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.
TRENDING: PINK
JANUARY 6TH 2015
Taking a cue from the catwalk, pinks are hot in 2015. Shown here is Edward Bulmer Pots of Paint’s new ‘Rose Pink’, a vibrant pink that shows natural pigments can create wonderfully vivid hues.
 
Edward Bulmer notes, "Pink is back - but not pastel; we are talking sunset in Jaipur, luxuriant colours that give zing to a room and looks great with art and furnishings. Earthy tones work best, from the almost imperceptible pink of our Lilac Pink to the heady, joyous shade of our new Rose Pink.”
CLASSIC MEETS CONTEMPORARY
DECEMBER 18TH 2014
Shown here is La Cornue’s Château 120 in matt black enamel with brushed stainless steel trim in a contemporary kitchen. Handmade to order in the Saint-Ouen l’Aumône workshops just outside Paris, every Château is a complete one off, equipped and finished to commission. 
KENWOOD HOUSE WINS RESTORATION AWARD
DECEMBER 17TH 2014
Kenwood House has won best ‘Restoration of a Georgian Interior’ in the Georgian Group Architectural Awards 2014. The awards, now in their twelfth year, recognise British restoration and conservation projects and celebrate the dedication and vision of those committed to restoring Georgian buildings and landscapes.
 
Kenwood House, one of Robert Adam’s most famous works, was closed for 18 months of work to repair the fabric of the building and refresh the interiors. Working with English Heritage’s Curators, the architectural historian, interior designer and natural paint expert Edward Bulmer was asked to advise on updating the presentation of the Iveagh Bequest, an important collection of pictures gifted by the 1st Earl of Iveagh, Edward Cecil Guinness. Edward’s experience in the furnishing of such houses was invaluable in working with the Curators to create a scheme which both evokes a Georgian home and shows pieces of Iveagh’s own furniture for the first time. 
 
Many colours from Edward Bulmer Pots of Paint’s range were used in the Kenwood project, including Cerullian Blue, Granite Green and Brick.  
NEW FLAGSHIP SHOWROOM
DECEMBER 16TH 2014
                 
 
Martin Moore have opened a new London flagship showroom in Notting Hill, London’s latest design district. Perfectly in tune with this, their handmade English cabinetry is sleek and sophisticated: A palette of warm contemporary neutrals plays beautifully against contrasts in white ceramic, stainless steel, nickel, mirror glass, copper and brass. Textures too range from the highly polished to honed, tumbled and antiqued.

This is a journey in real furniture; custom designed, custom made, custom finished. Four collections of Martin Moore’s bespoke cabinetry are on display, showing a range of designs which blend and flow into one another. This reflects how most customers’ kitchens grow from a variety of furniture inspirations and incorporate a range of different materials and finishes. This is easy to accomplish because every Martin Moore kitchen is an individual design response, built entirely to order.

Left: Martin Moore’s New Classic kitchen is hand painted in warm shades of blue and lavender toning with the natural marble and granite tops and antiqued stone floor by Martin Moore Stone. The large island, complete with its knee-hole desk, is both a social space and a high-function working zone, forming the central feature of a kitchen which is minutely planned in every detail. Design accents include the spectacular book-matched marble wall panel, handmade glass lights and rose gold taps picking up on the new trend for warm metals.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Below: Martin Moore’s English kitchen combines fitted and freestanding pieces to create a calm and ordered space. Evident in every detail of the furniture, its very English aesthetic is brilliantly applied to modern living. Elements include the imposing freestanding dresser combining storage and display with bi-fold doors concealing a sink, microwave and coffee machine.


Throughout Martin Moore’s work, the sheer quality of the cabinetry underlines the vibrancy of English craftsmanship today. Their kitchens incorporate virtuoso furniture-making techniques, with innovative cooking technologies seamlessly integrated into the traditional timber construction. There is much to admire in the gleaming, high performance appliances from names such as Wolf, Gaggenau and Sub Zero… and even more to admire in the way that every kitchen offers so many brilliant ideas. Martin Moore’s signature style combines fitted and freestanding furniture, allowing the architecture of the room to take centre stage.

