Kim Lempreiere from David Shaw Helps clarify what’s what and share a few tips to help you make the right selections.


These three are “effectively interchangeable in everyday speech” as Kim Lempreiere from David Shaw comments.  Although they are in fact each slightly different. She explains the difference below. Sofa “The word ‘sofa’ has been in our vernacular the longest. The Oxford English Dictionary states that the word ‘sofa’ originates in the eastern Mediterranean with the Arabic soffah - ‘a part of the floor raised a foot or two, covered with rich carpets and cushions, and used for sitting upon.” We like the classically styled Boss Sofa by David Shaw which also reminds us a little of the seatings history.

Boss Sofa by David Shaw


A couch was originally used to refer to piece of furniture for one to sleep on. Taken from the French word coucher which means ‘to sleep’. It is similar to a daybed and was commonly used as the chair for psychiatric sessions (hence Freud's couch). As such, it is used more informally - a place one can put their feet up and relax.” With so much living in the lounge, couch comfort has become almost as important as a quality mattress.  A good modular with chaise is perfect for curling up on to watch a movie. David Shaw’s Matteo Modular ticks all the boxes..

David Shaw’s Matteo Modular


'“A settee is in many ways like a sofa. Unlike a couch, it must have a back. It comes from the Old English word ‘settle’, a term used to describe long benches with high backs and arms. Due to this, a conventional settee has a high back, high arms, and visible legs. However, the word is used to describe many a sofa in conversation.” A settee does not need to be fussy and old fashioned. David Shaw’s Veronica Settee is smart and contemporary. 

David Shaw’s Veronica Settee

Thanks for your help Kim. 

next week we will be discussing CURTAINS OR DRAPES? 


Wall coverings have been catching our attention of late. With so many designs available it’s difficult to not be inspired!  Decorative coverings add layers and depth to an interior and showcase individuality.   
Of course you do not need to limit yourself to repeat-pattern wallpapers. Wall Murals and Wall Panels are having their time in the limelight and you may just find yourself falling for one! In terms of trends we see our interest in Nature continuing.  Jungle fever has hit so tropical plants and wildlife are a key source of inspiration. Also water, stone, minerals, earth and space are all influencing pattern.  With water and plants in particular inspiring colour.  You will note Pantone 2017 colour of the year is greenery! 
The Modern Tribal trend is still strong although more of these primitive designs are Japanese inspired.  Chinoiserie Chic is also making its come back in darker more seductive hues.  
We note a 70’s movement with colours less muddy than the original and feeling a little playful.   Embroidery, lace and jacquard patterns can also be found lending their patterns to wallpapers.  A theme likely stemming from the 70s trend we are seeing in clothing fashion.

We’ve picked our favourite papers and murals for you here: 

1. Animalistic

From micro to macro, we are seeing animal print out of scale and in alternative colour.
We like the fine feathers of Zoffany, Icarus wallpaper.  Big Croco wallcovering by Elitis is tactile in vinyl. Kelly Wearster does jungle with her Feline wallpaper.

2. Plant Life

From blousy florals to tropical foliage to mystical forests to autumnal leaves.  There are so many options when it comes to bringing the outdoors in.  Our favourites are Ei"nger Masterpiece mural from Resene., Into the Woodlands Wall Mural by Murals Wallpaper, La Isla Bonita by Giovanni Pesce for Wall & Deco and Foglie De Vita wallpaper by Lizzo. 


3. Minerals

Minerals o$er more texture and colour variation than stone, they also possess a mystical quality.  We like the Obsidian Wall Panel by Anthology it could very well be an image of Earth from afar.  The very chic French-green Fornasetti Malachite Wallpaper from Cole & Son is a more light hearted take.!

4. Lunar-scape

We’ve looked at outer-space on previous blogs in the form of rugs and crockery. Metallics are a feature of this trend, particularly gold and silver. #
Cracked Earth wallpaper by Zo$any. Milky Way Wall Panel by Eva Germani.  Casamance’s, Tenebreuse wallpaper in Anthracite reminds us of space ships and tarnished steel.!

5. Modern Tribal

Simple designs in earthy hues work wonderfully with metallic accessories.  From African tribal patterns to Japanese craftsman markings. We love nearly everything Kelly Wearstler, here is her Gra"to wallpaper. Also the very “wabi sabi" Les Baguettes de Masako wallpaper by Elitis.!

6. That 70’s Show!

These papers are toned-down, matured versions of the decades design aesthetic. We love the Osbourne and Little, Parquet wallpaper and the Casamance, Jacarau wallpaper.!

7. Embroidery, Lace, Jacquard

A progression of the luxe damask designs we have seen in the past, this fabric-as-wallpaper trend feels more down to earth and understated. We are particularly fond of the seductive little black number, Spolvero by Francesca Zoboli at Wall & Deco.  The Casamance, Jerico, Soledade Wallpaper in Blue Reviere has the look of Jacquard and pairs nicely with a contemporary interior.

8. Chinoiserie Chic!

Chinoiserie goes moody with a darker colour palette, toning down any fussiness.!
A very authentic Verdure by Melissa White for Zo$any.  Simplicity in the Oasis wall Panel and a more detailed Midsummer Night wallpaper both by Lorenzo De Grandis for Wall & Deco. !


We have been visually devouring post-modern references over the past few years, and the popularity of these movements is ever increasing.  As we move through inspirations from Memphis to Bauhaus and beyond, these references are seeping into our creative minds and from this emerges a style that is distinctly modern and yet very familiar.  


