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KIP : London’s Affordable Design Hotel

Kip Affordable Design Hotel London - Reception

In this post I want to share another exciting design find that I discovered thanks to Curate & Display on Twitter. This time it’s an affordable design hotel in London. What? I hear you ask. Affordable and London in the same sentence? But yes, it’s really true. I have found a great looking design hotel in London that doesn’t break the bank. When looking for a hotel to stay the night in, design is always a very important factor in my decisions. If I’m going to stay away from home I don’t want to stay in a bog standard room that could be anywhere. I don’t want a typical hotel. I want somewhere that has personality, somewhere that is well thought out and somewhere that speaks to the design geek in me. But at the same time I’m not made of money, so I also need somewhere that won’t cost an arm and a leg. It took a lot of searching, but I’ve finally found it. Welcome to Kip, an affordable design hotel in London. Read More…

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…

Bloomingville A/W 2014

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I don’t very often posts mainly pictorial posts as I normally have quite a lot to say. But when I saw the new Autumn/Winter 2014 catalogue from Bloomingville I was pretty much speechless. Not only are the products breathtakingly beautiful but the styling really is to die for. So all in all, there isn’t really much more to say about this collection and as the old adage goes, a picture paints a thousand words. So with that I will leave you to peruse the beautiful images at your leisure. Simply click on the smaller images in the gallery below to expand them. And make sure you have a cuppa to hand as you may be here some time. Once you’ve finished day dreaming be sure to head over to the Bloomingville website to discover the products in more detail. Read More…

Experiments in Styling with Tesco

Tesco SS14 Collection Monochrome Bedroom

As you all know, nobody loves well designed, unique products for the home more than me. Only problem is that they don’t come cheap, and nor should they when you consider all the hard work, creativity and years of experience that go into making them. But when money is tight, like it is for me right now, (having just bought our first flat at the end of last year and then with the arrival of our gorgeous little angel Matylda) these designer goods can become somewhat out of reach and we are forced to look for cheaper alternatives. Luckily there are some really great homeware ranges coming onto the market right now and from some unlikely players. You might have noticed that I have done a few posts recently about the SS14 collections that have been launched by supermarkets. Back in January I featured both Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury’s, but it seems that they are not the only supermarkets that have upped their game in the style stakes when it comes to homeware.

I was recently contacted by the team at Tesco asking if I would be interested in receiving a sample of products from their relaunched homeware offering by the new design team under the direction of Steven Rowe, to try out and style up for my blog. I must admit I was a little skeptical at first as Tesco isn’t normally the first place that springs to mind when I think of designer homeware. But having had a good look at the range online, I have to admit I was very pleasantly surprised. The products were grouped into a number of trends, namely couture, monochrome, Moroccan, seaside and sherbet crush. Many of the products were very striking and certainly not something I would expect to see down my local supermarket. And even more surprising was the fact that all these items remained in the price range I would expect from my local supermarket. This filled me with a great sense of optimism knowing that it is possible to get a designer look at affordable high street prices. Read More…

Graphic Mural Collection by Lilesadi

Rainy Days Wallpaper by Lilesadi from Photowall

Another week is already half over and before we know it the weekend will be here again so before it is I wanted to share another great wallpaper collection with you guys. This one is from Photowall and is an imaginative graphic mural collection by Lilesadi, a Dutch design studio established in 2011 by sisters Dinah and Sarah Smutny. The collection is called High Above and is inspired by graphic structures, nature and wild animals in barren mountainous landscapes.The papers feature triangles that form hills, bears on the move, torrential rain over rolling valleys and a lone wolf scouting rocky mountains. I love the playful minimalism that this collection offers and I think it would be absolutely great for a child’s room. What about you guys? Where would you use this paper?

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