Welcome to this (spring-is-finally-here) issue of The Idealist magazine!
Thanks for stopping by, fellow Idealist.
We’re excited to share our latest online issue of The Idealist magazine with you. It’s full of tips, stunning design finds and real homes created by talented interior designers for you to draw inspiration from.
We created The Idealist because we wanted to build a design-driven interiors magazine for people who are as passionate about beautiful spaces as we are. Our team of writers have spent hours hunting for the most unique finds for all styles, whether you’re aiming for a new colour scheme or a practical guide to room ideas. Read More
The Idealist isn’t just an interior design blog.
It’s a space for you to dream about your own home designs, to plan your interiors like a designer and to find the information and inspiration you need to make it all happen in your own home.
Spring has officially arrived, and with it, a burst of interior design ideas that suit the season. With the help of our friends at Feather & Black, we’ll help you to create a bedroom design that’s inspired by English meadows. It’s soft and romantic, and the perfect new look to counter the long, grey, depressing days of winter.
Speaking of spring, House of Holland recently released their collaboration with popular homeware brand Habitat. The new collection features bold floral prints, 3D rugs and splashes of neon. If you want an eye-catching piece for your home that exudes the colours of spring (without having to go crazy on soft pastels), this range is for you. We’re revealing our favourite pieces from the collection, including rugs, armchairs, cushions and more.
Spring doesn’t have to be all about bright, bold shades, though. This pared-down, calming colour combination is inspired by the chic beach homes of New England. The scheme features soft greys and blues, with hints of brighter colours that bring to mind buttery lobster and sharp, summery citrine shades.
If looking at New England beaches is giving you a serious case of wanderlust, we have some new travel guides that will have you reaching for your passport. Our Toronto Insider Ena let us in on a few of her local secrets. Her guide to The Junction shows us where the locals go to find one-of- a-kind design pieces along with tasty coffees, and her piece on the gentrified area of Leslieville will give you a serious case of itchy feet.
And when you do hit the road, you’ll want to know about a new concept in hotels, dreamed up by London-based interior designer gurus Penson. The hotels are called Jo & Joe, and they’ve been created with millennial travellers, dubbed ‘tripsters’, in mind. The result is a city-centre living concept that’s somewhere between a members’ club and a boutique hotel. Expect to see Jo & Joe popping up in places like Paris, Bordeaux, Warsaw, Budapest, Rio and Sao Paulo soon.
An interiors magazine wouldn’t be complete without some expert tips, and we have plenty of those to share with you. From pairing concrete with bright yellows, to taking the most breathtaking travel photos, and finding unique typographic prints to hang on your walls, we’re brimming with ideas you’ll love.
We were given an exclusive tour of a real home renovation that fans of country living will particularly enjoy. With a history as a coach house, a pub, and even two separate houses, this renovation nods to its past while remaining modern and distinctive. Take a look around the property that’s owned by Elaine and Gary, two talented interior designers.
And finally, we caught up with our latest Modern Heroes, Oli & Grace, who shared how they’re mixing industrial design with sustainability.
So whether you want to know how to introduce more of the beauty of spring into your home, you’re hunting for a new mattress with a difference, or you just want to peep inside real people’s houses for inspiration, you’ll find it in this issue of The Idealist.
So grab a cuppa, sit back, and let us inspire you with our interior design ideas and tips in this issue of The Idealist magazine.
And when you’re done, we want to hear from you. Tell us what else you’d like to see on our interiors blog and share your design struggles so our experts can help you solve them.
And if you have a home to be proud of and you’d love to show it off, we want to hear from you! We love sharing real homes interiors, whether they’ve been designed by a professional or you just have a knack for design yourself. Your home could be in our next issue – just head over to our contact page to get in touch with our team.
with our warmest wishes,
Stephen, Lauren, Charlie, Jules, Ben, John, Ellie, Joan and the rest of the Idealist team
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