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    Be your own interior designer and enjoy exclusive discounts!

    by  • Monday, June 29, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Whether it’s avidly tearing out pages from your favourite interiors magazine (Ideal Home, of course!), getting click-happy on Pinterest, or pouring over old episodes of ‘The Great Interior Design Challenge’, there’s nothing like an afternoon spent dreaming up your perfect home to leave you full of inspiration. But with so many beautiful brands and an endless stream of choice, taking the dreamscape in your mind and recreating it within your own four walls can be something of a tricky business.Living-room Thankfully, the clever souls at KLC School of Design have launched My Design School: an exciting interactive online interior design course. Covering everything from colour palettes and pattern to space planning and decorating, the course will give you the confidence and knowledge to make your fantasy home (and fantasy Pinterest board!) a reality. If your current project consists of drowning in endless fabric swatches and sofa catalogues, then this is the perfect way to finally bring your dream home to life!Moodboard-2

    This year’s five-week course is run by a dedicated course tutor, and runs from 14 September to 16 October. Because it’s online, you can undertake the work in your own time, either at home or on the move, as well as benefiting from being part of a fun and interactive online course community. So you can revel in the inspiration and expertise of your tutor and classmates without ever having to slip off your slippers – what a treat!


    What’s more, if you sign up today you can save £100 with the discount code BG0715. Still need tempting? You’ll also receive an exclusive 20% off at Wallpaperdirect – the perfect place to indulge your new-found interiors know-how! So no matter what your previous experience, indulge in your passion and take part in this fantastic creative experience, all for £399.

    To find out more and book your place, visit the KLC Design School’s website.

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    HOT SHOP: The official launch of Sparrow & Co.

    by  • Wednesday, November 30, 2011 • Craft, Decorating and interiors, Lovely websites, News, Stylish shopping • 3 Comments

    I’m sure you remember Ellie mention Sparrow & Co. earlier on this year. Well, things have been very busy in the Sparrow household of late and Samuel Sparrow (great name!) has been creatively slaving away and his lovely on-line shop is now officially open. Once an interior designer for Habitat and Ikea, Sam now runs his own little homeware business with his wife, Laura, from their home in Glasgow. The photography and styling is beautiful and all done by the man himself:

    Sparrow & Co, Samuel Sparrow, textiles, Glasgow, homeware, interiors, on-line, Moroccan, Ikat, artisan, ideal home, homeshoppingspy,1. Cableknit throw, £150; 2. Campfire candles, £20; 3. Ikat cushion covers in mustard and slate grey, £35.

    Inspired by traditional crafting techniques, the collection includes handmade pieces designed by Sam and made by artisans around the world from bonnie Scotland to Morocco. Sam tells me the candles have a unique fragrance of leather bound books and gentleman’s cologne (hmmm..!) and the packaging, designed by illustrator Debbie Powell, makes me very happy indeed. You may recognise her designs from the M&S savoury snacks packaging!

    Sparrow & Co. Samuel Sparrow, textiles, sheepskin rug, tealight holder, candlestick, artisan, welsh tapestry, ideal home, homeshoppingspy4. Welsh tapestry cushion, £50; 5. Tin lantern, £15; 6. Spool candlestick, from £45; 7. Sheepskin rug, £75.

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    Notebooks, Sparrow & Co. Samuel Sparrow, artisan, Scotland, ideal home, online, hopeshoppingspy

    If you are a fan of Toast, love texture and warming autumnal colours – the site is well worth a visit. Look out for some of his designs in Urban Outfitters too. Sam plans to introduce two seasonal ranges a year and hopes to launch a Sparrow & Co. dining range (handmade in England). Can’t wait to ogle over that! Personally, I will be re-visiting on a regular basis. This man knows a thing or two about tasteful design. – Alice

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    by  • Thursday, October 6, 2011 • Decorating and interiors, News, Stylish shopping • 2 Comments

    They’re referred to as ‘the handbags of interiors’ – little accessories you can afford to change more often than the bigger elements of a scheme. Racing around the Autumn design exhibitions recently, I’ve noticed so many cool and crazy new cushions. My iPhone memory is just about full of the dang things, in fact. It’s tricky to narrow down favourites, but here are my top five picks…

    Numero uno, beautiful new designs from our bus blind friend (that came out wrong, she’s not blind, you understand…) – dear Barbara Coupe. At Decorex, Barbara showed me her fabulous new Origami-inspired cushions, some psychedelic 1960s swirly ones in hot fuchsia pink and a few trademark wordy ones thrown in for good measure. “I couldn’t decide between HOUSE PARTY and PARTY HOUSE,” she told me. We discussed the difference between the two for some time, deciding HOUSE PARTY is more of a single occasion, whereas PARTY HOUSE is kind of ongoing fun. I’m freelance these days, so have time to think about such things. Hmmm.

    In at number two, we find some extremely fun and funky designs from our Scottish pals at Showpony. They’re reversible, so if you lose your voice or are feeling lazy, you can hold them up to answer simple questions while lounging on the sofa. ‘Cup of tea?’ YES. ‘Can we watch Match of the Day instead of Downton Abbey?’ NO. That kind of thing…

    In the number three slot, we find new cushions from Michelle Mason, created for record label DECCA and due to launch TOMORROW. Another swinging sixties theme here – with Michelle’s signature bunting of course – and some pretty groovy vinyl records, too!

    Moving on to number four now…creepy cushions by Naori Priestly, launched last week at Tent London and inspired by the dark and sinister tale of Little Red Riding Hood…

    Her appliqué felt cushions feature frightening wolves and blood-soaked woodcutter’s axes; Cute Uzbek-style folk pom-pom trims juxtaposed with jagged silhouetted shadow-puppet-esque shapes. She’s one to watch…

    Finally, in at number five are some 1980s-style colour-blocked babies – ‘Technicolour’ wool felt cushions from the trend-setters at Room39. I love the colours here – fresh turquoise, sky blue, hot pink and orange – the next big thing:

    Colour-blocking was a huge trend in fashion this summer, and it looks as though it’s trickled down in to interiors already! It’s a tough call, but I think these ones are my favourites so far this season. – Ellie

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