Interior design


18
Mar 14

Behind the scenes of an interior design project

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The build-up to project installations is always a very busy but exciting time. I always plan everything down to the last mm, so that when the big day arrives everything runs as smoothly as possible.

As I mentioned last time, I’ve been working on a residence in London and the installation is now well under way!! This is where the fun starts; all the bespoke furniture which has been planned and designed for this particular property is now about to arrive on site. I will be directing each delivery into the right room and working with my team to unwrap the beautiful items – I simply can’t wait to put everything in place!

There is always a certain amount of anticipation before an installation, due to the fact that a large part of interior design is an organic process and not everything can be planned off-site. The way a room changes on each layer installed creates a different feeling and atmosphere in the property at the time, so this is something to be aware of.

This particular house is over 17,000 square feet, so I have a lot of room to play with.  The majority of the furniture is designed by myself, hand crafted in the UK by skilled craftsmen. I’ve worked closely with the architect to ensure symmetry and synergy in each room. Custom made, luxurious fabrics and finishes have been chosen to suit the property’s style, in addition to custom made furniture, often from bespoke suppliers I work with in Italy. It’s really coming to life and looks fantastic I have to say!

The very first day of installation is always extremely rushed. I have a team of people I work with that assist throughout. Various important tasks need to happen such as drafting a map of the property’s interior so those arriving know exactly where to place each item on arrival. The framing of images, arranging of flowers, dressing beds, setting of tables and people putting up specialist items such as heavy mirrors and artwork are all fundamental to the smooth running of any project. I find it’s often the little things that count so everything from cleaning, to washing glass wear and changing plugs all add to the overall experience and installation. These are each very important jobs whilst on site, not to be forgotten!

My main tip for installations is to not work out everything off site. Instead, have enough visits to ensure your items will fit and work in the spaces required. Look at the property at different times of the day so that you can see how the light works for or against you; you’d be surprised how much colours can change from morning to evening. Too many interior designers forget this so I recommend getting to know the property you’re working on as much as possible prior to the installation date.

The next few days are critical to completing this project, so it’s back to work for me! Hope you’ve enjoyed learning about behind the scenes. See you next time…

 

Get the look:

Celia’s recommended stockists this week….

 Zara at Home

   Table Wear

      You can enjoy luxury for less with this modern, white china set. Prices from 19.99

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 Zara at Home

Art Deco, Decorative Glass Bowl £39.99

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Tree Locate

As many of you know I absolutely love using faux-flowers. This may not be the traditional option over real flowers, but you can purchase such realistic ones nowadays and unlike real ones not have to worry about the look being lost with them dying. Faux-flowers are amazing and I use a lot of white orchids and amaryllis to bring rooms to life. I love placing them in large bevelled vases to add a touch of glamour and style – perfect for sideboards I have to say!

One of the companies I work closely with it Tree Locate, who are always on-hand with new designs to suit my work. They stock a variety of planters in all the colours you need.

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I hope you like my suggestions this week, if you have any questions tweet me @CeliaSawyerTV


26
Feb 14

A day in the life of Celia Sawyer…

It’s a really exciting time at Celia Sawyer Headquarters. We are in the final stages of a development project, which is a £26 million property off Bishop’s Avenue in London. It’s been a fantastic exploration of architecture, fabrics and interior design. I have used a lot of bespoke furniture such as tailored chairs and sofas, antique mirrored bedside tables and hand-made headboards, specifically created for my Cool 10 furniture range. They are gorgeous and really add that WOW factor!

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As you know I’m really into my lighting so I’ve had some beautiful lights from Italy supplied for this project by Trudie who looks after me at The Lighting House (www.thelightinghouse.co.uk) For this particular house I used the stunning Estadio lights, which you can see below.

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The Fairways project has focused around lots of crystals, mirrors, lacquered woods, luxurious leathers and silver objets-dart to add glamour and style throughout. We are in our final two weeks and I simply cannot wait to see it all come together and be unveiled to the world!

