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Feeling in the Valentine mood.  Then here are some valentine gift ideas.

 

H&M Candles  Getting Personal pizza chocolates Joanna Wood toast rack
 
 Home Candy heart cushion  Occa Home 3 tier cake stand  M&S travel mug
 
 John Lewis cheese board  John Lewis cheese wire  Tate Gallery love letters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January can feel like a big anticlimax after Christmas, and your home can feel plain and drab without the festive decorations.  Now is the time to think of interior projects for the year ahead.  Whether its a vibrant new rug to brighten up a room, some colourful modern lampshades, or wallpapering a feature wall to add impact and dimension to a room.  Purchase an antique chair from an auction and have it re-upholstered in a fun, modern fabric.  There are lots of ways to bring about fresh ideas into your home. Perhaps you want to totally redecorate a room with wallpaper, curtains and cushions but are unsure where to start with the vast quantitiy of fabrics and wallpapers to choose from.  Let me take the pressure off you and source fabrics, provide inspiration via a moodboard for free and help create that wow factor.

 

Festive Foliage Decorations 

Create this stunning mantlepiece decoration in just 30 minutes with minimal cost by using greenery from your garden.

You will need the following:

A rectangular watertight plastic tray, silver foil to protect your mantlepiece, 2 x oasis blocks soaked overnight, laurel, fir tree branches, ivy sprigs, eculyptus sprigs, fir cones with wire, baubles with wire, battery operated LED fairy lights and gold sprayed twigs. 

Step 1: place soaked oasis in the rectangle tray butted together Step 2: begin to insert the ivy into the oasis at 45 degree angles
Step 3: next add the trimmed fir tree branches at 45 degree angles

Step 4: fill in any gaps with the laurel leaves and then add the eucalyptus at the front and sides making sure to hide the oasis

Step 5: randomly add the fir cones so they are not  all grouped together Step 6: add the baubles and gold twigs
Step 7: place the foil on the mantlepiece for protection when watering Step 8: add the fairy lights
 
Viola - finished and impressive

 

  Here are some finished projects this month

 Fabric: James Brindley Velvet/Vendee Wild Dove  Double pleat detail
 Fabric: Harlequin Folia/Sira orange  
 
Fabric: Harlequin Lucido Plains Silver & Marine/Wallpaper: Harlequin Kallianthi Persephone  
 Tieback: Jones Interiors/Belezza Turquoise  Bead Trim: British Trimmings (double pleat heading)

 

 

Feeling Blue

Cobalt blue is definitely the colour trend for 2014 and fabric designers have produced some fabulous designs. This calming, soothing colour comes in a vast array of shades and can be matched with complementary colours like yellow and white.

Here are some latest designs which I love.

Harlequin: Poetica/Caprice Jane Churchill: Atmosphere/Carus Jane Churchill: Atmosphere/Nimbus
Casamance: Monaco/Munegu Clarke & Clarke: Laguna/Denim Clarke & Clarke: Grove/Denim
Romo: Orvieto/Lazuli Romo: Orvieto/Suvi Dresden Villa Nova: Folium/Agapanthus

 

Image via: Houzz Image via: Clarke & Clarke

 

Here are some completed projects this month

Chairs upholstered in: Romo Black Goldwyn/Polka Turtledove Wallpaper: Romo Black Xanthina/Zari Olea
Curtains: Pavillion Textiles Riviera/Terracina Berry Curtains: Voyage Munro/Highland Flint with Bead trim on leading edge
Curtains: Ashley Wilde Bloomsbury/Janella Teal Curtains: Prestigious Textiles Fiorella
Voiles: Pavillion Textiles/Chain White Chairs upholstered in: Romo Black Goldwyn/Polka Turtledove

If you have any comments I would love to hear from you.

