Introducing Elliot Ryan's Colourful Illustrations

Add character and fun to your child’s interior space with one of Elliot Ryan’s colourful, graphic prints. The perfect addition to any children’s bedroom or playroom. Personalised prints are also available upon request, as well as bespoke murals and special commissions.

Robot Alphabet A2 Print Framed - £90 / A1 Print Framed - £120

Robot Alphabet A2 Print Framed - £90 / A1 Print Framed - £120

Sweet Tooth Illustration - Pancakes  Framed Square 20x20cm Print - £25*  Framed 30x40cm Print - £35*

Sweet Tooth Illustration - Pancakes  Framed Square 20x20cm Print - £25*  Framed 30x40cm Print - £35*

Sweet Tooth Illustration - Lollipop  Framed Square 20x20cm Print - £25*  Framed 30x40cm Print - £35

Sweet Tooth Illustration - Lollipop  Framed Square 20x20cm Print - £25*  Framed 30x40cm Print - £35

Life's a beach - personnalised printed

Life's a beach - personnalised printed

Visit www.erillustrations.co.uk for more prints & details.

Affordable Bespoke Style Kitchens from Husk

Installing a new kitchen can be an expensive business. Even more so if you want something that looks bespoke, is well built, and will last. In fact, designers have been using IKEA cabinets for years (a not so secret, secret) and fitting them with more stylish doors. But if you’re not a designer and you want to save even more money but doing your own installing, this is not always a workable option. But now, there is a company who supply customisable kitchen fronts for standard kitchen units, including fixing locations for simple installation.

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Husk is a new company. It was launched in October 2018. They offer an affordable way to add custom elements to your kitchen. The fronts and countertops are designed to work with IKEA or Howdens cabinets, and materials have been chosen with durability in mind. There’s no need for maintenance and they are hardy enough to withstand busy family lifestyles.

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Designing a custom kitchen can be daunting and time consuming but at Husk the aim is to simplify the process, offering a carefully curated range of product which works well in almost any combination. Help is also at hand, with a free initial consultation either at the end of the phone or in their Bristol showroom.

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What’s more, they really do make plain kitchens look beautiful with styles that will fit comfortably in any home from period to new-build. And they are made in the UK too!

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Fronts, handles, sinks, worktops and taps all from Husk.

Wall Murals That Take The Animal Print Trend To A Wild New Place

MuralsWallpaper decided to take on the challenge of making animal print wallpaper look chic, and have clawed their way to victory with this wild new wall mural collection. Featuring oversized prints in livable color palettes, these conceptual murals tame the year's biggest fashion trend for a tasteful transition into interior design.

Off White Tiger

Off White Tiger

Countless animal looks can been seen prowling the runways and creeping onto home decor accent pieces, making it clear that animal print has become the biggest, boldest, and most obsessed-over trend this year. But design lovers need not shy away from the idea of animal print on walls with the introduction of this mural collection, which sees classic animal prints painted as minimalist shapes with maximalist sizes.

Pink Zebra Lifestyle

Pink Zebra Lifestyle

Animal print wallpaper doesn't have to be frightening

Feline spots that grace the likes of leopards and ocelots are prominent prints, and this style can be achieved in an attractively abstract way on walls with the Prowl wallpaper design. The collection also expands on the trend with animal additions that aren't often explored on clothing but that MuralsWallpaper have found to have ferocious impact on walls, such as a large-scale giraffe print.

Grey Zebra Lifestyle

Grey Zebra Lifestyle

Those who would feel too timid to try the trend in the home can achieve the room of their wildest dreams with this wallpaper collection. Featuring zebra, leopard, tiger and giraffe-inspired designs in a range of stylish neutral shades, these wallpaper murals have found a way to bring these iconic prints to walls with a fashionably conceptual approach.

Off White Leopard

Off White Leopard

Pink Giraffe

Pink Giraffe

From £30.00 per square metre at MuralsWallpaper

Room imagery for this collection is in collaboration with Rose & Grey. Key furniture pieces available at www.roseandgrey.co.uk

Valentine's Day Gifts for Her and Him

Time to spoil the one you love.

For Her

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  1. Personalised Valentine's Day Love Art Gift Poster, Mode Prints.