It’s also been a busy couple of weeks juggling my home life. Due to half-term my two children were off school so we spent a few days taking time out, walking in Dartmouth and enjoying the countryside. I love being with my children, cooking for them, and helping them with homework, so I’ve understood the meaning of being a ‘working mum’ more than ever this last week – juggling family life, work deadlines, keeping fit and all the housework too!

I take my hat off to all working mum’s out there!

When working from my south coast studio I find the sea air and beach views can really inspire me on some of my projects. There is a local seafood restaurant called WestBeach (www.west-beach.co.uk) which I use for my client meetings. It’s a discrete venue so it’s perfect for entertaining high-profile and high-net worth clients to discuss their interior design plans and projects we are working on together. The food, ambience and staff are excellent at WestBeach, which is important for me!

Today, I am meeting a couple brand reps who want to present new collections to me. It’s important to stay ahead of the trends and set them so I love finding out before anyone else what’s coming through for Spring/Summer. I’ve got some exciting PR meetings this week and a visit to a very well known jewellery factory coming up as I have decided to launch my very own jewellery range this year! It is something I have always wanted to do and it will be a reflection of the interior design range; a mix of textures and an element of “cool”. Because of my busy days with the children, keeping on top of my fitness and all the projects I have going on it’s a good job I have Skinade (www.skinade.com) by my side to keep my skin glowing and healthy.

As you can tell it never stops for me in the interior design world but I love what I do and wouldn’t have it any other way. Watch this space for announcements on my jewellery range, you never know what tomorrow can bring… See you in a couple of weeks!

Celia xxx

@CeliaSawyerTV

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17
Feb 14

Eau de Chic

I for one, LOVE candles. They bring a certain something to a room, whether that’s intimacy or warmth I think they are perfect if you’re on a budget and you want to brighten up a room. So I thought I’d treat you readers with my favourite candles this season.

These Floris candles are really lovely and have a great array of fragrances for your home.

http://www.florislondon.com/gbp/floris-for-home/scented-candles.html

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Of course where would I be with out Gucci these are the more luxurious end of the market but smell fabulous and they look great on your coffee table too! http://www.gucci.com/uk/styles/284656J10JT2274#

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These Ralph Lauren candles are elegant and make a lovely gift for someone. Small enough to sit by your bed or bath, with a very Lauren fragrance! http://www.ralphlauren.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4319604

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Their signature Rose collection is wonderfully British and smells great. I’d recommend getting their Mirrored Glass Limited Edition Candle (£22, The White Company) to get an elegant feel.

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If you want something a bit different, The White Company has an English Garden range, fancy your home smelling like Fresh Herbs? Then invest in these fun rustic candles.

 Large Candles (£30, The White Company)

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7
Feb 14

Creating Impact at Home

 I love creating theatre in a client’s home. Whether it is with amazing lighting or elaborate mirrors, a fabulous texture, a really strong feature colour, or fantastic artwork. The key is to create a “wow” factor whenever someone walks into your home.

Great designing is about achieving this, it’s very easy to be safe but creating impact cuts the mustard!

It’s also very important not to over design an area with more than one star piece. If you do this you will create confusion and lose the impact completely.

These strong coloured chairs in this cinema room look stunning with a surrounding blank canvas.

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I particularly love these lights which I recently used in a client’s house. They create a real statement above the dining table and two together create a real wow-factor.

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Impact can also come from using something as simple as a pool table but give it strength by using a bold colour.

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I love these wall lights I put in a client’s home recently, they really make a statement. My recommendation for amazing lights please visit www.thelightinghouse.co.uk.

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Don’t forget mirrors are also a great way of adding impact. I often clad a whole wall of a room especially if there is a great view outside or the room is small or dark. Mirrors are a great way to add light and give the feeling of space and glamour.

For really fabulous mirrors such as this Tiffany Mirror below, go to Simpsons  http://www.simpsonsmirrors.com/bespoke-mirrors-collection/venetian-mirrors/

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Remember to tweet me @CeliaSawyerTV and my website is www.celiasawyer.com

Lots of love, Celia x


22
Jan 14

Neutral dining spaces

 Even if you don’t have a traditional dining room, your space should always be decorated in a glamorous and inviting way. Whether you have an open plan layout or a separate room for dining, it is important to remember that this is your entertaining space and should be designed to accommodate your friends and family in a comfortable, luxurious way.

