The Blog

New products and services, interesting shops, ideas for your garden, our pick from design fairs, and other things we like...

French Connection Home

  French Connection is the latest fashion brand to launch a home collection.  It features bedding, soft furnishings, ceramics, glassware and lighting in an understated palette of cream, putty and grey. We’re particularly keen on these Safari Chairs, £275 each....

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Fabric fit for the Queen

  A blaze of colour in the form of Colefax and Fowler’s Cardinal Red velvet fabric will bedeck the exterior of the Royal Barge, the Spirit of Chartwell, when the Queen embarks on her stately progress down the Thames during...

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Lewis & Wood’s Andrew Davidson collection

  To mark the opening of their new London showroom, fabric company Lewis & Wood have launched two new designs celebrating English country life, ‘Royal Oak’ and ‘Lamorna Cove’,  by the talented Cotswold wood engraver Andrew Davidson. The designs are...

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The Pimm’s deckchair

A giant deckchair, taller than a double-decker bus, has appeared on the beach at Bournemouth. Commissioned by Pimm’s to mark the start of British Summer Time this weekend, it has been created by artist Stuart Murdock, and took three weeks...

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British Standard cupboards

Just launched today at the Ideal Home Show, this is the ‘British Standard’ range of kitchen cupboards by Plain English. Described as ‘sensible cupboards at sensible prices, for people with good taste but modest means’, the range includes some 40 items...

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Bridie Hall’s découpage

  From artist and maker Bridie Hall comes a new collection of objects inspired by the Grand Tour and historic England, but with a quirky contemporary spin. It includes vibrant intaglio boxes, beautifully packaged scented candles, and these unique découpage...

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Reptile Tiles

As if shopping at Waitrose wasn’t pleasurable enough, the King’s Road branch in London boasts these lovely tile panels by Reptile Tiles & Ceramics. They depict familiar Chelsea scenes. ...

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Mini woodburning stoves

The Cast Iron Fireplace Company has a great range of mini woodburning stoves, developed for use in caravans, boats and barges, where an attractive heat source is required to keep going all night in total safety. They would be lovely...

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Scion – a new British brand

The Harlequin Group has just launched a new brand of fabrics and wallpapers called Scion, aimed at ‘trend-savvy customers’ and accessibly-priced. The debut collection, Melinki, comprises an eclectic mix of printed fabrics, embroideries, jacquards, co-ordinating plains and complementary wallpapers. The designs...

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Volga Linen 2012

   Volga Linen‘s pretty new online catalogue shows off their versatile range, from fine white linen to chunky herringbone weaves. Crisply ironed or crumpled and soft, linen’s tactile quality is simply unique....

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Retrouvius & The George in Rye

 London architectural salvage and design practice Retrouvius has been involved in the second phase of  refurbishment at The George in Rye, a hotel in East Sussex, which has now expanded into adjoining buildings including a twin hayloft. After the...

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Scagliola tiles

Scagliola is a 16th century technique invented in Bavaria and popularised in Italy. The laborious process involves mixing gypsum plaster with natural glues and handcolouring with pigments to imitate the marble decoration found in grand palaces of the Renaissance. Luxury...

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New Ochre showroom

  Ochre has moved to a spacious new showroom in Clerkenwell to house its expanding collection of understated and sophisticated furnishings. The 1500sq ft showroom is at 46-47 Britton Street, London EC1M 5UJ. Open by appointment Mon-Fri, +44 (0)20 7096...

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Leather letter box flaps

At last an alternative to boring letter box flaps! These smart hide-covered flaps, designed by Jane Knapp, and hand-finished and stitched in England, come in four great colours. They swing open to let the post through and then close to...

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Happy Blondes

Adam and Clare Gilchrist of Veedon Fleece have re-interpreted this 1951 textile design by Wendy Bray, who graduated in 1951, Festival of Britain year, and a time when all things Scandinavian, especially Danish furniture, were the peak of chic. Her...

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