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Dunelm Spring Summer 2019

Dunelm have pulled out all the stops and come up with some lovely home wear product for the end of this year and going into next year. They are even selling artificial cacti, flowers and plants. They had a very personable and enthusiastic Anna from Jar and Fern  running a  terrarium workshop, although she admitted to me this was the first time she had used fake cacti. The results looked pretty impressive.

https://www.jarandfern.co.uk

The Cinnabar collection  includes both soft furnishing and ceramics.

The textures used throughout their range are imaginative and beautiful,  they  include printed , woven and appliqued  textiles.

Love the velvet sofa and button down pouffe.

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Tesco Spring Summer 2019

Steven Rowe the head designer describes of home wares at  Tesco describes spring /summer 2019 

“In Fox & Ivy , the focus is on artisan, with watercolour illustrations, chunky weaves and hand-painted decals elevating the finer details. It’s finished with flashes of matt and shine lustre, alongside a colour palette that’s decadent while remaining light, fresh and floral for the season.”

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10 key trends from Oliver Bonas for Autumn Winter 2018

Now is the time of year that companies and those who supply retail outlets put on their trade shows, so that Journalists, Bloggers and Influencers can shout out to the world what is new and what will be available in the shops in the autumn. Oliver Bonas had their show yesterday and in the heat of July,  amidst silver tinsel and warm fabrics we  transported ourselves forward to the autumn and beyond to Christmas.

 

  1. Texture and pattern are still a strong trend and velvet is a fabric of choice. It is still being used on furniture and upholstery and on even lamp shades.

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2. Fringing, introduced last season, is still with us in clothing, fashion accessories and again on lamp shades. We are not talking the old fashioned silky kind, but  something far more rustic, looking, made from from  linen, jute, string.

 

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3. Deep colours  are popular  often decorated with rich patterns. The patterns are used on all surfaces including ceramics. Think midnight blue and forest green. The patterns are sometimes embroidered. More often than not, the motifs are formed of loose freehand marks, very omega workshop in inspiration.

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4. Metallics continue to be popular in interior accessories. Raffia  is being used to make lampshades.

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5. There are some very interesting and unusual shaped glass lamp bases.

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6. Animals continue to be popular as  decorative motifs. Cats of  all descriptions are still very Oliver Bonas popular. They are used by OB on ceramics, fabrics and even door mats.

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7. Tassels are still around and are used on cushions and fashion accessories.

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8. Carrying on from OB’s spring summer designs, ceramics are still  a riot of pattern, shapes and colours.

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9. Unusual and fun Christmas gifts. OB have come up with some original gift  ideas particularly for the person that you have no idea what to buy. Like this funny note book. They also are selling reusable water bottles with neoprene covers.

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10. A great range of strong fashion looks, with accessories including bags, hair slides and  throws. This dress was such a hit with those attending the show that I think will be sold out as soon as it reaches the shops.

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Picks from Pulse 2018

Every May, Pulse, described as ‘Where trends are born’, showcases different brands and makers, in one venue, Olympia. Retailers come to see and order for their shops. Some of the items will be available this summer and others will be around for Christmas. Here are some of my favourites.

University of Arts London, show work of some of their alumni. Designer Abigail Burch already holds a degree in illustration and is currently completing her MA at Camberwell School of Art. Her work brings a smile to my face. I adore her fat ladies  with hairy legs.

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Fat ladies

Another UAL graduate is Shannon Hayes who studied Fashion Jewellery at London College of Fashion. Her bright playful and fun work sells under her grandmother’s name Peggy Beard.

 

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Graphic and textile designer Elena Scarlata trained at London college of Communication before returning to her native Italy and setting up her company. She hand prints onto sustainable fabrics and then turns these into accessories for the home.

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The Jewellery Emporium showed many new designers. I particularly liked the work called ‘Made by Carolinee’. Her work is created from recycled Aluminium.

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The show is divided into sections included are gifts, textiles, home ware, fashion and children. In the Children’s category are  Eat Sleep and Doodle , they have been around for a while and continue to grow. Each fabric  product comes with  a line drawing on it. There are  different themes including Dinosaurs, a world map and much much more. The joy is that each item comes with its own ‘wash off’ pens so your child can have loads of fun. Once completed the design  can be washed off and they can start again.

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Another inspired Kid’s idea is BKD which comprises baking kits for kids, for time pressed parents,  This company started by a mum, was originally an events company but the kits took over and it  has won so many awards that they have expanded into other kinds of kits.

 

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Noodoll design are based in London. They produce  quirky cards, note books and soft toys. I like their shelves, which only became a product after they made some for a trade show and everyone wanted to purchase them.

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In contrast to some of the more fluffy designs ‘Block‘ produce a completely different look, clean cut and elegant. At the same time they are colourful and fun and would sit well in an office or home environment.

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There is little to beat  utilitarian home ware when it is presented well. Iris Hantverk from Sweden are a company who do just that. They produce lovely brushes and also textiles.

Iris Hantverk

As a lover of most things ‘Scandiwegian’ and particularly linen towels, I was delighted to come across the Finnish Company  Lapuan Kankurit. Owned and worked by the same family for four generations, they still do their own weaving on Jacquard looms, although not using the old card system. They kindly allowed me to use their press images  for this feature, so I can’t take credit for the lovely photo shown here. I hope you have enjoyed my visual tour as much as I have done.

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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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aligators

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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