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What a fun weekend I’ve had! Last Saturday, I took my son to Molly Meg’s pop up shop launch party. It was at the Anthropologie shop on King’s road in South London.

(Above photo from Molly Meg and Michelle Marshall)

Milk-anniversary-book-Molly-Meg-pop-up-shop-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell.jpg  The party was co-hosted by kidswear magazine Milk.

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Love the way the windows looked before the opening.

Once opened, I just knew it would be a colourful affair. Paper honeycomb balls in aqua, turquoise, pink and yellow adorned the ceilings.

( Balloon photo from Molly Meg and Michelle Marshall)

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My son made an instant bee-line for these scrumptious cupcakes, whilst I explored the shop. Below are a few things that caught my eye.

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These dolls by Rose in April were so sweet and whimsical.

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LuckyBoySunday, my favourite, popped up all over the shop. Here is Pale Nulle looking festive in a yellow party hat by My Little Day.

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A few lovely things here for a child’s room. The knitted badger head by Sincerely Louise would make a quirky, cool wall centrepiece.

The above Lecons de choses skateboard shelf is perfect for a teen’s room and comes in a variety of colours.

The cute monochrome print is by Miniwilla.

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How sweet are these coat hangers?

Tad-Lapin-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell.jpg These cards are by Tad Lapin and come as A3 posters too. The bunny print would be an ideal Easter gift.

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Alas, a snap of empty seats at the La cerise sur le gateau photo booth. My son did manage 2 minutes of sitting down for a photo, but not long enough for me to capture a shot. Love the slogan on that cushion, more available here.

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Now I reveal my purchases. The cat print duvet cover and pillow case are by Beau Loves UK. I’ve been instantly hooked on this brand since I first set eyes on their products. They do super stylish childrenswear too.

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These trendsetting kidswear magazines, Babiekins and Milk magazine had me totally absorbed.

Hope you have enjoyed this post. The Molly Meg shop will be opened through till April 27th 2014 and I highly recommend it. I know I’ll be going back for more! There is also a programme of children’s creative workshops on offer.

Wishing you all a lovely week!

 

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Hello! Back with my ‘A room in the house’ series where I pick a room and discuss an interiors related aspect, then endeavour to search for a similar product, hopefully at a more affordable price to help recreate the look. Today, I’m visiting my dining room, more specifically my dining table.

Recently, for a lunch party with good friends Will and Toby, I wanted to create a table that looked simple, yet fresh like Spring.

To do that, I chose some mint coloured, linen placemats from Designer’s Guild. You can find similar at H&M home.

To contrast the mint, I decided on a mix of grey and teal. My Ittala Teema plates were perfect for this. A budget option for similar plates can be found at Ikea.

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Napkins are often colour matched with placemats, which at times could look dull, so I decided on the contrasting tone of teal.

The green glasses from Design House Stockholm and ombre pillar candles balanced the overall look. I bought my candles from Designer’s Guild.

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Now a Spring table wouldn’t look right without fresh flowers. Here, I enlisted the help of my local talented florist Matthew Richardson from The Urban Flower company, who I have previously written about here and here.

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After explaining to him about the colours that I would be using for the table, I left Matt to work his creative magic in my selected vases.

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The pinks, yellows, oranges and violets he used were simply stunning. Each piece was a work of art.

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I remembered previously interviewing Matt and he explained how his creations took fruition through instinct rather than set steps.

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I think that is truly a sign of an artistic mind. Hope you’ve enjoyed my Spring lunch table and the cheer these floral arrangements have brought. Wishing you a wonderful and restful weekend.

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Now that some semblance of warmer weather is starting to sweep London, my thoughts turn to a Spring refresh of my home office.

Admittedly, it is already very colourful, but I feel the time for a change. I’m veering towards a pastel palette like the inspiration above. Image via Art and chic from Present time.

I have compiled my wishlist below.

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These candy coloured shelves by Hay immediately caught my eye last weekend, when I walked into the Conran shop in London.

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Whilst in Los Angeles a few months back, fellow blogger and good friend Will introduced Gudy and I to Crate and Barrel and CB2. Imagine my delight, when I found out that they now ship to the UK.

Above are my picks from CB2:

The galvanized trunk in Canary yellow. Perfect for storing away any folders or paperwork.

The turquoise desk on wheels. A very ‘this season’ colour.

The dusky pink file cabinet.

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I already have a mint coloured Muuto Leaf lamp for my daughter’s room, but how could I resist this pale pink one! Just goes perfectly with everything above.

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I am always excited to see what Kerry Layton of Seventytree comes out with. She is so talented and I love her style.

These new prints would look perfect with all that I’ve chosen for the new study above, don’t you think?

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Now for a bit of indulgence! These Tongue chairs are by Arne Jacobsen, a ‘reissued’ lost design classic. The pink one would compliment the turquoise desk perfectly.

I spotted them two days ago whilst at Heal’s in London.

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Now for some icing on the cake. Here are some colourful pastel coloured desk accessories from Hay, which can also be purchased from Present and Correct.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post as much as I have pulling it together. Have a good week. x

 

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It was an honour last weekend to have my son’s bedroom featured on the front cover of the Sunday Times newspaper – Home section.

It was written by Katrina Burroughs, on Unisex style in children’s bedroom.

To quote Katrina “it was about the decor wars that are gently waged between adults and their offspring – and between adults and the purveyors of pink and blue designs –  and how the bill payers can triumph, creating child friendly yet stylish interiors that satisfy all parties.”

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I styled two gender neutral rooms for the feature. The above photo was used. The other room was styled in a monochrome palette, revealed below.

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Not sure if you remembered my son’s recent bedroom Spring refresh above? It was very blue.

I’ve fine tuned it to yellow and mint for the unisex feature.

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Katrina’s comment in the Sunday Times made me smile. Here it is “Her taste is understated, chic, design-savvy – good luck getting her to admit a novelty duvet into her house.”

Yes, the whole issue around novelty duvets! I’ve been lucky so far with the latter, my children have not really requested them and we have worked collaboratively to achieve the look in their rooms.

Here’s a list of where everything is from:

The duvet cover is from Hay; the linen mint ombre throw is from Designer’s Guild; the bed is from Little White company; the prints are by Fine Little Day and Corby Tindersticks; the chevron green rug is from Urban Outfitters; the side table is Componibili by Kartell; the mint leaf lamp is by Muuto.

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This striped cushion in yellow and blue is by Kangan Arora, a recent purchase from Heals. That sweet little fella sitting on the bed is by Lucky Boy Sunday.

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The chair is vintage, by Casalino and the cushion is by Lucky Boy Sunday.

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Here is the monochrome room

The duvet cover is Arne Jacobsen by Design Letters from Skandivis; the dog pillow is by H&M ; The Cross throw is by Pia Wallen; the geometric storage bag is by Ferm Living and the mint stool is part of the new Brakig range from Ikea.

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The monochrome prints are from Future and Found.

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The alphabet cups are by Design Letters and the laundry bag is by House Doctor.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my styling! Have a wonderful weekend. x

Allied-Maker-wall-lamp-on-little-big-bell.jpg Hello all! I’m back with another ‘A room in the house’ feature. This time it’s in the study, more specifically, how to keep the desk clutter free.

Quick wins include desk drawers and tidying away pens and pencils. Certainly the high street is saturated with all manner of paraphernalia to address the latter. I’m taking a more wide angle lens view of tidy, and here are my gathered thoughts.

The desk lamp, a common work surface staple, occupies a fair proportion of the desk area. A wall lamp may be the perfect space saving option.

I’m liking the above Allied Maker’s brass and oak lamp found via Remodelista.

Wall-lamps-for-home-office-study-on-little-big-bell.jpg For a more pared back, contemporary feel, how about the Caravaggio and AJ wall lamp ? The AJ lamp comes in a variety of pretty colours.

SSB1-book-shop-on-little-big-bell.jpg Point noted that a desk is a place for work, so no matter how one wants a clutter free area, there will always be books.

If standing up and down to reach an overlying shelf is too much of a distraction to the work flow, then a shelf for the desk like the one above, found via Book shop may be an aesthetically pleasing solution.

Penguin-donkey-and-Kay-and-Stemmer-little-big-bell.jpg If a shelf on the desk takes up too much room, an easy arms length away shelf may fit the bill. Here are two that I like, the Agnes side table from SCP and the classic Penguin donkey from Skandium.

alcove-shelving-study.jpg Can’t talk about a tidy desk without broaching the subject of shelving. There are many options for this. I’m liking this little alcove with its feature black wall and contrasting white shelves, found via Style at home.

For flexibility in configuration, try the String shelving system.

Grid-display-study-on-little-big-bell.jpg Now this metal grid ( accompanied by large paper clips, clipboards and hooks) above the desk, will not only provide clutter free, but can very much be a design feature too.

Image from Hitta-hem.

Organisation-ideas-in the study-on-little-big-bell.jpg Here are a few more ideas:

1.Wire coat hangers to hold up magazines. Image from Stylizimo.com

2. The Utensilo, now a classic, provides ample storage space above a desk.  (Image 2 via Hitta-hem .)

3. A free-standing spring frame with the dual role of desk tidy and display, found via Boligliv.dk.

Hope you’ve found some useful ideas here towards a clutter free desk. Have a great week all.

Graeme-Hawes-Heals-Modern-craft-market-Little-Big-Bell I was recently invited to the launch party of Heal’s discover: The Modern Craft Market. It was a wonderful event packed full of home grown talent, crafts and creatives.

The market which will run till February 16th, consist of a curated group of independent designers, Royal College of Art graduates and handpicked artisans from the Crafts Councils and Contemporary Applied Arts.

Here are my picks: The contrasting coloured rimmed bowls above by Graeme Hawes.

Meret-Probst-Heals-Modern-craft-market-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell These faceted glasses by Meret Probst that sparkled like Amber gems.

Gillies-Jones-Heals-London-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell These milky glass bowls by Gillies Jones are simply charming in hues of light minty blues.

Kirsty-Adams-ceramics-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell These beautiful and delicate ceramics by Kirsty Adams remind me of the Mediterranean, perfect for a Summer table setting.

Stuart-Carey-porcelain-stoneware-at-Heals-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Loving the porcelain stoneware bowls by Stuart Carey. The green and yellow bowls, when stacked, would look so sweet together.

Soderlund-Davidson-Heal's-modern-craft-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Soderlund Davidson’s mix and match candlestick holders are so much fun. You can select your layers and colours for a personalised creation.

Ikuko-Iwamoto-Heal's-London-photo-by-Geraldine-of-Little-Big-Bell Love the sculptural element of Ikuko Iwamoto’s vase and cups, along with their textural dots.

Kyra-Cane-Heal's-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell The bold black strokes wrapped around Kyra Cane’s porcelain bowls has that ombre effect that is so on trend at the moment.

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I wouldn’t mind one of these colourful pillows by Morag MacPherson. Inspired by vintage fabrics, they have been digitally printed on.

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This Kangan Arora cushion in my favourite colour Teal, is on the wish list.

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Kezia Regan’s cushion caught my eye for its fresh Spring green painterly effect.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my picks. If you are in London tomorrow, do pop in to Heal’s to explore.

Have a lovely weekend all. x

Little M's room Another instalment of my series ‘A room in the house’. This time it’s a little makeover of my son’s room.

He has had a monochrome themed room since last Autumn-Winter. The dreary, wet weather in London has prompted me to do a Spring refresh.

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I didn’t want to spend a huge budget on redecoration, yet wanted the flexibility of reverting back to the original look.

I decided on a new colour palette of mint green, blues and yellows. Here’s what I did:

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I changed the duvet cover to a neutral shade, with accent colours from my chosen palette. The result is a lighter and brighter look. The duvet cover is from Hay .

I picked a soft and beautiful teal ombre throw  from West Elm London. This has pulled together the blue tones in the vicinity.

The white Casalino chair is a vintage find from Ebay. It is immediately brought to life by the colourful Lucky Boy Sunday cushion I bought from from the Conran shop.

The mint Lego storage box was bought from Copenhagen. I believe it’s due to hit shops in London soon, part of the new season collection.

Luckyboysunday-Fancy-Nulle-Little-big-bell In his reading and chess playing corner, I have replaced an existing monochrome print with the above yellow Apple Papple print by Fine Little Day.

His black and white chess board got a Spring refresh too. The above yellow portable set is by Les Jouets Libres.

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Gone are the Lisa Bengtsson dog prints in the second image, replaced by a display of my son’s favourite books, all in a unifying colour of blue.

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Ikea has just released a new limited edition furniture range called Brakig,  a collaboration with a designers ArtRebels.

My favourite piece from the Brakig collection is this mint stool, which I have used as a side table for display.

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The fibrepot above in blue and greens by Serax Maison D’etre, will house fresh floral blooms of yellow in his room.

The wooden bunny is by Kay Bojesen.

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Here are a few more home accessories that I have spotted out and about.

They would be perfect for my son’s room.

I’m liking the geometric cushions in mint and smiling storage boxes by Ferm Living. That canary yellow pendant from Finnsdottir would also be sweet addition.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my Spring refresh to my son’s room. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead. x

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Hello! I’m back with another instalment of ‘A room in the house’ where I pick a room and discuss an interiors related aspect. In addition to that, I will endeavour to search for a similar product to help recreate the discussed look.

I am also very honoured that this new series has been one of Red magazine online’s Editor’s choice in their interior design blogs round up.

I’ve decided to tackle the topic of coffee tables in the living room. This is partly to address my need for one or even two, now that I’ve bought a new sofa for our lounge.

I’ve noticed the trend for ‘pairs’, especially when the tables are small. The combined lengths of the small tables should not be more than half the length of the sofa, otherwise it would feel like a barrier.

Another great idea is to use a contrasting metal table (as above). It adds a certain ‘bling’ factor and draws the eye to the room set whilst accentuating the sofa.

For a cool Copper table, take a look at Breeze by Swedese.

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Living-room-side-tables Two small coffee tables counterbalance each other at different heights. One should be above the seating level, to allow for easy access. The lower one looks better when smaller in size, so as to not come across as obstructing.

Two coffee tables in different materials such as the first image in metal and marble exudes eclecticism. For a toned down minimalist interior, pairing the tables in similar materials, such as the wood in the above image adds a visual continuity.

For a similar tables above, take a look at Normann Copenhagen’s Tablo coffee tables.

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How about something different? A characterful coffee table that doubles up as storage space. A vintage trunk may fit the bill. I am liking the combination of vintage and contemporary in the above photo.

For a cool and colourful trunk, I am liking the new collection at Cambridge Satchel company. I’m just hoping they will do pastel shades soon.

For vintage trunks, try  West Egg.

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A table on wheels can be both practical yet stylish, giving the option to move if space in front of the sofa is premium and easy to manoevre if laden with coffee table books. It is also the perfect choice for an Industrial look interior.

Two stylish wheel table options are the Trolley 901 by Artek and the Block side table by Normann Copenhagen.

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If you can’t find the coffee table in the colour of your choice, then a brilliant and possibly cheaper option would be to paint a vintage piece. I’m liking how this mint coloured table compliment the dusky pink and grey cushions adorning the sofa.

For advice and help on furniture painting, try the workshop at West Egg.

Hope you’ve enjoyed and found this post useful. Now, for my coffee table hunting to begin. Happy weekend all. x

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Home-London-2014 Hello all! Sorry for taking so long to post. I’ve been busy at the hospital lately, and have had numerous papers to write for our clinical team.

I did however manage to squeeze in the Home show 2014 last Sunday. It was fun to get a sneak peek of the new season home wares.

I will let most of my photos do the talking. Here are my picks:

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This sweet candy coloured print showing London landmarks is by Holly Francesca,one of Heart Home’s selected new designer.

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Another new designer picked by Heart Home is the talented Kirath Ghundoo. Love her geometric design wallpaper, in pretty pastel tones of mint, yellow and peach. The colour palette is just so perfect for this Spring and Summer.

I’ve just bought a mint coloured sofa and can visualise how perfect this paper would be as a backdrop.

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More wonderful wallpaper. These are by Claire Murray designs. Love the colourful one with Teal, yellows and fuschia pinks.

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Here we have the colourful work of talented Sian Elin. Her cushions and wallpaper are available at Heal’s, one of my favourite design stores in London.

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Aren’t those cat prints from Yoke adorable? Those bright splashes of colour bring so much cheer to our current grey weather in London.

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These vessels by Taz Pollard when grouped together are immediately eye catching, beautifully shaped and so unusual. Taz is one of the shortlisted candidates for the COADG bursary.

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There are more to these gorgeous patterned cushions than meet the eye. The top two are based on cross sections of human organs. The top one is the kidney and the middle one the brain. These bring back memories of when I was a medical student doing Anatomy.

The designer is Fanny Shorter and she is the winner of the COADG bursary.

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This jug by Mark Mc Ginnis looks great next to this blanket designed by Donna Wilson for SCP. Thank you to the lovely lady at the stand who allowed me to move her display around to get this photo.

Those minty greens and pinks go so well together. This may have been a purchase for me had it not been a trade show.

Donna-Wilson-for-SCP-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell More commissioned work by Donna Wilson for SCP.

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My love for all things Marimekko continues. It’s so funny that since I’m always promoting it on Instagram, I have had people ask me whether I was an agent for the brand.

This season is looking very sunny with bright yellows and pops of reds. This would be a perfect wake up photo for a rainy day.

Marimekko-cushions-Little-Big-Bell Here’s more!  Which cushion do you like?

I’m liking the black, white and green floral one.

Seven-Gauge-studios-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Dress your sofa with this gorgeous grey and yellow blanket from Seven Gauge studios. I first spotted this brand at a Heal’s furniture preview show. Perfect for cosy Winter snuggling.

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This forks range table runner really caught my eye. So quirky and cool. It’s by Jennifer Slattery. Do check out her website, there are loads more beautiful table linens there.

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This house shaped shelf reminds me of the one I own by Vitra. This is a cute display by Bloomingville .

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This is Mini Moderns‘ new print design for 2014 entitled ‘Dungeness’, part of their Hinterland collection.

Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire are the talented duo behind the brand. They have recently converted a railway car into a beach house and it is truly stunning. You can see it on Design Sponge.

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Mini Moderns have also developed a paint range that colour coordinates with their wallpaper and furnishings. Made up of 90% recycled content, it is also environmentally friendly. I can see the two perfect colours for this season – mint green and teal.

Mini-Moderns-Chouette-pillow-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Love the greens and pale blues of this ‘Chouette’ cushion, also by Mini Modern.

By-Nord-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell These colourful glasses from By Nord caught my attention. Liking the idea of placing a Spring bulb inside to sprout. You can buy them from the lovely Toni of Skandivis.

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The pink and mint green candle holder from Ferm Living is on my wish list.

Below is a gallery of my picks from the new season’s Ferm Living 2014. Enjoy!

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Ferm-Living-plant-holders Hope you like my picks. Have a happy week x

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Here’s another blog series for the New Year. Its called ‘My Design picks out and about’.

My first feature is from the annual East London Design show.

I’m liking this pretty print by Sarah Hamilton with its coastal feel and light blue palette. Looking at it makes me long for Spring.

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The above Nick Fraser terracotta pot was my first attempt at bringing more green indoors.

It was a delight to see more of his work on display at the fair (below).

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The pots can be used as light pendants too. Such versatility in design.

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How about these Teal coloured, steel piping candelabra, also by Nick? I say the perfect accent for an Industrial interior look.

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These wooden Peg figures in monochrome are simply adorable, hand painted by Carrie Hill of  Porter Colline.

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Plates by Yvonne Ellen stopped me in my tracks for 2 reasons. Firstly because of my favourite pastel hues of mint and rose and secondly, for the animal illustrations that bring a quirky edge to these vintage pieces.

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More favourite colours here. These teacups made me smile. Gin for breakfast anyone? Do take a look at Yvonne’s Folksy shop for more individual pieces.

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These Provencal soaps wrapped in paper designed by Emily Maude . They would make charming little gifts.

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Here are the sweet and colourful cards

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and wonderfully scented Lavender bags by Jessica Hayman of Rosa and Clara designs .

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A few cute stacking dolls like these would be a perfect addition for my son’s monochrome room. They are by Wee gallery and can be bought from Molly-Meg.

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These light boxes by Leal can be customised with different words. The LOVE one above would be a good contender for a unique Valentine’s day gift.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my picks. I’ll be back soon with my second post for ‘A room in the house’. x

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