December, 2013


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Dec 13

Happy New Year!

Hello! Hope you all had a lovely Christmas break, now we face a New Year, it’s time to get out with the old and in with the new! Rearrange and refresh your home with these quick and easy tips to ensure your rooms always look their best. By using accessories you can easily change the theme, look and feel of a room without having to resort to extreme redecorating.

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A very simple way to glam up your room, which is also not going to break the bank is to invest in a good selection of silk flowers. Although I love the real thing, these do look really great and will last for a very long time! I made up this arrangement by using Deco Flora flowers- http://www.silkflowersdecoflora.co.uk/

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Table top items are always great fun to buy and an easy way to change the look of your room.  A decorative box such as this one from Zara Home can funk up your coffee table or sideboard and is great value for money.

 

http://www.zarahome.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product/zarahomegb/en/zarahomegb/867661/2686519/Metal%2BSnake%2BBox

 

Update your sofa with this Smythson’s Cashmere Throw (£850) and Pillow (£295) set, the combination of luxurious greys will certainly keep you cosy, whether you throw this on your sofa or your bed

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                          http://www.smythson.com/cashmere-throw.html

http://www.smythson.com/cashmere-cushion-4.html

Brighten up your living room with Primrose and Plum’s Silver Twist Hurricane Lantern (£24) to bring some sparkle to your mantelpiece or side table. Add flowers or candles as a finishing touch!

 

 

Don’t want to get out of bed this January? Neither would I in this Ralph Lauren Home Cotton Tuxedo Duvet set. Just the thing to bring some sophistication to your bedroom and update it to the ultimate in style and chic!

 

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http://www.ralphlauren.com/product/index.jsp?productId=22388676

I love candles and these Luminara Candles come in 3 sizes as you can see in the hurricane lamp on the coffee table. The best bit about these is that they are battery operated so you just switch them on and they flicker like a real flame but without a fire risk!

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Hope you enjoyed my quick and easy tips to glam up your home! Remember to tweet me @CeliaSawyertv and visit my website www.celiasawyer.com.

Happy New Year!


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Dec 13

HOTEL LUXURY

I was wonderfully impressed with the hotel I stayed in, in Windsor recently. The Macdonald Windsor Hotel, www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk not only offered fantastic service but I was equally impressed with the brilliant use of space and luxury surroundings in the hotel.

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The hotel used to be a retail store and has a very small entrance doorway through to a very long hallway down to the reception and bar, which is very cleverly designed to lead you almost as a runner, up the aisle to the reception desk and bar where excellent staff wait to greet you. The ambient lighting in this area really works and is very welcoming.

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RECREATE THE LOOK

This is a fine example of how to make a long hallway or entrance inviting. Just because it runs in a straight line, the design has not been compromised and bringing in furniture of different heights and textures and ambient lighting, draws the eye to create interest. You can recreate this look at home by using contrasting level furniture, artwork and lighting, keeping the fabrics tonal but textural. This overhead floor light gives the same feel but for a fraction of the cost of some others on the market.

http://www.milandirect.co.uk/catalog/product/view/id/3123?gclid=CM7nx5HypLsCF fHMtAod9k0AMA

A good shaped armchair is a must and the Sofa and Chair Company have many options, http://www.thesofaandchair.co.uk/collection/chairs/2810-valera
Notice how the different levels of furniture add interest, this low cube could double up as a small table or be simply a footstool http://www.thesofaandchair.co.uk/collection/ottomans-cubes/2234-ono-cube.

Near the reception area is a contemporary fireplace, which draws a hub of people sitting cosily around it. Colour schemes are just great, with warm browns greys and gold (my favourites of course!)

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RECREATE THE LOOK

Keep shapes cosy here, with sofas from Andrew Martin, loose covers can look comfortable and less formal by a contemporary fireplace http://www.andrewmartin.co.uk/cadogan-large-sofa.php
Give your walls a texture with a funky wallpaper, such as this one by Andrew Martin http://www.andrewmartin.co.uk/atlantis-wallpaper.php
Fabrics such as these Zinc Metallic weaves look super glamorous and the colours are fabulous http://www.zinctextile.com/collections/lens

Just around the corner is the restaurant, which is also decorated with lovely muted colours with banquet seating and separate chairs to invite comfortable seating, wood panelled walls and the layout is perfect for atmosphere. This room works both at night and daytime which is important when creating your eating space.

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RECREATE THE LOOK IN YOUR KITCHEN/FAMILY ROOM

If you have the room its nice to incorporate different seating levels into your own kitchen/family space. It doesn’t need to look like a restaurant, but you can add smaller chairs with small sofas or mix your chairs to make the room a bit more casual in feel. Check out Kesterport who have top quality chairs of all shapes and sizes http://www.kesterport.co.uk/retail_chairs.html Leathers and faux suede are always great fabrics for these areas and can be cleaned fairly easily and I love this faux leather from Kravet, which looks glamorous but is still easy to clean http://search.kravet.com/Kravet-Vinyl/Acoustic.21- 400/CoverInformation.aspx

I had a fantastic stay at the Macdonald Windsor Hotel, which was not only down to the service and quality of the food and wine, but the hotel has a lovely quaintness yet still high end luxury feel which makes it a great recommendation from me. I will most certainly be going back, I cannot think of anything nicer than relaxing in the lovely bar by the fire with a fabulous glass of wine!

