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  • All about pastels - the trend of Summer 2017

    With the trends and collections still fresh in our minds from Milan’s recent design festival Salone del Mobile Milano, a few key looks grabbed our attention…

    COLONIAL:
    Images courtesy of Salone del Mobile.Milano
    BOLD BRIGHTS:

    But our stand out favourite, and our current obsession has to be PASTELS:
    Image courtesy of Salone del Mobile.Milano

    Image from @marc.ange instagram

    Image from @2lgstudio instagram

    With pastels often being thought of as pretty, feminine and dainty it’s refreshing to see the calmer tones taking the limelight in what can only be described as a pretty ballsy way. From clashing pastel hues to colour coordination overload, the trend makes a statement; perfectly kicking any preconceptions out the door and dragging the look into 2017.

    Whilst it’s all very well and good to admire such a bold and confident trend from afar, it’s not always easy to work the look into your own home. As much as we’d love to completely overhaul our homes on a seasonal basis, that just isn’t practical or affordable so how to bring the pastel look to life and seamlessly avoid the pastel pitfalls that take the look from cool to embarrassing in one quick swoop? We look to three of our favourite influencers for advice…

    Bianca Hall, French for Pineapple:

    ‘I’m really into pastels at the moment as they’re a lovely antidote to the dark greys we’ve been seeing for so long now. They’re soft, calming and super easy to live with. Just remember to add some black accents in the room to stop them being too girly.’

    Hege Morris, Hege in France:

    ‘Seeing all the latest trend reports from Milan dusty pinks are definitely on the top of my trend list. I've seen gorgeous pink rooms with contrasting door frames and skirting in a slightly darker tone of pink. It looks beautiful. If you're not brave enough to paint a whole room pink though, you can easily add pink touches in forms of blossom, cushions and blankets. Why not use clothes to decorate with too? A beautiful pink blouse can soften up a room and make it more feminine.’

    Fiona Reid, Copperline:

    'If bold colours feel a little daunting - and I must admit they do to me! - then softer pastel hues can be a great option for introducing a subtle pop of colour into an interior scheme. I’d always opt for chalky tones to give the hues a more gentle effect, so lilac becomes a pale heathery shade while chalky blue feels like the colour of the sea on a misty day. These kind of shades can look wonderful played against soft grey tones, for example.

    Also, I’d offset pastels with natural textures to give the space a bit of depth, so using timber finishes such as rustic oak for flooring, or I’d layer in metallic finishes such as brass or copper in lighting and accessories to add warmth to the palette.'

    Pastels with attitude! Image by Bianca Hall

    Shop the look…

    1. Haku acrylic dining chair, £595
    2. Dominga double door cabinet, £1,345
    3. Dasha blush glass vase, £69
    4. Arabesque table lamp, £100
    5. Fluted porcelain votives (set of 3), £38
    6. Domino iron planter on stand, £70
    7. Diva ostrich console table, £350

    Don’t forget to share your pastel looks with us!!

  • May: What's New?

    Rattan! That's what.

    Two absolutely stunning new ranges from Alexander Rose are now gracing our outdoor pages. Ocean Pearl and Kool Pearl. Both ranges are manufactured using mixed-tone pearl coloured fibre.  The Ocean collection features a contemporary basket weave and the Kool a more traditional two-by-two. Both collections are superb quality, 100% weather proof and carry a 10 year guarantee.

    It is most definitely time to get outside and we expect these new additions to be incredibly popular this summer. Time to invest!

    Ocean Lounge Sofa Set in Pearl - £1772 Ocean Lounge Sofa Set in Pearl - £1772
    Ocean Fiji 2 Seater Bar Set in Pearl - £755 Ocean Fiji 2 Seater Bar Set in Pearl - £755
    Ocean Surf Sunbed in Pearl - £949 Ocean Surf Sunbed in Pearl - £949
    Ocean Fiji Stacking Armchair in Pearl - £255 Ocean Fiji Stacking Armchair in Pearl - £255
    Ocean Wave Armchair With Cushion in Pearl - £335 Ocean Wave Armchair With Cushion in Pearl - £335
    Kool Casual Corner Dining Set - £3353 Kool Casual Corner Dining Set - £3353
  • Get The Look: Eclectic White

    Although we love colour here at OTI we almost died and went to heaven when we found this utterly beautiful apartment styled by Swedish company Entrance.
    The company offer a 'house doctor' service, designing and styling with a foolproof white-box-plus-eclectic-furniture concept. And boy do they work some magic. Here's some eye candy from their website followed by our Get The Look suggestions. An incredibly easy but striking look that you cannot fail to love.



