It’s fantastic to see the whole team at The National Design Academy scuttling in this morning with bags full of treats and party food for todays Royal Fuddle. I’ve felt a little over whelmed by the Royal Wedding hype, but I must say I was up at the crack of dawn making ham and cucumber sandwiches excited for the celebrations.
The bunting is out, table-cloth laid and of course a Kate and William Union Jack flag spread across the back wall. I’m sat here writing this post with a huge urge to raid the fridge, especially the trifle which look simply divine! I even made another cake stand from my grandmothers vintage plates, crystal glass and a candle stick holder to add to the effect. Continue reading
Today’s Design of the Day is a show stopper! I’m just head over heals with the Bahia Chair designed by London based design studio, 20age. This beautiful and vibrant chair has been re-upholstered in yellow velvet cord and green checked cotton by British and Brazilian duo Emma Phelps and Mauricio Varlotta.
Not only do the yellow and green fabrics sit perfectly together, they’re surrounded by a sea of 5000 coloured ribbons stitched on the back and sides.
The ribbons are seen as a lucky charm in Brazil and are tied around the wrist with three knots, each representing a wish and when the band falls off the wishes come true . What an uplifting concept and harmonious combination of English and Brazilian heritage.
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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Forget white, cream, cappuccino and definitely magnolia – maximalism is the way forward! Colours, patterns, crafting and home styling are what all the celebs and of course interior designer, Linda Barker are doing.
Grab some vintage scarves, cheap PVA glue, an old lamp and get styling! Watch how Linda transforms her lifeless lamp which she saved from a charity shop, into an up-to-date quirky home accessory at this years Ideal Home Show.
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A Royal occasion
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Celebrate your national pride and get in the mood for the most exciting Royal wedding for decades with a pair of stupendous “Pip and Pen” vintage dining chairs by Melanie Porter. Individually knitted and felted, the covers give a sweater look and seem extremely comfy! It takes up to five weeks to knit the covers and restore the chairs back to their natural beauty, and a perfect way to inject character into your home. You can grab a pair from www.notonthehighstreet.com for £1500.
Linda Barker reveals what the hottest interior design trends are for 2011. At the top of the list is Eco chic, sleek black units, knitting and bronze.
Linda is the force behind the “Ideal Interior of the Year” award at this years Ideal Home Show, and will be offering her design expertise in person at the event, with a series of demonstrations and seminars giving practical advice on home interior products, styling, design, tips and more to keep you on track with the latest looks. So you don’t miss out!
But to make sure you’re in the loop, thedesignhub have collaborated with the Ideal Home Show 2011 to give you a chance to WIN tickets to go to the event. Click HERE to enter! Continue reading
THE GRAND DESIGNS LIVE TEAM tweeted today that fashion designer Lulu Guinness’ Victorian terrace, had given them inspiration and are “totally loving her living room”. The female fashion designer has combined pastel colours with classic furniture and white crisp floors. The marriage of modern and vintage concepts are emphasised with splashes of colour and prints. Have a look for yourself and drool…. CLICK HERE!