• Stylish shopping

    How to rock the leather look…even better than Lenny Kravitz!

    by  • Saturday, August 15, 2015 • Latest trends, Stylish shopping, Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    It’s all about leather at the moment, and I’m not talking about the infamous pair of leather trousers belonging to Lenny Kravitz that sparked a twitter storm last week! There have been some equally exciting images lighting up my desktop lately…leather sofas are definitely trending right now.

     

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    Gower Leather Grand Sofa in Walnut, £1,899, DFS

    Now, there’s no denying we’re all very partial to a neutral, fabric-covered sofa, not only does it fit nicely into a classic greige room, it works for pretty much any style, contemporary, trad or country, it’s no wonder they have been dominating decorating trends for so long. It’s also a safe option for such a big investment, you want something that will last for a few rounds of decorating styles.

    Well, no more! There is a leather revolution taking place and I for one am loving the backlash. Not only is it a practical choice that will last and last, it goes hand in hand with the rising trend for braver colour choices for walls; rich tones of leather work perfectly with a dark, moody palette.

     

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    Patrick 3 seat sofa in Satchel vintage leather, £3,240, Sofa.com

    The classic, button-back Chesterfield shape in rich brown tones works perfectly against a dramatic wall colour. It can sit with anything from an eclectic mix of industrial inspired furniture to more traditional styles, or bridges the gap between the two.

    Polished leather in rich chocolate and brass studs adds an air of gentleman’s club that can be softened and updated with unexpected accessories and furniture choices.

     

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    New England Newport in Cal Smoke sofa, £1,695, Furniture Village

     

     

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    Axel leather love seat, £1,799, West Elm

    Like a good pair of tan leather shoes, this gorgeous colour will age beautifully over time. Contrasting perfectly against medium or strong colours on the wall, it would also make a Scandi statement against white. Go for a streamlined, boxy shape rather than a slouchy couch for a smart Mid-Century style.

    Or check out the new beauty below, an update in leather has transformed this sofa, the angled shape and tapered legs have all the classic traits of the Mid-Century style but the leather finish gives it a totally 70’s vibe that would make a covetable choice for a cool, contemporary space.

     

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    Zinc Leather sofa starts at £1,595, French Connection range, DFS 

     

     

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    Embassy sofa, from £1,355; Raft

    A strong or moody palette may never be your cup of tea, but a neutral scheme doesn’t rule out leather as an option. Beautiful buff tones work wonders with grey and pastels on the wall, against weathered wood or painted furniture.

    For a sleek, contemporary room, where white leather might be the obvious choice, taupe or grey tones are gentler alternatives. Try an unfussy shape, with a low back. For added luxe, the sofa below has a super discreet built-in recliner too.

    If the thought of light coloured leather fills you with fear, a darker tone will still work, but go for a matt finish, in a rounded, marsh-mellowy soft shape.

     

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    Salzburg recliner leather three seater in ash grey, £2999, Dwell (coming soon)

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    Orson sofa in dark chocolate beaten leather, from £1195, Loaf

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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

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    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.

     

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    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…

     

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    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!

     

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

     

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    ‘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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    Sneak peek : Shhh…brand new homeware collection coming this Autumn

    by  • Monday, June 1, 2015 • Designer secrets, Seasonal buys, Stylish shopping, Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    Murmur is the new homeware range from Bedeck. It isn’t out until September…but it seemed too long to keep hush about it!


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    Puzzle side plate in Blush, Grey, Dark Blue, £13, Triangle tea towel £6, Speckle small bowl, £6, Stoneware Pitcher, £32, Speckle pasta bowl, £12.

    Whilst Bedeck are known for their bed linen and towels, the new collection branches out to address the whole house, including bedlinen, tableware, ceramics, towels, baskets and wooden table top accessories; working beautifully as an interchangeable range but individual items would unassumingly blend into pretty much any home (particularly if you live in an artfully rustic dream of a home as pictured here!)

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     Dune, Chevron, Tide and Cone towels, from £10, Pinstripe towels, from £4, Seagrass black basket in a pair, £37

    Inspiration for the collection: it’s about embracing ‘slowness, subtlety and the senses’, taking time to stop and appreciate the simple things in life, whilst we’re whizzing by in a face paced world of  information overload!

    As you can see from the gorgeous photography, the beauty of the collection lies in the simplicity of the textures, the honesty of the materials and the subtle, uncomplicated prints.

    It has been designed in-house, but made and sourced all over the world. The key to the collection are the tactile finishes throughout that rely on the use of the materials such as wool, cottons and linen, stoneware ceramics, artisanal glass, woven sea grass and acacia and ash wood.

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    Water hyacinth + Banana rope ova; basket, £40, cushions start from £35 to £55

    As with the whole range, it’s not all about ‘matchy matchy’ when it comes to the textiles, the tones and designs blend as an eclectic collection.

    The simple geometric design of the bedding lends itself to bundles of cosy textural and tonal layering, although items from the range would easily slot into existing neutral schemes. Head of design Julie Hall describes the linen as ‘the stylish jeans and a white shirt of your interior – you can dress them up or down’.

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    Candle holders from £12, Dune bedlinen from £17, Still stone square pillow case £25, Bud throw, £120, Notebooks £10, Glass, £5, Stoneware dipped vase, £20.

    The range of tableware includes the collection of acacia and ash pieces, the unique grain adds to the character of each piece.

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     Acacia medium oval bowl, £31, Acacia large bowl £37, Acacia spoon, £7.50, Core dinnerware from £10, Acacia small round dish £28, Acacia medium round dish, £32, Acacia salad servers, £15, Stem napkin, £4, Acacia large cutting board, £38, Acacia tong, £12.

     You’ll have to wait until the 10th September to start buying, so until then the beautiful photography will have to do!

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