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Götheborg wallpapers: a voyage of discovery from Sandberg

You know me by now. You know I love a botanical look within any interior. You’d therefore know I was thrilled with the new Götheborg wallpapers from The Sandberg Studio.

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Calle:  With its distressed patina, Calle appears antique. It depicts collectors’ items from

various Chinese dynasties, dating as far back as the 10th Century when ceramics,

calligraphy and painting were flourishing.

Götheborg, is an evocative and imaginative collection that marries Linnea’s botanical themes with tales of travel to far-flung lands. The famous 18th Century Swedish botanist, Carl Linnaeus, bears much of the responsibility for bringing the world to Sweden. He was an enlightened man, who devised the binomial nomenclature (or plant names) we still use around the world today. He was constantly searching to broaden his knowledge and enhance his experience. His disciples travelled aboard the East India Company’s ship when it set sail from Gothenburg, subsequently returning home from China with not only vivid descriptions and actual specimens of foreign plants and animals, but also brim full of new impressions, cultures and fashions. Since that time, Gothenburg has continued to flourish as port of some note, embracing influences from China, India, Europe and America.

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Sara: Named after Carl Linnaeus’ wife, in whose room at their summer retreat near Uppsala

hang four hand-painted Chinese pictures depicting bookcases from an affluent Chinese home

(they are still there today). The shelves contain fine porcelain, cakes, fruit, flowers, rolled-up

prints, tea in beautiful boxes, ink and brushes, as well as a large number of books, some of them

well-known Chinese works. The four pictures have now been combined into one bookcase and

transformed into an eye-catching decorative paper, as well as a 100% linen fabric.

 

Götheborg celebrates the busy Swedish port, its heritage and the new cultures, people and ideas it has welcomed over the centuries.

 

Sandberg’s Götheborg collection offers a diverse and engaging selection of ten wallpaper designs united by the common theme of travel, its treasures and its experiences. It mixes screen-printed botanical motifs with stripes and checks, textured plains and a very on-trend, digitally-printed, trompe l’oeil bookcase design.

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Astrid: A plaid with a textured appearance, which picks up the theme of the

collection’s semi plain papers.

The colour palette is soft, earthy and chalky, in beguiling mixes of sandy beige, graphite and dove grey, pale azures and powdery blues, subtle jade greens enhanced with hints of exotic terracotta and intense cobalt.

 

You can’t get your hands on it just yet, it will be launched in mid August, but if you’d like some samples do get in touch.

 

If you have a garden, interior or landscaping project which you need help with or ideas for then please give me a ring: Alison 01572 747318 or 07973843020.

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Evert: A classic two-colour stripe, which acts as a bridge for the whole collection.

It enjoys a bold scale that is balanced by its understated shades.

I work on interior design and garden design projects in Stamford, Lincolnshire, Oakham, Uppingham and Rutland as well as further afield. I will design a garden to complement the architecture of your home and choose the right landscaping materials to complement it. If you are frustrated with endless searching for the right fabric or wallpaper and paint colours and overwhelmed with the enormous choice, then allow me to make a handpicked selection for you. I will complement the style of your existing rooms and provide a few choice pieces which will bring the whole look together.

 

 

 

 

The art of using wallpaper

If you really want to make a statement in a room you can do worse than letting the walls do all the work. Hanging wallpaper on your walls adds instant personal style. From the most over the top design to the subtlest texture, wallpapers make a design statement.

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Wallpapering one wall, chimney breast or alcove provides an opportunity to indulge in a lavish design that you wouldn’t want covering an entire room. While wallpapering a whole room can transform it into a special place. Many companies are now producing smaller scale prints which won’t look out of place covering all walls even within a small room.

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What do I need to think of:

The only thing you need to be aware of is the scale of the pattern compared to the room. With a large scale pattern, which has a large repeat, you will need a high ceiling or a staircase, where you have a significant drop, to really get the impression of the scale of the pattern.

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Before you start, clean walls and fill any holes or cracks. For just one feature wall, especially on a chimney breast, place the first piece of wallpaper in the centre. Use a plumb line or spirit level to draw a line where the edge of the first piece of paper will be hung.

Work out the wallpaper drop (the length from ceiling to skirting board) and add 10cm to both the top and the bottom for trimming. Cut the first piece.

