Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Hot Trend: Butterlies

Everywhere I turn I see butterfly prints on home accessories. It is obviously the hot trend of the season. Whimsical and endearing, it seems it's all about nature and pretty bugs at the moment. Here's a look at some of my favourite designs out there...

Probably one of my favourite designs, this 'Bugs & Butterflies' wallpaper from Ella Doran is exquisite. Now who thought I would be saying that about bugs?!

I came across this Brand Matilda at Home London on the Dezeen stand. I was immediately captivated by the Chrysalis collection which are these decorative wall butterflies made from recycled fine bone china saucers. Delicate and so feminine, a complete winner for me!

Adore these pretty cushions from the 'butterfly collection' from Natural History

Love this new wrapping paper from Prey, Butterflies on Flowers. The perfect combination it seems.

An all time favourite brand of mine, The New English is also on trend with some butterfly action. Here we have the Lepidoptera Maximus Platter by Maxim.

I have just discovered Helen Morris from the Stencil Library and wow I love her work! Especially this butterfly stencilled project with the Queen's head - fabulous!

FlutterBy by Julien MacDonald for Graham & Brown, very pretty indeed.

Monday, 30 January 2012

Introducing Serpentine By Ligne Roset

I have fallen in love with the the Serpentine chair by Ligne Roset. There were many products that did catch my eye at Maison & Objet this year but for me this has to be one of my utmost favourites. Designed by Eleonore Nalet, a young French designer who is now working as assistant to Inga Sempe'. These outdoor chairs (which look great indoors too) are dressed with long coloured cushions that are entwined through the metal structure of the chair. I love their colour palette, perfect for these Monday blues I am suffering from... 

 At the Ligne Roset stand at Maison & Objet. 

A beautiful fresh colour palette.

Extremely comfortable...

Friday, 27 January 2012

One To Watch: Clare Nicolson

I am obsessed since discovering Clare Nicolson's products. Sweet and colourful her designs are heavily influenced by vintage textiles and beautiful patterned paper. Founded in 2004 Clare Nicolson has been going from strength to strength. I was lucky enough to meet this talented designer last week at the Home London show. What a lovely lady indeed, so friendly and charming just like her pretty patterns.
Here Clare tells us a little bit more about her lovely self.
When did you realise you had a passion for design?
I’ve always been creative since childhood. I was always making something! When I learned to knit and sew as a child I always had several projects on the go (most of them unfinished) making gifts for friends or things for my bedroom.

Where do you inspirations come from?
I’m heavily influenced by vintage textiles and ceramics, particularly from the 60s and 70s. Pattern was just so much more exciting back then. So many beautiful colours and florals! I’m also very much inspired by birds which are featured in most of my designs. I’ve always found them fascinating to watch and to create through textiles. They have such a familiar and friendly shape.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?
I think the highlight is getting recognition for my designs from lots of different magazines and being stocked in shops that I only ever dreamed of selling in when I started.

What do you hope to achieve in 5 years time?
I’d love to develop the range over the next few years to include more than just textiles. I’d love to have my designs on ceramics, and develop a successful homeware brand that will hopefully become a household name.

What famous artists/designers do you admire or inspires you the most?
I’ve always admired the work of collage artist Sara Fanelli. I also love Alexander Girard and illustrator Alain Gree

In five words how would you describe yourself
Independent, pattern obsessed, colourful, vintage-inspired, giggly.

What 5 things couldn't you live with out?
Guacamole, my sewing machine, high-waisted jeans, my camera, hot sauce.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Interiors UK Highlights

It's been a hectic weekend for me hence the silence on the blog. Thursday I went to Paris for the weekend where I braved the halls of Maison & Objet. Then on Monday I was off to Birmingham for the Interiors UK show. Here are a few snaps I took on my phone.

 Love the Love London, sofa by Digitex. On the right lovely new wallpaper designs from Emma Cowlam.

Top: You gotta love Jimmi Martin. Bottom: Always a fan of The New English.

Time for a snooze? These cosy bedsets from Donna Wilson (left) and House of Hackney (right) are lovely.

Top left clockwise: Lovely floral designs by Jane bridges; A stylish entry way; pretty tea sets by Ali Miller; Fabulous ceramic tiles designed by Birmingham City University Students.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Home Show Highlights 2012

The Home show is over and I finally get to put my feet up this morning - but not for long. Lots of fantastic brands, new & old which gave the show a really good feel! Here are a selection of some of my favourites.

 As always Mini moderns had a fantastic stand!

As featured already on the blog I was blown away by the debut designs of Lindsey Lang.

 Absolutely loved these ceramic plates from the Love London Barbara Chandler collection by The New English.

Excited to see SurfacePhilia's exquisite range of wallpapers!

Pretty designs from RawXclusive.

Another lovely stand from Chocolate Creative!

Loved these sweet patterned pastel coloured cushions by Clare Nicolson.

New Brand Chase & Wonder was an instant hit!

Stunning floral prints by Bluebellgray.

More fabulous products from Ella Doran.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Karl Openshaw Styles For Heart Home Magazine.

