READING THE RUG
JULY 29TH 2016
Every one of Felt’s Shyrdak rugs tells its own story.  Motifs are chosen to bestow blessings or describe tribal life in the mountains. 

The rug above tells the story of a typical summer day. The nomadic shepherds have moved up to the high mountain pastures to graze their flocks. They are preparing to welcome guests to their home for Kymyz, a traditional fermented drink.  High above them, acrobatic Merlin falcons wheel through the sky, hunting for food. 

Whether brightly coloured or in muted tones, Shyrdaks’ amazing tribal style brings unique character to walls and floors.  Each rug is a vibrant work of art and Felt’s large collection includes new and vintage designs in all shapes and sizes from runners to room-size or round rugs.
THE MARBLE REVOLUTION
JULY 26TH 2016

Marble floors and walls have become one of the biggest interiors trends of recent years. But it is difficult to achieve the look at home using heavy marble slab, which has to be pre-fabricated off-site and installed by stone specialists.
 
Lapicida’s innovative new pre-cut marble slabs can be installed by any competent tiler. Delivered direct to site, they are simply trimmed to size in situ.  At 12mm thick, they are also significantly lighter than traditional slab, making installation far easier and quicker.
 
12 top-quality classic marbles are available, including Carrara, Calacatta and Nero Marquina. They come in three finishes - honed, brushed and polished - and in five large square and rectangular formats, up to an imposing 1220 x 1220mm.  

COLOUR WASH
JULY 21ST 2016

As colours and patterns make their way back into interiors, bathrooms have become one of the most exciting spaces to re-imagine. 

Shown here, Drummonds’ imposing cast iron ‘Humber’ bath has been hand painted in Little Greene’s ‘Mister David 47’.  The vibrant saffron shade confirms it as the design focus of the room and cues the colour palette for the walls and woodwork. 

Drummonds manufacture their magnificent cast iron baths using traditional techniques.  From casting to enamelling, each bath takes several weeks to complete and is then finished to order, with options including hand polished metals and hand painting in the clients’ choice of colour. 
BROOKLYN
JULY 18TH 2016

Watermark products are handmade in Brooklyn, New York, each piece precisely machined from solid brass, hand finished and assembled to order. And nothing more perfectly captures the essence of the brand than the Brooklyn collection: Inspired by the gate valves found in mid-century apartment blocks, it’s a tribute to the engineering heritage of one of New York’s most vibrant boroughs.

The Brooklyn collection offers 54 different elements for bathrooms and kitchens, allowing people to create entirely customized set-ups. The look is individualized still further by 15 different hand finishes, from the warmth of Copper and Aged Brass to the profoundly mechanical appeal of Gunmetal and Charcoal.  
DESIGN ACCENTS
JULY 14TH 2016

Interior Designers know all about accent pieces; those very special elements which pull the whole room together.  

The hand decorated porcelain basins from the London Basin Company make perfect accents for bathrooms and cloakrooms.  Anna Callis, Interior Designer and founder of the company, draws inspiration from her travels, creating her own modern interpretations of traditional Oriental and Middle Eastern patterns. From traditional blue and white to richly coloured and gilded designs, these are the key pieces which work in both classic and contemporary settings – and make a bathroom unique.

Shown here is the Clarabelle, a multi-coloured porcelain basin mingling elements of ancient Chinese design motifs with floral detail and hints of gold. 
ORGANIC MEETS ARCHITECTURAL
JULY 11TH 2016

Modular bathrooms have come a long way. Nowadays, the best designs combine strong linear components with softer, more organic forms – to create a warm and welcoming feel.

Seen here, the Summit 2.0 bathroom from Alternative Bathrooms is a perfect lesson in getting today’s look. The curvaceous basin sits as a generous counterpoint to the uncompromisingly organised lines of the console vanity and the mirror unit above it. Meanwhile, the sweeping curves of the freestanding bath invite leisured bathing. Combining an architectural aesthetic with real comfort, this is on-trend bathroom design.
THE BELMOND EAGLE ISLAND LODGE, BOTSWANA
JULY 7TH 2016
Leading hospitality design firm The Gallery HBA specified The Watermark Collection’s brassware throughout the spectacular redevelopment of the Belmond Lodge on Eagle Island in Botswana’s Okavango Delta.



Recently re-opened following a ten month closure and rebuild, the property features luxurious tented accommodation with splendid bathrooms. The Watermark Collection’s dramatic 
Brooklyn taps and showers were specified in the Polished Copper finish, picking up on both a key interiors trend and a link to Africa’s copper heritage.



Watermark products are handmade in Brooklyn, New York, each piece precisely machined from solid brass, hand finished and assembled to order. The Brooklyn collection offers 54 different elements for bathrooms and kitchens, allowing people to create entirely customized set-ups. The look is individualized still further by 15 different hand finishes.
TRENDů KEEPING IT LIGHT
JULY 5TH 2016
‘Pale’ is a key trend in today’s kitchens. Modern designers give light colours a new focus by mixing warm and cool finishes and introducing a range of textures.
 
Shown here, this @HOME Elmar kitchen is available from Laurence Pidgeon. It features a mixed  palette of materials, all in neutral shades: The base, wall and tall units are in a warm-toned matt Bleached Oak, highlighted with open shelving in a titanium metallic finish.  In contrast, the large island, which includes both cooking and wet zones, is in ‘Gres’, a  cool grey/cream lacquer with a silky satin finish  
 
Typical of Elmar’s innovative approach to space planning, the island also houses a retractable table. Finished in titanium, it gives another counterpoint to the pale wood and lacquer.  Elmar’s ‘Easy’ table comes in two sizes and can be seamlessly incorporated into @HOME islands or peninsulas of 180cm or longer. 
 
Designed and made in Italy, Elmar is one of the roster of highly innovative kitchen brands available from Laurence Pidgeon.  An opinion-former who has transformed the way our homes look and perform, Laurence’s eye for the ‘next big thing’ is well known, as is his ability to create an individual design response for every client.  He has spent his entire life in the kitchen and bathroom industry and also has, by his own confession, an “almost obsessive” interest in cooking.  Combining these unique insights with cutting edge products, his London showroom is an unmissable destination.

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