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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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Lounge & Dining Area

Homes evolve over the years; perhaps once the soil in which a young couple begins their life, they grow and evolve to accommodate an expanding family. They hear the cries of newborn babies, the walls bear the scrawls of mischievous crayon-wielding toddlers, the stairs become a makeshift hill for children to sled, climb or crawl down and the bathroom may one day be the echoing innards of a submarine, and the next be a proud pirate ship sailing the high seas. So many stories, so many uses, so much evolving and shifting. And as all parents attest, the children grow up so fast. The house evolves again. Moody teenagers now haunt its hallways and retreat into bedrooms. The teenagers become young adults and wade into higher education or venture into the working world. They begin to loosen the home-bound ties and eventually depart the nest and the home evolves again, coming full circle back to two.

This home has recently seen its brood ruffle their feathers and take flight, leaving mum and dad and a host of empty rooms still alive with memories. For the past few years the homeowners have followed the lead of the house into its newest state of evolution – as a home and working space for two, but as a retreat for the visiting children and their own families. We met with the owners to discuss the evolution of a dining room into a dual purpose dining space for the much loved family gatherings at Christmas, Easter and special occasions, whilst also serving as an informal lounge space for work and leisure.

There were special pieces of furniture that the owners were keen to hold onto and use but otherwise, the room was stripped back to its bare walls and flooring. We created a few schemes for the space and worked with the homeowners to select and finalise a look they were happy with. A draft of the moodboard looked like this:

Tones of blues, greys and neutrals created a calm, cocooning space while carefully curated moments of ochre, raspberry, and pink orchid added colour, variety and interest. That showstopping Matthew Williamson embroidery was set to become a pair of statement curtains wrapping around the curved bay window but an evolution of the design saw the embroidery become a roman blind and a beautifully textured linen become the curtain.

We trimmed the linen curtain in an Osborne & Little wide braid featuring the repeated blues and pinks throughout the room, and we ensured privacy for the homeowners through the use of a textured narrow stripe sheer curtain. As well as ensuring privacy, sheer curtains diffuse the glare of sunlight whilst adding softness and cosiness to a space.

We commissioned bespoke mid-century inspired armchairs and a sofa to update the room and provide luxurious and comfortable seating for visiting guests and to serve as an informal lounging area for a spot of quiet reading in the evening. The sofa was wrapped in a softly textured Linen/Cotton mix from Jane Churchill and the armchairs in a contrasting sunny yellow herringbone from Linwood. Beautiful buttoned upholstery, sharp lines, polished legs, and soft fabrics make for a really interesting, comfortable and durable seating area!

Let’s not forget the wallpaper wrapping the walls in sumptuously soft tones and textures. We set the fireplace against a ground of warm teal inlaid with a semi-abstract floral inspired design. On the rest of the walls we used a plain textured vinyl wall covering evoking the texture and warmth of linen. Some of our favourite collections and wallpapers! There’s just something about the warmth, look, and both visual and tactile texture of luxury wall-coverings – they add beautiful layers of colour, pattern, depth and cocooning cosiness to a space that paint alone can’t quite achieve.

And let’s not forget the bespoke scatter cushions adding more layers of softness to the upholstery as well as splashes of colour, pattern and texture. We carried the Matthew Williamson embroidery from the Roman Blind to the scatter cushions and paired it with a small scale chevron weave in a hot pink and fresh white colourway from Sanderson.

Tucked in behind the lounge area was the dining space; reserved for special meals with visiting family. The existing dining table and chairs were in great condition and remained special pieces to the homeowners. We opted to update the upholstery on the dining chairs by commissioning a beautiful Osborne and Little zig-zag cut velvet echoing the colours throughout the room.

And let’s not forget the foundation (literally!) of every room – the floor! We used a beautiful tawny grey and linen coloured loop pile carpet from Wool Classics London to provide a smart and contemporary base for the rest of the room. The two tone colour adds interest and the loop pile cut is comfortable, practical, and long-wearing. A true luxury!

As a final note, a few weeks after we’d finished and photographed the room, we supplied an area rug to help zone the lounge area and break up the expanse of carpet. We chose a lovely persian inspired cotton chenille rug in various tones of warm blue and it has just lifted the room from amazing to AMAZING!

It was such a joy and privilege to work in this room; to honour the homeowners and their story & memories encased in the walls of this home. It was a joy to breathe new life into this room and repurpose it for a new chapter and for many more wonderful stories to be written and memories to be made in the years to come.

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!