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Design Sheppard Shop

I’ve been dying to tell you all about this for a while now but I wanted to wait until it was properly up and running before I let the metaphorical cat out of the bag. But over the weekend it all came together and now I can finally announce the Design Sheppard Shop. I’ve been working with the guys over at An Inkling to curate my very own list of hand-picked interiors gifts for the design lover in your life and now we have reached an exciting new stage in this development which allows me to actually host my own shop right here on my blog. (Further developments still in the pipeline!) Read More…

Mask Collection by Sasha Tugolukova

Sasha Tugolukova Mask Plate

I love it when designers reach out to me to suggest that their latest products or collections could be a good fit for The Design Sheppard. When I was contacted by Russian designer Sasha Tugolukova about her Mask Collection of collectable illustrated plates I just knew that you guys would appreciate them as much as I do. Now based in East London, Sasha started her creative journey as a child learning the traditional drawing technique of khokhloma, the name of a Russian wood painting handicraft style and national ornament. Her love of fine design and high quality product has led her to create a collection of unique and collectable pieces that are crafted and hand decorated to the highest standard by the artisans in Stoke-on-Trent in the North of England.

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Review : View Quest Bardot DAB+ Radio

Bardot DAB+ radio by View Quest

The older I have gotten the less well I have been able to cope with technological innovation. I used to watch my parents struggle with new technology and wonder why they found it so hard, but age definitely seems to affect our ability to adapt to new technologies. Apart from smart phones, I seem to have given up on mastering new devices around the time that ipods became popular.  I’ve never been able to use my ipod and so it sits gathering dust in a drawer at home. I do love listening to music though and since my trusty old CD player died and my husband refused to let me buy a new one saying that it’s all about digital now, I’ve been in a bit of a musical no mans land, stuck between analogue and digital and not being able to use either. I’ve pondered getting a digital radio for a long while but not knowing how they work or if I could master them put me off. So being offered the opportunity to review the View Quest Bardot DAB+ Radio seemed like the perfect time for me to step out of my comfort zone and test drive this mystical device.

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The Red Thread Carpet & Rug Collection

SCRATCHED by Staffan Tollgård for JAB Anstoetz Red Thread Collection from £695 sqmStaffan Tollgard is one of my favourite interior designers because I really admire his philosophy and his approach to design. If you are unfamiliar with Staffan and his work you can read my interview with him here. His design philosophy is encapsulated in the Scandinavian notion of the röda tråden or red thread, which he says is the guiding principle or the string that binds his work together into a coherent narrative. Staffan says that the red thread is personal to every client and allows him to translate their life, and their story, into the language of design. I love the idea of the red thread so I was intrigued when I heard about a new collection that Staffan has just launched in collaboration with German design house JAB Anstoetz. The Red Thread carpet & rug collection is a series of exceptional designs featuring shapes, patterns, themes and colours inspired by the transformation of materials and surfaces in the environment. Read More…

Amara Interior Blog Awards 2014

The Design Sheppard has been nominated in the Amara Interior Blog Awards in the Design Inspiration category. This really means a lot to me and if I have ever inspired you with my blog then I would be chuffed if you wouldn’t mind taking a moment to vote for me by clicking on the badge below.

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Giveaway : Colour Me Good Chairs Colouring Book

Colour Me Good Chairs Colouring Book Cover

A few weeks ago I read a really interesting article in the Independent about how French women are using colouring in books to relieve stress and anxiety. I found this a really interesting article and I was actually quite excited by the prospect. I used to love colouring in as a kid. I was never any good at art so colouring in was a great way for me to unleash some creativity that I could be proud of. I instantly wondered to myself whether I would enjoy colouring in as much now that I am an adult and you know what? I think I probably would and what’s more, I think it probably would be quite a good stress reliever if you could find the right colouring in book. I mean you certainly wouldn’t want to be colouring in children’s images. You would want something with a more mature, adult feel to it wouldn’t you? I know I would. So I was very surprised when a few days after reading this article I received an email from Mel Elliott of I Love Mel, a UK-based designer who draws and produces adult colouring in books for a living. Mel wanted to let me know about one of her latest books that she thought you guys would be interested in. Read More…

The Look : Black, White & Yellow

I have been very busy working on my Design Sheppard Shop recently, diligently curating all my favourite products and bringing them together into a wonderful collection that truly represents The Design Sheppard aesthetic. I must say it is a really interesting process, and I have started to realise that a lot of the products that I select seem to work really well together. At the moment I see that I clearly have a thing for black, white & yellow & geometrics. I’ve known that I love this colour combination for a while now and I’m even planning to decorate my master bedroom in this colour scheme (I’ll post my inspiration moodboard in a separate post soon). But I wanted to share some of the great products from my shop with you as I’m sure you’ll agree that this look is fresh, clean and pretty striking too. Just hover over each product to see more details or to buy it. And as always, let me know what you think!

