All the Autumn Feels

ooof, I must admit, I find the transition from lazing on a sun-lounger in 29 degrees heat to heading home to boots, jeans and the school run a pretty tough pill to swallow and to top it all off, that sun tan that I worked so hard on, it’s under the cover of a polo neck, tragic!!

 Cosy up with these hurricane lanterns from our lighting section

Cosy up with these hurricane lanterns from our lighting section

All is forgiven though when I finally accept the end of summer and start to embrace the cooler, darker evenings by lighting little candles and switching on pretty lights around the house.

 Rustic Lighting from peastyle

Rustic Lighting from peastyle

That time of year to get all hyggelig and start to cocoon in our nests. This year I’ve seen a real shift to introducing natural textures to the home, materials that promote health and wellbeing.

 Earthy Vases - perfect for collecting dried autumn foliage

Earthy Vases - perfect for collecting dried autumn foliage

I think there is a move in interiors towards making the home a real sanctuary from the busy lives that we lead, a shift towards green and kinder living and to personal wellness. I think we are craving being surrounded by natural materials which are calming and promote a slower pace when we relax at home in our personal retreat. So I’m seeing more rustic wood, natural linen and matte ceramics and natural grass basket-ware as the latest trend in interiors. I for one am embracing this, it’s my favourite style!

"Paris is always a good idea"

In Audrey Hepburn's words "Paris is always a good idea" oh boy! she was SO right wasn't she? so with my well thumbed guide books in hand, we headed for a four night stay in this city of lurve at Easter.

 Paris - always a good idea

Paris - always a good idea

The first time I visited Paris I was eighteen, I hitch-hiked from Le Harve with no idea where to go, what to do and nowhere to stay. Rookie mistake!! It was during this trip that I vowed that that was the last time I would ever visit a city without at least a bit of research, a vague plan and a back pocket full of cool places to people watch and get my fix of good coffee.

 Finding Amèlie

Finding Amèlie

I've never been one for heading to the tourist traps, so when I came across Messy Nessy's blog and book 'Don't be a Tourist in Paris'  I knew it was a done deal. Another bible that made it into the rucksack was Elodie Rambaud  'Paris Style Guide' full of cool hang outs and quirky shops. I'm not sure four days was enough time given the amount I'd book marked. 

 Paris - the city of Love

Paris - the city of Love

We arrived late afternoon and after dumping our suitcases at the hotel we hot footed it straight over to Montmartre to seek out a little bit of Amèlie's magic.

Instead of making a bee-line straight up the hill to the Sacrè-Cœur we meandered around the surrounding cute little side streets, filled with fabric outlets and independent shops, stopped off for an obligatory carafe of red to numb our legs before pumping up the steps to the Sacre-Coeur to enjoy the views of the city spread out below us.

 Sacrè-Cœur - Montmartre

Sacrè-Cœur - Montmartre

 Views across Paris - Montmartre

Views across Paris - Montmartre

 La Maison Rose - Montmartre

La Maison Rose - Montmartre

I could have sauntered around Montmartre forever, but we were working up an appetite for our supper, so after bookmarking a few places, the consensus was to go to Le Refuge des Fondus. This as it happened, was the perfect way to finish off our first day "not being tourists" it was hilarious!

 Avoiding the Glass Tax at La Refuges Fondus

Avoiding the Glass Tax at La Refuges Fondus

We knew to expect our wine in baby bottles, but we didn't expect to have to climb over the tables to our seats (space was that tight) and to be on first name terms with our fellow diners by the end of the night. This place is a must if you're in the area (but be warned, don't wear your favourite flammable outfit)

 Le Refuge des Fondus

Le Refuge des Fondus

Day two we headed to La Marais, starting the day the right way and seeking out a good brunch spot. I think we found my favourite place EVER!! Holybelly - don't be put off by the queue outside, it soon dispappears, the all-day brunch menu and coffee is to die for.

