• So hot right now….. Desk planners

    by  • Tuesday, February 2, 2016 • 3 Comments

    Well thank goodness January is over- longest month EVER!! Now that February is here, I feel like it’s practically Spring (well maybe not quite) and have found a new lease of life and energy and am ready to get organised for the year ahead! (or maybe its just the coffee thats whipped me up into a frenzy this morning….)

    Either way, I can’t hope but notice that lovely desk planners seem to be everywhere at the moment, there to help us all plan out our weeks more efficiently (or maybe just to count down to the weekend), help our time management and increase productivity.

    Here are a few of my hot spots…deskplanners

    1. Weekly planner desk pads, from £11 each, Betty Ettiquette 2. Say so weekly planner, £7.50, Caroline Gardner 3. Pink floral weekly desk pad, £12, Papermash 4. A4 monthly planner pad, £6, Kikki-K 5. Weekly keyboard planner pad, £5.75, Lollipop Designs  6. Hopes, dreams and wishes desk jotter, £9.95, Etsy  7. Weekly desk pad, £10.80, Northlight 8. Weekly planner pad, £9.50, Not on the highstreet


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    Sneak a peek at Lorraine Kelly’s new SS16 range for JD Williams

    by  • Sunday, January 31, 2016 • 0 Comments

    On Wednesday this week, I left the cosy office at Ideal Home HQ and battled the winter winds over Waterloo Bridge – there aren’t many invitations that can lure me outside in January, but afternoon tea at The Savoy is definitely one of them! What’s more (as if home-made scones weren’t tempting enough), it was a chance to discover Lorraine Kelly’s spring/summer 16 homeware range for JD Williams.


    The collection is split into two stylish trends: Coastal Mist, with a cool blue and crisp white palette, and Coast to Glen, with pieces that are reminiscent of Lorraine’s Scottish heritage. Comprising 29 items in total, the range includes bedlinen, lighting, soft furnishings and home accessories, all in an easy-to-use palette of grey, blue and white, interspersed with pops of heather or mustard tones.


    Lorraine pottered round from table to table to spend some time with each of us, talking excitedly about her new homeware range and what it means to her. She says, “This collection is an invitation into my home and interior style… I’m thrilled to share with you a range that is inspired by my own heritage and personal taste.”


    The Coast to Glen range (top) is inspired by natural tones from the Scottish glen, with antique-inspired bronze lanterns. There’s also an adorable Scottie dog motif for a cheerful touch! The Coastal Mist range has a more modern, shoreline feel, with wooden textures, glass lamps and rustic rope details.

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    Love this range? Check out some the pieces on my wishlist below:


    Shopping credits: 1. Concrete table lamp, £29; 2. Brackley pendant shade, £15; 3. Printed duck cushion, £12; 4. Bronze hanging photo frame, £18; 5. White wooden lantern, £29; 6. Super-soft chunky-knit cushion, £18; all Lorraine at Home range, JD Williams

    The Lorraine at Home collection launches at JD Williams on 21st March 2016

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    Maison & Objet and Deco Off Paris – TREND UPDATE

    by  • Friday, January 29, 2016 • 0 Comments


    Maison & Objet Paris is one of the biggest international interiors trade shows of the year, from small designers to big brands, it’s the place to see and be seen in the industry.

    Interiors stylist and journalist Rory Robertson wore out his trusty Nike’s, whizzing through hall after hall, stand after stand to pull together some of the big trends that he spotted at the Paris shows, here’s what he discovered…


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    Drapery No. 4053, £54 per roll, Front collection at Eco Wallpaper

    Clear influences of origami art edge through for 2016 with various designers such as Original BTC (see the Hatton pendants), Sentou and Bloomingville showcasing products made of white, crisp geometric lines and pattern – an all together softer option to monochrome. Eco wallpaper have collaborated with Swedish design collective Front to release the Front wallpaper line for 2016. The range of all-white graphic wallpapers are intended to give white walls structure using shadows and sketched patterns.



    Vargo No.288, £38 2.5L Estate Emulsion available soon from Farrow & Ball

    Deep Blue could be seen trending across the designers this year, I particularly like Tom Dixon’s new ‘Oil’ range with paint lustre finish. Farrow & Ball have released some new colours in this spectrum too, it was Vardo – a beautiful Teal hue – that I was drawn to. Upcycle an old piece of wooden furniture or decorate one of your rooms in Vardo to stay on trend with blue in 2016.



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    Black and White Fabric Collection, from £49 a metre, all Clarke & Clarke

    Black and white pattern and print is a boyant theme, and judging by it’s popularity at Maison Objet it’s not going to be disappearing anytime soon. I noticed a very graphic and linear monochrome rug on the Loloey stand, an unmistakeable collaboration with Daniel Libeskind, however it’s Clarke & Clarke’s new range of fabrics that I’m keen to get my hands on. Monochrome maximalism, these new fabrics scream fun factor! With everything represented from geometric patterns to zebra print.



    Anemones Dream Scatter Cushion, available soon, Missoni

    Petal motifs and leafy designs were on display – Missoni burst out with their new bright and bold Anemones Dream Fabric whilst Little Greene showcased their latest wallpaper collections including the Vine design, dating from the 1932 archives and boasting a William Morris vibe about them. I love the bright eye catching hues from Missoni, their flora-bundance scatter cushion is bang on trend!


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    Maskara Dressing Table, £3,658, Emanuel Gallina at Porada

    Represented on an international scale, we found that wood is proving to be as solid a trend as ever. Wicker has woven it’s way into the top spot in the UK this year, but it was the presence of the solid wood furniture that I spotted at Maison from across the globe. German company Heerenhuis Manufactuur showed off some nicely crafted solid wooden tables with a great grain, but my attention was drawn by the aptly named Maskara dressing table designed by Italian firm Porada. Made of solid ash wood with a marble top it provides the perfect place to powder and perfect.



    Marble Clock, £219, MENU available to purchase from Heal’s

    Marble proves to be a strong interior trend for 2016 and I noticed that agate and special minerals are popular materials on display at Maison Objet too. I like this marble wall clock from MENU, it has an elegant face with striking metallic hands. With this on the market, it’s definitely time to opt in on the marble trend…



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    Ayasa Storage Container, from £40, Tiipoi

    Glimpses of metallic are shimmering through, brand new from Ligne Roset is a series of Brass Bell lights designed by Patrick Zulauf, the 3 drop pendant design is a chic statement. The devil is in the detail and I opt for this nifty little metallic storage jar from London based design studio Tiipoi, a great accessory for your table or worktop and such a handy little size.




    Fleka Table handmade in beech and metal, from £290, Pinwu

    Painterly patterns and paint effects are hot for 2016, Chinese design house Pinwu have created a series of Fleka tables that have a painted enamel top. They have a lovely sporadic and fun charm about them and they’re an adaptable and practical size. Look out for painterly products on the UK high streets this summer.



    Shovel and Brush Set in Walnut, £105, Emma Older at Eldvarm

    Mixing materials doesn’t always work, but I think Scandinavian company Eldvarm have it sorted with their elegantly crafted fireside tools in made with a mixture of materials. Eldvarm pride themselves on making products via the most ecological process possible, even the tannery uses ecological leather. As a result their wood, metal and leather fireside tools are not only beautiful to look at, but beautifully put together too.


    Keep an eye out for these trends trickling down to highstreet for 2016…Rory Robertson


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