I have just found this ‘Paradise Throw’ from Also Home and love it! The cotton velvet throw would give your bed a new lease of life with its gorgeous design and bright colours, and better still it will still match most bed sheets. The floral and bird pattern is timeless and would sit perfectly in a boho-chic interior.

 

 

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Also Home: http://www.alsohome.com/p-213-paradise-cotton-velvet-throw.aspx 

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Although the summer is now upon us, all things knitted and crocheted are still proving popular. I think it is their comforting qualities and the fact that like in summer fashion, crochet pieces provide a balance of lightness yet warmth from a breeze on the beach and all important stylishness. The popularity of knitted and crochet items has come from the current economic climate, with people returning to ‘make do and mend’ and making products by hand. Designers have taken these traditional techniques and brought them into today’s designs. This trend isn’t just suiting of neutral schemes but it is also brought together with the current pastel and brights trend. These items are ideal for creating a summer interior that is relaxed, fresh and airy that still provides warmth on a cool summer’s night.

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Images Via:

1.  Occa Home: www.occa-home.co.uk

2. Christien Meindertsma: www.christienmeindertsma.com

3. 95 percent Danish: www.95percentshop.co.uk

4. Also Home: www.alsohome.com

5. Paola Lenti: www.paolalenti.it

Fabric Covered Hangers

June 22, 2012

Today after sorting though my wardrobe, I decided I was tired with plastic shop clothes hangers making my wardrobe look like a shop rail! To create more appealing hangers I used scraps of fabric and wrapped them around the hangers. Such a simple and easy idea and the inside of my wardrobe now looks pretty and decorative. Take a look below…

It has been a long time since the Baroque and Neo Classical styles, but when Philippe Starck designed the iconic Ghost Chairs for Kartell, he brought these traditional forms into modern day design. What I love about these chairs is how they are complimenting to near enough any interior, their durability and most of all, their elegance and stylishness. They are unique and timeless, making them an ideal piece of furniture for your home. They work effortlessly in both traditional and contemporary interiors or, in fact, any type of interior as these images below show…

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1. Love is all you need: http://bubbelsoda.tumblr.com/post/20652216807

2. Graham & Green: www.grahamandgreen.co.uk

3. The Glam Lamb: http://theglamlamb.blogspot.co.uk

4. Graham & Green: www.grahamandgreen.co.uk

5. House to Home: www.housetohome.co.uk

Interior Trend: London

June 10, 2012

With the London Olympics on their way, home furnishings with a London theme are very popular. All depict traditional London images such as buses, the tube and the skyline.

 

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1. Jane Hornsby: www.janehornsby.com

2. Lifestyle Bazaar: www.lifestylebazaar.com

3. Snowden Flood: www.snowdenflood.com

4. Rockett St George: www.rockettstgeorge.co.uk

5. Beautiful Things: www.beautifulthings.co.uk

6. Retrophenia: www.notonthehighstreet.com/retrophenia

On the 23rd of May, Elle Decoration celebrated the success of its petition for equal rights in the UK regarding intellectual property. Prior to this petition, copyright on work by designers in the UK was only held for 25 years after their death. This was in stark contrast to copyright covering other creative mediums, such as film, art and literature. Those mediums could retain their copyright until 70 years after the original author’s death.

More protection for designers

Until the new changes, it was extremely easy for people to copy the work of designers and get away with selling cheap imitations. Much like music or video piracy, this has had a negative impact upon the market, and left designers out of pocket, as their hard work is being ripped off and sold by other people. People are buying cheap imitations to save money because they are available. While there will always be people who value the designer’s mark and the quality of their work, many people are choosing to buy copied alternatives because of the lower price.

Because of the lax copyright laws, these imitators could get away with copying designs. Elle Decoration stated in their original petition to the UK government that they ‘believe this amounts to UK-endorsed intellectual property theft’.

Artistic protection

The new copyright amendments only apply to ‘artistic’ designs of manufactured goods, including things such as jewellery, lamps and furniture. Other designs are not covered by the copyright laws. The changes to the copyright laws will not apply retrospectively, meaning that retailers selling items that would now class as infringing copyright on designer’s work will be able to sell their excess stock.

Until the new changes were announced, the UK had been one of the only countries in the EU that placed a limit on the length of copyright protection on works made using an industrial process.

Last year I was a finalist of the National Design Award and on Thursday I attended the Award Ceremony. It was held in the Penthouse in Nottingham which was the subject of the competition. The night was very enjoyable and it was great to see the winning interior design and the transition from the winning concept boards to the fully furnished Penthouse. The interior space was designed in a clever way and was finished to a high standard. The overall look was very glamorous and luxurious. Photographs of the interior can be found at: http://www.nda.ac.uk/news/?id=135.

 

Top Image Via: http://www.nda.ac.uk/news/?id=135.