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Month: October 2017

Behind Closed Doors

Is your front door a reflection of the interior beyond? Is it an integral part of the “interior design”?

Front doors come in so many different styles, colours, shapes and materials it is sometimes difficult not to wonder what lies behind those closed doors.

This colourful blue door left ajar gives a clear view of the vestibule beyond which is home to this patterned wall mural. Decorated with seashells and pebbles it is clearly a home that embraces its seaside location on the east coast of Scotland.

Scottish seaside

This door is the entrance to a stunning country cottage set in a Surrey street amidst 20th century homes.  The perfectly manicured borders, filled with red salvias, immediately lead you towards the contrasting black and white door which peeks out from behind the wisteria and roses.

Surrey cottage

This smart pair of doors look very grand against the cobbled street. A passing glance gives the impression of two identical doorways. It is only when looking at the numbers on the doors that this entrance becomes quite mysterious.

Seeing double

I have had been led to believe that number 137 was once a butcher’s shop. There didn’t appear to be any evidence to support this tale until I looked at the wreath attached to the front door. On closer inspection it appears to be constructed of a mixture of feathers and fur.

Feather and fur

This Halliford town house, set back from the road, can only be viewed from afar. The enchanting set of steps lead up to the blue-grey door which has this delightful “spider web” window which is mirrored in the half-moon window above.

Spider’s web window

This open door, with plants spilling down the steps and onto the courtyard outside, is clearly an invitation to step inside. Who could resist entering this enticing florists and buying some freshly cut blooms?

First floor

With its mediterranean blue sky, and and tropical planting flanking the front entrance, it would be easy to believe that this vineyard is in the Champagne region. It is indeed home to a fabulous sparkling wine, not in the north-east of France, but here, in the south of England!

Perfectly framed

Hidden away in the village of Petworth this secret garden appears to be watered from the sturdy iron tap seen here in the foreground of the photograph. The unpretentious door is the perfect backdrop for the abundance of patio container planting.

Secret hideaway

With Christmas just around the corner many of us will be looking to decorate our homes for the festive season. This is another opportunity to express our sense of style and to brighten our front doors with a hand-tied wreath or perhaps something a little less traditional.

Traditional Christmas wreath

What could be nicer at this time of year than to wish your visitors “joy” the moment they approach your home. This less than traditional decoration suits this modern front door perfectly and is a real style statement.


Last, but not least, I couldn’t resist sharing this photograph of the front door to the Bay Tree Bakery. When both door leaves are open wide there is absolutely no mistaking what you will find behind these closed doors!

Says it all

International Wallpaper Week

As International Wallpaper Week draws to a close this weekend I thought I would share some of my favourite designs and applications with you.

Innovative fabric company bluebellgray launched their first wallpaper collection at Decorex 2016. This oversized floral design provided a stunning backdrop for their exhibition stand.

Kippen Mural wallpaper by bluebellgray at Decorex 2016

Also on display was a colourful collection by Dutch design house Ottoline. Modern pop art imagery adorned the walls and furniture at this popular venue.

ottoline wallpaper and fabric

The café walls showcased more digitally printed designs by bluebellgray.

bluebellgray wallpaper adorning the walls of the café

bluebellgray’s first wallpaper collection

Whilst colourful floral prints add pizzazz to an interior sometimes a more pared back look is preferred. In this instance look no further than Farrow & Ball who have a vast collection of block printed patterns that work seamlessly with their range of richly pigmented paints.

Farrow & Ball neutral groups

Heal’s room divider

Wallpaper has many applications. Conventionally it might have been used to decorate a whole room whereas a more contemporary approach might be to apply it to a statement wall, to a room divider, or to a piece of furniture.

Using more than one design can often work well as can be seen here with these patterns from Cole & Son Cabaret collection.

Cole & Son Cabaret wallpaper

This Orla Kiely retro print paper provides the perfect backdrop for this hand painted dresser. The up-lighters emphasises the citrus tones.


Laura Ashley is a brand well known for it’s collection of coordinating interior furnishings and finishes.

summer palace cranberry

These mood  boards were created for a client who had a rich red statement wall that she wished to incorporate into an updated scheme. Florals and stripes are a particularly successful combination.


geranium pale cranberry

Another of my favourite wallpaper designs is The Dresser by artist Emma Bridgewater for Sanderson. I love the cheery characters, duck egg blue background, and the collection of Emma Bridgewater china placed carefully on each shelf.

Sanderson wallpaper

I hope you have enjoyed my contribution to celebrating International Wallpaper Week and that it has provided some inspiration.

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