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Month: February 2020

Design Vintage Opens In Guildford

Even if you missed the billboards announcing the imminent opening of this independent retailer, the aroma of freshly painted walls revealed the newness of this showroom.

Situated next door to The Ivy on the 1st Floor of Tunsgate Quarter in Guildford, it has the benefit of a town centre location but with plenty of parking.

As such it appeared to be attracting a steady stream of shoppers when I visited.

Displaying a muted colour palette with textures dominating the range, the first impression was that of comfort and freshness.

The abundance of the green fronds of houseplants and natural materials gave a feeling of “bringing the outside in” whilst the addition of aged terracotta pots provided a truly Mediterranean feel.

Hiding behind pillars corner cheeky animal icons punctuated this charming collection of unusual pieces and added an element of fun.

Dark painted vintage cabinetry looked chic amidst the soft velvet daybeds and squishy sofas.

The Guildford flagship store is the second shop to open in the South East and these are soon to be followed by a third in Notting Hill.

It is very refreshing to see a new name on the High Street and I hope they continue to grow.

For more information and to shop on-line visit www.designvintage.co.uk

And The Colour Is….

Neptune have revealed their new Spring colour for 2020; Saffron.

My avid followers will know that I hinted at this in my blog of January 16.

It is now official.

Neptune’s publication, Stories, introduced the new hue.

“Our first ‘true’ yellow, Saffron offers a subtle sunniness that was very much inspired by our wish to develop a collection of subdued neutrals akin to those seen in archetypal Belgian interiors. To act as a foil against these neutrals though, we felt a more pigmented hue would help, and so blended a traditional yellow similar to what you might see in a British heritage property. To help it feel more contemporary, we suggest pairing it with Salt, but all spring and summer long, we’ll be presenting it in various schemes to inspire your own decorating projects.”

I wonder if yellow will become the new grey? It is certainly a possibility.

A Cushion Fetish – Surely Not?

When it became apparent that I owned enough scatter cushions to insulate our entire loft I agreed that I should not make any more purchases.

Despite that I longed to buy the cheeky Hare Knitted Cushion that I coveted at the gift shop at The Savill Garden.

It was the antidote that I needed to eliminate the post-festive feeling in our dining room.

Soft greys and baby pinks amidst spring flowers were all I could imagine.

Common sense prevailed and I set about my cupboards to see how I could bring a fresh new look to this sunny room.

I was keen to keep the lovely Andrew Martin tulip curtains hanging a little longer as the nights are still quite cold.

Rather than play up to the red tulips in the pattern however, I decided to emphasise the pink ones by choosing a selection of quieter companions.

I added some pale coloured silk Sia tulips to a vase of faux eucalyptus and soft pussy willow stems.

The red and white striped candles were replaced with plain pink ones.

Next I set the table using a pink and grey scheme which included an Ikea throw and soup bowls, my new Biggie Best wine glasses, and grey/white place mats from M&S.

In the comfy slipper chair in the corner I added a soft pink fringed cushion and a clashing fuchsia pink pad, both of which had been residing in the loft.

The last item I added was a small grey cushion which had also been providing insulation.

I’m really pleased with the end result but whilst writing this blog I have found the Hare Knitted Cushion on the Sophie Allport website.

I’m not sure that I can resist much longer!

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