 Waiting patiently for our eggs

Waiting patiently for our eggs

La Marais is a shoppers paradise, brimming with cool independent shops and has something for everyone, whatever your jam is, once my belly is full, mine is a corker of a homewares shop, in case you hadn't figured this out already. Here are a few places that I wore out the rubber on my trainers.

 Basket heaven at Mona Market

Basket heaven at Mona Market

 Merci - Paris

Merci - Paris

 Dreamy Rugs at Pompon Bazar

Dreamy Rugs at Pompon Bazar

 The Leaf concession at La Trèsorerie

The Leaf concession at La Trèsorerie

 La Galerie de Lunette

La Galerie de Lunette

We did succumb to some classic touristy sights in Paris, but we did them slightly differently. A visit to see the Louvre Pyramid at night and instead of climbing the Eiffel Tower, we elected to drink yet more wine with a picnic on the grass underneath it (nothing to do with my fear of heights)

 Le Jardin du Luxembourg

Le Jardin du Luxembourg

One of my most treasured memories was hiring a little sail boat to push along in the pond at Le Jardin du Luxembourg, for just 4 Euro you are transported back to a time when ipads and Netflix simply didn't exist, a blissful afternoon.

The rest of the trip was largely made up of eating brunch, visiting beautiful independent shops, and strolling through parks that brought tears to my eyes with their beauty (with a few wine stops thrown in for good measure).

 

 Frenchie to Go

Frenchie to Go

 Galerie Vivienne

Galerie Vivienne

 AM PM

AM PM

 Ailleurs

Ailleurs

 Caravane

Caravane

 Paris

Paris

 Paris

Paris

Hope you've enjoyed the tour. Now when can I get back? Let me know if you find any cool spots that I need to add to my itinerary. 

Introducing Broste Copenhagen Tableware - Nordic Sea

Broste Copenhagen Tableware, one of those products that's had me firmly in it's grips for a while now and a recent trip to the Danish capital just tipped me over the edge in hitting the button on placing the order on this gloriously tactile crockery.

 Broste Copenhagen Tableware - Nordic Sea

Broste Copenhagen Tableware - Nordic Sea

On the first morning of our trip, we tucked into a hearty breakfast at Grød (a specialist porridge cafe) on the hip Jægersborggade in Nørrebro and I felt giddy with excitement to realise that they had collaborated with Broste Copenhagen to design an effortlessly simple yet stylishly comforting range of earthenware.

 Broste Copenhagen Tableware

Broste Copenhagen Tableware

My second encounter with this addictive crockery during our stay in Copenhagen, was while we were shopping in a basement emporium selling EVERYTHING on my Scandi wish-list from achingly cool posters, sublimely scented candles and the odd candle stick that couldn't quite fit into my hand luggage. We were greeted by the shop owner, who offered us a cup of hot coffee ..... you guessed it, in a Broste Copenhagen beaker, those ones without a handle so you could properly hug your cold hands around a warm beverage, the embodiment of hygge.

The whole time I was being fed subliminal messages. My mind was made up, that was it, as soon as I was back in the UK, I was definitely placing that order and stocking my all time favourite crockery (or crack-ery - this stuff is addictive you know!)

 Broste Copenhagen Tableware - Nordic Sea

Broste Copenhagen Tableware - Nordic Sea

I settled on The Nordic Sea range, with subtle soft greys, blue hues and hand painted stripes inspired by the waves of the ocean running through each piece. Not that I was looking for one, but it's a perfect excuse to gather around the table, light some candles and enjoy a cosy meal with family and friends.

 Broste Copenhagen Tableware - Nordic Sea

Broste Copenhagen Tableware - Nordic Sea

Broste Copenhagen, one of Scandinavia’s leading interior brands, is more than just interior design, it's a way of life. 

Processing is gentle, so the original feel of the material and it's character remain intact – with focus on high quality and their well known Nordic signature in the final design. Their range is always a fine balance between the Nordic tradition and the trends of the moment.

