Monday, 4 June 2012

Part Two Of Grand Designs 2012 - Then That's It I Promise

....I need to mention the Dulux room sets which drew inspiration from the new range of 'Scion' fabrics & wallpapers:

The room sets were fresh and up to date with retro touches like the Smeg fridge-freezer, which has become the stalwart of every kitchen as a style icon worth investing in. 

The red pops against the green bringing life to what would have otherwise been a dark corner. Wood has been set against wood so the look seems thrown together and not too design-led. 

In the middle picture a dwell bar stool can just be seen in the foreground, with fluid-shaped design classic Panton Chairs in white to lift the scheme.

My favourite room set was this scandi-feel living room. I adored the seating area by a cosy fire with fireside seating area too just in case you needed to get even closer. 
An arc floor lamp was leaning temptingly over just the spot to sit and read. 

Wharfside furniture provided an aspirational coffee & dining table & chairs. 

Just enough depth to the tables and chairs; really top dollar thought given to their design.

But my favourite piece of furniture? 

This sofa which I actually bought at the show (whoops)for a healthy discount - just exactly what I was looking for. 

I tried it out, just to make sure.

Sadly the totally lush shoes didn't come with it, though I'm sure they would have fitted me.

So looking forward to many hours relaxing. 

I couldn't afford to buy the rest of the set though I happily would have if I could have.

I will have to start 
saving my pennies.

Clever bolsters are positioned to slide down behind the back cushions for a more upright seating experience for those of short leggage. 

Fabulous company called Love Your Home For Less

Why would I buy a sofa for an extension that's not yet built? Because I've had my eye on this for some time and I bagged a bargain.

On my post-show wish list I have another item.. the list is growing ever longer. 

But honestly check out this chair; it ticks every design box - good looking and practical; comfy and fresh. 
I can guarantee its comfiness having also tried it out at the show.(Seating opportunities in a day-long ramble are not to be underestimated).

This beautiful chair is the brainchild of Tortie Hoare who has used boiled leather as an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic or resin to make this piece. It has, not surprisingly, been snapped up by already, which you will probably know by now is a favourite haunt of mine as a promotor of new designers, and should be retailing at around £200 to £300. Let it be mine!

So, almost done now but I can't leave without adding this adorable cooker to my list:

A zingy colour splash for a grey & white kitchen. Wish I could add this to my kitchen wish list but the truth is it is a high end Bertazzoni in all of its Italian sublimity: 
the stuff that dreams are made of. Audrey Hepburn would have cooked on one of these in 'Roman Holiday' I'm sure. 

So, that's me done with Grand Designs 2012. 

Despite my initial whinging, I saw some truly inspirational things and I guess that's the point of it - something for everybody....


“Awesome is loud but awe is quiet.” 



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