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Trimmings: It’s all in the details

Charles R. Swindoll once stated that The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail.” At McMillan Interiors we couldn’t agree more. We specialise in sourcing luxurious wall-coverings, fabrics, trimmings, furniture and flooring to create a beautiful, bespoke, one-of-a-kind interior. In over 30 years in the business, we’ve found that it’s the details that really do make the difference between a good room and a great room. It’s the details that add that extra layer of luxury, and it’s the details that make a space memorable.

There’s many ways to add details to a room, and one of our favourite ways to do so is through the use of trimmings on soft furnishings and furniture. Today’s post will focus on trimmings on scatter cushions and throws but we’ve got blog posts on window treatments and furniture to come! So sit back, browse through some of our favourite trimmings we’ve done, and some that have inspired us….and we hope these give you some ideas on how you can add an extra layer of luxury and detail to your home.

CORD TRIM

Trimmings can be simple but beautiful – a simple cord trim on the edges of a cushion like those shown above creates a lovely finish, adds a contrasting colour and texture, and provides some extra durability to an item that tends to get a little battered and squashed!

For a more inventive use of cord trim, consider the above photograph – a paprika coloured cord trim outlining a star-shaped cushion. Behind it, a pumpkin coloured trim accentuates playful stripes on a blue cushion. And finally, consider the cushion below – a zesty Designers Guild fabric with a double cord trim in co-ordinating colours framing two ends of the cushion. Delicate and elegant but just adding that extra something.


POM-POM TRIM

How about a playful pom-pom trimming? Available in a vast array of colours and sizes (note the jumbo Pom-Pom on the throw in the image above!), these add real whimsy, texture and that ‘oh-I-really-want-to-touch-it!’ feeling to a cushion or throw. Yes they’re perfect for the rooms of children and teens, but they can also be really elegant and add just the right touch of whimsy to a space.

TASSEL/BEAD FRINGE

Take it up a notch and add a touch of flamboyance to your cushions with an elegant tassel trim or beaded trim. These are undeniably beautiful and really add an extra layer of luxury and elegance, however they do require a touch more care and consideration – beware of curious toddlers or cats who might relish at pulling the trim off!

BRAIDS & BORDERS

Braid trims can range from the elegantly simple to the flamboyantly ornate. An endless array of colours, widths, patterns and designs affords so many possibilities for trimming! Consider the scatter cushions shown above – showing a few possibilities for how to use braids & borders to create a truly unique and beautiful scatter cushion. A plain cushion would be nice….but a trimmed cushion is better! Those little thoughtful finishes just make all the difference in terms of impact and sense of luxury.

COMBINING TRIMMINGS

For an even more inventive look, combine your trimmings to create maximum impact and intrigue. The above images show two similar looks – combining a decorative braid down the centre of a plain cushion framed by a narrow bullion fringe on the black & white cushion, and a beautifully fluffy brush fringe on the blue & white cushion. Utterly striking and so unique!

BRUSH FRINGE

Oh, and having mentioned brush fringes, we really had to throw in a couple more examples because it’s a beautiful way to dress up and finish off a scatter cushion! The above images show a patterned cushion trimmed with a brush fringe in a co-ordinating colour on all sides. Adding tufty texture, beautiful colour and that luxurious level of finish. A real favourite with us at McMillan Interiors! (Note that fabulous tassel fringe hugging the bottom of that green sofa… we’ll be coming back to that on another blog post!)

And one last example is this sweet little scatter cushion we made up for a dressing area in a bedroom. Two sides trimmed with a delicate glass bead fringe and one simple button in the centre adorned with a key tassel fringe. A couple of simple touches have really elevated this cushion from nice to special!

Inevitably, we must bring this post to an end but we could go on and on because we love trimmings and there are simply endless ways to use them with wonderful effect! This post has highlighted just a few examples but we hope it has piqued your interest in the world of trimmings – how they can be used and how they really finish off soft furnishings and add a sense of luxury to the home.

