New Wallpapers from Barneby Gates

Barneby Gates Dogs Wallpaper in  Charcoal

As you read this post I am off on holiday with my husband and our friends enjoying some much needed time for rest and relaxation. We’re enjoying a break in the mountain resort of Zakopane in southern Poland plus a few days in the beautiful city of Krakow. However, I didn’t want to leave you without having a post lined up in my absence for wallpaper Wednesday, so here it is! These fabulous new papers are from Barneby Gates, one of my favourite wallpaper producers, What I love about their papers is that they have a quintessentially English feel to them, but with a contemporary twist. Take these two new papers for example, which both present a widely recognised motif given a refreshingly modern update.The Dogs features a large scale, contemporary houndstooth pattern when you see it from a far, but once you get closer you see that the pattern is in fact made up of sweetly entwined racer dogs. Paisley on the other hand is inspired by a collection of antique Indian textiles, but features a super bright print on the softly aged background. I love these papers, how about you?

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Interview: Surface Pattern Designer Helen Stevens of Surfacephilia

Surface pattern design for wallpaper, cushions & Ceramics by Surfacephilia

Being an interiors geek, one of the aspects that really fascinates me is Surface Pattern Design and when I come across a really great designer I love having the opportunity to not only feature their work but also to interview them to find out a bit more about what influences their designs and what inspires them. So I was extremely happy when I was first contacted by Helen Stevens of Surfacephilia as I had not come across her work before. As soon as I lay eyes on her website I fell in love with her beautifully intricate and slightly bohemian designs. I couldn’t wait to find out more about Helen and I’m sure you guys can’t either so I hope you enjoy the interview with her below. As always, let me know what you think about her work in the comments, you know I love hearing from you!

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Ombre Paint Effect Tutorial from Dulux

Dulux Flocking Paint Effect using SapphireSprings4 and BermudaCocktail2 Image courtesy of Dulux

I don’t know about you, but every year as Spring approaches I have this overwhelming urge not only to do a massive spring clean at home but also to change things up a bit and give my home a refresh or a new look. This year the urge is particularly strong and I’m already looking into paint colours that I can use to paint over all the magnolia walls in our home. At the moment I am totally sold on Lime Squeeze from the Dulux Home Factories range.

Anyway, just in case any of you are currently considering giving your home a much-needed lick of paint I thought you might be interested to learn a bit more about the ombre paint technique. I first learnt about it a couple of weeks ago at Meet the Blogger in London where I attended a workshop run by Dulux. There, Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director at Dulux, gave us a crash course in how to achieve the ombre paint effect, also known as flocking. Read More…

Runway Collection by Fireclay Tile

The Runway Collection of Ceramic Tiles by Fireclay Corset in Lavender, Black Gloss and Charcoal Matte


It’s no secret that interior design is heavily influenced by the fashion world. We all know that what we see one season on the catwalk will slowly start to influence our home interiors the next. We see it all the time so it is no surprise that many designers take fashion as their inspiration for interior collections. Designer Kelly LaPlante did just that when she was inspired by vintage fashion to create the Runway Collection for FireClay Tile. There are four different designs in the collection and these are available in a number of colourways. I don’t know about you but I quite like these striking designs. Above you can see Corset, which, you guessed it, was inspired by the lacing of a corset. Chaine Femme took its inspiration from chainmail, whilst Chaine Homme was inspired by the links of vintage watches and Cravate takes the classic hounds tooth pattern as its muse. So what do you think? Have you got a favourite?

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Geometric Wallpaper from Ferm Living

Ferm Living Geometric Wallpaper - Spear in Rose

Last week, I wrote a guest post over on Live The Life You Dream About, the brilliant blog written by Interior designer Sarah Sarna. The post was about the trend for geometrics in interiors, which has been around for a while now but is still one of my favourite trends. I love the simplicity and the boldness of geometric designs, many of which have a kaleidoscope-like appeal. Now they may not be everyone’s taste and I can understand that some people may find them a little overbearing but I think that used sparingly in a contemporary design they can be really striking. One company that does geometrics really well is Ferm Living and I don’t think there is a single thing on their website that I don’t like. As you can probably guess, their wallpaper is one of my favourite products from their range and I think that they would make for a really eye-catching feature wall. So as it is Wednesday, I thought I would share my favourite geometric wallpapers from Ferm Living with you. But I would love to know what you think about using geometrics in interiors so let me know!

