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  • Bring the NEW!

    February may be dull but the interiors world is having none of it and I confess to being a bit overwhelmed by the amount of glorious new images that are arriving on my desk everyday. From achingly elegant brushed brass storage to ridiculous flamingos and granny chic chandeliers, I am all over 2016, and OTI is set to get more eclectic than ever.  Here's my favourite things of the moment.

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    Bigger, pinker and fluffier than any flamingo I have seen so far (and I've seen a lot). Briar and Brietta are our newest feathered friends.  I love these guys and have a feeling they're going to be big this summer.

    teal velvet armchair

    I spotted a sample of this chair at a trade show around the middle of last year and couldn't wait for it to go into production. It's the most delicious tangy teal you can imagine, generously sized and sumptuously curved. Definitely not done justice in this studio pic!

    porcelain pineapple jar in green and yellow

    Decor pineapples are still very much 'a thing' and this super kitsch version is my favourite of the moment.  It stands out from the crowd because it is, well, pineapple coloured.  It's wonderfully retro and I'd definitely stick one in my kitchen.

    black bedside chests with pink and green renaissance art

     

    What can I say about these? Just the most brilliant, bonkers his and hers bedside tables you could imagine.  I took one to a Christmas show at the end of last year and was given a lesson on renaissance art by a passer by.

    slim brass wall cabinets in two sizes

    I love, love, love these slim brass cabinets which are so versatile and lovely.  Practical, beautiful and on trend.  Easily one of my favourite things of the moment from new supplier Madam Stolz.

    large crocheted lampshade in black and white

    Last but certainly not least we have the chicest of granny lampshades with an ethnic twist. This crocheted black and white beauty is part of a small collection, again from Madam Stolz.

    What do you think of my favourite new things?

  • Blogger Profile: At Home with Flat 15

    We love seeing how our products are used within your homes, so we sent a selection of items to some of our favourite lifestyle bloggers and asked them to style them in unique ways. Here is Gabby from Flat 15's beautiful home. She chose our Ivoire Brass Hanging PlanterPriti Gold Deco Pineapple and Catrice Wooden Based Lantern. We had a chat with Gabby about the inspiration behind her choices...

    Firstly, thank you for creating such beautiful lifestyle scenes using a selection of our home accessories – what drew you to this particular set of items?

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    I was really drawn to the brass planter because I have a passion for greenery in interiors. I especially love how the natural greens contrast with the more glamorous gold pot!

    I thought the gold pineapple was a playful décor touch and retro too (two themes I am always drawn to).

    The light wooden lantern is very simple and understated. I love its airy feel and recently I have been going for lighter woods as a trend for the new year.

    Please tell us how you incorporated the items into your home.

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    I decided to place the hanging brass planter in my dining room. In this space, the walls are painted pink and there are lots of green accents, so I thought adding a vibrant green plant would be a great contrast to the backdrop of the room.

    The gold pineapple is such a fun piece! I decided to style it on my bar cart because the pineapple added a retro and playful accent and also matched the gold details of the bar cart.

    The wooden base lantern to me is a fresh and airy piece. I decided to style it on my coffee table to bring some dimension to the table but still keep things light and not too heavy. I think this is a perfect piece for the New Year!

    Where do you look for your inspiration?

    I look everywhere! Mostly I am inspired by travel and fashion. I find so much inspiration by visiting new places and seeing well designed hotels and restaurants, typically these commercial spaces are on the forefront of design and it is a great inspiration for me.

    I also take notice to what is happening in fashion because I find that it usually connects to art and interior design.

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    With the festive season now over, how do you make your home feel refreshed and ready for the new year?

    My favourite way to refresh my home is by adding simple greens to my décor. Adding touches of green plants will add natural brightness and vibrant colour to a room, which creates an overall refreshing feel.

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    Your home must be a treasure trove of inspiration and design. What is your favourite item?

    It’s very hard to choose one particular piece but I would have to say that a favourite of mine is my classic handmade Berber rug that I found in Marrakesh when I visited two years ago.

    I think I love it so much because the whole process of finding it in the Moroccan Souk was a great adventure and I also absolutely love how it looks in my home.

