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On the blog this week is some beautiful lighting from New Zealand-based Rebecca Asquith. Trained in model making for the film industry, Rebecca has recently made the transition to furniture and object designer and now works from her own studio space. Rebecca has great respect for the natural environment she draws much of her inspiration from and so uses only high quality sustainable materials, which I think suits the products well. Below is her popular Nautlius hanging lamp design. This design openly mimics the shape of the nautilus sea shell and even recoils back into itself, like the shell itself... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2012 at Natural History's blog
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Those of you that read Apartment Therapy may have already glimpsed this beautiful art print, Gemz, by artist Amber Ibarreche as it was featured briefly on there a few weeks ago. I wanted to feature the print on here too as, not only does it match the Natural History aesthetic, but it is also an unusual subject matter. There are lots of educational charts and prints out there that feature butterflies, flowers, leaves, trees and birds, but I haven't seen a gemstone chart out there yet. Isn't is lovely? Such vibrant colours. If this is your kind of thing, take... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2012 at Natural History's blog
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Who'd have thought that by browsing the National Gallery on-line I'd find some cool homeware accessories? I know, talk about gems in unusual places. There's actually quite a lot of homeware available in the on-line store but what struck me the most are these melamine plates. The plates feature details from portraits in the National Gallery, including details from 'The Ambassadors' by Hans Holbein among others. I suppose these aren't for everyone but I'm quite taken with the quirkiness of them. What do you think? The plates are sold either in a set of 9 for £56 or individually for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2012 at Natural History's blog
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Whilst doing a little bit of internet shopping late one night, I realised Rockett St George had a few new bits and pieces and thought it only right to share my findings with you. The on-line homeware boutique have a great collection of quirky, vintage and unusual items and the newbies don't disappoint. They've got some stunning new wallpaper, art prints and lots of new accessories. For me, the star of the show is the new tile-effect wallpaper. Thanks to Atlanta Bartlett's book 'Pale & Interesting' and various design blogs, the original decorative ceiling tiles have had a boost of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2012 at Natural History's blog
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Fired Earth have released 36 new paint colours under the name The Paint Collection. Ranging from muted neutrals, dusky lilac hues, to more vibrant reds and pinks, the collection is inspired by journeys around the world. Here's a quick look: From left to right: Pier Point, Key Chain, Maiden Voyage. I love the chalky tones in the new collection and one of my favourites has to be the Modernist White shade below. It's such a good substitute for the plain white wall! From left to right: Modernist White, Filing Cabinet, Tempest. I've concentrated mainly on the muted colours in this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2012 at Natural History's blog
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We all know and love the breakthrough design of the Plumen light bulb, but did you know the designer behind it has a portfolio of other great designs? I came across the Hoof tables by the London-based designer Samuel Wilkinson whilst browsing the Deezen website and bookmarked them straight away, not only because I fell in love with them, but I also thought you guys would like to see them too. The tables are made from solid oak and have sharpened legs which resemble how a horses hoof is trimmed, hence the name 'Hoof'. The table comes in two sizes... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2012 at Natural History's blog
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A long while ago I featured some lovely black and white art prints inspired by the natural world. Lovely as they were (I bought the irresistible fox print), I think it's time for a bit more colour on our walls. Therefore this weeks shopping pick is Etsy store Belle Mer Graphics who produce vintage art prints inspired by the sea. Here are a few of my favourites, but there are over 100 more available on-line. These would look great framed in clusters, maybe in the bathroom which would tie-in with the water theme. Although based in the US Belle Mer... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2012 at Natural History's blog
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If you like British designer William Morris then you'll be pleased to know that his 'Strawberry Thief' print is now available in cushion form at John Lewis. The design comes in the three colours above (chocolate, indigo and slate) and would set you back just £35. The 'Strawberry Thief' print is one of the most iconic and successful prints by the Arts and Crafts designer and is still popular today. It was first produced in the 1880s and references the birds that used to steal the fruit growing in Morris' Oxfordshire garden. To buy the cushions check out the John... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2012 at Natural History's blog
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Hi guys, I'm back this week with some lovely silk scarves to show you. But don't worry I've not turned into a fashion blogger overnight, I think these silk scarves would look absolutely lovely as a sheer wall hanging. These monochrome scarves are from a company called Fieldguided who specialise in printed goods such as art, tote bags and these silk scarves. Below is the striking 'Meteor' print from the 'Light as a Feather' collection. There are four designs in the collection: 'Meteor' (as shown above), 'Venus', 'Ice Cave' and 'Mountain', all of which I think would look lovely loosely... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2012 at Natural History's blog
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Hi guys, hope you've all had a good week celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, didn't she put on a great show? With the extended bank holiday I've had time to source some lovely homeware pieces which I want to share with you over the coming weeks. Today I want to show you some quirky British furniture designed by ByAlex. ByAlex is a British design company based in London who make furniture that is ''considered, playful and enjoyable''. Although still in its infancy, the company is only a year old, the range has a good selection of products (side table, stool... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2012 at Natural History's blog
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Ok, I know I talk about antlers a little too much BUT you need to see these... Perfect for those who are a little grossed-out at the thought at having a dead animal skull mounted on the wall. Which I can imagine being a slightly highter figure when described like that! These Donnie Deer prints are mounted on canvas and are a nice big size (71cm x 71cm) so will look fantastic hung on the wall. They also come in three different colours so you can hang them in a nice colour co-ordinated trio for maximum effect. They are £135... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2012 at Natural History's blog
Oh, ha ha! Well, they're new to me!
