Pick of the week #18

It is a very tricky time of year to pick one single thing from this week to be my favourite. At the moment, all the fabric houses are bringing out their new A/W ’17 collections, so expect the theme to be fabrics, fabrics, fabrics over the next few weeks!

Number one, for me, is Romo. A big name in fabric and a staple supplier for me, along with the Abaris Holdings collection of brands – Harlequin/Sanderson/Scion/Anthology.

Anyway, Romo sits easily with me and my personal style. It’s usually relatively simple, lots of geometrics, and cool colour stories. Their price point means they’re easy to sell too, although some of their more intricate embroideries are towards the “How much?!?!” end of the scale.

They have two main new collections this season, Floris and Lorcan.

Floris is the bigger of the two, with a coordinating wall coverings collection. A few words they’ve used to describe it are “sleek”, “sophisticated” and “luxurious”. Sounds good.

Lorcan, then, is a smaller collection of printed fabrics, using the Linarabasecloth which is one of the biggest selling plains around. Sounds like a winning combination.

Here are some beautiful shots from their website to showcase the best of the new stuff. Enjoy.

Floris:

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Floris

Floris

Floris

So there seems to be two main colour stories here; orange/red, and teal/yellow, both with a healthy dose of metallics and textural weaves. Although I love it, it’s probably a bit too ‘glam’ for me and my own home.

Lorcan:

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Lorcan

Lorcan

Lorcan

Obviously I love the predominantly blue colour story with these images, but to any die-hard Romo fan, this collection will come with a big sigh of relief that they’ve still got it. It is hugely reminiscent of the collections of yester-year, and surely shows Romo at it’s best. I love it.

Do you have a favourite? Let me know!

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Where have I been?

August has not been a productive month for this blog. Mainly because I went on holiday again. Or should I say, in Husband’s tone of voice, “Again?!” Because this time, I went without him. Mother was at a loose end so I gallantly offered myself as a holiday buddy to save on those pesky single occupancy charges. I know, I really fell on my sword with this one.

So, as a way of apology for missing what should have been at least 3 Pick of the Weeks, here’s some nice snappy snaps from Skala in Kefalonia, which is where we went…

It really is the most lovely, relaxing spot and was well worth Husband’s never ending jealousy glare.

Everyone loves a holiday – except those times that wind up with packing up your tent two days early because it won’t stop raining in the corner of the UK you decided would be great for a ‘staycation’. I always have major post-holiday blues on return to the UK. Food tastes better on holiday; colours are brighter and days longer.

I really feel as though the pops of yellow around our home were to serve as touches of Summer vibes, to keep us going through the Winter, as Husband and I are both very much ‘Summer People’. But I’m not sure it’s enough.

I know I yabber on about how much I like blue and have it every where at home, but I’ve never really experimented with this really bold sky blue in my interiors – I tend to be more of a navy or pastel blue user… I wonder if any of you guys have – and how has it worked out?

It’s such a bold colour, I think I’d worry about it getting on my nerves after a while… but maybe it would be ok as some little touches like a throw on the sofa, or a tablecloth maybe? I think it would be important to use such a strong colour as soft textures, rather than anything too solid otherwise it could look a bit cheap and plastic-y. Do you know what I mean?

I’m sure I could live with this dinky little Tropez cotton rug or Alize fringed throw, from Maisons Du Monde, for example…

TROPEZ beige cotton rug with blue motifs 50 x 80 cm ALIZÉ fringed throw in blue 125 x 150cm

I mean, who could say no to sky blue tassles?

 

 

In all seriousness, no more holidays planned for me this year, so I will do my best to get back on the writing train, and not leave you all on tenterhooks for another 3 weeks for your next update!… Watch this space.

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Pick of the week #17

This week’s pick of the week is Loaf. I’m sure you’re all aware of the Interiors brand; its big news in the furniture world, and is becoming more accessible with an exclusive range of their home products now available to buy through the high street giant, John Lewis.

They do a huge range of all types of furniture, but I would say they’re probably most well-known for their sumptuous sofas and wow factor upholstered beds which are available in a plethora of striking colours.

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The Hugger bed in Dusk vintage linen 

I’ve always been a fan of their sofas; their proportions are great, the colour options of their upholstery fabrics is fab (yes, there’s a bright yellow option or two!) and their designs are livable but just that bit different to the run of the mill option.

What I like too, is that all of their items are made in Great Britain, which is a claim hard to find these days. Just to prove it, there’s some fun pictures of their factory team, hard at work, on their website which is a really nice touch…

Having a cuppa in a KitKat mug. Can’t get more British than that!

