Thursday, 26 April 2012

Today over at Heart Home {BIID & Ochre event}

I really love Ochre’s lights and they have a wonderful showroom. On Wednesday 23rd May (6PM-9PM) they are hosting an event with BIID (British Institute of Interior Design).

As I am a member of BIID and a lover of lighting I plan to get myself along to this event.  The showroom alone is worth a visit if you have never been. Plus if you needed more reason they are giving away a gorgeous table lamp on the night too…. So now there is no excuse!


The Decorative Fair Battersea {vintage & antique finds}

The thrice yearly Decorative Antiques and Textile Fair at Battersea (currently running: 24-29th April) is always on my “to do” list. Not least because it’s a dog friendly environment so I can take Milo but it is a great place to source unusual vintage and antiques for your home.  There are around 140 exhibitors and quite often some affordable pieces tucked in amongst the pricier showstoppers. Yesterday I picked up a chair for a project from Omnipod and my colleague purchased some lamps from Interior Eden. I was quite taken with some pieces at Fiona McDonald and also the gorgeous oversized mirror and lanterns at Matthew Cox Antiques. 

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Oh what have we done? {home maintenance}

Living in an old house means that there is often a fair bit of maintenance required. Living in a Victorian terrace in a seaside destination also brings with it salt and water (and sometimes wind) problems, the salty air is highly corrosive.  However my current home maintenance project hasn’t come from salty air but high levels of water ingress and my desire for change. My darling DH and I have set to and demolished our built-in bay window seat only to find that a lot of maintenance was required before we redecorate our living room.  It’s not a huge surprise but it is a pain in the rear end….

Monday, 23 April 2012

Monday Inspiration {Pinning my way}

Do you use Pinterest?  I’m a little bit of an addict… not a major one, but definitely more than a dabbler as I do it everyday.  I've been really active on pinterest for a while now and I’m very aware of the addictive nature of pinning.  Now I visit once or twice a day for 5 mins.  I do find it's a useful and creative tool and there are also some very interesting people using it.  I use it to help organize my thoughts and help with my blog posts.

Some of my favourite boards are below. I’m particularly focused on Living Room’s, Children’s rooms, Photo & gallery Walls, hallways and Colour, Colour, Colour at the moment. Partly due to projects and also just my own obsessions.
What about you?  Do you pin? Is it everyday?  What do you like/dislike about it? 
Do stop by my pinterest for a visit here

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Making Design decisions for your home {Charlie's thoughts}

I’ve given my husband Charlie (quiet rightly) the opportunity to comment on the below post and put his side of the story. I sound like quite the dragon lady from his response. 


It's quite an impressive list and last night we had yet another discussion about my likes and more importantly my dislikes. My argument is that Mary shows me an awful lot of pictures as you can well imagine so of course I have to not like some. It's my reasoning that leaves her infuriated though!
Portraits of people I don't know - honestly, can't see the point.
No to pansies - my grandmother used to have a picture (now owned by my parents so no escaping), of a bunch of pansies painted on a black background. To me they always looked like they had faces and were watching me. The black background (source of last night's consternation) made it doubly creepy. I can probably live without pictures of flowers overall!
No lilac or purple - Mary made me aware of this but it's true. It may be down to 'purple lady' who used to get the train with me a long time ago. Purple tinted hair, purple clothes and she used to use a purple WHSmith bag as a handbag. Perhaps I just had all my purple in one go and there's no room left for more.
No to religious iconography - too right. Deeply serious, boring and slightly creepy. Possibly stemming from a childhood trip to the National Gallery where I was bored to tears by rooms and rooms of icons. My Mum still laughs at my reaction as she asked me what I seen, only for me to reply loudly in front of dozens of po-faced art lovers, that "there was nothing up there, only loads of those boring icons". Again, like the colour purple, perhaps you can have too much of something in one go. A bit like South Comfort or Malibu.
Birds - ooo, no, horrible. Just the thought of the wings flapping about the sitting room. Birds inside, horrible!
Cushions - well, I like looking at them but they do tend to take away, rather than add to my comfort. I also have to fluff them up all the time as I can't bear looking at them when they are all squished.

I don't think any of my dislikes are at all unreasonable so I hope I have been able to set the record straight! 
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Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Making Design decisions for your home

It’s hard sometimes when design decisions are made by more than one person. It usually means compromise and sometimes even a watering down of an aesthetic. But it can also lead to completely fantastic collaborations and better than expected outcomes. The journey though with multiple parties involved is generally slower going whatever the outcome.

I can help and guide clients to a harmonious outcome, its what I do for a living. Where it’s a residential project its usually husband and wife friction and for commercial work sometimes it can be many many parties.

The hardest of them all as far as I am concern is my own home. The reason? My absolutely adorable husband. He works in the design field in fashion and has clear views – this should all be helpful. We’ve been together as a couple for 17 years (I know! BTW this must mean we were babes in arms OR in fact we’re really old…)  again should be very very helpful. We share a love of mid century design – fantastic news! I also really respect his opinion on things. BUT he has a laundry list of dislikes that grows by the hour. I’m not kidding you.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Weekend walk {spring has sprung}

Sunday morning dawned bright and chilly (I was up at 6.15am!). Whilst worthier types were gearing up at the start line of the Brighton Marathon, we were heading out to Birling Gap further along the East Sussex Coast. It was one of those gorgeous bright days that pack a windy punch and being on top of the Seven Sisters chalky cliffs meant there was no escaping the breeze.

