Fab want to see your product designs!

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If you’re dreaming of the chance to have your product design manufactured and sold worldwide then grab your drawings and prototypes and head down to The Conran Shop Marylebone on 19 September 2013.  This is where Fab will be waiting with a panel of notable judges to find 3 new product designs to put into […]

designjunction: retail therapy & our hot design finds

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Design shows are generally the place where you scout out new designers, product launches and suppliers, and the actual shopping and buying aspect takes place at a later date.  A little frustrating when you see that ‘oh so awesome’ pendant light or chair that you wish you could just package up and take away with […]

Decorative lighting trends at designjunction

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Designjunction is set to raise the bar again at this year’s London Design Festival with a line-up of top international brands, plus emerging designers, pop-up shops, flash factories, eateries and seminars.  New for September 2013 is lightjunction, part of the show dedicated to lighting design and showcasing the very best in decorative lighting. A vital […]

California Home+Design: It’s a good day!

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It’s a good day when you find yourself in California Home+Design’s: Designer Crush feature.  (Did I happen to mention that CH+D is my absolute favorite interiors publication in the USA? Yup – that’s right!) Anyway, that was a few weeks ago, so here I am spreading my good news and giving you the chance to catch […]

SF Decorator Showcase 2013 – Top 10 Rooms

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A chocolatier’s lab, a penthouse retreat, a sacred space to bathe, a Danger Zone, the Atelier… sounds like a James Bond novel. Instead these are all beautiful spaces dreamt up by a selection of San Francisco’s hottest interior designers as part of the annual San Francisco Decorator showcase opening this weekend (April 27 thru to […]

London warehouse apartment – Industrial luxe

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The 2nd issue of Curio Magazine takes a look inside this London warehouse apartment and home to Fiona Leahy, the go-to for OTT event & party organising (client list includes Dita Von Teese and Marilyn Manson). Originally from Dublin, Fiona has travelled and lived around the world and this is reflected in her interior style […]

Inspiration: White painted floor boards

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Today I am channeling my inner Scandi with white painted floorboards.  The last time I had these in my home was about ten years ago and I just loved them.  It’s time to put lovely light and glossy boards in my current home, and now that I have decided to make this change, I have […]

Wool House – an explosion of wool

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Opening today at the grandiose location of Somerset House in London is Wool House, the world’s largest celebration and showcase of all things wooly for the interiors world (with some fashion sprinkled in).   A visual and touchy-feely explosion of colour with art, craft, furnishings and interior designed room sets all using wool to the max. […]

A Peek inside Liberace’s Home, Palm Springs

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Over the top glamour, chintz and bling – that’s what I expected to see inside the former home of Liberace, (the highest paid entertainer in the world during the 1950s–1970s). But when the doors of ‘Piazza de Liberace’ opened to the public for the first time during this year’s Palm Springs Modernism Week,  I was surprised […]

Minimalist Modern Retreat in Palm Springs

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It’s stark, its linear, completely open, yet private at the same time – this is the weekend retreat home of San Francisco architect Jim Jennings; which was open for tour during this years annual Palm Springs Modernism Week (an 11 day celebration of desert modernism  – architecture, design and culture).  Fortunately, my associate Ann Maurice […]

Design Trends – Maison et Objet 2013 – Part II

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Great design is abundant in Paris – from clothes to art to food and architecture, so it makes sense that it is also home to ‘Maison et Objet’ Europe’s largest home decor and design trade show . While great design was expected during our recent visit, what did take us by surprise was the blanket of […]

A Whole Lot of Sexy in Paris – Photographic Art

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There are few cities that ooze sex appeal more than Paris, so this may explain my obsession with the seductive photographic art I discovered during my recent visit to the Maison et Objet interior design exhibition in Paris. Several large scale, boudoir style, Pexiglass mounted, black and white photos encapsulating the chic, glamorous and sexy vibe […]

Maison et Objet – best product from Bleu Nature

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A new discovery for Design Lovers Blog at Maison et Objet was Bleu Nature, a French company creating luxury indoor / outdoor products inspired by nature.  On our search for best product for Les Decouvertes Awards, we were drawn to the Nilleq coffee table, a tree trunk sliced in half, perfectly dried then polished, encased in […]

Maison et Objet 2013, part I

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As judges for best product in category Interior Decoration ACTUEL at Maison et Objet, we naturally dived straight into hall 5B to scout out our favourite designs.  After 5 hours of scouring just this one hall (there are 11  halls in total!), and speaking in detail with designers about their products, we chose the Nilleq coffee table by […]

No Ordinary Wreaths – Holiday Decor

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Glittery ken dolls, acrylic rods, jacks, Lego, matchsticks, mylar squares and mirrors – not the conventional materials you would expect to see in a door wreath, yet these wreaths are equally, if not more, impressive. Displaying a door wreath is a great way to create a welcoming entrance to your home and while Christmas comes […]

Pantone Colour of the year…Emerald

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Watch out for Emerald green (along with Monaco blue) in the interiors world throughout 2013.  Every year in early December, Pantone – the global institute of colour, announces its colour of the year, and whilst most thought it could be one of those inky blue hues already featuring strongly in 2012,  its turns out that […]

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