MINIMALIST BLACK TROUGH BASIN
NOVEMBER 19TH 2014
Lapicida make this modern trough basin to order in Birr Black Irish limestone with a honed finish, highlighting the native characteristics of the stone. Its simple rectilinear form is uplifted by polished stainless steel corner detailing. 

Sized to order, the basin shown here measures 700 x 450 x 200mm. It can also be made in a range of other natural stones to special commission.  
WASHSTOP
NOVEMBER 18TH 2014
New colours from Edward Bulmer Pots of Paint include ‘Washstop’, a subtle water-grey that expands Pots of Paint’s palette of refined neutrals.
 
‘Washstop’ was originally inspired by the cover of an old Colourman’s catalogue. Edward then visualised this shade as an "elegant take on the colour of washing up water”, creating a sophisticated grey that can be used for walls or trim.
LA CORNUE'S CHATEAU GRAND PALAIS
NOVEMBER 17TH 2014

The crowning glory of La Cornue’s bespoke offering is the giant 180cm Château Grand Palais. Shown here is a Grand Palais 180 in Cocoa Enamel with brushed nickel and stainless trim. Fully integrated with La Cornue ‘Memoire’ cabinets to form an island. 

Château range cookers can all be integrated with matching La Cornue furniture; from runs of units to impressive standalone islands. This is part of the total kitchen concept which La Cornue calls "Culinary Architecture”.  

BEHIND THE SCENES
NOVEMBER 14TH 2014
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Edward Bulmer Pots of Paint’s new video provides a glimpse behind the scenes at Pots of Paint’s HQ in Herefordshire. Edward Bulmer brings over 30 years of expertise and experience restoring historic houses from Kenwood to Chequers. He explains that his colours are designed to work, "with a surface texture like no other paint” and firm eco credentials.
 
 
 
Shots of the paint in situ show that Pots of Paint’s heritage colours work beautifully in traditional or contemporary interiors.
 
Decorator Colin Emmett notes that "the biggest plus for us as decorators is the health and safety aspect of it. They’re easy to use, fantastic finish – I think they could be used in any situation.”
THE PERFECT DECORATING SOLUTION
NOVEMBER 13TH 2014
Stripes are often the perfect decorating solution, delivering both colour and graphic interest. Now James Hare takes the design focus to a new level with Cheyne Stripe – a fresh fabric that mixes neutrals with fun, jazzy colours in plain and patterned stripes of varying widths.
 
Cheyne Stripe is part of the Pimlico Collection, a cleverly co-ordinated collection of modern brights and neutrals. Designed to work alone and together, they are perfectly in tune with today’s decorative interiors.
'BUSTED FLUSH' BOOK LAUNCH
NOVEMBER 6TH 2014
This Wednesday saw the launch of Geoffrey Pidgeon’s book, ‘Busted Flush! The Thomas Crapper Myth: My Family’s Five Generations in the Bathroom Industry’, at the Science Museum. Lucinda Lambton, architectural historian and friend of Geoffrey’s, was a special guest speaker and Geoffrey’s son Laurence Pidgeon also said a few words. 
 
Geoffrey is a bathroom industry veteran of more than 60 years. He was the fourth generation of his family to run their bathroom business and a direct descendant of the plumbing genius Frederick Humpherson. It was Frederick Humpherson, not Thomas Crapper, who designed the wash-down closet, ancestor of today’s flushing loo.
 
As well as finally despatching the myths surrounding Thomas Crapper, the book is a charming combination of family memoir and a fascinating, sometimes seamy, social history of London. Alongside serious factual information, it is full of unexpectedly high drama - with tales of stolen glory, strange goings on in London cemeteries, bitter rivalries and the never-before-told story of Winston Churchill’s bathroom and a piece of chewing gum.
 
 
Shown right (from left) are Lucinda Lambton, Geoffrey and his sons John, Michael and Laurence, and Peregrine Worsthorne. Also shown is Humpherson’s original 1884 ‘Beaufort Pedestal Washdown Closet’, donated to the Science Museum by Geoffrey.
'CREATING COLOUR'
NOVEMBER 5TH 2014
Last night at Fermoie’s flagship London showroom, Hatta Byng, newly appointed editor of House & Garden, chaired a talk on ‘creating colour’ featuring Edward Bulmer of Pots of Paint and Fermoie’s own Tom Helme.
 
Fermoie’s beautiful linen and cotton fabrics are inspired by traditional processes and designs. Tom Helme, previously of Farrow & Ball, showed us interior designer John Fowler of Colefax & Fowler’s portfolio. The book came about as a result of Fowler’s work with the National Trust and eventually came into Tom’s possession through his own role as Advisor on Decoration to the Trust. Fermoie’s palette is directly influenced by the portfolio and their fabrics are printed using a distinctive light touch that creates depth and life.
 
Edward talked us through the 9 essential pigments which go into creating Pots of Paint’s palette. These are all created using natural ingredients, from myriad different sources. In the past, pigments such as carmine were created using dyes from the Cochineal beetle, whilst ultramarine came from lapis lazuli – which could only be obtained from a handful of mines in Afghanistan. Edward noted that his favourite colours are the subtler tones, believing that colour should act as the backdrop to our lives.
 
The event provided an inspiring insight into the interior design process, demonstrating how we can combine modern technology with traditional techniques to create colour that is full of texture and vitality.
PERFECTLY PATTERNED
NOVEMBER 4TH 2014
Feltís boldly patterned Shyrdak rugs are perfect statement pieces for the home and for those bold enough to mix and match pattern, the decorative possibilities are endless. Feltís large stock of Shyrdaks are available in countless different shapes, colours and sizes, suitable for contemporary and traditional interiors. From brilliant brights to subtle neutrals, each rug tells a unique story; motifs are chosen to bestow blessings or describe the nomadsí life in the mountains.

The rugs are perfect for both floors and walls and sizes range from small (0.8m x 1m) to room sized (2m x 3.5m). Prices start from £280 and bespoke Shyrdaks can also be made to special commission.

Image shows: rug measuring 1.6m x 2.65m. Shown with George Smithís Morantz chairs.
NATURE INSPIRED
NOVEMBER 3RD 2014
Recent fabric collections from James Hare feature a range of designs inspired by nature.
 
From ‘Shagreen’ (the traditional name for shark or ray skin) to ‘Cobra Stripe’, they are woven with shimmering colours and textures which hint at a classic Hollywood glamour. Ideal for bringing a luxurious feel to curtains, cushions, bedheads, lampshades and blinds, they come in a palette of neutrals and brights perfect for both traditional and contemporary settings.

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