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MY WEEKLY SHOP - Spots
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1) Black polka dot wall stickers, £16 Spin Collective2) White with black spotted waste bin £18,
CHATTING WITH - Neon Man, Chris Bracey
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In a dull, quiet street in Walthamstow, Chris Bracey toils away in his candy-store feeling 'Gods Own Junk Yard', making our night lives brighter. Known as the Neon Man Chris has spent the last 40 odd years creating neons signs and art work for travelling circus and night clubs. He created all the strip club signs in Soho and his roll list of famous clients is illumina...
MY WEEKLY SHOP - Gold
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1) Metal Clad coffee table, from £2500, Kier Townsend2) Brass Briquette tiles, £450 per sq metre, from the Alchemy Collection, De Ferranti3) Gold milk jug, £10, LD by Little Diva, by Dinnerware & Co, available at House of Fraser4) Calabash pendant light, from £159,
TREND - New Japan
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Minimalism lovers need to turn their heads from Scandi style in the north to New Japan in the east for the next big trend. Chuck out your gold leaf lacquered boxes and cherry red blossom prints, and think soft origami pleats, calm ordered geometric prints. Embrace the philosophy of Wabe Sabi, the art of imperfection with dip dyed textiles and rustic ceramics....
MY WEEKLY SHOP - Raw
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1) Concrete Wallpaper, 111 Euros per sq.m, Concrete Wall2) Ark desk light,  Edward Hodgson Design 3) White gloss side tables, £265, for set of three, E&#...
NEW HOMES WE LOVE - Ebi & Arne Rhein
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Take a sneeky peek around Ebi Rhein and Arne's Berlin apartmentEbi Rhein and Arne's home
RAVE - The Crystal Bulb
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The humble light bulb finally gets a makeover from designer, Lee Broom and at last gets it time in the spotlight (ha ha)!Taking inspiration from the craftsmanship of crystal cutting , Crystal Bulb combines industrial influences with decorative qualities, transforming the everyday light bulb into and ornamental light fitting. Lee has colla...
MY WEEKLY SHOP - Stars & Stripes
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1) Stripe sunlounger, £760.75, Conran Shop2) Metal decorative star, £120, Rockett St George3) Deckchair vintage stripe fabric, £...
MY WEEKLY SHOP - Gardening
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1) Copper planters, from £180, Vintage Achive2) Vintage mirrored door, £250, Home Barn3) Recycled oar bench, £360, Vintage Archive
MY WEEKLY SHOP - Yellow
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1)Meshed bowl, £49, Designed in England2) Dedel yellow book shelf, £189, Gubi3) Yellow Panton flowerpot pendant light, £185,&...
MY WEEKLY SHOP - Floral
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1) Velvet floral bedspread, £125, The Beehive 2) Floral wallpaper, £129 for 10 metre roll, Louise Tiler3) 3D vintage floral butterfly picture, £45, Bompas&nb...
SAVE THOSE PENNIES - New Designers Discount Offer
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Many moons ago, I set off to London town, armed with two ham sandwiches, a bottle of ginger pop and three life size wooden veneer dresses on my back. I exhibited at the New Designers exhibition and had roaring success. I sold my work five times over to The General Trading Company, The Cross and several private clients. Off the back of
RAVE - Royal Rug
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Did 'God Save the Queen' at the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant two weeks ago?? Well the heavens certainly opened, and it looks like the hosepipe ban is going to be lifted, so maybe he did, although his timing was a bit a miss!!Whilst millions turned up or tuned in to watch the pageant, there was something that only a lucky few got to see. . .The flotilla of a thousand boats was led by the 88 foot Royal Rowbarge, Gloriana. Inside t...
MY WEEKLY SHOP - Pastels and Neon
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1) Neon yellow antelope candlestick, £89, Dwell2) Neon Fox Box, £75,Neon Living3) Sky blue vintage chest ...
NEW HOMES WE LOVE - Lizzy Courage
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Take a sneeky peek into Lizzy courage's ecclectic warehouse apartment in BerlinHomes We Love - Lizzy CouragePhotography...
CHATTING WITH - Jane and Lucy from Rockett St George
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Online interiors retailer Rockett St George burst onto the scene a few years ago selling stylish and eccentric home ware and accessories. We chatted to owners Jane Rockett and Lucy St George over virtual tea and cake. What made you and Lucy want to set up Rockett St George in the first place?We both shared a love of interior design and were forever re-decorating our home...
MY WEEKLY SHOP - Jubilee
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1) Pearly King black velvet cushion, £58, RE2) Q letter ceramic tile, by Rory Dobner, £37, Rocket...