In order to match the pattern, place this first piece alongside the next length of wallpaper, line up the pattern, add trimming allowances to the top and bottom, and cut the next piece. With large patterns there can be quite a lot of waste so ensure you have worked this out before ordering.

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If you have an interior or garden and landscaping project which you need help with or ideas for, then please give me a ring: Alison 01572 747318 or 07973 843020.

I work on interior design and garden design projects in Stamford, Lincolnshire, Oakham, Uppingham and Rutland as well as further afield. I will design a garden to complement the architecture of your home and choose the right landscaping materials to complement it. If you are frustrated with endless searching for the right fabric or wallpaper and paint colours and overwhelmed with the enormous choice, then allow me to make a handpicked selection for you. I will complement the style of your existing rooms and provide a few choice pieces which will bring the whole look together.

 

 

New interior launch from Scion

Scion_WabiSabi_17_LRAs the weather warms up we all start to think about brightening up our interiors and what better way than with one of the new Spring collections. Young brand Scion has a fantastic new collection launching in March and here’s a sneak preview.  Wabi Sabi, is a striking and eclectic collection of prints, weaves and wallcoverings, which adheres to the Scion principles of cutting-edge, individual and affordable fabrics and wallcoverings.

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The collection name ‘Wabi Sabi’ originates from a Japanese philosophy, which embraces two separate concepts: ‘Wabi’ – humble and simple, and ‘Sabi’ – aged and weathered. Together they represent the most honest, modest and simple form of beauty with calmness, confidence and respect: a beauty, which transcends perfection and celebrates the loveliness inherent in the less-than-perfect.

Scion’s Wabi Sabi collection celebrates the beauty of imperfection, encapsulating the spirit of age-old hand crafted techniques. The 13 fabrics and 10 non-woven wallpaper designs are inspired by traditional methods such as block-printing, shibori, batik and ikat. They appear naive, natural, casual and uncontrived, perhaps even timeworn and weathered, but at the same time they are refreshing and uplifting, in a stunning array of mood-enhancing shades.

The motifs are a beguiling blend of abstract, geometric, organic and floral, which make a powerful statement individually and mixed together. Painterly brushstrokes, stripes, chevrons, ikats, batiks, tie-dyes, ink spots, ombrés and floral motifs all fuse effortlessly to create an understated, sometimes mis-matched yet always harmonious, interior.

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The colour palette enhances the designs and reflects their inherent charm and simplicity – and with names like this who could resist? – midnight, indigo and ink; chalk, stone and hay; charcoal, ebony, slate and smoke; apple, grass, moss and obsidian; vermilion, baked earth, umber and oxide; viridian, seaglass and teal; raspberry, amethyst and clover.

Wabi Sabi’s printed fabrics and wallcoverings are manufactured in the UK, by factories that have clear commitments and initiatives towards the care of the environment and to sustainability.

Wabi Sabi upholds Scion’s accessible pricing policy: printed fabrics start at £26.00/mtr and wallcoverings are £32.00/roll. The collection will be available nationally and internationally from March 2013. If you would like samples of any of the fabrics or wallpapers please give me a ring. Tel: 01572 747318

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I work on interior design and garden design projects in Stamford, Lincolnshire, Oakham, Uppingham, Rutland, Oundle and Northamptonshire as well as further afield. I will design a garden to complement the architecture of your home and choose the right landscaping materials to complement it. If you are frustrated with endless searching for the right fabric or wallpaper and paint colours and overwhelmed with the enormous choice, then allow me to make a handpicked selection for you. I will complement the style of your existing rooms and provide a few choice pieces which will bring the whole look together.

 

 

 

Create Momentum on your walls

As we move from Summer to Autumn we all feel the need to make a few changes in our homes and garden – to keep the momentum of change going. Originally launched in 2011, the Momentum range from Harlequin is now expanding with two distinct ranges launching this month: Momentum Wallcoverings Volume 2 and Momentum Sheers & Structures.

 

Harlequin wallpaper, Leaf

The new Momentum wallcoverings collection enjoys a fashion-focussed, forward-looking palette of chalky tones, ranging from subtle neutrals to monochromes and on-trend brights such as orange, apple and teal. Embossed effects, sumptuous beaded textures and metallic highlights add the finishing touch of glamour.

