Summer Shopping at Liberty’s

No visit to London-town would be complete without visiting one of London’s greatest shops, Liberty, one of the capitals oldest department stores. Situated in a Tudor building since 1875, this iconic store has a magical atmosphere that sweeps you up the minute you enter. This summer, their collection is as beautiful and inspiring as always.

Sunlounger in Green Palmeral linen by House of Hackney

Sun Lounger in Green Palmeral linen by House of Hackney

Lovely new quirky addition like the House Of Hackney sun lounger, sit beautifully with vintage sourced pieces and recycled glass.

Recycled Glass Bottles and Vintage Stools

Recycled Glass Bottles and Vintage Stools

Dining Combination

Exciting Dining Combinations

 

One of my favourites is their big collection of milk glass in mint green, pale blue and pink, white and also lemon yellow. And I think I might just have to start collecting this lovely bone china range from Material Pleasures, designed and made by Julie Spurgeon – love, love love.

Material Pleasures Bone China & Milk Glass

Material Pleasures Bone China & Milk Glass

 

Don’t miss their new iconic Liberty Print fabrics, and also the new ‘Flowers of Liberty‘ range, a collection of pretty gifts and table top wares.

Iconic Liberty Print Fabrics

Iconic Liberty Print Fabrics

Flowers of Liberty New Launch

Flowers of Liberty New Launch

Liberty Print Deckchair

Liberty Print Deckchair

Vintage China in Liberty Print Suitcase

Vintage China in Liberty Print Suitcase

 

I wish my dining room wall could look like this, a quirky collection of fabulous plates and platters by Astier de Villatte...

Astier De Villatte, Printed Plates & Platters

Astier De Villatte, Printed Plates & Platters

 

My favourite is to enter the shop through the middle door, entering into a little florist with gorgeous creations, setting the mood for what’s to come.

Liberty, since 1875

Liberty, since 1875

 

Photos by Theoda Solms Iles 

Neon Living Colour

Neon is certainly alive and revived from the 80’s. I was lucky enough to live though the 80’s and experience neon the first time around, but luckily nowadays neon is much more stylish and useable. The key to incorporating neon into your life, whether it is into your home or wardrobe, is to do it in small doses. Use your chosen neon colour as an accent to make your interior pop. Also look out for ‘faded’ neons, they look great too and are much more subtle yet still funky and on-trend enough to rock this look. Buy into this trend while it is still summer, and those readers in the Southern Hemisphere – get your neon pieces now to lead this trend and brighten up your winter homes.

Here are a few favourite buys to inject some Living Colour Style into your life:

Ayres table & chairs, Habitat

Ayres table & chairs, Habitat

FADED NEON. A gorgeous simple and modern design, this table and chairs, made from bent plywood has a gentle colour wash in yellow, allowing the grain of the wood to still show through. I love the simplicity and almost toy-like design of the furniture.  Ayres table, £300, chairs, £120 each, Habitat (PS: on sale now – link though to see sale price, be quick!)

 

'La Cerise sur le Gateau' Eiffel Tower with Dots Cushion Cover Pink & 'La Cerise sur Le Gateau' Clogs and Dots Cushion Cover Yellow, Fred & Pickles.

‘La Cerise sur le Gateau’ Eiffel Tower with Dots Cushion Cover Pink & ‘La Cerise sur Le Gateau’ Clogs and Dots Cushion Cover Yellow, Fred & Pickles.

FUN FACTOR. If you are also a fan of ‘the white bedding brigade’, then step outside your comfort zone and spice up your bedding with a set of new pillowcases (you don’t have to commit to a whole new neon duvet set!). Or liven up the sofa or armchair with a hot pink spotty cushion. I guarantee you will smile every time you see them.  ‘La Cerise sur le Gateau’ Eiffel Tower with Dots Cushion Cover Pink & ‘La Cerise sur Le Gateau’ Clogs and Dots Cushion Cover Yellow, £32 each, Fred & Pickles.

 

Green Shoots Pantone Coffee Maker, Berry Red

Green Shoots Pantone Coffee Maker, Amazon

CLASSIC NEON. An old classic gets a mini makeover with a bold neon transformation. And if you were ever in any doubt, the fact that the colour is by Pantone, should give it enough credibility to convince even the biggest colour critic.  Whitbread & Wilkinson Pantone Coffee Maker Green Shoots, £19.98, Amazon.

