• Get back to nature with inspiration from the Earth’s palette

    by  • Thursday, May 14, 2015 • 1 Comment

    For all the intricate patterns, luxe fabrics and indulgent designs on offer these days, it’s easy to be swept away on a wave of manufactured opulence and lose touch with the true beauty of the Earth’s raw materials. With that in mind, I’ve had a scout around to scope out some of the more organic and natural homewares available at the moment. From tactile clay pots in lustrous sea blues, to 100% cotton rugs in terracotta tones, take a look at our round up and reconnect with these materials’ natural beauty.


    It was these rugs from Urbanara (above) that first got me pondering about this nature-inspired trend. The stone greys, spectrum of blues and warm corals, oranges and reds are so reminiscent of the Earth’s palette. Hand-woven in India, and made of 100% either cotton or wool, these soft furnishings make for a beautiful natural alternative to synthetic fibres.


    This trio of Updown pendants from Hand & Eye Studio (above) have a moody, steely quality that reminds me of cloud-filled days or cool winter mornings. Teaming glazed ceramic with matt opal glass adds to the pendant’s pared-back, natural quality, whilst its handmade construction adds texture to this simple design.


    For a gentle nod to the trend, terracotta is a versatile and subtle way to bring a natural material into your scheme; from unglazed pots and accessories to colour-strewn trinkets, there’s an abundance of choice. For a dual-toned design, try these Tunisian hand-etched, copper-spun clay pots from Hend Krichen at The Design Junction (above), who uses “materials that are kept as raw and natural as possible to reveal Tunisia’s true identity and celebrate its natural resources.”


    There’s plenty to choose from when it comes to accessories, but these three brands are home to some of my favourites. Vitamin (top) offers hand-crafted Element vessels, made from terracotta, oak and cork, which gives the vase an “honest yet beautiful aesthetic”. Alternatively, check out Reiko Kaneko (bottom left) for season and nature-inspired pieces, including ‘Autumn Landscape’ and ‘Double Horizon’. Finally, Urban Outfitters’ new range (bottom right) proffers affordable glass bowls and trinket dishes, making them the go-to option for Earth-inspired finds on the high-street.


    From top: Rugs and runners, from £95 each, Urbanara; Updown pendants, £228, Hand & Eye Studio; Tunisia Made vases, from £90 each, Hend Krichen range, The Design JunctionElement vessels, £120 each, Vitamin; Studio Line glazes, from £10 for a cup, Reiko Kaneko; glass trinket dishes (coming soon), £6 each, Urban Outfitters

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    NEW COLLECTION: Invigorating prints from Sanderson HOME

    by  • Wednesday, May 13, 2015 • 2 Comments

    Fresh from the studio, Sanderson HOME launches PAPAVERA – a fun collection of lively prints, wallpapers and embroideries. Sanderson HOME is aimed at the design conscious who are looking for value for money – perfect for the Ideal Home reader, we think! If you’re considering a refresh or need a hit of colour and pattern, then scroll on for inspiration…


    Using dynamic colour combinations and a stencil cut technique the collection includes a modern, abstract take on natural forms – oversized poppies, multi-directional leaves and meadow flowers that sit alongside smaller scale, gentle geometrics


    Choose from seven prints, nice wallpapers and four pretty embroideries. For something a little more mellow check out their Larksong print in dove and honey.

    Style tip: Warm it up with pops of polish including gold, brass and copper.

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    If blues float your boat then there are plenty to choose from. Add these beauties to your wish list or Pinterest boards…


    Prints start from £28 a metre; embroideries from £36 per metre and wallpapers from £30 a roll. Each year the Sanderson studio will design and develop further collections to add to the ever-growing Sanderson HOME range. Love the look? Peruse more of the collection on their website. 

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    The perfect nursery: Fit for the royal baby

    by  • Saturday, May 9, 2015 • 1 Comment

    It was hard not to be at least a little caught up in the excitement of the wonderfully squishy new addition to the royal family! The naming of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana this week has also spawned a number of pieces of memorabilia, which is not to be scoffed at if you’re a collector, personally I’m quite keen on the Emma Bridgewater mug! But instead of offering a round-up of some of these questionable collectables, I thought I’d go down the route of conjuring up a suitably smart nursery for a baby girl… I’m not sure if this would be Kate and Wills’ choice, but you never know!



    1. Star wallpaper in blush and white, £70, Hibou Home 






    Where to buy:

    2. White Rabbit Children’s Lamp, £78, John Lewis; 3. Cot bed in grey and birch, £600, Nubie; 4. Cara Nightstand, £49, Made; 5. Pipkin cushion, £29, Made; 6. Terra & Tartine quilt, £59, Olli Ella; 7.  Spike Clock, £18, Habitat; 8. Ro-ki Rocker, £795, Olli Ella; 9. Open cabinet pink drawers, £275, Out There Interiors; 10. Spear basket, £40, Smallable; Follow your dreams art print, £32, Iapetus; 11. Flag garland, £4.80, The Original Pop Up Shop; 12. Bambi jar desk lamp, £62, Smallable; 13. Circus rug in Ballerina, £415, Northwood

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