RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015: 5 more inspiring show gardens

May 20th, 2015

The trouble with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is that there are so many gorgeous gardens and ideas. Here are five more that have caught our eye this year.

 1. Royal Bank of Canada garden

We couldn’t help but be blown away by the use of curves in this garden design, as they feature heavily. It looks like a design that could easily be translated into a back garden (or elements of it at least) and we love the mix of planting, mixing edible plants alongside flowers and bushes. The decked area is particularly appealing and we’d happily go and try out those seats.

Matthew Wilson designed this garden for the Royal Bank of Canada and it was built by Clifton Nurseries. It won a silver-gilt medal.

(Image credit: RHS / Neil Hepworth)

2. The Cloudy Bay garden in association with Vital Earth


A garden inspired by wine! Harry and David Rich have taken the tasting notes and characteristics of two of Cloudy Bay’s popular wines – a Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc – as inspiration for this garden.

We’re attracted by the design and construction of the boundaries and walls – mixing modern with old skills – and the fact that the planting is very natural.

There’s even a rather fun moveable shack!

This is definitely a garden we’d like to spend time in (and perhaps drinking wine in too!). It was built by Rich Landscapes and Big Fish Landscapes and sponsored by Cloudy Bay and Bord na Mona. It won a gold medal.

(Image credits:  RHS / Tim Sandall)

3. The Beauty of Islam garden with Al Barari Firm Management LLC

This garden is beautifully designed and we love both the concept, design and architecture. It was designed by Kamelia Bin Zaal and built by The Outdoor Room.

It’s a garden that acts as a sanctuary, somewhere to relax and unwind, and includes poetry, calligraphy and textures reflecting Arabic and Islamic cultures. The white stonework contrasts perfectly with the lush green planting. It’s won a silver gilt medal.

(Image credit: RHS / Neil Hepworth)

4. The Morgan Stanley Healthy Cities garden

Designed by Chris Beardshaw and built by Keith Chapman Landscapes, this garden is designed to represent Morgan Stanley’s global Healthy Cities initiative.

The paths, hedges and walls represent the infrastructure of a community. whilst the wide array of plants and colours symbolise the social elements of a community. We love the planting – what a lovely selection of blues and purples!

At the end of the show, this garden is being transferred to a new community project in East London – lucky them! It’s won a gold medal.

(Image credits:  RHS / Sarah Cuttle)

5. A Perfumer’s Garden in Grasse by L’Occitane

Oh my, we just want to head off down that garden path and explore!

This one is designed by James Basson, built by Peter Dowle and sponsored by L’Occitane. It’s quaint and traditional, reflecting the historic nature of the perfume industry in Grasse, where many traditional plantations had become overgrown.

We bet it smells divine! It’s won a gold medal.

(Image credits: RHS / Neil Hepworth)

RHS Chelsea 2015: The Homebase Urban Retreat show garden

May 19th, 2015

So it’s that time of year again – the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015 – where we’re obsessing over amazing garden designs and wishing we could replicate the ideas back home in our gardens. As ever, we’re stunned and impressed at the garden design and planting ability demonstrated in the creation and development of the many show gardens, so will be featuring some favourites this week.

First up is the Homebase Urban Retreat garden, which was designed by Adam Frost, built by Bespoke Outdoor Spaces and sponsored by Homebase. This was the original vision for the garden, which clearly shows how the space is divided and planted:

The design was inspired by the work of modernist architect Marcel Breuer and focuses on the balance of nature with the man-made environment. It uses urban materials such as concrete, steel and cedar to great effect and the planting produces a riot of colour.

We love the modern structure, which provides shade and seating, and the calm and contemplative nature of the water feature running through the garden.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold medal urban garden

The planting is luscious and fresh, and the rounded shapes of the bushes help offset the straight lines of the building. It works incredibly well, and there are plenty of planting and design ideas to take away and apply to your own garden.

