• Posts Tagged ‘retro patterns’

    A groovy kinda look

    by  • February 16, 2012 • Best of the rest, Stylish living • 0 Comments

    Now I’ve  just received a press release from John Lewis pointing out that geometrics in homewares are big on the catwalk (tho’ I’ve never seen cushions strutting their stuff…). So even if the sun doesn’t come out, it looks like we’ll be needing dark glasses this Spring/Summer. But I do like this stuff – to me it’s reminiscent of the Sixties and harks back to a time when the world seemed brighter, England had won the World Cup and Sandie Shaw topped the Eurovision Song Contest (stop me, someone!). Fashionwise, it was all Op Art with those Mary Quant geometric numbers modelled by Twiggy  – now she was big on the catwalk…

    Seán O

    There’s a pattern emerging…




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    Swingin' Sixties bedroom

    by  • August 3, 2011 • Beautiful boudoirs • 1 Comment

    As I slowly but surely decorate my house – a Victorian end-of-terrace – I’m always on the lookout for inspiration. The next room on my radar is the spare bedroom, which has been built into the attic. Unlike most attic rooms, it’s spacious and bright and benefits from lots of natural light, so I’ve decided to take advantage of this and be bold – it’s all too easy to paint a room white or cream in my opinion…

    Laurie, our deputy chief sub, knows I love all things retro, as well as bright colours and punchy prints. “I’ve found some orange and red stripey wallpaper – you’ll love it!” or “lime green table lamps? I’ll just email those to Em…” Which is why this gorgeous, Sixties-inspired upholstered bed and green walls hit the spot for me. I couldn’t help but wake up with a smile on my face each morning if this was my bed. Just got to convince the other half now, and I have a back-up plan if he’s not sold: the same geometric print, but on the walls and soft furnishings instead.

    I almost prefer this, as I think the blue adds another dimension. Not sure about the decorative pineapples on the bedside table, though… They’re a bit much – even for me! Emily

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