Decorating changes lives

A fairly bold statement I realise but stay with me for a mo. The easiest way to give your pad the wow factor is to do something with the walls. Be that wallpaper, paint, some cool tile or beautiful beautiful cladding like below.

I’ve been in a lot of spaces recently where the neutral palette prevails and if I’m lucky I might see the odd picture (normally in my opinion way to small hung way to high). I’m guessing it’s a confidence thing, or a pain and what if it doesn’t work – you know that sort of mentality. Which to a degree I understand everyone has busy lives and the easiest most liveable option is to stay pale and neutral. Yet if you take the plunge and dare to go dark or clad your walls with beautiful paper or wood there is no looking back. You will become addicted and obsessed with decorating I promise you and it will change your life!

I sense a change in the air, maybe it’s the fact that Spring is just around the corner or maybe more people are just wanting something a little different.  Heston Blumenthal endorsing my work and cooking and hanging out in an inky sludgy space that I designed and being watched by millions has certainly brought a lot more attention our way. Good attention people emailing in or calling the store about paint colours, about how to add a twist to their homes.

My sort of decorating (if I may be as bold to say) changes lives.  No matter how late you get home and believe me I’ve been pulling some long days of late the moment that key goes through the door and you walk into, for example a hallway painted deepest darkest black, a row of tongue in check art on the wall, a bulldog lamp sitting proudly on a console sprayed a high voltage hue topped off with a big bunch of blooms you feel instantly happy. This sort of decorating is all about creating the most tantalising, mesmerising background to your lives, to my life. You will have to take risks (no gain no pain) but its worth it, there is no place I would rather be in the world than here at home and that’s what it is all about.

Tomorrow no post from me I leave later this evening to Manchester where I will be over nighting for an early start in the morning, but back Thursday.

Are you a plant snob?

Are you one? I am, or rather I was couldn’t stand the thought of them in my house preferring instead flowers (faux ones at that). Until recently that is when I’ve had to design a few conservatories and they seemed rather appropriate. The thing about houseplants I guess is that there are rather a lot of bad ones out there. I think the key is to go super sized so they immediately add the wow factor.  Ficus are great found the hugest thing not so long ago which I had to take with me whilst over nighting in a hotel in the depths of the country and as we were dragging it through reception it sort of took the chandelier out (whoops)! Avoid if I dare say anything too tropical (same tip goes for flowers there is something about tropical flowers that I cannot stand). Ok so maybe I am a snob. Or maybe it’s the English in me – I want big blousy blooms – fatheaded beautiful flowers not tropical things they just look so ugly.

Back to the case in point if you’ve got an empty space and want to brighten it up consider a plant with lustrous greenery. Like furniture, lighting or accessories the more you play around with scale the more interesting your place will look. Plonk them in brightly coloured pots like Mr Adler has done below and wham bam you’ve got a pretty snazzy combo on your hands!

That’s me done for the day – it’s a cold day in London, tons of coffee and a roaring fire are in order for the rest of it.

Thank you by the way for all your lovely messages of support regarding the robbery. The guy has been caught which is the main thing and it could have been way worse. Although loosing all ones make up a few hours before filming was pretty darn annoying, not the best look I pulled of I have to say!

Animal talk

Please forgive the lack of posts this week – very long filming week and to top it all off I got back late on Thursday night fell instantly  asleep only to here the front door being kicked in and the house being burgled. It could have been much worse the guy (who the police caught an hour later) only managed to grab my bag. Thank goodness my screaming and turning the lights on instantly made him flee but pretty scary and stupid on my part for not bolting the door which I always do, but tiredness makes you complacent I guess or at least it does me.

On a more positive note in Paris I found the most amazing moose’s. Moose heads crafted from brush bristles (sounds odd) but believe me they are fabulous. I’ve ordered three for me (one in the loo, one in the hall, and one for my studio door) plus hundreds for the store.  The thing about adding animals to a space is that they immediately lighten the mood. Ceramic owls, papier mache  elephants, wooden dogs whatever you find the minute you plonk them on mantles, shelves, tables they add an immediate tongue in cheek twist and for me that is what design is all about. Formulaic perfectly co-ordinated interiors are a thing of the past, homes should be filled with happy things so the minute you come home after an 18 hour day you cast you eyes on a super tall ceramic parrot, a bulldog lamp, a wicker elephant table and your spirits are instantly lifted. Just remember to bolt the door behind you!

Moose heads on walls have been done a thousand times over, except I have to say I am the hugest fan. I prefer cruelty free ones like our resin ones or the bristle ones I have just purchased – but the minute you walk through the door your spirits are instantly lifted.

I’m off to the farmers market for breakfast looking a state as the burglar stole all my make up and I haven’t got the energy to schlep to Selfridges for replacements  – so wooly hat and super large sunglasses are the look I am going for this morning.

Mirror mirror

Forgive the short post this morning, I selfishly decided to spend an extra ten minutes in bed snuggling Maud rather than writing my post. Mungo being a boy and a puppy (not the easiest combination) doesn’t understand the point of snuggling and kept interrupting us to play games – until Maud literally snapped at him and peace was restored.

So she says, writing at the speed of light as my taxi will be here any second, if you want to immediately add the wow factor to any room, ramp up your style ratings and have one of the coolest pads in town add a super sized mirror. Forget the rules, plonk them on walls that are way to small – or vice versa put small mirrors on walls that are too big and you will immediately see the effect I am talking about. Magical not only do mirrors expand horizons when you start playing around with scale your interior will instantly take on an Alice in Wonderland vibe.

Two images to entice – my pad below and an image taken from

Got to fly still in pjammas with dripping wet hair, not such a good look on a filming day!