I had a great afternoon last week helping design savvy shoppers solve their interior design & home buy dilemmas, rummaging through treasures to find on trend bargains and work out what went best with what, from cushions and plates to even helping one lady redesign her extension via her mobile phone pics. Oh the joys of modern day living eh, we interior designers don’t even need home visits, just HomeSense ones 😉
Lots of people stopped by for cake and a chat, asking questions about colour and pattern, but also more in depth questions about their homes. I found it really interesting that the more mature shoppers I spoke to were super adventurous, which was quite unexpected! They talked about total style overhauls and ditching their old fashioned style for a more contemporary look. The under 25’s on the other hand wanted eclectic, individual pieces, things their friends didn’t have, and which wouldn’t be on the shelves tomorrow in order to make their homes unique. The 30 – 60’s in the middle were looking for quality at good prices, with a keen eye on design and the purse strings. Fascinating stuff & something for everyone it would appear.
I was asked to tag my favourite finds of the day with cute little Moregeous “Blogger Recommends” labels. Below are my Fabulous Finds of the day, along with reasons why.
Metallics are hot, hot, hot for 2014 and the trend allows something for everyone whether you like warm coppery tones or cool silvers. I especially love these copper pans at great prices, this beaten gold & black bowl and an elegantly patterned silver candle holder:
Highly graphic but still organic monochrome patterning is a long time favourite of mine, there’s something elegant yet slightly subversive about black and white crockery. I bought a few pieces from this gorgeous Royal Worcester Black peony range on the left below a few weeks ago and my Bank Holiday roasties looked amazing served up on a bowl just like this one yesterday. I was also tempted by the cute bird plate and slightly scary skull mug.
I’m finding myself with a pash for red at the moment too, seeing it everywhere in the design world as my Hearting Red Pinterest board will attest. Nice to see a lushtastic red velvet sofa on display and these rather lovely scarlet patterned plates too:
One of the ladies I spoke with was a keen cross stitcher and we’d a lovely conversation about the resurgence of craft. She was delighted when I showed her this very simple and contemporary take on her skill, I’ve a feeling she might be telling her grandchildren cross stitch isn’t past it after all 😉
How could I not end with a picture of the wonderfully colourful room set which Aaron and I had fun curating in-store? I adored the purple floral sofa paired with a striped armchair picking up Pantone’s Colour of the Year Radiant Orchid. The rainbow cushions had a touch of the dip dye to them, very of the moment, the beaten silver tables of different heights gave a glamorous sheen and colour pop accessorising completed the summer time feel – perfect for fizz, cake & housey chatter 🙂