12/01/13

Nina Campbell really is a genius... was at a client's house this morning discussing curtains/blinds & had hundreds of swatches & only Nina would do! LOVE her virtuoso, joyful, yet still restrained use of colour... it LIFTS your mood! My favourite ever fabric design? Paradiso! It's a heavily embroidered bird of paradise / foliage pattern where the light filters through & brings it to life - almost 3D!
http://shop.ninacampbell.com/paradiso-fabric.html
LOVE!!! :-)


 

15/01/13

LIVELUXE's favourite brand right now? the Timorous Beasties! As well as a truly fabulous name, they are doing a delicate toile-de-jouy (except with scenes from New York's gangland), birds, bugs & beasts, and an amazing flock-like pattern (as beloved of '70's Indian restaurants) based on the Rorschach test (the one where you are meant to see freudian patterns in splotches of ink). There's no end to the talent here! This week, LIVELUXE loves http://www.timorousbeasties.com/

 

18/01/13

The show-stopper from LIVELUXE's visit to Top Drawer this week was Jan Constantine's incredible, heart-stopping China Blue Collection of cushions... Not usually a Jan Constantine fan, I couldn't help having a "moment" over these beautiful pieces - all delicate open-work white lace against a cornflower blue background (think blue-&-white china).
Now available to pre-order from LIVELUXE!
http://www.janconstantine.com/lacy-heart-cushion/


 

20/01/13

The current big black & white graphic stripe trend in fashion made me recall how completely fabulous TIMNEY FOWLER were in their '80's heyday! They were known for their black & white stripes wallpaper & fabric.. and now they are BACK! Good design may appear simple but it lasts for ever!!!
http://www.timney-fowler.com/collection/new-additions/stripes-and-lace.htm


 

28/01/13

There's a sensation being caused (think mild palpitations, hot flushes & heart-attacks) by Coach House's new range of sofas. In cream linen or conker leather, they are deep-buttoned ALL over, back, front & sides. True love! ♥

 

29/01/13

A wonderful, funky, exciting stand at Interiors last week:  "Out of the Dark" is based in High Wycombe, the once epicentre of British furniture manufacturing.  This amazing charity trains up disadvantaged young people to steer them away from crime, and they recycle furniture with a wit & wisdom that makes it truly covetable.  This is what they say:

"By salvaging iconic pieces of furniture we are not only lessening the amount of CO2 emissions and amount of rubbish in landfill sites, we are giving the furniture a new lease of life that will extend the history for new generations to savour."

Liveluxe loves Out of the Dark!
http://www.outofthedark.org.uk/

 

30/01/13

Liveluxe loves Lee Broom! Designer Of The Year last year, he's an inspirational genius who designs with wit & elegance... Perhaps you've seen his much-vaunted "Decanter" chandelier, but now we are coveting these cut-crystal lightbulbs!
http://www.leebroom.com/products/crystal-bulb/

 

05/02/13

Exciting news! Liveluxe is launching it's own range of fabulous CUSHIONS! Think tweeds, tassles & quirky colours! It's coming SOON to a sofa near you!!! :)

 

07/02/13

Woooh hold on to your hats, the wonderful PIP Studio have given us a sneak preview of their fabulous new range!
We LOVE PIP STUDIO!!!
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.146582662069241.29001.112049988855842&type=1

 

27/02/13

Liveluxe is in love again... this time with Voyage Wall Art... taking wallpaper to new heights of loveliness! Mmmmm have a look at this but make sure there's a comfy (deep-buttoned if possible) chair nearby to swoon on first! Ready?
http://www.voyagedecoration.com/country-wall-art-collection/orla_large.php

 

3/3/13

A good friend of Liveluxe has been bending my ear about a company that "up-cycles" vintage china plates, but I wasn't prepared for the genius that is Melodyrose.  She puts beautiful, eclectic images onto old plates & re-fires them in her kiln.  They are amazing, quirky, fun & fab - and Liveluxe loves it!  You can buy them through Liveluxe or see them at
www.melodyrose.co.uk 

 

