• Fresh for summer ’15: don’t miss the new season collection from St Jude’s

    by  • Friday, July 31, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Renowned for putting a modern twist on traditional, nature-inspired motifs, St Jude’s Fabrics & Prints has established itself in the hearts of print-lovers thanks to its distinctive style, bold use of colour and flowing illustrations.Birch-Tree-Sun

    This summer, the brand is launching Birch Tree Sun (above), a new fabric and wallpaper from designer Angie Lewin. Inspired by her 2006 wood engraving Five Trees and her 2010 screen print Winter Birches, the design features an interwoven series of cascading rivers, sun-like orbs and clusters of cross-hatched trees. Available in five colourways, pick your favourite from mustard and sea blue, coral and sage green, teal and slate, terracotta and grey, and a moody ink and turquoise option, all at £54 per m.

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    The brand has also relaunched the fish-adorned Deep Sea fabric (above). Created by Emily Sutton, it follows her enchanting Curiosity Shop design, and comes in three beautiful colourways. Choose from pops of Coral in a stormy blue scene, enlivening aqua and cool grey, or a palette of lively blues over fresh white. Inspired by enchanting relics from bygone eras and afternoons spent in Edinburgh’s Museum of Childhood, her intricate prints look beautiful as both curtains and accessories alike, and cost £54 per m.

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    For a taste of these designs on a smaller scale, printmaker and St Jude’s co-founder Angie is also selling a selection of limited-edition prints. Produced as linocuts, wood engravings, lithographs and screen prints, her unique pieces are reminiscent of plants set against the roaring sea and sky of North Norfolk and the Scottish Highlands. post-460

    Perfect for nature-lovers, these woodland-inspired artworks are available online, and will also be shown at The Bankside Gallery in November. For a pretty illustrative piece, check out the tranquil The Honesty Blue screenprint (above), which was commissioned by the V&A.

     

    Credits: Birch Tree Sun will be available soon; Angie Lewin, photographed by Alun Callender; Honesty Blue screenprint (unframed), £295, V&A

     

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    House plants, house plants, house plants!

    by  • Wednesday, July 29, 2015 • 1 Comment

    I have a slight obsession with house plants, I know they’ve always been there, but suddenly they are everywhere! My wilting windowsill of plants are a sorry sight, whilst I was browsing for some creative inspiration at The Room Edit the lush green displays put my attempts to shame! It has, however, given me some ideas for more than average planting ideas…what do you think?

     

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    The terrariums can arrive fully assembled so there’s no excuse for not having green fingers! Jewel terrarium, £54.95, Penta terrarium £59.95, The Urban Botanist. See the full image at The Room Edit.

     

     

     

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    Off set succulents and cacti with rustic and colourful glazed earthenware containers. Tenderling pots, £3, Anthropologie. See the full image at The Room Edit.

     

     

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    Brighten up a corner with layers of lush greenery. Bittergurka hanging planter, £8 per section, Ikea; Wrapped navy hanging planter, £30, Urban Outfitters. See the full image at The Room Edit.

     

     

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    Ok, strictly speaking not house plants but it’s still a stunning way to get some greenery into the room. Retro glass bottles, from £28, Nordic House. See the full image at The Room Edit.

     

     

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    Metal planters add that element of utility style, perfect for bathrooms and kitchens. Graslock plant pot, £16, Ikea; Metal plant pot, £6.99, H&M. See the full image at The Room Edit.

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    Sneak Peek: House of Fraser to launch brand new Home and Fashion collection for Autumn 2015

    by  • Thursday, July 23, 2015 • 0 Comments

    It may not be launching online and in store until the end of August but we’re so excited about the new Gray & Willow collection from House of Fraser, that we couldn’t keep it to ourselves!

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    3 seater sofa £1,899, side table £259, cushions from £45, basket knit throw £100 and grey etched textured vase £35 all from Gray & Willow.

    Designed and curated in-house at House of Fraser, the gorgeous new collection explores a ‘Scandi inspired approach to interiors that demonstrates relaxed versatility within a sanctuary of modern style’

    Featuring a palette of soft greys, putties, oatmeals and dusty lilacs, it captures a mood of a relaxed and rustic lifestyle.

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    Wooden bench £499, marble vase £30, large marble frame £30, slate frame £20, cream etched vase £25, grey etched vase £35, candle holder £18 and basket knit throw, £100 all Gray & Willow.

    Heralding traditional making methods and natural material and taking a relaxed approach to cooking, dining and entertaining, the kitchen collection combines acacia wood boards, utensils and lidded glass jars with light and dark marble serveware, and organically shaped, glazed dinnerware.

    We love the simple, understated feel of the striped linens and brushed steel cutlery, both of which would work well with existing crockery and glassware.

