• Posts Tagged ‘design’

    Fresh for summer ’15: don’t miss the new season collection from St Jude’s

    by  • Friday, July 31, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Renowned for putting a modern twist on traditional, nature-inspired motifs, St Jude’s Fabrics & Prints has established itself in the hearts of print-lovers thanks to its distinctive style, bold use of colour and flowing illustrations.Birch-Tree-Sun

    This summer, the brand is launching Birch Tree Sun (above), a new fabric and wallpaper from designer Angie Lewin. Inspired by her 2006 wood engraving Five Trees and her 2010 screen print Winter Birches, the design features an interwoven series of cascading rivers, sun-like orbs and clusters of cross-hatched trees. Available in five colourways, pick your favourite from mustard and sea blue, coral and sage green, teal and slate, terracotta and grey, and a moody ink and turquoise option, all at £54 per m.


    The brand has also relaunched the fish-adorned Deep Sea fabric (above). Created by Emily Sutton, it follows her enchanting Curiosity Shop design, and comes in three beautiful colourways. Choose from pops of Coral in a stormy blue scene, enlivening aqua and cool grey, or a palette of lively blues over fresh white. Inspired by enchanting relics from bygone eras and afternoons spent in Edinburgh’s Museum of Childhood, her intricate prints look beautiful as both curtains and accessories alike, and cost £54 per m.


    For a taste of these designs on a smaller scale, printmaker and St Jude’s co-founder Angie is also selling a selection of limited-edition prints. Produced as linocuts, wood engravings, lithographs and screen prints, her unique pieces are reminiscent of plants set against the roaring sea and sky of North Norfolk and the Scottish Highlands. post-460

    Perfect for nature-lovers, these woodland-inspired artworks are available online, and will also be shown at The Bankside Gallery in November. For a pretty illustrative piece, check out the tranquil The Honesty Blue screenprint (above), which was commissioned by the V&A.


    Credits: Birch Tree Sun will be available soon; Angie Lewin, photographed by Alun Callender; Honesty Blue screenprint (unframed), £295, V&A


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    Embrace Scandi style with Lotta Jansdotter’s nature-inspired textiles

    by  • Wednesday, July 15, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Nestled between Finland and Norway is Åland – a mass of almost 7,000 islands that is the birthplace and source of inspiration of designer Lotta Jansdotter. Thanks to the region’s abundance of natural beauty, Lotta’s organic, hand-made designs are simple, modern and unmistakably Scandinavian. She notes that her ideas for her most recent collection have “come from everything and everywhere. Patterns and motifs are all around.”


    Even Lotta’s design process is refreshingly organic, as she pours over notebooks filled with magazine clippings, visits thrift stores and yard sales, then pools her research with her finds from travelling. She then creates her designs using pens, paper, India inks, scissors and rubber cement, later cutting the shapes out of paper and altering the pattern scales on a copy machine.


    Fresh for 2015, Lotta’s four new bedding designs include: Cal, a reversible design in black and taupe; Kita, featuring pops of fresh orange and a soft dotty underside; Bergen (top), where soothing tones of aqua are brought to life with zesty lime; and Sylloda (above), a large-scale motif in tranquil dove grey and white. Her signature collection (below) is also full of understated repeat prints in nature-inspired tones, such as glacier blue and sage green. Pair soft grey linens with a vibrant, hand-printed cushion for a fresh pop of colour, or alternatively, layer cushions in contrasting designs of the same palette for a more relaxed scheme.


    Also inspired by the urban elements of her life in Brooklyn and the sparse precision of Japanese style, Lotta’s designs incorporate the gardens, food and paintings of these two cultures. Bold streaks of colour mark her more daring side – embrace the trend by teaming colourful cushions and linens with rustic oak and painted brick for a modern industrial feel.



    Prices: £19 per m for fabric and from £20 for a cushion.

    View Lotta’s new collections at Ashley Wilde, or to learn more about the designer, visit her website

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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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