Luxury Textiles from Jules Hogan

Teal Multi Stripe Scarf

From her garden studio in Berkshire, Textile Designer/Maker Jules Hogan creates a beautiful range of cushions, hot water bottle covers, lavender pockets scarves and shawls. Inspired by 1950’s colour palettes, geometrics, striping and re-worked Fair Isle patterning, it's just what's needed as the Autumn weather closes in.

Green Patchwork Cushion, 100% felted Scottish spun lambs wool.

I originally met Jules at a series of shoots I did for Folksy last year. I was blown away by the quality of her work, in particular the colourways. You can see Jules in person at The Farnham Maltings this Saturday 18 October at The Surrey Festival of Crafts. Here's a few more samples, which can all be purchased direct from Jules' website.

All photographs by Yeshen Venema

Homegrown Goodness: Making a Healthy Living from Your Backyard Garden

Growing a garden is a source of peace for many, but it’s also a source of added income for the industrious.  Living off of your backyard is a reality for those with foods to offer, and it’s at least another source of family income for hobbyists. Here’s how to grow your bank account after your garden.

Photography Rita Platts, Styling Joanna Thornhill.

Photography Rita Platts, Styling Joanna Thornhill.

Partner with Grocers and Local Restaurants

Local grocers depend on receiving quality produce, which sometimes pales in comparison to the tending loving care provided by a local grower. Also, speak with restaurant owners in your area.  Consumers are fussy, and there’s a huge market for specialty and ‘locally grown’ items.  Schedule regular deliveries where you can offer freshly picked tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs and other items from your garden, delivered promptly each day, week, etc.

Make Friends with a Chef

Chefs sometimes work private parties and large-scale engagements outside of the restaurant environment.  Contact those who advertise their catering services and ask them about becoming a regular contributor of ingredients.

Photography by Andrew Boyd, Styling by Claire Morgan

Photography by Andrew Boyd, Styling by Claire Morgan

Give to the Needy

Government and private associations help those in need providing clothing, shelter, and food.  Contact local organizations who offer payment in exchange for regular deliveries to address group homes, soup kitchens, and shelters.

Speak with an accountant about tax breaks associated with providing money and resources to charity organizations.  In addition to the good feeling that goes along with giving, you’ll benefit your business and bank account.

Photography Jon Day, Styling Pippa Jameson

Photography Jon Day, Styling Pippa Jameson

Make Your Home a Store

In urban areas, it’s common for store owners to live upstairs from their groceries, trade stores, and brick-and-mortar business ventures.  Consider transforming your home into a business.  Sleep upstairs while renovating the first floor to accommodate consumers.

Why stop at growing a garden when you can donate more of your home toward your hobby and make money at the same time?  Speak with consultants in your area who can help you change your home into a moneymaking machine.  Or, contact http://www.4patriots.com/, who help families become more independent and self-reliant.

Moreover, if you have something of regional interest, or in season yet hard to find, borrow the stand idea above, and inquire about becoming a vendor at seasonal events and weekend tradeshows.

Allen Baler is a Partner at 4Patriots LLC, a Tennessee based small business that provides products to help people be more self-reliant and more independent. Allen founded the company in 2008 after 14 years as a corporate executive leading profitable business for the Easton Press and the Danbury Mint. He graduated with honors from Harvard University and resides in Nashville with his wife and 3 daughters.


Win Sophie Conran Portmeirion Dinner Set Worth £150

Heart Home is excited to be offering one lucky reader the chance to win a Sophie Conran Portmeirion 16 piece dinner set (white) for 4 people worth £150. The prize has been provided by online branded cookware and designer kitchenware website Milly's Store.

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The 16 piece dinner set contains: 4 x 28cm Dinner Plate ,4 x 20cm Side Plate ,4 x 19cm Cereal Bowl ,4 x 0.35L Mug 

Sophie Conran Milly's Kitchen

Milly's Store has a huge range of kitchenware, cookware, china and tableware including famous names such as Wedgwood, Villeroy and Boch, Arthur Price, Sophie Conran, Jasper Conran and Versace - all at prices which offer fantastic value for money. 

For a chance to win this stunning 16 piece dinner set, make sure to fill the form below. Good luck!

