Dunelm Autumn Winter 2018 Press show

I don’t know about you, but I love a bargain. I particularly like to see what goodies the high street stores  come up with each season. It feels strange discussing  autumn 2018 when we have hardly come out of winter 2017. However if you read this now, you will be well ahead of the interiors game by the time autumn comes round.  All the product will be in stores from September. Dunelm have four key trends for this autumn. Zen, Fifth Avenue, Homestead and Auburn plus winter warm for good measure. There is some very good design here much of which I would be delighted to put in my own home.

Many of the trends have been carried over from previous seasons, this makes it much easier to add items to your existing decor. For example metals are still evident in all the collections in the form of copper, brass,rose gold and gold. Textures are still strong. 7 metallic cushions

The colours chosen for winter are called auburn and are inspired by the catwalk. A warm pallette of rich claret, red and rust are highlighted with metallic gold foil for a contemporary finish.

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Metallic cushions are paired with pinched  velvetDunelm and  warm, marquetry patterned furniture.

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Homestead  is a contemporary take on vintage. Sheep skin rugs are combined with pale oak wood to create a warm homely feel. floral cushion

This collection has the most muted colour range of the four trends. A delicate pink and grey palette is complimented by dried flowers and lace inspired glass.

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The collection called 5A or Fifth Avenue  replaces millennial pink this season with statement golds and monochrome throughout. There is lots of mirror and other highly reflective surfaces. 2 Art Deco

The fabrics  reek  of glamour with sequins, velvets and faux furs and metal details on dark bed linen.  They have introduced  leopard markings with their iconic style and geometric prints to help carry on the glamorous Art Deco theme.

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Rustic Japanese influences the flow through the Zen collection. A clean simple palette of black white and indigo is highlighted by lush greens and fresh blues. Water colour prints are  complimented by  materials and accessories inspired by  nature.1 zen

There is some very good design here at very reasonable prices, much of which I would be delighted to put in my own home. Not all the collections are to my taste, but what I like may be horrendous to you, and visa versa.

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What is hopeful and inspiring is that as things  get more difficult for retailers, they are really pushing out the stops and coming up with some well thought out  product at affordable prices.

I love this way of displaying faux flowers so, without wishing to start a trend, I suggest you remove all the saucepans that are hanging in your kitchen and replace them with something like this.

faux flowersSo well done Dunelm.

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Embroidery Hoop Wall Art

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Embroidery hoops are perfect for creating your own speedy eye catching wall art. They’re a great stash busting opportunity to use up a collection of much loved fabrics.

You Will Need

  • Old Embroidery hoops
  • Fabric scraps for background and with motifs
  • Plain fabric for motif
  • Bondaweb
  • Scissors

 

Instructions

Step 1

Cut background fabric out with a diameter 4in (10cm) greater than that of the frame.

Step 2

Draw or trace the motif onto the paper side of the Bondaweb then iron onto the reverse of the chosen motif fabric.

Step 3

Cut out the motif, then peel off the backing paper. Place the motif on the backing fabric and iron to bond.

Step 4

Using a contrast colour thread, top stitch round the edge of the motif.

Place decorated fabric over inner hoop, press on outer hoop and tighten screw. Pull fabric through to stretch and cut off excess to neaten.

Tips

  • Before applying Bondaweb to reverse of the fabric, iron the fabric with a hot iron, this will make the bonding process quicker.

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Oliver Bonas Spring summer 2018

Oliver Bonas seem to improve season by season  this one being no exception. They  have really got their act together when it comes to design and are showing  some fabulous  pieces of furniture, interior accessories and fashion. Here I show their key trends for this spring and summer.

First of all we mustn’t forget to mention alligators that appear in 3D form as candle holders and ring holders and in print on rugs, glasses, door mats and cushions.

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As you can see from the ring holders above metallics continue to be popular and with more than a nod to Art Deco the Oliver Bonas range of cocktail furniture and lighting is very sophisticated.

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Natural inspiration comes from both the sea and flowers but in a stylized form. I haven’t seen Mongolian lamb cushions since the nineteen nineties and here they are in lovely shades of burgandy, blush pink and soft grey.

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shell spoons

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Carrying on with the luxury feel  is the use of mother of pearl and other inlays. Velvet in the form of chairs and cushions is another continuing theme but this time with fringing which very much in evidence in both home wares and fashion.

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My most favourite part of the collection are the wonderful multi patterned quirky cups and teapot with contrast metallic handles.

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