Oliver Bonas Summer Sunshine

April 14th, 2014 | Posted by deardesigner in Gardens - (2 Comments)

Well the sun has certainly come out my lovelies, and although it isn’t quite warm enough yet for sunning, it always pays to plan ahead.

So, if you are planning a boho vibe in the garden this summer, look no further than Oliver Bonas. In fact who needs sun when the garden is as colourful as a mexican poncho.

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If I had a tree that swinging seat would be mine. Or hang it from a pergola maybe? If you don’t have a pergola, most gardens, or even balconies have room for the table and pretty little chairs. Just add cushions and candles and you can have your own little fiesta.

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And that Carman chair is just made for napping.

Pass the tequila.

So much to love in M&S this spring.


Team green walls with a metal console table, a nature inspired table lamp and black framed prints for a very smart and welcoming hall. Add books and lots of house plants to bring it all alive. I love the vase full of leaves instead of flowers. Simple, yet so effective.


Team blue walls with a white glossy floor and understated furniture and accessories. Warm it up with a textured rug and soft upholstered furniture. It’s an uncomplicated but sophisticated look.


Team yellow walls this time with a geometric print and interestingly shaped pedestal tables. The splashes of white in the lampshade, vase and armchair print keep the look contemporary and young. The textured rug adds yet more interest.


I love the shape of this bookcase and the way the red pendants pop against the white walls. An office or workspace decorated in this way would be uplifting and wouldn’t be distracting.

All items from the M&S Spring, Summer ranges.


Live Like Dwell

April 3rd, 2014 | Posted by deardesigner in Interior Design - (1 Comments)

I’ve been taking a close look at the spring/summer collection over at Dwell and I’m really liking what I see.

There has always been a fun, playful element to the collections previously, and that still is apparent, but so is a more mature approach that can be seen creeping in. There are lots of natural elements – wood, leather, solid marble, as well as some bold colour-blocking and some reinvented classics too.

But the products just speak for themselves.

Dwell Spring, Summer 2014, Colour

 This colourful selection is just perfect for injecting a bit of life and spring colour into a room. The mustard yellow sideboard has more than a hint of retro styling and the green gloss lacquer patch sideboard would also provide a home for all manner of paraphernalia. You can never have too much storage! And Dwell has always provided lots of storage options throughout their collections.

Dwell Spring, Summer 2014, Leather Dining Chairs

I particularly love these leather dining chairs. They take just enough inspiration from a classic design and turn it into a comfy option for long leisurely lunches and dinners. They would make good office chairs too.

Dwell Spring, Summer 2014, Natural

But these are the natural products that really get my juices flowing. One or two of them, might in fact be coming home. Especially the woven basket and the moroccan tea light holders. Just my thing.

Dwell Spring, Summer 2014, Cushions

All products are available now or very soon from Dwell.

The Latest from Loaf

March 12th, 2014 | Posted by deardesigner in Interior Design - (2 Comments)

I love what’s happening over at Loaf. For anyone not familiar with this company, they used to be called the Sleep Room and they sold beds. And then they changed their name and started selling sofas and other stuff that encouraged you to ‘loaf’ around. But that’s not the end of the story because their products just keep on coming and coming, and now you can buy practically anything for the house from this website and its all soooo beautiful I want it all.

Clearly I can’t have it all. But I can tell you what new things I particularly love  and maybe you can have it.


Isn’t this sofa just an impossibly gorgeous colour? The shape is pretty cool too. I’m not a big fan of too many plump cushions as they always seem to need plumping up but this is the perfect combination of squishy seat and firm back.


This is brand new. In fact I think the website says it is due in soon. It’s a very practical piece but it has a french country-style charm about it too. And its distressed. Very now.


Aptly named this wobbler tableware is a very pretty colour and is perfectly imperfect.


Somewhere to put your supermarket herbs once you get them home. How lovely would this look in the kitchen. My kitchen.


But I do actually need (as in want) a console table so this one might actually end up home with me. I like that its small (I have the smallest hall) but still has a couple of drawers to put that stuff that you don’t know what to do with.

Loaf, I’m loving it.

Wouldn’t it be satisfying to sit every day at an antique desk? One that has been carved out of solid wood with all of its chunky imperfections and scars? To use things that have been pre-loved in another existence, and just to get daily pleasure out of the natural materials around us?

