The Beauty of Marble

I used to think of marble as being a superbly affluent material, associating its use with wealthy people and admiring its beauty from afar…

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During the course of 2016 this luxe material started to slowly crop up in interiors everywhere, Pinterest was heaving with it, leading design experts were gushing over it and it featured heavily in Interior Design programmes on the television. Not only limited to flooring and worktops, marble was being presented to us in a number of different forms. From elegant coffee tables to faux marble effect wallpapers, this minimalist material provided us with a chic and stylish design finish in many a design scheme throughout the last year.

 

 

So now that 2017 is in full swing, is this trend still relevant? Well the answer, much to my delight is…..YES! It appears that for now marble is here to stay, with the likes of Vogue forecasting a rise in the use of ‘marble and brass combinations’ in kitchens and bathrooms…

BUT hold on a second, kitchens and bathrooms! Come on Vogue lets be realistic here, I for one don’t want to have to re-mortgage my home in order to fit a new luxurious white marble kitchen, as lovely as that would be….Fear not I am here to share some ways for all for us to indulge in this beautiful design trend without having to renovate any part of our homes…phew!

In a recent trip to my firm favourite supermarket homeware store, yes you’ve guessed it good old Sainsbury’s TU, I came across some beautiful marble and brass combination homewares, that are both affordable and stylish much to my excitement!

 

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This gorgeous marble and brass pedestal mirror is on my wish list – Sainsbury’s TU, £20

 


 “It’s that combination of something very natural and clean, like white marble, and something industrial, hard, and a little bit glamorous with the brass.” – Young Huh

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“Marble, especially in shades of white and light grey, will be one of 2017’s biggest design trends.” – Zillow Digs

 

 

So although marble can be grand, it is not just a look to be indorsed by the rich and the famous and if chosen wisely and used in small doses, this gleaming stone can add a classic and stylish touch to any décor. As far as I can see, this timeless material will remain a firm contender in the hottest trends for 2017 and I for one will be indulging in at least one marble luxe piece for my own home, how about you?

Here is some more affordable inspiration for you my lovelies…

 

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Marble and Brass desk lamp – Next Home, £50

 

 

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Athena Coffee Table, Iron and White Marble – Swoon Editions, £229

 

 

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Marble Coasters – Sass & Belle, £19

 

 

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Marble Chopping Board – Flamingo Gifts, £14

 

 

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Three arm gold and marble base jewellery stand – Oliver Bonas, £29

 

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White Marble Shelf with Brass Brackets – Mia Fleur, £74

ETHEREAL MAGIC

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1. extremely delicate and light in a way that seems not to be of this world.

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It has to be said that January is my least favourite month of the year. With all of the merriment of Christmas and the positivity that the New Year seems to induce in every one of us (until around the 8th January when we all give up on our overambitious resolutions and begin to question why on earth we thought that ‘dry January’ was a good idea), is well and truly over, all this miserable month has to offer now is freezing cold weather, grey skies and sad looking bank balances. Needless to say I am SO over winter now and long for some signs of lovely, fresh (and warm) Spring.

Which leads me to tell you all about a little moment of joy I experienced whilst having a  wander around the TU home section in Sainsbury’s recently. Now I have always had a soft spot for TU, their in house designers always seem to get it right when it comes to implementing the current seasonal trends into their homeware ranges and I will always champion any high street shop that can offer you a range that is both stylish and affordable. So as I wandered around the shop I came across a brand new range ‘Ethereal’ and let me tell you it really is!

So the design concept behind the range “mixes Scandinavian inspiration and mid-century style” which is genius in itself as these two trends are seriously hot right now. Modern Scandi was huge in 2016 and is still standing its ground thanks to the latest craze of HYGGE (which in case you wondered is pronounced hoo-gah) a Danish interior design trend which identifies with cosy contentment and taking measures to transform your living space into a Nordic, minimalist sanctuary. Mid-century design consists of clean, simple lines and unfussy finishes and so compliments all things Scandinavian beautifully.

I was instantly drawn towards the beautiful crockery they have in this range with a magnetic type force and immediately picked up a couple of mugs that I instantly adored. Now they may look like they are nothing special but I’ll tell you why I love them. The nature inspired design and soft colour palette immediately made me think of Spring (yay!). A cute Scandi style flower motif on one and moreish texture in a earthy green shade on the other, is simple yes but so stylish and beautiful. I can’t quite put my finger on it but there was something about these mugs that made me feel both inspired and happy, so much so that I thought it was about time that I started writing a blog!

Design giants, Elle décor have recently forecast a new trend for 2017 ‘Artisanal’ which is set to replace the Pinterest DIY craze which has dominated for many years now, with a rise in demand for homeware that has been hand crafted by a skilled professional with the use of high quality materials. Now I’m not saying that these mugs are artisan by any means but the green mug, part of the Ethereal crockery range which TU have called ‘raw base’, is made using fine china which gives it a slightly opulent feel and the almost stoneware appearance and detail of the texture does have hints of a somewhat artisanal style quality. Perhaps this is an ambiguous way of TU subtlety hinting at this new trend, minus the craftsman’s studio.

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Of course this range isn’t just limited to cups, this was just my starting point and what first grabbed my attention. I was soon indulging in a look around the rest of the range, which features many more items of homeware all based around the same design concept and also features some warmer pops of colour such as sunshine yellow and turquoise blue, which reinforce that lovely Spring feeling even more so. Unfortunately my January bank balance restricted me from buying any other things from there that day but I will almost certainly be back for another look around soon. If Spring isn’t quite ready to arrive just yet then my motto for now will just have to be “bring Spring in”.

Here is some more of the range to inspire you, feast your eyes my lovelies…

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