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The delightful Alice Ryan from Cambridge Magazine paid a visit recently for what seemed to me to be a chat and a cup of tea, so I was highly impressed when she said she had enough information for the article she was planning about my home above the Angel and Blume office. The magazine is now out and I have to say that she has got the measure of me – albeit the better side of me – so thank you Alice, it was lovely to meet you!

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Our new classes are starting on 13 May and this series of six talks covers everything you need to interior design your own home. Topics include how to find your own style, planning your layout, colour, lighting and how best to approach your project so that your own designs are implemented properly. Find out more at www.interiordesigntalks.com

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I always get excited about this time of year when sitting outdoors becomes an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon, and wild flowers start to appear in the garden. As garden flowers make for such a nice display, it would seem a shame not to make the most of them. Decorating with flowers can be an effective and inexpensive way to offer an additional burst of life, colour and scent into a room. I have put together a few examples of imaginative ways to display your garden plants and flowers, even if only a single stem!

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The Bowl Shelf, a new component of the innovative String shelving series, is made of plastic with three compartments and is perfect for displaying and growing plants indoors!

The Bowl Shelf, along with other ‘String’ components can be found at www.skandium.com, at £90 per unit.

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This charming Hanging Blume Tube by Rowen & Wren is a great way to make an attractive flower display with a single stem.

Available at www.notonthehighstreet.com, at £14 for a set of two.

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Here is another simple way to display a single flower. Two Vintage Style Mini Bottles by The Flower Studio, from www.notonthehighstreet, £8.99.

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The Woolly Pocket company do a great range of breathable table and wall planters, which are suitable for indoors and available in a variety of colours.

www.woollypocket.co.uk, £15.99 for a table planter.

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Woolly Pocket’s breathable wall planters are particularly fun, and allow you to create indoor living plant walls. I recommend you take a look at their online inspiration gallery, where they showcase many inventive ways to have indoor wall gardens.

www.woollypocket.co.uk, £29.99 for one unit.

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This quirky, unconventional Light bulb Vase by London Garden Trading makes for a striking flower display, from www.notonthehighstreet.com, £12.95.

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These Two Metallic Plant Pots from Rocket St George would be a stylish way to display your garden plants. Available at www.rockettstgeorge.co.uk, £45 for a set of two.

So make the most of this spring, and bring the outside in.

This blog first appeared on the Cambridge Evening News website.

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I recently received a review copy of Ros Byam Shaw’s fabulous new book ‘Decorating with Colour’ (thank you to Lauren and the team in the new Farrow and Ball showroom in Cambridge) and I am still pouring over the pages and admiring the wonderful imagery. As with ‘Living with Colour’ which is its predecessor, this book is packed full of great ideas, understandable explanations on how to use colour and wallpaper, and inspiring uses of the beautiful Farrow and Ball colour palette. I firmly recommend a copy of this book if you are looking to make any decorating decisions at home, or if you just love looking at beautiful homes.

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We noticed a fab new section on the Plain English Design website and loved it so much, we just had to share it with you. At Angel and Blume, without exception, we all now want that deep blue walk in wardrobe.

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UK Company, Sunbeam Jackie, make the most wonderful, bespoke parasols and canopies. Their elegant and bohemian designs make for a beautiful garden setting, and their enchanting collection are already making me dream of long afternoons spent outdoors.

Their design success is in part down to their fantastic fabric archive, which is ever evolving and which they use to make all their pieces. Handpicked from their select network of textile collectors and dealers, their inspiring collection is definitely something to brag about, including fabrics from Liberty prints, William Morris, Barbara Brown, Sanderson, Marimekko, Designers Guild to name a few. What a fine way to make use of these gorgeous antique and designer fabrics!

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Geometrically inspired designs are a current theme in interiors, including a pleasing inclination towards tessellation.  For those who don’t know, tessellation is a distinct type of pattern where one shape is repeated without any gap or overlap when placed side by side. These sorts of patterns often appear in interiors, and their appealing geometric qualities often result in an interesting and cohesive design. Here are a few examples for you to enjoy.

The work of fabric designer, Eleanor Pritchard is characterised by bold geometric and graphic reversible patterns making use of inky tones and sharp accents.  Her focus on geometry means that several of her designs have beautiful tessellating patterns.

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This grey cushion shows the ‘Northerly’ range, made up of a repeated stepped shape. £96

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The ‘Easterly’ range is the same pattern as above but with a striking retro yellow and grey palette. £230

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Pritchard’s beautiful ‘Quail’s egg’ design is made up of a repeated double triangle bow shape.  £230

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Cushions from top, ‘Easterly’, ‘425 Line’ and ‘quail’s egg’. £96 each

The hexagonal ‘Pov candleholder’ by Menu is cool and quirky, and as a tessellating shape it can be built up to form a larger pattern on your wall.

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Available from Skandium. £30

Using the same shape, Merve Kahraman has designed this extraordinary ‘ Diplopia Monochrome’ table, and goes a step further by emphasising the 3D cube optical illusion. This stereographic effect is produced through combining different shades of marble.

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Contact Merve Kahraman for prices.

Iconic chair company, Vitra, have recently brought out the ‘Maharam pillows’ range, designed by Hella Jongerius. This includes a selection using the classic tessellating Hound’s tooth check, but with a colourful twist!

In pink…

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Cocoa…

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And in Lemon.

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Available at Skandium. £130 each

Tiles tessellate by nature and ceramic company, Made a Mano play to this by incorporating the tessellating theme into some of there designs. One example is the Komon Natura Viceversa, which Inspired by Japanese small decorations, is made up of an isosceles triangle repeatedly rotated.

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Contact Made a Mano for prices

The folded forms of origami and sculpted paper often come from repeat patterns of one shape to form a structure, which can be very simple or rather complex as is shown by the two examples of folded light pendants below.

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‘Kami, white paper pendant shade’ from Habitat. £60

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‘Luci, red fabric geometric shaped pendant shade’ from Habitat. £20

 

This blog first appeared on the Cambridge Evening News website.

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