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Curl up, relax (and admire…) Sofa.com and Abigail Ahern: new furniture

Get set for an exciting collaboration this autumn between two of Britain’s most respected and accessible interior brands: interior and product designer Abigail Ahern and upholstery designer/manufacturers Sofa.com who have created their first collection together.

sofa.com Abigail Ahern Abigail 3 Seat Sofa in Hudson £1810, Maud rectangular footstool in Dusty Rose £255

The three seater Abigail sofa, like the other pieces in the collection, can be upholstered in any of Sofa.com’s own house fabrics or a designer fabric, should these not appeal, though I can’t help thinking that these velvets (Hudson Roosevelt on the sofa, and Dusty Rose pink on the footstool) would be hard to beat.

sofa.com Abigail Ahern Abigail Sofa in Hudson £1810

As well as the must-have Abigail sofa, the collection includes this curvy, curl-into Stanley armchair, shown here upholstered in Baltic Roosevelt velvet:

sofa.com Abigail Ahern Stanley Armchair in Baltic £750 And my favourites: two cross-legged footstools, which work hard for their designated space: whether covered with clothes at the foot of a bed; with feet at the end of a sofa, or as extra seating when space becomes tight at a party….

Choose from square Celeste, below in Prussian Blue Velvet:

sofa.com Abigail Ahern Celeste Footstool in Prussian Blue £255

…. and Maud, a rectangular version that is large enough to use as an ottoman replacement or as a side table:

sofa.com Abigail Ahern Maud Footstool in Dusty Rose £255

 [All images, Sofa.com

With prices from £1240 for the Abigail sofa; £580 for the Stanley armchair, and £225 for the Maud footstool, the collection is definitely on my shopping list… Visit sofa.com for more information and to order online.

 

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Sneak Peak: M&S Autumn/Winter 2013 home collection

With the skies grey and the airy blustery, the new autumn/winter ranges which are currently launching are looking as though they’d be right at home now during our ”summer”-time months. So wrap yourself up and relax with this preview of what will be in store this winter at M&S:

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Shades of the club house: colours are deep, dark and warming; materials natural (leather, glass): just accessorise with open fire, magazine and dog (optional)…. There are unexpected, quirky details, such as this vintage-style lamp with bird motif:

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Delicate tableware includes these Lace bowls:

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Whilst for more practical, everyday use, go for the new compact range of bamboo furniture:

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The collaboration with Conran contines with new furniture and accessories; cosy up in this deep Wollaston Loveseat:

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Two of this year’s passions – grey and ombre (or is it dip dyeing?) – come together to create  these sultry, elegant glasses:

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The best elements are decorative, detailed and patterned, as seen below, from the ornate metal ceiling light to the bed, with its deep buttoned headboard upholstered in tactile, neutral fabric. Finish the look with textiles and details in a mix of patterns and prints drawn with nostalgic or natural motifs:

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[all images M&S Home]

[products in store from early autumn onwards, contact M&S for details] 

Keep Cosy this December

IMAG0610On days like today, my woodburning stove is definitely my favourite part of the cottage. I’ve mentioned it before (Candlesticks) but it’s -8 degrees outside, and doesn’t feel much warmer indoors, so the stove is both much loved and needed. Even with it going full out last night (here it is – with an empty log basket, help! More chopping required I think) I was feeling the chill: I’m going to ask for a blanket for Christmas, so I can cosy up by the stove, watch telly (current favourites go from one extreme to the other – The Killing and Made in Chelsea, both on catch up) and attempt to hibernate till spring time….

Cornwall’s The Atlantic Blanket Company is a blissful place to browse for blankets: just looking at these images makes me want to reach out and touch them.

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Blankets and throws above by The Atlantic Blanket Company 

Indigo & Rose  stock throws with a traditional Nordic Pattern: in both ice blue and rosy red, two of my much-loved decorating shades.

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Whilst bargain hunter extraordinaire Alison Cork’s lambswool throws from her online boutique Alison at Home are well-priced and soft to the touch: these two, with their relaxed checks and soft grey hues, are both tempting…

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