The paint charts are being printed as I blog but in the meantime I wanted to give you lucky folk a sneaky preview of Fired Earth’s beautiful photography showcasing their new paint range. It’s been a year since Kevin McCloud’s Mid-Century capsule collection and so we’re all a little bit excited about The Paint Collection that is available at the end of the month. This time the inspiration is taken from colours, products and styles that the Fired Earth buying team have absorbed from their expeditions around the world. Made up of 36 colours the collection includes 24 accent shades and 12 new neutrals. The idea is you can create your own unique style by layering up the neutrals with bold statement colours. Express yourself…!

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Fired Earth, The Paint Collection, New paint range, Fired Earth buyers, accent colours, statement wall, neutrals, Kevin McCloud, ideal home, decorating, interiors, homeshoppingspy, alice humphrys

Fired Earth, The Paint Collection, New paint range, Fired Earth buyers, accent colours, statement wall, neutrals, Kevin McCloud, ideal home, decorating, interiors, homeshoppingspy, alice humphrys

Fired Earth, The Paint Collection, New paint range, Fired Earth buyers, accent colours, statement wall, neutrals, Kevin McCloud, ideal home, decorating, interiors, homeshoppingspy, alice humphrys

– Alice.

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It’s not everyday you can walk into a shop and come out with a vintage jelly mould reinvented as a pendant lamp, a Mexican bingo set, moose shaped firelighters and a deckchair. But if you’re lucky enough to live near the market town, Corbridge in Northumberland, you can! (For those that don’t, you can of course buy online, phew!), Simon Young and Jenny Vaughan’s converted workshop (round the back of an old filling station) is a treasure trove of totally unique finds for the home. They named their shop RE after two giant metal red letters they bought in a Parisian flea market…

People, step inside and feast your eyes on these wonderful buys..

I would very much like these jolly, jelly mould pendant lamps. How lovely to hang a row of these above a kitchen table…

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Planning fodder for your Jubilee street party yet? Make sure you get yourself a set of these British Isles cookie cutters..

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Keep your teapot cosy with this cute pom-pom number, hand knitted in Northumberland..

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This red, white and blue twine will come in handy for any Jubilee/Olympic crafty projects…

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Elsewhere there are gorgeous linen cushions, inspired by American flour sacks…

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original 50’s and 60’s mixing bowls in pretty on-trend pastel shades..

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and this ‘waste not want not’ fabric is sold off the roll, for £16 a metre. It’s 44cm wide perfect for a table runner. GREAT idea..

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Thank goodness it’s March! Spring had sprung and I’ve just bought 4 bunches of daffodils for £1 in my lunch break – hurrah! They’re currently bunged in a vase and just about surviving in our air conditioned office but what I’d really like to display them in is this…

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A test tube for each single stem. Ah Joy! Thank you RE. Delightful finds and next time I’m even vaguely heading oop north I’m going to take a detour and pop by. – Alice


Who needs expensive trend forecasting companies when you’ve got the new February issue of Ideal Home? It’s in the shops now and contains a massive trend-prediction pack full of beautiful photography and great buys. Here are the six key high street homeware looks for this season…

Think: streamlined 1950s-style furniture, subtle prints, Scandi influences, Ercol, Robin Day, Eames. Shop for the look: John Lewis, Dwell, Aram, Illustrated Living.

Think: Bold floral prints, bright colours, eclectic quirky accessories, craft, folk. Shop for the look: M&S, Anthropologie, Berry Red, Plumo.

Think: workshops, warehouse, school rooms, labs, factories, functional, industrial, retro. Shop for the look: Baileys, Elemental, Junk Deluxe, In My Room.

Think: Midnight blue, starry touches of silver and gold, night skies, saturated colour, inky indigo, copper and bronze. Shop for the look: Heal’s, Crown, Kazzbar, Bo Concept.

Think: Nostalgic, pared-back, coastal, country, hurricane lanterns, nautical stripes, grain-sacks. Shop for the look: Ian Mankin, The Linen Works, Roger Oates, Nordic House.

Think: grown-up, caramel, oyster, silk, blush, velvet, pearls, satin, ruffles and full-on glamour. Shop for the look: Laura Ashley, Lavender Room, The White Company.

PHEW! I think that’s quite enough trends for one post. Just in case you’re taking notes: 1: Mid Century Modern, 2: Floral Folk, 3: Factory Lines, 4: After Dark, 5: Back to Basics, 6: Age of Elgance. Over and out! – Ellie

NEW: H&M UK home range

July 12, 2010

Get ready for some serious shopping, people – H&M is launching a homeware collection in the UK – finally! Available online from September, this brand new range oozes designer-style, at teeny weeny high street prices. This. Makes. Me. Very. VERY. Excited. Observe:

We’ve lapped up H&M‘s on-trend-but-affordable fashion for years; on a personal note, I’ve been a big fan of the lint rollers (by the tills) for a decade at least. I probably need to get out more. When H&M homeware launched last year – in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands – basically, everywhere but here – it was an instant hit. The UK is more than ready for trend-led homewares, and I predict this new collection is going to be HUGE. Check out the place mats, napkins, cushions, and tea towels – this French-style look is oh-so-chic! I am LOVING the butterfly paper napkins, the Chanel ‘No.36’ cushion, the ‘Please put the milk bottles out’ tea towel – basically, everything here. And, to give you a rough idea of prices – we’re talking £4.99 for a hand towel, £24.99 for a duvet set and £69.99 for a bed spread. Pretty darn reasonable.