Terms and conditions The prize draw is open to individuals in the UK residents aged 18 or over. Any person or persons connected with Heart Home magazine or Milly's Kitchen, without limit, their families, agents, or anyone else involved in the administration of this offer are not eligible to enter. All entries must be received by 06:00 02 December 2014. By entering this competition you consent to share your email, name and postcode with Heart Home magazine or Milly's Kitchen, who may wish to send you mailings in the future. All valid entries will go into the draw. There will be one winner who will receive the prize above. The prize must be accepted as offered (there are no cash alternatives) and they are non-transferable and non-refundable. The winners will be chosen from the list, at random, on 03 December 2014 and the winners will be notified by email or post within 7 days. No correspondence will be entered into. Unclaimed prizes will be redrawn after 28 days of the original draw. Heart Home magazine reserves the right to replace the prize with a product of equal value, if necessary. The winners will be asked to confirm their postal address before the prize is awarded. Details of the winners may be posted on the Heart Home magazine website and Facebook page. By entering this competition, your details will added to the Heart Home magazine or Milly's Kitchen mailing lists for which you can opt-out at any time. By entering this competition, you automatically agree to the terms and conditions above. Promoter: Heart Home magazine, 4 Oak Crescent, Wickford, Essex, SS11 7FF.

Inside the studio of Sarah Hamilton

Sarah Hamilton Prints. Styling by Joanna Thornhill

Down a leafy lane in Dulwich, artist Sarah Hamilton creates prints, cards, woodblocks, trays and other delightful products. Her Mid-Century house was renovated with great care and it's simply stunning with views over the city. The studio itself has an inspiring atmosphere, filled with colour. Sarah draws inspiration from textured materials and is 'obsessive' getting her colours accurate when printing - designers take note!

Sarah's Dulwich studio

Pebbles, seeds, leaves and fragments of nature are recurring themes in Sarah's artwork, her style is instantly recognisable and has been refined over many years. She also works as consultant for interiors projects.

Sarah often uses watercolours as part of her design process.

The product range includes mugs, cards, prints, woodblocks and most recently, a lovely range of tea trays. Click to view some more images in the gallery below and browse the shop on Sarah's website for more.

Photography by Yeshen Venema. Styling by Joanna Thornhill.

Elli Popp And The Artists' ABCs

Independent designer Elli Popp and collective The Artists’ ABCs are collaborating to create a series of limited edition bone china pieces featuring artwork by prominent artists Gavin Turk and Yinka Shonibare MBE.

Gavin Turk Plate & Mug

Gavin Turk Plate & Mug

Beautiful, bespoke and limited edition sets of side plates and mugs will be on sale at a small and carefully chosen selection of high end international stores.

Yinka Shonibare Mug & Side Plate 

Yinka Shonibare Mug & Side Plate 

A percentage of all the proceeds will be going towards the amazing work carried out by Kids Company, which provides practical, emotional and educational support to children, young people and vulnerable adults. 

Buying A New Fridge-Freezer With LG UK And Sarah Slade

When it comes to kitchen design, striking a balance between charm and practicality can be a real challenge. We must consider design fundamentals such as shape, colour and size, yet on the other hand, we need to choose appliances and utensils that offer high quality and great value for money.

So for design-conscious homeowners, the challenge of choosing a new fridge or fridge-freezer can be a daunting one. Should your choice focus on utility or style? Is it possible to design your kitchen around such a large appliance? And what about your existing fridge – is there any way you can update this piece to help it match your kitchen’s theme?

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If you’re struggling to find advice on choosing a fridge or fridge-freezer that complements your kitchen, LG UK’s new buyers guide could be just what you’re looking for. Working together with interiors expert Sarah Slade, contributor and former focus editor for ELLE Decoration UK, LG has provided an invaluable resource for fridge-freezer buyers.

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Sarah’s advice includes some enlightening pearls of wisdom. “Be cautious of putting a freestanding fridge-freezer at the end of a kitchen in an open-plan space,” she says in one example. “Especially if you’re not linking it to the surrounding scheme. If you do, it may have the appearance of a floating metal box.”

For more tips like this, check out the full interview and design guide on the LG website by clicking here.

Stuffed Mushrooms with Roasted Tomatoes and Goats Cheese

Perfect as a starter, a lunch, or a weekday supper. Our recipe this week celebrates the colours and taste of autumn. Serves 4.

