Found: Winter Cushions

Just recently, I’ve been thinking about switching our usual sofa cushions for some more seasonally appropriate textiles. There are so many graphic prints and luxurious textures around to nod to the colder weather approaching that it’s really hard not to be tempted, so I thought I’d do a little round up of my favourites.

In an effort to stay stylish and keep away from a Christmas theme, I’ve stayed away from reds, choosing natural tones, rustic knits and plush velvets or fur and a bit of the seasons interiors colour, moody blues.

  • Reindeer, Fox and Grey/White Argyle knit, Marks and Spencer.
  • Grey velvet and Linen cushion, Cox and Cox
  • Kissing Stags, Anorak at John Lewis
  • Teal watercolour, Bluebellgray
  • Donna Wilson Tree cloud cushion, Heals
  • Pale Velvet with black design, and Black Thistle on white background, Timorous Beasties forJohn Lewis
  • Reindeer stitch, Nordic House
  • Bambi print cushion, Graham and Green
  • Fur cushion, John Lewis

Will you be changing your decor for winter at all?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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

Florence’s Gift Guide #5

Welcome back and Hip Hip Hooray, it’s time for my favourite gift guide… for Home Lovers. I would snap each and every thing up on this list for myself if I could so if that’s not seal of approval enough for you all, then I don’t know what is. To narrow it down slightly however, I am seriously lusting after that gold chevron stripe tray and am going to need the Design Sponge at Home book in my life this Christmas. I’ve waited long enough!

  • Any stylish home lover simply has to have this… Design Sponge at Home
  • Super stylish but generic enough for a female secret santa, Pure White Unscented Voitives (set of six) – The White Company
  • Gold chevron Zag tray – Up in the Air Somewhere (US)
  • A Cosy winter checked throw – Laura Ashley
  • Everybody loves a scented candle and I personally love the Christmas ones but christmas day is a little late to unwrap one I feel so go for this fresh fig one. (As a lover of expensive scented candles I think The White Company ones are a great compromise on price but still an authentic scent.) – *Save 15% & Free Delivery at the moment!
  • A lot of these items may seem like slightly off the wall gifts, but as anyone who is doing a house up will know, money often runs out when it comes to accessorising. Quirky home owners will love these botanical wide life cushions from Dwell, or who would have thought this stylish deer could be found in M&S?
  • I couldn’t leave this cute little white owl behind when I was shopping in M&S earlier this week and at £5 it’s a seasonal bargain for those people you need a tiny present for but want to keep it stylish.
  • Brown Dog door stop – Laura Ashley
  • A subscription to my favourite interiors magazine… Living Etc.

What do you think readers? Added any of these to your lust list?

Come back this afternoon as it’s a three post Thursday and we’ve got a very special and stylish treat in store for you all 🙂

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Found: Magpie Miller

This afternoon, I’m delighted and excited to be introducing a super cool new homes and interiors online shopping destination… Magpie Miller.

My own personal design sensibilities are as diverse as you lovely lot are, and I would certainly say my preference was for the eclectic look that brings together elegant pieces, design classics and sprinkles what I like to call ‘quirk appeal’ around as interesting accents. As soon as I clicked over to the Magpie Miller site I knew this was the kind of place I would find just that kind of thing.


Tree Pillow cases, Amish Metal Star and Hanging Test Tube vases.

The offerings include everything from tea towels to vases, ceramics to prints and even some reclaimed and repurposed objects. If you’re looking for something to finish off a project or a couple of items to bring your home up to date, this is the place for you.


N is for New York print and Constellation print

Our remit is to source bespoke and individual home-ware items drawn from a variety of up-and-coming designers. Rather than seek to ape the approach of existing retailers… Our aim is to provide a clean and simple destination for those seeking products to enhance their living space without falling into the usual clichés associated with shabby chic and design pretensions.

Magpie Miller strives to provide you with gorgeous elements which will allow you to stand apart and imprint your personality on the environment which you live.

Doesn’t that just sum it up really?


Oh Dear! Cushion set and embroidered Antler cushion.

I could make several purchases from this site but what I think they have done really well is produced an edited collection of classic simple pieces that have considerable amounts of quirk and a real element of surprise. I love the neon zebra printed onto the tea towel here, and the ceramic lightbulb candle holders. And even the Antlers, a totally overdone trend now, look fresh embroidered onto a cushion as an outline alone.


Neon Pink Zebra Tea Towel, Porcelain lightbulb candlestick and Pharmacy Bottle vase.

So, is this kind of thing right up your street? Will you be making a purchase from Magpie Miller soon? Do share your favourites from this post or the site 🙂

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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