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Dreamwall featured in Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine

Dreamwall wall panels have recently been featured in the October issue of ‘HomeBuilding & Renovation’ magazine



Be Inspired! Industrial Glamour Exposed Brick Panels

I’ve just received my copy of the September 2012 edition of Living Etc as always its jam packed with  inspirational design ideas, trends and interiors ideas.

Living Etc September 2012 Edition

My favourite article in this months Living etc   has to be ‘The Big Inspirational 40 Fabulous rooms 2012″ This years Key interiors looks! From double height, modern wood, new blues, sixties chic, green revolution to Industrial glamour!

Industrial Glamour feature in Living ETC September 2012

This months forty rooms feature is full of incredible trend watches to be inspired more go here Living ETC  also follow Living ETC on twitter.


Today’s post is taking full inspiration from this months Living etc  forty rooms feature. Reading this inspiring article it really made me feel very proud of my little niche wall covering company Dreamwall that I set up nine years ago. It is very refreshing to see design inspiration where my wall panels are still on trend – you can read my full Dreamwall Story here. 

Dreamwall Brick Collection

Dreamwall specialises in Brick, slate, stone, concrete, contemporary  faux panel designs perfect if wanting that Industrial Glamour look. Dreamwall can help create that look into any home. All Dreamwall panels are easy to install, light weight, they are a great alternative solution to the real thing! Obviously we all love the REAL thing but sometimes certain situations means it is impossible, so this is a perfect alternative solution that will not cost the earth! Today’s Dreamwallstyle feature showcases some of the Dreamwall Brick wall collections, I will feature more designs from Dreamwall including stacked stone, slate, concrete panels in up and coming posts so watch this space!

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Dreamwall PR 71 white brick panels

A collection of Dreamwall Brick wall coverings

A collection of Brick wall coverings

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August Issue of my Design Column in the Lincolnshire Journal

The August issue of the Lincolnshire Journal features my design column, this months feature is all about Botancials. The September issue will be on sale early August and is all about stripes and beach-huts my favourite subject. October’s issue is going to be very special and it will co inside with the London Design Festival week. (So watch this space for more scans of my monthly design column) or if you live in Lincolnshire go and find yourself a copy its a great glossy life-style magazine full of Homes, Travel, fashion, motoring, wine and dine, shopping and much much more!

The August issue of Dreamwallstyle Design Column

Lincolnshire Journal

Dreamwallstyle: My first design column in the Lincolnshire Journal

I’m delighted to share with you all my first printed ‘Dreamwallstyle’ design column for the Lincolnshire Journal. After all the success of BlogTour I was appointed by the editor of the Lincolnshire Journal to write my own monthly design column. Each month I can write to my hearts content on all things design related. Below are some scanned images from my first debut as a design writer in the glossy publication (Sorry my scanner could not catch all of it) My first feature is all about illustration, next month feature is all about botanicals. I’ve a few treats up my sleeve too after visiting Lloyd Loom, Sebastian Cox and Liam Treanor so watch this space 😉

PT 1: Blog Tour The Reunion LONDON

Its two months ago since the   ‘Blog Tour NYC’ trip! How time has really flown by. So it was only natural that a  ‘Blog Tour NYC’ reunion was on the cards. The reunion took place in London and even more perfect that it happened in the Clerkenwell Design week and co insided with the Hasten UK flagship showroom launch.  Not everyone could make the re-union but they were there in spirit or via the virtual world of twitter!

Always a Drama! 

I set off to the train station with my very large back pack and a box of scrubby Crisps for the Blog Tour crew, with the good intentions on making my 9.35am train to Kingscross. When I arrived at the station I could’t find my mobile phone…PANIC… it was like New York all over again with the broken i-phone drama! As a blogger and an avid obsessed photographer how could I possibly go to London without my phone! It turns out I’d left the phone at home and I missed my train! DOH! So had to go back home and get it! What a DRAMA!

Fun on the train to London with Lucy Wood

But all was not lost, I believe it was meant to be as my friend Lucy woods the News Editor of Grimsby Telegraph just so happened to be traveling down on the next train to London – BINGO! we had some laughs 😉

The Back Pack arriving into London

I finally arrived with my large backpack & box of Scrubbys into a very HOT London. I was greeted by my good friend and fellow Blog Tour friend Andrew Dunning – APD Interiors

Arriving into London with Andrew Dunning

I just couldn’t believe how HOT London was, it was just simply gorgeous! A quick clean up then it was straight to Clerkenwell Design week for a very brief visit before meeting up with the  ‘Blog Tour NYC’ at Byrons

I adore the Clerkenwell Design week I missed last years festival but attended the one in 2010 and had so much fun. Boasting over 60 showrooms, a wealth of creative agencies and more architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet, Clerkenwell is truly the UK’s most important design community.

