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    Microtrend: Fall in love with marble this season

    by  • Thursday, May 7, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    If you think marble belongs to statuesque museum masterpieces or the confines of Ancient Rome, then think again! It’s emerging as one of this season’s hot new micro trends, and the highstreet is awash with the beautiful material. For spring and summer, I love the effect of a pale-toned finish; from large-scale surfaces such as wallpaper, to smaller tabletop accessories, it’s an instant way to add texture, interest and a slightly industrial touch to your scheme.


    But don’t be fooled into thinking that marble only goes with tough, industrial schemes. BHS show how pairing it with greys and purples really helps to bring out the grain, whilst giving the material a softer, more feminine edge. Floral touches are another brilliant way to bring marble to life, or why not try iridescent fabrics to add an enlivening bit of sparkle? Check out the Manhattan coffee table and side table (above), for a surprisingly luxe look that works perfectly in a modern living room scheme. Prices start at £359 for a side table.


    Indulging in this trend needn’t cost the earth, as shown by H&M’s adorable range of mock marble accessories (above). With ceramic plates at £6.99, mugs at £3.99 and tablecloths at £12.99, it’s a really quick and accessible way to introduce the effect into your home.


    For a more deconstructed take on the trend, I love the idea of dual-finish accessories. Pairing marble with wood, as shown by the Lene Bjerre range at Occa-Home (above), gives the material a raw, rustic vibe. Hanging a range of styles and sizes keeps the overall look organic, whilst white tiles and aluminium accessories have a slightly Scandi edge, too. Prices start from £46.50 for a chopping board. See below for the rest of our marble trend wishlist!



    Clockwise from left: Ryton floor light, £299, Conran range, Marks & Spencer; Marble tray, from £35, Bloomingville range, Next; Axis round marble coffee table, £385, French Connection; Merle copper lamp with marble base, £219, Artisanti; Menu marble wall clock, £219, Heal’s

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    New brand on the block: discover stunning sofas at Arlo & Jacob

    by  • Thursday, April 30, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Last night we scooted down to the unveiling of new sofa brand Arlo & Jacob. Set in a stunning split-level studio tucked away in a quiet Fulham mews, the showroom is teeming with artfully created room sets to display the brand’s ranges. With sofas, armchairs, footstools and living room accessories on show, this was the perfect way to learn a little more about what this lovely new company has to offer.

    Bardolph-chair-Arlo-&-JacobNamed after the Managing Director’s two adorable sons, Arlo & Jacob wants to create “sofas for life”, with pieces that are made for everyday living but are designed to last a lifetime. For an easy, contemporary choice, check out the Bardolph sofa (above). You can choose from over 100 beautiful fabrics, from brushed linen cotton to plush velvet, so it’s easy to make it your own. The legs are interchangeable too, but we love the mid-century twist on this neutral two-seater.

    Juno-chair-Arlo-&-JacobFor a smart seat for one, try the Juno (above). It’s a modern alternative to a traditional armchair, and its mid-century features and unfussy finish make it a go-to choice for simple but sophisticated style. As an added bonus, all Arlo & Jacob sofas and chairs are made-to-order in their Long Eaton factory, so it’s a brilliant way to support British furniture makers whilst knowing that you’re investing in a quality sofa, too.

    Philo-chaise-Arlo-&-JacobIf you’re looking for something to house the whole family, then this Philo chaise (above) could be just the ticket. It’s worth noting that you can only order online, but if you pop along to the showroom, there are walls of swatches in neat little cubbyholes, so you can play around with sizes and fabrics until you’ve got an arrangement that’s perfect for your scheme. Our verdict? With beautiful craftsmanship and an amazing range of fabrics, it’s hard not to fall for this charming British brand!

    Want to learn more about how these sofas come to life? Take a look at Arlo & Jacob’s behind-the-scenes videos, for a glimpse into the manufacturing story behind their range:

    Behind the Scenes: Fabric from Arlo & Jacob on Vimeo.

    Bardolph sofa, from £910; Juno chair, from £480; Philo chaise, from £1,955; all Arlo & Jacob

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    High street edit: rule the waves with splashes of inky blue

    by  • Saturday, April 25, 2015 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    High summer palettes are so often full of pretty pastels and warm, feminine tones, that it’s somewhat refreshing to discover this season’s latest trend: inky blue. The new Northern Lights range from interiors maven Barker & Stonehouse is awash with the colour; from the intricately patterned Savalen chair to the ikat-inspired Serengeti rug, the brand have cleverly worked this dark shade into its furnishings for a cool, global feel.


    BHS is also on board, with its refreshing Oceanic range. Teamed with bleached wood and simple white crockery, these beach-inspired tones add a welcome burst of colour to a dining table scheme. Team with pale blue tumblers and twine or rattan accessories for an easy breezy picnic set-up.


    Marks & Spencer’s take on the tableware trend has a slightly moodier feel, with darker shades of blue injected with slate grey. Pops of white give the scheme a lift, creating an oriental-inspired dining scheme with plenty of character. We love the range of textures in this look; from glass cloches to ribbed candlesticks and bamboo lanterns, it’s easy to add depth and interest with a few simple accessories.


    Or, for just a gentle nod towards the trend, try this pretty range of Breton vases from Next. Teamed with simple red and white accents, they’re slightly French-inspired with a nautical twist – perfect for dreaming of a summer escape! Try playing with vases of different heights to create a relaxed, laissez-faire display.


    Nashville floor lamp, £139; Serengeti rug, £225; Savalen chair, £1,175; all Barker & Stonehouse. Oceanic tea towels, £5.99 for three, BHS. Kyoto dining set, £49.50 for a 12-piece set, Marks & Spencer. Breton stripe vases, from £22 each, Next 

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