The 70’s Trend Takeover

The 70’s trend has been filtering in to our wardrobes slowly over the last few years since designers such as Saint Laurent and Chloé debuted their SS15 catwalk collections featuring flared sleeves, neckerchiefs and floaty lace.

Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent and Chloé SS15 (Vogue)

Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent and Chloé SS15 (Vogue)

It didn’t stop there and now 2017 has seen the 70’s trend take over in a big way in both fashion and interiors. The original Seventies brought bold colours, prints and layering as well as the continuation of the 60’s clean lined mid century furniture. It was also the decade when Conran’s Habitat store, established in the 60’s, became a high street familiar and is still one of our favs today! In previous years to find 70’s furniture you had to be savvy and buy vintage but recently and luckily for us the high street have finally got hold of the trend and have reworked some classic style treats!

Before I share some amazing hight street steals I wanted to show you how the pros work this trend. See Dorothee Meilichzon’s (Studio Chzon) interior for new hotel ‘The Henrietta’. Sconce lighting, sludgy velvets, matching motifs and lots of brown are all reminiscent of the 70’s and have been remastered in this boutique hotel decor right in the centre of London.

Jonathan Adler has been championing the 70’s in his interiors and furniture since 2014. This house on Shelter Island (New York) beautifully combines Californian, Scandi and Japanese style all with a throwback of chic 70’s details. Vintage chairs reupholstered in contemporary felted fabric and ceramic wall tiles help bring this kitsch interior right up to date.

Never really a fan of the 70’s look myself I can’t help but be won round with these style steals! New season, new style and whether you’re discovering the decade for the first time or revisiting it from your past, sooner or later you too will be wearing or decorating your home with a little bit of retro style.

  1. Lemon Duvet Cover – Habitat – from £30
  2. Knox Retro Chair – Made.com £149
  3. String Chair – Royal Design.co.uk £169
  4. Patch Rug 170cm x 240cm – Habitat £450
  5. Cole & Son – Contemporary Restyled Hicks Grand Wallpaper – Naken Interiors £76 per 10m roll
  6. Sadie Table Lamp – M&S £69
  7. Seville Sideboard – Swoon Editions £649

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Garden Party Styling – Top 10

Ok, so  I know you can never actually rely on having lovely summer weather in Britain but as a nation we do our best to make the most of it anyway! Festival season has begun and the longest day is just around the corner so lets embrace our inner nature lover, get the grass cut, dust off the emergency chairs and stage a party in the garden.

Whether celebrating a birthday, anniversary or just simply entertaining close friends, I have some great garden buys to help you create the most beautiful setting to watch the sun go down. But first…get creative and be inspired by these crafty bits for some homemade decorating ideas that won’t cost the earth!

1 – Eco Linen Table Cloth – Rose & Grey

Whether your covering an ugly garden table or gathering picnic style on the lawn, keep it simple with this beautiful plain white linen cloth, perfect indoor or outdoor and totally versatile for any occasion. Just make sure you wash it well! http://www.roseandgrey.co.uk/eco-linen-table-cloth-in-white

2 – Festoon Lights – Cox & Cox

Add some light when the sun goes down with these festoon lights, they are a staple for the summer nights. Their simplicity means that whether hung for the night or left out during the day their wires won’t be an eye saw. http://www.coxandcox.co.uk/lighting/outdoor-lights/extendable-black-festoon-lights

3 – Chalkboard Planter – West Elm

 A fun painted terracotta planter for all your favourite herbs. Place on or around the table for your party guests to pick their own. Just don’t let them drink too much punch as you may have more than herb names written on them by the end of the night! http://www.westelm.co.uk/mrk-chalkboard-planter-6-inch-d2118?quantity=1&attribute_1=Black

4 – Solid Marble Serving Dish on Stand – Rockett St George

Wow your guests with a selection of fresh fruit, or if you’re really feeling adventurous that homemade gateau you’ve always said you’d make! This solid marble serving dish is the ultimate style statement and the most perfect centre piece. http://www.rockettstgeorge.co.uk/solid-marble-serving-dish-on-stand-32498-p.html

5 – Amarelo Glass Bottle – Habitat

 This re-usable bottle is great for serving chilled water or wine. Scatter a few around the table to keep your guests topped up. http://www.habitat.co.uk/amarelo-re-usable-glass-bottle-with-yellow-stopper-1l-304945

6 – Decorated Hobstar Glassware – West Elm

 Sophisticated drinks need sophisticated glasses. Try theses intricately decorated glasses from West Elm for your after dinner Whisky?!…Gins more my thing! http://www.westelm.co.uk/decorated-hobstar-glassware-e815

7 – Carnival Fiesta Cocktail Napkins – White Mint

Well I only said the drinks had to be sophisticated! Add some fiesta fun with these jungle trend cocktail napkins. Everyone likes the perfect combination of class and silliness. http://www.whitemint.co.uk/product/carnival-fiesta-cocktail-napkins/