Today I am going to share with you more pictures taken from the Heart Home photoshoot we did back in November. The 'Woodland Christmas' feature was very special for me as it was styled by a lovely talented friend of mine, Karl Openshaw

Even though it was a Christmas feature, this is just perfect to gaze at during any time of the year, especially now as I am having the post Christmas blues... Simply pretty and breathtaking, I am always blown away but this very talented stylist. Aren't they lovely?!

Photography by John Deed

Friday, 13 January 2012

One To Watch: Bianca Lorenne

There are some fabulous designers showcasing at this years interiors Home show. On today's post I want to introduce you to Alison Nottingham, founder of Bianca Lorenne, a lovely New Zealand brand that produces truly exquisite bed linens and home textiles. January 2012 sees the UK launch of this gorgeous brand. I am completely besotted with her gorgeous accessories and cannot wait to meet the lovely Alison in Person.
Here Alison tells us a little bit more about herself and her brand.
When did you realise you had a passion for design? 
I have always loved quilting and embroidery and it was a hobby of mine that I did at every spare moment!!! Along with my passion for interiors, it seemed a perfect fit to design a range of quality hand crafted special pieces of bed linen with a difference. 
Where do you inspirations come from? 
I draw design influences and inspirations from different centuries, cultures, traditions and techniques to provide our unique and exclusive collections.  I often  follow fashion techniques -  dressing your bed instead of yourself.  We strive to design timeless classics, with a slight quirky edge for that “wow” look.  Sometimes a colour, a texture, a garment or even something simple as an embossed plate can provide inspiration for a new collection.
What has been the highlight of your career so far? 
My highlight has been starting Bianca Lorenne (named after my daughters Bianca and Lauren) 6 years ago. Building and developing a reputable brand that has grown to being distributed in New Zealand and Australia and now our exciting new launch into the UK . It is a career I absolutely adore! 

What do you hope to achieve in 5 years time? 
To continue to design inspirational and creative hand crafted bed linen and complementary products. To grow the range and build the Bianca Lorenne brand.  I’d also like to distribute the product to other countries.

What famous artists/designers do you admire or inspires you the most? 
Sibella Court, Trelise Cooper and Terence Conran.
In five words how would you describe yourself? 
Passionate, enthusiastic, motivated, fun loving and caring.

What 5 things couldn't you live with out? 
Good coffee, summer camping holidays, nice sheets, shoes (a girl can never have too many), my friends & family.

Bianca Lorenne will be launching at Home this Sunday 15th January - 17th, If you're in London then do make sure to pop by.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Introducing Lindsey Lang's New Collection

London based textile designer Lindsey Lang introduces an exciting collection of contemporary printed textile and ceramic designs for the home. Fresh and inventive, Lindsey’s home-ware products are created with a playful use of colour, injecting bright, modern designs to delight and enhance any home.

Bold, colorful, graphic shapes are her signature style in which she creates functional decorative products. The full collection includes: cushions, ceramic trivets, cement tiles for the wall and floor, tea cosies, hot handles, oven mitts and tea towels. what's even more fantastic is that all textiles are hand-sewn and printed in Great Britain.

Her new collection will be shown this weekend at the Home show in London and I cannot wait to take a close up look and hopefully meet the lady in question :)

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

New Interiors Show - HOME

I am really looking forward to HOME this weekend. It's an exciting new interiors retail trade show opening 15th – 17th January 2012.

HOME is a place where there will be an array of stylish, high quality interior home-wares, from hundreds of the best design companies in the UK and Europe. Visitors can expect to see new work from Mini Moderns, Andrew Tanner Design, Thornback & Peel, Snowdon Flood, Ella Doran, Clare Nicolson just to name a few.
What is even more exciting is that the Heart Home magazine team will also be attending the show where we will also have our own little stand! So do make sure to pop along to stand E1 and say hi to Carole, Daniel and myself. You will also have a chance to win a years worth of free advertising in our magazine,  all you have to do is visit us!

See you at the show my lovelies as I really cannot wait :)

In the mean time look out for some of my favourite designers on the blog, that will be exhibiting at the show.

Register now for HOME at www.home-london.net

 Stacked Cushions by Clare Nicolson

Come and say hi to the Team: Carole King, Daniel Nelson and Me!!!

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Happy New Year And A Big Cheer To 2012

Happy New Year my lovelies....... geez it has been long since I last posted here! I have missed it but I have to admit I have enjoyed my time out! It was great to finally unwind during the holidays. I spent most of my time in Italy with the hubby. For Christmas and new year I was back in London with my famiy 

I feel fully recharged and ready to take on 2012. So many exciting projects happening that I cannot wait to share them all with you! Even though I have been resting the team and I haven't actually stopped as it's a real busy time now. Did I tell you that Heart Home magazine has had over 80,000 readers in 4 weeks!!! I am in seventh heaven :) How can I ever thank you guys?! I feel truly blessed to have such support and for doing a job that I absolutely adore! Thank you to every single one of you for making this possible :)

I have such a great feeling for 2012 that I really cannot wait - let it all begin! In the mean a few images during my time out...