Interior Design and Art–Inspiration for Your Home

OKA ShowroomMoving house can be a great opportunity to do a bit of sorting of your house prior to it going on the market.  It's really hard to do interior design on a budget although there are plenty of blogs that imply it's really easy. It takes a good eye and a bit of inspiration....and a few cushions!  My husband is a cushion thrower, he literally sits down and hurls them across the room despite the fact I take hours arranging them beautifully....actually I've totally exaggerated... I just throw them on the sofa/bed and hope for the best but you get my drift.

I was recently at the OKA store in London and I have to admit to finding the whole experience a total joy, and rather a surprise. The layout is a real pleasure - there was a 'real life' feel to the way they have laid it out even though their inspiration comes from all sorts of places including Battersea Power Station and Nancy Lancaster, the lady who started the classically English Colefax and Fowler.

(N) a Fragonard of jam jar posies, each featuring a valuable, freshly cut, alive looking, heavy-headed English country rose

The end result is they have laid out the shop for everyone, modern, traditional and everything in between.  I am particularly in love with their faux flowers.  Those of you who read my review of the fabulous Common Farm Flowers book will remember I'm no green fingered goddess but I long to fill my house with armfuls  of beautiful flowers.  The OKA flowers aren't cheap...in fact eye wateringly expensive on the face of it but then you consider they will last forever so actually they are a bit of a bargain if you consider how much a real bunch will set you back.  Their magazines are a great read, and perfect for pinching a few ideas, but in real life their products are even better I think.  Their candles smell delicious, a proper grown up smell I decided, not the cheap stuff you can find in some places....so my house can smell of fresh flowers even if it's filled with the rather superior fake ones!OKA faux flowers

If you're looking for some inspiration for your house have a browse of their website - I've ordered plenty of things online and always found their service to be great.

Meanwhile, if interiors are your thing we've got a great opportunity, thanks to Lumitrix, giving away tickets to the preview night at the Affordable Art Fair.  Art is obviously another way to refresh your interiors although it's probably cheaper to buy a few new cushions if you're changing things just for a house sale but in terms of your life, and your pleasure Lumitrix is a great place to look for afforable beautiful photographic works of art.

Cara Connell launched Lumitrix in 2013 to enable people to buy beautiful photographs for a price that is accessible and without having to go through a traditional gallery. They represent a carefully curated gallery of images that is growing all the time and will be exhibiting at the Affordable Art Fair.  You can join them at the Private View on 11th March by commenting below- what's your favourite interior design tip.  If you can't comment for any reason drop me an email at admin@lifeafterlondon.com.

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