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Design Vintage Opens In Guildford

Even if you missed the billboards announcing the imminent opening of this independent retailer, the aroma of freshly painted walls revealed the newness of this showroom.

Situated next door to The Ivy on the 1st Floor of Tunsgate Quarter in Guildford, it has the benefit of a town centre location but with plenty of parking.

As such it appeared to be attracting a steady stream of shoppers when I visited.

Displaying a muted colour palette with textures dominating the range, the first impression was that of comfort and freshness.

The abundance of the green fronds of houseplants and natural materials gave a feeling of “bringing the outside in” whilst the addition of aged terracotta pots provided a truly Mediterranean feel.

Hiding behind pillars corner cheeky animal icons punctuated this charming collection of unusual pieces and added an element of fun.

Dark painted vintage cabinetry looked chic amidst the soft velvet daybeds and squishy sofas.

The Guildford flagship store is the second shop to open in the South East and these are soon to be followed by a third in Notting Hill.

It is very refreshing to see a new name on the High Street and I hope they continue to grow.

For more information and to shop on-line visit

And The Colour Is….

Neptune have revealed their new Spring colour for 2020; Saffron.

My avid followers will know that I hinted at this in my blog of January 16.

It is now official.

Neptune’s publication, Stories, introduced the new hue.

“Our first ‘true’ yellow, Saffron offers a subtle sunniness that was very much inspired by our wish to develop a collection of subdued neutrals akin to those seen in archetypal Belgian interiors. To act as a foil against these neutrals though, we felt a more pigmented hue would help, and so blended a traditional yellow similar to what you might see in a British heritage property. To help it feel more contemporary, we suggest pairing it with Salt, but all spring and summer long, we’ll be presenting it in various schemes to inspire your own decorating projects.”

I wonder if yellow will become the new grey? It is certainly a possibility.

A Cushion Fetish – Surely Not?

When it became apparent that I owned enough scatter cushions to insulate our entire loft I agreed that I should not make any more purchases.

Despite that I longed to buy the cheeky Hare Knitted Cushion that I coveted at the gift shop at The Savill Garden.

It was the antidote that I needed to eliminate the post-festive feeling in our dining room.

Soft greys and baby pinks amidst spring flowers were all I could imagine.

Common sense prevailed and I set about my cupboards to see how I could bring a fresh new look to this sunny room.

I was keen to keep the lovely Andrew Martin tulip curtains hanging a little longer as the nights are still quite cold.

Rather than play up to the red tulips in the pattern however, I decided to emphasise the pink ones by choosing a selection of quieter companions.

I added some pale coloured silk Sia tulips to a vase of faux eucalyptus and soft pussy willow stems.

The red and white striped candles were replaced with plain pink ones.

Next I set the table using a pink and grey scheme which included an Ikea throw and soup bowls, my new Biggie Best wine glasses, and grey/white place mats from M&S.

In the comfy slipper chair in the corner I added a soft pink fringed cushion and a clashing fuchsia pink pad, both of which had been residing in the loft.

The last item I added was a small grey cushion which had also been providing insulation.

I’m really pleased with the end result but whilst writing this blog I have found the Hare Knitted Cushion on the Sophie Allport website.

I’m not sure that I can resist much longer!

The Savill Garden

A visit to the Savill Garden visitor centre earlier this week ticked all my boxes.

A lovely stroll in the tranquil wooded gardens, followed by a nice cup of tea, and finally a wander round the gift shop. What’s not to like?

This architectural gem was designed by Glen Howells Architects, Buro Happold and Engineers Haskins Robinsons Waters.

It was opened in 2006 by the Duke of Edinburgh.

Not unlike the shop at Wisley Gardens in Surrey it is stocked with colourful homewares and children’s toys and books.

Soft furnishings by Weaver Green

Seasonal silk blooms mingle with an assortment of environmentally friendly soft furnishings.

Pastel pinks and cool greys provided a clear direction for my post-festive house styling.

The Savill Garden gift shop is open from 9.30am to 6pm during Summer, and 9.30am to 4.30pm in Winter – every day apart from Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Blue’s The Hue

Monday has received some very bad press this past week. It is perceived as one of the most depressing days of the year due to the post-Christmas blues. We are given to believe that credit card debt, festive weight gain, and the long wait to the next pay day adds up to “Blue Monday”.

Personally I would rather not dwell on the negative aspects of the new year but embrace what it has to throw at us.

Pantone has announced this year’s colour as Classic Blue and, as such, my mailbox has been full of positive spins on this timeless tone.

Classic Blue evokes a sense of stylish serenity...

The Announcement

Pantone’s 2020 colour of the year is Classic Blue.

Pantone announced that its 2020 Color of the Year is Classic Blue, a shade reminiscent of the sky at dusk. “It’s a color that anticipates what’s going to happen next,” said Laurie Pressman, the vice president of the Pantone Color Institute, which selects the Color of the Year.

The Selection Process

The Pantone Color of the Year selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s color experts at the Pantone Color Institute comb the world looking for new color influences.

