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October 1st, 2013


Top 5 trends at London Design Week

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of trade shows including Maison et Objet, Decorex and Focus 2013. It has taken me several days to absorb everything and here are some key trends that I see leading the Interior Design world into Autumn/Winter 2013.

1. Taking inspiration from historical designs and styles

Last season the link between Fashion and Interior Design trends was extremely strong. This season many of the fabric and wallpaper houses have looked to the past for inspiration and reinterpreted historical designs with a contemporary spin.

My clear favourites were the new  “Historical Palaces” wallpaper collection by Cole & Son. As the name suggests the fourteen new designs take inspiration from The Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace.

Cole & Son Historic Palaces wallpaper

New “Historical Palaces” wallpaper collection from Cole & Son

In a similar vein Zoffany have based their new “Tespi” and “Curzon” collections on the “grandeur of Venice in bygone days”…

The new "Tespi" range from Zoffany based on historical Venice

The new “Tespi” range from Zoffany based on historical Venice

Zoffany

The new “Tespi” range from Zoffany based on historical Venice

2. Grey is here to stay (or is it?)

No one can dispute the current predominance of grey. Paint specialists Little Greene just unveiled their new range of colours at Decorex, twenty eight new shades of grey, and Farrow & Ball have also included five very useful shades of grey in their nine new colours for the Autumn.

The new "GREY" range from Little Greene

The new “GREY” range from paint specialists “Little Greene”

Nine new colours from paint specialists "Farrow & Ball".

Nine new colours from paint specialists “Farrow & Ball”.

New range of "grey-based" wallpapers from Nobilis

New range of “grey-based” wallpapers from Nobilis

However, with the grey British winter imminent, I was secretly relieved to read in Ben Pentreath’s influential blog that he is considering painting his dining room a very bright shade of purple/pink! – I quote “And even more controversially. Check out what I’m doing in the Dining Room. Guys – I’m bored of tasteful greys. THEY ARE OVER.”

Proposed new colour for Ben Pentreath's dining room - is grey here to stay?

Proposed new colour for Ben Pentreath’s dining room – is grey here to stay?

Here is an image of the colour and Ben is very influential so I’m intrigued to see if we will all be abandoning grey when I write again on the trends for Spring 2014…

3. Metals and metallics  – Bronze is the new Black

Trend number three has to be the re-emergence of metallic finishes, most noticeably in fabrics, lighting and also in ironmongery and bathroom design. In terms of the latter I was impressed by the new range from Samuel Heath. It’s called FUSION and literally allows you to combine two or more of their finishes (e.g. bronze and chrome) into a single door fitting. The bronze and chrome work very well together.

New "FUSION" range from Samuel Heath allowing customers to mix and match different finishes

New “FUSION” range from Samuel Heath allowing customers to mix and match different finishes

Samuel Heath

Selection of finishes from the new “FUSION” range from Samuel Heath which can be mixed and matched to make an interesting combination for door handles etc…

4. Pattern and colour are holding their own and technology is enabling some stunning results

Pattern and colour are still featuring strongly in many of the showrooms, although in a more restrained way than earlier in the year. Lewis & Wood won the Homes and Gardens “Best Printed Fabric” award for their boldly patterned “kimono” fabric.  I liked this new range from C&C Milano  as it enables you to introduce pattern and colour in  a fresh and subtle way that will not date.

"Kimono" by Lewis and Wood, winner of the "Homes & Gardens" Best Printed Fabric award

“Kimono” by Lewis and Wood, winner of the “Homes & Gardens” Best Printed Fabric award

Fresh new collection from C&C Milano

Fresh new collection from C&C Milano

In addition, modern technology and printing techniques have enabled fabric house Romo and artist Jessica Zoob to collaborate and transform her paintings into a collection of printed fabrics, wallcovering and cushions – the reproduction detail is excellent. I love these, will be buying some soon for my sofas!

New Jessica Zoob collection of fabrics, wallcoverings and accessories for Romo

New Jessica Zoob collection of fabrics, wallcoverings and accessories for Romo

New Jessica Zoob collection in conjunction with Romo

New Jessica Zoob collection in conjunction with Romo

5. Iconic and quirky designs with a retro/metro feel

Last, but not least, the ongoing need to differentiate with such a vast range of products on offer frequently leads to some clever and unique designs – “Velvets” by Kirby Design being a very good example this season.

