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On July 31st, 2015 Sarah wrote on the subject of Company News and Press Releases,Curtains,Fun Stuff.

Nothing is more important to us than fabric. It’s the life-blood of what we do. How it looks, how it feels, the weight, the colour, the texture, how it hangs- we pour over everything before we add a new fabric to our line-up. Oh, and it has to be natural… that goes without saying.

When we went looking for new designs for children’s fabric however, we just couldn’t quite find what we wanted… so why not get someone to design something just for the Natural Curtain Company?

This is how #CurtainCreative was born- we set the challenge of designing a fabric for a kid’s room, got it out there on Social Media, let some people know who helped us spread the word and waited to see what would happen…

… and this happened- 56 entries to our little old competition and some fantastic fabric designs. We kept the brief open to let imaginations have free rein… and we think you’ll agree we got some great ideas.

 

AND THE WINNER IS

 

Beachcomber

 

Beachcomber by Jan Shepherd- Beachcomber was inspired by my fascination for the character of birds. I love the way they hop around inquisitively, bravely and cheerfully – just like children! The elements are all hand-drawn and feature a seabird, seaweed, waves, fishes, starfish, shells and pebbles. They tell the story of my beachcomber going about his daily life on the beach anywhere in the world. Appealing to children and parents alike.
I chose a muted palette of 3 colours (placed on a cream background which is the plain linen) to complement the colours in the Natural Curtain Company range of fabrics. The pattern works in just one colour also, with minor adjustments to a handful of elements. My style is bold and clean with lots of small detail and it would be a dream come true for my design to be picked for the Children’s Curtains collection.”

 

With many congratulations to Jan, we would also like to thank and celebrate all the entrants to the #CurtainCreative competition… so here’s the first selection of entries… more to follow in future blog posts!

 

THE SKY’S THE LIMIT

 

"Stargazing Hare" by India Wells

“Stargazing Hare” by India Wells

"Up and Away" by Emily Freeman

“Up and Away” by Emily Freeman

"up up and away" by Lauren Stanyer

“up up and away” by Lauren Stanyer

"Zoom" by Charlotte Jenkins

“Zoom” by Charlotte Jenkins

"Mr Smiley Sun & Mrs Mellow Moon" by Diane Drane

“Mr Smiley Sun & Mrs Mellow Moon” by Diane Drane

"Space Pattern" by Hannah Burlace

“Space Pattern” by Hannah Burlace

"Sunset Sleepy Time" by Carol Haig

“Sunset Sleepy Time” by Carol Haig

 

 

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Working with watercolour

On July 27th, 2015 Alice wrote on the subject of Summer,Tips and Hints,Upcycling,Useful Resources,Vintage.

I’ve noticed an emerging trend this summer – watercolours are everywhere – on clothes, in restaurants, on walls. It’s a beautiful addition to your decor as it’s often calming and soothing. You can incorporate the look into your home in loads of different ways.

Although they can be bright and bold, the nature of watercolour is to use soft, pastel colours that blend in together. This means that the look is versatile and goes well to any interior backdrop.

Here are a few ideas for you…

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DIY

There’s nothing like getting your old paints out on a Sunday afternoon, switching your phone off and doing some arts and craft. You can make your own painting in watercolour in your spare time, like this beautiful deer, and hang it on your walls. It’s a great way of decorating a nursery or just a chance to be creative with your home.

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Accessorise

This beautiful fabric is from Bluebellgray and is taken from the red rose collection. It is created with watercolours in mind, transporting you to dreamy summer fields with big oversized blooms. I love the mismatch of  cushions and hangings that contrast well with the dark blue/grey wall.Watercolour cushions

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Curtains

Adding watercolour is a wonderful way to brighten up your curtains. You can find all sorts of fabrics on Etsy that can be made into curtains for you. I love this strong, bold toile design that jazzes up the plain white curtains.

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Crockery

Watercolour doesn’t need to be saved for just fabric. This beautiful collection of plates can add a bit of unexpected light to your kitchen, and can even be displayed on shelves for full effect. The same goes for table cloths and vases too!

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Trend: coral

On July 24th, 2015 Alice wrote on the subject of Choosing your Curtains or Roman Blinds,Colour schemes,Fabrics,Fun Stuff.

With it’s hues varying from orange to pink to red, coral is a colour that symbolises, warmth, welcoming and peace. It’s also bang on trend right now, so I’ve decided to dedicate this week’s post to how you can integrate it in your home. 

The colour will brighten up your home all year round and is unlikely to ever go out of style…

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Dining room

This oriental-style dining room uses coral to bring together all the different colours. In this case coral is exotic and dark, with a pink tint to brighten up the space. Add a leafy plant to complete the tropical look.

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Kitchen

One of my favourite colour combinations of all time is grey and pink. Combining coral and grey is a perfect way of balancing modern and fun. This is a good idea for the kitchen as it’ll make your space seem bright and airy. Awesome light bulbs optional.