6/03/13

Liveluxe is ecstatic to announce that the very lovely people at Warwick Fabrics have asked us to be their local supplier of their fabulous, very high-quality fabrics! Although they have been in business for over 30 years, they are a trade secret as they keep their prices low by not advertising or promoting, so they are excellent value too! Specialising in linens, velvets, funky huge scale florals, trendy tweedy checks & stripes, we can bring their exciting fabric books to you for an in-home consultation, or find them on their website:

http://warwick.co.uk/collections/highland-wools

 

20/03/13

So happy to announce that Voyage have asked Liveluxe to supply our clients! They do the most astonishing double-width wallpaper and linen or oilcloth fabric with country vignettes of ducks, frogs, fish, dogs... also opulant diamante-encrusted silks, lacy sheers, very affordable linens & slubby velvets in every colour imaginable... so yummy... And now, exquisite furniture, lighting & cushions!

Liveluxe will pop over & show you the sample books for your up-coming projects! They are BURSTING with great ideas!

http://www.voyagemaison.co.uk/furniture/

 

26/03/13

Liveluxe is so pleased to announce their new range of fantastically cool upholstered furniture!  Beautiful and unusual chairs & sofas, upholstered in pure linen mangle cloth imported from Germany - heaven!  Call us for a chat about your requirements - our furniture is surprisingly inexpensive as we miss out the middle man.  Have a peep at the photos on the gallery page of the Liveluxe site!

 

11/04/13

Our new Highland Tweed fabrics book has arrived! Babysoft Merino wool tweeds (much softer than scratchy Harris tweed & just as resilient) in funky checks, houndstooth, stripes, plains & paisleys... utterly delicious & so NOW!!! Combining pastels with brights, they are irresistable, rowwwwllll...! Oh, and Liveluxe are the EXCLUSIVE local supplier! Yay! Trixy x
http://warwick.co.uk/collections/highland-wools

 

17/04/13

Watch out for our advert in the Wendover News!

 

21/04/13

Perfection. That's how we roll! :)
http://www.anniesloan.com/acatalog/Duck_Egg_Blue_profile.html

 

09/5/13

VOYAGE books are here! Anyone want to see the BEST in wallpaper art (double-width things of beauty) - get in touch with Liveluxe! PLUS, the cutest & cleverest kids designs ever (without being cringily sweet) are my favourite! Matching fabrics also available! No-obligation in-home consultations - call us now! Trixy x
http://www.voyagedecoration.com/

 

20/05/13

"Interiors" trade show today in London... interesting but very pared down! Chuck out the chintz & look out for beautiful surface finishes! Graphic tiles, cool finishes on wood flooring, ethereal rugs... LED lighting is now a serious contender, used by top museums to protect their priceless works of art... and environmentally friendly! The look now is totally clutter-free, with ONE to-die-for piece, and all the clever stuff going on subtly in the background! This is all about not-flaunting it, it's recession-chic & Liveluxe is lovin' it!!! Trixy x

 

21/5/13

Deliciously cute... and amazingly good value! Trixy x
http://www.made.com/collection/orson-collection/orson-left-hand-facing-corner-unit-teira-blue

 

11/6/13

NEWSFLASH!!! OPEN WEEKEND AT THE HOME AND STUDIOS OF VANESSA ARBUTHNOTT:
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June – 9.30am-5.30pm at The Tallet GL7 5ET (Cotswolds)
Discounts, poetry readings, art exhibition - don't miss it! Trixy x
http://www.vanessaarbuthnott.co.uk/

 

12/6/13

Wow the most amazing interior design is the most simple: For Summer inspiration have a peep at the BRAND NEW Pacha Destino hotel... the suites have private pools & are DELICIOUS! http://destinoibiza.com/rooms/suites/

 

23/6/13

Going to the VANESSA ARBUTHNOTT fabric sale, poetry performance, art exhibition this coming Sunday! Booked a place on her 12.30 talk with Kathy Andon... anyone want to join me for this SPECIAL day, please inbox me! Trixy x
http://www.vanessaarbuthnott.co.uk/

 

2/7/13

Liveluxe LOVES the beautiful Troika office - modern office design at it's absolute best!
http://www.100percentdesign.co.uk/page.cfm/Link=156/nocache=27062013?utm_source=Adestra&utm_medium=email&utm_term&utm_campaign=Resend+of+The+Future+of+workplace+design+at+100%25+&utm_content=Workspace+design+by+TILT

