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Entries in Designers Guild (2)

Sunday
Mar112012

Print parade

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I've felt pretty rubbish this weekend with a blocked nose and a head that feels fit to explode.  But there's nothing better than a dose of sunshine and colour to fight off the germs and make me feel perky again.

Bold colour and print combinations can be seen everywhere at the moment, from catwalks to interiors - floral prints, paisley prints, animal prints, geometric prints.

The Queen of bold colourful, bodacious print is UK fashion designer Mary Katrantzou. There's no mistake, she shows us how to do it properly.  I'd love one of her frocks, the nearest I got to rocking this look in adult life was last Summer, with a fruit emblazoned 50's tea dress from Wallis.

How about working print into an interior though?  Mixing patterns with bold multi-colours and throwing in some textures to make a lively interior is adventurous, but I wonder how easy it is to live with on a daily basis?

The go-to interior designer for this type of scheme is of course, Tricia Guild.  If I need some print and pattern inspiration from nature via far flung destinations, her Inspiration book is the first thing I pick up. And, if you are ever in London, you must visit her flagship store Designers Guild on Kings Road, it's beautiful.

 And here are some interiors displaying varying degrees of print.  My personal favourite is the second interior which is Sibella Court's New York pad.  Forget the floral print wallpaper and lampshade though, just check out that amazing metal ceiling.

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Tuesday
Feb142012

Pic & Palette : Let's Celebrate with a Cheeky Cocktail

I love experimenting with colour palettes, based on images I see in magazines, on the TV and online, so when I saw this yummy looking image of a fig champagne cocktail last night, I just had to combine its hues in varying proportions to see what I could come up with.

With my flamingo inspired palette from last month, and now this one I'm going to have to make this a regular feature, so watch this space.

I'm excited by how the warm colours on the left clash with the cooler colours on the right of the swatch, they kind of freshen things up, like cleansing the palette,  What do you think ?

Image credit - Soho Hotel, NY

Colours, from left to right:

 Gaga - Eico
Jaipur Pink, Oyster Lily - Paint & Paper Library
 Snow - Designers Guild
Palegeorgian - Paint & Paper Library