Shades of autumn at Zara Home

Get set for autumn at Zara Home: you’ll find an abundance of animal prints, balanced with textured plains:

Zarah Home bedlinen via findthedetails.com

fringing, chevrons and feathers….

Zara Home bedlinen via findthedetails.com

White and creams brought to life with oranges, rusts, and reds:

Zara Home tableware via findthedetails.com

Navajo-style stripes:

Zara Home throw and blanket via findthedetails.com

And lots of metals, such as this mirrored table set… This appeals, as it’s sold as a set of three tables, yet works just as well as one single console or side table:

Zara home table via findthedetails.com

And in the bathroom, the textiles and accessories are, as always, a strength: this autumn you’ll find pared down versions of their wilder patterns in softer tones, plus roughly textured baskets, stools and storage:

Zara Home bathroom accessories via findthedetails

[all images, Zara Home]

All just in, at Zara Home. Happy September! Jx

Blown away: pendant lighting in a rainbow of shades

The beautiful hand-blown glass pendant lights created by Rothschild & Bickers just serve to emphasise my indecisiveness: how can I choose just one? But their Pick N Mix collection of simple glass pendants should help me out: aptly named, the lights come in a range of several pared-down shapes, and look wonderful as a varied group:

First, choose the shapes:

R&B pendant lights via findthedetails.com

Then there’s the colour to think about: naturally I’m drawn to this blue / grey Denim palette:

R&S pendant lights via findthedetails.com

But lovers of brights will be happy:

R&S pendant lights via findthedetails.com

Pendant lights via findthedetails.com

Finally, say goodbye to boring white flexes:

R&S flex colours via findthedetails.com

… then hang and enjoy! They’d look wonderful in a light-filled hallway, kitchen and kitchen/diner…anywhere with a ceiling, basically…

If these shapes are too simple, you can confuse matters more by browsing their other products. This Flora pendant is both highly decorative and elegant:

R&S pendants via findthedetails.com

And I love the curvaceous Bubble pendant:

R&S pendants via findthedetails.com

 [all images, courtesy of Rothschild & Bickers, photography Simon Camper

Take a look and get in touch – they’ll help with the decision process, if, like me, you just can’t choose one! Jx

Wish list: Japanese ceramics in pastel shades

New for summer 2014 is this elegantly understated china by Japanese brand Kinto. Each piece starts life as clear white porcelain, which is then glazed in one of several soft pastel shades creating a surface that’s washed with translucent colour: Kinto Atelier Tete Dune porcelain via findthedetails.com Choose from three sizes of plates, plus a deep plate/bowl that’s perfect for pasta and salads, and two further bowls, one large, and one small: Kinto Atelier Tete porcelain via findthedetails.com Kinto Atelier Tete Dune Porcelain Tableware Range via findthedetails.com

Kinto Atelier Tete Dune Porcelain Tableware via findthedetails.com[all images, courtesy 95%

Part of Kinto’s Atelier Tete collection, shop for Dune porcelain in the UK at 95%: this must-visit online shop is fiilled with covetable, design-led products for every room in the home: filing your shopping basket is more than easy! Enjoy the weekend, Jx

Discover beautiful fair trade gifts and more; plus an exclusive discount for Find the Details readers…

Shopping for gifts can be hit and miss, especially if you like to know the source of your finds: sometimes I feel the buyers have all ended up at the same stall at the same trade fair. So for gifts that come far from the high street, yet with traceability, don’t miss Mimosa Street. Owner Francesca sources a mix of beautifully made, fair trade furniture, home accessories and jewellery that you won’t find elsewhere. Perfect for gifts (and for yourself!) here are my favourites from the spring collection:

Mimosa Street via findthedetails.com

Arambol bench, made from mango wood with a hand-woven jute seat, above: benches are perfect for hallways, of course, but I’d also love this as part of a simple, rustic bedroom scheme. Mimosa Street vase via findthedetails.com

This delicate vase can also be suspended – I’m hoping to hang several together in a group…..

Mimosa Street Vashti dish via findthedetails.com… whilst these intricate metal Vashti trays make perfect drinks mats or unobtrusive candle holders.

Mimosa Street print via findthedetails.com

Decorate walls with this colourful stork print….

Mimosa Street safari frame, via findthedetails.com

…and capture memories in the pretty Sari frames, above, or store them away in the Polly trinket box, below.

Mimosa Street box via findthedetails.com

[All images, Mimosa Street] 

There are many more beautiful, interesting products online so please do click through to Mimosa Street to see more and to take advantage of the exclusive 15% discount for Find the Details readers: add code DETAILS15 (no minimum spend, code valid until 8 May 2014). I can’t wait. Happy shopping! Jx

For lovers of craft, indigo and textiles: an exhibition

If these words inspire you: textiles, crafts, traditional and inherited skills, and totally dreamy indigo blues patched over and over: then don’t miss the Boro: Threads of Life exhibition at the East Wing Galleries of Somerset House this April.

