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Month: March 2019

LDW 2019 Highlights

Attending London Design Week (LDW) never fails to inspire. From the romantic, opulent, to the downright quirky.

Here are some of my OMG moments…..

Showrooms

Exhilarating opulence

There was nothing low key or understated in the Turnell & Gigon at Home showroom. Inspired by “The Great Gatsby” and orchestrated by designer Katharine Pooley there was not a single ostrich feather or crystal out of place.

Audrey Hepburn was the inspiration for Perrin & Rowe’s window. Created by floral designers Studio Sorores it’s a scene that is reminiscent of summer, romance, and glamour.

A bubble bath that dreams are made of..

This quirky collection of wall coverings by Cole & Son immediately transported me to a fantastic dream world.

Cole & Son wallpapers

Set against the backdrop of a city loft apartment, Trevor Wilson, of the Beaufort Collection, explored the ins and outs of window dressing designs and styles.

Handmade, with the most extraordinary attention to detail, Beaufort’s range of soft-furnishings add a touch of luxury to residential and commercial interiors alike.

News flash

Just by coincidence I arrived at StudioTex as proprietor, Stephen Doughty, was unpacking a brand new range of HBF fabrics.

Eager to share he quickly laid out the colour-ways for these geometric patterned textiles, “Moving Forward” and “Caddy Corner”.

Amidst the rushing around I did manage to sneak into two of the scheduled workshops.

Workshops

At Baker, on the First Floor of the South Dome, Nicola Burt of KLC School of Design, presented a comprehensive guide to decluttering. This was a timely reminder that the 2019 40 Bags in 40 Days™ Decluttering Challenge runs from March 6th until April 20th.

Over in Design Centre East, Kay Chattun, co-founder and creative director of Lacaze presented a masterclass covering the fundamentals and processes of upholstery. Covering everything from materials, to fire treatment, to ergonomics this was a compelling talk.

TALK

The end of the day brought one final treat and that was the launch of Kit Kemp’s new book; Design Thread.

“The secret is to select an interior you want to live with forever” – Kit Kemp

The hour long talk by Kit Kemp transported the audience through the pages of this tome; a colourful, textural world of private homes and exclusive hotels.

Each interior punctuated with quirky finds to ensure a truly original design.

A love of folklore and a collaboration with artisans is evident in these interiors.

Listening to this lady speak was truly inspiring and reinforced my love of colour and a sense of fun.

I hope you’re enjoyed my reflections of LDW 2019


“D” is for Mirror

M&S 50% off sale

I’m loving these alphabet cushions which are now half price in the Marks & Spencer sale; reduced from £12 to £6.

Alphabet cushion from M&S

Unable to resist a bargain, and imagining how the trio of colours would co-ordinate with my newly stylised room, I decided to buy “D” for Dining. Tenuous, I know, but as I said, “irresistible”!

Newly stylised dining room

Happy with my new purchase I positioned it on the seat of a single chair along with a plain pistachio velvet cushion.

It was only at this time that I realised by turning it through a 90 degree turn the “D” became an arc which beautifully echoed the profile of the mirror.

A little thing, but pleasing none the less.

London Design Week 2019

Today’s the day that I’m off to DCCH to attend London Design Week 2019.

I’ve scoured the Event Programme and circled those that are of interest.

I’ve read-up on the participants so that I can make a beeline for the most inspirational.

All being well my current programme will commence at 2pm at Baker on the First Floor of the South Dome. Here KLC School of Design will present a storage and decluttering workshop.

From here I will make my way to the 3rd Floor of the North Dome where, at 3pm, the Beaufort Collection will be hosting a creative curtain talk. This ticks the box for me as I have a genuine interest in soft-furnishings and am always searching for new ideas for window dressings.

At 4pm I intend to make my way to the 3rd Floor of the Design Centre East in time for an Upholstery Masterclass hosted by Lacaze London.

I will grab a break between 5 and 6pm to mooch around the showrooms and get a feel for the up and coming trends for 2019 and beyond.

My last rendezvous will be at TALK on the First Floor of the Design Centre East to listen to Fiona McCarthy interview internationally acclaimed designer Kit Kemp.

I will ensure that I take plenty of photographs during my, all but fleeting, visit and keep you updated with my take on all that is current in the world of interior design.

Dining In Style

Before. Farmhouse style dining

Living in a cottage in the current climate of pared-back schemes and mid-century style furnishings is quite challenging.

I feel as though I want to push the walls out to achieve more space.

In my dining room I have addressed this by taking a few simple steps to gain a more up-to-date and spacious style.

After. A more modern approach

It has been a gradual process but at last I have a room that, without looking cluttered, provides an armchair that overlooks the garden and a dining table that comfortably seats six to eight guests.

Comparing the two photographs above is almost like playing a game of “spot the difference” as many of the components remain the same.

Step 1

One of the first steps I took was to replace the patterned rug and curtains for plain pale grey ones. Instantly one’s eye is drawn to the view of the garden making the room feel light an airy.

Step 2

By swapping the yellow painted table for one with a plain oak top the room immediately had a more cohesive feel as the replacement table tied in with the existing dressers.

Part of my plan was to create a quiet, contemplative corner where I could sit and read a book, or where I could sit and gaze out into the garden as the sun rose in the early morning.

John Sankey slipper chair

My John Sankey slipper chair seemed to be the ideal seat for his purpose however once in position it did not leave much circulation space which was a problem. It became apparent that the table could not remain central to the room; it would have to be moved away from the armchair to allow access to the door to the garden.

This created two issues; firstly the dresser would have to be moved and secondly the central light pendant would have to be taken down and an alternative light source found. These were not tasks for the feint hearted!

Step 3

Moving the dresser was not too terrible. Once emptied I slipped a soft mat beneath it and was able to slide it across the floor. (I should add this did entail putting most of the dining furniture in the garden pro-temp but at least it was a dry day).

Step 4

My solution for a replacement light source was to buy an arc floor lamp. There was a huge number to choose from but I settled for this moderately priced one from Heal’s. Putting it together was quite tricky so I was very relieved when its arc spanned the table perfectly.

Heal’s arc floor lamp

Turning my attention back to the dresser I was really pleased with its new position below my lovely black mirror. A pair of black lamps provide soft lighting.

Quite by chance I stumbled upon an image on the Neptune website. The picture was of a row of console tables placed on top of a run of kitchen worktops. It was stunning and as a consequence my brain went into overdrive as I thought about the Baker’s rack that was sitting in my store collecting dust.

Step 5

Without further ado I retrieved the rack from its dusty corner and measured its dimensions. Not wishing to take a chance I lay it on some cardboard on the floor and drew around its shape.

Baker’s rack template

Armed with template I was able to determine how much adjustment the rack would need for it to provide the perfect home for my “bar”.

With the legs cut down and toughened glass shelves manufactured to fit the unit I placed it atop the dresser. Ta dah…

The last items to be sourced for the room were some new dining chairs. I spent much time looking at the options, even considering benches at one stage.

Step 6

Finally I opted for six Charcoal coloured Stafford chairs from OKA. New this season they match perfectly with the black accessories in the room, including my much loved slipper chair. Their simple shape combined with velvet upholstery and metal studs match the room very well.

Linen slip cover for OKA Stafford Chair

I also invested in a set of natural linen slip covers thus providing protection and/or a completely new scheme should I desire.

Guest ready

Finally, the room was guest ready and the first diners enjoyed supper at our’s at the weekend.

I’ll raise a glass to that!

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