Ingredients for stuffed mushrooms:

4 large mushrooms

3 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp lemon juice

2 tsp red onion, chopped

1 garlic clove, chopped

1 tbsp fresh dill, chopped

4 oz goat cheese

Salt and pepper, to taste

Ingredients for roasted tomatoes:

12 – 16 oz tomatoes, chopped

1 tbsp olive oil

2 – 3 garlic cloves, finely minced or squished through a garlic press

Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5

  • Toss the chopped tomatoes with oil, garlic, salt and pepper and spead on the baking tray, cover with foil and roast for 20 – 25 min.
  • While the tomatoes are roasting, clean the mushrooms by gently wiping the outside of the caps and cut out the stems. With the teaspoon, scrape the gills out until the underside is mostly clean. Place the mushrooms on a baking sheet.
  • Whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, chopped onions and garlic. Brush the mushroom caps inside and out with the olive oil mixture, sprinkle each cap with salt and pepper.
  • Preheat the grill, place mushrooms and grill for 3 – 5 min. The mushrooms will start to release moisture and get juicy. Remove from the grill.
  • Fill with the roasted tomatoes, dot with the goat cheese and sprinkle with fresh dill.
  • Bake for 12 minutes at 190C/170C fan/gas 5
  • Brush with a little extra olive oil

From the Autumn 2012 issue of Heart Home magazine.

Recipe and photographs: Giedre Augustinaviciute

Lenneke Wispelwey Ceramics UK Exclusive At SMUG

Twist Bottle, L'Espresso Cup, Minilicious Plate

Twist Bottle, L'Espresso Cup, Minilicious Plate

SMUG, Islington's kooky lifestyle store, adds Lenneke Wispelwey Ceramics as a UK exclusive to the eclectic SMUG homeware collection.

Dutch ceramicist Lenneke Wispelwey’s collection at SMUG is a tactile and covetable range of contemporary porcelain tableware in sherbet pastel shades. This collection fits perfectly into the SMUG style with precise geometric shapes paired with a satisfying contrast in textures of biscuit and glazed porcelain.

Stars and Stripes mugs, £29 each.

Stars and Stripes mugs, £29 each.

Squares Cups, £29 each.

Squares Cups, £29 each.

Midilicious Bowls, £31.

Midilicious Bowls, £31.

Available in store now at: SMUG 13 Camden Passage, Islington, N1 8EA

Travel Back In Time To See The Future Of Interior Design!

There are a number of major design trends capturing the headlines at the moment, including the Scandinavian wave, industrial and vintage design and the bohemian shabby chic look.

All of these movements are well represented at PIB Home - a veritable treasure trove of furniture, accessories, light fixtures and outdoor tables and chairs.

The popularity of industrial designs resides in their simplicity and the way in which they wear the ‘distressed’ look so well.  Aesthetically-speaking, the industrial look is about more than just ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’ – its beauty comes from its sheer practicality, as displayed by this TV console.

Industrial TV Console

Industrial TV Console

PIB-home also betrays its French origins with this original wine bottle carrier design… 

The Four Space Bottle Carrier

The Four Space Bottle Carrier

The centre of the design world’s gravity is always shifting, but for now, in homeware and furniture at least, it seems to have moved from France to more northern climes. As we can see at http://www.pib-home.co.uk/scandinavian/, this is largely thanks to the Scandinavian genius for creating understated designs that complement rather than dominate your rooms.

This region’s harsh natural environment has been the principal driving force behind the development of a strong culture of hospitality in Scandinavia.  As in so many countries, this revolves around both food and drink.

Here we see how Scandinavian design has taken up the challenge of the northern winter, both in the simple lines and strong colours of these beaker-style cups…

Porcelain ‘Teli’ Cups

Porcelain ‘Teli’ Cups

…and in the vigorous, organic curves of this occasional table.

Wooden Occasional Table

Wooden Occasional Table

April and the Bear

April and the Bear is an online art and interiors store based in Dublin, Ireland. It is dedicated to finding and selling unique homewares, gloriously eclectic gifts and exclusive art prints

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The founder (we're assuming it's April!) is a former fashion buyer who was growing weary of the 'throw-away' nature of the fashion world, so she chucked it all in to create an art, interiors and jewellery emporium where each product is carefully selected for its unique aesthetic, quality and ability to bring a smile to the face.

We were smitten at first glance.

All items are sold internationally online.

Abigail Ahern Teams Up With Sofa.com

Sofa.com has teamed up with British designer Abigail Ahern to create an exciting new furniture collection. The first ever designer product line from the brand features four pieces in Abigail’s signature trend-setting style: a sleek, retro-inspired sofa, club-style swivel chair, and two beautifully upholstered bench seats. The Abigail, Stanley, Maud and Celeste are available exclusively at sofa.com in over 100 house fabrics or any designer fabric, from the 1st October. 

