Easy peasy you just need to get along to one of my masterclasses. All dates fully booked with waiting lists apart from Friday 2 December where there are a few spaces left. Some of the things we will be covering – how to do festive chic, super speedy ideas that add instant flair to your lair, creating a fab table, some stuff on flowers, tree ideas on and on I could go and will go just to warn! An image below of my studio decked out for the hols – super sized baubals and a crow. This year I’ve got huge big porcelain parrots(winging their way over from Italy) to flank either side of the fireplace if I can pinch them out of the store (didn’t buy enough and they are amazing), fab t-lights, amazing ivy for the mantles and well tons more . If you fancy coming along then either call or email the store to sort out a place: +44 207 354 8181, email@example.com and as mentioned with only a few places left its first come first serve.
When we were little my sister and I used to both take a room in my parents house (the dining and living room) and pretend to be housewives. I was Anthea, Gem was Sandra (who knows where those names came from, the Generation Game I think) we would invite each other round for coffee,(really juice) plump cushions, tidy up, move stuff and role-play away! In our naive childlike little world we were I guess coming to grips with furniture placement, layout, scale and so on. Of course we didn’t know or have any understanding of how to balance a room, what we did have though was a love of making each of these rooms our little home for the afternoon for our coffee mornings.
When it comes to placing furniture you can draw a floor plan, sketch the room on paper, cut out of paper scaled pieces of furniture and so on. To hell with all of that I say I simply cannot be bothered. Put me in a room, leave me for a while and I will happily potter away until I’ve got the perfect sense of balance and harmony going on. Its way more fun in my mind than mapping it all out making sure there is x amount of space for traffic lanes, the coffee table is so many centimetres from the sofa, the chairs are so many centimetres from the sofa – ugg cannot stand it. Yes it’s important to have a basic knowledge but really it’s such an old fashioned way of decorating and too formulaic. Follow you heart, try not to shove any sofa’s or chairs against a wall, forget traffic lanes – in my house you can’t even walk in a straight line from one point to another you have to weave (formally trained interior designers will be passing out by now).
Style stems from the heart not a textbook. On that happy note that’s me done – the kids (Mungo and Maud are off to the vets again, one’s got an ear infection the other a skin problem)
This is what I mean – shove a flag on a wall, mismatch bedside tables, layer the bed with a hotch potch of textiles, rumple it all up a tad and way hay you’ve nailed it.