  2. Lovebird Earrings, Postcards Home.

  3. White Mini Ceramic Heart Trinket Dish with Gold Feathers, Gisela Graham.

  4. Cyclops Large Mirror, Red Candy.

  5. The Enchanted Forest Candle, Chase and Wander.

  6. Small sycamore pendant, Lucy Sylvester.

  7. Valentine's Day Posy, The Real Flower Company.

  8. Set Of 2 Champagne Glasses, Von Shef.

  9. Grow Mini Greenhouse, Abode Living.

For Him

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  1. Personalised Paint Strokes Sketchbook, Papier.

  2. Pendulux Ray Gun Silver And Gold Bookends, Hurn and Hurn.

  3. Henley Angled Desk Lamp, Cult Furniture.

  4. Wash Bag Screen Printed With You're Magic Portrait, Chase and Wonder.

  5. Set of 4 Whisky Glasses, Hurn and Hurn.

  6. Chesterton DAB record player with cassette and USB, GPO Retro.

  7. Umbra Madera Wall Clock, Red Candy.

  8. Enamelled Cufflinks with Silhouette of Sparring Hares, Annabel James.

  9. Townie Original 7D EQ Men's Matte Black 7 Speed, Electra Bicycle Company.

LED Bulbs of Distinction - Achieve a Stylish, Authentic Look AND Save Money!

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Period, industrial and vintage lighting has been popular for some time now and until recently, incandescent Edison style filament light bulbs were the only tasteful bulb of choice. Whilst these bulbs looked beautiful, they were inefficient and led to high energy bills before the EU eventually banned the manufacture and import of these environmentally unfriendly light bulbs.

First generation LED light bulbs were the answer to our energy consumption issues, being around 90% more energy efficient, however, whilst being a blessing for our pockets (significantly reducing electricity bills) they were certainly not a blessing for the look and feel of our interiors!

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The futuristic appearance of the original LED bulb does not lend itself to a period style of lighting or to becoming a beautiful centrepiece in its own right. Thankfully a second generation of LED light bulbs which replicate a more traditional style with multiple finishes of opal, clear and vintage filament are becoming available. Clever flexible LED technology means that the filament no longer needs to be straight and can now be formed into an Edison type spiral. Gone are the unsightly white plastic bases of the straight filament 1st generation LED Bulb and back are the elegantly classic glass and metal finishes we have come to love.

The introduction of the Edison style filament LED light bulbs, like this stunning collection from The SOHO Lighting Company, ensures that the bulb can once again become a focal point or complement any period or vintage light.

Candle Bulbs

Candle Bulbs

Let your design flair run riot - the sizes and shapes range from small golf ball and candle bulbs, right up to giant ER180 bulbs, measuring in at 180mm wide and 300mm long. Whilst the candle and golf balls suit fixtures with multiple bulbs, (see above) the larger LEDs can be hung from a bulb holder on a cable, and if preferred, with no light shade, showing off the beauty and style. (below)

Larger LED’s

Larger LED’s

LED bulbs have long been the weak link in industrial style décor, but now you can create an ambience, complement your surroundings and add a real vintage twist with these beautiful filament bulbs.

Why not try a vintage style GLS bulb in an industrial style floor lamp as an alternative option for quiet evenings in the living room? Or create ambience through amber-coloured Edison style candle bulbs in a classic wall light with multiple fixtures. These bulbs lend exquisite design impact to traditional, vintage and industrial style decors. Whilst first generation LED bulbs detracted from their surroundings, Edison style LED bulbs truly enhance them – utopia for those passionate about design and interiors.

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No longer must we compromise on looks for efficiency or efficiency for looks. Now we get the best of both worlds.

So light up.

Style and beauty is restored with optimum energy efficiency in an innocent bulb.

See the full range of LED Edison style bulbs from The SoHo Lighting Company at Elesi.

John Lewis & Partners Collaborates with Swoon

John Lewis & Partners launches exclusive, new collaboration with Swoon which will be available in 11 shops across the UK and on johnlewis.com from the end of February. The collection of statement furniture is the creation of Swoon’s in-house Design Studio and has been expertly manufactured by John Lewis & Partners. The collection celebrates modernist architecture, retro deco-design and mid century modern which are accented with natural materials, brass and marble. Comprised of 20 living room pieces and four upholstery pieces offered in a range of different fabrics, this collection was designed to help homeowners create a sanctuary complete with beautiful furniture which adds personality and interest to a room. From statement storage that will take centre stage, bar trolleys to make entertaining that bit easier and an armchair that is the minimalist’s ticket to lovely lounging, this collection will instantly elevate your scheme.

