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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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    BRAND NEW: Don’t miss Ikea’s stunning limited-edition Nipprig range

    by  • Thursday, April 2, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    As spring creeps into the air, so do our thoughts of exotic escapes to sunnier climes. It seems that Ikea’s been doing a little crafty mind reading, with the timely reveal of its beautiful new Nipprig collection. Inspired by Vietnam, it’s full of natural rattan textures and bursts of leafy greens, with many of the items feeling like a tropical twist on the brand’s classics.

    Lead-image-IkeaThe gorgeous range of two-tone plant pots are destined to be a seasonal favourite. Made with durable water hyacinth and completely hand woven, these lovingly made beauties are the ideal way to give your scheme an instant summer update. Fill with large leafy blooms for an authentic tropical vibe, or mix and match tones and sizes for a relaxed, outdoorsy feel.


    The range extends to include furniture, too. Taking advantage of rattan’s flexible nature, the pieces feature lots of soft curved lines in a striking black finish, for a distinctive, practical collection that’s hard to resist! Choose from a stunning outdoor lounger, understated footstools and sofas, or stylish armchairs. Our top pick? Check out the two-tier side table, £40, available in either statement black or botanical green.

    Furniture Nipprig range Ikea

    If you’re on the lookout for something smaller, take a peek at the pretty set of accessories. From rattan place mats to straw hats, the Nipprig range even includes a re-imagined version of the ubiquitous Ikea carrier bag. Don’t miss the stripy storage boxes, £15 each – perfect for filling with linens at home, or with foodie treats at a summer picnic.


    Want to learn more? Click here to watch the collection being handmade using traditional weaving methods. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wjRPv5K7oI

    Plant pots; lamp shades; all from £15 each; furniture, from £40 for a side table; accessories, from £2 for a hat; all Nipprig range, Ikea

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    HOT SHOP: Laurette

    by  • Friday, April 8, 2011 • Decorating and interiors, Lovely websites, News, Stylish shopping • 3 Comments

    Listen very carefully, for I will say zees only once: French shop Laurette is now online and shipping abroad, making small, quirky French brands much easier to access from exotic, glamorous, remote locations. Like Croydon.

    There are cute BONNE NUIT wall stickers from Mimi Lou, bed linen and accessories from Airdeje, linens from Jack n’a qu’un Oeil and cushions from La Cerise Sur Le Gateau. I like the Russian doll cushions made using Liberty fabrics…

    …and the vintage ‘Brocante‘ area, where there are retro lamps, sleek chairs and industrial filing cabinets…

    I’m currently redecorating our dining room / home office, so this lovely desk caught my eye:

    It’s a compact copy of the kind of retro desk I’ve been ogling on eBay for many months! – Ellie

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