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…

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!

La Barrique Collection from Skypak

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What may initially sound like a company specialising in jetpacks for atmospheric exploration, finds itself rooted in rustic reclaimed beauty, as Skypak delivers a wonderful new range that captures the aged feel of the brewery and ties it together with a modern chrome and glass finish.  La BARRIQUE Collection is a new range of products straight out of the industrial and mobile design world. These classic airplane trolleys, handcrafted in Germany, are delightful pieces with the main components being wood gathered from wine and whiskey barrels from the most revered distilleries around the globe.  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 had the opportunity to review a deluxe memory foam mattress from Dormeo, an international bedding specialist, 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

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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

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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…

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