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Blue and Peach Living Room

eebf9559458ed8d27145ebe999acf076I love the use of pink and coral teamed with grey and blue in this cosy and calm living room. I’ve been piecing together this look for a few weeks now following a good browse on Pinterest.

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1 ‘Stromby’ frame. £9.25 Ikea / One of a selection of botanical illustration prints. Around £36.99 AllPosters

2 ‘Blossom White’ silk emulsion, 2.5l. £19.99 Homebase

3 ‘Orin’ coffee table. £259 Habitat

4 ‘Copper’ vase. £17.50 Habitat

5 ‘Harrison’ cushion. £12 Next

6 ‘Newport’ sofa in ‘Linso blue-grey’. From £599.99 Dunelm

7 ‘Maze’ rug 3’6 x 5’6. £151.10 Overstock

8 Coral chevron cushion 18×18″. Approximately £8.32 Etsy

9 19cm flower pot and saucer. Both £1.25 B&Q

10 ‘Isaac’ coral desk lamp. £19.98 B&Q

11 Pekannot plant pot. £3.75 Ikea

12 ‘Abington’ modular chair. £299 Made

13 3x ‘Orion’ side tables. £99 Made

14 ‘Logan’ console table. £269 Made

 

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A bit more work, but with a box of bits and tutorials a click away, you can create something by hand and at a fraction of the price of buying new

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I am always amazed where this blog takes me- and extreme knitting is no exception. You can buy super chunky knitted blankets from sellers like Loopy Mango (who’s Etsy shop is incredible) and Lucy Hanks. But £170-£350 is a lot to spend on a throw, and after a bit of research I’ve discovered that extreme knitting (knitting using oversized knitting needles with super thick yarn) is supposedly easy AND quick to whip up something in an evening. I’m sold!

Textile Artist Rachel John is considered a bit of an expert on this, and you can get a pair of needles from her Amazon shop for £19.99, as well as jersey Hooplayarn which is a by-product of the textile industry. If you’re looking to emulate that soft and chunky blanket, knit a few strands of Sirdar Big Softie in ‘Blancmange’ at a time using your super-sized needles.

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Sea urchin shells can be found listed on eBay for around £5-£15. Keep an eye out at car boot sales and antique shops for a pre-loved one.

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Blue and Orange Bachelor pad

9d581914f77a949a99807c0617cd88e6I was looking for bright sofas when I stumbled across this image on Houzz.com. It’s a great website for inspiration and even better seeing members photos in the comments. I love how the sofa and cushions really pop against the muted grey walls and rug.

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1 ‘Fridfull’ plant pot. £3 Ikea

2 ‘Dove Tale’ emulsion 2.5l. £34.99 Homebase. To get the rough textured concrete wall  you could use a textured paint underneath like this one from Wickes for £18.99 for 5 litres

3 ‘Polo’ table lamp. £63.48 Wayfair

4 ‘Flower Beautiful’ mirror. £92.25 Wayfair

5 ‘Barbican II’ sofa. £999 John Lewis

6 ‘Kilim Kasbah’ rug. From £42.99 Wayfair

7 ‘Oradd’ plant pot. 65p Ikea

8 Orange cushion. £10 House of Fraser

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Theres a great post on ‘In My Own Style’ showing how to transform furniture using black varnish. I love that you would be able to use Minwax or cheaper Wilko’s varnish to change cheap Ikea bedside tables into sleek side tables.

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Brass against blue works great, and if your don’t have grandparents willing to lend you an animal from their brass collection (mine have quite a selection!), you can pick up animals and objects for well under £10 each from eBay and Gumtree. As they’re quite heavy it might be something to keep an eye out for them at car boot sales or in charity shops so you don’t end up paying loads for postage.

And while you’re at the car boot, keep an eye out for a bench which can be repurposed as as a coffee table. Don’t worry about the condition as you can varnish it to match the side tables.

A Writer’s Writing Room

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Kyle from Beyond the Fiction told me that this would be his perfect writing room when he emailed this image. Now, built in shelving can be hella expensive, but you could also achieve the look by using Ikea Billy bookcases and make them look like built-ins. But failing that, here’s some ideas…

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InteriorLooks11BUY1 ‘Tarnby’ flatwoven rug 180x250cm. £70 Ikea / Tealight lantern. £10 Matalan

2 Black easy frame. From 99p Dunelm

3 Desk, slim and wide bookcase and desk add-on unit are all from the Hemnes series at Ikea. Solid, dark stained wood starting at £90, you could mix and match to fill whatever space you’ve got.

