from M&S homeware. I like the flexibility of this collection, nothing is too strickly matchy-matchy, but rather mixed together for an authentic combination.

I loved putting together this flatlay mood board for this look, searching for the reindeer moss, lichen-covered sticks, vintage buttons from my mother-in-law’s cupboard and botanical pictures I’ve been itching to use. We wanted to show this range against two backgrounds, the rustic wooden cabin look, as well as the fresh white walls of a real home, showing how well this look will work just about anywhere.

Styling this look was so inspiring and I was lucky enough to be assisted by Mihaela Berbecar (who is a flash with steaming piles of bedding!) The gorgeous photography was captured by Jon Day , who is a pleasure to work with.

 

Living Greens flatly for M&S Homes

 

Living Greens Bedroom for M&S Homes

 

Living Greens Bedding for M&S Homes

 

Living Greens vases for M&S Homes

 

Living Greens Living room for M&S Homes

 

Living Greens Dining room for M&S Homes

 

Living Greens Armchair for M&S Homes

 

M&S Living Greens Homeware shopping

 

Styling, Direction, Production: Theoda Solms Iles

Photography: Jon Day

Stylist Assistant: Mihaela Berbecar

Set Builder: Gareth Johnson, from Tim Warren Set Building

for M&S Homes, Spring Summer 2018

 

Artisan Blues

M&S Homes have a new approach to their homeware for Spring/Summer’18 and I’m very excited to show it to you. Instead of having bold definite themes to their trends, the new look concentrates on three different colour looks and within, incorporating all areas of the home. Great upholstery in relaxed styles and quality textured weaves. Simple lined glassware verging on utilitarian becomes stylish in blues and greens. The idea is that customers buy the piece because they can imagine it in their own homes, adding to their existing scheme, rather than redesigning their whole look to fit a new trend.

For this new direction, I was fortunate enough to be the stylist on the shoot. Planning the whole shoot was super exciting and finding suitable locations to showcase the new looks. I even commissioned the build of a blue-concrete wall as a backdrop for some of the more contemporary shots (see below).  And as you’d imagine, the sourcing of gorgeous blooms to adorn the shots, was a certain highlight.

Artisan Blues flatlay for M&S Home

Now more about whats new for Spring/Summer 2018. The latest interiors collection from M&S includes three trends. Here we have the ‘Artisan Blues’ look, a very popular choice for all colour lovers, this look revolves around a tonal palette of soft and vibrant shades of blue adding hints of grey for a bit of sophistication and mood.

Artisan Blues dining room for M&S Home

 

Artisan Blues glass and ceramic vases for M&S Home

 

Artisan Blues Living Room for M&S Home

 

Artisan Blues Living Room for M&S Home

 

Artisan Blues Cushions for M&S Home

 

Artisan Blues Bedroom for M&S Home

 

Artisan Blues M&S Homes shopping

 

Styling, Direction, Production: Theoda Solms Iles

Photography: Jon Day

Stylist Assistant: Mihaela Berbecar

Set Builder: Gareth Johnson, from Tim Warren Set Building

for M&S Homes, Spring Summer 2018

Dark Romance – Interior Trend Watch

TREND WATCH: Dark Romance is another trend to hit the interiors world this winter, it’s a contemporary mix between dark moody florals with a modern Victoriana influence. Think of old floral still life paintings that comes to life on wallpaper, upholstery, bedding and cushions. The mood is mystical and romantic with an air of opulence with velvets and silks being some of the favourites. The colours are rich tones of berry, pink, moss-green and highlights in peach and gold.  Traditional styles of furniture are updated with glossy paint effects in dark tones and the adoration of floral patterns adds to the detail.

Corine 6ft bedstead,  Feast floral bedset,  Quilted cotton cushion,  Feast floral cushion,  Egyptian cotton pillowcase,  Quilted cotton throw, All M&S, Marks & Spencer

Above: Corine 6ft bedstead £1499, Feast floral bedset £59, Quilted cotton cushion £29.50, Feast floral cushion £25, Egyptian cotton pillowcase £12, Quilted cotton throw £115, all Marks & Spencer.

Rochelle floral mid chest,  Metal weave photo frame,  3 piece floral wall art,  Sophia pressed glass vase,  Mercury glass tea light holder,  Skinny metal candlestick,  Tapered dinner candle,  Anabelle cushion,  Vintage family portrait cushion,  Dark feast floral cushion,  Chenille floral jacquard cushion,  Bantry weave cushion, all Marks & Spencer, M&S

Above Left: Rochelle floral mid chest £599, Metal weave photo frame £29.50, 3 piece floral wall art £39.50, Sophia pressed glass vase £29.50, Mercury glass tealight holder £6 (2), Skinny metal candlestick £19.50, Tapered dinner candle £4 (2), all Marks & Spencer.

Above Right: Anabelle cushion £19.50, Vintage family portrait cushion £25, Dark feast floral cushion £19.50, Chenille floral jacquard cushion £19.50, Bantry weave cushion £12, all Marks & Spencer.

 

Hackney Empire china range, Midnight plate, £35, Tea cup and saucer, £55, teapot, £70, Houseofhackney.com  Hawthorne Chair in Loseley Park Aqua, £1568.00, Johnsankey.co.uk Artificial dahlia & eucalyptus bouquet, £42, Miafleur.com  Still Life of Flowers tray, £30, Nationalgallery,co,uk  Oriel Midnight garden standard lamo, £795, Houseofhackney.com  D. Muse Chaise in Loseley Park Lime with Upholstery Satin Detail, £1407.00, Johnsankey.co.uk

Shop to Get The Look

BUY INTO THE LOOK. Above, left to right: Hackney Empire china range, Midnight plate, £35, Tea cup and saucer, £55, Teapot, £70, Houseofhackney.com. Hawthorne Chair in Loseley Park Aqua, £1568.00, Johnsankey.co.uk. Artificial dahlia & eucalyptus bouquet, £42, Miafleur.com. Still Life of Flowers tray, £30, Nationalgallery.co.uk. Oriel Midnight Garden standard lamp, £795, Houseofhackney.co.uk. Muse Chaise in Loseley Park Lime with Upholstery Satin Detail, £1407.00, Johnsankey.co.uk. Wallpaper pannel in ‘Zephirine’ Ornamental Garden by Designers Guild, £145 per pannel, Wallpaperdirect.com

Top Tips To get this look, Dark Romance Above image credit: MrGlen, available from Theonlyblackrose at Etsy.com .

Have a look at a previous post on LivingColourStyle all about MrGlen’s gorgeous photographic prints, the ideal item to work this trend.

Feature by Theoda Solms Iles
All other images supplied by companies mentioned.

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.