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Introducing Paula Beades Bespoke

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Introducing Paula Beades Bespoke

On July 11th, 2014 by .

I am thrilled to share with you these beautiful memory blankets, handmade by my good friend Paula, from Paula Beades Bespoke. The colourful eiderdowns have been created using all of my children’s old clothes that were too precious to giveaway, each piece unlocks a story and holds a special place in my heart.

The girls have one each and are absolutely thrilled with them, hopefully they will stay with them as they grow up and be treasured (rather than trashed!) Thank you so much Paula, you are one talented lady!

Also shown below is selection of Paula other designs ranging from jean bags, fairy wings (which are gorgeous) stools, cushions, blinds, curtains and other creative pieces. If you would like to commission Paula Beades Bespoke, please email her directly at: paulabeades@yahoo.co.uk.


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Introducing 'Copenhagen' by John Lewis

On May 14th, 2014 by .

John Lewis are embracing the passion for Scandinavian design by introducing a new collection called ‘Copenhagen’.  Typical of this style, the furniture is all about pared-back forms, function and quality craftsmanship, whilst the textiles have gone one step further. In line with current trends, the solid and simplistic patterns that you would expect to see have been replaced with more pixelated print methods, their Retreat and Rosendal cushions are a good example of this (image below). The colour scheme has a familiar base of pale grey, black and cream teamed with splashes of lemon, mustard and coral.  It really is a lovely collection with a reasonable price tag, and will start to filter into store from July with the full range available by September 2014.

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Loki medium sofa, £1500, Bromley floor lamp, £250, Why Wood coffee table, £175, Listrado rug, from £80

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Bromley table lamp, £150, Why Wood coffee table, £175, Marble hexagonal candle plate, £25, Marble candle holder from £10, Marble teardrop, £8

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Bicycles print, £70, Why Wood bench, £199, wire basket, £62, woven felt basket, £18, Retreat Monochrome wallpaper, £22 per roll

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Copenhagen double bed, £999, Mirror, £499, Bedside table, £275, Lars bed linen set, £40, Striped Mohair throw, £50, Bromley floor lamp, as before.  Image below: Caro Sideboard, £599

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Crown paints: Geo style

On May 12th, 2014 by .

With the interiors world going crazy for Geo patterns, it is no wonder that the main paint houses, including Crown Paints, are keen to show you how to apply this technic to your walls.  It is a fresh and dynamic design style and as you can see from the image below, not just for modern homes. The shot has been created with thought and skill; the muted pastel palette sits well with the luxurious velvet chair, whilst the dark furniture and accessories add contrast and drama.  What do you think?  Is it a look for you?

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To create this look, make sure you plan out your colour scheme and find a way to bring the look together with the rest of your furniture and accessories.  Crown paints have incorporated their colours and pattern with the geo cushion and balanced out the pink tones with some pretty flowers.

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Walls: Classic Duck Egg dead flat emulsion – £24.99, Homebase, 2.5L. Velvet Plum dead flat emulsion – £22.98, 2.5L, B&Q. Flagon dead flat emulsion –  £24.99, Homebase, 2.5L. Wood: Aged White Period Colours Eggshell – £26.98, 2.5L B&Q, Crown Paints.