**All images copyright RHS / Neil Hepworth

Get creative with Liebherr’s Design your Fridge competition

May 16th, 2015

Fresh design presents Liebherr's fridge design contest

What would your perfect fridge design be?

Whether you’re a fan of simple and minimal, smart and sophisticated, or bold and bright, now’s the time to unleash your creative talents and take part in a fridge design contest.

It’s being run by Liebherr over at You can either create your design using their 3D configurator or a Photoshop design template.

Once uploaded, your design will be put to a vote and at the end of the promotion, prizes will be awarded to the top three fridges with the most votes. The ultimate prize, of course, is that the winning fridge designs will be transformed into actual fridges.

It looks like a fun competition, especially for budding designers, so pop over and give it a go! We’d love to see your fridge design ideas too, so leave us a link to your creations in the comments below.


Fresh Design ideas: Colour block living room by Owl Design

May 12th, 2015

Owl Design London at Grand Designs Live 2015

Sometimes you spot an interior design scheme that stops you in your tracks, and that’s the case with this room set by London-based company, Owl Design.

The theme of the design is ‘colour block’ – which is definitely evident – and the room was created for Grand Designs Live 2015.

We’re drawn to the bold use of colour and pattern, the contemporary style products, geometric flooring, plus the edition of funky products like the ‘normal is boring’ light box.

Contemporary living room design by Owl Design London

Here’s a close up of the sofa and side table, with lovely geometric themed china cups.

Contemporary living room by Owl Design

This looks like a cosy corner. Don’t those pom-pom edges on the cushions look great and help finish them off in style?

Simone Gordon and Sophie van Winden, from Owl Design, sourced the products used from a range of retailers, focusing on pieces that are easily available and affordable.

The design includes products from:

Alexander and Pearl, Astella Hrela, Bluebellgray, Carpenter and Carpenter, Easy Art (now known as King & McGaw), Fired Earth, Hend Kitchen, Murafloor, Naken Interiors, Out There Interiors, Plantation Rug Company, Print Wagon,, Swoon Editions and T & Shop.

Mid-century monochrome living room: Parker Knoll Montana sofa

May 9th, 2015

Mid century style Montana contemporary sofa

Mid-century modern charm meets contemporary styling in Parker Knoll’s Montana sofa.

The hand-crafted sofa, shown here in Euphoria charcoal, provides perfect comfort and style in one. Charcoal is a good, hard-wearing colour choice to opt for in a family home, but it’s also ideal for using as a backdrop for a monochrome colour scheme.

Accessorize it in your living room with pieces in black, white or grey, such as a lamp, rug or coffee table. Use natural woods or brushed chrome finishes to lighten the monochrome effect.

And for the perfect cosy finish, choose scatter cushions in some of these coordinating Parker Knoll fabrics:

How to create a monochrome living room

The Montana sofa is available in two sizes – a standard two-seater and large two-seater – plus a matching chair and footstool are available too.

Top table designs from Atkin and Thyme

May 6th, 2015

One of our recent shop discoveries is Atkin & Thyme, an online store run by Nick and Victoria Atkin and specialising in an eclectic mix of furniture and home accessories.

Their furniture range in particular includes some stunning ideas, each carefully handcrafted and available in limited quantities. Here are some of our top table choices for a contemporary home.

Modern concrete dining table

Who knew concrete could be so stylish? The Barcelona dining table has a contemporary polished concrete top, accented by metal topped mango wood legs. It’s slender, elegant and beautifully functional.

Retro style wooden desk

We love the retro style design of the Milligan desk, which is perfect for use in a corner at home or to take pride of place in a dedicated study. There’s plenty of storage available in the drawers, so you don’t end up with too much clutter left out on your desk.

Adjustable industrial side table design

Forget bog-standard side tables and opt for an unusual industrial style black crank side table instead. The cast iron base is offset with a stained solid mango wood top and you can use the crank to adjust the table to your preferred height.

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