Interior Design is all about creating a designated feature for your room instantly give is the ‘wow’ factor.
Why not start by painting a wall with one of this year’s shades (how about ‘Barrier Reef’ from Crown Paints ‘Surreal Botanical’ range?) and then stack it full of different shapes and sizes of picture-frames. This is one of the easiest pieces of DIY and it is one of the most effective – grab a whole load of frames in all different sizes and go crazy – don’t be too concerned with symmetry as blatant opposition to such rules gives any room an air of liberation. Remember, art is one of the most personal touches for your home but doesn’t have to cost the earth, if you are stuck for what fill your picture frames with why not create a collage of family pictures or iconic images from magazines? Doing so also has the added advantage of allowing you to update your display to fit the season!
The interior design in this hallway could have been extremely soulless, however the smiling happy faces of family and friends as turned it not only in to a warm and inviting area but also a wow factor!
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Design Essentials – Lighting
Lighting is literally the life blood of a design; it can make a design shine (pardon the pun!). Interior Design is all about making the absolute best of every space, and bathrooms can unfortunately be sadly overlooked when it comes to lighting. This is a huge shame as it can create some of the most dramatic bathrooms.
This bathroom was designed for a gorgeous town house Interior Design in Mayfair. It needed to work within the more traditional design of the house, but with a slightly more contemporary feel. We needed to replicate the original cornice that we had retained throughout the rest of the property; this had unfortunately been removed from these two levels during a 1970s renovation, however was still present on the other 4 floors of the house. However, we wanted to create more of a feature with the cornice and lighting on the newly renovated floors. Normally, the bathroom gets abandoned at this point and gets stuck with the normal spot lighting. We will not abandon the bathroom, we want it to be just as gorgeous as the rest of the property, and so we also used the beautiful cornice lighting within both bathrooms.
As you can see it makes quite an effect! This bathroom was designed with blue LED strip lighting and completely changes the room from a more contemporary feel to a rocking modern feel that literally charges with energy.
It can be a much more subtle effect when using a bright white LED light, as you can see below. It still makes the entire shower room glow, but is less “in your face” and more subtle.
We always treat each of our clients as individuals, and we realise that the LED blue lighting may not be for everyone, but it exactly fulfilled our clients brief. Interior Design is always about the finished project and we were ecstatic to see the look on our clients faces when they saw the bathrooms that we had created for them.
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September is always a really interesting time of year in the design world; together with the change from flip-flops to boots we are invited to attend a whole host of amazing design shows. One of my favourites of these shows is Tent London, held in the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch this show always produces something wonderful that gets you instantly thinking of how you can push your designs further, make more of your space and widen the choices you offer clients. This year’s tent was no exception; in fact it was by far the most inspirational yet.
This year I was super impressed that Tent actually took over the ground floor area of the brewery which was transformed beautifully from its normal market stalls and gorgeous food to a sleek and modern design show – the space was almost unrecognisable! The show really made the most of the different levels available to it and it flowed together from level to level very easily – I loved it!
These are a few of my favourite selections from the show…
First up, and the first things that hits you as you come through is Portuguese company Ginger & Jagger’s collaborative stall with Munna. The Walnut cabinet is simply beautiful (although I think it would be greatly improved with slow close hinges!) and will make a fantastic feature piece for future designs as it would work great as bedroom storage or even as a bar in a formal lounge!
One of my favourite finds was Endesigns (http://www.endesigns.eu/) they do some amazing, quirky and very differently designed pieces. I love the floor tiles below (how cool would these be in a funky boutique hotel lobby?!)
Overall the show, I felt, was a great success and was a wonderful way to spend a Sunday as we woke up much more energized and excited to look in to all the new products on Monday morning!
This design was the Finalist in the Living Space design of the year only recently and we are constantly getting questions on how to re-create parts of this wonderful white on white design. Here we break down a few of the amazing features of this design
The aim of this bathroom was to have some glitz and glamour whilst still having a completely usable space…and of course it HAD to be white! Mosaic by Bizazza Floor tiles by Surface Bath and toilet by Living House.
1. Did you used the same tile on all walls?
The wall tiles are two different colours of Bizazza Tiles, the beautiful splash back is actually inlaid with white gold to create an extremely glitzy finish. They are called ‘Narcisio’ part of the Shading blends
2. What size are the floor tiles?
They are 60cm square
(Did you know the image below has been added to almost 10,000 ideas books over on Houzz??!)
3. How is the bed held up?
The bed is attached to the supporting wall behind the headboard and has a central leg. It’s from a company called Lago and the details of the bed can be found here
4. Do you remember the brand of flooring used here? Is it laminate floating floor?
The flooring used here is an engineered German oak in a brushed ‘fridge white’ it is from one of our trade suppliers so unfortunately I can’t pass on any contact details that would be of use to you. It was very important with this flooring that it as a brushed finish rather than a sprayed finish as it means that it retains more of the patina of the wood.