If you’ve never been walking on the South Downs I really think you are missing out.  This weekend there were plenty of newborn lambs and calves; the views out over the English Channel were breath taking and the undulating route littered with rabbits (Milo would have loved to have chased them – probably over the cliff edge). One of the best bits about walking on the South Downs though is that you are never too far from a pub. We stopped in at the Tiger Inn in East Dean as our reward for a great Sunday roast after our walk. What more could you ask for?


Monday, 16 April 2012

Monday Inspiration {elle interior}

Couldn’t help myself. This lovely pack of dachshund were in Elle Interior where the lovely home if their owner in South Africa was on show.


Friday, 13 April 2012

Interiors heaven {Scandi mags}

Ok I know I’ve been slow to post this but here are some of the things/spaces I really really like from the magazines I got in Stockholm (BTW does anyone know where to get any of these titles in London or the UK?)
Skona Hem – a little gem. Loved it
Elle Interior – oh so very stylish. Lush
Hus & hem – can do approach, how to style at home & on a budget
Residence – a bit more traditional in style
Rum interior design (its actually Danish) – full of products I lusted after 
Any of these floating your boat? So nice to see different products and a generally different aesthetic. More to follow....


Friday Fun {dachshund love}

I just couldn’t resist sharing these couple of silly videos that I’ve recently come across. I hope you enjoy as much as I did

Milo thought they were very cool.... but not as handsome as him. Although I might be thinking about a denim jacket now.


Thursday, 12 April 2012

Today over at hearthome – Light up my life

My obsession with lights is well documented and today over on hearthome I’m sharing my love of the wonderful Art et Floritude whom I had a meeting with yesterday.
I’m feeling vey Francophile indeed at the moment; meeting with French suppliers, working on a project in france and doing my best franglais to try and track down a picture I photographed at Maison et Objet. Must be one of those weeks…. Hmmm wonder if I can persuade DH that we need a trip on Eurostar to visit Paris (just wish Eurostar took dogs!)

A little off piste but my lighting bargain of the day has to be this elegant lamp from John Lewis. Saw it in store and it looks really great and way more expensive than it is.


Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Interiors heaven {magazines & tea}

I love it when the new interiors magazines hit the doormat (or news stands). I get particularly obsessed if that falls inline with a weekend of rain and vegging out  - just like this past Easter weekend. I had no excuse but to read, browse and ahhh over the lovely interiors, new products and great ideas.
I also spotted the Midcentury show being advertised and this will definitely be making it into my diary for May.
I have to say though that my favourite reads at the moment are quite often foreign shelter magazines. I’ve been trying to put my finger on why? I’m particularly enamoured with Vogue Living Australia and French Elle Decoration. This weekend had so many spare hours in it though that I had another good look through the 3 tonnes of magazines I brought back from Stockholm (purchased in the fab Papercut store). I’ll post my favourite find tomorrow….

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Today over at Hearthome - Bright interiors

Have you spotted how all the interiors and fashion magazines are going crazy for bright vibrant hues right now. Got to say it makes me smile and I’m certainly a fan. Today over at hearthome I’ve shown Tina Bernstein of ColourLiving’s lovely sunny and bright home. I really love her use of colour in blocks and to give definition to space and the flow of the space.


Wednesday, 4 April 2012

New shopportunity {}

Do you like to search out inspiring and original products for your home? shopping events launched today. It’s a member’s only site that offers limited edition offers and exclusive products just for its members and all your lovely purchases get delivered straight to your door.  Got to say I’m impressed with the items available today, had to treat myself to the Stelton flask which I've wanted for ages
So if you’d like to sign up for LLUSTRE I have guaranteed launch week invites that you can access at this link

Would love to hear from you about what you think of generally


Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Timeout Tuesday – Victoria to Mayfair

When the sun is shining London is like a glittering jewel. I took the opportunity last week to walk from Victoria train station to my meeting in Mayfair.  It was such a glorious day and so full of optimism. St. James’s Park was full of blossom and colour and even the tourists didn’t darken my mood (I hate it when they just stop suddenly in the middle of a pavement or path way in a group of about 30+).

Funny how easy it is to take London for granted…..


Monday, 2 April 2012

Monday Inspiration {House}

This will probably seem a little left field for many or even macabre.  But never mind. This literally had me laughing my socks off and I always think its good to start the week with a smile or a giggle.

My husband is currently off on a 2-week business trip in the Far East but on Sunday he had a day of R&R to recharge his batteries and visited Lamma Island also known as Pok Liu Chau.  Whilst wandering the car free Island he came across this graffiti and instantly knew I’d get it.
If you haven’t watched the House series on TV this will mean nothing to you. If you have though, you’ll get it.
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