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Last weekend it was the bedroom. This weekend it was the hall. Although I hesitate to call it that. It’s tiny. So tiny, I was in despair of ever finding a console table to fit it. That is, until I saw this one from Dwell. It fits perfectly, and it’s not too deep, so although it fills the space between the front door and the stairs it doesn’t block movement.

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In all honesty the console will probably have a mirror above it for those last minute hair and makeup checks but I was in too much of a hurry to style it to wait. It will also have some wallpaper some day but for now I’m quite happy with my mix of old art and new furniture and accessories.

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The cactus vase and moroccan tea light holders (they come in a set of four) were also from Dwell and I love them.

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And while I was on the website there were a few other things I decided I couldn’t live without, although they don’t have a permanent home yet…

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Like this Abaca woven basket, goatskin cushion and lace cushion.

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And this round stoneware bowl.

Which room will be next?

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.

I mentioned last week that we photographed the beautiful home of Jessica Zoob for the latest issue of Heart Home mag and hopefully by now you have all seen the feature.

Did you fall in love with her paintings?

jessica zoob at romo

Jessica works mainly with oils and each canvas is a result of building up and scraping back layers of paint. She admitted that some of her paintings took years to complete. Some are even embellished with crystal jewels, beads, pearls, metal disks or tiny shells. We were blown away by them!

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Well I’m very pleased to tell you lucky people that Romo are now producing wallpapers, fabrics and cushions in collaboration with Jessica in pure linen, soft cotton velvet and a wide-width, lightweight linen. Meticulous attention has been given to capturing the individual brushstrokes and layers of paint that add the depth and intrigue visible in her work. The fabric and wallcoverings will be launched next month at Paris Deco Off but the cushions are available to buy now online on the Romo Black Edition website.

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So now you can have your very own work of art!

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I have recently been exploring the idea of the Dream Painting, recalling the sensation of watching the sky with the mind free to create images in the cloud patterns. I tend to look for hope and redemption by celebrating beauty in its various forms, be it in urban decay, a Hebridean storm, or a butterfly’s wing.” Jessica Zoob.

And they are dreamy.

What else would I post about on Halloween?

I make no secret of the fact that I like skulls and the best collection around by far, can be found on one of my favourite websites.

Rockett St George.

Rockett St George does skulls [1]

Rockett St George does skulls [2]

Rockett St George does skulls [3]

Have a spooky Halloween everyone!

A Masterpiece from Ikea

October 15th, 2013 | Posted by deardesigner in Interior Design - (3 Comments)

I couldn’t resist showing you today this new item from the lovely people at Ikea.

silvakra hanging from ikea

Isn’t she beautiful?

With all the elegance of a fashion sketch in a soft pink watercolour and suspended from a pretty pink ribbon.

It’s the new SILVÅKRA wall hanging and it’s only £10!

And yes, that handsome chair is from Ikea too.

Don’t you just love em?

What’s On Your Wall?

September 10th, 2013 | Posted by deardesigner in Interior Design - (0 Comments)

I’ve been looking at a lot of new build houses lately and lovely as they are, they do leave the new house owner with a lot of blank white walls to fill.  And I have to confess I am a bit allergic to blank white walls; not only in new build homes but in any home.

So, I was very happy to come across Whats On Your Wall who produce a vast selection of canvas art prints that cover a huge range of subjects from Banksy graffiti to cityscapes through to abstract colour explosions and heavenly sunsets.  All without breaking the bank!

A few of my favourites….

abstract-cocktails-neon-sign-colour-size-from Whats on your Wall

This would look amazing in a modern penthouse or a loft type apartment.

icon-audrey-hepburn-pink-from Whats on your Wall

Audrey is every girl’s favourite.  For the more feminine home I think.

york-brooklyn-bridge-colour-maroon-from Whats on your wall

Another one for the modern home and I like this one because it is not the usual view of Manhattan.  Lovely colours too.

scenic-water-wave-colour-blue-from Whats on your wall

And it all of these are a bit too hard edged and modern for you, how about crashing waves.  This one would suit a more traditional type home too.

abstract-graffiti-cuts-posters-from Whats on your Wall

And I couldn’t resist this one of graffiti and torn posters.  Very edgy and urban, don’t you think?