If you’d like more information on trimmings or if you’d like help with the redecoration of your home – whether it’s one or two rooms, or a whole house overhaul – don’t hesitate to get in touch! We offer a service that includes design, supply and manufacture, and fit-out. We’d love to listen to your ideas, offer professional advice and make your home fit your needs and aesthetic. Call us on 02825 880012 or email catherine@mcmillaninteriors.co.uk. You can also find us on HouzzInstagram and Facebook!

Harlequin Spring/Summer 2021

January is a funny month – there’s the post-Christmas lull, the cold, short days, and there’s the long stretch to payday! Most of us would arguably skip straight to March and the first blossoms of Spring. Here’s a confession though…at McMillan Interiors, we kind of love January….it’s an exhilarating month in the design world – there’s the big fabric, furnishings, and furniture showcases like Maison & Objet, Formex and Paris Deco Off, and design houses all around the world are launching new collections of textiles, wall-coverings, furniture, flooring, decorative items and more.

There’s so much juicy inspiration and beautifully crafted products to soak up and get excited about…..because after all, art & design is more than just pretty things; art, design and beauty are integral for human wellbeing. It’s why we stop and enjoy a beautiful sunset; or frame & hang a painting; or feel satisfied after a beautifully made film. This value for beauty lies at the core of our “why” at McMillan Interiors: we believe beauty – and beautiful, well made things in our home create a space that is safe, comfortable, functional, full of story, and that satiates the part of us that longs for beauty.

And so every January, we eagerly await the new collections from our favourite fabric & wallpaper suppliers. January 2021 sees the launch of Momentum 07 Wallpapers, Momentum 13 Upholstery and Momentum 14 Drapery from British powerhouse Harlequin.

Taking inspiration from contrasting architectural structures and the elegance of organic natural forms, it’s a collection that fuses man-made with the natural to create a captivating collection of wall-coverings and textiles for the modern home.

Head Designer Claire Greenfield sums up the aesthetic and story of the collection with the following: “From dusk til dawn we’ve looked at positive and negative spaces; transposing, refracting and shattering. We’ve taken close up elements from layered leaves and flowers to add a softer, painterly aspect that contrasts against strong edges and contemporary geometrics.”

Patterns include abstract leaves, modern ikats, and small & large scale geometrics in a palette of Tobacco, Rosewood, Saffron, Ink and shimmering Bronze. For years homeowners divulged themselves with the on-trend Scandinavian aesthetic featuring a pared back palette of greys, whites and blues, and while elements of the Scandi look are still popular, homeowners have been embracing a bolder and more vibrant colour palette in their homes. The Momentum colour palette has tapped into this trend but has also pushed the boat with its exciting inky, rich, deeply saturated tones and colourways. Let’s take a closer look:

Tobacco & Cobalt

The curtain fabric in the images below captures the reflection of refracted shapes in water while the upholstery and additional scatter cushions bring in contrasting architectural shapes. Momentum upholstery fabrics are beautifully cut plush velvets providing visual lustre and tactile texture.

Ink & Gold

An opulent and classic palette mixing masculine inky tones with the richness of gold; balanced here by soft calico on scatter cushions & walls, and silvery grey upholstery. Patterns here are predominantly geometric, but never severe. The stand out fabric ‘Transverse’ – seen on the curtains below features sharply angular lines supported by inky brush marks creating pockets of shadows. Beautifully balanced and so elegant.

Bronze

Bronze and Tobacco are new ventures for Harlequin and we foresee these tones gaining traction quickly throughout 2021 and beyond. Moody and full of depth, these tones wrapping around walls (as seen below) add warmth and a luxurious glow. Used on upholstery and scatter cushions, the tobacco and bronze plush velvets provide decadence and richness.

Saffron & Rosewood

Coral and ochre tones have been frequently – and boldly – used in interiors for the last few years. But the sumptuous pairing of these hues in such dramatic fashion creates a truly confident and unforgettable interior. ‘Expose’ fabric – hung as curtains below – depicts translucent, layered leaves; capturing the beauty of light and shade. Supporting players include the bedspread featuring ‘Tessen’ – inspired by iridescent Mother of Pearl and ‘Extensity’ featuring corded appliqué embroidery on a sleek cotton-satin ground.

