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Guest blogger Sophie Conran on spring bulbs and her new cutlery range 9 March, 2010

Posted by sophieconran in mydeco guest blogger.
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Hello, I am Sophie Conran, home body and mum of two gorgeous kids. Over the next four weeks, I am going to be writing a blog and I really hope you can join me!

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I write for two fabulous magazines: Junior, for whom I have been doing the yummy food pages for about 3 years, and more recently House Beautiful, which is really great fun – check out the current issue for some special Mother’s Day ideas.

One simple gift idea is to group together a collection of white vases and jugs and fill them with irises and daffodils – the bulbs are really easy to plant and the colours look stunning. For something more subtle, try filling them with white narcissus and hydrangeas. Have a look at Candida’s blog on my spring bulb workshop for more tips and inspiration.

As well as writing, I also work with a number of businesses as a designer. I have created a range of tableware with Portmeirion, some wonderful wallpaper with Arthouse and a range of elegant cutlery with Arthur Price, soon to be launched at John Lewis:

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I’ve been working closely with Tony and Simon for the past few months and am really excited about the launch.

Next week, I will be talking about my countryside retreats, so watch this space!


Pied a Terre launches homeware with House of Fraser 29 January, 2010

Posted by CandidaB in Candida's blog.
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My name is Candida and I completely adore  House of Fraser.

I admit it.

The age-old department store always manages to keep fresh and contemporary, with pretty much everything you could need under one roof – and it’s not heaving with grannies.

I am therefore over the moon to hear that super cool footwear brand Pied a Terre, who have left a rather large void on the high street (and in my heart), are launching a homeware range for the department store.

Available from February1st, the collection is exclusive to House of Fraser and comprises tableware, bedlinen and furniture. The products are still contemporary and understated, with a pale grey and monochrome palette infused with warm raspberry shades and ethnic-inspired embroidery.

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Metallic cutlery with bright pinks and purples, and white ruffled bedlinen, are top of my list.