Cool spaces

Sorry for no post yesterday super early start  to an antiques market which was rather disappointing to say the least. Today I am taking my hat off to Brad Ford – interior designer extradinaire.  Its pretty tough being a designer  – we need to translate a client s wishes full fill wildest dreams but at the same time be true to our own aesthetic. Well I think Brad has nailed it. Ford’s spaces are timeless and beautiful. With particular attention to texture the Ford look is understated but super elegant. The trick to making a home truly personal is to create multiple layers whereby each little nook tells its very own story.

Look at the layers – even though the room is full to the brim with stuff it doesn’t feel at all cluttered or oppressive. Bravo I say

This is beautifully styled – the chair is exquisite and the textures tantalising. Obviously am not a fan of the white walls but then there are very few of us who have converted to the dark side.

Must dash overslept alarm for gym and now exceedingly late for Bluebird

Cafe society

In my next life I want to own a café I think I could happily potter around serving cups of latte .  I have just discovered the most fabulous one very near my house situated on the Regents Canal. Called Towpath it’s a new venture from esteemed Italian American food writer Lori De Mori and her food photographer husband Jason Lowe. Its teeny weenie set is a couple of shallow recesses in the wall of an old warehouse along the canal and its delightful. Nothing fancy just rustic, earthy and amazing. Fresh flowers sit on roughly hewn wooden tables, with jugs of water and a small but fabulous food menu is in place. I drag Graham there most weekends its right near Broadway market our local and so heavenly to go for breakfast or a late afternoon glass of wine. Maud is the only let down being on a canal ducks and geese who are leisurely minding there own business swim by only to be taunted by Maud who has a mini break day every time she sees them.

Stupidly I didn’t take my camera with me on the weekend so this is a winter shot I grabbed from Time Out. Now that the trees are out its beyond heavenily. Its the  kind of place you want to keep under your hat and not tell anyone about but then being in business myself I know and appreciate all the press and blogs that write about my store and collection so its the very  least I can do.

Another café to take my fancy couldn’t be further away. The Globe in Australia has been designed to perfection its way more design orientated than the Towpath but at the same time feels just like hanging out at home.  Glossy black floors abound and the whole vibe is super sexy. I flit constantly between the sexy and the sophisticated and the earthy and rustic. One day I shall make up my mind.

Shelving and how to make it fabulous

Will you excuse me if I have a moan – it’s a moan about shelving and the lack of interesting options out there. You’ve either got Italian super sleek and hotelish looking shelves which are beyond expensive and all right I guess but I’m soooo bored with that look.  Or repro country esq. or Ikeaish which look cheap  unless you box them out to make super gallery like which I often do. In order to get a truly one off bespoke look I say make your own – you can use cheap as chips wood which when painted out (and I love painting shelving the same colour as walls) make them  appear very unique and special.  Almost as if a designer has come into your home and given you a totally bespoke look. Should you be looking for some shelving inspiration have posted a few images to inspire.

Happy weekend everyone. I am working most of it my sister is off on holiday for 11 DAYS (very inconvenient I say) why does she need a holiday????   plus we are short staffed so I am manning the store for some of the days. Disasters shall loom the till and I don’t exactly get on in other words not so sure how to work it !

Isn’t it interesting how if you mix up the combo a bit your walls suddenly get pushed into the fast lane. I adore this look.

You can have shelves in the garden as well you know and how fabulous they look when painted a zingy popish colour.

This would take a bit more work and time to construct but I love its vibe – a cupboard that in essence has been given a rock n roll makeover by its paint colour and softened with simple painted numbers.

A list rooms and how to achieve

Am staying with the celeb theme today (before whittling on about it I must apologise for yesterdays lack of posting). An early start coupled with a day spent designing or not designing as it were  (more like yelling, second guessing myself, pulling my hair out, slamming the odd door and generally wondering if anyone will like our new collection) meant the day slipped away and I forgot to post.

So what makes a room go from B list to A list. Easy peasy – in a nutshell its all about a compelling mix of styles (whether that’s Indian Raj (yikes) Spanish Colonial or a ruggedly modern Wyoming chalet (if it all goes tits up by the way with the collection I am moving to Wyoming and keeping bees)!!  The more you mix the more interesting your room becomes plus it will look and feel well travelled as if you have pottered around the globe picking up pieces that delight. However we mustn’t fall into the uptight trap if it all looks too formal and planned it will induce an instant migraine.  What we are after is sublimely comfortable, relaxed yet dramatic kind of luxurious but in a laid back low key kind of way. Also it’s important to layer EVERYTHING. Skilfully layering objects, textiles, flowers, art creates a head spinning, energy inducing room that just shouts chic and doesn’t feel too planned.

Ms Wearstler nails eclectic glamour and whilst its not always my cup of tea hats off to her for pushing the boundaries and taking us all out of our comfort zones.

There are more layers in this space than I know what to do with and although there is a lot going on it does feel very relaxed. Not totally convinced about the art on the windows but who cares its a room that shouts well travelled, dramatic yet comfortable.