• Posts Tagged ‘designs’

    Country buy: Munch goodies

    by  • 31/05/2013 • Shopping • 0 Comments

    For a quirky assortment of ink, paper and cloth items for the home, browse away online at the delightful collection at Munch. Founder Sarah started the Munch empire with a selection of appliquéd designs on Harris tweed cushions — shown below is Bold Basil the charming country squirrel! As time has gone on the collection has grown to incorporate bone china mugs with friendly characters, a variety of wooden flowers to decorate walls and pretty tea towels and notebooks. Here’s a pick of my favourites…

    Just Jonty bone china mug; Crocus blue wall flower, £13.50; The Biggest bunch A5 lined notebook, £5.25; Bold Basil cushion, £26, all Munch.

    Just Jonty bone china mug; Crocus blue wall flower, £13.50; The Biggest bunch A5 lined notebook, £5.25; Bold Basil cushion, £26, all Munch.

    Munch is supporting The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds by donating 10% of each Colour Munch wood original work sold.

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    Statement Homewares by Karin Akesson

    by  • 22/02/2013 • Shopping • 0 Comments

    Using feel-good graphics to decorate our interiors is a trend that continues to go from strength to strength. I recently discovered the work of Karin Akesson, a Swedish born illustrator who produces fantastic on-trend home accessories featuring memorable phrases and happy sentiments.

    Karin’s designs emphasise the sunnier side to life, from fun artwork that cheers up walls to comfy cushions featuring pick-me-up quotes.

    I love the canvas tote bag that has 10 fun excuses for shopping, I confess to being a repeat offender for using all of them – it’s as if it was made especially for me!

    Which design is your favourite?

    'Laughter is the best medicine' print, £20; 'YOU look amazing' print, £20; 'A reason to SMILE' print, £20; Compliment card, £13 set of 4, all Karin Akesson.

    ‘Laughter is the best medicine’ print, £20; ‘YOU look amazing’ print, £20; ‘A reason to SMILE’ print, £20; Compliment card, £13 set of 4, all Karin Akesson.

    1. 'Home Sweet Home' print, £25; 2. 'Love to Shop' canvas tote bag, £15; 3. 'I Adore You' cushion, £37; 4. 'Choose a Job You Love' print, £25, all Karin Akesson.

    1. ‘Home Sweet Home’ print, £25; 2. ‘Love to Shop’ canvas tote bag, £15; 3. ‘I Adore You’ cushion, £37; 4. ‘Choose a Job You Love’ print, £25, all Karin Akesson.

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    Artisan designs from Original Little Bird

    by  • 13/04/2012 • Living • 0 Comments

    A pretty postcard caught my eye on a pinboard last week, leading to the discovery of talented artisan designer Gabi Bolton and her company Original Little Bird.

    I love the originality of Gabi’s designs, especially Bunny Scrapbook, which features an adorable collection of hand-drawn rabbits (below). Available as a digitally printed fabric or screen-printed wallpaper, the design is ideal to add a touch of nature to a country kitchen or for a more grown-up fun factor to a child’s bedroom.

    Bunny Scrapbook fabric, £55 a metre, Original Little Bird.

    Bunny Scrapbook fabric shown in Turquoise, Brown, Faded red and Dark purple, £55 a metre, Original Little Bird.

    As well as the cute bunnies, Gabi’s designs also feature pretty birds and old maps – adorning bags, suitcases, tea towels and cushions. The earthy colour palette along with the contemporary drawings gives traditional styles a more modern feel – resulting in the perfect rustic treats for your modern country home.

    Various fabrics, from £40 a metre; Burlington satchel, £175; Upcycled vintage cases, from £150, all Original Little Bird.

    Various fabrics, from £40 a metre; Burlington satchel, £175; Upcycled vintage cases, from £150, all Original Little Bird.

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    Scion launches country inspired collection

    by  • 02/03/2012 • Living • 3 Comments

    This week I attended the launch of exciting new fabric and wallpaper brand Scion, with its fabulous debut collection Melinki. Scion is the trend savvy sister brand to Harlequin and aims to create a fresher, more fashionable modern feel to interiors.

    Drawing inspiration from the countryside the core designs are a fun interpretation of all things woodland ­– from furry creatures to abstract leaf prints.  Overall this debut collection is an eclectic mix of feel-good graphics with a nod to Scandinavian style. Team with jazzy stripes and block colours to bring an element of fun to any room in your home.

    I think the fantastic Mr Fox is my personal favourite, which is yours?

    Lampshades (left to right)  Mr Fox, £25 a metre; Sorbus, £25 a metre; Woodland, £25 a metre; Blocks, £25 a metre; Lunaria, £25 a metre; Strata, £29 a metre; Rosehip, £25 a metre, all from the Melinki collection by Scion.

    Lampshades (left to right) Mr Fox, £25 a metre; Sorbus, £25 a metre; Woodland, £25 a metre; Blocks, £25 a metre; Lunaria, £25 a metre; Strata, £29 a metre; Rosehip, £25 a metre, all from the Melinki collection by Scion.

    Fabrics, all from the Melinki collection by Scion.

    Fabrics, all from the Melinki collection by Scion.

    p.s Feel-good factor- all its fabrics and wallpapers are manufactured here in the UK!

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    Christmas inspiration

    by  • 23/11/2011 • Living • 1 Comment

    One of the nicest things about my job is that I get to see loads of wonderful designs and products and decide which ones to put in the magazine. Two things inspired our  ‘Welcome to Christmas’ feature on pages 55-62 of the December  issue - a beautiful piece of fabric from Pierre Frey depicting snow covered ski lodges and downhill skiers, having fun – and a red, cast iron fondue set from Kitchen Craft. Put these together and you have the start for an après ski-style decorating story packed with snuggly sheepskin throws, vibrant reindeer cushions, mulled wine and dressing up boxes Hopefully it’ll give you plenty of ideas for Christmas!

    Fabric, Tyrol Original by Pierre Frey.

    Fabric, Tyrol Original, £208 a metre, Pierre Frey.

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