Truly a collection that will inject saturated colour, smart lines, tactile textures and thoughtful nods to history, architecture and nature into the home. Pair with mid-century modern seating, sleek furniture, adequate streamlined storage (hide the clutter!) and vary your materials and textures to create a layered, rich and sumptuous interior.

Contact us for more information on the Harlequin collection and how to best use it in your home. At McMillan Interiors we’re proud to be an official stockist and supplier of Harlequin fabrics and wallcoverings – and the wider brands under the Sanderson Design Group collective.

For more information on our services & to enquire about how we can partner with you to refresh a couple of rooms or tackle a more comprehensive project, email catherine@mcmillaninteriors.co.uk. We’d love to talk!

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The Colourful Minimalist

Extraordinary homes require extraordinary quality, and this modern build close to the beautiful North Coast of Ireland was no exception to the rule. It was two years ago that we were approached by the homeowners to supply luxury wall-coverings and advise on colours and finishes for their newly bought home; a stunning modern behemoth of steel, glass, plaster and stone. A lengthy schedule of external and internal construction as well as a demanding redesign of the garden and landscape was in motion but we were excited to get stuck in! We had great rapport with the homeowners and over a series of consultations over the course of a few months, we finalised a cohesive scheme that would inject colour, texture and tactile luxury throughout the interior of the home.

The architecture and DNA of a building often dictate the direction of the interior design and with every project, we endeavour to remain sensitive and discerning to what way the building is “leading” us. This building was modern and clean; a labyrinthine colossus of lines, angles, height and light…it was demanding a clean, structured, unfussy and minimalist touch. Thankfully, the homeowners’ preferred aesthetic was for such an uncluttered and contemporary space.

Our finalised design drew on luxurious, textural and vividly coloured wall-coverings with abstract and organic forms, themes of flora and the natural world, and touches of geometric form running throughout the space. The minimalist aesthetic is often achieved through a restrained palette of monochromatic and neutral tones but with such a large building, taking into account our harsh and cold northern light, and bearing in mind the inhabitants of the home – a young, energetic family – we felt that making use of colour was the correct course to take (thankfully our homeowners felt the same!)

The family have been living in the home for some months now and earlier this year, we got a chance to visit and photograph the interior. It is just a sublime home – warm, bright, calm, stimulating and each room provokes surprise and intrigue. Let us show you around!..

Red is notoriously difficult to get right in an interior – it runs the risk of being too overwhelming and even a touch dated but in this open plan living and kitchen area, it sings but doesn’t drown out other voices. The key is restraint – one wall of red is enough while the surrounding crisp white walls, warm grey flooring, the light tan sofa and the pops of greenery counteract the strength of the red.

Our homeowners had an eclectic and colourful selection of artwork and we were careful to bear these pieces in mind when working on the selection of colours throughout the house; our aim is to complement and not fight with the artwork.

Every room is stunning in this house, but there’s a real spark of joy for a room that is traditionally very utilitarian….the bathroom! Have a look..

This digital and handdrawn urban jungle wall panel from french designer Christian la Croix makes such a statement! You can afford to be bold, fun and over the top with the bathroom….so we did while not venturing too far from the overall aesthetic of the home.

The cinema and games room featured a long stone brick wall in tones of charcoal grey, umber and ochre. Taking our cue from this palette, we specified a textural wall covering in similar tones which echoes the formation and structure of the stone brick wall. Dark, moody and cosy!

Wallpaper and wallcoverings have a depth, texture and warmth to them that paint does not and we love using wallpaper whenever we can! For this home, with so much glass and so much light flooding in, having walls of richness and luminosity was so important.

The bedroom is a combination of a textural cerulean blue stripe, a charcoal grey stripe and a grey tonal textured faux animal hide wall covering. Such a stunning and rich mix! The walk through wardrobe (below) was clad in a vibrant, dynamic multi-coloured diamond design.

For the second bedroom, we ventured a little softer and more feminine by using a beautiful warm grey trailing vine and leaf design featuring delicate doves. A few rooms in this home featured high ceilings and we utilised wallpaper to add pattern and interest to the huge expanses of wall. Again, wallpaper in unique in how it breaks up expanses of wall and keeps the eye moving to create a dynamic and interesting aesthetic.