First stop: The Farmiloe building, Andrew Dunning – APD Interiors gave me a tour guide to Clerkenwell which he has also wrote on his blog here  

As soon as I walked into the Farmiloe building I was introduced to Young & Norgate  A Devon-based furniture design company, they offer contemporary furniture that is unique, elegant and made to last. It was great to meet designers and learn a little bit more about the designs. * I will be featuring more about   Young & Norgate  on the Dreamwallstyle blog very soon so watch this space.

Meeting Young & Norgate

Young & Norgate Bedside tables

I loved the exclusive insight into the Jaguar design process, with a clay model display of the C-X16 concept which was on display in the Farmiloe building, which captivated both the public and the media at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

Jaguar at Clerkenwell picture credit New Car

Accompanying the model was a talented modeller on hand at certain times over the three days who explained the importance of this stage of the process and some of the techniques used. In addition, all visitors got the opportunity to see the iconic and unique XJ13, along with two of our current range-topping models, the XKR-S and the XFR.

Jaguar at Clerkenwell 2012

I will be writing more on the Dreamwallstyle blog of my design finds from the festival so watch this space! More highlights from the festival can be seen here Clerkenwell Design week

After a very brief but design packed visit in the Farmiloe building it was then time for Andrew Dunning – APD Interiors and I to meet Tim  Modenus at TOTO for afternoon cream teas and scones with Jam. TOTO’s concept store is in the heart of London’s design district full of exciting products that exemplify new ways of thinking in terms of materials, community, energy and life-style.

Christine and Patrick Goff from Hotel Designs

While relaxing in TOTO it was great to finally meet Patrick and Christine the faces behind Hotel Designs  

TOTO was making available its luxurious washroom facilities to CDW visitors. festival-goers had the experience of the unique Japanese-style, interactive Washlet toilets. Under the banner ‘Spend £1 to Spend a Penny’, all proceeds go to Wherever The Need, a charity that provides essential sanitary facilities in Sierra Leone, Kenya and India (

Coming up next: Get ready to meet the  ‘Blog Tour NYC’ crew for a reunion tea at Byrons then on to Hasten UK flagship showroom launch. 

Housing the Illustration

An over whelming wave of nostalgia passes over me every-time I see sketched illustrations of buildings. I was raised on sketched illustrations of buildings, my father a designer of historical model buildings and my mother an artist.

Hovels: My mothers house illustrations from 1980's

Part of Hougoumont model designed & painted by my father Hovels Established 1985

Hovels: My mothers Illustrations from the 1980's

Hovels: My mothers Illustrations from the 1980's

Back in the 1980’s My parents set up a business called ‘Hovels’ instead of using photographs to showcase my fathers model building designs, my mother would sketch them to be used in the ‘Hovels’ illustrated catalogue.

Hougoumont model Designed and Painted by my father for Hovels

Sketched Illustrations of buildings, have certainly made a way into the interior design world mainly through wall-coverings. Today’s Dreamwallstyle blog post is inspired by my nostalgic love of my mothers original sketches and my fathers model buildings, so I’ve put together a collection of some of my favourite sketched Illustration of buildings that you can now bring into your homes….housing the Illustration!

Mini Moderns: Do you Live in a Town

I’m a massive fan of Minimoderns launched in 2006 by London based designers Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire. Minimoderns design influences range from mid-century British textiles to vintage toys, from literature to childhood memories. ‘Do You live in a Town Wallpaper’ (Snow) is a colour me wallpaper its fun for a kids bedroom or nostalgic adults who just want hours of fun colouring the houses….. what a great idea!

MiniModern ‘Do you live in a Town?’ wallpaper is printed in the UK with waterbased inks on paper from sustained forests 52cm repeat-straight match £40 per roll.

MiniModerns: Do You live in a Town Wallpaper? in Milk chocolate

Mini Moderns - Town Cushion

Also available in Milk chocolate… so do you fancy a mug of tea? ‘Do you live in a Town? Bone china mug …OK its not a wall-covering but I love it!