COMMENT - Copy Cats
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You'll notice to the left of your screen a new purple square, in which is written 'Blogger with Integrity'. I wear my badge with pride because all the features I write, have been written by myself. As I was uploading the badge, it got me thinking about copying in craft and design. I have read many irate blogs on Etsy and Folksy and such like about larger companies that trawl through these online craft markets to look for id...
MY WEEKLY SHOP - Blue & White
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1) Kebnekaise blue and white two tone pouf, £165, Story North 2) Ooti indigo cushion, £45, Sanderson3 Blue and white ceramic cup by Janeth Cousin, 35 Euros, 
OTHER - Food Styling
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STYLE NV has been busy working on a new food styling portfolio. Click here to see the pictures. Would love to hear your thoughts!
MY WEEKLY SHOP - British Modern Summer
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1) Driftwood Stool, £95, French Connection2) Large round bowl in 'heather', £85,
NEW HOMES WE LOVE - Roberta Wollens
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Take a sneeky peek into Roberta Wollens gorgeous north London pad Homes We Love - Roberta WollensPhotography by Graham Atkins HughesStyling by Victoria Metcalf
COMMENT - M.I.A
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After two long months in the wilderness, I am finally back!!! A thousand and million apologies to all for my absence, but I have been missing in action for good reason. I've been making a very special craft project indeed. One which I won't be giving you How To instructions for.Yes, I'm pregnant and I've been so desperately ill and tired in the last three months, that I've not been able to muster the energy to ev...
MY WEEKLY SHOP - Living Room
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1)  Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia canvas print £270, Surface View2) Recycled tyre trunk £275, Notonthehighstreet.com3) Phrenology head £12,
MY WEEKLY SHOP - Friday 27th January
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1) Bjorkefall white candle holder £4.99, IKEA2) Birdy gold ornament £10, Habitat3) Marcel Wanders water glass, £7.50,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY - Philippe Starck
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Happy Birthday to inventor, creator, architect, designer, artistic director, dreamer, Philippe Starck who was born today, the 18th January in 1949. Philippe Starck has designed restaurants, hotels, furniture, products, too numerous to mention. His socialist philosophy on design and passion for the environment is apparent in everything he achieves. He once said "Every object, every shape every style must have a meaning and it is this meaning ...
TREND - Persian Pleasures
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Cast away old prejudices of lentil eating hippies sitting on Persian rugs, with incense sticks and macrame pot plants, Persian patterns are cool. 2010 saw Suzani hitting the ethnic chic spotlight and 2011 had Ikat. This year sees Persian patterns at the forefront of the ethnic chic styleometer. At last year's design festival designer Lee Broom and artist Debbie Lawson led the charge with their moder...
MY WEEKLY SHOP - Friday 13th January
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1) Sophie Chaise Longue £999 reduced from £1339 House of Fraser2) Smokey Wine Glass £7.50 reduced from 8.50 Future and Found3) Dragon Fly tile £19.51 each reduced from...
STREET TREASURE - Table Top Tray
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They say 'one man's rubbish is another man's treasure'. It is common practise, in urban areas for people to leave unwanted furniture out on the pavement for the council, or whoever fancies it, to pick it up. You can find the most amazing finds if you keep your eyes peeled. What is more commonly known as fly tipping, STYLE NV calls  'Street Treasures'. We think that, with a little imagination, they can be the start of somet...
COMMENT - MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR
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WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMASWE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMASWE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMASAND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!FROM EVERYONE AT STYLE NVXXXStyling by Victoria MetcalfPhotographs by Rachael Smith
DECORATION - Holly in Plaster LEVEL: I'm Craft Capable
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No, our favourite styling assistant hasn't had a wobble over this merry season. But she has been busy dipping her namesake in plaster, to make these stunning and cheap as chips, Christmas decorations. Here's the How To. http://www.stylenv.co.uk/decoration.php?path=decoration.howto&gallery=10
MY WEEKLY SHOP - Christmas Gifts
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1)    White Porcelain Robot, £44.00, Debenhams2)    A La Carte,  £140.00, Do Shop3)    Hi Ho Grown Up Rocking Horse, £1,200.00,
STYLE NV TV - Tinseltastic
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Season's Greetings!! STYLE NV wishes you a tinseltastic Christmas and we kick off this month's features with our Christmas Campaign to "BRING BACK TINSEL"! Too long has tinsel been regarded as naff, tacky and not cool. But we at STYLE NV think it's fantastic and about time it had a revival. So stop taking Christmas so seriously and have some fun! Here are STYLE NV's top tinseltastic tips! (Say that after three glas...
MY WEEKLY SHOP - Multicolour
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1) Karlsson spirograph multi coloured wall clock, £110, Oliver Bonas2) Stratford Buttons armchair,  £1000, Kelly Swallow3) Multi coloured nesting measuring spoons by Joseph & Joseph £...
