home: event [ print and sewing workshop ] 

home: event [ print and sewing workshop ] 

We love Nikki McWilliams and her amazing cushion and accessory collection that even though this is a workshop to make a clutch (from her original cushion designs) we couldn’t help but want to shout about it. These tickets will sell out first. 

Click HERE to get tickets for this super workshop being held at West Elm, London. 

We love how West Elm supports small brands and businesses and gives them great opportunities.

When: Thursday 1st September / 6pm – 8.30pm

Where: West Elm, Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7PN
Tickets: £35

home: found this [ wire storage ]

home: found this [ wire storage ]

In the last year Oliver Bonas has really made a statement with its homeware and is continuing this through great on- trend furniture. The latest item to hit the site is these funky wire framed storage units. 

Available in a variety of sizes and colours including coral, copper and pale blue they are perfect in a kitchen for displaying tableware, books and jars. Use one in a bathroom for storing towels and linens, or dress one up in a living  room with pictures, plants, books etc.

[ Starting from £65 for the two shelf, up to £265 for the nine shelf ]


home: trend [ pink ] 

home: trend [ pink ] 

1. Ted Baker Peony Bedding Range £35 – £110 / House Of Fraser 

2. Shocking pink (try Crown at B&Q

3. Pale Pink (Try Dulux at Homebase

4. Stardust Quartz tiles £6.84 p/sqm / Porcelain Superstore 

5. Geometric Cushion £12 / Urbanara 

6. Bagsie Sofa £2095 / Loaf 

7. Honolulu Wallpaper £20 / Graham & Browne 

8. Shut Up + Sit Down Print £21.50 / Skandivis 

This is a trend to expand what may be a naive view that pink is just for little girls or lounges in the eighties. 

Modern pink interiors are cool, striking, yet calming, and the range of shades that sit together well and with other colours give ample opportunity to find the right shade to work for you. 

Hot pink look clean with white // Pale shades looking subtle against warm woods
Layering up shades of pink is so effective for a rich inviting interior
Choose pinks to suit you. Pink can be introduced in small details, accessories and soft furnishings. Bolder use of the colour can be for walls in paint or wallpaper. The strongest look is combining shades for every element of a room and building the look with textures and patterns. 

If pink seems to much to have as the main colouring in interior design then try using it as a highlight colour. It’s a perfect addition to a monochrome room and works beautifully alongside other high light colours including copper, soft grey and beige. 

Perfect pink patterns and textures from cushions (see below for buying)
(From left to right / row by row)

|| Swirly Fur £4.99 The Range • Tropical Bird • Butterfly Matthew Williamson £11 Debenhams || 

|| Striped £138 Iconic Dutch • Lotus £35.99 Turnbull & Thomas • Renee Embroidered £29.50 Marks & Spencer || 

|| Las Tanner Knit £35 John Lewis • Shell £95 Amara  • Watercolour Floral £12.55 RedBubble • || 

home: made [ hand painted tableware ]

home: made [ hand painted tableware ]

There are some gorgeous hand painted items available at the moment, from floral plates to polka dot mugs. The idea is so simple it’s worth giving it a go yourself.

Get hold of some basic white tableware [ try Ikea ] and then decide what look you want to achieve. Go monochrome and use a black pen to create a dot or stripe effect, or bring colour using paints [ dishwasher safe ] to make swirls, floral designs or a geometric pattern. Be as creative as you want, whatever works within your home.

[ Head to ebay for pens and paints ]

Below are some tutorials to give you ideas.






home: nice price [ desk tidy ] 

home: nice price [ desk tidy ] 

Available in either silver or gold, we love the Giant Thimble Tidy at only £10 from Red Candy

It’s a handy pen pot or organiser, great for brushes, cutlery or pencils but would also work great for a plant pot for small indoor plants. Cluster a few together with varying size house plants for a great kitchen display – or use as fresh growing herbs pots! 

Both practical and perfect for the metallic trend. 

home: favourite thing [ mirror ]

home: favourite thing [ mirror ]

We love a statement mirror and this example from Urban Outfitters in no exception. The colour-block mirror with tinted panels is perfect for any room, especially a hallway or living room.

Available as an online exclusive at urbanoutfitters.com for £89

[ If you love mirrors look back at an older trend post where we show you the best styles to pick from ]

home: featured [ The Barbican shop ] 

home: featured [ The Barbican shop ] 

Museum and tourist attraction shops are always full of great gifts, homeware and amazing design, and the shop at The Barbican is no different. 

