• Give your art and craft the light it deserves

    by  • March 30, 2015 • 0 Comments

    LIGHT ARTWORK 6While your favourite painting, sculpture or piece of craft may not be of museum quality (ie. Do Not Touch), it still has meaning for you and as such, it deserves some love and attention to make sure everyone else feels the same way. Where you position said piece is one thing, but how you light it is another, and it is very often this side of the display challenge that we fall foul of.

    Enter the experts. We had a word with two such people, TM Lighting‘s founders, Harry Triggs and Andrew Molyneux, who are working with the latest lighting technology for some of the world’s most famous museums and galleries, and asked them how we could adapt some of these schemes, to make them suitable for our homes.

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    A living room full of striking artwork

    by  • March 29, 2015 • 0 Comments

    A collector's living room

    Original architectural details have been preserved in this striking living room. Where beautifully tailored furnishings complement works of art in this collector’s salon. We spoke to interior designer Francis Sultana to discover more about his scheme.

    CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE ROOM? This is the first floor salon of a typical late 18th-century white stucco townhouse in Belgravia. While the exterior is very English, the interior is quite Parisian: at some point the elaborate ceiling and the arch with intricate moulding would have been added to create this rather French feel. When my clients bought the property, it was in real disrepair, but they decided to have all the plasterwork restored and added a parquet floor that resembles one that was originally here, but was too damaged to save.

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    Out and about in London this month

    by  • March 29, 2015 • 0 Comments

    404760“There is nothing new in gardening.” So said Vanessa Remington, curator of Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden exhibition (until 11 October 2015) as she spoke at its opening, at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, and as one walks through this remarkable display, it is impossible to disagree with her. For all our inspiring modern-day garden design and cultivation, and related work in the creative and applied arts, as the body of work brought together by Vanessa Remington for this exhibition proves, it does rather look as if we are simply reinventing the wheel.

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    Bright and cheery wallpapers and fabrics for children by Jane Churchill

    by  • March 28, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Homes and Gardens Jane ChurchillUpdate your child’s bedroom in upbeat fashion with a charming new collection of children’s wallpapers and fabrics from Jane Churchill. Energetic patterns and colours, together with playful patterns, combine to create a look that little ones will love.

    And there’s a pattern or colour to fire all imaginations…

    Magic castles and dream dresses appear on furnishings with Fairyland, while wondrous beings from the natural world make their way into the home with Get Happy’s delicate butterflies, Into The Woods has foxes, rabbits and owls, and Wild Things exotic giraffes, flamingos and crocodiles.

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    The leaping bunnies of March Hare and colourful hounds of Hot Dogs offer contrast with their more stylised graphics of animal figures. Retro shapes bring Sixties charm in Pop Cars, echoed by the vibrant letters of Alphabetti, punchy flowers of Pinwheel, and sketched constellations of Shooting Stars.

    Stripes, polka dots and geometrics introduce abstract style with the artistic circles of Spotty Dotty, sweet stars of Twinkle, spotted spirals of Lottie, and fresh diagonals of Zodiac Stripe. Zig Zag is both playful enough for young children and stylish enough for soon-to-be grown-ups, as are the sprigs and seedpods of the pretty Flower Power.

    Homes and Gardens Jane Churchill 2These cheerful patterns are presented variously in delicate stitch-work as embroideries or with contemporary clarity as prints, set off by a classic plain weave, Lisson, which is the perfect counterpoint in lilac, red, blue or two pinks.

    Continuing the fun onto the walls, the new series of papers includes the forest characters of Up a Tree and a zippy Disco Stripe, along with a selection of the fabric collection’s lively new designs.

    You’ll find more great ideas to create your perfect room here.

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    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.

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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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