What do you think? We’re delighted with how this home turned out and we’re glad to say our homeowners are very happy too! We’d love to know your thoughts so drop us a comment below.

Finally, if you’d like help with redesigning and decorating your home – whether it’s one or two rooms, or a whole house overhaul – don’t hesitate to get in touch! We offer a service that includes design, supply and manufacture, and fit-out. We’d love to advise, listen to your ideas and make your home fit your needs and aesthetic. Call us on 02825 880012 or email ruth-anne@mcmillaninteriors.co.uk. You can also find us on HouzzInstagram and Facebook!

Killane Manor Showhouse

Killane Manor is a newly built, award-winning housing development nestled between the bustling villages of Galgorm and Ahoghill. Situated close to prestigious Primary and Secondary Schools, recreational parks, a gym, a golf course & spa, food establishments, and just a short ten minute drive into Ballymena Town Centre, it’s proven popular with young couples and families looking to put down their roots. It’s the perfect mix of town and country life!

The quiet and picturesque cul-de-sac is made up of 55 houses in detached, semi-detached, and townhouse designs; developed and constructed by local Ballymena building contractor Agon Ltd. Sleek, contemporary, and affordable, these homes are perfect for first time buyers looking to get on the property ladder.

McMillan Interiors (Ballymena based Interior Design Company) had the privilege of designing and styling the Showhouse for the final release of houses on the site. We wanted to create a haven of comfort, style and personality for prospective homeowners; a place that was bright but also cocooning, a place to entertain friends but also somewhere to retreat after a busy day, a place that was homely as well as luxurious. We chose contemporary, practical, and comfortable furniture, specified wallpaper for certain areas for interest, and custom made curtains, blinds, cushions and headboards.

After major structural and building work was completed, walls were painted and wallpapered, and carpet was fitted. Here is the interior of the house mid-progress:

GROUND FLOOR

  

  

FIRST FLOOR

  

  

We kept it largely neutral to give prospective owners a canvas upon which they could inject their personalities using their own decorative pieces, artwork, photographs, and mementoes. We can never pass up the opportunity to add a dash of colour and pattern though! For us, adding elements of colour and pattern to a home adds interest, character, joy and fun!

Thoughtfully considered touches of blue, teal, soft pink, orange, and sunny yellow pop against the groundwork of cream, grey and taupe. An assortment of printed and patterned fabrics also appear throughout the house – fabrics from Interior Design houses we love and trust, and whose quality and durability will serve the homeowners for years to come. Here’s a glimpse of the finished space!

LOUNGE

  

MASTER BEDROOM & ENSUITE

   

   

BEDROOM 2

  

CUSTOM WINDOW TREATMENTS

  

Investing in a house and decorating from scratch can be overwhelming, and at McMillan Interiors we completed this whole-house design on an affordable, first-time buyers budget; leaving space for the homeowners to evolve the space in the years ahead.

The good news is this fully furnished Showhouse will be open for viewing from Thursday 20th June. If you’re house-shopping, and in particular if you’re a first time buyer, the Killane Manor houses are an affordable option to view and consider. The site is located at:

Killane Manor

Galgorm Road

Ballymena

BT42 1QH

You can also find more information about the houses and Selling Agents here.

Finally, if you’d like help with redesigning and decorating your home – whether it’s one or two rooms, or a whole house overhaul – don’t hesitate to get in touch! We offer a service that includes design, supply and manufacture, and fit-out. We’d love to advise, listen to your ideas and make your home fit your needs and aesthetic. Call us on 02825 880012 or email ruth-anne@mcmillaninteriors.co.uk. You can also find us on HouzzInstagram and Facebook!

 

 

Airbnb Apartment

Most people have heard of Airbnb. But for those who haven’t, let us give you a quick recap – Air bnb operates an online marketplace and hospitality service for people to lease or rent short-term lodging including holiday cottages, apartments, hostel beds or homesteads. Basically, they’re a platform for property owners to advertise their property (whether that’s a single room in their house, or an entire apartment or house) for hire. With over 300 million check-ins since its inception ten years ago, Air bnb is a favourite amongst business travellers and holiday-goers.

