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Design of the Day – Cheeky 50’s pin-up cushions from Crumpet and Skirt

I just adore these retro pin-up girl cushions created by Crumpet & Skirt designer Elizabeth Pinnock. Based in London, Elizabeth turned to creating high quality vintage products after her dreams of becoming a Hollywood actress didn’t take off. I think her saucy designs have definitely taken off in my books!

The naughty expressions of the models and 1950’s style would add a cheeky lift  to any chic pad and certainly catch a guests attention. She’s also designed a range of mugs, greeting cards, tea towels and seduced Gok Wan who used her cushions for his Clothes Road Show program earlier this year.

Crumpet & Skirt designs are available in many shops and online so you won’t have a problem trying to snatch a few. You can buy the cushions for around £37 on Brighton POD who are amazing.

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Get ready for Interior Design Festival of Britain fever

By NDA Interior Design Tutor Vicky Arbuthnot

2011 is a great year to celebrate all things British.  The Royal wedding aside, vintage Britannia interior accessories are fast becoming the statement style of the year.  However, there is much more to this trend than meets the eye.

From April 2011 on the Southbank in London, the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain will be celebrated with a series of special events to mark the occasion.  From Tracey Emin’s first major survey show in London (Hayward Gallery, 18th May to 29th August), to celebrations of ‘National Treasures’ and ‘Great Thinkers’ including the likes of Heston Blumenthal, Roy Walker and Paul Daniels, the four-month event commends the best of British culture and creativity. Continue reading

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The hottest new trend that everyone’s doing

Robin Birch, group Finance Director at the National Design Academy, has jumped on the up-cycling band wagon and embraced his creativity. Restoring old furniture isn’t just for the professionals, although Robin’s attempt is rather brilliant! He tells The Design Hub how he transformed unwanted items into a functional piece of furniture. Continue reading

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Up-cycling made easy with Interior Designer Karen Lane

It’s the hottest new trend in the design sphere and I find myself banging on about up-cycling every week. But why not, Linda Barker‘s doing it, Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow and of course interior designers have been re-vamping tired furniture forever! If you’re wanting to save some pennies and transform your home don’t think you can’t have your cake and eat it, because you can!

Here are some examples of up-cycling by Interior Designer Karen lane, with a short guide of how to create the desired effect. So set aside a lovely Saturday or Sunday afternoon and enjoy being creative. If you need any advice on your project or want  Karen to sprinkle some of her magic on your furniture just  visit her website Autograph Interior Design or leave a comment. Continue reading

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How to make your own vintage cake stand

I’ve recently jumped on the crafting band wagon since Linda Barker demonstrated how to make a vintage cake stand at last months Ideal Home Show. I did a little research online and to my surprise found sites charging for instructions on how to make one.

There are two ways you can go about making a vintage stand, one is to drill holes in the plates and connect them with metal rods, the other is (in my opinion more eclectic) to use glasses as the support stands in between the plates.

So I’d like to give you a short and free guide to making your own bespoke vintage cake stand. Continue reading

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Be quick submit your entry for the Design Awards 2011 before June

It’s your time to shine and show off that creative flair you’ve got! Entries for The Design Awards are flowing thick and fast so if you fancy your chances and want your design to be crowned Design of the Year, get those creative juices flowing and submit before it’s too late!

Organised by the publishers of  Designer magazine, the award scheme is supported by over 30 UK suppliers (including Siemens, SMEG and Candy) and celebrates innovative design across the home.  The competition categories include:

  1. Kitchen Design of the Year
  2. Bathroom Design of the Year
  3. Living Space Design of the Year
  4. Sustainable Design accolade Award for the best environmentally friendly design

The 2010 winner for Kitchen Design of the Year (over 25k) was  Ainhoa Bilbao, Bulthaup Mayfair and for under 25k Kieron Bell, Kitchens International. Joe Burns & Geraldine Maurice, Oliver Burns Interiors were the winners of the bathroom of the Year Design and Paul McAneary, Paul McAneary Architects scooped Living Space Design of the Year.

As well as the above, an additional category opens tomorrow (1st April), Product Innovation Awards which champions real innovative design and highlights the importance of driving creativity and forward thinking.

To enter the Design Awards you need to download and entry form PDF from the Designer magazine website and send your submission before 1st June 2011.

Good Luck!

Image By Joanna Ford – www.joannafordinteriors.au

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Paris in spring

I’ve never been to the capital of love and was extremely fortunate to be whisked off at the weekend. I wanted to capture my trip in a way which represented how I would look back on my memories in my head. Confused you may be, but try this… when you reminisce, what do your mental memories look like? Well – this is how mine are! Enjoy the mood boards I’ve created and inhale the architectural beauty that is Paris in Spring!

Of course, as a Francais newbie, I had to capture the iconic Eiffel Tower. I played around with the colour in the picture to add an aged effect which I’m very pleased with – especially the purple sky effect. (Confession – I’m also a Photoshop newbie believe it or not!) Also, there was no doubt that I HAD to experience the street of high society, home to Versace, Christian Dior, Prada and the famous  5* Plaza Athenee Hotel –  Avenue Montaigne.

Below is a classic French restaurant, Lasserre, which was poised beautifully at the end of Avenue Montaigne. The middle picture is my partner who so thoughtfully organised our Parisian trip and at the bottom, graffiti which was written on the top of the tunnel where Princess Diana tragically died.

The spiked tower below which pierces the French sky, belongs to the historic Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral. It reminds me of the spine that sticks out of the gruesome alien in the film Alien – very eerie. The stair case instantly struck me when we checked into our hotel – the range of bright colour, variety of materials and unusual design was an eclectic piece to feature in the centre of the hotel.

The carousel below looks like it’s bounced back from the 1930’s with the stained yellow film staining the accent colours. The man featured below was carefully re-arranging his souvenirs perfectly in line – the concentration was intense. But I adore this picture, it heavily contrasts with the romantic and luxurious stereotype that is attached to Paris. It humansises the city and exposes its roots.

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Get the spring feeling – make your home and garden bright

Design of the day

The sun is starting to creep out, the birds are chirping in the mornings and green leaves are sprouting – spring is upon us! As we start to say goodbye to our winter warmers and dark colour palette, we’re starting to brighten our homes in harmony with the season change. Created by Laurie Cinotto of La La Laurie, these cute handmade bird lanterns are the perfect way to bring a bright and cheerful mood to your home or even your garden in celebration of spring time.

Crafting is this spring/summer ‘s hottest trend, as many people try to stretch the pennies they’re fining lots of creative ways to spruce up their home without spending a fortune. Even Linda Barker was spreading the craft message in her chic styling seminars during this years Ideal Home Show. So if you want to make your own array of  chic birdie lanterns click HERE to get the DIY step-by-step guide and get sticking!



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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas from The Design hub

 

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The Design Hub bring you the lowdown on the Ideal Home Show 2011

I was lucky enough to grab a place at the press preview slot before the doors opened to the public which was fantastic as it allowed me to gather an abundance of features, news and interviews to give you all.

This years Ideal Home show certainly showed consumers that it’s 103rd event was perfectly up to date with the most current trends and topics within interior design and architecture. Eco-friendly and sustainable interiors were a huge focus this year, with Linda Barker demonstrating how-to seminars about up-cycling and architect George Clarke, refurbishing Ken and Deirdre Barlow‘s Coronation Street house into a sustainable retreat.

There’s no doubt this green theme has grown from the current economic state of the country, as people start to tighten their belts any means of saving the pennies will be popular.

CLICK HERE FOR IDEAL HOME SHOW 2011 GALLERY!

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