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Accessories are a great way to bring pattern, colour and interest into an interior and whilst I am in no way discounting the classic ivory silk lampshade which I love, I would draw your attention to some of the marvelous ways to bring a bit of character to your home just by updating a lampshade or two – from some of our favourite suppliers, of course!

Thornback and Peel

Thornback and Peel‘s designs are beautiful and eye-catching and work brilliantly on a lampshade where you can see all the lovely detail.

Graham and Green

This charming lamp and base is from Graham and Green and uses an Osborne and Little wallpaper (design by Nina Campbell) for the shade. You can buy the lamp and the shade separately but I think they look great together.

Kate Forman

Doing French country style as only Kate Forman can, this lampshade is made from her Red Josephine fabric.

pooky

I was recently introduced to the brilliant Pooky selling a wonderful range of bases and shades. I purchased two of the Oralee (yellow base in the middle) for our office meeting room  and I am delighted with them. Look out for the lights on and off feature on their website which shows the huge difference between how the shades look when the light is on or off.

Rapture and Wright

Rapture and Wright‘s fabrics which are all so beautiful, look wonderful on a lampshade and especially teamed with the delicious burnt orange interior.

St Judes

I love this dear little lamp from St Judes featuring Angie Lewin’s Hedgerow fabric.

Digital Moth

And finally, the image doesn’t really do it justice but Timorous Beasties clever lampshades (mostly) feature plain exteriors with their enchanting designs on the inside which when the lamp is switched on glow through the shade so you see the patterns in their full illuminated glory.

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It’s easy to feel a bit nervous about using wallpaper with all the pattern, colour and occasional bit of texture that it brings, but I think that wallpaper is a wonderful decorating tool and following a few key principles will help to achieve just the look that you are after.

As with any scheme, it is important to find your own style and stick to it, and this very definitely applies to your wallpaper selection. From traditional to modern, and all the styles in between, there is a wallpaper for you, so keep looking until you find a design that works for you.

St Judes Spey Stripe

Angie Lewin’s wonderful wallpaper with a hand drawn feel in beautiful knocked back colour tones www.stjudes.co.uk

Osborne and Little Tessella

By contrast, if you like a wallpaper to make more of a statement, Osborne and Little’s Tessella could be for you. www.osborneandlittle.com

If you are using a wallpaper, don’t be afraid to hang your pictures – the pattern will still provide a good backdrop to your artwork. This classic country trellis pattern wallpaper creates a lovely background to the pictures – and the impromptu cocktail bar!

Fired Earth Walled Garden Broughton

Fired Earth Walled Garden Broughton  www.firedearth.com

Look at the paint colours for your ceiling and woodwork carefully as generally you want them to blend with the colour tones in the wallpaper. If your ceilings are low or sloping, think about wallpapering them – be brave, it will look great!

Kate Forman

The low sloping ceiling of this room is disguised by wallpapering it in with the walls. Beautiful Blue Roses wallpaper by Kate Forman www.kateforman.co.uk 

 

I generally think that if your wallpaper is patterned (rather than a textured plain paper) that a plain curtain works better. However, there is the odd occasion that using a matching curtain and wallpaper can look stunning.

Lewis and Wood Venetian Damask

This very classic damask pattern wallpaper from Lewis and Wood looks wonderful with matching curtains. Lewis and Wood Venetian Damask http://www.lewisandwood.co.uk

Wallpaper is a great way to add personality and fun to your children’s rooms and there are some great new patterns on the market for you (and your little princes and princesses) to choose from.

Rockett St George Gymkhana

Gymkhana wallpaper from Rockett St George www.rocketstgeorge.co.uk

Pierre Frey Les Bidules

Les Bidules wallpaper from Pierre Frey www.pierrefrey.com

Happy decorating!

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Inspired by the Chelsea Flower show which opens this week, and by the glorious sunny weekend we have just enjoyed, I can’t resist bringing you some floral interior inspiration. I love the great outdoors but in truth, these florals are much more my line of country – no weeds, no wilting, no hay fever and are still in full bloom in the winter – perfect!

Sophie Conran Axminster

Patterned carpet has often had a very traditional look but this bloom strewn carpet by Sophie Conran for Axminster is gorgeous and up-to-date.

Colefax Louise silk curtains

Colefax and Fowler Louise Silk

Beautiful and timeless embroidered floral silk curtains create an elegant country feel. Fabric by Colefax and Fowler.

kate forman bed throw

Bedthrow and cushion by Kate Forman fabrics

I love this bedthrow from Kate Forman which adds a splash of colour and pattern to a room, and draws attention to the lovely bed

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Nostell Priory wallpaper from Zoffany

We have featured this glorious wallpaper in a previous post but it is so lovely, I think it deserves another showing.

 

sanderson midsummer rose rug

Sanderson Midsummer rose rug

This jolly rug adds such a burst of colour to a room that it is hard to resist and I love it in this setting with very cream walls and vintage accessories.

Floral cotton velvet cushions

Floral cotton velvet cushions from Forest and Co

Finally I couldn’t write about floral interiors and not give you a cushion or three – these velvet beauties from Forest and Co will add glamour to almost any home and I am very tempted by all of them.

Do you have any favourite florals? Let us know while we are in the outdoorsy mood!

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I have long been a fan of Kate Forman‘s gorgeous french inspired linens and when her recent brochure came through the door, I was delighted to see her wonderful range of home accessories which seem to work perfectly in her fabrics. The brochure (and website) also shows her wonderful range of furniture and of course, the complete range of fabrics and wallpaper. 

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As the Jubilee weekend is upon us, and the Angel and Blume office is feeling really rather patriotic, we feel this is a perfect time to promote some of our wonderful British fabric companies – if you are looking to redecorate, now is the perfect time to indulge in some great British design.

 This blog first appeared on the Cambridge Evening News website

 Celia Birtwell is known round the world as a great textile designer and having successfully conquered the fashion industry, she then expanded into fabrics for the home in the 1980s. Her designs are just gorgeous and bring a charm and humour to the home that is an absolute winner. Beautiful attention to detail and perfect colouring mean that her fabrics are elegant, stylish and very useable. We love them.

  

St Judes are based in Norfolk and produce beautiful, quirky designs on printed fabric that are perfect for curtains, upholstery, cushions, lampshades – you name it, St Judes fabric looks good in it. They work with a range of artists who produce designs for their fabrics which contributes in no small part to their original, refreshing and highly desirable look. www.stjudesfabrics.co.uk

My Mum bought a Melin Tregwynt welsh blanket when I was very young (I now have it, I’m delighted to say) and it is still looking fabulous all these years later. Their products are all made in Wales at their own mill and I love their individual designs and their robust, honest and well made products. Melin Tregwynt are celebrating their 100 year anniversary this year and I think their designs and products are better than ever

 

Kate Forman Fabrics has captured the wonderful essence of French vintage floral design with a tiny bit of Gustavian chic and the result is fabulous British designed and produced range of fabrics. The collection extends into cushions, accessories and also furniture which embodies the flavour of the fabric collection. We highly recommend a look at the irresistible website.

Rapture and Wright have a fresh, creative and interesting look about their fabrics and that coupled with delicate colouring and high quality linen cloth is very enticing. Their website is beautifully presented – so much so that it is hard to resist purchasing –  and they also say on the home page that their philosophy is to be 100% British, and that is ok by us!

 

The Isle Mill produces the most beautiful and useable woollen tweeds. Their clever use of colours and pattern makes these wools desirable in both traditional and contemporary homes and their finely woven wools work really well for both perfectly draped curtains and luxurious upholstery. We think these Scottish wools are an absolute winner.

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