 

So inspired by creative force that is Vanessa Arbuthnot! Liveluxe visited this fabric designer's beautiful home in the Cotswolds, to find an artist's commune. Not only does she have 4 (yes 4!) kids, but she mentors young artists who live with her for a few weeks at a time, plus she gives her home, talent & time over to recovering addicts & youngsters with problems... She is the real deal, influenced by no-one, living an down-to-earth, yet incredibly aspirational life that is all about nurturing creativity. Yet despite her extraordinary talents, ferociously hard work, & generosity of spirit, she genuinely blames it all on "good luck". A very special lady indeed... have a look at her website, all shots taken in her own home, yum!
http://www.vanessaarbuthnott.co.uk/

 

10/7/13

NEED IT NOW!!! Liveluxe is totally over-bowled by this DELICIOUS wallpaper... a small mortgage is sure to be required, but you can be sure that this wallpaper will last FOREVER! If you need to sell your Granny to get a piece, DO IT!! Liveluxe has rarely been so in love... ♥ Trixy
http://www.vogue.com/culture/article/need-it-now-new-hermes-wallpaper/#1

 

27/7/13

This motel out-does even my love of colour & craziness! Liveluxe loves a bit of bonkers!
http://magazine.tablethotels.com/uk/2013/07/staging-a-revival/?utm_source=cheetah&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20130727-NL_UK-edit

 

01/8/13

The September trade shows are coming up SOON!! Can't wait to see all the fresh, new & exciting ideas from the world's most talented designers! Liveluxe will be reporting back with the latest, most of whom will be available through this FB page or Liveluxe.co.uk! I love my job! x

 

02/8/13

Vanessa Arbuthnott Fabrics
CLASSES & WORKSHOPS : Develop your skills with the 'Introduction to simple printing skills' on Sunday 22nd September and 29th September.

Including lino printing and screen printing (with paper stencils), only £40 for the day, plus £5 for materials.

Contact 01285 831437 or millie@vanessaarbuthnott.co.uk

http://www.vanessaarbuthnott.co.uk/shop/s/Art%20Class%20Information

 

05/8/13

Dreamt of the most beautiful writing desk last night - it was an old one I wanted to paint up & make beautiful once more... would love to find it in real life!

 

12/8/13

Liveluxe has just quoted for re-painting a lovely little kitchen for a local lady... I suggested Annie Sloan Paris Grey with Duck Egg blue. Will post up before & afters if I get the job! :)
http://www.anniesloan.com/acatalog/United_Kingdom.html

 

15/8/13

Great news! The gorgeous Susie Watson has joined the eclectic ranks of Liveluxe suppliers! Beautiful ticking fabrics, awesome embroidered linens... a feast of perfect prettiness! Have a look - all available through Liveluxe!
http://www.susiewatsondesigns.co.uk/

 

18/8/13

Liveluxe announces the launch of it's very own candle range! Zesty orange & fresh lime, softened with a hint of gentle ylang ylang... all served up in aged clay pots... put these at the top of your wish list! Available from September through Liveluxe - photos to follow!

 

18/8/13

Liveluxe has been entrusted with some lovely painting jobs this week! Firstly, we are livening up a local lady's kitchen, which is currently a very dark orange pine... it's going to be Annie Sloan Grey with Duck Egg accents. Secondly, we are doing a beautiful hand-painted mural for another local lady's loo, inspired by De Gournay's incredible Chinoiserie designs! Have a look!
http://www.degournay.com/wf_chinoiserie.php

 

20/8/13

Liveluxe are happy to have been asked to work with the reigning fashion queen of Wendover, helping her to design the interiors of her stunning new home! It's great to work with such a stylish person

 

20/8/13

 


20/8/13
The most luxurious faux fur throws on the market are now available from Liveluxe! With a sumptious pure silk-satin reverse in your own choice of colour, to match your decor! Click the link to see just one of the furs we have available - pm me for details:
http://www.fauxthrow.com/faux-fur-throws/polar-fox-faux-fur-throws-and-bed-runners/polar-fox-faux-fur-throw-with-white-cuddle-soft-velboa.htm