MY WEEKLY SHOP - Artic
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1) Soda Lime Punch Mug, £8.00, Anthropologie2) Inuit Cushion, £179.00, By Nord, Selfridges
RAVE - Dresd to Impress
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Whilst hanging around waiting to go back stage to see my soon-to-be-sister-in-law, Mademoiselle KT Tunstall, I saw on one of the stalls, out in the bar at the Tabernacle, these unbelievably stunning decanter lights from
SHOPPING - From Russia With Love
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As winter sets in, get some styling inspiration from those who really know how to stay glamorous in the cold.Photography - Emma LeeStyling Victoria MetcalfLocation - Hedingham Castle, Essex
SHOPPING - Illuminate
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Like a thief in the night, autumn has crept up on us this year. The weather has been so mild that by 4pm, I'm still shocked to be flicking light switches. The light is sadly dim now, but thanks to a whole wide variety of lighting designs, switching the lights on at night time, becomes like a daily treat. Similar to snuggling into a cashmere jumper - I'd rather be lying in a bikini in the sun, but if needs must, then let's do it in style!
NEW HOMES WE LOVE - Henriette and Claus Staib
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Jump into a Hans Christian Anderson story and read about Henriette and Claus Staib's lovely home full of enchanted interiors and treasures from her travels. HOMES WE LOVE - Henriette and Claus Staib
MY WEEKLY SHOP - Soft round clouds
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1)    Circles Cushion, £35.00, by Gail Bryson, Future & Found  2)    Walnut Bowl, £70.00, by Matt Pugh, Howkapow 3)    Cloud Chair, £900.55, by Lisa Widen,
REVIEW - Well Red Books
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I realise that the pun I have made in this blog's title is poor, but I am, nonetheless, proud of it. Not least, because, it accurately describes both these books, both in terms of visual and of my research done to review them.The first book is Grace Bonney's Design Sponge at Home. As a subscriber to Design Sponge's daily feed, I was eagerly...
MY WEEKLY SHOP - Friday 11th Movember
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1) Golden Moustache Tumbler, £14.00, Peter Ibruegger 2) Moustache Pillow Set, £30.00,
DECORATION - Gilded Egg Box, LEVEL - I'm a Craft Virgin
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Which came first? The Chicken or the Gilded Egg Box?!!!Here's our first STYLE NV TV Decoration video
CHATTING WITH - Lou Rota
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There is something quintessentially British about designer and ceramist Lou Rota. Her quirky vintage ceramics inspired by her love for nature remind me of a rose tinted, British summer garden party. Sun scorched days, strawberries, potato salad, and a trail of beautiful bugs crawl over the pretty vintage plates, left idly out on the grass. STYLE NV cha...
TREND - Return of Post Modernism?
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I stopped abruptly in my tracks the other day, when I saw on the front cover of the new issue of World of Interiors what I perceive to be Post Modernism. A Neo Classical triangular pediment resting on the top of a kitchen unit that hid an assortment of kitchen paraphernalia. When I first exited the
MY WEEKLY SHOP - Guy Faulks Nights
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1) Indoor Sparklers, £2.50, Heals 2) Planika Bubb...
REVIEW - Post Modernism - Style & Subversion - 1970 - 1990, at the V&A
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Despite a decade of art history lectures between us, the STYLE NV team were deeply confused when it came to understanding post modernism. So STYLE NV took themselves down to the V&A to get to grips with the art movement.  What became immediately apparent to us was that there are many, quite opposing aspects to post modernism an...
SHOPPING - Eerie Expectations
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Capture the essence of the hauntingly decaying mansion of Miss Haverhsam, this Halloween. Photography, Rachael SmithStyling, Victoria MetcalfLocation, 33 Portland PlaceCredits1) Antique off white...
MY WEEKLY SHOP - Friday 28th October
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1) Butterfly Pendant Lampshade £295.00 by Tom Raffield 2) Black Bowl by Gary Allson Contact Designer Direct 3) Cross Check Armchair from £4000.00 by Frank Gehry,
RAVE - Sophie Cook Ceramics
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There is a human quality to Sophie Cook's vases. Her arrangement in rainbow of tall, short, fat and thin porcelain remind me of a queue of people. Their thin necks holding up the lip 'heads', above a round body. I feel that Sophie herself, to some extent considers the vases to have personalities, when she says that she likes to see them "as a three dim...
TREND - Don't Conform
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In stark contrast to the geometric pattern trend of 2010 - 2011, irregular shaped furniture was seen across all the London Design shows.  Inspired from 50s design, corners were rounded and lines were curved. The French makes, Sentou...