Abigail 3 seat sofa in Hudson, Roosevelt Velvet £1,810, Maud rectangular footstool in Dusty Rose Velvet, £255 

Abigail 3 seat sofa in Hudson, Roosevelt Velvet £1,810, Maud rectangular footstool in Dusty Rose Velvet, £255 

Abigail says, “I was really excited to work with sofa.com, as they have beautiful, luxurious fabrics, and fantastic attention to detail. I wanted the collection to not only be visually gorgeous and luxe, but also supremely comfortable and swoon-worthy.” 

The Celeste & Maud Footstools both available in square or rectangular sizes from £225. Maud shown in Dusty Rose Velvet, £255 (left), Celeste shown in Prussian Blue Velvet, £255 (right). "I had to include footstools in my collection, as they are some of the most multitalented pieces of furniture you can ever own. Perfect to recline on in the lounge, a glamorous addition to the foot of a bed or an impromptu perch at parties – their uses are endless!” 

The Celeste & Maud Footstools both available in square or rectangular sizes from £225. Maud shown in Dusty Rose Velvet, £255 (left), Celeste shown in Prussian Blue Velvet, £255 (right). "I had to include footstools in my collection, as they are some of the most multitalented pieces of furniture you can ever own. Perfect to recline on in the lounge, a glamorous addition to the foot of a bed or an impromptu perch at parties – their uses are endless!” 

The Stanley armchair, from £580 shown in Baltic, Roosevelt velvet £750. “This curvaceous chair is classy, sensual and adds immediate flair to any space. It envelops you as you sink into it, and cocoons you from the outside world.” 

The Stanley armchair, from £580 shown in Baltic, Roosevelt velvet £750. “This curvaceous chair is classy, sensual and adds immediate flair to any space. It envelops you as you sink into it, and cocoons you from the outside world.” 

The Abigail sofa, from £1,240 shown in Hudson, Roosevelt Velvet £1,810 “I wanted this to be a forever piece. It’s the perfect place to sip a martini, kick back to watch a film, or just hang out with the family.” 

The Abigail sofa, from £1,240 shown in Hudson, Roosevelt Velvet £1,810 “I wanted this to be a forever piece. It’s the perfect place to sip a martini, kick back to watch a film, or just hang out with the family.” 

Cabbages & Roses Launches New Wallpaper Collection

Cabbages & Roses presents its new wallpaper range. These include the beautiful Paris Rose Blue, Catherine Rose Pink, Alderney Raspberry and Hatley Raspberry. The classic floral designs have been created to work with existing cabbages & Roses fabrics in style and colour, to offer a mix and match service. All products are made in England.

Natural Hatley Blue Wallpaper, Price - £28 per metre

Natural Hatley Blue Wallpaper, Price - £28 per metre

Natural Hatley Blue Wallpaper, Price - £28 per metre

Natural Hatley Blue Wallpaper, Price - £28 per metre

Images taken from the book 'Living Life Beautifully' By Christina Strutt with Nancy Alsop, photographed by Simon Brown.

Gooey Chocolate Brownies

For all those of us who cannot get through the day without a chocolate fix! 

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Ingredients:

160g plain flour 
1 tsp salt 
2 tbsp cocoa powder 
300g dark chocolate, chopped 
225g unsalted butter, cubed 
1 tsp instant espresso coffee 
300g granulated sugar 
100g light brown sugar 
5 eggs, at room temperature 
2 tsp vanilla extract 

Preheat the oven to 180C / fan 160C degrees

  1. Line a 9 x 13 inch baking tin with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, salt and cocoa powder. 
  3. Melt the chocolate, butter and instant espresso coffee in a non-stick pan. Turn off the heat and mix in the sugars. Mix until completely combined, then remove and leave it to cool down. 
  4. Add 3 eggs to the chocolate mixture and whisk until combined. Add the remaining eggs and whisk it again. Add the vanilla and stir until combined. Do not over beat the batter at this stage or the brownies will be cakey. 
  5. Sprinkle the flour mixture over the chocolate mixture. With a rubber spatula (not a whisk), carefully fold the flour mixture into the chocolate until just a bit of the flour mixture is visible. 
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake for 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the brownie comes out with a few moist crumbs sticking to it. 
  7. Let the brownies cool completely, then lift them out of the baking tin using the parchment paper. 

