Monthly Archives: January 2013

Dulux Let’s Colour Awards

Dulux have launched their nominations for their new Let’s Colour Awards 2013: here’s the pick of my favourites:

Lindsey Lang mixes great colour palettes and geometric patterns on her fresh, contemporary homewares: even the humble trivet doesn’t escape her attention…

Designers Guild Designers Guild paved the way years ago with Tricia Guild spearheading the colour movement: there will be no rooms filled with bland neutrals or dull bieges when she’s around… Their fabulous digitally printed dip-dye effect wallpaper Seraille is up for an award….
Conran for Marks & SpencerTwo of the UK’s most established brands, Conran and Marks & Spencer joined forces to create a new home collection, on sale via M&S stores. Injections of colour and quirky design details not normally seen on the high street ensured this range looks as good in most homes as it did on the shop floor.

Present and Correct

Present and Correct are THE retailers of stationery (and more) of the moment. Do click through to see their website if you don’t know them already: they make me want to sweep my entire desk contents into the bin, and re-stock with their products: I’m sure I’d be more productive…..

They were nominated for their Organise collection, see above for a selection of products.

And finally, a nomination for the wonderful Melinki collection by Scion:

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I’ve included their rugs before when they were launched, and now Scion‘s already-award-winning Melinki collection is up for another, well deserved tribute. The fabric designs are innovative, versatile, and importantly, easy to live with.

You can see Dulux’s nominees for interiors, as well as fashion and more via my link on the Find the Details facebook page. Let me know which you’d vote for….

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Re-home: vintage, antique and retro shopping

A couple of indulgent hours yesterday, wandering the stalls at Ardingly antiques fair in West Sussex: amazed at the curios; vintage, retro and upcycled pieces; classic well-cared-for antiques, and weird ‘rather your house than mine’ items for sale.

From indoor stands to outdoor stalls, I found French linens and 19th century spice jars (covetable, see first image); topless mannequins (less covetable for me, but possibly someone else’s cup of tea); vintage buttons, glistening silver knifes, forks and spoons; work-worn garden rakes and hoes alongside tiny glass vials; thumbed-through paperbacks and decorative, detailed metal wall lights….

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From the metre rules to the Charles & Di mugs (..who knew there were Fergie & Andrew teacups still in circulation?!), there was something for everyone….

….and it made me conscious of just how much STUFF there is out there.

I’m constantly aware of how huge the interiors industry is via my day job, and on these pages I hope simply to flag up a few gems I’ve discovered along the way: but sometimes, a trip to a fair such as Ardingly is a great way to remind ourselves that really, everything we need (and much we do not) is already in existence, ready to be re-used and re-loved.

So thumbs up to all those stallholders, who braved the mud and the January chill, driving from as far afield as Wales and France, to rig up their stands and display their finds: I’m looking forward to the next fair already….

You can find out more about the next fairs at Ardingly and at other venues around the UK here

Coincidentally, BBC’s Bargain Hunt was filming:

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…which added a little frisson of excitement to the morning, for everyone…. who knows what they discovered?

Baskets and Bowls; rural Japanese kitchen

This image, from The Selby‘s recent feature on Nancy Singleton‘s Japanese farm included this inspirational image….

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Reassuring for those of us who think we have too much kitcheware! I want to reach out, touch and steady the stacks of bowls, baskets and steamers, all jostling for space on the floor as the cabinet behind bursts with more. And a ready-made colour palette for spring 2013 too: think of all those blues/greens/aquas combined with the warm neutral woods and bamboo.

New – Findthedetails Facebook page

Do come and visit – and like – the new Find the Details Facebook page…

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Just as with this blog, I’ve only just started up this new FB page, but I’ll be continuing to post quirky images relating to interiors, shopping and various expeditions, plus bits and bobs I’ve found interesting, that I think you will too. Currently, I can’t add one of those clever Fs, so here’s the link to it here and below:

Facebook Find the Details page 

I’d love all you fantastic followers to add to my so-far meagre tally of likes….!

Hope to see you there soon, FtD x

Live, eat, entertain: 6 of the best large dining tables

New year, new dining:

Whilst few of us have any space or even desire for a designated dining room any more, a  roomy table around which to eat, work, and entertain usually forms the focal point of our living spaces.  A chat with my sister-in-law over Christmas lead to some thoughts about large dining tables, further inspired by stumbling upon this chic, relaxed dining space in a historical house in Antwerp, Belgium.

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(images courtesy of Cote Maison)

I love the table in this shot as although it is large, it’s narrow enough for guests seated opposite to chat in comfort. The table doesn’t dominate or crowd the narrow dining space, and the trestle legs keep the look informal.

I’ve talked about my hotch-potch table arrangements before (here) when feeding a crowd together, and really my budget-conscious Ikea table suits our hectic lifestyle perfectly. For a similar one try this: (although, as mine is a kitchen table, I prefer an unfinished wood surface, as it can be scrubbed clean: super-practical…)

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You can’t beat Ikea for a bargain; the bottom trestle desk/table is only £35.

At the other end of the financial scale, try Skandium:

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The trestle-style Bermuda table by Asplund is currently on sale, so head to Skandium quickly for the discount; whilst the Sandra table, the second image above, was designed in 2003 by Thomas Sandell for Asplund, and is also from Skandium, though not currently discounted, sadly…

And at the mid-range price levels, Maison du Monde‘s trestle would be a great substitute for the table in the original image:

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And don’t miss this Ercol dining table, exclusive to John Lewis: the streamlined shape is contemporary, yet simultaneously acknowledges Ercol’s design history.

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