Toggle Commented May 26, 2012 on Purldeco at Natural History's blog
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We all love a stained glass window, but most of us can't afford the handsome price tag such beauty commands. So it is with a happy heart and a happy purse that I came across Purldeco, an on-line store specialising in surface coverings. Selling everything from wallpaper, wall stickers and frosted window films, their star piece is the stained-glass-effect film. This piece below is from the Flutterby collection which is a series of three different coloured designs which have been influenced by the wings of butterflies. And now for the stunning close up: Although these are only window films and... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2012 at Natural History's blog
For UK stockists go to Graham & Green http://www.grahamandgreen.co.uk/nostalgia-vases
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Hi guys, today I want to show you a few new pieces from the Natural History on-line shop. First up are these cheeky Le Cymepaye cards which come as a set of ten: Aren't they just adorable? These monkeys also come in cushion form, with a few extra designs like this monkey lazily stretching across two cushions: If, for some reason, these monkeys do not tickle your fancy then there are flamingos-a-go-go too in the new collection: Flamingos are going to be huge this season so why not treat yourself and be one step ahead of the crowd? Finally we... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2012 at Natural History's blog
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Wallpaper seems to have a Marmite-esque quality about it. Some love it (I most definitely fall into this camp) and some think there is nothing worse. I often try to persuade people to my way of thinking as it can really make a statement in a room. My latest wallpaper obsession is this rather exquisite Flights of Fancy paper from House of Hackney. Whad'ya think? Now for a close-up. Just look at the detail on the birds. I love the paper in this duck-egg blue hue but it is also available in cream if you wanted to erm, tone it... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2012 at Natural History's blog
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Now I know all you natural history fiends out there love your antlers, but have any of you seen anything like this before? Antlers have been used in interior decoration for a while now and always add interest to a space whether they are being mounted on the wall, being used as a jewellery hook, or sitting prettily under a bell jar. However, Cassandra Smith's painted versions provide some fresh new ideas on how to use antlers in your home. With the added colour, these antlers would look great clustered together as a piece of wall art or would even... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2012 at Natural History's blog
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Yes, I know I posted about vases a little while back but I'm gonna do it all over again as these are just too pretty. From the collection 'Nostalgia' these vases, designed by Bart Van Didden, are based on patterns he found rummaging through his grandmothers house. Inspiration came from everything including lampshades, bottle tops and pretty bowls. Using modern forms, Bart has mixed old with the new and created a lovely collection. The vases are mainly small, delicate pieces which are perfect for grouping together or filling with single-stem flowers. Aren't they pretty? Most of the designs come in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2012 at Natural History's blog
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Hi guys, just a short post today as I've got one thing, and one thing only, to show you. THIS dress: Amazing, right?! It's called the Floyd Maxi by Topshop Unique and it has the most amazing print on it. Made from 100% silk, this dress would last forever so is completely worth the £110 price tag. Check it out here. That's all for this week folks but check back here next week where I'll be back to finding the latest and loveliest interiors products. -Laura. (Images: Topshop} Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2012 at Natural History's blog
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East Camp Home is an interiors shop with a difference. Founder Lucy Bohnsack combines her passion and knowledge of textiles with the imagery of a host of different artists, thus creating a truly unique product. Working with a different artist for each project, collections at East Camp Home are born. This particular project is completed with renowned animal photographer Valerie Shaff and the results are fantastic. Here are just some of the products in the Fable range. As Lucy works with a different artist for each collection, there is always something new at East Camp Home. The Exotic collection, which... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2012 at Natural History's blog
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Sewing is having a bit of a renaissance at the moment, and rightly so. The age-old art of being able to make beautiful garments for both home and body is not only extremely satisfying but also cost effective. Merchant & Mills are a beautifully branded sewing specialist stocking high-quality timeless pieces, or 'notions' as they call them, and are at the forefront of this sewing trend. Stocking everything from dress-patterns (the Madison pattern, below left, is a personal fave) to pins, scissors and beeswax (for easy needle threading), Merchant & Mills really have thought of everything. The products are not... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2012 at Natural History's blog
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Hi guys, hope you've all had a good week and have been enjoying the good weather! This week I discovered the work of British textile designer Rosemary Milner and thought you'd like to see some of her work. Rosemary, a recent graduate from Leeds Collage of Art, creates beautifully detailed prints with a traditional, rural feel. Her collection includes wallpaper, books and a large selection of fabric as well as a number of hand-embroidered pieces. Books: Embroidery: Fabrics: Wallpaper: I think there's a great juxtaposition between vintage and modern in Rosemary's work which gives it charm. The mint green and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2012 at Natural History's blog
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On my shopping list this week is this beautiful glass bell jar from on-line retailer Ebury. I've always had an attraction to bell jars but have never found the perfect one. Too big, too small, the wrong base, no base, there always seems to be something amiss. This one, however, with it's beautiful dark wood base, recycled glass and solid shape has to be the nicest one I've found. On the wishlist it goes. It's £52 and can be found here. Have a great weekend. -Laura. {Image: Ebury Home & Garden} Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2012 at Natural History's blog
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Table linen is not something we buy all that often so if you are going to do it, make sure you do it properly! I found these beautiful linen napkins from on-line retailers Thornback & Peel and can't wait to snap some up. There are lots of quirky designs to choose from in lots of colours so have a look and find your fave. I personally like the jelly-mould as, although bright pink, it has a certain Victoriana quality about it which I like a LOT. Priced around £8 each the napkins are a great investment as they will last... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2012 at Natural History's blog
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Now, you may have spotted these formidable armchairs over at the lovely Domestic Sluttery blog the other day, so apologies if I am preaching to the already converted! But I just HAD to show you guys these chairs as I didn't want anyone missing them! They are the most daringly luxurious chairs I've seen in a long time and are most certainly not for the faint-hearted! Spanish artist Maximo Riera has so far created three designs- Octopus, Rhino and Walrus- but has three more on the way. What do you think? What a statement piece! So far there are no... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2012 at Natural History's blog