Got the Nordic Sea bug yet? Start collecting these timeless pieces here

POP-UP Cowbridge

It's coming up to that time of year again! When peastyle is crawling out from under a pile of cardboard boxes and heading out and about to pop-up's and markets over the festive period.

POP-UP COWBRIDGE

  • 2nd - 4th November 2017
  • 23a High Street Cowbridge. CF71 7AE
  • 10am - 7pm (Thurs 2nd Nov) 10am - 5.30 (Fri 3rd - Sat 4th Nov)

First up and kicking off the out'n'about season is a 3 day pop-up shop in the pretty market town of Cowbridge. This year I'm collaborating with a collection of lovely brands to bring you a one stop shop on the Cowbridge high street for that perfect gift over the festive period.

Little Maldod - A lifestyle shop celebrating the beautiful, simple things in life.
Gruff Beard - Keeping beards super soft & shiny with a range of deep conditioning care products
MiaKat Loves - A collection of women's linen-wear, accessories and jewellery

Come and join us, we'll even be popping open the fizz on Thursday Evening from 5-7pm so you can shop with glass in hand!

#peasshotoftheday

Scrolling through instagram for inspiration and keeping up with emerging trends is part and parcel of my work. But most of the time, honestly, it just doesn't feel like work at all. It's a fix, as good as a chocolate bar with a cup of tea (this often happens at the same time as a good scrolling session)

 IMAGE CREDIT | kronofoto

IMAGE CREDIT | kronofoto

I've been curating the hashtag #peasshotoftheday for a while now, it's a way for me to collect homestyle ideas and snippets of rooms that inspire me.  Sharing these images on my feed has been a wonderful way to connect with like minded interiors addicts and engaging with you by opening up a conversation. 

 IMAGE CREDIT | scovbon

IMAGE CREDIT | scovbon

I started the hashtag and still do, simply to share rooms that I love, and looking back through them, it's clear that I have a signature style. It seems to be a mixture of "Natural, Minimal, Simple, Scandi and simple tones" it's one thing naming a style and putting it into words, but just browsing through the collection will give you a much better picture of my influences and style.

 IMAGE CREDIT | Stylizimoblog

IMAGE CREDIT | Stylizimoblog

So join in with #peasshotoftheday over on my instagram feed for regular homestyle inspiration. Let me know what you think, come and have a chat.

 IMAGE CREDIT | Stadshem

IMAGE CREDIT | Stadshem

Need some help styling your place? Get in touch and let us create your very own mood board to help you pull a scheme together with our Styling and Interior Design Service. We work on residential and commercial properties. For more information drop me a line info@peastyle.co.uk I'd love to hear from you.

MOROCCAN VIBE

Every season there's an interior style that hits me like a punch in the guts, in a good way ....... like swinging too high on the swings, or riding a rollercoaster. I'm sure I'm not alone when a certain look and feel for a new home style scheme emerges from the pages of pinterest or the little squares of inspiration over on Instagram, it makes my heart do a little hop, skip and a jump.

 IMAGE CREDIT | Hilmerology

IMAGE CREDIT | Hilmerology

The Moroccan vibe is looking like a pretty strong contender for my home style vibe for the next season. Paired back boho mixes so well with the backdrop of clean contemporary lines and works well on so many levels. If you're into the minimalist look or the eclectic maximalist style, then easy homespun Moroccan design fits in effortlessly.

 IMAGE CREDIT | Spell & The Gypsy Collective

IMAGE CREDIT | Spell & The Gypsy Collective

The Berber rug at the moment has got me well and truly in it's grips and has led on to fringed cushions, moroccan wedding blanket throws and macrame wall hangings.