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    Acacia round board £45, dark marble placemat £30, acacia utensils £12 each, rectangular roasting dishes from £30, round roasters from £32, striped napkins, £16 for 4, all Gray & Willow.

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    Elska dinnerware from £6 and striped napkins £16 for 4 both Gray & Willow.

    Moving through to the bedroom, the collection continues the relaxed, laid-back living feel, which through extensive customer research was identified by the buying team, as a key essential thus achieving daily calm and more time for rest and relaxation. Something we can all relate to!

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    Double bedstead £999, Tromso flannel stripe double duvet cover £80, Stonewashed bedspread £150 all Gray & Willow.

    With such pretty bedding of timeless washed slub cotton yarns and linen fibres with brushed flannel for an organic quality it creates a lovingly laid-back feel that just makes us want to curl up among it with a cup of tea and a good book!

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    Pillowcases from £25 for a pair, Gray & Willow.

    If like us you love this look for your home, then you’ll be pleased to hear the Gray & Willow collection extends to fashion too so look out for this launching at the end of August too. We’ve already got our eye on several lovely pieces!

     

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    Irresistible new trend for AW15: create easy style with unrefined luxe

    by  • Monday, July 20, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Tougher than glamour but more refined than vintage, the new trend for undone luxe is definitely one to watch for A/W 2015. Effortlessly fusing copper and gold with clay, marble and wood, it’s a tactile trend inspired by raw materials, muted colours and toughened-up textures. Look out for clean lines and modest, utility-inspired shapes, brought to life with exposed finishes and hints of metallic for an opulent twist on simple designs.

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    Adept in the art of putting a luxurious spin on simple homeware is Rowen & Wren. Its statement copper mugs are available in either a shiny or matt finish, whilst the hand-made nature endows each piece with its own distinct character. Give the copper an unrefined feel by teaming it with cool concrete or marble, for a look that’s both effortless and artisan.
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    For a slightly more utilitarian take on the trend, try this striking range from John Lewis. Reminiscent of the pared-back aesthetic of Japanese style, it’s a sturdy, tactile collection in a thunderous palette of inky black. Simply team it with stormy greys and sprigs of foliage to let this beautiful raw material sing.

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    Add a vintage spin with this charming set from Marks & Spencer. Industrial metal cutlery is given a softer edge with aged handles; just pair with rough hessian or soft linen for easy, undone luxe.

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    Lastly, take a look at this trio of textured vases from West Elm. Style the mattified metallic finishes with exposed concrete and a moody palette for instant understated luxury.

     

    From top: Moscow mugs, £18 each, Rowen & Wren; beaker, £15; mini jug, £18; 25cm serving bowl, £55; dinner plate, £28; all Dove Street Pottery by David Worsley range, John Lewis (coming soon); Ornate cutlery, £75 for a 16-piece set, Marks & Spencer; textured vases, from £29 each, West Elm (coming soon)

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    Embrace Scandi style with Lotta Jansdotter’s nature-inspired textiles

    by  • Wednesday, July 15, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Nestled between Finland and Norway is Åland – a mass of almost 7,000 islands that is the birthplace and source of inspiration of designer Lotta Jansdotter. Thanks to the region’s abundance of natural beauty, Lotta’s organic, hand-made designs are simple, modern and unmistakably Scandinavian. She notes that her ideas for her most recent collection have “come from everything and everywhere. Patterns and motifs are all around.”

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    Even Lotta’s design process is refreshingly organic, as she pours over notebooks filled with magazine clippings, visits thrift stores and yard sales, then pools her research with her finds from travelling. She then creates her designs using pens, paper, India inks, scissors and rubber cement, later cutting the shapes out of paper and altering the pattern scales on a copy machine.

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    Fresh for 2015, Lotta’s four new bedding designs include: Cal, a reversible design in black and taupe; Kita, featuring pops of fresh orange and a soft dotty underside; Bergen (top), where soothing tones of aqua are brought to life with zesty lime; and Sylloda (above), a large-scale motif in tranquil dove grey and white. Her signature collection (below) is also full of understated repeat prints in nature-inspired tones, such as glacier blue and sage green. Pair soft grey linens with a vibrant, hand-printed cushion for a fresh pop of colour, or alternatively, layer cushions in contrasting designs of the same palette for a more relaxed scheme.

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    Also inspired by the urban elements of her life in Brooklyn and the sparse precision of Japanese style, Lotta’s designs incorporate the gardens, food and paintings of these two cultures. Bold streaks of colour mark her more daring side – embrace the trend by teaming colourful cushions and linens with rustic oak and painted brick for a modern industrial feel.

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    Prices: £19 per m for fabric and from £20 for a cushion.

    View Lotta’s new collections at Ashley Wilde, or to learn more about the designer, visit her website

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