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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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    Mats made in heaven! Our edit of this season’s must-have rugs

    by  • Thursday, June 18, 2015 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    Whether it’s a small fluffy runner at the foot of the the bed, or a big statement mat in the middle of the living room, the right rug instantly makes a house feel a little more like a home. Whilst finding the perfect one can be tricky, there’s nothing like the current flurry of mid-season sales to help inspire us! Keeping the warmer weather in mind, we’ve rounded up a few of our summer favourites.


    For simple schemes, these monochrome options from H&M are a great place to start. Adorned in repeat folksy prints in a pared-back palette, they’re unfussy, budget friendly and look great paired with the matching range of cushions! Team with unvarnished floors and chalky finishes for a cool, scandi feel.Graham-&-Green

    Bring a sense of glamour to a neutral scheme with this gold-flecked beauty from Graham & Green (above). Putting a modern twist on a traditional cow hide rug, it’s a great way to add a touch of sparkle and opulence to your room! Tip: make the most of its shimmering tones by adding metallic accents around the room, such as a statement gold table stand.French-Connection

    For a subtle burst of pattern, this screen-printed durrie rug from French Connection has a softly faded design in muted blush tones. Combining a dainty print with a distressed finish, it would look great with leather occasional furniture or stripped-back floors. The tassels add a pretty touch, too!


    If you’re scouting the shops for an understated design, look no further than Rockett St George (above). This rustic range has it all; handmade in India, these affordable pieces would look great in any room of the house. Plus, the lightweight weaves make them perfect for summer!

    From top: Cotton rug (on rail), £14.99, H&M; gold cow hide rug, £295, Graham & GreenPoppy Field rug, £155, French Connection; rugs, from a selection, Rockett St George

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    Put an industrial spin on a rustic scheme with these high-street buys

    by  • Thursday, June 4, 2015 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    We all love a soft rustic scheme, but sometimes it’s nice to bring it up to date with a touch of industrial style. In our June issue, we showed you how to mix the functionality of industrial style with softer wooden pieces to create a liveable family home with a slightly roughed-up feel.


    If you fancy creating this look for yourself, why not make your own moodboard? Here, dusty pink and soft biscuit tones have been smartened up with ceramic and glass accessories. The sugar tin instantly adds an industrial vibe thanks to its stormy grey colourway – line it up in a set of three for a toughened-up trio!


    Getting this look needn’t cost a fortune. If you’ve already got a rustic scheme, all it takes is a few well-chosen accessories to add that slightly rough-and-ready edge. Go for pieces in steely greys, and opt for materials such as metal, glass and textured ceramic to create the tactile, undone feel. Here are a few of our favourite high-street finds:


    Cutouts: 1. Zinc letters, £4 each, Horsfall & Wright, Notonthehighstreet.com; 2. Two mini carafes on tray, £4.90, Grand Illusions; 3. Apollo vase, £35, Habitat;  4. Glass jar table light, £19.99, Dunelm; 5. Gloria pots, £6 each, Henry & Future range, Notonthehighstreet.com; 6. Cement candle holders, from £8 each, Anthropologie; 7. Zinc photo frame, £16.95, Nkuku range, John Lewis

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