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Big Pattern Wallpaper

We've recently added a new batch of colourways of one of our most popular wallpapers - Julia Rothman's Daydream Wallpaper design - and this got me thinking about wallpaper with a big pattern. I love pattern and am happy to clash it and layer it in a room. I also like a good feature wall with a bold pattern used sparingly for striking effect. It's also nice when you see a pattern blended into a room with clever use of colour and texture. Basically I like pattern. And I especially like pattern on wallpapers, so here is a quick round-up of some of...
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Date: 11 Jan 2016 20:00
Author: Becky
Tags: interior design

Free Delivery!

We are delighted to announce that between now and Christmas all orders to UK addresses will be shipped free of charge! Our Christmas elves are beavering away to bring you a fabulous selection of gift ideas, all delivered at £0. Here's a round up of a few fab gifts for your loved ones: Tea towels: These are incredibly popular as gifts and we've got a few left, but if you see one you like you should snap it up as they are selling like hot cakes! A Scandi design tea towel with a fab apple print Organic cotton tea towel, for the cyclist in your...
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Date: 04 Dec 2015 14:30
Author: Becky
Tags: gift ideas

Stockholm delights - Best Design Shops & Sights

I recently had the pleasure of visiting Stockholm - a very exciting prospect for any design fan! I was thrilled that I would get to spend a week enjoying the beautiful architecture, food, light, colours and - most of all - interiors of this fantastic city. So, I am pleased to share with you a little round-up of some of the highlights of this trip, a few photographs and tips for anyone else who is planning a trip there and would like to know a little more. I should also acknowledge a debt of gratitude to some of the fantastic websites that...
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Date: 21 Aug 2015 13:27
Author: Becky
Tags: Travel

Fiera Magazine - Issue 2

Here at Pretty Dandy one of the things we love is new design. When the opportunity came up to support the launch of a magazine championing new design by covering design fairs around the world we were delighted to play a (small) part in helping it get made. That magazine was Fiera. It is edited by the very talented writer, blogger, editor and lovely person, Kate Tregidden. I'm even more delighted to let you know that issue 2 dropped through my mailbox a couple of days ago and it is every bit as good (maybe even better!) than Issue 1. It...
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Date: 11 Jul 2015 19:37
Author: Becky
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Apple crafts - DIYs and tutorials

I was doing some research recently into craft projects and came across a ton of fun free apple crafts you can do. I thought this would be a fun way to teach kids about the value of apples, how they grow and how good they are for you. It's also a good way to highlight that apple production has changed a lot over the years - did you know that two thirds of our English orchards have disappeared since 1950? Or that there are 6000 varieties of apple on the official Apple Register, but only around a dozen are commercially produced...
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Date: 26 Jun 2015 12:02
Author: Becky
Tags: craft handmade

Daydream Wallpaper

Daydream wallpaper is one of our most popular products on the site. It's a beautiful, whimsical print by Brooklyn-based illustrator Julia Rothman. I love this print, it's so charming and really looks good in a big range of interiors. I'm always happy when someone orders it, because I know they're going to love the results. In fact, it's one of the products I often get thank you emails about, and people often send proud photographs of their lovely new rooms with the paper in situ. I just got another picture recently, of the colourway with yellow birds and blue clouds used by...
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Date: 19 May 2015 22:08
Author: Becky
Tags: interior design

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