The new nursery

Here is the first blog about the new nursery. I have gone for blue and orange which are pretty gender neutral. I have used Scion fox wallpaper on one wall.Its such a cute fox and great fun. I love his nose and tail! I used orange and white behind the white chest of drawers. I…

Shoe storage ideas

I am lucky enough to have been asked to help my cousin and his wife with the interior design of their new fantastic oak framed extension in the Cotswolds. There will be more on this later. They have three teenage children and require lots and lots of storage. One of the first things asked for…

Renovating my leather armchair.

I found my leather chair in Brighton years ago. I went with a friend and was looking for a leather jacket ironically. I was drawn into the furniture shop by the shape of this chair and just had to have it. Its sat in quite a few living rooms and is now in our snug….

Cloakroom Renovation

Before renovation: Just as we moved into the property. I am usually a fan of aqua as my friends will testify, but in this instance… with the magnolia and net curtain and all those pipes showing… and that brown lino… yuk. The Renovation: So the plan was to use newspaper from our wedding day as…

Before and After Main Bathroom Renovations.

Before pictures. These pictures were taken before we moved into the property. The bathroom was original and was definitely showing its age. It was about twenty years old. The room was light and bright and quite a large square size for bathroom so we had plenty of scope to work with. We couldn’t wait to…

Analogous Colour Schemes

Analogous colours are colours that are harmonious with each other. They are often colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel.

Neutral Colours

Neutral schemes using creams, greys and whites and beiges. Neutral schemes are often calm and bright and fresh.

Cool Colours

Cool colours are Blue, Green and Blue Purple A fantastic interior in cool colours using a deep blue wall and bright green woodwork. HAs  a mid century vibe about it but is also incredibly dramatic.

Warm Colours

Warm Colours – Red, Orange, Yellow, Pink, Pinky Purples. Rose gold is one of THE colours 2016 season. Copper and pink are great mixed with rose gold and create a lovely warm scheme. Soft grey really works with the copper and tangerine red scheme here.

Colours can make a space seem bigger or smaller

These before and after images show how light bright colours can make a space appear brighter and bigger. If you want to make a space feel bigger you should use colours in cool tones as they appear to recede. Warm tones will appear to come forward. In this example the woodwork has been painted white and…

Modernism

Modernism was a movement in Art, architecture, philosophy and Science that began at the turn of the century but was influenced after the WW1. Life had changed after the war and thinking reflected these changes. Society was ready for change and modernism was enthusiastically embraced. In art and architecture modernism rejected traditional ideas and forms….

Vienna Succession

Detail on the Viennese Succession Building – 1898, Vienna. Joseph Maria Olbrich This is the Vienna Succession Building – 1898 This is Expectation, part of the Stoclet Frieze, c.1909  Gustav Klimt. This frieze was designed for the Palais Stoclet in Brussels. Klimt designed his three murals to include enamels and semi precious stones, mother of pearl…