Materials Wallpaper by Piet Hein Eek for NLXL

WHITE MARBLE WALLPAPER BY PIET HEIN EEK for NLXL

NLXL is one of my favourite wallpaper suppliers and I’ve featured them a couple of times now. You can see those posts here. This has got to be one of my favourite wallpaper ranges yet though and I really am smitten. The Materials Wallpaper by Piet Hein Eek is just to die for. It features 10 contemporary designs that create a magnificant trompe l’oeil effect. Together the Dutch designer and the premium wallpaper manufacturer have created an amazing collection that features everyday materials such as plywood, brick, stone and marble. The white marble is probably my favourite as I am a big fan of the marble trend at the moment but the metallic marble paper is also really stunning. These papers would look fantastic in a residential or a commercial interior and although I haven’t seen them up close, they look pretty realistic from the images, don’t you think? Read More…

IKEA Satsumas Plant Stands

IKEA SATSUMAS Plant Stand range in bamboo and white

As you all know I love plants and I would love more of them in my home if I could only keep them alive. But sadly I’m in no way green fingered. But I often swoon over greenery in other people’s homes and the beautiful ways they choose to display their planty friends. This new range from IKEA ticks all the buttons for me. The IKEA SATSUMAS series features three different plant stands made from bamboo with white accents. They are a really great way to show off your greenery indoors and if I had the space I would definitely be purchasing myself these pieces (although I would need to get some artificial plants to put on them). I love the ladder style plant stand as it adds some height to the display but I also like the different levels in the tiered plant stand and the minimal footprint of the rectangular plant stand which has a lower shelf ideal for smaller pots, or to store your gardening books and magazines. Of course, being from IKEA they are also very affordable so I’m also a big fan of the price! What do you guys think of this range? Would it convince you to have more plants in your home? Read More…

The Studio Collection by Next

The Studio Collection by Next features bold prints, bright colours and has a retro feel

The Spring 2016 catalogue from Next landed on my doorstep last week and I was already in love before I even opened it. The front cover features a beautiful image that had me feeling like Spring was on the way. Of course it’s not and we still have a few months of drab and dreary winter to get through yet, but there is no harm in looking forward to the warmer, brighter and more colourful months ahead. Anyway, from the very first page of the catalogue I was mightily impressed. The Studio Collection by Next is a bold and bright interiors range that has a very funky 1970’s vibe about it. It’s full of punchy colours like burnt orange, lime green, yellow and blue, graphic art prints, geometric textiles and wallpaper, tan leathers and sleek walnut effect furniture. What is not to love?  Read More…

Interior Trends 2016 : Mixed Metals

Copper Interior Accessories from Mia Fleur

The trend for metallics in interiors was pretty hard to miss in 2015, but it was undeniable that copper stole the show. It took a while for it to filter down to the highstreet but once it had there was no stopping it. Towards the end of the year brass started to make a bid for the crown and it shows no signs of waning in popularity in 2016. Gold has slowly started to make noise once again and this timeless classic will be making its way into our homes this year. Whilst we have previously seen trends for individual metals, 2016 heralds the age of mixed metals in our interiors. Warm metals such as copper, brass and gold can all be used together in the same interiors scheme and may even be seen alongside cooler metals such as silver or platinum, adding another layer of interest and dimension to a room. When these trends first started to appear in interiors it wasn’t easy to find affordable pieces to incorporate into our own homes, after all not everybody has the budget for Tom Dixon. However, there are now plenty of great places to source your metallic accessories and one of my current favourites is online interiors boutique Mia Fleur. Stocking a fantastic range of eclectic furniture & quirky accessories for the home & garden, Mia Fleur is definitely one to watch. Here are a few of my favourite metallic products from Mia Fleur. Enjoy! Read More…

Review : Washing Up with Joseph Joseph

Joseph Joseph WASH&DRAIN washing up bowl - In use

I’ve spoken in a previous post about how much I hate ironing, but how, with the right equipment, the task can be made a lot more bearable. Generally, if I’m going to spend a lot of money on something for my home I have always chosen to spend it on pretty, decorative items that will look nice and I’ve never really been one to spend a lot on the more functional household items. I suppose because I don’t get much enjoyment from these items, it seemed a bit of a waste of money. But I have recently come to the conclusion that it is well worth spending a decent amount on these ‘boring’ but essential items, after all we normally tend to use them pretty much daily and having quality items without doubt enhances the experience. Read More…

The Clerkenwell Apartment Kitchen by deVOL

The Clerkenwell Apartment features the Sebastian Cox Kitchen range by deVOL. The industrial style open space contains the understated, handmade kitchen that deVOL founder Paul O’Leary describes as "Urban Rustic; it brings a little bit of woodland into the city, with some style.”

