Monthly Archives: November 2012

Spring 2013 trends at John Lewis

On one of those grey autumn days where the sun never emerges from behind a dull damp sky, John Lewis‘s brand new Spring / Summer 2013 press pack arrived, filled with summery shots that banished thoughts of winter from my head, for now…

Here’s a sneak peak of their new collections for next spring: The two new trends are Pioneer, which has up to-the-minute geometric patterns and earthy tones; and Botanist: it’s fresh and pretty, with natural motifs (think dragonflies and florals) and delicate shades – blues, greys and palest lime green.

All images courtesy of John Lewis. Products in store and online from January 2013 onwards.

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Bathroom Details

About a quarter of the way through my budget face-lift on my bathroom: wall paint is completed, and if you focus on a small area it can look harmonious…

The walls are painted in Designer’s Guild Ocean: a pure, true pale blue with a real depth of colour. Striped towels add some pattern and texture.

Both Ottomania from The Netherlands and Sweden’s charmingly colourful Gudrun Sjoden are good options for patterned towels; Gudrun’s are fab for family bathrooms; Ottomania have a huge choice of hamam towels: these lightweight towels are definitely having their fashion moment right now. 

 

 

 

Towels and bathmats from Gudrun Sjoden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Towels below all from Ottomania

 

 

OKA clearance store

I admire the founders of OKA – they’ve created a niche for elegant, often Oriental-inspired furniture and homewares that whilst being new (shock horror!) will slot quite easily into ladies’ (of certain demographic) homes. My nearest store is a Clearance Outlet which is handy for my wallet: it’s filled with ends of lines and seconds all helpfully and clearly marked with what’s wrong with them.

Several of their cute wooden ornamental ducks were there looking a little sorry for themselves: apparently the poor things had had a bout of woodworm and looked in need of some TLC. Possibly wood worm is taking the much-loved / Vintage look a little too far….

Several shimmering, delicate blue throws (ex-display) were marked down from over £100 to £45 – a bargain for anyone needing a throw right now. Likewise some eggshell-blue and plain white china plates were all marked down to around / from £6+ each: some were fashioned with slightly wobbly circles; but nevertheless a great way to get a good looking, inexpensive set. There are plenty of rugs in store but these are still very expensive: definitely not an impulse-buy: however one wall-hung dhurrie would be a great detail for a masculine bedroom, or for injecting some colour into a monochrome scheme.

OKA dhurrie

A large, colourful dhurrie currently at OKA’s clearance store

Wooden Duck, from £26, Oka Clearance Store

Wooden ducks, plus table lamps, at the OKA clearance Store

Oka China Plates

Reduced price china plates at OKA’s Clearance Store this November, from around £6 each