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Whoopee It’s Winter

Sitting on the floor in my studio, surrounded by magazines from over ten years ago, I decided it was time for a serious clear out.

With the recycling bin to the ready I started to thumb through Country Living magazines circa 2002!

I was neither diligent, nor meticulous, but as an article snagged my attention I removed it from the journal and put it to one side.

Very soon I had numerous piles covering my favourite topics; interiors (of course), gardening, recipes, and travel.


“Exuberant” was a 2002 description that caught my eye, as the current trend for pared back style couldn’t be more different.

Warm, rich colour schemes, championing florals, nature, and cosy blankets, were at the heart of the featured homes.

I was immediately inspired to add some seasonal charm to our cottage. Putting on one side the pale greys and pinks of the summer I quickly uncovered a red, nature inspired, tablecloth with matching napkins.

Add to this heavy, interlined, Andrew Martin curtains, and suddenly the room felt warm and cosy and ready for the shorter days ahead.

Winter ready

My nod to current trends was the addition of my recently acquired cushion from ALSO Home. With its slogan, “LOVED At First Sight” I thought it added a little 21st century pizazz to the room.


Looking at photographs of prairie planting schemes with ornamental grasses interspersed with the fading colours of autumn perennials are an inspiration for next year’s planting scheme.

Currently I am allowing our garden to die back so that the seed heads will provide additional food for the visiting birds.

I also like to collect pine cones so that I can paint them with subtle metallic colours and display them in glass vessels with fairy lights and faux candles. Oh so seasonal!


A lot of the recipes that caught my eye were based on seasonal garden produce, such as pumpkins, carrots, onions, pears, and apples.

It reminded me that there were pumpkins in the allotment ready to harvest with which I could make a delicious, heart warming soup.

It is also time to collect seeds from the runner beans and pumpkins to dry and store for planting next spring.

I will leave the orange and purple carrots in the ground as a means of storage and harvest as required.


Not everyone wants to escape the UK for a dose of winter sunshine. People like me who enjoy the changing seasons will wish to stay firmly in this country and enjoy what it has to offer at this time of year.

Harsh frosts temporarily change the garden landscape into winter wonderlands whilst recent strong winds have removed many of the remaining leaves from trees to reveal skeletal formations.

Fireworks over the river

I love to embrace this time of year.

The excitement of the winter celebrations that start in October and run through to the New Year are reason enough to stay here, at home, and enjoy them while they last.

I hope you enjoy them too!

Ornamental Poppy

This ornamental poppy has literally just put in an appearance in my herbaceous border. Self-seeded from a plant on the far side of the garden this healthy specimen has found a home amongst the lupins, alliums, and hostas. This is great news as the surrounding plants provide support for its oversized flower heads. These resemble soft tissue paper in the palest of pinks and create a stunning addition to this early summer display. I couldn’t have planned it better myself!

Taste of Design Roadshow

The 2019 Taste of Design roadshow took place between 14th and 22nd May. Choosing some of the UK’s finest locations it travelled from Hylands House in Essex to Leigh Court in Clifton.

Taste of Design VIP invitation

I caught up with it in the glorious gardens of Painshill Park in Surrey.

Located in one of the two walled gardens at Painshill this was the ideal setting to enjoy the hospitality of the organisers and to view the latest collections of more than twenty luxury brands.

Whitehead Designs Ltd – Arundel sofa

This wasn’t my first visit to Taste of Design but it was the first time that I encountered furniture manufacturer Whitehead Designs Ltd.

Struck by a publicity shot of their Arundel chaise sofa In Interior Designer magazine I sought them out at the show. Upholstered in this fabulous blue Roma Miro cotton-linen union fabric the reality very much lived up to the expectation.

An exhibitor who I have met at the show before was Kinkatou of London. Creators of a handmade range of lighting and accessories their stand is always a joy to observe.

My absolute favourite was the Zoe table lamp. Standing 51cm tall with its pleated pink shade and decorated with gold balls it really appealed to me.

Roger Oates brochure

Another stand to which I was drawn was that of carpet manufacturer Roger Oates. Well known for their exquisitely flat-woven stair runners they also manufacture colourful bespoke patchwork rugs.

Titley & Marr fabrics

Amidst the fabric designers the one that caught my attention was Titley and Marr. Attracted by their colour palette and diversity of designs their collections are both classic and contemporary.

My visit may have been brief but it was most satisfactory. With new contacts and some fresh ideas I felt well-equipped for my next project.


I promised to update you with my Sarah Raven tulips once a few more had bloomed.

I planted these stunning bulbs at the beginning of the year and have been delighted with their progress.

With several different varieties they have flowered continually since the middle of April and are still going strong.

I’ve been watering them regularly due to the dry weather and I think that this has helped prolong the flowering period.

Spring Has Sprung

Despite the frosty mornings and overcast April days spring has sprung in my garden.

This past weekend I reaped the benefits of my end of year planting as the very first tulips started to unfurl.

Although I didn’t actually manage to plant these bulbs out until after Christmas I am delighted that they have made such a spectacular appearance.