5. What is the wall colour?
The whole property has been painted in Brilliant White
6. How do you tuck the duvet underneath the bed?
There is a thin platform with the slats underneath for the mattress, this is where the duvet is tucked in
So if you have any more questions on any of our designs please don’t hesitate to leave us a comment or give us a tweet
Wardrobes are wardrobes, right? Wrong! Bespoke wardrobes add value to your property, make your rooms look gorgeous and they even save you time! They are a fantastic investment for you and your property.
Most of our clients are extremely busy people who run their own businesses, they are CEOs and Directors, they don’t have time to waste and, let’s be honest, fashion isn’t always the top priority in the boardroom. However, everyone likes to look their best and creating a wardrobe storage system that is tailored perfectly to you will allow you to look your best and may even give you a few extra minutes in bed (we can’t promise that however!)
This wardrobe system was created for a client that had a teenage daughter, the wardrobe is actually triangular and contains a larger variety of different internal storage so that there is a place for everything! Just the way it should be!
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Just FYI we have been nominated for the International Design & Architecture Awards 2013 and so we have decided to give you a little bit of behind the scenes knowledge of one of our most popular designs.
We often get asked a lot of questions about parts of this design so here we are going to answer a few of them.
1. Bar stool/stools? Isn’t anyone going to ask – are they a custom design?
These amazing stools are actually not a custom piece, They are actually a piece from Ligne Roset and are called the Mirlino
2. I love the finish on the floors. Do you know what was used?
The flooring is an engineered German Oak parquet with a natural varnish. We thought it would be the perfect offset for the gorgeous high ceilings and modern look
3. Can you tell me who makes the chair? – Beautiful! Who makes the chair?
The chair is acutally from Andrew Martin.
(Did you know the design above is one of our most popular designs having been added to over 1200 idea books on Houzz?)
4. Who makes the drops and where are they available?
The pendants over the dining room table are by Tom Dixon and they are available from his store. They were the perfect pick for this design as they produce a wow factor without being overly fussy
If you have any other questions on our designs please feel free to either visit us on Facebook and leave a comment on our photos or tweet us
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I love to travel, I adore it. If I had the time I would be away at least once a month enjoying a beautiful new city or exploring a wonderful bit of country side. One of the cities that has been on my list for way too long is Barcelona, and then I see a beautiful boutique hotel like this and I am sold. I need a trip to Barcelona this year!
I just love this room, the stained-glass windows (not usually a big fan but here they just ‘work’), the curved sofa and the beautiful coffee table. I really do love how it’s all been brought together.
In this room I just adore how they have kept and highlighted the glorious ceiling design, it offsets all the modern furniture beautifully. Some one hand me a caramel macchiato and I will be in heaven.
via Design Nirvana in Central Barcelona | 2Modern Blog.
You can book here if you’re sold: El Palauet
I adore The Rug Companies rugs, we have used them in many of our designs and they are always the beautiful, hummingbird-bakery-style, icing on the cake. One of my favourite designs is b Jaime Hayon and I spotted it in this beautiful house tour of Jessica Alba’s home.
What can I say she has great taste?
via .. House tour: Jessica Alba – The Rug Company Blog.
There are certain companies that always strike a cord with you, Timorous Beasties is one of those companies. This year they have seemed up with Brintons (the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality woven carpets operating in both commercial and residential markets)
This is the second collaboration between these two fantastic companies and I have to say that I adore there latest collaboration that is going to be launched next month at Clerkenwell Design Week!
The Collection has been divided into seven themes that are inspired by natural and spiritual influences. Arboresque, Atholl Gardens, Aviary, Paradise Lost, Plantation, This Modern World and Tree Of Life.The collection features many traditional elements that have been re-interpreted through contemporary design.
On Thursday 23rd May, during Clerkenwell Design Week there will be a talk in Brintons showroom.
Timorous Beasties & Archive discussion forum 2pm – Part one – Alistair McAuley, Paul Simmons (TB) and John Bain (Brintons Global Design Director). Part two of the forum – Brintons Carpets holds one of the world’s largest design and historical pattern archives which is preserved by Brintons own dedicated archivist, Yvonne Smith. Yvonne will talk about the archive and some of its treasured pieces.
Specifying paint colours is always more of an art than a science. What we tend to do for most projects it pick a colour for the initial design and then when it comes to fully specifying it we are insistent that we order at least 3 samples for each room. Lighting will always affect colours however it can often be very dramatic and so putting up 3 similar tones can often produce wildly different results. On a recent project we had a slight dilemma, we had originally specified up the entire house in Dulux paints. As they have a selection of over 20,000 colours they offer a remarkable selection of whites and off whites. However, a bit of miss communication with the German house builders and we were told that we could in fact only use their own eco friendly paint…which can only be made up in colours from NCS colour system.
Well I am sorry but that just doesn’t work for me, white is not just white, we went through over 50 different dulux colours on site so that we knew we would be completely happy with the end result and there is simply no way to colour match a white from one company to a white from another. I did give it a go
But as you can see the tones are ever-so-slightly off and unfortunately ever-so-slightly is more than I would be able to stand. So after many a debate we have decided to aim for perfect but not so eco-friendly and have gone with the original Dulux colours.
Have been really happy with how they have all turned out! You’ll get to see more in the big reveal in a few weeks!