I had the amazing opportunity to assist Lucy Gough to one of her photo shoots and I was so looking forward to receiving the images so I can share this with you, guys! Nevertheless, I had the honour to observe and learn from Xavier Young the photographer with whom Lucy has collaborated many times. What I love about this industry is that no matter how known you are or your just in the beginning, if you’re the stylist or the painter… you will be treated equally and with respect. It’s all about team work and each opinion matters. Because everybody knows that each has an important role in making an image look amazing. Therefore, Lucy, Xavier and the entire team managed to come up with this stunning images which I’m so happy to post. There were 2 fun days in which I learned and meet wonderful people, and that makes everything worth it.
Having the chance to go to the Chelsea Design Center Festival gave me the opportunity to discover the new releases and keep up with the new trends. We all know that 2015 was all about geometry….well, this year all the designers “brought to life” their collections playing with animal and floral prints. You might have the feeling you are standing in the middle of a flower field or getting lost in a forest. Sanderson, Morric & Co, Harlequin and Zoffany’s collections are so alive and colorful..I just love them. I have to admit that too many patterns are not for me – not to live in a room with too much going on – but some of the fabrics are to-die-for. I specially adore the daybed from Sanderson . Whats your favorite?
One of the reasons to leave in London is that you have where to choose from when it comes to decorating your space, furniture stores, home accessories, design fairs… and PUBs of course.. hehehe…because after so much craziness of running from a place to another, you definitely need a good drink. Thanks God we have internet and we have blogs to make our life easier. So, if you are looking for a really special wallpaper, I suggest ARTE International . Their collections are so elegant and vibrant. Somehow, the textures remind me of gem stones or natural textures. The ones that captured my attention were The Alchemy and Mirage collection. You just can’t go wrong with any of your choices.
I also encourage you to pay a visit to their showroom. It’s just stunning! I could easily take it as a place you can leave there. You will find more selections of wallpaper and you are in good hands when it comes to services and interior design consultation. Go for it, what are you waiting for?!
Here I am writing and showing you my last project with Wallpaper*. And when I thought that other projects were pretty intense..this was by far harder than what I’ve experienced before. I really have to mention that, I couldn’t have made it without the help of the photographer assistants and the other interns from the office ..and of course Olly, which I stressed her with thousands of txts and phone calls – thank you all. Although we had one of the biggest studios in London, it seams that we still struggled with space. The entire projects was challenging even from the very beginning. We had only few weeks to get all the products in UK from: Singapore, Mexico,USA etc. We usually have 1 month but because of the Christmas Holidays we had only few time left. Amy Heffernan ( the stylist ) had to change the strategy during the photo-shooting, because some of the products were still on their way. What was very interesting was that we worked in parallel on 2 or 3 sets. Whiles the photographer and stylist were busy with one set, we were already busy setting the next two. Juggling through the boxes and giving things to do to 4-5 people, it was fun and .. I have to use again, challenging ( I can’t find a better word really).
All in all… the result it’s stunning! I love the products and colour scheme that Amy chose and the Richard Foster’s lighting and composition skills (www.richardfoster.com).
I have to say that, the 4 months experience to Wallpaper* was worth it and looking back I realise how many things I learn and what a fantastic team was the Interiors. I couldn’t see myself doing something else and I hope I’ll have the chance to collaborate again with them in the close future.
All the houses I leaved in, and there are few now, they all had a bright kitchen with the working area near the window. Therefore, every time I have to design a new space I think, first of all, if there’s enough light and airy surfaces. I love open shelves which are practical and fun – you can add so much flair to the space by mismatching pottery and kitchen accessories; I love to see herbs in pots; I love the texture of the wood – I couldn’t never see myself working in a kitchen where there’s no wood whatsoever ( although I like it to be in small amounts) …and I definitely love tiles.
This moodboard was made for a potential kitchen of a client – unfortunately the new property came with a kitchen already, so we couldn’t go with this projects, although he was so thrilled of the project. From the beginning he wanted something industrial but cosy with black cabinets and white tiles. Because the kitchen was near to a water canal, I wanted to add accents of natural textures and linen fabrics so it will feel a bit summery – taking in consideration the grim London weather.
I had to leave the space as simple as possible so it will stick to the budget, but if I have to play a bit more with my imagination I could add just a bit of colour to the scheme and some graphic accents: some Moroccan tiles or illustrations on the wall , some playful Mexican or Asian plates and mugs… and i will have to stop now otherwise I’ll risk having a creating atmosphere.