Even the largest kitchen needs the best possible use of space and expert zoning: Behind every door and drawer, the smallest detail of form and function is fully considered; whether it be a capacious pantry cupboard or a purpose-designed drinks zone with fridge, warming drawers and coffee maker, utterly dedicated to the perfect cup of coffee.

Right: Martin Moore’s New Architectural kitchen combines natural oiled oakwithcontemporary painted elements in white. The oak is given new urban edge by the addition of gleaming chrome slips. The display features one of Martin Moore’s signature Cook’s Tables acting as a magnificent freestanding centrepiece. Seen left, a compact cookzone is cleverly planned to offer utmost practicality, with a state of the art zoneless induction hob, teppanyaki and gas burners. The boiling water tap with its own shallow sink offers the busy cook another must-have facility.
 
 

 

Left: Martin Moore’s Modernist kitchen is inspired by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. Intensely glamorous, it combines the rich warmth of solid walnut with hand painted cabinetry. Testament to the company’s exceptional cabinetry skills, the design has a strong focus on curves; defining the central island, the ends of the fitted runs and the corners of the cabinets themselves. A large freestanding bow fronted cabinet creates the perfect larder. The clever use of concealed lighting behind the cabinets underlines this kitchen’s luxurious contemporary feel.

Celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2015, Martin Moore were one of the very first handmade kitchen companies. In the early days, they built their kitchens from reclaimed timbers, but soon began to develop their own hallmark style of classic, timeless, English furniture, designed and made to order with a quality which transcends fashion. Still family run, Martin Moore now have seven showrooms and work across the UK, designing and building bespoke wooden kitchens, utility rooms, bedrooms, dressing rooms and freestanding furniture.

Everything is solidly, traditionally, custom-built in Martin Moore’s Yorkshire workshops and they undertake the entire installation, including fitting, painting and worktops. They have their own stone company, Martin Moore Stone, and mix their own paints. This end-to-end approach allows Martin Moore to install rapidly and efficiently… and to give a true lifetime guarantee: Uniquely, this transfers to the new owners of a kitchen when a property is sold. 
 
JAMES HARE LAUNCHES 150TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTIONS
DECEMBER 16TH 2014
Britain’s leading silk specialist, James Hare celebrates its 150th Anniversary in 2015. The company is marking its remarkable history with two distinctive new collections. Launching at Maison & Objet, these fuse heritage inspirations with contemporary style.
 
With the perfect combination of classic and fashion-forward looks, James Hare always offers the widest choice of plain, patterned, textured and embroidered fabrics for curtains, headboards, cushions, lampshades and wallcoverings and more. Competitive prices make James Hare’s luxury fabrics accessible and affordable
 
Evolution 
Drawing inspiration from a range of eras in James Hare’s history, this decorative collection celebrates the company’s evolution from Yorkshire wool merchant to internationally renowned silk specialist.
 
 
 
 
Victorian: Diamond Bouquet
Lavishly embroidered (it takes a whole day to produce just 3 metres of this fabric) this supremely luxurious fabric is based on a diamond brooch given by the firm’s founder James Hare to his wife Mary Ellen when the business grew prosperous in the 1890’s. Sprays of flowers are picked out in dense metallic embroidery on a satin ground, with brilliant pinpoints of silver thread mimicking the sparkle of the original diamonds. Available in three colourways: 140cm wide, 65% cotton, 35% silk. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Art Deco: Crystal
Art Deco heritage translated into classic contemporary style. Inspired by cracked ice, the geometric pattern is woven in metallic thread on a sateen ground, with an intriguingly shadowed 3-D effect. Crystal comes in four contrast colourways. 143cm wide, 40% polyester, 35% viscose, 25% silk. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mid Century Modern: Brilliance 
Brilliance takes the collection’s diamond theme into a large scale contemporary design with a nod to mid-century modern in its strong colours and high linen content which adds weight and texture to a lustrous satin weave. Brilliance comes in five colourways. 142cm wide, 42% polyester, 25% linen, 18% silk, 15% viscose. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Op Art: Infinity Braid
A new and refined take on the 1960’s op art movement. The bold, curvaceous design is defined in a textured silk braid on a luxurious silk wool ground. Four colourways in a palette of modern neutrals. 137cm wide, 56% silk, 44% wool. A matching Infinity Braid Sheer is also available: 137 cm wide, 100% silk. Price for Infinity Braid: £98 per metre RRP. Infinity Sheer: 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
1970's: Evolution Stripe 
Bold stripes, a classic fashion story from the 1970’s, are given new decorative potential for interiors. Modern colours, varying stripe widths and exciting weave contrasts add up to a must-have in contemporary living. The range co-ordinates, with the three colourways working alone and together. 141cm wide, 52% viscose, 48% bemberg. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Richmond Velvet 
From the Victorian era which saw James Hare’s beginning right through into the modern day, velvet has always defined comfort and luxury. Celebrating this sumptuous fabric, the 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, yet with a rub test of 34,000, it is hardwearing enough to be used for severe domestic/general contract upholstery. A perfect partner to other silk fabrics, Richmond is also ideal for curtains, bedheads, cushions and other accents. 16 colours. 140cm wide, 40% viscose, 25% polyester, 18% cotton, 10% linen, 7% silk.
BACK TO BLACK
DECEMBER 16TH 2014
One of the joys of natural stone is its infinite variety of tone and texture, so that black becomes a subtle, living shade rather than a flat colour.

