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There’s some lovely new bathroom accessories about to hit the shops this spring. So if the bathroom is in need of a facelift look no further than the high street.

BHS Bathrooms SS15

BHS have taken inspiration from the Greek islands with their new Santorini collection. The gorgeous tile print towels and bathmat look like designer items and coordinate well with plain blues. Add some white washed wood, some pretty lace and some flowers and you could be on your holidays.

BHS Bathrooms - details SS15

Tesco Direct have gone down the bright and breezy path too. Their geometric and stripped towels in cheery colours will have you humming in the shower.

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I’d add their bright yellow metal chair for even more sunshine.

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And blue crops up again at Sainsburys Home in a deeper hue.

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The fish motif bath mat will make you smile.

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Keep all other accessories in plainer block colours and white and the look will still be on the right side of grownup.

Which one is your style?

Louis Poulsen first launched the Collage pendant in 2005 in cooperation with designer, Louis Campbell and it was displayed for the first time at an exhibition at the Copenhagen furniture fair in 2004. The patterns on the three lasercut acrylic shades are carefully staggered so that there is no glare from the bulb. The patterns differ between the shades, resulting in different effects depending on the angle it is viewed from but the overall effect is a soft diffused light.

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And now, ten years on it’s being released in a series of douche colours and a new matt velour-like finish. So pretty!

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The Collage pendant is available in two sizes: 600 mm (£1,050) and 450 mm (£665) and looks just perfect above the dining table or even meeting tables. To further optimise lighting comfort, an anti-glare set can be purchased for the top and bottom as an optional extra. This diffuses the light directed upwards and downwards, and also inhibits direct views of the light source from all directions.

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Whether on or off, it really does create a beautiful focal point don’t you think?

The pendant will be available in UK shops in February.

Tips to Beat the January Blues

January 12th, 2015 | Posted by deardesigner in Inspiration - (0 Comments)

How are you coping with January my lovelies?

I must admit it’s not my favourite month. The holidays are over and spring, along with warmer weather is still months away so I have devised a few coping strategies to get me though.

Tips to Beat the January Blues via Dear Designer's Blog 1

1. Daily exercise is essential. I used to be a gym bunny (not always an enthusiastic one) but getting a dog has changed all that. This year I spend at least 90 minutes every morning traipsing across fields or walking through the woods. It might not be as intense exercise wise, but I’m also getting fresh air and benefiting from what little sunlight we get at this time of year. And it’s more enjoyable!

Healthy eating via what I should eat for breakfast today

2. Eat well. Now that all the chocolates have gone it’s easier to stick to a healthier diet. I’m keeping alcohol to a minimum and keeping the fridge stocked with as much fresh fruit and vegetables as possible.

3. Fill the diary with activities. Now is the time to make plans to see all of the friends you didn’t see in busy December. It’s amazing how much better you feel with something to look forward to. And don’t just stick to social activities. Get out of the house and go to exhibitions, trade fairs and explore markets you are unfamiliar with. Thinking long term this is also the time when I start to think about and plan, summer holidays.

bedding via the white company

4. Hit the sales. I know we all have less money after Christmas but this is the perfect time to take the opportunity to buy the things you need at reduced prices. I usually keep away from impulse buys and look at the products I was actually considering pre sale, or stock up on half price bathroom towels and bedding.

Fresh Flowers via theeverygirl

5. Treat yourself to fresh flowers. Or a new houseplant. Nothing cheers me up more than a vase of roses or the sight of a thriving green plant. It will make you smile every time you catch sight of it and cheer up dreary corners.

Cosy corner via Stylizimo

6. Pamper yourself. Don’t feel guilty about doing things that make you happy. An afternoon napping or reading your favourite magazine is allowed. There’s nothing better than plumping up the cushions, lighting the lamps and hibernating for a few hours. Even better with a hot drink and your favourite furry friend for company.

And don’t worry Spring will be here before we know it.

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The January issue of Heart Home magazine is now available to read online!

Heart Home magazine January 2015

Full of the usual inspiring homes that are sure to get your creative juices flowing for the Spring diy season. I know they have mine!

Heart Home mag January 2015 - Home of Igor Josef

I’m particularly loving the plant filled home of fellow blogger Igor Josef. His home is on the bijou size and it’s rented so it has loads of limitations but he has still managed to create a cosy nest full of character and charm.

Heart Home mag January 2015 - New York Apartment

And I also love the New York apartment belonging to interior designer Sheena Murphy. It’s another rented space full of clever designer touches and a view to die for.

Plus all of the usual features including tempting shopping, restaurant ideas, an interview with Sophie Conran and another delicious recipe.

Heart Home mag January 2015 - Shop Alpine chic

Enjoy.

If only I had a wardrobe of clothes consisting of a carefully curated collection of designer items. A selection of covet-able outfits with a limited colour palette to make coordinating a breeze in the mornings. Less choice would bring freedom I feel. If only.

And if I did, I’d have this Lume Coat Rack from BEdesign.

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BEdesign is a young and innovative company founded in 2012 by sisters Bette and Cilla Eklund. Their collection is quintessentially Finnish, using only the highest quality materials and putting equal emphasis on aesthetics and functionality. Both sisters are passionate about and inspired by nature – having grown up on a farm, they spent their childhood surrounded by animals and outdoor life.

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And if only I had a small collection of first editions to display on this Deer Shelf.

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This impressive bookshelf is made in the shape of a wild deer. Its large, open shelves make it a lightweight piece, despite being built from solid oak. The various shapes and sizes of shelf make it perfect for storing books and magazines, or it would work equally well as a piece of art.

