Pretty Dandy

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

Why light is important and how to get more of it in your home

“Consider the whole span of human life on Earth as a single day and the light switch was flipped on less than a second ago. Piccadilly Circus, Times Square and Shibuya have only just started to shimmer; the iPad has been glowing for well under a nanosecond.” Intelligent Life   Recently I read an article in Intelligent Life magazine about the science of light and it really got me thinking. The article states that new research is showing how light is vital to our health, wellbeing and general happiness. Not just for people who have Seasonal Affective Disorder, but for everyone. Animals which...
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Date: 11 Jul 2014 16:01
Author: Becky
Tags: inspiration

Fiera Magazine - back it now!

Fiera Magazine – on Kickstarter now!   For those of you who haven’t used it yet, Kickstarter is a brilliant way of giving some power back to creative people. It lets them talk directly to their audience/customers and find support (and funding) for a project, in order to make it happen.   Recently I backed a project called Fiera Magazine. Now this isn’t a title you will have heard of, you won’t have seen it on the newsstands, because it doesn’t exist yet. It’s a dream project from Katie Treggiden (of the fantastic Confessions of a Design Geek blog) all about discovering new design...
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Date: 03 Jul 2014 10:34
Author: Becky
Tags: inspiration

Popular Pins

Today I'm going to share some of the most popular pins from our Pinterest boards in recent weeks and see if we can spot any trends, or find something in common with them all. These have all been added recently and have taken off like wildfire with hundreds of repins. What do you think they share? I'll post some thoughts at the end, but do leave me a comment to let me know what you think. Blue sink Metro tiles, neutral palette Cosmic tapestry from Urban Outfitters Mixed colours, strong tones - from designlovefest Contemporary dining room from Apartment Therapy with cool baby blue chairs, grey toned...
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Date: 01 Jul 2014 13:20
Author: Becky
Tags: interior design

Portuguese doors & windows

I recently visited Portugal and spent time enjoying the beautiful beaches and quaint villages of the Algarve. This is a place I’ve been visiting for many years, where a little piece of my heart will always reside. As soon as we land and smell the eucalyptus and rosemary scented air I relax. There are so many things I associate with this beautiful country – the red earth and scrubby bushes beaten by the heat in the height of summer, the smell of grilled fish with crisp salted skin, golden cliffs crumbling into outlandish formations and much more. The thing I want to...
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Date: 23 Jun 2014 14:11
Author: Becky
Tags: inspiration

Charles Eames - Happy Birthday!

Today would’ve been Charles Eames birthday, if he had lived to be 108, so I thought it might be nice to honour him with a quick round up of shots of his beautiful, evergreen, design work. Charles and his wife Ray designed some of the most important and influential pieces of furniture in the 20th century, as well as games for kids, puzzles, films and even houses. They began working in their home with a DIY moulding machine which formed plywood into new shapes. Their first shape was a chair leg based on Eames own human leg and this got them their...
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Date: 17 Jun 2014 10:52
Author: Becky
Tags: home accessories interior design