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Roger Oates launches bed linen range

As part of the new Lifestyle collection Roger Oates has launched a range of bed linen. Troy, a simple woven stripe design in tonal bands, is inspired by his popular Venetian Flatweave of the same name. The high-quality, 100% cotton is soft and smooth to touch. Smart, timeless and understated, the bedlinen is perfect for both contemporary and traditional bedrooms. Available in 3 colours with button detailing.

Troy bedlinen Azure from Roger Oates

Troy bedlinen Azure from Roger Oates

Troy bedlinen in Soft Grey from Roger Oates

Troy bedlinen in Azure, Rouge, and Soft Grey, 100% cotton, 230 thread count. Double duvet cover £90, kingsize £100, 2 standard pillowcases £24.

Throws from Roger Oates

Also inspired by the Troy striped flatweave runner (below) are these luxurious new lambswool throws, designed by Roger Oates and woven in Scotland by Johnstons of Elgin. They are reversible with a dark and light side and fringed edges. 100% Lambswool, 140 x 200cm, £119 each.

Troy runner from Roger Oates

Troy 100% wool runner for stairs and hallways in Strawberry, approx 70cm wide

Roger Oates‘ London showroom is at 1 Munro Terrace (off Riley Street), London SW10 0DL.

Tel: +44 (0) 1531 632 718 or +44 (0) 20 7351 2288.  www.rogeroates.com

deVOL Kitchens’ new Clerkenwell showroom

deVOL Kitchens have just opened a smart London showroom in Clerkenwell showing their lovely Shaker Range, a beautiful big Prep Table from their Classic English Range, and their new tongue and groove panelling.

deVOL-Clerkenwell Showroom

The glazed counter top cupboards. These beautifully-proportioned glazed cabinets are perfect for storing and displaying crockery, cook books, linen or stacks of jars and glasses.

deVOL-Clerkenwell Showroom

The sink run, with a luxurious Carrara marble worktop and a lovely double sink. The combination of the ‘Pantry Blue’ paint, crisp white walls and the ‘Bella Brass’ cup handles and catches creates a simple, contemporary look.

deVOL-Clerkenwell Showroom

The cabinets from deVOL‘s Real Shaker Range take up most of the showroom but they have also included one beautiful big piece from their Classic English Range. The practical Classic English Prep Table creates a central point to the room, and has lots of storage.  The Rustic Oak worktop was handmade at the company’s Cotes Mill workshops and complements the table’s ‘Damask’ paint colour. Hanging above the Prep Table is a deVOL Laundry Maid.

deVOL-Clerkenwell Showroom

The gleaming white (and cosy) Esse Range cooker looks very smart next to the dark woodwork. The handy peg rail shelves span the whole length of the cooker run.

deVOL-Clerkenwell Showroom

The vintage kitchenalia dotted around the showroom, such as the copper pans, chopping boards and ceramic pots are all for sale too.

deVOL-Clerkenwell Showroom

deVOL’s new showroom is located in the eclectic and design-driven area of Clerkenwell, just across the road from Exmouth Market.  Downstairs houses their design and photography studio as well as their PR & marketing office.
2 Tysoe Street, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 4RQ 0203 8375 900, www.devolkitchens.co.uk

Bert & May’s first glazed tile collection

Bert & May, London-based designers and specialists in reclamation and reproduction, have launched their first glazed tile collection. Highly suited to wet rooms and walls, and perfect for kitchen splashbacks or bathroom tiles, the glazed tiles come in a range of geometric designs. They are available in a smooth or rustic finish, hand-cut and screen-printed, and cost £324 per square metre. Interesting effects can be achieved by mixing and experimenting with these three variables: clay, glazes and underglazes.

Bert & May Glazed Churriana tiles

Glazed Churriana tile

Alalpardo tiles from Bert & May

Above and below: glazed Alalpardo tile

Bert & May -Glazed Alalpardo tiles

See the full range at www.bertandmay.com

Bert & May‘ s London warehouse is at 67 Vyner Street, London, E2 9DQ, tel: 00 44 (0) 20 36 73 4264

Modern Country

Containing rarely seen images from the Côté Maison magazines, Modern Country – Inspirational interiors for Contemporary Country Living  by Caroline Clifton-Mogg,  brings together relaxed, informal homes that reflect the gentler pace of life in the country while being resoundingly modern.

