Archive for February, 2012

WE HEART ART

At HomeSense this month we are getting all arty. We have joined up with Ikon Gallery who are running an amazing competition with Gillian Wearing (the Turner prize winning artist). They are looking for one family to be cast in bronze by the artist and immortalised in Birmingham city centre. Find out more here

It has got us thinking about art in the home. The key is not to be shy about putting  up your pictures that you like. Express yourself with some art and don’t be afraid to put together pictures that don’t match. The more the merrier. Take up a whole staircase or wall with various paintings, drawings and prints in different sizes. It is very in vogue for home and we love it.

Don’t just put one painting on your wall. Trending now in homeware is montage. Hang all your favourite pictures on one wall.

If you can’t find the piece of art you’re looking for…make your own.

 

Homeware really can be art!

Homeware really can be art!

 

We love these old 78’s made into wall art. How inspiring.

Edward Hopper. One of my personal favourites. But art is so subjective, your home is the best place to express what you like by the paintings you choose.

Edward Hopper. One of my personal favourites. But art is so subjective, your home is the best place to express what you like by the paintings you choose.

 

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This painting, another one of my personal favourites “Christina’s World” by Andrew Wyeth is one of the most famous american paintings from the 20th century.  Here photographer Bruno Dayan pays homage to the famous masterpiece. Love!

Egon Schiele. So these are just some of my favourites. But look out for what you like and stick them on your pinboard or make a wall of art in one room in your house.

Egon Schiele. So these are just some of my favourites. But look out for what you like and stick them on your pinboard or make a wall of art in one room in your house.

 

Cool Collage! 

Cool Collage!

Hang up a Calder style mobile in your kitchen to add a bit of modern art to your house.

Motherwell's studio

Robert and wife RenateTheir home

Motherwell's studio

Ooooh Robert Motherwell’s studio. Get inspired to make your own creations too. There’s no such word as can’t!

 

LIGHT RELIEF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cool industrial kitchen lights. Check out our range of lights at HS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We love Spring. Get out in the garden and bloom some beautiful buds then add them to your light fixtures. Fun and fantastic!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little apple lights. More Springy sweetness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sherbet coloured lights. How charming.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A bit of light reading. Tee hee

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Staying In Is The New Going Out….

So put the spark back into your home this Valentines Day with these expert tips for entertaining from Stylist and Blogger, Marie Nichols…

 

Create a Boutique Hotel feel in your own home. Make the bed the focal point of the room by dressing it symmetrically. Choose smart white linen, layered with throws and pairs of cushions, look for luxurious textures such as silk and faux fur.  If you have the space use two side table with a pair of striking table laps arranged symmetrically either side of the bed for added hotel chic.

 

It might be a bit chilly to take your loved one into the garden for dinner but try to dress your dining table to impress. Keep table centerpieces low so as not to obscure the view across the table. A collection of vases with single stems arranged on a tray makes an ideal table centre-piece. It can be easily re-moved before the meal is served maximizing table space.

 

LOVE THIS! How romantic. But seriously..Have fun with crockery and glassware and don’t be afraid to mix and match. The key to a successful table is to layer up your crockery. Look for unusual one-off pieces to accent your day-to-day white china. A patterned or colourful side plate and some show stopping glassware will add that extra special touch to the place setting.

 

Bring some romance to the table by filling champagne flutes with pretty foil wrapped chocolates. Write a little love note and wrap it around a napkin tying with ribbon.

 

Print out a copy of the menu and place in a decorative frame on the table for that five star dining experience in your own home.

 

Take inspiration from top restaurants and look for upholstered dining chairs that are comfortable and inviting for guests. Upholstered chairs instantly create a smart and sophisticated setting.

 

Don’t forget the lighting. A statement chandelier or a group of 3 pendant shades hung centrally over the table will “wow” your guests upon arrival. Table lamps, lanterns and candles will provide additional mood lighting for added ambience.

 

Give your living room the VIP treatment. Layer up the sofa with cushions and throws and create the perfect “snug” for a home screening of your favorite movie. Use table and floor lamps to create soft atmospheric lighting

 

Spoil your loved one with Breakfast In Bed. Lay a tray with a bud vase and fresh bloom a pot of tea and coffee and plate of pastries.

 

Create personalized gifts for your valentine. A framed photo; an album of happy memories or a lantern with a little tag attached saying “you light up my life”. If you’re opting for the more traditional approach of flowers think about a beautiful vase to display them in. That way you have a gift that will last long after the blooms have faded.

 

If Valentines Day is all a bit too commercial for you why not make it extra special with a homemade gift. Bake some valentine’s cupcakes and invest in a heart shaped cookie cutter for valentine’s treats. Present in a stylish storage tin…..

 

Or….Get creative with your table settings and have some fun. Love doesn’t have to be serious.

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