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Transforming Hallways With Sophie Cooney Runners

When we moved to our current house a stair runner was one of the hardest purchases to make. I realised that the choice out there was mostly limited to traditional stripy designs and eventually I settled on painting a stair runner on and postponed the idea of buying one until later. But recently while browsing Instagram I have discovered Sophie Cooney runners. I loved ethnic inspired but updated for modern interiors patterns, bright but restrained colour schemes, that make runners more of a statement rather than a bland background, and authentic craftsmanship. Like me, Sophie had trouble finding a stair runner for her home, but instead of giving up she decided to create her own! I got in touch with Sophie to find out more about how she started her business, what inspires her and her plans for the future. “I started with stair runners back in 2014 but I didn’t really make it a business until late last year. I originally had one made for my own staircase when I couldn’t find what I …

6 Of The Best Coloured Glasses To Get You Ready For Summer Alfresco Dining

Coloured glass is one of my interior obsessions and bright, colourful, sparkling in the sun glassware suits outdoor summer dining perfectly. There are so many jewel hues out there at the moment at very affordable prices that you are bound to find something you will love. Below is a list of my best finds in my favourite shades of green, olive, sea blue and refreshing and so “now” peachy pink.   Fish & Fish Medium Glass – 22 cl – Serax, £8. Love this green fish themed glassware, that includes so many complementing items, not just glasses but also useful for storage jars, serving dishes and a pretty fish shaped bottle.   British Colour Standard Bubbles Tumbler, £5. The Bubbles tumblers by British Colour Standard are handmade from recycled glass and come in an array of candy colours – perfect for mix and matching on your summer table.   Bitossi Long Drink, €4.50. I have to admit that these recycled tinted blown glasses are probably my favourites. Available online from French retailer Merci.   Tivoli Promenade glass by …

Danish Brand HAY: 12 Essentials Every Home Needs

On my recent trip to Bath I stumbled across HAY shop and of course couldn’t go past it. I have never seen the whole shop full of HAY products before and subsequently was surprised to find out that their Bath store is the only one in the country. I wonder why there isn’t one in London – a shame, Bath is a bit far to travel to otherwise I would be a frequent visitor. HAY is one of those several Scandinavian brands I go to whenever I am looking for something for my home. Apart from their contemporary non-pretentious furniture and lighting design (it’s so much more difficult to create something simple but perfect), what I like about them is the fact that they take essential objects in our household, the ones we’d rather keep out of site, like a kitchen sponge, a dish cloth or a tooth brush and make that look beautiful. Another big positive for me – they claim that one of their fundamental goals is to make good design accessible to …

Design Classic: Mid-century Decorative Glass

For many years now I have been obsessing with various rainbow shades and imaginative shapes of vintage coloured glass from restrained forms of Holmegaard bowls to bursts of colour by Blenko or Murano glass. What I really like about it, is that you can easily find a spectacular looking object, be it a vase, a paper weight or an ashtray and create a unique centrepiece for a relatively small price compared to, say, a piece of art.   I have recently browsed Etsy and found so many amazing designs that I would like to share with you, so they can be an inspiration not just to me, but perhaps to some of you too. I have added links to the product under each photo. When searching for coloured glass I look out for the following makers: Czechoslovakian vintage glass. Some of it, like Exbor sommerso glass, can get quite expensive but there are cheaper options too if you go for less well known makers. Murano, by different makers. There is a lot of cheap, tacky …

Canvas Home Sample Sale 11 – 13 April

From the 11th to the 13th of April Canvas Home will be holding a sample sale at their London Shop. There will be items from their previous collection as well as discounts on the new lines with prices starting from £2.00. A huge variety of tableware, glassware, ceramics and cutlery will be available. Dates: 11th April 2019 from 10am to 6pm 12th April 2019 from 10am to 7pm 13th April 2019 from 11am to 5pm Address:     57 Amwell Street  London EC1R 1UR  United Kingdom www.canvashomestore.co.uk  

Interior Designer Alison Anderson on Her Favourite British Made Brands And Local Shopping

I am very interested in British made products and it seems at the moment it’s quite an exciting area with new, small, individually crafted, artisan brands starting up and thriving. There is definitely a revived interest towards local and hand made.  I had a chat with an interior designer Alison Anderson, whose house featured in one of the recent posts, about her love for local and sustainable products and she told me about a few of her favourites:   “I’ve very much a supporter of well made British products and I’m setting up an on-line shop later this year to sell a curated selection of products for the home.  I’ve been busy meeting suppliers and discovering new makers and their amazing products, so it feels like a completely natural extension to my business. I’m on a bit of a mission to fight back against the throw away culture that’s become so ‘normal’ and I love incorporating beautiful finds in my designs that have been well made by talented craftspeople with purpose and passion. It’s easy to become …

Maria Sigma’s Handwoven Designs – The Beauty of Sustainable Craftsmanship

I have always been interested in hand made individually crafted designs and brands produced locally in the UK. Over the last few months I have become familiar with quite a few really interesting UK brands that I would like to start introducing to you on my blog. London Design Fair was a really good place to meet talented crafts people. This is where I saw Maria’s beautiful textiles. Maria Sigma | Woven Textiles is a London based award-winning textile brand specialising in hand-woven textiles. By using exceptional natural materials Maria creates textiles and furniture pieces for projects large and small, commercial and residential, combining expertise in made-to-measure throws, cushions, rugs, furnishing fabrics and many more. Maria Sigma | Woven Textiles collection celebrates a timeless high aesthetic via ‘zero waste’ design and production ethic, combining a contemporary approach with traditional weaving techniques whilst focusing on raw natural materials and texture. Individually designed, handcrafted and fully customisable. Inspired by her Greek heritage and by the colour palette of the British landscape, in combination with a love for …

Design Classic: Snoopy Table Lamp by Flos

Today I’ve decided to write about one of my favourite design classics – Snoopy lamp. I absolutely love it’s chunky simple form somehow in contrast with the luxurious material – quite an interesting choice of marble. The lamp was designed in 1967 by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni and inspired by the Charles Shultz invention, and popular cartoon character.     Let’s enjoy a few images of the lamp in situ which prove versatility of this iconic design.

Skandium Pop Up Sale

13 Margaret St, London W1W 8RN Saturday 2nd February, 10.30am-6pm Sunday 3rd February, 10.30am-6pm Join Skandium’s second pop-up sale!  Shop warehouse clearance, ex-display and discontinued lines with up to 70% off! Brands included: Fritz Hansen, Gubi, Iittala, Marimekko, Muuto, Menu, Louis Poulsen, HAY, Carl Hansen & Søn, String, Vitra, Knoll, Montana, Flos & more…

Best Statement Chandeliers on a Budget

In my opinion great lighting is worth splashing out on – especially a centrepiece chandelier. It’s like shoes or a handbag in an outfit. You can spend more money on a show stopping item of lighting and then save on other pieces. The eye will be drawn to it and the overall look will be finished and expensive. With a chandelier, in my opinion, the bigger the better, ceiling height allowing of course. There is nothing worse than a lamp too small for the room hanging lonely in the middle of the ceiling. Fortunately, there is no shortage of oversized designs that are very much a trend at the moment. Finding one on a limited budget is another thing! If I had unlimited funds I’d probably go for amazing mid century Italian designs like Venini or Stilnovo. But what options are open to us if we can’t afford these classics or expensive contemporary designers? I decided to have a look around and see what can be found on a more modest budget. Unfortunately a large …