Hope you like the project and find it inspiring for your own kitchen.
Wallpaper* February Issue its a special one, because we made a selection of the latest designs and we reward them. It was one of the most intense projects because I had to deal with dozens of products and assist two of the stylists one after the other (Amy Heffernan and Matthew Morris), making sure ( with the help of Olly and Cecilia) that everything was ready to be shoot. It was an amazing experience to be in the studios for couple of weeks and work with different teams of set builders and photographers. Each photoshoot was different and the ones we thought they will be quickly done, they actually were so hard. As conclusion: never underestimate a projects and be ready for unexpected events.
As you can see, the images look fantastic and very different of each other. Amy’s modern and bold style is very inked in her sets and Matt’s elegant and classy look is so constant and admirable. I love their work and I’m so looking forward to see what else they have prepared for us.
For those of you who are planning to redecorate or you are starting from scratch a bedroom which needs to look good on a modest budget, I came up with some suggestions of products you might be like. They can be order online (if you are too busy) or found in stores (if you like shopping and you have time to lose yourself in affordable stores) . This particular project was made for a client with whom I work at the moment to decorate his new flat in London. The room had to be suitable for a young professional either man or woman- it has to be rent it… also the room it’s pretty small so we wanted to create space, but in the same time has to be very stylish on a budget as low as possible. There are plenty of products much cheaper, but we wanted to spend extra money on quality accessories.
I admit, the London Design Festival (LDF) had finished about 3 weeks ago I guess – I just lost track of time. But that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t talk about it. It’s such a MUST for all designers, which it’s worth exploring as much as possible throughout the year! .. probably it might take me at least half an year to talk about everything I saw in the exhibitions.
Unfortunately, it’s impossible to see everything in a week, but you can definitely take a day off or choose the weekends and end up seeing so many good things. I was very impressed how well organised it was, most of the shows were free- you have maps and there’s plenty of information displayed everywhere to guide you – so no excuse not to see as much as possible. You could meet the designer and of course, if you had time, you would have a drink..or two. For more precise info, you can check their website: www.londondesignfestival.com . I am so lucky to be in London and I although it happen to have a photo shoot in the same week, I manage to run from a place to another. I piece of advice: please be prepared for walking a lot, carrying heavy catalogues and run out of time to eat – so be very well prepared.
Because I’m a huge fan of lights and lighting accessories, here you have few of my favorites pieces. This would be the latest designs. Hope you like them!
The weather has changed drastically overnight and the hot and sunny days are left behind ..and let’s admit it: already miss that, don’t we?!. I don’t want to get in a dramatic atmosphere but we must prepare ourselves for dark days with gray sky and lots of layers of clothes. Although, there’s a specific beauty to it, I guess that no one wants to bring that in their house also. So, my proposal would be: how can you bring the summer back and enjoy it everyday? And I’m not talking about travelling to this hot destinations… who can do that all the time and afford it? Not my readers anyway….. therefor, my choice was manly white and beige shades, natural textures and pattern,using light tone wood and glass accessories, adding yellow and green accents. Fantastic!!!
Hope this was inspiring enough to visit my blog more often.
It gives me a great pleasure to introduce you to one of my favorite designers – Tricia Guild, the founder of Designers Guild . Since I arrived to London I wanted to visit one of her showrooms and stores, and yesterday was that day. I had to dedicate a full article to her and put together a styling project.. and I’m so happy with my pics. Let me tell you something: with Guild designs, you can never go wrong. The collections are full of life, joyful and the patterns will create an exotic atmosphere… as if you were in the most luxuriant bungalow in Laos or India.
First image it’s a moodboard created with: fabrics, catalogs, wallpaper and different objects collected yesterday from the store; followed below by 2 images of the windows. BTW, I was almost hit by a car as I had to stay in the middle of the street to take the shoot …hihi .. if you wonder why I had to do that?! it’s because I have a fix lens.
Next, is my styling project created before I went to see the place. The center peace is Tricia Guild’s new book which I simply adore. You just can’t stop browsing it.
And here we are showing you how the store looks like. I was so glad that they allowed me to take pictures. There are a lot of things going on, so it was very hard to take simple shoots and create a light atmosphere, but in the end I manage to get few quite good ones…I may say.
I hope you enjoyed my gallery and work … and probably even convincing you to go to the Designers Guild store or order online.