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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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    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!


    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!)


     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.



    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’.


    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.


     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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    Stationery geeks, this one is for you!

    by  • Saturday, May 2, 2015 • Latest trends, Stylish shopping • 2 Comments


    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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