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Living room

You don’t need to paint your entire room coral to get the effect of this versatile colour. Re-upholstering your sofa or armchair is a great way of incorporating it into your space – OR you can use coral fabric with your new curtains. Found some really nice fabric here.

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Bedroom

Accessorise with coral. This colour is super versatile and will go with any scheme. I love the different patterns on this bed – it’s mismatched yet well thought through and all go together seamlessly.

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Accessory of the week: Clay

On July 14th, 2015 Alice wrote on the subject of Colour schemes,Country kitchens,Fun Stuff,Interiors and Ideas.

Since the dawn of civilisation, people have used clay to decorate their homes and plant their flowers, fruit and vegetables.

Clay pots look beautiful inside or outside the home – to add a boho look to your living room or to liven up your outdoor space. They’e cheap and easy to get your hands on and will inspire you to get green-fingered this summer.

Here are a few ideas of where to put them in your home…

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In the garden

Clay is so versatile, you can clutter up your garden with all different shapes and sizes for a bohemian vibe. Plant wild flowers or tomatoes in them to freshen up your outdoor space.

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In the shed

You can store your potted plants in your shed over winter. This will make a usually dead space feel lively and fresh, and means you can plant other stuff during the chilly months –  take a look at some vegetables you can grow over winter.

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In the bedroom

There’s nothing like bringing the outdoors in when you need some new life in your home. A big, statement clay pot with a beautiful exotic plant will instantly add a focus to your bedroom and will be an easy new look for summer.

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 In the living room

Clay and cacti go together like peas in a pod. You can have all different varieties and different sizes that will add interesting height and texture to your space. And they require absolutely no maintenance (cacti or clay).

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Inspiration post: staircases

On July 6th, 2015 Alice wrote on the subject of Home tour,Interiors and Ideas,Loft extension,Tips and Hints.

If everyone in your household is over 10 years old or your kids have flown the nest, why not try some nifty tricks with your staircase? Removing the banisters from your staircase creates instant space to a crammed hallway and will make it look ten years younger too. Or how about considering a suspended staircase?

Here are a few ideas that might inspire you to do something a little different…

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No banisters

This could be a little dangerous if you have kids in the house, but given the all-clear this is a fantastic way of opening up your hallway and giving yourself a little more space.  I love the exposed brick wall which adds to the contemporary feel.

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Industrial

This look works well in a big open space like a loft or warehouse. This particular staircase was designed by Carlo Scarpa and perfectly blends the industrial with the modern.

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Suspended staircase

 This massively stylish NY apartment is accessorised to perfection. With splashes of colour and the exposed brick wall, this hanging staircase doesn’t look too unusual in such a unique environment.

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Floating staircase

For a touch of the exotic consider a floating staircase. This look will go well in a Scandi-inspired interior. The clean lines make the space look modern and the soft lighting makes sure the decor is still warm and inviting.

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Inspiration post: Zen garden

On June 23rd, 2015 Alice wrote on the subject of Fun Stuff,Interiors and Ideas,Summer,Tips and Hints.

I spent a lot of my childhood in South East Asia and as a result I’ve always been a huge fan of oriental design. There’s nothing more exotic or tranquil than a beautiful zen garden, complete with waterfall, pebbles and Buddha.

These balmy summer nights are (almost) reminding me of the constant heat and humidity in Asia, so I’ve decided to try and inspire you with a few ways you can turn your whole garden or just a corner of it into a beautiful oriental retreat…

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Oriental lighting

A simple step to making your garden an oriental haven is to hang traditional lanterns from trees and bushes. A smaller set of tea lights does the job too.  Scatter a few cushions and throws around the place to make your own outdoor retreat.

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Japanese rock garden

A traditional Japanese rock garden is a beautiful feature in any garden and can take over as much space as you like. You can confine the look to one corner or have it spread throughout the space. I love the contrast of plants in this rockery and the mixture of wood and stone to create a relaxing environment.

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 Water feature

You can’t have an oriental garden without including water or a water feature at some point or other. This beautiful example of a tranquil lake filled with coy is a stunning example of a zen retreat. Bridges are also a feature in oriental gardens, however you can buy some beautiful water fountains or even make them yourself.

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Chinese tea party

To spread the love why not create  a Chinese influenced dining area in your garden? Long benches and cushions are a great way to pay homage to the style, and add a few lanterns and traditional Chinese plants to complete the look.

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White and wood

On June 17th, 2015 Alice wrote on the subject of Bathrooms,Colour schemes,Country kitchens,Fun Stuff,Interiors and Ideas.

I’ve been keeping one eye open for fresh, clean decor ideas in time for this unusually humid summer weather. One thing I’ve noticed time again is that wood and white go very well together. They’re a perfect match in a town house, apartment or in a loft, and the pairing always gives your space a fresh summer feel.

Here are a few ways you can take the look home…

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In the hallway

I love the gorgeous, long drapes that accompany this white/wood combo. The dark unfinished flooring gives the bright room more depth. Add texture to the space with a furry rug.

