Charlotte Gaisford British fabric and wallpaper designer

These are exciting times for small businesses because with the advent of Instagram, many people can now control their own advertising/marketing campaigns (on an hour by hour basis if they so wish!) as well as use it as a selling platform for their fledgling lifestyle brands. One such person who is not only an inspiring new fabric and wallpaper designer but extremely adept at social media and new marketing ideas is Northumberland designer Charlotte Gaisford.

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Fornasetti exhibition – Rome

A recent visit to Rome was a last-minute decision and a treat which sent me into Instagram overdrive (many apologies!) with snaps of frescos, classical architecture and palazzos. With no time for planning, you can imagine my intense delight when we got there to find a retrospective exhibition of Fornasetti design on at the 15th Century Palazzo AltempsSo – lovely readers – because there were no photographic restrictions, I am excited to be able to share with you a tailor-made blog tour of the exhibition …

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Monochrome Interiors

If you are unsure about decorating with Monochrome in your home, frightened perhaps that it could look too stark or too gloomy, remember it’s really just about getting the colour percentages right and adding a little texture. Think about the success of Chanel, Jo Malone and The White Company branding and you can’t go too far wrong. You may remember that I wrote about Monochrome last Summer –  Style It Dark For Summer – but my love of it has recently been stoked again.
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Coldharbour Lights

During these late January days when daylight is still in short supply, it seems more than a little appropriate to share a great lighting idea.  Coldharbour Lights‘ theatrical feathered bicycle wheel chandeliers are where Art Deco design meets Baz Luhrmann with just a dash of Boho chic. The perfect concoction perhaps to spice up the darker days of midwinter?

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Boho Style: the 2018 trend that isn’t a trend …

Boho Style is the 2018 interiors trend which isn’t a trend… or at least not a new one… It has been around for centuries and continues to hold a special place in many hearts and homes. From top UK interior designers such as Robert Kime and furniture and fabric designers Soane to intrepid and stylish hunter gatherers, such as Francesca Gentilli, Lucy Ferguson (East London Parasol Company) and Yonder Living, there is renewed focus on designs from North Africa, India, South America and Indonesia.

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Bullion fringe – a set piece for 2018

Before I post my first interiors trend piece of 2018, I couldn’t resist this mini one on Bullion fringing. Jonathan Adler didn’t design this as a set for the BBC 2 TV series Feud (which centres on the relationship between Hollywood film stars Bette Davies and Joan Crawford) but with the combination of art deco fireplace and 40s style chairs, he certainly could have done!

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5 January sales tips to give your home an interior design boost

A very Happy New Year! I hope that you have had a really lovely Christmas and are now looking forward to 2018. Now that the corks have popped and the decorations are down, does your home look quite frankly, a little worse for wear? Well fear not, as I have put together 5 January sales tips to give your home an interior design boost! Armed with my inside knowledge as an interior stylist of the January sales, read on to find out how to make your home sparkle again before you even have time to say Blue Monday …

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Art for Living exhibition at Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler

The art world has seen some eye-wateringly expensive pieces being sold at auction recently but Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler’s current Art for Living exhibition (6 – 21 December 2017) at their Pimlico Road showroom is exciting for two reasons. Firstly, the selling exhibition shows how to use contemporary art in room sets with both antique and contemporary furniture and secondly, the prices are in the more affordable region of (£1,500 – £15,000) – think high street sofa to budget kitchen.

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A very Jelly Christmas

Homemade gifts are like homemade food for me. There is nothing like them for the quality, authenticity, care and thought that has gone in to making them. Please don’t get me wrong, all presents are gratefully received! But there is a greater emotional transaction around the giving and receiving of something handmade. If you aren’t a maker yourself but wish to give a handmade gift this Christmas, then you might just want to put Jelly on your shopping list!

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Your Christmas personal shopping guide

Black vintage car with presents on roof: courtesy of Hannele89 Blogspot.fi/Pinterest

Feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of Christmas shopping? Don’t worry, I’ll be your personal shopper with the blog’s first-ever Christmas present guide. Years of experience as a stylist means that I know where the great and the good get their presents … and I like shopping!

(wonderful vintage car image was styled by Hannele who lives 500KM north of Helsinki in Finland and is an interior designer and blogger).

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