New! Festive Accessories for Christmas 2017

I have some exciting news… and although it may still be a little early to mention the ‘C word’ I’m delighted to share my limited edition Christmas Stockings, available this festive season in 6 fun and fabulous designs!

After making Christmas stockings for friends and family last year, they were so well received I decided to perfect the design and add them to my collection for Christmas 2017. They come in an assortment of colours and patterns and feature a quirky, contrasting pom-pom trim! There’s a stocking to suit all tastes, so use them to package your gifts for loved ones this Christmas or to decorate your own home. Then just hang yours at the end of the bed or by the chimney and see what Father Christmas brings!

I also have a number of limited edition gift sets and stocking fillers for lovers of colours and pattern, including Geometric Mug & Tea Towel Sets and Notebook Sets to tempt you! All of them come prettily packaged to make them extra special! 🙂

The new limited edition products are available now from my Etsy and Notonthehighstreet shops, so what are you waiting for?…Head on over to see what takes your fancy!

Keep your eyes peeled for my Christmas Gift Guides a little later in the year too!

New Stockist: Canalside Heritage Centre in Beeston, Nottingham

I’m delighted to introduce The Canalside Heritage Centre, who opened their doors on Saturday 24th June and are now stocking a selection of my home textiles and stationery.

The Canalside Heritage Centre is based at the Beeston Lock in Nottinghamshire. They’ve carefully transformed historic cottages into a vibrant hub, which includes a welcoming visitors centre, café, small shop, community space, and gardens. Their central focus is on sharing stories of their heritage, working with local communities and promoting art through exhibitions and in their shop.

As a Nottinghamshire girl I’m thrilled they’re stocking my range and hope you’ll pop by if you have chance! They’ll be running regular workshops, art classes, and tours too!

Find out more on their website http://canalsideheritagecentre.org.uk/

My Newly Revamped Screen

I recently acquired a lovely antique screen and knew straight away it would make the perfect accessory for displaying some of my fabrics, as well as being a great addition to my new home. I’m due to move in a few months time, so I set to work giving it an Annabel Perrin makeover. I’m pleased to share the before and after shots with you now.

The screen had been re-upholstered but it was a little rough around the edges, as you can see! I spent hours stripping down layers of fabric and removing countless staples and tacks – most of which were rusty and rather stubborn! But I was eventually left with a good sturdy frame to work with. After adding a layer of calico to support my fabric, I began to re-cover the frame in some of my own designs.

I chose four fabrics that I think look brilliant and bold together – Spectrum, Imperial Diamond Mono, Flowerpress and Glasshouse and a bright orange trim to frame the patterns (and hide the tacks of course!).

What do you think? I’m delighted with it and cant wait to show it off at future shows and also in my new house!

Summer Giveaway

Summer is finally here – Hurray! To mark the start of warm weather and sunny skies I have joined forces with interior designer and blogger Yasmin Chopin to offer my best giveaway yet!

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Together we’re giving you the chance to win two summery Annabel Perrin cushions, one in Sunset Sunrise and the other in Deckchairs, plus matching tea towels! Check out Yasmin’s blog to read my interview and find out how to enter.

Best of luck!

*This competition has now closed

DesignJunction Highlights

I’m back up north after a busy and exciting few days in London for the Design Festival. It’s time to share some of my favourite things from my time at Design Junction…

1. The Design Event Stand

This was of course the main reason for my visit… to help man the Design Event stand, which showcased new products by 10 designers from the north, including me!

A big thank you to everyone who stopped by our stand for a chat and to browse the work on display. I think you’ll agree the stand look fantastic, all thanks to the hard work of Design Event and Xsite Architecture. There will be another chance to see more of our work at the Baltic Centre of Contemporary Art from 26th September until 22nd October.

2. Demonstrations

Whilst exploring DesignJunction, it was great to see so many demonstrations taking place. Waterford were cutting their cut-glass and Bert & May were creating tiles, using the winning design from their ‘Design-a-tile’ competition with RIBA. A few stands away from us Philippe Malouin were demonstrating their random pattern generator. Visitors could roll dices of geometric shapes and colours to determine which part of the pattern should be printed next.

