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A Recap: Journeying Through UK Design Trends

Travel along with Brigette as she shares her visit across the pond and delights in all of the beautiful design she witnessed

Last summer, I embarked on an unforgettable journey to England and Scotland, immersing myself in the vibrant design scene that these countries have to offer. From the moment I set foot in the UK, I discovered a wealth of design influences and trends that have left an indelible mark on my creative perspective.

As I explored the interior design styles of the UK, I was mesmerized by the wide range of influences that seamlessly merge to create bespoke designs. The remarkable age of many London homes added a unique charm to their interiors, despite the lack of elevators and the presence of steep, narrow stairways. Georgian, Victorian, and Edwardian eras left an unmistakable imprint, with rich colors, luxurious fabrics, and intricate architectural details adorning these spaces. The skillful fusion of antiques with sleek modern furnishings struck a perfect balance, captivating my imagination.

During my stay in Kensington, I was fortunate to reside in a beautifully modernized apartment that effortlessly blended contemporary elements with its original features. The preservation of parquet floors and original windows served as a reminder of the space’s rich history, while statement wardrobes and leather strap door handles added a touch of sophistication. Inspired by this harmonious fusion, I couldn’t resist incorporating some of these ideas into my own remodeling project, ensuring a seamless blend of old and new.

One night, I found myself in The Bloomsbury Hotel, a true testament to maximalist design. The grandeur of large-scale chandeliers, the warm glow of picture lighting, and the practicality of task lamps perfectly complemented the complex wallpaper, casting a spellbinding ambiance. The introduction of modern furnishings added a contemporary twist to this historic setting, infusing it with a delightful sense of lightness.

Amidst the Queen’s Jubilee festivities, I stumbled upon the Smeg Appliance store, a haven for design enthusiasts. The vibrant displays of designer appliances were a feast for the eyes, evoking a sense of joy and playfulness. Inspired by this burst of creativity, I decided to bring a touch of the UK’s spirit back home by painting the Union Jack on my worn-out garage fridge, giving it a new lease on life.

Little did I know that this trip would ignite my passion for documenting and sharing my design experiences. Every travel adventure has become an opportunity for research, with Spain as my next destination this fall, promising a fresh wave of inspiration and discoveries.

Join me as I continue to explore the world, unraveling the threads of design that connect us all. Together, let’s embrace the beauty and diversity of global design trends, turning every journey into a transformative experience. Cheers!

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