Fashion Wallpaper

Fashion wallpaper from the Surreal collection

This fashion inspired black and white wallpaper is perfect for any avid fashionistas who want to express their love of all things fashion. Available from Wallpaper from the 70s, this wallpaper is part of the surreal collection.

There are a whole host of unique papers available from the floral, baroque, glamorous, romantic and abstract collections, many of which create stunning and sometimes mind-boggling visual effects.

London inspired wallpaper

Changing Guard

The Royal Guards wallpaper by Lizzie Allen

Lizzie Allen has her own printing studio in which she produces hand-printed wallpapers. Her unique style incorporates novelty and humour and she finds her inspiration from travelling and the different places she has lived in. She also draw her experiences of other cultures and traditions.

This wallpaper is ideal for feature walls or individual panels. The London collection features many whimsical designs in vibrant colours and depicts typical scenes from the streets of London. From the changing of the guard to scenes outside St Pauls Cathedral and red buses and black cabs.

Telephone box

Telephone Box super-wide wallpaper by Lizzie Allen

Shiny new bathtub


Tub T

Tub-T by Wild Terrain Designs

The Tub-T is an elegant bathtub made from diamond polished stainless steel and complimented with glass steps. There is a blasted swirl pattern on each step. Each step contains an LED light which illuminates the tread. The hand rail which is also made from diamond polished stainless steel is in the form of an elongated tear drop. Enjoy a glamorous bath every time in the Tub-T, yet another piece from the Exclusively Yours range by Wild Terrain Designs.


Concept cook


Concept Cook

Concept Cook by Hardy Inside

Conceived and designed by Jean-Luc Roux for Hardy Inside, the Concept Cook is a stand-alone kitchen module that brings all the functions together in a single island unit: washing, preparation and cooking. Combined with a cupboard unit on the same level containing a refrigerator, it has room for storage of crockery and utensils.

The Concept Cook includes the latest in kitchen technology with a system of intelligent drawers, “Inside Tronic”, LED displays which illuminate when drawers are opened and an integral automatic hood.


Colour of the Month – Nov 09


Nov 09 Grey

Grey is the colour of the month for November 09

Justine Fox, colour expert at Global Color Research, presents the colour of the month, helping us to understand how colour psychology affects trends. This month she looks at the undeniable sophistication and elegance of Grey.

The following is taken from the mix colour update newsletter which you can subscribe to here.

If ever a colour was ubiquitous in the mass market it is Grey. First seen in Autumn/Winter 09/10 Mix trend Contour (Mix Trends colour forecast book issue 17), there is literally a rainbow of greys from charcoal to dove, turning up on everything from carpets (pictured is Chevalier èdition) to paints. Grey/silver is also perennially popular in the automotive industry because of easy resale or lease and because it shows the lines of the car off with highlight finishes.

It is interesting that Grey’s popularity has come at a time of great insecurity and economic upheaval; Grey is perhaps the most psychologically neutral shade of all, evoking little emotional response, providing a much needed rest from any form of emotional turmoil. Grey urges us to hibernate and escape from the world.

Much associated in fashion with Winter collections, Grey also has utilitarian, practical associations that make it chime well with today’s more austere, less throw-away culture. There is a strong urban feel to Grey, evoking expanses of concrete that make it feel slightly dystopian, again fitting in with the feeling of unease any recession generates.

Like black and camel, Grey is undeniably chic in a low key, controlled way. One of the least sexually attractive of all colours, it never-the-less exudes luxury when combined with a lavish material like cashmere and is increasingly moving out of the boardroom and into the home. Finally Grey works well when lifted by colourful accents, making it a force to be reckoned with for some time to come.


Luxury camping


Opera 1

Opera mobile holiday home by Enthoven Associates

And here it is! A tent I wouldn’t mind going camping in! Although according to the designers, Enthoven Associates from Antwerp in Belgium, the Opera mobile holiday home is neither a tent, a caravan, nor a motor home.

The Opera allows you the freedom and mobility of camping , but with the luxury of a hotel. It includes a wine cabinet, warm-air heating, an espresso bar, an enclosed teak veranda,  two first class and electrically adjustable beds that become one with a single simple movement, hot and cold water, ceramic toilet, LED lighting and a mobile hob and barbecue,  for cooking outside.

An exclusive, small number of Operas will be produced entirely by hand in Geldrop in the Netherlands in 2010. It is opened and levelled by electric power in under 5 minutes so there is no struggle with tent poles or pegs. When open the residence measures a lengthy 7 metres, more than 3 metres wide and 3.5 metres high.

I’ve never been so excited by the prospect of camping.


Opera 2

Could it possibly have taken inspiration from an iconic building in Sydney?




The practical sleeping bag


The Musuc Bag by Rodrigo Alonso Schramm

I’m definitely not the camping kind of girl. Its not that I don’t enjoy the great outdoors, but when it comes to sleeping in a tent in an incredibly restrictive and uncomfortable sleeping bag I have to draw the line.

However, I could be persuaded to change my mind if I had the Musuc bag, which I believe is now available to buy in the UK. The brainchild of Chilean designer Rodrigo Alonso Schramm, this modern take on a sleeping bag is far more practical than any other sleeping bag I have ever seen.

Designed to provide not only maximum comfort, but also enhanced mobility. The bag is shaped to follow the human form and has sleeves and legs so it can be worn not only for sleeping but also outside of the tent on those cold evenings around the camp fire.

There are numerous ties and belts for adjustment and it features extra padding in certain areas for maximum comfort. when lying or sitting on hard surfaces.

All I need now is a tent which has its own proper toilet and shower and I’m off camping.

Nowism is the trend for November 09

Nowism definition

Trendwatching identifies NOWISM as the trend for November 09. The following is taken from the latest briefing.

As the future is uncertain, and the past is, well, the past, instant-gratification seeking consumers are embracing the ‘now’ with more passion than ever before. And despite this trend’s seemingly ephemeral character, it is rich in solid, applicable trend examples.

The power of all things ‘NOW’ can be traced back to the eternal lure of instant gratification and our current consumer societies handily accommodating and encouraging this relentless pursuit of instant information, communications, pleasure, if not indulgences. En passant reducing the ‘now’ to mere minutes, if not seconds.

Key trend drivers are abundance, experiences, and the online world.

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