• Posts Tagged ‘interiors’

    Sneak peek of icon Sue Timney’s new collection for Marks & Spencer

    by  • Sunday, February 7, 2016 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    Famed for her maximalist aesthetic and eclectic, quirky designs, Sue Timney has worked in interior design for over 30 years. Her accolades include serving as President of the British Institute of Interior Design, and receiving the Prince Philip Designers Prize for Design of the Year. She’s also worked closely with The Laura Ashley Foundation and collaborated with The Rug Company and House of Fraser, as well as releasing a series of books.


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    Sneak a peek at Lorraine Kelly’s new SS16 range for JD Williams

    by  • Sunday, January 31, 2016 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    On Wednesday this week, I left the cosy office at Ideal Home HQ and battled the winter winds over Waterloo Bridge – there aren’t many invitations that can lure me outside in January, but afternoon tea at The Savoy is definitely one of them! What’s more (as if home-made scones weren’t tempting enough), it was a chance to discover Lorraine Kelly’s spring/summer 16 homeware range for JD Williams.


    The collection is split into two stylish trends: Coastal Mist, with a cool blue and crisp white palette, and Coast to Glen, with pieces that are reminiscent of Lorraine’s Scottish heritage. Comprising 29 items in total, the range includes bedlinen, lighting, soft furnishings and home accessories, all in an easy-to-use palette of grey, blue and white, interspersed with pops of heather or mustard tones.


    Lorraine pottered round from table to table to spend some time with each of us, talking excitedly about her new homeware range and what it means to her. She says, “This collection is an invitation into my home and interior style… I’m thrilled to share with you a range that is inspired by my own heritage and personal taste.”


    The Coast to Glen range (top) is inspired by natural tones from the Scottish glen, with antique-inspired bronze lanterns. There’s also an adorable Scottie dog motif for a cheerful touch! The Coastal Mist range has a more modern, shoreline feel, with wooden textures, glass lamps and rustic rope details.

    Coastal Mist 2

    Love this range? Check out some the pieces on my wishlist below:


    Shopping credits: 1. Concrete table lamp, £29; 2. Brackley pendant shade, £15; 3. Printed duck cushion, £12; 4. Bronze hanging photo frame, £18; 5. White wooden lantern, £29; 6. Super-soft chunky-knit cushion, £18; all Lorraine at Home range, JD Williams

    The Lorraine at Home collection launches at JD Williams on 21st March 2016

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    Top interiors trends for 2016: Part 2

    by  • Wednesday, January 20, 2016 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    Last week, we took a look at the best of what’s to come for 2016 (if you missed Part 1 of our trends round-up, catch up here!). Stay ahead of the curve and delve into the second half of our trends forecast below – as this is a sneak peek, lots of these products aren’t available online just yet, so file them away in a safe place and use them as jumping-off point to plan your schemes this spring.


    Trend 5: Artisan

    Hero brand: West Elm

    Look out for: a pared-back, nature-inspired trend. Despite its Scandi palette, the prevalence of reclaimed textures, fresh ferns and roughed-up textures gives this look instant warmth, as seen at West Elm. Try the rustic diningware in the Belleza range at George, and the beautiful new Torhamn kitchen design from Ikea for more inspiration.


    Trend 6: Global

    Hero brand: Marks & Spencer

    Look out for: a more pigmented take on last week’s Traveller trend. Mix and match Marks & Spencer‘s South-American-inspired ikat prints, with co-ordinating Chinoiserie florals and striking Indian motifs, all in a rich palette of purple, pink and terracotta, with hints mustard yellow and deep blue, too. Team with pale, stripped-back walls, exposed wood and cactus plants to complete the look. Discover similar designs at Made.com, Barker & Stonehouse and Furniture Village.

    Block colour

    Trend 7: Block colour

    Hero brand: George

    Look out for: fearless hits of bright, zesty colour. Clash vibrant shades of tangerine, lime and azure with confidence – get it right every time by using an accessory with a modern pattern, such as these fab geometric towels from George, then pick out the key shades and add pieces in block colours to match. Go tentatively by placing these colours against a simple white backdrop, or be bold and go for a searing wash of colour! Check out the Ben de Lisi range at Debenhams or the retro-style collections at Next for more ideas.


    Trend 8: Nostalgia

    Hero brand: BHS

    Look out for: spring florals with a vintage twist, in a faded palette of sunflower yellow, marigold, ochre and teal. Although full of typical seasonal blooms, this sepia-toned trend has a more retro feel than the usual spring/summer collections, as seen at BHS. Team with Ercol-style bedding, plenty of cosy layers and fresh flowers, for a Seventies-inspired look that will transcend the season.

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