MY WEEKLY SHOP - Technicolour
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1.Pick up Truck Bowl Neon Orange, £75.00, Paperchase  (Instore only)2.Air Vases £20.00 by Totafu Architects, V&A3.Fire, Squaring of the Circle Cushion, £69.90,
RAVE - 'India' silk fabric by Elitis
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For once, words fail me. The bold, beauty of this 100% silk fabric called India by Elitis reallly takes my breath away. As does its price, but then if I could afford it, I probably would as it would make even the grimest of days seem bright. It gives the impression of a hand dye, or batik, but infact it is just screen printed. The shocking pink is mixed with stripes of tangerine, black, white and jade green.'India' ...
NEW HOMES WE LOVE - Lene Toni and Valerio Kjeld
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Step back in time with our third home from our Copenhagen trip, go on take a tour, through their keyhole! Lene Toni And Valerio Kjeld's home
MY WEEKLY SHOP - Black gothic
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1) Heart & Birds Tattoo Pillow, £95.00 Fine Cell Work2) KTZ SS-2011 Glove, £130.00 Kokon Tozai3) Deep Purple Buttoned Velvet Chair, £3,200.00
TREND - Backing Up
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Backs of armchairs and sofas were high at The London Design Festival and STYLE NV thinks this is a trend set to last. High backs were seen at Evitavonni, Globe Zero 4, De Vorm, Haven,
RAVE - Giant Silver Bow
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I've been patiently waiting since July and I was hoping to hold off until Christmas, but I'm not really that patient and why should Christmas get all the fun anyway? We need a little bit of quelquechose frivolity as we enter the gloom of winter.When I saw this giant silver gift wray bow at the Paperchase Christmas press launch in July, I wasn't thinking about gifts for anybody else; I was thinking, where can I stick this up in my house?! It's...
CHATTING WITH - Designer, Solenne de la Fouchardiere, Ochre
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What made you want to be a designer in the first place?Ever since childhood, I was always interested in making things. My mum used to set workshops at home for myself and our friends. I went to art school thinking I would end up in a workshop but luck intervened and I met my fellow business partners Joanna Bibby and Harriet Maxwell Macdonald. ...
REVIEW - London Design Festival 2011
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Cocktail party hangovers have subsided, six cotton bags of brochures have been filled and duly sorted and now STYLE NV, can recover and bring you the best of the London Design Festival 2011.We kicked it off with the Ligne Roset West End party. The soft blues and tan colour scheme was elegant whilst upstairs t...
MY WEEKLY SHOP - Friday 30th September
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1) Conran Chairs with covers £299 for a pair,
MY WEEKLY SHOP - Friday 16th September
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1) Polder Sofa by Hella Jongerius for Vitra, Viaduct2) Jielde Signal Two Arm Extendable Light £170 Holloway of Ludlow3) Ania Candle Pot £20
MY WEEKLY SHOP - Friday 9th September
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1) Tabrez black & gold cushion, £30 House of Fraser 2) Stoneware serving bowl, £40,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY - to Laura Ashley
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A HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Laura Ashley, the Welsh designer who became a house hold name with her pretty country, prints, fashions and homewares. STYLE NV pay tribute to a great lady. 1925
MY WEEKLY SHOP - Kissing
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1)Ava Pin-up cushion by Crumpet & Skirt, £34.95, Aria2)Ingibjorg Hanna - Wooden Bird Trouser Hanger, £36, Beyond the Valley3)Lips Stool - Fornasetti, £828,
MY WEEKLY SHOP - Friday 26th August
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1) Ormino Cushion Flower, Anthropologie, £682) French chest of drawers, Aria, £23503) Vintage French bistro and chairs,
CHATTING WITH - Emma Kirby
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Emma Kirby is the creative genius behind our amazing 'HOMES WE LOVE' feature on Alex and Martin Toher's home. STYLE NV caugh...
NEW HOMES WE LOVE - Kasper and Julie Ronn
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The second sneeky peek from our Copenhagen trip is this stunning minimal barn conversion , owned by Kasper and Julie RonnGo on!! Take a peek!!http://www.stylenv.co.uk/homes.php?path=homes.homeswelove&gallery=24hi
RAVE - Louise Roe Designs
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It's true, I do have a penchant for liking all things Scandi right now and these gorgeous textiles by Louise Roe fit the bill. I love the graphic imagery, her use of repetition and the minimal use of colour. Particular favourites are her oversized bookstack cushion and the white ceramic tea towel. Louise Roe Designs are available in many stores througout Scand...
MY WEEKLY SHOP - Friday 19th August
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1) Oswold Squint Sofa, The Conran Shop, £38952) Znoor Pendant Light,
STYLE NV TV - Made.com's Edgar Collection
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Clean, minimal and easy assemble? Impossible! No you are wrong, Made.com new Edgar Collection, designed by Ross McBride, means you can have your home ship shape and ready for any 'in law' inspection in a jiffy. STYLE NV TV shows you how.
