• Katey Korzenietz

Hive-like interiors

Two things have inpsired me to write this post today;

1. My daughter has been making me sit and watch the most adorable programme before bed recently. It’s called The Hive and it’s all about the Bee family (Pappa Bee, Mamma Bee, Buzzbee, Rubee and little Babee) who live together with their friends and relations in the Hive. It’s actually a great excuse to snuggle up with her on the sofa and follow the fortunes of this cute little buzzy bunch. And I am 99% sure I saw a bumble bee in my garden yesterday…despite it being only +1 degree!

2. I came across London based design studio and felt specialist Hive‘s self-adhesive felt wall tiles. These colorful and modular tiles can change a room’s colour scheme without the need of a paintbrush, adding a punch of color and texture in an instant. The tiles come in a wide variety of colors from neutral to bright and colorful, with two designs to choose from — ‘Wave’ or ‘Honeycomb’. Available from NotOnTheHighStreet for £26 for a pack of six.

So despite the fact that I am actually not particularly fond of any kind of flying insect, I put 2+2 together and realised that this theme is bang on trend…ok, it lateral thinking terms maybe but still…Moorish is where it’s at currently. Do you get where I’m coming from? No? Ok, its the similarity between the geometric, hourglass shapes of moorish patterns and bee hives. Here’s what I mean…

Fired Earth’s striking geometric and retro influenced wallpaper design comes in a choice of modern colour ways combined with metallic. Inspired by the Spanish palace, the intricate designs will create real impact and turn heads, whether used sparingly in the living room or in the entrance hallway to your home.

Perfect for a traditional mediterranean feeling bathroom, these Fired Earth Bahia hand made, hand decorated, glazed terracotta tiles have uneven edges, an undulating surface and are hand-antiqued and distressed to give an aged appearance.

Available in six springlike colourways, Jane Churchill’s beautiful embroidered Solano fabric from the Mayflower collection is a light cotton and viscose mix, great made into a blind or curtain for your kitchen window.

How about this for a modern take on the hive? This distinctive, bold, monochrome ‘Contzen Design’ rug by German interior designer Lars Contzen is available in 3 sizes from ModernRugs and would make a huge statement in a contemporary, minimalist, design-inspired home.

So, now do you get my drift?! A look that is not everyone’s taste, but there are certainly many variations of the theme, so maybe you’ll find one that is in keeping for your interior style?


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