There’s no better way of starting the day but enjoying a good coffee and pulling out all the fabrics and catalogues, thinking: hmmm what inspires me and what kind of mood board I will create today?! And this is what I came up with – an invigorating, homely and organic style. It’s so me and it reflects how I feel now on a sunny day in London, dreaming of leaving in a hacienda with a swimming pool and a greenhouse which I can convert into a studio. Probably the desire and need for a seaside holiday is reflected in everything I do and think of. Soon!!
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?!
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.
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.
I was in the mood to play with some fabrics I currently found at KLC in London, so I took my camera and with a lot of enthusiasm but in the same time super nervous, I took few shoots (please see only the big pics with text). I was nervous because I haven’t used a DSLR camera for such a long time – it was interesting and scary in the same time 🙂 Anyway, with the least effort and with a bit of Photoshop this are the results. As noticed, I also added few examples of images of products from their website. Hope you like it!
BTW: if you haven’t heard about Sahco nor Anthropoligie? you should.. they are amazing brands.
“We Believe In Great Design” – a real statement which can be found in each of the products shown in Normann Copehagen’s gallery. I love their simple and minimalist lines and the colour palette which gives you that feeling of calmness and neatness. This Danish design company collection consists of a wide range of furniture, sculptural lighting, stunning textiles and home accessories. It caught my eye in a second and I’m looking forward to insert some of their creations in my next project. Hope you find them as extraordinary as I do and visit my blog soon to check my new posts.
Summer it’s almost here and although I love spring, I can’t think of how much I miss the sea and the sun. I yearn for few days somewhere near the ocean/sea, to feel the sand beneath my feet and lie on a soft white cotton sunbed. Because, again I have other plans more important than affording ( as time) a holiday, I thought to come up with a design solution which will bring that feeling alive no matter where you live. I didn’t want to overly use the maritime theme and because the most relaxing moments are brought by light shades and airy spaces, I thought that I should combine the Scandinavian style with a touch of Mediterranean influence. White, cream , grey and accents of black and blue is what you need. Use cotton and translucent fabrics and do not forget the plants to give you that impact of an exotic scene.
We always talk about how a house should look like, what style we like, what colours we have to choose and what objects should fit. But, we forget that a real designer should take in consideration of all the 4 senses (the 5th 0 Taste -can’t be included)when she/he will decorate the space.
Scientists agree that smell and memory have a special relationship. People can often recall aromas from childhood or a distinctive odor they’ve only smelled once. Whatever the preferences, smells do enhance comfort and happiness.
I can’t imagine a house without candles or any type of fragrances – and I have to be very careful of my choose as I get very easily headache. Do you have any flavore or brand you like?
One of the reasons I love UK is because of TK-Maxx and Home Sense stores. You will find this amazing home accessories with very good prices. One of my favorite brand when it comes to Candles is Makers of Was Goods . Oh, if I could only find words to describe how fine and delicate they smell and they have this super interesting combinations of fragrances: Oudwood and Moss , Lather and Amber , Tabacco and Suede etc. Their brand and packaging is stunning ..it’s just that I was super surprised I couldn’t find any website. They don’t have one. How is that possible?
Anyway, I recommend that, if you are from UK and you have a Tk-Maxx close to you or if you want to buy them online, do not hesitate. You won’t regret it.
I had a bit of play with the products and I’m pleased about the pictures I took today, taking in to consideration I used my iphone.
Hope you like my article and till next one: have a wonderful day.