    How would you sum up your interiors style in 3 words?
    Eclectic, Understated, Chic

    Finally, what are your top tips for introducing a glamorous touch to the home?

    image4I think that the easiest way to add a little glamour to your home is through metallic accents. I am currently loving copper and brass is always a classic go to metal, but whichever your preference, adding small metallic additions in your home will add instant glamour.

    Another way to add glamour is through great imagery. Styling your coffee table with books that have beautiful covers is a chic and easy way to add glamour at home!

     

    Thank you!

  • I've written a blog post.

    Sign reads "The Only Way To Achieve The Impossible Is To Believe It Is Possible"Don't believe anyone who raves about the freedom that comes from being an entrepreneur. It's a big fat lie.

    Unless you're in the small percentage of business owners who exit their businesses at the top, the reality is working long hours, making difficult decisions and worrying a lot (about a lot).

    When people ask me why I don't have children I tell them I already have a big naughty baby called Out There Interiors. Looking after this business is hard work, and I wouldn't call it 'freedom'. But like most of those who take the plunge and enjoy success in this crazy up-and-down world, I would never go back to regular employment.

    I learnt early that running my own business did not equal freedom. In the early stages I was overworked, underpaid and stressed out. But as the business grew and my partner Mark joined me, we employed people to help and moved into larger, more appropriate premises. Over the years we developed a strong foundation of excellent people. We had a great landlord, attractive office and showroom and an easy commute straight up the M40 against the traffic.

    But there was one problem.  I wanted to move to Brighton.

    When I thought about it, Mark and I had always wanted to move to Brighton. We went there in 2002 for our first weekend away as a couple, then at least once or twice a year ever since. We'd talked about it on and off for years, and although Mark was fairly satisfied living on the outskirts of London I had been climbing the walls for ages.  WHY had we built this business in Buckinghamshire? I was so caught up and excited in the growth of Out There Interiors that I didn't realise what was happening, and after several years it became clear that we were still working long hours, making difficult decisions, coping with stress AND were geographically trapped somewhere I didn't want to be. Our staff who relied on their jobs were buying houses and having babies, and we weren't in a position to exit. My dream wasn't going to happen any time soon.

    Then in the summer of last year we experienced a nightmare.  Several members of staff (including our brilliant warehouse manager Simon) decided to move on at the same time. We were unusually busy for June and it hit us hard operationally.  We began recruiting like mad.

    We knew it would be particularly difficult to fill Simon's shoes, and it was only after several rounds of interviews that we found someone we liked with the relevant experience. The four weeks before the new Simon started were particularly tough as we were incredibly busy and severely understaffed. Everyone was overworked, tired and frustrated. The warehouse was chaotic and full to the brim, and as a result mistakes were made which unfortunately upset some customers.

    We just about muddled through and suddenly it was Friday! The new man was starting on Monday along with another (desperately needed) Sales Support Agent.  We had a long way to go but I could see the light at the end of the tunnel and knew things were about to get better.

    And that weekend they BOTH pulled out.

    I was so disappointed, angry and frustrated. Business throws unexpected and difficult situations your way all the time, but this felt ridiculous. We didn't deserve it.  I wallowed in self pity for about 30 minutes and then decided (because if you want to stay sane it's imperative) to somehow turn this negative into a positive. How could I make this truly crap situation into a good thing?  I was in the car driving somewhere and it hit me. We could move the business to Brighton.

    My writing skills fall short of describing the physical and mental effort making this move demanded. Not to mention the convincing of an initially unwilling and risk averse partner).  I believe that we only have one life, and when you know what you want you have to do everything possible to make it happen. All I will say is that moving our home and business has taken a Herculean effort. Along the way we have lost good people, upset good customers (I'm very sorry for this), disappeared from social circles, stretched ourselves to the limit and taken big risks.  But as I type this, sitting in the bright January sunshine overlooking the sea, I know it was worth it.

    Our new premises are based 30 minutes north of Brighton in a village called Wivelsfield. We have some amazing new people and are almost back on track after 6 months of managed mayhem.  Personally living in the city I am the happiest I have ever been and will continue taking very good care of my big naughty baby.

    Jenny x

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  • Blogger Profile : Out There Interiors talk Christmas with Hege Morris

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    Firstly, thank you for creating such a beautiful lifestyle scene using the Maurice tripod lamp – what drew you to this particular item?

    I think it was a mixture of the unusual shape and the fact that it is made of brass, which is of course a very trendy material just now.

