It changes all the time - my favourite fabric supplier. Today it is Nya Nordiska for it's innovative textures and vivid colours. A German born company influenced by the Scandinavian school of design, it's a glorious blend of on-trend shades, textile tech with its matallics and Tex-Glass and bold Scandi prints.
Design should be ingenious and when I see some fine examples I collect them, get inspired by them and sometimes re-approriate them for myself. Hers's a savvy selection from the last few months that can easily be integrated into your home or business space.
Thank God for the electrical department at John Lewis. When I need a new iron, dishwasher, juicer, etc, I go onto their website, where their team have done all the hard work for me, curating the best products and then adding a lovely warranty. I buy the best appliance in my budget, job done...
But not when it comes to kettles. Why are they all so ugly? Do they work well? Are they eco? Why do the half-decent looking ones cost £130!?! So, I have spent ages hunting one down and so that you don't have to, here are my tips on how to find your perfect pot.
Here are some of the better kettle designs I poured over*
1. Subscribe to Which - You can sign up for as little as £1 and for that the Which team will test all the kettles you need so that you know how fast your cuppa will be amongst other criteria.
2. Warning, there are over 250 kettles on here so, if you're like me you'll then procrastinate over the site for days as this appliance will be sitting in your brilliantly designed kitchen either cocking it up or blending seemlessly into the design so, colour, shape and material are annoyingly important.
3. Truth is, your choices are black, white or silver. DON'T LET ME CATCH YOU LOOKING AT COLOURED ONES - they're all foul and forget a glass kettle in London unless you have kettle cleaning time on your hands.
4. When you've chosen your kettle, check it's rating.
5. Go onto a shoping comparison site, find the best price - and buy.
6. Or do what I did and go onto Ebay and buy the stupidly priced one you wanted at the start at a fraction of the price because it has a damaged box - another interior design win!
So the wining kettle was the £80 (£39.99 on Ebay) Graef kettle - I'm not even hapy with this as it looks like a blowtorch possibly from the film 2001: A Space Oddysey - oh well.
*all but the Emma kettle can be found on Which
We've decked the halls and the lounges and the office and now we're going to take a break for Christmas.
Just thought I'd alert you lucky people to the new colour range in The Dulux 'Heritage' collection. The chart is ordered to show harmonious colours together with a "we've done the work for you" specially selected white that will coordinate effortlessly with the other tones in the same column.
And here's the link to get yourself a free colour chart. Get Some!
One of London's Best Interiors Bloggers (Ideal Home magazine), The Open Plan Interior Design, London produces contemporary interiors for homes and business' and this very useful home interiors blog