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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

Baskets and Bowls; rural Japanese kitchen

This image, from The Selby‘s recent feature on Nancy Singleton‘s Japanese farm included this inspirational image….

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Reassuring for those of us who think we have too much kitcheware! I want to reach out, touch and steady the stacks of bowls, baskets and steamers, all jostling for space on the floor as the cabinet behind bursts with more. And a ready-made colour palette for spring 2013 too: think of all those blues/greens/aquas combined with the warm neutral woods and bamboo.

Neutral paint

New bookshelves – due to be painted – made me think about a colour palette for the living space here. I knew what sort of colour would suit the room, but couldn’t put my finger on it – which lead to my wall looking like this:

… I ruled out white (too bright), cream (just not me), pale blue (too cold), pale stone shades (just never me, even when they were of-the-minute), sludgy stone shades (too sludgy)…. finally discovering Little Greene‘s wonderful Pearl colour.

It comes in various light / dark versions but the original Pearl is glorious: shining variously blue/green/grey (and yes, a little stone-ish in certain lights) it’s appropriately named.

Here’s Little Greene‘s shot using their Pearl shades from their Colour Scales collection. A little bit of history: my chosen shade, Pearl (G) (shown here on the kitchen door), is a historic shade from the Georgian era, authenticated by English Heritage.

(Main wall: Pearl Colour Dark 169 £35.50 for 2.5L Intelligent Matt Emulsion. Window seat and back door and kitchen unit: Pearl Colour (G) 100 £41.00 for 2.5L Intelligent Eggshell/£45.00 for 2.5L Traditional Oil Eggshell. Table and bench: Pearl Colour Pale 167 £41.00 for 2.5L Intelligent Eggshell/£45.00 for 2.5L Traditional Oil Eggshell). 

Little Greene 0845 880 5855 www.littlegreene.com