Interview: BBC1’s Howards End set decorator, Tanya Bowd

Sunday night rituals in the winter for me entail putting the fire on and settling in to watch the season’s best period drama. I was so excited and, if I am honest, a little worried that I would be disappointed with the current BBC 1 TV serialisation of Howards End. Continue reading “Interview: BBC1’s Howards End set decorator, Tanya Bowd”

Tissus D’Helene: Japanese style window display

It is extremely fortuitous (jammy even) that when Helen Cormack owner of wallpaper and fabric company Tissus D’Helene asked me to style a Japanese window (at the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour) that she had chosen a collection of wallpapers in an orange and grey colour palette. Part One of my Marmalade and Slate interiors recipe was well underway as a blog post so it neatly dove-tailed with this trend – just love it when that happens! Continue reading “Tissus D’Helene: Japanese style window display”

Clinique at home with Jonathan Adler

Seventies glam interior style or as Jonathan Adler calls it – Modern American Glamour – is something I know a little bit about. I grew up in Elstree, Hertfordshire which has one of the UK’s largest film studios. The leafier lanes of Elstree village were also home to celebrities such as Simon Cowell, Pete King (business partner of Ronnie Scott’s jazz club), Joan Collins and other visiting stars who were filming at the studios. Continue reading “Clinique at home with Jonathan Adler”

Tissus D’Helene: styling for Chelsea Design Week 2017

When I was approached by  Helen Cormack of Tissus D’Helene to style her Chelsea Design Week (12 – 17 March 2017) window display, to say I was excited was an understatement! As dream jobs go, this is right up there. When I styled some features for Homes & Gardens magazine, they often used Helen’s fabrics – and I have always adored them.

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Yellow interiors and fashion trend Spring/Summer 2017

A very Happy New Year 2017. Rather than wait for the first daffodils of Spring to open, I thought I would slice through the grey gloom of January to present one of Spring/Summer ’17’s most joyful interior and fashion trends. ‘Mellow Yellow’ is all set to bring its mood enhancing properties to our lives and I for one can’t wait!

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How to style your bedroom for the best night’s sleep ever

At the beginning of the 1970s, a particularly ‘domestic’ revolution was taking place, this wasn’t the ‘Chuck Out Your Chintz’ advertising campaign (as extolled by Swedish furniture giant, IKEA) – that came later. Households up and down the country were, in fact, joyfully ditching blankets, eiderdowns and flat sheets – breaking free from the chains of endless bed making and the ironing that entailed…

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The Green Room – Autumn/Winter ’16 fashion and interiors trend

Turn away now if your school uniform was bottle green and you swore that the colour wouldn’t darken your door again. Every which way you look, the mystical and glamorous combination of green and velvet is, to put it quite simply, ‘big’ for Autumn/Winter 2016 fashion and interiors. Although I put my neck out and made a prediction at the beginning of February with my post on the launch of Farrow and Ball’s Paint Colours 2016 that it might be, even I have been taken aback at the the groundswell of this new direction.

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House and garden tour: Indigo Rye owner Karen Kennedy’s Oxfordshire home

Well before the UK design community had reconsidered Moroccan pattern and encaustic tiles as desirable for the home, Karen Kennedy, owner of Indigo Rye had them up as the surround to her reception desk in her hairdressing salon. Hanging above the desk are a couple of punched metal Moroccan pendent lights from Liberty. Not only that, but Niki-Jones home cushions sit on window seats either side of the front door to the salon and literally scream ‘come inside’ to the passers by of Berkshire and Oxfordshire. At least they do to those of us sensitive to exquisite decorative home accessories … !

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Global Fusion interiors trend for Autumn/Winter 2016

As the seasons change, do your ideas on how you wish to decorate your home alter a little too? Do you adopt a bit of a squirrel mentality and find yourself stockpiling various homely items to line your nest for the winter months ahead? The Autumn/Winter ’16 interiors ‘Global Fusion’ trend is definitely one for those with strong hibernating instincts but also for those who want their home to reflect a little of far away places too…

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British Design Edit: Vanessa Hogge

For the second of my British Design Edit posts, I am thrilled to have been given a blog ‘worldwide exclusive’ interview by British porcelain ceramicist Vanessa Hogge. There are two reasons: one is that I love her work but the second is that I believe that very shortly Vanessa will be feted in every blog, newspaper and magazine in the land for her extraordinary work. Gardeners and painters who portray flowers such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Frida Kahlo and Marianne North have all been inspirational to Vanessa’s work.

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