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”

Marmalade and slate: a decorating recipe for all seasons

*Orange, often associated with 70s style interiors, is taking on an altogether sophisticated warmth this Autumn in a perfectly balanced partnership with cool slate greys. From linens to wallpapers to lighting and paint there are some really refreshing new interior designs. It is a colour combination which will ensure that your room is as cosy as you wish it to be in winter and has all the necessary vibrancy and light for summer living too.

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Style it dark for summer

Sizzling summer style

Dark interiors aren’t just for hybernating in winter months – honest! The inky tentacles of dark interiors are reaching far and wide into the world of interiors this summer. Like the *LBD in fashion, accessorising with black in an interior decorating scheme – often acts as an anchor and adds more than just a little understated chic. No longer associated with ’80s black ash furniture – from achingly stylish terraces of Juan les Pins to patios in Pinner – dark decorating is creating a summer scene.

*Little Black Dress

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Lewis and Wood’s new Spitalfields collection at Chelsea Design Week 2017

There is a certain mystique about wallpaper and fabric brand Lewis & Wood. When I think of their designs, ideas of enchanted woods and fairy tales of faraway places spring to mind. So let me take you ‘into the enchanted woods’ and show you behind the scenes of one of Britain’s national design treasures as they launch Spitalfields – a fabulous new collection for Chelsea Design Week…

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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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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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British design edit: watch this space …

I am really excited to announce that I will be writing some posts showcasing what I consider to be some of the best of British interior design. Each will feature just one person, product or company. There will be some well-known names in the ‘edit’ but there will also be a host of new designers to discover too. You can expect a mixture of tastes and styles featuring wallpaper, fabric, accessories and furniture.

(caption for images above): Top left: ‘Seafern’ 107/2011 wallpaper, Curio Collection, Cole and Son; ‘Stockholm’striped fabric, Teal/Tomato; ‘Dawn Chorus’ Teal, Winter fabric, Vanessa Arbuthnott; books, Cambridge Imprint; rug, Vivienne Westwood for The Rug Company; ‘Hot lips’ silk cushion, Age of Reason Studios; )

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Modern Glam: metallics for home and fashion

If pushing the boundaries is your thing and having a decorating scheme that makes your heart skip a beat every time you walk in a room, then this one could be one for you. ‘Modern Glam’ certainly has the ‘It Factor’ and cries out to be noticed.

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70s interior design trend for Spring/Summer 2016

Every time I look through images of original 1970s interiors I am thrilled by the sheer confidence of pattern, colour and design of that era. In the UK, there was so much creativity happening from the music industry through to fashion and home. Exhilarating design extended too to the airline industry.  In the early ’70s Court Line, a British airline/package holiday company had a fleet of brightly coloured planes where the crew’s outfits matched the colour of each plane – see my 70s Pinterest board.

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‘New Brights’ decoration at Ham Yard Hotel, London W1

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Bright wall covering and frame at Ham Yard Hotel, photograph taken on Iphone, Chariswhite.com

There has always been room in interior decorating for ‘Brights’, these are the colours which are the antithesis of neutral and dark – but how to interpret them in 2016?

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