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    Please tell us how you created your Scandinavian Christmas style.

    I’ve been collecting baubles and decorations for years and some of them I even inherited from my grandparents. I like to display my decorations in different ways, not just on a Christmas tree.

    The white stars were made by a blogger friend from Holland.

    Where do you look for your inspiration?

    From nature a lot of the time, but of course these days where I find most of my inspiration is on Pinterest.

     

    How do you decorate your own home during the festive season?

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    I used to cover every surface in decorations, but now I decorate with a lot more of a minimal style. I think less is more when it comes to decorating and prefer to focus on a few items. What I must have though is a real Christmas tree, I guess that’s a tradition I’ve taken with me from Norway. On the Christmas table I decorate with a lot of foliage and always a white tablecloth and lots of candles. I think nature has become more important to me than lots of bought decorations.

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    Your home must be a treasure trove of inspiration and design. What is your favourite item?

    My favourite item in my home is my retro chest of drawers that I bought from a brocante when I lived in France. It was made in France in the 50s.

    How would you sum up your interiors style in 3 words?

    Minimal, nordic and vintage ( I like to mix the three styles)

     

    Finally, what are your top tips for decorating your home for Christmas?

    Go outside to gather things to use as decorations. It’s amazing what’s out there that can look good. Lots of people have got nice things growing in their gardens. If not cut some branches off your Christmas tree and use them when you decorate the table.

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    Have a look at Pinterest for Christmas ideas. There are lot of things that are easy to make. And don’t forget - less is more...simple is better than over decorated.

    Thank you!

     

    Complementary Images c/o chic-deco, selina lake and Anna-Malen.

  • We are moving!

    Out There Interiors is moving down to the south coast.  Thirty minutes north of Brighton to be precise, to a little place called North Chailey.  We are moving into much larger premises and have four display rooms ready to be kitted out with lovely stuff.  We hope to welcome you to our new home very soon.

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  • Halloween Harmony

    I love pulling products out of our catalogue to fit with a certain event or time of year. No matter how obscure the theme you can be sure we'll have some fabulous product to work with it.  Taking pieces out of their normal context and mixing them up allows you a fresh look, and I love finding harmony between pieces you never knew existed. So without further ado, I present my top picks to celebrate Halloween 2015:

    black and orange halloween themed furniture

     

    1.  Acrylic Baroque Bar Stool in Orange

    2. Wise Monkeys Candelabra

    3. Large Angled Floor Lamp

    4. French Solid Door Armoire in Black

    5. French Media Unit in Black

    6. Porcelain Tea Cup Orange Handle

    7. Surprised Basset Hound in Orange

  • Trend Watch: Scandi-Luxe

    We are long term lovers of Scandinavian design and are thrilled to see the emergence of ‘Scandi Luxe’. It’s where pared-down Scandinavian design acquires a touch of luxury; where white, pastel and blonde wood meet brass, copper and marble.

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    For 25 years now, our exposure to Scandinavian interiors, has been largely through a certain Swedish giant. And while we still appreciate the need for practical kitchen equipment and low cost furnishings for student flats, many of us have moved on creatively and developed a deep yearning for quality, style and individuality.

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    While retaining the clean lines, practicality and simplicity that characterise Scandinavian design, Scandi-Luxe has that little extra ‘je ne sais quoi’. Perhaps a rounded corner, perhaps a subtler shade, perhaps a tad more comfort or a soupçon of more shine. It will create an interior that focuses on home comforts and maximisation of the light, an interior that is harmonious but allows itself the occasional extravagance, an interior in which the day to day incorporates an impression of indulgence.

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    We already love open plan living and the pared-down Scandinavian style works wonderfully in large open spaces. We are still delighted by all things industrial, but trends are moving away from factory grit and grime towards a pristine workshop style with shiny copper, brass and gold fittings. The natural world is, as ever, of great importance. Light woods, marble and stylised elements from nature frequently feature as designs and, as winter approaches, the appeal of homespun fabrics becomes all too apparent!

    Top image features Marilyn dressing table, Maurice table lamp and Gayla chair.

    Middle image features Ovina wall mirror, Bulbi table lamp and Nessia hanging lamp.

    Bottom image features Manya table lamp, Alia t-light holder, Dalyse pedestal and Daisy coffee table.

