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Introducing The 9 New Farrow & Ball Paint Colours For 2016

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A couple of weeks ago, I arrived at an exclusive building called The Albany ( so much so, that you’re not even allowed to photograph inside ) Full of interesting history and with name plaques on the entrance walls of past residents that turned my head  and nestled in the heart of London, set back a little from the busy streets of Piccadilly. It was all quite hush hush and has been until today.

It was to meet with the Farrow & Ball team and a handful of other UK bloggers and journalists for a preview of the new Farrow & Ball paint colours.

Let’s face it, I am a colour geek and so an afternoon in such interesting company and for such an exciting reason was going to be right up my street. It is not something they do on a very regular basis, so it felt very exciting to be part of this all.

After chatting for a while and enjoying the beautiful and regal surroundings, we all sat down for the presentation by Joa Studholme, International Colour Consultant for Farrow & Ball.

Now, finally, I can share with you, the new colours, as today is the day they have become available online and in stores. I can also tell you a bit about the inspiration behind each name. Yippee ! Let’s do it …

Shadow White Image

Firstly, Shadow White. No. 282. Named by the soft tone created when whites are used in shaded areas and good for lovers of light neutrals, both for walls and woodwork. It is a lovely contrast for Shaded White No .201. A paint that suits any style of home.

Drop Cloth

Then comes Drop Cloth. No. 283. Slightly darker than Shadow White.

It’s relaxing, easy and muted. You could use it with Shadow White No 282. It’s not too yellow or grey. Very easy on the eye, I would say. It is one 4 of their key colours for 2016.

It’s name is a nod to painters and decorators because ‘ Drop Cloth ‘ is the traditional name for their dust sheets which this colour embodies.

Worsted

Worsted. No. 284. belongs to their ‘ Easy Neutral Family ‘ stronger in tone than its counterpart ‘ Purbeck Stone ‘ but lighter than Mole’s Breath ( I never tire of their lovely names ). It works well with colour schemes Wevet. No. 273 and Cornforth White No. 228 for instance or with a stronger palette of Cook’s Blue No. 237 and No. 286.

Does this colour remind you of city suits made from flat woven fabric ? It is named Worsted after the village in Norfolk where the yarn was originally woven.

Cromarty

I love the softness of this hue. Cromarty No. 285 is a lighter version of and works well with Light Blue No. 22 or with both the colours Pigeon No. 25 and  Blue Gray No. 91.

Inspired by sea mist and named after the Cromarty Fifth Estuary, a place of swirling mists mentioned daily in The Shipping Forecast. Conjures up some very vivid images for me. How about you ?

Peignoir

Peignoir No. 286 is absolutely perfect, in my opinion. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. Very soft pink with a huge dose of grey. It works with red based neutrals and darker tones such as Brinjal No. 222. It could also work with Cinder Rose No. 246 and Charlston Grey N0. 243. It is also one of Farrow & Ball’s key colours for 2016, picked for being serene and east to live with.

I think you might love what this colour name is based upon – chiffon gowns in which ladies traditionally brushed their hair in boudoirs. Vintage and very romantic.

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Here’s another of my favourites and I can’t wait to try it out on something soon. Yeabrige  Green No.287. It is fresh and very uplifting. What do you think of this ‘ avocado ‘ colour ? I am pleased that it’s another key colour for this year.

It was inspired by a palette shade found in a gun cupboard and also lush colours in a field nearby. It works with many shades. I particularly like the combination of it with Cooking Apple Green No. 32 and Off White No. 3.

Vardo

Okay, here is my absolute favourite new colour. I think I’ve mentioned before how much I like teal. The richer the better and Vardo No. 288 is just that.

I think quite rightly, the word ‘ flamboyant is mentioned by Farrow & Ball ‘ regarding this one. Joa recommended Down Pipe No. 26 or  Pavillion Gray No. 242 to go with this which think would be stunning. Or Raddicchio No. 96 – wow, can you imagine ? There are also the neutrals too, obviously.

A colour aimed to make people smile and a colour brings out the light side of us. I like the sound of that. Aptly named after classic romany gypsy caravans from the late 18th Century. You know, the horse drawn ones ? Apparently a similar colour was used in the intricate patterning of these vehicles, often over a red shade. Seen as an important cultural high point in decoration.

