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Sian Zeng is a London-based design company specialising in wallpapers, interior accessories and gifts that are playful and feed the imagination of children. And adults too I might add.

Sian Zeng Dino Yellow Green Wallpaper

Yellow/Green

They have developed a range of interactive, magnetic wallpapers on which their young customers can play out their own fantasies by moving a cast of magnetic creatures and buildings across the wall, adding quotes and stories with write-on speech bubbles.

Sian Zeng Dino Pink Green Wallpaper

Pink/Green

And the newest in the range is this Dino collection which offers a magical trip to a far off land, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth.

Sian Zeng  Dino Magnetic

Available in a range of colour combinations, including grey, yellow green and pink green, all wallpapers are printed in England. The magnets are available to buy separately.

Sian Zeng Dino Grey wallpaper detail

Grey

The Dino collection is also available in a non-magnetic finish that is ideally suited to a smaller budget, but also offers the chance to combine the two, using regular wallpaper and accenting a single wall with a magnetic design to create a striking feature.

Styling: Charlotte Love

Photography: Jon Day

Taking a Break

October 6th, 2014 | Posted by deardesigner in Travel - (0 Comments)

Grand Canyon photograph by Stefan Pearson

Taking a break.

Time to recharge the batteries and absorb some new sights. It’s been a while since I last went proper travelling and it’s long overdue. So, I’m unplugging the computer for at least two weeks and planning on relaxing as much as possible. However I am hoping to share a few pictures on instagram so you can follow me there. And I have been a busy bee on the Heart Home blog so daily posts will be continuing over there.

See you in two weeks.

Grand Canyon photograph by Stefan Pearson.

Much as I love a monochrome palette, it can sometimes feel a little hard-edged and harsh. Especially in the greyness of the British winter. So, sometimes it just needs the addition of one other colour to warm it up and create a glow. What could be better than a soft pink?

This apartment in Stockholm has all the ingredients of a cosy nest. The black and white elements are softened by shades of pink, from the barest blush to full-on salmon. Continuing the colour scheme with just subtle variations from room to room gives a lovely continuity as you can see. The rooms used in the daytime – the dining and sitting rooms use colours from the  lighter end of the spectrum but the bedroom is dramatically dark.

Stockholm house photographed by  Kristofer Johnsson [1]

Stockholm house photographed by  Kristofer Johnsson [2]

Stockholm house photographed by  Kristofer Johnsson [3]

Stockholm house photographed by  Kristofer Johnsson [4]

Stockholm house photographed by  Kristofer Johnsson [5]

Stockholm house photographed by  Kristofer Johnsson

I think I’ll move in.

Found on: My Scandinavian Home.

Interior: Pella Hedeby & Marie Ramse. Architecture: Gert Wingårdh. Photography: Kristofer Johnsson.

A Taste of the Orient

October 1st, 2014 | Posted by deardesigner in Interior Design - (0 Comments)

A touch of escapism from Tesco Direct this Autumn.

China Girl is a colourful collection of bright bedding and textured accessories with more than a touch of Eastern promise making it very easy and super affordable to give the home an Oriental makeover for autumn.

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Traditional flower and bird print double duvet set, aqua, £18. Manhattan headboard, black, double, £149. Butlers tray table, black, £35. Etched barrel vase, £12. Cylinder fluted bud vase, £3.50.

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Julianne loveseat, velvet, midnight blue £399. Savoy mirror glass occasional table, silver, £129. Butlers tray table, black, £35. Texture chenille cushion, shocking pink, £10. Gatsby cushion, teal, £10. Fan cushion, purple, £14. Butterfly triptych, 20x60cm, £6. Etched barrel vase, £12. Damson and pomegranate candle in a jar, £2.

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Butlers tray, black, £35. Etched barrel vase, £12. cylinder flared bud vase, £3.50. Butterfly triptych 20x60cm, set of three, £6. Damson & pomegranate candle in a jar, £2.

The Lust List – Rose & Grey

September 30th, 2014 | Posted by deardesigner in Interior Design - (0 Comments)

I love compiling imaginary shopping lists. Doesn’t everyone? I could never afford to buy everything I lust after but it’s always fun to imagine you could. I even go so far sometimes of putting them in the shopping basket before coming to my senses and exiting the website pronto. It must drive shop owners mad!

