Monthly Archives: June 2011

Inspired by the Great British Beach Hut: Stripe and Wonderful

Whitby Beach Huts photograph by Hannah Coleman

The Passion for the Great British Beach Hut

Beach huts are close to my heart, I spent most of summer 2009 on a great british beach hut tour , travelling coast to coast discovering more about these beautiful seaside icons, I became fascinated with these small structures dotted on the seashore.

My love for the British beach hut runs deep, I was born and raised in a seaside town and I personally feel they are a national treasure to our seaside heritage.

Scarbourgh Beach Huts picture taken by Hannah Coleman

While taking shelter in a beach hut at Sandilands, Sutton-on-sea, with a flask of tea, I day dreamed of years gone by, images of classic British comedy sketches from the carry on films with Barbara Windsor and Sid James making me feel all nostalgic about our British seas side towns.

Here I am with my daughter outside the famous awarding winning beach hut at Sandiland Lincolnshire owned by Margot Charlton

Beach huts or sheds on the seashore have become a huge phenomenon and now are classed as trendy hot property.

Jabba Hut Beach Hut at Mablethorpe Lincolnshire

Dr Kathryn Ferry, a beach hut historian, has spent many years researching the history behind these colourful icons and has written many books giving a great insight behind the beach hut going back to the invention of the first wheeled bathing machine in the 18th century. More about Dr Kathryn Ferry here at

Beach Huts and Bathing Machines by Dr Kathryn Ferry

Dr Kathryn Ferry Beach Hut Historian Sheds on a Sea shore

Wayne Hemingway designer and founder of Red or Dead in 2009 created 58 ‘retro-chic’ beach pods at Boscombe Dorset. Unlike traditional beach huts, they are double in size and some are penthouses, the pods have main electricity, hot and cold water, kitchen units and some have French doors over looking balconies. Prices are not cheap and the recent 90k price tag made the national news.

More details here at the Bournemouth website

Gerardine and Wayne Hemingway in a beach pod picture from

Beach Hut exteriors are well known for there stripe designs.

Beach Hut Mablethorpe picture by Hannah Coleman

Go to any seaside town where there are beach huts and most are decorated in bright bold primary colours of red, blue, greens and yellows.

Beach Huts of Exmouth beach photograph by Hannah Coleman

Scarbourgh Bold coloured beach huts picture by Hannah Coleman

Some are painted in block colours but most are done in the traditional candy stripes.

Candy Stripes Beach Hut Sandilands picture by Hannah Coleman

Candy stripes Beach Huts are most definitely my favourite design. Sandiland in Lincolnshire is full of beautiful candy stripes; my favourite beach hut there has even won the Bathing Beauty Beach Hut award as the most stylish designed beach hut.

Beach huts at sandilands picture by Hannah Coleman

Beach Huts Stripes inspiring wall coverings

Lines and stripes really do add a classic touch to any room, used in abundance they create regular colour block effect or make a rooms ceiling seem higher. Used sparsely they can break up a room’s space visually or create a minimalist look for your walls. So be inspired by the Great British Beach hut and go on have a stripe twist in your home. The new stripe wallpapers can come in bold in your face stripe or opt for a more subtle pastel palette.  Sometimes a small room can look too busy with a large scale pattern which is why a striped plain wallpaper are perfect for the job.

Here are some recommendations on the stripe wall trend 

The Laura Ashley Lille Linen range comes in variety of colour palettes take a look for more from the range here

New Laura Ashley "Whisper" Lille Stripe wallpaper

Laura Ashley Lille Stripe wallpaper in pale cobalt blue - I love this wallpaper as its very Beach hut inspired

What is so wonderful about Laura Ashley striped wallpaper is it’s a twist on the stripe wallpaper. The wallpaper is washable great for kitchens and bathrooms too. It features pearlescent inks for shimming highlights which looks lovely as a feature on its own or as a compliment to a bolder statement wall. Another favorite from the Laura Ashley range is the Draycott Striped Wallpaper collection. a simple stripe design, printed washable wallpaper suitable for all interiors including well ventilated kitchens and bathrooms, perfect for kids bedrooms. More from the Laura Ashley website here 

Drayton Striped Wallpaper from Laura Ashley

Drayton Striped Wallpaper from Laura Ashley

Farrow and Ball have a vast choice of stripy wallpapers to choose from a few favorites inspired by my beach hut theme are Broad street Stripe ST 1323 and Closet Stripe ST 364 wallpapers to see the vast range of Stripe wallpapers Farrow and Ball have to offer please go here

Farrow and Ball Wallpaper bold Stripe yellow 1323

Farrow and Ball Closet stripe ST 364

Bah humbug…If you don’t want to go with traditional coloured stripes, why not be a little more daring with Black and white stripes I love Farrow and Ball Closet Stripe ST351 and Block print stripe BP 754 wallpaper

Closet Stripe wallpaper by Farrow and Ball

Block Print Stripe BP 754 by Farrow and Ball

Fabric and papers offer a fantastic wide section of beautiful bold stripe beach hut inspired wall coverings. The pink and yellow shirting stripe wallpaper reminds me of a rock shop that you would find on a traditional British seas side promenade. Shirting Stripes design is by Vivienne Westwood originally used in her fashion collections for more from Fabric and papers go here

Shirting wallpaper from Fabrics and papers design by vivienne westwood

Glam rock it with this sticky sweet Elisa Stripe wallpaper in Pink and Taupe wide Stripe wallpaper with gold metallic dots from fabric and papers.

