Got to have it - Rio Fever

Wednesday, 26 February 2014


I’ve been inspired by Alexa deCastiho’s Rio collection and completely smitten with the below Disco Rio inspired items.
So here's where I landed. Palm trees, tropical plants, leopards, brass and smoked lucite. Plus a touch of Farrow and Ball Middleton pink.
Its got a 70's feel to it that's for sure and I'd maybe switch out the chair fabric for white leather or maybe something in turquoise.

1970s French table light by Maison Jansen 
Spotted Leopard Art Deco Gouache Painting by Kleinhenz
The Original Martinique Beverly Hills Wallpaper
Pair of Brass Cantilevered Arm Chairs by Richard Thompson
Rare Smoked-Lucite Le Dome Dining Table by Charles Hollis Jones 

Would you pop this in your living room? 


I can’t help it

Sunday, 23 February 2014


Come by and have a look at what I’ve been pinning lately. My boards are here

Colour palette inspiration – for kid's rooms

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Inspiration can come from all sorts of places and for all kinds of reasons. It’s rarely the same from one person to the next or even week to week.  I was talking to my tutor group last week about how it’s good to get to know your own shortcomings and preferences but to always keep your eyes and ears open.  I know that I have a “thing” for chairs and will often have a vast range of chair designs in a scheme at FF&E stage but will only have a limited number of sofas for example. 


When it comes to looking for inspiration it can from anywhere…. And when you are least expecting it. I’m particularly taken with the below My Circus book by Xavier Deneux – who is a great French children’s illustrator.  My son really likes this book and it’s given me plenty of joy too, including the inspiration for the colour palette in the below children’s rooms.  With small splashes of colour and crafty peep-through holes in the pages what’s not to love about this book. Whilst clowns may freak some people out, the colour and minimalist lines of the big top and the circus illustrations are palette glory.

Got to have it

Friday, 14 February 2014


Just seen these gorgeous lights on 1stDibs and they are sending out buy me vibes, even though I have no need nor project for them. Hope you like them as much as I do.

Italian Large Gaetano Sciolari Brass and Cube Glass Chandelier
 
Happy weekend folks.

Happy Valentines Day


Making the most of your space with versatile furniture

Monday, 10 February 2014


Only today I was having a conversation with a client about the size of so much furniture found in furniture stores.  There seems to be a proliferation of oversized sofas, chairs, dining tables etc. Yet the housing stock in most urban areas is the UK is Victorian or Edwardian, in fact more than 4 million houses in the UK date from before 1919 (BRE report IP9/06). 

Many of these have less space than our modern lives would like us to have.  In compact homes multifunctional pieces of furniture are pretty much essential. 

If you are struggling with floor space and looking for ways to improvise, having multipurpose items can make all the difference.  You can free up floor space by using small-scale pieces of furniture and it’s also worthwhile considering whether they’ll work in more than one room of your home. Whilst being practical can be a bore, furniture that you could use in any room in your house will have longevity. Although do make sure that they are easy to move!

It's relatively simple to make the most of your space with versatile furniture, it just takes a little thought and some forward planning.  A versatile table can play a host of roles in a home for example. A decent sized side table can be used as an end table with a lamp, a workspace when used with a laptop, a bedside table, a dressing table when a mirror is added or even double up as casual dining (for those TV dinners). It’s not just somewhere where you and your guests will put down their drinks.

 
site design by designer blogs