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Painting it pink with Little Greene

Little Greene has just launched a capsule collection of perfect pinks, marking Breast Cancer Awareness month. ‘Pink’ comprises eight related pink shades, from soft delicate tones to bolder hues. Designed to work harmoniously together and with other Little Greene shades, these versatile pinks include seven new colours and one from the existing colourcard.

David Mottershead (Managing Director of Little Greene) explains: “Wide-ranging pink tones are now very much on-trend, and embraced by all in both fashion and interiors. The versatile hues on offer within Little Greene’s ‘Pink’ palette totally contradict the idea that pink is difficult to use, that it is sugary or overly feminine: these new and harmonious shades afford the ideal opportunity to invite the perfect pink into your home.”

Little Greene - Paradise wallpaper
Limited edition Paradise wallpaper, £131 per roll. Left wall painted in Hortense 266

Little Greene - pink paints

Wall painted in Hellebore 275; headboard in Olive Colour 72, Carmine 189, Citrine 71, Lemon Tree 69, Pink Slip 220 & Loft White 222

Little Greene - pink paints

Brickwork painted in Confetti 274; cupboards in Lamp Black 228, far wall in Salix 99.

Props: Mr and Mrs Teapot, £95, Mr and Mrs Water Carafe, £45, both Sue Pryke Ceramics. Powder Milk Jug, £9.50, Holly’s House. Concrete Bowl, £25, Sue Pryke.

Little Greene - pink paints

Wall painted in French Grey – Pale 161; woodwork in Jack Black 119; door in Cape Red 279

During the Renaissance, pink was used in paintings for ‘skin’ colour and was created from a combination of two pigments – ‘Sinopia’, also known as Venetian Red, and Lime White. Whilst pink colours had been used in artists’ work for centuries it was only during the 18th Century that pinks became popular in fashionable clothing and porcelain, with architecture following across Europe soon afterwards. The name ‘pink’ derived from the flower of the same name and was adopted in the late 17th Century (before this time the word was also applied to shades of yellow!). Pink fell out of fashion in the 19th Century and only with the introduction of lightfast chemical dyes in the 20th Century creating bolder, brighter and more powerful pinks was there a resurgence in popularity. It was in the 1940s that pink truly became associated with girls; before that, pink had been for boys too.

The special palette celebrates Little Greene’s long-standing support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, held every October, during which 15p from every can of paint and roll of wallpaper sold is donated to a Breast Cancer Charity. For 2016, Little Greene’s chosen charity will once again be Breast Cancer Haven, the national breast cancer charity that provides one-to-one support to improve the quality of life of anyone affected by breast cancer.

‘Pink’ will be available nationally and internationally through Little Greene’s network of distributors, as well as via mail, phone order and online. Tel: 00 44 (0)20 7935 8844

Prices: £19.25 for 1L (£38 for 2.5L) Absolute Matt Emulsion
£22 for 1L (£45.00 for 2.5L) Intelligent Matt Emulsion
£27 for 1L (£54.50 for 2.5L) Intelligent Eggshell

Oficina Inglesa for Manolo Blahnik’s new shop

Oficina Inglesa was commissioned to craft a range of glamorous pieces of furniture for the new Manolo Blahnik shoe & accessories showroom which opened this summer in Selfridges on Oxford Street.

Manolo Blahnik at Selfridges

The interior was designed by Manolo Blahnik himself, in coordination with a team of architects. Manolo, who resides in Bath, took his inspiration for the showroom from the city’s Georgian and neoclassical architecture: ‘Our new store combines many elements of design that I love: a bit of Regency, a bit of Georgian, some colour and contrasting monochrome’.

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Leather lighting by Jane Knapp

Artist, designer, and horse-rider Jane Knapp has launched two new leather lighting designs inspired by equestrian equipment. The Somerset Leather Collection uses high-quality real leather that is cut and hand-stitched locally in Somerset where the traditions of a leather working industry are still alive.

“Leather is a natural, tactile material that works marvellously well in both contemporary and traditional interiors” says Jane. “To realise these designs I have enjoyed a fascinating collaboration with factories in Street and Minehead”.

Dakota leather light by Jane Knapp

“STITCH” boasts a character hide covering with hand-stitched details on a brass or nickel frame and a glass cover top and bottom. Available with dark brown “Havana” leather or antiqued “Dakota” leather. £248 (330mm wide, 100mm high, 125mm projection).

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Series S- Balineum’s new collection of hand painted tiles

Decorative tiles have adorned bathrooms across Europe for centuries. From the ports of Amalfi to the villages of Portugal, artisan-painted tiles capture the essence of the Mediterranean. Balineum celebrates the heritage of these seaports with Series S, a new range of ceramic tiles hand-painted in Italy and available in the UK exclusively through Balineum.

