When I met Julia Brendel at the international interiors trade show, Decorex International, which took place September 2014, she was immersed in conversation with people who had flocked to her stand. During a lull we were able to chat and I’m really impressed with the range of gorgeous linen she has on offer. We had already been in touch about running a competition for you, my readers, and had chosen a beautiful blue tablecloth; made in a lightweight pure linen it is ideal for Autumn entertaining.
Featured in many of the glossy magazines, including The English Home and Beautiful Kitchens, Julia’s fine linen is highly sought after.
None of us have an open ended budget for home decorating but even with very limited funds you can make your money go a long way with a bit of time and imagination. Make clever purchases that add style to your home with a trawl through the second hand and antique shops in your area. Read More
It’s always a pleasure to write a post for another interiors addict and even more exciting when the blog author is based down under. I have been collaborating with Samantha Winterland since May 2014 and my monthly article, published in her on-line magazine Best Home Ideas Australia, is proving popular. September’s is all about re-inventing your home with eco design, a philosophy that thankfully never goes out of fashion. I’m fascinated with clever interiors ideas that involve all types of recycling and innovative use of waste materials. Featured in the post are Philippe Starck, Out of the Dark, the Vintage Fridge Company, Pad Home (image above), Thomas Forsyth and Owen Gildersleeve.
It’s trade show time and the next few weeks are a whirl with activity across a number of design events in London. To celebrate one of the themes in this year’s shows I’ve created a Pinterest board called Kaleidoscope. Just playing with shapes and colours and sharing some beautiful table settings. Read More
My most pinned image of all time is this one. Why is it so popular? What do you find irresistible about it? The colours are mouthwatering aren’t they? I’m taken by the reflections in the water and the latent energy that suggests a party is right round the corner.
Thousands of people have enjoyed this image as it’s been pinned 3395 times from my boards. I placed it on a group board called ‘What building inspires you?’. That board has now received 29,048 pins and has 2,425,565 followers. Wow, the power of Pinterest!
The image is called Portofino © Lester A. Garcia. It’s actually not the real Portofino in Genoa, Italy, but an Hotel in Orlando, Florida would you believe?
Last year I wrote about contemporary artist Jessica Zoob and her collaboration with ROMO fabrics. I featured one of her paintings, Pleasure Gardens, which had been chosen, along with other works, to create a new home interiors collection of wallpaper and fabric called Desire. See the post here. Now this painting is just one that has become readily accessible to all of us via her online shop.
More people are recognising the power of blogging but don’t know where to begin. I set up my blog a few years ago with the aim to offer interiors hints and tips to people who love and care for their homes and who want to make them better and more beautiful. Like many others I’ve soaked up a great deal of information from the internet and attended blogging groups for useful tips and moral support. Always enthusiastic I’ve got sidetracked at times, and frustrated, then worried that no-one would actually read my blog. Read More
Do all interior 'props' have to be new or can you recycle existing possessions?
I always seek to re-use furniture and furnishings in a new design whenever possible. Up-cycling and re-purposing are my watchwords.
What is your opinion of plantation shutters?
I love them! They cast interesting shadows on an interior reminding me of sunny days abroad. Maintenance involves keeping them dusted, couldn't be easier! Just make sure you buy well constructed shutters in the first place, don't skimp on quality.
Presumably you only have a limited number of suppliers?
My client base varies considerably so my supplier list continues to grow. I work with my client's budget and strive to only source from UK companies.
Sara came to my ‘Blogging for Business’ workshop and we did a mini interview. She’s right at the beginning of her blogging journey and I wish her every success. It’s a wonderful world!
This month’s #1day12pics took place on 6 September 2014 and with nothing spectacular planned I hadn’t a clue what photographs I’d be taking for the challenge. The day before I had run my first blogging course and encouraged delegates to join in with this project and was really pleased to see that some had. The challenge is organised by Emma Davies @EmmaDaviesPhoto and Michelle Young @my_cre8ive and, using Instagram and/or Twitter, we share our day in pictures. Above is a collage of some of my September shots and my day started with a trip to pick up my dad for a morning in town. I’ve added an Instagram stream to the sidebar of my blog, so you can see more…
Whether it’s interior design, fashion photography, small business marketing or learning how to use WordPress, I can highly recommend CreativeLive for FREE tutorials. They broadcast from San Francisco, which means you’ll be watching late afternoon and evening here in the UK but it’s oh so worth it. Check the calendar to see what’s coming up and then log in and sign up. You don’t get bombarded with spam, you do get excellent help from quality tutors that deliver their material to a small studio audience. Read More
You can now see home decor styles collated into Ideas Books, post your interior design and DIY questions and get lots of inspiration from the new UK Houzz website. Follow my profile and get onto the site here. Perhaps you need to make a cup of tea right now because you will be lost to the wonderful world of interiors for ages!! Enjoy!! Read More
Interior Design book review
Once past the celebrity Foreward written by Victoria Beckham, and the short Introduction written by Kelly Hoppen, we move into a chic world of beautiful luxurious interiors. The photographs hit you first, each one dominating the page whilst the text takes second place. Immediately this book identifies itself as one for the coffee table to dip in and out of with ease. Read More
Fenton Art Design just posted a piece on their blog that struck a timely chord as we lead up to the London Design Festival, which is being held next month.
“It’s curious that the meaning of the word “value” is increasingly about cost, in particular low cost. But what about the value we place on what we buy, and the value of the people and companies that create the things we choose to fill our lives with?” Cherry Anderson, Fenton Art Design.
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.
Hear the radio show clip right now by clicking through to my About page.
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 on The Business Hub 24th August 2014.
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