21/8/13
The gorgeous Graham & Green are now supplying Liveluxe! Still a small family business, they sell iconic pieces from their inspirational Notting Hill shop. Have a look at their website (when no-one else is around - drooling isn't attractive).
http://www.grahamandgreen.co.uk/bath-button-back-2-seater-sofa-with-coloured-buttons

21/8/13
The good news keeps coming! The wonderful people at India Jane have agreed to supply Liveluxe with their wonderful, eclectic furniture, lighting & home accessories!
Watch out for some BIG news coming from Liveluxe shortly! :)http://www.indiajane.com/

30/8/13
The fabulous DAR Lighting people have asked Liveluxe to be their EXCLUSIVE supplier for the Aylesbury area!!! Couldn't be happier to stock this incredible brand!
http://www.darlighting.co.uk/

30/8/13
The "naughty & nice" Liveluxe candle range is ready!! Inspired by my daughters, the "Sasha" is like a breath of fresh air from an English country garden, based on the most precious essential oil of all, Rose Otto, backed with Geranium & Lavender. The "Tallulah" is naughty, cheeky, lively & spicy, based around Orange, Bay & Black Pepper. Only the most pure & precious ingredients are used in these gorgeous, stylish candles! Available from Liveluxe & to be stocked in Wendover soon, details to follow!!!
04/9/13
In Birmingham today for the Autumn Fair - really lovely to say hi to my hard-working suppliers & spot a few trends along the way! Put in some great gift & homeware orders to join Liveluxe's eclectic range of goodies! Plus I secured a phenomenal supplier that has so far refused to work with anyone in the locality (they only wanted the Heals & Liberty's of this world) ... all coming to Liveluxe, mid-October - watch this space!!!
09/9/13
Have you seen the 9 new Farrow & Ball colours? Mole's Breath is my favourite, I've been searching from this particular grey & now I can cover everything in it!!!
http://www.farrow-ball.com/newcolours/content/fcp-content?utm_source=UKSept13Newsletter&utm_medium=emailnews&utm_campaign=UKenewsletter
14/9/13
The '70's frill is back!!! Really interesting that both House of Hackney & Vanessa Arbuthnot are doing retro frilly edges around their pillowcases! At first I HATED it with a passion, but now I'm SO loving it! Fickle and I know it!
http://www.houseofhackney.com/index.php/interiors/queen-bee-duvet-set-dove-grey.html
Queen Bee Duvet Set Dove Grey - Interiors
www.houseofhackney.com
16/9/13
Queen Bee luxury duvet cover and pair of pillowcases made from 300 thread count cotton satin featuring the sage green bee print against a dove grey background on one side and plain dove grey on the reverse
Just sums up the perfect, romantic English summer tea time that we all deserve: Clever Susie Watson! All available through Liveluxe: It's not too late! Get your jumpers on & go al-fresco!
http://www.susiewatsondesigns.co.uk/get-the-look/A-Touch-Of-Glass_2/
Get The Look | Stylish Summer Dining | Susie Watson Designs
www.susiewatsondesigns.co.uk
Get the look with our beautiful handmade products for the home.
16/9/13
Exciting announcement about Liveluxe in the Wendover News, out 26th September!!!
17/9/13
What a shocker... mmm the big trade show Top Drawer DELIVERED! Gorgeously subversive ceramics, plates mugs, just perfectly see-through, yet just large enough for a perfect cuppa... PLUS the softest storybook-pic Merino throws; the most elegant, gorgeous extra-long slim tapered dinner candles I've ever seen, in an encyclopedia of colours.... all coming to a town near YOU!!! Watch out for Liveluxe's BIG news!!!
18/9/13
Off to the Designersblock launch party, looking forward to seeing the fruits of my mates' labour! Promises cutting edge creativity, plus the most exciting interiors products available today... I'll report back on what I find!
http://www.verydesignersblock.com/
verydesignersblock
19/9/13
The most amazing evening at the Designersblock launch! What a wonderful bundle of talent they have found for this incredible must-see show! Globe pendant lamps, hand-etched with panoramic scenes of London, mind-bendingly stylish ceramics by the Enfant-Terrible of the ceramics world The New English - absolute must-buys! Oh, and free beer all night, thanks to Heineken sponsorship! :)
http://newenglish.myshopify.com/
The New English
newenglish.myshopify.com
"For us, product design is about expressing our creativity and our love for this material. It’s the opportunity to produce beautiful objects that will bring a smile to your face, take you by surprise, and (hopefully) soothe you."
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www.verydesignersblock.com