Celia Sawyer xxx

www.celiasawyer.com

@celiasawyertv


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Dec 13

5* LUXURY

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When I choose a hotel to visit, I am extremely fussy, not only down to the service given but because I have spent a great deal of time making the interior of my home as luxurious as the best 5 star hotel can possibly be. It can be a challenge to find the perfect combination of the two most important elements in a hotel, but this week I am going to share my experience of finding it, and how you can re create the look yourself at home!

I visited a beautiful hotel in the New Forest called The Chewton Glen www.chewtonglen.com and although the style of the room I stayed in (The Poachers Suite) was perhaps less contemporary than I would normally design, the room was faultless and pure luxury.

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The suite itself was more classical in design, with contemporary fabrics and wall coverings. I love the panelled walls inside the bedroom and living room which gave a really warm cosy, and welcoming feel. The living room was stylish yet uncluttered, with textural and visual contrasts in wood, glass, velvet and linen. The room was extremely well balanced, with carefully thought out lighting throwing pools and washes of light into the room that create a sense of warmth and depth. Subtle floral wallpaper on one of the walls adds another dimension by contrasting with a more complex design, juxtaposing the overall design. In the room the furniture is a blend of eras and styles that form well together, the console table and its symmetry in the room making a statement

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TIPS ON RE CREATING THE LOOK

Invest in a good sofa and get the same look with The Sofa And Chair Company

http://www.thesofaandchair.co.uk/collection/sofas-armchairs/3343-hartley

A very stylish, circa 1960s/70s, coffee table in Perspex, with a glass inserted top, – See more at: http://www.brownrigg-interiors.co.uk/antique-tables/antique- occasional-tables/1960s-perspex-and-glass-coffee-table-30-23-refno- 5191/#sthash.6Jp395eB.dpuf

Go for this Giacometti console table by Porta Romana which comes in various finishes.http://www.portaromana.co.uk/north-america/console-tables/cct01l- giacometti-console-table-large-versailles-gold-with-faux-limestone-top

Texture up your walls, even if it’s not with wood panelling to give the same cozy, warm feeling. There are lots of great wallpapers around, this Nobolis Nuage range is stunning http://www.nobilis.fr/collections/wallpapers-wall-coverings/mirages-n- 4/nuage-mir601

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For a very different vibe but the same degree of luxury, there are tree house suites at the hotel. These are more contemporary in their design, keeping the warm nature inspired colours in the upholstery and finishes. The curved edges bring softness to the suites and add an organic effect. I love the imperfections or should I say perfections of natural wood, and the coffee table contrasting beautifully with the soft, neutral wool and linen rug.

The layout of the room is well thought out, with positioning of the furniture around the 2 main focal points in the suite. Comfortable seating to watch the television also sits well around the wood burner and the other positioned for the view outside and enjoying nature and the tree tops in view.
These suites give a very different vibe, seclusion in a luxury retreat if required but with all the service and quality of the main building.

TIPS ON RECREATING THE LOOK

Small tables for lamps, or ornaments such as this bout de canapé by Bleu nature is fabulous, with the natural wood inside. http://www.bleunature.com/fr/33-bout-de- canape-nilleq-.html
Curved sofas look stunning in the right room, this Laura Ashley sofa has the look http://mto.lauraashley.com/furniture/sofas/fabric/shape/300597-100626/large- curved-sofa?tmcampid=152&tmad=c&tmplaceref=300597- 100626&source=%7Bifpe:1%7D%7Bifpla:2%7D&gclid=CJWDndKJkbsCFfHMtAodBBY AAQ

Wood burners give that really warm focal point in the living room or dining room. Choose one of the more contemporary options http://www.stovax.com/stoves/contemporarystoves/contemporary_wood__multi_f uel.aspx

Keep your colours warm and natural and Jab offer some fantastic options for carpets and rugs in natural fibres http://www.jab-uk.co.uk/en/collections/carpets/Wall_to_wall_carpets/Natura2012/Natura2012.htm l

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The 17m long spa pool is very impressionable with the walls painted in a ‘trompte d’oeil’ classical style.
Although this could be a bit elaborate for your home pool, you can add interest to your swimming pool walls, either by creating a wall mural, or for a more contemporary theme, go to Ed Chapman http://www.edchapman-mosaics.co.uk/ who works with mosaics to create you a wall of fame!

If you want a special Christmas treat or to treat someone special, I cannot recommend this hotel enough, it’s certainly in my top 3 of the World with luxury and service almost impossible to beat!

 

Enjoy!!!

@CeliaSawyerTV

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