Focusing on the ancient Japanese textile tradition of Boro, which means ‘rags’ in English, the textile exhibits on display include bedcovers and clothes made by the poor, rural population of Japan who pieced and patched old pieces of discarded clothing onto and into new items, with fisherman’s jackets morphing into futon covers and on and on, as the pieces were passed down through families and generations.

With their beautiful colours, these humble works of art prompt the viewers to consider the act of ‘mending': could it be considered an old-fashioned skill? Or, as we continue to embrace traditional crafts at home; and are more aware of the damage caused by excess waste (and/or simply feel the pinch financially) is it becoming more current to embrace repairs, so we can keep our possessions for longer?

Boro exhibition at Somerset House via findthedetails.com

Boro: Threads of Life, 2-26 April, free admission, Somerset House.

Located just off The Strand, Somerset House has to be one of the most hard-working arts and cultural venues in London; changing with the seasons, you’ll discover it hosting al fresco music gigs and giant cinema screens; a multitude of fountains; the latests frocks (it’s home to London Fashion Week) or a beautiful ice rink….

From this….

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To this….:

Somerset house via findthedetails.com Somerset House via findthedetails.comfindthedetails.com

Somerset House via findthedetails.com

[images, Somerset House

The line up of their Summer Series of gigs (10-20 July) has just been announced: tickets go on sale this Friday 21 March, with the cinema screenings to follow later in the summer. To to learn more about the architecture, join their free guided tours (every Thursday and Saturday), taking in the Tudor and Georgian history to the modern-day, including the new Miles Stair created by Eva Jiricna. Enjoy! Jx

Just in: Arkiv wallpapers by Sandberg

Combining both the best of both old and new design processes, Swedish wallpaper design house Sandberg has drawn on a wealth of archive material – both their own and sourced from Sweden’s rich architectural and design history – to create their first digital wallpaper collection.

Launching this spring, Arkiv includes fifteen different highly detailed patterns: pictorial designs of trees and chairs; buildings (in particular the Nordic Museum) and architectural elements such as doors; as well as maps, Japanese woodblock prints (highly popular in 19th Century Sweden), and digitally reproduced images of popular Sandberg designs and sketches:

Sandberg Arkiv papers via findthedetails.com Sandberg Arkiv papers via findthedetails.com Sandberg Arkiv papers via findthedetails.comFrom the top: Justus, Gunnars Stolar, and Nordiska Museet from Chaper One: Architecture, Arkiv collection, Sandberg

Sandberg Arkiv papers via findthedetails.com Sandberg Arkiv papers via findthedetails.com Sandberg Arkiv papers via findthedetails.com

From the top: Georg, Tang and Botanica from Chapter Four, Sandberg Archive, from the Arkiv collection by Sandberg

Sandberg Arkiv papers via findthedetails.com

Sandberg Arkiv papers via findthedetails.com

Top: Hiroshiges Regnskyar and below, Eishi, from Chapter Three: Japanese Woodblock prints, from the Arkiv Collection by Sandberg

My favourites are these two, with their very different but equally calming tree motifs:

Sandberg Arkiv papers via findthedetails.com

Sandberg Arkiv papers via findthedetails.com

Top: Carlsbergs Trad, and below: Eden, both from the Arkiv Collection by Sandberg

[All images, Sandberg]

The Arkiv collection launches this spring; visit Sandberg for detailed global stockists information.

Creating art with Waterlogue: beware, it’s addictive

I’ve been having such fun with the Waterlogue app: I’m no professional photographer, relying on my trusty iphone 4 to capture my memories, but even the most basic images can look beautiful when given the Waterlogue treatment. Here’s the Victorian pier at Eastbourne in East Sussex, last weekend:

Waterlogue seascape credit Jenny Hastie findthedetails.com

… the beautiful Canadian Lake of the Woods in Northwestern Ontario, which we didn’t want to leave last summer….

Waterlogue lake view, credit Jenny Hastie findthedetails.com

And the boys making a bonfire this Saturday night:

Waterlogue image, credit Jenny Hastie findthedetails.com

Ordinary objects (and cats with ambitions to become models) turn into decorative still lives….

Waterlogue still life credit Jenny Hastie findthedetails.com

The finished files are large enough to be reproduced as hard images for display and framing, making them a clever and unique way to create personal artwork.

Find Waterlogue in the App store, and do share your images with me via Pinterest, I’d love to see them. Jx