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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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    Vanessa Arbuthnott launches new collections, plus opens her first store!

    by  • Friday, June 26, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Long have we at Home Shopping Spy been big fans of talented textile designer Vanessa Arbuthnott, so when the news reached us that not only has she launched two beautiful new collections for 2015, but that she has also just opened her first store, we had to have a sit down from all the excitement!


    The two new charming collections, aptly named ‘Birds & Beasts’ and ‘Harris Tweed’ may be diverse in their design, with  printed and the other woven but are still extremely complimentary and reflect the classic Arbuthnott country style. Plus it seems it’s a family affair as the collections have both received the invaluable input of Vanessa’s two daughters, Rose and Flora.


    Quirky and light-hearted, ‘Birds & Beasts’ is an enchanting printed collection of whimsical wild animals and African inspired acacia trees designed by Rose, as well as depictions of naïve and deliciously plump birds by Flora. Both studied in Scotland, and have obviously inheriated their Mum’s flair for design and use of colour, introducing some new shades in their designs such as Dormouse, Kale, Mallow, Terracotta and Tomato.


    The second of Vanessa’s new collections is the introduction of locally sourced Harris Tweed, scouted out by Rose and a friend on a journey around the Scottish islands in her campervan. So thrilled was Vanessa by Rose’s finds, that she knew straight away the quintessentially Scottish weaves would make a fabulous addition as a collection on their own, as well as the perfect foil to the witty ‘Birds and Beasts’ motifs. We love how well the tweeds compliment the rest of Vanessa’s collections and will be sure to be snapping up one of her beautifully covered notebooks for all our home shopping spy needs.


    And Vanessa’s new shop and showroom is now open in Cirencester in the heart of Gloucestershire, making it even easier to explore her stunning designs and patterns, all produced and printed in the UK on eco-friendly, 100% linen and organic cotton. Situated at 12 Ashcroft Road, close to the centre of Cirencester, the shop features floor-to-ceiling’walls’ of fabric arranged by colour, complemented by wallpapers, accessories and furniture. So be sure to pop in, grab a cup of coffee and let the colours and designs inspire you!



    Vanessa’s fabrics start at £48 per metre, call 01285 831 437, visit Vanessa Arbuthnott online or check out the shop at 12 Ashcroft Road, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 1QX.


    Opening Times: Monday to Friday 9.30am- 5pm and Saturday 10am-5pm.


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    Give your home a little lift with these purse-friendly, feel-good prints!

    by  • Wednesday, June 24, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    From illustrated postcards to bold prints, there’s no better way to stamp your personality on a scheme than with a well-chosen piece of art. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite pieces available to buy at the moment, all with a sunny, feel-good vibe. Oh, and they’re all budget-friendly, too! First up is this understated Truth Wins print from Sarah & Bendrix (£36, unframed).  The simple black and white photograph is brought to life with pretty gold foil print; why not pop it in a copper frame for an extra metallic touch?


    Fancy a pop of colour? Then check out this irresistible Life Is Too Short poster from Peastyle (£24.50, unframed). Team it with subtle mint and white accessories for an upbeat Scandi feel. Pea-Style

    For instant feel-good factor, don’t miss this 50 Things To Make You Happy poster from IndieBerries (£12.50, unframed). Adorned in all sorts of sweet words and illustrations, it’s a fun pick-me-up print full of happy vibes! Uplifting-art

    For more positive prints and postcards, take a look at our high-street edit below. Happy shopping!Cutouts

    From top: 1. Lemon Harvest poster, £19.50, Posh Totty Design; 2. Smile poster in yellow, £18.75, Seventy Tree; 3. Be Happy print, £35, Bodie and Fou; 4. You Are Adored print, £18, The Lepolas range, The Calm Gallery; 5. Ice Ice Baby poster, £23.95, MiniWilla range, Lullabuy

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