This stunning example was just one variety from the “Fill Your Vases Tulip Collection” that I ordered from Sarah Raven in November last year.

The colours of this particular specimen are reminiscent of a Guy Fawkes’ night bonfire.

They are so delicate to the eye that they appear to be made of silk organza.

With some fine weather due this week, through to the Easter weekend, I think we are in for a real treat.

I can’t wait for the later varieties to reveal their inner beings. If they’re anything like these forerunners they will certainly be a sight for sore eyes.

With this in mind I will update you with some more fabulous photos at the first opportunity.

Happy Easter!

Top Drawer 2019

My visit to Top Drawer 2019 proved quite challenging as I decided to drive to Olympia rather than take the train. My Sat Nav estimated a travel time of 50 minutes and indeed that is how long the journey took. I was so pleased with myself as I navigated my way along the A3 and across the Thames at Hammersmith to my final destination.

It was only on arrival that my bubble burst as it turned out that both car parks were fully booked. All parking had been prepaid and it hadn’t occurred to me that I might not be able to leave my car anywhere!

Fortunately, there was help on hand in the form of a gentleman in a hi-vis jacket. He advised that there would be roadside parking not far from the exhibition venue. With renewed confidence I headed off in the direction in which he pointed and I very quickly managed a nifty bit of parallel parking. I paid my dues (by phone) and headed off to the show.

Top Drawer, a biannual trade exhibition for the home, gift, fashion, craft and hospitality industries is a delight. Showcasing new product lines from around the world it is a must for anyone with half an eye on up-and-coming trends.

As ever my main reason for visiting was to review the Home section which had an abundance of furniture, soft furnishings, accessories and lighting.

By far the most impressive stand was that of Coach House, the UK’s largest trade only supplier of furniture and giftware (according to their website).

Stand D61 – Coach House

Their creative room-sets were the epitome of international glamour with a strong colonial influence.

A must have drinks trolley

The luxurious reflective surfaces combined with strong animal imagery were in striking contrast to the surrounding stands.

Palms, rattan, and rich dark wood furniture were reminiscent of a bygone era.

Exquisite ivory coloured velvets and stunning glass orbs set off this black circular dining table whilst the coral coloured lampshade and framed print added an air of the orient.

Stand G45 – Also Home

Pastel coloured linens set against this intensely dark backdrop on the Also Home stand gave me pause for thought. I have ambitions to create a soft pink table setting in my own home and the blush table cloth and napkins were an absolute favourite.

Stand G59 – Bungalow ApS

I was also struck by these stoneware table-top items which are one of the main product-lines of Danish interior design company Bunaglow ApS. The combination of shapes, texture, and pattern really appealed.

Venturing upstairs to the The Craft sector I was met with a selection of beautiful handcrafted one-offs. My favourite stand here was that of Peter Lanyon Furniture which exhibited a collection of sustainable furniture made in his workshop in South Devon.

Stand CR731 – Peter Lanyon Furniture

These intricate bronze casts displayed on the Pomarius stand were truly extraordinary. Capturing the intricate details of original organic specimens these ornamental collections were painstakingly beautiful.

Stand CR101 – Pomarius

Unfortunately, like Cinderella, the clock was ticking and my 2 hour maximum on-street parking slot was about to expire. That said I had had an amazing time and was pleased that a rather dull Tuesday had been brightened by my expedition to the last day of Top Drawer 2019.

London Design Festival 2018

London Design Festival 2018 hit the streets this week. With events taking place across the capital from Sunday through to Sunday this is a great opportunity to catch a glimpse of the up and coming trends and to gain first hand knowledge from some of the biggest names in the business.

I don’t often find myself in the presence of some of the world’s most famous interior designers but this week has been an exception and I’m still having to pinch myself!

To kick off the week I visited Decorex at Syon Park in Isleworth. Arriving early, parking was easy and foot traffic light.

Some of the big names were either at the show in person, or had been commissioned to design some of the installations.

Taking centre stage was the well attended bar designed by Freddy van Zevenbergen of Lambart & Browne. A lifelike peacock, black feather chandeliers, and a giant Silent Pool gin bottle set the scene.

Lavish bar designed by Lambart & Browne

Another well known name having a presence at the show was Annie Sloan.  Launching three new paint colours and a a bookazine entitled The Colourist the stand stood out from the crowd.

The Colourist

A common theme at this year’s Decorex was craftspeople in action. The Odd Chair Company and Pigmentti, an artisan decoration company, were two of the four making an appearance as part of the renowned In The Making feature areas, where four invitation-only spaces demonstrate how products are made, finished, and decorated.

The Odd Chair Company

Pigmentti demonstrating bas-relief Marmorino

This show never fails to exhibit a diverse range of interior styles and products. Whether you favour minimalism or maximalism there was something for everyone.



One of my last ports of call before leaving the show was the Dupenny booth. These cheeky designs, the creations of Emily Dupen, adorn wallpapers, fabrics, and gifts in a truly original fashion.