From the March 2014 issue of Heart Home magazine.

Recipe and photographs: Giedre Augustinaviciute

Win £300 Worth of Products By Christy

Heart Home magazine is excited to join forces with Christy and offer our lovely readers a chance to win £300 worth of products.

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Christy are known for their luxury home linens since 1850 and this seasons stunning on-trend collection lovingly designed in Britain is no exception.

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Cosy up with beautiful designs in gorgeous spicy tones that are perfect for bringing warmth and richness to autumnal days. By combining lace trims with contemporary designs this seasons collection has a vintage heirloom effect. Alternatively create relaxed elegance with our sophisticated take on the monochrome look, creating contrast with beautiful accessories.

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New for this season our luxury home fragrance collection features candles and diffusers that will engage your senses and add style to your home

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We are offering one lucky reader a chance to win a full set of bed linen and candle from Christy's AW14 collection which is up to a value of £300. All you have to do to enter this amazing competition is simply click on the button below and fill in the form. Good Luck!

Terms and conditions The prize draw is open to individuals in the UK residents aged 18 or over. Any person or persons connected with Heart Home magazine or Christy, without limit, their families, agents, or anyone else involved in the administration of this offer are not eligible to enter. All entries must be received by 06:00 14 Novembert 2014. By entering this competition you consent to share your email, name and postcode with Heart Home magazine or Christy, who may wish to send you mailings in the future. All valid entries will go into the draw. There will be one winner who will receive the prize above. The prize must be accepted as offered (there are no cash alternatives) and they are non-transferable and non-refundable. The winners will be chosen from the list, at random, on 15 November 2014 and the winners will be notified by email or post within 7 days. No correspondence will be entered into. Unclaimed prizes will be redrawn after 28 days of the original draw. Heart Home magazine reserves the right to replace the prize with a product of equal value, if necessary. The winners will be asked to confirm their postal address before the prize is awarded. Details of the winners may be posted on the Heart Home magazine website and Facebook page. By entering this competition, your details will added to the Heart Home magazine or Christy mailing lists for which you can opt-out at any time. By entering this competition, you automatically agree to the terms and conditions above. Promoter: Heart Home magazine, 4 Oak Crescent, Wickford, Essex, SS11 7FF.

The Eley Kishimoto Hand Printed Wallpaper Collection

The new ELEY KISHIMOTO wallpapers are like no other. Step into a world of colour, pop and excitement.

Founded by Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto in 1992, otherwise known as “the Patron Saints of Print”, Eley Kishimoto  has gained global notoriety across many disciplines, ranging from fashion and interiors to architectural and design collaborations. This is their first wallpaper collection.

La La Lyon and Sun Loving Bollards

La La Lyon and Sun Loving Bollards

Designed with integrity and a light-hearted approach, the wallpapers comprise 12 unique designs, from La La Lyona bold, modern take on a traditional damask pattern, to Venice, Camo Chevron and Light on Lattice, a series of geometric inspired prints, or Vanity Cats, Monster Skin and Pedigree Entourage which are humorous and playful motiifs.

Light on Lattice and Venice

Light on Lattice and Venice

Screen-printed in the designers’ Brixton studio, the collection is made to order and available to buy online at Eley Kishimoto (RRP £160 per roll). Selected designs are also on display at London Print Studio's Wallpaper: Artist's Interior Worlds exhibition until 1 November 2014.



Location, Location, Location

Do you ever wonder where magazines find those impossibly gorgeous houses they use for their photo-shoots?

You know the ones I mean? The grand Downton Abbeyesqe period homes with ornate fireplaces and tall graceful windows. The ones where modern furniture is arranged tastefully against all of the rococo embellishments.

And then there are the warehouses with bare brick walls and rusting metal beams. Vast expanses of vintage flooring and soaring ceilings. Those are the ones that are perfect for the juxtaposition of tarnished and lush. Rust and velvets. Rivets and crystal droplets.

Or maybe your imagination is piqued by modern kitchens. Volumes of stainless steel, sharp as a pin LED lighting and an absence of human occupation. Maybe you yourself would like to take all of that perfection and dress it with retro china and a jungle of plants?

Well, I'm going to let the secret out.

Those in the know go to a location agency where you can find a whole library of houses, gardens, apartments, warehouses, bars, and even summerhouses and caravans if that is what you need. It's like shopping for a new house without the hassle of estate agents and banks and moving. The only trouble is you have to give it back!

