NEW: CUBIST BED
MARCH 16TH 2015
Simon Horn’s new Cubist bed is a multi-coloured, modernist statement inspired by the paintings of the Dutch artist Mondrian. Angled geometric wooden panels are shown painted in bright primary colours, with a sloped headboard and footboard. Combining playful design with ultimate comfort, the Cubist bed is a homage to the abstract art movement.
VERT DE MER
MARCH 12TH 2015
Vert de Mer is part of a collection of 21 new colours from Edward Bulmer Pots of Paint which includes a palette of fresh brights and sophisticated neutrals.

This sea-green evokes the warmth of the Mediterranean, perfect for adding colour to a decorating scheme. Edward notes that “As a wall colour it brings a richness that is wonderfully timeless and so can complement furnishings of any age.”
COLOUR AND LIGHT
MARCH 11TH 2015

Edward Bulmer and Sally Storey made for an engaging double act at their Colour and Light event at John Cullen’s showroom yesterday evening. Sally, the UK’s leading lighting expert, and Edward, an architectural historian, interior designer and ‘colour man’ are both at the top of their fields and were well placed to discuss some of the science behind and interplay between colour and light. 

The talk began with Edward demonstrating the impact that lighting can have on a colour scheme by placing swatches of his colour 
French Blue on shelves with different types of lighting on each shelf. Seen in different light strengths and warmths the swatches looked like completely different colours. Edward later explained how natural pigments have properties that their synthetic imitations cannot achieve, revealing the palette of core pigments that have been used to create colour for millennia.

 

 

Using inspirational images of their projects, Edward and Sally discussed some of the thinking that goes into creating lighting and colour schemes in contemporary and traditional interiors. Sally showed photos of her projects in daylight and at night with the lights on, showing how light can change the mood of an interior and create drama in otherwise dull areas.
 


The talk demonstrated the amount of thought that goes into these projects, proving that it’s definitely better to call in the experts when looking at colour schemes and lighting inside and out.

NEW CLIENT ANNOUNCEMENT
MARCH 9TH 2015
We are pleased to announce we have been appointed to handle the PR for Simon Horn.

Since 1982, Simon Horn has been Britain’s best known bed maker. From the classic French designs for which the company first became famous to charismatic retro and contemporary looks, it offers luxurious beds, furniture, mattresses, linens and accessories for every bedroom. An extensive range of bespoke services includes custom-designed beds and headboards.
NEW: RICHMOND VELVET
MARCH 4TH 2015
Velvet has always defined comfort and luxury. Celebrating this sumptuous fabric, James Hare’s new Richmond Velvet collection offers silk velvet plains in a timeless palette ranging from classic to contemporary; from soft, subtle hues of grey and pearl to vibrant shades of hot pink, turquoise and orange.

Super-soft, with a supremely glamorous sheen, Richmond Velvet is also amazingly durable and hardwearing enough (with a rub test of 34,000) to be used for upholstering sofas and chairs. The perfect partner for many co-ordinating James Hare silk collections, Richmond is also ideal for curtains, bedheads, cushions and other accents.

 



ROUND RUGS FROM FELT
MARCH 4TH 2015
Recently arrived from Kyrgyzstan, Felt’s new collection of rugs includes vivid round rugs in bright orange and red. Shyrdaks are made by cutting through different coloured layers of felt, creating rugs in opposite colour combinations. As a pair the Shrydaks make beautiful feature rugs, in subtly different patterns.
HRH THE PRINCESS ROYAL VISITS JAMES HARE
FEBRUARY 24TH 2015
This morning HRH The Princess Royal, Chairman of the UK Fashion & Textiles Association, visited Britain’s leading silk specialist James Hare Ltd to celebrate the firm’s 150th Anniversary (1865 – 2015).

HRH toured James Hare’s Leeds HQ, met employees and unveiled a plaque commemorating the anniversary. She received a gift of James Hare dress fabric, a wool/silk mix in a dark turquoise green - members of the Royal Family are regularly photographed wearing James Hare fabrics.

HRH was accompanied by Tim Hare, current Managing Director of James Hare and Great- Grandson of the founder.  Tim Hare is Vice Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire. Also present were Directors Saffron Hare and Charlie Hare, the fifth generation of their family to work within the company.

Founded in 1865 in Clare Street, Leeds by woollen merchant James Hare, the company is still family run.  It has grown into one of Britain’s leading fabric houses, specialising in silk textiles for fashion & interiors.  The company sells to over 40 countries worldwide and even exports its silk to China, where it has showrooms in Shanghai, Beijing and other major cities. 