Inchyra Blue

The clever thing about this wonderful Inchyrya Blue No. 289, which as you can see is an aged blue grey, is that it can read more grey, blue or even green depending on the light. An alternative to charcoal it can be used add a hint of colour in to a very contemporary home or a more moody feel with my beloved Vardo No. 288 or Black Blue N0. 95.

First used at the classic Georgian Inchyra House to work with moody Scottish skies, it can be found on the exterior doors of their barn which sits at the bottom of a rather grey and ‘ imposing ‘ hill. This  colour needed to have depth and work sympathetically with the dramatic natural backdrop.

Salon Drab

A chocolatey hue. Sounds great does’t it ? Salon Drab No. 290. It’s an ‘ informed tone ‘ that colour experts use. Really rich and can sit with Arsenic No. 214 and Rectory Red N0 217 – two other fab colours. It offers a calmness and feels historic but I think would work in a modern setting. I love that is the fourth key colour for 2016. Hope to see it in lots of homes.

Combining ‘ Salon ‘ which is the small outer room off a drawing room with ‘ Drab ‘ a term favoured by colourists  – it describes a colour as lacking in brightness.

So, there we have it. The new colours. Joa explained how Farrow & Ball really wanted for the new additions to happily blend in on their colour charts well and not stand right out. I think they have achieved this so well and it is clear to see the love and passion that has gone in to the 9 colours. It was quite an honour to be part of their unveiling and to listen to someone so inspiring and clever.

If you want to get hold of a new colour chart then have a look at the website or pop in to your nearest stockist. 

I’d love to know your thoughts on them and which might be your favourite ? Especially now you know mine :) Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog ..

Lucy x

All images copyright of Farrow & Ball 2016.

Inspire Me – With Textile Designer Sarah Campbell

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If you read my blog regularly, you’ll know very well how much I love Liberty London Prints.

So, can you imagine my surprise and excitement when the lovely people who represent Sarah Campbell got in touch for a meeting with her ?

Sarah and her sister, Susan founded textile design company Collier Campbell in the 60s, collaborating with Liberty, Habitat, Marks & Spencers to name a few. They also inspired Yves Saint Laurent on his first off the peg clothing line.

Today, Sarah is working with West Elm, Michael Miller Fabrics and also teaching workshops in London.

There is also an exhibition with many of their prints, currently running at The Fashion and Textiles Museum, exploring Liberty’s impact on British fashion …

How did you originally become a textile designer ?

I grew into it, almost behind my own back ! My sister, Susan Collier, had already begun her career as a textile designer in her early twenties and was also a mother of two small girls; she ‘ got busy ‘ and asked me to come and help. As I could draw and was an obliging younger sibling – I did. I was a teenager, and had no ambition to be a designer, or even anything ‘ artistic ‘ at all, but it turned out well – I had a feel for it – and we continued our working partnership for 50 years.

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You’ve had an incredible career so far with Collier Campbell and now working as Sarah Campbell Designs, spanning over 5 decades – what have been your highlights and challenges since you first started ? 

Yes, we had a wonderfully productive career together and with our marvellous studio. Maintaining a business based on ‘ creativity ‘ is quite a challenge in itself, and the fact that there were two of us to withstand and share the slings and arrows was definitely important.

Some of the highlights have come as awards from our peers and the industry, the most prestigious of which was The Duke of Edinburgh’s Design Prize in 1984, given for our Six Views Collection. We were the first women to win this, and apart from one other, the only ones in its 52-year history – which is rather shocking.

There have been many feelings of achievement, and many knock-backs too. Looking from where I am now I think the whole collaboration with my sister and our extraordinary body of work is a tremendous cause for pride. There is a lovely book published about our years and work together – ‘ The Collier Campbell Archive ‘. I meet all sorts of people who tell me about patterns of ours that they’ve lived with and cherished over the years, and I feel very pleased that those fabrics went out there and did their jobs so well!

My challenge now is to continue solo, as I have been since Susan’s death in 2011, to invent and celebrate new and interesting patterns – I’m fortunate to be doing just this, and long may it last !

