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Autumn details

It’s that time of year again here in rural England, when dark evenings and often gloomy days call for indoor spaces to be illuminated by layers of lighting. The hallway needed some TLC, though I’d written about it before (here), the redecoration stalled as life and a lack of ££ got in my way. But now, what was an unloved corner bang opposite the front door, filled with discarded boots and battered bags (first impressions – not good!), has had an injection of colour, texture and light:

photo: Jenny Hastie Find the Details

It’s warmer and more welcoming in the evening…

…whilst in the daytime, even the cats tolerate the new arrangement….

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For a hall-sized console table, this metal table from Cox & Cox is pretty perfect: slim enough to be out of the way, yet elegant and understated; it also kindly masks the boring (but increasingly necessary) radiator from view. And as ever, clever BHS comes up trumps with low level lighting solutions.

My go-to finishing details right now are geometric, textured ceramic vases in interesting shapes, fashionable colours and a cluster of different sizes: head to the wonderful Graham & Green, Rockett St George and Rigby & Mac for a tempting seletion on each site.

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Vases, top left: Rigby & Mac; main and bottom left: Rockett St George

Rigby & Mac vases via findthedetails

Next up, I’m coveting these autumnal Broste Copenhagen vessels from Rigby & Mac, with their informal, two-tone drip dry paint finish.

Enjoy the beautiful autumn colours outdoors; and happy vase shopping, if like me, you’re that way inclined! Jx

 

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Make 2014 a year of timeless colour: beautiful paints from Belgium

New year: which means new must-have decorating colours for 2014 from those in the know: for Pantone, it’s a slightly stomach-turning shade of purple/pink they’ve named Radiant Orchid (for me, it’s not a shade that suits the cold light in northern hemisphere homes – though down in New Mexico, Marie from Breaking Bad would’ve been mad for it). For Dulux, 2014’s colour is a much more livable-with shade of Teal, whilst Farrow & Ball suggest a rather lovely deep blue balanced by shades of stone, warm grey and apple green.

If you’re in the mood for some more paint colours that will appeal for far longer than 2014, do take a look at the inspirational Emery & Cie shades, which are rich, timeless and striking:

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Based in Belgian, Emery & Cie produce their ultra-matt acrylic emulsion and gloss paints in these atmospheric, strong shades, all designed to make your walls sing. Take your pick from their handpainted paint charts:

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….which and come either as the pure colour (two above), or as a shade chart depicting each pure colour diluted with a specific quantity of white (two below):

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Beautiful: the perfect choice for classic paint colours. Visit Emery & Cie for more info and to discover the rest of their collection (exquisite wallpapers, tiles, ironmongery, furniture, lighting………all for the wish list!). Enjoy! Jx

Help create the ultimate street art: painting a favela

Dutch artists Haas & Hahn are currently campaigning to raise funds for their latest art collaboration: to transform an entire favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with paint. Previously, they’ve worked with members of the local communities in the city to create street art on the walls and surfaces in parts of the city’s slums, and now they’re embarking on their most ambitious project yet.

Favela painting, findthedetails.com via designboom

An impression of how the finished favela will look, above, and how it looks today:

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Haas & Hahn’s first project, Boy with Kite (2006, Vila Cruzeiro), transformed this concrete neighbourhood:

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In 2010, the team worked on this colourful, ambitious project, a square in the Santa Marta community. Together with 25 locals who were trained and hired, the project took one month to complete, and has turned the area from a no-go zone to a tourist attraction:

favela painting, via findthedetails.com and designboom

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[images: favela painting, designboom]

This latest huge, many-year project has it roots firmly in the community; from gaining approval for the painting (this means travelling through the favela, door to door), Haas & Hahn will work with local people, training them in the skills of plastering and painting, so creating neighourhood jobs alongside the creation of the public artwork. Basic human needs are also being addressed: simply by including plastering in the process, these handbuilt houses will have better longevity, temperature and moisture control. They’ll need headquarters, paint supplies, and huge amounts of funding, though their initial target is a restrained $100,000. 

Do use a click to visit Haas & Hahn’s Kickstarter and Favela Painting sites to help with the fundraising and view more of their work.

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.

Sneak Peak: Heals AW13 press launch

A quick pop into the Heals Autumn/Winter press launch to preview their designs for the coming season, and design lovers are in for a treat: in the autumn Heals will unveil a completely new lighting department in their flagship West End store, filled with stunning lamps made from a huge variety of diverse materials and in all shapes and sizes, from breath-taking flowing jelly-fish style pendants, to patchwork standard lamps and glowing chairs, as well as a fabulous selection of accessories from ceramics to textiles:

These delicate ceramics with their dip dye caught my eye:

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The jelly fish light had everyone gasping in amazement:
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….quite lovely and surprisingly relaxing to watch as it ebbed and flowed….