All locations featured are exclusive to 1st Option.


Ella Doran Launches Rekki in Reykjavik Collection

This year Ella Doran exhibited at the Home Show London where she showcased  her brand new design collection, ‘Rekki in Reykjavik’.

Rekki in Reykjavik cotton cushion

Rekki in Reykjavik cotton cushion

Inspired by Iceland, this collection captures the intrigue that resides in the contrast of the sweet candy colours and the rugged reliefs of Reykjavik’s corrugated steel houses. Design ranges will be launched on mats, coasters and cushions, and ‘Rekki in Reykjavik’ will also be available as a tea towel.

Rekki in Reykjavik Coasters

Rekki in Reykjavik Coasters

It's a gorgeous and colourful collection that really captures the beauty of Iceland. Taken from Ella's travels early this year in Reykjavik, it's great how these images have been transferred on to the collection. Rekki in Reykjavik is now available to buy on the Ella Doran website.

Rekki in Reykjavikcotton Tea Towel

Rekki in Reykjavikcotton Tea Towel


 

A Little MissPrint

We've always loved the mid-century inspired patterns from MissPrint so we were very excited to hear of their latest collaboration with Garden Trading.

The collection consists of a lovely selection of enamel kitchenware that is available in two beautiful shades of flint (a gorgeous mid-grey) and yellow. Fabulous as a single colour set or even better when mixed up.

Enamel Muscat patterned mugs, £12.50 each, enamel stove kettle, £30, milk saucepan, £25, canisters £16.50, utensil holder, £14.50 and milk jug, £12.50.

Enamel Muscat patterned mugs, £12.50 each, enamel stove kettle, £30, milk saucepan, £25, canisters £16.50, utensil holder, £14.50 and milk jug, £12.50.

Garden Trading founder Jon Holloway says "We have always admired the clean, deceptively simple patterns of MissPrint's iconic Mid-Century collection. This Muscat detail, originally featured on wallpaper, feels very organic and is in keeping with our considered approach to design." 

Enamel Muscat patterned mugs, £12.50 each.

Enamel Muscat patterned mugs, £12.50 each.

Available from Garden Trading.

Get 20% Off at Cadira

Here at Heart Home magazine we are offering our lucky readers 20% off with furniture brand Cadira

Cadira was established in 2002 and since then it has established a solid reputation as one of the leading contemporary furniture retailers in the London area. Offering products by some of the best factories in Spain and Italy.

On most of their bedroom and living furniture ranges they are able to provide a free design service, which includes 3D designs based on your room and product selection. This is a great help to visualise some of their more popular ranges such as sideboards and other lounge furniture, bedrooms, kids rooms, wardrobes and others.

20% off until the end of October. Use coupon code: hearthome at checkout, or quote over the phone. Not to be accumulated with existing promotions. Exclusions apply. 


The Flower Project

One of the highlights of LDF for many was the collaboration between Zoe Brewer, owner and Creative Director of My Interior Stylist and the well known charitable social enterprise Out of the Dark.

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We know Zoe and the guys at Out of the Dark quite well and were delighted when we heard that they would be working together. Zoe is known for her love of colour and flowers and both parties use colour as an inspiration in their work. You only have to look at the home of Jade and Jay (founders of OOTD) in the April 2014 issue of Heart Home to appreciate that!

The Flower Project is a collection of individual pieces created for LDF which are a vision from Zoe’s mind and magpie eye, beautifully crafted at the Out of the Dark workshop.  Ultimately it is designed to provoke everybody’s creative juices to explore what might be possible in upholstery.

The furniture items were chosen for being quite bland in their old and sorry state. Zoe chose a colour spectrum inspired by bright jewels and vintage gems, experimenting with unusual colour pairing in paint and textiles. The upholstery fabrics selected are all lush velvets, the ultimate in glamour for furniture upholstery. Out of the Dark then put in the hard work to sand, paint, upholster and recover the pieces, finally adding the finishing touch which makes these pieces stand out from the crowd…felt flowers handmade by Zoe and her team are sewn in a free form pattern across the furniture. 

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These are the ultimate statement piece for those inspired by colour, taking embellishment to definite “statement” level.

Zoe says “I gave OOTD quite a challenge with this project – attaching 3D embellishment was something new for us all.  I’m so very proud of the results.  Jay’s attention to detail in the production stages proved key in ensuring the furniture is beautifully finished”.

We absolutely adore them!