How have you managed to keep your feet on the ground with such a busy life and so many high profile collaborations ?

I’m not sure that I have always kept my feet on the ground … I think that maintaining busy-ness and good working relationships probably requires one to balance the fabulous flights of fancy with being pretty down-to earth; that takes acrobatic experience ! Children are helpful – watching the saturday football matches in the rain is an excellent exercise in remaining steady – especially when it’s muddy ! Susan and I saw ourselves as jobbing designers, which is a service as well as an inspiration – we earned our living by painting patterns, and I still do; as such income is determined by customers – generally very good levellers ! Success is so exciting and heady – but things can change quickly and there are no laurels upon which to rest for very long …

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Collier Campbell inspired Yves Saint Laurent’s first ever ‘ off the peg ‘ clothing. What was it like working with one of the greatest ever fashion designers ? 

I have to clarify here: the original company Collier Campbell company wasn’t formed until 1979 / 80. All our work prior to that ( Liberty, early Habitat, Soiries Nouveautees etc ) was produced under our own names. When it came to YSL –  he was an established customer of Liberty of London Prints, the then wholesale arm of Liberty. Having said that, it was incredibly exciting when the European salesman Gilbert Saada told us that St Laurent wanted our prints. We had done a series of very freely painted folk-inspired patterns, and one in particular – patterned bands with a bird – took his fancy. It suited the Gipsy look that he was developing for his first off-the-peg collection – very Matisse and Russian blouse. But he didn’t want the birds ! So we repainted it, and made a little group of designs to be printed on Liberty’s lovely Tana lawn cotton; these then formed an integral part of his first famous ready-to-wear fashion collection. We loved painting those patterns, and went to it with gusto – and lots of singing and dancing ! The fact that one of the greatest French couturiers wanted our designs was a tremendous confirmation of our belief in the hand-painted, spontaneous look that we were developing ( among many others ).

Has your design process changed over the years ? If so, how ?

In essence I still hand-paint my designs in repeat as I always have done, and for the most part I use gouache on paper.  But added to that – for one of my customers I often send sketches, constructions and ideas in different mediums for them to work up for their own particular needs and products.

The process of translation and reproduction has changed: when we started, each colour would be hand-traced by the engraver to make each separate screen or roller. In the early days we often had to stop engravers from ‘ tidying up ‘ our paintbrush marks ! Every colourway was painted and balanced, and the skilful eye of the printer in matching was integral to the success of the cloth. Nowadays designs are scanned, separated and colour-matched by computer – though in the case of my work the starting point remains the same – the hand-painted mark. One of the advantages of digital printing is that each nuance of colour and gesture can be translated onto the cloth should one wish it, whereas traditionally conventional printing is about understanding flat colour and screens. These are different skills – but all worthwhile and full of adventure.

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Where do you find your inspiration ? 

Everywhere really; I can’t stop things jumping into my eye, or setting me off on a train of investigation. New briefs can send me seeking new materials – brushes, papers, techniques, types of paint – which in themselves bring their own inspiration. And particular requests often require research. But there’s nothing like just starting with a clear surface and the hint of an idea waiting to grow – they can push me down all sorts of self-inspirational alleys !

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When working on projects for brands – are you generally given a free rein with your ideas ?

Customers each have their own particular identities and needs, their place in the market and their history. I think people come to me for a fresh point of view about colour and pattern, and a skill in its execution – to see what I’ll make for them. Customers often say one thing, but in the course of a conversation may be unconsciously stroking a piece of paper with quite another thing on it – that’s the pattern they’re really drawn to ! It’s worth remembering – and listening very hard – in order to be able to use one’s skill to bring it all together and take a step forward at the same time. And if someone can never sell green, for instance, it’s a good idea to take note… but not necessarily to leave it at that …

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The Liberty in Fashion Exhibition is celebrating 140 years of the company. How do you think Liberty have had such a strong impact for so long, with their fashion and interior prints ?

9 liberty dolls 2015It’s an interesting question; certain names hold their magic for a long time through thick and thin, the ups and downs of fashion and the market. To start with, the word itself –  liberty – has special meaning and significance, a freedom to which we may all aspire.

