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…

Giveaway : Tickets to Grand Designs Live 2014

Grand Designs Live 2014

Grand Designs has been one of my favourite TV programmes for as long as I can remember and it was watching those fantastically adventurous property builds and renovations that first helped to spark my love of architecture and interior design. I’d love to embark on my own grand design one day, however I’m not sure how likely that is. But if I ever did get the opportunity to design and build my own home I think a great starting place would be to attend Grand Designs Live 2014. Now in its 10th year, the show will be returning to London Excel from 3rd-11th May 2014. Aimed at home owners and self-builders, the show features numerous exhibitors who will be showcasing a range of innovative and inspirational ideas for the duration of the nine day show. Read More…

Book Review : Home for Now by Joanna Thornhill

Home for Now by Joanna Thornhill - Cover Image

I hope you all had a great Easter and didn’t indulge in too much chocolate! Over the weekend I spent some valuable time with family. My parents were dying to get their hands on Matylda, which gave me a little free time to kick back and relax with a book that has been on my reading list for a while. Home for Now, published by Cico Books, is the delightful new book by London-based interior stylist and writer Joanna Thornhill. As soon as I heard about this book I couldn’t wait to read it and I really started to ask myself why nobody had written this much-needed book before.

It is aimed at the generations of renters who cannot afford the colossal deposits required to secure their first step on the property ladder as well as the lucky souls who have been able to scrape together the deposit but then find themselves lacking the necessary funds to turn their property in the home they have always dreamed of. For those who find themselves in either of these situations it can be most disappointing not having free rein to put your own stamp on a home and inject some of your personality into it. With this in mind, and based on her own experience of having lived in 12 rental properties before embarking on a project to renovate her own home for now, Jo has put together this extensive volume aiming to illustrate how, with just a little imagination and creativity, it really is possible to overcome the limitations imposed by landlords or the lack of financial means and transform your dwelling into a home you are proud to live in. Read More…

Lovely Living with Loaf

Ceramics by Loaf

I was recently sent the new Loaf catalogue and I must say I was bowled over by the beauty that lay inside it. Loaf wasn’t really a company that had been on my radar until now and I think that’s because it was originally launched back in 2008 as The Sleep Room and focused solely on beds. But due to the huge success and rapid growth that the company experienced, it decided to branch out into other rooms in the house. Obviously the name The Sleep Room was no longer appropriate when they would also be selling kitchen tables and sofas, so a new name was needed and in 2012 The Sleep Room became Loaf. For whatever reason, I hadn’t really taken notice of the developments that were occurring and it wasn’t until the catalogue arrived in the post that I sat up and realised exactly how much had changed. Loaf now stocks an array of beautiful products that I couldn’t wait to share with you. Read More…

IKEA PS 2014 Collection

IKEA PS 2014 Balancing Bench £40

I discovered the IKEA PS Collections two years ago when I featured the PS 2012 collection here on the blog. The PS 2014 collection, which launched in stores on 01st April 2014, reflects the growing trend for compact, changeable spaces that feature furniture that is flexible, moveable and affordable and that helps us to maximise every available space. It is aimed at young urbanites, who live in small spaces and are constantly on the move and it is designed to help them live more simply and do more with what little space they have.

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New Wave Wallpaper Collection from Graham & Brown

New Wave Wallpaper from Graham & Brown

I don’t think I have ever been so excited when writing a wallpaper post…ever! Now that is saying something considering the fact that there are 98 posts about wallcoverings here on the blog. But this particular wallpaper collection really is something special and I’ll tell you why. The New Wave Collection from Graham & Brown features 16 wonderful new wallpaper designs from some of Britain’s most talented up-and-coming surface pattern designers. The collection was curated by esteemed design journalist Barbara Chandler, who is known for passionately supporting emerging talent. She has worked with Graham & Brown to select designers from a variety of fields including textiles, illustration, street art and fashion. And what is really great about New Wave is the fact that it offers high-end design at high-street prices. Read More…

Colour Psychology: Using Teal in Interiors

Dulux colour of the Year 2014 TEAL workspace

This series continues to be the most popular of all the posts here on the blog and I have the wonderful applied colour psychology expert Karen Haller to thank for that. In each installment I interrogate Karen about how we can and should be using various colours in our interior design schemes. As teal was announced earlier this year by Dulux as the Colour of the Year for 2014, I thought it only fitting that this particular colour gets examined here on the blog this time around.  I’m sure I’m not the only one who would appreciate some expert advice on using this colour in our homes. Luckily we have Karen on hand as our personal colour consultant to guide us through its use. Read More…

Arne Jacobsen Vintage ABC Range from Design Letters & Friends

Design Letters vintage Arne Jacobsen typography I hope you all had a lovely weekend and managed to indulge in something designy! I know that Monday comes round far too fast but try to focus on the fact that it’s only four more days until the weekend is here again. Surely that is something to smile about right? But if not, then the gorgeous Arne Jacobsen Vintage ABC range for Spring/Summer 2014 sure will help cast away those Monday morning blues. I don’t know about you but I am a huge typography fan. My tastes change often, but one thing I know I’ll never tire of is great lettering. So I thought I’d died and gone to heaven when I received a press release about this great new range from Design Letters & Friends.

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Interview: Jade Blades of Out of the Dark

Out of the Dark

Since I started my blog way back in 2009, one of the things that has remained extremely important to me is to uncover great stories. Every product tells a story, every designer has a story and every brand is based on a story. Whilst we may not always hear the story, it can have a dramatic effect on the way that we perceive and feel about these things. That is one of the main reasons why I love to feature interviews here on my blog; I really enjoy getting and giving those insights that add meaning and value to the things that I write about.

Whilst many people associate interior design purely with pretty things for the home, there is a whole spectrum of interior design out there that goes far deeper. You may remember when I featured Petit Miracle Interiors, a registered charity organisation that uses interior design training to help increase the employability of people who are economically inactive? Or The Living Furniture Project, an organisation that employs and trains homeless Londoners to make beautiful bespoke furniture? Well this week I want to share another amazing story with you.

Out of the Dark is a charitable social enterprise that recycles, restores and revamps salvaged furniture as a means to train, educate and employ young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. It was founded by Jay and Jade Blades and helps to support young people to achieve a better life, steer away from crime, and at the same time develop self esteem and confidence. This again struck me as another great story and luckily Jade was kind enough to tell me more. But before she does here is a short video all about the great work that they do. Read More…

Graphic Ink Wallpaper by Maria Bergström

Graphic Ink Wallpaper from Photowall You may remember last month I featured a fantastic wallpaper collection called High Above designed by Dutch design studio Lilesadi for Photowall. Well this week I wanted to showcase Photowall’s latest design collaboration, which is with Swedish designer Maria Bergström. Graphic Ink wallpaper is a collection of five playful graphical designs in beautiful pastel shades. It features light hovering feathers, mountain landscapes formed by graphic triangles and ink confetti drops. The motifs used in the collection have been inspired by the meeting between chance and total control.

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