We are hopefully continuing to listen to what you say and we have a new theme section up this month called Fashion & Textiles, its full of fashion, couturier and designers, please take a look by clicking the link Fashion & Textile. Pin It Now!
Video Top 20 trends in 2010 here a little video with some view on the top 20 trends for 2010, it includes such things as Ecopoitan and nomadabodes scrabble will never be the same….anyway you might just get a few ideas and remember where you saw it when you need the images. Pin It Now!
A dramatic home in Kent displays not just the owners' vaulting ambition but also their passion for eco living. Deep in the Kent countryside is the home of architect Richard Hawkes, it's the sort of place that encourages passers-by to slow to a crawl in their cars. What they’ll see first is a vast arch thrusting out of the ground that’s covered with a lush carpet of grasses and flowers – in effect, a rooftop meadow – beneath which there are boxy glass and cedar protuberances: the interior rooms. “It’s every architects dream to build his own house at some point, and when we found this plot, it just felt so right,” says Richard. view interior feature Pin It Now!
By interweaving new features with old, designer Michael D’Souza has breathed new life into a 17th-century tapestry works on the banks of the Thames. There are those who say a real home is a place with a past, where memories are made and cherished. If this is so, Michael D’Souza’s South London flat qualifies easily, for it is steeped in history, some of it of D’Souza’s own making, the rest stretching back through the centuries. Once a tapestry works patronised by Charles I. The 17th-century bones of the building are visible in its dark wood, rib-like beams. D’Souza renovated and restored the place, realigning and refurbishing the wooden window frames and shutters and adding a contemporary Alno kitchen. When he asked about replacing the bowing beams in his bedroom, an architect advised, “Leave them be. They’ve been there for over 400 years and won’t be going anywhere fast.” view interior feature Pin It Now!
Jane and Peter Smith’s holiday haven not only reflects its seaside surroundings, but it also has the flexibility they need to accommodate five children, relatives and friends. "Peter’s view was that it should be as comfortable as our home in London," says Jane. To help her fulfil this aim, and to create a house that could cope with varying numbers of visitors, Jane turned to neighbour and interior designer Clare Teed, who is also mother of Robert and Joseph’s surfboarding mates, Sam and Toby. view interior feature Pin It Now!
By adopting the ‘experiments and errors’ of his design company Timorous Beasties, Alistair McAuley has created a vibrant, eclectic den for his young family. Timorous Beasties was founded in 1990 by Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons, who met while studying textile design at Glasgow School of art. At the home McAuley shares with his wife, Denise and their children. “This is the first time in ten years that I have lived with so much of our stuff, and it isn’t as horrendous as I thought it might be,” says McAuley. “It’s also good to have the fabrics and wallpapers at home, because when you are working with the designs, you don’t really get an idea of how they look until you see them hanging.”
When it came to doing up the detached house in the Glasgow suburbs, McAuley didn’t have it all his own way. Denise, once an art teacher and now part of the architect and interiors team of Occa Design, is no slouch on the creative front herself. view interior feature Pin It Now!
A converted army barracks on the Kent coast offers a unique perspective on the pretty town of Deal, thanks to its amazing observatory. The home of Sue Prichard, curator of textiles at the Victoria and Albert Museum, occupies what was once the gymnasium of the late 18th-century cavalry barracks. The four-storey house is one of ten created within the Grade II listed building, and includes the impressive original glass cupola that gives a 360-degree view over the sea, local rugby pitch and town. “The light is wonderful for sewing, but the views, changing weather and stargazing are fabulous,” says Prichard. view interior feature Pin It Now!
With her bright and airy home on the Kent coast, Maxine Sutton is perfectly placed to source the pebbles and shells that sit alongside her own textile creations dotted around every room. Three years ago the family moved from South London to Kent in the hope of finding more space not only for the family and a much longed for dog, but also to accommodate Maxine’s work. She uses hand and appliqué to create wall hangings and other fabric-based craftworks. The couple’s hands-on and creative abilities were well used around their house. view interior feature Pin It Now!