This week I visited the NEC for The Autumn Fair, which is an exhibition for buyers covering homeware, gifts, fashion, retails solutions, home decor and more. HOME DECOR It is a vast space and was packed with exhibitors from across the globe. There was colour trend forecasting also on offer, with 4 distinct trends and … Continue reading Autumn Fair 2019
During a very hot week 3 of us were crammed into the very small bathroom as it was refurbished. My plumbers valiantly ripped out and refitted, and I hovered a lot and worked in the evenings on redecorating it. Here are the finished pictures.. much fresher, no more leaks and hopefully it will stand up … Continue reading Finally… The Bathroom is now finished.
I recently returned from a design trip to Copenhagen, where the Interior Design department visited many museums, galleries and buildings to develop our practice. What I noticed on the trip was how I have started to question design in relation to my visual cultural studies since starting the academic year. In relation to areas in … Continue reading Design Trip – Denmark
So being a busy-bee student has definitely been a real adventure this academic year... but what a blast and I love every minute of it. Next week I get my final crit from Tutors for my latest project. I have been charged to design a Pavilion (full on Architecture style, from fixings to weights to … Continue reading A Year of Learning…
This week's obsession is not the Royal Wedding for me, but the amazing new wallpapers which I keep seeing everywhere as new designers embrace the digital printing possibilities that are now available. It seems that interior trends are embracing large scale and bright patterns, and while they may not be for everyone's taste I love … Continue reading Object of Desire – Bespoke Wallpaper
I have a huge obsession with early 20th century literature, especially authors like Evelyn Waugh, Somerset Maugham and Nancy Mitford. They describe an age of elegance, beautiful houses, artistic endeavours, privilege but also the advancement of social mobility and change. The books are bitter, funny and sharp. In real life, a group of people emerged … Continue reading The Influence of the Bright Young Things
Greetings...I have written before about a doing a quick makeover on my daughter's student flat last autumn, and have just spent the last 2 days finishing off a new makeover. What became really apparent since the last time was that good storage was needed, and some room shifting was a necessity as a result. So the sitting … Continue reading Weekend Makeover – Student Digs
As mentioned in the last post, the final item left to complete was my door to nowhere. This the odd doorway/architrave mid way up the top stairs. A nice, but quite bizarre period feature in the house (?!). You know that song 'We're on the road to nowhere' by Talking Heads, it has now morphed … Continue reading My ‘Door to Nowhere’..
In my earlier post, you may have been aware of my procrastination about finishing off the top floor of my hall and stairs. But it is finally done, with some serious hanging off bannisters paining techniques. I forced myself to start yesterday, and it is now finished, well very nearly.... This was looking up to … Continue reading Stairs & Landings – the ‘nearly’ finished results…
Or how the # has become second nature... It is a fact that I love Instagram, and I am always amazed and delighted by the creativity out there that I can peruse... from nature photography to food to clothes to interiors. It means I follow so many people that it takes ages to scroll through … Continue reading Instagram Challenges