Elisa Stripe Wallpaper from fabrics and papers

I’m too sexy for this catwalk wallpaper in fushia pink wide stripe with silouettes of models available from Fabric and papers.

catwalk wallpaper from Fabric and papers

Of course if your feeling more adventurous you can have ago at DIY striping paint technique, DIY network on the web offers great tips on how to create your stripe project choose from vertical and horizontal stripes. Click here to find out more 

Or watch this youtube video from expert village


Mini Moderns Launch ‘Festival’ Porcelain

A design celebrating the enduring influence of the 1951 Festival of Britain.

Minimoderns Festival Blue bunting design wallpaper

Following the success of their ‘Festival’ wallpaper Mini Moderns have teamed up with homeware brand, Magpie, to create a collection of mix and match tableware based on their wallpaper design.

Festival Porcelain

‘Festival’ porcelain by Mini Moderns is a personal celebration of one of the biggest influences on their design work, the 1951 Festival of Britain. The exciting post-war exhibition of the new wave of modern British design celebrates its 60th Anniversary in 2011 and the wallpaper will be launched to coincide with this important cultural landmark.

Festival Cushion

The design features highlights of the 1951 exhibition. Geometric shapes interplay with abstract representations of the iconic Skylon, the Dome of Discovery and the Royal Festival Hall. Its linear forms reflect the modernist architectural vision of structures specially commissioned for the festival including Mini Moderns favourites – the Transport Pavilion and The Lion and the Unicorn Pavilion.

Festival canvas bag in blue

Mini Moderns Creative Directors, Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire explain: “We’ve been collecting Festival of Britain memorabilia for over 20 years. The 60th anniversary offered us the perfect opportunity to create a very personal homage to a piece of Britain’s design history that has had such a strong creative influence on the Mini Moderns style”.

Festival wallpaper in concrete

The wallpaper comes in 10m x 52cm rolls printed with waterbased inks on paper from sustained forests. ‘Festival’ will be available in three colourways.

‘Festival’ is the first design in the new Mini Moderns ‘Day-tripper’ collection, launching in September 2011 – celebrating aspects of British culture, hobbies and pastimes.

Festival is also available in Cushions, rugs, totes, for more details about the complete Festival range please visit the Mini Moderns website here

Brighten your day with an Instant Rainbow

Yumalum certainly is somewhere over the rainbow and will brighten your day in an instant with their super cool instant rainbow polaroid prints….

Instant Rainbow - Large 50cm x 70cm poster

Everyone loves a polaroid: Instant Rainbow is the second design from Yumalum in a series inspired by those little nostalgic cameras and photographs.

Instant rainbow by Yumalum

Instant Rainbow Large 50cm x 70cm poster version 2

Digital Print Instant Rainbow Large Poster 50cm x 70cm poster also is available in version 2 with a blue background.

Instant Rainbow version 2 by Yumalum

Instant Rainbow is available also as an A3 29.7cm x 42cm Print

Instant rainbow by Yumalum

For more details on how to purchase Yumalum Instant Rainbow prints and to view more of the fabulous designs please click here: 

Heres your chance to win an Instant Rainbow through the exciting Yumalum and The impossible project  collaboration all you have to do is click here:

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A Nautical Summer with Mini Moderns Whitby Porcelain Set

This summer is all about nautical, and Mini Moderns have got it just right with a new range of Mix and Match Whitby Porcelain.

Mini Moderns Whitby Porcelain

This stunning range was created exclusively for mini moderns friends Magpie, the range includes espresso cups and saucers, teacups and saucers, mugs, sideplates and a rather magnificent cake stand.

All the items come in a gift boxes and the full set including 4 mugs, a set of 2 teacups and saucers, 4 side plates and 4 espresso cups and saucers totals a cool £83.00

For more details on how to purchase your sets please click here

Mini moderns Lido Whitby mug a snip at £8.00


Minimoderns Whitby Lido bone china Mugs £8.00 each

Whitby Mug by Mini Moderns is made from Fine Bone China and coordinates with Whitby Lido Cushion and Wallpaper that Dreamwallstyle has already featured.

Whitby cushion Lido by Mini Moderns £35.00

Whitby Cushion – Lido, is a screen printed cotton drill cushion with ‘Lido’ Turquise back pillowcase closing with no zips or buttons sold with curled feather pad patterned front/plain back size 410mm x 410mm Made in the UK by nice people 😉  Also available is the Whitby Cushion – Indigo

Mini moderns Whitby Cushion Indigo £35.00

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Creatively Different Flame Interiors latest Collaboration

Fiona Davies of Flame Interiors is a vibrant, talented and friendly interior designer who describes herself as, “an all round good egg, fabulous, fun, colourful, quirky, smiley, deep & very into detail – but able to laugh about it and most stuff!” Likes: tea, cake & interior design. Dislikes: coffee, feeling cold & doing the laundry!

Fiona certainly has the passion for design as she recently teamed up with Creatively Different to produce her own fabulous funky design range of Roller Blinds with various vibrant patterns and colourways.

Below is a selection of Fiona’s new Designs available to purchase at Creatively Different Roller Blinds.











To see more of Fiona’s designs at creatively Different Roller Blinds click here: 

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A Personal Note for Fiona Flame:

Having met the fabulous Fiona a few years ago in Bath and most recently again in London, I can personally say this design collection is a perfect reflection on Fiona’s authentic vibrant larger than life personality. Fiona is certainly a talented designer and deserves every ounce of success with her design range, may this range expand and expand like Fiona’s tum did when carrying baby Noah. (A personal joke, which I’m sure will make Fiona smile). Fiona has always been supportive of my own business which I’ve always appreciated so thank you Mz Flame and wishing you every bit of success with your FAB NEW RANGE! Go Mz Flame Go 😉

Fiona flame with Karen from Reed Harris Tiles admiring some Dreamwall at Surface Design

Karen from Reed Harris, myself making funny faces, Fiona and Alex

May Fiona's design range be a super large success like a tum 😉