4 ‘Misty Mountain’ silk emusion 2.5l. £18.95 Wilkinsons

5 ‘Bella’ spotlight bar. £35.98 B&Q

6 Wooden ‘Somerset’ frame. From £1.49 The Range

7 Halogen desk lamp. £5.63 Tesco

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A bit more work, but with a box of bits and tutorials a click away, you can create something by hand and at a fraction of the price of buying new

InteriorLooksDIY111 The internet is great for finding things like copyright free images, such as this fleur de lis symbol. It could be used as the template to do some lino printing on a simple cotton roman blind like this one for £12.99 from Argos. Get some lino, a lino cutter, roller, ink and follow a tutorial like this:

2 Keep your stationary looking slick with a wooden pencil box for £10.49. Varnish in a dark mahogany gloss.

3 Replace drawer and cupboard door knobs with with chrome ones like these from B&Q which are £9.98 for a pack of six.

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Send me an image of an interior you’ve fallen in love with- find Interior Looks on TumblrTwitterFacebook or email at interiorlooksuk(at)gmail(dot)com. It could be a photo from a hotel you’ve stayed in or an image on a designer website or from an interiors magazine, or even a still from a film of TV show. I’ll source the bits and pieces required for you to recreate the look at home, at an affordable price.

 

L.A Living Room

designlovefest-house1designlovefest-house2 designlovefest-house4I stumbled across these images whilst browsing living rooms on Pinterest, and immediately read the entire blog post it came from whilst drooling over the photos. I LOVE the bright colours- especially the accents of fuchsia.

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The first port of call for this one is a trip to Ikea.  Some of the items are exactly the same (I’ve put an * by), some are similar, and a few of them will require a bit of DIY before they’ll work- so bear with me!

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1 ‘Vitten’ high pile rug 140x£200. £80 IKEA

2 ‘Tony’ Task Lamp in yellow. £25 John Lewis

3 Ceramic pattern vase. £8 Matalan

4 ‘Stockholm’ cushion*. £15 IKEA / Mongolian Faux Fur cushion. £8 Matalan / Stripe cushion cover. £3.99 H&M

5 ‘Eivor’ stripe throw*. £15 IKEA

6 ‘Tubby’ 3 seater sofa in turquoise. £499 Made

7 ‘PS Vago’ outdoor chair in turquoise. £25 IKEA

8 Skyline armless chevron chair. £152.99 dflop

9 ‘Mandel’ flowerpot. £2.50 IKEA / White ribbed vase. £9 Wilkinsons

10 ‘Lovbacken’ side table. £45 IKEA / ‘Lenda’ curtains. £20 IKEA

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Keep an eye out at Charity shops, carboot sales, eBayGumtree & your local paper. Takes a bit of time but there are bargains to be bagged

InteriorLooksFIND31 Okay, so I admit, this is going to be a toughie- but it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that you’ll spot a pair of teal ceramic lamp bases at an antiques fair or listed on eBay. Sadly the highstreet seems to be lacking budget reproductions.

2 Lots and lots of houseplants. Buy large white plastic plant pots and get growing. Rubber, palms and Swiss Cheese are readily available and fine in our UK climate. Ask friends if you can cultivate some offcuts, check out garden centres and car boot sales. The cacti with the bright pink flowers is called ‘Thelocactus’.

3 A Moroccan pouffe in brown leather. These seem to be listed on eBay quite often and go for around £10-£20.

4 A second hand coffee table. To emulate the look, it needs to have a rectangular top and rounded legs- so styles from the 1950’s-1970’s are perfect. A quick search on my local Gumtree and I’ve found ones listed from £25-£60. Definitely a cheaper and nicer option than a brand new one.

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A bit more work, but with a box of bits and tutorials a click away, you can create something by hand and at a fraction of the price of buying new

InteriorLooksDIY31 This ‘Geometric Inspired Cushion’ tutorial from Talesfromahappyhouse would be great to pull together all the accent colours in the room. Swap the triangles for a fish scale shape and you can create something pretty close to the original.

2 Make your own velvet fuchsia footstool using this tutorial from Livingwithpunks. I’d leave off the handle and do the edging in a gold lurex piping.

3 Before you assemble this ‘Vittsjo’ laptop table bought from IKEA for £20, you could spraypaint it gold (here’s some handy tips for spraypainting metal). It’d make a great art deco style side table. Although not UK-based, this blog post on Brittanymakes is a good starting point for what to look out for with gold paint.

4 The shape of the gold side table reminds me of children’s furniture, so why not spraypaint an IKEA ‘Mammut’ stool which is just £5. For tips on spraypainting plastic, take a peek at this link. This blog post on Styleingwithchildren takes a more subtle approach.

EDIT I found this tutorial on 29 Rue House showing how to make the Ikea rug look like the Beni Ouarain one in the room.

Girly ‘Kara’ Bedroom

Schoolehouse Kara BedroomSchoolhouse is an American lighting, furniture and home accessories brand and shop I have lusted over for ages. The ‘Kara Bedroom’ comes from their stunningly presented lookbook.

It’s feminine, but not too girly. I think it would make a wonderful starting point for an older child’s bedroom, or for an adult! The mixture of white, creams and beige is what I really love about this particular image.

