Thursday, 28 February 2019

It's black and white

Spring has sprung and with it come the new interiors trends. While some (llama print wallpaper) we’re not so keen on, there’s a clean and simple look that’s been catching our eye. The monochrome home has popped up in a few collections. Paired with some tropical greenery (long live the greenery trend of 2018!) this graphical look puts the emphasis on great shape, design and pattern. Check out some of our favourite purveyors of the monochrome look below.

Sass and Belle: The monochrome look is all about the accessories and Sass and Belle have a great selection. This Black and Geo Isla Planter picks up the monochrome theme and gives you a handy place to hang the aforementioned tropical greenery that will complete your look.

@oldsaltfarmKierste Wade lives in a farmhouse in upstate New York and is keeping her monochrome gentle and natural. Her insta feed is a great place for inspiration for those who aren’t quite ready to plumb the darkest depths of black d├ęcor. Black and white ginghams, slate and blackboard accessories keep her look light, airy and add a nice twist to a traditional country look.

Ikea: Those Swedish design geniuses have plenty of monochrome looks for you, particularly in their tablewear department. However, our absolute favourite item is their black and white Stockholm rug which adds a splash of graphic class to your room without overwhelming it.

Love Frankie: If you think monochrome is all straight lines and stripes think again. The ever-playful Love Frankie sell this great selection of palm tree serving plates which add some fun to the world of black and white.

@the.kate.edit on the other end of the spectrum from @oldsaltfarm is interior blogger Kate Learmonth. Her house is SERIOUSLY monochrome. Dramatic blacks are paired with animal hides and plenty of gold to amazing effect. The full-on luxury looks might not be for everyone, but there are some great ideas for how to mix patterns on her Instagram.

If you’ve caught the black and white bug, take a look at our frames, they come with a smooth matt finish, perfect for highlighting your favourite artworks (and your LucyLovesThis prints of course).

Friday, 8 February 2019

Love Stories

Oh Valentine’s, day of love, romance...and present panic. The traditional favourites of flowers and
chocolates might get you through the first Valentine’s Day of a relationship, but what happens when
things get serious. A few years in and you’re meant to know your partner better; something more
personal and thoughtful is required.

Last week was International Storytelling Week and amongst all the articles about the many benefits
of storytelling we spotted a few mentions of a book by Dr Karen Skerrett at Northwestern University
all about shared storytelling. Dr. Skerrett’s book coins the phrase ‘we-stories’. Apparently, stories that couples build, remember and share with their friends and family help them to grow a shared identity
and anchor them if things ever get tough. Inspired by these ‘we-stories’ we’ve been thinking about
some top gifts from our collection, which can help couples remember their most treasured stories.

Two become one: why not build a collection of your home towns and the one you now share, tracing
the journey of how you came together.

Love London: If you fell in love in the city our LOVE print tells three stories in one. Love London, love each other, love life.

Your Song: Take a look to see if any of the musicians featured in our collection sang the songs that have featured in your life together.

A Walk in the Park: Whether you’re day-trippers, brunch eaters, Sunday strollers or Park-Runners
London’s open spaces hold memories for many couples. Take a look at our collection to find the
parks that mean the most to you


A Grand Proposal: ‘Where did you ask?’ is always the first question when someone gets engaged.
Remember that moment on that picturesque bridge/at the top of the Eiffel Tower/cruising down the
river forever with one of our location prints.

Honeymoon: When you need a reminder of that honeymoon period a print of the place you first
shared as a married couple can take you straight back to that time.

Splash Out: If you’ve gone big and booked a trip abroad as a Valentine’s gift it’s likely that all you’ll have to show for it is an online booking confirmation. Our prints are a lot prettier than an EasyJet  email, and as well as giving your partner something to unwrap on the day, you’ll have a instant memento of your romantic holiday away.

We hope our top tips have given you some inspiration. You can shop our Valentine’s  recommendations here, or look for your special locations in the search bar.