All of the posters come ready to hang and they will also turn your own photographs into canvas art too.

So what’s on your wall?

I Spy, Artist Ben Lowe

August 27th, 2013 | Posted by deardesigner in I Spy - (0 Comments)

Ben Lowe is a British artist who says that if he wasn’t an artist he wouldn’t be alive. That’s art speak for passion. And it shines through in his work which is all based on personal experiences.

Loaf - Seven Dollar Party Dress £395 by Ben Lowe

One of my favourites is ‘Seven Dollar Party Dress’  above, which was painted after Ben’s friend declared she must find one when they first hit the streets of Manhattan in 2012. The name stuck and this is her dress.

Loaf - Waiting Game print by Ben Lowe

Another was the result of finding a crumpled old photo of a frozen lake while clearing out his Gramps’ attic, and yet another after taking a soppy trip down memory lane to his favourite Cornish beach.  What Ben’s work has in common is that it looks cool and is a joy to live with.

Loaf - Exit Strategy canvas print £395 by Ben Lowe

They all come printed on canvas and with a nice, thick, painted wooden frame.

Loaf - Ben Lowe canvas print Roses £345 by Ben Lowe

Stocked exclusively at Loaf.

Urban Road Comes to the UK

August 14th, 2013 | Posted by deardesigner in Interior Design - (0 Comments)

Urban Road is the creation of Australian based artist Suzy Atkin who is an entirely self-taught artist.  She founded her company in 2010 with the dream of selling her original canvas art prints world-wide at an affordable price. Each piece is created with a combination of hand painted techniques and digital design and printed on 100% cotton canvas.   Each is then stretched over 38mm timber stretcher bars and gallery wrapped, which means the image is stretched around the edges of the frame to create a seamless, museum-quality finish.

I think of art as an ever-changing journey and one that I love being on. I take my inspiration from my urban surroundings and transform these into pieces that I hope will uplift any home or office space,” says Suzie.

I love how fresh they look.  The colours are absolutely irresistible and I wouldn’t mind a few of these hanging in my own home!

Urban Road Autumn

Urban Road AvaCream

UrbanRoad_Aqua Nova

Urban Road Leopard

Ready to hang prints are from £70 – £200 and Suzy ships worldwide.

If you would like to add a little bit of exotic to the home and you are partial to the colours and patterns of Africa head over to Houzz.

My ‘ideasbook’ this month is totally inspired by the traditional crafts of the great continent from the South Africa to Nigeria.  Many of the products are made from waste products and many of them are fairtrade, made by the women of townships.  Here’s a glimpse of a few of them…

Houzz - June 13

Head over to Houzz for full details of the sources.

Art: It’s Personal

May 30th, 2013 | Posted by deardesigner in Shopping - (2 Comments)

Art is such a personal thing don’t you think?

Art in interior design falls distinctly into different camps in my mind.  There are those that choose art to coordinate with the carefully chosen colour scheme.  Who might even go as far as to choose a frame to fit the space between the sofa and the ceiling and then choose a painting to fit in the frame.  There’s nothing wrong with this.  I’ve even done it myself to some degree.

 Michael Foulkrod

Artist:Michael Foulkrod

And then there’s the camp that choose the art first.  They arrange the room to allow the paintings to breathe.  They ban any other colours in the room so as to not distract from the main focal point and might even go as far to move when the collection starts to outgrow the home.

Darius Martin

Artist:Darius Martin

For most of us however it’s a little bit of both.  We all have an assortment of heirlooms, sentimental keepsakes, family photographs, and gifts from friends and if we’re very lucky one or two pieces that we just could not go home without.

Carmen Giraldez

Artist:Carmen Giraldez

And if anyone ever asks my advice about which art they should buy to finish off an unfinished room I do not hesitate to say.  Just buy what you love.

“Treat a work of art like a prince. Let it speak to you first”.

Arthur Schopenhauer

Franco Fusari

Artist:Franco Fusari

It’s never been easier to buy art online from a diverse range of mediums and in any price range.  It has the added attraction of allowing you to discover your very own new talent and to support emerging artists whilst giving your home something distinctly unique and personal.

Simon Kenny

Artist:Simon Kenny

“A good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me company, comforts and inspires”.

Hedy Lamarr

All art paintings from Saatchi Online.

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