What particularly caught my eye this week was the Oscar corner sofa, which was the main focus in a townhouse living room I visited on Friday;

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Ok, so it doesn’t look much there, does it. Here’s a better picture of the chaise end option from the same range, but styled up a bit…

British made luxury Oscar Chaise corner sofa and Legsie footstool in shaker blue herringbone

The amazing, trans-formative effect of a scatter cushion or two…

Anyway, it’s seriously comfy, would easily fit both Husband and I on (which considering that at 6ft 1″, I am the smaller of the two of us is no mean feat) and most importantly of all, when I showed Husband a picture of it, he liked the way it looked too! The first time in all of history we have agreed on the look of a sofa. Hence why it’s worth a mention on here!

Needless to say that at the moment our pocket money won’t quite stretch to it (a little over £3k in my preferred indigo blue linen!) and our living room is not the right shape for a corner sofa at all, but watch this space people… we have our future sofa all lined up, ready for when we win the lottery and have moved to our dream palatial residence!

On a more realistic note, their website is definitely worth a gander if you’re looking for some rather lovely inspiration, mixing their super soft looking upholstery, with more industrial looking lighting and furniture to great effect.

Here’s what I mean, to whet your furniture-y appetite! Bon appetit…

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The Dixie sofa in Bumblebee clever velvet. Obviously, I want this. Enough said.

Mimosa bed headboard has hand embroidered buttons in a luxury upholstered headboard

The Mimosa bed – the little patterned buttons are handmade in India, so every single one is individual. How lovely is that?!

 

Happy luxury luxury extra comfy British made Happy armchair

The Happy armchair in Cloud blue vintage linen. Considering how chuffed I’d be with this little purchase, I think the range name is very appropriate.

*All pictures for this post have been taken from loaf.com.

Hope you’re all having a nice weekend and thanks, as always, for reading!

 

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The Handmaid’s Tale – I know it’s not what I’m supposed to be thinking about, but…

Is anyone else watching The Handmaid’s Tale? I finally got on board at the weekend with a bit of a binge – I’m 4 episodes in, and I’m aware the finale has just aired in the UK, so I have quite a lot to catch up on! On the plus side, my being the last to the party means there won’t be any spoilers!

It’s really intriguing, but I’ve been having a moral dilemma over the last couple of days over publishing this post, and asking around the office as to whether it’s in bad taste…The general consensus seems to be that as long as I realise that the Interior Design of the set isn’t what I should be most interested in, then it makes it OK to discuss it. I hope you agree…

So, first things first, I truly do realise there’s a lot going on in the programme and the concept behind it is wholly awful.

But, with my mind being constantly switched on to ‘Interior Designer’ mode, I’m also really intrigued by the set design…

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This is the Commander’s House in real life (it’s never sunny in the show!) – Photo cred – onlocationvacations.com

If you don’t know what it’s about, it’s based on the book of the same name, written by Margaret Atwood in the ’80s. Here’s a very brief roundup of a very complex storyline…

It’s set in a place called Gilead, in “a dystopian near-future” under fundamentalist regime where females have become property of the state. It’s generally a pretty dire place as the result of multiple environmental and natural disasters. An untenably low birth rate has resulted in innocent fertile females being trapped and kept as ‘Handmaids’ to have offspring for their ‘Commander’ and his wife. Cue lots of awkward scenes you wish you hadn’t watched, and finding Joseph Fiennes completely unattractive for the first time ever. The show follows one main Handmaid, called Offred, and includes flashbacks to her life before the regime which shows how the ‘new world’ came to be.

So, yeah, it’s pretty heavy. And like I said, I really know I should be thinking about the injustice and horror of it all – and I am to a certain extent – but I’m also wondering where the nice Mid Century dining chairs are from…

It’s kind of like when Husband makes me watch football on the telly, and I tell him all the fabrics the TV studio chairs are upholstered in. Seriously, I think Sky Sports has an account with Osborne & Little.

Anyway, this programme, however chilling, is very on trend in its Interior set design…

I assume it’s intentional; unsettling the viewer by making it seem like a believable and actually quite attractive place to live, if it weren’t for all the awfulness. It’s all very dark, which is a direct reflection of the life these poor women are living, but this too is especially popular in Interiors at the moment.

Here’s some stills to (hopefully) show you what I mean. Or make you think I’m a total weirdo…

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Picture cred – comingsoon.net

Nice wall colour, Joseph. Reminds me of Little Greene’s Marine Blue (95) if you’re in the market for some teal. Which lots of people are at the moment.

