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Go Colourful

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Many of us may be sick and tired of boring old beige but apparently it’s still the safe shades of oyster, stone and cream that remain the nation’s favourites. Which is sad because although people are scared of making mistakes with colour, bland interiors can be very uninteresting. So let’s have less of the snoring boring and more of the creative colouring. And when it comes to adding colour to your home here’s our to top 5 favourite tips collected from some of our favourite British interior designers:

  1. Be free and full of gay abandon the it comes to colour. Why stick to one colour palette? Look at nature for inspirational colour combos:  take the happy and uplifting greens and lilacs in the Spring, or bright blue skies at sunset splashed with vivid oranges and reds. Colour will make your home more interesting and add intrigue to your interiors.
  2. Experiment. See what works for you. Deep reds create warmth and a convivial atmosphere. Blues are relaxing and perfect for bathrooms, bedrooms and wherever else in your home you head to unwind. Dark greys and blacks create glamour and sophistication and purples lend a luxurious feel too. And green is smart, harmonious, lush and hopeful and in the bedroom it’s fabulous combined with pink.
  3. Why are ceilings always white? Try painting them the same colour as your walls. Your walls will look less stumpy and it will help create that stunning, sumptuous atmosphere you’re looking for.
  4. If you’ve reservations about splashing colour across your walls (and ceilings) then why not simply add a spot of colour with accessories instead? Think bold lampshades, patterned throws, rugs, and colourful cushions and bowls. It’s fun and it’s the small touches that create instant personality and tell your story.
  5. Remember when it comes to accessories, make sure you combine the old with the new. All new looks generic and lacks character. Small vintage touches gives your home spirit. Be bold..and have fun with your home!

There’s currently 25% off our colourful recycled bowls and trays until Sunday 26th February 2017. Simply use the voucher code africa1 when you shop with us at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk.

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The rise and rise of more adventurous interior design..

IMG_8825It was great to read in the Daily Telegraph last week (16 Oct) that we’re abandoning our neutral colour palettes in favour of more adventurous interior design. As we’ve always said, the magnolias, beiges and simple creams are stylish and safe but can look even more beautiful with some statement prints and patterns added to them. Kantha, block print and rich velvet accessories can bring such a pop of personality and life to interior spaces and simple beautiful rugs thrown over neutral floors make great statements. The trend for outdoor living has apparently seen a surge too, which no doubt explains why our vintage fire bowls and traditional Indian ‘charpoy’ day beds were a huge hit this year!

Check out our collections at http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk and get in touch if we can help with product sourcing. We always love hearing from you.

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the ibbi list: April

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Happy Easter! Spring is here, our latest collections, bursting with colour and rich texture are about to reach our shores and we’re buzzing. This month we’re talking luxurious linen, great reads, delicious eateries, cool ceramics and must-see collections from the doyenne of abstract art: Sonia Delaunay. ibbi: eclectic as ever!

Have a great month,

Claire, Anna and Eliza

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TRY: ibbi’s Hand Painted Ceramic Ramekins: What Do You Do With Yours?

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Our humble hand painted South African ceramic ramekins are bright, bold and super versatile. We’ve used them to dollop the pesto, stack the slices of lemons and limes and display the Easter eggs.  We’ve glugged the olive oil, decanted the peppercorns and poured the balsamic. We’ve potted pate and potted shrimps. Whether you’re sorting trinkets, storing ever-illusive keys, sorting spare change, sorting cufflinks, stacking cotton wool, treating children to choccie eggs or even feeding the cat, there are just so many ways to use this perfect little pot. We thought you might like to see how we’ve used ours.


 

SEE: Sonia Delaunay, Tate Modern 15 April-9 August 2015

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The work of Sonia Delaunay, the doyenne of Euro abstract art is being celebrated in London this month. Don’t miss this fabulously bold and brilliant exhibition featuring the extraordinary creative talent of one of the key figures in the Parisien avant-garde movement. This is the first UK retrospective of Sonia Delaunay’s work and includes paintings, textiles, collaborations with creative power houses such as Liberty and clothes created through her 60 year career. ‘Delaunay is one of the critical reference points in modern art and design’ VOGUE.

A visual feast.

http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on


LOVE: To Relax With The Flax: Why ibbi Loves Linen

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ibbi loves: vibrant fields of flax

We’re delighted our gorgeous new 100% pure linen range of cushions and home accessories from Jaipur will be arriving with us soon. With colours inspired by the Spring skies and spectacular hot pink bougainvillea of Rajasthan and designs reminiscent of the lattice screens at Jaipur’s Amber Fort, our rich textured vibrant accessories will sit beautifully in both classic and modern interiors. And why linen? Well it’s extremely durable and its look is super versatile too: wash and line dry for a more casual look or iron for a style that’s perfect, crisp and clean. And the greatest thing about linen? Well the more you wash it and use it, the softer the texture and the more luxurious it looks and feels.

ibbi linen accessories arriving late Spring http://www.ibbidirect.co.uk


 

READ: Rohinton Mistry

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If you haven’t yet discovered the works of Indian born author Rohinton Mistry then you’re misssing out. Start with the beautifully interwoven short stories in ‘Tales From Firozsha Baag’ (1987), then move on to ‘Family Matters (2002)’ and finish with his masterpiece ‘A Fine Balance’ (1995). The cultural and social worlds that Mistry’s characters perilously inhabit are cruel and there’s no end of misfortune and despair but the author’s heart is huge and somehow the novels remain hopeful. Utterly brilliant.


 

EAT: Pizza East

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Pizza East Portobello

If  you’re in London during the Easter break and searching for a great eaterie then we’d suggest you head over to the Capital’s  delicious Pizza East, located in a former tea warehouse on the corner of Shoreditch High Street. Whether you’re in need of rich coffee and simple biscotti or something more substantial, this place with its distresssed paintwork, exposed bricks and statement lampshades provides the perfect eating environment. A menu of wood oven pizzas, fresh antipasti and daily changing specials awaits. Try the aubergine, smoked mozzarella, pesto and basil pizza with its perfect airy and hint-of -sourdough base, with perhaps an endive, pair and gorgonzola salad too. Finish with fluffy doughnuts and choccie sauce. Delicious.

Other branches in Portobello and Kentish Town.

http://www.pizzaeast.com


 

And Finally..IT WOULD BE ibbiOTIC NOT TO..Celebrate Easter

 

Sporting Lucas Terrier Marj pictured shortly before eating her Easter Ears

Sporting Lucas Terrier Marj pictured shortly before eating her Easter Ears

Wherever you’re spending Easter it’s a great time to celebrate! Bake a simnel cake piled high with almond paste eggs. Organise an Easter Egg hunt. Dress as an Easter Bunny. Dress the dog. Enjoy eggs. Tie fabric ribbons to the trees in your garden, pack your eclectic collection of glass utensils with Spring flowers for your table and eat outside. Celebrate with family and good friends. Whatever you’re up to, we hope you have fun this Easter!