"Velvets" by Kirby Design

“Velvets” by Kirby Design

To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the London Underground, Kirby design collaborated with Transport for London to recreate five iconic designs originally used for seating fabric across the underground!  Whether or not you want to be reminded of the London Underground in your home, the end result is both eye-catching and original.

May 8th, 2013


In search of the perfect fabric for a nursery or children’s rooms…

Given that I am soon to become an Auntie for the first time, and with a rare couple of hours to spare between meetings in London, I could not resist a peek at some of the great designs currently on the market for decorating a nursery or children’s rooms.

I started out on London’s Walton Street at “The Nursery Window“, a shop I first discovered almost ten years ago when I was decorating my own children’s rooms. It’s been a favourite ever since…

The Nursery Window

“The Nursery Window” on London’s Walton Street

The name is almost a little misleading, as you might think that the range is targeted at babies and/or very young children. The products for nurseries are great, but one of the main reasons I return to the shop time and time again is because so many of the fabrics work for both very young and older children alike, so that they will not need replacing too quickly. Two of my favourites are for boys (I’m biased here – but they also have some excellent designs for girls.) They’re fun, bright, have “toddler” appeal, but the New World fabric in particular, would also not be too offending for an 11 or 12 year old.

"New World" fabric from "The Nursery Window"

“New World” fabric from The Nursery Window

"Trains" fabric from The Nursery Window

“Trains” fabric from The Nursery Window

Next stop was Tissus d’Hélène in the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

Tissus d'Hélène, Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour

Tissus d’Hélène, Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour

As always, I spent way too long in here (in danger of missing the meeting), but well worth it browsing the ranges from two American designers Katie Ridder and Peter Fasano. The “Hollywood” fabrics from Peter Fasano would be great for adding a contemporary feel to a girl’s room as would the Flamingo wallpaper from Cole & Son.

Fasano’s “Pitter Patter” range is good fun with colour ways to suit both girls and boys.

Flamingo" wallpaper from Cole & Son

“Flamingo” wallpaper from Cole & Son

Pitter Patter" fabric from Peter Fasano

“Pitter Patter” fabric from Peter Fasano

Hollywood" range of fabrics from Peter Fasano

“Hollywood” range of fabrics from Peter Fasano

I loved “Pagoda” by Kate Ridder and to be honest this could work for adults as well as children!

Pagoda" fabric by Kate Ridder

“Pagoda” fabric by Kate Ridder

Finally, on the way home (courtesy of another British Rail delay), I managed a bit of Internet surfing and spotted this fun design with bright red spitfires from PaperBoy. I also recently came across Cloth & Clover who kindly sent some samples of their “Peopleton” range. I have my eye on this, it comes in 6 colour ways to suit older/younger, girl or boy. This was my favourite…

"Peopleton" fabric by Cloth & Clover

“Peopleton” fabric by Cloth & Clover

"Spitfires" fabric at Paperboy

“Spitfires” fabric at Paperboy

 

 

 

 

April 21st, 2013


Sometimes it’s the simple things in life…

Very happy today, as for the first time this year, I have been able to spend the entire time outside without freezing. Spring has finally sprung (in Surrey at least) and my all time favourite magnolia tree and camellia are in bloom. What more could anyone want! As the blossoms will be short-lived, I decided to capture them with pictures…

 

Camellia

magnolia tree

Magnolia tree

And if you want to enjoy these all year round, many fabrics and wallpapers have, and always will, take inspiration from nature…

Try these from Cole & Son, Little Greene and some more stylised designs from Cecil Beaton

Cole & Son "Magnolia" wallpaper

Cole & Son “Magnolia” wallpaper

Cole & Son Vivienne Westwood Magnolia Wallpaper

Cole & Son “Vivienne Westwood Magnolia” wallpaper

Cecil Beaton range, Beaton Bouquet

Cecil Beaton range, Beaton Bouquet

"Bloom" by Cecil Beaton

“Bloom” by Cecil Beaton

"Camellia" wallpaper from Little Greene

“Camellia” wallpaper from Little Greene

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