Thursday, 28 March 2013

Brand watch - Scion

The trend for beautiful, fun wallpapers and fabrics continues - enter Scion. 
Brought to us from the Harlequin Group, Scion adds gorgeously design-led fabrics and wallpapers to an ever-growing market. Gone are the days of striving for the show-home look, smothering the home in magnolia paint with a daringly 'different' feature wall; now is the time to experiment with fun, playful pattern and design - interiors is getting a sense of humour so where better to start that with the very walls that surround you?

Kicking off their journey with the Melinki range, Scion introduced us to an eclectic, British collection - inspired in part by mid-century archive collections. The next collection was Wabi Sabi which 'celebrates the beauty of imperfection, encapsulating the spirit of age-old hand crafted techniques' - with stunning Ikat designs it's certainly a difficult one to resist!

If you still need convincing of why to go immediately to you closest Scion retailer (they're all across the UK, Europe and the US) then let a little environment-loving sway you - its printed fabrics and wallcoverings are all manufactured in the UK, by factories that have clear commitments and initiative towards the care of the environment and to sustainability - done.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Shop spot... Petit Papillon

Snuggled in the beautiful lanes of Brighton, nestled in between interiors stores, eccentric jewellers and eateries is Petit Papillon. Little sister of 'Papillon', this smaller gem offers quirky, fun, eclectic finds that, yes may be slightly pricey but, are the ideal antidote to us all living in identikit show homes - here are just a few of the best bits...

There's no website so you're going to have to make the voyage to the fab seaside town - you can find it on Ship Street - enjoy!

Monday, 18 March 2013

Do The Look...Burberry-inspired metallics

Items that add the Burberry-inspired metallics into the home without going overboard...

1. Boutique woven cushion - £10, Matalan
2. Deep purple tealight holder - £1.49, Wedding Mall
3. Sobek metallic green frame - £105, Delconte at
4. Kartell Bourgie metallic multi-colour lamp - £298, Heal's
5. Gold polished square decanter light - £495, Rockett St. George
6. Cannes large sofa - £2,399 (sale price), House of Fraser

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

This week's top 5...Rose Print & Design

Last weekend I received my first ever corsage. Not being American or having attended a prom before, I had never had a chance to either receive, or wear, a corsage, so it came as a lovely surprise when my boyfriend presented this little one just before heading off to a 'Prohibition' themed ball at the military academy Sandhurst...

Having inspired this week's top 5 - here are the pick of my favourite Rose print and design items at the moment:

1. Wild Rose candle - €18.90, Compagnie De Provence
2. Mini Rose duck bath toy - £4, BUD at House of Fraser
3. Couture Rose cotton pillowcase - £22, Laura Ashley
4. Greenwich Rose bath towel collection - from £6 (Face cloth), Cath Kidston
5. Flamingo & Pink Rose dinner plate - £45, Lou Rota

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Natural History for dwell

This one doesn't need much explanation - Natural History (the wonderful, insect-adorning, botanical-esque, nature-inspired beauty of a brand) has created an exclusive range for dwell (the eclectic, fun-loving, flamboyant, modern high street interiors retailer). 

6 designs. 100% cotton. Made in Britain. £59 each. Simple. Brilliant. Go!

Wednesday, 6 March 2013 & The Showroom Extraordinaire

Last week I toodled along to the showroom - a fabulous space nestled away in Chelsea Wharf. I'm currently undergoing a bit of a home makeover, with everything from a new front door to the more indulgence unnecessaries, so you can only imagine my delight upon wandering into this...

With sofas every which way you look, the whole apartment-esque showroom is full to the brim of every style you could wish for. With the freedom to lounge as much as you need and a plethora of fabrics and designs to choose from, the decision process could be slow, purely because you will want everything, trust me, but it certainly won't be a chore - for those with little ones there's even a kids' space to keep them occupied while you browse.

For the more adventurous among you, why not make a statement with one of's 'Design Lab' styles, such as the Thornback & Peel designs below; slightly eccentric, typically British, totally gorgeous.

As soon as you step foot into's showroom friendly staff greet you with the offer of freshly made coffee and you leave with a pretty hyacinth... adorable and personable, just the service you need when making an investment like that of a new sofa or armchair (oh and don't let the name fool you...they also do beds!)

If, after all, you still want to think things through before placing an order then you can mull over styles and colourways from the comfort of your own home - simply order a Comfy Pack (you can do this online if you're unable to get to the showroom)...

And if you're still unsure then there's nothing left but to take inspiration from the fun photography - ENJOY!

Descartes - from £1,245

Yanna - from £845

Long Island - from £1,480

Isla - from £895

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Summer-ready with

It may only be March but, like most, I'm already dreaming of Summer; sun, cocktails, lazy afternoon BBQs, freshly cut grass...I want it now! Today the weather has soared to an almighty 14 degrees and London is looking beautiful - as if that wasn't hope enough, what should pop into my inbox..? only's new outdoor furniture range!

Ranging from sophisticated dining sets to fashion-forward geometric bistro sets, the collection offers something for all garden sizes and needs...what better way to get in the Summer spirit than to prepare the garden/balcony/patio/whatever-space-you-have into a ready-to-go relaxation and entertaining zone. Now will you please pass the Pimms!

Cuba Lounger Chair - £269

Mali Dining Set - £179

Mustique Lounge Chair - £199

This week's top 5...Wonderful Wallpapers

Taking on a bit of a different style this week - here are my top picks for wonderfully fun wallpapers...

1. Brennan & Burch
2. Graduate Collection - Lisa Bliss
3. Designers Guild - House of Lacroix
4. Scion
5. Mini Moderns 

Monday, 4 March 2013

FOOD - Mexican Chicken Stew

This weekend the girls all came round for dinner. Being very time-poor and, let's face it, not a good cook (!) I opted for a recommendation - Chicken Tortilla Soup. 

Found on The Pioneer Woman blog, I was pleasantly surprised at how easy and quick the 'soup' was to make.

Pioneer Woman - Chicken Tortilla Soup

I made the soup (which turned into a bit more of a stew tbh) the day before and simply heated it up and served with fresh avocado, onions and soured cream...simple!

Here's might (slightly less) professional photo...

Sunday, 3 March 2013

White Living - Inspiration

Spring is just around the corner and if, like me, you have an urge to update the home why not go for white? It may be daring but, done in the right way for you, could be a hugely impactful, stunning change for the better...

Simply White:

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Subtle Hues:

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Splashes of Colour:

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