  • Colour of 2016: Cherished Gold

    One of the most anticipated events of the autumn in the design world is the unveiling of the Dulux colour of the coming year. Here at Out There Interiors, we are particularly pleased with the choice for 2016 which is Cherished Gold. Cleverly spotting that our love of metallics is set to run and run, the committee of influential experts and trend watchers in the interiors world, which makes this important decision, has aimed for evolution rather than revolution and chosen a sophisticated shade which is both forward looking in its originality and yet works perfectly with current themes and fashion.

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    There is undoubtedly a heritage feel to the warm earthy tones of this ochre colour. Within its depth, it contains the glow of old masters, a glimpse of vellum parchment, and the ambiance of classic country houses, where quality and sophistication are innate rather than contrived. But neither Dulux nor Out There Interiors are suggesting for one minute that you should recreate a period interior. No, this is the colour of 2016 and as such it makes its most effective statement with the furniture and accessories of our era.

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    While coordinating beautifully with the copper and brass furniture and accessories which are so popular this year, cherished gold also works well as a backdrop for the cool blues and greys and the light woods emanating from Scandinavia. On yet another level consider how well its touch of oriental spice will conspire with the rich feel of ethnic prints and textured fabrics to create a warm and welcoming interior. Furthermore how well it offsets our animal themed accessories!

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    The versatility of this complex colour is quite remarkable. Try teaming with duck egg blue or even pink for a look which is both avant garde, yet enhances everyday living.

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    As well as contrast we also desire harmony. At Out There, we have, for a long time, loved furniture and accessories of both modern and traditional design which incorporate gold, so we have a great choice of items which will work well with this exciting yet elegant colour. Here is a small selection from our range.

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    1. Enrico Fibreglass Tulip Table in Blue £185
    2. Geva Bloomingville Chair in Sky Blue Braided Rattan £310
    3. Penina Bloomingville Pendant Lamp with Coloured Balls £70
    4. Festa Egg Ceiling Lamp in Blue £60
    5. Teasha Tea-Light with Dragonfly £35
    6. Hilde Deer Head with Antlers in Yellow £50
    7. Spica Bloomingville Table Lamp in Duck Egg £115
    8. Alberte Bloomingville Tapas Set on Cork £64
    9. Giancarlo Padded Rocker in Tan £310
    10. Biata Narrow Wooden Stools - Set of Two £195
    11. Afimia Industrial Coffee Table on Wheels £595
    12. Canda Folding Table with Teak Top £945
    13. Paolo Platform Bench £365
    14. Jamie French Louis Chest in Vintage Yellow £1,250
    15. Cerelia Pair of Candle Sticks - Rose Pink £109
    16. Jules Swan Chair in Tan £410
    17. Konstantia Large Zinc-Topped Coffee Table £545
    18. Susita Elm Nine Drawer Chest £975
    19. Papillon Butterfly Chair in Brown Leather £510

    And for that all important accent wall we have of course a fantastic new range of wallpapers.

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  • Designer Profile : Out There Interiors talks to Mads Nordal.

    mads nordalFounded in 1991 by Annie & Ingolf Nordal, Mads and Signe's company is still very much a family business. A unique blend of edgy, Indian inspired Nordic design permeates from Nordal HQ and it's more popular than ever before. Out There Interiors speaks to Mads Nordal about family, inspiration and personal style.

    Nordal is obviously very much a family business. How does this influence your decisions and what would you describe as the three key points that make up the essential Nordal DNA?

    We don’t need to say everything to each other. We know how we feel, and more importantly we have more or less the same opinion on where we want Nordal to be, and how we want things to look.  Key points are:

    1. Providing great things that are great for everyday use, and that make you happy.
    2. Inspiring the consumer to be creative, and mix things in a new way – their own way.
    3. Being proud of our collection, and 'feeling it' all the way.

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    Denmark in the Summer means?

    It means seeing people out of their homes. Sailing, having a picnic, bathing in the sun... And when people relax, they dress cool, they are enjoying themselves, having a summer party in a colourful new way. That gives us a lot of inspiration. The Danish summer is really something special. It’s something that we talk about all year, so when it finally arrives, we use it to the fullest in all its wonderful ways.

    mads nordal - pendants01What are you most proud of?

