Thank you

The hugest thank you to all who attended my Design School which launched this weekend. Had an amazing time yabbering about interiors and hanging out with two groups of very inspirational women.

Gem my sister did a great presentation on flowers (I learnt tons of new stuff). We discussed top rule breakers to take homes to a whole other level, instant updates as well as tips on how to create a totally cool room! Maud and Mung’s behaved themselves (sort of) and everyone was very complementary about the house (considering it isn’t quite finished) so thank you to all again.

The best part of my job in a nutshell was this weekend. Talking. laughing and listening to groups of people as interested in interiors as I am was fantastic. On both days I was asked if there are other courses coming up so the answer is yes. Gem and I plan to lock heads, come up with a cool collection of classes and expand the days.

Some images below of the class room on the top floor of my house, please excuse the fact that its not entirely finished (I pulled it together in a week) but we are so nearly there, and again thank you to everyone who attended. Cannot wait for the next one.


Design School Launches Today

5.21 am,  been up and about for a good few hours but breaking for a coffee and a quick little chat with you guys. Forgive yesterdays lack of post we didn’t stop from dawn until dusk and although not everything is sorted its kind of there. Still have to whizz around with a hover, walk the kids, run to the store to nab a few things, pick up the cup cakes from Violets (best little cafe in the world in my humble opinion) and buy some bubbly but that as they say is it!

I won’t give too much away but today there is lots of fab things to discuss, from my top rule breakers that take a home to a whole other level, to cool furniture layouts, colour combos and lighting plans. We’re touring the house (hence the running around with hover), yabbering on how to create the perfect room and Gem my sister is giving her top tips on flowers, arranging them, making something humble from a garage or super market look amazing and also alternate vessel ideas to house them. So exciting!

My pad, a few more bits have been added since Todd Selby visited but it goes to show how a shelf from Ikea can look super cool when you accessorize with stuff you love.

Have a lovely weekend


Fabulous day yesterday at the antiques market found tons of stuff here’s my list:

2 armchairs, 6 chairs for the school, 1 rug, 1 funny little painting, 3 sheepskins (could have brought 10) they were soo beautiful, 1 fireplace (brought it for £35 turned a corner 5 minutes later and there was an even better one for the same price so nabbed that instead). That little incident caused the biggest argument since Graham was droning on about how the one we just brought was perfectly fine, and I was banging on about the fact that this one actually caused my heart to skip a beat, and how was I to know we would see a better one. With the pressure of getting the school ready and needing a fireplace I just nabbed the first thing not expecting to see another. Maud and Mung’s pitched in and said for God’s sake buy the second fireplace, its raining, we’re muddy and we don’t want to stand in a field shouting! We got the second fireplace.

So antiques markets are the way to go if you need interesting stuff. I love modern, but when you mix with vintage you create this kind of simmering tension that you just wouldn’t get if you stuck to any one period, which is why I guess I have a problem with interiors that are all one thing, retro, Scandinavian, rustic. For me they don’t tantalise, you don’t get that visual  friction and the more friction you can create (we’re talking interiors here, not relationships)! the better.

That’s me done, the bloody milk frother has packed up again (3 rd one in 2 months) someone in Dualit is not going to want to be speaking to me this morning, the shower has totally stopped working and whats more I have a dentist appointment in the city that I really don’t have time for. The dentist and hygienist have exactly 30 minutes to do whatever they need to do. One side of the month, top or bottom their choice but I’m outta there in 30 have a school to get ready!

This is what I’m talking about when I bang on about tension. A fancy pants super glam coffee table, coupled with some old shabby chairs, cool art, modern bookcase, stuff from all periods. Nothing matches but it all makes perfect sense, as I’ve said before its the hardest look to pull off but its the most amazing.

Happy Wednesday (at least it would be if there were coffee)!

On the hunt

4.30 am and its another crazy one today. We’re all off to an antiques market if I can get anyone out of bed, there are alot of moans and groans on all fronts I can tell you. First off to the store, pinching a chandelier from there and hanging it in my new school room (I know I know all products should remain in the store I here you cry), Graham louder than most, but bugger it. I need a chandelier, there is one in the store so what is the big deal! From there we are off to a antiques market as I am on the hunt (a little close to deadline I know) for some seriously cool art, lamps etc to go in the new school room. As we are so busy my plan seeing as we can’t really spare the time is to run around the fair at top notch speed. I’ve given us a hour to get in, around and out, buy van loads (except we don’t have a van) and head home happy campers all before 10am!

Haven’t mentioned this part of the plan to the troops fearing I might have mutiny on my hands so thought I should wait until we actually get to the fair! Happy days

Below some seriously cool art, the kind of stuff I would love to find but won’t

Happy Tuesday x