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BEdesign is available from Clippings.

A Dark and Moody Mansion Flat

January 7th, 2015 | Posted by deardesigner in Houses - (1 Comments)

This is the home of Chelsea Hing, an interior designer living and working in Melbourne, Australia, and is an apartment within a former Victorian Mansion. The fireplace is original but the cornicing had been ripped out, so Chelsea had the original plasterwork reproduced and reinstated. Then she painted the walls an inky colour because as she says  “I love white but the space was telling me to go dark.” and then she filled it with new and vintage design alongside handcrafted textiles and stumbled-upon treasures.

Perfection.

Dark and dramatic mansion flat of Interior Designer Chelsea Hing [1]

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Dark and dramatic mansion flat of Interior Designer Chelsea Hing [4.]

You can see more of Chelsea Hing on her website.

Photographs: Nik Epifanidis.

Jungle Drums are Beating

January 6th, 2015 | Posted by deardesigner in Interior Design - (0 Comments)

Something tells me 2015 is going to be a hot and steamy one.

There is such an abundance of animal prints, palm motifs, exotic birds and African exotica coming our way that we should all don our khakis and pour a large gin and tonic.*

Jungle Fever via Dear Designer's Blog

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*Best thing for beating malaria I’m told.

The garden might be the last place you want to be at the moment, but if you are craving colour and blooms look no further than Liberty Art Fabrics Interiors. The design team have launched a new collection this month inspired by the 1911 novel ‘The Secret Garden’. There are ten new designs available in a selection of captivating colourways and bases to bring the garden into the home this chilly season.

Liberty Art Fabrics Interiors - The Secret Garden - Jeffery Rose Tree in Golden vintage velvet -ú130 per metre

Emma Mawston – Head of Design, Liberty Art Fabrics Interiors comments: “A love of florals and literature drew me to the novel ‘The Secret Garden’. The book is filled with wonderful textile, colour and design references and amazing narration of the natural world. These have inspired a collection capturing the essence of nature at its most beautiful. A diverse series of flora, foliage and texture which reflect the hues of the changing seasons is perfect for a spring launch as the deep rich velvet tones of winter change into the fresh, uplifting, sunlit shades of new growth.”

Liberty Art Fabrics Interiors - The Secret Garden Collection - curtain in Floral Clay, Sunrise, ramie voile -ú70 per m.

Texture is a focal point of the collection. Vintage Velvet, Ramie Voile, Heavy Cotton Linen, Cotton Satin and Linen Silk – have all been selected as they have connotations to the text within the book.

Liberty Art Fabrics Interiors - The Secret Garden Collection - Rainer Walled Garden, heavy cotton linen -ú90 per metre

And the enchanted world has truly been captured in colour palettes true to imaginings inspired by the text. Innovative techniques including hammering flowers to release their natural dyes, dip dying vintage tassels and painting onto leaves were all methods that were practiced to create palettes which capture the magic of the novel.

Liberty Art Fabrics Interiors, Faria Flowers in Woodpecker, vintage velvet -ú130 per metre Cushion in Floral Clay, Wood Fairy, scoured linen -ú85 per metre.

Fabric from £70/m Wallpaper from £80/m

Lovely or what?

Lovers of mid-century design will love the new floor lamp that joins The Revolve Collection by British lighting designer Bert Frank.

Bert Frank Revolve Floor Lamp £1206.00

Revolve Floor Lamp: £1206.00 NEW
Dimensions: H 1400mm Shade H 120mm / W 350mm
Shown in Brass & Petrol Blue

The collection was originally launched in 2013 and already featured a pendant, a rise and fall pendant and a table lamp, each with an iconic smooth rounded shade crafted from spun aluminum and with beautiful solid brass metalwork. The new lamp is available in the designer’s three signature colours of black, old English white and petrol blue (definitely my favourite) and has an opal diffuser that creates a warm but functional glow.

Bert Frank Revolve Pendant £570.00

Revolve Pendant: £570.00
Dimensions: H 120mm / W 350mm / Drop 1m
Shown in Brass & Petrol Blue
Bert Frank Revolve Rise & Fall Pendant £1050.00
Revolve Rise & Fall Pendant: £1050.00
Dimensions: H 120mm / W 350mm / Drop 700mm – 1.7m
Shown in Brass & White
Bert Frank Revolve Table Lamp £798.00
Revolve Table Lamp: £798.00
Dimensions: H 420mm / W 350mm / Base 150mm
Shown in Brass & Petrol Blue

Admittedly a bit on the pricey side but Bert Frank takes pride in their commitment to creating original lighting that oppose today’s throw away culture. Built to last, each light is expertly designed and crafted by master craftsmen in the UK and I’d have to say, worth saving up for.

 

I like the idea of using furniture in new, unexpected ways. It fits in with the current ethos of buying to last and upcycling things we already have. Thrifty it may be, but it can also add character and personality to a home.

via Living etc

This image from Living Etc is full of ideas to steal. It has the air of a very comfy sitting room, full of interest and effortlessly stylish. And yet, it doesn’t appear to try to hard. The sideboard has been fashioned from a chunky wooden bench and although this would normally look proportionately too low it has been heightened by the addition of a large framed photograph. An old metal trunk provides additional storage underneath and a wooden stool has been used as a side table next to the comfy chair.

All of these disparate objects have been pulled together by keeping the colour palette subdued and the textured rug and wool throw add an impression of comfort. I’d put my feet up here any day.

Where to steal it?

Ideas to Steal Via Dear Designer's Blog

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