The House Candy house keeping you might want to memo

My absence from the interior blogging scene has been noted and my sick leave is up. Today I clocked back in to work, delighted with the new House Candy HQ (see below) and excited to begin a new project that I think you’re going to love.

Newly ‘undecorated’ House Candy HQ

Newly ‘undecorated’ House Candy HQ

When I started this blog five year’s ago, I gave myself a space to vent. The Candy Files feature (in which I cover what’s hot, what’s not and what’s what at my place) was my way of sifting through the interior inspos and working out what styles I craved more of as well as those I needed to swerve.

As the blog grew, I decided this feature was a bit me, me, me. There was nothing else like it amongst the blogs I was reading, so I figured it must be too weird and dropped it. Valuable time away has taught to me to love my weird, so after a little emergency CPR and a catchy new name, I’m delighted to announce that My House Candy House Keeping is at your service.

Please look at this feature as our Monday interior style memo. It’s the basics we need to be thinking about as we go about our interior business. In a niche that is increasingly noisy, it’s good to do a spot of mental housekeeping to keep our personal home style in check. Here I’ll be helping you decide what home styling To Do, what To File for future ref and what To Shred.

It’s a space to share my weekly House Candy crushes, highlight new products and jump on emerging trends - ideally before they become a trend, because that’s about the time we should shred them. Fickle, ya? That’s fashion for you darlings, do try and keep up.

I’ll also relish the opportunity to rant about interior shizz that has got my goat and whole heartedly invite you to join me on the House Candy HQ therapy couch, by letting me know your interior beef too.

So come on. This crap won’t sort itself out. Let’s get to work…

Top of this week’s summer interior style agenda is Bringing The Outside In.

TO DO: Break through the white ceiling

I recently wallpapered my bathroom ceiling with Chimney Swallows wallpaper by Designer’s Guild and the effect was both pretty cool and pretty liberating.

Chimney Swallows wallpaper  by John Derian for Designers Guild

Chimney Swallows wallpaper by John Derian for Designers Guild

This room is a tricky space to decorate due to the vast sloping ceiling and a key feature is the large skylight above the claw foot bath. How better to embrace the view from outside - all chimney pots, tree tops and feathered friends - than by bringing it inside? The room has become instantly more relaxing. A bath in here is accompanied by birdsong and cloud gazing which makes it my go to for a bit of me time; it’s a luxurious thing to have but it feels like my own little spa like retreat. (I call it The Bird Bath)


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This emerging trend to maximise your interior impact by boosting a boring white ceiling with colour or pattern deserves a blog post all of its own. So if you’re wondering whether or not to devote more attention to your ceiling, check back in with me later this week when I will be rounding up my favourite looks for the fabled fifth wall.

TO SHRED - BBQ Beef. Is it really worth it?

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The heatwave made a fleeting visit to Yorkshire and it was one of those perfect weekends where we ate alfresco and drank gin in the garden ‘til the sun went down. We didn’t cook outside though, because barbecues give me beef and not the kind you want in a burger.

All that to-ing and fro-ing from the kitchen. All that smoke in your eyes and rodent attracting food debris that you meant to sweep up but decided to leave until the morning.

I mean, I love going to other people’s BBQ’s, I DO. I love nothing more than being handed a glass of Pinot and gestured towards a fold away chair whilst someone sweats it out on my behalf with a dozen spitting sausages. Pass me the flamingo patterned paper napkins, I AM IN.

I’m a great BBQ guest, truly I am. I bring impressive Pomegranete rainbow salads that I may or may not have decanted from M&S and passed off as my own work. But hosting a BBQ? And all that washing up that has to be done whilst everyone else get’s stuck into Twister on the lawn? If it’s OK with you I’ll just order in kebabs, Ye?

TO FILE - Cane furniture

Rattan Peacock chair (currently out of stock) £250  www.grahamandgreen.co.uk

Rattan Peacock chair (currently out of stock) £250 www.grahamandgreen.co.uk

I’m insane for cane just now and particularly in love with Graham and Green’s new rattan range. The natural rattan peacock chair is a beauty as an extra dining chair that can be picked up and taken outside with a cuppa to catch the last of that evening sun.

But let’s face it, if you can be bothered to look for it there’s enough kitch cane around in charity shops and on Ebay to cobble this look together for less. What’s important is that you hunt out the more unusual items and keep your eye on the ball, literally, because rounded shapes are where it’s at. Try this cute curved number for size , it was recently listed on Ebay for a measly Buy It Now price of £32.99 and with the right cushion and a paper parasol in your Gin Fizz, it hits all the right vintage notes. Agreed?

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That’s the Outside In business ticked off, you can get back to the day job now. Who knew style admin could be so simple? Next Monday I’ll be looking at art trends. To neon or not to neon, that is the question? Are you still mad for a bit of the bright stuff or are you turning up a pointy Parisian nose to anything that’s too in-yer-face?

Ping me with your problems, hit me with your wins. Here at House Candy HQ my door is always open to my Interior brothers and sisters. We are in this style business together comerades.

Salut!

Claire x

Common Interest - Artistic wallpaper strikes a chord

I try to be cool about it, but the fact is I am like a lioness over my cubs, especially on a Monday.

As I drop them off at school and watch their back packs wobble off into the distance, half of me is doing cartwheels at the prospect of a few hours with only myself to look after, and the other half is wondering ... Did he do enough spelling practice?... Did he remember his trainers? ... Did he even clean his teeth this morning?

So today I'm feeling all lioness (and let's face it I'm rarely not feeling palms) which made it particularly exciting to return to my layer and find this Lioness and Palms print wallpaper sample poking through my letterbox.

Lioness and Palms wallpaper £140 per roll by  Common Room

Lioness and Palms wallpaper £140 per roll by Common Room

Common Room makes fine art accessible to the likes of me and you through its stunning range of artist designed wallpapers. The Lioness and Palms design is taken from the early 20th Century designer and architect C.F.A Voysey's original watercolour design, sourced from the V&A museum archives. 

Like choosing a painting, I look for something that connects with me when I pick a paper; something that matches how I'm feeling, rather than matches a particular interiors trend. This is the best advice I can give for creating a vibrant home that tells your own personal journey through its interior.

The Common Room Lioness and Palms print is available in two equally gorgeous colourways. I love the idea of this Midnight option teamed with rich emerald green subway tiles in a modern Victorian bathroom.

Lioness and Palms wallpaper in Midnight by Common Room

Lioness and Palms wallpaper in Midnight by Common Room

But my personal preference is the lighter Midday colour option. It conjures up exotic Out of Africa adventures which, when it's up in my spare room, will be all kinds of hysterical for my guests. I live in the same town I grew up in FFS. Travel is not my strong point. 

But you see, it's not the plains of Africa I'm transported to when I sit here with my cup of Yorkshire tea, picturing C.F.A Voysey's child-like brushstrokes bringing some botanical artistry to my attic bedroom.

Sure, I see a jungle out there, and I see one proud/potentially vicious mamma protecting two golden heads, whilst keenly keeping a paw on the palm print fashion pulse. (And if she's anything like me, she's about to race to the rescue of her hungry cubs with an over laden lunch box any minute now.)

Art, imitating life and simultaneously decorating it.  Common Room, I salute you.

Happy new week all,

Claire x