Dreaming of a new kitchen is something I spend so much time doing. I hate my kitchen with a passion and doing it up is one of my top priorities this year. Whether or not we can afford to do that is another question. So until the time comes when we can, I shall be eyeing up the most gorgeous, dreamy kitchens that cross my path. The latest kitchen to make my heart skip a beat is the Sebastian Cox kitchen by deVOL.  It actually launched at Clerkenwell Design Week back in May 2015 and I’ve been meaning to feature it here ever since, but better late than never I guess. Anyway deVOL Kitchens collaborated with the talented designer and wood man, Sebastian Cox, who is well known for developing handmade furniture made from coppiced timber. The result is an understated classic design which features sawn and woven timbers and a little splash of copper, which is always a bonus in my book (I’m still totally obsessed with copper!!). Read More…

Happy New Year! Bring on 2016!

Happy New Year

I know, I know, I’m a bit late with this as we’re already more than a third of the way through January. I do apologise, but I have rather a good excuse for my erratic posting schedule of late. Two months ago, our little family expanded when baby Milly arrived so things have been a little more hectic than usual as we were thrown back into the thick of it with endless dirty nappies and sleepless nights. Things seem to be settling down a little now so hopefully I’ll be able to get back to regular posting. I have so many great design finds I need to share with you, I just need to find the time to write them up!

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Interview : Product Designer Felix Conran

Felix Conran designer of the Ohyo bag

My favourite part of writing is, without doubt, interviewing people. I just love to find out more about the people behind the designs and helping to tell their story. I have always felt that in order to really understand the designs you must first understand the designer, otherwise it is impossible to really appreciate their products fully. Over the years, I have done quite a few interviews that I have been really proud of. One of those interviews was with one of the world’s best–known designers, entrepreneurs and restaurateurs: Sir Terence Conran. I have also had the pleasure of interviewing Sebastian Conran, the eldest son of Sir Terence Conran. So when I was contacted a few weeks ago about the opportunity of interviewing Felix Conran, the grandson of Sir Terence and son of interior designer, author and cook Sophie Conran, I thought it would be a great opportunity to speak to the newest member of the design dynasty.

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Pantone Colour of the Year 2016

Pantone Colour of the Year 2016 Rose Quartz & Serenity

Every year since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute, the global authority on colour, has announced its colour of the year. In order to decide which colour will represent the given year, the colour experts comb the world looking for the colour influences which best define the global zeitgeist. They look to the worlds of entertainment, film, travel, the arts, economics, fashion, jewelry, technology, industrial design, sports and politics. Back in 2011, I interviewed Leatrice Eiseman, the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute and one of those tasked with the job of determining the colour of the year and she told me how they go about deciding it. You can read the interview with Leatrice Eiseman here. This year, for the first time ever, Pantone has selected the blending of two shades as Pantone colour of the year 2016 : Rose Quartz and Serenity.   Read More…

Mapiful : Printed Map Posters of your Favourite Place

Gothenburg printed map posters by Mapiful

I have become somewhat obsessed with artwork and prints at the moment. I’m currently creating a gallery wall in my bedroom which is so long overdue but it’s almost complete now and I can’t wait to get it finished. As I’ve probably explained before, I am super picky about artwork. If it’s going up in my home, it has to be something I won’t get bored of and something that really resonates with me, otherwise it’s a no go. I love typographic prints and more abstract artwork, nothing too busy. I also have a bit of a thing for maps, like the hand drawn map of Paris by Jenni Sparks for Evermade that is currently hanging in my bedroom. But they have to be contemporary maps not those vintage looking ones. And the maps have to feature places that mean something to me otherwise I’m not interested. So when I discovered the map posters by Mapiful I knew straight away that these are right up my street. Read More…

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