Happy Halloweeeeeen! Here's our little round up of spooky inspired blogger vignettes. Which is your favourite?
Posted October 31, 2016
Posted October 28, 2016
Wow we've been away for a while. Tons of reasons for this which I will not bore you with. All I will say is 'new internal software'. I'm sure that's all you need to know.
But we're back at the most exciting time of year! That time when we're plunged into darkness on the way home from work, candles get lit in pubs, fireworks start going off and people start mentioning the C word... I love the dramatic change this time of year brings and styling up the home to reflect the change of the season is always a fun and satisfying project.
A bit of classy Halloween inspiration courtesy of Don Carney (left) and House2Home (right).
It's very easy to indulge in plastic tat at this time of year (especially if you have little ones to entertain) but that's not what we're about here at Out There Interiors. So we have asked some of our favourite bloggers of the moment to give us their styling tips for Halloween, and will be posting some of their own vignettes featuring OTI pieces this weekend using the hash tag #itsspookyOutThere. So without further ado, here's their thoughts how to make the most of the spooky season...
Emily Murray of The Pink House
“For me, Halloween styling is about having fun. I actually find Halloween pretty hilarious, so I like my seasonal styling to reflect that, with witty little details and some black humour. Laugh in the face of horror, that’s what I say.”
"Halloween doesn't automatically mean fake spiders and cobwebs - add an elegant touch to your interior this October by pairing metallics such as this gold skull with dark florals, black and white photography and candles.”
Bianca Hall of French For Pineapple
Rather than filling the house with disposable plastic decorations, I like to amp up the scare factor using things I already have. It helps that I'm a big fan of skulls, but just dimming the lights and adding rows of battery powered tea lights on top of picture frames on the walls, up the stairs and just about anywhere else you can put one, adds loads of atmosphere. Channel your inner goth and put some black candles into a candelabra, and serve blood red drinks. Fizzy water with a splash of Grenadine works well for the kids, and of course Bloody Mary's for the grown ups!
Ashley Wilson of A Mother’s Edit
'Halloween styling doesn't have to mean all plastic gravestones and silly string cobwebs... this seasons velvet trend is the perfect way to do ghoulish decorating with style. Think Morticia Adams - Dark and Glamourous’.
Posted April 15, 2016
Here at Out There Interiors we’re all about the style; unique, eccentric, Scandi, colonial… whatever you choose, we love that each and every one of our customers has an individual home to call their own and we’re very glad to be a part of it! Whether big budget or small, we work extremely hard to bring you the best that the design world has to offer, and to demonstrate that style doesn’t have to cost the earth we’ve challenged eight of our favourite bloggers to style up their Out There style with a product of their choice from www.outthereinteriors.com - the catch? They have a maximum budget of a whopping £50!
We’ve had requests for flamingos, vases, hanging planters, pineapples and more, and we LOVE that each and every blogger has created a completely different look. With inspiration a plenty you’ll find all of the bloggers sharing their snaps via Instagram throughout the weekend, just search for #ItsMyOTI
Because it’s almost the weekend and we’re feeling generous, we’re also running a competition to encourage one lucky winner to create their own Out There style – simply follow us on Instragram at @OutThereInteriors over the weekend and you’ll be entered into the draw to win £100 to spend with us online. For extra brownie points, why not share your own Out There style snaps with us using the hashtag #ItsMyOTI, too!?
To get your creative juices flowing you can see a peek at a few of our lovely blogger pics below.
Happy weekend, folks!
Posted March 31, 2016
We're extremely excited to introduce the long-adored but previously unattainable (in the UK, at least) Upholstery collection from Scandinavian brand Bloomingville. We will be supplying the full collection of UK-approved sofas, armchairs and footstools, with each item available in either 100% New Zealand wool, or a recycled cotton. The collection falls into five core ranges...
Calm: Clean lines and button detailing bring a modern edge to a classic design. beautiful solid wooden legs add Bloomingville’s trademark Nordic touch.
Pause: A masculine collection with Scandinavian charm, the Pause sofa features a high back and sides, instantly commanding any room.
Posted March 13, 2016
Thank you to everyone who came to the DecorCafe Festival at Strawberry Hill House last week. My goodness what an AMAZING venue. The festival was a feast for the eyes for those with an interest in architecture, homeware and interior design. A truly unique experience.
I was sad not to be able to stay with the little OTI stand, but was thrilled to see that so many of you signed up for our competition to win the super quirky My Little Neighbour table lamp displayed on the stand.
This afternoon Mark and I attacked the sheets with a guillotine (old school!) and mixed the entries around in an urn to select a winner.
So without further ado, I am thrilled to announce that the winner is:
KATIE HOLMES (we suspect not THE Katie Holmes)!
Massive congratulations Katie. we have emailed you for your address. I hope you give your Little Neighbour a lovely new home.
Thanks again everyone.
Posted March 10, 2016
Easter decoration is now more popular than ever, and like Christmas is becoming the perfect excuse to indulge your inner stylist!
Start by filling the house with flowers. You don't need to blow the budget on expensive blooms- tulips, daffodils and wild flowers are perfect. Mix them with branches and twigs from your garden to really bring the outside in.
Try a vase of extra tall spring greens in the centre of your table and decorative with chocolate or blown eggs for a magical statement which will have children transfixed.
Or hang coloured eggs from your chandelier or light fitting to both decorate and amuse.
Why not create an Easter mantelpiece display with 'cutesy' porcelain ornaments, posies in tea-cups and propped up pastel prints? (If you ever needed an excuse to be 'girly', Easter is it)!
Bunting, or pink festoon 'Hallianna' lighting will create a fun, party atmosphere.
Posted March 3, 2016
Mixing materials remains a key trend for 2016. From classic combinations such as wood and marble to unexpected ones like gold and concrete, porcelain and cork. Think simple shapes, rough textures combined with smooth and natural materials shot through with brass, copper and gold.
Posted February 12, 2016
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
Posted February 4, 2016
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 Planter, Priti 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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
I 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!
Posted January 30, 2016
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.
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