John Lewis & Partners Zelda Octagonal Mirror Antique Brass, £195, Swoon Mendel Sideboard, £699

John Lewis & Partners Zelda Octagonal Mirror Antique Brass, £195, Swoon Mendel Sideboard, £699

David Barrett, Living & Dining Buyer, comments on the collaboration; “Exciting designs and unique pieces have been created with interesting colours and substrates for homeowners to add personality to their schemes. Swoon developed the inspirations and designs of the collection, and we’ve worked tirelessly to ensure the quality of the products is what you'd expect from us, partnered with forward thinking designs from them.”

John Lewis & Partners Swoon Rousseau Chair, Teal, £350

John Lewis & Partners Swoon Rousseau Chair, Teal, £350

Sam Baldry, Head of Design at Swoon, on the design of the collection:

It's the first time we have designed exclusively for a brand other than ourselves and the collection is stunning. It brings to life the signature Swoon aesthetic everyone has come to know and love - we have played with deep bold colour palettes, the use of textured wood and a mix of vintage art deco inspired shapes in each piece. We are extremely excited to finally reveal and share the collection with John Lewis and Swoon customers and home enthusiasts alike.

John Lewis & Partners Swoon Satre Coffee Table, Green Marble, £350

John Lewis & Partners Swoon Satre Coffee Table, Green Marble, £350

A Batchelor Pad With an Industrial Vibe for Twin Brothers

This is the home of two twin brothers in São Paulo. The two engineers asked Casa 100 Arquitetura to remodel the apartment in the neighbourhood of Brooklin to provide a comfortable home with ample spaces to also entertain friends.

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With this brief in mind the architects expanded the social area, and pushed it outwards to integrate the balcony into the living space. The open kitchen has been fitted with cabinets that hold utensils and food, and in front of it, an office-designed Piguês marble island serves as a base for cooking and also as a support for the wooden demolition base transformed into a dining table.

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Instead of placing pictures on the wall, the brothers wanted a decorative element that was dynamic. "We suggested the use of a pop mesh, industrial looking, so that with little hooks they could create the displays they wanted to decorate the space," say the architects. The structure works like a blank canvas that can receive pendant plants and compose a vertical garden in the room.

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To enhance the sense of spaciousness, the same porcelain flooring was used throughout the apartment. On the walls, the apparent concrete alternates with the strong turquoise color that highlights the kitchen area and the area of the TV.

Photos: Gui Morelli

Lee Broom Presents Landmark Exhibition in Sydney, Australia

2019 sees leading British designer Lee Broom create one of his most significant landmark exhibitions to date with a presentation with Space Furniture in Australia. The installation is entitled ‘Park Life’ and will showcase for two weeks in March in Sydney.  Set within an underground car park below the flagship showroom of Space Furniture, the 4,000 square feet presentation will be the largest show Lee Broom has created.

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Employing the urban surroundings of the location, Lee Broom will transform the industrial car park and create a contemporary interpretation of a traditional garden park.  Taking the form of a maze, ‘Park Life’ will take guests on a poetic journey of discovery through hidden passageways, with tableaus and vignettes showcasing the brand’s lighting, furniture and accessories in a whole new light. 

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The exhibition takes inspiration from the pleasure gardens of the 18th century which were laid out with mazes and miniature waterways.  These were the places to be seen and to see the latest in art, architecture, music and illuminations.  In much the same way that visitors were entertained in pleasure gardens centuries ago, this modernist interpretation will create a sense of escapism, amusement and drama for which Lee Broom’s shows are best-known for.

In line with the brand’s continuing global expansion, Lee Broom will also be undertaking a tour of the region for the whole month of March and present a series of Design Talks in Singapore, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand coinciding with Singapore and Melbourne Design Weeks.