This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, traveling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations, as well as new lifestyles, playstyles, and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures, and effects that impact color, relevant social media platforms and even upcoming sporting events that capture worldwide attention.

Houseology have described Classic Blue as

A timeless and enduring hue, Classic Blue is elegant in its simplicity, from dusky skies to indigo oceans, Classic Blue evokes a sense of stylish serenity. Cool, calm and confident, Pantone’s Classic Blue hue is a universal favourite, a shade sure to make an impact on fashion, interior design and textiles alike…

Garden Trading

Pantone’s 2020 Colour of the Year is Classic Blue. A calming, confident hue used to create a foundation to build from in this new decade. Whether you’re ready to go bold or prefer a muted outlook, we have a blue for you.

Here’s how Garden Trading suggest you use blue hues in your home:

Extend to exteriors; blue works just as well outdoors to add a welcoming brightness to your home
Colour pop; just a hint can bring colour to any room
Tactile textures; ease into adding blue without the commitment
Go bold; choose a feature wall and dive right in
Mix it up; pair with warm neutrals and soft woods for a more muted look


Discover our best-loved blues

Stone Blue No.86
Dix Blue No.82

Today’s bright blue skies go a long way to bringing cheer to this otherwise bleak time of year giving a whole new meaning to The Blues!

2020 Trends

My inbox is currently full of trend predictions for the coming year. Colour, style, and material, are the focus of many of the big names.

Here are some of the highlights…


Farrow & Ball Key Colours for 2020

  • Duck Green
  • Sap Green
  • Mouses’s Back
  • Ammonite and Purbeck Stone
  • Stiffkey Blue
  • Treron and Pigeon


Rockett St. George Top 6 Trend Predictions for 2020:

1. Natural Texture

Brilliant for bringing the beauty of the outside in, a new approach to natural textures reveals coloured marble, dried flowers, and organic textures and materials.

2. Grown Up Glamour

A trend that’s never far from our minds! Grown-up glamour embraces a maximalist approach to décor where pattern reigns and there’s no such thing as too many trimmings.

3. Forever Furniture

We always try to make better eco-friendly decisions in the home. This year it’s all about ‘buy once, buy well’. Invest in key pieces that you will love, forever more.

4. English Eccentric

Expect to see confident interiors that approach colour and decoration with some serious drama. Anything goes, so if you love it, then it deserves to be celebrated in your home.

5. Far Eastern Influence

The timeless design principles of traditional Japanese design are renowned for finding beauty in simplicity. We’re predicting a huge rise in eastern influences in 2020.

6. Home Comforts

Staying in doesn’t necessarily mean missing out. From throwing a dinner party to curling up in front of the fire, there’s something incredibly inviting about staying in.


As well as a stream of email updates the High Street is rife with gossip about up and coming launches.

Word on the street is that Neptune are going to spice it up with a new colour to be released in the Spring.

That’s as much as I can say at the moment but I’m sure whatever hue they choose it will work seamlessly with their back catalogue thus adding a new dimension to their signature style.

Watch this space for the big reveal or keep abreast with Neptune’s news at

The Ultimate Interior Design Sale

Design Centre Chelsea Harbour

This week sees The Ultimate Interior Design Sale being held at the Design Centre Chelsea.

Running from Monday January 6th to Saturday January 11th it is open from 9.30am to 5.30 pm every day except Saturday, when it opens from 10am to 2pm.

The doors are open to everyone from Tuesday January 7th and today, Thursday January 9th, it is open until 8pm.

For more information go to

If this isn’t a great start to 2020 I’m not sure what is….

Happy shopping!

Its Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas…

My decorative theme this year is very much about bringing the outside in…

Ornamental birds, stags, polar bears, and hares adorn the surfaces, whilst leaves, twigs, and flowers are found on the curtains, tablecloths, and cushions.

The colours of the golden beech tree’s leaves are replicated in the porch with the installation of these Neptune pillar candles. Alongside an oil based Huxley Reed Diffusor emits a subtle blend of landscape scent from a gorgeous matte brown glass bottle. The simple handmade willow wreath was my first attempt at this particular craft.

This natural theme extends into the entrance hall. Here I have used this stunning brown/cream Indigo & Rose throw and cushion to dress my John Sankey slipper chair. The orange rug from Ikea and lampshade from RHS Wisley add a cheerful glow to this otherwise subdued scheme.

On the window cill in the background an Ikea glass vase is filled to the brim with a combination of green, yellow, and orange painted baubles and a wooden star wreath. A choir of angels play their version of “Santa Clause Is Coming To Town” when the music box on which they stand is wound up.

Leading from the hall are the lounge and the dining room. The colours in each are quite different although both rooms are south facing so both enjoy the benefit of the low winter sunshine when it chooses to appear.

In the lounge I have chosen a frosty white colour scheme with highlights of forest green and gold. The handmade paper pinwheels, interspersed with a ski-holiday themed paper chain, set the scene. Fastened to the beams above the fireplace their shapes reflect in the two above-mantle mirrors.

The dining room is dressed with red patterned fabrics in the form of a table cloth, runner, and curtains. The Christmas tree is covered with a mix of gold decorations, white berries, and fir cones (both real and faux).