What I can do however is share here. And it’s a tangible moodboard/filing system for my likes and aesthetics, and occasionally I do use my own search box to find something I saw in the past and now have a genuine need for. So you see, all that surfing is not a waste of time it’s necessary!

Rose and Grey - High_res_Italian_Tan_Leather_Chesterfield

Rose and Grey is a favourite place to ‘window shop’.  This classically-styled Italian leather chesterfield in tan is simply stunning. It will never go out of fashion, and will just get better with age. The ultimate in statement seating for your home at £2,750.​

Rose and Grey - High_res_Organize_Storage_Box_on_Wheels

And I guarantee I will always find a use for more storage. This handy and chic box on wheels will banish the clutter, whether storing magazines or keeping paperwork neat and tidy in between uses. I’m more and more working from the sofa (not good I know) and it would be great to have one of these to drop things into for a quick tidy up. £55.

Rose and Grey High_res_Cirque_Side_Table

And I love this very simply styled and understated side table with the look of classic Danish furniture, the Cirque Side Table, £95, would be a great addition in the living room to hold a stylish lamp or a cup of tea.

Rose and Grey

And you can never have too many accessories!  The charming metal-framed mirror is a perfect heart-shape with rusting looking hanging rope. Choose from either small (£50) or large (£65). The Moosehead bottle opener (£14.95), tall stemmed shot glasses (£26.50 for the set), and the retro Peacock mug (£7.50) would all make good gifts too.

Rose and Grey

One of the highlights of attending LDF for me these days is spotting designers and companies that are either new or have so far alluded me. Quite how I had failed to notice the Kristjana S Williams Studio up until now I’ll never know because her work is not exactly quiet. It is in fact an explosion of colour, strong graphic lines, intricate drawings and all manner of cavorting creatures. Whether it’s a wall mural, an upholstered chair, a cushion or a piece of art, you will see very intricate collages of materials that have been collected from Victorian engravings, photographs, found objects and real leaves and twigs.  A limited selection have been delicately adorned with gold leaf in order to create an utterly desirable and innovative piece of work.

Kristjana S Williams Studio - Red Parrot Tapestry Chair

Kristjana S Williams is first and foremost an artist whose experience spans illustration, interiors, fashion and design.  She is inspired by nature upon nature ‘the symmetry in all things living‘ which stems from her childhood growing up in Iceland.  As a child growing up with a stark landscape, she was always craving colour and natural wonders, and now looking back she admits she can see the true unique beauty in her homeland which adds ever more inspiration.

Kristjana S Williams Studio - Lear Blue Stripe

Kristjana S Williams Studio cushions

Outline-Editions.

Kristjana S Williams Studio - House Plant Wall Mural

Kristjana S Williams Studio

Kristjana S Williams Studio

A City Apartment in Amsterdam

September 25th, 2014 | Posted by deardesigner in Houses - (1 Comments)

Do you ever dream of living in a different city, a different culture or a different country? I know I do. And one city that I’ve always been drawn to is Amsterdam. I love it’s canals, its architecture and its way of life and would love to spend more time there absorbing everything about it. So when I spotted this renovated apartment on the VT Wonen website it just about ticked all the boxes and summed up exactly what I would do if I got my hands on a canal side apartment.

A city apartment in Amsterdam via VT Wonen [2]

Just look at those windows. The view. And the light. Who needs blinds.

A city apartment in Amsterdam via VT Wonen [1]

It’s open plan which I love. It might be missing some period features but the pale wood floor and pristine white walls make up for that.

A city apartment in Amsterdam via VT Wonen [4]

Blonde wood accessories and furniture, animal skins and lots of room for everything to breathe. Bliss.

A city apartment in Amsterdam via VT Wonen [3]

And some nice contrast in the kitchen/dining area with black and granite worktops, wood and metal.

A city apartment in Amsterdam via VT Wonen [5]

And nothing beats a bare brick wall.

Photographs: Barbara de Hosson

I do love Farrow & Ball paints. In fact I love them so much I currently have 50 shades of black pasted around my bedroom walls trying to decide which shade to go for. I exaggerate of course, it’s more like 5 shades but that didn’t sound quite so dramatic. But believe me, it’s going to look dramatic when its done.

However, now having seen the key colours for 2015 I may be undergoing a small change of heart.

The four new colours, (in order of personal preference below) have been developed to promote relaxation and reflection in interiors. Paler in appearance they help to create spaces that live and breathe as we look to our homes as places of sanctuary from the stresses of modern-day living.