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NEW PRODUCTS – ECLIPSE IN POLISHED GOLD FINISH

The Park Life installation at Space in Sydney will debut a new version of Lee Broom’s award-winning Eclipse lights in a polished gold finish. Eclipse has a sculptural silhouette with a mobile-like quality that changes at every angle. Mirror-polished gold and acrylic discs interact, dissect and obscure, which both eclipses and reveals its illumination to the viewer at the same time. The new gold finish transforms the light into a warmer, softer interpretation of the original polished chrome finish. Eclipse in polished gold will be available as a single pendant light, chandelier and a table lamp available to order from April for delivery in Summer 2019.

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Lee Broom commented: “I am delighted to return to Australia to present this exciting exhibition with Space Furniture and visit Singapore for the first time during Singapore Design Week. Australia has been a big supporter of my work for many years and it is an honour to create such a significant installation to showcase my collection in Sydney.”  

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Recipe of the Week - Mango & Coconut Brown Rice Pudding

A traditional winter pudding with a tasty twist for those days when only sweet will do.

• Preparation time: 10 minutes

• Cooking time: 45 minutes

• Total time: 55 minutes

Serves 4

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 800ml dairy free coconut drink, or similar

  • 100g brown basmati rice

  • ½ tsp vanilla powder

  • 1 pack 1 ripe mango, skinned and stoned

  • 1-2 tbsp desiccated coconut

Method:

1. Place the dairy-free coconut drink, rice and vanilla powder in a heavy-based saucepan and cook gently for 45 minutes, stirring regularly until the milk has been absorbed and the rice is soft.

2. Thinly slice the mangoes and whizz half until smooth.

3. Toast the coconut in a small non-stick frying pan for 2-3 minutes until golden.

4. Ripple the puréed mango through the rice pudding and spoon into small bowls. Scatter over the remaining mango pieces and the toasted coconut and serve.

Cook’s tip: For a very soft pudding, add more liquid and cook for up to an hour.

This works equally well served chilled. Allow the rice pudding to cool then chill until ready to assemble.

Recipe and image courtesy of Waitrose & Partners

Introducing M&L Paints

Time to introduce to you something new and exciting! We always love new discoveries.

Introducing a palette of 120 beautiful hues from M&L Paints. Inspired by classic architecture and the natural world, the cornerstones of quality for M&L Paints are the beguiling intensity of colour, strength of pigment and opacity.

Dijon

Dijon

Sage

Sage

Saxe Blue

Saxe Blue

Smoke Blue

Smoke Blue

Burnt Orange (Door), Britannia Bronze (Chair)

Burnt Orange (Door), Britannia Bronze (Chair)


Prices start from £25 for 1L – www.mandlpaints.com

Top Tips to Styling Pantone's Colour of the Year - Living Coral

We love how Pantone’s colour of the year for 2019 is eliciting so much debate in the home and interiors industry. Today it’s the turn of Valspar Paints.

“Coral is an animated and optimistic shade, adding a sense of warmth and joy to any room in the house. The playful shade encourages us to find intimacy in our environments, while our lives become increasingly busy with social media and technology. With the name playing into life under the sea, the colour evokes wonder and enchantment.”

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To brighten up your home with this on-trend hue, opt for Valspar shade ‘Flamboyant Flamingo’. Whether you’re looking to create a statement feature wall, decorate an entire room or add a pop of colour through furniture, this shade has the power to liven up and transform dull living spaces. Pair with complimentary cream colours such as ‘Ode to Joy’ or ‘Sahara Dust’ or go bolder with orange tones like ‘Sunset in Provence’, to inject some much needed warmth.

Like This Look? - Get It!

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  1. Pankita Bamboo Scuttle Chair, Out There Interiors.

  2. Distressed Metal Wall Planter Trough, The Farthing.

  3. Coral Pink Flamingo Scarf, Natural History Museum.

  4. Curved Terracotta Plant Pot, Scaramanga.

  5. Leopard Wall Vase, Audenza.

  6. Natural Woven Water Hyacinth Camo Side Table, Hurn and Hurn.

  7. Macrame Hanging Basket, Dobbies.

  8. Three Rustic Terracotta Pots in Wire Basket. The Farthing. And Set of 5 Faux Succulent Plants in Pots, Melody Maison.

  9. Tom Tailor ZigZag Berry Rug, Modern Rugs.

Mini Moderns Launch Culture! Collection.