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1 A Turkish Hannam Towel makes a perfect throw. £25 from Notonthehighstreet

2 A natural ‘Palma’ wooden table lamp. £11.25 Tesco Direct

3 Supersoft ‘Logan’ flannellette duvet cover. From £30 John Lewis

4 ‘Nesna’ bamboo side table. £7 Ikea

5 Magnolia paint. Various shades from £10 for 5 litres, Wilkinsons

6 White scallop throw. £18 ASDA Direct

7 ‘Papplewick’ 3ft single bed frame. £79 Bedsinleek

8 ‘Alice’ double bed headboard. £99 Headboardsuk

9 ‘Antique Rose Bouquet’ pillowcase. Cath Kidston £14

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1 Upcycled Wine Glass Tumblers. These are around £5 each, and can be found on Etsy from UK sellers. You’ll also pick them up at craft fairs and car boot sales.

2 Fill the wall behind your bed with artwork in plain white frames, from £2.60 at Wilkinsons. Mix it up with different mounts- such as these cream ones starting at 65p  (or make your own using coloured card). Put up sketches from your life drawing classes, and find watercolours and prints in charity shops.

3 Buy a glass hurricane jar like this one from Matalan for £8, and find some greenery to fill it with. Scour your garden for herbs and leaves to make a display.

All you need to do now is pile up a collection of books under the side table and layer up all the blankets, throws and pillows on the bed.

Mid Century Modern Hotel Room

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So, it starts here- for our anniversary last year Andrew and myself treated ourselves to a weekend away at The Townhouse hotel and bar in Falmouth, Cornwall. The interior was put together by one of my favourite designers Kathryn Tyler, and I had an idea that I could recreate the look in our empty spare room when we got home.

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I set about scouring the highstreet and internet for ideas of how I could get the look on a tiny budget.

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This pretty much paved the way to start a blog based on the results of this one room. I figured I could source items for pretty much any style, using images of amazing interiors that already exist as my starting point.

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1 ‘Bobby’ desk lamp £18 ‘Evelyn’ cushion £12 Habitat

2 ‘Quantick’ desk lamp, B&Q £19.98 (I would get this in white)

3 Grey paint (varying shades) from £10 for 2.5 litres & large white photo frame £8.24 Wilkinsons

4 ‘Hemnes’ bedside table £40 IKEA

5 Satin Stripe bed sheets, Primark £16 for a double set

‘Stone’ cushion and curtains from £7.99, Dunelm

7 Velvet cushion covers, H&M boudoir £4.99, square £6.99

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1 For bedroom furniture, the type to search for is ‘mid century modern’, and anything from the 1950’s-1970’s. Orangey varnished wood and sharp edges are key features. On eBay and Gumtree you can expect to pay anything from £10-£150 but also check out charity shops and carboot sales for bargains.

2 Army Blanket – A quick eBay search, or pop into your local Army Surplus shop and these can be picked up for around £15-£25. The quality varies and mine needed a good wash. A search for ‘grey wool army blanket’ should do the trick.

3 For artwork, look out for interesting gift wrap at a fraction of the price of an art print. Designers such as Emily Burningham and collectives such as Nobrow are stocked in independent shops nationwide and are priced between around £1.50 for a single sheet, or you can buy online. (Frame a large piece in your large white photo frame).

4 Look for chairs with plywood butterfly backs or with Ercol-style ladder backs. You’ll often find these in charity shops which sell furniture or at carboot sales, odd ones that aren’t part of a dining set are likely to be cheap as chips.

5 A pair of low stools from a school would make perfect bedside tables. I’ve seen them in vintage shops for £6 each, definitely worth keeping an eye out for.

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1 So apparently finding some cheap geometric cushion covers of fabric is IMPOSSIBLE. Instead, get some plain white cotton, a fabric pen and a ruler, and create some of your own! In black or red, made into a pair of boudoir or square shaped cushions they’ll work great next to cushions in plain fabric.

2 To make the cushions I cut the fabric into pieces 2cm larger than I wanted it to end up, and bought a 16″ zip, and 2m of piping and cord. I then followed this Youtube video for how to attach piping to a cushion:  and this one to put in the zip: 

3 I am in love with this DIY yellow headboard made by Megan from Homemade Ginger. I think it would work with the look in this bold yellow, or in a grey fabric similar to the hotel room.

4 If your chair has a seat cushion, follow this tutorial and prep it up with some brightly coloured fabric.

And with that in mind, here’s my version…

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Our rented house is already painted top to bottom in a chalky grey, which was a perfect start! You can see the grey wool army surplus blanket here, and an old Anglepoise desk lamp given to me by my Dad. The room is pretty tiny- with just enough room for a double bed and dressing table area for any overnight guests.

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Primark satin stripe sheets, handmade bourdoir cushion and Dunelm ‘Stone’ cushion and curtains. I got obsessed with the idea of having a large yellow chevron print on the cushions, but fabric was surprisingly difficult to find! In the end I bought two ‘fat quarters’ (used for quilting) from America for about £10, these were just about the right size to use. The designer of the print is Riley Blake.

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The wall mirror and pine shelves were already in the room when we moved in, so I added personal items to them- including my favourite coffee table books. The desk was found at a junk yard for £10 and I cleaned it up, waxed and painted the drawers myself. The original Ercol chair is one of a pair I got from an antique shop for £25, the mirror was a charity shop find and the glass tray and picture frame found in my parents’ attic.

And there you have it! First post and a real-life ‘Interior Look’ to boot.

Kay