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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…

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…

Giveaway : A Fully-Fitted Composite Yale Door

edwardian-yale-door

When we think about making the most of our homes it is all too easy to fall into the trap of focusing solely on what lies inside our four walls. We make a real effort to ensure our rooms are homely, cosy, appealing and express our personality, but we often neglect what goes on on the outside and this is a big mistake. Of vital importance is the front door, as this is the very first thing that people will see when they approach our homes so it’s important that it makes a good impression. It says a lot about what people can expect of our homes and it speaks volumes about what’s inside and the people that live there. Creating a welcoming entrance to our homes will not only make us feel great about where we live and put a smile on our faces each and every time we come home, but it also gives us something to be proud of when guests come to visit. It becomes even more important if and when we decide to put our homes on the market. Potential buyers will make a snap judgement about a property before they even step through the door and a neglected, dilapidated or uninviting front door will do little to excite them about what lies within. House hunters want curb appeal and nothing can impact the look of the front of the house like the front door. So it’s vital to get it right! Read More…

My Bedroom Inspiration Moodboard

Bedroom Inspiration Moodboard Black White & Yellow

As you all know, we moved into our flat last October and we have been a bit too busy getting to grips with being new parents to really get stuck into the decorating. Every room in the flat needs a total overhaul to take it from being a bland, characterless magnolia box to being something that we feel reflects our style and our personality as a little family. We decorated the nursery and the livingroom before Matylda arrived and until recently that is all we had got round to. But a couple of weekends ago we tackled the hallway (I’ll do a separate post about that in the coming weeks) and now I have a massive smile on my face every time I walk through the front door. This is such a refreshing change as I previously wanted to sob when I saw the magnolia walls and the red carpet. Next on our list of rooms to tackle is our bedroom and I can’t wait to get stuck in. I’ve known how I was going to decorate for months already and I had great fun making my bedroom inspiration moodboard. Read More…

The Beautiful Creations of Hend Krichen

Hend-Krichen-vessels

I can’t quite remember where I first spotted the exquisite designs of Hend Krichen but I knew I would never forget them. The ‘Tunisia Made’ collection is a series of luxury homewares, designed using Tunisia’s rich artisanal skills and craftsmanship. Based in London, Hend creates the most wonderful timeless objects designed to enrich people’s everyday lives and I can say in all certainty that if I were to own one of these beautiful vessels my life would definitely be enriched!  Read More…

Mask Collection by Sasha Tugolukova

Sasha Tugolukova Mask Plate

I love it when designers reach out to me to suggest that their latest products or collections could be a good fit for The Design Sheppard. When I was contacted by Russian designer Sasha Tugolukova about her Mask Collection of collectable illustrated plates I just knew that you guys would appreciate them as much as I do. Now based in East London, Sasha started her creative journey as a child learning the traditional drawing technique of khokhloma, the name of a Russian wood painting handicraft style and national ornament. Her love of fine design and high quality product has led her to create a collection of unique and collectable pieces that are crafted and hand decorated to the highest standard by the artisans in Stoke-on-Trent in the North of England.

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Review : View Quest Bardot DAB+ Radio

Bardot DAB+ radio by View Quest

The older I have gotten the less well I have been able to cope with technological innovation. I used to watch my parents struggle with new technology and wonder why they found it so hard, but age definitely seems to affect our ability to adapt to new technologies. Apart from smart phones, I seem to have given up on mastering new devices around the time that ipods became popular.  I’ve never been able to use my ipod and so it sits gathering dust in a drawer at home. I do love listening to music though and since my trusty old CD player died and my husband refused to let me buy a new one saying that it’s all about digital now, I’ve been in a bit of a musical no mans land, stuck between analogue and digital and not being able to use either. I’ve pondered getting a digital radio for a long while but not knowing how they work or if I could master them put me off. So being offered the opportunity to review the View Quest Bardot DAB+ Radio seemed like the perfect time for me to step out of my comfort zone and test drive this mystical device.

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The Red Thread Carpet & Rug Collection

SCRATCHED by Staffan Tollgård for JAB Anstoetz Red Thread Collection from £695 sqmStaffan Tollgard is one of my favourite interior designers because I really admire his philosophy and his approach to design. If you are unfamiliar with Staffan and his work you can read my interview with him here. His design philosophy is encapsulated in the Scandinavian notion of the röda tråden or red thread, which he says is the guiding principle or the string that binds his work together into a coherent narrative. Staffan says that the red thread is personal to every client and allows him to translate their life, and their story, into the language of design. I love the idea of the red thread so I was intrigued when I heard about a new collection that Staffan has just launched in collaboration with German design house JAB Anstoetz. The Red Thread carpet & rug collection is a series of exceptional designs featuring shapes, patterns, themes and colours inspired by the transformation of materials and surfaces in the environment. Read More…

Amara Interior Blog Awards 2014

The Design Sheppard has been nominated in the Amara Interior Blog Awards in the Design Inspiration category. This really means a lot to me and if I have ever inspired you with my blog then I would be chuffed if you wouldn’t mind taking a moment to vote for me by clicking on the badge below.

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Giveaway : Colour Me Good Chairs Colouring Book

Colour Me Good Chairs Colouring Book Cover

A few weeks ago I read a really interesting article in the Independent about how French women are using colouring in books to relieve stress and anxiety. I found this a really interesting article and I was actually quite excited by the prospect. I used to love colouring in as a kid. I was never any good at art so colouring in was a great way for me to unleash some creativity that I could be proud of. I instantly wondered to myself whether I would enjoy colouring in as much now that I am an adult and you know what? I think I probably would and what’s more, I think it probably would be quite a good stress reliever if you could find the right colouring in book. I mean you certainly wouldn’t want to be colouring in children’s images. You would want something with a more mature, adult feel to it wouldn’t you? I know I would. So I was very surprised when a few days after reading this article I received an email from Mel Elliott of I Love Mel, a UK-based designer who draws and produces adult colouring in books for a living. Mel wanted to let me know about one of her latest books that she thought you guys would be interested in. Read More…

The Look : Black, White & Yellow

I have been very busy working on my Design Sheppard Shop recently, diligently curating all my favourite products and bringing them together into a wonderful collection that truly represents The Design Sheppard aesthetic. I must say it is a really interesting process, and I have started to realise that a lot of the products that I select seem to work really well together. At the moment I see that I clearly have a thing for black, white & yellow & geometrics. I’ve known that I love this colour combination for a while now and I’m even planning to decorate my master bedroom in this colour scheme (I’ll post my inspiration moodboard in a separate post soon). But I wanted to share some of the great products from my shop with you as I’m sure you’ll agree that this look is fresh, clean and pretty striking too. Just hover over each product to see more details or to buy it. And as always, let me know what you think!

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