Hygge inspired winter rituals with the Amelia sofa
The classic style Amelia sofa is the ideal centerpiece for a cosy hygge inspired living room. The Skandi’s have been living ‘hygge’ pronounced ‘hoo-ga’ or ‘hue-gah’ for some time now. Originally a Norwegian term for wellbeing and frequently described as ‘cosiness’ or ‘togetherness’ in English, in its simplest form Hygge is the art of creating intimacy at any given moment.
Texture is hero of hygge interiors, when you think of cosy warm decor the mind is instantly drawn to soft textures of chunky knits, mohair throws, fluffy rugs & velvet. Layer different tactile surfaces of dusky pink velvet and faux fur cushions amongst Amelia’s complementary floral scatter cushions to ramp up the snuggle factor. Natures natural textures are an important factor too, add plenty of wood accents. I love trinket box for storing coasters, like this round wood example. To keep the overall look luxe adore your wall with a textured suede circular mirror.
You don’t need to overhaul your entire interior; tiny additions to the home can transform any moment. Invest in candles and I mean invest, the more the merrier, sit back and enjoy the warming glow of candlelight. Lucky enough to have two side tables? Why not cluster them together to create new focal point coffee table with soft edges. The glass tops will reflect your candles and roaring fire.
Enjoy creating a sanctuary for you and your family to sink into. Statement soft lighting will help you all indulge in relaxation, opt for a feather lampshade for a touch of mesmerising elegance. Made from goose feathers, it’ll look fabulous on or off.
Overall wellbeing can be enhanced by making small changes to everyday environments, relieving the need to escape it all. So whatever you are doing, take the time to revel in the tiny moments. Add pieces to your scheme that make you smile and uplift the soul.
Classic blue splendour with the Chesterfield
The key to creating a calm, clean and classic atmosphere in your living room is to incorporate blue shades into the décor. Blue has long been known as a sign of freshness and elegance. Blue room schemes are elegant and stylish while also creating a calm atmosphere. Inky blue decor is truly adaptable, fitting into many interior styles, making the perfect backdrop for your Chesterfield 3 seater.
Make the most of blue’s wide spectrum of hues, whether used on your walls or your accessories, gently mix lighter and darker tones to create the illusion of space and a living room with timeless, effortless appeal. Ramp up the glamour with a statement armchair in midnight blue velvet, this luxurious fabric contrasts beautifully with the linen-like texture of the Chesterfield. Dark blue is very calming and tranquil so it’s the perfect choice for you to sit back and relax in.
Create a focal point with classic lighting; an elegant chandelier with delicate glass details and beautiful feminine shapes will never go out of fashion. Echo the classic shapes in your choice of textiles; I’ve selected a timeless Moroccan pattern rug as a complement.
Adore blue walls with a skeleton clock and watch the iron frame and roman numerals pop. Raid the kitchen dresser and curate a collection of blue vases and ceramics to create an interesting display. For the finishing touches accessorise the sofa with shimmer metallic cushions and a scrumptious gold throw. Keeping you warm and making you sparkle at the same time.
Desert Modern with the Cannes
A good quality leather sofa is the ultimate forever fashion. The Cannes 3 seater looks great new and the beautiful brown leather improves with age. There’s nothing quite like the texture and tactile nature of a worn lived in leather sofa. Inspired by mid-century design the Cannes is sleek, unfussy and contemporary, with an exposed hardwood frame in a gorgeous rustic oak finish.
A kilim or ethnic inspired rug with a geometric design is a must for adding a graphic punch and a layer of earthy colours to kick-start your Desert Modern palette. Take inspiration from the statement rug and accessories with monochrome print cushions. Pair your textiles choices with art, decorative accessories and furniture in similar warm hues.
Mix North American influenced artwork in painterly hues with a wall hanging on your gallery wall. The golden mustard tones of this beauty from Mandi Smethells make my heart sing. To create a warm welcome on your walls combine nature-themed and abstract artwork that speaks to the desert landscape.
Keep your furniture choices modern with clean lines, this sandblasted wood and metal shelf is ideal for displaying books and ornaments in small spaces. If you’re lucky enough to have a large home, buy two and create perfect symmetry. Choose accessories you love, and mix with terracotta and matt black to your heart’s content. Every Desert Modern room demands a wood accent for a rustic touch that recalls the dusty desert scene. Consider this Barcelona lamp with heaps of texture in the natural wood base and linen shade.
Plants are an essential addition, creating a visual link between indoors and out. My favourites for ease of care are cactus, succulents and air plants. If you have green fingers any greenery will add a touch of the outdoors and make your house a home. Mix and match matt ceramic pots in your accent colours and tones to really make this style pop.
Kate McPhee is an interior stylist and art direction based in Brighton. Kate works with leading brands, to create visually appealing spaces for photo shoots, interiors, moving image and events. Her work is modern and vibrant, with a strong sense of colour and drama.