Design Vintage SS14 - Antique elm desk

It would be even nicer to step away from the electronic organisers and the computer screen once in a while and maybe pick up a stick of chalk? Sharpen the pencils maybe? Jot things down in a notebook? Do you recognise that handwriting? Its been a long time.

Design Vintage SS14 - Blackboard Organiser

And how nice would it be to ditch the plastic and embrace the basketwork, the wire and the paper?

It would be so nice.

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And can someone please give me a reason to justify the £299 price tag on this undeniably beautiful handcrafted stool.

sheepskin stool from limelace

Sources: The Baa stool from Limelace, all other products from Design Vintage.

I’ve been on the hunt for a shower curtain for the guest bathroom. Yes, a shower curtain. They seem to get a bad press lately. Maybe it’s memories of rented flats or cheap hotels with mouldy specimens that puts people off. I think they are more versatile than glass screens. You can push them out of the way when not in use and they give the perfect excuse for introducing some pattern and maybe some colour.

For now, I’m sticking to my overall palette of black, white and grey and here’s eight of the best I could find.



west elm

West Elm

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Rockett St George

black, white and grey shower curtains via Dear Designers Blog

Clockwise from topJohn Lewis Skandivis Ikea Debenhams

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West Elm

Which do you prefer?

Of course I can’t move into a new house without creating new schemes! I’ve been toying with moodboards for the sitting room as it’s the room most in need of a re-think. I have some existing items that I do want to keep and I have plans for the tv wall that will have to wait for now as it will involve bespoke shelving. So, my shopping list at the moment is for a window treatment, new sofa, new rug, new coffee table and a pendant light. Oh, and I will have an existing armchair recovered in a gorgeous warm yellow. Not too extravagant I think.

Sitting Room Moodboard 1 - Dear Designers BlogSitting Room Moodboard 2 - Dear Designers BlogWest Elm coffee table - Dear Designers Blog

What do you think?

Not too sure about the wallpaper.

Sources: Next sofa. B & Q pendant light. Kelly Hoppen wallpaper via Graham & Brown. Etsy yellow cushion. Framed black and white photographs from Made.com. Karndean aged oak flooring. Plantation shutters from Stylish Shutters. Tray table from Wayfair. BHS chevron lampshade. Souk wool rug from Westelm. Cushion stack and black and white cushion from Niki Jones. Silver pedestal table from Chandeliers and Mirrors. Black Kartell lamp from John Lewis. Coffee table from West Elm.

Bloomingville Spring 2014

January 27th, 2014 | Posted by deardesigner in Interior Design - (0 Comments)

I have a new shop crush. Bloomingville have long been on my radar but at the Home Show in London a couple of weeks ago it was the one stand that I kept gravitating back to. I like their aesthetic so much it hurts. I want to fill my new home with all of this Danish loveliness. The cool, pastel colours, the blond wood, the furs, the copper touches. It’s just so damn cool.

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Bloomingville A/S was founded in Denmark in 2000. It began with only 2 employ­ees it has developed into a thriving business with a team of 40 employees and 40 agents in Europe. It’s very proud of its focus on excellent quality, reasonable prices and the high­est level of service. Initially, the product line consisted of items sourced from European producers as well as a small variety of pieces designed by the com­pany’s founder, Betina Stampe, but over time that focus shifted, and today the vast majority of the products are designed in-house, supplemented by special vintage items sourced directly from se­lected suppliers in Southeast Asia and Africa. The unique Bloomingville style is a mixture of raw products with a nostalgic Scandinavian twist and reproductions of fantastic pieces from times past inspired by French brocante.

UK stockists.

West Elm UK is Now Online

January 16th, 2014 | Posted by deardesigner in Interior Design - (0 Comments)

You may remember my post about the launch of the West Elm Tottenham Court Road store a few weeks ago?

Well, the UK website is now live. Anything in the store can be bought online too. Pour yourself a drink and put your shopping feet up now!

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West Elm UK.

What do you buy the girl who has everything?

Things you’d like to receive yourself silly!

Christmas Gifts for the Girl Who Has Everything

Sources: 1 Tea Light Houses, Cox & Cox 2 Artificial Hydrangea in Slate Vase, M&S 3 Decorative Clipboards, Rose & Grey 4 Padded Star, Toast 5 Flower Cushion Cover, Etsy 6 Nesting Dolls, Etsy 7 Herb Pots with Tray, The White Company 8 Tape Measure Bangle Set, Rose & Grey 9 Perpetual Calendar, Starling Store 10 Plant Labels, Etsy 11 Felt Table Runner, Roost Living.

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