3. Pop-Up Shops

There were plenty of Pop Up shops on the ground floor of DesignJunction and it’s safe to say I’ve added a few things to my Christmas list since! Friends and family take notice, I would like…

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A mirrored cup and patterned saucer by Richard Brendon

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Geometric Earrings by Tom Pigeon

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Statement necklace by One We Made Earlier

4. Lighting, lighting, lighting!

I was in total awe of the innovative lighting to be seen this year. Some that stood out in particular were:

Starry Light by Anagraphic. This handcrafted lamp illuminates the walls with different starry constellations, and can be customised to a specific date or location. What a perfect birthday or anniversary present this could make!!

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Foldability’s stand wasn’t too far way and her handmade lighting using traditional folding techniques kept catching my eye!

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The extravagant brass and fine crystal lighting by Martin Huxford also blew me away.

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The Anglepoise & Paul Smith collaboration was another favourite of mine; I think it would sit very nicely on my desk!

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One Year On

Today marks one year since I launched my very first homeware collection, the mid-century modern Architecture range pictured below. Much to my delight and through sheer determination it’s been onwards and upwards ever since.

There have been many highlights over the last year, such as exhibiting at fab events like The Independent Interiors Show and Handmade in Britain and meeting so many lovely independent designers to share the experience with. The cherry on the top was of course being shortlisted for the Confessions of a Design Geek Bursary and showing my collection at Home last month. What a great way to round off my first year in business!

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Anyway…what better way to mark this milestone than to share some more images of my new spring/summer 2014 collection, titled Promenade.

The Promenade collection portrays British summertime, albeit in a slightly optimistic fashion (i.e. no grey skies). The quirky, bold prints are inspired by the nostalgia of past holidays, faded photographs and general ‘beachiness’.  I don’t remember it raining during my summer holidays in Britain when I was a child, that’s not to say it didn’t, but amidst all the fun it didn’t matter. This is what I have tried to interpret in the new designs.

Promenade launches in March. If you would like any further information, please feel free to get in touch. In the meantime I’d also love to know what you think of the collection!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

 

Well it’s almost time for me to wind down for the Christmas holidays!

It’s been an eventful and enjoyable 2013, since opening the doors to my online shop back in February. I’ve got plenty to look forward to in the New Year, starting with Home London in January. It’s my very first trade show and I’m so lucky to be sharing the experience with the other designers from the Confessions Of A Design Geek Bursary shortlist (we’ll be on stand A55).

Until then I’d like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thanks for your continued support and interest and I look forward to sharing more designs and experiences with you in 2014.

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Christmas Wish List

It’s nearly December (GULP!) and many of us have already started our Christmas shopping. If you’re struggling for ideas and/or would like to support independent business this Christmas, then the Blog and Buy Sale Christmas Wish List will help you on your way.

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I’ve a few items on there myself including my Pavilion Cushion, Wanda Floor Cushion and Kirkby Teacups. They make wonderful gifts so please do have a look.

Over the weekend I selected my top picks from the list and here they are:

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DETACHABLE SANTA HAT PENGUIN CHRISTMAS JUMPERS – WOLLY BABS

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‘A CHASE’ SET OF 4 COASTERS – CALEIGHILL

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‘A NEW DAY’ HANDMADE ILLUSTRATED LAMP – A NORTHERN LIGHT

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CHEVRON CROWN – KNITTED MULTI-COLOURED STATEMENT NECKLACE – AMY LAWRENCE DESIGNS

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LOVEY DOVEY WRAPPING PAPER – MRS BOOTH

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WOVEN LAMBSWOOL FRIED EGGS PATTERN BLANKET – HOKOLO

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‘HENRY’ CHRISTMAS CARD – SARAH RAY

I hope you like my picks too! To see the full Wish List click here… happy shopping!

A little plea… there’s still time to vote for me for the confessions of a design geek bursary. It takes 2 seconds and voting is open until 23.59 this Wednesday (27th November). Please help me out and feel free to share http://confessionsofadesigngeek.com/2013/11/14/coadg-bursary-the-2014-shortlist/