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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

Colourful, textured, covetable: West Elm comes to London

Super-popular in the US and coveted by those in the know around the world, American interiors giant West Elm is set to open its first ever UK store this autumn on London’s Tottenham Court Road, W1. Here’s what to expect:

Textiles are textured, tactile and detailed:

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Tableware is designed with the same attention to detail; adding the tiniest pattern and creating pieces with thoughtful shapes turns white china into objects that demand to be displayed:

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Upholstered furniture has tight, clean lines:

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The autumn/winter colour palette zings with ornate, jewel shades of gold, peacock blue, amethyst and cobalt:

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And the scene is set for winter entertaining with mercury glass candlesticks: 

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[All images courtesy of West Elm]

The shop opens late October; happy shopping! If you can’t get to the London store, the US website does offer international shipping for some non delicate items. Visit West Elm for more details.

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?