• Elegant new fabrics with a subtle geometric twist

    by  • March 27, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Homes and Gardens FermoieTimeless and elegant, two new soft furnishing and curtain fabric designs from British fabric brand Fermoie celebrate artisanal techniques and a contemporary approach to pattern. In 16 colourways, Quantock and Chiltern are delicate hand-drawn geometrics, block-printed onto 100% linen (£96m, W134cm). The deceptively simple designs have real depth and laid-back sophistication.

    Quantock is a medium-width stripe combined with interlinked diamonds. Its distinctive soft lines with gentle variations in shading and colour add character and interest. Piled up as cushions, we think it would add a splendid modern lift to a traditional, plain-upholstered sofa.

    Homes and Gardens Fermoie 3Chiltern is a weave of rectangular blocks that result in both a chevron and herringbone composition. Why not pick a bolder shade from the colour palette and create a statement ottoman? It would sit beautifully in an otherwise pared-back space.

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    Both new designs, as with all Fermoie fabrics, are made to order using traditional printing techniques and the finest quality linen at the brand’s factory in Marlborough, Wiltshire. Having been launched by Tom Helme and Martin Ephson, best known as the partnership behind Farrow & Ball, Fermoie’s smart, chic approach doesn’t surprise us, or its dedication to preserving traditional skills. As well as Quantock and Chiltern, there are a host of stylish colours and patterned fabrics to choose from, designed for easy mixing and matching.

    And like all Fermoie fabrics, Quantock and Chiltern are suitable for soft furnishings, drapery and accessories. The brand’s collection of co-ordinating accessories include cushions and fabric lampshades.

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    Italian leather, the new wallpaper?

    by  • March 23, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Studioart-Lumiere-Fard-and-Cool---Queen-bee-coolWould you consider leather-lined walls? This pretty wall surface caught our eye at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour recently. It is part of a new collection from Studioart, an Italian brand that specialises in upholstery and surface leathers. There is something so warm and wonderful about leather-tiled walls, we think. All of its leathers can be used for for cushions, for a simpler, less-committed statement.

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    Jobs to do in the garden this month

    by  • March 22, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Homes and Gardens things to do in March March is the time to start sowing seeds for spring/summer flowering and in particular, in the vegetable garden. And this job is not confined to those with big outdoor spaces. Suttons Seeds has teamed up with self-confessed botany geek and garden designer James Wong to create Stacks Of Flavour. These easily portable and, as the name implies, stackable crates arrive complete with a collection of seeds, ready to be sown.

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    Elegant interiors, the Rowen & Wren way

    by  • March 21, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Homes and Gardens Elegant 4Simply elegant is how we describe the new spring/summer interiors collection from Rowen & Wren. Its furniture, lighting, textiles and accessories always make a subtle, refined statement, marrying smart and natural (such as this Byron bench, above), and this season is no different. Materials range from tactile washed linen and burnished metal, to gleaming brass and playful patterns. The delicious, chalky palette sways from storm blue and blush pink to an array of neutrals, seen in Towan cushion covers, £28 each, and napkins, £32 for four.

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    Delicious lamb recipes for an Easter feast

    by  • March 20, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Easter Lamb recipesLight, tender and flavourful, new season’s lamb is highly versatile and just as good pan-fried as grilled, griddled, roasted or baked. Quick to cook, and tasty for everyday, it can also ratchet up the glamour for a dinner party. Lamb often needs little more than seasoning and a dash of wine, stock, cider or water to deglaze the pan, but garlic, a few fruity accents, aromatic herbs or salty touches, such as anchovy, capers or bacon, work wonders too. A leg easily provides two to three meals, while cheaper shoulder, breast and shank all taste great slow-cooked and creatively seasoned. The good news is that traditional breeds are enjoying a revival owing to their hardiness and usefulness to the countryside. Savour hill country breeds or those that graze on seaweed or saltmarsh vegetation. You’ll be amazed by their textures and flavours.

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    A potato peeler sums up Scandinavian design beautifully

    by  • March 20, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Scandinavian design potato peelerThis Pin potato peeler from Normann Copenhagen says everything we love about Scandinavian design. It’s simple, functional and well-considered. According to its designer, Jan Christian Delfs, the pleasure derived from preparing food starts with having great kitchen utensils – anything that makes peeling potatoes for a Sunday roast quicker and more enjoyable is okay by us.

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    Wall-mounted cityscapes by Chisel & Mouse

    by  • March 16, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Chisel&Mouse2We’ve loved the handmade architectural sculptures that family business Chisel & Mouse has been making from its base in East Sussex since it launched in 2011. And now owners (and brothers) Robert and Gavin Paisley have just launched a wall-mounted London icon collection.

    The new range includes A4-sized, perspex plaster mini replicas of the old Battersea Power Station, Centre Point and the Trellick Tower that can be hung on your wall in a choice of white or black frames. Each costs £100 or you can buy a set of three for £250 and display in a row on your wall for a real statement piece.

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