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New lamp in stock!

We are delighted to share a brand new product with you - this super stylish industrial style lamp. This fantastic tripod lamp is a great way to introduce a bit of the industrial look to your home, without compromising on style. It would fit well into a range of interior styles and also into homes with limited space thanks to the slimline design. I'm a big fan of the industrial style, but couldn't go for the full look in my Edwardian home, so this is a nice way to give a nod to it, without it feeling out of place in...
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Date: 21 Nov 2014 12:25
Author: Becky
Tags: home accessories

Trend spot at London Design Festival 2014

At my recent visit to the Tent design show at London Design Festival I spotted an interesting trend emerging…   Many of the exhibitors, showing cutting edge design from all over the world, had made detailed, elaborate surface texture a prominent part of their work.   Here is a quick round up of images showing texture being used to great visual effect on everything from stools to mirrors to wallpaper and also showing the wide range of materials used to create this, including paper, concrete, metal and fabric.   Jeonghwa Seo stool with luxuriously smooth bases topped with contrastingly rough textured concrete. Jake Phipps had some of...
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Date: 23 Oct 2014 11:50
Author: Becky
Tags: home accessories interior design

Lighting at LDF2014 - No.1

London Design Festival was a wonderful source of inspiration in so many different arenas - from fabrics to wallpapers, cushions to ceramics. This week I've decided to pick out some of the lighting which caught my eye at the shows this year. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but a few which attracted my attention as I wandered around enjoying all the new design on offer. TENT LONDON Mater designed these lovely acorn-ish lights The Salute light from Seeddesign - based on a wine glass don't you know. A wonderful chandelier fitting from lighting wonders Curiousa & Curiousa. Vezzini and Chen brought their...
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Date: 10 Oct 2014 14:19
Author: Becky
Tags: home accessories interior design

Cement Tiles - London Design Festival 2014

Cement tiles are something of an obsession for me, particularly the encaustic patterned tiles you see everywhere in Barcelona. Since moving here I’ve developed a habit of snapping every beautiful pattern I see - and there are many – and sharing them with a #tileaddict hashtag (and in this Patterned Tiles blogpost I wrote earlier this year). For those who are interested, encaustic tiles are ones where the pattern is made using clay of different pigments, rather than being painted on the top with a glaze. This means the pattern stays even as the tile wears down.   So, imagine my delight...
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Date: 06 Oct 2014 12:28
Author: Becky
Tags: home accessories interior design

London Design Festival 2014 - Zoe Brewer & Out Of The Dark

I am kicking off the first of our London Design Festival blog posts with a personal favourite. It combines a lot of the things I feel very passionately about – bold colour, vintage furniture, social change, minimising waste, quality craftsmanship, personality in design and – last, but never least – flowers! (Image from Zoe Brewer's website)   These images are of the furniture collaboration between Out Of The Dark and Zoe Brewer. Zoe is the owner of My Interior Stylist – an established and successful interior styling and design company. Having been twitter friends for a while I was excited to see the...
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Date: 26 Sep 2014 15:50
Author: Becky
Tags: Events interior design

Pallet Ideas

I love the idea of upcycling, recycling, repurposing... whatever you call it, making something out of nothing is a great idea. With that in mind when I spotted a bench made from an old pallet recently it started me on a search for other great projects you can do with a simple wooden pallet. So, here's a round up of some of the best & most interesting ideas I found: The bench made from old pallets - this is a great way to add extra seating in your garden. I tried to snap it from an angle which showed the construction, so...
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Date: 16 Sep 2014 12:07
Author: Becky
Tags: inspiration

A Pretty Dandy Interview

Recently I was asked to provide some "Designer Insights" for an interview on the Terry's Blinds blog. It was fun thinking about how I approach interiors, my take on design and the 'rules' I do or don't follow. For example, I had to describe my own unique style and creative aesthetic. How would you describe yours? Do you know straight away or do you have to think about it? For me, I know that I like to be open to ideas, to give things a go and to try things out to see what works. I enjoy adding an extra element...
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Date: 12 Sep 2014 13:10
Author: Becky
Tags: inspiration interior design

Tweet Up at LDF

I am already looking forward to this year's London Design Festival. It is always a fantastic mix of up-and-coming designers, established names, interesting talks and engaging trade shows. This year I'm sure it won't be any different and I'm busy getting all my passes and planning my days. While doing that I had an exciting idea, which I hope you will be able to be a part of. Let's have a tweet up! Big events like these are great for getting everyone together in one place, but it can still be hard to arrange to meet people because of the volume...
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Date: 01 Sep 2014 13:50
Author: Becky
Tags: Events

Colourful rugs

I came across an image on Pinterest recently which really caught my eye. This bright light hallway filled with colourful rugs has such a relaxed, happy vibe that I immediately want to recreate it. I think it offers a great balance of elegance and vitality, colour and calm. Keeping the pattern low, mixing it up and leaving no gaps between the rugs draws the eye down the hallway and helps it to look light and large. The mix of patterns and colour is playful without being overwhelming and bohemian without getting too hippie. Plus, because they are rugs this is a...
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Date: 27 Aug 2014 22:17
Author: Becky
Tags: interior design

Colour inspiration - record sleeves

I love colour and am always interested in finding inspiration for new ways of using colour in my home, combining different tones, creating beautiful palettes and so on. This week I'm taking inspiration from record sleeves - a wonderful place to find great design, illustration and use of colour. These are a mixture of vintage and modern designs, with bold mixed colour palettes and strong graphic shapes. Record sleeves and covers some in a huge variety of styles from contemporary op-art through to a simple photograph of the artist. There's a lot to explore, and this is a nice jumping off...
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Date: 05 Aug 2014 14:37
Author: Becky
Tags: inspiration