8 – Gold/White Striped Paper Party Straws – Rockett St George

 What’s a party without a fancy straw?! http://www.rockettstgeorge.co.uk/gold-white-striped-paper-party-straws-25-29779-p.html

9 – Rusty Brazier – Cox & Cox

When the night draws in but you’re not ready to say goodbye to your friends, bring out the brazier!  Keep everyone partying outdoors with this stunning copper brazier. http://www.coxandcox.co.uk/outdoor-living/decorations/rusty-brazier

10 – Parrot on Stick Garden Ornament – Graham and Green

 This ones just for fun! Inject some tropical fun with these exotic parrot ornaments from Graham and Green. They come in a range of colours to match your carefully planned colour scheme too. http://www.grahamandgreen.co.uk/parrot-on-stick-garden-ornament-blue

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Destination – Europe (mini break hotel) 2 Berlin

Destination – Berlin

Revive and recharge in an urban jungle at the ’25hours Bikini Berlin Hotel’ designed by Studio Aisslinger. Headed by Werner Aisslinger, the studio is known for its experimental use of materials and concept development, collaborating with some of Italy’s most famous furniture brands such as Cappellini and Porro as well as Vitra in Switzerland. Werner also develops product designs and architectural projects  for the likes of Adidas, Mercedes-Benz and Bombay Saphire, in the world of product development and furniture design there doesn’t seem to be many greats that this designer hasn’t worked with!

The 25hours Bikini Berlin Hotel is a reflection of Aisslingers ever evolving industrial design ideas contrasting foliage with illuminated room numbers, this hotel truly is as diverse as the city it sits in. The hotel is situated in a 1950s Bikini -Haus building and was opened in 2014, it boasts 149 rooms, a roof terrace, bar and restaurant which has proven popular with the locals as well as the guests.

I chose this hotel because of its mix of styles, colours and materials. Being a designer who is always looking for the next new material to manipulate for a space I feel this hotel pushes its limits with mix match furniture, lighting and textures.

Greeting you in the lounge area are exposed beams and brickwork, a collection of interchangeable seating and sporadically hanging planters. The bar is constructed from a large wire mesh shelving unit acting as a partition to the oversized steps which double as seating scattered with an array of Moroccan style cushions.

Illuminated room numbers light the corridors set against an exposed concrete ceiling but one of my favourite things about this hotel is the copper sheeted walls which act as bed heads. They add a little glamour to the space as well as being a material that naturally ages, the walls will change over time adding to the industrial feel. Highlights of colour injected in the furnishings and light fittings does make the place feel a little thrown together, like an experiment or a pop up hotel, but for me it works. This hotel is exciting, surprising and very ‘trendy’.

Images from dezeen.com

http://www.25hours-hotels.com/en/bikini/home/home.html

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Destination – Europe (mini break hotel) 1 London

I know the British sun can be unpredictable forcing most holiday makers go in search of white sands and sangria but within Europe we have some of the most beautiful destinations, so why not do things differently this year? You may not get the glowing tan you so badly desire but you will experience culture and glamour in my top mini break destinations. I have sourced some of the most luxurious hotels to wet your appetite, but be warned you may end up spending more time in your hotel room than you thought!

Let’s start with London.

Destination – London

Dinner at The Shard, a boat trip along the Thames or a gig in Hyde Park. London has so much to offer especially in the summer months with no end of street food and festivals you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get out and about so when your shattered at the end of the day and ready to relax in a comfy bed why not book yourself in to designer heaven along the south bank.

My London featured hotel is The Mondrian designed by British legend Tom Dixon, it has to be by far one of the most exciting interiors in London ( but that’s just my opinion). Take a look for yourself.

Created in the famous sea containers along the Thames, Tom Dixon was commissioned by The Morgan’s hotel group to design a boutique hotel, bar, restaurant and cinema. He now joins the other greats who have designed for Morgans including David Chipperfield, Andree Putman and Philippe Starck. The Mondrian in London is the place to’see and be seen’, full of sumptuous velvets and Dixon’s famous collection of pendant lights it is the definition of sophisticated luxury.

Greeted at reception with a giant copper clad wall reminiscent of the hull off ship you are immediately transported away from the hustle and bustle of the London streets and into an encapsulating space.

The luxurious textures and colour palettes continue throughout the interior with panoramic views of the Thames and the most innovative cocktails and cuisine, sit back and let the deep green,gold and blush pink upholstery transport you to a world where unique design surrounds you. Whether you require schmoozing in the cocktail bar, reclining in the cinema or relaxing in your delux double, I guarantee you won’t regret booking this little escape from reality.

Curzon Mondrian cinema (above)

http://www.tomdixon.net/uk/mondrian-london.html

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