Dupenny Illustration & Design

Next on my agenda was Red’s Smart Women Week at Carlton House Terrace in London. Hosted by Hearst magazines it promised to be an enlightening show. Amongst the speakers that I went to listen to were four of the most current names in the world of interiors.

Participating in the networking breakfast, Sophie Robinson (BBC’s Great Interior Design Challenge), Linda Boronkay (Design Director, Soho House), Jemma Ahmed (Director or Global Insights, Etsy), and the infamous Kelly Hoppen, educated the audience in the art of growing your interior design brand.

Red Smart Women networking breakfast

Armed with an insight into the success of these four ladies I hopped in a black cab to arrive in time for my next seminar at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour.

Focus/18 is a major part of the London Design Festival and provides access to the vast number of showrooms at DCCH. It also incorporates daily talks, demonstrations and guided tours.

With limited time to spend attending the festival I am always keen to attend at least one of the hosted conversations and this year my choice was Giles Kime interviewing legendary designer Nina Campbell. Sharing secrets of an illustrious career spanning fifty years I felt very privileged to be in the same room.

Much of the talk and images related to her newly published tome,  Elegance & Ease. Needless, to say I could not miss this opportunity to buy a signed copy by the doyenne herself.

After quaffing a quick glass of bubbly to celebrate the book launch I headed back out of town to reflect on a fabulous day.

Albury Produce Show 2018

Albury Produce Show 2018

SHOW DAY 2018 – Saturday 21 July 2-5pm

For the second year running Langdon-Hyde Design will have a stall at the Albury Produce Show.

Specialising in hand-painted furniture, scatter cushions, and flag style bunting this year’s stall will also have for sale a select collection of toys and bric-a-brac.

Keeping our fingers crossed for fine weather we look forward to seeing you on the day.

Gazebo Makeover

Now that summer is in full swing I decided it was time for a gazebo makeover. Having endured the Beast from the East, heavy snowfall, and howling gales, the gazebo’s canopy was looking a little worse for wear.

Fortunately, good quality replacements are readily available on-line and, as long as you know what size to order, a brand new cover arrives in no time at all.

Removing the old cover took little effort and whilst the frame was stripped bare I took this opportunity to remove the old decorations and replace with new. 

Using two strings of fairy lights that I bought from Tiger, and two more strings of coloured solar bulbs that I bought from Sainsbury’s Home , I set about illuminating this idyllic garden shelter.

With the new canopy securely in place, swags of orange, purple, green, yellow, and pink miniature lampshades decorated the inner surface, whilst festoons of tiny pastel bulbs lit up the outer edges.

With the lighting complete I wanted to add more volume to the ornamentation.

Inspired by a wedding scene in a recent TV drama I scoured the internet for some paper lanterns. I was delighted to find on Ebay a pack of 12 honeycomb balls in varying sizes and colours that matched my summer scheme perfectly.

Arriving as flat packed semi-circles made of tissue paper and card they were quickly assembled and held together with pre-applied double-sided sticky tape.

What could be easier!

The next step was to hang them inside the canopy. To do this I used varying lengths of strong, virtually invisible fishing line.

I was delighted with the outcome.

Alfresco dining has now reached a new level in our household as, regardless of whether we’re sitting out in the blistering heat of the midday sun or under a cooler, starlit sky, every meal is a celebration.

Happy days!

Taste of Design 2018 Highlights

It’s been a busy week this week. Chelsea Harbour yesterday and Essential Install at Sandown Park earlier today.

As I hurtled back to my office after a series of meetings in Esher I made a last minute decision to drop in for a whistle-stop tour of Taste of Design 2018.  A minor detour enabled me to pull up sharp outside Mercedes Benz World in Weybridge.

Wandering through Reception, I was pleased that I had made time to stop at this stunning venue, if only to admire the super shiny classic cars.

With their bulbous bodies and elongated bonnets they brought movie star glamour to this state of the art showroom.

Dream car

Grey was definitely the colour of the day and this graceful model below even came complete with vintage luggage on the back shelf. Just right for a weekend away.

Silver saloon

Old and new sat side by side in perfect harmony and I could only imagine what it must have felt like to cruise around in these beautifully restored Mercedes Benz.

A real beauty

Having drawled over these blasts from the past I made my way up to the first floor to review the very latest in interiors at the Taste Of Design show.



My first encounter was with Kinkatou of London. Their unusual display of table lamps immediately caught my attention which underlines why they are regarded as pieces of art designed to be ‘The Gem in the Room’.

Table lamps

Next in line was R.E.H. Kennedy, makers of fine furniture. I loved the strong simple lines and finish of this circular mirror and console table.

Hand crafted furniture

Even more so this model racing car perched on top of this unusual geometric cabinet.


I whizzed round the dozen or so stands and noted that the majority were exhibiting new ranges of fabrics and flooring. One or two independent design companies held their own amongst the more established brands in this two day show.


I would have loved to have stayed longer but my charabanc was waiting to whisk me back to the confines of my office.

The Taste of Design roadshow continues through the month of May with three more venues in Bedfordshire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire, on 22, 23 and 24 respectively.

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