The first Mr Liberty began his company with a clear position – providing beautiful cloth, interesting patterns, considered design, artistic integrity. He had a real feel for his customers and from the start he appealed to a particular clientele who shared these values. The company also achieved the remarkable feat of selling cloth, via both retail and wholesale, to everyone from your granny to Yves St Laurent – as the exhibition shows so well. But I think the secret of their success is that they have maintained their standards in design, quality, colour and have stood by their original commitment to excellence in cloth and pattern, newness and tradition – and there are very many customers who feel the same way and want to be able to be part of that.

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What are you currently working on ?

Yesterday I sent off the latest batch of ideas and sketches to WestElm in Brooklyn for their spring / summer ’17 ranges; for the last three years or so I’ve worked for them for ten days each month developing new ideas and solutions to their briefs. It’s a really lovely collaborative job, and so exciting to see what they make of my work.

Today on my table is the new collection for Michael Miller Fabrics, actually for this summer; it’s our third together, and I’m busy completing the repeats just now. These gorgeous cottons are sold into the home-sewing and quilting market and are available worldwide; I so enjoy making a range and seeing the yardage coming through with its different colourways. I’d like to have the time and wherewithal to make some quilts myself – I’m often sketching plans for them; we have made some adorable art dolls with the fabrics though.

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I’m also completing the preparations for teaching at West Dean next week; running short courses and workshops is something new I’ve been doing in the last few years and I really enjoy it. This one will be exploring pattern – how it works and how to make it. I teach painting directly onto cloth as well, both silk and cotton, and have several courses lined up at Bradness Gallery in the spring and summer, and at Morley College in the next academic year. And I’m invited back to Guadalajara to teach there again later in the year – exciting. Oh, and I’m hoping to run a flag-&-banner-making workshop in the Herefordshire woods later in the year…

Then there’s the next blog to write and illustrate – something I do every three weeks or so and due any day now. And a commission to hand-paint some curtains; I have to admit this has been waiting its turn for some time and now I’m just about ready !

I’m planning a new collaboration specifically with upholstery in mind using both printed and hand-painted linen on particular pieces. And I’m always sampling new products for our on-line shop – scarves, cards, painted creatures …

 

13 bedouin stripe scarf 2015And although the design work for this range was done a little while ago I’m really looking forward to our new collection of ceramics and homewares coming on the market any minute now. It’s called Viva ! and brings an abundance of colourful geometrics to the dining table – and the tea – tray.

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Can you give any advice to anyone wanting a career in textile design ?

Love pattern, listen to your customer, enjoy being useful !

Thank you so much to Sarah for sharing her inspirations and advice. Do you have a favourite print ?

If you’d like to have a look at her website. Here it is – Sarah Campbell Designs.

 

Have a good day.

Lucy x

Photo credits: Image 1, copyright of Virginie Guiriaboye. Image 5 copyright of Polly Eltes ‘as seen in Period Living Magazine’. All others images copyright of Sarah Campbell.

New Year and a New Course with KLC School of Design

KLC Interior Design DiplomaHappy New Year to you. Did you have a good one ?

We went to Edinburgh which was amazing – oh, they certainly know how to enjoy Hogmanay. We were lucky enough to see Biffy Clyro perform and from the side of stage  – I don’t think I could ever tire of their music.

I did plan on taking some photos there to show you, but I tripped over a suitcase in the night ( I don’t drink, before you ask … :) ) and sprained my finger and knee so was a bit out of action !

Anyway, on to all things new for this year. I’m very excited to tell you that I started a new course recently. An online diploma in Interior Design with the KLC School of Design. A little while ago, while I was nominated for my award, I was invited, along with some other bloggers, by KLC and Amara to an afternoon  ‘ Introduction to Colour ‘ Course at their college at Chelsea Harbour Design Centre East which is based at The Chelsea Harbour Design Centre, which was really interesting. We put together some ideas ourselves and talked about the colour wheel and also the different styles of interior designers.

Colour Wheel

I thoroughly enjoyed it and have been wanting to do one of their courses for a while so went home and had a think for a few months about studying with them on a more permanent basis.

