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You know you love me. Gossip Girl.” We are sure you’ve heard that line before!

What about the theme song to Friends? Pretty much imbedded in your memory? … We thought so!

Television has infiltrated the hearts and homes of masses across the globe, and even for those who wouldn’t consider themselves fans, the popularity of TV series is too hard to ignore.  According to a survey done by the UK’s Daily Mail, an estimated 4.6 million UK homeowners are so obsessed with interiors seen in sitcoms and dramas that they’ve spent thousands of pounds filling their own homes with identical furniture and interior design features.

If you are a Gossip Girl fan you will know that the interiors on that show are just AMAZING! Every set created for the show manages to express the character`s personalities – from Blair Waldorf’s Parisian boudoir to Chuck Bass’s contemporary ultra-cool bachelors pad. An eclectic mix of classic and contemporary help build the stories and encompass the luxurious and glamorous lifestyles of the Upper East Side. Some design features that totally stand out for us is the striking butterfly wall installation over Serina’s bed, as well as all the modern art in Chuck’s penthouse and The Van der Woodsen home. (Hello Prada sign!)

Serena's bedroom from Gossip Girl
Serena’s bedroom from Gossip Girl
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The Van Der Woodsen Living Room – look at all the art!
Chuck Bass's penthouse
Chuck Bass’s penthouse
Blair Waldorf's bedroom
Blair Waldorf’s bedroom

The interior designer that designed the Gossip Girl sets also did set design for another Manhatten-based fav of ours: “Sex and the City“. According to the Daily Mail survey, the TV home that’s held in the highest regard is Carrie Bradshaw’s aspirational apartment from Sex & The City. Carrie’s closet. Need we say more?! (Her shoe collection can stay too!)

Carries closet
Carries closet

Other living rooms from TV sitcoms that rank high up on replications are the apartments from Friends, Big Bang Theory, How I Met you Mother, Will and Grace, Frasier and even The Simpsons! And it doesn’t stop there. The TV series The Good Wife has even inspired a range of furniture and accessories aptly called The Good Wife Collection. The modern-luxe interiors gained such a following that the collection was launched. It includes sofas, chairs, desks, tables, as well as scatters and other accessories. These are available to buy here http://www.mgbwhome.com/the-good-wife-C121.aspx

Alicia's living room from The Good Wife
Alicia’s living room from The Good Wife

If you not into buying the actual furniture or artworks from your favourite show, then you can buy the plan and have it forever framed on your wall! A Spanish interior designer has become famous for drawing up floor plans of all the popular TV shows, and sells them online. (http://nikneuk.deviantart.com/art/FRIENDS-Apartments-Floorplan-322450383) So even tho shows like Friends or Sienfeld are no longer, they can be immortalised, and in this way, they serve as a link to the past… a memory.

the apartments from Friends
the apartments from Friends

It’s not just living rooms that are inspirational! What about Harvey ‘s masculine, man-pad, contemporary office in Suits? The modern-classic furniture, contemporary styling  and open plan office layout of Pearson Hardman makes for a very on-trend office space. The warm timbers and luxurious marble in the foyer are high up on our office style radar. The Spectator’s office interior from Gossip Girl is another office interior that is full of designer furniture, bold colours and contemporary styling.

Harvey's office from Suits
Harvey’s office from Suits
The lobby of Pearson Hardman , Suits
The lobby of Pearson Hardman , Suits
the boardroom of The Spectator in Gossip Girl
the boardroom of The Spectator in Gossip Girl

Given how much time we spend watching TV shows it’s perhaps not surprising that those same spaces leave an undeniable impression on us!

We would love to hear about your favourite interior from a TV ! Have a super weekend! xoxo

the perfect living room as inspired by TV shows- Daily Mail survey
the perfect living room as inspired by TV shows- Daily Mail survey
pendants above a kitchen island add interest and help define the space

Kitchens Take 2

We hope you read our feature on kitchen trends last week!  We briefly touched on the point that kitchens are another living space in your home and thus should be treated as one. This week we want to delve further into that idea with a few tips of how to transform kitchens by giving them an unexpected style upgrade. (Its not all about the units and countertop you know!)

It doesn’t matter if your style is contemporary, country or classical; your kitchen big or small, these pointers can be integrated into any space.

