Finishing touches

May 30, 2013

I know Iv’e touched on this before but I’m going to talk about accessorising, getting that finishing touch as this is what most of my clients struggle with. Since opening the shop everyone (or most, not quite everyone) saying they don’t know how to accessorise! For me this is one of the most important things, you can have a dreary old cabinet but dress it up correctly and it can look a million dollars or you can have the most expensive piece of furniture with nothing on and it looks drab!! Get the finishing touches right and you can have cool place which hasn’t had to cost the earth!!

First rule, Keep the colour pallet simple, have too many clashing colours and patterns and it could feel like you great aunt as been for tea! Then you can afford to have the 1 or 2 wam bam colours which will bring the display alive, like the colour in a picture or flowers (faux flowers are a great way to add colour and last forever!)

Second rule, Layer it up, the more layers the more interesting it will look, this includes mixing the heights and when I say layers take a look at one of the pics, it’s how things overlap and sit in front of each other.

Third rule, mix the items, A lamp, vase, tealight holder or trinket box on a pile of books, a sculpture or ornament and suddenly now things are starting to work rather than looking lost!

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Lot’s of layering with this pic above, it shows the mix of objects and different heights, also the dark colour wall behind really hits the nail on the head for me.

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This one is simple but still shows a mix of items, colour pallet is the same but works, especially with the art

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This is my favourite and totally nails the layering look, love the way the pics over lap each other and in  front of the mirror, the vase and ornament look so much better in how they are placed. Take the pictures away and the ornaments would look lost!! And the ping of colour in the pic is great!!

We will start doing some event days in the shop showing you how to accessorise, the first one will concentrate on using faux flowers, will post more info when it’s been finalised!

Have a great day!

Ps. Pictures curtesy of lonny mag

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Hi Guys, after a week off in the sun, I’m back and raring to go. Don’t get me wrong I love going on Holiday but when you work for yourself there’s always something nagging in your head that you must just email this or do that, it’s hard to totally switch off. The one really good thing is you have to time to reflect on your business and come back wanting to make things better and improve your services. So, more short holidays planned for the future I think, can’t quite cope with longer holidays at the moment, would almost have panic attacks If I went over a week!! sad I know!

Staying in a very nice resort in Marbella made me realise how well the apartment was designed, not in regards to the decor, this could of been better but the layout of the rooms, especially the master bedroom was excellent, the ensuite bathroom was almost in the room, no doors just a double opening with a lower ceiling which made the space feel like a different area. The toilet was separate with a door (almost like it was in a cupboard) but this kept it out of the way and made the vanity unit the key piece within the space and one of the reasons the concept worked as open plan.

So, I’m now knocking down my walls to our ensuite and going to create a similar feel, as it’s such a good vibe, almost like you have a suite! but it is so practical, now I know this won’t be possible for most as you need a big space to do this, we haven’t got the biggest bedroom but we do have a built in wardrobe area before you enter the ensuite so I think it’s possible for me to do something. Try sketching out a plan of your space as it might be possible and definitely worth considering this type of layout if your building or renovating a house.

Take a look at the below pics, the first one take’s up hardly any room so you never know what you could achieve!

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Have a great day!

Interior shop launch!

May 16, 2013

Apologies for the lack of posts last week but our interior retail shop opened on Saturday which was a great success.  I literally worked day and night last week and over the bank holiday to get it ready for the launch. A Huge thank you to friends and family for their support and help over the past month, we couldn’t of done it without you, you know who you are!

So, we signed the lease of the shop beginning of March and 2 months later we have finally opened, with lots of hard work, working every evening and weekends, it’s been the hardest thing we’ve ever done but I have loved every minute and its been totally worth it! I don’t usually use my blog to promote my business but I thought I would show you pictures from the launch, hope you all like what we have achieved. (Facebook friends, sorry if you’ve seen these pics a thousand times!!)