 IMAGE CREDIT | 100 Layer Cake Blog, photo by John Cru

IMAGE CREDIT | 100 Layer Cake Blog, photo by John Cru

We love the style so much that we've added a collection over in the peastyle shop

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IMAGE CREDIT | peastyle.co.uk

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IMAGE CREDIT | peastyle.co.uk

 IMAGE CREDIT |  peastyle.co.uk

IMAGE CREDIT | peastyle.co.uk

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Need some help styling your place? Get in touch and let us create your very own mood board to help you pull a scheme together with our Styling and Interior Design Service. We work on residential and commercial properties. For more information drop me a line info@peastyle.co.uk

Lighting Up Your Autumn Home

Fall back, Spring forward .............. the the only way I can remember that the clocks go back the end of this month (and not forward duh!)

 IMAGE CREDIT: peastyle Instagram - Town Hall Hotel

IMAGE CREDIT: peastyle Instagram - Town Hall Hotel

I struggle with the end of the summer and it takes me a good month to accept that the colder months are on their way, until that is, I start to light the fire and realise that I can pop the little lights on around the house and burn some candles.

Hygge is a massive buzz word at the moment, everywhere I turn I seem to hear people referring to it. The Danes embrace the long dark winter months with "hygge" meaning coziness (as an attempt to scratch the surface of the word)

Lighting the house in the coming months becomes a really important part of embracing the greyer skies that lie ahead. So I've brought you a collection of lovely lighting that will bring a little Hygge into your homes.

 IMAGE CREDIT | Gracious Home

IMAGE CREDIT | Gracious Home

I love these informal Z1 lamp shades by Ay Illuninate, creating a relaxed and carefree centrepiece to a scheme. They are a bit on the expensive side though £325 (cough) but we do a great "get the look" alternative at peastyle here for fraction of the cost.

 IMAGE CREDIT | HÜBSCH

IMAGE CREDIT | HÜBSCH

Using task lighting is a great way of dimming the overall lighting in the room without compromising on being able to see your book, sketch book or glass of wine! These concrete and brass standard lamps are one of my favourite products in the peastyle shop at the moment

 IMAGE CREDIT: Etsy

IMAGE CREDIT: Etsy

There are some fabulous bulbs out there now, I know! who'd have believed that the bulb would take centre stage! But it just works doesn't it? A bit like staring into an open fire, the old fashioned styled bulbs where the filament is a thing of beauty, can make a simple bulb holder into a great statement light. Shop cool lighting from peastyle shop here and enjoy some Hygge this winter.

The colder darker months aren't so bad after all! 

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Need some help lighting your home? Peastyle have some choices or why not get in touch and get us to create your very own mood board to help you pull a scheme together with our styling service. For more information drop me a line info@peastyle.co.uk

5 easy ways to create a botanical theme

Looking to re-create a botanical vibe in your home, but don’t want to go the whole hog on a re-fit? Fear not, there are some perfect home accessories out there for adding a bit of organic greenery to your scheme.

 IMAGE CREDIT | Skonahem

IMAGE CREDIT | Skonahem

Plants and flowers are a huge trend in home décor, and 2016 is definitely the year to be bringing the outdoors in.

Indulging in botanical wallpaper, fabrics and furniture is costly, not to mention semi permanent (bit of a pain when you change your mind next year) so why not add some home accessories to create a beautiful botanical scheme instead, quick, easy and the great thing is, you don't have to dig too deep into those pockets.

Here are 5 of our favourite botanical ideas to help get you started …

1) BASKETS

Handmade and natural, baskets are SO useful. What a brilliant way to show off your indoor plant collection!  Perfect too for hiding those hideous brown plastic containers that they come in. You can NEVER have too many baskets.

 IMAGE CREDIT | Monday to Sunday Home Blog

IMAGE CREDIT | Monday to Sunday Home Blog

2) STORAGE BAGS

 IMAGE CREDIT | Uashmama

IMAGE CREDIT | Uashmama

A Simple stylish storage bag, what’s not to love? It's hard to believe that storage bag wasn't made to show off your prized plants.

