Sunday, 24 February 2013

A Touch of Brass

There was a time in the not so distant past, that I associated all things brass with an antiquated 80's aesthetic (complete with oppressive wood paneling and floral sofas).

However, over the past few years, not only has brass enjoyed a sort of renaissance, but I have also made a complete u-turn and fallen head over heels for the warm metal - particularly the brushed variety.

Brass accents have the ability to warm up even the most arctic rooms, and stand out against rich dark shades. What more could one ask for?

There is something so grown up and sophisticated about the brass staircase above, and I just couldn't imagine it making the same impact if it were, for example, made of stainless steel.

Here are more of my favourite rooms, touched by brass.

Source: via Lou on Pinterest

Pssst...there will be no post next week as I'm off on a weekend jolly to Copenhagen - but do follow me on instagram @designgratis

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Modern Style

I have had the kind of weekend where every single minute is devoted to something or another.

I have brought work home from the office, resulting in dreams about retail space planning (scintillating), and a hand which seems to be permanently stuck in the "pencil holding" position. On the other hand, I have also partaken in a slow indulgent lunch which involved a sushi buffet and unlimited idea of heaven.

With that said, I will leave you with eye candy from The Library - a light, bright, inspiration filled boutique hotel in Koh Samui. Remember when you're done to pick your jaw up off the floor.

Yeah, that's a red pool.

More here.

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Making a Statement in the Bedroom

Much like an "it" handbag or perfect pair of heels to an outfit, the bed can make all the difference to a bedroom and is the simplest way to create a focal point.

Here are my top 3 picks for statement beds.

-   Four-Poster   -
via Design Stiles
via La Dolce Vita
via Katiedid
via Raft Furniture
via Design Heaven

Sculptural and commanding, the posts draw the eye up... but probably not the best idea if your room is on the smaller side. If you want four poster drama without the commitment, the faux four poster (last photo above) could an good option.

-   Upholstered with Nail Head Trim   -
via Decorpad
via La Dolce Vita
via Splendid Sass
via Decor Arts Now
via 6th Street Design School

The nail head detailing creates a tailored aesthetic, and makes for a great DIY project. Go the whole hog and build the headboard from scratch, or simply just add nail head trimming to an existing headboard.

-   Tufted   -
via Nuevo Estilo

via Simply Seductive
via La Dolce Vita
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via Dust Jacket Attic

I'm sure I've mentioned before my obsession with all things button tufted - it is the absolute bees knees in my book. Classic yet trendy, I would pair this bed with simple white bedding. Brass touches and a printed cushions for the win.

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