Shown below (from left to right): Charlie Hare, Saffron Hare, HRH The Princess Royal.
BESPOKE SPLASHBACKS
FEBRUARY 18TH 2015
 
 
Martin Moore’s handmade kitchens include luxurious materials for worktops, floors and walls.
 
From marble and timber to mirror and tiles, their bespoke splashbacks are not just about kitchen practicalities… They are focus points in themselves, designed to create impressive backdrops for beautiful cabinetry and appliances.
 
Images show (above) book matched lavender marble. Below from left: sculptured walnut, antiqued mirror glass, metro tiles. All by Martin Moore. Kitchens from Martin Moore start from £35,000.
 
CULINARY ARCHITECTURE
FEBRUARY 17TH 2015
Every La Cornue stove is handmade to order in Paris as a complete one off; sized, equipped and finished to commission. It can be ordered as a standalone or incorporated into a complete kitchen scheme with matching cabinets, worktops, plinths and integrated elements including sinks, refrigeration and wine storage. This allows you to take the look through the whole kitchen; an elegant concept which La Cornue calls "culinary architecture”.

Shown here is a La Cornue Château 120 range cooker in brushed stainless steel with polished chrome trim. It forms the centrepiece of a run of La Cornue Château cabinets in white enamel with dark walnut spice drawers. The chrome trim is matched throughout, as is the brushed stainless steel plinth and worktop with integral sink. Above the stove, the powerful made-to-measure La Cornue extraction system is also finished in white enamel and brushed steel.
DRUMMONDS LAUNCH NEW ONLINE GALLERY
FEBRUARY 12TH 2015
Luxury bathroom maker Drummonds has launched a new online gallery. Designed to inspire and inform the process of creating the perfect bathroom, it brings together over 250 images of real houses featuring Drummonds’ products.
 
Behind the case study images lies a wealth of user-friendly functions, with filters enabling searches by style of house, type of bathroom, product and even colour. Every shot has a ‘Products Shown’ click-through as well as the chance to save inspirations to a personal Wish List and share them via social media.
 
Intuitively easy to navigate, the online gallery adds a whole new dimension to enjoying Drummonds’ classic bathroom style.
RUSTIC STYLE
FEBRUARY 10TH 2015
 
 
 
 
This rustic kitchen was created by Bath Bespoke, a joinery and cabinet making company based in the South West of England. The client’s quirky brief for the project was "I want it to look like we found it in a skip in Paris”. The project features several colours from Edward Bulmer Pots of Paint. 
 
 
The finished design has an authentically vintage aesthetic, featuring mixed materials – French pippy oak, iron, box steel and birch ply, together with reclaimed pieces including brass taps and a Belfast sink. The central island is set on vintage castor wheels, creating a flexible cooking space.
 
 
 
Edward Bulmer Pots of Paint’s Ethereal Blue is shown on the walls, with Mouse Grey skirting and windows, Flaxen Grey cornices and Plain White on the ceiling. Ethereal Blue, like all of Edward’s paints, has a distinctive chalky finish which here provides a wonderful backdrop to the natural wood tones. Edward notes that the colour "hovers between blue, green and grey. It is a grown up shade that provides a great background.”
 
 
MODERN COUNTRY
FEBRUARY 9TH 2015
Lapicida’s Marble Refectory Table unites a weathered English Oak base with a sleek Italian Carrara marble top. Handmade in Yorkshire, the table is authentically rustic with a modern edge, shown against a chic black Belgian Mix limestone floor.
THE STORY OF MARY ELLEN'S DIAMOND BROOCH
FEBRUARY 4TH 2015
James Hare is celebrating its remarkable history and 150th anniversary with a distinctive new Evolution collection, fusing heritage inspirations with contemporary style.  One of the most outstanding designs is Diamond Bouquet inspired by the diamond brooch given by the founder James Hare to his wife Mary Ellen when the business grew prosperous following the death of Queen Victoria. The monarch’s death plunged the entire country into mourning clothes; the black fabric had been stock piled by the canny James when he learnt that Victoria was ill. Selling over 250,000 yards of mourning cloth in just a few weeks, the company grew swiftly from a regional business into a national name.  That brooch is now a family heirloom.
 
Fittingly, Diamond Bouquet is a sumptuous fabric, so densely embroidered that it takes a whole day to produce just 3 metres. Sprays of flowers are picked out in lavish metallic embroidery on a satin ground, with brilliant pinpoints of silver thread mimicking the sparkle of the original diamonds in Mary Ellen’s brooch.
 
