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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.

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

    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…

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

    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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    HOT TREND: BEES

    by  • Wednesday, April 20, 2011 • Decorating and interiors, Lovely websites, News, Stylish shopping • 7 Comments

    Bee-hold: the latest trend to hit the high street. I’ve bee-n flying about, keeping buzz-y, finding this season’s must-hive buys (groan, groan). But, to bee or not to bee? That is the question…

    Let’s kick things off with this cute Honeycomb print from The Spotted Sparrow. (It’s well worth having a peep at The Spotted Sparrow’s card collection while you’re at it – 80s song lyrics combined with Victorian newspapers. Nice.)

    Designers are buzzing about hexagonal honeycomb patterns, bee motifs and golden honey colours. (I can’t bee-lieve I get paid to write this.)

    1 = Honeycomb pendant light, Dwell. 2&3 = Honeycomb patterned table lamp and votive, M&S. 4 = Bee cushion, Dwell. 5 = Vintage print, Roost Living. 6 = Tea cosy, The Gifted Penguin.

    7 = Honeycomb chair, Next. 8 = Hexagonal wall stickers, Ferm Living.

    My dad’s a bee keeper, so I asked him for some honey (as usual) and an insider quote about this important trend. “Buzz off…” he said, “…with your trend-related nonsense, and stop stealing ‘vintage’ things from our house.” – Ellie

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