Three Front Row fashion looks for your Front Room

For a fresh fashion update at home, you can't beat a new accent chair.  I'm not saying you should go changing your seating every season, of course not! but if you are in the market for a front room fash-over, it pays to focus on this one key piece of furniture and a few kick-ass accessories. 

My baby blue corduroy Angel chair by www.tubchairs.com

My baby blue corduroy Angel chair by www.tubchairs.com

I teamed up with www.tubchairs.com - part of Sloane and Sons - to work my favourite high end AW17  fashion looks using three of their super affordable accent chairs, plus some catwalk inspired accessories. If you like any of these ideas, or have seen something on their website that has ignited your fashion senses, get an extra 10% off with code SWATCH10.  

1) Corduroy Dreams

Nina Ricci was among the AW17 designers to feature corduroy that is anything but dowdy.

Nina Ricci was among the AW17 designers to feature corduroy that is anything but dowdy.

No longer restricted to trainspotters, Corduroy is THE geek chic fabric to be seen in this winter. Work it into your home with a scandi inspired Angel chair in powdery shades of blue and pink. Take your inspo from the high street and team coloured corduroy with chunky knit throws and cushions. The one below is from Argos. Who'd have thought a corduroy and cable knit combo could look so cute?  

L to R Pink Corduroy Angel Chair and Blue Corduroy Angel Chair, both £199 www.tubchairs.com, bright pink corduroys by Isabel Marant, chunky knit cushion £12.99 www.argos.co.uk

2. check mates

Twee free Tweed at Louis Vuitton

Twee free Tweed at Louis Vuitton

Timeless - check. Homely - check. On trend - double check. Tweed is a perennial winter favourite but this season it's back with a double dose of cool. A classic tweed tub chair is a handy extra seat to have. At just £124.99 from www.tubchairs.com this one makes a great feature chair to pull up to the end of an industrial style dining table too. But to make sure the look is more pop star than pensioner, team your tweed with shiny black lighting and edgy patent leather. 

L to R, Neyland Sky tartan fabric tub chair £124.99 www.tubchairs.com, Ziggy patent leather cushion, £135.99 www.rockettstgeorge.co.uk, DOCKS Industrial dining table £197 www.maisondumonde.co.uk, Gloss black enamel wall light £203.04 www.urbancottageindustries.co.uk

3) High fash florals

Gucci's fresh take on florals for AW17

Gucci's fresh take on florals for AW17

Gucci has done trad florals a favour this season, but you may need to channel your inner Iris Apfel to pull it off. Thankfully, this is a much easier look to work at home than it is on the school run and the key is in the clash. At £245 the Kew Floral wingback leaves room in the budget to ace your cushion game. Give your chair a couture chintz-over with silk cushions in clashing brights and garish logos. It's not a look for the faint-hearted and that's exactly the point. Neat vodka in a china cup is where we're aiming here.

L to R Kew Floral Wingback, £245 www.tubchairs.com. Firenze cushion, Manolete cushion, Heart Grasses cushion all www.amara.com

Scandi Candy - the sequel

So what's your fave of these fashion looks? I chose the powder blue corduroy Angel chair for an exciting interior makeover I'm currently working on. Inspired by a pair of corduroy flares I tore out of an Elle fashion campaign whilst on holiday, I began the search for the perfect chair to bring some scandi cool and retro styling to a modern living area.  Super speedy delivery meant that my chair has arrived way before my makeover is complete, but I'm excited to show you the results very soon so stay tuned!

Got any fashion inspired interior looks you need help with? Please do let me know in the comments section, I've got an eagle eye where House Candy is concerned!

Claire x

Time to Gucci your Garden Game

Botanical inspired prints have long been a favourite of mine, but I'm acutely aware of the danger for this trend to slip into twee territory. 

Trust Gucci then to provide me with a masterclass in modern botanicals as I flew past Harrods' window on Saturday, attempting to land my eldest son some new trainers. 

Unable to locate the elusive Office store via Google Maps, George and I were treated to a whistle stop tour of the amazing Gucci Garden window display not once, not twice, but FOUR times. Apologies are due to the many tourists, shoppers and residents around London's most iconic shopping destination, whose toes I stepped on, bags I knocked and heads I bumped as I raced along during our 20-minute shopping window, heavily distracted by Harrods' garden of cultivated couture.

Gucci Garden is designer Alessandro Michele's theme for the 2017 Cruise Collection, inspired by the enchanting Garden of Ninfa, near Rome.  Featuring vibrant florals, logos and symbols of the House, this is botanical beauty as we've never seen it before. Whilst the dreamy dresses aren't exactly something I could rock up wearing on the school run, I'm totally inspired to bring this outdoor theme indoors. My sources tell me a Gucci interiors range is set to launch in September (I KNOW!!!) but in case you can't wait for that or need to nab the look for less, here's some ideas to capture the Gucci Garden getup at home:

1) Creature discomforts

Flamingos and zebras are both animals you can imagine strolling round a Gucci Garden and of course I'm totally on board with that. But all is not rosy here, for this enchanted land has a proverbial sting in its tail. To nail the look, update your creature inspired accessories with venomous snakes, precious bees and vicious wild cats.

L to R: Garden of Eden cushion £164 Roberto Cavalli at Amara, Beautiful bird cushion £32 by May Rose Vintage on Etsy, Leopard lampshade £30 May Rose Vintage as before, Gold bumble bee cushion £35 Perch and Parrow

She is famed for her pets but now Abigail Ahern has added some pests to her latest accessories collection and basically folks, if she says ants are cool, I'm happy for a nest of 'em.  

Gold ants £45  Abigail Ahern

Gold ants £45 Abigail Ahern

2) Walls of wonder

If Gucci has the monopoly on vibrant florals in the fashion world, Designer's Guild has it for interiors. Here are just a few of my favourite bold botanicals that are totally in sync with Alessandro Michele's fashion thinking.

L to R Amrapali Peony, Jardin des Plantes, Canopy and Cristian Lacroix wallpapers, all Designers Guild.

3) Fantastical furniture

Timorous Beasties and Blackpop UK are brands to know for fabulous fabrics that transform traditional furniture into works of art that are anything but twee. It's worth knowing that their websites also have some ready made pieces that rock the Garden of Delights theme too. Look for butterfly and hummingbird motifs to be Gucci symbol savvy.

Random Ruskin Khaki Armchair Timorous Beasties

Random Ruskin Khaki Armchair Timorous Beasties

Vintage sofa by  Blackpop UK

Vintage sofa by Blackpop UK

So getting back to my wild goose chase in search of trainers for my son last Saturday... there was always a fear we'd get lost, being as we're such out of towners and all, but if I can recommend getting lost anywhere, I'd definitely say do it at Harrods ever changing window displays on Brompton Road. Be quick if, like me, your garden game needs Gucci-ing (Totally a thing, trust me).

OH BUT WAIT...

If you enjoyed this post and it provided you with any interior inspiration whatsoever, I would really appreciate your vote in the Amara Interior Blog Awards, please. I'm a bit like a Humming Bird swooping around the Garden of Ninfa in blogging terms come to think of it. I can be quite difficult to spot amongst the bigger species, but I'd like to think I bring something different, and a lot of decadence to the party. Please click here if you can spare one minute to vote for the small bird in the big, enchanting garden!

Many, many thanks.

Claire xx