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London Design Week 9th-14th March 2014
Chelsea Harbour is a great place for inspiration and you cannot get much better than London Design Week 2014. International showrooms within the 3 domes launching their latest luxury fabrics, wallpapers, furniture, tiles and carpets. Workshop presentations, book signings, meet the designer sessions were on offer along with complimentary canapes, and champagne whilst soaking up the atmosphere.
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)|
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.