Furniture


3
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


19
Nov 13

My top Interior Christmas goodies

This week, as Christmas is not far off… I thought I’d fill you in with some lovely presents for the home, some stocking fillers, some more major in their pricing bracket.

Lovely home gifts are always a pleasure to unwrap and there is a lot of choice out there this year.  Gifts like these don’t have to break the bank and don’t forget to check out your local Homesense, they have lots of great glassware and countless picture frames in different finishes and for really great prices.

As usual I am heading off first to Zara Home, one of my favourites with their interior gifts!

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Stocking fillers such as these skull knobs, brilliant to change the look of your cupboard or drawer, and I do love a skull or 2!  goo.gl/gJ2hYO

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Also feel a bit regal with these Zara Home Crown cushions, very smart for your bedroom which work well with plain white bedding goo.gl/GvBbbK

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Pop down to BHS , they have some great items in their sale, for instance these Royal Worcester set of 4 champagne flutes goo.gl/CX681u Great value and a must for Christmas!

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Smarten up a bed with this Harvard Navy chambray bedding set, goo.gl/n8Z0ll

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Debenhams have great Betty Jackson candles, check them out goo.gl/rpzkyF

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And I love this gold faceted STAR vase by Julien Macdonald , very me! goo.gl/8EY2CB

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A bit of luxury, tissue box covers always look smart in your bathroom or bedroom. Head to Aspinal for this great selection of leather options goo.gl/D4rGnV

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Andrew Martin is doing some nice Christmas gifts this year, a great present to send is one of these throws to keep you cosy this year! goo.gl/sb0O0E

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Harrods just happens to be badly positioned very near my office! Cannot resist popping in!  A bit of extravagant fun! goo.gl/67hbmR

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22
Oct 13

Lovely Living Rooms

The living room is certainly the most enjoyable room to design. It is a very important room that really says a lot about how you want to be perceived by others. Living rooms are such fun to work on as they should be glamorous, interesting, comfortable and calming and be able to accommodate a variety of activities such as watching television with the family, chilling out after work or entertaining friends.

Seating is key in this room, and is one of the first things you should consider when designing in the space. I always use scale room plans for any design, but it is absolutely essential in this room as you will need to know how large to go with your seating.

Buying your sofa is key as it is the most important piece of furniture for your living room. It has to be the best quality you can buy as it will be used on such a regular basis and probably by many.

It is essential that you plan out your living room space carefully, not only so that you know how large your pieces of furniture should be, but also how the space will flow around your room.

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I wanted to create a modern yet warm environment in this large London home.

Rich, tactile fabrics such as a cross cut travertine for the fireplace surround suede, leather and velvet have been used to build up layers of warmth. The coffee table with a soft ribbed texture, in the same tone as the fireplace surround denotes a chemistry between the two.

Ox blood red fabric was introduced in the chaise and scatter cushions to give the room impact and interest against the ivory velvet fabric used on the sofa and chairs. I reversed the scheme on the chaise and throw to draw together the overall scheme.

See below on how we planned out the layout in this central London apartment, which clearly shows how much space you have to play with and how the room will flow around your furniture.

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Lighting is essential in your living room and this week I’ve looked at what is available on the high street and also when you have extra cash to splash……

TOP HIGH STREET BUYS

Go for this take on the anglepoise lamp at John Lewis, a real contemporary light.

http://www.johnlewis.com/john-lewis-hampton-floor-lamp/p231440374

These ‘Clio’ table lamps are really smart and don’t break the bank from Debenhams!

http://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_47733+CL61_-1

SPLASH THE CASH

Beautifully crafted Taylor Llorente  gold leaf art floor lamp. Simply stunning!

http://www.taylorllorentefurniture.com/floorlamp_z360.htm

I also love the look this Deco Torchere lamp gives, it reminds me of a gorgeous silver urn sitting on an elegant pillar

http://www.taylorllorentefurniture.com/deco_torchere_uplighter.htm

 

 

 

 

 


24
Sep 13

Come Dream With Me…

When I think of a bedroom, I think of romance, dreaming, luxurious fabrics and ones own personal sanctuary where they can escape and relax.

