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Watercolour walls

I use Pinterest as a way to keep up to date with trends, so bookmark interesting sites and resources and to while away 10 minutes looking at kittens while I have a cup of tea.... oops, I mean, to research design and important things like that ;) So, while on a recent foray into that world of beautiful images I discovered a mini-trend for watercolour walls.These are beautiful, delicate, dreamlike colour palettes washed across an entire wall. They are complete with imperfections, colour bleeds and tonal variations. They are interesting ad stimulating to the eye, while still feeling elegant and not...
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Date: 25 Apr 2015 11:21
Author: Becky
Tags: interior design

We're taking over @Bristol52!

Nottingham to Barcelona to Bristol As our followers on twitter may have noticed we have very recently relocated to Bristol. We originally began Pretty Dandy in Nottingham, inspired by the creativity of the huge numbers of artists in the city and our friends around us. It is a very welcoming city, which we loved being a part of, and we got great support for our Pretty Dandy Flea events there. After that we moved to another wonderfully creative city - Barcelona. This was a dream-come-true moment and we relished every moment of living in the sun, enjoying a different way of life...
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Date: 08 Mar 2015 20:33
Author: Becky
Tags: Events

Get ready for Dandy Chat!

It's been a while since we last ran our twitter chat and we've had a few nudges from lovely tweeters suggesting that, really, we ought to bring it back. So... #DandyChat is back! Join us on Weds 18th March - 9 til 10pm for our fun & irreverent design chat. We will be playing Hot Or Not with images of interiors, we'll ask some important questions and hotly debate the answers and - most of all - we'll crash twitter with all the fun. All you have to do to join in is be ready on twitter on Weds 18th at 9pm. Say hello,...
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Date: 03 Mar 2015 17:45
Author: Becky
Tags: Events

Pinterest Pick - Cosy Cabin Style

This week's chilly weather has made me want to close the door, grab a blanket and get all cosy inside. So when I saw this beautiful image from Architectural Digest on Pinterest, it hit all the right notes. I've always wanted a wood-burning stove since I visited a friend's house with one. They are just a lovely way to heat your home and can make a space feel very cosy very quickly. The warm toned wood is across every surface - walls, ceiling, floor - creating a very welcoming space. I like the way the curtains hang slightly bunched, giving it a...
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Date: 19 Feb 2015 23:47
Author: Becky
Tags: interior design

Valentine's Day Printable - Free!

If you've left it a bit late to think about Valentine's Day, never fear, we're here to help! We've got 5 great suggestions for gifts you can make yourself to give to your loved one. If you're not crafty, never fear. We have a brand new photgraphic art collage which you can print for free. It is a contemporary art print created exclusively for Pretty Dandy, with a dreamy summertime feel and a message just for your favourite person. You can print and frame it as a thoughtful gift for your beloved, or print it smaller and use it for a card,...
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Date: 13 Feb 2015 12:04
Author: Becky
Tags: gift ideas

African Print Cushions - enter to WIN!

How would you like to brighten up this gloomy January with a bold, beautiful African print cushion? We are currently running a competition on social media for you to win one of our exclusive handmade cushions. The Utopia design is one of our african print range and features a strong graphic print of repeating hearts in a bold pink/navy/chartreuse colour combo. To enter simply find us on the links below and join in! Pretty Dandy Facebook Pretty Dandy Twitter Pretty Dandy GooglePlus Pretty Dandy Pinterest You can enter once on each social media platform to win our stylish cushion. Why not give it a go today, you...
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Date: 13 Jan 2015 11:27
Author: Becky
Tags: Competition

Layered rugs - design ideas

I have recently moved back to the UK from Barcelona, and have been thinking about how to inject some life and personality into my new rented home. It's a beautiful Georgian flat with very tall windows, shutters and high ceilings, and as a result it has a slightly chilly feel and needs a bit of cosying up. My first thought was rugs. And the second. And third too. Rugs offer so many benefits when designing a space that really they are hard to ignore. So what can a rug do for you? - Add pattern and or colour - Add texture - Help you...
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Date: 04 Dec 2014 12:56
Author: Becky
Tags: interior design

Christmas Gift Ideas 2014

It's the time of year where Christmas suddenly seems to be approaching very fast - the streets are lit with twinkly bulbs, the advent calendars are purchased and Christmas recipes are popping up on foodblogs all over the internet. It's also the time of year where you realise how tricky it is to come up with new gift ideas for your friends and loved ones. I love to find a really wonderful, thoughful gift, but it's not always easy to think of something just right or to find the time to go looking. So, with that in mind I've been through...
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Date: 24 Nov 2014 11:09
Author: Becky
Tags: gift ideas

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