• Red, white and blue has never looked so good!

    by  • Thursday, April 9, 2015 • 1 Comment

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    It’s hard to shake the lust for coastal living after purusing these beautiful textiles from Ian Mankin in a typical nautical colour palette. The British fabric manufacturer has come up trumps with these stunning, classic yet contemporary designs in red, white and blue. Their bold stripes and signature tickings are enough to make anyone dream of fleeing the city and setting up home in a cute, coastal cottage. But, it’s the geometric Acton design that I love the most with it’s faded Scandi-style print…

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    The fresh peony and sea blue hues set against a white, chalky backdrop are a dreamy mix. Unleash your inner seamstress and imagine all you could create with these fabrics. Napkins, table runners, cushions and bed throws. This beautiful photography is chock full of ideas…

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    For over three decades, Ian Mankin has been the first port of call for natural and organic fabrics with a beautiful yet simple ethos, all woven in-house at the six generation owned, family-run mill in Lancashire – the heartland of the country’s traditional cotton weaving industry.  Fabrics are sold by the metre from £24.50 a metre. They also offer a selection of wall coverings, cushions, lighting and home accessories made by UK craftsmen. Buy online here or at the brands 3,000  square foot showroom in London.

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    HOT OFF THE PRESS: Don’t miss the sublime new bedding ranges from Clarissa Hulse

    by  • Tuesday, April 7, 2015 • 0 Comments

    If the glorious weather of the past Bank Holiday weekend is anything to go by, it seems like we’re well on our way to spring – hurrah! It’s time to ditch the winter coats and furry boots outdoors, and stow away heavy tog duvets and snuggly quilts inside. So, with their summer-friendly alternatives draped across the bed, what better time to invest in some spring-like bedding? If you’re in the mood for something lighter and brighter, check out the new Prairie and Block Patchwork ranges from Clarissa Hulse. Fresh for Spring Summer 2015, these two new bed linen designs are just the ticket to brighten up a neutral room.

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    The Prairie print, shown above in Tumeric, features a delicate spring pattern of meadow flowers and grasses. Comprised of zingy mustard tones offset with a delicate white background and steely grey accents, it makes for a light and airy motif that wouldn’t be out of place in a boutique countryside hotel. Want to extend the palette into the rest of your scheme? Try the co-ordinating Trillo rug from Habitat, from £150.

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    Less overtly floral than traditional summer prints, Block Patchwork in Pebble (above) is the second gorgeous offering from Clarissa Hulse. Inspired by Clarissa’s travels, from a branch washed up on a tropical shore to pressed dill flowers in Wiltshire, every square of the graphic print has its own little story to tell. Made up of complementary fern and leaf prints in warm teals, cool blues and biscuit tones, it’s the ideal pick-me-up for a pared-back scheme. Accessorize simply with twigs of pussy willow and occasional red accents, for an understated take on the traditional summer look.

     

    Bedding is available from mid April from Clarissa Hulse or John Lewis, and can be pre-ordered now. Prices start from £20 for a pair of pillowcases 

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

    by  • Saturday, April 4, 2015 • 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…

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    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…

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    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.

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    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!

     

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    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!

     

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    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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