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Inspiration post: screen prints

On August 26th, 2015 Alice wrote on the subject of Colour schemes,Company News and Press Releases,Fun Stuff,Home tour,Industry News.

Fancy doing something fun and crafty this bank holiday? Why not try your hand at screen-printing? …Or if that doesn’t appeal, you can try your hand at screen-print shopping.

You can trawl Etsy for hours and come across hundreds of gorgeous screen-prints that will suit any interior. My personal preference is bright and sunny with a hint of nostalgia.

Here are a few ways you can get screen-print into your decor – from child’s nursery to master bedroom, it’s a gorgeous, fun and inexpensive way of brightening up your home.

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In the nursery

I love this tasteful animal print that would look equally at home in the nursery as it would in the dining room. Screen-printing often means you need to use block colours so it’s a great way of layering the colour palette in your space.

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Cushions

You can screen-print on to anything, including cushion covers. If you have a few plain covers lying around, why not use the tutorial above to screen print something creative on them? I love these fun graphic patterns.

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On to fabric

If you want to be a real pro, you can screen-print onto metres of fabric to make curtains (or we can make them for you). Just design your perfect pattern and Bob’s your uncle! Below is a lovely print for a beach house or a sunny guest room.

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Cityscape

I love the idea of bringing a sense of nostalgia to this traditional art-form. If you shop around you can find a very cool print of your favourite city, or you can create your own collage and make your own out of personal memories. Fun, easy and a nice trip down memory lane.

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Accessory of the week: LEGO

On August 17th, 2015 Alice wrote on the subject of Colour schemes,Fun Stuff,Upcycling,Useful Resources.

Lego is one of the oldest and most-loved toys in the world. It’s for children of all ages and now with Lego architecture it’s not seen as just child’s play.

If you’re looking for a fun, easy way to make your home more bright and playful, look no further than your old Lego set. You can have some serious fun building and creating your own furniture and accessories, and it’ll definitely be adding a lot of colour to your space too. Here are a few ideas to get you going…

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In the living room

If you find you have a lot of neutral colours in your living room, like beige below, or lots of grey and white, why not incorporate some Lego into your current furniture? I love this awesome coffee table, instantly adding a splash of fun to an otherwise conservative decor.

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In the kitchen

If you feel like you really want to commit to the Lego look, you can build an entire kitchen counter out of the stuff. This is a playful room anyway, with brightly coloured coat hangers and fun stools. The Lego counter seals the deal in the fun stakes.

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In the kitchen

Another idea for the kitchen is to build your own storage out of it. It’s fun, bright and you’ll save some cash too. Extra points if you have brightly coloured utensils to match!

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In the hallway

A great idea for a bright, fun accessory. Create your own key hook from your old Lego set. It’ll attract attention as soon as guests come in the door and will brighten up your day every time you go to fetch your keys.

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#CurtainCreative- Showcasing Our Entrants

On August 14th, 2015 Sarah wrote on the subject of Uncategorized.

Last week we shared some of the fantabulous entrants we had for our #CurtainCreative Children’s Fabric Design Competition… since there are way too many to share in just one blog, here’s your next installment…

WILD THINGS

There was a noticeable trend for animals and creatures of the forest.. check these out

Woodland Windows by Fiona Barden

 

Woodland Creatures by Laura Peacock

 

woodland creatures by Laura Scott

 

Rabbit and Hare by Joshua Jackson

 

Frolicking Bunnies by Chloe Parsons

 

British Wildlife by Danielle Maskery

Come back next week for the next installment!

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Mid-century modern

On August 7th, 2015 Alice wrote on the subject of Bathrooms,Interiors and Ideas,Tips and Hints,Upcycling,Useful Resources,Vintage.

This design form covers developments roughly from 1933 – 1965. What happened during that time? World War II, TV, Marilyn Monroe.

Mid-century modern is typified by its clean simplicity and integration with nature. The TV series Mad Men has propelled it back into the spotlight in recent years and it’s now hugely popular.

Here are a few ways of showing it off in your home…

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Living Room

Teak and orange are a key feature of mid-century interior design. Think graphic patterns and strong, dark wood. I love this colour combination of grey and orange – bold and subdued at the same time.

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Kitchen

Mid-century modern doesn’t have to be dark colours – I love this bright, breezy kitchen cabinet that embodies the classic style of mid-century without the heavy accents. You can pick up a beautiful cabinet at a vintage fair and transform your home into a 1950s pin-up.

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Bedroom

Mid-century modern can turn into real modern very quickly, with the help of some bright coloured books and accessories. This neon light instantly revives this dark teak bed stand, creating a fun and retro look.

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Bathroom

If you want to make your bathroom a bit rowdier, go for some mid-century modern tiles. You can choose from beautiful classic colours and patterns – I love this mustard and teal combo.

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Inspiration post: Open-plan bedroom

On August 5th, 2015 Alice wrote on the subject of Flooring,Fun Stuff,Home tour,Tips and Hints,Useful Resources.

Often the idea of ‘open-plan’ will make you think of an expansive kitchen/diner combo – not an idea for a bedroom. But with warehouses and lofts becoming more and more popular, an open-plan bedroom may well be on the cards next time you decorate.

Whether you live in a studio and need more space, or feel like you want to give yourself a little more air with your next renovation, here are a few ideas to get you on board with open-plan bedrooms.

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Bunk bed

This is a great idea of you’re short on space. Making a false ceiling and building a bed on top of it will free up plenty of room in a studio apartment or could be a great way of adding a guest room to your home.

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Modern

I love this bedroom/walk-in wardrobe combination. This space is bright and breezy and adding a staircase takes advantage of the beautiful high ceilings. This decor is super modern and fresh with exposed brick walls to add to the New York loft look.modern bedroom

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Sliding doors

This is a fantastic idea – if you find you’ve got some extra cupboard space knocking around your home – it’s too small for a spare room but too big to use as cupboard space – why not put a double bed in there and make it into a bed-cupboard? I love the salmon pink on the sliding door.

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Warehouse

An open-plan bedroom is perfect if you’ve got too much space or too little of it. That’s because you can use up the excess space as a second living room or your own personal art gallery. Add a staircase to utilise the space and create your own sky-office.

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#curtaincreative

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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