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In the bathroom

White tiles and a wooden floor are a great way to modernise your bathroom. I love the splash of black on the window pane to add a bit of edge and character to the space.

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 In the living room

For a contemporary style in your living room, strip your wooden floor bare and add a few layers of varnish to make it darker. I love this modern, monochrome look.

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In the kitchen

If you don’t want to paint your entire room white, why not whitewash the wooden floor instead? It’ll make your room look instantly spacious and is a great idea if you want to add a splash of light to your kitchen.

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Grey inspiration

On June 9th, 2015 Alice wrote on the subject of Colour schemes,Curtain Accessories,Curtains,Cushions and Throws,Industry News,Interiors and Ideas.

Grey doesn’t have to be a reminder of cloudy, winter days, and decorating with grey won’t necessarily leave your home looking flat or boring. Grey is a super versatile hue and provides a fantastic backdrop for adding a splash of colour and vibrancy to your space, without going overboard on colour.

If you’re looking to add some contemporary style to your home this summer, here are a few ways you can use grey to your benefit…

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In the dining room…

Dark grey works well in a bright and breezy dining room. Keep the accessories simple to achieve the minimalist, Scandinavian touch. I love the bare lightbulb to add to the industrial feel.

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In the living room

Grey is a great colour to use as a base to get your colourful accessories to pop. Grey and mustard are a match made in heaven, and this beautiful love seat from M&S looks gorgeous against a dark grey wall.

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In the bathroom

Because grey can be quite subtle, it’s a good idea to layer up textures and hues to create depth to your space. This bathroom has grey tiles that look fabulous alongside the darker granite slabs and the painted wall. This makes the space look more layered and interesting.

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In the kitchen

Grey is at once contemporary and versatile, and is a great way of softening a modern kitchen. This kitchen is modern yet calming, and the clean lines add to a simple and minimal look. The perfect background to cook a Sunday roast.

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Accessory of the week: Maximalism

On June 5th, 2015 Alice wrote on the subject of Fabrics,Making your Own Curtains and Blinds,Tips and Hints,Useful Resources.

Maximalism is all about making lotsa noise and showing your personality – big patterns, big colours and all your favourite things bungled together in one place to create your own style haven. Watch and learn from these experts who are blazing the trail for my favourite interiors trend…

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 Justina Blakeney

Designer Justina Blakeney defines the New Bohemians as creative individuals; boutique owners, bloggers, entrepreneurs and ex-pats. Her unique style is at once homely and exotic and seamlessly merges colours and patterns to create an atmospheric and vibrant style. For more ideas take a look at her book, ‘New Bohemians’.

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House of Hackney

House of Hackney is a hybrid of fabric, fashion, and furniture. Their store located on Shoreditch High Street is a haven for interior lovers and home owners. If you want to bring some instant fun and style into your home, look no further.

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Larnie Nicolson

Larnie Nicolson is a New Zealand based photographer. With a design background she photographs living spaces that are absolutely beautiful. If you need inspiration on how to bring a touch of maximalism into your home buy her book Rooms to Love which came out late 2014.

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 Tony Duqette

Tony Duqette was an American artist who designed sets for film and theatre. His style was eclectic and vibrant, and he is known as a design legend. Take a look at his iconic work here, and gather some inspiration! His historic Tony Duquette Studio featured here was located at 824 North Robertson Blvd. in West Hollywood.

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My Bohemian Home

On May 26th, 2015 Alice wrote on the subject of Summer,Tips and Hints,Upcycling,Useful Resources.

I’ve always been a fan of the ‘organised chaos’ look, and adding a touch of bohemian style to your decor is a great way of adding a bit of madness to your home while giving you a great excuse to throw in whatever you want. From potpourri to tattered old rugs, this look let’s your imagination run wild.

Here are a few ideas you can use for inspiration in your own bohemian home…

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In the bedroom…

Rule number one of bohemia: cats are always welcome. This room looks gorgeous because of the mis-match of accessories – I love the owl drawing above the mirror and the beautiful hanging plant brings it all together.

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In the dining room…

If you fancy yourself a bit of boho dining, you don’t have to look too far. Mis-matching wood types is a great way of bringing the organised chaos look into your home. I love the oak table combined with the wicker chairs and bamboo lamp shade. As always, add a wild looking plant to complete the look.

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In the living room…

This is a great example of throwing everything in together to come out with a fantastic result. The reason this room works so well is because all the textures and tones are subtly coordinated, meaning it’s all easy on the eye and doesn’t feel too cluttered. Using wicker, brown and white and furry textures adds substance to the room.

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In the kitchen…

 The kitchen is a lovely place to add a bit of chaos, as there’s usually a lot of mess in there anyway. A boho kitchen also means less maintenance as you’re supposed to have mis-matched plates and cutlery. This is a great example – different fabrics on the chairs make the space bright and colourful and a rustic old table finishes off the look.

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