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    NEW FOR 2015: Glorious fabrics in pretty prints from Kirkby Design. Swoon!

    by  • Tuesday, April 14, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    If this glorious weather is making you long for a pop of colour then good news – you’re not alone! This week, we’re hankering after the gorgeous new collections from Kirkby Design. From gentle geometrics to pretty plains, its six ranges of indoor and outdoor prints offer a little something for everyone.

    Arcade-Collection-Kirkby-Design

    First up, take a look at the super-cool Arcade range (above). Inspired by the world of retro computer games, it’s a gentle nod to a bygone era, brought up to date with warm and modern colourways. From large-scale statement geometrics to a mock pixelated chenille, it’s a playful way to inject a little fun into your scheme. If your heart lies with simpler designs, then check out the Astro range instead; a textured semi-plain weave, it’s a subtle alternative with a hint of metallic that still packs a pretty punch. Sahara II is another gorgeous option, with soft-brushed cotton in minty green, pastel peach and soft pink hues.

    Terrazzo-Prints-Kirkby-Design

    Just in time for summer, there’s a fab selection of outdoor fabrics to tempt you, too. Terrazzo Prints (above) includes bold and bright offerings in a range of jazzy motifs. Take your pick from basket-weave patterns, graphic chevrons or bold stripes, then team them with the plain and semi-plain options within the Terrazzo Plains collection (below). Scatter across a deck-chair or outdoor sofa for an instant summer lift. For eco-conscious decorators, the Leaf range is right up your street. This eco-friendly collection is made from recycled Italian wool, and includes a delightful semi-plains collection in fresh pastel shades, all made with the environment in mind. Lovely.

    Terrazzo-Plains

    With so many amazing options, sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin. If you’re as smitten with interior design as we are but you’re not sure where to start, then why not sign up to join KLC’s interactive online interior design course? Ideal Home have teamed up with KLC School of Design to create My Design School, which is a fun new course that teaches you how decorate your dream room. Covering everything from colour and pattern to space planning, the five-week course is run by a dedicated course tutor with an interactive online course community. All of that means you can work in your own time at home or on the move. Plus, it’s only £199, which is a saving of £100, when you use promo code HOME0415. Learn all about it here – and put those amazing patterns from Kirkby Design to good use!

    KLC-Design

    Arcade, from £62 per m; Astro, from £51 per m; Leaf Recycled, from £54 per m; Sahara II, from £27.50 per m; Terrazzo Outdoor Plains, from £33 per m; Terrazzo Outdoor Prints, from £43 per m; all Kirkby Design

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    NEW Louise Body fabrics

    by  • Friday, June 11, 2010 • Craft, Decorating and interiors, Lovely websites, News, Stylish shopping • 8 Comments

    Good old Louise Body. Not content with making some of the prettiest wallpapers around (I featured the Garden Birds design in my BIRDY trend feature in the May issue of Ideal Home, and you can see the Harry’s Garden paper in action, looking lovely, in the hallway of Patchwork Harmony blogger Caroline), she’s now making fabrics, too. You’ll find a few fabrics on her website already, but a little birdy tells me that this September she’s going to release a whole new collection at Decorex, inspired by her ‘Plant Life‘ digital wall panels….

    Louise’s inspiration is often drawn from her childhood memories – the lengths of lace given to her by her maternal grandmother were incorporated into Marney’s Lace, while the ferns and wildflowers pressed by her paternal grandmother inspired Autumn Woods and Flower Press. Louise says her new collection stems from a beautiful Victorian greenhouse in the grounds of a shabby-chic house where she spent many holidays as a child, while the palette is reminiscent of the colours found in retro 1960s interiors magazines she inherited.

    I can’t wait to see the full collection in the autumn – cushion-makers, go forth and celebrate this great day! – Ellie

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    Upholstery, shoes, and dead birds

    by  • Wednesday, February 17, 2010 • Decorating and interiors, Lovely websites, News, Stylish shopping • 6 Comments

    I’ve just got back from Most Curious, Sanderson’s 150th birthday tea party in Marylebone Lane’s coolest shoe shop, Tracey Neuls. To mark Sanderson’s 150th birthday, Tracey has covered elegant shoes with vintage fabrics from the Sanderson archive including a quirky 19th Century squirrel design while designer Nina Saunders has created a fabulous ‘melting’ armchair installation upholstered in a beautiful blue rose Sanderson fabric from the 1950s.

    The venue was decked out with an indoor silver birch forest, which was all very trendy, and woodland-chic, and all that jazz. I chatted to Nina about her amazing upholstery, and she told me that she bought the armchair on eBay for very little, then manipulated and bent the arms to create the strange flowing look. Her expert upholsterers somehow managed to cover the foam shape she carved for the base without any bumps, lumps or pleats in the fabric – incredible when you think how many creases/pleats/GENERAL ISSUES we have on photo shoots when we’re covering foot-stools or head-boards! (Thankfully PhotoShop takes care of most of them, tee hee).

    Perhaps I should attempt to explain the little squirrel perched inside the squirrel shoes here…Nina Saunders is really into taxidermy (which you can see from her online portfolio…check out the fox-heads-on-the-sofa-styling…hmmmmm, no comment), so there were various little critters scattered around the installation. Including this hilarious parrot, face-down inside a beautiful emerald shoe. Curiouser and curiouser…

    No self-respecting stuffed parakeet would want to get this close to my odour-eaters, that’s for sure. – Ellie

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