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    AW15 Trend Alert: the bright and beautiful Memphis Movement

    by  • Tuesday, August 11, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Amongst the calming rustic schemes and luxe accessories of the AW15 shows, one trend made its mark as a colourful antidote to its well-behaved contemporaries. Started in the Eighties and founded in Milan, the Memphis Movement was inspired by Pop Art, Art Deco and supposedly ‘Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again’ by Bob Dylan. Its classic trademarks include bold pops of primary colours, plastic surfaces, asymmetrical shapes and a nod to the kitsch style of the Fifties.


    Although the Memphis Group’s founding fathers disbanded in the late Eighties, this season sees a resurgence of the trend, but with a noticeably modern spin. Made.com’s aptly named Memphis range is still going strong, and the company’s new season offerings include new pieces in eye-popping neon tones. Go for an understated option with the Henge cabinet (above), or choose classic Eighties style with the fearless May pendant.


    For a notable Fifties feel, turn to brands such as Dunelm (above). The Oslo pendants’ domed edges and the storage pots’  curved lines have a retro vibe, whilst an angular vase and austere candlestick bring the look up to date. Team the statement blue and red accessories with pared-back wooden furniture to keep the scheme minimal and modern.


    Habitat started with the premise of being “a colourful reaction to post-war gloom,” and has since pioneered smart, bold furnishings in unflinching hues. It’s AW15 collection is no different; look out for angular furniture, such as the Malva sofa (above), as well as Memphis-inspired patterns and blocks of daring colour. We wouldn’t expect anything else!


    For a singular statement piece, check out the Harto range at Heal’s (above). Its Rosalie chairs are made from lacquered folded sheets of metal, instantly giving the retro colours a contemporary feel.

    Love this look? Check out our favourite AW15 highstreet finds inspired by this season’s Memphis Movement.



    Shopping credits: 1. E27 socket lamps, £52 each, Muuto range, Houseology; 2. Watch Me wall clock, £35, Normann Copenhagen; 3. Colourful dining chair, £36, Senn range, Danetti4. square magnets, €15.90 for nine, DaWanda; 5. Dazzle Cam 1 wallpaper, £140 per roll, Quirk & Rescue; 6. May pendant, £29, Made.com

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    Create a cosy coastal scheme in just a few simple steps

    by  • Friday, August 7, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    If you picked up Ideal Home’s August issue, you’ll know that we’re big fans of a coastal scheme. With its simple palette, natural textures and relaxed, beachy vibe, it’s one of the most laid-back ways to harness summer style.


    To get this look at home, coordinate your ideas on a moodboard (above). Opt for nostalgic painterly wallpaper like this one from Sanderson, then add rustic elements with wood, rope and enamel textures, finishing off with cute coastal finds. Translate this look into a room (below), by combining wooden and enamel furniture, white-washed flooring and classic stripes.


    If you fancy getting that holiday feeling at home, take inspiration from happy summer days and go for jolly seaside prints. Sailboats, shells and stripes in a traditional palette have an instant nautical feel, whilst driftwood and recycled bottles add a sense of old-fashioned charm.


    Love this style? Create it at home with a few simple accessories; opt for classic shades of blue and white, with hints of rope and rattan for a maritime twist.


    Shopping list: 1. Anchor, £18, The Contemporary Home; 2. Cushion, £9.99, Dunelm 3. Basket, from £59.95, Nkuku; 4. Sailing sign, £9.50, Coastal Home; 5. Blue vase, £12.50, Barker & Stonehouse; 6. Nautical matches, £5, Illume range, Anthropologie


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    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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