Tag Archives: 2013

Rockett St George

February is underway – thank goodness – and with what a great start: the fabulous interiors emporium Rockett St George have listed Find the Details as the blog to watch on their Hot List for this month.

A huge thank you! to the team there: and a big hello to everyone who has discovered this site through Rockett St George: I hope you enjoy what you find; do get in touch with any comments or ideas for future pages.

What was so touching about being featured, is that Rockett chose to feature Find the Details purely because they liked the content: I haven’t, till now, included any of their products. So not before time, and also on the off chance that any of you haven’t discovered them, here’s a quick glimpse of my favourite pieces now at Rockett St George this spring….

Owner Jane has a magpie-eye for interesting, quirky finds – right up my street…. Her stock can’t be labelled with one particular look: instead you’ll find an eclectic and well-thought-out mix of well designed pieces, varying in style from industrial to glamorous, practical to whimsical, with ideas for every room in the house.

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This large-scale station-style wall clock is perfect for kitchen walls…

If you live in a more child-free environment than I do, these freestanding cubes are perfect, grouped together to form a simple display area.  They would also work well as chic, simple  storage / display in a teenager’s room.

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This lamp is a perfect example of the quirky finds at RSG: the lamp base is made from a silvered vintage soda bottle, and comes with a grey black shade: each piece is a one-off: a beautiful find.

On the right, Mr Perswall wall murals can be made to fit any wall space: I love this Library design, with its cheerful rainbow shades.

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Look closely and you’ll discover tiny details: the enamel measuring jug would be at home in any kitchen… whilst these Shopping List fridge magnets (almost) look good enough to eat…

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A wool rug in fashionable shades of deep blue and black, and a delicate butterfly print round up my choice.

What do you think? Let me know….

All products from Rockett St George. 

Patterns spring 2013, OKA china

It seems we are going mad for patterns this spring, and OKA’s folksy, decorative, colourful Florya china range, part of their new Spring 2013 collection, is right on trend.

Say goodbye to boring white, and embrace these vibrant plates, bowls and mugs….

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With several patterns and colours to choose from, I love the fact the china is sold individually, rather than as a set: leaving us to buy the pieces we wish for, in the patterns and colours that coordinate with what’s already in our kitchen cupboards.

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Florya tableware range, from £7.50 for a sideplate, all available from OKA (0844 815 7380) 

Indigo; blue and white patterns, part II

Hot on the heels of Friday’s post about Indigo / Blue and White, comes a brand new fabric and wallpaper launch from Scion.

If you’ve read any of my previous posts on Scion’s first Melinki collection of fabrics and wallpapers, and their subsequent rug designs, then you’ll know I’m a fan of this new British brand, with its great colour combinations and fresh patterns.  

Now Scion‘s second collection has been launched; named Wabi Sabi, the fabrics and wallpapers are inspired by traditional dyeing / production methods including block printing, batik, ikat, and tie-dye. The result: a collection that features a mix of patterns from abstract and geometric to floral, all with a relaxed, informal feel.

Whilst, of course, each design comes in many different colourways, it’s these blue and white ones, with their inky, indigo tones (and, for those who prefer a lighter blue, tones of turquoise and aqua) that caught my eye:

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I Iove the simple spot motif of the Isamu fabric, layered underneath the more angular geometric Loop design (don’t miss the subtle Loop wallpaper on the walls)…

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This group shot shows the new fabrics together…

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…. Whilst the tie-dye effect print of the Shoji fabric below appeals to my (currently repressed) Boho tendencies (curtain on right): surely the sun would always shine through a window hung with these curtains?

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… and the wallpapers are just as vibrant:

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Working with bold patterns doesn’t have to be overwhelming: here the Shibori wallpaper flatters and emphasises the architectural lines of the stairwell:

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Wabi Sabi printed fabrics are from £26 a metre; wallpapers are £32 a roll, all available in the UK and internationally from March 2013 from Scion.

Emerging Textile Designers, Sofa.com

Whether you are personally involved with textile design or simply shopping for curtain fabric in John Lewis, there’s no escaping how many fabrics there are in existence.

The constant challenge facing designers, from textile students to global companies, is to create new, original fabrics. Whilst fabric house archives are fantastic for initial inspiration, the new design must push boundaries, whether those are of colour combinations, pattern intricacy or behind-the-scenes production methods, whilst simultaneously remaining a design that we’re going to want to live alongside.

So Sofa.com‘s latest competition is great news: they’re celebrating the best emerging textile designers with their current competition to choose a fabric design that will become one of the latest upholstery fabric options for their sofas, chairs, beds and footstools.

