• Designer secrets

    A refreshing new print collection for spring

    by  • Wednesday, April 13, 2016 • Decorating and interiors, Designer secrets, Uncategorized • 0 Comments


    If you do already know Etoile Home, then I’m preaching to the converted, but if you don’t then you’re in for a visual treat. With fabrics by the metre for upholstery, table linens and home accessories, it’s a pattern lovers paradise. The unique and original collections range from bold graphic prints, to small scale geometrics and beautiful bird prints.

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    Sometimes we do judge a book by its cover

    by  • Thursday, March 3, 2016 • Books and TV, Designer secrets, Look what I found, Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    After a lengthy break, the book club group I have with my friends has been resurrected, our first choice was The Luminaries, very good but very looong…anyway, I was browsing a local book shop for ideas for our next choice (old school in a world on online book ordering), and I was drawn to the beautiful water colour designs of the Nancy Mitford covers (see below); I didn’t know much about Nancy Mitford, but my pattern loving eye made me pick it up and I discovered a writer I’d never read.

    To celebrate World Book day I’ve found some beautiful designs by talented artists and illustrators, so even if it’s just a beautiful book cover that encourages someone to pick up a classic, then it’s more than ok in my book. They also make lovely gifts and something to treasure or pass on, now that’s something an e-reader can never compete with, long live books!




    The covers are part of a cloth bound series at Penguin Books, by Coralie Bickford-Smith

    Emma, £9.02 and Sense and Sensibility, £11.94 by Jane Austen, Penguin Books Classics collection, Abe Books

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    This new collection is creating a desert storm!

    by  • Monday, June 8, 2015 • Designer secrets, Latest trends, Stylish shopping, Uncategorized • 2 Comments



    For those who don’t know the designer herself, then where have you been?! But even so, you will definitely recognise the inspirational and influential style of Abigail Ahern. A tell-tale trademark of her eclectic-chic decorating style includes the deep and dramatic paint palette, highlighted with rich tones and tactile textures for cushions, rugs and throws. The signature accessories are often in hits of bright colours or metallics, with a sense of fun and play on scale.


    Abigail Ahern has curated an exclusive collection from her latest pieces for Joss & Main. There’s no mistaking the eclectic mix of hot metallics, cool characters and unique sense of style but this time it takes us way out West with a injection of desert style.





    To snap up the latest releases, saddle-up for the exclusive sale at Joss & Main from the 14th to the 21st June, where you’ll be able to get hold of these designer pieces, with prices starting at £10.95. Here’s a selection of just a few favourites that will be available to buy…






    I love the way plants can bring a dull space to life, but keeping them looking lush and green is always a challenge (for me that is!); these sculptural, faux desert stems create a stunning feature with none of the after care needed!





    Get your trigger finger at the ready and on the mouse for when the sale goes live on the 14th!



    ‘Cowboy Cool’ image: from left: Arizona, Phoenix, Sacramento and Mohave faux Cactus plants

    Individual items (from left to right): 1. Cowboy Up, framed print; 2. Phoenix Cactus (H 108cm); 3. Canyon small vase; 4. Cactus small vase in fern green; 5. Emerson stool, (H 44cm, Dia 40cm); 6. Angus framed print.

    ‘Faux foliage’ image: American stem in Canyon extra large vase ; Palm Springs stem in Canyon large vase; Desert Palm stem in Canyon small bottle; Staghorn stem in Canyon extra large vase.

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