Visit The Design Sheppard Shop

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…

Giveaway : Kelly Hoppen KH ZERO 6 Monobloc Tap

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It’s almost the weekend…hurrah…and in order to celebrate I am running a great giveaway! I know you guys love an opportunity to win goodies for your own homes so I’m sure you’ll be eager to enter as always! So, what can you win? Well, the wonderful team over at Crosswater have kindly given me a super stylish KH ZERO 6 Basin Monobloc Tap designed by Kelly Hoppen MBE. Kelly is a renowned interior designer, author and entrepreneur and you may know her for her recent role as an investor on Dragons’ Den. Her signature style is underpinned by a subtly coordinated fusion of East meets West; clean lines and neutral tones, blended with charming warmth and sumptuous opulence. She has worked on the homes, yachts and jets of private clients, as well as numerous commercial projects, including hotels, restaurants, offices and aircrafts around the world. Her core values of high quality, simplicity and timeless elegance are apparent in her bathroom collection designed exclusively for Crosswater. Read More…

The Amazing Sculptures of Frank Plant

Frank Plant Sculpture

Hi folks, today I’m just popping in quickly to introduce you to the stunning work of artist Frank Plant. An American sculptor based in Barcelona in Spain, Frank creates some really amazing pieces using welded steel. Frank studied sculpture at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1993, after finishing his B.A. in fine arts he moved to Amsterdam where he began to develop his drawings in steel. His work at this time constituted simple and direct studies of the forms and compositions of everyday objects and situations. Then in 1999 Plant moved again, this time to Barcelona and he began to diversify the materials he uses in his sculpture. However, welded steel has always been the principal medium for Frank’s work, whether in his two dimensional pieces or his earlier three dimensional kinetic metal sculptures that incorporate found objects. Below you can see some images of Frank’s work along with some comments about his approach. Enjoy! Read More…

Air Kitchen by Devol

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Ever since we moved into our flat back in October I have been dreaming of a new kitchen. The one we have is pretty much as far from my idea of my perfect kitchen as you can get. I don’t really like the cabinets, the paint, the tiling, or the layout for that matter and there is a severe shortage of storage space which makes it look cluttered and overly fussy. But unfortunately we just can’t afford to replace our kitchen just yet, which is a shame as it is the room that has the best views and could be a pleasure to spend time in. For now though, I’ll just have to keep dreaming and pinning images onto my Kitchen Inspiration board on Pinterest. One of the images that I have pinned recently is of the Air Kitchen by Devol. Read More…

Chaos Theory Rugs by Jaipur

Jaipur Chaos Theory rug by Kavi _Geb

When I first started my blog way back in 2009 I saw it as kind of an online diary where I could keep track of all the great products and designers I came across and didn’t want to forget. It was a great deal of hard work and research back then to discover all the products that I featured. However, as my blog has become more popular I am very happy to report that these days I am often approached by designers and brands looking to introduce their products to me. This is a really great development as it allows me to come into contact with designs I might not have otherwise come across. And that is exactly what happened when I was contacted by Jaipur rugsIndia’s largest manufacturer of hand knotted rugs. They wanted to let me know about their Chaos Theory rug collection designed by Kavi. Read More…

Review : Hotel Chelsea Dinner Set from Dunelm

Dunelm Mill Hotel Chelsea Dinner set

Can you believe it’s almost Tuesday already? I really do not know where the time goes. But I hope you all had a relaxing and restorative weekend and made it through Monday without the blues. Today I have a review for you. Now I’ve not long been doing reviews and until now I’ve mainly focused on book reviews, but I am expanding into reviewing items of homeware that I think you might like. I guess I am assuming that if you like my blog, then you like my style so chances are you will also like the items I choose to review. Fingers crossed hey? And the good news is that the items I’ll be reviewing will be things that most of us can actually afford…hurrah!! I’m starting off with this great dinnerware set from DunelmRead More…

Sainsbury’s AW14 Home & Lifestyle Collection

Sainsburys AW14 Indigo Bedroom

Happy Wednesday everyone! Sorry for my radio silence the past few weeks but it’s not always easy to blog when you have a tiny baby with sleep issues. But don’t worry I have plenty of great posts lined up that I can’t wait to share with you. But today I wanted to present another great AW14 home collection and this time it’s from Sainsbury’s. You may remember that I featured the SS14 home collection from Sainsbury’s back in January and I was impressed with the trends that the supermarket launched back then. But I must say I’m even more impressed with the Sainsbury’s AW14 collection. I’m only going to feature my favourite trend today but there are in fact three trends for the coming colder months: Indigo Blue, Folk Tales and Dreamscape. No guesses for which one is my favourite. I think I’ve probably told you all before how indigo is my all-time favourite colour. It’s just so classy and sophisticated and I find it so calming. So when I spotted the Indigo Blue range I was instantly taken with it and I think you’ll see why.
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Unique Wall Decals from Vinyl Impression

Vinyl Impression Wall Decal -Dont-Worry3 Today’s post is all about vinyl wall decals. Now this is a slightly controversial issue for me because I really like the idea of wall decals but I rarely find any that I would be happy to use in my own home. The reason I like the idea is that they are very versatile and allow you to add a bit of character to your home in a temporary way. They can be used by renters and people who are not able to decorate in a more permanent way as well as by homeowners and some of them can be repositioned. The issue I have though is that I rarely like the designs that they come in. So when I received a press release from Vinyl Impression I wasn’t expecting to see anything particularly original and I almost hit delete. But I’m very glad that I didn’t or I would never have discovered their uniquely designed products from The Joy Press. Read More…

Embroidered Cushions from The Futon Company

Futon company -icon-angel-cushionIt’s Monday again, (always seems to come round so fast), and the first chance I’ve had to post for a while. Little babies, heat waves and teething do not go well together and, as I have found out, is a combination that results in many sleepless nights and exhausted parents. So that explains the lack of posts recently. But I’m trying to get back on schedule the best I can so please do bear with me. The first post this week is just a quick one about some rather eye-catching cushions from The Futon Company. Featuring a number of iconic buildings, bridges and sculptures embroidered onto them, these embroidered cushions are a great find for architecture and design lovers.

Icon embroidered cushions from The Futon Company

Tattoo-Inspired Rugs from Floor Story

Rob Pybus Lover tattoo rug from Floor Story

When it comes to rugs I love nothing more than really bold, dramatic designs that make a statement. I have previously featured some fantastically bright and graphic rugs from Sonya Winner and also some amazingly arty and abstract rugs by Calle Henzel, which are two of my favourite rug collections. Today I am adding a new collection of rugs to that list in the form of these wonderful tattoo-inspired rugs from East London-based designer flooring company Floor Story. They are so fabulously eye-catching, like no rugs I have come across before. I was particularly impressed with the concept of this collection as you wouldn’t necessarily put tattoos and interiors together. But as you can see it works so well. Read More…

Woodly Baby Cradles & Toddler Beds

Pluma cradle by Woodly

As many of you will know by now, my husband and I became parents for the first time back in December and since then life has been completely different in the most wonderful (and exhausting) way. One of the consequences of this is that I have obviously started to take far more notice of furniture, interiors and general equipment for babies and children. I’ve never really paid much attention to it before but now that we’re parents it is something that is very much on my radar. I can’t say though, that in my limited experience with baby products, I have come across many that I would describe as “design-led”. That is until I came across Woodly, an Italian company that produces green furniture, wooden toys and furnishing accessories in a zero impact, sustainable way. As part of its baby furniture range, Woodly produces a couple of stunning baby cradles and a magnificent floor bed for toddlers. Read More…

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