Monday, 28 August 2017

8 Luxury cushions for your Sofa

A living room isn’t a living room if it doesn’t have an inviting sofa and in my book to make a sofa inviting you need plenty of plump cushions. If you saw my last post and been following me on Instagram you’ll know I’ve been styling a living room for The house that bloggers built. Lucky for me this included sourcing luxury cushions and I was loaned some beauties for the photo shoot. As my own well-loved (and well licked – don’t ask) Svensk Tenn cushions are in need of a replacement, I’ve had my eagle eye scouring for my own pad too.
interior styling with Luxury cushion and Age of Reasons Studio
From my trawling and hunting here are my favourite luxury (non geometric!) cushions to take your sofa style to va-va voom levels.
How to style your sofa with Luxury cushions, hello peagreen

Saturday, 26 August 2017

London Design Festival Guide by Hello Peagreen

If you didn't already know that London Design Festival is looming large in September I've got to ask why not? It's a real favourite of mine not least because it's practically on my doorstep but also for the sheer variety of events, exhibitions and installations on offer. The London Design festival is guaranteed to bring plenty of colour, innovation and creativity with a great big dollop of fun during its 10-day takeover in September. 

2017 is the 15th anniversary of the London Design Festival and with close to 500+ listed events its a bit of a mammoth undertaken but here are my thoughts on the things you should be getting out to see.  Essentially this is just the research I've been doing for myself but the skinny version so you won't be trying to be at two places at once  - -I have been known to try this occasionally, funnily enough, it doesn't work.

Start at the V & A

If you've only got a half day in town and want to see a few things I always recommend starting at the Victoria and Albert Museum. It's a hub of sorts for the festival (alongside Somerset House) and always has a handful of installations as well as some really great talks. Over the last 9 years, this venue has gone from strength to strength and this year will be the home of the Reflection room by Flynn Talbot, Transmission by Ross Lovegrove and While We Wait - an immersive installation by Elias and Yousef Anastas. Also on display are four sculptures by British artist Rachel Kneebone including one is the beautiful surroundings of the Medival and Renaissance Galleries on the ground floor. 
Design Frontiers
Design Frontiers is taking place for the first time at Somerset House with 30 exhibitions by international designers. On my list to visit will be Tord Boontje for Swarovski, Benjamin Hubert, Kvadrat and Compac with Arik Levy. 
Villa Walala
Villa Walala by Camille Walala in Exchange Square, Broadgate is bound to be a crowd pleaser and big draw for the festival. In her signature style, she'll be bringing a smile to the City workers by taking over space behind Liverpool Street station where many escape to eat their lunch in the "fresh air".

Design Districts
There are nine design districts in this years London Design Festival and just not enough hours in the day to get around them all. Definitely on my list of places to visit will be the design districts of Shoreditch, Brompton and Pimlico. In Brompton Design District a must visit for me will be Cromwell Place which will house installations by a number of people including Studio Ilse and Fogo Island shop.
Urban Cabin
Architect Sam Jacob has teamed up with MINI LIVING to create a micro-house, ‘URBAN CABIN’. This London Design festival landmark project consists of a clever module as a homage to micro-house living. Exploring new forms of Urban living the London installation will include a library that will function as a book swap during the festival. During Milan Design Week earlier this year, Mini showcased a shared living space and has plans to build more Urban Cabins in other cities. The next will be erected in New York, coinciding with the city's architectural Archtober festival.
On Repeat
Universal Design Studio has designed On Repeat a timber slatted pavilion on Rivington Street in Shoreditch for LDF17. I'm intrigued as to how it will look given the promotional material suggests that technology (specifically laptops and phones) will be banned. As a fan of some of their commercial retail designs, I wonder how the project with The Office Group who design flexible workspaces will be realised.

Don't forget the destination trade show events too like Decorex, 100% Design, Designjunction, the London Design Fair and Focus.