I already know lots about fabrics and how to make things and hang them –  and I obviously already have a huge love of colour inspiration. What I want to learn more about is practical, in terms of creative concept, how to do a brief for a client, the business side and how to make 3d models. Basically, I want a good qualification in Interior Design.

KLC Study Lucy Loves Ya

So, I am now signed up to the KLC School Online Interior Design Diploma..

As you can see, lots of new equipment has been bought and I have made a start on the first section and feel pretty excited about what this all may turn in to. After all, it’s what I love doing and feel that everything else I have achieved in the last few years has helped get me to this point. There will be some challenges ( I am not a natural when it comes to technical drawing ) but I am totally up for getting better. There seems to be lots of online support, I am sure it will be fine.

Start of My KLC Course

Hopefully you will stay with me on the journey. I would love that. Lots of books to discover, interesting homes to study and loads of colourful images.

In fact, there are a few things coming up this year that I hope you will enjoy. It’s going to be very busy ….

In the meantime if you would like to know more about any of the KLC School courses either online or at their actual HQ – then you can find more information here.

Have a brill 2016.

Lucy x

Colour Your Christmas With Stocking Fillers

Colourful Gifts

A quick update today. Are you getting up to speed with Christmas ? I am getting there, just about !

Although stocking fillers are my favourite thing to do, they always ends up being the last to sort out so if you’re in the same boat or need some last minute extra gifts – I have pulled together some colourful items that I think make great little gifts. They’re fun and functional and fittable ( I think I just made that word up .. ) in a nice big sock. Hope you like them …

1. The scent of Jasmin is heavenly as far as I’m concerned. Do you like to too ? Designers Guild have these soaps in a pretty box. They’re £14.  2. We recently did an Alice in Wonderland play here for charity and it reminded me of how brilliant and mad the book and films are – and also how many people love the story. This Mad Hatter tea towel is by Mrs Moore Vintage Store and it’s £12. 3. Being a huge fan of Ban.do – this tote bag is naturally going to be in the list ! Pink and stripes, yes please. £18 from Birchbox. 4. Amara have a stunning range of gifts – like this dinner plate ( with others to form a set available ) by Christian Lacroix at £48. 5. Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a candle or two. Although this is isn’t a festive scent as such, lavender is a lovely gentle alternative – and the motto on the front is perfect. By Rice DK – £17.99. 6. I was at a poetry festival recently and one of the speakers said ” there’s nothing like a new notebook ” .. I totally agree. Full of possibilities. Love the pastel shades of this one by Trouva. £10. 7. A gift for a patient friend who likes to grow their herbs ? Love that it comes in a teacup. This ‘ grow your own basil ‘ is from Not on the Highstreet and is £9. 8. What a lovely, lovely thing. Marimekko print pencils in a box. Amara £9.99. 9. Love this brand. Little Moose Gram. You might already know that I’m obsessed with flamingoes. So, this necklace was an obvious choice. It’s £39.95. Hint hint, husband ! 10. Everyone loves a yummy hand cream don’t they ? Look at the amazing packaging too … another company that I am rather obsessed with – Kiehl’s at SPACE NK. £17.50.

Kids Gifts

Here are some treats that I know my girls would like, so maybe they will appeal to you and yours too ?

1. For the older ones, obviously. Not for the littles. Some bright bubble gum balls from Liberty London. £6.95. 2. These little animal lights always go down well. My daughters love them. This Squirrel Night Light is from White Mint. £5. 3. Wow ! Such a good idea – Kids Nail Polish from Not on the Highstreet. It can be washed off with soap and has no solvents, phthalates, bisphenol A and is perfume free. £8.50. 4. I think this mug would appeal to boys and girls of all ages. Fill it with sweets sweets maybe ? From Scion  – £10. 5. Make your own Super Hero Mask from Not on the Highstreet. £6.95. 6. A beautiful mobile for babas from Leif. Although they are in the States so you will have to get your skates on if you fancy buying one. $70. 7. How can you not love Smiggle ? They’re popping up everywhere and full of cute things. The Yums pencils are £2 each and you can change the erasers. 8. Oh look, how did another flamingo themed item make it in to the list ? ;) One of lots of different birds or animal hangers by Capventure at Forma. £3.50. 9. Well, I wasn’t going to write a post without some elf ears, was I ? Enough said. Paperchase. £7.50. 10. Cannot get enough of Meri Meri. They rock. Cupcake cases and birds – a winning combination. These are £10 for the set.

