Arts and Crafts: Decorating with Head, Hand and Heart

As a stylist/journalist I am often asked what I think the latest trends might be. At any one time, there are inevitably more than just one but there are sometimes a few trends which stand out more than others. Whilst I don’t personally adhere to every one, I do get a thrill when something comes along that has a meaningful design ethos, such as the current Arts & Crafts  interiors and fashion trend. This is set to be fuelled by a large retrospective of Edward Burne-Jones at Tate Modern in October.

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RHS Chelsea Flower Show inspires artist Flora Roberts

If you aren’t one of her followers on Instagram, then there is every chance that you won’t have heard of artist and decorative painter,  Flora Roberts. For fans of surface pattern, Flora is the artist behind many highly successful floral wallpaper and fabric designs for companies such as Lewis & Wood.

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Mediterranean interior style

Before you throw another log on the fire (I jest – as I am hoping the weather is now firmly Summer-bound!) the worlds of UK interior design and publishing have everything you need to bring the turquoise shores and warmth of Mediterranean sun into your home. No passport required, no need to practise your Brexit queuing techniques at immigration…

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How to create Powder Room chic

It may be the smallest room in the house, but the ‘powder room’ (as it’s sometimes more glamorously known in the US) is becoming the focus for a bit of serious interior design attention. Brits have long been known for a bit of humour when decorating a cloakroom or loo be it with quirky family photos, cartoons or with trophies of sporting triumphs.  Now designers on both sides of the Atlantic are going all out with maximalist decorating schemes.
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Pink blush interiors

Back in the embryonic days of the blog (all of two years ago!) pale pink was one of the first posts I wrote about. It’s not quite bordering on a sugar plum fairy complex … but I am a bit of a pink fan – particularly when it comes to decorating. I returned to the colour again last summer with a post on Indigo and Blush so you can imagine my excitement at recent London Design Week shows to see more interior and fashion designs emerging for 2018.  Continue reading “Pink blush interiors”

Charlotte Gaisford British fabric and wallpaper designer

These are exciting times for small businesses because with the advent of Instagram, many people can now control their own advertising/marketing campaigns (on an hour by hour basis if they so wish!) as well as use it as a selling platform for their fledgling lifestyle brands. One such person who is not only an inspiring new fabric and wallpaper designer but extremely adept at social media and new marketing ideas is Northumberland designer Charlotte Gaisford.

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Monochrome Interiors

If you are unsure about decorating with Monochrome in your home, frightened perhaps that it could look too stark or too gloomy, remember it’s really just about getting the colour percentages right and adding a little texture. Think about the success of Chanel, Jo Malone and The White Company branding and you can’t go too far wrong. You may remember that I wrote about Monochrome last Summer –  Style It Dark For Summer – but my love of it has recently been stoked again.
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Mimi Pickard’s debut fabric and wallpaper collection

There is a bit of a 30s thing going on, not just because of Kenneth Branagh’s new film adaptation of Murder On the Orient Express.  My green theme blog last year was about the trend for dark forest greens in fashion and home. Eighteen months on, it has now morphed into what I can only describe as 20s and 30s in hue – more moss than forest green. This flatter green is being showcased in both sophisticated Art Deco schemes (such as at Turnell & Gigon’s pop-up showroom at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour) as well as in its more homely and organic roots from the interwar years.

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Creating ski chalet chic with bobbin furniture

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Where has bobbin furniture been all my life?! Although it has been creeping up on my ‘interiors awareness radar’ for a while, it isn’t a style of furniture which has been much celebrated or talked about in recent times. Maybe it doesn’t appeal to everyone and has been regarded as ‘country’ furniture – not worthy of merit. I suspect that it has also been one of the many forgotten about but actually rather gorgeous chair designs (mainly dark wood) which languish in antique shops up and down the country.

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Anna Jeffreys – new wallpaper and fabric collection

I keep my eye out for new textile and wallpaper designers and one whose work stood out recently was that of Anna Jeffreys which was showcased by Tissus D’Helene at a press show at The Design Centre Chelsea Harbour. Journalists usually keep their own thoughts to themselves at these events, but there was a little gasp of surprise and delight at Anna’s swatches. Anna’s seriously pretty designs stood out for their fresh colourways which mix traditional motifs with more contemporary flourishes. What makes them difficult to place is that the colour palette particularly doesn’t seem like it comes from a British design stable and that’s what makes them so interesting.

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