At the beginning of this year we worked with a couple who were turning their recently converted garage loft space into an Airbnb apartment. Situated in the Glens of Antrim, with stunning views of Slemish, it was the perfect place to indulge in a cosy log-cabin aesthetic! The brief was to advise on layout and furniture, and supply wallpapers, soft furnishings, floor tiles and lighting. Here’s the design scheme we came up with:

LIVING ROOM:

 

You’ll hear us say this more than once here…we were going for ultra cosy in this apartment! We didn’t have a real log-cabin to work with so we went for the next best thing – wallpapers giving the effect of rustic, aged, textured wood! The fire-place wall would be clad in that lovely warm logs paper and the two low side walls covered in the blue-and-ochre wooden planks paper. The clients had a grey sofa-bed, a couple of leather armchairs, and a tired beige armchair to use in the space. We recovered the back and seat cushions of the leather armchairs in a warm woollen tartan and on the beige armchair we used a textured blue weave with that fabulous Jane Churchill misty trees printed velvet wrapped around the back of the chair!

BEDROOM:

Again….ultra cosy was the goal here so we hunted down warm and rustic plaids and soft velvets and rich, autumnal colours! We made a feature wall using Linwood’s warm cream and taupe wallpaper depicting mountains, forests and deer and we loved it so much we used it in the printed velvet fabric on cushions! Elsewhere, we framed the doorway in heavy, luxurious Zoffany curtains with oversized tiebacks for fun! And we injected pops of plaids and tartans to ramp up the rustic log-cabin feel!

BATHROOM & KITCHEN:

The bathroom was mostly kitted out so we supplied a velux blind and that lovely marble-esque wallpaper (top left hand side). It’s important to have easy-to-keep, easy-to-clean materials in a bathroom (like tiles/porcelain/stone etc). But a durable, good-quality wallpaper shouldn’t be overlooked. It adds texture, pattern and warmth!

Likewise, there wasn’t a lot to be done in the kitchen, but we made up a pair of curtains for the window using the cream and taupe colours that feature throughout the whole apartment and re-clad a couple of bar stools in a sweet cream and turquoise butterfly fabric. Gorgeous cottage-y, rustic charm! Have a look at some in-progress shots!

 

 

Living Room wallpaper up and furniture recovered and going in! We found that large rug full of fresh turquoise and rusty red colours and we think it’s just perfect for the space! Cushions in a textured paisley embroidery add pattern and interest.

      

Bedroom paper up, curtains fitted, rug down and bed dressed. Note the green and red tartan trim on the leading edge of the curtains – as we love to say, details matter! This little two inch trim just finishes off these lovely, heavy curtains perfectly. This rug full of warm reds, oranges and greens was another winner find and just how cosy does that bed look!? Pile your bed high with cushions and throws for an instant cosy, boutique-hotel look and you’ll look forward to crawling into it every night!

   

Kitchen curtains fitted and framing that window beautifully. Again, note details at the top of the curtains – the inch high strip of plain turquoise fabric and the perfectly cottage-y white and beige gingham check…all adding pattern, colour, variety and interest! We couldn’t help but finish it off with a cute little pom-pom tie back. Warm, fresh, cosy! (there’s that word again!)

We left our clients a few months ago to finish off the space, add their own personal touch and ready the apartment for their first guests. Since then, it has proven to be a very successful holidaying venue! We’re delighted with how the space looks and we are excited that so many people are getting to use and enjoy it. Have a look at the client’s photos!

LIVING ROOM:

 

BEDROOM:

 

BATHROOM:

   

Stunning! Find more information or book to stay here.

If you’d like help with redesigning and decorating your home – whether it’s one or two rooms, or a whole house overhaul – don’t hesitate to get in touch! We offer a service that includes design, supply and manufacture, and fit-out. We’d love to advise, listen to your ideas and make your home fit your needs and aesthetic. Call us on 02825 880012 or email catherine@mcmillaninteriors.co.uk. You can also find us on HouzzInstagram and Facebook!