Designers Guild WIN a blanket

Blending peony pink, fuchsia and amethyst purple for your interior

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

Yasmin Chopin Interior Design Steve Elsom Star Radio Cambridge

Blogging keeps my interior design business healthy

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

Decorex 2014 Pinch design wood wall and floor dressing table x600

Your chance to WIN two VIP tickets to Decorex 2014

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

Read More

Interior Design Cambridge Cushion covers Sandy Shattock

Cushion covers and consultancy – Interior design

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

Interior Blog Awards now Open with Amara

Luxury E-Retailer Amara Launch First Ever Interior Blog Awards!

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

Yasmin Chopin Chair Project Designers listening and learning reupholstery workshop with Out of the Dark and May Design Series

How blogging has helped my business

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

Guild Designers Guild x600

I was young and fearless and decided to give it a try – Tricia Guild

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.

Read More


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)

From Cambridge UK to Cambridge USA #IntDesignerChat

International community of professionals Interior Designer Chat badge

Working with stripes Fluoro-bright-kitchen-diner---Modern---Ideal-Home

How to use stripes in interiors

From the gentle, muted, relaxed tones ideal for a bedroom to edgy, graphic black and white, stripes are an interior designer’s friend. If you want to know how to use them visit my feature post in the on-line Australian magazine, Best Home Ideas, or my Pinterest board: How to use Stripes. Dare you go as bold as this image? Read More

LivingEtc front cover September 2014

Home styling for a photo shoot

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

Child friendly IH-Nautical-boys-bedroom

Decorating tips for children’s rooms

Excerpt from my post at Mumset Cambridgeshire:

“A child sized table and chair is a good investment and an encouragement to little ones to sit and concentrate. Place this furniture on a colourful rug to make a creative area and you will provide a spot to develop drawing skills with pencils and crayons and have fun. Paper, crayons, pens and pencils, along with paints and brushes, can all be stored nearby in boxes or bags..

How to make your home child friendly and stylish?

This is a question many new parents ask when preparing their home for an imminent arrival or redecorating a child’s bedroom. Balancing time and expenditure with the short term and long term needs of a family is tricky. My nine part series of posts is being published weekly by Mumsnet and you can get the whole series in one article (pdf) by joining my mailing list here. I hope some of the tips I’ve included in this article really do help. (Image courtesy of House to Home.)

Lane Smoke Grey and Yellow and White Twin Tone Lampshade High Res Group

Graphic design flair for your home interior

I always aim to specify items for my clients that are made in Britain and I’m taken by the simplicity and playfulness shown in these designs. Read More

#1day12pics mobile phone and sunset image

Seek beauty with a photographer’s eye

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

Chair Project Yasmin Chopin with finished chair x600

Step inside the world of blogging

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.

Join me in Cambridgeshire, UK, and learn how to market your business through blogging. See more here and contact me TODAY to be sure of a place.

Laura Ashley Hotel © Giles Christopher - Media Wisdom Photography Ltd

From High Street to Hotel with Laura Ashley

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

Interior design a_place_called_home_london design festival 2014

London Design Festival sets the scene in September

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

Kids chair competition Out of the Dark workshop orange bureau

Boring brown furniture brought to life with colour

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

Child friendly John Lewis cot Stockholm and alpabet

How to make your home child friendly and stylish

See Part 5 of a nine part series, which is now published on MumsNet Cambs.

“Decorate with colours for you as well as for baby… “

You can download the whole series in .pdf format: Join my mailing list for this and more interiors ideas for you and your family.

Image courtesy John Lewis.

Home for now front cover Joanna Thornhill

Interiors ideas for renters with Joanna Thornhill

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

  • OOTD kids chair back 600
  • Win this kids high chair renovated with love from Out of the Dark
  • Win this kids high chair renovated with love from Out of the Dark
  • Win this kids high chair renovated with love from Out of the Dark
  • Win this kids high chair renovated with love from Out of the Dark

Win this kids high chair renovated with love from Out of the Dark

To win this chair from Out of the Dark, just say why you would like to take this baby home; post your  comment in the box below!

Be generous! If you use social media share the news and invite your friends to enter as well. Read More

Kitchen Johnny Grey pink blue bar stools Edinburgh

Kitchen designs with character

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.

Decorex 100 most influential designers new Bark collection of handles for doors and furniture by Haute Deco Luxury Handles

At the top of the luxury interior design world with #Decorex100

“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!
Decorex 100 Finalist 2014 International Twitter influencer


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.

Nordic House knitted poofs summer sale

My favourite pick is the knitted pouf

The Nordic House Summer Sale is on till midnight 13 July 2014 and I find these knitted poufs intriguing. Pop over and have a look.

1day12pics logo

Photo diary July 2014 #1day12pics

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

Dairy Kitchen-area oval island Paul Massey House to home

Dairy conversion is a triumph in Notting Hill

Please see my introduction to this post which contains an explanation of how I came to be in this fascinating property. I promised to give you a note of some of the design features I noticed in the dairy:-

1. A stainless steel worksurface covers kitchen units that span the whole width of the kitchen and this looks extremely impressive. Besides offering a generous working area, the steel softly reflects light that bounces around the kitchen. Since this is the part of the first floor that is situated beneath the mezzanine, the additional light play contributes nicely. Read More

Child friendly IKEA June 2014

Mumsnet series Child Friendly Design parts 1 – 4

I am delighted to have been invited by Mumsnet to write a series of posts on the subject of child friendly design. Having had two of my own, and now a grandmother (ooh, I hate that word), I’ve learned from the experience. The series of nine posts are being published weekly and the first four ‘episodes’ can be seen here:

Decorating for babiesIt’s easy to plump for pastels yet many new mums and dads want to buck the trend and do something different for their baby. Pink for girls and blue for boys seems just too obvious, but before you dismiss them give a few moments thought to the benefits… Read More