Farrow and Ball paint colours 2015 - Breakfast Room Green

Breakfast room green.

Breakfast Room Green feels lively at any time of day. A hue taken straight from nature it makes us feel safe and calm with a slightly botanical feel. Paired with a white ceiling it’s fresh and contemporary and reflects away from hard, graphic interiors to a softer, more natural feel with a modern twist. And I am slightly obsessed with green at the moment so this is a firm favourite.

Farrow and Ball paint colours 2015 - Light Blue

Light blue.

The use of Light Blue in the home is intended to create an interior where colours shift and change like the landscape. We instinctively gravitate towards shades that remind us of the softer side of life and that help to make our homes into an oasis of calm away from the brashness of modern life.

Farrow and Ball paint colours 2015 - Pink Ground

Pink Ground.

Pink Ground creates rooms that feel pretty, soft edged and accessible. Although warm, this particular pink is not sugary or nursery-like, rather it feels more like a diluted plaster colour where walls look almost nude.

Farrow and Ball paint colours 2015 - Tanners Brown

Tanners brown.

Tanners brown is for those who still crave darker, dramatic spaces. This earth brown colour feels totally timeless and has an artisan feel to it. It’s best to use it on the skirting boards too so that it feels grounded to the floor and will totally transform rooms where natural light is lacking, making them cosy and cocooning.

Which do you prefer?

Shower Yourself with Luxury

September 23rd, 2014 | Posted by deardesigner in Interior Design - (0 Comments)

We all want to recreate a little hotel luxury in our homes these days, and in particular we would all love our bathrooms to be a little more spa-like and indulgent. With a little planning this is not too difficult to do and so, here’s just a few little design tricks that will make the morning shower ritual just a little more relaxed.

Bathroom Shower via Living etc

Incorporate a walk-in shower if you have the space. Not only does it look better from a design point of view to have the shower the full width of the room, it also gives much more room to move around and alleviates the need for inconvenient doors. In the image above the soap shelf and heated towel rail are conveniently within reach yet out of the water stream. I always find too, that it’s better to dry off before leaving the shower so that you don’t leave a puddle of water to clear up after.

Minimal Shower enclosure via Living etc

Always plan for a recess or shelf for shampoo bottles. There really is nothing worse, or less relaxing than grappling round on the floor with soapy eyes looking for the shower gel. It’s always best to have them at the correct height to start with. The image above also has a lovely minimalist shower enclosure that makes the room look more spacious and this is emphasised by having the wall tiles continue around the room too.

Bathroom wet room via Living etc

You can always opt for a wet room for the ultimate spacious showering experience. It works particularly well in this traditional bathroom with its roll top bath and large chrome showerhead. This is a job for the experts though so always get professional help and under-floor heating is a must to keep the room dry and damp free.

Shower idea via Living etc

If you like the idea of a wetroom but are not sure about having water splashing everywhere there are compromises to be had. The bathroom above has solved this problem by having a narrow glass screen between the shower and the basin, and by continuing the shelf across both areas there is a handy shower seat and also visual continuity. I love this bathroom.

quadrant shower via Living etc

If space is an issue and you really do favour a shower enclosure, a quadrant shower is often a good choice. It takes up less space and there are no sharp corners to bump into. They are deceptively spacious inside too.

Over bath Shower via Living etc

And finally if you have no choice but to put the shower over the bath, choose one with a wider end. The glass screen looks quite unobtrusive and allows the light to flow freely.

What’s your idea of showering luxury?

All images via House to Home.

It’s never hard to choose things from the Rowen and Wren website and this autumn is no exception.

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These beautiful upholstered chairs for instance. Elegant and timeless in the softest brushed cotton, just waiting for me to curl up with my favourite read and a cup of tea. I may even have a space for one of these in the corner of my bedroom. Now that would be the ultimate indulgence. Priced at £554.

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And I’m very taken with this traditional looking coat stand in elegant tarnished silver. It’s very practical too – only taking up half the space of a conventional stand and wall mounted to avoid any toppling over. Beautiful and practical at £294.

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But it’s the smaller items that always get me drooling. Not only do I want them all for myself but I’m already mentally preparing my Christmas lists. The wire cloches start from £22 (perfect for the garden design I’m working on), the metal hanging mirror is £186, the sweet rustic candle holders are only £9 and the wire baskets are £22.

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