Welcome to my blog. My name is Nicola and I am an architect with a background in visual merchandising. Launched in August 2016 this blog focuses on eclectic home accessories and aims to  provide home interior and style inspiration. I am also passionate about promoting small independent businesses. To contact me please drop a line to hello@heyshed.co.uk 


2017 Year of Green

2017 Year of Green

So back in January, Pantone, the world-renowned authority on colour, unveiled its colour of the year. This year the chosen colour is called 'Greenery'. Now I'll be honest here, when I first saw it I thought it was awful but after a while I thought, hang on, Pantone have been super clever here.

Green has made a huge comeback lately especially in botanicals. (You may have read my previous posts about succulents and the rise of independent floral artists) so I think releasing it as the colour of the year is excellent timing on Pantone’s part.

Now, the shade is, for lack of a better word, very green and definitely won’t be to everyone’s taste, so with that in mind I’ve looked at 6 ways to introduce green of various hues into the home. No matter how much I’d love a velvet green sofa or chair (trust me on this) its slightly out of my price range but it is easy to introduce hints of green into your home without going over budget so here we go:


The trick is here is not to go for the apple green cheap candles from Ikea or Sostrene Green (by the way I honestly do love these shops for everything else just not those green candles) but to look out for good quality candles that will burn evenly like these ones from Rewined and Candella. They are hand poured into recycled wine glasses and glow with a beautiful green light when lit. Rewined are available online and locally in Oscar and Joy, Holywood whilst Candella are available online and in Woven in Banbridge



Photo credit: Made.com

An easy way to update your sofa is with a few green cushions, whether you go for opulent velvet, textured or print they will ‘bring the outside in’ as all the decorating shows say! The ones on the left are from Primark, cost £5 and the right is from Made, its velvet  and both have the added value of featuring palm leaves for the Tropical trend that is everywhere right now.



Photo credit: Next PLC & Wyld Home

Simple yet effective, a bunch of flowers can cheer up the gloomiest of rooms and add softness as well as fragrance. I’m using this as an excuse to show you these great vases to display them in which are both plant themes themselves. The Next palm print one has a retro tropical vibe whilst I love the cactus one from Wyld Home with its textured surface.


Photo credit: The Curious Department & Dollybirds Art

Add green to your walls with some bright prints, they don’t have to be botanical but this one from Dollybirds Art is fab, and if you want to incorporate the current insect trend this one from The Curious Department is a lovely shade of green.


I’m on the lookout for a Monstera plant for my hallway but cacti and houseplants are back in a BIG way. There’s plenty of choice from the big supermarkets, Ikea and all the independent florists to find something to suit any size of space and budget. This one is actually from Tesco’s and Ikea but for more variety check out local botanical shops.

Home Office

Photo credit: Creando Pensamus

Desks can often be neglected places (mines usually stacked high with magazines and junk mail) so why not add a touch of greenery on your desk with these lovely hand illustrated images notebooks from Creando Pensamus, each notebook can also be customised. You know i'm a big fan of notebooks and these are so delicately paintedand bonus-  10% of profits will go to the work of Helping Hands Healing Hearts Ministries in the Philippines who provide vital health, medical and recovery care to children.

So there you have it, its not rocket science but maybe its a colour to try out if you haven't thought about using it before!


Thanks for reading



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