La Barrique Collection from Skypak

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What may initially sound like a company specialising in jetpacks for atmospheric exploration, finds itself rooted in rustic reclaimed beauty, as Skypak delivers a wonderful new range that captures the aged feel of the brewery and ties it together with a modern chrome and glass finish.  La BARRIQUE Collection is a new range of products straight out of the industrial and mobile design world. These classic airplane trolleys, handcrafted in Germany, are delightful pieces with the main components being wood gathered from wine and whiskey barrels from the most revered distilleries around the globe.  Read More…

Review : Dormeo Deluxe Memory Foam Mattress

Dormeo memory foam mattress

A few weeks ago I started to feel a bit down as nighttime baby feeding was really starting to take its toll. A good night’s sleep was but a distant memory and deep sleep is something that continually evaded me. Don’t get me wrong, this is all part of being a new mother and I wouldn’t change it for the world, but just occasionally I can’t help longing for more than three consecutive hours of sleep. I know that day will come sooner than I realize but in the meantime an acute lack of sleep really can affect your ability to function on a day-to-day basis. So when I had the opportunity to review a deluxe memory foam mattress from Dormeo, an international bedding specialist, I simply had to accept the offer. It’s at this point I must admit that I had never actually heard of Dormeo before, but then again I can probably only name two bedding specialists as it’s not really something I have paid all that much attention to until now. I feel pretty ridiculous even saying that because we spend approximately a third of our lives in bed so surely this is the one piece of furniture that we should pay special attention to. Anyway, after a quick bit of research I learnt that Dormeo operates in 40 countries and has been around for about 10 years providing high quality Italian-made memory foam mattresses. Read More…

Interview : Sebastian Conran on the Meaning of Beautility

Sebastian Conran

Sebastian Conran is a household name. The eldest son of Sir Terence Conran, he comes from a family of successful and well known designers. He went from modest beginnings stacking shelves at Habitat in his teens to running his eponymous and highly regarded design studio. Throughout his career he has collaborated with a multitude of clients including the likes of John Lewis, Virgin Atlantic, Nigella Lawson and Nissan, to bring thousands of enduring products to market. Following his studies in Industrial Design Engineering at Central St. Martins. Sebastian went on to join corporate identity consultancy Wolff Olins before taking moving on to Mothercare where he led hard-merchandise design transforming the appearance and performance of childcare equipment. In 1999, his design studio merged with The Conran Group and Sebastian was made responsible for all product and branding design. A decade later he decided to go it alone and re-established his own design studio which has gone from strength to strength. This year saw the launch of his new venture, Universal Expert, a range of homewares designed with the contemporary, urban home in mind. I caught up with Sebastian to find out more about his approach to design, his inspiration, his proudest moment and what on earth the “Beautility” movement is all about.

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Magnetic Wallpaper from Nubie

Sian Zeng Dino Pink Green Wallpaper2

It’s been a while since my last wallpaper post and I have a real treat for you today in the form of this whimsical magnetic wallpaper from Nubie. The collection has been designed by Sian Zeng, an award winning London-based designer specialising in wallpapers, interior accessories and gifts. Sian graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design and won Elle Decoration’s Young Talent of the Year Awards 2010/11. Her charming illustrated prints are designed to encourage playfulness and ignite imaginations and that is exactly what this magnetic children’s wallpaper collection does. It comes in two delightful narratives called Dino and Woodland and is available in a range of contemporary colourways. The best bit though is that because it is magnetic children can act out their own stories by moving a cast of magnetic creatures across the wallpaper. Kids can also personalise the story further by using the write-on speech bubbles to include quirky quotes. But how does magnetic wallpaper work exactly? It’s actually pretty simple. You just need to hang the supplied magnetic liner underneath the wallpaper design to create an interactive and magical surface. The downside? Well, magnetic wallpaper certainly doesn’t come cheap at £248 a roll. But if it’s the design you like, the paper is also available in a non-magnetic version for a fraction of the cost.

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