Style Radar | March

Barber Osgerby vase for Royal Doulton | Design Hunter

How is it March already? Here's this month's news round up and a quick edit of some of the products that have popped up on my radar this month.

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1. Barber & Osgerby design limited edition vase to mark 200 years of Royal Doulton

Royal Doulton are celebrating their bicentenary this year with a series of artist collaborations and limited edition collectables. They include this matt grey 'Pipe Vase' designed by Barber & Osgerby. Available in a limited edition of 2,015 the statement design references Royal Doulton's early history manufacturing  salt-glazed clay water pipes. 

B&B Italia Mida cabinet - Design Hunter

2. Stylish storage solutions for a clutter free home

I'm delighted to be the new resident guest blogger for Barker and Stonehouse. Over the next few months I’ll be looking at interiors trends and sharing some of my favourite designs and style inspirations over on their blog Your House. For my first post I've tackled a subject that is an important foundation for any home interior design scheme – storage. If I could choose just one single thing that would most improve my own home it would be more storage, so with banishing clutter in mind, I've picked out ten stylish storage solutions. They include this fuss free well-proportioned piece from B&B Italia - the Mida cabinet (above). To see what else I chose head over to the Your House blog.

Pepe green marble mirror by Menu | Design Hunter

3. Coloured marble

As Elle Decoration highlighted in their March edition, the marble trend is evolving. Alongside pure white carrara and other grey and white veined marbles we're now also seeing darker, more dramatic shades - from reddish browns to emerald green or even black. I'll take this Pepe mirror from Menu please.

Ferm Living concrete plant pots | Design Hunter

4. New outdoor collection from Ferm Living

Ferm Living have just released a new collection of modern geometric plant pots in on-trend hues of grey and terracotta. Both functional and decorative, the fibre reinforced concrete planters are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Just in time for Spring.

The White Company Flowers scented candle | Design Hunter

5. Win a Mother's Day gift of your choice from The White Company

I've been testing out a few new candle fragrances recently and this month I'm enjoying Flowers * by The White Company. With rich, sensuous top notes of jasmine it is subtly more exotic than its name perhaps suggests. This, combined with softer hints of rose, along with neroli, lavender and geranium gives it a decidedly calming mood, so I'll be saving mine for long, lazy soaks in the bath at the end of the day. Here it is ready and waiting on my bathroom shelf.

Candles always make a thoughful gift - well I certainly enjoying receiving them anyway - and with Mother's Day just around the corner, The White Company are offering customers the chance to win the gift of their choice for Mother's Day. To enter, take a photo of the product you'd like to win for your mum (this could either be taken in store or a picture of something you already have in your own home) and tag it with #treatmum and you could win it and be sent it in time for Mother's Day. The competition is running across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and you can find a few potential gifting ideas here.

* courtesy of The White Company

New Pinterest board | Grid

Cos campaign 2015 | Design Hunter

I love to use Pinterest to map the recurring themes and trends I notice as I explore different blogs and design related sites. From fashion to interiors, lighting and furniture, grid patterns are currently enjoying a surge in popularity.

I've collected together some of my favourites and created a new Pinterest board.

Above: Cos 2015 campaign by Kato Junpei

Grid system desk by Ying Chang | Design Hunter

Modular grid system table by Ying Chang.

Grid cushion | Twig and Nest | Etsy

Grid pattern cushions by Twig and Nest.

Grid pattern shoes Bionda Castana | Design Hunter

Shoes by Bionda Castana.

Camper store by Tomas Alonso | Design Hunter

Camper store by Tomás Alonso.

Graphic paper lamps by Rene Barba for Ligne Roset | Design Hunter

Paper lamps by René Barba for Ligne Roset.

Noa Raviv Hard Copy collection | Design Hunter

Hard Copy collection by Noa Raviv.

Grid pattern washi tape | Design Hunter

Washi tape via Etsy.

Grid tiled splashback

Interior by Colombo and Serboli.

The Perfect Raincoat

Whistles x Stutterheim | Design Hunter

One of my new year's resolutions this year was to set aside time more time to head out of town and into the hills at the weekend. It's something I used to do often in my 20s when I was a keen climber, but seem to have found less and less time for over the past few years. With this resolution came the realisation that the old walking boots and rain jacket I used to wear (circa 2000) really no longer cut it, so I've been on the hunt for some new outdoor wear. And I think I may have found my new raincoat.

Whistles have just unveiled their collaboration with Swedish rainwear company Stutterheim - a limited edition version of the brand's Stockholm raincoat. The unisex design, features a graphic striped hem and a contrast hood facing and is handmade from rubberised cotton with double welded seams, making it 100% waterproof.

Stutterheim was established by Alexander Stutterheim after he discovered his grandfather's old raincoat in an abandoned farm building. Inspired by the garment's timeless practicality he reimagined the 1960s design into an updated contemporary version with a discreet, classical cut. Then he took the prototype to the last standing textile factory in Sweden and asked them to manufacture it.

“Whistles collaborations are about finding experts in the market and working with them to produce beautiful, functional, carefully crafted exclusive pieces”, said Whistles Chief Executive Officer Jane Shepherdson. “Stutterheim was chosen because it produces the highest quality rain-wear and its simplicity, functionality and timeless style perfectly complements the Whistles aesthetic.”

The limited edition design is available at selected Whistles stores and also online (with free shipping for a limited period) at whistles.com

Stutterheim shed | Design Hunter
Whistles x Stutterheim raincoat collaboration | Design Hunter
Whistles x Stutterheim raincoat collaboration | Design Hunter
Whistles x Stutterheim raincoat collaboration | Design Hunter
Whistles x Stutterheim | Design Hunter