Interview : Textile Designer Sam Pickard

Screen Printed Block repeat - Ivy by Sam Pickard

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now you may recall a very exciting post I wrote back in August 2013 all about the new magazine I was writing for. Devon Home magazine is a really great publication that provides inspiration and information for local residents who are interested in home interiors and design. I have really enjoyed writing for this magazine as it gives me an opportunity to take a step back from the international design scene and examine what is going on closer to home, quite literally. I have discovered some really talented people that are right on my doorstep and it has been great to see that despite what many people think, great design can survive and thrive outside of London. One of the talented people I discovered was textile designer Sam Pickard who lives and works in North Devon and specialises in design and print of bespoke interior fabrics and interior accessories. I wanted to share with you today an interview that I have done with Sam all about her career, her inspiration, her design and print process and her newly launched Masterclass workshops in screen-printing for textiles. I hope you enjoy reading! Read More…

Introducing Valspar Paint

Valspar Paint

You are all well aware by now that I have a slight obsession with wallcoverings and that includes wallpaper, tiles and paint. Now that we own our flat I can actually consider using wallcoverings rather than just pinning them on my ‘Wonderful Wallcoverings‘ pinterest board. Surprisingly though, despite my love of wallcoverings, I don’t really know that much about paint, or is that so surprising considering I’ve never been able to paint my home before? I’ve used Dulux paint in the past when we decorated Matylda’s nursery and I’ve painted some furniture using Farrow & Ball but that’s about the extent of my painting experience. So when I was contacted a few months ago by Valspar Paint, I had to admit that I had never heard of the company. But I was definitely interested to learn more about it and I was super excited to be invited to my local B&Q store in Torquay to meet with a Valspar representative who could tell me all about it.

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Giveaway : Copper Plated Wall Lamp

copper exposed bulb wall light lifestyle

I’m pretty sure you have all noticed already but one of the biggest interior trends for Autumn/Winter 2014 is copper. I love this trend and copper is definitely my favourite metallic finish of all as it adds a real sense of warmth and elegance to interiors. I’ve been pinning all my favourite copper finds on my Metallics Trend Pinterest board and seeing all those beautiful copper products in one inspiring place just makes me fall in love with this look even more. I’ve decided that my mission for this winter is to incorporate some copper into my own home. I’m pretty sure that it would look just divine in my new indigo bedroom and I’m so excited to start hunting down the perfect products. I’m thinking that copper lighting would make a real statement and then maybe various smaller copper accessories to keep it within budget.  Read More…

Brabantia’s Beautiful New Laundry Bins

Brabantia Laundry Bin with Cork LidHave I mentioned before how much I dislike doing the laundry? I’m pretty sure I’ve told you that I don’t enjoy ironing and that I like hoovering even less. But these things are a necessity, especially when you have a baby. I think I have done more laundry this year than I have done in all the years previous to Matylda’s arrival put together. It is just never ending and there is a constant stream of washing making its way from the laundry bin to the washing machine to the tumble dryer to the ironing basket. I never seem to get on top of it and that is what depresses me because I never feel like I have finished the task. Whilst I struggle to enjoy these domestic chores, I do find that they get a little more bearable if you have great equipment to work with. For example, ironing has become a fraction more enjoyable since I got my gorgeous geometric ironing board from Brabantia. It’s a joy to use and an absolute pleasure to look at (although lugging it around the house is no easy task as it is bigger than me and quite heavy). Recently I have started to look around for a new laundry bin as I figure I spend so much time doing laundry I may as well invest in a laundry bin that will make me smile. Plus I want one that will look great in my bedroom once we have decorated. I didn’t need to look far because as if by magic an email popped into my inbox from Brabantia all about its brand new Autumn 2014 products and lo and behold one of those products was my idea of a perfect laundry bin. Read More…

Limited Edition Stockholmsvit Bed from Hästens

Stockholmsvit Limited edition bed from Hästens

As you all know, this past year since becoming a mother I have really discovered the importance of getting a good night’s sleep. And as the long dark evenings draw in, my thoughts start to turn to early nights, snuggled up in bed with a cup of hot cocoa and lazy Sunday morning lie-ins. Not quite realistic for me at the moment but maybe in a few years time right? So for now I’ll just dream and imagine myself enjoying this cosy, snuggly time in a ridiculously sumptuous and luxurious bed that is way out of my budget. Well I did say I would dream and dreams are meant to be aspirational aren’t they? Luckily, the Swedish bed manufacturer Hästens has recently launched a limited edition version of its iconic blue and white checked bed, which will fill this role nicely. Read More…

