From the Samarind collection, this blanket throw retails at £164 and the fabric is a sprayed dyed linen. The stripes appear when it’s laid out flat, as you might use it on a bed, but they subtly disappear when the blanket is thrown over a sofa. It’s a soft and lightweight blanket that will be perfect for the Autumn evenings at home with colours that blend beautifully together. Read More
It’s all about communication! My blog is fun to write, and hopefully fun to read, but it also has a number of important purposes for my business. I was interviewed by Steve Elsom for Star Radio, Cambridge and we talked about using social media for business. Here’s a link to the podcast: The Business Hub 24th August 2014 (my bit is 33 mins into the broadcast).
Four steps for Social media…
1. LINKING – Link with people you know and with people you’d like to know. I tweet with interior design clients and potential clients as it’s a relaxed way to keep in touch. Linking with my peers and other industry professionals enables me to establish connections which can be developed on the blog. Read More
I’m thrilled to offer readers the chance to come along and join us at Syon Park, London, for the interiors show of the year, Decorex International.
The trade show opens its doors to the public on Tuesday 23 September from 1 – 7pm
Tickets are £30.00 each and you can buy them here BUT I have been given not one, but two pairs of VIP tickets to give away to my blog readers giving you complimentary entry to Decorex, a glass of champagne and access to the “House in the Garden” VIP lounge designed by Victoria Meale for House & Garden. See below to enter the draw.
Enjoy interior design at its best
Having recently moved to the area Sandy, a busy professional, is a little overwhelmed by the number of decisions she needs to make to get her house looking more like home. She intends to work her way through the house bit by bit but she really needs a clear plan, or vision, so she knows what she is aiming for. Read More
These awards celebrate all avenues of interior design from colour and DIY to architecture and luxury living. Whether you’re a blogger or avid follower you now have the chance to nominate your favourite blog, and you can nominate more than one. Perhaps it’s an opportune moment to show how much you appreciate the hard work and dedication given by bloggers around the UK (and there’s also an international category if you have a favourite overseas blog). I’ve put my thinking cap on and here are some of my favourites. Read More
Well besides being a wonderful way to meet new people and make new friends, blogging for me is really crucial to my business. This might be the beginning of a series of posts on the subject but for now I just wanted to let you know, if you didn’t already, that there is a weekly radio show called the Business Hub on the UK’s Star Radio, the station that serves Cambridge and Ely and I’m going to be on it! Read More
In May 2014 I had the privilege of meeting Tricia Guild OBE and for me it was a treat because I have watched her business grow from the early ’70s when I knew the company as a producer of contemporary ‘designer’ fabrics to, what it is today, a multi-national success with extensive collections of fabric, wallpaper, furniture and accessories.
“I had always wanted to create a lifestyle – I was working as an interior designer and was utterly frustrated at the lack of exciting and interesting contemporary textiles. I felt I had something different to say and I was young and fearless and decided to give it a try”. Tricia Guild.
Are you a professional in the design industry? Please accept this invitation to join us on the International stage in a TwitterChat every Tuesday evening @IntDesignerChat, #IntDesignerChat. (We start again after the summer break)
In the September issue of LivingEtc there is a section called Decorating Focus, under Design Ideas (p48). You will see some gorgeous pictures of an interior that is styled to show off the furniture and furnishings in colour themed rooms. I really like the exuberant reds and autumn colours of the room called Scarlet Serenade. Read More
Saturday 2 August was a day of two halves for me; I had been looking after my grandchildren for a week and their parents were due back at lunchtime so the morning was very much family time and the afternoon and evening were spent catching up with some work. Read More
Do you want to start a blog but not sure how? Have you started a blog but not sure how to develop it? Have you lost confidence and wonder if it’s worth it? A new short course “Blogging for business” will re-energise your business, whatever it is, and re-ignite your passion.
A Grade II listed Victorian property has been refurbished and the interiors clad in the well known Laura Ashley brand furniture and soft furnishings. The Laura Ashley Hotel, The Belsfield, is operated by the Corus Hotels group which has collaborated with the high street interiors company for a rather lovely makeover. Read More
The London Design Festival takes place from 13 to 21 September 2014. There is plenty to see and do and some interesting exhibits, from airborne drones to whacky room designs. ‘A Place Called Home’ brings together four highly acclaimed designers who have been invited to create their own interpretation of home. Read More
We’ve seen the trend for up-cycling and repurposing furniture develop into a phenomenon that brings the concept of sustainability right into your living room. For many years creative home owners have been producing one-off pieces with style. I remember writing a post about a piece of furniture that had been ‘pimped up’. It was originally a black console table but after remodelling it had furry legs and zebra stripes and neon pink splashes – it was very exciting but probably not the easiest piece to live with.
Now there are some people in High Wycombe who have got the balance right. Read More
Joanna Thornhill is an interiors stylist and writer. Author of ‘Home for Now’, she has rented many properties and experienced the frustration of living in a space you cannot easily change to make your own. When a new house buyer views a property one of the first things they think about is putting their own stamp on it. No matter how small or humble it is a basic human need to want to make the place we call home comfortable and special. Read More
I wonder if kitchens are becoming sterile and characterless? Have we gone a step too far and designed all the love out of them? See my article on Best Home Ideas Australia where I discuss the trend in kitchen design towards a streamlined look with high gloss cabinetry and granite work tops.
I’d love to know what you think: share your family’s experience with kitchen design in the comment box below.
“We received an outstanding number of nominations for this year’s #Decorex100, from esteemed designers to renowned industry bloggers, to well loved luxury design brands. After much thoughtful deliberation by our panel of Decorex experts, we are excited to announce the official #Decorex100 2014 list of the most influential tweeters in the luxury interior design world!”
Yasmin Chopin : @YasminChopin
This has made my day and it’s an honour. It means a lot to me as I’ve been tweeting messages about interior design since 2009 and have met so many lovely people as a result! I enjoy using social media in my business and find Twitter particularly useful for making contacts and researching furniture, furnishings and accessories for my clients so this is not hard work at all, it’s simply a ball. I regularly participate in a weekly international tweetchat, #IntDesignerchat, which helps me keep abreast of international activity in my area of the industry.
With this accolade I am now noted as one of the top 100 design influencers on Twitter by Decorex International, which is utterly amazing. I’m excited to be rubbing shoulders on this list with House & Garden magazine, TV star Sophie Robinson (judge of the BBC2 Great Interior Design Challenge), Vanessa Brady OBE, blogger Bright.Bazaar and design writer Barbara Chandler, to name but a few.
Image: courtesy Decorex International, Haute Deco Luxury Handles.
Sharing interior design ideas and tips for you to use in your own home is the main purpose of this blog and I hope you enjoy browsing through it. Whether your property requires a full scale renovation or a fresh makeover there are many opportunities to impress your personality through your design choices.
A blogging tip I learned is that you should always try to be yourself when you write, to give something of the private ‘you’ so your audience can relate to a real person. I hope I make that connection with you but when I came across this photo diary project recently, #1day12pics, I thought it a nice opportunity to take part, share my day with you and practise my photography skills. Why not join in next month and link up with Michelle and Emma who organise the project? Read More