3) CUTE PLANT POTS

Make a statement by grouping together adorable little plant pots. Add a tea-light a small keepsake, some books maybe. I love this way of decorating, creating clusters of favourite objects is a great way to tell a story. 

 IMAGE CREDIT | Concept by Anna

IMAGE CREDIT | Concept by Anna

4) ON THE WALL

There’s no doubt about it, there is a lot of love for the botanical print going on at the moment. We've seen some amazing examples of simple monochrome posters and prints, like this one from by Garmi. I especially love the dramatic back drop of this dark wall and the brass accents. 

 IMAGE CREDIT | Weekday Carnival Blog

IMAGE CREDIT | Weekday Carnival Blog

5) MACRAME HANGING PLANT POTS

Nothing screams ‘botanical style’ to me more than a hanging planter and the 70's revival of macrame is so exciting. I remember my mum conjuring these up when I was a kid. I LOVE the fact that they have come back into our homes.

 IMAGE CREDIT | 30's Magazine

IMAGE CREDIT | 30's Magazine

So there you have it, 5 easy ways to add a beautifully botanical style to your home without breaking the bank. Just remember to water your plants when the leaves go floppy!

Looking to create the look? Then peastyle have it covered. Check out our baskets, storage bags and planters to get you started on your very own urban jungle, or ask me to create your very own mood board to help you pull a scheme together with our styling service. For more information drop me a line info@peastyle.co.uk

 

Outdoor Living

The sounds and smells of summer ..... ahh, it's what I live for all year round. It's finally the month of July and summer has arrived!

An outdoor living space is so important to me, somewhere to shade from the heat of the mid-day sun and a space to relax on those balmy evenings, watching the sun set and listening to the birds sing, Bliss!

 IMAGE CREDIT |  Nina Holst

IMAGE CREDIT | Nina Holst

A low maintenance decked area is an ideal way to enjoy that spur of the moment flop in the garden (without the guilt of not having dusted off the lawn mower in the last 2 weeks!) This really IS an outdoor living space, with sumptuous cushions, throws and cozy lighting. Try these cafe style festoon lights from the peastyle collection to add that cool vibe to your outdoor haven.

 IMAGE CREDIT |  Thomas J Story

IMAGE CREDIT | Thomas J Story

Adding some cushions to an outdoor sofa is just the ultimate in luxe living. I know, I know! we in the UK are not blessed with long spells of sunshine, so we need to keep traipsing back and fore to the shed to put them away, oh but when they are out and you can rest your weary head on some cushion-idge - it really is just dreamy. I love the mix of rustic wood and monochorme soft furnishing in this garden escape. Try some peastyle cushions to add some comfort to your precious sunbathing time. 

Family gatherings around a big expansive table where the kids can go free range is a massive bonus of summer time meals. This rustic chic dining area is full of gorgeousness don't you think? From the natural lamp shades to the table centrepieces - I want it all! If I lived here, I'm pretty sure I'd get good at making sourdough too (dreaming ..... )

Try peastyle's finishing touches with our lampshades and centrepieces to bring your indoor comforts outside.

Happy summer! enjoy those long evenings in your outdoor living spaces and remember to tag and share your outdoor spaces with us over on instagram

Tafwyl 2016

I love getting out from behind my desk and taking a bit of peastyle on the road. 

Next month I'll be hoping and praying for some dry weather when we take a stall and visit Cardiff's iconic city festival Tafwyl 

The weekend long festival will take over the stunning grounds of Cardiff Castle on July 2nd & 3rd with a dazzling array of some of the biggest names in Welsh arts, culture & sports.

Entry to Cardiff Castle and the festival is FREE during the event, take a look at the programme here. Come down and enjoy the weekend in the capitol and pop by our stall and pick up some peastyle to take home! 

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Cowbridge pop-up

Spring has sprung and Pea {style} are out of hibernation. We are venturing out from inside our virtual online world and opening up a week long pop-up shop in the market town of Cowbridge in The Vale of Glamorgan.

