Interview : Textile Designer Niki Jones

Contemporary Scandinavian bedroom with dark walls and geometric grey bedding by designer Niki JonesHi everyone! How are you all today? I hope you’ve enjoyed the long Bank Holiday weekend if you live in the UK. Traditionally, this is a time when lots of us take part in DIY and try to get our homes ready for the greatly anticipated summer season. I’m happy to say that I actually haven’t been doing any DIY at all this weekend. That’s because my kitchen makeover, which has been in progress for a year, is finally finished. I can’t tell you what a relief that is. So this weekend we have been mostly enjoying our new space. I will be sharing a progress post with you guys shortly and then the final reveal will follow once I’ve had the time (and good light) to photograph it. So that’s all very exciting!

Something else exciting however, is that I am hosting a fantastic giveaway today, which I am sure you’ll love. A few weeks ago, I received an email from Niki Jones, a fantastic designer who wanted to introduce me to her work. I have no idea how I hadn’t come across her before if I’m honest and that’s why I really love it when people reach out to me. Once I had checked out Niki’s website, I knew she would be a perfect candidate to feature on The Design Sheppard so I immediately responded and asked if I could interview her so I could give you guys a more in-depth insight into her work. Luckily, she agreed to make time for us. So here it is: Read More…

How to Make the Most of Stunning Views

Kingswear South Devon

As you’re probably aware by now, I am based in Dartmouth in South Devon and I count myself lucky every day to be able to live in such a beautifully stunning location. I have grown up here and spent most of my life living here, except for a brief period of study when I moved away for my degree and a couple of years spent living in Bristol. When I was younger I never appreciated living here and couldn’t wait to move away, convinced that city living had more to offer. It was only when I did move away that I realised how much I love this little town and all its quirks. Before long I was back living here and I saw my home town through new eyes.

The past few weeks have seen the town basked in brilliant sunshine and there has been a distinct holiday vibe as thousands of tourists flock here to sample the lifestyle that I am lucky enough to live and breathe every day. The unique location of Dartmouth means that we are surrounded by stunning views at every turn. Situated on the banks of the River Dart, right beside the sea and in the middle of the countryside, Dartmouth is a real gem. But Shhhhhh….don’t tell too many people as I don’t want my little town overrun with even more tourists. It’s hard enough to park as it is!

As you can see from these photos that I’ve taken of Dartmouth and of Kingswear across the other side of the river, the people who live here on the river banks benefit from the most stunning views. It’s easy to take it for granted when you live here and it’s obviously the reason why coastal towns like Dartmouth, Kingswear, Stoke Fleming, Strete, Kingsbridge and Salcombe prove to be such popular holiday destinations.
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National Tile Week 2017

National Tile Week 2017

April is a pretty big month for anyone who is embarking on any home upgrade projects. The entire month of April is Home Improvement Month so it’s the perfect time to set yourself the challenge of updating at least one room in your home. We will finally be finishing off our kitchen makeover that we started last April. It was put on hold for various reasons but we are finally in a position to get that finished. Perfect timing too as it is also National Tile Week in April. Let me tell you more about it. Read More…

Trend : Nautical Interiors

Nautical interiors is definitely not a new trend, but it is a timeless trend. You will always find people decorating their homes with a nautical theme and it really doesn’t date. Living right on the coast here in Devon, I am surrounded by seaside themed…well …everything really. So it is no surprise that as summer approaches and outdoor living becomes more of a possibility, I always get drawn to nautical interiors. There is just something so classy about them, don’t you think? Is it the blue and white colour scheme maybe? I’m not sure, but what I do know is that nautical interiors never go out of favour with me. So today I’ve picked out a selection of products that can be used to create a classical nautical inspired room.

Nautical Interiors trend inspiration

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Marble Wallpaper from Murals Wallpaper

Deep Blue Clouded Marble Wallpaper by Murals Wallpaper

Morning everyone, how was your weekend? Over too quick, right? Well, there’s nothing we can do about that, but thought I’d pop by this morning to brighten your day a little with this fantastic marble wallpaper I’ve discovered from Murals Wallpaper (the same company that makes these gorgeous Terrazzo wall murals I featured a few weeks ago). Marble has been a big trend in interiors over the last few years. It started out with Carrara marble being a highly covetable material but as the trend matured we saw more colourful marbles taking centre stage. I wasn’t a fan if I’m honest, but now I’ve seen this stunning marble wallpaper I’m totally converted. Isn’t it just beautiful? What an amazing statement wall this would be. I’m particularly drawn to the pinky ones and blush pink is a big trend at the moment too so this would tie in nicely. By using these faux marble wallpaper prints you can add the class and elegance of marble to your home without the expense and hassle of sourcing real marble. Take a look and let me know what you think, okay? Read More…

Disguise Your TV with the Samsung Frame

Disguise your TV with a Samsung Frame TV

Have you ever wished that you could disguise that ugly black box in the corner of your livingroom? You know the one I mean. That massive TV that takes up valuable space in your room and looks like a right eyesore. You’ve noticed how no photographs of home interiors in magazines ever feature a TV, right? Well that’s because the stylists always remove them because they look bloody awful and their mere presence is incompatible with the aspirational lifestyle that the magazine is trying to sell you.