Red Amaryllis bulbs planted in glass storm lanterns are beginning to shoot out and will hopefully be in flower over the next week or so.

Gold, white, and silver painted fir cones add decoration to glass domes and dishes placed on shelves in the dining room.

Faux stems of Eucalyptus and silver painted berries sit happily side-by-side in this lovely storm lantern. These, and the wintry characters on skis, add a hint of the season to the upstairs landing.

With skiing in mind I have converted my home studio to a “cosy mountain lodge” for the duration of the holiday.

My voluntary work with my local Wildlife Trust enabled me to cut my own pine trees to put in pots outside the window. A toboggan and penguin sit outside the door to evoke a sense of a winter wonderland.

Inside the “lodge” sheepskin rugs and large scatter cushions provide a warm welcome. An ornamental antelope’s head on the wall, and a frosty white tree decorated with glass icicles, are both in keeping with the mid-winter story that is being created here.

I hope you are enjoying the loveliness of the season too and wish you much happiness into the new year and beyond.

A Day To Remember

The Design Centre Chelsea Harbour pulled out all the stops to host a Christmas Design Day on Monday this week.

Design Centre Chelsea Harbour

The central atrium had been transformed into to a snowy wonderland with snow laden fir trees and garlands of snow balls cascading from the glass dome.

DCCH Winter Wonderland

The main foyer continued the winter wonderland theme with its ski resort backdrop for diners. Anyone for a hot chocolate?

Christmas Design Day in aid of Screw Cancer

The day was packed with events to entice people to the centre to help raise awareness of cancer charity, SCREW CANCER.

The vision of designer William Yeoward, who had lived with cancer until his untimely passing in June 2019, Screw Cancer’s mission is to help cancer patients find clarity through their own journey.

With the aid of the Screw Cancer App cancer sufferers can store information specific to their illness in a single place on their phone.

Event Programme

Many of the showrooms at DCCH welcomed visitors to a day of talks, demonstrations, workshops, and delicious cuisine.

Floral Inspiration at Colefax & Fowler

I made an early start so that I could attend a demonstration hosted by The Odd Flower Company at the Colefax & Fowler studio. With Bucks Fizz in one hand and a notebook in the other I avidly watched the creation of this fabulous floral centrepiece.

My next stop on the ground floor was to Kvadrat’s showroom where we were promised the opportunity to create a Danish Pleated Christmas Heart from recycled fabric.

I can’t say this was my strength, but resident expert, Nicolina, handled the class incredibly well ensuring that everyone had a heart, or two, to take home.

Pleated Danish Hearts

Sadly, I could not spend the whole day at this tremendously special event but before I left I popped into Fox Linton to check out their Christmas Wreath Making workshop.

Stepping inside the showroom I was immediately overwhelmed by the evocative aromas of fresh spruce, pine and fir. What a fabulous way to while away an hour or so.

The afternoon programme looked just as enticing with a packed programme of tours, crafts, and the opportunity to learn new skills.

This was certainly a day to remember!

Dare To Be Different

Everywhere I look I see images of interiors decorated in daringly dark colours, mostly to great effect.

It takes a huge leap of faith to paint a wall, ceiling, or even a whole room in a deep tone so it is perhaps worth considering a more restrained approach.

Inky blues and charcoal greys have proved very popular, particularly in Scandi and mid-century schemes. I have, however, enjoyed the more recent emergence of charred-wood browns and forest greens.

In my own home I’ve not had the courage to paint whole walls in dramatic colours as I think it would make it feel too depressing with its low ceilings and small windows.

I fully support the Farrow & Ball philosophy that sometimes painting a small, poorly lit room, in a deep dark colour can have the effect of creating a cosy, cocoon-like space. In some instances this is indeed far more successful than trying to make it into something that it is not ie. bright and airy.

For a mere mortal like myself I have settled for splashing the dark shades around in a more refrained manner.

A favourite example of this is my lovely old clock which sits beside a pretty little wardrobe in my hallway. Both are finished in Neptune’s Walnut eggshell whilst the walls against which they are set are painted in Fired Earth’s While Mulberry matt emulsion.

Leading off from the hallway is my dining room which I only recently restyled. I invested in these OKA Stafford dining chairs in Charcoal velvet to compliment my John Sankey slipper chair. The overall effect is that of a more cohesive scheme.

Once again the walls are finished in White Mulberry to ensure that the dark colours do not overpower the room.

Green is considered to be a restful colour which makes it ideal for a bedroom. I’m not sure that this theory applies to the current fashion for Forest green which is a dark hue commonly found in nature. The almost black background of this bedding below adds an air of intrigue to this otherwise calm scheme.

Taking this a step further the en-suite bathroom very much embraces shades of black. Whilst the flooring is a checker board of black and white vinyl the Clawfoot bath is painted in Farrow & Ball’s lead grey Down Pipe.

I’m really happy with my choices but realise there is certainly scope for being a bit more adventurous. That said, at least I can see the spiders against the light coloured back drop!

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