That’s why I love decorating bedrooms. You can be free and have fun with different textures, fabrics, styles and create an environment that’s completely personal to the owner. Whether that’s cool and minimalist, warm and cosy, full of exotic prints and pictures or even an Arabian fantasy…whichever direction you wish to go, you can. That’s one of the reasons why bedrooms are my absolute favourite rooms to decorate.

Decorating someone’s bedroom is a very personal thing as your bedroom should be your own sanctuary, especially designed to suit your personality. Some clients want a bedroom to chill out and watch TV in, some want them for romance, some to work in whilst others want them solely for sleeping in. Knowing the function of the room before you start is vital because without knowing this, it is unlikely that you will get the design to work for all of your needs.

Another important point to remember is: NEVER overlook your bedroom. I know that some clients have told me ‘…but nobody else will see it.’ YOU will see it and it is your place of well being and starting fresh for the day. It is also the room that you will spend most of your time in so make it feel special and pay it some attention.

The padded, leather wall in this master bedroom below is impressive. It was designed for a male client in his ultimate bachelor pad; hence the dark leather walls and masculine leather and steel bedside chests. It’s a stunning look and, although masculine, is also classic and extremely chic.

Top tip: To add that feminine touch, try adding some throw cushions with a more feminine pattern or colour, or a silky throw on the bed and some flowers to the bedside tables. They are small changes to the rooms design but will make a huge impact on the mood.

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Your bed is the main feature of the room and it is important to think carefully about what it’s purpose is in the room, and what your needs are regarding comfort. Is your priority a comfortable mattress? Do you love feather pillows?  Do you like a large headboard, such as the one in the previous image? An upholstered bed so that your upholstery matches, storage drawers? A four-poster bed? Colours, cushions and throws? Whatever your preference, as your bed is a dominant feature in the room, it needs to be given plenty of thought.

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In the image above, the client wanted their bedroom to have a monochrome feel, but with areas to sit, relax, and an area to work from. It’s a large room so it could easily accommodate these factors.

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I Love… This four-poster bed. The client wanted a simplistic but comfortable room and this bed provides just that. It’s stylish, simple, and adds the WOW-factor, to an otherwise simple room, dominating the room with its clean lines. Gorgeous!

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Throw-n To Switzerland

The thick pile, silk carpets and the fur details add a luxurious feel to this guest bedroom at a ski resort.

It’s important to remember when designing your guest bedrooms that this is where you can show off. I always love using great mirrors in bedrooms as it adds that glamorous feel and also makes a room look lighter, brighter and more spacious.

Lighting is another major factor for bedroom design. Ambient lighting from table lamps or wall lights are key and, if possible, make sure they are on a dimmer so that you can adjust your lighting to suit whatever you are doing at the time. I love a scattering of scented candles around the room on special occasions just to give it an extra sensuous feel.

Listen To Your Children

Children’s bedrooms are equally as important. I always suggest getting them involved in the design and, if they are old enough, to make mood boards of their ideas. You’ll be surprised how creative children can be with ideas, and it s a great way of making sure they get their own stamp on their very own sanctuary.

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This John Rocha bowl from Selfridges makes a beautiful addition to any table or display cabinet. Add floating candles, flowers, or even candy at Halloween to create a new vibe for this stunning centre piece Your guests will be green with envy! http://www.selfridges.com/en/Home-Tech/Categories/Shop-Home/Home-accessories/Decorative-accessories/Signature-crystal-bowl-20cm_538-10010-16602900056/

These lemongrass and lime scented candles from BHS will create the perfect calm and tropical atmosphere for your bedroom and bathroom. http://www.bhs.co.uk/en/bhuk/product/home-lighting-2253424/decorative-accessories-1020683/stoneglow-lemongrass-and-lime-boxed-tumbler-1086295?bi=41&ps=40

SPLASH THE CASH

I love this stylish Ralph Lauren Gaspard magnifier. It’s THE perfect accessory for a stylish study. http://www.ralphlauren.co.uk/product/index.jsp?productId=21462081&cp=3979821.4002721.4048811&ab=ln_homeaccent_apparel_decorativeaccessories

I’m also a great lover of decanters and this crystal art deco style Ralph Lauren Broughton is a favourite for me! http://www.ralphlauren.co.uk/product/index.jsp?productId=6078341&cp=3979821.4002721.6207691&ab=ln_homeaccent_apparel_barware

 

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