 

Harlequin wallpaper Maze

Sleek and sophisticated meets graphic and architectural, this contemporary-chic collection of textured wallcoverings features a stunning mix of eclectic styles, graphic prints and quirky designs such as People, a subtle motif which at a second glance reveals silhouettes of people in a crowd; Flint, a textured slate wall effect, with a flint-like appearance, enhanced by hints of metallic; Array, a striking woven effect design in graded chalky colours with vibrant ‘pops’ of colour; Leaf: a silhouette of oversized leaves, in both graphic solid colours and beaded neutrals; and Trellis: a lattice design in both subtle neutrals and bold flat shades, embellished with metallics and sparkling beads.

Harlequin wallpaper – Flint

Later in the week, I’ll bring you the story of the Harlequin Sheers so keep a look out.

If you have a garden, interior or landscaping project which you need help with or ideas for then please give me a ring: Alison 01572 747318 or 07973843020.

I work on interior design and garden design projects in Stamford, Lincolnshire, Oakham, Uppingham and Rutland as well as further afield. I will design a garden to complement the architecture of your home and choose the right landscaping materials to complement it. If you are frustrated with endless searching for the right fabric or wallpaper and paint colours and overwhelmed with the enormous choice, then allow me to make a handpicked selection for you. I will complement the style of your existing rooms and provide a few choice pieces which will bring the whole look together.

What’s new at London Design Week?

London Design Week has been a luscious affair. The warmth of colour within the new collections is breathtaking with some similar themes coming through.

The latest trend of mid century design is a strong one which we also saw at the Furniture fair at the NEC in January. Collections from new brand Scion are leading the way in this area.  There was also a huge showing of flags – as you’d expect in the Jubilee year and with the Olympics almost upon us.

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The move towards art and the arts and modern crafts movement continues with brands pulling inspiration from crafters. New furniture from JVB, the South African brand is temptingly good. What they have done so well is to bridge the price quality divide and maintain beautiful styling and quality at a good price.

New looks from Mulberry include some amazing embroideries and complement the traditional English look which they have mastered so well.

I love this Mulberry sofa

Looking into the past for inspiration is the Zoffany brand. They have been working with mural artist and specialist in Elizabethan painted decoration Melissa White who has pulled together a beautiful collection under the Arden name. Taking inspiration from the Tudor period the collection of wallpapers, prints, weaves and embroideries uses subtle colours reminiscent of the period. “Putting the designs into new colourways for Zoffany has been a revelation as suddenly they have new personalities and a new lease of life, Melissa explained.

 

Verdure wallpaper from the Arden collection by Zoffany

Artist Melissa said “working with the zoffany design team has been a real inspiration as they have such knowledge of the making process which has enabled the wallpapers and fabrics to be manufactured on a large scale. Being able to bring my designs to a broader audience is amazing.”

Much of Melissa’s work is on old properties uncovering period work and recreating those designs in a more modern setting. It is seen by her clients but never gets seen by a wider audience, the new Zoffany collection will now bring her work to a much broader audience.

 

Zoffany’s Saffron Walden wallpaper form the new Arden collection

For a stunning look to a wall then the new Cole and Son wallpapers are hard to beat. The new Albemarle Coleridge collections would really make a statement in an entrance hall. While the metallic effect on the Albemarle Albery wallpaper is quite beautiful.

 If you have a building project, interior or garden and landscaping project which you need help with or ideas for then please give me a ring: Alison 01572 747318 or 07973843020.

I work on interior design and garden design projects in Stamford, Lincolnshire, Oakham, Uppingham and Rutland as well as further afield. I will design a garden to complement the architecture of your home and choose the right landscaping materials to complement it. If you are frustrated with endless searching for the right fabric or wallpaper and paint colours and overwhelmed with the enormous choice, then allow me to make a handpicked selection for you. I will complement the style of your existing rooms and provide a few choice pieces which will bring the whole look together.

Home Interior Styles

I heard a lovely thing on radio 2 recently: a caller said he knew it was Spring because his wife had said “this lounge needs painting.” I’m sure I say it every year but this is my favourite time of year. There is so much promise in the air, new buds are awakening every day and long forgotten bulbs are appearing like buried treasure from the damp earth.

