New stuff

Finally after what feels like years and years of waiting I am excited to reveal our latest arrivals, lets start with the furniture range:

Available in a whole host of colours as you will see here , you can either mix it up or go for the single colour look. You can get a chair, a loveseat or go the whole hog with the sectional. Supremely comfortable its covered in velvet which looks and feels like vintage velvet (only its not), warn in, soft and very very plush. I’ve already got my eye on the rose/green chair on the end for my studio – perfect for lounging in when I need a little break. Also new in these fabulous lights made from jelly moulds – we stocked a heap of them and they flew out so here are our new arrivals – should be here very shortly, cute hey! Oh and the flowers as I know so many people are asking are on the road and being delivered to the warehouse on Tuesday they should be in store by Thursday and on our web site shortly after that. Love delivery days feel just like a kid in a sweet shop!

Super adorable

There’s a whole load more which shall be on the website soon along with all the other new arrivals. Busy , busy days.

Story Telling

Your home should tell a story  of who you are and what you love. I adore glamour but with a sense of edgy cool at the same time so my pad pretty much reflects that. Its also relaxed and by that I mean there are lots of old pieces intermixed with luxurious pieces – nothing really matches and there is no ‘best’ space it all kind of flows – welcoming, comforting but glamorous. I also play with scale a lot (Alice in Wonderland being a big inspiration for me) and as baffling as it is for me to say scale (who knows why) is so underused. Yet when you start vamping it up or underplaying it – selecting pieces that are clearly to big or way too small for a space something magical happens. Start playing around  and you will see exactly what I am talking about it adds another element altogether, a richness and powerfulness if you will. The story it tells (adding super sized or teeny tiny pieces and I’m talking in isolation not throughout) is that your home is sassy, fun, unique with an eclectic mix of juxtaposing shapes and styles. Chic but inclusive, unsnobby but fabulous. Like a great piece of art your home should evoke  emotion and that emotion should change from room to room. Isn’t decorating fun hey!

Photography Graham Atkins Hughes

Super sized lamps add the wow factor without looking overwhelming and crazy, completely transforming the nook by the fireplace.

First apartment decor

Feeling a little cranky to say the least this morning, one of the hottest nights in the city coupled with Maud barking it at the top of her voice as the foxes were out – meant probably I got 2 hours sleep at the most . Listening to the world service with a programme on America got me thinking about my first pad which was in the States and what its like decorating that very  first apartment.

Often times stark, small and possibly shared getting that first apartment is the greatest thing on earth. We were lucky we got a house, with a huge garden but we also got bland, grey carpets, magnolia walls and a note from the landlord saying  under no  circumstances was there to be any painting of walls. When I’d finished sobbing (probably a  month of so later)! I decided to get creative instead. Its easy pasy actually to cover up walls – I hung wallpaper from bulldog clips and papered huge boards of ply with paper to prop behind my bed and act as a  focal point. I also went on the hunt for art, mirrors, anything to take away from the beige haze of blandness. We had to rent all our furniture (another sobbing fit) and were given the choice of three rental companies all of which had the worst selection of furniture in the world. So again I had to conceal, cover up and create interest through other means. I brought throws, cushions, rugs (to cover the grey corporate style carpets) and I went a bit crazy for pattern. Forgot solid hues if you can in a rental you want to add as much interest and intrigue as you possibly can to take away from the plain floors and walls and in my case furniture. Homes,  rentals or others can handle lots of personality and its the stuff that you shove in them – all the personal touches, momentos from far flung travels, pictures, flowers, trays all that source of stuff that gives them soul.

Luckily for us storage wasn’t an issue we had a house with space but I know in many cases it is – particularly when renting those bijou apartments in cities like New York and Paris. Its key to maximise as much as you can under the bed, under coffee tables and so forth. I cam across an apartment recently that used a beaten up old brown suitcase as a coffee table and it looked pretty fab as well as being practical. Modular shelving is also fab, inexpensive and available in most DIY stores it looks much more glam if you paint it out the same colour as your walls so it goes away and the books and accessories do the talking. Lastly but not at all least hit the vintage route and rework by sanding, spraying, re varnishing old brown furniture which goes for a song. All sentimental now rather fancy jumping on a plane and going to visit my old rental!

I love how rugs transform floors bringing them alive – if you’ve got relatively plain walls opt for a pattern one like above it adds a big dose of drama in an otherwise bland space.

Get creative and make a headboard – mdf (or ply), foam, fabric, staple gun. Adds glamour and instant sophistication .

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Summer decorating

What is it about summer that makes decorating such fun. I don’t mean the hard slog of DIY and painting walls I mean throwing open the windows, buying some blooms, juggling around with the furniture layout a bit, moving the odd artwork, re laying rugs that sort of thing. Some people not naming names don’t find it fun at all, they sigh and look to the heavens and have the longest face on earth, whilst others of us (Maud and myself) love it. Maud’s favourite game in the world is to position herself  on a  rug and with me forever changing its position I pull it here there and everywhere whilst she sits, the faster I pull the more she loves it. Sad hey.

Anyways some of our weekend was spent doing that – the rest of the weekend was figuring out or trying to figure out what the Christmas collection will consist of. Dare I even mention Christmas at this time of year – totally unthinkable I know but there I was yesterday podding broad beans under the honeysuckle in one of the hotest days of the year yabbering about all things Christmas. I won’t tell you the plans just yet (want to surprise you a little) but shall leave you with this pad designed by Commune Design which just shouts hot summer days!

By the way I know I said we would be launching the Style Surgery service on facebook today but I got carried away with Christmas yesterday – apologises – hoping to work on that today if I can steer myself away from the tennis.

I love this room particularly the fabulous use of texture, shiny, slubby, rough and so on totally enlivens the space.