The Modenus DESIGN HOUNDS set off to London this Fall for The London Design Festival and some amazing antiquing in the English country side with Toma Clark Hanes of the Antiques Diva fame for their first ‘DESIGN HOUNDS’ tour. Their mission:  To find out what’s trending and discover great design finds. Veronika Miller and her team from Modenus, the premier digital resource for design professionals and enthusiasts, brought several American designers to scout, find and report on what’s trending this year over the pond.

Daily Basics Contribution by Lynn Byrne, freelance writer and editor of the blog Décor Arts Now. Find Lynn online at @decorartsnow

Lynn Byrne, freelance writer and editor of the blog Décor Arts Now. Find Lynn online at @decorartsnow

Lynne Byrne in London

I loved how Veronika Miller built some free time in the #DesignHounds itinerary so we could explore on our own. For me, that means diving into the flea and antique markets that pop up all over London. I brought home several treasures, but I am especially charmed by these tiny c. 1830 hand colored, steel engravings of butterflies that I plan to install in my equally tiny NYC kitchen. The lovely English gentleman who sold them to me was just as charming.

The Rookery

Attending Decorex is always a beautiful assault on the senses. One stand-out product for me were these cabinets introduced by Luisa Peixoto. Dubbed her “Drop” collection, the face of the cabinets have lovely texture that evokes the sense of a droplet of water on a smooth pool. Aah tranquility. (photo from Luisa Peixoto website.) http://luisapeixotodesign.com/wpeng/portfolio/drop

There were many interesting objects seen on our day antiquing in the Cotswolds with Toma Haines, The Antiques Diva, and Lorford’s Antiques, but this collection of artists’ palettes really spoke to me. I love the color, and I am intrigued by how they represent an artist’s creative process. I should have taken them all home.

The trade show, Tent London, always has creative new introductions. Here, I was drawn to the handsome fireplace tools by blacksmith James Price. Not only were the tools done in copper—a hot metal finish seen throughout the London Design Festival—but good looking fireplace accessories are exceptionally hard to come by. Once my husband and I find our hunting retreat in upstate NY, these babies will be mine!

THE ROOKERY

I adored our hotel, The Rookery. I have stayed in several topnotch London hotels, but this one was by far, the most enchanting. I felt like I was in a Charles Dickens’ novel. Here are some of the design details. .

DECOREX

Attending Decorex is always a beautiful assault on the senses. One stand-out product for me were these cabinets introduced by Luisa Peixoto. Dubbed her “Drop” collection, the face of the cabinets have lovely texture that evokes the sense of a droplet of water on a smooth pool. Aah tranquility..

THE COTWOLDS

There were many interesting objects seen on our day antiquing in the Cotswolds with Toma Haines, The Antiques Diva, and Lorford’s Antiques, but this collection of artists’ palettes really spoke to me. I love the color, and I am intrigued by how they represent an artist’s creative process. I should have taken them all home.

LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL

The trade show, Tent London, always has creative new introductions. Here, I was drawn to the handsome fireplace tools by blacksmith James Price.
Not only were the tools done in copper—a hot metal finish seen throughout the London Design Festival—but good looking fireplace accessories are exceptionally hard to come by. Once my husband and I find our hunting retreat in upstate NY, these babies will be mine

Regina Sturrock is the principal of award winning interior design firm Regina Sturrock Design in Burlington Ontario and writer of her eponymous blog. You can find her on social media at @reginasturrock

Regina Sturrock is the principal of award winning interior design firm Regina Sturrock Design in Burlington Ontario and writer of her eponymous blog. You can find her on social media at @reginasturrock

Blossoms that are hand-painted and embroidered on a background of metallic-washed silk compose a wallcovering that is supremely beautiful. ‘Prunus’ by Fromental is a delicately tangible masterpiece in textile.

Blossoms that are hand-painted and embroidered on a background of metallic-washed silk compose a wallcovering that is supremely beautiful. ‘Prunus’ by Fromental is a delicately tangible masterpiece in textile.