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Spellbound Wallpaper Collection by Graham & Brown

graham and brown Cob Webs wallpaper


I seriously do not know how I missed this amazing collection of wallpaper by Graham & Brown! Each and every one of the papers in the Spellbound Collection is just beautiful and completely enchanting. Spellbound is the first collection from Graham & Brown’s new premium brand, Platinum, and is inspired by gothic fairytales and the art of storytelling. The collection has been crafted around a magical narrative (which you can read here) involving enchanted castles, beautiful princesses and wicked witches. The whimsical designs include romantic floral trails and silky vintage damasks, woodland Toile de Jouy designs, iridescent spiders’ webs and even alluring mermaids. For this magical collection Graham & Brown has drawn on its wall decoration heritage to introduce a beautiful range of surface prints featuring tactile special effect detailing such as flock and holographic foiling. I just love the way that these wallpapers conjure up so many memories from my childhood. What about you guys? Do they make you all nostalgic too?

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Custom Postcode Map Wallpaper

Custom Area Postcode Wallpaper

Is it really Wednesday again? Every week seems to be passing by faster than the last. Anyway, must mean it’s time for another great wallpaper. This one is from Wallpapered.com and is a custom paper that features a street map of any given postcode area. Designed by the in-house design team, these giant maps can be custom made to your wall dimensions and in any colour. The paper is digitally printed in high resolution onto premium non-woven paper and you can even add a business logo if you intend to put the paper up in an office as opposed to a residential setting.

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Faux Effect Wallpaper by Chalk Decor

Chalk Decor Loft Bookcase Wallpaper

Loft Bookcase Wallpaper

Well, it’s been a whirlwind couple of months and I’m afraid my regular blogging schedule went right out the window. As many of you know I normally try to post a fantastic wallpaper on a Wednesday for us all to salivate over, but for various reasons it’s been a while since my last Wallpaper Wednesday post.

So I thought I should rectify that this week and to be honest this post is well overdue as I first spotted this wallpaper back in November. Well, I say I spotted it, but actually it was brought to my attention by Leona of Chalk Decor who kindly emailed me to introduce herself and her small wallpaper company. I do love it when that happens and quite frankly it doesn’t happen often enough. But luckily Leona’s email caught my eye and I knew these papers would be perfect for a wallpaper Wednesday post.

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Deer oh Deer! Great Stag Accessories from DesResDesign

Stag teal Wallpaper by DesResDesign

This winter I have been loving the huge range of home accessories that feature woodland animals. They seem to be popping up everywhere and I particularly like this range of stag head accessories from DesResDesign. Available in teal and plum, the cushions and wallpaper feature hand-drawn stag head designs which are perfect for the woodland animal trend that we have been seeing recently. Designed and made in the UK, this range is a great way of adding a touch of stately sophistication to your home without going overboard.

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New Wallpaper Designs from Abigail Edwards

Brambleweb Dusk Wallpaper by Abigail Edwards

You would think that someone with a wallpaper obsession as big as mine would find it very difficult to select just one paper as an outright favourite. You would however be wrong. In March of last year, I came across a wallpaper that I fell absolutely head over heals in love with and since that time no wallpaper has managed to steal the top spot. That wallpaper was Owls of the British Isles by designer and illustrator Abigail Edwards and since I first set eyes upon it I have been engaged in a long-standing love affair with it.

So I was mighty excited when I bumped into Abigail at Tent London earlier this year and discovered that she has just released a new range of wallpapers that are ALMOST as nice as Owls of the British Isles…but not quite! The two new papers are called Brambleweb and Wilson’s Crystals. Inspired by Abigail’s fascination for fairytales, Brambleweb is a hand-drawn design of never-ending tangled brambles like those that surrounded Briar Rose in the castle where she lay sleeping for 100 years.

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