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Interior Trends: Enduring or Fads?

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Interior Trends: Enduring or Fads?

On August 28th, 2014 by .

I am excited to share with you our Interior Trends talk from this years May Design Series, featuring myself, Heart Home Magazine and Kate Watson-Smyth. Make yourself a coffee, grab a pen and take note as you find out what’s hot and what’s not…!


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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Dwell Spring/Summer 2014

On April 3rd, 2014 by .

Have you seen Dwells Spring/Summer 2014 collection yet?  It seems they have touched upon all of the leading trends; ‘Geo’ has been covered off with their Hex and Geo Side tables, expect to see pops of colour; including vermillion and mustard with the Valera sideboard, Smoky accessories and furniture; I think the champagne and wine glasses are so elegant, shown below in smoky grey.  I also love their Hobby desk lamp in pretty mint green, a colour that is everywhere at the moment. You can also expect to see an abundance of Scandi influenced products. Take a look at their site to see the full collection.

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I decided to put together a little moodboard of my favourites pieces and why I have chosen them.  For a hit of colour, I went for the Valera sideboard and then introduced other small colour pops with my accessories.  My ‘Sleek’ dining table acts as a neutral base which would allow me to have some fun with the colour and pattern of my chinaware and textiles. The Curve chair is a real design classic and the fluid shape works really well in this soft smoky grey. For lighting, I picked the Hobby lamp in colour of the moment; mint green.  Finally, I chose their lemongrass candle as I am a bit of a candle freak!

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