19/9/13
9ct Yellow Gold Engraved Topaz Locking Poison Ring with Key on Chain
www.etsy.com
20/9/13
Loving the brand new hot-off-the-press Nina Campbell graphic metallic wallpaper! Versatile & fresh as a daisy ♥
http://shop.ninacampbell.com/luxury-wallpaper/rosslyn-autumn-2013/kelburn.html
KELBURN Nina Campbell
shop.ninacampbell.com
23/9/13
BEST news today from the 'Focus' trade show at Chelsea Harbour Design Centre! Lewis & Wood (hands down one of the most mind-blowing fabric & wallpaper companies on the planet) have FINALLY selected Liveluxe to represent them exclusively in...See more
Adam's Eden Wide Width Wallpapers
www.lewisandwood.co.uk
<p> Designed by Adam Calkin, a decorative painter who has been at the top of his trade for the last 25 years, this is a striking and original...
25/09/13
Now the dust is settling after a couple of weeks of fantastically inspiring trade shows, the BIG news from Liveluxe is: *drum roll please* WE ARE OPENING OUR OWN SHOP! Friday October 18th sees the launch of the brand new Liveluxe shop in the Barn Courtyard in Wendover (behind the Antiques Centre)! Expect gorgeous and affordable gifts, funky furniture, and fabrics from Europe's most respected design houses for your curtains, cushions & upholstery. Many suppliers are exclusive to us in the area, so you'll not find them elsewhere locally. You are invited to a sneak preview & a glass of bubbles at our launch party on Thursday October 17th between 6 - 8pm, when the other shops in the Courtyard will be opening late. Pop by & see what we are all about! Trixy xx
1/10/13
I may have my Saturday 'person' for my shop! They don't seem vertically OR mentally challenged enough though... But they are lovely so they'll have to do..!
3/10/13
Nearly finished painting the kitchen, dining table & chairs for a lovely lady. What an AWESOME welcome back from her holidays on Saturday! How perfectly ethical that a sad brown-varnished (but perfectly useable) kitchen can be transformed & given a new lease of life?! Pics to follow... I'm very proud of Liveluxe & would rather do my job than anything in the world
7/10/13
Finished painting the walls of my new shop! Thank you to Conor & Clifford for the help, fun & company
7/10/13
The 10 day count-down begins! Launch party for my fabulous new shop, 6-8pm Thursday 17th October! Liveluxe, The Barn Courtyard, 25 High Street, Wendover
8/10/13
Well, the invitations have been emailed, the pink fizz has been bought... BRING ON THE 17th! Looking forward to seeing you there!
8/10/13
I've just finished designing the "Liveluxe" signage for the shop! Took a while but so worth it - it looks great!
10/10/13
Fab Susie Watson gorgeousness being delivered in time for the Liveluxe shop opening... gorgeous home accessories: pottery, candles, cushions...
http://www.susiewatsondesigns.co.uk/
Susie Watson Designs - beautiful handmade products for the home
www.susiewatsondesigns.co.uk
Susie Watson Designs sells beautiful handmade products for the home. Pottery, cushions, bed linen, table linen, candles, glassware, fabric by the metre, Greeting Cards, Prints & Much more
12/10/13
Crazy day - the lighting is up in the shop, it's all painted & completely transformed into the amazing space it always should have been, just a bit of touching up tomorrow before getting all the lovely goodies in there before the opening party! Nerves have turned into sheer excitement... I just can't wait! xxxxx
14/10/13
The fantastic Designers Guild are supplying our shop with their DELICIOUS fabrics & wallpapers! I SO love their mission to bring colour, joy & clever design into people's lives! Come & browse their LATEST sample books, will be in the shop in 3 weeks!
16/10/13
Had the most important meeting of my career yesterday, with Osborne & Little! They are the absolute pinnacle of interior design, with their own fabulous lines, plus the amazing Nina Campbell & now, MATTHEW WILLIAMSON!! And they want Livel...See more
Matthew Williamson at Osborne & Little
www.osborneandlittle.com
17/10/13
OMG! Today's the day! Thank you to the wonderful people who have bust a gut to help make my dream come true... I can't wait to fling the doors open at 6pm and raise a glass of bubbles to my wonderful husband and fantastic friends - THANK YOU FROM THE HEART
