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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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    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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    HOT OFF THE PRESS: Don’t miss the sublime new bedding ranges from Clarissa Hulse

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

    If the glorious weather of the past Bank Holiday weekend is anything to go by, it seems like we’re well on our way to spring – hurrah! It’s time to ditch the winter coats and furry boots outdoors, and stow away heavy tog duvets and snuggly quilts inside. So, with their summer-friendly alternatives draped across the bed, what better time to invest in some spring-like bedding? If you’re in the mood for something lighter and brighter, check out the new Prairie and Block Patchwork ranges from Clarissa Hulse. Fresh for Spring Summer 2015, these two new bed linen designs are just the ticket to brighten up a neutral room.


    The Prairie print, shown above in Tumeric, features a delicate spring pattern of meadow flowers and grasses. Comprised of zingy mustard tones offset with a delicate white background and steely grey accents, it makes for a light and airy motif that wouldn’t be out of place in a boutique countryside hotel. Want to extend the palette into the rest of your scheme? Try the co-ordinating Trillo rug from Habitat, from £150.


    Less overtly floral than traditional summer prints, Block Patchwork in Pebble (above) is the second gorgeous offering from Clarissa Hulse. Inspired by Clarissa’s travels, from a branch washed up on a tropical shore to pressed dill flowers in Wiltshire, every square of the graphic print has its own little story to tell. Made up of complementary fern and leaf prints in warm teals, cool blues and biscuit tones, it’s the ideal pick-me-up for a pared-back scheme. Accessorize simply with twigs of pussy willow and occasional red accents, for an understated take on the traditional summer look.

    Bedding is available from mid April from Clarissa Hulse or John Lewis, and can be pre-ordered now. Prices start from £20 for a pair of pillowcases 

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