Rugs for us are such an important decorating tool. We sound like a tape stuck on repeat, but seriously, if you put them in the kitchen it takes the space to new heights giving it such a luxurious vibe. Kitchens often times feel super utilitarian and rugs are the quickest way counteract that.

using a rug in the kitchen is a game changer
using a rug in the kitchen is a game changer

Have some fun with the wall space by using some wallpaper, black board paint or a textured wall finish. There is no need to have units floor to ceiling on every wall space, rather keep some “free areas” to play. Pattern and texture on the wall will give the kitchen an instant personality, whether on a single feature wall or the whole space….

textured wall
textured wall
wallpaper in a kitchen
wallpaper in a kitchen

You guys are going to get bored of us saying this, as we drum on about it ALL the time, but our biggest tip is putting a pendant light normally reserved for the living room into the kitchen….. Automatically it diminishes that sterile feel and adds such a beautiful twist. There are so many options available out there in all kinds of shapes, sizes and materials, so take some risks and it will pay off.  (A chandelier juxtaposed against high gloss modern units :Magic!) Playing around with lighting so you have a room that is practical when you are chopping and sautéing, but intriguing and romantic when you dim is the goal. (If you a regular reader  you’ve most definitely heard that here before!)

a beautiful chandelier against minimalistic units
a beautiful chandelier against minimalistic units
interesting light fittings add some personality to the space
interesting light fittings add some personality to the space

There is nothing better than open plan storage in a kitchen (any room for that matter!) Open shelving is always great since it immediately adds a bit of personality. (TRADE TIP: if you paint the shelves the same colour as the walls then anything you put on them will pop and look way more fabulous than it really is!) So add shelves if you can! Failing that crates, baskets, trolleys… whatever you have to store items visibly! It will help up the ante in the style department big time, and again, add some personality to the space.

open shelving. open shelving. open shelving!
open shelving. open shelving. open shelving!
more shelving!
more shelving!

Most kitchens today have a breakfast bar or some form of dining surface/seating area. A great way boost the style ratings is to  play around with the chairs. Source something interesting that will contrast (key word) with the rest the  of the kitchen. To illustrate, if you have very slick units go for something natural. If you have timber units or a very natural scheme, then go for something very modern and slick. Mix and match, be bold. Here you have a real opportunity to add some interest to the space.

interesting chairs contrast against the units
interesting chairs contrast against the units
stools that add interest
wow stools adding interest to the space!

Lastly, artwork is another instant way of transforming your ‘kitchen’ into a ‘living’ space. Art is so subjective, so whatever your preference of media or subject matter is, you can’t go wrong here. The point is that artwork adds another dimension to the space and makes it so much more personal and ‘lived in’.

artwork in the kitchen, another huge game changer
artwork in the kitchen, another huge game changer
artwork ,and open shelving and feature wall, all make for a very interesting kitchen space
artwork ,and open shelving and feature wall, all make for a very interesting kitchen space

Its all about the unexpected and little surprises that make an interior interesting and a kitchen should be no different!

Some more inspiring images below….

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Give us a shout if you need some help transforming your kitchen. Whether just some advice on getting a new rug or fresh coat of paint, or else a new design, transforming the whole space – StylEAST can help you~!

Kitchen 101

Over the next 2 weeks we are going to be doing a feature on the hub-of-the-home: Kitchens!   There is just so much to talk about, and so many pretty pictures to show, that we couldn’t possibly do it all in one post!

This week we wanted to start with current trends in kitchen design. Whilst we dislike the word ”trend” immensely, it best describes the way in which kitchens in 2013/2014 (Eeek! New Year on the horizon!) are moving towards!

1. Open plan Spaces for the “Hostest-with-the-Mostest”

Simplified lines and big, open spaces are still set to dominate kitchen design, this is one “trend” that is here to stay for a while!  Gone are the days where, as in the times of Downton Abbey, servants ran between dining room and kitchen, assisting their lords and ladies with apparently effortless dinner parties. These days hosts need to multitask gracefully, which means that separation from guests is a no-no.  Preparing food and refreshments at the kitchen island with your mates helping out or just hanging out sipping on a crisp Chenin Blanc is a win for the modern hostess.

kitchen island incorporating dining table for effortless entertaining
kitchen island incorporating dining table for effortless entertaining

2. Invisible Appliances and Wow Ovens

Stainless steel and silver toned appliances have certainly become more and more popular and don’t appear to be going out of fashion anytime soon. Being a central focus of many kitchens, ovens are more and more becoming the Piéce de Résistance. Wide ovens of old are reappearing, but with a sleeker design, better technology and electro-gas combinations. Hello Smeg! (I’d like one in Red please!)

