Battersea is about to be awesome: Hello Loaf Shack!

There were these images of very tasty-looking+brightly-coloured biscuits in the shape of a house, floating around social media, which got us at Courage & Dash very curious indeed – who was sending round these yummy treats and what was this #LoafShack business??

Before too long, we realised what was happening, and we could not have been more excited: Loaf was setting up a show-house in Battersea, filled to the brim with their gorgeous furniture/furnishings, to make something of a ‘home’ which you could enjoy. Excited too?

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If you don’t yet know Loaf (and for our international readers!), the company is an interiors brand which sells colourful, laid back, and cosy furniture/furnishings. This autumn, the brand will be opening its first ‘Loaf Shack’ showroom, which is basically 7,500sq ft worth of pieces for every room of the home (including signature beds and sofas). Unlike most showrooms, at Loaf Shack, you will be encouraged to get comfy and experience the furniture in action.

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In fact, there will be an ice cream parlour in the showroom, and even a mattress-testing area! Perfect for that much-needed midday snooze (lucky if you live/work nearby). Whilst the Shack isn’t open until Autumn, Loaf’s latest mid-season collection is available now – check out some our favourites (we love those colours and plush seats!).

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Stay tuned for the opening of #LoafShack!

For more inspiration, visit Loaf at http://loaf.com, or tweet/Facebook/instagram@LoafHome.

Images: Loaf

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Autumnal living with Anthropologie

We love Anthropologie. As in, need-to-get-a-mortgage-sell-all-our-possessions-to-fund-a-shop type of love. LOVE! There is no other type of Saturday shop I like than to wander down the Kings Road and into the Anthro store there. Absolute bliss – the decor, the smells, the colours…

Of course, we couldn’t resist sharing the new kitchen/living collections when we discovered them in the catalogue. Christmas is coming, so if you want to score lots of brownie points or are thinking of goodies to request, look no further…!xx

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For more homely goodness, visit http://www.anthropologie.eu.

Images: Anthropologie EU

Inspiration: Broody interiors and muted pastels? We like!

How many of you have visited Pottery Barn’s Teen section? Ok, we are CLEARLY too old to be using anything designed and intended for teenagers, but we found plenty to like! Some of the items on the site were too young and preppy for our tastes, but there were also plenty of industrial-inspired furnishings, riviera-style decor, and Southern comfort-type interiors.

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Today we draw inspiration from broody greys (yes, those days are shorter… and it’s a while before the clocks go back!), autumnal browns and beiges, and nearly-Christmas golds. I have a massive gold/copper crush at the moment. I know they’ve been around for a while, but man, they look so good!

We liked the use of dusty pinks (found all over the runway at the moment!) and whites to lighten up and balance the deeper colours. And does any one else like that bunny lamp? Too cute!

All of the items can be found at Pottery Barn Teens – check it out!

Images: Pottery Barn Teens, http://www.pbteens.com

Best kept papercutting secret… Part II

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Hello! Thanks for stopping by, hope your week is coming along nicely! We’re back again with our next favourite papercutting artist… Ant Design! We love the quotes on both her print and papercut designs, which are great for marking special occasions with..

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Kashmira Jhaveri is the creative mind behind Ant Design. Growing up in Hong Kong, she was influenced by the art of Chinese paper cutting. Although she spent years in the hospitality and catering business, Kashmira knew that her passions lay with designing and creating, and so when she moved to London and started a family, took the chance to train in graphic design.

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These beautiful paper cuts are excellent commemorative pieces – for weddings, births, birthdays… our favourite has got to be the above on that sisters are the perfect best friend! So true.

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For more Ant Design, visit http://www.antdesigngifts.co.uk/.

 

Images: Ant Design

Sunday Style: Styling Ideas with Divinely Vintage

Hello! Did everyone enjoy the glorious sunshine? We went to bed on Friday evening think that we were going to wake up to a tropical thunderstorm on Saturday, but no! After a brief (torrential) shower, the sun came out and shone in all its glory all weekend.

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On Thursday, we hopped over to Newark for the IACF Antiques & Collectors fair. It was our first time, but it was a fantastic time. There are some photos on Instagram, but we decided to keep our cameras away while wandering around the hundreds and hundreds of stalls. Got some fantastic buys, but that’s not what today’s post is about. On the subject of old treasures, we’ve brought you some great ideas about styling with old fabrics, from Divinely Vintage.

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Divinely Vintage sources and sells curtains and fabrics from bygone eras, when florals and detailed patterns featured heavily. These vintage fabrics are like hanging pieces of artwork, and not only can they be used as curtains but as furnishing fabrics too! Sue from Divinely Vintage kindly took some time to show us how you can use these fabulous fabrics to add a rustic charm to your home. Nadine from Spinney Cottage Flowers styled these beautiful images for your enjoyment! Take a look…

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Sue’s outdoor day bed in her garden – doesn’t that look so comfy? What a cosy place to retire to with a book. Even if you don’t have an outdoor space, these pillows and cushions can bring the outdoors in…

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A closer look at this beautiful, colourful, oriental style fabric, perfect for the outside with all its floral goodness. The fabric has been cleverly turned into a French bolster; it can also be used on cushions and seating pads…

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Take the bolsters and pillows inside to brighten up your bedroom…

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Divinely Vintage is always on the look out for curtains and fabrics to add to their collection. They have recently started stocking their curtains in various shops, and are possibly coming to us in London! Hurrah!

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You can also use these colourful and bright textiles as throws for your sofas (Yes! No more dull, rental furniture, instant cottage feel).

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Feeling inspired yet? If you don’t have any vintage or floral fabrics, visit the Vintage Fashion & Accessories Fair at Hammersmith Town Hall this Sunday, 15th June, from 10am.

Thank you so much, Sue and Nadine!

Images from Divinely Vintage