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Country Cottage

As requested by Natalie, Designer ish have created a mood board for a living area. The inspiration reflecting a Country cottage look mixed with an element of National trust homes.

The country-style is soft and relaxing, with an air  of comfort. Furniture selections are based on oversized sofas, with cushions in natural hues of brown and taupe. There is nothing better than lazing on the couch with a nice cup of tea.

The introduction of soft pastel tones compliment the warmth of natural stone and  timber used in the furniture and fixtures. A beautiful rustic wooden table creates a pared back look, echoing the casual element of country lifestyle.

Our challenge to add an aspect of “Trust homes” is achieved through decorating with period style furniture. A classic wing back chair adds opulence with a sense of timeless beauty.

Thank you Natalie for your inspiration, we hope the country cottage mood board reflects your vision, and commences your design journey.



For further inspiraton we have put together two Pintrest boards “Country Cottage” & “The Manor”, please follow our boards to stay up to date with the look and style of Country cottage.

Designer ish

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Beach Style Get the look at Home


My perfect address would be by the beach with undisturbed 360 degree views of the ocean. The home doesn’t need to be state of the art, in fact the look would be casual, relaxed and a place to call home.

So if you can’t have the beach view ,then let’s bring the lifestyle home. A great beach colour palette echoes all shades of blue crisp white and neutral tones of the sand.

The beach style varies and can be tailed to suit your taste and budget. Look at our top 3 styles and select the one that is right for you.

 The relaxed weekend beach home


The beach lifestyle is all about fun in the sun, and sand between your toes. This design style is relaxed, no fuss and a mixture of comfortable inexpensive furniture items.

Distressed wood and painted furniture showing the sign of age creates a comfortable atmosphere. Draw inspiration from the beach with soft white and neutral tones with paint colours and floorboard options.

A nice coastal touch is the use of driftwood furniture and aqua blue accessories in vases and ornaments to give you that holiday feel. Don’t forget to hang up the “Gone fishing” sign on your way out.

Casual Sophistication on the beach


This is taking the beach look to another level, adding an air of luxury and sophistication through using simple clear lines in the furniture and accessories.

Draw inspiration from the aqua tones of the water, a perfect bedroom colour which can be used in the bedspreads, wall art and side tables.

The iridescence sparkle of the ocean can be replicated by using shot fabrics and silks for cushions . If you want a light coloured couch you can’t go wrong with using leather, durable and reliable.

This colour pallet used a range of  brilliant blues and turquoise mixed  with white and soft brown. Perfect flooring options are grey floorboards and soft neutral carpet colours. The beach look for those who like their comfort.

Colours from sand & driftwood


After a sanctuary look and feel then  use the relaxed colours from nature, draw inspiration from  driftwood  using quality linen fabrics and cotton in your furnishings.

Cane furniture adds a relaxed style yet is durable and economical.  This look is serene, uncluttered and free from mess.

We have moved away from the causal put your feet on the furniture to a styled form of everything in its place. The key to this look is using a mix of high quality materials and fabrics with comfortable free form furniture.

We hope you are inspired to add a touch of the beach lifestyle into your home this summer, remember a change is as good as a holiday.

Happy designing, till we meet again.

Designer ish



Style with Fifty Shades Darker

The style behind Fifty shades darker echoes luxury and exclusivity using quality timeless materials and furnishings. In the new movie release Christian Grey’s apartment is refurbished to create a warmer colour palette, a bold statement from the monochromatic scheme of Fifty shades of grey . The new apartment represents a simplistic elegance combined with passion and mystery.

The use of gold as a status of wealth and power, teamed with a  dark Empradore Chiaro  marble flooring in the entry creates a sense of permanency and power.

To recreate this look in your own interior  use elements of gold through accessories, lamps, and frames with splashes of Bianco Carrara marble with side and coffee tables. The crisp whiteness of marble works harmoniously with the bold reflection of gold and brown.

Incorporate cabinet work using rich cherry wood veneer in fixtures and furniture items to create an air of opulence.  Stylish comfort is offered through a sleek grey lounge with oversized cushions to remove austerity.

Throughout the apartment Christian Grey has an extensive art collection of sensual female statues and abstract art work. To replicate this look select art work with a soft colour tone with highlights of gold and grey with a splash of olive to balance the intensity of the overall mood.

We have created a digital Mood board to capture the essence of Christian Grey’s apartment using materials and products to reflect the style and sophistication in a toned down version for everyday living enticing the element of  drama and emotion as depicted in  “Fifty Shades Darker”.

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To shop for the look use natural marble in colour tones of Empradore Chiaro, Bianco Carrara and Calacatta Oro marble. Use gold tones through wallpaper,  art work and polished plaster in soft warm neutrals.

The side table depicted above if from Temple & Webster – Gold wire Adi Table and the lounge L shape sofa from Milan Direct – Zanda.

If you would like your own  personal mood board contact Designerish, all details are located under the E Design menu.