 The style is highly chromatic and filled with bold schemes in saturated colour. Peach, melon, yellow, teal and blue form graphic elements dominating the forms that make up interiors. From block colour, shapely furniture and melting objects that seem to have emerged from a Dali-esque artwork to graphic outlines and line-work that create illusions reminiscent of work by Escher – your interior will begin to evolve beyond the mid-century post-modern style and into a vivid chromatic retreat.

A strikingly chromatic palette in clean and bold colours, saturated hues work alongside softer, greyed-off shades in the Chroma colour collection.  Together black and white is an essential starting point, whilst more muted tertiary hues are paired with stronger colour to create intriguing combinations.

Text from Dulux | Styling by Bree Leech and Heather Nette King | Photography by Lisa Cohen


Respectful appreciation for diversity is an important part of how we now live. More frequently than ever we are reminded of the need to strive for equality and to take a global view that extends beyond our backyard. We want to be connected with other cultures, be respectfully inspired by their traditions and unique creative talents.

We look for a connection – something that can create a dialogue between modernity and tradition or seemingly opposing cultures

This interior style is eclectic and combines many references to varying global cultures with modern pieces featuring weave and rich colour, inspired by landscapes from South America to the middle east. Rich colours such as red, burgundy, brown and oranges are brought together with the zest of bright yellow and blue to form unexpected combinations and diversify the look of a modern interior.

This eclectic range of colour displays richness and warmth in earthy red and botanical green with unexpected accents.  The Entwine palette is influenced by global cultures and landscapes creating a link between modernity and tradition.

Text from Dulux | Styling by Bree Leech and Heather Nette King | Photography by Lisa Cohen


Texture has become a remedy for our senses.

Move away from smooth, cold surfaces and surround yourself with warm colours, flesh tones and vegetal hues. Rediscover colours that are soothing and restorative; relaxing and tonal. Begin to fill your home with texture, tactility and undulating surfaces. Your choice of materials becomes very important – how do they feel? Smell? Does your eye find interest in the apparent movement of the material's surface?

Texture has become a remedy for our senses. Tactility is our relief from the pressure of the screen and the smooth unsympathetic surfaces we endure daily.

Raw aesthetics are combined with manmade materials that provide visual interest and tactile qualities under our fingertips.


Subtle pastels and soft naturals make up the Sentience palette.  New beiges with a hint of grey are versatile and will pair easily with the mellow hues of the range.

Text from Dulux | Styling by Bree Leech and Heather Nette King | Photography by Lisa Cohen

We love this peaceful calm palette direction and look forward to incorporating these tones into a project. 

Antidote: A Colour Cure

Dulux Antidote Colour Trend 2017




The Dulux Colour Trends 2017 is your perfect prescription to cure the mundane. The Colour Cure is prescribing distilled colour palettes as an antidote to many of the challenges we face in our modern lifestyles
— Dulux

The team at Dulux has gifted us four stunning trend palettes. We have decided to drop one trend per week over the next four weeks so you can savour the concepts and thought provoking inspiration. 


A tonal palette of cool hues for understated luxury.

Pared back beauty comes from a rawness found in architectural angles and the use of industrial materials such as concrete, steel and galvanised finishes. These elements combine with subtle, more tonal colour palettes that can create the illusion of depth and accentuate interior details. An atmospheric palette of blues and greys, warmth is found through metallic accents in platinum, copper and rust.

Industrial materials such as glass, concrete and metal are perfect partners for decorative details in the Construct trend. Metals such as bronze, copper, platinum and silver all work beautifully with the grey and shades in the palette.

Text from Dulux | Styling by Bree Leech and Heather Nette King | Photography by Lisa Cohen


As implausible as it seems, summer is just around the corner and with this in mind we have been considering how to add style to our outdoor spaces.

Italian Manufacturer Roda maintain that we should “treat our outdoor spaces with the same pride as our indoor ones”.  Think of it as a way of extending living spaces, allowing the outdoors to become another room.

RODA Dandy Sofa & Outdoor Rug


With the myriad options available not only for outdoor furniture but accessories such as outdoor rugs, cushions, throws and lighting, beautiful spaces can be created on any budget.

As well as thinking about our outdoor rooms as extensions to our indoor spaces, we can also regard them as a space separate from how we live inside.   Think about layering cushions and rugs for lounging.  Bean bags are great for extra seating, we love the idea of storing them hung on hooks shown in the above photo! 

The beauty of these outdoor accessories is that they are so portable.  It's easy to create your own beautiful outdoor room anywhere - the park, the beach, the lake, the deck or the garden!

Playful and versatile is the collection by Stephen Burks designed for Dedon. Perfectly adding a textural pop of colour to our outdoor locations.

Don't forget to have a little fun. It is still not too late to create your very own outdoor dream location for summer.

Contact the team to discuss your project we can develop a plan with options and pricing effortlessly, turning your dream into a relaxing reality.



Continuing the theme of “looking both ways” i.e back to the past and forward into the future, The Dark and Light Palette blends tradition with modern innovation.  One of the key trends has been the importance of Darkness.  


Just as we need a dark sky in order to see the stars more clearly,  so it is with this palette.  The Dutch Masters of the 17th century epitomised this with their clever use of light playing against dark hues.


This can be translated into an interior scheme where there can be the juxtaposition of a dark and moody paint finish with rich and textural upholstery such as velvets to provide lustre, sheen and contrast.

Many of the colours in this palette combine coherently to reflect the tones of both dusk and dawn.