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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.


    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.


    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.


    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!


    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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    HOT OFF THE PRESS: Don’t miss the sublime new bedding ranges from Clarissa Hulse

    by  • Tuesday, April 7, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    If the glorious weather of the past Bank Holiday weekend is anything to go by, it seems like we’re well on our way to spring – hurrah! It’s time to ditch the winter coats and furry boots outdoors, and stow away heavy tog duvets and snuggly quilts inside. So, with their summer-friendly alternatives draped across the bed, what better time to invest in some spring-like bedding? If you’re in the mood for something lighter and brighter, check out the new Prairie and Block Patchwork ranges from Clarissa Hulse. Fresh for Spring Summer 2015, these two new bed linen designs are just the ticket to brighten up a neutral room.


    The Prairie print, shown above in Tumeric, features a delicate spring pattern of meadow flowers and grasses. Comprised of zingy mustard tones offset with a delicate white background and steely grey accents, it makes for a light and airy motif that wouldn’t be out of place in a boutique countryside hotel. Want to extend the palette into the rest of your scheme? Try the co-ordinating Trillo rug from Habitat, from £150.


    Less overtly floral than traditional summer prints, Block Patchwork in Pebble (above) is the second gorgeous offering from Clarissa Hulse. Inspired by Clarissa’s travels, from a branch washed up on a tropical shore to pressed dill flowers in Wiltshire, every square of the graphic print has its own little story to tell. Made up of complementary fern and leaf prints in warm teals, cool blues and biscuit tones, it’s the ideal pick-me-up for a pared-back scheme. Accessorize simply with twigs of pussy willow and occasional red accents, for an understated take on the traditional summer look.


    Bedding is available from mid April from Clarissa Hulse or John Lewis, and can be pre-ordered now. Prices start from £20 for a pair of pillowcases 

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    Sneak Peek: Cox & Cox Autumn 2012

    by  • Monday, July 16, 2012 • Favourite shops • 7 Comments

    It may be a grey and gloomy day but the new Autumn 2012 look book from Cox & Cox has arrived which is enough to lift anyone’s spirits (that, plus the fact that I’m off to sunny Croatia this week). Founders, Fiona Cox and Lizzie Thornton-Allan have a great eye for practical and useful homewares. As a member of ‘generation rent’, I am often looking for ways to make my home more personal to me but I have to think carefully about what pieces to invest in as obviously I can’t rip out the kitchen, knock down walls or build fitted storage. So, I’m always on the look out for useful freestanding furniture. Cox & Cox have some lovely offerings from their new collection that would do very nicely in a rented place. Here are 3 of my favourites…

    French folding mirror, £75

    The photography and styling is always so beautiful and gives me lots of ideas for displays around the house. I love this pretty mirror with folding shelf, it looks like a French flea market find. Perfect for the downstairs loo!

    Vintage metal trolley, £145

    This trolley on wheels would be great in my kitchen. Bread bin on top with wooden boards, filled Le Parfait jars on the middle shelf, vintage fruit crates on the bottom shelf for extra storage…

    Wooden ladder shelf, £225

    And finally, the ladder shelf. I’m looking for one for an alcove in my living room; a great substitute for fitted shelves and I love this natural unfinished wood that looks very coastal. If you’re also a Cox & Cox fan, keep an eye on their website later this month as there are tons of tempting buys. – Alice

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