2019 sees the launch of a new wallpaper collection from Mini Moderns. The Culture! collection of 8 designs draws upon their love of mid century art, design and architecture… and much more.

Mini Moderns founders Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire often cite culture and social History as great influences on their work. Whilst they’re particularly known for their love of mid century design for this collection Mark and Keith have cast their net wider drawing on their fascination with everything from modernist architecture to the aesthetic movement of the late 19th century from ceramic collections to the 1951 Festival of Britain.

Mark and Keith explain “We set off designing this collection with a ‘back to our roots’ Philosophy. Along the way we found ourselves opening up to a broader range of influences than ever before”

The Culture! collection has also offered the opportunity for the design duo to rekindle some of the partnerships they have formed with museums and cultural organisations including Southbank Centre the Geffrye and Museum of London.

The result is a diverse collection, unified by their distinctive handwriting and signature colour palette. The duo agree “There really is something for all Mini Moderns fans in this collection – from the more recognizable mid century inspired designs to some surprises and new departures’.

The 8 new wallpapers in the collection are:

Net & Ball: Created in collaboration with Southbank Centre this design is based on the Royal Festival Hall carpet, designed in 1951 by Peter Moro and Leslie Martin.

Vessel: An eclectic array of vases and jugs adorns this wallpaper, inspired by the Geffrye’s diverse ceramics collection.

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Pavilion: An abstract design of lines and dots, based on the Abacus screen from the 1951 Festival of Britain.

Pleasure Gardens: Created in collaboration with Museum of London, this design features the 19th century sights and events at the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens.

Bauhaus: Marking 100 years of the Bauhaus, this design features some of Walter Gropius’s most well known architecture, as well as symbols of the Bauhaus movement the circle, triangle and square.

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Lucky Lantern: A Chinese lantern design, inspired by the Eastern styles prevalent in the aesthetic movement, as displayed in the Geffrye’s 1890 drawing room.

Transmission: Referencing Mark and Keith’s favourite pastime, this linear graphic design is formed from the outlines of mid century television aerials.

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Concert:  Celebrating the diversity of musical performance at London’s Southbank Centre in wireframe illustrative forms.

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All wallpapers are printed in the UK using water based inks on FSC certified paper from responsible sources. Prices range from £60-£65 per 10m roll.

A Recipe for Burns Night - Haggis Bon Bons With Whisky Sauce

A perfect excuse to end dry-January early! Burns night on the 25th January (that’s tomorrow!) is honoured each year with haggis, whisky, poetry and renditions of Auld Lang Syne. So we thought you might like this quick and easy recipe to help the party go with a swing.

Preparation time: 10 minutes + chilling

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes + chilling

Makes: 24

Makes: 24

Ingredients:

  • 300g haggis 

  • 50g plain flour

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1 large Egg, lightly beaten

  • 100g panko breadcrumbs

  • 5 tbsp mayonnaise 

  • 2 tsp wholegrain mustard 

  • 1-2 tbsp whisky

  • Vegetable oil for deep frying

Method:

1. Remove the outer casing from the haggis, break up into 24 pieces and roll each piece into a small ball.

2. Place the flour and paprika in a shallow bowl, the egg in another shallow bowl and finally the breadcrumbs in a third bowl. Roll the haggis balls in the paprika flour, then in the beaten egg and finally in the breadcrumbs until evenly coated. Transfer to a baking tray and chill for 10 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, stir together the mayonnaise, wholegrain mustard and whisky. Spoon into a serving bowl and set aside.

4. Pour vegetable oil into a medium saucepan to a depth of about 6cm. Heat until it reaches 170ºC or drop a small piece of bread in the oil – when it turns brown in about 30 seconds, the oil is ready.

5. Using a metal slotted spoon, lower the haggis bon bons, a few at a time, into the oil and cook for 2-3 minutes until golden and crispy. Drain on kitchen paper and keep warm in a low oven while you finish cooking the remainder.

Cook’s tip: This recipe also works well using vegetarian haggis.

Recipe and image courtesy of Waitrose & Partners

Dark Painted Kitchens

These chic and contemporary British Standard kitchens are housed within a converted school in Hackney. The designs work with the existing architectural features of the original building, retaining the Victorian authenticity and character, but with a uniquely modern feel.  The high ceilings, combined with the open plan and light atmosphere of each kitchen is contrasted by dark, hand painted cupboards, in a mixture of gloss and matt finishes.  Brass ironmongery and a combination of eclectic dining furniture complete the look.

