We have been overwhelmed, blown away and exhilarated at the amazing response to my masterclasses. Due to the incredible demand (there are tons of people now on the waiting list) I’ve added two more dates. These I hate to say are the final two dates (otherwise I will possibly look 500 years old by Christmas Day) so without further ado :
Friday 2nd December
Saturday 10th December
are now up for grabs.
I want to keep things intimate and small that way we can all relax and yabber, plus its held in my pad and its not the largest space on earth and rather than clearing down and putting a hundred chairs everywhere I was kind of imaging we all just hang out in amongst all my stuff (not being the most practical of designers that may not work but I think it will)! Mentioned it before but should mention again you will have to like dogs, we now have two, Maud (very grown up, super smart and a little to cool for school if I say so myself, and Mungo our new addition, 7 months old, lively and a rescue with a few seperational issues). He will follow everyone everywhere even to the loo- just to warn.
Welcome to my world am supposed to close the door on him so he gets used to not always following just can’t stand to just yet seeing that he’s been through quite a lot in his short little life already
To book you will need to call or email the store asap as places go super fast – Tel: +44 207 354 8181, email@example.com. Good luck xx
You can go to design school, you can read a zillion decorating books you can even come along to the master classes (yes please) I’m holding at home but the thing about decorating is a lot of the time it’s all about intuition. I’m here and design schools are here (some of them at least) to encourage and inspire you to think a little out of the box to create magical tantalising spaces that make your heart beat just that little bit faster. If you follow the rules everything will be perfectly proportioned, all hues (generally taupe I find) will harmonize, accessories will be grouped in little clusters of three and cushions will be positioned on a sofa on their point as I saw Robyn Holt do on The Renovators. Bad Robyn bad, I shouted so loudly at the TV when you did that that both Mungo and Maud leapt up (sorry guys). Cushions should be punched in the middle to relax them and then angled slightly – simple, simple, simple – up on a point and its way too uptight.
Who wants a home that looks like a show home –shiny, new, super trendy with about three things in it . Follow your heart if you are attracted to a rustic vibe, an eclectic vibe, an industrial vibe, all three, or any other vibe for that matter go for it. There is only one rule when it comes to decorating and it’s an Abi one – decorate with things that make you happy. Follow your gut and not trends, nothing I buy for the store is on trend it’s purely what I love. Everything in the store (as many of you will soon see) I have at home everything from the plates to the drinking vessels to the tons of fake flowers (even in the garden dare I say) to the textiles, lighting, mantelpieces and accessories etc etc.Do that and you will instantly get a space that shouts laid back, happy lair.
There is no one better to demonstrate my point than the fabulous Mr Jonathan Adler – whilst not all my cup of tea his interiors totally endorse what he loves, fun, upbeat and pretty fabulous as illustrated below:
Playful, fun and very Jonathan Adler – its a little too co-ordinated for me and a tad uptight but who cares it oozes personality.
Patterns abound, intermix and hang out together – they don’t match but they make perfect sense.