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First official week in the shop, if your in the area pop in

Druid Hill, Stoke Bishop, Bristol BS9 1EW

Now I need to get on with working on the new website!!!!!!

Heads up!

May 3, 2013

(sorry if you get this twice but the posted it half finished)

It’s been a mental week as we open the doors of the shop on 11th May from 2-4pm, it’s all official, so if your in the area please pop in. Druid Hill, Stoke Bishop, Bristol. As i’m writing it’s such a scary thought as we have so much still to do, working weekend, lot’s of decorating, putting up shelves etc. But we are getting there! Still waiting for a few deliveries to turn up and, 3 deliveries are turning up on Friday next week, talk about leaving it down to the wire!! Still all good, working like a dog and it doesn’t help when you have man flu (bad cold).

Anyway as I’m up against it I will keep this one short but thought I would talk bout headboard for the bedroom, personally I think they can totally transform a bedroom. Not only are they extremely practical it’s a great way to add some drama into the room which can reflect your taste and personality! You can go totally over the top or keep it simply, go large, go long or shape it, your choice. Now picking a fabric could be tricky, if you go for a busy fabric keep the headboard shape simple or if you go for a plain fabric try something different with the shape or you could add studding around the edge. In the past I have done all sorts but nowadays I stick with the more simply options. Don’t get me wrong if you have the most amazing bedroom with wonderful features, there may be no need for a headboard just a simple bed! but most of us have box rooms and the headboard is suddenly the key feature. One of my favorite designers Kit Kemp who is one of the owners for Firmdale Hotels (take a look www.firmdalehotels.com amazing hotels) does headboards so well, usually quite simple, horizontal bands with bold pattern fabrics, teamed with classic pieces of furniture and a simple but striking decorating scheme and wham bam you’ve nailed it, sounds simple but I know it’s not!! Anyway take a look at one of her hotel bedrooms!

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And some other different shapes and sizes.

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Blog headbaords

If your not keen on the upholstered headboards you could try something totally different like this one below which is reclaimed wood!!

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Have a great bank holiday wekend!

Heads up!

May 3, 2013

It’s been a mental week as we open the doors of the shop on 11th May from 2-4pm, it’s all official, so if your in the area please pop in. Druid Hill, Stoke Bishop, Bristol. As i’m writing it’s such a scary thought as we have so much still to do, working weekend, lot’s of decorating, putting up shelves etc. But we are getting there! Still waiting for a few deliveries to turn up and, 3 deliveries are turning up on Friday next week, talk about leaving it down to the wire!! Still all good, working like a dog and it doesn’t help when you have man flu (bad cold).

Anyway as I’m up against it I will keep this one short but thought I would talk bout headboard for the bedroom, personally I think they can totally transform a bedroom. Not only are they extremely practical it’s a great way to add some drama into the room which can reflect your taste and personality! You can go totally over the top or keep it simply, go large, go long or shape it, your choice. Now picking a fabric could be tricky, if you go for a busy fabric keep the headboard shape simple or if you go for a plain fabric try something different with the shape or you could add studding around the edge. In the past I have done all sorts but nowadays I stick with the more simply options. Don’t get me wrong if you have the most amazing bedroom with wonderful features, there may be no need for a headboard just a simple bed! but most of us have box rooms and the headboard is suddenly the key feature. One of my favorite designers Kit Kemp who is one of the owners for Firmdale Hotels (take a look www.firmdalehotels.com amazing hotels) does headboards so well, usually quite simple, horizontal bands with bold pattern fabrics, teamed with classic pieces of furniture and a simple but striking decorating scheme and wham bam you’ve nailed it, sounds simple but I know it’s not!! Anyway take a look at one of her hotel bedrooms!

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And some other different shapes and sizes.

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Blog headbaords

If your not keen on the upholstered headboards you could try something totally different like this one below which is reclaimed wood!!

Blog headboards 2

Have a great bank holiday wekend!