The Little Greene Paint Company~Retrospectives

The Little Greene Paint company have announced that they are due to unveil their new paint range~ retrospectives at Decorex in London on 25/9/11. Little Greene are known for their heritage paint colours and the new range spans the decades of the 1960’s and 70’s.

The paint has been produced in collaboration with English Heritage to create 32 genuine colours from the era. The initial research was carried out by Crick Smith, who have worked on the restoration and conservation of some of Britain’s most historic buildings. Their research included looking into the archives of interior magazines from the time and the work of designers such as David Hicks, as well as iconic buildings from the period, such as Trellick Tower, the Telecom Tower and Park Hill Flats Sheffield, which have recently been restored and re-designed by Urban Splash.

Little Green have pledged a contribution from every tin of paint sold to the protection and conservation of Britain’s heritage, so as well as being right on trend with the timing of their new range, it ensures our purchases are future proofing the landscape of our country.

Part of the new paint range

Trellick Tower

Some further reading if this is your era!

It seems that many designers have been looking to the 1960’s & 70’s for inspiration. Graham & Brown have recently issued a range of wallpapers designed by the retro king himself, Wayne Hemingway. Two of the designs, Loopy lines inspired by the 60’s and Do The Stretch inspired by the 1970’s, would be a great choice to co-ordinate with the Little Greene paint range.

For something more substantial or more durable than wallpaper how about these wall panels. Made from laminate laid over plywood, they would certainly add a great feature to any room and are fantastic for commercial design. There are many more designs in the range, this one was inspired by the textile designer Lucienne Day. I know her best known work was designed in the 50’s but she is an icon of mid 20th century design and continued designing until the 21st Century and by those means deserves a mention!

Art Deco Style

Art Deco style has never gone out of fashion and this season Laura Ashley have brought a gorgeous sophisticated collection, for us, to their stores. “Far from Heaven” epitomises the jazz age and manhattan living style from the 1930’s. The colour palette of pale grey and cream, compliments the mirrored furniture beautifully and the neutral scheme would work equally well with an accent colour in a rich deep hue.

John Lewis have also delivered a beautiful “Hotel” collection which have some lovely Art Deco style pieces.

Deknudt Pyramid mirror

Roger Lascelles Manhattan Wall clock

Holly Fulton continues her Art Deco inspired collection with pieces featuring Manhattan skylines and red lips smoking with a nod to the tiller girls of the era.

For those of us with a smaller budget, All Saints have a gorgeous sequinned flapper style dress, perfect for the party season.

For a little bit of indulgent decadence what about this credit card holder from Smythson?

If you get your kick from champagne then the only way to end your day’s shopping is with a cocktail. Manchester has some fantastic bars and I recommend any of these three for an amazing experience and even a lesson in mixology.

Swinging 60’s style~Bailey & Shrimpton

I’ve recently read about a new BBC4 biopic that will be shown later this year about a young David Bailey and Jean Shrimpton. Everything about this couple in the 60’s was new and exciting, from the clothes they wore to the places they went and the people they went there with and I for one can’t wait to view this film.

The clothes from that decade were easy to wear, made from new synthetic fabrics and cut in a very simple style. From the a-line dresses, single breasted shift coats and the square heeled shoes, it’s still a great look and one we will all be wearing again if the designs going down the runway this season were anything to go by? But nobody did it better than The Shrimp (oh ok and Twiggy)

As always the High street have been quick off the starting post and dresses such as this Tara Jarmon, for John Lewis are already in store. Zara also have some very wearable interpretations.


Don’t forget the nude lipstick to complete the look!

The 60’s was a ground breaking decade for design and John Lewis have some amazing re-issues by 60’s giant of the industry George Nelson.

English Heritage Style

A few weeks ago I watched the brilliant Glorious 39, with Romola Garai on TV. The film is set in 1939 and the sets and costumes were amazing. It is an era that I have always loved and reminds me of great country estates such as Chatsworth, Cecil Beaton and the Mitford sisters, all terribly, terribly British darlings. Maybe it’s because of the royal diamond wedding next year or maybe it’s just because I love all things British such as Paul Smith tailoring, country fairs and  tea served in china cups and saucers but everything I covet at the moment, has that British look and feel about it. I have wanted a George Sherlock sofa for ever, a Georgian library table has a place waiting for it in my kitchen and I have just bought myself a checked, double breasted winter coat from H&M, an absolute bargain at £25.00, that looks as though Princess Margaret would have worn it circa 1940. With the stores full of cable knit cardi’s, woollen tights and brogues, maybe the corgi will make a comeback as the fashionable accessory to have?

Oh by the way talking of Chatsworth In derbyshire, they are hosting a Morris Minor rally from there on 11/9/11, now you can’t get much more British than that?

Scenes from Glorious 39

My lovely new coat!

Another stylist friend recently told me about Walcot Hall which has self catering accommodation where you can holiday and enjoy the splendours of the English countryside. My two favourite apartments are Clive and Harold, which are decorated in a suitably Mitford sisters style, all squashy sofa’s, libraries and log fires.

My longed for library table

Dip dye furniture and interior accessories

It started with our hair,followed on to our clothes and is continuing into our homes, the trend for dip dye shows no sign of going away anytime soon. The star of this show is Ercol’s love seat but if your budget won’t stretch to that, you can still make a style statement with cushions, bedding or even wallpaper.