So, that’s my mini round up. There will of course, also be chocolate coins and satsumas. It’s the law. ;)

Have you already got everything sorted ? If you have any extra ideas then please leave a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog .. or let me know what you think of these !

Lucy x

Penelope Hope Fabrics And Cushions …

Penelope Hope

One of the especially satisfying things about blogging is when you receive an email from a company that you totally love. The colours, the prints, the style – everything.

It happened recently when Nadia from textile and cushion brand Penelope Hope got in touch. I was already aware of her fabric collections – how can you miss them ? They’re so colourful and fearless. The opportunity for us to work together was too good to miss !

I received a bundle of goodies in the post to study, including the coolest cushions I have seen in a while, adorable material samples and a metre of  ‘ Pina Colada ‘ fabric from the  ‘ Cocktails and Dreams Collection ‘ in blue to make a little something for our home. I didn’t know where to start, I felt like a kid in a sweet shop.

Samples

Well, I can tell you that the fabrics are extremely good quality and  the patterns are bold and stand out as something really exciting and fresh. I love the contrasting palettes and the vibrancy of each one.

Every single pattern is created by Nadia who uses hand sketching, photography, ink and acrylic painting as well as digital design, so a flexible approach to her work which results in really detailed and unique products.  It’s interesting to know that the brand are committed to printing and producing their textiles in the UK.

Although Penelope Hope is a relatively newbie on the interiors scene – they have already made quite a big impression and turned the heads of Elle Decoration Gallery Magazine to name a few – and I reckon it’s just the start of big things for them.

Penelope Hope Cushions

Back to the fabrics. I want to tell you a bit more about the current range …

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The Oresome range is made of foiled fabrics and oozes on trend glamour. Copper and golds, silvers and gunmetal. My jumper says it all ! It’s going to be a fight over our ‘ Happy ‘ cushion. We’ll take it in turns, I think :)

Using classic geometrics like this herringbone and dogtooth, they are printed on to a silk twill and also a heavyweight cotton. Screenprinted by hand in small batches, they are limited edition, all called either an emotion or feeling. Adore, Lucky, Lust, Wish, Covet … Perfect names.

Then you have  ‘ Plunge Collection ‘ which is inspired by and in homage to Guernsey where Nadia grew up ( and it is incidentally a place close to my heart too )  –  where she remembers playing in rock pools, eating fish and chips and the salty spray of the sea. The prints are a kaleidoscopic and fragmented variation of her original artwork. The colours are blues and greens as you might imagine. They co – ordinate well with the others or just on they own. They have silk satin piping and feather inserts.

Marbelous ‘ is a capsule collection which is 100% silk satin with wonderful marbled print inspired by minerals and granite. The colours are quite incredible and I would like to stare at the swirls for ages. Mixing up total luxury with a huge splash of fun. Love it.

Penelope Hope Fabric copy

As I mentioned earlier I use some of the ‘ Cocktails and Dreams ‘ fabric in a little project – a yoga floor cushion. Yeah – I will start doing some classes soon, now I have this ! What do you think of this print design ?

Penelope Hope Yoga Pad-1 copy

Not only are there pineapples in different colour ways, there are also palm trees, tiles, cocktails of colour and even  ‘ Picking Coconuts ‘ which is one of my favourites.

Penelope Hope Samples

I piped the edges with a strong pink – like it with the blue ? I’m looking forward to using it and dreaming of an exotic holiday.

if you’d like to find out more about Penelope Hope then you can find their website here. You’ll also soon be seeing a collaboration with them and Swoon Editions in the New year on armchairs. Can’t wait for that !

In the meantime I have an exclusive discount code for you. If you spend over £15 in the store – you will receive 10% off. Just add  LUCYLOVESYA at checkout. The offer lasts for 3 months from now. Enjoy !

Which is your favourite print ? Or do you love all of them too ?

Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog – As ever, I would love to hear from you.

Lucy x

All images are taken by me –  Lucy Loves Ya.

I was sent the products for the purpose of this blog post. All opinions are my own.