Over 90 unique designs make up this colourful and versatile collection with traditional florals and intricate decorative motifs alongside graphic geometric patterns. Series S is suitable for bathrooms and wet-rooms, as well as kitchen and exteriors.

Balineum - Series S tiles

An inspiring tiled bathroom designed by Studio Perregalli.
Photographer: Luis Ridao

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Colefax and Fowler collection 2016

Two distinct series emerge from the Colefax and Fowler collection for 2016. The first tells of exuberant luxury through ornate patterns, magnificent colours, and rich fabrics of exceptional quality. There are decorative and luxurious plain velvets, paisley and ikat patterns and opulent silk embroideries. The second story articulates decorative designs in a soft palette after the Scandinavian tradition. The printed and embroidered leaves and woody pine cones, romantic embroideries, florals and trellis, combine perfectly with mixed weaves, plains, washed damasks and ethereal sheers. The wallpapers pick up keynote designs from the fabric collection, with pretty florals, leafy, graphic, and strié designs.

Isador by Colefax and Fowler

The grand bellflowers of ISADOR (pale aqua F4329/02) are densely embroidered in vibrant shades.

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Plain English launch new website

Over the past twenty years, Plain English has earned a reputation for producing simple, elegant kitchens (and larders and laundries, sculleries and pantries) that stand the test of time in terms of their classic design and the quality of their craftsmanship. Joiners in the company’s Suffolk workshop make the cupboards using environmentally sustainable materials.

Inspiration for their work comes from plain Georgian architecture,  simple domesticity and of course, a very English fascination with nature, with the weather and the seasons drifting across the landscape. As they explain: ‘Our aesthetic references the values of the past and gently evolves to embrace the modern ways we live now.’

The launch of their new website prompts us to show you one of their latest projects, in an old school house in South London.

Plain English Holloway kitchen

The cupboards are from the Spitalfields range by Plain English, the Island is from the Osea range. The cupboards are painted in Jack Black, the island in Lamp Black, both by Little Greene Paint Company. The worktops and splashback are in Carrara marble, the island worktop in Arabescato marble.
Plain English designed the housing for the integrated overhead Westin extractor by Westin.

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Alternative Flooring with Liberty Fabrics

Alternative Flooring is launching a new carpet collection with Liberty Fabrics this  autumn. Archival and classic Liberty prints have been expertly woven into rugs, runners and carpets. This is the first time that these iconic designs have been used on carpet. There are four designs in a total of ten colourways. Enchanting floral, bird, garden and paisley prints that combine detailed pattern and vibrant colour have been up-scaled and refashioned for floors.

Alternative Flooring with Liberty: Flowers of Thorpe

Flowers of Thorpe in Summer Garden

A typical classic Liberty floral, created in the 1970s but emulating the wonderful small flower designs, which were so popular at Liberty in the 1930s, and a style the brand has become synonymous with. This beautiful floral has now been brought to life for the first time on a carpet.

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Luciano Giubbilei: The art of Making Gardens

Luciano Giubbilei is known for his award-winning gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and for his beautiful and serene garden designs for private houses across the world. Since 2012 he has been working on an experimental flower bed in the famous garden of Great Dixter in East Sussex (home of the late gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd), in close collaboration with the Head Gardener, Fergus Garrett. This elegant new book offers a personal insight into his inspirations and the development of his style over the last few years.

Portrait of Luciano Giubbilei

Luciano Giubbilei at Great Dixter.

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‘Callista’ by Clarissa Hulse for Harlequin

Designer Clarissa Hulse is well known for her distinctive hand and her passion for colour and texture. This is her second collaboration with Harlequin, and she draws inspiration from a variety of influences including her enduring passion for plants, flowers and landscapes seen on long country walks, a nomadic childhood and her half-Greek heritage. For Callista, which means ‘most beautiful’ in ancient Greek, she has created a collection of woven fabrics, printed silks and wallpapers that display Clarissa’s trademark style: contemporary botanical designs coupled with intense colour.

Callista by Clarissa Hulse for Harlequin

Voile Curtains: Hortelano 131894 £96 per metre. This beautiful voile has been dip-dyed then embroidered and hand embellished. Wallpaper: Kalamia 111384 £69 a roll.

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Floors of Stone’ new ceramic tiles

Floors of Stone have just launched an exclusive range of handmade ceramic tiles, created and designed in their on-site ceramics studio, at their Cotes Mill showroom.

The new collection, with intricate detail and simple glazes, has been created by Hannah Livesley, whose background is in art and design. She has used antique printing blocks, foraged flowers and flora from the Cotes Mill grounds, to inspire her designs.

Floors of Stone ceramic tiles

‘Meadow’ tiles

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