MY WORK New Collections 2016 – Real Homes magazine January 2016 issue
Cosy and white aren’t two words I’d usually put together when it comes to bed linen, but this rather indulgent set from The White Company proves me wrong. I love the texture of the different fabrics, the way they’re mixed in with taupe, and the must-have soft furnishings accessory for 2015 – the pom-pom trim! They’re all from the new Spring/Summer 2015 range. Price for the Brittany Collection Quilt starts from £180; from £35 for the Brittany Collection Cushion Covers; from £45 for the Avignon Collection Duvet Cover.
Doing research for my Stylish New Looks for Lighting feature for Real Homes magazine (February issue, out now) I was reminded how important it is to choose the right type of lighting for every room: task – focused lighting such as a desk lamp or overhead for kitchens; accent – to highlight certain features or areas such as a painting; ambient – to create a mood and feeling of a room. This rather chic ambient Devon Floor Lamp from John Lewis would look amazing in any room at this time of year. It’s yours for £130.
The trend for eccentric wallpapers is huge this year in interiors – but not just for feature walls (so early Noughties). Instead I love the look on two, three or all walls (even put wallpaper on the ceiling if you keep the walls in a matching paint colour). Two of my favourites are from The Graduate Collection which showcases products from exciting new designers coming out of UK universities. The Dachshund wallpaper would be perfect in a hallway, boot room or similar small space; while the Marie Antoinette design would look great in a bedroom, large bathroom or dining room (look closely, and you’ll see how quirky/eccentric it is!). I think they’re genius.
Years ago, when we moved into our cottage there was a garage sale down the lane and I picked up two Parker Knoll armchairs for the grand sum of £5! I recovered them and they looked as fabulous as when they were new back in the 70s. Classic design never goes out of style which is why I’m lusting after this Parker Knoll Swivel Statesmen Chair, in Mystic Gold fabric, available exclusively at John Lewis. Unfortunately, unless it appears in a garage sale soon near me for a lot less than the asking price of £1,999, it’ll have to stay on my Lust List
I Love… The Indigo Blue Deco Look
Out and about in London recently attending various Homes/Interiors Press Events, which showcase all that’s new, trending, and sometimes fabulous, for Autumn Winter 2014. First of my favourites is the hot trend for Moody Blues – from cobalt to indigo, it’s on walls, furnishings and accessories. This divine picture comes courtesy of Sainsbury’s – yes, believe it! The Verona two-seater sofa costs £499.
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