The Flora Table by Marcin Rusak

Fameed Khalique

Victoria and Albert chandelier

THE FLORA TABLE

by Marcin Rusak is composed of selected and processed flowers that are submersed in a specially-developed resin technique all of which is framed with cast aluminum. This is pure artistry, innovation and craftsmanship. I love the still-life-art quality of this piece. Discovered at Decorex.

TEXTILES

The bespoke textiles of Fameed Khalique offer endless possibilities for curated interiors. Varnished copper wire, woven on a jacquard machine, is transformed into luminous panels and can be imagined as wall panels, screens or blinds, or as insets on furniture. Trapped in glass, the textile could be transformed into an extraordinary backsplash. Discovered at Fameed Khalique, Kings Road, London.

THE VICTORIA & ALBERT

What is luxury? The extraordinary. This chandelier is composed of dandelion seed heads that are individually applied to LED lights. To avoid wiring, the lights are powered by an innovative three-dimensional bronze circuit which conducts electricity. The fusion of nature and technology is poetic. Musings at the Victoria and Albert Museum. 

Maureen Break Coates is the principal of Modecor Inspired Interiors in Ottawa Canada and author of the Modecor Blog. Maureen can be found online at @maureencoates

Maureen Break Coates is the principal of Modecor Inspired Interiors in Ottawa Canada and author of the Modecor Blog. Maureen can be found online at @maureencoates

Fromental at Chelsea Design Studio Why it's a fave: Organic, hand painted, hand embroidered, artisanal, custom designs, this wallpaper is perennial, not trendy, luxurious

Fromental at Chelsea Design Studio

Organic, hand painted, hand embroidered, artisanal, custom designs, this wallpaper is perennial, not trendy, luxurious

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mahogany wine cooler

Fromental at Chelsea Design Studio

Organic, hand painted, hand embroidered, artisanal, custom designs, this wallpaper is perennial, not trendy, luxurious

Fameed Kalique

Organic materials and handcrafted on a handloom to produce contemporary fabric that can be used in a variety of applications. Walls, pillows, window treatments.

Decorex – SCP

Organic, textural, ambient light, custom, artisanal, use of variety of materials, the shape and form

Mahogany wine cooler circa 1810 for Lorfords Antiques

A 200 year old Wine cooler? Who knew! Function and form at it’s best, not to mention the shape, size and detail. Love it and it has a twin!

Veronika Miller is CEO of Modenus Media and the creative mind behind BlogTour and DesignHounds.com . You can find Veronika online everywhere at @modenus

Veronika Miller is CEO of Modenus Media and the creative mind behind BlogTour and DesignHounds.com . You can find Veronika online everywhere at @modenus

British maker of the finest luxury bath fittings, Perrin & Rowe introduced Designhounds to not one but two new collections. Color comes back into the bath with Rockwell, a vintage inspired bath collection in collaboration with Water Monopoly (available in several color options) and Deco, a classically Art Deco inspired collection of faucets and tub fillers.

British maker of the finest luxury bath fittings, Perrin & Rowe introduced Designhounds to not one but two new collections. Color comes back into the bath with Rockwell, a vintage inspired bath collection in collaboration with Water Monopoly (available in several color options) and Deco, a classically Art Deco inspired collection of faucets and tub fillers.

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Melody Rose

Melody Rose put a smile on our face with her whimsical and stylish dinnerware collection that is now available in several colorways.

Fameed Khalique

A personal invitation to the studio of Fameed Khalique became a highlight of the tour. The studio represents artisans from around the world for a vast collection of the most inspired surface designs including tile, stone, metals, wood, textiles and more. Opening a NYC studio in the near future.

Flame by Luum

Sublime pendants that stop the conversation as single fixtures or hung in a cluster

Justin Van Breda

South African born and London based interior designer Justin Van Breda wowed with his new collection for the home. We loved this gorgeous Highboy.