• Trend alert! It’s all about wonderful weaving!

    by  • Wednesday, July 1, 2015 • 0 Comments

    It’s officially summer (yay!) and with the sun finally out, the warm balmy evenings, and barbecues being lit up and down the country, I feel myself getting that holiday feeling. Which is why I’m so happy that woven pieces, finishes and motifs are taking over the high street right now, as this chic trend instantly makes me think of long lunches on a Mediterranean beach or candle lit dinners in rustic Italy. But woven isn’t just for outside living, it works wonderfully inside too!


    Take your dinner party alfresco and hang woven lanterns to illuminate your outside space. These are from Habitat, as well as the colourful, woven food covers, which all create a feeling of holiday style dining.


    These fabulous Lyra dining chairs from Made.com have been designed with lazy summer evenings in mind. The seats of the chairs have been woven with poly-rattan for extra comfort  meaning they can happily sit outside when not being used to entertain guests.


    Beautiful and storage are two words I love to hear together and Rigby & Mac have hit the nail on the head with these stunning woven baskets. Sold as a set of 3, use as a stylish laundry basket, a home for magazines and books or even housing your summer shoe collection.


    How fabulous is this statement woven lamp from Ikea? With its simple frame, it allows lots of light to flood out creating the most wonderful shapes over the dinner table. Anyone else thinking if turned upside down it would make a great fruit basket?!


    Want to add a touch of scandi style living to your home? Then head to Berry Red and snap up some of their Emily Red Woven baskets. Available in a range of shapes and sizes, they are lightweight yet strong and I’m loving the red and white colourway!




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    Be your own interior designer and enjoy exclusive discounts!

    by  • Monday, June 29, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Whether it’s avidly tearing out pages from your favourite interiors magazine (Ideal Home, of course!), getting click-happy on Pinterest, or pouring over old episodes of ‘The Great Interior Design Challenge’, there’s nothing like an afternoon spent dreaming up your perfect home to leave you full of inspiration. But with so many beautiful brands and an endless stream of choice, taking the dreamscape in your mind and recreating it within your own four walls can be something of a tricky business.Living-room Thankfully, the clever souls at KLC School of Design have launched My Design School: an exciting interactive online interior design course. Covering everything from colour palettes and pattern to space planning and decorating, the course will give you the confidence and knowledge to make your fantasy home (and fantasy Pinterest board!) a reality. If your current project consists of drowning in endless fabric swatches and sofa catalogues, then this is the perfect way to finally bring your dream home to life!Moodboard-2

    This year’s five-week course is run by a dedicated course tutor, and runs from 14 September to 16 October. Because it’s online, you can undertake the work in your own time, either at home or on the move, as well as benefiting from being part of a fun and interactive online course community. So you can revel in the inspiration and expertise of your tutor and classmates without ever having to slip off your slippers – what a treat!


    What’s more, if you sign up today you can save £100 with the discount code BG0715. Still need tempting? You’ll also receive an exclusive 20% off at Wallpaperdirect – the perfect place to indulge your new-found interiors know-how! So no matter what your previous experience, indulge in your passion and take part in this fantastic creative experience, all for £399.

    To find out more and book your place, visit the KLC Design School’s website.

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    Vanessa Arbuthnott launches new collections, plus opens her first store!

    by  • Friday, June 26, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Long have we at Home Shopping Spy been big fans of talented textile designer Vanessa Arbuthnott, so when the news reached us that not only has she launched two beautiful new collections for 2015, but that she has also just opened her first store, we had to have a sit down from all the excitement!


    The two new charming collections, aptly named ‘Birds & Beasts’ and ‘Harris Tweed’ may be diverse in their design, with  printed and the other woven but are still extremely complimentary and reflect the classic Arbuthnott country style. Plus it seems it’s a family affair as the collections have both received the invaluable input of Vanessa’s two daughters, Rose and Flora.


    Quirky and light-hearted, ‘Birds & Beasts’ is an enchanting printed collection of whimsical wild animals and African inspired acacia trees designed by Rose, as well as depictions of naïve and deliciously plump birds by Flora. Both studied in Scotland, and have obviously inheriated their Mum’s flair for design and use of colour, introducing some new shades in their designs such as Dormouse, Kale, Mallow, Terracotta and Tomato.


