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…

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 was contacted by Dormeo, an international bedding specialist, with an opportunity to review one of their deluxe memory foam mattresses, 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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Danish Design Brand MENU

Menu_Grethe Meyer_LocationI am a big fan of Scandinavian design. I love its simplicity, its elegance and its minimalism. It speaks to me on an emotional level and when I see Scandinavian interiors I am filled with an overwhelming sense of inner peace and calm. Perhaps its the earthy or monochromatic colour schemes or maybe it is the use of natural materials, I’m not entirely sure. But what I do know is that those northern neighbours of ours certainly know how to make a home look good. A few weeks ago I discovered another great design brand that I have fallen in love with. Danish design brand MENU was founded in 1976 and collaborates with some of the most talented designers in the world. 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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