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Redefining luxury - tactile, wool & knitting trending AW16

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“2016 will redefine luxury with items that tell a story of authenticity and timelessness without being ostentatious” - Monica Lenore, Interior Designer It's been predicted that we will see tactile homewares coming through by the end of 2016. Annette Bugansky's tactile range of porcelain vases, tableware, lighting and giftware has featured in many major exhibits and sits in many interior boutiques both nationally and internationally.  Bugansky has been designing and creating pieces since 2003 and just recently her work has been shortlisted as an upcoming trend for AW16. Using traditional craft making skills such as crochet, embroidery, knitting, weaving and hand sewing, Bugansky...

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Are you faking it?

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We all know that in the fashion industry imitations are nothing new however imitations in home decor?  Yes it’s here and thriving so believe it. It’s said that faux decor isn't just a thing; it's a trend homeowners are embracing, according to a recent report by The Wall Street Journal. Wall Street interviewed builders and homeowners who have opted for faux barn wood, marble, and foliage over the real materials.  It’s a fascinating read. Due to the rise of the rustic farmhouse kitchen which has been heavily promoted on Pinterest, prices of barn wood and recycled timber have recently increased. This has...

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Rio Olympics to blame for high summer 2016 Brazilian carnival fever trend

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The 2016 summer Olympics is officially known as the games of the XXXI Olympiad, but we commonly know it as Rio 2016, is a major international multi-sport event which keeps to the old traditions of the Olympic Games.  This year it takes place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from the 5th to the 21st August 2016. There are more than 10,500 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees (NOCs), including entrants from Kosovo and South Sudan, are scheduled to take part, which is a new record for the Olympics.  306 sets of medals are up for grabs, across 28 Olympic sports...

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How Nail Varnish has affected the DIY Market

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Growth of the creative consumer has had an enormous impact on the DIY market over the last decade. The launch of social media platforms such as Pinterest and Instagram has introduced and encouraged a constant stream of visual inspiration. With a wealth of guidance on how to achieve various effects, applications, finishes and 'on-trend' colour, female consumers have been supported and geared up to be more confident and experimental with decor and DIY.  As a result the world of fashion and beauty has merged directly into ideas for home improvements such as furniture paint to garden and home accessories. There was a forecast in 2011 on 'powder...

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Colour my home copper/ rose gold

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Rose gold and copper are elegant metallic shades that many people are obsessed with this year, 2016. The alloy look is great whether it is high polished and shiny or rustic. Shades range from light yellows to deeper toned rose gold. Did you know Rose gold began its popularity in Russia during the 19th century, back then it was formerly known as Russian Gold? Trends of popularity were dominant during the Victorian era and the 1920s saw a spike in trends when Cartier introduced their iconic trinity ring. Handy tip: By combining copper and rose gold metal ornaments and fixtures...

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