Bed linen with typewriters, Anglepoise lamps AND birds on it? So many trends in one place! Love it!

Oooh la la! There are some fabulous boudoir shower curtains here, and some stunning floral prints on towels and table runners. I really like the rich, midnight blue and teal rose pattern above – it reminds me of a vintage dress I have. What’s that? You’ve been searching for space-age, silver bed linen with a foil-like look for years? Coming right up…(I imagine Lady GaGa has this at home…to match her leotard):

Visit the H&M website in September to see the rest of this quirky collection. Three cheers for the hipsters at H&M. Hip Hip… – Ellie

When I was younger, my sister and I had a big plastic globe, which we never used. It was fun to spin it furiously, but geography was never really our thing, so it sat on a book shelf gathering dust. I suspect the globe was eventually taken to a charity shop when I reached my teens, and I haven’t thought of it since. Until now. Today, I find myself scouring eBay for a ‘retro globe’ – and kicking myself for chucking out a fabulous one twenty years ago.

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City globe, £64.40, Graham and Green

Globes are officially cool – everyone from Graham and Green to Dwell is stocking them, and every self-respecting designer has one perched on their desk, next to the obligatory stack of design bibles.

Swedish designer Cathy Gedda Westrall's home, from Design*Sponge

Swedish designer Cathy Gedda Westrall's home, from Design*Sponge

I wonder why globes are fashionable again? Perhaps in troubled times, having a pretty little plastic planet you can completely control is reassuring – it reminds you of your place in the bigger picture. Maybe it’s also an example of people craving comforting symbols from the past. Recent research reveals that when we’re faced with an uncertain future, we return to the familiar household brands we grew up with – from Bisto gravy to Bird’s custard, a recessionary revival is under way. Heinz traditional tomato soup is selling at twice the pace of its newer Farmer’s Market label and some traditional labels have reported sales rises of up to 40 per cent in just six months. Perhaps globes are symbolic of happier times – cosy old-fashioned studies, school days and childhood – and their presence in our homes is comforting on some sub-conscious level. I like these faded antique globes from Pedlars best:

Antique globes, from £69 each, Pedlars

 

Antique globes, from £69 each, Pedlars

If your style is a bit sleeker and your look is contemporary, take a look at these smart metallic globes from Dwell. All very urban, and not my cup of tea, but perfect for a striking, modern home.

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Desk globe in black, £45; large silver desk globe, £65; both Dwell

Popping into Paperchase the other day, I realised that a quick way to bring globes to my home is with a cheery 50p postcard, so I’ve propped this one up on my desk until eBay comes up with the goods!  – Ellie

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Are you a pinkaholic?

March 27, 2009

Do you love anything pink? If so, then the new website www.pink4fun.com is for you. It’s a shopping directory for all things rosy in fashion and homes, which you can buy online if you click through the site to the manufacturer’s website. Here are a few of our favourites:

 Jamie Dream Ottoman, Graham and Green

Jamie Dream Ottoman, Graham and Green

 

 Pink Mother Of Pearl Inlay Chest Of Drawers, Graham and Green

Pink Mother Of Pearl Inlay Chest Of Drawers, Graham and Green

 

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Pink 15" LCD Digital TV with Freeview, Toys R Us

 

Dark pink Egyptian cotton towels, Debenhams

Dark pink Egyptian cotton towels, Debenhams

 

Travel tags, Aspinals of London

Travel tags, Aspinals of London

 

Smeg fridge freezer, Next

Smeg fridge freezer, Next

If this is all a bit too much pink (!) then click on the Ideal Home website for style and gift inspiration in every colour – Emily 

…and counting. We’re all a bit fragrant happy here in the Ideal Home office as we’ve just sampled the new scents from the limited edition Kohdo Wood collection for Jo Malone, which launches on 1st April. There’s a scent for day – Lotus Blossom & Water Lily – designed to be uplifting and invigorating, which includes cologne in two sizes, shower gel and a home candle:

Lotus Blossom & Water Lily

Lotus Blossom & Water Lily

…and a scent for the evening  – Dark Amber & Ginger Lily – which is designed to be soothing and sensual. It comes in cologne in two sizes, as a bathing soak and (hooray) another home candle:

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Dark Amber & Ginger Lily

We’re not sure if we prefer the madarin and amber notes of the day scent or the cardamom and orchid notes of the evening scent – so we just might have to buy both! – Emily