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Give your home an Orla Kiely update

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Orla Kiely, the Irish designer whose iconic prints adorn everything from tea towels to the walls of the Tate, lifts the lid on her colourful world this month with the launch of her long-awaited book, Pattern. Packed with advice on how to work this season’s hottest interiors trend – prints – into your own home, if you’ve ever wondered how to turn your studio flat into a space worthy of SJP, this is the book for you.

Stylist quizzed Orla for her key pointers on re-inventing your own home…

1. “Turning a flat into a home isn’t about spending a fortune or making an extreme fashion statement. It means having courage in your convictions so that your surroundings truly reflect what you like and what really gives you pleasure – an emotional rather than a financial investment.”

2. “Start by assembling ideas, in the form of pictures torn out of magazines or swatches of fabric you like. Once you’re feeling suitably inspired, make small changes to what you’ve already got. Paint a wall a different colour, change the bathroom flooring or rearrange a display.”

3. “Base a decorative scheme on a favourite piece you already own, such as a painting or a sofa. From this ‘ready-made’ palette you can choose a colour to use as a solid or an accent. Patterns that display some or all of the same colours will have a basic compatability.

Pattern by Orla Kiely out 10 September (Conran Octopus, £25)

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