For our August guest blog post, Claire Davies, the founder of Claire Davies Interiors based across Cheshire and the Wirral, has chosen her favourite accessories for the second half of 2018. All available online and with quick delivery, Claire shares her expertise on how you can take the likes of lamps, cushions and clocks to add an instant update to every room.
Over to you Claire…
“My main piece of advice when it comes to home accessories is to have fun and to be bold. When you’re working with more intricate, smaller items, you can afford to be brave.”
Mosaic Decorative Disc
This eye-catching and unique accessory can be mounted on a wall as a feature amongst family photos or set on a table or ledge to add interest. You could place it in the centre of a dining table and add an arrangement of oranges and lemons to make for an elegant centre piece. The reflective mosaic pieces will catch the light and create ambience in the evenings. A few candles close by will really make it sparkle.
Diamond Table Lamp
This cute lamp is a nice change from the other more common styles that have become popular over recent years. Its eclectic feel can bring a bit of fun to a disused or dull corner of a room. I would style this lamp with a rich terracotta coloured tablecloth and some bright green house plants.
Huntsman Pendant Light
Who could resist a light that features both faux fur and antlers? This five light pendant is a must for someone who wants to play around with unusual ideas and enjoys an element of whimsy in their home decor. Somewhere like a guest bedroom or dining room would be an ideal place to exhibit this admirable creation.
Blue Robot Table Lamp
I can imagine this little guy being a colourful companion for you if you have a home office or reading room that needs a bit of character. A more obvious suggestion would of course be for use in a child’s room as a night light - but do not be worried about mixing things up a little bit by adding amusing touches, even within a formal area.
Multi Square Cushion
A lot of clients like to have a neutral colour scheme as a canvas for some more interesting and colourful accessories. This beautiful cushion can be arranged with other multicoloured throws and cushions or placed on a soft pastel coloured armchair to brighten things up and add a bit of zing! If you have a three-seater sofa, then a row of three of these multi square cushions would really stand out. Great for those of us that like symmetry.
Sutton Oval Stool
Relax. Feet up. Unwind. It’s nice to get home after a long day and enjoy the homes that we make for ourselves. A little footstool like this can be a talking point in your living room. If you revel in the lines and cool vibes of Scandinavian interior design, then I’d certainly recommend this as a funky addition to your seating area. Shown here upholstered in vibrant orange wool (other colour choices available).
When I’m working with a client on styling and accessorising at the end of a project or installation, I will always try and include a clock - either wall mounted or a mantel clock like this one. Arighi Bianchi have a great selection, but this Artisan Iron clock caught my attention due to its interesting shape and the effect of the metal finish. Mixing some modern and classic pieces together when arranging the finishing items in a room can add a certain je ne sais quois…
We'd like to say a huge thank you to Claire. It's always great to hear interior tips and tricks from the experts.