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I Spy – Emma Loves Retro……….

I just couldn’t resist these lovely felt and vintage fabric love letters when I saw them.  From Emma Loves Retro and just in time for Valentines Day…

Emma hand-picks all of her fabrics for her letters and cushions and they are made into small, limited edition batches.  A little bit of nostalgia and history just for you.

This is my personal favourite of all the cushions on her website, but you should click on over and have a look for yourself.

And I particularly like her fabric canvases.  Mid-century fans can swoon now!

Emma Loves Retro

Inspiration – Moroccan Blue……….

Inspired by yesterday’s thoughts of Marrakech… and not so distant holidays to far-flung places… and sunny days… and nights beneath the stars…  and a blue… deep enough to dive into…

Sources:1.House to Home. 2.Designers Guild. 3.John Lewis. 4.Felt Rugs. 5.Graham and Green.

Sources: 1.House to Home. 2.Chaplins. 3.Miss Print. 4.The French Bedroom Company. 5.Furnish. 6.House to Home.

Sources: 1.John Lewis. 2.Livingetc. 3.CB2. 4.Designers Guild. 5.Heals. 6.Julian Wass Photography. 7.Dotmaison.

Background image:Dotmaison.

Are you sure you don’t want to come?

Dreaming of Marrakech……….

Anyone who knows me, knows I love to travel…

Anyone who knows me, knows I love travel, adventure and shopping…

And I’m so excited…because in May I am going to indulge in all three!

Not only am I going to Marrakech,  I’m going to stay atPeacock Pavilions and  I’m going to meet Maryam, of MyMarrakesh, finally!  All with a little help from Angela Richie of Ace Camps

This is not my first visit to this fascinating city.  I was there in 2007, but back then I was embarking on a two-week trek of the High Atlas Mountains, culminating in an ascent (and descent of course) of Mount Toubkal.  It was seriously hardcore.

Marrakech was like a fantastic reward at the end.  A couple of days of sheer visual stimulation, fantastic food and shopping like you can never imagine.  I promised myself there and then, a return trip.

Oh, and if that is not enough.  I am going to be joined by the lovely Arianna of Arianna Interiors.  We are going to have such fun!

And if anyone fancies coming along, you can find all of the details here.

All pictures by Dear Designer of Majorelle Gardens, Marrakech.

Oh My Valentine……….

Let’s get slushy…

Not on the High Street



House Tour – London Villa……….

Charmingly understated with lovely bones, another gorgeous location from Shootfactory.

It would be a sin to cover those windows with anything and those wide floorboards were never meant to be seen, but who cares they are just beautiful.

And those bookcases! How perfectly do they fit that space?

Such admirable restraint to leave the paintwork in all it’s rubbed-down glory.

And it’s so obviously a ‘cooks’ kitchen but I’m not sure I could leave those worktops alone.

Or the bathroom window without some curtains.

Or the bedroom without a blind.

I’d have to make a few teeny tiny changes…

How about you?

Website Wishlist – Dotmaison……….

This weeks Sunday afternoon surf brings you my five favourite things from Dotmaison.

So colourful.  Just what is needed to bring some much-needed sunshine in.

So retro.  Gorgeous walnut to make the family snaps even more beautiful.

I think my son would like this Diesel cushion.  Or maybe I would keep it.

Missoni towels.  Just the job for adding colour to a neutral bathroom.  And mine are getting quite old now.

Aren’t these beautiful.  I think I would need a complete garden re-design to do these justice.

So many shops…so little cash…

Saturday Share – Rue Magazine……….

Just a few of my favourite images this week from, well, the latest fabulous issue of Rue Magazine. Where else?

Rue Magazine

I Spy – Johnny Egg……….

Johnny Egg describes his style as ‘Theatrical Minimalism’. He believes that furniture should be functional, well designed and practical and that nothing should be overlooked or neglected.  Hence his signature flocked drawer linings.

He learned his skills working as an apprentice for a traditional cabinetmaker but now creates his own designs in his workshop in rural Essex.  I met him at 100% Design last year and he is as lovely as his furniture.

His Black & Twisted unit was nominated by RIBA as one of the ‘Best Products of 2006’

 Every piece that comes out of his Essex Studio is dated, numbered and signed.

I love that he uses pink.  So decadent.

This striking limited edition bar will be made in 10 exciting colours, but only ONE of each. Each piece will have its own distinct bar code.

Even chandeliers and mirrors cannot escape the flocking. How striking would this pair be in an entrance hall?

But my favourite of all, this swarkovski crystal handbag hook!

Johnny Egg

Office Spaces – Agent Provocateur……….

I don’t normally feature office design on this blog, but today I’m going to make an exception.

I was flicking through Interior Design Today and there was a spread dedicated to the new head office of Agent Provocateur.  Granted the space also includes their new showroom, but this is like no work environment I have had the pleasure of working in!

The chosen designers – Studiofibre – were given virtually no design restrictions.  A dream brief, ‘Be as daring and colourful as you wish’.

The result is as original and sexy as the lingerie brand itself.

The furniture is mostly Vitra, with a few Edra pieces as here in the reception area which is very informal and laid back.

The crocodile print flooring is by Forbo.

Fiona Livingston from Sudiofibre is quoted as saying ‘We were faced with the challenge of transforming quite a life-less building into something that oozes character and encapsulates the theatrical glam of the Agent Provocateur brand’  Well, they have certainly managed that.

And who needs art when you have larger than life posters of the company’s products?

When can I start?

All images from the website of Studiofibre