Flash Sale

To make way for the truck loads of Christmas stock coming in we are having a flash sale – please see below.

First up we have one of our grey wire chandeliers – its been out on a loan and a little squeshed so you will need to pull around the wires a bit to straighten. Its a whopping 75% off was £2,555 and is now £683. I should mention that this price doesn’t include delivery

Next up our pink coffee table  – only one remaining in our warehouse (the store one remains a prop in the store) 60% off was £875 now £350 some scratches

Three remaining inflatible chesterfieds now 80% off were £375 now £77

Concrete urns – perfect early Christmas gift – 50% off were £45 now £22.50

Finally to make room for the truck loads of flowers coming in in the next few weeks you can now buy 2 roses for the price of one at £6.50 – available in cream or pink

Happy shopping!

Details and embellishments

Bit of a frantic one today, a French photography team are on eurostar as we speak on their way over to photograph me and the house. Its been a week of photography teams and its all feeling a bit surreal so you will excuse me if I don’t linger to long here this morning – Maud and Graham are not a tidying pair so I’ve got to zoom round the house like the speed of light putting things away.

Around 2pm check back here or on facebook as we will be holding our flash sale. Its all done on a first come first serve basis and many of the pieces are last remaining ones. We will be sorting out the stock this morning and blasting out at 2   think big big reductions. Back to today – or yesterday actually when I spoke at Focus in front of a fab crowd of around 170 people about how i felt people often times stop decorating too quickly. Its the details that we add afterwards to rooms that often times creates interest and intrigue so pile cushions on sofas, art on walls, stuff on mantle pieces and tables and so on.

What we are after is to bedazzle so when you or someone else walks into the room they or you are instantly tantalised – there are so many references you don’t quite know where to look. That’s what makes things exciting, consciously or not your senses are activated and its FUN and its fun because  its stimulating. In my interiors paths are never straight you cannot walk in a straight line from one side of a room to another you have to weave and wander just as you would in a forest. Just as you see here – that’s what makes for a good interior. Shove furniture against walls and plonk a coffee table in the middle not only do you clock it straight away I’m guessing its not a space you would want to linger in to long.

Anyways late already – gotta go will post later with flash sale items

Creating chemistry

Today I’m giving a seminar (part of an all day masterclass hosted by Livingetc and KLC) on how to create interiors with chemistry. You need a big dose of confidence – creating mysterious, velvety and intimate rooms goes against most people’s ideas of how a house should look, so you will have a lot of friends and colleagues out there who will warn you against.  I am it should be said a little obsessed with creating magic and mystery – I think its so often missing in light, bright sun kissed rooms. I do think (possibly naively) that there is a trend all be it a slow one for spaces that push the envelope – maybe its to do with celebrating life in such uncertain times – wanting to come home to a space that makes you feel happy the moment you open the door. And what simpler way to add joy then through colour, pattern, ornamentation and decoration. Clash colours with confidence (after all nature does it all the time) decorate out of your comfort zone choose quirky items that make you look twice and stop you in your tracks, as well as considering the unusual  acid bright rugs, supersized rococo vases for example,  not all together in isolation. Yes we are all time poor and schlepping around shops can be a bore (apparently – don’t quite understand that) but we have  the internet so searching out finds from the comfort of our sofas is so easy. Castle Gibson, The French House, 1st Dibs, Ebay are regular stopping off points for me on my computer and my list goes on and on – all viewed in front of the fire, tipple in hand snuggled on the george smith.

I guess the most important thing to remember is that if you fancy creating emotive eclectic interiors the simplest thing you can start with is colour. Its the single most transformative thing you can do to your home. Overdose on it I say!

Beautiful just beautiful burnt orange coupled with red against a dark inky floor – my idea of heaven.

Again the colour totally transforms this space, lifts it to new heights, makes you stop, makes you stare (won’t continue with this little quote but you get my gist)

Talking Lights

We all know the importance of lighting in a home right, probably one of the most essential components in creating the most perfect pad. Often times overlooked are  – wall lights.  I have to admit there are very few out there that I like – plenty of vintage ones not so many modern finds. At Maison Objet I discovered a beauty a beaded number perfect for a bedroom buts its not available until 2012. Had considered smuggling it out but then security was tight and it could have gotten awkward.  Back to wall lights – lovely for the bedroom, living room, study, porch and so on – with wall lights you can really up the style ratings when it comes to experimenting with mood. The trick I think is to dim them so they softly glow and create beautiful shadows on your wall. Shadows are so important as they add intrigue and create atmosphere so please don’t eliminate them. Someone commented as they walked past the house yesterday that I must be a lighting designer I guess because we have so many lights in each room – none particularly bright each softly glowing and as I took Maud out on an evening stroll we nosed into people’s windows and had a little chat about their lighting or lack of it I should say. How many homes with just the single pendant hanging in the ceiling was incredible – Maud and I are considering going door to door to give a bit of advice (bet you are all glad you don’t live near me right if I’m not banging on about dark colours then I’m on about lighting and lets not even mention coffee otherwise we shall be here all day).

Have to fly still in gym kit un breakfasted and un showered. Lovely

This is a rather cool wall light, looks fab against the dark wall.

Oh and I’m excited to announce from December we will have these beautiful pineapple candle sconces in store – have them all over my house, particularly cool with a poodle underneath if I can say that.