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British Standard is an off-the-shelf cupboard range of simple, honest, affordable cupboards for kitchens, utility rooms and studies, in fact suited for placement anywhere in the home where storage is required. Customers are able to plan their own kitchen design and layout, order online directly from the British Standard website and paint the cabinets themselves, enabling to take full control of their projects. All cupboards are handcrafted in Plain English’s workshop in Suffolk. Individual cabinets come fully assembled in an elegant shaker style and undercoated in ‘Broken White’ eggshell allowing customers to customise and paint them in any colour they choose.

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Are Curtains Making a Comeback?

Curtain treatments did seem to go out of favour for a few years. Modern homes preferred no-fuss blinds that were more in keeping with contemporary furniture and which were easier to install and keep clean. But we’re noticing a comeback in the soft furnishings department. And with good reason. Curtains really do add a touch of luxury to a room. They add an opulence that blinds just can’t replicate. They are great insulators, good for privacy, and a fab excuse for using some of the stunning fabrics on the market. What more reasons do you need?

All fabrics are from the new Orchard Collection from Vanessa Arbuthnott.

Apples and Pears.

Apples and Pears.

Apples and Pears: available in six colourways, this versatile retro print depicts the eponymous fruit in a mid-century hand. Rose’s original drawing was a bold depiction of both whole and cross sections of apples and pears; this was then formatted by Vanessa to make it abstract enough to ‘go beyond the kitchen’.

Blinds: Apples and Pears. Curtains: May Blossom

Blinds: Apples and Pears. Curtains: May Blossom

Curtains: Sepals and Petals.

Curtains: Sepals and Petals.

Sepals and Petals: a disarmingly simple yet powerful multi-directional motif in six colourways, Sepals and Petals was taken from an original potato print of Flora’s. From a distance it looks like a vertical stripe but appears as a horizontal motif on closer inspection. Contemporary and versatile, it could be railroaded for upholstery.

Curtains: Sepals and Petals.

Curtains: Sepals and Petals.

Curtains: Espalier Stripe.

Curtains: Espalier Stripe.

Espalier Stripe: a striking motif in three colourways, inspired by a length of African mud-resist, indigo-dyed fabric found by Vanessa on her travels in Africa.

Images courtesy of Vanessa Arbuthnott.

Sofa.com’s New SS19 Shape – The Rupert Sofa

Fling open the curtains and surround yourself with blooms, spring has arrived and it’s time to celebrate with sofa.com’s new SS19 shape–the Rupert sofa.

The solid beechwood frame is elegant in its stature ,with a subtly sloping back and slightly turned arms promising cosiness, comfort and style. Slightly deeper than the average sofa, you’ll find curling upon Rupert is total bliss.

Perfect for the family, Rupert features a fully removable slipcover. So whether your home is prone to little feet or muddy paws, you can easily take off the cover for it to be cleaned. Made from 100% linen, sofa.com's smart linens also hold their own against spillages, which make them the ideal fabric for busy homes.

This sofa is the ultimate new statement piece for your favourite room that will look beautiful for years to come. To style, add metallic elements and touches of sage to your scheme a swell as plenty of fresh flowers.

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Baked Sweet Potato Salad with Chilli, Coriander and Tamari

Filling comfort food is what we all want at this time of the year. This vegetarian recipe ticks all the boxes for us!

• Preparation time: 5 minutes, plus cooling

• Cooking time: 40 minutes

• Total time: 45 minutes, plus cooling

Serves 10

Serves 10

Ingredients:

  • 10 small sweet potatoes (about 200g each)

  • 100g unsalted peanuts

  • 4 limes

  • 4 tbsp tamari

  • 4 red chillies, finely chopped

  • bunch coriander, leaves picked

  • bunch mint, leaves picked

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 200˚C, gas mark 6. Rinse and dry the sweet potatoes, then prick them with a fork, rub them with a little salt and place on a tray. Roast for 30-40 minutes, until soft throughout.

2. Meanwhile, tip the peanuts onto a baking tray; roast for 5-7 minutes, until golden. Set aside to cool, then smash up a little in a pestle and mortar.

