August’s Theme: Summer Blues?
Whether you’re gloomy after getting home from an idyllic holiday of sun, sand and white-washed villages or you’re just fed up after a rain-washed stay on the British coast, we aim to help you beat those summer blues with this month’s gorgeous flowers and interiors inspiration.
At their very best, our holidays can make us inspired and enriched by design from around the world. A vibrant Grecian doorway, your Ibizan villa’s simple all-white interior or the colours of the sun setting on the sea all may have enthused you to re-think an element of your home.
So, taking our cue from the distinctly nautical and sun-drenched feel of our blue and white flowers this month, we are looking to three of our favourite holiday destinations for interior design inspiration: Cornwall, Portugal and Ibiza.
Agapanthus, our Star flower this month, flourish in coastal gardens, being tolerant of salty winds. And they positively thrive in Cornwall, where they grow wild in the mild maritime climate. Cornwall is a favourite family holiday destination – easily reached from Bath, Bristol and Cardiff – with an unfussy interiors aesthetic that is not hard to recreate, so why not bring a few coastal reminders into your own home.
Avoid the usual off-the-shelf nautical clichés, which can be easily overdone. Instead opt for a more subtle approach to an easy-going beach chic theme with blue and white nautical stripes used sparingly, natural materials and a simple toned-down palette.
‘Azulejos’ are uniquely Portugese painted tin-glazed ceramic tilework that are a construction material as well as decoration. Deeply embedded in Portugal’s history and culture, there are countless wonderful examples of these beautiful tiles which can be seen decorating churches, restaurants, railway stations, palaces and regular homes.
Azulegos are typically made up of blue and white tiles, a classic colour combination that works beautifully in both traditional and contemporary designs, creating a feeling of elegance and simplicity that is unparalleled.
Here, we have sourced interior decorations that are infused with the classic symmetry and clean aesthetic of Portugese blue and white tilework:
1. Blue and White Portuguese Tiled Wallpaper
From £25.00 /m2
2. Quadria Fabric
£58.99 per metre
3. Lisboa tile
£3.49 each / £174.5 per square metre
Everett and Blue specialises in artisanal and hand-painted Portuguese tiles, inspired by the beautiful patterns and murals adorning the facades of historical buildings and family houses in Lisbon and Porto. Artisans make and paint these tiles in the traditional way and design patterns for modern interiors using traditional mural colours.
4. Tile throw
5. Trio Cushion
We love our FlowerBe Short selection this month due to its mainly white flowers, offering a crisp and clean arrangement that will look good in any space.
Belearic Island Ibiza is also known as the ‘White Isle’ due to the predominance of its white houses. The combination of whitewashed walls and tile flooring helps keep houses cool in the summer. If you want to recreate this look at home, painting a space white will instantly make you notice the texture, the brick, the wood, the room.
Bleached out spaces needn’t be cold and uninviting however. If you want your white space to veer into comfort, not cold territory, then introduce natural décor items and furniture to welcome in the warmth. Anything natural and from the earth—wood, stones, marble, plants—will bring warmth into any space. Here’s our edit of earthy accessories: