24 Feb 2009

Wall covering.

Today we take a  look at Eco friendly alternatives for your walls.  If you want something that is kind to the environment as well as stylish then check out whats on offer over at Eco Centric, co-foundered by the TV designer Oliver Heath. Oliver has carefully selected Eco clay paints in lovely soft muted shades,which don't give off harmful VOCs gasses. (pictured above) But if you fancy something a bit more eye catching how about this saucy little number, (below) Burlesque ,inspired by glamorous cabaret performers and designed by Dupenny, its sure to be a talking point!

Not your cup of tea? then try the more sedate Harry's Garden, a charming design with birds and trees, in a summer garden. The birds are hand coloured which give each roll of wall paper a hand crafted quality.

All the wallpaper are made using sustainable paper and printed using water based inks, which do not harm the environment. For more designs just click over to Eco centric and check out whats on offer, prices start at just £29.95 per roll.

You know spring is coming....

  • When turning down the heating a notch or two doesn't mean piling on six extra layers of clothing.

  • When the laundry basket is much lighter, due to the fact that family members have stopped piling on six layer of clothes.

  • When the birds singing out side your bedroom window at 5am in the morning sound like they have just popped out of a Disney film.

  • Animals start to act strangely, the 18 year old cat who you thought had just seen his last winter, starts to prance and jump around the kitchen as if he was a kitten again.

  • When house work takes on the label of "spring cleaning".

  • People catch themselves being happy for no apparent reason.

  • When every grocery shop has shelves of chocolate bunnies on display.

20 Feb 2009

Wall covering

Over the next week or so I will be taking a look at Wall covering. It is said that us Brits just love magnolia paint to adorn the walls of our homes, partly due to the by -to -let market, and land lords playing safe. But if you do fancy a change from cream of beige for your decor just what else is there? Kicking off today is a product that started its life on the kitchen table of Hannah Colman, who had a vision of creating a loft apartment look to for new, new build home. Standing back and admiring her achievement, she wondered if this could sell to the interior design market, and shortly after in 2003 Dreamwall as born. DreamWall is now the leading UK wall covering specialist in Imitation Brick, Stone and Slate wall panels, and has been extensively used in the commercial market by retailers such as Fatface, and Helly Hansen. Its light weight and easy installation makes it just as appealing for the home, and my personal favourite is the grey slate effect from the Total stone range pictured above. Dream walls flag ship product is The Rustic brick range pictured below, this look was inspired by the many factory and mill conversions in the UK.

If you would like more information on these products, check out Hannahs website here. You can aslo follow Hannahs blog posts on mydeco here.

19 Feb 2009

A breath of fresh air.

As I opened the new catalog from The White Company this week and flicked through the pages of the timeless and stylish products for the home, I would have to agree with the heading on the inside cover which introduced this seasons collection. A breath of fresh air. Pure calming whites combined with soft muted shades of pewter grey, natural, and cloud grey help to create a timeless elegance that would be just as at home in a cottage or contemporary apartment. I particularly love the white wood wall mounted frames, and the platinum bottle lamp, new this season. well worth a visit.

15 Feb 2009

Get arty with lamp shades

How about this simple little weekend project, use old maps to create a lamp shade using a lamp shade kit, available at craft stores or check on line.  

9 Feb 2009

Spring collections hit the high street

At last the never ending sales are coming to an end, and the spring collections for the home are starting to hit the high street. We popped into Bhs over the weekend to see what had arrived (BHS has become the new Woolworth for me) and where pleasantly surprised at the vintage range. I particularly like the vintage bird cushions  with a home crafted feel to them.

The vintage range continues with this collection for the laundry in colours of clotted cream duck egg blues and and white. This pretty collection will soon have you in the mood for a spring clean.
Fabric Laundry basket, £25; Round Laundry Basket, £30; Vintage Blue floral laundry bag, £10; Vintage blue floral peg bag, £6; Ultimate towel set, from £3; Shabby chic towel set, from £7

Pop into your local BHS to see more in this range. You will not be disappointed.

Photos courtesy of Bhs

3 Feb 2009

Getting Crafty

If there is one thing that is catching on fast this year, it is crafts. Our local paper reported that the interest in craft courses at our local highland college is on the up, with most of them being full up. So that begs the question, what new craft are you learning? Click in the comments at the bottom of this post to let us know. My efforts are more along the line of re-using things around the house, so what was once milk powder containers become storage for my bits and bobs. And a diary gets a make over with similar fabric. A little Blue Peter-ish I know! Hey I'm new at this.

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