Helena 

Going Monochrome

This month's topic is all about Monochrome. Comfy chairs with bold black and white patterns are all the rage.  In magazines and high streets alike these statement pieces of furniture are being surrounded by minimalist side tables, and bold block coloured accessories.  Orange is my personal favourite colour to compliment the monochrome look, but what is yours, and will you be channelling this adventurous trend into your own home?

 

 from top left: Beetle Candle by Graham & Green, Turtle Cat Mat by John Lewis, Tyger Tyger holographic foil wallpaper by Osborne & Little, Sunray lamp by Dunelm-mill, sofa by Ikea, Epoca chair by Luxdeco, Stag print duvet set by Graham & Green, Fern Poetica wallpaper by Harlequin

Here are some completed projects this month

 Fabric: Harlequin Chocks Away/Red  Fabric: Pavillion Voiles/Mist Cream
 Wallpaper: Romo Black Xanthina/Kew Amaranth  Fabric: Clarke & Clarke/Nomad Lynx Berry
 Fabric: Harlequin/Folia Sira  Wallpaper: Harlequin/Folia Jena
Fabric: Harlequin Folia/Sira

Decorex 2013

Visited the exquisite, Decorex International Design Show held for the first time at Perks Field, Kensington Palace which ran from 22-25th September.  There were over 300 exhibitors displaying luxury products from vibrant fabrics, unusual wallpaper, bespoke furniture, flooring, kitchens, bathrooms and some incredible lighting.  The show gives visitors inspiration, to engage in the various seminars over the four days, and enjoy the social aspect of having a glass or two of bubbly in the champagne bar.  There was just so much to see, and here are some photographs I want to share with you.

 

 Antiques by Design  Furnishing fabrics  Spina Designs
 House of Hackney Interiors  Hyde House Designs  Entrance Feature by Kit Kemp
Entrance Feature by Kit Kemp  Barlas Baylar Lighting Angela Faulkner Designs
 Taking a break in the Champagne Bar Timorous Beasties Sofa 
Chelsea Physic Garden Display Tristan Cockerill Furniture
Sanderson Stand  Upholstered furniture in luxurious velvet
Exhausted after a long enjoyable day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cushions

Cushions are an economic and easy way of creating impact in a room.  There is an abundance of beautiful, sumptous fabrics with so many different sizes and shapes of cushion pads available to create your new look.  Of course, it's completely up to you whether to purchase cushions from a chain store or choose to have them custom made to blend in with your existing furnishings; and it's always good to be on the lookout for something new or interesting.  Beads, tassels, contrast piping, braid, sequins and buttons can all be applied to cushions that can easily transform your overall look without having a complete room makeover.

 

 Top Row: peacock cushion by Very, Isabella black cushion by Very, flower print cushion by Zara Home, blossom cushion in duck egg by John Lewis

Middle Row: felt duck egg cushion by Next, conscious blue tie-dye cushion by H&M, mimosa patchwork by Clarissahulse, star anise by Clarrisahulse

Bottom Row: woodland spring cushion by Dunelm-Mill, butterfly embroidered cushion by Designers Guild, Ted Baker bird cushion by John Lewis

 

 Here are some completed projects this month

 Fabric: Villa Nova Malmo Syrup & Malmo Burnt Orange  Fabric: Linwood Sky & Stardust
 Fabric: Designers Guild Country/Camomile Fushia  Fabric: Blind, Headboard & Valance - Harlequin Delphine Louie
 Fabric: Harlequin Natural Elements  Bead Brad: Jane Churchill/Tieback: Jones Interiors
Fabric: Harlequin Annouska Alina Fabric: Headboard & Valance: Harlequin Delphine Emilie

 

Would love to answer any questions you may have,  just click on the "contact" tab and I will be happy to advise.

 

Bay Windows

Bay windows are a challenge to dress with soft furnishings as they often have non-standard shapes and sizes.  It is best to seek professional advice from an experienced fitter, as no two windows are ever the same, believe me!  Roman blinds frame bay windows, but depending on the fabric they can appear clinical on their own.  An alternative would be to have roman blinds and dress curtains to soften the overall look.  If choosing to have working curtains then a bespoke bendable curtain pole or track is necessary and needs to be fitted by a professional.