 

Block Neon Drip Vase in Pink, Red Candy

Block Neon Drip Vase in Pink, Red Candy

DRIP DELUX. Subtle enough not to scare away your partner but uber trendy combining the ‘drip-trend’ and neon in one super cool vase. The perfect accessory with or without a flower.  Block neon Drip Vase in Pink, £21, Red Candy

 

Chartreuse Victorian Decanter Lamp, Little Mill House

Chartreuse Victorian Decanter Lamp, Little Mill House

VAMPED-UP VINTAGE. This is my ‘Must Have’, I have fallen in love with this lamp and have dreamed up so many locations for it in my home that I no longer think that only one is enough. I just fell in love with the vintage decanter style that is funked up with the bright Chartreuse body. Chartreuse Victorian Decanter Lamp, £180, Little Mill House  (PS: They have a sale on, so be quick before I snap them all up)

 

Delightfull T Floor Lamp, LuxDeco

Delightfull T Floor Lamp, LuxDeco

NEON LIGHTING. Taking and making this trend literally, this neon letter signage are the most fabulous floor lamps. I bet you will be tempted once you have seen your own initial lit up. I just had to show you the lime green T.  Delightfull T Floor Lamp, £3110, Luxdeco

 

Neon Wire Candle Sticks, Oliver Bonas

Neon Wire Candle Sticks, Oliver Bonas

WIRED UP. The brightness of these candlesticks show of their gorgeous curvy design beautifully, they will make a great gift or a little spoil for yourself to start off this trend in your own home.  Neon Wire Candle Sticks, Orange, £16, Yellow, £14, Oliver Bonas

 

OPI Neon Nail Colour

OPI Neon Nail Colour

NAILS IN NEON. I just could not resist a neon beauty moment. Work these colourful babies with your summer wardrobe, they scream attention seeker. Sorry boys, this last addition is more for the ladies, unless you can inform me of a clever interior use for nail varnish?  Opi Neon Nail Colour, £19.95 for 6, John Lewis

 

 

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Summer elegance Scandi style, Broste Copenhagen

Make the most of the upcoming summer and those long summers evenings, just like the Scandinavians do, and create a fabulous outdoor living space. Dress it with gorgeous items like lanterns, floor fusions, chunky knit pouffes and tableware ready to entertain. I love this new colour palette from Broste Copenhagen, primary colours that have a faded look to them, red turning into raspberry, blue shading into aqua and yellow fading into dark creams.

Broste Copenhagen Summer Reds

Broste Copenhagen Summer Reds

Broste Copenhagen Summer Blues

Broste Copenhagen Summer Blues

Broste Copenhagen Summer Yellows

Broste Copenhagen Summer Yellows

Photography supplied by Broste Copenhagen.

Bright colours for your garden by Sadolin

Get ready for Summer now and spruce up your garden with new outdoor paint, giving a new life to tiered wooden pieces. With so many colours to choose from, there is a shade right for every look. Perfect for updating wooden summerhouses, pergolas and outdoor furniture. Start now, so it’s ready to enjoy when Summer arrives.

Summer House in 'Mary's Watering Can' Turquoise

Summer House in ‘Mary’s Watering Can’ Turquoise

 

Bright pinks and turquoise for a modern look and pale greens and grey for a more classic feel.

Sadolin Woodstain Colours

Sadolin Woodstain Colours

1. Harry’s Deck Chair  2. Marie’s Bird Table  3. Mary’s Watering Can  4. George’s Chimenea  5. Jack’s Potting Shed  6. Stewart’s Sundial

Sadolin Woodstain Colours

Sadolin Woodstain Colours

7. Elizabeth’s Plum Jam  8. Charlotte’s Garden Lantern  9. Grace’s Secateur’s  10. Ruby’s Rose Bed  11. Amelia’s Sunlounger  12. Oliver’s Gazebo

Images by Sadolin. Colours on screen from  Sadolin My Garden Woodstain Colours may vary due to screen technology.