MY WEEKLY SHOP - Friday 12th August
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1) Colinton two seater sofa in Dalton Zinnia, £1050, Laura Ashley2) Scarf Print Curtain, £30,
STYLING TIP - Fruit Decor
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Racing around the supermarket, shopping list in hand, thinking that Supermarket Sweep would be a cinch to win, we never stop to appreciate just how truly beautiful food can be. But we shouldn't just use it for eating, here are some styling ideas with fruit.Fruit can make a cheap and stunning centre piece for a dining table. A bowl of shiny dark red apples or three large artichokes on a simple plate, or a pile of neon yellow l...
COMMENT - Past Styles
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A family friend recently donated a pile of French Elle and Marie France magazines from the 60s. One can only marvel and laugh at the old interior features in equal measure, and yet there are so many similarities to present styles today; should we have not moved forward a bit faster with interior trends in the last forty years?  The pictures speak for themselves.
MY WEEKLY SHOP - Friday 5th August
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1) Navy Splatter Serving Bowl, by Emma Bridgewater, exclusive to Liberty, £55, Liberty 2) Barcode cushion £78, by Fern Living,
TREND - Floral Abundance
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Before I recieve a plethora of whining emails saying 'But you only tol dus two weeks ago that pattern was going out and minimalism is back in' (actually, you guys aren't the kind to whine or nag like that), let's get this straight. Opposing trends can happen at the same time.Think of New Minimalism Colour Blocking as a long-into-the-future forcast from STYLE NV and Floral Abundance for the here and now.Floral prints continue t...
NEW HOMES WE LOVE - Hanne and Soren Berzant
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Delighted to show you our first house from STYLE NV's trip to Copenhagen in May. http://www.stylenv.co.uk/homes.php?path=homes.homeswelove&gallery=23
NEW HOMES WE LOVE - Hanne and Soren Berzant
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Delighted to show you our first house from STYLE NV's trip to Copenhagen in May. http://www.stylenv.co.uk/homes.php?path=homes.homeswelove&gallery=23
RAVE - Glocalisation Art Canvases
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Those guys at Made.com are just so darn inspirational, aren't they?!Collaborating with the
REVIEW - Crafty Reading
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As over the top as this may sound, when you open up Everything Alice by Hannah Read Baldrey & Christine Leech, you effectively jump down a rabbit hole, drink a magic potion and enter a whole new world of cute craft projects. This is not just for small people; Hannah and ...
CHATTING WITH - Studiomold
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Hot to trot design duo Studiomold www.studiomold.co.uk whose new minimalistic take on for trend for trompe l'oeil book shelves, talks to STYLE NV TV.
RAVE - Charlie Smith's Chandeliers
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I'm like a magpie ` anything that sparkles and twinkles and I want it! I could sit and stare mesmorised at Charlie Smith's chandeliers all day. Each chandelier is unique; hand crafted from an assortment of vintage and antique chandeliers. I love the ones with coloured crystal droplets and the brass stags (see website) Ch...
NEW HOMES WE LOVE - Lisa And Elliot Roberts Goldner
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Take a sneeky peek around Lisa and Elliot's North London pad Homes We Love ` Lisa and Elliot Roberts`Goldner
OTHER - A right royal knees up!
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So the big day has arrived, and thankfully the weather looks like it won't spoil things. In the run up to the Royal Wedding, press offices have sent me everything for sick bags, to £2000 Kate and Will fridge freezers (I kid you not). Perhaps my favourite royal memorabilia I saw were these plates by KK Outlet. STYLE NV wishes Will and Kate both the best of luck and a happy life to...
CHATTING WITH - Lighting Designer Penelope Batley
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I'd just been chatting to my friend Kirsty in New York about oversized necklaces ` how they could make me look smaller and maybe look a bit like Lily Cole in Tim Walker's pictures, when I walked in a jewellery exhibtion and there I saw a gigantic necklace light ` and it was if all my dreams had come true! Penelope Batley'...
NEW DECORATION - HOW TO - Jelly Mould Lights
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How exciting!!! Spring has sprung and jelly mould turn into lights ` what could be nicer?!!! http://www.stylenv.co.uk/
RANT - The definition of vintage
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It's a niggle, nothing more, but one that is worth ranting about. I'm not fastidious about the English language, I'll happily abbreviate my words ` I'd even go as far as to say that language is a fluid communication system, constantly evolving. However, things get a trifle irritating when one word is being used for two, slightly different meanings. The word in question today is vintage.In days gone pa...