Maybe I'll see you around. I'll be the one in comfy shoes.

images by London Design Festival

Monday, 21 August 2017

Amara Blog Awards and The House That Bloggers Built

Make hay while the sun shines is a saying that was used often in my home growing up. With both my parents having been raised in farming communities it’s not much of a surprise. Grasping opportunities to do things when they come along was kind of bred into me, so the rush do it before the opportunity expires can sometimes lead to overcrowded days or weeks followed by periods of, well, fallow time I guess. One such opportunity that presented itself just hours before I left the country in July was The House That Bloggers Built project. 
THE house that blogger built hello peagreen
This exciting project brings together a group of bloggers to decorate and style a beautiful newly renovated family home in Brighton. Each blogger has been allocated a different room in the house to transform and it is being filmed as a YouTube series. I was allocated a large through living room and dining room in the house - the largest space eeeekk! - decorated in a pale grey not dissimilar to Pearl Grey by Dulux with the skirting boards and fireplace painted in a dark grey reminiscent of Down Pipe by Farrow & Ball.  The other bloggers taking part in the project are:
Jasmin Robertson from Brick Dust Baby
Fiona Duffy from Fifi McGee 
Alice Dunbar from A spoonful of Alice  
Kate Peers from Mad about the Boys 
Eshé from Foodie Eshe 
Danielle Hughes from Addicted to House
Most of the filming has now been completed and I hope when you see the results you’ll think I rose to the challenge of styling the space in 3 weeks from initial discussion to install. So watch this space for updates.
The house that bloggers built hello peagreen

Another watch this space is for my photoshoot with the talented Emma Croman who followed me out and about in Brighton. I took Emma on a jaunt through North Laine showing her some of favourite places in the city including a visit to Unlimited Shop. I’ll be sharing her lovely photography over on my instagram

Blogging can be a lonely exercise sometimes when you sit and write posts late into the evening before pushing them out into the internet. It’s difficult to know how your audience is changing and reacting to your words, thoughts and views so I was chuffed to learn that my blog has been nominated for the third year running for an Amara Living award in the “design inspiration” category. Now that the woohoo has passed I need to ask for your help to get through to the judging stage.  So I'm asking humbly for votes as this means a lot to me and I would really appreciate everyone taking the time to vote. It only takes two seconds, just follow the link below, leave your name and email and it's DONE!
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Thanks a million x
Amara interior blog awards 2017 #IBA17


Sunday, 20 August 2017

the silence is deafening

If you follow me on my other channels you will know I haven’t fallen under a bus. The blog silence has been procrastination and then a technical hoo-ha. I’ve been redesigning the blog layout and then trying to implement it, which, didn’t happen successfully. So I’ve scratched my head a bit and gone back to tutorials and how-to videos. So in a very overdue fashion, I’m back with a post that should have been posted at least 6 weeks ago when I wrote it.
interiors, decor, colour and design trend
So what news have I to share:
  • The big news is that my Pinterest boards have been blowing up lately and I think you might like what I’ve been pinning there
  • I'm working on a project with the House that bloggers built where 5 bloggers are styling a house from top to toe in Brighton. I'll be having fun styling the living room and a home office space - watch this space for updates
  • As always I'm having fun over on Instagram where you might have seen my latest trip with Yelloh Village to Biarritz
  • Also, I am going to be launching a quarterly newsletter and will be sharing the sign-up details with you soon. 
Sorry again for the absence, I PROMISE I won’t leave it so long next time. 

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Why Oslo is a Family Friendly City Break destination

If you have young children then Oslo is a brilliant family friendly city break destination to add to your travel bucket list.

Back in May when bank holidays bookend the month, I went on two city breaks with my family (my DH and my 4-year-old boy, Milo stayed at his doggy friends house). One was a break in London and one to Oslo in Norway.
Oslo with children, family friendly Oslo

If you were following along on Instagram or twitter at the time you’ll have seen that we had a fabulous time in Oslo.  We were the lucky ones to experience glorious sunshine in Oslo even if the temperatures weren’t exactly Mediterranean, I still came back with some new freckles.  Oslo shone like a jewel with all the reflected light from the water and that I really hadn’t been expecting. We rediscovered how much we love Northern European cities (in May 2016 we went to Copenhagen as a family) and discovered what a compact do-able city Oslo is for a family travelling with a child who needs to stop regularly but equally run off some energy from time to time.

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