Trend : Dulux Colour of the Year 2015 – Copper Blush

ColourOfDulux Colour of The Year 2015 Copper Blush

You may remember my earlier post that featured a short video from AkzoNobel’s ColourFutures 2015 all about the colour trends we can expect to see in interiors in 2015. Well, you may or may not know that Dulux is actually the UK consumer paint brand from AkzoNobel and they recently announced their Colour of the Year for 2015. Drum roll please….’Copper Blush’! Described as a versatile, warm copper colour with an orange tone, doesn’t that just sound so divine and totally heart warming? Well, according to Dulux, the colour palette for 2015 will replace the cool blues and greens of recent years and will bring a warmer spectrum of pinks, reds and oranges, reflecting a more positive global outlook. Just what we need right? A good healthy dose of positivity! But forget waiting until 2015. I’m all over copper already and it is one of my biggest trend obsessions to date. Someone tell my husband to hide the bank card!  Read More…

Christmas Gift Ideas for Under £50

So Christmas is another week closer. Is the shopping panic starting to set in yet? I have finally bought a gift but there is still so much shopping to be done. If you need inspiration then this week’s Christmas gift list contains a range of items that you can purchase for the design lover in your life and the good news is they all come in at under £50. Happy shopping!

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Danish-Designed Leather Rugs from WovenGround

WovenGround Ambition round rug by Linie Design

Other than wallcoverings, artwork and textiles, I think rugs are a really great way to personalise your space in a non permanent way. They allow you to put your own stamp on your interior and can really make a bold statement with the right design. Sadly in my flat we have no need for rugs as we are carpeted throughout, but if we had floorboards I would really go to town choosing rugs for every room. These monochrome, geometric leather rugs by Danish design brand WovenGround would definitely be strong contenders. This new collection combines the beauty of modern Nordic design with traditional craftsmanship as every rug is individually hand crafted, using quality materials. All the leather pieces are cut by hand and then combined in perfect colour and balance. I was actually quite shocked to learn that the rugs are made of leather as this was not immediately apparent on first sight. But I really like the idea of leather rugs and I’m sure that they would feel great underfoot. This collection has been designed with the contemporary home in mind and gives leather flooring a well deserved update. I can totally see these rugs being used in any Scandi-inspired interiors, can’t you? Read More…

Book Review : Holiday at Home by Jason Grant


Holiday at Home by Jason Grant

It’s starting to feel really wintry outside now, don’t you think? Those dark evenings are drawing in earlier and earlier every night and it’s now dark before I even leave the office at night. Don’t get me wrong, I actually quite enjoy winter and the cosy dark evenings but it is only November and I don’t think I’ll be quite so keen come January. By then I’ll be longing for a holiday somewhere warm and sunny I’m sure. There is something so wonderful about holidays and the way they make us feel so relaxed and carefree. If only we could feel like that all year round, even when we’re just at home right? Well in his new book, interiors and lifestyle stylist Jason Grant shares his tips for creating interior spaces that capture that relaxed, holiday vibe. Holiday at Home, published by Hardie Grant, is Jason’s second book and aims to help us hold on to those precious memories of our perfect holiday by turning our living spaces into a retreat from the stresses of our everyday lives. Read More…

Christmas Gift Ideas for Under £30

Last week I posted a great selection of Christmas gift ideas for the design lover in your life that you could get for the bargain price of £20 or less. In this post I’ve curated a lovely list of gifts that you can find if you have a slightly larger budget of £30. Whether you’re looking for the perfect print, a cosy cushion, or quirky candlesticks there are some great options in this price bracket. Happy hunting!

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New Wallpapers from NLXL Lab

Mr & Mrs Vintage Big Pattern Bogor Wallpaper from NLXL

I’ve written about the beautiful and unique designs by the Dutch wallpaper brand NLXL twice before on the blog. The designs are just so eye catching and unlike any other wallpapers on the market that they really do deserve every post I write about them. The latest initiative to come from NLXL is the NLXL Lab. The idea behind this is the fact that not all good wallpaper designs lead to a collection but that does not mean that they shouldn’t see the light of day. So NLXL works with both established and new design talents to create new wallpaper designs that will be added to the collection on a bi-monthly basis. Some of these designs will be produced as a limited edition and others will be distributed worldwide. Read More…

Trend : The John Lewis Winter Luxe Edit

John Lewis Winter Luxe Edit 2014

In my last post I mentioned that there would be some exciting new content coming up on The Design Sheppard thanks to the involvement of my new blogging partner Ruth Adams. This is the first post that Ruth and I have worked on together and I think you’ll agree that it looks absolutely amazing. One of the things that has been missing from my blog has been original imagery created solely for The Design Sheppard. I have tended to stick to press images in the past as my photography skills were just not up to the job, but now that Ruth is on board we are able to have far more fun with our content. This post is a collaboration we have done with John Lewis to showcase their Winter Luxe Edit for 2014. Armed with a small styling budget we were able to shop the collection and set up our own styled photo shoot and I have to say I am absolutely over the moon with the results. I wasn’t sure how I would find it working so closely with someone else as it’s only been me for so long but I needn’t have worried because Ruth and I are on exactly the same wave length. Choosing which products to include in our shoot couldn’t have been easier. We loved the John Lewis Winter Luxe Edit as it encompasses the design styles and trends that we are both very fond of and would incorporate into our own homes without hesitation. So we drew up a shopping list and started to plan our little set up. Ruth shot the images in a cosy corner of her home and she did a great job on the styling, especially considering that she is currently suffering from a wrist injury and can only use one hand. Read More…

Christmas Gift Ideas for Under £20

As Christmas draws ever closer it’s about time to start thinking about your Christmas shopping if you haven’t already. I’m notoriously unorganised when it comes to Christmas and leave it til the last possible minute every year. I always get really stressed and promise to start earlier next year and do it all online at a leisurely pace, but I never quite manage it. If you’re in the same boat as me and haven’t started yet hopefully you will find some inspiration from the selection of Christmas gift ideas I have curated from my Design Shop. All of these lovely products would make wonderful gifts for the design-lover in your life. And the great news is they all come in at under £20. What a bargain! I’ll be doing more Christmas gift posts throughout November for various budgets so keep an eye out.

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Creative Kid’s Beds from Cuckooland

Childrens White Tree House by Cuckooland

Can you believe it’s November already? Nor can I! Where on earth has this year gone? It has passed me by at lightning speed and I have a feeling that now that I’m a mother it’s only going to get faster with every milestone that is celebrated. In just over a month, Matylda will be a year old and it seriously feels like yesterday that we were bringing her home from hospital and embarking on the petrifying journey of parenthood. Whilst the time has gone far too quickly for my liking and I often wish that I could just press pause and slow things down a little, I’m also looking forward to the stages that are yet to come. Matylda hasn’t even moved into the nursery that we decorated for her yet and I’m already starting to think of how I will redecorate it for her once she’s a bit older. I want it to be a space that is creative and inspiring and encourages her to have as much fun as possible. For me, a child’s bedroom should be somewhere that they love to spend time in and not somewhere that is just for sleeping or time out. To be honest, the woodland theme we have chosen for her room will definitely last a couple of years and we’ll probably just reinvent it a little as she gets older. One way I’ve been thinking of doing this is by getting her a really exciting and unusual bed, possibly one that doubles up as a fun play space or den. I love the idea of really creative kid’s beds. I’m not too fond of overly girly designs though so I wouldn’t be tempted by anything too pink or princess inspired. I prefer more gender neutral designs. Some of the most inspiring beds I’ve come across so far are available from a company called Cuckooland. Read More…

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