Little Greene Hampstead c.1949 From the hand-printed ‘Apsley Collection’ by John Line & Sons, this relaxed interpretation of an urban Hampstead scene is attibuted to designer Els Calvetti.

Hampstead Wallpaper - Little Greene

Hampstead by Little Greene (INK)

All the line detail is retained and even the original colour-ways of grey and blue have been accurately recreated for the 21st Century interior. Hampstead price £47.25 per roll

Little Greene - Hampstead (James Blue)

Little Greene wallpapers are a beautiful complement to the company’s paint palette. Each highly individual collection employs specialist printing methods on the finest grade papers, which gives the wallpapers their sophisticated textures, elegant appearance, durability and longevity.

Harlequin - Brighton - Strawberry, cornflower and Neutrals

Harlequin  Has a wonderful hand drawn interpretation of Brighton’s regency townhouses, available in six colour-ways, so very versatile in how it could be used in a property, from a children’s fun bedroom, to a perfect feature wall used in a dining room. £40,00 per roll.

Harlequin: Brighton Wallpaper

Erica Wakerly is an award winning print design company, Erica Wakerly established the design label in 2006, specialising in designing and producing wallpapers and interior textiles, that are modern and delicate. Distinct, but not overpowering. Houses £59.00 per roll

Erica Wakerly - Houses wallpaper in Salmon

Erica Wakerly - Houses wallpaper - Black/Grey

Erica Wakerly Houses Cushions

Graham and Brown  For a bit of fun I adore the commemorative 2012 designs from Britain’s wall decoration Kings.

Jubilee - Graham and Brown

The elegant fashions of the 1950s feature alongside iconic London landmarks in Graham & Brown’s new wallpaper design, ‘Jubilee’. Launched to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the new design has been created by surface design & textiles student, Sophie Minal. £25.00 per roll

Graham and Brown - Londinium

Bring the eternal city into your home with this new graphic wallpaper design. Capturing the excitement of 2012, Graham & Brown launches this illustrative cityscape, featuring London’s best known buildings and attractions. £25.00 per roll.

Graham and Brown - Londinium

BlogTour NYC Sponsor: Scholtes Timeless Design

Less than 2 days to go until ‘Blog Tour NYC’ it really is time to start packing those suitcases bloggers so lets get this show on the road!

Today’s Dreamwallstyle blog is all about ‘Blog Tour NYC’ General Sponsor  Scholtes where appliances become kitchen showpieces that enchance any style.

Scholtes: Image Credit

Scholtes – Kitchen Design’s Best kept Secret

Scholtès embodies professional excellence. It creates truly innovative, perfectly designed appliances for custom kitchens – technologies and designs that enhance cooking, preparation, storage, washing and entertaining. In every detail, Scholtès pairs sophisticated style with professional kitchen performance. Impeccable and distinctive, the Scholtès kitchen rewards you with delicious culinary results and beautiful, sleek aesthetics for your lifestyle.

Image Scholtes

‘Blog Tour NYC’ are so excited to have the Indesit Company’s Scholtès as one of the general Sponsors, to support the launch  Scholtès into the North American marketplace, the Italian manufacturer of innovative, professional appliances for the home.

Picture Credit Scholtes

“Launching a brand in this economy is tough. But our appliances have beautiful aesthetics and are backed by years of European success in technology and performance,” states Marco D’Arsie, North American Sales Manager. “We are excited about sharing our successes with a group so firmly entrenched in good design. We are currently expanding our distribution network across Canada and the U.S., and ‘Blog Tour NYC’  was an excellent fit to get the word out.


Taking inspiration from professional environments and cutting-edge industry techniques, Scholtès  provides the technology to make you a true champion in your kitchen.
Fuel your culinary passions knowing that each setting, temperature, control knob, capacity and feature has been designed to exceed expectations and give exciting results.



Scholtès brings technologies once reserved exclusively for the professional sector into the home. Choosing Scholtès transforms and enhances your kitchen, enabling professional methods such as low temperature capabililities, automatic oven programs and dual convection fans for even cooking.

Image Scholtes

Scholtès unique refrigeration drawers and wine cabinets provide constant availability of fresh raw materials and the correct preservation of wines designed and organized for your lifestyle.


In every appliance, Scholtès  technology embodies quality, excellence and professionalism – the perfect choice for a sophisticated and intelligent kitchen space.


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