    1. Extra Large French Mirror in Gold £490
    2. Folding Table with White Top £795
    3. Wooden Dinner Chair in Black £190
    4. Square Steel Coffee Table in White £365
    5. Mango Wood Coffee Table in White £115
    6. Elegant Glass Droplet Chandelier £695
    7. Twin Floor Lamp in Black £225
    8. Pair of Distressed Garden Pots £43
    9. High Gloss Sideboard in White £483

  • Hop to it and get ready for Easter


    Easter’s a funny old time of year – for many it’s first and foremost an incredibly important event in their religious calendar, for others it’s code for an overload of chocolate (and the annual stock piling of creme eggs!), and for some it simply passes by without so much as a flutter. For us, Easter is one of our favourite times of the year; whether your faith comes into play or not, Easter provides an opportunity to get outside, gather together and enjoy life’s simple delights…
    If we could sum up our perfect Easter Sunday it would involve gorgeous little lambs (not on our dinner plates), bunnies, frolicking amongst the daffs and, most importantly, the most divinely indulgent afternoon tea! Here are our top tips for creating the perfect celebration…

    If you can get outdoors… make the most of the spring sunshine with vibrant tumblers and a relaxed setting.

    Diamond cut drinking jar set of 6

    Diamond cut drinking jar set of 6

     

    If the weather isn’t playing ball… (because let’s face it, we’re in the UK – who knows what the weather will do) take cover indoors and gather the family around a large table for a suitably festive feast.

    Large Teak Dining Table

    Large Teak Dining Table

     

    The show stopper: We’re not going to pretend to be baking connoisseurs so let’s leave it to the professionals. These mouth-wateringly tempting recipes come personally recommended by our trusty team…

    Source: Good Housekeeping online

     

    Source: House & Garden online

     

    Source: Woman & Home online

     

    Decorations: It’s all in the details – make like Christmas and go all out with fantastically quirky Easter-themed accessories…
    Rosy rabbit deco pot | Rabbit feet cupcake plate

    Rosy rabbit deco pot | Rabbit feet cupcake plate

  • Putting a spring in your step

    The daffodils are out, the sun is trying to make a fairly regular appearance and Mother’s Day has been and gone… Spring is most definitely in the air! With the new season come opportunities, freshness and energy for change; the will to dust ourselves off and bring in the new – the home is the most obvious place to start.

    Ahhh the annual Spring clean – called so for its origins when the warmer weather allowed for the house to be aired and cleaned of all the winter fireplace soot and grime. Although we don’t have the same need to ‘air’ the house in this day and age, breathing freshness into the home is absolutely still a joy that should be indulged in (well, in my opinion, at least). Although cleaning, dusting, hovering, ironing and the rest is far from my list of top activities, I thoroughly relish the once-in-a-while cleaning frenzy; the top to bottom refreshment of my home. There’s something so satisfying in the knowledge that not a single side table or appliance has been left unmoved; from remnants of Christmas crackers to long-lost pen lids and loose change – it’s amazing what you’ll find lurking in the darkest corners… and that’s just the living room!

    Now whilst I won’t profess to know the best detergents or family-secret recipes for unusual cleaning solutions (I’ll that to the experts) we here at OTI do know a thing or two about how to update the home and bring order and organisation into the mix. Whether it’s additional storage for the mass of Christmas presents still stacked in the corner, or a smaller-scale solution to the stack of letters and paperwork that seem to appear from nowhere, we’ve got you covered. We ask the team which one item is their go-to saviour for a springtime update…

    Jenny Hurren, founder:
    ‘It’s a well-known fact that I have a weakness for sideboards… at one stage I’d accumulated so many that I needed extra storage for them (oh the irony)! With this in mind, a trusty sideboard has to be my first and only choice when it comes to clearing the clutter and sorting the home. Our newest arrival – Ingrid – is an industrial-style 8 drawer sideboard in this season’s must-have copper. The individual drawers are ideal for separating and organising the household admin, or make the perfect home for discarded toys and games, whilst the striking appearance keeps the home looking chic and on-trend. Add a draping leafy plant or two to the large top and you’ll have instant warehouse-living in a flash.’

    Mark Neenan, founder:
    ‘For me it’s got to be the Theodora wire mesh cabinet – I love the simplicity of the design. The cabinet is made up of wire sheeting, meaning it’s ideal for not only putting things inside but also opens up the possibility of attaching hooks or ties to it for an individual / customised finish. The possibilities are pretty endless – just add some imagination and see what you end up with.’

