• Get cosy for autumn with the irresistible Wild Coast range from Tori Murphy

    by  • Sunday, September 20, 2015 • 0 Comments

    As September draws on and dreams of an Indian summer fade, there’s just no denying the sudden arrival of autumn. Pounding rain, steaming soups and early nights curled up in front of the sofa are all par for the course, along with beautiful new interiors products to help us keep cosy in style.


    This month, the new Wild Coast range from Tori Murphy is top of my wish list. Tori’s fifth collection, it’s inspired by her childhood holidays to West Cork, and is full of the graphite grey and slate blue shades she found on its rugged shores. Featuring three new fabric designs, Harbour Stripe, Boulder and Cove, the range includes throws, cushions, tablecloths, napkins, aprons and more, all in a stormy palette inspired by Ireland’s wintery coastline.


    Speaking about her inspiration for the range, Tori recalls “clambering over time-stained rocks, setting out to uncertain seas in sailboats and huddling round bonfires with cousins, always returning to the familiar warmth of a much-loved blanket.” Her new collection’s ability to harness the best of autumn’s palette makes it the perfect antidote to the grizzly rain outside.


    Give your table a new season makeover with the chic and simple Boulder napkins (top), or add a pared-back rustic twist with the classic Harbour Stripe designs (above; all £60 for four). Feeling like a snuggle on the sofa? You can’t beat the 100% merino wool blanket in Smoke and Ecru (below, £250) for true toe-curling comfort. The rest of her range is full of more shopping inspiration to keep you comfy – check out the hot water bottles, cushions and baby blankets, too.



    Throws, £250 each; cushions, from £65 each; kitchen and tabletop textiles, from £15 each; fabric, from £80 per m; all Tori Murphy

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    Want to find out THE colour for 2016…?

    by  • Friday, September 18, 2015 • 0 Comments


    Although there’s still plenty of 2015 to look forward to, we’re always keeping our eyes well and truly peeled to see what’s coming next; so we were excited to see what Dulux Colour Futures had in store for the key colour palettes of 2016 and the hotly anticipated announcement of the Colour Of the Year….so here goes!





    So what d’ya think? The colour of the year can often spark some controversial reactions, but surely there can be no haters for this unassuming tone? This muted golden-ochre (when it comes to the collections of colour palettes, muted was the word du jour by the way),  blends beautifully with these earthy, fossil tones yet adds enough of a statement to say look at me!



    And works as a soft contrast to strong colours such as charcoal and dark chocolate brown.



    We were invited to find out more about the 2016 colour trends and it was fascinating to find out where it all begins. An international super group of design gurus gather from various fields; such as graphic design, architecture, textiles, product design to muse over global social and design trends. Starting with an inspiring visit to a national gallery and ending in a book of stunning images of the AkzoNobel Colour Futures.

    Rebecca Williamson, Senior Colour Design & Content Manager at Dulux, explains a little more about how the colour of the year was finalised:

    ‘Gold and tones of gold are being used everywhere in the design world. It is a recurring colour and material at design fairs and in graphic design as well as in architecture, fashion, beauty and interior decorating. For 2016 Cherished Gold is a beautiful next step, a natural evolution and transition from Copper Blush, last years’ Colour of the Year.



    Top: Cherished Gold 20YY 36/270; Middle stipe: 30YY 41/700; Bottom: 45YY 53/151

    We will be bringing you more of the trends 4 trends, but the overarching theme for 2016 ‘Looking Both Ways’, not to get all philosophical on you, but as they quite rightly explain, society is at a crossroads where we’re embracing technology and the future, but there’s no going forward without looking at the past and our heritage.


    Showcased at the presentation were Made, Mockbee & Co and Kit Miles working in collaboration with Dulux to create new projects (below) sparked by this golden tone and the colour palette surrounding it:


    korla11. Sea Lace wallpaper, £130 per roll, designed by Sara Phillips for Mockbee & Co; 2. Diagonal Gradient, design by Kit Miles; 3. Stow collection, from £199, Made.com

    And of course the emails are already coming in thick and fast with “Cherished Gold” suggestions, here’s a few of my faves, I’m not sure they strictly fit the brief, but I think we can say they belong to the gold/ochre family!



    1. Multiblock Cushion in Mustard Yellow, £49.95, Bronte by Moon; 2. Diner pendant, £825, Davey Lighting; 3. Tee Pee basket, £59, Oli Ella; 4. Nixon rug, from £795, Jonathan Adler; 5. Goldie armchair in Mustard, £600, Sofa.com; 6. Feather Fern large drum lampshade, £129, Clarissa Hulse.



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    Introducing a brand new lighting company- plus your chance to WIN!!

    by  • Wednesday, September 16, 2015 • 0 Comments

    One of the really great parts of working for a national interiors magazine, is getting the inside scoop on great new brands before they hit the main stream. This was the case when I discovered the amazing Pooky, a brand new lighting company delivering beautiful, decorative lighting that looks super expensive but… isn’t!


    On a recent visit to see the lovely people at Sofa.com, I was then introduced to their latest brand, Pooky –offering not only another great a range of unique, quirky and affordable products, but also the same top-notch level of customer service and cost-effective delivery prices as Sofa.com. In fact, Pooky offers FREE DELIVERY of all their lamps, which makes the whole buying online process, really rather simple!

    Based on a clever a mix ‘n’ match service, Pooky sells all of their table lamp bases and shades separately, giving you the freedom to express your individuality and choose a design perfect for your home.


    1. Smaller finn pendant in a celadon glaze with a stone interior, £65  2. Wexford table lamp base, £190 and 30cm empire shade in black zig zag silk ikat, £80. 3. Trixie table lamp base, £130 and 56cm tapered drum shade in taupe silk, £106. 4. Plato desk light, £150 all Pooky.

    Bases come in a variety of materials, including brass, glass, wood, resin, ceramic and marble, all in stunning designs and sizes, with shades available in an equally impressive range of colours, shapes and sizes.


    Nellie table light base in turquoise glaze, £80 and 40cm straight empire shade in pink blocked printed cotton, £55 both Pooky.

    But it’s not just table lamps and shades that Pooky offer, as of this week, they have also launched a fabulous range of pendant lights, desk lights and floor lamps, extending their range to an impressive size and offering even more stylish, statement lighting for your home. Whatever your space, room or budget, you can be sure to find something beautiful from the new range and we can’t wait see how the collection continues to expand. To make sure you keep up with all the lovely newness Pooky has to offer (and see some rather lovely lifestyle shots of theirs) follow them on Instagram or Twitter at @PookyLights.

    Here are some of my favourite new products….


    Franklin pendant light, £95 and Foinaven table lamp, £195 (coming soon) both Pooky.


    Magellan tripod floor lamp base, £140 and 50cm empire shade in ivory silk, £100; Stanley wall pendant, £45 and Connie pendant, £90 all Pooky.


    Lawrence pendant, £130, Pooky.

    So now you know all about this super new brand (and you can be sure to see them popping up on the shopping pages of Ideal Home!) how about getting your hands of one of their gorgeous table lamps FOR FREE!! 


    One lucky winner will receive this stunning Antoinette glass table lamp, complete with fuchsia silk drum shade worth a combined total of £189!!

    Just email us at ideal_home@timeinc.com telling us where you’d put this lamp in your home, and we’ll select a winner at random. Get your emails over to us by midnight on Wednesday 23rd September and we’ll organise for the winner to receive their lamp directly.

    Best of luck and happy shopping!!

    Visit Pooky.com for more, follow @PookyLights on Twitter or @PookyLights on Instagram.



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