The house we’ve chosen to feature here is a very modern house on the island of Ibiza, built by the Spanish architectural practice Andrés Jacque. It feels like a tree house (in fact three pine trees and two palms push up through the roof) and is built on a series of concrete piles that make up the different levels of the sloping land. The sheet metal used inside, and the blues, greens and fluorescent colours used on the surfaces, add to the playhouse feel. The bed cabin with the porthole window is reached by a bridge-like walkway from the main building.

Ibiza house exterior, Modern Country

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New design clinics at Sofa.com

New for 2015, Sofa.com are introducing a free interior design service in their Chelsea showroom in collaboration with Mark Walters and Martin Holland, recent winners of the BBC’s The Great Interior Design Challenge. The design duo behind MartinMark Design will  host free design clinics, offering their expert advice and answering your design dilemmas in one-to-one consultations on selected dates in January and February. More details below, and some of Sofa.com‘s lovely new designs (beautifully photographed) to get you inspired…

Mark Walters & Martin Holland

Martin Holland & Mark Walters

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Martin Moore’s new Notting Hill showroom

Martin Moore were one of the very first handmade kitchen companies, and (still family-run), are celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2015. Their new London flagship showroom in Notting Hill has four of their kitchen collections on show, all custom-designed, custom-made and custom-finished. The kitchens combine fitted and free-standing pieces, in different materials and finishes, and are all beautifully-crafted, with exceptional attention to detail and clever use of space.

Martin Moore kitchen

The bright blue interior of this cupboard gives a  ‘pop of colour’ in an otherwise calm, neutral kitchen.

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Thames – a panorama of London

For its eighth collection of wallpapers, Little Greene has once again turned to the archives.  ‘Painted Papers’ is a comprehensive compendium of striped wallpapers, produced using traditional printing methods. Also included in the collection is this historical panorama of London, THAMES. Faithfully reproduced, but increased in scale, from an eye-catching piece in the English Heritage archive, it was originally published by London Illustrated News in 1851. The hand-drawn, hand-painted scene depicts the buildings and landscape along the river Thames at that time: it has subsequently been re-mastered to include a repeating section, meaning it can be now hung as a continuing frieze. The original would have been shown at cornice height, but for rooms of a more ‘conventional’ scale, it has been created to sit comfortably at dado or skirting height as well. It’s available in colour as well as in black & white.

Thames wallpaper by Little Greene

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Beautifully Small

In Beautifully Small, interiors stylist Sara Emslie embraces the positive aspects of living in small spaces and offers clever design solutions for pocket-sized interiors. One of our favourite case studies in the book is this pretty Parisian pied-a-terre with a tucked-away mezzanine bedroom in the loft space.  Despite its limited size (only 25 square metres/269 square feet) and an equally limited budget, the tiny flat has been given clearly-designed zones, so that there is still a sense of moving from one area to another.

Beautifully Small - loft bedroom

What was once redundant loft space has been used to create a cosy mezzanine with sleeping platforms at both ends.

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Christmas at Cox & Cox

We’re big fans of mail-order company Cox & Cox and their eclectic range of unusual accessories, lighting and furniture, always beautifully photographed. These are some of our favourite Christmas decorations, which you can still get before the big day (plus they are now reduced!)

Christmas baubles from Cox & Cox

Twenty-four small red baubles, now £10.08

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The Peggy Angus Collection

The Peggy Angus Collection has been inspired by the remarkable work of Peggy Angus, British designer, teacher and painter, 1904-1993. Her hand-blocked designs have been faithfully reproduced by Blithfield as fabrics and wallpaper, and are available in a large range of colours. The newest additions to the collection are Pineapple and Small Damask on linen and Diamond on linen and as wallpaper.

Peggy Angus

Portrait of Peggy Angus. Photo credit: James Ravilious, copyright of Robin Ravilious

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