Feature: East to West

This month we chat with Megan from “East to West”…

Where do you find inspiration?

I find inspiration in a multitude of places – design books, magazines, blogs, pinterest, flea markets, etc. I’m always looking for good design and am constantly snapping shots of inspiring elements, be it a coffee shop counter or a patterned scarf in a shop window.

What is your favourite piece of furniture at home?

It’s hard to pick just one! I’d have to say my nightstand, which is a vintage yellow campaign desk, and dining room table, with scandanavian lines made from reclaimed teak wood from Jakarta.

What has been your favourite room design project to date?

I’m just finishing up an 8,400 sq. ft. office space in Santa Monica, CA. The project was a huge undertaking, but the results have been amazing. I was able to design a lot of custom elements to incorporate into the space like a modern reception desk and big sliding barn doors. It’s been so rewarding to create a space the employees truly love working in.

What is your best piece of design advice?

Get to know yourself, and be patient. Good design doesn’t happen overnight, it’s curated over time. Look through books, magazines, blogs, even your closet, and start a collection of images you love. Assess what draws you to those images specifically so that you can hone in on what you like best. If you take the time to get to know your style, you’ll be able to make buying decisions with ease, and your home will be a true expression of yourself. I’m a firm believer that if you really love something it will always work in your space.

Where can people find out more?

My blog – East to West, pinterest, and instagram.

Style your home this summer

Summer Home

Colours

This time of year coastal trends always come back. This season there is a focus on seascapes. This seasons colour palette is of pastels including white, pink, green and pale blues.

Texture plays a key part. Currently trending is for pastel colours on crushed linens with a very retro washed-out shade. On curtains, cushions and throws we’re seeing a dip-dye effect.

Lighting

Old factory and those that look like from train stations are huge. I have seen a lot of the domed pendant shades with a beaten metal in silver or my personal favourite brass.

Have a look around antique auctions or even ebay to see if you can find your own vintage, or buy one of the many reproduced pieces.

Vintage

The vintage furniture look has been around a while and gets stronger every season. Distressed wood finishes with pale fabrics like duck egg create a soft and romantic atmosphere.

Distressed textured wallpapers with chalk effects have become really popular. It gives the look of washed wood planks, stone or peeling plaster.

Accents

If you are selling a home neutral colours work well. I think most of us can be a bit more adventurous and add a bit more drama to the home. Create feature walls on prominent walls in the room and contrast with a neutral colour.

If you are working with a small room try an avoid creating a feature wall as it may be over powering. Use outlandish lighting, photos and accent furniture and contrast with neutral walls to add design.

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Feature: Knack Studios

This week we had the pleasure of getting to know Barb Blair from Knack Studios, our designer of the month:

Where do you find inspiration?

I find inspiration in many things, but travel and fashion are two of my biggest sources. I love the texture and color palettes in nature, ranging from the desert to the ocean.

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What is your favourite piece of furniture at home?

My favorite piece of furniture is……hmmm…it is hard to pick a favorite! I have a beautiful bright orange curio cabinet in my bedroom that I just love, and a Union Jack dresser in my son’s room….they are probably my favorites together!

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What is your best piece of design advice?

It is really important to me to take the time to design well. From purchasing, to prep, to application and detail….it is all so important and worth every bit of time it takes to create a masterpiece! Passion shows, and details matter!

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Where can people find out more?

People can visit my website www.knackstudios.com to find out more about my work, and shop online as well!

Your favourite way to enjoy a chaise longue!

Petite Chaise Lyonnaise

We recently undertook a little study to find out how our customers like to spend time on their chaise longue. The results are…well…interesting! Since the days of the Egyptian Pharaohs relaxing on a chaise longue our lifestyles have changed, do we still like to relax like them?

  1. Forty winks, catnaps or a siesta – whatever you like to call it, we all seem to like an afternoon nap on our chaise longues. I personally do, there is nothing better than a quick 15 minutes help you feel revitalized.
  2. Glass of wine or a mug of coffee – time to unwind and get away from it all. Did you know us Brits have the longest working week in Europe so it is hardly surprising that this is much needed time.
  3. Sunday newspaper – who doesn’t enjoy relaxing on a Sunday morning with a newspaper, croissant and a coffee. The main battle here is keeping the kids out of the room.
  4. Reading a good book – a mid week unwind with a book is an excellent way to enjoy your chaise longue. I’ve just started reading a good book called “Counting Sheep”, every spare few moments I have a try to sneak off and read a few pages.
  5. Other – well you can let your imagination role here. “Other”…we are not too sure what this means. Do you like to jump on your chaise? Is this code for “intimate” time with your other half, or a game of scrabble.
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