Maison et Objet 2015 report

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It was a 48-hour whirlwind trip to Paris last week for the first big trade show of the year – Maison et Objet. With eight halls packed to the brim with brands and designers showing their latest collections and new product launches, it’s somewhat of challenge to pack it all in. However, with some pre-planning […]

Missoni Home Collection 2014

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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 […]

Colour palette: add zing to an all white scheme

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A lovely white backdrop, oak wood flooring, and a large expanse of glass overlooking the garden was the starting point for this interior scheme.  Working with a zingy palette of yellow, orange and a touch of blue, this room is punctuated with bright pops of colour, retro patterned prints by Orla Kiely and a nod […]

The Edit: Tent London 2013

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Young, talented and passionate about their craft – that’s how I would sum up the designers exhibiting at Tent London; one of the must-see annual shows during London Design Festival. Set in the Old Truman Brewery, East London – Tent is an exhibition showcasing some of the best new creative talent from the UK and […]

designjunction in pictures: press preview

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Yesterday we visited designjunction for the press preview and here’s a quick glimpse of what is on offer.  We stopped and chatted with many of the designers and brands which meant we only covered 1.5 floors in 4 hours! So much great design to see set against the stunning industrial backdrop of the Old Sorting […]

Feel-Good & Fabulous Florals – Modern Decor

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With geometric patterns being so prominent in interior design lately, I have been thinking – maybe it’s time to switch things up abit … and florals might be just the answer. Ironically floral prints are nothing new. They have been around for-like-ever. But florals are taking a new direction – they are now projecting a […]

Colorful dining chairs – Modern Mix Up

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It is funny how in a period of about five years the term ‘matching’ has almost become a dirty word in the interior design vocabulary. Mixing it up is what it’s all about right now and this applies to all rooms in the home; the dining room and dining chairs are no exception. A mix-up […]

Flutter-tastic bird & butterfly decor

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Back in the 60’s and 70’s it was the flying duck wall ornaments that were in vogue.  Now it appears that wallpaper, fabrics and home accessories featuring our winged friends (birds and butterflies) are making a splash all over again. So popular, that fashion designers like Julien MacDonald, Jean Paul Gaultier and Christian Lacroix are getting in […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Color Flair: Wishbone Chair

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When it comes to Modern Design, the Danes do it well.  No better example than the iconic ‘CH24′ known as the ‘Y’ or ‘Wishbone’ Chair designed by Hans J. Wegner in 1949. This chair is admired for its clean lines, graceful curves and distinctive wishbone-shaped back. Practically an art piece in itself! To celebrate the chair’s 60th anniversary, […]

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 […]

Inspiration: 12 pieces of Big Art

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Big, bold and beautiful art…an excellent way to make a statement and inject colour into an interior scheme.  Whilst researching for a current interior design project I came across the website for The Apartment, a gallery and showroom in Copenhagen, Denmark, filled with an amazing collection of art, furniture and antique pieces.  The Apartment has several pieces […]

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