Trend : Moody Hues and Inky Blues

Stiffkey Blue by Farrow & Ball

Room painted in Stiffkey Blue by Farrow & Ball

One of my favourite interior trends at the moment has got to be the trend for moody hues and inky blues. I never thought this kind of colour scheme would appeal to me as I’ve always found such dark colours to be a little bit oppressive and, dare I say it, depressing. However, seeing how successfully they are being used in homes at the moment, I have definitely changed my mind and I’ve grown to love these deep, dark tones. Seeing images such as these really enhances my excitement for the coming winter season. It really makes me want to hunker down indoors in front of the fire with a good book and a nice glass of red listening to the rain beating down outside while our little family is all nice and cosy inside. I’ve already decorated our livingroom in a really deep shade of green which I love and next on the list is our master bedroom, which I’ll be doing in a really deep shade of navy blue. I wrote about it here. So now I’ll leave you with some really gorgeous images for inspiration. Let me know what you think about the trend for moody hues and inky blues in interiors. I’d love to know your thoughts. Read More…

Feathers Wallpaper by Mini Moderns

feathers wallpaper in chalkhill by Mini Moderns

I am a huge fan of Mini Moderns and I really admire the approach that Keith and Mark take towards their work. I had the opportunity to interview Keith a while back and finding out more about the brand and how the guys work really did just cement Mini Moderns’ position in my list of favourite interior brands. I particularly like the way that they produce wallpaper, paint and soft furnishings in colourways that co-ordinate with one another making it particularly easy to create a look that works without having to spend hours colour matching. So I was really happy to see a new collection of wallpaper joining the Mini Moderns arsenal in all the great colours that we have become accustomed to from previous designs. ‘Feathers‘ is the third wallpaper design in the Mini Moderns ‘Hinterland’ collection, which takes inspiration from the nature reserve of Dungeness, on the South Kent coast.  Read More…

Alice in Wonderland Rugs from Rug Maker

Alice in Wonderland Rug from Rugmaker

Today I wanted to share with you the latest collection of rugs from Rug Maker. I have previously featured the Stamp Rug Collection by Rug Maker, so I’m already of fan of their products. This new collection has been created to celebrate 150 years since the first publication of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I am a really big fan of Alice in Wonderland, so much so that my wedding reception was inspired by the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. So I was really excited to see these gorgeous Alice in Wonderland rugs, which I feel would be a particularly great addition to a child’s nursery. The quirky illustrated rugs would look equally good used as intended, to adorn the floor, or displayed on the wall as a statement piece of art.  Read More…

The Lady B Armchair by Cécile Maïa Pujol for Roche Bobois

The Lady B Armchair by Cécile Maïa Pujol for Roche Bobois from Disegno magazine on Vimeo.

Designed by Cécile Maïa Pujol when she was still an MA student at Central Saint Martins in London, The Lady B armchair is now being produced by French furniture brand Roche Bobois. The chair is the result of a design brief that was set by Nicolas Roche, creative director of Roche Bobois, as part of Roche Bobois’ 2012 Design Awards. This was the third time that the brand has run the award programme which enables it to work with young designers to develop new products. Having already taken place in China and Morocco, the third Design Awards took place at Central Saint Martin’s where students from its Textile Futures and Industrial Design MAs courses were invited to respond to the theme of “New ways of seeing, new ways of seating”. Read More…

Remixed Wallpaper by Arthur Slenk for NLXL

Remixed Wallpaper by Arthur Slenk for NLXL

I’ve been meaning to post this amazing wallpaper for months but sadly it has sat gathering dust in my drafts folder. It wasn’t until I saw my friend Ashley Sutcliffe of Live Like The Boy mention that he was now stocking it that I remembered that I had wanted to share it with you guys in a wallpaper Wednesday post. Hurrah! I’ve finally got round to it! Don’t all pat me on the back at once okay? The Remixed wallpaper collection is the result of the unique collaboration between Arthur Slenk and the Dutch Wallpaper company NLXL. Read More…

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