NEW HOMES WE LOVE - Alex and Martin Toher
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Take a sneeky peek around Alex and Martin's castle in the clouds! Homes We Love Blog ` Alex and Martin Toher
DECORATION - New Distressed Mirrors for sales
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STOP THE PRESS!!! HOLD YOUR HORSES!! READ THIS SENSATIONAL NEWS!!STYLE NV's latest collection of distressed mirrors are now on sale!Prices Small mirrors £115Large mirrors £130Extra L...
RAVE - Skandivis
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I'm aware that I am repeating myself, but I didn't think I gushed enough about Skandivis in my last blog. Owner, Toni Kay has set up the online store Skandivis to sell small Danish and other Scandinavian homeware desginers such as By Nord and Kotona, Beautiful and quirky neutral toned homewares all with that slightly Scand...
COMMENT - The Great Fake Debate
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I was walking down my local high street to the shops, one day this week. It was a typical, cold, damp, February afternoon, with no glimmer of hope and I was wearing my floor length, real fur coat. Yes, it's real - judge me if you like but hear me out; it had belonged to my grandmother and it's at least fifty years old. I would never buy a new real fur coat. Anyway, as I was walking ...
NEW HOMES WE LOVE - Chez Moi!
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New 'Homes We Love' Blog. Today we're taking a sneek peek at chez moi!
CHATTING WITH - Sarah Angold
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Sarah Angold's Perspex jewellery and pendant lights remind me of giant fantastical creatures from the deep. Her studio launched the lighting range at 100% last September. So successful was the launch that it has taken all this time to have the time to chat to STYLE NV à and it has been worth the wait. What ...
SHOPPING - Love is All Around
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St Valentine's Day à the day that fills one with dread, day dreaming or depression. Every year I find myself asking why love must only be celebrated only one day a year and why must it only be connected with special loved ones à why can't it just be for everyone we love? There is little historical evidence at all that St Valentine existed at all. In actual fact, his legend for romantic love...
TREND - Green Envy
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Where fashion and celebrities dare to tread, interiors follow. Hot off the catwalks and the stars' backs comes ones of this season's colours ` jade green. They say that blue and green should never be seen, but we think rules are there to be broken. Here is STYLE NV's pick of jade green interior accessories to keep you and your home the envy of all others! Frank zig zag pouf
CHATTING WITH - Crafter, Abigail Brown
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Welcome to the world of designer and crafter Abigail Brown. Through careful observation and drawing, Abigail has created a menagerie of charming vintage fabric birds and animals, which all have unique characters. Her creations have come to life in this
STYLING TIP - How to Cheat at your Homemade Christmas
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I'm all for the homemade Christmas (minus Kirstie Alsopp's involvement) ` personally I actually do love love making home made chutneys, wrapping up exquisite beautiful presents and planning my table decorations to the inth degree, but with our busy working lives these days, homemade comes the perception a huge about of smugness, that I really can't abide by. I'd much rather be the cunning Christmas crafter so here'...
COMMENT - The Best Dressed Tree
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You'd of thought, that I'd be pretty fed up of Christmas decorations come December. Whilst everyone else are hopeing for hot sunny cloud free days in July, Interior Stylists are praying for white cloudy miserable summers to make their Christmas photoshoot look more convincing! But actually, I really love decorating the tree; I never tire of it and I hate seeing a badly dressed tree, I saw this tree in Nat West today; lights on the...
CHATTING WITH - Claire Brewster
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Claire Brewster's intricate paper cut bird pictures are stunning. Using beautiful old maps, she cuts out birds and flowers . STYLE NV caught up with her recently to talk about her work.What made you want to work in crafts in the first place?I've always been i...
COMMENT - Christmas Illuminations
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Tonight, the 1st of December marks the grand Christmas Light switch on ceremony for our lovely Irish next door neighbours. This year we are guests of honour because we have helped them buy a set of lights to go on their large fir tree in their front garden. Earlier this year, we had bought ourselves a set of white outdoor festoon lights, to illuminate our back garden. Our neighbour, Dennis was most impressed with them and asked us...
RAVE - Well Worn & Worth it
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I really only ravish rugs rarely (try that after you've had a few)! I dunno, I'm just not a massive fan of patterned rugs, most of the time, I find they just shrink a room and just look a bit, dare I say it naff! However, these rugs by Luke Irwin are totally gorgeous. They look like they have been trodden over for centuries, ...
RAVE - Rothschild & Bickers
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Like giant boiled sweets hanging from the ceiling, Rothschild & Bickers hand blown glass lights look almost edible. Design partners, Victoria Rothschild and Mark Bickers give traditional techniques and design a contemporary twist. The shapes of the lights are traditional but the use of coloured glass, silk tassles and their small size, keeps...
