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!

To see a selection of Christmas gift ideas for under £20 click here

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.

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…

Trend : ColourFutures 2015 Identifies Copper

It’s that time of year again when AkzoNobel presents ColourFutures 2015. Around about this time every year I really look forward to finding out what colour will be announced as Colour of the Year. In this short video clip, AkzoNobel explains how this year’s overriding trend invites you to find the magic in the everyday by exploring under-utilisized spaces as well as exploring our relationships with each other and our environment. The extensive research that AkzoNobel carried out has led to the identification of an orangey copper tone for 2015 that reflects all of the major trends identified for 2015. This has made me extremely excited as I am so deeply in love with copper at the moment. It’s got so bad that for the past two nights I have had trouble sleeping as I couldn’t stop thinking about how I could incorporate more copper into my own home. I will undoubtedly be posting more about copper in the coming months and I will definitely be exploring the choice of copper as Colour of the Year 2015 in more detail. For me personally, adding copper to my interiors will certainly help me to add a little more magic (and sparkle) to my everyday. What about you guys? How do you feel about copper in interiors?

Interview : Textile Designer Sam Pickard

Screen Printed Block repeat - Ivy by Sam Pickard

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now you may recall a very exciting post I wrote back in August 2013 all about the new magazine I was writing for. Devon Home magazine is a really great publication that provides inspiration and information for local residents who are interested in home interiors and design. I have really enjoyed writing for this magazine as it gives me an opportunity to take a step back from the international design scene and examine what is going on closer to home, quite literally. I have discovered some really talented people that are right on my doorstep and it has been great to see that despite what many people think, great design can survive and thrive outside of London. One of the talented people I discovered was textile designer Sam Pickard who lives and works in North Devon and specialises in design and print of bespoke interior fabrics and interior accessories. I wanted to share with you today an interview that I have done with Sam all about her career, her inspiration, her design and print process and her newly launched Masterclass workshops in screen-printing for textiles. I hope you enjoy reading! Read More…

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