Monthly Archives: December 2013

Sneak peak: John Lewis Spring/Summer 2014

Take a break from silver, glitter and sparkles this pre-Christmas week and mellow out with a sneak look at the beautiful press shots from John Lewis’s spring summer collection for 2014. There are two key trends; Expressions, which combines materials (wood, upholstery fabrics, wallpapers) in warm, detailed and textured neutral shades with others (glass, metallics, soft furnishings) chosen in flashes of contrasting brights: orange-hued copper (copper is definitely having its moment), citrus yellow; warm rose; rich purples and blues:
01 John Lewis Heming Sofa, Expressions Cushions (1)

The Brushstrokes wallpaper is a particular favourite; new for this season; shown here in Smoke colourway, the pattern is also available as an upholstery/drape fabric. The painterly Expressions framed prints are part of the new range; styled here alongside Content by Conran side tables (they come as a nest of three for £199), and a Heming sofa in Porto Grey.

05 Why Wood Dining Table, and Chairs

Why Wood circular table, £399; dining chairs, £125 each

02 Expressions Tall Vase, Hurricane Lamp

Accessories include: Rose gold hurricane lamp, £12; pink hydrangea stems £30 for 3; purple and blue tall glass vase, £35; copper bowl, £5, all John Lewis

Also new in store this spring is the Croft collection: think upmarket utilitarian; traditional crafts; nostalgia (but without any twee-ness…) in a 21st-century-pleasing palette of soft neutrals, blues and greys:

17 John Lewis Croft Cushions, and Throws

Tiny check stripe cushions £20 each; basket weave throw, £70; reversible cashmere throw, £110; natural ribbed knit throw, £80; all from the Croft collection by John Lewis

16 John Lewis Perth Chair, Sparrows Cushion

Perth armchair, £900; Sparrows cushion, £28; cream bottle vase, £35; Charm Lily rug, £125, all John Lewis

12 John Lewis Croft Tableware

Croft tableware: jug, £22; tumblers, £4.50 each; dinner plates, £10 each, ceramic ivory cutlery, from £3.50 a piece, all John Lewis

14 John Lewis Croft Utility-1

And there are plenty of products to make your utility area scrub up nicely: whitewash wooden crate, £35; dustpan and brush set, £29; platters, from £15; storage jars, from £6; dolly pegs, glass brushes, glass cloths and jug, all from John Lewis

18 John Lewis Joanie Butterfly Bedlinen, Basket Weave Throw

Natural Joanie butterfly double duvet cover, £80; tiny check striped cushions, £20; light grey basket weave throw, £70, all John Lewis.  

All photographs, John Lewis

The products will be in store in the New Year; till then Happy Holidays, Jx

Winter days and Christmas preparation….

What a difference a few days make: we’ve been basking in an extended autumn here until this week when suddenly my mornings look like this:

…Cold, frosty and foggy – winter has definitely arrived. Just last week we were walking the beautiful High Weald landscape trail in the sunshine….

Now all thoughts turn to Christmas – with Christmas jumper days (so easy this year – tinsel, safety pins, and a rather fab traditional knitted boy’s jumper from Sainsbury’s…. that’s about the extent of my crafting skills….)
jumper

…cards to be written, helped along by The White Company’s delicously scented Winter candle – I might even reach the end of my address book this year….

flowers (2) flowers

Flowers are a work in progress: I mix fake flowers with greenery such as yew, rosemary and other random bits of evergreen from the garden – that’s this weekend’s project. (When it comes to fake flowers: nice ones are hard to get hold of: mine are from Rigby & Mac‘s Dulwich stores; also try Abigail Ahern and Sia at Selfridges. If you’re a real flower fan, the best place to shop for all kinds of flowers, decorations and more is New Covent Garden Flower Market).

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The tree is up and decorated by the boys – and on sunny mornings, provides me with my own private, sparkly space whilst I work….

I hope your preparations for the holidays are gathering pace too! Happy Friday, and enjoy your weekends, Jx