RAVE - Virtually Inspired
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You know that lovely house proud kinda feeling you get from throwing tablecloth over a table? You know, "rain drops on roses" is playing in your head and whoosh the tablecloth is up in the air and gently, it falls down. No? Well Daniel O'Riordan from Orchard Studio does and he was inspired by this to create his beautiful cloth pendants.
NEW HOMES WE LOVE - Vanessa Battaglia
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Take one small and neglected terrace cottage in Cambridgeshire, add a design couple. Wait for a few hellish months and the result is this small, but perfectly formed house full to the brim with delicious ideas and hidden treasures. If this house was a cake, it would be a rich, tasty Christmas pudding, topped with brandy butter, a holly leaf and stuffed with coppers and buttons. Click
CHATTING WITH - Jason McDonald
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What could be more suitable on Halloween than chatting with Jason McDonald from Koff, the designer of the skull candle? His skull candles are a fantastic design celebrating life, death and the beauty of the human skull. We caught up with him to talk about his work. How woul...
RAVE - Gyspy Chic
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Hungarian based studio, A Z Designers launched their new collection at Tent last month, inspired by gypsy culture with a modern twist and using traditional materials and methods. . There is bright red low table with built in burner and pendant lights that look like upturned enamelled buckets . Possibly my favourite piece is the Boden wi...
CHATTING WITH - Interior Designer Michaela Reysenn
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Flamingoes on the ceiling and distorted bathroom mirrors? Sounds like right up our street, STYLE NV caught up with bar and restaurant interior designer, Michaela Reysenn from Kai Design to talk about her work.1. What made you want to be an interior designer in the first place?I have always had an interest in interiors. From a young age I was painting the walls of my bedroom each...
DECORATION - Lace Blind LEVEL: I'm Craft Capable
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Lovely friend Emma asked STYLE NV to design a practical and pretty blind to be used in the bathroom. Her bathroom is on the vintage theme with white Victorian brick tiles and a roll top bath, but there is funky edge to it with a laser cut resin mirror by the side of the bath. My solution was to take a standard white roller blind and embellish it with pretty, ghostly lace pattern. Click
COMMENT - Les Faux Fleurs
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On BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour the other day, Abigail Ahern and Sam Youd (Head Gardener at Tatton Park) were discussing the pros and cons to artificial flowers. Fak...
STYLING TIP - O.T.T.B.C
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I confess, I am completely guilty of O.T.T.B.C (Over The Top Bed Cushioning), but the thing is, when you are styling to camera, beds can look a trifle flat if not embellished and I'm looking to create a beautiful photograph rather than being practical. In reality, having ten scatter cushions and six pillows is ridiculous; it's another chore to take the cushions off the bed, then make the bed then put them back on (I know that as a...
RAVE - Send in the Clowns!
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Clowns or Lladro? For some, it's a toss up between which is scarier! Not for me however and at Decorex a few weeks ago, Lladro showed their conceptual line "Fantasy", created by Artistic Director, Jaime Hayon. Hang on a sec, did you just say Lladro??? Yes I did, loud an...
REVIEW - Super Duper SUPERDESIGN
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Just when you thought you'd hung your 'trade show' boots up, along comes another one and in this case, they've saved the best till last. The fourth Super Design exhibition launched today in the basement of the grand Victoria House, Bloomsbury, London and runs for the next three days until the 17th October. Super Design is curated by Patrick Bri...
CHATTING WITH - Stephen Johnson
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Stephen Johnsons' designs exube positivity. Their primary function is to make you smile, which is precisely what they do! He developped the "Now Isn't That Lovely" series on his MA at the Royal College of Art. The china ornaments, precariously balanced on top of one another have been an imme...
STYLING TIP - Wicked Wicker World
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Wicker was way down my list of "To Rant about" List but I was on Twitter the other day and @Ideal Home magazine tweeted Like or Loathe to these horrendous wicker sofas. I just couldn't contain myself and replied back that I thought they were utterly vile. Now I have to be a bit careful here as Ideal Home is one of our clients, which is kind of why I'm rant blogging (should that be ragging?) and raving all at the same time Is that ...
TREND - Head on an onyx chopping block!
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Now if I didn't make any trend predictions, then I wouldn't really be much of an interior stylist now would I? And when I start to predict trends, I feel sympathy for weathermen, British in particular who often get it wrong, and have to put their head on the chopping block. Today my chopping block is going to be made of green onyx. Remember green onyx back in the 60s? No? Actaully nor do I, I wasn't born! But I...
RAVE - Suzani Textiles
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Well it's official Moroccan is OUT and Uzbekistan is IN! Everyone from John Lewis to Graham and Green has enough pouffes and cushions and throws to bolster, cushion and warm herds of camels (or people I suppose but camels do sound funnier à can you imagine a herd of camels walking into John Lewis and buying up all their cushions)?!!
