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Let the sun shine: Spring 2013 trends at Marimekko

Happy post-Easter week to you all, and on this, another, grey grey Friday I’ve decided to go hunting for Spring, as it looks as though it won’t find me this year. For sunny, cheerful fabrics that make you and your rooms smile, Marimekko is hard to beat, and so if you’re as fed up with grey skies as I am then dive into their new Spring 2013 collection.

With a global fanbase that’s been increasing since the 1960s, Finland’s iconic Marimekko has done it again this year; their new fabric and home decor collection zings with colour and bold pattern. I’ve taken a shine to their cheerful fruit-filled Kompotti fabric; you also find elements of this design on a new tableware collection:

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And everyone’s favourite floral, Unikko (originally designed in 1964 and still one of their best-selling fabrics for both homewares and accessories), is now available in this welcome mix of blues, soft sage green and white:

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Other fabrics in the new collection feature painterly techniques that create vibrant patterns for this summer:

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When it comes to clothes, their fashion is not for the colour-shy, but will any sneaker-lover be able to resist Marimekko’s new collection for Converse?

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Converse’s classic high top and a new, more feminine platform sneaker get the Marimekko treatment, with designs in several of their classic patterns available through Converse and at some Marimekko stores from this spring,

Shop for Marimekko fabrics and home decor at their standalone shops or concessions: check their website for suppliers close to you (currently there are no online sales through their website).

Let’s hope the sun shines soon, and happy weekends to you all.

Decorating a cottage hallway; some of the best patterned fabrics

Back to the house, I’m determined to bring in colour: and so transform the walls here from their current dull, battered, beige/magnolia existence:

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Susie Watson‘s deep, rich Ramsbury Red colours the walls of the adjacent room (I’ve mentioned it before here)  and with it in place, the hall colour had to follow. The random mix above includes some icy blues / stone-grey shades both from Susie’s paint chart (the column of neutrals on the left of the picture above) and Fired Earth, with the walls finally painted in Teresa’s Green from Farrow & BallAs the wonderful Ben Pentreath mused the other day, it’s become fashionable in some circles to diss Farrow & Ball paints for their coverage, but their colours continue to be interesting, adaptable and versatile in both dimly lit and bright spaces…

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Next task: choosing curtain fabric to hang in front of the draughty stable-style back door and to bring some pattern and softness to the room (the black and white floor tiles, here and in the room beyond, were inherited with the house). With London Design Week in full swing (now open to the public; catch it till this Friday 22 March, at Chelsea Harbour) it’s a great time to celebrate the best in fabric design from both British and International designers. I’m searching for an eclectic pattern in lively shades:

Interior designer Penny Morrison‘s luxurious fabrics include fabulous patterns and interesting colour mixes for a relaxed, country-living vibe; the designs start life in her studio on the Welsh borders:

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All swatch shots above: Penny Morrison

Another favourite is Rapture & Wright: Based in Gloucestershire, their motifs are contemporary and occasionally geometric in nature, and successfully designed to suit all sorts of interiors:

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All images: Rapture & Wright 

All the fabrics shown above come in many other colourways, and of course there are other patterns too; take a look and let me know what you think.

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:

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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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… 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…

Adding colour to ice: stunning ice sculptures in Harbin, China

If you’ve always thought of ice as colour-free then think again: these mind-blowing ice sculptures in China, part of the annual winter festival in Harbin, are made from huge blocks of ice, lit up with coloured LED lights.

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All images courtesy of flickr. See more pictures here:

If you’re quick, you could take a trip and see it in the flesh: the exhibition opened on 5 January, and lasts until the end of February….

More lovely details from Denmark: Tine K Home

I watched the final episode of Borgen 2 on catch up last night….so to cheer myself up now the series is over for me for another year here in the UK (Borgen 3 is only just airing on Danish TV) and to continue my little Danish style fix, I’m sharing with you the chic Danish interiors brand Tine K Home.

Eponymous owner Tine K favours interiors accessories in cool colours: Here’s my pick of the best of her new spring/summer products for 2013….

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Textured tumblers…. (in that favourite ’80s colour combo of white, pale grey and peachy-pink)….

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Stylish bamboo furniture is one of their strengths: also bamboo gets a big thumbs up from a sustainability point of view…. Great baskets, too….  

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I use monochrome  at home with caution but it definitely has its place: especially when spiced up with splashes of coral, as on these cushions here: though I hesitate, as it’s really not my usual colour combination…. but there’s something about this mix that is right for now…. 

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Love the greys, dusky pinks, and linear black/white patterns on their china…. And the bronze pitchers? They stand out, with their unusual shapes, amongst the simple, pared-down china…. 

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Deep greys and blacks bring the white elements to life….

MMMMM love this bamboo bench….

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Cushions in monochromes, browns, creams with on-trend geometric, tribal patterns…. 

And wonderful deep baskets for everything from bread at the dining table, to folded piles of towels in the bathroom….

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Tine K Home is sold through various independent shops in the UK; however unlike their compatriot House Doctor (of which you’ll know I’m a fan) you can buy online through the Tine K website.

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) 

Furniture with a hint of summer, from our friends in Australia


Researching for a feature on garden furniture for a June issue (this is why I can never remember what month it is) I stumbled across a new brand called Bowerhouse: Australian-based, I love the quirky yet covetable rattan furniture, delicate tableware and colourful, patterned, eclectic cushions…

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Looking closely at the credits, I discovered the images were styled by an old friend and colleague, Jo Carmichael. I got in touch: we both started out together shooting features on (long gone) BBC’s Changing Rooms with designers Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and Linda Barker, amongst others….

Now based in Australia, talented Jo has set up a styling agency, working with clients such as Bowerhouse to bring her signature fresh, relaxed look to the products she’s working with. You can find out more about her work here.

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These drum rattan stools are some of the nicest of the many I’ve seen recently: am I the only one to notice stools and poufs are everywhere right now?

I’m a newcomer to Pinterest but I have plans to create a board devoted to low stools and comfy poufs there, alongside posting here too. 

Bowerhouse mainly ships within Australia to Australian addresses but they can ship some of their products internationally: they’re happy to chat so do get in touch.

All images courtesy of Bowerhouse; styling Jo Carmichael, photography Jody D’Arcy 

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

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….

Geometric patterns, Natural angles

Two wintery walks in completely different environments today and yesterday gave me the opportunity to take these images… The first is along a disused railway track in rural Sussex….

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The second just outside London Bridge station, looking upwards on this sunny day at the brand new Shard building….

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A reminder of whether natural or man-made, sometimes the world around us can be more similar than it originally appears.

The angles in both pictures got me thinking about the popularity of geometry in homeware product design currently: there are lots to choose from, but my current favourites include those by Mini Moderns and FermLIVING.

Mini Moderns new cotton dhurries come in fab, zingy patterns and shades:

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Whilst FermLIVING’s geometric patterned homewares, including trays, ceramics and cushions, are styled in muted shades: find them at Cloudberry Living.

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