    The second of Vanessa’s new collections is the introduction of locally sourced Harris Tweed, scouted out by Rose and a friend on a journey around the Scottish islands in her campervan. So thrilled was Vanessa by Rose’s finds, that she knew straight away the quintessentially Scottish weaves would make a fabulous addition as a collection on their own, as well as the perfect foil to the witty ‘Birds and Beasts’ motifs. We love how well the tweeds compliment the rest of Vanessa’s collections and will be sure to be snapping up one of her beautifully covered notebooks for all our home shopping spy needs.


    And Vanessa’s new shop and showroom is now open in Cirencester in the heart of Gloucestershire, making it even easier to explore her stunning designs and patterns, all produced and printed in the UK on eco-friendly, 100% linen and organic cotton. Situated at 12 Ashcroft Road, close to the centre of Cirencester, the shop features floor-to-ceiling’walls’ of fabric arranged by colour, complemented by wallpapers, accessories and furniture. So be sure to pop in, grab a cup of coffee and let the colours and designs inspire you!



    Vanessa’s fabrics start at £48 per metre, call 01285 831 437, visit Vanessa Arbuthnott online or check out the shop at 12 Ashcroft Road, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 1QX.


    Opening Times: Monday to Friday 9.30am- 5pm and Saturday 10am-5pm.


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    Give your home a little lift with these purse-friendly, feel-good prints!

    by  • Wednesday, June 24, 2015 • 0 Comments

    From illustrated postcards to bold prints, there’s no better way to stamp your personality on a scheme than with a well-chosen piece of art. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite pieces available to buy at the moment, all with a sunny, feel-good vibe. Oh, and they’re all budget-friendly, too! First up is this understated Truth Wins print from Sarah & Bendrix (£36, unframed).  The simple black and white photograph is brought to life with pretty gold foil print; why not pop it in a copper frame for an extra metallic touch?


    Fancy a pop of colour? Then check out this irresistible Life Is Too Short poster from Peastyle (£24.50, unframed). Team it with subtle mint and white accessories for an upbeat Scandi feel. Pea-Style

    For instant feel-good factor, don’t miss this 50 Things To Make You Happy poster from IndieBerries (£12.50, unframed). Adorned in all sorts of sweet words and illustrations, it’s a fun pick-me-up print full of happy vibes! Uplifting-art

    For more positive prints and postcards, take a look at our high-street edit below. Happy shopping!Cutouts

    From top: 1. Lemon Harvest poster, £19.50, Posh Totty Design; 2. Smile poster in yellow, £18.75, Seventy Tree; 3. Be Happy print, £35, Bodie and Fou; 4. You Are Adored print, £18, The Lepolas range, The Calm Gallery; 5. Ice Ice Baby poster, £23.95, MiniWilla range, Lullabuy

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    Sneak peek at exciting collection for Autumn Winter ’15

    by  • Monday, June 22, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Perhaps their most radical season yet, it was all about colour, colour and more colour when Habitat showcased their new collections for Autumn Winter last week.



    80’s Revival: the playful collection is bright and bold, with assembled geometric shapes and furniture in simple forms. The rugs in this collection are real show stoppers.

    I was lucky enough to go to the preview of next season’s collection and I assure you, Habitat fans new and old will not be disappointed. Plus as this month marks the opening of the their 50th Mini Habitat store, its worth getting re-acquainted with this iconic retailer.


    I’ve picked a few stand out pieces, but hang on until it launches this Septemeber, you’ll be spoilt for choice!




    The pieces range from the must-have-now! monochrome oven to tableware, to the new statement pieces such as the Hawkins armchair for a modern meets classic armchair that mixes chrome, velvet and wool.


    As always the beautiful selection of ceramics made in Portugal are top of the wish list, with textural surfaces gorgeous hand finished glazes.




    Ps. I know its ridiculously early to be mentioned in the ‘C’ word in June, but do keep an eye out for Habitat’s fabulous Christmas decorations, featuring a riot of colour and shapes!


    Details: 1. Hawkins green wool and grey velvet armchair, £995; 2. Felix multi-coloured patterned cushion, £45.00, 3. Elliot oven to table dish from £12; 4. Volcano tall orange and red reactive glaze vase, £30; 5. Niven set of 3 side tables £125.00.

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