Category Archives: Design Favourites & Inspiration

Bert and May X Darkroom London

October 10, 2016

 

Bert and May x Darkroom collaboration, geometric monochrome tiles barge, london design festival 2016

 

I can’t believe that we’re a week into October already! I’m starting to organise the house for Christmas (will I peak too early again this year?) and the interiors world has just been flooded with so, so many covetable design launches for the new season.Read More

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London Design Festival Part 2: London Design Fair & 100 Per Cent Design

September 24, 2016

Mateo Gonet balloons London Design Fair 2016

So today is our final stop on the design week show trail and I’ve saved the rawer, more edgy Tent (or London Design Fair as its now been rebranded) for the finale.Read More

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London Design Festival Part 1: Decorex & Design Junction, Trends & Highlights

September 22, 2016

Bethan Gray marquetry pink table at Design Junction 2016

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.Wow, what a roller coaster week of inspiration London Design Festival has been! I must confess that Design Junction is my absolute favourite staple on the Festival calendar, a guaranteed smorgasbord of inspiring design that I’ll be crushing on for months after.Read More

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Rowenna Mason: Studio Tour and Interview

September 16, 2016

Rowenna Mason Textiles, studio tour and interview

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Sometimes design is just like love at first sight; your heart skips, you have to have it, you spend ages thinking about it, it’s there in your mind at the back until you actually have it.Read More

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10 Best Botanical Leaf Print Wallpapers

August 8, 2016

best botanical and tropical leaf print wallpapers

Image: Design Soda

If you have eyes and ears I’m sure you’ve noticed tropical palm and banana leaf prints are a massive trend in homes and fashion at the moment, all over the catwalk (sometimes head to toe outfits, I’m looking at you Dolce and Gabanna!), homewares, fabrics, paper and I’m totally seduced by them. I think our new obsession with leaves in the home started with our acceptance en masse of succulents and cacti into our homes a few years back followed by the adoption of larger house plants, last year was definitely the year of the cheese plant, looks like this year may be the fiddle leaf tree, both of which are beautiful but utterly toxic to cats. We have one very shady border in our garden so I’ve been looking at all of the beautiful different leaf patterns Mother Nature has created in quite a lot of detail over the last few months and all of these leaf prints make my heart sing.Read More

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New Designers Show, 2016

July 11, 2016

New Designers Show, interiors textiles round up 2016

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Last week I was lucky enough to be given some tickets to the New Designers shows 2016 by a crafter & designer who’s work I really love (more on that in a post soon!). I really love design shows, the atmosphere, the creativity, the inspiration, I always feel pulled in a thousand directions all at once as my eyes glance something new at each turn. With an event like Decorex you expect to be wowed by the presentations of design houses at the top of their field, but what’s really special about platforms like New Designers is the wealth of talent out there waiting to become the future mainstream. I was excited to see quite a few of the designers in One Year On which was curated this year by the founder/owner of Luna & Curious which I’m a big fan of. It’s amazing to see the output of businesses which have been going for a year. Perhaps even more inspiring is the work of graduates (both BA & MA) some of whom displayed work with a truly stunning attention to pattern & detail, form and purpose. So, here is my photographic rundown of the things which really caught my eye, I include contact details of all designers under each piece.Read More

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Shop Love – CB2

March 30, 2016

CB2

Whilst looking for some hard to find object or other I stumbled upon this fantastic store. I think I may have seen other things sold by them in the past and instantly dismissed them as international and therefore expensive. But I am wrong, as they are almost as well priced as fellow American stalwarts Target. CB2 by Crate & Barrel have fast become an American favourite of mine.Inline image 1Read More

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Lipstick for walls – Wallpaper Edit Part 2

January 29, 2016

Kalahari Vignettes Anthropologie Wallpaper

 

It’s been a while since I last posted on wallpapers and there are so many eye catchers on the market. I saw some great ones at London Design Festival in September, patterns are a bit of a weakness for me so this was truly testing ground, but I haven’t got round to sharing them all yet. Some are pretty neutral, others perhaps more fitting on the ubiquitous feature wall which I’m a big fan of, it can be a great and inexpensive way to feature art in a room, and some high end ones really are like pieces of art. It seems fitting that I post this today as I am going to use Ted’s afternoon nap to remove some anaglyphta from the hallway in our new house. I include a few American papers as some people are happy to shop internationally (or are reading from other countries) and in fact I have ordered the wallpaper in the main image for my downstairs loo from Anthropologie’s American website. Here is my smorgasbord of favourites,  Enjoy!Read More

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Design Junction & Tent London 2015

September 25, 2015

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Had so much fun at Design Junction and Tent London. I started the day at Tent London arriving in Shoreditch at 10am bright eyed and bushy tailed, very far from how I felt 6 hours later with 5 canvas bags with a million pieces of paper and a particularly cumbersome piece of concrete! But wow, what an experience. I genuinely feel a bit spoilt for choice, there was so much great eye catching design at an accessible price point. I come away with a couple of pieces, but my wish list for our next house is now immense – some serious thought on the design brief is now required! As we are going away for the weekend today I am horribly time poor (will probably forget all essential baby supplies at this point) but I wanted to update at least some of the thrills from today’s visits to the shows.
I give you today’s Design Festival through the Aperture:

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Decorex 2015: A Picture Postcard Wishlist

September 23, 2015

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As a magpie excited by things that sparkle, or a kid in the best sweetshop ever, or even a magpie in a sweetshop(!) I was so excited, I headed off to Decorex 2015, as a part of the London Design Festival this week, to see over 400 exhibitors interpretation of the future of luxury design. Decorex is widely regarded as quite a big deal in the design world Read More

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