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Picture cred – comingsoon.net

Dark grey walls, cute button back chair, ornate brass lamp, green metal bedstead. Nice. It’s like a shopping list for a simple 2017 seasonal update.

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Picture cred – TVguide.com

Very nice shutters, very trendy exposed brickwork, lovely traditional style brass fittings. In all, quite a nice, aspirational looking kitchen. (P.S. 4 episodes in and we don’t mind this guy).

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Picture cred – businessinsider.com

Look at this for a set! Big Manhattan-style-loft glass and iron partition wall/doors, dark green walls, black painted Mid-Century dining chairs and a bunch of indoor plants. Take away the creepy lady and poor trapped Handmaid, and it’s an Instagrammers dream!

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Picture cred – mymbuzz.com

Another shot of my favourite room. You can see the nice chairs better here! They look like they might be Ercol. And a cool concrete floor – very industrial chic.

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Picture cred – Take Five/Hulu

Chinoiserie and chintz are having a bit of a moment in Interiors currently, and these curtains, ornate marble fireplace, figurine lamp base and decorative bird-cage create a really on trend and pretty scheme.

So there you go. What do you think? Am I mad – or had the same thoughts crossed your minds?! Definitely one to watch if you want to be challenged; it is a bit dark and horrible, but there’s some nice scenery to look at too…

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Pick of the week #16

This week has gone ridiculously quickly in a haze of torrential rain, motorway driving and finally getting the last of our holiday washing done!

My pick of the week, however, is slightly more interesting than any of that!

This week, I’m in love with mint green.

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This wall colour is Little Greene Cupboard Green and  I rather like it.

I think I have an over-enthusiasm for green in Interiors, because I don’t see it much. I, myself, have a green bathroom (I will get round to showing you all that at some point…) but I’ll always remember a training day I went on, almost 8 years ago when I was a fresh faced graduate learning about fabrics, when I was told that “Welsh people don’t like using green in their home.” At the time I thought these people (who were from fabric royalty – Harlequin) were just making it up – they also said that we wouldn’t sell much bird print fabric in Wales, but that didn’t seem like such a stretch – but I have since heard from several customers that they would never dream of having either in their home.

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Green and birds?! The horror! I love this Hummingbird wallpaper by Cole & Son

I think it’s a shame, considering how many lovely shades of green there are that these people are missing out on. Especially, remembering the old Interiors trick of ‘bringing the outdoors in’ – if your home has some nice countryside views or is looking out over a lovingly manicured garden, nothing will increase the feeling of openness, than a grassy shade on your upholstery, or a lively green pattern on your curtains, to draw the eye out into the world beyond. And thanks to this typical wet Welsh weather, there’s plenty of green fields to have your eye drawn to around here.

Anyway, I digress…

Mint Green, I would describe as a funny type of colour which is both bright and pale. It’s got more zing in it than sage, but is lighter than aqua. Maybe it’s the ‘duck egg blue’ of the green world? Kind of like the colour of that recycled glassware you can get (or the colour of the sea in Zante *sob*). It’s fresh and modern if paired with hot pink or teal or grey, or teamed up with some chintz-y fabrics and a Persian rug and it’s conjuring up all kinds of country, period home vibes.

I was very happy then, when I entered my customer’s 1990-ish built, townhouse home on the Swansea seafront on Friday morning, and was shown into a freshly painted, gorgeously bright and airy feeling mint green master bedroom.

There were pale grey built-in wardrobes, which potentially aren’t the most inspiring to look at, but a saviour if you’re the type to keep those 100 dresses, just in case (definitely not speaking from experience…) and a white wooden bedstead. Aside from this, the room was bare as it’s only just entering the final stages of a whole home renovation, but it already had a lovely feel…

As you’ll have guessed it, I was there to sort out some window dressings, and we settled on the taupe, white and navy number above, and I suggested that despite my earlier wobbles, brass certainly seems to be back for the foreseeable future, so to invest in some brass handles for the wardrobes, and some fun bedside lamps to warm the scheme up a bit – the pineapple-y ones above are from John Lewis…

Nice.

There are quite a lot of mint green accessories and bits and pieces around at the moment. So, if you’re liking what you’re seeing, I’d check out H&M’s Washed Linen bedding in Dusky Green (below left) and John Lewis’s Puritan Mint tableware range (below right).