For the interior one of the easiest ways to create a new look is with paint or wallpaper and I think the Radio 2 caller’s wife had a point. At this time of year light levels change and our homes do look different and a freshen up with some paint can work wonders. If you’re feeling brave you could also think about decorating a feature wall with a strong colour (if the room is big enough to take it) or a feature wallpaper. The fabric houses are full of strong primary colours at the moment with dominant patterns in striking color combinations so work these into your new scheme too. The colour at the Cannes Film Festival this week is reportedly WHITE but my Global Colour Research partners inform me that the colour for May is GREEN. There’s so much green about at the moment from the very restful to the striking and vibrant limes. I love some of the new looks the fabric houses are launching. If your budget is tight simply opt for a change of cushions and accessories but if you have more to spare then a new set of curtains or blinds will transform a room.

Little Greene Paint creates a striking feature wall

Paint has come a long way in recent years and we are all so much more aware of its environmental impact not just in terms of voc’s but in its storage and handling too.

One of my favourite paint company’s, Little Greene’s, offers a fantastic range of environmentally-friendly water-based paints. They are passionately committed to acting positively and responsibly in order to minimise the ecological impact of their manufacturing and distribution process. All the company’s paints are manufactured in their own UK factory using only the finest organic, natural and safe-synthetic pigments.

They have such a high reputation that Little Greene Paints were selected to decorate The Prince’s Foundation Natural House at this year’s Ideal Home Show.

The company has been working on this project with The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment, an educational charity founded by HRH The Prince of Wales, for some time and is a source of considerable pride as well as much inspiration for Little Greene.

The Foundation aims at establishing sustainable, responsible construction methods for the planning, designing and building of community housing, thereby improving the quality of people’s lives.

Little Greene’s water-based paints are quick drying, virtually odourless and brushes can be safely washed in tap water after use. Colours selected are evocatively (and appropriately) named shades such as Salix, Celestial Blue, Acre, Linen Wash and Clay Mid. If you’d like more information on Little Greene visit their web site or give me a call and I’ll order samples for you.

I believe that every space can be comfortable, relaxed and beautiful without you feeling pressured to be perfect.  I would love to help you achieve your beautiful home. If I can help with a home or garden project please give me a call. Alison: 01572 747318 or 07973843020.

Going back to our roots

The use of archive material for fabrics and wallpapers has been a trend which has continued this season with many of the most influential fabric houses turning to their archives for inspiration. I was amazed at how many of these old, botanical, prints can take on a quite contemporary look when re-coloured to appeal to our tastes today.

G P & J Baker have taken the beautiful ‘Ferns’ design which was produced in the 1900s by Joseph M Doran. Produced in 1935 for 12 guineas the design is based on botanical drawings in Curtis’ Flora Londinensis (plants growing within 10 miles of London) between 1777 and 1798. It was such a popular design both in the UK and the USA that versions were reproduced in 1936, 1937 and then again in 1975.

For Zoffany the Gustavus wallpaper collection also takes a lead from nature and pays homage to the Gustavian style of Scandinavia. Core colours of creams, whites, blues and greys are warmed with the addition of earthy reds. The challenge, for the Zoffany design studio, was replicating the quality of the natural materials, inherent in eighteenth century Swedish interiors, for a contemporary market. By using modern printing techniques and rich opaque pigments the studio has captured the authentic textures of natural wood and rough plaster.

Albertine, based on a Drottningholm paper from 1782, has all the characteristics of a French 18th century silk with bouquets of roses set between striped panels intertwined with leaves. In interpreting this beautiful weave into wallpaper, two techniques were used; the stylized background pattern was first block-printed, whereas the bouquets and trailing leaves, evidently hand brushed, would have been painted on afterwards. Two different types of printing rollers were employed to achieve the same effects for the Zoffany Albertine wallpaper.

Since it was founded in 1860 Sanderson has worked with many prominent designers. The 2010 Spring collection has been selected to showcase the creativity and diversity to be found in its archive. One of my favourites, Early Tulips, dates from the 1920s and has been redrawn by the design studio and is now both a fabric and wallpaper. The bold coloured tulip heads are a clear indication that Spring is here.

If you would like samples of any of the fabrics or wallpapers detailed here or if you would like help or advice on an interior or garden project please contact me: Alison Hutchinson Tel: 01529 455048 or 07973 843020.