Alongside the main judging panel, there’s also People’s Vote for shortlisted nominees, giving us the chance to vote for our favourite fabric from their final selection of 15 (plus there’s a chance to win £1000 to spend at Sofa.com)

I’ve narrowed mine down to a shortlist of four, see below…

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Isabel Crossman (above) was inspired by Slim Aarons’s images of the 1960s jet-set…

Natalie Raines (below) also looked to the 1960s, siting the bold yet simple Swedish designs from this period as her inspiration:

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Sarah Victoria Roberts (below) coral-inspired fabric is a repeat pattern in easy-to-live-with modern neutral tones

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Emily Thompson (below) mixes the bold colours of Morocco with motifs sourced the Arts & Crafts and Art Deco movements.

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Which ones do you prefer? You can see all the nominees and vote for your favourite directly on the Sofa.com website here

Spring 2013 trends at House Doctor

With snow outside and piles of paper scattered over the floor as I perform a frantic and (let’s be honest) futile search for aged bank statements so I can complete last year’s tax return, my house couldn’t look more different from these cool, calm and collected shots from Danish company House Doctor‘s new Spring 2013 catalogue.

They have a staggering quantity of beautiful, simple, desirable homewares…

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Rugs with subtle patterns and muted colourways….. and don’t miss the wooden storage boxes…

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Oversize glass jars, vases and bottles alongside streamlined ceramics

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Furniture with contemporary lines …

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Chic, colourful, patterned stationery boxes – maybe if I had a set of these, I’d be encourage to file away those bank statements….

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These metal framed-glass storage boxes are so simple, yet the display is so effective….

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Super-calm looks for the kitchen….

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And this shot is a reminder that spring will come, one day….

A selection of House Doctor products are available in the UK via canny gift shops and websites such as Cox & Cox and Rockett St George : click here  for further info.

Now… back to my filing….

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.

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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….

A vibrant red to warm your walls; and Happy Christmas

Red wall paint is hard to get right – I know, as I bought many a taster pot in my hunt for the right shade: the walls as I mentioned before ended up looking like this:

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as I struggled to find red and neutral that worked for both walls and bookshelves. The neutral is Little Greene‘s versatile Pearl (for more info see Neutral Paint) but the red proved problematic, working my way through Fired Earth, Designers Guild, Farrow & Ball reds till I settled on Susie Watson‘s Ramsbury Red emulsion, which is manufactured for Susie Watson by Scottish paint experts Craig & Rose.

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The two images above show the finished walls and a glimpse of bookshelves; whilst below is Susie’s own shot, looking suitably Christmassy….

 

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And on that note, with the last Christmas image for this year, I wish you all a very Happy Christmas, and here’s looking forward to a great 2013 (especially as the world didn’t end this morning as planned!)

Get Organised

Urgh: being organised. Who manages it? The whole idea of a Mums Organiser just makes me feel like a complete half-wit who can’t even source a decent pair of elasticated-waist trousers. (Why Mums? I don’t know who should feel sidelined or patronised the most – mums (so hopelessly disorganised they require their own stationery? or, alternatively, the only kind of adult trusted with organisation?), dads, those without children (whether thankfully or otherwise), grandparents? Or maybe these lucky people are just tip-tapping their dentists appts into their ipads and merrily remembering everything at a touch of a screen…)

But hey ho, rant over – there’s not getting away from the fact that I need some organising so here are two products I’ve found recently that should help me on my way….

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Cachette is a French-based company selling an interesting mix of interiors products – do take a look – I love their product selection; great for a ‘where did you get that’ present. Their wall planner (above) is both practical and attractive – (quite an achievement – take a moment to search for others and you’ll see what I mean).

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I’ve also spent far too much time this week putting off working by browsing the lovely Nordic Elements site: I think this magnetic steel organiser was created for children’s rooms but I love its design, with its romantic St Basils-esque turrets. Nordic Elements is a great place for sourcing excellent Scandinavian design (which we all know we can’t get enough of right now, here in the UK). Happy organising!

Spring Summer 2013 trends at BHS

Brighton has a special place in British hearts: just the mention of sunshine or a bank holiday, and hundreds gather on the town’s shingle beach and Pier. Now BHS have named one of their key themes for this summer after this seaside city: the products are modern, fresh, with bright colours and patchwork patterns. My favourites are the Hove* table set and the fab Brighton kitchen chair.

 

Top image: Maisey sofa, Hove nest of tables, and all products, all from BHS 

Cut outs: Brighton chair, Maisey armchair and cushions, Brighton bedspread, all from BHS 

All in store or online from Janaury 2013 onwards. BHS 0844 411 6000 http://www.bhs.co.uk 

(*As any resident of Hove knows, this should really be called the ‘Hove, Actually’ table set)