Moving towards other appliances, there is a big focus on integrating (hiding) more noisy appliances behind cabinet doors. This is fantastic for dishwashers and even washing machines and tumble dryers. If you not into showing off your fridge, integrated fridges are also worth exploring.

free standing ovens are very 2013/2014
free standing ovens are very 2013/2014

3. Feature Lighting

While kitchen lighting used to be a bit of an afterthought, carefully planned lighting is holding its own as a kitchen design feature. We touched on this back in our Designing with Pendants post.  Any kitchen with an island looks amazing with a central pendant or row of them because it draws attention to the whole area. If you fancy giving your kitchen a quick update then do nothing more than adding a pendant, you will be amazed at how transformative it is. really pops!

pendants above the counter
pendants above the counter

4. Eco-Friendly 

Green” is not just a buzz word but becoming a way of life for most and will continue to grow so.There are many ways to embrace this conciseness in the kitchen by not only the materials you use, but by using energy efficient appliances and recycling.  Natural and sustainable materials such as Bamboo, raw timbers and stone cladding not only add a whole different dimension to the space but are also “Green.” Cesaerstone is a great worktop to use and it also boosts an energy efficient grading.  Explore options with your waste bins to recycle. Blum has a whole range of different sizes and configurations to choose.

Kitchen Cabinetry in bamboo
Kitchen Cabinetry in bamboo

5. Natural Colour Palette

As colour trends go, it’s no longer creams, tans, or yellow undertones, but rather a move towards more neutral, monochromatic colours, for example greys & off-whites. These colours are harmoniously combined with timbers that have a more ‘weathered’ feel to them. There is also a movement towards staining natural timbers to create a smoky patina to the grain (Bye-Bye Maple and Cherrywood!). To counteract the monotone, colour is brought into the scheme in small sharp amounts such as a glass splashback; a featured wall; or just in some decorative items in and around the kitchen.

weathered timber on the island
weathered timber on the island

6. Backsplashes

Backsplashes, particularly behind the hob, are becoming a hot trend for 2013 going into next year. Back-painted glass is great for adding a splash of colour to a modern kitchen, and will reflect soft  lighting, creatinga bit of atmosphere in the kitchen. Another plus is that it is super easy to clean as there are no grout lines in between (as with mosaic) and the look is very seamless.

glass splashbacks providing a pop of colour
glass splashbacks providing a pop of colour

7. Too Hot to Handle

2013 /2014 will see the continuation of removed or reduced cabinet handle sizes. Gone are the days of large,chunky handles that compete with other features of the kitchen. Smaller, classic handle designs, or finger grips and soft-close hinges built into cabinet door designs for a sleeker overall look. (Thank goodness – we won’t knocking our hips repeatedly on those metallic outcrops.)

No more handles! Seamless units with recessed finger grips
No more handles! Seamless units with recessed finger grips

8. Social Design

Interiorzine.com says the emphasis on living in your kitchen will be expressed by the continuing trend of large kitchen islands replacing dining room tables. This is a result of smaller homes with smaller living spaces, yet also suggests a shift of focus from the dining room to the kitchen as families and friends spend more time at home for dinner and drinks. It is important that the kitchen ‘fits’ in with the rest of the house, another “living” space being an integral part of the home. There’s no need to have units floor to ceiling on each every wall space, but to rather leave some “free” areas. Have fun with these areas, by brightening up the wall space with either artwork or textured wall finishes.

the kitchen is another living space in the home, style it as one!
the kitchen is another living space in the home, style it as one!

If you need some help translating these trends into your home, give us a call, we know a thing or 2 about kitchens and would love to help you!

Don’t forget to tune in next week for Part 2

part of the living space
part of the living space
so pretty!
so pretty!
some inspiration
some inspiration
we just LOVE the chandelier!
we just LOVE the chandelier!
more inspiration
more inspiration

Mad about Metallics

Metallics seem to be everywhere lately. (Which we love!) Fashionista’s are dripping in statement jewellery, sparkly sequined and embellished garments; and typically taking cue from fashion, these shiny hues are becoming more and more popular in interiors.