A chance for you to touch and feel our products, squish our cushions and roll out some rugs.

We can't wait to meet you in person, chat face to face and swap ideas and stories, so pop in and say hello. We'll be open daily from 10:00 until 17:00 from Monday 16th May to Saturday 21st May

For those of you that can't make a day time visit we are opening our doors on Tuesday evening for a bit of a jolly, offering 10% off your entire shop between 17:00 - 20:00 and a glass of prosecco.

Look forward to seeing you there!

WHERE: The Old Hall, High Street, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, CF71 7AH

WHEN: 16th - 21st May 2016 | 10:00 - 17:00

 The Old Hall, High Street, Cowbridge

The Old Hall, High Street, Cowbridge

Trend Alert

TREND ALERT #1 // 
Colour-dipped. It's fresh, funky and oh so fashionable. These versatile side tables are a great addition to any room, either next to the sofa to perch your well deserved g&t on or as a pair next to the bed for your favourite night time read. They come in a choice of colours, black or white and at just £46.00, are an affordable quick fix to update your living room.

 Colour Dipped Side Table // £46.00

Colour Dipped Side Table // £46.00

 Kiondo Baskets // £46.50

Kiondo Baskets // £46.50

We love a storage solution, somewhere to hide those daily essential and with our new love of the colour dipped trend, we fell in love with these super stylish Kiondo baskets. These are hand woven in the heart of Kenya providing the Machakos women with a secure income to invest in their children's education, healthcare and family farms.

TREND ALERT #2 // 
Botanical. I'm a bit of a sucker when it comes to anything that allows me to bring the outdoors in, so when we discovered these monochrome prints using plants as inspiration it was all ooo's and aahh's! Designed by Copenhagen based artists by Garmi these minimalist prints a just dreamy ......... botany prints just got cool!

 Monstera Deliciosa Print // £25.00

Monstera Deliciosa Print // £25.00

 Cactus Print // £25.00

Cactus Print // £25.00

Blog & Buy Sale - Spring Wish List

This year's 'Blog and Buy' spring wish list is now live! A carefully curated selection of gifts and creative products available online. 

I'm thrilled to have 3 products featuring this year, our Moroccan Style Tray Tables, Brass "z" lamps and our screen printed make-up bags .

I love the creative and fresh products that James & Josephie of Blog and Buy Sale have chosen to feature.

Here are my top 5 picks from the list.

  Alfred and WIlde  // Set of 5 black platonic solid mugs - £55.00

Alfred and WIlde // Set of 5 black platonic solid mugs - £55.00

  Dear to Me  // Just Because Note-cards - £12.00

Dear to Me // Just Because Note-cards - £12.00

  The City Works  // Lost in the city gift set - £25.00

The City Works // Lost in the city gift set - £25.00

  Fawn and Rose  // Single Triangle Necklace - £15.00

Fawn and Rose // Single Triangle Necklace - £15.00

  Yes Press  //  Hand bound A5 booklet - £11.50

Yes Press //  Hand bound A5 booklet - £11.50



A room that has "wowed" me

I was asked recently by a magazine to describe a room that has particularly "wowed" me. It was pretty impossible to whittle it down to just one, there are just so many to choose from!

It prompted me to start writing short posts on my blog (something on my "to do" list for a while now!) this way I can share with you what inspires me, interiors that make my heart beat a little faster and ...... well other random (but hopefully interesting) things. 

So here goes, I'm a self confessed addict of Instagram, there are seemingly endless accounts full of heart-stoppingly gorgeous homes out there and it's probably my main source of interiors inspiration.

The houses and rooms that particularly draw me in are the effortlessly stylish Scandinavian ones, with their bright white walls, floor to ceiling windows and cozy log burners.

I have been regularly sharing my favourite shots over on Instagram  for a while now, tagging them with #peasshotoftheday. Enjoy swooning over some of them here or head over to my instagram feed for a fuller selection.