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    Design for a Sea Change: WhitePepper Homewares

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014

    With so many Australians now choosing a ‘sea change’ (abandoning city living to live by the sea), what were once sleepy seaside and tourist towns are now bubbling with culture, new creative talent and interior design stores.  This has led us to the beach town of Caloundra, Australia where we discovered ‘Whitepepper Homewares‘, a delightful store packed with colourful, […]

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    Moodboard: Modern Tropical Interior Design

    Monday, September 29, 2014

    Forecasted as a trend by fashion magazine Harpers Bazaar last year, tropical fern, banana and palm leaf prints are now making a big impact in interior design. Our ‘Modern Tropical’ mood board shows how you can incorporate bold leaf patterns with simple, streamlined furniture pieces and copper accents to create a fresh, fun, modern look that still packs a punch. […]

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    Inflatable architecture – Exxopolis Luminarium

    Sunday, September 14, 2014

    Imagine a giant inflatable structure with a labyrinth of interconnecting tunnels and domes awash with a kaleidoscope of colors. This is ‘Exxopolis’ – the creation of Nottingham based Architects of Air, which is currently being exhibited at the Brisbane Festival. Image Source above: Lamar Francois via Architects of Air. Exxopolis is an impressive size – approximately 10 metres high and 50 […]

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Oct
21

Design for a Sea Change: WhitePepper Homewares

With so many Australians now choosing a ‘sea change’ (abandoning city living to live by the sea), what were once sleepy seaside and tourist towns are now bubbling with culture, new creative talent and interior design stores.  This has led us to the beach town of Caloundra, Australia where we discovered ‘Whitepepper Homewares‘, a delightful store packed with colourful, […]

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Sep
29

Moodboard: Modern Tropical Interior Design

Forecasted as a trend by fashion magazine Harpers Bazaar last year, tropical fern, banana and palm leaf prints are now making a big impact in interior design. Our ‘Modern Tropical’ mood board shows how you can incorporate bold leaf patterns with simple, streamlined furniture pieces and copper accents to create a fresh, fun, modern look that still packs a punch. […]

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Sep
14

Inflatable architecture – Exxopolis Luminarium

Imagine a giant inflatable structure with a labyrinth of interconnecting tunnels and domes awash with a kaleidoscope of colors. This is ‘Exxopolis’ – the creation of Nottingham based Architects of Air, which is currently being exhibited at the Brisbane Festival. Image Source above: Lamar Francois via Architects of Air. Exxopolis is an impressive size – approximately 10 metres high and 50 […]

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Aug
31

Design Destinations Brisbane: Alfred & Constance

Design Lovers Blog is on the road again and now bringing you design finds & inspiration from Australia. Bars, restaurants, hotels and stores with design swag, designers and home interiors that will have you jumping on the next plane Down Under. I start my journey in Brisbane – a place close to my heart and the city I […]

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Jul
23

Lust List: The Top Brass

The interior design industry is enjoying a huge revival of brass in lighting and home furnishings, and with so many sleek, modern products being produced in this ancient metal, we wanted to share our favorite finds with you.  At Milan’s iSaloni furniture fair this year, Tom Dixon launched several new stylish brass products including the (1) ‘Plane’ Light Pendants; […]

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Jul
15

Brass Revival – Modern Interiors

Not since the height of the 70′s have we seen brass so strongly embraced in interior design. Along with its other warm metallic counterparts (copper and bronze), brass is also enjoying a huge revival. Beaten, folded or polished – designers are celebrating it’s luxurious, yet industrial appeal, making everything from chandeliers, pendant lights, tables, dressers, chairs, bath and kitchen fixtures and […]

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Jun
18

YOO Home launches at Harrods

Global design brand YOO has launched its first furniture collection in Harrods, London’s iconic department store.  Over the last 15 years YOO has designed hundreds of homes and hotels around the world and this is the first time its in-house designed furniture is available for retail.  Around 160 pieces complete the curated YOO Home collection which is themed into Classic, […]

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Jun
10

London Design Festival 2014: Futuristic & Fab

A London landmark with more than a dozen flying drones overhead; large rotating reflectors displaying distorted views of the Rafael Gallery – The London Design Festival 2014 is set to enthrall all those that attend. With over 300 events and installations across the city (from 13 – 21 September), this is a celebration of creativity and […]

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Jun
5

The perfect pop of yellow

Yellow … it can make or break your interior design scheme. It’s the color that conjures up images of sunshine and sand on a warm Summers day, but when it comes to interior design, a little bit of this attention grabbing color goes a long way.  Here are six fabulous ways to use yellow to make your interior […]

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Jun
5

Our week on Pinterest

We’ve pinned lots more inspirational images this week from homes and gardens all over the planet.  A favourite is this bold and graphic style living room in a 1920s apartment in Sweden (home page and top) photographed by Jonas Ingerstedt.  Come on over to Pinterest and join us – you can find us here or paste www.pinterest.com/thedesignlovers into your browser.  All images below […]

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May
30

Clerkenwell Design Week 2014

Clerkenwell in the city/east of London is a megga-hub for architects and creative businesses alike – with more per square mile than anywhere on the planet!   It’s also home to Clerkenwell Design Week – a three-day festival for soaking up more design inspiration and getting up close to the latest furniture, lighting and accessories.  Showrooms in the area […]

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May
28

Dwell – new collection 2014

I’m working on a design for a bespoke built-in wardrobe with dressing table and hunting for a stylish stool that tucks away neatly underneath.  Drum roll for the Button Stool found on Dwell.co.uk for my search is now over!  With crossed walnut legs and a soft faux leather seat pad (see below – top left) […]

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May
27

Vitra 2014 Collection – Bright, bold & graphic

Modern lines, abstract graphics and colorful fabrics dominate Vitra’s new 2014 collection of furnishings launched at Salone Del Mobile in Milan. Vitra reissued timeless pieces from renowned designers like Alex Girard, launched new products by designers Edward Barber, Jay Osgerby and Hella Jongious amongst others and expanded their color library of fabrics, giving many of their […]

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May
9

Missoni Home Collection 2014

Launched at Salone del Mobile in Milan, the new collection for Missoni Home screamed flower power, along with black and white stripey or chevron print and a loose patchwork pattern. A diamond-shaped pouf was among my favourites from the new soft furnishing pieces and the Pretoria outdoor fabric sparked an idea for a new outdoor living scheme I’m working on. At […]

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May
7

Decorator Showcase, San Francisco Top 10 – Part 2

A mixologist quarters, a luxe kitchen with glittery accents, an imaginative retreat for a little roamer, a potting shed, a gallery retreat, a bathroom with million dollar views – all here in Part 2 of our roundup of Top Ten Rooms from San Francisco’s Decorator Showcase 2014.  You can read Part 1 here.   Kitchen For the […]

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Apr
30

Luxury Hotel Sofitel Munich

At the heart of a Sofitel hotel, is not only French elegance and good design, but a super comfy bed known as MyBed™, an exclusive design for Sofitel.  Providing you with the best nights sleep on the planet is serious business for Sofitel, with their bespoke bed creation installed into every hotel room.  My first […]

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