 

PS – while doing some research for this little post, I have come across what I’d like my next kitchen to look like…

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How gorgeous is this design in Interior Stylist Emma Persson Lagerberg’s home?! Photgraphed by Petra Bindel 

Mint green units, white walls and marble worktops and upstands? I need a pay rise.

Thanks for reading guys, I hope you’re having a lovely weekend!

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Pick of the week #15

Hi everyone! Yet again, it’s been a couple of weeks since I last posted. We had a lovely week away in Zante, and then last weekend (when I was due to be back on here) I was struck down by some yucky lurgy thanks to some pasty teenager coughing all over me on the flight home. It wasn’t the best way to end a week off!

Anyway, here we are with my latest pick of the week for my dream home…

Obviously, inspired by a cute little bar we frequented on our getaway, I’ve been looking at rattan garden furniture. In particular, La Redoute’s rattan garden furniture. Have a look at this;

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Kok rattan furniture

So stylish; there’s a lovely, light feel to this outdoor furniture. There’s even a little child’s size chair in the range which is rather cute…

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‘Swan’ natural rattan children’s chair

I really love rattan furniture; used in interiors, it instantly adds a Summery, laid back feel and a few pieces in the garden can transform a simple space into an exotic hideaway.

I would say the only downside is that sometimes it’s not overly comfortable (although this can be made into a positive through the need of some pretty cushions!), and with our unpredictable ‘Summer’ weather – it is currently tipping it down outside my window – it can need a bit of looking after to make sure it doesn’t just get ratty and fall apart.

If rattan seating isn’t your bag, there are lots of other pieces of furniture and accessories to get your interior in the holiday spirit. Here are my top picks (all from La Redoute)…

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Adiba plant tables, set of 2 for £119.20

House plants are a big deal in interior design at the moment which I think is lovely, and these plant stands are stand out pieces in my eyes. Really unusual and eye-catching, you could even use them to display ornaments or as side tables if you’re not feeling overly green-fingered!

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Tio rattan headboard, £279

This is fab! Majorly peacock-y, but if you paired it with simple white bedding and maybe some mango wood furniture, it could make for a really stunning bedroom scheme and not too over the top! Maybe a great choice for a little girls room – not too twee but fun and interesting.

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Nogu Kok rattan magazine rack, £48.80

Love this little guy. Practical and stylish – surely what every home accessory should aim to be?! I have always wanted a magazine rack like this, but never found quite the right one…until now…

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Nihove rattan console table, £205

I love the use of black painted and natural rattan in this piece, it gives it a more substantial, solid look, whilst retaining a casual appearance, thanks to the woven shelf tops. I can imagine it on a spacious landing, with pale walls – a real stand alone piece.

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Set of 2 lidded rattan baskets, £99

What kind of crazy person would I be if I talked a bunch about rattan and interiors, and didn’t include some form of basket?! Really like these striped numbers (they’d look great in our bathroom!) but could be really handy in a family room for toys too.

So, there you have it. A round-up of ways to incorporate Summer’s top material – rattan – in your interior or garden design, all courtesy of La Redoute.

*As you’ll know by now, these posts aren’t endorsed or sponsored by anyone, it’s just me getting obsessed by pretty things and wanting to share… Thanks for reading!

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Pick of the week #14

I’ve dropped the ball a bit with this over the last few weeks – my sincere apologies! Several time consuming things have come up in our personal and professional lives recently which have taken their toll in my blogging activity – and I must make a confession that we’re off on holiday this coming week, so there won’t be one of these next weekend either! I am rubbish! Blame Summer!

Anyway, this week’s pick of the week is India Jane! Heard of them? If not, where have you been?!!

They make some truly delightful furniture and home wares, and in particular this week, it’s their V&A collection lamp bases that have got me all hot under the collar.

These are my top picks – check them out;

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Top l-r : Tree of Life, £99.50, Green Parrot, £99.00

Bottom l-r :Butterflies, £99.50, Yellow Chinoiserie Temple Jar, £149.00

I understand they won’t be to everyone’s taste – they’re certainly not on Husband’s wish list – but I just think they’re great. A real investment piece you could pass down the family generations.

These items, along with others in the V&A range take inspiration from the huge archives at the Victoria and Albert museum, London, to create real stand-out pieces.

In my mind, I have a light, open hallway space painted white with light wood floors and a mango wood console table which will evoke a slightly exotic feel. A pair of these lamps flank a bold, black framed mirror and things are finished off with a Persian style runner.

India Jane lamps available at John Lewis. All other pics from Pinterest.

What do you think? Are you a fan of these lovely, colourful lamp bases? I hope you think they’re as fab as I do!

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