  Here are some completed projects this month

Wallpaper: Scion Melinki/Flight Fabric: Scion Melinki Two/Lace Fabric: Harlequin Kallianthi/Salvia
Wallpaper: Nina Campbell Woodsford Bennington Fabric: Casamance Java Silk Tieback: Nina Campbell Woodsford
Fabric: Voyage Lorient Linden/Rowan Fabric: Romo Tulipa/Fleur Lagoon
Fabric: Harlequin Cassini/Calista Wallpaper: Harelquin Lucido/Avellino
 
 Wallpaper: Harelquin Lucido/Avellino  Fabric: Voyage Arielli/Ice
Double pinch pleat heading  Fabric: cushions Lorient
 
Tieback: Charlotte Mauve 10  Fabric: Blendworth/Serenella Hazel

Over the last few months I have been asked to style room makeovers for children. Bedrooms that were originally decorated for an infant have become outgrown.  As they prepare for a new transition to secondary school, they want to feel more grown up approaching this exciting phase in their life.  Gone are the days when kids had a table and chair as a workspace in their bedroom, the merchandise on the high street has given a whole new dimension to interior design of bedrooms for children. Teenagers' bedrooms are a private refuge, an area where they can be alone, that can be an office, and can also act as a social area (without prying parents) to be with their friends. So the decor needs to be trendy yet multifunctional. The colours should be bright and fresh with a modern design.


The most common problem that we parents have to deal with is,"clutter", which usually ends up in a pile on the floor. This is where dedicated storage space is required (Ikea is a wonderful source for bookcases and desks without spending a fortune). If purchasing a new wardrobe, choose one with drawers to store kit bags and sporting equipment.  It might be time to purchase a new bigger bed for the growing youngster, and upholstered high headboards give a tailored and luxurious feel. If space is limited then perhaps a small double divan bed is the answer, with space saving storage drawers. Lighting is important, and fitting a dimmer switch is helpful. Girls love chandeliers and sparkly lights, and there are so many to choose from at reasonable prices.


Below is a completed project for a girl, and to help the client I provided as always an on-line moodboard as inspiration and guidance.

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Before After

  

Here are some fresh modern fabrics and wallpaper ideas from Designers Guild and Scion which are very suitable for teenagers

DGamrapaliwallpaper DGamprapalifabric DGcastellanifabric
 Designers Guild: Amrapali/ottelia wallpaper  Designers Guild:Amrapali/jacaranda fabric
 Designers Guild: Castellani/Morisset fabric
Scion: Wabi Sabi/Shibori wallpaper Scion: Wabi Sabi/Meiko fabric Scion: Wabi Sabi/Loop wallpaper

Check out these great ideas for teenager bedrooms

  

1. Stroller Desk from Made, 2. Light from Next, 3. Cushion from Dwell, 4. Osborne & Little wallpaper "penguin", 5. Osborne & Little wallpaper "komodo dragon" 6. Dog Tooth bed throw from Dwell, 7. Bedside table from Made, 8. Pewter chandelier from Dunelm Mill, 9. Mirror from RVastley, 10. Cow Hide rug from Dwell, 11. Wool throw from Zara Home, 12. Pink Geometric rug from Zara Home, 13. Wardrobe with storage from Ikea, 14. Patterned cushion from H&M Home, 15. White Desk from Ikea, 16. Black sofa from Debenhams

 

Here are some completed projects this month

Single Pleat Heading  Fabric: Romo Tulipa/Keiko Capri
Fabric: Sanderson Taormina Velvet/King Crimson Fabric: Designers Guild Primrose Hill/Chalk Farm Blossom
 Fabric: Chess Designs Venus/April Ruby - Double pleat  
 
Fabric: Chess Designs/April Ruby  Fabric: Montgomery/Meander Blk & Silver
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