20/10/13
Wow - the new Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen collection for the Rug Company just blows my mind... available through Liveluxe!
Rugs fit for McQueen: the new Alexander McQueen collection - The Rug Company Blog
www.therugcompany.com
The Rug Company has joined forces once again with Alexander McQueen to create a new collection celebrating technical ingenuity and arresting design.
20/10/13
One of the things I've loved so far about having a shop: I get to meet brilliantly, fantastically creative people: Take Julie, my Anthropological Taxidermist mate (ie she stuffs mice & dresses them up as ballerinas...) Just pure magic, and I've promised her all the Glis Glis that Jolene can catch! Win win! Pop in the shop where you will see an example of her work!
http://www.juliejohnsontaxidermy.com/blog/
Blog | Julie Johnson Taxidermy
www.juliejohnsontaxidermy.com
This week I have been working hard on making my latest mole creations. These particular two died of natural causes and were sourced by my brother Graham in the surroundings of his home in Buckinghamshire.
21/10/13
Hooray! Jan Constantine cushions have arrived! In the shop now:
http://www.janconstantine.com/multi-heart-velvet-cushion-jr285c/
Multi Heart Velvet Cushion JR285C
www.janconstantine.com
This splendid collection combines a traditional design on luxurious, sumptuous velvet. Each product is exclusively hand-embroidered in silver thread and the detail is quite exquisite. For real opulence some of these incorporate beautiful diamante crystals appliquéd for a real boudoir effect.
22/10/13
How exciting to get back home to find emails saying that my Barneby Gates wallpaper & NEW fabric swatch books are on their way!!! They will be hanging in my beautiful shop by the end of the week, nestled up to the fabulous Osborne & Little... Come in & have a coffee, while you browse through the books!
http://www.barnebygates.com/index.htm
Designer Wallpapers For Walls | Barneby Gates
www.barnebygates.com
Designer Wallpapers for Walls - Baneby Gates ... Working from our Wiltshire studio, we create wallpapers with a quintessentially English feel, giving classical ideas a contemporary twist.
24/10/13
Got the legend of the stair-runner world on board! The fantastic Roger Oates is now supplying Liveluxe with his amazing stair runners, rugs, and stair rods - the best in the world for quality & design. Everything from classic neutrals-with-borders, to the oh-so-Liveluxe SPARKLY runners are available! Have a peep: http://www.rogeroates.com/products/collections/cheviot-collection/
Products | New & Special Collections | Avon Berry (New) - Roger Oates Design
www.rogeroates.com
Inspired by the long standing Chartres design, the pattern has been reworked and given a modern twist with vibrant fresh tones and a classic neutral. Perfect for making striking rugs.
24/10/13
Another towering talent in the design industry has joined Liveluxe's ranks - come in and see the sumptiously Pierre Frey fabric & wallpaper books - French chic for luxury-lovers. http://www.pierrefrey.com/uk/produit/tissus.htm
Pierre Frey | French Furnishing fabrics, Interior fabrics, Wallpapers, Sofas, Rugs, Carpets...
www.pierrefrey.com
French Furnishing fabrics, Interior fabrics, Wallpapers, Sofas, Rugs,
2/11/13
It's a scary thing, running a shop... so I can't say how gratified I am that I WAS RIGHT!!! Everyone has responded so well to the quirky, fun, stylish gifts, and the Matthew Williamson, Lewis & Wood, Barneby Gates et al fabrics & wallpapers! Don't underestimate us Shires-dwellers. We ARE a stylish bunch & we want the BEST, even if my suppliers were hard to convince at first!!! Love my customers




 

Welcome to the LIVELUXE Blog!

 

Thank you to everyone who hit the "like" button on Facebook!  I an so overwhelmed that I have the support of such lovely friends... 

 

I'll keep you updated with lots of fun & funky facts.. can't wait! 

 

Join in & let me know what's going on!  Curtain angst & design disasters don't need to happen! Let's talk!

 

Love to you and all the  best for 2013...

 

Trixy xxx