    Laura Hepburn, PR:
    ‘Embracing this season’s trend for individual baskets and ethnic styles, I love the natural monochrome design of the Pushpa patterned seagrass basket. The perfect storage for toys, blankets, toiletries, and pretty much anything else, the basket has handles for easy moving and usability. The smaller-scale storage solutions are the perfect option for subtle Spring updates, particularly if space is limited or for smaller budgets.’

    Liz Higginbottom, stylist:
    The ultimate in storage has to be the Nimbus Big Cloud shelf – the quirky-yet-quality nature of the piece completely sums up the Out There Interiors style. Perfect for a bathroom, cloakroom, kids room or as a statement piece in the living room… wherever this shelving unit goes the wow factor will follow. Opt for a bright white finish for a spring-time freshness.

    Check out our round-up of the best organising solutions for even more ideas on getting the house spick and span for Spring!

  • April: What's New?

    Here's our monthly round up of our favourite new things:

    Our exciting new table lamps caught the eye of veteran interiors journalist Barbara Chandler who featured the Neysa Flamingo Legs lamp (above) on the front cover of the Evening Standard's Homes and Property supplement. She has been flying (or rather strutting) out of the building ever since.

     

    We have always been a sucker for a moroccan lamp and this new stunner creates that quirky bazaar look that we obsess over every summer. Hang in a sheltered area of your patio and combine with lush tropical greenery, candles and bright floor cushions.

    This fabulous birdcage cabinet cries out to be filled with on-trend botanicals. We see succulents, crawling plants and terrariums along side books and candles. A stylist's dream come true. Or alternatively what a way to show off your retro trainer collection!

    If there's one thing we love here at Out There Interiors it's storage, and this exceptional mid-century inspired sideboard is our favourite new addition. Manufactured from a delightful combination of acacia, almond and mango wood with on-trend antique brass handles and legs. 

    The best interiors always feature something unexpected and Cloudy the pigeon adds a vital touch of humour. He has that 'you know you want me' look. And he's right, we do.

  • Say Ooh La La to All Things French!

    NOTE: This post was meant to be published in February but was accidentally left behind. There's so much good stuff in here that we're posting it now. 

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     So here we are – mid February and still high on the infectious remains of St. Valentine’s Day… the day of love, unashamed romance and flamboyant amore in abundance. In honour of all the romantic hearts out there we thought we’d take this moment to shine a light on our favourite interiors trend: Say Ooh La La for all things French!

    We’re not for a moment suggesting that you should update your interiors for this one day a year – far from it, in fact – no, we think this should be the go-to trend for the whole year round! The opulence; the glamour – what’s not to love!?

    So where to begin? With chandeliers, armoires, gilding and trompe l’oeil to get your head around, the oh-so-chic trend can be a minefield to pull off with no shortage of that famous ‘je ne sais quoi’ the French do so incredibly well. To ensure you end up with chic, rather than cheap, we’ve asked a few interiors insiders for their top tips…

    “Create an elegant yet relaxed Parisian style interior by teaming glamorous pieces like curvy gilt mirrors and glittering chandeliers with distressed antique-style elements like a French armoire, ticking fabrics and a beautiful calming colour palette.”
    Sophie Warren-Smith, Interior stylist & journalist, www.dahliaonline.co.uk

    “Although Coco Chanel was speaking in fashion terms when she said 'Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance’, I think it applies to French-inspired interiors too. Rather than filling your home with endless things, find key beautiful pieces such as a stunning chandelier or statement mantle mirror.
    One way to create a chic interior with a French twist is to invest in an armoire - a free-standing storage piece with shelving to display treasured items or lovely vintage linens.”
    Jo Bailey, Interior stylist, www.jobaileystudio.com
     

    “The great thing about French furniture is it’s flexibility. If you choose something gilded, it can give a luxury touch to a neutral scheme. Or something painted in the shabby style can add a soft touch to a room. Out There Interiors Rattan Kingsize bed for instance is a really versatile piece, add some soft linen bedding and your bedroom is a rustic chateau, or add some velvet cushions and it becomes a glamorous Parisian boudoir.”
    Harriet Loraine-Smith, Interior stylist, www.harrietlorainesmith.com

