Bold colour

August 30, 2013

Early start for me this morning, 6 o’clock rise to get a run in and after not running for a few weeks it was like starting all over again and the legs felt like lead weights! not good. After the run  wrote the blog then off to framers to talk about framing some wonderful art by Jo de Pear ( for a client, although the art is delicate the use of colour is amazing which brings me on to talking about colour, I’m starting to see interiors with the use of block colours! Now by block colours I mean very rich hues used on large areas. In my opinion it’s one of the hardest things to pull off! But get it right and it looks amazing. So if u want a bit of colour in your life why not try it out with paint, the easiest way to transform a room and the cheapest! And guess what if you don’t like it just paint over it! Simple right!!

If you are brave enough I say do the whole room in a deep  hue, look at the pic below, the room looks amazing and has a great use of colour.ImagePhotographer: Trevor Tondro


Love the above wall colours, especially the green.

The other way is to paint 1 wall, now I know feature walls are a thing of the past but I say if it works why not, I agree that the B&Q wallpaper feature walls have been done to death. I say try painting the room a darker hue with a wall in a block colour or you could try small areas like the back of shelves, in pic below I think it totally transforms the space and stops the simple shelves looking dull dull dull and showcases the items on the shelves so much better don’t you agree!

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Now the other way is block colour on furniture, in the shop we have a small chest of drawers fairly traditional in style but painted out in a deep hue which makes it look more up to date and far less stuffy, sort of puts the fun into it! Now try adding an item of furniture in a bright colours but remember to restrict the colour pallet, u don’t want lots of colours fighting to be the star, pick one bright colour then others more paired down and ones that fit in with star colour, maybe add one other contrasting one! U can also block colour armchairs which is a great way, at the moment I love this orange fabric by mark Alexander, it’s also got a great texture, it’s going to feature in the shop soon and make its way into my new casual lounge! When I get chance to do it, still haven’t started the bedroom!! Whoops..


If this all seems a little scary try ping this in a small room, ensuite or cloakroom or a strip behind a desk would work well and is perfect starting point.Image

( Images from Rue, Real Living & Lonny Magazine)

Have a great day!



August 23, 2013

Sorry guys a bit slack on getting the post out this week, just managed to finish it so here you go.

Thought I would talk about curtains. It’s one of those items a lot of people will spend money on but get it wrong and you will have to live with a costly mistake! So I thought I would give you a few tips.

Tip 1, If you want to live with them for a while go for simply, I always blend the curtains in with the walls, for me it’s more about texture than pattern.

Tip 2, Simple heading, I always always opt for cartridge pleat heading as it looks really simply and elegant when drawn, almost like it’s just neatly looped back.

Tip 3, If budget allows go for interlining the curtains which is like sewing in a blanket inbetween the fabric and lining, it makes them look so luxurious

Tip 4, If you don’t want them too plain go for a simple pattern, we have a small patterned fabric in the shop, we get so many compliments about them.

Tip 5, Add a texture to a plain fabric like a soft velvet band across the bottom, main fabric in say a linen, a great way to have plain curtains but adding interest without going for a bold pattern, this could also be a good way to add a plash of colour

Tip 6, My favourite thing to do is add tape trimmings, adds interest without over doing it.

Tip 7, If you have’t got big budget go for sheer fabric curtains as they are so much chepaer to make and you only need to buy the sheer fabric as no need for lining etc. This will still soften the room but won’t totally block light out so there may be need for blinds or use in a room that you don’t want to  close off from the rest of the world

Tip8, If you are brave, go for a bright jewel colour, get this right and this can look amazing! much harder look to pull off and you really need to have the rest of the room nailed with the furniture etc as you don’t just want to walk in a room with the curtains being the only feature, this will make the rest of the room look dull as dish water.

Take a look at these pic, Loving the green curtains, thinking I need to do this somewhere at home. But where is the question!!

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This is a pic from my shop (excuse the poor photo taken on my iphone) and explains tip 1, 2, 3 & 4

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Above pics show curtains (tip 5) with  bands added on the bottom and the right hand side photo shows adding a contrast leading edge, just a adding a little ping of colour stops the curtains looking to plain!


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Add pattern  tape to edge of curtains, totally transforms them and a cheap way to add a bit of interest, Tip 6

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Tip 7 which is great for budget option, sheer curtains, pick the correct hue and they can look great!

