Found: How to mix patterns

One of the things that is hardest to do (I find) in interiors, is to get that eclectic mix of items and style them all together without it looking like a jumble sale. When items that you love just work together then that’s great, but when you’re trying to achieve that look from scratch it can be frustrating for you and disastrous for your design project if you’re just not progressing with it.

So, when I stumbled across this video last week, I thought you might all enjoy watching it and learning from Emily, who I later found out started out as a props stylist, then won a TV design competition and now hosts her own design show on HGTV. Maybe you already know her? Either way, I found the advice was fantastic, clearly presented and Emily even goes so far as to show the mistakes you can make when only applying one design theory.


How to mix patterns, Styling 101 by Emily Henderson.

Do let me know if you found this interesting and useful and make sure you check out Emily’s blog, Style by Emily Henderson.

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Found: Kiss Her by Bianca Hall

Twitter is a wonderful thing, not least because it’s a place for discovery. Today’s ‘find’ actually found me via twitter, and as I quite often look up my new followers to discover who’s really behind the obscure/interesting/plain weird name, @kissherlondon caught my eye.


Sweet Dreams cushion £75 // Night Night cushion £95 // Pillowcase set £29

What I found more than caught my eye. I was full on drooling in no time at all over the neon, (I seem to be having something of a moment over neon) typography and full-on colour in the Kiss Her range by Bianca Hall. One of the things I’ve been looking for since my grey decorating project has been some bright editions to my neutral backdrop and I just love the cushions and their retro circus-like typography.


‘Silence is Golden’ £120 // Lucky £69 // ‘Kiss and Tell’ £49

Those of you who enjoyed Zoe’s colourful home tour last week will no doubt be swooning over the print… head on over to the Kiss Her site to look at the full range as I could have included every single one of them and there are some monochrome and paler ones for the colour shy amongst you.


‘Silence’ and ‘Trust me’ Neon signs, made to order £570

Lastly, if you want to add some rock’n’roll chic to your abode, you’ll have to beat me to the front of the queue for these super-cool neon signs. They’re not cheap but they’re an incredible statement and I am IN LOVE. Le Sigh, to quote Mahj.

So, do you like readers?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Found: Thornback and Peel

As I’m still on the (what feels like a) never ending quest to put the finishing touches to my dining and living room decorating that started all the way back in November, I’m keeping my eyes seriously peeled for stylish finishing touches to a room. Today’s find is definitely going to be finding it’s way into my dining room, probably by way of these quirky napkins, but there’s plenty of other ways I could incorporate them with ease… introducing Thornback and Peel.

I am absolutely in love with the way they have made their range of prints look so quirky with the bright colours. No surprise that I’m obsessing over the pinks, the greys, the blue, the greens, the yellows… the nostalgic jellies, the cheeky pigeons, the culinary and allotment references with rabbits and cabbages.

It’s not just napkins that Thornback and Peel do however, with a huge range of items you can add to your home. I first found the cushions (the pink jelly and grey pigeon one in Selfridges actually,) but the website lists fabrics, stationery, tea towels, deck chairs and heart stopping wallpaper.



I couldn’t have kept it all from you, even if I had wanted to and I think they would make great gifts too. Do go and have a look around at Thornback and Peel online.

Do you love?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

A Swoon Worthy Competition…

Ok, so yesterday you were all bowled over by Kimberley’s house renovations so far and I introduced you to Swoon Worthy, her blog that records her renovations in progress.

Today, I’m introducing you to another Swoon Worthy find… Swoon Worthy Homewares.

The ever-so-clever Kimberley decided to take matters into her own hands when she (like me) got more and more frustrated over the lack of American style fabrics available in the UK. I imagine this must have been even more of an insult given that she is herself American! And I’m very glad she did, because today, Kimberley launches Swoon Worthy Home Wares upon the world and I wish her every success.

You’ve all heard me moan about the fact that finding the lovely fabrics so readily available in the States are nigh on impossible to find in the UK. Believe me, I have tried. It’s part of the reason why I have no curtains in my lounge or in my dining room – because I just haven’t been able to find what I want here.

I love the simplicity of a bold geometric pattern which I see over and over again in American design and while I can try and be satisified with the offerings we have here, I’m just not. I’ve spent the past 5 years frustrated by this so I decided that if I am having these frustrations, there are probably others out there that have the same issue, right?

We love a go-getter here at Florence Finds and Kimberley has taken this pressing matter into her own hands, importing some nothing short of deliciously chic fabrics from The US to start her own line of home accessories, beginning with cushions.

And even better, today, you have the chance to win not one, but two Swoon Worthy Home Wares cushions!

You can find the full details of how to enter below, but please do spread the word… tell your friends, post the competition on Facebook, tweet about it and let’s all give Kimberly a roaring Florence Finds start to her new venture 🙂

Competition Rules:

Giveaway: 2 cushions worth £60!

Mandatory:
1.  Visit http://www.swoonworthy.co.uk/ and then leave a comment HERE on which two cushions you would like if you won.

Optional for additional entries:
1.  Follow Kimberly’s blog Swoon Worthy and within your comment, let me know how you are following (Email, Google Connect, RSS, Blog Lovin’, etc.).
2. Follow Swoon Worthy on Facebook and post a link to the giveway.  Then leave a separate comment to let me know you have.
3.  Follow Swoon Worthy on Twitter and tweet about the giveaway.  Then leave a separate comment to let me know you have.

Open to UK residents only.
Winner will be announced on Monday, 20th February.

So what are you waiting for? Get entering!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Spotted: GAP SS12

This week, the cold, the snow, the general freezing-ness of it all has completely blindsided me. Yes, I know it’s usually like this in February but for the best part of a month now, I have been immersed in spring/summer fashion, drooling over styles for warmer weather, longing for longer days and generally needing some sunshine.

Along with the weather, I’ve just hit that point in the year when I suddenly think, ‘That’s it, I’ve had enough of winter, I NEED SOME SUN!’ And there’s one place that you can always rely upon for some metaphorical sunshine when it comes to fashion, Gap. Thankfully, alongside the cheery shades there are reliable basics for layering when things get inclement too. 😉

I think you all know I’m a massive fan of colour and a huge follower of fashion, but what I love about Gap is that it’s so darn wearable. I may love fashion, but I equally have a life to live. Things to do, you know? So most of the time I’m found dressed down in jeans or trousers with a great sweater or shirt. Right now, I’m also desperately trying to stay warm. So when I need something to cheer my wardrobe up, that’s season appropriate but nods to the coming trends, Gap is my first stop off.

Remember the GAP Parka I wore? Well, I’m loving the lighter, shorter funnel neck version Gap have for spring and it looks great paired with punchy brights like the orange tee pictured.

One of the easiest ways to feel like you’re brightening up your wardrobe is to buy a key stand out piece and then work it in to your normal outfits. The easiest for cost-per-wear is a pair of bright trousers to make a monochrome outfit wearing a top of the same hue, colour block with clashing shades, or tone down with neutrals like the khaki parka jacket above, or navy and grey for a darker nod to the miserable weather.

And the fun doesn’t stop there. Gap have produced some great flats this year – I’m particularly fancying the pointy numbers in nude and hot pink for when warmer weather returns, or for comfy run arounds, how about the oxfords?

Finally, If you’re feeling a little bit unsure, not quite ready to commit to a statement like these got-my-name-all-over-them bags, just salute the trends with this super stylish and understated sporty neon edged scarf.

So, tell me, are you a Gap fan? Will you be giving them a look after seeing the spring shades here?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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