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Wednesday, 22 February 2012

John Lewis' Spring/Summer Collection 2012

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Playnation is the first of the three collections for the spring/summer season at John Lewis and details graphic geometric prints and shapes in a variety of bright hues. This feels like a collection that is full of energy and upbeat ideas to use in the home; it's colourful not saccharine, playful not childish. I would use pieces from Playnation to add life and visual interest to a space: a graphic throw cushion on an armchair or a set of coordinating, brightly coloured stationery pieces upon a wooden desk to break up the workspace.
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Modern Utility is a development of the pared-back and sophisticated Refined Puritan autumn/winter collection from the brand. Although it details a natural progression for spring, I like how John Lewis have maintained the tactile and detailed feeling to the collection. This is seen through the use of worn wooden textures, traditional factory lights from Davey lighting and terracotta vases. The reclaimed wooden stool needs to find it's way in Mr. Bazaar's abode quick sharp (along with the yellow terracotta vase, too)!
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Nautical themes are common in many spring/summer collections but they do fit perfectly with the season ahead and, personally, I rarely tire of crisp whites teamed with an array of beautiful blue hues. Think midnight, sky and ultramarine shades, accented with a sunflower yellow and grounded with wicker textures. Maritime offers all of these elements in abundance and at a high quality, too. (I recently invested in their coastal dinnerware set, which has been nothing short of excellent.) I love to see this look in a spare room as it's the perfect scheme for offering guests an escape from their daily lives. Which collection do you like best? How would you use it in your home for spring/summer?

27 comments:

  1. loving those blue and white striped ceramics. great stuff, will!

    oh, and this is long overdue, but thanks for featuring my happy sailing postcards. =)

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  2. Without doubt my favourite images are the Maritime ones!
    Who would have guessed??? Beautiful images yet again...
    ..................................
    Tania Maree xx

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  3. love all this spring. digging that purple sofa!

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  4. So pretty! I love all of it!
    Thank god John Lewis is now doing international shipping.
    Thank you so much for sharing such amazing images

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  5. Maritime is my pick! Always love a chic, crisp, nautical theme. John Lewis is a great store (I visited while visiting London last year) and the best thing is, they also ship to Canada!

    Thanks for sharing with me a little preview for Spring/Summer 2012!

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  6. I really like the Playnation look- I love the colour.

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  7. Hello Sweetie,

    Just wanted to thank you for having such an inspirational blog. Hope you have an amazing week full of lots of beautiful things.
    Feel free to drop past my blog if you have time =)

    -Mia xoxo
    http://naturezfinest.blogspot.com/
    http://mias101challenge.blogspot.com/2012/01/day-zero-project.html

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  8. Hi,
    I'm a new reader. I'm from Athens, Greece and currently starting my own blog. I used to stay in the safe but... boring (as you very well put it) beige/gray area of design but I must say that your blog -among some others- was a big inspiration to me in order to embrace color.
    You have a very sophisticated sense of taste that I admire a lot.
    As for the John Lewis collection, I definetely choose the Playnation one.
    ** Sophia

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  9. oh, that bottle holder has my name on it, and i will wrestle you for the reclaimed wooden stool. go!

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  10. I love the modern utility + Maritime. That striped armchair is gorgeous + looks so comfy! xx

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  11. These are fabulous Will. Would love a few bright and fun cushions from the Playnation range :)

    Abbey x

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  12. John Lewis do colour so well. I really like those hexagonal trays from 'Playnation' and the lamp and sideboard from 'Market'. Really nice subtle hues....

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  13. A really great collection from John Lewis again. They do it so well. Love the floral cushions in Playnation, might have to get some of these for myself!

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  14. I love that first velvet couch...I'm in a spring state of mind now and not to mention it's going to be a February-60 degree day in NY! So I'm really itching for spring.
    xo

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  15. Anything John Lewis has my approvals, somehow I love what they do, the concept, philosophy and morals!

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  16. I must admit that I've a crush on the look in that top photo but I know myself, I would never go for flowery curtains ... okay, maybe just for one summer ;-)

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  17. There is so much amazing-ness in this post, I can hardly process it all. And just like everyone else I'm totally freaking out at that amazing sofa in the first picure. I've been taking upholstery classes and would looove to use this as inpiration! Thanks for sharing!

    xx Ashleigh
    www.ashflynn.blogspot.com

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  18. Will - I love this post! So much gorgeous colour. Playnation is definitely 'playful' not 'childish' - I could quite happily live with it.
    The Maritime range looks really fresh as well and I love the styling in the middle image for Modern Utility.

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  19. Hello
    Thanks for putting up, very good stuff, It is pretty ideal for everyone.
    Thank you!

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  20. So impressed with the styling, John Lewis is really steppin it up! Some great pillows, I'm digging the watercolor florals and the geometrics.

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  21. It's all so beautiful. As always, the fresh blue really speaks to me.

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  22. Purple velvet......sofa love!

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  23. the the playnation! Wish we had this store to look around in, looks brilliant! :)

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  24. I got very excited when I saw these but when you go to the JL website half the stuff is unavailable... arghhh nothing I hate more. Lovely put together Will x

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  25. All the collections are beautiful but I am mostly drawn to Playnation. The colors are unconventional and so chic! Love the vignette styling and the gorgeous purple velvet sofa too.

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  26. I want to curl up on that first couch with a good book. The watercolor pillows are just heavenly!

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