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    Summer trend: Retro kitchen brights

    by  • Friday, May 22, 2015 • Latest trends, Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    These cheery kitchen accessories sing out against sparkling white. Farm Fresh collection, from £2, George Home.

    The sun is shining (in-between some down pours, standard), but you could be mistaken for thinking that summer is on it’s way! In light of this, I thought I’d bring a little sunshine into your life with a retro colour-pop round up. This micro trend will not only add a bright splash to the kitchen, but the a cool vintage vibe would look right at home with those white metro tiles you’ve been eyeing up! Hmm anyone else got a craving for a strawberry milkshake and a big burger and fries?!




    Where to buy: 1. Industrial hanging lamp in green, £130, Out There Interiors; 2. Enamelware butter dish, £19.95, Mini Moderns; 3. Clouds Trio fine china set, £25, Cath Kidston; 4. Suzy dining chair, House by John Lewis range, John Lewis; 5. Home Fresh milk bottle, £4, George Home; 6. You are my sunshine enamel plate, £19.50, Pedlars; 7. Nadi bamboo tumbler, (part of a pack of 4), £5, Habitat.



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    Stationery geeks, this one is for you!

    by  • Saturday, May 2, 2015 • Latest trends, Stylish shopping • 1 Comment



    From purveyors of all things stationery Present & Correct

    What better excuse is there than National Stationery Week, to just take a moment of appreciation for this sublime genre of practical heaven. That feeling of collecting (and never wanting to use!) a pristine rubber or a set of colouring pencils, has never quite left me.

    It’s interesting that in this digital age where we are all fused by the fingers to our computers, tablets and phones, that the trend for highend and beautifully designed stationery is on the up. Maybe it’s nostalgia that’s creating the demand or perhaps it’s the fact that nothing can replace a hand written note and I don’t think we’re quite ready to let go of all things paper that lets the stationery live on!

    My dream desk scenario below would of course be for display only, there would be a drawer full of boring items stashed away that could be used without fear of ruining! (You may note the computer keyboard, but I think that counts these days!).









    From the top Haul no.1: The Long List notepad, £9, Kate Spade range, John Lewis; Wooden Stapler, £15, and Boutique Green Alphabet pencil case, Marks & Spencer; Raindrops magazine file, £7, Paperchase; Cube Tape Dispenser, £60, Tom Dixon; Blue Stripy Wooden Triangle Ruler, £27, Hay range, Liberty; Blackbird notebook, £2.95, Dotcomgiftshop; Brass Foldback Clips, £6.50, Quill London; Ballpoint Pen, £3 each, Smug; Board 2, from £111, Orée; Phi Scissors £27, Hay range, The Goodhood Store.


    From the top Haul no.2: Pegboard Medium, £40, Block; Washi Tape Set of 8, £16.50, Papermash; Maple Pen Pot, £23, Another Country range, Selfridges; XOXO Notecard Set, £12, Quill London; Classic Brass Paperclips, £7.50, Present & Correct; Metal Storage Basket, £6.99, H&M.

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    Luxury is back! Take a sneak peek at an indulgent trend for A/W ’15

    by  • Saturday, April 4, 2015 • Latest trends • 1 Comment

    Ahh spring, finally you have started to show your sunny face! The winter coat can go back in the wardrobe…but, dare I say it, Autumn Winter 2015 is already on the horizon and I’m actually looking forward to it. Although strictly in the sense of exciting new trends, the bad weather can stay well away!

    Get ready for some exclusive news…John Lewis treated us to a peek into their interior trends for later this year…



    The stand out collection had to be Indulgence. It’s the sort of anti-hero trend to the beautiful but simple Croft collection. The name  Indulgence sums it up perfectly; dripping in luxury, with beautiful textures, materials and a hint of glamorous shine and sparkle.

    With the economy on the up (apparently) and the austerity message well and truly drummed in, John Lewis think we are ready to embrace luxury once again after years of holding back. However, the message of buying investment pieces and value for money, still remains in my opinion, these aren’t throw away, fast-fashion pieces.

    The collection is full of timeless designs and the opulence is much less The Real Housewives of Cheshire and much more The Great Gatsby, but with a contemporary palette and touches of high-end trends: with hints of brass, lacquered walnut finishes and bottle green.


    The key elements and colours are summed up in this gorgeous shot…


    The star of the show has to be the Puccini drinks cabinet. It was created in the John Lewis studio, as the designer Charlie Fowler explains, it captures the ‘sense of sophistication, luxury and quality’ of the collection. The existing Odyssey sofa has been updated with a luxurious, rich blue velvet.

    To quote a press spokesperson at the preview, ‘green is the new black’. We’ve seen a palette of mixed greens for spring summer ’15, but it’s the deeper forest and bottle green, that looks so sumptuous, that we think will be trickling through to the high-street for Autumn Winter.



    Take this look into the bedroom too…the trend includes elegant fabrics and wallpapers, bedding, lighting and rugs to create the ultimate luxury of a boutique hotel style.

    There will also be 1200 thread count bedlinen, which I’ve had a feel of, and I can confirm it would be like slipping into a cloud every night!




    If the big pieces are still a little out of budget, dip your toe in with these  accessories.  You could have a bar set-up that James Bond himself would envy!




    Love this? Come back soon for another John Lewis Autumn Winter 2015 sneak preview.


    (Not on sale until August 2015)

    1. Puccini drinks cabinet, £1999; Wendy Morrison jewels rug, £595; Odyssey large sofa, £2000; (in background on sideboard) Green cut glass vase, from £30; Greta table lamp, £130. 2. Ceiling armed brass Levin light, £240; Emily double bed, £299; Greek key rug, £460. 3. Gold Pineapple, £25. 4. Blue agate stand, £40. 5. Green marble box, £60. 6. Boutique hotel cocktail shaker, £70, ice tongs, £4. 7. Stanley panther, £95, all John Lewis.




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