HOT TREND: Paint effects

March 18, 2010

Grab your paintbrush and strike a creative pose, preferably with an easel and palette…painterly (if that’s a word?!) effects are going to be huge this season, dahling. Check out these new Conran Shop plates, the ‘Prova Prima’ swatch collection…

Designer Paola Navone (who has an exhibition at Few and Far at the moment, by the by) was inspired by the discarded swatch plates she found on the floors of Richard Ginori‘s Tuscan factory which were covered in casual tester spots where plate-decorators had been testing out colours. If you’re into painterly effects, pop to House of Fraser for painted bed linen that looks like a watercolour of a summery meadow…

…then head to Bhs to stock up on painted accessories like these cute salt and pepper shakers. Chouette!

And gorgeous painterly poppy plates from our friends at Anthropologie. SIGH. – Ellie


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HOT SHOP: Bhs

February 26, 2010

Bhs has been producing fabulous home accessories for a while now, but I think the new summer range is the best yet. Check out the Bohemia collection – all very pretty and feminine:

I’ve always wanted a bedroom with a door onto the garden like this…so airy in the summer. Love the shell pendant light fitting, too…

Turquoise, hot pink and bright yellow – what a fabulous combination of zingy colours! It’s a mix we were chatting about earlier today actually, in a live interiors surgery for the Times Online.

Cute towels here with a birdy theme (see more about Garden Birds in the May issue of Ideal Home!)…and what a crisp, beautiful bathroom. Shots like this make me want to paint everything in my house white and just have colourful accessories. Sigh.

Sweet appliqué cushions here – and a fabulous butterfly rug!! I’m sure we’ve admired the wallpaper collage in this location house before, but isn’t it lovely? I knew there was a reason for my obsessive stash of wallpaper samples! Have a lovely weekend. I’m off to an antiques fair in Detling, so I’ll be sniffing out beautiful things for my home and sorting through the weird and wonderful, too. I’ll take some pics for Monday. I can feel a photo-montage coming on already… –Ellie