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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

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Wish List: chic preserving jars

I’m a big fan of the French Le Parfait preserving jars for storing dry food, but I think my collection of clear jars will soon be joined by a colourful interloper from America:

This blue Ball ‘Perfect Mason’ jar is a faithful reproduction of the Balls brothers’ original blue preserving jar. Relaunched this year to celebrate the jar’s centenary (they were first produced in 1913) the jar hasn’t been available in this chic blue shade since 1937. Readers in the US can shop the jars directly from Ball, the manufacturer; sadly they don’t ship outside of the US so in Europe, try Labour & Wait.

Lovers of blue and white, part IV: reinterpreting Japanese ceramics

Continuing my love of blue and white, (see previous posts here, here and here) I’ve just come across this new concept by Japanese design studio nendo, which has worked with Gen-emon to create a new series of porcelain tableware. Gen-omen is one of Japan’s most respected and long established traditional porcelain kilns, and nendo has taken some of their classic motifs, from small florals to geometric shapes; keeping the signature (and much loved) blue/white colour combination but playing with scale and the elements of the patterns to reintrpet the designs for today’s living:

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[all images, Designboom; products by nendo and gen-emon

By playing with the possibilities of pattern to plain; blue on white to white on blue, and using traditional motifs, the porcelain is beautiful both individually and as an eclectic group of several pieces. From plates to bowls, pots to spoons, this collection is definitely on my wish list!

Pale and interesting or bright and bold? New Earthborn paint shades for A/W 2013

If, like me, you love the versatility of paint, then don’t miss the new colours just launched by Earthborn for Autumn/Winter 2013. Keeping a keen eye on emerging colour trends, Earthborn’s palette of 60 shades includes deep warm reds and inky blues for those who love darker hues:

Earthborn paints, via findthedetails.com

These warm shades (colour names include Fruit Salad and darker Ruby Ribbon) create a cosy, autumnal look, whilst the deep blue Button Tin, below is offset with soft lilacs, taupes and creams (try Damson Mousse and Lily Lily Rose).

Earthborn paints, via findthedetails.com

Earthborn paints via findthedetails.com

Perfect for fans of sunny yellow: don’t miss this retro citrus shade, Daisy Chain, above.

Greys and gentle pinks are also having a moment right now: this colour story below is inspired by the Yorkshire Moors and includes colours such as Inglenook, Tuffet, and Cat’s Cradle:

Earthborn paints via findthedetails.com

And there can never be enough pale blue paints: here styled up in a kitchen, these soft blues include Gingham and Dorothy, but the shades would work equally well in bedrooms and bathrooms: Earthborn paints via findthedetails.com

[All images, Earthborn]

All Earthborn paints carry DEFRA’s EU Ecolabel, (awarded to high quality products meeting strict environmental and product standards) and the colours come in several finishes, including Ecopro emulsion; Claypaint which has a natural clay content and a soft mellow finish, and Eggshell, suitable for woodwork.  

See the full colour range here, and do let me know: which is your favourite?

Happy Friday! Jx

Sit in colour: the best kitchen chairs

All-white (walls, storage, work surfaces, and sometimes even floors too) as the backdrop to our kitchens currently appeals to many of us right now. Perhaps it’s because we crave calm and peace at home once we close the doors on the world outside? Or maybe it’s because white is simply a great canvas on which we can build up layers of colour, creating a unique space.

The trend for accenting kitchens with coloured chairs is gaining pace: whether the chairs are covetable originals (vintage Tolix or Eames are the most-desired)…

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Or, more easily obtained, and with their own charm, are traditional kitchen chairs, painted in shades either to coordinate or contrast, with the room’s decor:

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[Images Skona Hem, Livs Lyst, Pinterest] 

My dining chairs are simple, folding white wood and metal bistro chairs from Habitat: I started off with a pair for my first flat (they doubled up as garden seating) and I’ve never replaced them: just added to the collection as the numbers of people needing regular seats in my house has increased. As you know from previous posts, my current kitchen is a long way away from being entirely white…but here they are in my previous kitchen (aka playroom; office; dining room…):

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Now I rather hanker after French company Fermob’s bistro chairs: these all-metal equivalents cone in a rainbow of zingy shades:

Fermob bistro chairs via findthedetails.com

Whilst Ikea’s folding dining chair comes in this season’s must-have ’80s shades of grey, coral and a minty-green:
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Tolix’s Model A chair is also from France, and a design classic: created in 1934, this metal chair is hugely popular right now. If you can’t source vintage ones like the lucky owners in the top image, then Graham & Green sell new models in a choice of colourways:

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Chairs with traditional shapes but in fashionable cool colourways also appeal: new for Spring Summer 2013 are the Talia wooden chairs from Habitat, in red or yellow:

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BHS Brighton chair -ú80, Hove coffee table -ú129, Reno pendant -ú35

… and let’s not forget the stylish Brighton chair by BHS, also new for spring/summer 2013 (mentioned before here, but deserving of another peek!).

Which designs would you buy? Let me know…

Bring your walls to life; Peacock blue

Super-bright, colour-rich paint shades for interior walls are coming back into fashion, and one shade that keeps popping up on rooms and paint charts is peacock blue.

A hard colour to define, this blue is darker and more blue than aqua, greener than cobalt, yet not as green as turquoise, and just to confuse matters, it may vary in blueness from one paint chart to the next.

Researching, I discovered rooms painted in peacock blue have eclectic, sometimes traditional yet charming atmospheres. The shade is often used as a backdrop to display disparate collections of paintings, books, rugs and general accumulations of stuff…

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[images from top: The Bible of British Taste, Architectural DigestThe Decorista, Houzz.com]

Mini Moderns launched their paint collection in Autumn 2012, and these contemporary product designers included their version of this vibrant blue as one of the key shades in their new paint range.

Named Lido (so named after open air swimming pools rather than peacocks) their shot shows it’s possible to use the blue in a modern, clutter-free way:

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Mini Moderns paint has impeccable green credentials: their matt emulsion is made from waste water-based paint which would otherwise have ended up in landfill or incineration: so with up to 90% recycled content, the paint is worthy of its full name, Environmentally Responsible Paint.

What do you think? Is this blue just too bright for you? Or do you welcome a return to bright shades as a way to easily, relatively cheaply, liven up our walls?

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.