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Paint & Paper Library relaunches

Paint & Paper Library was founded over twenty years ago by London-based interior designer and acclaimed colour expert, David Oliver. Now under new ownership, the brand has relaunched its two palettes of 85 ‘Original Colours’ and 95 ‘Architectural Colours’ and added 40 unique new shades to complement the existing tones.

Paint & Paper Library now offers its full colour palette in five superlative finishes. Their signature finish, Pure Flat Emulsion, is the mattest emulsion paint on the market. A water-based emulsion paint with the ultimate soft chalky finish, it is also micro-porous, to allow the fabric of a building to breathe; an important consideration for historic buildings. Their Architect’s Matt Emulsion provides a high performance water-based alternative which is completely washable, and offers excellent scuff and stain resistance. Architects’ Eggshell is a low sheen, tough and durable water-based acrylic paint suitable for all interior woodwork and walls, especially for kitchens and bathrooms where condensation may be problematic.

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Wall: Apple Smiles II 570 – Pure Flat Emulsion

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Wall: Grenache 372, Rouge II 326 – Pure Flat Emulsion
Ceiling: : Lady Char’s Lilac 368 – Architects’ Matt

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Walls: Blue Gum 620 – Pure Flat Emulsion
Cornicing: Plaster I 401 – Architects’ Eggshell

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Left Wall: Chinese Emperor 478 – Architects’ Matt
Right Wall and ceiling: Masque 105 – Architects’ Matt
Cupboards: Copper Beech 314 – Architects’ Eggshell

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Wall: Leather V 235 – Architects’ Matt
Ceiling: Leather III 233 – Architects’ Matt
Cabinet: Leather I 231 – Architects’ Eggshell

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Walls – Beetlenut 413 – Pure Flat Emulsion
Shelves – Heath 255 – Architects’ Eggshell

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Wall: Leather V 235 – Architects’ Matt
Ceiling: Leather III 233 – Architects’ Matt
Cabinet: Leather I 231 – Architects’ Eggshell

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Wall, Door & trims: Blue Blood 668 – Architect’s Eggshell


Paint & Paper Library also offers low VOC oil-based Eggshell and Gloss paints with an excellent flow, smooth finish and perfect  for interior and exterior woodwork. All the company’s paints are traditionally manufactured in the UK using the highest quality eco-friendly ingredients.

Paint finishes (and prices for 2.5L):
Pure flat emulsion £42.50
Architects’ matt £50.00
Architects’ eggshell £61.00
Oil based eggshell £65.00
Architects’ primer undercoat £50.00

Extra information: 750ml prices (for smaller projects)
Pure flat emulsion £21.00
Architects’ matt £24.50
Architects’ eggshell £24.00
Oil based eggshell £31.00
Oil based gloss £31.00
Architects’ primer undercoat £20.00
Oil based undercoat £26.00

For stockists call: 0845 880 5844



Vintage Home by Judith Miller

Vintage Home (20th century Design for Contemporary Living) by Judith Miller is a practical collector’s guide, a celebration of the many decorative styles of the 20th century, and a guide to combining retro and contemporary pieces in your home. The ‘vintage’ designs covered in this book were all considered to be modern in their day, and many still do appear strikingly modern, despite their age. The book is not only a guide to designers who led the way in the 20th century, but shows us ‘influential pieces’ of each eclectic style, as well as these pieces in contemporary settings (many of them the designers’ own homes). Antiques expert Judith Miller shows how furniture and accessories from around the world, from different design eras and made for every taste and budget, can be sit comfortably together to create a new and individual look.

Verner Panton's Heart Chair

The Heart Chair is probably Verner Panton’s most recognisable design (1959). The strong shape and vibrant colour made it an international success. It holds its own in this brightly coloured room with a dramatic carpet. Photo: Andrew Boyd / © Jacqui Small LLP

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Volga Linen’s new collections

Volga Linen is launching four new fabric collections for London Design Week 2016, including a charming range of Russian folklore designs, a softly textured linen twill, and an elegant broad stripe with a darker top stitch detail.

Volga Linen, aprons

100% linen Bib Apron in bold new colours: Chinese Yellow, Prussian Blue and Plum. £49 each. The aprons can also be monogrammed (see their website for styles and prices).