To find out more about the history of the 'House of Hare' visit the James Hare website
SPA STYLE WITH DRUMMONDS
FEBRUARY 3RD 2015
Last month Urban Retreat at Harrods opened their new Moroccan Hammam for women. The hammam, a steam room, has been an important part of Moroccan culture for centuries. Morrocans traditionally visit their local hammam at least once a week to cleanse, socialise and unwind. Urban Retreat brings these purifying rituals to Harrods for a luxurious spa experience. 
Urban Retreat’s Moroccan Hammam includes a heat room and 7 private marble treatment areas, where guests can enjoy cleansing, exfoliating and massaging treatments. Benefits to skin, body and mind are numerous.  Seven of Drummonds’ own Dalby thermostatic shower controls feature in the hammam, each twinned with one of their Classic wall-mounted bath fillers. Both elements are finished in a bespoke ‘bronzed’ finish to look authentically vintage.
James Lentaigne, Sales & Marketing Director of Drummonds says: "Urban Retreat approached us because they were designing a hammam within their luxury Harrods spa. They were looking for brassware to fit the specific needs of the traditional hammam and make a great visual statement. Answering this brief, we specially adapted our Dalby thermostatic shower control and twinned it with a Classic bath filler, creating a custom set-up which allows the hammam attendants to quickly fill their buckets and bowls with water at the perfect temperature for the client.  Every piece was made to order in our own factory and custom-bronzed to achieve the vintage finish which Urban Retreat had specified.”

Click here for a short film showing how Drummonds manufacture their brassware.
TWO'S COMPANY
FEBRUARY 2ND 2015
A well designed bathroom can be a sanctuary. Designed for a busy couple who struggle to find quality time together, this master bathroom takes that idea to the max - featuring two of Drummonds’ magnificent freestanding Humber baths.

Set side by side, the two splendid cast iron baths give them the ultimate bathing experience; a chance to catch up and relax, stretched out and luxuriating, each in their own capacious Humber bath.
SHADES OF GREY
JANUARY 28TH 2015
When it comes to interiors, grey is here to stay. Far from drab, this wonderfully versatile colour is the perfect neutral: calm, sophisticated and a beautiful backdrop to brighter pops of colour.
 
Colour expert Edward Bulmer notes that "Grey is a lovely colour with so many nuances, from soft pinky ‘dove greys’ to deep charcoal tones.  Some are very warm colours, others have cooler, more steely qualities.” In decorating terms Edward recommends: "Don’t feel that you have to paint all the walls in your sitting room in the same colour.  It could work really well to just paint one wall in your chosen grey and use it as a backdrop to a focus piece of furniture such as a sofa or sideboard.”
 
We’ve selected our favourite looks from across our clients for some grey inspiration:
 
 
 
 
CLAY
JANUARY 27TH 2015
The newest colours from Edward Bulmer Pots of Paint include Clay, Edward’s take on a classic, earthy shade.
 
The name Clay evokes the natural world and Edward’s shade is a beautifully tonal neutral. Edward notes that "Many traditional colour names refer to natural materials and of course these materials varied from place to place. Ours is a grey/yellow clay which is a very adaptable shade. It’s a good colour for halls, but is also sophisticated enough for a contemporary living room”.
VINTAGE RUGS
JANUARY 26TH 2015
Felt’s latest shipment includes several vintage rugs. These have all seen active service on the walls and floors of nomadic yurts, though they remain in excellent condition. These rugs represent the opportunity to own a unique piece of history, bringing real character to a home.
BURNS NIGHT INSPIRATION
JANUARY 21ST 2015

This Sunday is Burns Night, a celebration of the life and works of the poet Robert Burns, held on his birthday. Traditionally an excuse to eat haggis, read poems about haggis, drink Scotch whisky and perhaps enjoy a ceilidh, Burns night is a tribute to Scottish culture.

Burns saw himself as ‘Scotia’s bard’ and undertook several tours of Scotland, taking in the landscape and the people. Many of Drummonds’ products are also inspired by the rivers and lakes of Scotland. The classic Kinloch vanity basin is named after the river Kinloch whilst the petite Morar bath is named for the river Morar, the shortest river in the UK at just 100 metres long. Other namesakes include the Tay bath, named after the river Tay – the longest river in Scotland, renowned for its Atlantic salmon fishing.