    “The key to creating French inspired interiors is to keep everything classic and timeless-it's all about parred back elegance. Opt for tactile fabrics such thick linens and warm wood, simple plains and patterns such as ticking and faded toiles and keep your colour palette soft and neutral with the brightest tones being shots of inky indigos and pale crimson.”
    Sarah Keady, Interior stylist, www.sarahkeady.co.uk

    “The rustic French style, is a look that never seems to date. Maybe because its been tried and tested over ages and has proved it’s longevity with authentic elements that we just can’t live without. Think about a French style kitchen with a rustic table and chairs; some matching, some painted and all most definitely worn. Add piles of cream plates, natural linen napkins (un-ironed), an enamel jug with garden stems and we would all feel welcome and right at home. That’s even before we opened the wine to pour into faceted tumblers while checking on the delicious food cooking away in the Le Crueset cast iron pot, that has been passed down from granny, on the stove. French style has a certain feel of nostalgia, awakening happy emotions and and inspire gatherings of friends and family. It is a style perfect for entertaining and is very forgiving because of it’s imperfections, my favourite being crumpled linen. French linens are to be adored and treasured and at the same time used, best not to iron them and keep them in their natural form and shape, there is such a thing as an ‘expensive crease’, you know!
    French style is about collecting pieces over time, everything with a story to tell.”

    Theoda Solms Iles, Interior stylist, www.theoda.co.uk

    To get you started, here are a few of our current favourite statement pieces that we’re lusting after…

    1. 1. Melina carved wooden bed £1495
    2. 2. Ostara mint green vase £325
    3. 3. Bellatrix chandelier £740
    4. 4. Rattan back lounge chair £1250
    5. 5. Fuschia Louis chest of drawers £1250
    6. 6. Maribel gilt mirror £357
    7. 7. Ria bedroom chair £239

    You can shop the full French collection here.
    Don’t forget to share your Parisian pads with us on facebook!

  • Bringing The New Modern Home

    We're officially obsessed with 'The New Modern' and have been drooling over gorgeous restaurant and hotel interiors for the past week, all of which have embraced this delicious new interiors trend (see previous post). Although we have focused on commercial design (this is where brave new concepts are often played out) the trend is perfectly suited to the domestic environment. Indeed Elle Decoration describe The New Modern as a 'joyful celebration of the home'. So here are our top picks for doing just that.

    Finja Angle Back Occasional Chair 

    Larique Metal & Glass Shelving Unit

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Top Left: Meryl High Gloss Marquetry Cabinet

    Top Right: Maizey Button Back Studded Sofa in Blue

    Bottom Left: Vesta Contemporary Steel Dining Table

    Bottom Right: Kanya Hexagons Candle Holder

    Nyx Bar Stool with Furry White Seat

    Embeth Glass Rods Chandelier

  • TREND WATCH: The New Modern

    There is particular focus on mid-century glam in 2017 along with the new-found spirit and sophistication of The New Modern: a retro-glam-upgrade and by far our favourite interiors trend of the moment.

    Brave colours, polished metallics and plush fabrics combine to create what Elle Decoration describe as a 'joyful celebration of the home'.  We can't think of anything more appealing in these uncertain times.

    Feast your eyes on our New Modern Inspiration Gallery below from some of Europe's finest restaurants and hotels. Later this week we'll share our top picks for bringing this trend home.

    Le Roch hôtel & spa designed by Sarah Lavoine

    Hotel Le Montana, Paris

    Hotel Haymarket, Stockholm

    Song Qi Restaurant, Monaco

    Klub 100, Belgrade.

    Chiswick Fire Station Restaurant

    Le Roch hôtel & spa designed by Sarah Lavoine

  • March: What's New?

    Here's our monthly round up of our favourite new things.

    mirrored vanity unitOur American Antique Mirrored Furniture Collection continues to delight, so we have introduced several new pieces to the range, our favourite being this incredible double vanity unit with white marble top. Super luxe!

    black monkey light

    Sometimes a piece so obvious arrives that you wonder how it took so long. Introducing new monkey lights from Seletti.  Moe, Larry, Curly and Jake are back... in black!

    bamboo effect mirror

    We're predicting a trend for bamboo effect furniture and accessories. Here's a wonderfully versatile wall mirror to kick things off. Watch this space!

    starburst pendant in silver

    Following the huge success of our Lona Starburst Pendant we have introduced her chrome sister Indiana. Perfect for those who are keen to embrace this fabulous trend without switching over to the gold side.

    macrame lampshade

    The welcome resurgence of macrame continues with these fabulous lampshades available in grey and white. Filter soft light through the threads for an enchanting boho look.

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