A border on cornices, stairs, or frames of doors can be an excellent way to bring a low-cost, yet high-impact update to a space. Adding these fun, patterned borders is an easy way to make an area more interesting without too much of a financial or emotional investment. This can elevate bland designs and make the architecture more attractive. Furthermore, it can add more impact to an entrance or help to differentiate one room from the next.
Ok, so maybe not so much a recent trend but definitely something I will be sticking to in 2023. There are so many amazing artisans and makers based here in the UK, creating some truly beautiful, timeless and quality products. During the pandemic, with a lot of time on my hands, I have built up a little black book of amazing makers who are passionate about creating products that are stylish and made right here in the UK. Here are a few of my favourites.
Beauvamp Lighting: The prettiest lampshades made using traditional techniques with a contemporary twist - obsessed with this new ruffle dome shade.
Katy Takla: The queen of cushions. Katy's cushions are playful and fun with plenty of frills,. She does a new cushion drop once a week. Move fast as they get snapped up!
By Anna Elizabeth upholstery: Anna's made to order ottomans are on the top of my to buy list. Using traditional upholstery techniques, these can last a lifetime.
East Cloth London: Using the most beautiful UK woven textiles, East Cloth London has made the cafe style curtain oh so cool again and on every interior designers wish list.
Antiques, inherited pieces, vintage fabrics, old is the new new. Whether its scrolling through Vinted for that one off piece of furniture or trawling antiques markets at the crack of dawn, finding truly one off, unique, vintage pieces is where its at. Not only is it sustainable but antique pieces really are built to last and it also allows you to find that one off piece that tells a story and really can't be replicated. Since lockdown, there has been a boom of Insta antique dealers, here are a few of my favourites:
One Off Piece
I was hesitant to write this post as I'm a firm believer in not following trends when it comes to interior design. I truly believe that in order to create a home that you love, it needs to reflect you, your style, the places you have been and the things that inspire you and this way, your home will never be out of style. However, in saying that, there are a few 'trends' cropping up which I am absolutely loving for 2023.
Oh so pretty, the wallpaper border is well and truly back and more versatile than ever. In the past, wallpaper borders were used to hide imperfections, wobbly joinery and peeling paint, and they did have more of an old-fashioned reputation but designers such as Common Room and Susie Atkinson have given wallpaper borders a seriously cool makeover. See some of my favourites below:
2. MADE IN THE UK
3. A LOVE OF THE OLD