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    Irresistible new trend for AW15: create easy style with unrefined luxe

    by  • Monday, July 20, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Tougher than glamour but more refined than vintage, the new trend for undone luxe is definitely one to watch for A/W 2015. Effortlessly fusing copper and gold with clay, marble and wood, it’s a tactile trend inspired by raw materials, muted colours and toughened-up textures. Look out for clean lines and modest, utility-inspired shapes, brought to life with exposed finishes and hints of metallic for an opulent twist on simple designs.


    Adept in the art of putting a luxurious spin on simple homeware is Rowen & Wren. Its statement copper mugs are available in either a shiny or matt finish, whilst the hand-made nature endows each piece with its own distinct character. Give the copper an unrefined feel by teaming it with cool concrete or marble, for a look that’s both effortless and artisan.

    For a slightly more utilitarian take on the trend, try this striking range from John Lewis. Reminiscent of the pared-back aesthetic of Japanese style, it’s a sturdy, tactile collection in a thunderous palette of inky black. Simply team it with stormy greys and sprigs of foliage to let this beautiful raw material sing.


    Add a vintage spin with this charming set from Marks & Spencer. Industrial metal cutlery is given a softer edge with aged handles; just pair with rough hessian or soft linen for easy, undone luxe.

    West Elm

    Lastly, take a look at this trio of textured vases from West Elm. Style the mattified metallic finishes with exposed concrete and a moody palette for instant understated luxury.


    From top: Moscow mugs, £18 each, Rowen & Wren; beaker, £15; mini jug, £18; 25cm serving bowl, £55; dinner plate, £28; all Dove Street Pottery by David Worsley range, John Lewis (coming soon); Ornate cutlery, £75 for a 16-piece set, Marks & Spencer; textured vases, from £29 each, West Elm (coming soon)

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    Embrace Scandi style with Lotta Jansdotter’s nature-inspired textiles

    by  • Wednesday, July 15, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Nestled between Finland and Norway is Åland – a mass of almost 7,000 islands that is the birthplace and source of inspiration of designer Lotta Jansdotter. Thanks to the region’s abundance of natural beauty, Lotta’s organic, hand-made designs are simple, modern and unmistakably Scandinavian. She notes that her ideas for her most recent collection have “come from everything and everywhere. Patterns and motifs are all around.”


    Even Lotta’s design process is refreshingly organic, as she pours over notebooks filled with magazine clippings, visits thrift stores and yard sales, then pools her research with her finds from travelling. She then creates her designs using pens, paper, India inks, scissors and rubber cement, later cutting the shapes out of paper and altering the pattern scales on a copy machine.


    Fresh for 2015, Lotta’s four new bedding designs include: Cal, a reversible design in black and taupe; Kita, featuring pops of fresh orange and a soft dotty underside; Bergen (top), where soothing tones of aqua are brought to life with zesty lime; and Sylloda (above), a large-scale motif in tranquil dove grey and white. Her signature collection (below) is also full of understated repeat prints in nature-inspired tones, such as glacier blue and sage green. Pair soft grey linens with a vibrant, hand-printed cushion for a fresh pop of colour, or alternatively, layer cushions in contrasting designs of the same palette for a more relaxed scheme.


    Also inspired by the urban elements of her life in Brooklyn and the sparse precision of Japanese style, Lotta’s designs incorporate the gardens, food and paintings of these two cultures. Bold streaks of colour mark her more daring side – embrace the trend by teaming colourful cushions and linens with rustic oak and painted brick for a modern industrial feel.



    Prices: £19 per m for fabric and from £20 for a cushion.

    View Lotta’s new collections at Ashley Wilde, or to learn more about the designer, visit her website

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    Smarten up your potting shed with pared-back, utility style

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

    With summer truly upon us, there’s no better way to spend a Saturday than pottering around the garden and sprucing up the flowerbeds. But inevitably, the season brings with it the dread of peeling back the dustsheets and yanking open drawers to find rusting old equipment still caked in last year’s gardening efforts! So we’ve had a scout around to look at the best practical storage, handy tools and must-have accessories, to transform a tired utility room or shed into a smart, functional and stylish space. Hurrah!


    Not sure where to start? Try collating your ideas on a moodboard for an easy jumping-off point (and a fail-safe shopping expedition!). Layering a range of nature-inspired prints onto a neutral base creates a country garden feel, whilst metal and wood accessories add a rustic touch.


    For a slightly more modern spin, up the utility factor with a range of enamel or metal accessories, like John Lewis (below). Not only are the cups and trays super practical for carting about outdoors, but the stylish tins are the perfect place to stow away unsightly odds and ends. Put a rustic twist on it with wooden textures, rope handles and twine, or add a tougher edge with metal canisters and hints of leather.


    Fancy overhauling your own utility room or potting shed? Take a look at our top high-street buys inspired by the great outdoors:


    Cushion cover made in Kew Baltic Sage, £39.50 per m, Ian Mankin. Gingham Check in Peardrop fabric, from £26.90 per m, Linwood. Tea towel, £10; chilli seed box, £8.50; for similar scissors, try the gardener’s scissors, £17.50; brush, £8.50; plant sticks (part of the Allotment kit), £28; all Hen & Hammock

    Shopping List:
    1. Zacahrie rack, £55, Sweetpea & Willow; 2. Fern 5 tile, £12, Welbeck Tiles; 3. Trasket, £24, Hen & Hammock; 4. Water mister, £10, Garden Trading range, Amara; 5. Galvanised Gubbins tins, £19.95, Sophie Conran; 6. Le Sac En Papier, from £8.50, Pea Style

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