Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Olympic Fever...

London and indeed the world is currently in the grip of olympic fever. The London bid was sealed by a promise to inspire the next generation to get involved in sport. Here at d'Erlanger and Sloan we feel we should do our bit to encourage this wonderful initiative.
Although interior design and sporting greatness may not seem to have a natural connection we believe in the positive influence of your surroundings. Therefore if we can help motivate you to add a little olympic spirit to your home, whether it be confined to your children's bedrooms or allowed into the wider surroundings, we hope it will help fuel the sporting dreams of the younger generation (and just maybe get the rest of us out on a run... )

Framed Vintage Olympic posters, would look wonderful up a stairwell or in a playroom

Sure to bring a smile in any cloakroom and inspire you out for a quick knock up. Find many more like this at Antiques by design

For any aspiring equestrian girl this surely has to be the wallpaper of choice, from Rocket St George

Sadly not an Olympic sport being truly British so worth a mention, keep cricket alive with these wonderful Chloe Alberry door handles

For those at a loose end during the summer holidays I couldn't resist this  fantastic cup cake set, surely an excuse to throw an olympic party

Would look fantastic in any study, boxing glove lamps, from Antiques by Design

This fencing wall light will hopefully shine some light on a much overlooked sport

 Tuner Pocock Cazlet tennis wallaper

 wonderful Anthropolgie tea towels, help inspire the children whilst helping with the chores's! Include cycling, diving, running, hockey and sailing

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Retreat from the storm, Shetland style...

I have just returned from an incredible week exploring the wind swept shores of the Shetland Islands. These remote islands proved to provide a wealth of inspiration from the their dramatic scenery, the vibrant Up Helly Aa celebrations, astonishing wildlife to the active domestic craft industry that is still alive and kicking. No more so than with the famous Shetland wool that provided jumpers for numerous polar expeditions and the wonderful Fair Isle knits. This industry still shapes the landscape and its products are dictated by that same landscape.
The breathtakingly beautiful soft purple, russet, green and deep brown heather and peat moors interspersed by the soft cream of the roaming Shetland sheep. The moors sweep down to astonishingly vivid seas of turquoise and petrol blue. These are colour combinations made in heaven and have no need of any d'Erlanger and Sloan tweaking.
What could be better in these storm beaten days than to draw from and landscape that has withstood it for thousands of years. Use these incredible hues as the colour inspiration for your room, then light a fire, you will never want to leave. Snuggle under a beautiful Shetland knit and batten down the hatches. You never know, you may even be inspired to knit something yourself...

The procession, Up Helly Aa, Lerwick, Sheltland

The Viking ship is surrounded, Up Helly Aa, Lerwick, Shetland

The Guizer Jarl, leaves his ship to he flames, Up Helly Aa, Lerwick, Shetland
Blanket from Vaila Fine Art, Lerwick, Shetland

Natural wool rugs from Jamieson & Smith, Lerwick, Shetland

Fair Isle Tea Cosy, pattern from Jamieson & Smith, Lerwick, Shetland