• Designer secrets

    Textiles by Tori Murphy

    by  • Friday, June 27, 2014 • Designer secrets • 0 Comments

    Tori Murphy, Home Shopping Spy, Ideal Home, textiles, chevon stripe

    Known for her pared-back style and repetitive patterns, I’ve admired Tori Murphy’s work since I spotted her at Tent in 2012. This year her business turns two and she’s shaking up her monochrome colour scheme with a fourth collection of punchy, hot pinks. Designed in Nottingham and woven in Lancashire, Tori’s aim is to support local British craftmanship and now has a team of people working for her in a former coal depot. Cushions, throws, poufs and accessories, this is a lovely British homeware brand to watch.

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    Little Greene’s colour highlights

    by  • Friday, June 20, 2014 • Designer secrets • 3 Comments

    Little Greene gets confident with colour, showing how to mix their existing historic shades with bold, trendy accents. I love their new photography and perfect colour combos…

    little green paint, ideal home, home shopping spy, Little Green Highlights, alice humphrys, housetohome, paint colours, decorating

     little green paint, ideal home, home shopping spy, Little Green Highlights, alice humphrys, housetohome, paint colours, decorating

    From Top: Portland Stone with Atomic Red; Celestial Blue, Marine Blue with Bronze Red; Yellow-Pink with Lamp Black; Basalt with Orange Aurora. From £35 for 2.5litres of Absolute Matt Emulsion.  All Little Greene. 

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    Screen printing workshop

    by  • Friday, March 8, 2013 • Designer secrets • 6 Comments

    This week I visited screen printer’s Thornback & Peel at Cockpit Arts. Their designs make my heart sing like the springtime birds! Cabbages, pink jellies, pigeons and other friendly creatures, great and small. I haven’t screen printed since GCSE art-days so was a little delighted/all aflutter to roll up my sleeves, don a pear apron and have a go. The challenge was to make a cushion cover, I chose their handsome rabbit design on mini grey spots. Come see what I made!

    If you haven’t yet visited their lovely shop yet in Bloomsbury, you must! Also, check out our May issue for an interview with Juliet (Thornback) and Delia (Peel).

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