• Treat your pooch to a posh new bed!

    by  • Friday, April 17, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    If your dog could speak, (and was interested in interior design!), I think they would be barking on about the gorgeous new Cecil dog bed / mini sofas from Sofa.com.


     The Cecil in Pug, from £230, Fenella Smith range, Sofa.com

     As well as choosing from the house brushed-linen cotton colours, (which you can co-ordinate beautifully with your own sofa!), Sofa.com have collaborated with ceramic and textile designer Fenella Smith. So whilst you can treat your lucky pooch to a luxurious bed, you can also indulge by picking from a selection of Fenella’s one-of-a-kind, signature prints, Pug, Dachshund, Labrador and Pheasant.




    Cecil in Loch brushed linen cotton from £150; and Cecil in Dachshund, from £230, Fenella Smith range, Sofa.com


    Knowing that not all dogs are lucky enough to have such a happy home, Sofa.com has partnered with Dogs Trust, so that with every Cecil sold, up to £10 for the brushed cotton linen options and 10% from all the Fenella Smith designs, will be donated to Dogs Trust.

    I went to see these handsome dog beds for myself at the Sofa.com showroom in Chelsea, complete with special guest appearances and dog testing panel from Dogs Trust!



    Belle was right at home, but this little pup was far too comfortable snoozing here. The beds are very roomy, so much so I considered curling up on one of them myself!

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    NEW FOR 2015: Glorious fabrics in pretty prints from Kirkby Design. Swoon!

    by  • Tuesday, April 14, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    If this glorious weather is making you long for a pop of colour then good news – you’re not alone! This week, we’re hankering after the gorgeous new collections from Kirkby Design. From gentle geometrics to pretty plains, its six ranges of indoor and outdoor prints offer a little something for everyone.


    First up, take a look at the super-cool Arcade range (above). Inspired by the world of retro computer games, it’s a gentle nod to a bygone era, brought up to date with warm and modern colourways. From large-scale statement geometrics to a mock pixelated chenille, it’s a playful way to inject a little fun into your scheme. If your heart lies with simpler designs, then check out the Astro range instead; a textured semi-plain weave, it’s a subtle alternative with a hint of metallic that still packs a pretty punch. Sahara II is another gorgeous option, with soft-brushed cotton in minty green, pastel peach and soft pink hues.


    Just in time for summer, there’s a fab selection of outdoor fabrics to tempt you, too. Terrazzo Prints (above) includes bold and bright offerings in a range of jazzy motifs. Take your pick from basket-weave patterns, graphic chevrons or bold stripes, then team them with the plain and semi-plain options within the Terrazzo Plains collection (below). Scatter across a deck-chair or outdoor sofa for an instant summer lift. For eco-conscious decorators, the Leaf range is right up your street. This eco-friendly collection is made from recycled Italian wool, and includes a delightful semi-plains collection in fresh pastel shades, all made with the environment in mind. Lovely.


    With so many amazing options, sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin. If you’re as smitten with interior design as we are but you’re not sure where to start, then why not sign up to join KLC’s interactive online interior design course? Ideal Home have teamed up with KLC School of Design to create My Design School, which is a fun new course that teaches you how decorate your dream room. Covering everything from colour and pattern to space planning, the five-week course is run by a dedicated course tutor with an interactive online course community. All of that means you can work in your own time at home or on the move. Plus, it’s only £199, which is a saving of £100, when you use promo code HOME0415. Learn all about it here – and put those amazing patterns from Kirkby Design to good use!


    Arcade, from £62 per m; Astro, from £51 per m; Leaf Recycled, from £54 per m; Sahara II, from £27.50 per m; Terrazzo Outdoor Plains, from £33 per m; Terrazzo Outdoor Prints, from £43 per m; all Kirkby Design

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    Red, white and blue has never looked so good!

    by  • Thursday, April 9, 2015 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    Ian Mankin

    It’s hard to shake the lust for coastal living after purusing these beautiful textiles from Ian Mankin in a typical nautical colour palette. The British fabric manufacturer has come up trumps with these stunning, classic yet contemporary designs in red, white and blue. Their bold stripes and signature tickings are enough to make anyone dream of fleeing the city and setting up home in a cute, coastal cottage. But, it’s the geometric Acton design that I love the most with it’s faded Scandi-style print…

    ian mankin

    The fresh peony and sea blue hues set against a white, chalky backdrop are a dreamy mix. Unleash your inner seamstress and imagine all you could create with these fabrics. Napkins, table runners, cushions and bed throws. This beautiful photography is chock full of ideas…


    For over three decades, Ian Mankin has been the first port of call for natural and organic fabrics with a beautiful yet simple ethos, all woven in-house at the six generation owned, family-run mill in Lancashire – the heartland of the country’s traditional cotton weaving industry.  Fabrics are sold by the metre from £24.50 a metre. They also offer a selection of wall coverings, cushions, lighting and home accessories made by UK craftsmen. Buy online here or at the brands 3,000  square foot showroom in London.

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