Traditionally associated with Scottish clans or specific regions, Tartan is the unofficial national fabric. Closely entwined with Scottish history, tartan was even banned in 1756 for its association in the Highlands with the Jacobite cause, although this was eventually repealed. James Hare boasts a large collection of authentic Scottish tartans, all 100% silk, adding character and depth to your home.

 

Images show: 

Drummonds Kinloch basin shown in a Scottish shooting lodge.

Drummonds Tay bath hand painted in ‘Beach Hut’.

A selection of James Hare Tartan silks.

CONTEMPORARY NEBBIA BATH
JANUARY 19TH 2015
New at Alternative Bathrooms, the Nebbia Bath is a modern re-work of the traditional ‘slipper’ bath. Its deep, curvaceous form supports and cocoons, bringing a new relaxation to bathing.

Made from a hand-polished luxury stone composite, Nebbia has a beautiful matt and velvety finish which is easy to maintain.
GLITZ AND GLAMOUR
JANUARY 15TH 2015

The centrepiece of the uber-glamorous kitchen shown here is a La Cornue Grand Palais 180 stove. Finished in Aquamarine enamel with a brushed nickel and stainless steel trim, it forms part of a total La Cornue kitchen, sitting within the vast Château central island with custom extraction above. Matching Château cabinetry on the back wall (see below) includes a warming cupboard. Additional elements integrated within the side walls include La Cornue’s powerful Flamberge rotisserie (with matched enamel trim) and the high-tech refrigerator and wine cellar units. 

With finishes and trims matching right across the entire kitchen, a concept La Cornue calls ‘Culinary Architecture’, nothing could better combine absolute function with sheer luxury.

 
THE MODERN BASIN
JANUARY 13TH 2015
Everything you could want in a contemporary design statement, Lapicida’s Modern Basin is simple, refined and highly architectural.

Hand carved in limestone, it comes in two natural colours; grey and white. A matt, honed finish enhances the absolute purity of its lines.

Standing 200mm high x 545mm diameter, from a wide selection of classical and contemporary basins available at Lapicida. Bespoke basins can also be made to special commission in stone and semi-precious materials.
MARTIN MOORE STONE IN THE KITCHEN
JANUARY 12TH 2015
Martin Moore Stone sources quality natural stone from all over the world, to suit anywhere from country cottages to contemporary townhouses. They offer a huge range of stone, suitable for any room in the house, as well as a stone design service for bespoke projects.

Every Martin Moore showroom has its own stone studio, showing stone floors ranging from reclaimed antique materials and handmade terracottas to the purest white limestones for architectural interiors. They also supply exterior stone paving and fireplaces in both natural stone and marble.

Shown below from left: Aged Jervaulx, Aged Bernac, Aged Muscat.
PANTONE COLOUR OF THE YEAR: MARSALA
JANUARY 8TH 2015

Pantone has announced its Colour of the Year 2015: Marsala – a rich, earthy red-brown, named after the fortified Sicilian wine.  

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director at the Pantone Color Institute, comments: "Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us into its embracing warmth… This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.”  

Wine colours have been trending in fashion for a while and now is definitely the time to bring this shade into your home. Consider a feature piece such as a hand painted freestanding bath from Drummonds or a custom coloured La Cornue cooker. A cosy Shyrdak rug from Felt can introduce the colour into your living room or bedroom whilst a small space such as a cloakroom painted in Edward Bulmer Pots of Paint’s Red Ochre makes for a dramatic statement. James Hare’s Orissa Silk in ‘Mars’, handwoven 100% silk dupion, is perfect for curtains, blinds, wallcoverings, lampshades and other decorative elements.

TWICE AS NICE
JANUARY 7TH 2015
Inspired by period pieces and made using traditional manufacturing techniques, Drummonds epitomises classic English bathroom style, creating luxurious pieces that are made to last. It takes Drummonds several weeks to make a single bath and brassware is precision-cast using the lost wax process.

Two’s company in this en-suite master bathroom in a Georgian farmhouse in the Cotswolds. Featuring a pair of Drummonds’ Dalby showers in a nickel finish, this spacious walk-in shower is a sociable way to avoid a race for the bathroom. Tiled in limestone, the enclosure has a half wall for added privacy.

Drummonds’ cast iron Spey bath in a hand painted finish completes the look, positioned by the window to make the most of the garden views.
 
Images show:
Dalby shower with 300mm rose in a nickel finish.
Hand painted Spey bath.
Classic bath mixer with Mull heads in nickel + H stand.

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