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Victoria Stainow’s shell mirror & sconces

Bespoke furniture and lighting designer Victoria Stainow works with carefully selected craftsmen, mainly in France, using modern as well as traditional techniques and a variety of rich, materials including polished brass, glass, wood and parchment. Her latest products are the Molene Mirror and Sconces, created by artist Claudio Gonzalez using an original shell found during an archeological dig on the French island of Molene just off the coast of Brittany. The site was originally thought to be from the late Neolithic Period but there were also signs of early bronze age occupation. Most of the shells found on the island are Limpets but the shell used by Claudio is an Ormeau which is extremely rare and contains delicious meat. The shell was originally cast as a souvenir for the diggers on the site and each shell was engraved with the digger’s name on it. Claudio’s brother, an archeologist, was a director on the site.

Victoria Stainow - metal finishes

Some of the many custom finishes available.

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The Country House Ideal

The Country House Ideal, Recent Work by ADAM Architecture is a survey of country houses designed by the Winchester-based ADAM Architecture.  It places the country house in its rich historical context and explores the way in which ADAM Architecture – a practice of five directors, each with a distinct architectural personality – uses historical precedents, techniques and materials to design country houses for modern times.

Adam Architecture, East Hoe, exterior

A new Queen Anne-style wing of East Hoe Manor in Hampshire provides a sympathetic extension to the eighteenth century original.

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Craven Dunnill’s new Ludlow tile collection

Specialist tile company Craven Dunnill has launched the new Ludlow Collection of elongated brick-shaped wall tiles with a hand-made look and a pretty palette of colours.

Each tile is individually crafted with irregular edges and a gently undulating surface. The semi-transparent glaze follows the contours of the hand crafted tile and gives an individual charm and a heritage look.

Craven Dunnill, Ludlow tile

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Mix & match bathroom fittings from The Water Monopoly

The new Rockwell range of bathroom accessories from The Water Monopoly brings new freedom to bathroom design. You can mix and match gorgeously coloured tap heads, showers, flush handles and bath feet – they can complement each other or contrast as you like.

The range features a classic selection of Fifties-inspired colours, along with black, white and a variety of metal finishes. It means that children’s bathrooms can easily be changed as tastes develop and mature. And for hotels, the range finally provides the much longed-for versatility to respond to ever-changing demands of design and budget. For even greater flexibility, The Water Monopoly offers a bespoke colour creation service, so you could match your tiles or wallpaper…

Rockwell taps - The Water Monopoly

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Garden Magic by George Carter

Garden designer George Carter is noted for his witty and theatrical approach to garden design. A Chelsea Flower Show multiple gold medallist, he is currently working on the restoration of the gardens at the Royal Hospital at Chelsea, and has designed and made gardens for Burghley House and Penshurst Place, among other stately homes. He also designs exhibitions, including many at the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace.
In his new book, Garden Magic, George Carter reveals his much-coveted garden secrets – based on his own passion for exquisite 17th century formal garden design – made simple and accessible for all. Photographed at his Norfolk home, he not only shows how he created his own exceptional garden, but also demonstrates quick and easy ways for readers to emulate his style.

George Carter's Garden Magic

George Carter made his gate using different garden tools nailed into a frame.

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Guess Who? kids’ fabrics & wallpapers

British brand SCION, known for its trend-savvy yet affordable designs, has branched out to produce its first range of fabrics and wallcoverings designed specifically for kids. The light-hearted and imaginative Guess Who? collection features whimsical animals, bold stripes, playful patterns and funky florals available in coordinating fabrics and wallpapers.

Children's wallpaper by Scion

Hello Dolly 111266 wallpaper features all the hairstyles à la mode. It’s £28 a roll.

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‘Blue’ collection from Little Greene

Innovative British paint company, Little Greene, is launching a fashion-inspired ‘Blue’ collection of 21 trend-setting paint shades. Dispelling the myth that blue is a cold colour, the palette encompasses a wide spectrum of tones, from confident indigo to calm linen hues. There is also the seductive Ultra Blue, a uniquely pigmented colour, which is mixed by hand in Little Greene’s paint factory and will only be available as a limited edition paint.

Alongside the paints, Little Greene has also produced a new compendium of ‘20th Century Papers’, which comprises the most popular designs from three previous collections: Retrospective Papers, Oriental Papers and 50s Line Papers. Existing designs have been re-mastered to harmonise with the ‘Blue’ paint range.

Little Greene 'Blue' Collection

The jewel in this paint collection, Little Greene makes this limited edition Ultra Blue in small batches using a single pigment: Ultramarine. Originally extracted from Lapis Lazuli by the Venetians in the 14th century, and having a value greater than gold, this pigment was, until c1520, exclusively reserved for the depiction of the robes of the Virgin Mary.

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