3. Grate the zest of 2 limes into a bowl and squeeze in the juice of all 4 limes. Add the tamari and ½ the chilli; mix well. Once the sweet potatoes are cooked through (you can keep them warm in a low oven until you are ready to eat), chop them into pieces and put on a platter. Pour over the lime and tamari dressing, turning the pieces in the dressing, then top with the herbs, peanuts and the remaining chilli.

Recipe and image courtesy of Waitrose & Partners

These Statement Wall Murals Are The Ultimate Conversation Starter

Walls provide the perfect opportunity for showing off the personality of a home and its owner. A statement mural on a wall can make for the ultimate conversation starter in a home, which is an ideal decor idea for people who love to host guests and want to fill their space with awe-inspiring design. The right mural can make any wall a work of art worth talking about!

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Wall designs that spark wonder and 'wow's

Each of these particular murals are suggested by MuralsWallpaper because of their intrguing visual effects and backstories, making them perfect conversation pieces. 'Flock', for example, features an illustration of a blue heron by J.J. Audubon from The Birds of America, the world's most expensive book.

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Opinion-dividing Brutalist architecture is depicted in the wall mural 'Welbeck' and, with an equally abstract look, 'Antelope' is a mesmerising shot of the the famous Antelope Canyon of Arizona.

The style-conscious can be captivated by the 'Ceramic' wallpaper's playful twist on the terrazzo trend, and the calming effect of close-up crystal mural 'Quartz' is sure to enchant everyone who lays eyes on it.

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Spark the intrigue of friends and family with a feature wall that reflects an eye for unique interior design. Place a statement mural such as these in a socialiable space of the house for an impact that will grab a guest's interest. 

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A home can make a lasting impression on all with a fascinating, wow-factor feature wall.

Taking Window Film to a Whole New Art Deco Level

We’re big fans of decorative window film. It’s not just pretty to look at, it also has a lot of practical uses too. It’s perfect for creating privacy without sacrificing light in a bathroom or when a window is overlooked. It can add pattern and colour to a decorative scheme. Or re-install the illusion of period detail in rooms that have been stripped of all character. Some window films even offer solar protection to furniture and art without the need of installing heavy curtains or blinds. So when we saw these new designs at Purlfrost we thought they were worth sharing.

Spinel Design

Spinel Design

These stunning Art Deco seamless stained glass window film patterns were created using photographs of real period stained glass which gives the print added vibrancy and detail. The pattern measures 60 cm wide and is repeated vertically and horizontally to match your window size. This design can be ordered printed on clear film for added colour vibrancy, or frosted film for added privacy (duller colours).

Lazuli Design

Lazuli Design

What’s more you don’t need any diy skills to apply the film to your own windows. They are very easy to apply in minutes with a bit of soapy water and the application tool provided with your order. I can actually vouch for this having added window film to my front door at home.

Ruby Design

Ruby Design

Prices start at £19.00 for a 50 cm x 50 cm film from Purlfrost where there are other designs too.

New SS19 Bedding Collection From Bluebellgray

Introducing the new SS19 bedding collection from one of our favorute brands, Bluebellgray.

This season Blubellgray explore the lush greenery and growing landscape around the Ettrick and Yarrow valleys in the Scottish Borders. Wild flower gardens and greenhouses brimming with fruits and vegetables are painted in an eclectic mix of stylized marks, chalky brushstrokes and signature watercolours. Deep blue inky tones reflect the ever changing sky, while block colours evoke aerial views of fields from above. Artichoke, chard, radish and pomegranates mixed with delicate sweetpeas come together creating a contemporary and spirited collection.

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Big Pomegranate - The super scale Big Pomegranate design features stylised, bold inky brushstrokes, in a vibrant teal shade. This contemporary design is complete with a soft pink tassel on each corner, adding a playful twist.

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Sweet Pea - Painted from home grown sweet peas from her garden, Fi creates a delicate and fresh floral design for Spring, painted in signature Bluebellgray style. Watercolour florals cascade across the bed in an uplifting colour palette of coral pink, chartreuse green and dusty blue.

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Wee Pomegranate - The small scale Wee Pomegranate design features stylised, bold inky brushstrokes and deep blue tones. The design is finished with a vibrant blue tassel on each corner adding a playful twist.

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