This organic quality makes black stone easy to live with; a chic look which can play up into super-contemporary or down into relaxed country living. Lapicida see black as one of the biggest emerging trends for walls and floors and offer an inspirational choice of new and reclaimed black stones - from limestone to slate and granite - in countless different shapes, sizes and finishes.
NEW ANTIQUE BRASS FINISH
DECEMBER 10TH 2014
Drummonds have introduced a glamorous new Antique Brass finish for select baths and brassware. The Usk bath shown here was clad in solid brass and hand painted with a combination of acids and spirits specially blended to cause the surface of the brass to react, creating a patina rich with gold, brown, pink and green hues. A final coat of wax allows the depth of the colours to shine through.

This technique creates a finish that is full of character and in tune with the current trend for warm metals, adding real luxury to a bathroom scheme.
 
Also shown: De Gournay’s ‘Rateau’ wallpaper, part of the Eclectic collection.
A CONTEMPORARY STATEMENT
DECEMBER 9TH 2014
The generously sized Aki bath is a contemporary statement for the bathroom, with a minimalist design that contrasts crisp, clean lines with gentle curves.

The Aki bath is available freestanding or recessed. It is handmade from pure white Cristalplant, a hypoallergenic composite, in a matt finish. Also available in bicolour black and white.
NEW... AQUATIC
DECEMBER 8TH 2014
The newest colours from Edward Bulmer Pots of Paint include ‘Aquatic’, a warm blue green meld inspired by the changeable colour of the sea.
 
Edward notes that "Using water to describe a colour is the same cop-out it has always been since being listed in Colour Men’s catalogues in the 18th century. Is it blue, is it green? We don’t know - but it is the colour of water and just as life enhancing!”
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
Felt’s 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. Felt’s 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 nomads’ 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 Smith’s 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.
COMPACT COOKERS FROM LA CORNUE
OCTOBER 30TH 2014

Even smaller kitchens can have a fully equipped La Cornue... The CornuChef Grand Maman is just 90cm wide, but it includes all the hallmark La Cornue features including the famous vaulted oven (gas or electric) and a fully equipped cooktop with five 3.5kw burners (gas, electric or mixed). Solid and beautifully made, this is a stove for life.

Available in 30 La Cornue colours with brushed brass or polished chrome and stainless steel trim, custom colours are also available to special order. Image above shows the CornuChef Grand Maman 90 in Summer Blue enamel with Polished Chrome and Stainless Steel trim. 

NEW KELLY BATH
OCTOBER 15TH 2014
New at Alternative Bathrooms, the Kelly bath is a pure architectural expression in gleaming bright white. Beautifully proportioned, it is available as both a freestanding bath (above left) and in a semi-recessed version (above right).

It comes custom sized, in lengths between 175 and 220cm and widths between 75 and 120cm. Height is 51cm.

Made from Cristalplant, a high-tech mineral composite with a silky ‘soft touch’ finish, in a choice of matt or gloss finish - a chic focus piece for minimalist bathrooms.

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