Not just for a postcard or a branded pencil this store is full of well curated ranges of modern designers including super ceramics, prints and homeware gifts. 

The whole retro, midcentury (up to the 80s) design is emulated in the styles and trends that the products are designed to. If you like industrial, brutalism and midcentury design you’ll love the shop and be able to fill your home with great pieces. 

And if you love that design even more, check out The Modern House (the modern estate agent) to see if there’s properties available to buy in The Barbican complex – love the style, live the style. 
Goods available online but for the full range visit the store on site

home: event [ midcentury east ]

home: event [ midcentury east ]

Head to east london this October to visit another brilliant Modern Shows event. Get hold of some fantastic mid century pieces with some of Europe’s best dealers in furniture, ceramics, glassware, fabrics and much more.

If you like a bit of Eames, Jacobsen and Bertoia then this is the place for you. This time not only can you explore all the usual great offerings, but you can marvel at the Grade II listed Haggerston School. This is Erno Goldfinger’s only secondary school built between 1964 and 1965.

Sunday 9th Oct 2016

10am – 4pm

Tickets £10

Check modernshows.com for ticket info.

home: found this [ typography prints ] 

home: found this [ typography prints ] 

Always popular and stylish for walls, typography and quote based prints work well as alternative art for the walls. It can create a modern, clean look which isn’t fussy for a room, as well as depending on the wording can be motivational or inspiring. 

We love the huge selection of prints at King&McGaw. It has an extensive range of styles and designs with great brands and artists on their books. The price range is broad from basic prints to more rarer designs. 

Search under ‘typography’ and ‘quotes’ and explore the range. 

home: trend [ scandinavian ]

home: trend [ scandinavian ]

Not many trends can stand the test of time. Throughout the year you have Spring / Summer looks and Autumn / Winter looks which work for that time of the year, whether it’s tropical prints, nautical and bright tones or knitted, woodland and textured, these trends come and go.

A style and interior trend that has grown year on year is Scandinavian. It’s popularity is due to its relaxed nature and is very simple to achieve. Using a subtle colour palette, key furniture and a selection of textures you can easily get the look in your room.

Prints and art sit strongly within this trend. Black & White typography and graphic art work really well pulling together the scandinavian feel. Texture also plays a big part, with faux fur and knitted wool throws creating a cosy welcoming space to relax.  Continuing with soft furnishings you cannot call a room Scandi influenced without rugs layed on wooden flooring. Make sure the rug has a pattern and keep the colours to a minimum.

If you want to bring colour to your room consider deep oranges and blues, they work really nice with the different wood tones that are used. Go bold with a coloured sofa or chair, alternatively paint a wall offset with white furniture and accessories. A popular style of sofa is a rattan framed option, creating interest and giving a sense of outdoors living but inside, as well as giving the versatility of a day bed. Also consider a large mid century style leather sofa in brown or caramel.

For chair inspiration check out Arne JacobsonHans Wegner and Kaare Klint.

Furniture really makes a room and the bolder the better in this case. Mix walnut finishes with mango wood and acacia vaneer. A classic low level console with drawers and doors will look great with a selection of plants, frames and accessories arranged on top. Another key piece is a display cabinet showing off a lovely collection of glassware and ceramics.

When bringing lighting into the room keep the wood theme by opting for a woven bamboo shade or freestanding floor lamp.

A good place to start to get the scandinavian look at varied budgets is buy heading to Ikea.comSkandivis.co.uk and Skandium.com


1. Pair of dining chairs from made.com [ £189 ]

2. Rug from ikea.com [ £59 ]

3. Print from indish.co.uk [ £36 ]

4. Walnut coffee table from ikea.com [ £195 ]

5. Faux fur cushion from hm.com [ £12.99 ]

6. Frame from skandivis.co.uk [ £29 ]

7. Dala horse from atnumber67.co.uk [ £9.90 ]

8. Sofa from husandhem.co.uk [ £3740 ]

9. Cabinet from ikea.com [ £110 ]

10. Console from johnlewis.com [ £1299 ]

11. Bamboo lampshade from loandbeholdstore.com [ £95 ]

12. Throw from hm.com [ £29.99 ]

13. Chair from nest.co.uk [ £185 ]