Neutral, light and airy dining rooms can really open up small spaces, and can be calming as well. It’s important to compliment your colour scheme with good lighting, beautiful lamps or main lighting with the ability to dim the lighting up and down to suit your occasion and mood.

TOP TIP: I enjoy mixing materials and textures whenever I design a dining room to make it look as luxurious and opulent as possible. Plate and table settings should compliment the décor of the room as well, make sure they are the in the same vein as the colour scheme.  Place settings such as large candles are great to make a statement and flowers as well help to give the room a fresh feel.

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Mirrors such as the ones above, add another dimension with reflections of the sea bouncing back into the room. For more information contact info@cool10.co.uk .

Don’t overlook a rug for underneath your table, but choose a practical one that can be cleaned in case of any spillages. This L’amour rug feels lovely and looks great, it’s made from 100% polyamide so is very easy to clean.

As this house is by the sea, I used napkin rings with small sea shells on which look really soft and beachy, but still elegant.

These horn napkin rings from Zara Home are great, elegant and really compliment the table.

Zara Home

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I love chandeliers in dining spaces, in the room pictured above I used a capiz bespoke chandelier for a client who loved the texture and colours and also the reflections given out in the evening light.

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The round black lacquered dining table in the above picture, was manufactured by Jonathon Sainsbury and looked absolutely stunning in this very contemporary home in Central London. The room was square so the round table really complimented the space.

There are some fantastic choices for cutlery around, for example this 58 piece set for an 8 place setting from Debenhams is a real bargain at the moment and will look great on any dining table.

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17
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


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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10
Sep 13

You’re My Wonderwall

When we think about decorating our homes, some of the first things that come to mind are flowers, furniture, accessories and artwork. These are all important factors; however it always amazes me that one of the most important factors is often given the least attention. Walls.

The walls of the house are like the spine. They exist throughout the house and are the backdrop to every room, acting like a blank canvas upon which we set the atmosphere of the room and showcase the accessories that make the room ‘lived in and loved.’

Have you ever heard the term ‘a house is not a home without people’? Well, as true as that is, the heart of the house cannot beat without walls.

Whether your walls are being used as backdrops for art or furniture or as a focal point, they should never be overlooked but instead embraced as a very important part of any design. I love creating surprises with walls, adding textures using fabrics, specialist plaster finishes or natural stone, and with such an array of choices these days you can really create something special.

Top Tip: I always suggest to my clients that they think carefully as to whether or not they will be displaying art on their walls or whether it will be a focal point so that we know how far we can go with the finish. I normally suggest walls are kept relatively plain if art is being displayed so that the art and the backdrop don’t fight against each other.

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Leather Love and Natures Gifts

I love using leather on walls, and I’m a real fan of faux leather. Studies, libraries and even lifts look fantastic with leather walls. I love the simplicity in this private home with neutral, plastered walls and how the lift has a mix of cool, crisp chrome which contrasts beautifully with the warm burgundy leather.

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As often as I can, I suggest natural stone for walls and floors. Gorgeous limestone always looks clean when used in bathrooms see how good it looks on walls, floors and counter-tops in this en suite bathroom. I love bathrooms to be very glamorous just like a luxury hotel bathroom should be, somewhere where you want to spend hours relaxing in the tub and there is nothing nicer than a clean smooth limestone clad onto the walls or large stylish slabs of marble.

Top Tip: When using neutral materials for your walls, use accessories to add colour and va va voom to the room. Classic walls never date and always look stylish so, by changing your accessories, you can easily change the tone of the room and add a modern feel without spending lots of money on a complete renovation.

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Clear-ly Fabulous

Even though it seems a strange option, don’t over look using glass for your walls. These not only add a great deal of light into a darker room, but glass walls also make a great visual statement if you have architectural interest to look out to. See how this wall sets off this fabulous staircase which curves beautifully outside the room.