There were lots of glass pendants – some with a decorative trim:

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One for me: I do love coloured glass vases and bottles:

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Fabulous cosy textiles:

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Individual patchwork lamps:

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…. and a modern-day kitchen chair: one for the most important diner in the house: …

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I’m also particularly excited about the work Heals are doing with Out of the Dark – this fantastic charitable social enterprise recycles and revamps salvaged furniture, simultaneously training disadvantaged young people in craft, DIY and work skills. Check out this fab coffee table, below – and do click on this Out of the Dark link to find out more about this inspirational project.

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[All products from Heals, all photographs Find the Details] 

Which designs appeal to you most? The products will be in Heals stores and online in the early autumn and beyond. Until then, enjoy the summer! Jx

Get hooked: The best hooks to make your walls work for you

With their simple purpose: to store our clutter, getting it off the floor (heaven!) yet keep it easy to find, I find hooks very appealing. Most interiors stores offer a selection; here are my current favourites:

These circular wooden hooks, collectively called The Dots, below, are versatile and contemporary; the design has a welcome sense of fun. Sold as a set of 5 (although there’s no reason why you couldn’t hang more together) they almost look better with nothing hanging from them, which possibly defeats their purpose; I love how they turn this empty stairwell wall into useful storage:

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… although I’m less sure about the slightly unrealistic styling (beads on turn of stairs in my house = slip; knock over, probably breaking glass lamp; then tread on, so smashing digital camera positioned on step below…)

Here are The Dots again in natural oak finish, and yellow stained oak, below:

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[The Dots, available from TwentyTwentyOne

House Doctor‘s current collection includes designs with a nod to 1950s and 1960s style; the Liva coat rack, below, with its spherical, coloured hooks, references Charles & Ray Eames iconic Hang it All:  

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House Doctor is the go-to company for that key vintage/industrial look we can get enough of right how; with a great choice of hooks and coat racks, two more House Doctor favourites include this wire/wooden rack below, and the numbers (sold as a set of 5) beneath:

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[hooks and images, all  House Doctor

For children’s rooms, there are so many clever and cute designs; if you’re looking for colour, then Danish stylist Rie Elise Larsen includes hooks in rainbow shades as part of her interiors collection; source them through Little Baby Company.

They look wonderful grouped in a line:

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[hooks and image, Little Baby Company

Whilst this simple, wooden coat rack by All Lovely Stuff is another winner for children:

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[Animals of Whittling Wood coat rack, All Lovely Stuff]

Whilst for elegant, grown up hooks, head to Rowen & Wren: their delightful homewares collection includes a great choice of covetable products, including both these French-style metal/ceramic hooks, below, and in the second image, the Hector plated coat hooks, which come as a set of five as shown, or as a single hook,

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[above images and hooks, all from Rowen & Wren]

Which are your favourites? Let me know. Happy Friday! Jx

Light Source: Holloways of Ludlow launch their new collection

Holloways of Ludlow launched their latest lighting collection at the recent Clerkenwell Design Week and the mix on display encapsulated the wonderful, colourful, stylish choice of lighting we have at our beck and call just now to illuminate our homes.

They’ll be stocking more from France’s Jielde brand, which makes cast-metal floor, wall and desk lamps as well as these new pendants in their rainbow shades: it seems a shame to just choose one….:

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[Jielde Augustin pendant from Holloways of Ludlow]

Holloway’s of Ludlow’s own collection includes pendants with British spun-steel shades: I love this zingy yellow: ideal for adding that splash of hot colour into our all-white (or is it grey?) kitchens of 2013….

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[Spun shade, from the Old School Electric collection by Holloways of Ludlow]

Another favourite  (again from Holloways own line), are these simple glass pendants; they come in several shapes and the elegant design ensures the light would work perfectly in kitchens and hallways; the metalwork can be ordered in several different finishes from antique brass to polished nickel, which is helpful if your decor leans more towards either contemporary or traditional:

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[Glass pendant, from Old School Electric collection, Holloways of Ludlow

And created with sound environmental ideals by New Zealand-based designer David Trubridge is the delicate spherical Coral Light, below. Inspired by his time spent diving, the lights are made from either bamboo plywood or aluminium, and come in several sizes and colours.

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[Coral pendant by David Trubridge from Holloways of Ludlow

As well as lighting, Holloways of Ludlow’s extensive collection includes ironmongery, from small pieces such as hooks and locks, door furniture and door handles, knobs and pulls, through to attractive light switches, as well as complete kitchens and bathrooms. See more here.