New this month…

Who said wall lights were dated?

I love these new wall mounted plaster LED fittings from John Cullen. The problem with LED fittings, including ceiling down lights and architectural strips which tend to be sourced from outside the UK, is that they are prone to flickering and humming.

However, John Cullen are developing their own LED range, and this new warm 2800K lamp creates an instant energy efficient light which doesn’t flicker even when used on a dimmer. They can be painted in your colour scheme (same colour as the wall behind is usually best). It’s great to see new lighting products like this coming onto the market which are stylish and make the most of the latest developments in technology.

Midcentury Modern meets Downton Abbey?

Farrow & Ball have just brought out a glossy tome on decorating with colour to accompany the launch of their latest colours, and I’m pleased to see they’ve included plenty of inspiration for giving a contemporary feel to traditional rooms, like the use of aqua/teal with burnt orange here…

Farrow & Ball new book

Farrow & Ball new book 2









Speaking of Midcentury Modern…

If you like everything vintage and modern then don’t miss Midcentury Modern (1 Dec, 10am–4pm), Dulwich College, London SE21. A much-loved one-day show for 20th Century design classics and modern collectables. Find everything from early production Eames and Nelson to contemporary pieces from hot young British designers.

Midcentury modern desk







New Harlequin rugs…

In spring 2012 Harlequin launched its first collection of rugs in conjunction with Dutch rug manufacturer, Brink & Campman. Now they’ve expanded the range to include two original designs and two new colourways for an existing top seller: ‘Barcode’ has stylish contemporary stripes in warm and cool shades, in the very on-trend colours of plum and petrol.








Incidentally, the wallpaper here looks good, but if you’re fed up with flat 2D dreariness and really want something to bring a room to life Osborne & Little’s reflective, metallic 3D Teatro Rombico wall covering is perfect. We used it recently in a teenager’s bedroom :

Teatro wallpaper









Mixing it up…


I like the current design trend of mixing industrial materials to create a quirky mix of cold stone with warm metals in kitchens and bathrooms.  In this Drummonds’ room set the copper bath looks good against the crumbling brick of the fireplace and the warm glow of the flames. Just a mock up, but you get the idea!

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