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High summer colour trends: pink and other brights

With May underway, the garden is finally filled with colour and  I’m discovering what has been planted here by previous, green-fingered owners; right now, the space is filled with pink-toned flowers: some are blowsy, dramatic and exotic – not the colours typically associated with a cottage garden – as huge rhododendron bushes are produce dramatic, fuschia-coloured spears; whilst the apple trees are covered with blossom in more delicate tones:
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And, online and in the shops, nature’s brights are in vogue once again to brighten up our homes in time for summer sunshine. I’ve been inspired by this heavenly Designers Guild living room: Savine, the tie dye linen shown here as curtains, is my current favourite fabric:  it comes in several shades including blues, orange and green as well as this stunning fuschia pink:

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[image, Designers Guild

Another company well known for its clever use of bright tones is Denmark’s Rice: their High Summer 2013 range has just launched and with it these covetable pieces of tableware:

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Rice collage of tableware

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[All images, Rice

There are jugs; coloured glassware; ceramic and melamine plates; bowls in intricate patterns and bold plains, and all the wonderful patterns and colourways just invite you to mix and match, so creating your own unique collection of summery pieces for dining and picnic tables.

Rice is stocked online and in shops throughout the UK, click here to find the store nearest to you.

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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.

Present and Correct

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….

Bathroom Details

About a quarter of the way through my budget face-lift on my bathroom: wall paint is completed, and if you focus on a small area it can look harmonious…

The walls are painted in Designer’s Guild Ocean: a pure, true pale blue with a real depth of colour. Striped towels add some pattern and texture.

Both Ottomania from The Netherlands and Sweden’s charmingly colourful Gudrun Sjoden are good options for patterned towels; Gudrun’s are fab for family bathrooms; Ottomania have a huge choice of hamam towels: these lightweight towels are definitely having their fashion moment right now. 

 

 

 

Towels and bathmats from Gudrun Sjoden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Towels below all from Ottomania