For years, I have pondered how I can disguise my TV. Ideally I’d like to get rid of it altogether but then I wouldn’t be able to put CBeebies on when I need a moment of peace, so that’s not happening. I’ve considered putting it in a cabinet, but I’ve never found a cabinet I like. I’ve considered mounting it on the wall, but I fear that will draw even more attention to it. I’ve even considered getting one of those mirror TVs, but they look pretty hideous and are really expensive. I couldn’t find a satisfactory solution so I basically gave up and accepted the fact that the TV dominates the livingroom. But I have great news! Thanks to Samsung there is now a fantastic solution that absolutely ticks all the boxes and will allow you to disguise your TV with ease and class. Read More…

How I Overcome the Winter Blues

Blooming Artificial Faux Plants Innolux SAD Light

The past few days have felt decidedly warmer down here in Devon. We even had to turn the central heating down one evening as we were feeling a little balmy. To me, that is a sure sign that Spring is edging ever closer and I can’t wait. It’s hard trying to get through the winter months as those dark and dreary days seem endless. I really miss the warmer, sunny days that Spring and Summer bring and I find that this tends to affect my mood somewhat. My husband is definitely affected. He can be a real grump in winter and tends to suffer from a distinct lack of motivation. I’m convinced that he suffers from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), but he assures me he doesn’t. After years of difficult winters, I decided that it was time we sought a solution that would help us cope better through the winter months and shake off those pesky winter blues. Read More…

My Mini Livingroom Makeover

Livingroom before Habitat KOTA 2 Seater Sofa Bed

I am so excited to share today’s post with you guys! Just after Christmas my husband and I decided that it was time to do a mini livingroom makeover. I say mini makeover as it was actually the first room we tackled when we moved in back in 2013 so it didn’t need much doing to it in all honesty. We were pretty happy with it, but I’ve always felt it wasn’t quite finished. We choose to paint the walls in a beautiful shade of dark green (Dulux Moss Blanket) but I was a bit apprehensive about painting all four walls in such a dark colour as it’s quite a small room and I’d only ever lived in magnolia homes before. So we opted to paint two walls green and leave two magnolia. Then in 2015, in celebration of National Wallpaper Week, we teamed up with Graham & Brown* for a decorating project whereby we used their beautiful Honolulu Palm wallpaper by Julien Macdonald* to cover one of the magnolia walls. This left us with one Magnolia wall, as you can see in the before picture above. We also had three massive canvasses hanging on this wall which we had brought with us from our previous, much bigger, home. They were too big for the space and I wanted to replace them with something more fitting. The new year provided us with the perfect excuse to make those little changes to our livingroom that we felt were really rather overdue. Read More…

Trend : Painterly Watercolour Wallpaper

Anthology Definition wallcovering Obsidian - Watercolour wallpaper

I’ve noticed the watercolour trend hitting the interiors scene over the past few years and I was wondering if any of you have noticed it too? It started off in accessories like cushions and fabrics, then we saw tableware and ceramics following suit. But it seems to me that this trend is getting stronger and stronger as lots of lovely new collections of watercolour wallpaper are popping up at the moment. My inbox has been a hotbed of activity in the past two weeks as I have received email after email about these gorgeous wallcoverings that are inspired by painterly techniques. Whether it’s paint splatters, watery inks, or visible brush strokes, these beautiful papers are taking inspiration from the artist’s palette to create something really stunning. So today I thought I’d share my findings with you. Read More…

Embracing Hygge with the Eve Duvet

Eve Duvet and bedding Days of Hygge

It’s really quite unbelievable but I haven’t actually written a blog post about ‘Hygge‘ yet. Surely, I must be the only blogger who hasn’t? Hygge has been such a massive trend this winter, it’s been everywhere. For those of you who don’t know what the Danish concept of hygge (pronounced Hoo-gah) is, it basically describes a feeling or mood that comes from taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, every day moments more meaningful, beautiful or special. (There is a really good explanation of hygge over on Hyggehouse). There is no direct translation of the word in English, but in essence it can be described as a kind of cosiness that you feel when you are able to take pleasure from the presence of gentle, soothing things and when you can be free from anything that is deemed to be annoying or emotionally overwhelming. Hygge is taking time to enjoy your hot cup of tea with your feet up. Hygge is snuggling up with your loved ones by candle light. Hygge is sharing your favourite meal with friends. Hyyge is basically anything that makes you feel happy, cosy, contented, warm, safe and comforted. It sounds lovely doesn’t it? But I think it’s quite a personal thing. What makes one person feel hyggelig might not work for another. So today I want to talk about my idea of hygge and what hygge means to me. Read More…

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