    I am immensely proud of the fact that we have so many customers that like what we do and are really looking forward to seeing our new collection, the new colours and styles.  It’s something very special, and something I think about daily. Thanks a lot, it’s all for you.

    With regards to product design is there a conscious effort to differentiate yourself from other ‘Scandi’ brands? Perhaps the ethnic influence?

    It’s not something we strive to do, but something we can’t help doing. We like to be a bit 'off', if you know what I mean. Even within our own family none of us has the same style privately – I think we just want to create beautiful things that you can use to make your home feel unique and personal. A home with attitude.

     

    What is your favourite colour?

    I don’t really have an all time favourite colour. It changes all the time. Right now I am all about Dark Blue, Shine Yellow and Orange. Not necessarily together, though.

    What is your favourite product from the AW/15 collection?

    We have this new really cool wood and iron chest of drawers. Some Dark Blue glass vases with brass thread around it. Some patchwork tableware, that I am really looking forward to using together with some of our plain white Japanese and 60´s styled tableware.

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    What or who inspires you, on a day to day basis?

    Sometimes nothing - sometimes everything. It’s really hard to say, but one thing I can say for sure is that I see a lot of things. I observe. I all ways have my eyes open and love to try out new stuff. And the same goes for the rest of my family..

    How would you describe your own personal interior design style? Are you influenced by the seasons?

    My style is not that great for others to look at, I think. I have a lot of things that mean a lot to me, but don’t make sense to others.

    At our house I like to have a lot of small things that we move around, so you can’t find it, sometimes for days. This makes me look at my home in different ways all the time, which I think many people don't do. You need to be all over your home and to know all the corners. This way you get to know it and get to style it your own way.

    What’s your favourite film?

    I have a lot. But it's important for them to move me, and the person I’m seeing them with. I like slow movies, something like Driving Miss Daisy with Morgan Freeman. It just has something to it. And Julie & Julia with Meryl Streep. There is just something about people who do it their own way and get respected for it.

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    Are there any areas that you’d love for Nordal to branch into? And any brands in alternative fields that you’d love to collaborate with?

    We always move around to see things in another way. This year I moved to New York City for 7 months. To get some inspiration from the upcoming market. I really think the US is a great country, with a lot to give.  I hope to be able to bring some of it into Europe very soon.
    Also, my sister (Nordal’s Creative Director and Product Developer) is travelling to India more and more often to see how we can mix things of a more personal style, with things that are made by hand, together with the Nordic style, that´s all the rage right now.

     

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    And finally you’re hosting a dinner party, and you can invite anyone to it, living, imaginary or dead. Who would you bring, why?

    On my right side: my father and my mother. On my left side: my husband, my sister and my brother. After that all of my friends, some of which I known since I was 2 years old. So as you can see, family and friends is everything to me. Maybe that’s why I love my work in Nordal so much.

  • Black and Gold... Black and Gold

    It may still be summer but it doesn't feel like it here in Stokenchurch. We've had the heaters on in the office for three days straight and the rain and wind is set to continue through the August bank holiday weekend.  We are not too upset however. In fact for the last three months we've been fully immersed in Christmas, so the cold and wet doesn't feel so alien.  And also a wave of new and exciting products are helping us to imagine (and look forward to) those cosy autumn and winter months.

    Black and gold is set to be big this autumn/winter. From subtle brass lamps to ostentatious 'Arabian Nights' side tables. Here are some of our favourite new things:

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    1. Daphne Retro Angled Floor lamp £145 (coming soon)
    2. Myami Black Glass and Gold Coffee Table £1390 (coming soon)
    3. Hillary Round Side Tables in Gold £175
    4. Gold Seahorse Ornament £39 (coming soon)
    5.  Chet Console Table in Gold and Black £925
    6.  Sola Satin Finish Side Table in Light Gold £595 (coming soon)
    7.  Laton Glass Topped Console £645
    8. Dezzrah Black and Glass Bedside Table £310
    9.  Kaina Case Base Marble Topped Table £1195 (coming soon)
    10.  Perrilea Mirrored Desk in Black and Gold £820
    11. Arin Marble Topped Gold Side Table £495 (coming soon)
    12.  Bobbie Designer Style Table Lamp in Gold £195
    13.  Arabian Nights Side Table £449 (coming soon)

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