IKEA opens in Reading – joy, as propping just got a whole lot easier!

You may think that the hottest ticket in town this Summer is a ticket for the main stage at the Reading Festival – but that’s maybe where you are wrong. It is, in fact, a parking place for a visit to Reading’s long awaited and newly opened IKEA store. Oh yes … If you are lucky enough to bag that parking place and make it through the entrance hall and up to the restaurant, if I am honest, securing a table next to an ‘A lister’ at The Ivy would be more achievable right now than enjoying your plate of meatballs at Reading IKEA. It is super busy!

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British Design Edit: Cressida Bell

What do you think the link is between this incredible cake and one of the most influential artistic dynasties of the last 100 years? Designers are often multi-talented, turning from one discipline to another, but this cake design not only took my breath away because of its lifelike cactus decoration but because it was created by British designer Cressida Bell.

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British design edit: watch this space …

I am really excited to announce that I will be writing some posts showcasing what I consider to be some of the best of British interior design. Each will feature just one person, product or company. There will be some well-known names in the ‘edit’ but there will also be a host of new designers to discover too. You can expect a mixture of tastes and styles featuring wallpaper, fabric, accessories and furniture.

(caption for images above): Top left: ‘Seafern’ 107/2011 wallpaper, Curio Collection, Cole and Son; ‘Stockholm’striped fabric, Teal/Tomato; ‘Dawn Chorus’ Teal, Winter fabric, Vanessa Arbuthnott; books, Cambridge Imprint; rug, Vivienne Westwood for The Rug Company; ‘Hot lips’ silk cushion, Age of Reason Studios; )

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