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Style Icon Reveals How to Create Parisian Chic at Home

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Ines de la Fressange is no stranger to style. She was the first model to sign an exclusive modelling contract with couture house Chanel, and became Karl Lagerfeld's muse due to her incredible likeness to Coco Chanel. Today, de la Fressange balances her life as a fashion designer, busy mother, businesswoman and author with her bestseller, Parisian Chic , captivating readers with windows into her world of French fashion and interiors. Copyright: Country and Townhouse In her latest book,  Maison: Parisian Chic at Home , de la Fressange has combined her flair for design with the talents of her close friend Marin Montagut, who is a watercolour artist and the illustrator behind the popular  Bonjour City Guide-Maps .   Wrapped in a paper sleeve, which can be removed and unfolded to become a beautiful kaleidoscopic poster,  Maison: Parisian Chic at Home  steps into the colourful interiors of fifteen creative Parisians, including the authors', who divulge their design se

Chameleon: The New Colour-Changing Stainless Steel Bottle

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Single-use plastics are fast becoming X-rated and reusable cups or bottles for those on the go are more sought after every day. The Chameleon is a new thermochromic stainless steel bottle that reacts to cold temperatures and reveals exactly how much is in your bottle at any time.   Each Chameleon comes with a free sun jacket, made from tear resistant silicone which protects from bumps and scratches and harmful UV rays. The jacket is removable so you can use it when you need to. The purpose is to prolong your bottle's life and keep you away from consuming single-use plastics. What is the bottle made of? This stainless - steel body is covered in a thermochromic paint which enables the colour changing process when cold liquid is added. Sealed with a rubber leak proof lid and h andy silicone strap, perfect for on the go Is the Chameleon leak proof? Indeed it is. We have been through a number of iterations on the lid design to make sure your handbag, gym b

Revolutionary Rugs!

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Natural dyes are used to make these colourful 100% cotton or wool rugs individually made by local craftspeople in India.  There are so many allergens in today's homes but one benefit of these rugs, from Spanish label Lorena Canals, is that they are machine washable as well as attractive with a cosy, soft pile that is easy to care for and feels soft underfoot. This beautiful ombre rug in emerald blue is composed of 100% cotton... Supplied by Woven , these rugs are available in a wide variety of colours, shapes and patterns. Currently on trend, the Terrazzo Aquamarine mosaic style rug (pictured below) is 100% cotton and machine washable. The Terrazzo is also available in five more colours including Moonstone, Marble, Rose Quartz, Emerald and Sapphire. Stylish baby's room with a contemporary twist to the 1970s terrazzo trend. To create a Scandinavian feel, the Nordic Lines wool rug (below) has refined lines and plain colours creating a light and elegant

My Year in Small Drawings

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Notice, draw and appreciate with this wonderfully inspiring little drawing diary packed with 52 different themes. Each page is divided into a grid so that you can doodle or draw your way through the year.   It is a journal to be filled with drawings of the things in your world. The grid on the blank page encourages you to either draw different things you have observed whilst out and about, or you can fill each grid section with the same subject matter and practise your skills.  Perfection is not the aim and the little boxes separate and frame each drawing for you. My page in progress. Although it is divided under the four seasons, topics vary including People in the Distance, Sunsets, Garden Decoration (above), Skylines and Trees.  Even Street Corners, Cool Treats, and Things Washed up on a Beach find their place. My Year in Small Drawings by Matilda Tristram, published by Leaping Hare Press This is a holiday book with a difference, or just something to help

Pick a number...

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The monochrome look is epitomised in the Scandinavian style which is still so popular in today's interiors. Teamed with navy and an accent colour, like the canary yellow shown here, this simple typographical, numerical print supplied by White Black Grey  creates a perfect tonal contrast in the room. These giclee prints can be made to order with your own choice of two digits.  Choose a number to represent a significant date, your house number or any number that means something to you.   'Digit' - a simple typographical print.   Giclee printed on premium 230gsm matte paper. Sold unframed.    Designed and produced in the UK by Gayle Mansfield Designs . The giclee prints are vailable in two sizes 30 x 40cm or 50 x 70cm and in three colour ways: black on white, white on black or black on grey. If numbers aren't doing it for you, maybe words will... 'Yep Yep Yep' - a typographical, monochrome print 30 x 40 cm. Designed and produced in the UK by

A Secret Garden - a designer's dream

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Murals and wall designs have become increasingly fashionable in the world of interiors.  The popularity of wallpaper took a nosedive not too long ago, but in the last two years we have seen some divine wall covering and mural collections which, together with faux finishes, like polished plaster, have made walls sparkle, glow, shimmer and impress, creating stunning rooms. The new Mandora wallpaper collection by  Designers Guild  consists of wide panels which depict  enchanting and exquisite evocations of secret garden scenes, including colourful birds and flowers and ombre shaded colours.   These organic, artistic designs are countered with tailored and chic geometric patterns, all printed on easy-to-hang non-woven paper.  Secret Garden by Designers Guild Divine ombre in mesmerising blues. Gorgeous aquamarine and green. This chartreuse green is so 2018! See also Benjamin Moore's 2024-10 Chartreuse paint   or Clarke & Clarke Casanova fabric Decorativ

A Very Green 2018

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Embrace this year's trend for all things green with rich, vegetable-inspired colours.   An abundance of flowers or plants from Columbia Road Flower Market, Marylebone Farmers Market or  New Covent Garden Market  will keep it fresh and counteract the electromagnetic radiation coming from all the devices in today's homes.   This rich, deep green wall envelopes us with its comforting hue and texture... ABOVE: Wall covered in Épure RM 666 62 burlap wall covering in Pachira, £173.80 per m, Élitis at Abbott + Boyd.  Marble and brass shelf, £62, Holly’s House . Lunga bowl, left, £24 for three; and Angel #8 artwork, £45, Curious Egg . Marcia bowl, upturned, £9, Rockett St George  Decorative egg, £24, Oka . Angles vase, £68, Anthropologie . Courtesy of Livingetc. Murals and bold floral or foliage patterns on walls create bold, uplifting statements It doesn't have to stretch across the entire wall... For those renting a home, a large wall panel co