REVIEW - The Betsy Smith bar, London NW6
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The Betsy Smith opened it's doors recently and STYLE NV went to check it out the interior design. The Design team behind it, Kai Design, have created a fictional Dickensian character, 'Betsy Smith' whom roamed the streets of Kilburn, north west London, where the bar is locate...
CHATTING WITH - No Wallflower CHATTING WITH - Wallpaper Designer Ayme Fitzgerald
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Ayme Fitzgeralds' wallpapers speak for themselves; strong and vibrant they jump right off the roll. Her work caught attention three years ago at New Designers exhibition in London and since then she has selling her designs to leading designers and exhibting in London, New York and ...
RANT - Stating the Obvious
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This is not a style or taste thing, more personal just something that really just gets under my skin and bugs me. Decorative words, ` I mean WHY? Why do I have to be told what to do or how I should I be feeling or be told where I am?!! Why, when I walk into a bathroom am I reminded that I need to "Bathe" in one ` don't you think I already know what to do in a bathroom? Ironic ones, however, like
RAVE - The Ghost of a Chair
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VANQUISHED! à I was totally surrounded. Thirteen giant ethereal shapes outnumbered me, I was quite frankly speechless. Possibly because I was slightly out of breath from climbing five flights of stairs at the Designer's Block 2010 at the London Design Festival. But also because I was staring at
STYLING TIP - Colour Coded Shelving
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Ok, lets talk about books and display. Put your hand up the last time you actually USED your book shelf? I mean actually pulled a few and re read them? No? Chances are most of the time, you only re use your books when you lend them to other people or need to weight something down? Either that or they are just something extra to dust!Treat books like your wardrobe, every once in a while, have a good sort out. Th...
REVIEW - The London Design Festival
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There are no doubt several hundred blogs and metres of newspaper column space devoted to the London Design Festival 2010 but at STYLE NV, I've held back to give you an honest review about what the whole festival had offer this year. Some shows were very disappointing, some were a lot better than former years and some were oright.
NEW DECORATION - HOW TO - New STYLE NV Decoration Project - Pom Pom Chandelier!
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I've gone completley pom pom potty ` Jo, my boyfriend has told its got to stop, he keeps finding my fishing out old bits of card from the recycling bin. But now that it's finished even he thinks the pom pom chandelier looks fabulous! Here's the project ` enjoy! http://www.stylenv.co.uk/designDetails.cfm?d=4
NEW HOMES WE LOVE - Helena Amourdedieu
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They say that you can take the girl out of England but you can't take England out of the girl and I wonder, how much of Helena Amourdedieu's eclectic Parisian home is French influenced and how much stems from her English pedigree? STYLE NV went to find out for themselves. . . CLICK HERE to read Helena Amourdedieu's blo...
MY WEEKLY SHOP - Carry on RAVING - Jet Set Shops
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In my head, I work in London, I party in New York and relax in Paris á oh how I love being STYLE NV's jet set Interior Stylist! Actually I have been to both cities in the last year (I can't see how living in London really counts)but this isn't the norm. Whenever and wherever I visit, I make a bee line for the shops! It will come as no surprise, being an Interior Stylist that I lov...
REVIEW - I Should Coco
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Last night Hannah, my trusty friend and STYLE NV's unofficial Sub Editor, took ourselves down to the Everman Cinema in Baker Street to see the next biop film in the life of Coco Chanel "Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky" (France...
RANT - A Sticky Subject
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It's picky, and a titchy annoyance but leaving sticky labels on your plates, bases, glasses whatever and wherever they might be does bother me. Thanks to our lovely HD telly, I see it sticky labels left on everywhere. I even see it on tv in period dramas (set dressers please take note)!!I confess that I have absent mindedly removed them at friends houses and when I've been styling some of the homes we've photog...
REVIEW - The Surreal House
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I was filled with a feeling of excited intripedation as I approached the start of The Surreal House exhibition at the Barbican in London. The pitched roofed house with Marcel Duchamp leather clad window shutters were dark and fore...
REVIEW - RAVE - All praise to the phenomenon that is IKEA
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I thought long and hard about who should be the first to receive a STYLE NV "Big Up Blog" and decided that it really has to be the Daddy, IKEA. Why? Well firstly, my career as an Interior Stylist started when I was the Editorial Assistant for IKEA Room Magazine, many moons ago. I utterly LOVED my job, all of us on the editorial team did, we lived...
RANT - Window Dressing
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I didn't really want to start this blog on a negative but I am quite positively BURSTING to rant about windows. I might sound dramatic but quite frankly it actually makes me want to cry when I see old window frames being replaced with abominations such as these.Flikr Pictures
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