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    Be your own interior designer and enjoy exclusive discounts!

    by  • Monday, June 29, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Whether it’s avidly tearing out pages from your favourite interiors magazine (Ideal Home, of course!), getting click-happy on Pinterest, or pouring over old episodes of ‘The Great Interior Design Challenge’, there’s nothing like an afternoon spent dreaming up your perfect home to leave you full of inspiration. But with so many beautiful brands and an endless stream of choice, taking the dreamscape in your mind and recreating it within your own four walls can be something of a tricky business.Living-room Thankfully, the clever souls at KLC School of Design have launched My Design School: an exciting interactive online interior design course. Covering everything from colour palettes and pattern to space planning and decorating, the course will give you the confidence and knowledge to make your fantasy home (and fantasy Pinterest board!) a reality. If your current project consists of drowning in endless fabric swatches and sofa catalogues, then this is the perfect way to finally bring your dream home to life!Moodboard-2

    This year’s five-week course is run by a dedicated course tutor, and runs from 14 September to 16 October. Because it’s online, you can undertake the work in your own time, either at home or on the move, as well as benefiting from being part of a fun and interactive online course community. So you can revel in the inspiration and expertise of your tutor and classmates without ever having to slip off your slippers – what a treat!

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    What’s more, if you sign up today you can save £100 with the discount code BG0715. Still need tempting? You’ll also receive an exclusive 20% off at Wallpaperdirect – the perfect place to indulge your new-found interiors know-how! So no matter what your previous experience, indulge in your passion and take part in this fantastic creative experience, all for £399.

    To find out more and book your place, visit the KLC Design School’s website.

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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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    Vanessa Arbuthnott’s new Swedish textiles collection

    by  • Thursday, April 19, 2012 • Designer secrets • 7 Comments

    I have always been a fan of Vanessa Arbuthnott’s printed textiles and her new Swedish Collection is my favourite yet with its ’50s feel and Scandi-twist. Friends, feast your eyes on her pretty patterns that are launching later this month…

    Vanessa Arbuthnott, Swedish Collection, textiles, hand print, mid-century, Scandi-style, Gustavian, Swedish design, country decorating, ideal home, alice humphrys

    Vanessa Arbuthnott, Swedish Collection, textiles, hand print, mid-century, Scandi-style, Gustavian, Swedish design, country decorating, ideal home, alice humphrys

    Vanessa Arbuthnott, Swedish Collection, textiles, hand print, mid-century, Scandi-style, Gustavian, Swedish design, country decorating, ideal home, alice humphrys

    With four different designs in the range you’ll find stylised birds, whimsical trees and flowers, pinstripes, spots and trailing leaves. I love the mid-century sludgy colour palette with cutesy, country  names including pumpkin, sweet pea, mushroom, lime and dove.

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    I love the retro orange paint colour used in this kitchen, it’s nice to see how she’s introduced vibrant colours that merge well with her softer signature shades…

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    Ooooh now I could quite happily live in this shepherd’s hut decked out in teal and lime spots and stripes. It’s just the right size for me! Plonk me in a sunny field with chickens and bunting and I could invite all my friends round for tea and boiled eggs. Ah, the good life…

    Vanessa Arbuthnott, Swedish Collection, textiles, hand print, mid-century, Scandi-style, Gustavian, Swedish design, shepherd's hut, bunting, country decorating, ideal home, alice humphrys

    Vanessa Arbuthnott, Swedish Collection, textiles, hand print, mid-century, Scandi-style, Gustavian, Nissan Figaro, Swedish design, country decorating, ideal home, alice humphrys

    All her fabrics are printed in the UK on 100% linen that is handwoven in Scotland from Belgium yarn. But MY goodness that’s A LOT of cushions for a picnic and I certainly wouldn’t advise anyone to drive their Nissan Figaro quite like that! But HURRAH for Vanessa because this is a very fresh and pretty collection, just in time for spring. Prices start from £39 a metre. Keep an eye on her website later this month. – Alice

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