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And if you are brave go for a bright colour, love the curtains in the pic above still simple but very effective. Note you either have to have an amazing room or great furniture to pull this off to it’s full advantage. The grey walls work perfectly!

Have a great weekend guys!


Entertaining in style!

August 13, 2013

Sorry for lack of post last week, went on a mini break to cornwall for 3 days and it rained solidly for 2 of them!! Think we picked the worst weekend of weather we have had for weeks!! typical!!

Seeing as it seems to be the season to entertain I thought I would talk about styling your dinner table! And seeing as we have had hotter weather we are entertaining more outside!

you’ve got to think slightly outside the box, you don’t have to have a wad of cash to make a table look more inviting  it’s the simply things that can make it look intriguing. My most favourite thing is adding flowers, it could be as simple as adding a row of jam jars filled with blooms down the centre of the table. I also use candle holders as they are like mini vases! the next thing is adding a runner or table cloth, I always use an off cut of fabric or simply buy a couple of metres of fabric as the choice is so much better than trying to find a tablecloth. I then just fold it usually like a runner and go for something dramatic, especially if you have white simple crockery, this will make the table far more interesting. I love the bold stripe one in the pic below or even just a bold colour looks great.

When adding flowers I would use this opportunity to add that all important splash of colour. Another great little thing to do is adding tea lights dotted around, I almost like a tea light per guest. If u get the table cloth and flowers right I like to keep the crockery simple, I personally think too much crockery on a table can make it look cluttered. Once the table is clear you still want it too look great so it’s important to get the look correct without the crockery! One of the key things is contrast, contrast between the crockery and the cloth! I love the black plate in one of the picture and gold is making a massive comeback and looks great within the table setting.

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Above is one of my favourite American designers Kelly Wearstler who is a master at setting a table and uses objects and sculptures to dress the table.

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Right that’s  it from me! I have included a few pics of a dInner party we hosted earlier this year which was featured in the crumbs food magazine! luckily one of my friends is a private chef which obviously helped! don’t do what I did and decide to paint one of the walls the night before!! Crazy!!

Have great day!

Quick fixes!

August 1, 2013

Right really got to get my act together with sorting out the house, got friends staying in a few weeks and the downstairs room that used to be the office needs transforming back to a casual lounge but have a stag do and a trip to Cornwall in between so not much time to do it, will give it a go at least!!

With this in Mind I thought I would talk about quick fixes but on a budget! So guys the most transforming thing to do in a room is painting the walls but op for a more striking look, just dare to go that bit darker it will transform the space in an instant, I’m going really dark almost charcoal grey!! I’m going add lots of pictures which breaks the space up and will give the walls depth.

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My next tip is add a graphic rug, you can get some real bargains out there try urban outfitters and ikea, I’m going for a black and white version which will be dramatic, always need a bit if drama I say!!

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Tip 3, add shelves as this really breaks the Space up, the floating ones from ikea are as cheap as! I’ve put 2 together wall to wall so they look like they have been made to fit, I had to cut them down a bit so u may need a saw or someone handy but worth it as they look so much better. Also another tip is paint them out the same colour as the walls. Now this is we’re u add your personality, so layer the shelves with books pictures lent up overlapping each other, the odd ball ornament will finish it off!!

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Now adding the furniture is the hard part mainly as its the biggest ticket priced item so if budget allows for new pieces great if not (like us) I’m just adding a new coffee table I’m going for a reclaimed one which breaks up the look as everything else has cleaner lines, always good to mix it you don’t want matching furniture it will look boring! I’m still going for some simple modern cabinets from ikea for the tv unit again cheap and the same trick as the shelves add some together to fit within a space makes it looked built in, which didn’t cost much but looks like it cost a buck! If budget can’t stretch to new sofa or chairs u can hunt for some second hand ones but in my opinion this can take an age to find the right look and a bargain, to juzz up an old sofa u can add throws and lots of mix match cushions, try jewel block colours for this as its on trend and if budget could stretch to new chairs do these in a block bright colours it will throw the whole scheme off balance, which us a good thing. Remember to limit the colour palette you don’t want too many colours as it will then feel wrong. Don’t forget, get the rug right and this could be the winning piece that will help with using existing furniture as it will distract the eye away.

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Happy decorating!