• Posts Tagged ‘pattern’

    Fresh for summer ’15: don’t miss the new season collection from St Jude’s

    by  • Friday, July 31, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Renowned for putting a modern twist on traditional, nature-inspired motifs, St Jude’s Fabrics & Prints has established itself in the hearts of print-lovers thanks to its distinctive style, bold use of colour and flowing illustrations.Birch-Tree-Sun

    This summer, the brand is launching Birch Tree Sun (above), a new fabric and wallpaper from designer Angie Lewin. Inspired by her 2006 wood engraving Five Trees and her 2010 screen print Winter Birches, the design features an interwoven series of cascading rivers, sun-like orbs and clusters of cross-hatched trees. Available in five colourways, pick your favourite from mustard and sea blue, coral and sage green, teal and slate, terracotta and grey, and a moody ink and turquoise option, all at £54 per m.


    The brand has also relaunched the fish-adorned Deep Sea fabric (above). Created by Emily Sutton, it follows her enchanting Curiosity Shop design, and comes in three beautiful colourways. Choose from pops of Coral in a stormy blue scene, enlivening aqua and cool grey, or a palette of lively blues over fresh white. Inspired by enchanting relics from bygone eras and afternoons spent in Edinburgh’s Museum of Childhood, her intricate prints look beautiful as both curtains and accessories alike, and cost £54 per m.


    For a taste of these designs on a smaller scale, printmaker and St Jude’s co-founder Angie is also selling a selection of limited-edition prints. Produced as linocuts, wood engravings, lithographs and screen prints, her unique pieces are reminiscent of plants set against the roaring sea and sky of North Norfolk and the Scottish Highlands. post-460

    Perfect for nature-lovers, these woodland-inspired artworks are available online, and will also be shown at The Bankside Gallery in November. For a pretty illustrative piece, check out the tranquil The Honesty Blue screenprint (above), which was commissioned by the V&A.


    Credits: Birch Tree Sun will be available soon; Angie Lewin, photographed by Alun Callender; Honesty Blue screenprint (unframed), £295, V&A


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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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