One of the most rewarding aspects of our work at Open Plan Living is helping clients turn their design dreams into reality. This is made possible through our Bespoke Furniture Services. Often we are asked if a product can be tweaked to incorporate a particular wood, finish or fabric. Most of the times the size needs to be modified so that it fits perfectly within a client’s intricate design scheme....

It’s wonderful to be back after an inspiring trip to Maison Et Objet in Paris. This proved to be a fantastic show ground for the abundance of exciting new design talent emerging from our homeland of Portugal. The trademark mix of traditional craftsmanship mixed with luxurious materials and modern edge for which Portuguese design is famous, has clearly captured the hearts of International architects and specifiers looking for head-turning furniture, lighting and accessories. We were wowed by the increasing number of young Portuguese brands exhibiting in Paris and delighted to hear that demand for their designs has rocketed over the past few years. Exhibiting brands that we work closely with at Open Plan Living, reported a huge increase in the number of enquiries for their products from interior designers in the UK. Olga Torres, creative Director/Owner at Duistt said the show was a huge success. "We had hundreds of visitors coming to our stand...

Britain might have opted to exit the EU this summer but there was still a fabulous global feel to the London Design Festival this year. From Decorex to Design Junction via the various creative quarters and design districts we had the opportunity to check out the latest and hottest interior design and home décor trends! Here are our highlights of this fantastic week:   A new home for Design Junction One of the most exciting developments was the relocation of Design Junction, moving to the thriving Granary Square in King’s Cross. The area outside Central Saint Martins was filled with installations, the main focus of this year’s event being a two-floor lighting/furniture pavilion in Lewis Cubitt Square. The whimsical, clam pendants from Decode  were one of the most stunning lighting installations we saw all week, as well as the ornate light fittings from 7 Gods Lighting which also reflect the brass and black trend that we have seen...

There’s something about pink that no other colour has. Delicate, elegant and very feminine, pink is  a colour that does not go unnoticed – and like it or not, there is always a part of us that can’t resist it. In home decor we love that charming pink feeling, especially when combined with sophisticated details and colours such as gold or materials like velvet. For a touch of sophistication pink velvet is a must, no matter the time of year. That soft plush velvet touch is always a winner when it comes to combining comfort and elegance, and pink is always a great choice to brighten up any space.   Mr. Jones Sofa :: Classical influence with sleek design and details   Mr. Jones Sofa fits perfectly in classic and modern home decor. With a base made of limed oak, pixelated shape metal feet and padding with a webbed seat, this piece will bring the ultimate...

People often say that “to travel is to take a journey in to yourself”. That's exactly what our favourite photographer Manuel Correia did with his latest work on Kilimanjaro, inviting us to join him on a journey through his new photography series. We believe that the home should be a space for experiences and bold statements, and these stunning images transport us to one of the most amazing places on earth.   It all began in childhood with the desire to one day, climb  the highest mountain in Africa. Recently, Manuel Correia decided to make this dream come true and take the route between Tanzania and Kenya. The relationship with the porters was an important part of the experience and Manuel's images convey the huge respect and dignity that they bring to their work. The porters always take the White Mountain route as if it were their first time, and there is a great spirit...

Yorica, “the first ever completely free from” sweets and dessert store, opened in London, on Wardour Street in Soho in March and only sells food which is free from dairy, nuts, gluten, eggs and wheat. Customers can buy ice cream, frozen yogurt and milkshakes that have been made with rice milk, seaweed, vanilla bean paste and other natural ingredients, including natural sugars and sweeteners. The various flavours are simply delicious, a must visit when you're in Soho!     Open Plan Living is really proud to be part of this project, supplying these beautiful bespoke stools.     We had a lovely chat with the brand Director, Monika Jagielo, to understand how this project started. OPL: Yorica is the first allergen free dessert store in London. Where did this idea come from? MJ: We wanted to create a unique and delicious product, catering not only to the many people with food intolerances and allergies, but also to those who want...

We love decor and interiors blogs, it’s true, but there’s another type of blog that often inspires us. Lifestyle blogs really brighten up our day with fashion ideas, delicious recipes and travel tips. The UK has such a fantastic range of high quality lifestyle blogs that it was really tough for us to select just a few. Here are some of our favourites - enjoy! * The blogs are presented in no particular order.   1. The Edited Erica Davies worked for fifteen years as a stylist, fashion journalist and brand consultant. Her strong experience in fashion makes The Edited one of the best fashion and lifestyle blogs in the UK, where Erica showcases her unique findings, from outfits to amazing must-haves and decor inspirations. If you want to be truly inspired at the end of the day, The Edited is the perfect place.   2. Wish Wish Wish Carrie Harwood started Wish Wish Wish 7 years ago, when she was...

At last it's Spring time again! This time of year isn't just about blossoming flowers, it's a great opportunity to reinvent your home to welcome in a whole new season. Although grey is a charming colour, we think it is more suited to the colder winter months.  So let's brighten up your home with some of our beautiful interior design ideas. Sit back and enjoy!   Colourful furniture is essential  Spring and colour always go hand in hand which is why furniture should be lighter and more colourful at this time of year.  In fact this is one of the key interior design trends for this season.  The beautiful Alperce Armchair  is a must if you are looking for a colourful yet sophisticated piece that fits perfectly with that Spring feeling!   White is perfect to create brighter spaces  White goes perfectly with anything, no matter the time of year. In more sober rooms with darker colours, a touch...

One thing we really love in the world of decor and interiors is the diversity of styles and endless possibilities for every home. Interior design blogs make an important contribution, not only with their insightful commentary but also their constant quest to uncover new trends,  bringing readers daily inspiration. We love interior design blogs (something that we do every day!) and some of the very best come from the UK. Colourful, exciting, with plenty of character and full of the latest trends - here are the top 10 UK interior design blogs for you to follow this year. * The blogs are presented in no particular order.   1 :: Bright Bazaar He’s bright, he’s colourful, he’s Will. Founded in 2009, Bright.Bazaar is the place to be if you want colour filled ideas and make-you-smile style inspirations for your home. Bearing in mind that beige is boring, Will Taylor creates an inspirational world with colour at the centre...