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Cosy Living Room Ideas

The living room is usually the hub of family activity and interaction in the home. Most of us are constantly looking for ways to make ours cosy and inviting. Today, we share with you some of our favourite cosy living room ideas.

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The luxurious velvet used on the armchair and ottomans naturally add a luxurious and cosy feel to this contemporary living room.

Source: Luxury Living Group

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Soft greys and blacks create a polished and sophisticated look in this monochromatic scheme. The rug is a perfect anchor for creating a clearly defined living room space.

Source: Home Designing

blog3_cosy living room_homifyArea rugs like this give a room that instant cosy update. They are perfect for sinking one’s feet in on those cold nights. The grey fluffy look makes it stand out from the brown furniture adding texture to the room’s look.

Source: Homify

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More a home theatre than a living room, we love the striking red colour scheme. Red and brown work harmoniously well.

Source: Zillow

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Nothing screams cosy as much as a lovely fireplace. This extra long fireplace makes a big statement in this living room. Teamed with dark hues and wooden logs as additional furniture, it is safe to say this will be a well-used family room.

Source: Dwell

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The vibrant blue colour scheme naturally creates a calm and serene atmosphere in this lounge. The contrasting armchair certainly adds a welcome unexpected touch of glam.

Source: House to Home

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We think you can never have too many scatter cushions. This simple living room has an inviting sofa against a neutral and minimalist backdrop making it perfect for those long hours of family fun and conversation.

Source: Dwell

 

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Autumn Style Inspiration – Designer’s Picks

We’ve scoured the shops for what’s in this month. We love these colder months, it’s the perfect time to layer up, snuggle up with a cuppa and enjoy the simplicity and beauty of indoor living.

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Blue Sofa, Lux Deco | Pendant shade, Naomi Paul | Mug, Lux Deco

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Desk lamp, Heal’s | Wire basket, Amara | Cashmere throw, Heal’s

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Brass vase, Cox and Cox | Cosy Planters, Knit Curver

For where to buy items, see links included. Enjoy getting your home ready for the new season.

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3 Office Designs to Love

We’re really great fans of creative office spaces, as we think they help enhance innovativeness and get people thinking outside of the box. For this reason, we’ve decided to feature our top 3 creative office interiors. Without further ado, here they are below:

1. Groupon’s office in Chicago stands out by making use of colours and modern design to their working space. We particularly like the shades of green and orange they’ve used to brighten up the space:

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2. Edelman, a multinational public relations company also adds bright colours and modern design elements to its office space, and we particularly love the use of colours and natural materials, in creating a relaxed and upbeat atmosphere:

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3. Autodesk an engineering and entertainment software company is making the most of the natural light in their office interior. The use of clear and tinted glass walls that create the feel of a large, open space, while still dividing the areas and providing calm and cosy spaces for their employees:

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Using Pattern & Light In and Around Dining Areas

Exquisite dining – in your own home. Who’s to say you need to head downtown for a memorable, fine dining experience? While we will not be making dinner menu suggestions, we would like to give you a few tips on how to arrange your dining area to create an elegant and luxurious atmosphere.

Low hanging light solutions over the dinner table really bring the area into emphasis, and we find them to be a great way of enhancing the dining experience. They also add a flare modernism to the space. Our favourite ones look like this:

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Pattern at the dinner table: to add a subtle yet outstanding note to your dining area, we recommend using high quality design place mats and coasters. These will serve a double purpose, protecting the surface of your dining table, and adding a dash of personality and an accent note to the table:

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If you would like to see our entire collection of tableware accessories, they are available on our website: coasters and placemats.

After-dinner relaxing

For the after-dinner lounging area, we prefer low intensity lighting and even candle light, depending on the context and guests you’re entertaining. This will help create a relaxed and intimate atmosphere. Add a glass of wine, and you are bound to be a fabulous evening in. Here are a few examples:

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Comfortable, visual textures as patterns: According to designer Abigail Ahern “soft furnishings are the five-minute face-lifts of the decorating world, instantly perking up your room with an array of different textures”. You can sue these either as stand-alone statement pieces, or bundled up to create contrast and play, using different visual textures. Recommended materials are silks and cotton, and our own collection offers luxurious cushions in daring patters and texture, ideal for adding a subtle yet outstanding note to your dining area:

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From top to bottom, cushions suggested are:

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Salone Del Mobile, Milano – Part 2: Glass Furniture

A couple of weeks ago we posted about the vibrant root vases we discovered thanks to Salone del Mobile in Milano. Today we’re looking at Patricia Urquiola’s work, also present in the Milano exhibition: and we were quite taken by her innovative approach!

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Are you as intrigued as we were? Entitled SHIMMER, the collection comprises low tables, consoles and shelves in laminated and glued glass, characterized by a special iridescent multi-chromatic finish:

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The nuance varies according to the angle of the light source and the vantage point, giving the reflected objects a magical and ethereal appearance:

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We learned from Glas Italia that the collection items come in opaque or transparent glass, or transparent glass with a special micro dot decoration. We this this one in particular is hypnotically elegant:

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Design Trends From Salone Del Mobile, Milano – Part 1

The Salone Del Mobile di Milano has recently finished, so we took a sneak peak to see what the latest trends in furniture design are. The first piece that grabbed our attention and won us over, are the root vases, created by Milanese designer Giorgio Bonaguro and produced by DRIADE.

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We think these are a brilliant execution of an ambivalent object: they combine a simple, clear glass cylinder on the outside, with an internal element of coloured glass imitating the roots of a flower:

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The creative vase is both appealing in design, and functionality as it can be turned and used either to hold one single flower, or flipped over, to hold a colourful bunch:

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The vases are made in blown borosilicate glass, and come in three lovely hues: yellow, green and blue, the central colours of nature, representing the sun, grass and skies. What a lovely touch!

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all images © andrea basile studio

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Shapes and geometry in interior design – some inspiration

In this blog post, we’ve turned our antennas to the playful use of shapes and geometry, in interior design. Here are our top three picks.

The first example stems from the tiny world of bees, as we think nature is a great source of exquisite inspiration. If bees had contemporary awareness and the ability to use and appreciate furniture, we’re sure they would have a lot to buzz about this stylish coffee table:

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And since we mentioned bees, we think this wall covering would make for a nice match inside their beehives as well. In fact, the vibrant color mix and geometric pattern of the wall covering looks pretty stylish in this contemporary living room as well:

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And in a more abstract composition, we like this particular feature wall that ties up in a contemporary, urban room. The play on various sizes and shades of gray rectangles creates a nice pattern on the accent wall, adding an extra coolness to the place:

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