Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Nice or Nasty - Yellow Peril

Okay, the jury is out on this one – do we love it, hate it or couldn’t  care less?  There’s no question that some of the elements in this setting are somewhat confronting, and taken out of this context would probably not get house room, but they do seem to work together as a whole. So what have we got here?
The area rug is gorgeous - fresh, fun and very ‘now’
The coffee table looks like it belongs in a re-run of “Bonanza”, and even though we love the asymmetric glass top, we find the base rather too rustic for comfort
The art complements the rug perfectly, but is it just too unsubtle to be truly stylish? Should there be something a little more complex and varied in colour there?
The cushions are so retro it’s almost wilful, yet they do have a certain innocent charm and their formulaic natural pattern plays well off the gnarled root coffee table
The lamp shades are very unsettling, yet what else would have worked here?  Not white against a white wall, black would be too stark and more yellow would be overkill. Maybe they are just right!?
Overall, what do you think about this room – is it a winner or a sinner?  To get something like this look, Eco Chic can offer the Camden driftwood coffee table; the Cockatoo lamp with yellow chevron shade; cheery yellow Avery cushions and the glorious yellow Erika armchair.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Effortless Entertaining

Cool, fun and sophisticated? A tall order for any outdoor entertainment area, but this setting pulls it off with stylish ease. We love this ‘room’ because it’s both practical and sexy, managing to bring out the urban nomad in all of us. Here’s why:

Monochromatic - it takes a lot of discipline to avoid colour altogether, but when you do it well the result can be uber chic. This space relies on the greenery outside to provide colour

Pair up - we normally say make groupings of 3 or 5 - odd numbers like the coffee tables - BUT when it comes to seating, a grouping of two is seems to say couple, intimacy, relationship.

Create a division without using a wall - the hanging pod chairs crate a sense of division without being solid. They frame the view and create a complete setting.

Get into this particular groove with Eco Chic! Our Bamileke tables come in white and three different sizes so you can create visual interest wherever your house or garden may need it; the Pasha pod chair in white is a new introduction we are especially excited about; the Byron outdoor sofa comes in bronze just like this one; the Paloma Stool or Atelier bench would complement this setting beautifully; add some mood lighting with the Summer Lantern Set and if you’re feeling adventurous you could throw in some outdoor rugs and beach glass vases – then invite all your friends over!