Gold, copper, brass, bronze, nickel, silver...
Gold, copper, brass, bronze, nickel, silver…

Metallics like stainless steel have stolen the show for a few years now, but the inclusion of the warmer tones like brass, gold and copper has made an appearance as well. Brass and Bronze were very popular back in the 70’s and very fashionable in interiors. (Carina’s parents used to display her dad’s old brass trumpet, combined with brass bell on a brass tray – OTT!!) They have made a major comeback and are most definitely the metals of the moment! There is a warmth that brass and bronze give an interior, whether it be a modern or traditional space. The golden hue of the metal provides a subtle, elegant gleam. It’s having a comeback because it also mixes well with other metals ….. think chrome mirror, copper lights, gold accessories. They work harmoniously together and make for a very striking space.

up the ante on the Glam Factor!
this image shows different metals working in the same space, creating a very layered and visual space with  definite WOW factor!

Every home needs some shimmering metallic thing in it for the simple reason that metallics enhance a room. Like Magpies we are drawn to shiny things, so when you put a beautiful gold mirror, or picture frame or vase in a room it lifts it immediately. Think of it like jewellery for your interior! You know how a ring or bracelet lifts an outfit…. well metallic’s do exactly the same for a room. Hello Glam-factor!!

eye catching!
eye catching!

Metallics definitely draw the eye so you really don’t need a lot of it to make a statement. Using these shades in small amounts and in key features can really create a fabulous space. Here are a few ideas on how to successfully bring metallic’s in your home:

Use on Your Walls

Although it’s not usually recommended to paint an entire wall in a metallic colour, you can use it on a neutral background that will really make the metal pop! there are so many gorgeous wallpapers out there with gold and silver patterns and prints, it’s a very elegant and timeless way of bringing the metallic trend into your home.gold patterned wallpaper

Metallic Fabrics

Metallic fabrics can be successfully used for a variety of pieces within a room, such as curtains, statement scatter cushions or even a duvet cover on your bed.  Golds look great if the room has charcoal or brown colour patterns, while silver works really well in rooms with white or cream colour patterns. Mixing up both gold and silver – along with a little copper – can create a spark of brightness and playfulness to a room. Another option is pairing metallics with natural fibres, this creates a glamorous look without feeling overdone.

mixed metallic scatter cushions
mixed metallic scatter cushions

Using Metallics on Furniture

Having a piece of furniture in a gold, silver or copper metal can create some vibrancy in a room. However, it’s important to remember the rule that less really is more, especially when it comes to the use of metallics. (Remember think ring or small bracelet!) Rather than having metal accents on all your pieces, choose one piece or portions of a piece of furniture, such as the legs of table to highlight in the metallic hue.

bronze painted chair
bronze painted chair

Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise!

The easiest way to introduce metallics into your home is through accessorising. A vase here, mirror there! There are so many metallic light fittings available, whether pendant fittings or table lamps. That is a sure way to make a statement and bring that beautiful metallic glow and sparkle-sparkle into your home!

image courtesy of Pinterest
image courtesy of Pinterest

Here some more pics to inspire you…

image courtesy of Pinterest
image courtesy of Pinterest
Sparkly sequins everywhere!
Sparkly sequins everywhere!
image courtesy of Pinterest
image courtesy of Pinterest
The Sprouts bar, as designed by StylEAST
The Sprouts bar, as designed by StylEAST
gold accessories
gold accessories
image courtesy of Pinterest
image courtesy of Pinterest
rose gold ring
rose gold ring
image courtesy of Pinterest
image courtesy of Pinterest
eye catching!
eye catching!
metallic and natural combine
metallic and natural combine

Friday I’m in Love <3

Edition 7

Happy November! Wow! How this year has flown!

Since it’s the start of a brand spanking new month, we have a new customised StylEAST desktop wallpaper for you to download and enjoy!

download for your desktop wallpaper
download for your desktop wallpaper

Other things we are loving this week, (other than text of course) is:

  • Last week we showcased a bathroom project we have just completed. We LOVE these brass bathroom accessories. We are mad about Metallics, so catch our blog next week where we will be showcasing all things silver, gold and bronze!http://www.balineum.co.uk/popup/341
brass bathroom accessories
brass bathroom accessories

Have a great weekend!

B+C