Top High Street Buys

This week I visited the Range and could not believe how reasonably priced the beds were! Check out this faux leather sleigh bed. Dress it up with satin and silky cushions and a throw and no one would know that it wasn’t an exclusive designer piece.

http://www.therange.co.uk/dresden-4ft6-black-faux-leather-storage-bed//the-range/fcp-product/39236

Another great buy this week is this collection of lamps from Dunhelm Mil. They look stylish, sophisticated and will glam up any bedroom or living room perfectly. Plus, they look really expensive so hide the labels and nobody will know. Shhhh!

http://www.dunelm-mill.com/shop/hotel-glass-table-lamp-288503

Splash The Cash

I have a real love for ‘star pieces’ in my work and the silver wing in their eclectic collection here from Colombostile certainly fits into my criteria.  It’s beautiful! http://www.colombostile.com/Stili.aspx?prd=14&lng=1

My favourite light of the moment is the Estadio light. It’s absolutely stunning and perfect for adding exra glamour and style to the £25million home that I’m currently working on in London. http://www.santacole.com/en/catalogo/lamparas-de-suspension/estadio

 

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27
Aug 13

Subterranean Luxury Living Space

Over the last few years but more often now than ever before, many of my clients are requesting either an existing basement to become a luxury leisure zone or asking me to create one from scratch with the help of clever engineering. These subterranean areas can consist of a pool, steam and sauna rooms, a treatment room, a cinema room, a gym/dance studio and even a hairdressing room.

POOLS

Indoor swimming pools are probably the most common requirement from clients who are more limited with space and they are really fun to create. I enjoy using lighting such as these star lights below, to create different moods for different times of the day. I also insist on the best sound systems throughout, for boosting energy and for my clients’ relaxation purposes.

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It is also important if you have space around your pool area, to add pieces of furniture, even if it’s only a few pool chairs. I like to create that luxury “spa” feeling at home. Whether it’s a refreshing swim in the morning before the day ahead or relaxing after a busy day, the pool area should fill you with the feeling of being on a luxury vacation, wonderful for your mind, body and soul.

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HOME GYMS

Creating a good home gym space comes very naturally for me, probably because for years I have trained in gyms all over the world with varying degrees of standard. Some have been exceptionally small and sparsely kitted out, whilst others have been luxurious, large and exceptionally well equipped. You do not need a huge amount of equipment for a home gym, mainly clients require an all over general fitness regime and this could entail using a cycle or stepper, some free weights and a compact multi gym. I always use floor to ceiling mirrors in home gyms as it is important to watch how you perform your exercises and not cause injury. Mirrors also create that lovely feeling of light and space. A good sound system and a wall hung TV are also very important, and I do like adding a few small luxury touches, such as water bottles, some fresh fruit and neatly stacked towels to give it that extra bit of ‘wow’.

CINEMA ROOMS

Probably the most fun to create are cinema rooms. With these I can go a bit mad if the client allows! By that I mean that I love using interesting textures such as leathers and suede fabrics on walls, thick shag pile carpets and large deep filled sofas, full of cosy throws and cushions. I want my clients to feel that they just want to curl up and watch a great movie in complete luxury and comfort. A normal addition to this room is a drinks cabinet so that everything is “on tap”.  Home cinemas don’t have to necessarily be in a large area and it is important to choose a screen size to work well within the space you do have. Surround sound and air conditioning are a must for atmosphere and comfort.

CELIA’S INTERIOR STYLE FILE

-Dear Celia, I would really like to buy some crockery for my dining room which looks very expensive, but doesn’t cost much. I’ve looked in M&S and various other places but the selection is limited and not very impressive. Do you know where I can find something to give it that “expensive” look?

Yes, I always recommend Zara Home, as they do offer some great looking crockery for really good prices. These look very elegant and have very clean lines.

http://www.zarahome.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product/zarahomegb/en/zarahomegb/633541/2763540/Snake%2BTableware

 -Do you have any thoughts on what I can do with my husbands’ office? He’s so messy I can’t bear leaving the door open. I have a new Georgian house which is quite classical inside and have replaced the internal doors with high gloss walnut but am not sure what to do inside this room? It’s a large square room with lots of light but my husband insists that I keep it “manly”. THANK YOU!

It sounds like you have nice proportions to play with and good natural light so I would keep the room quite dark in colour which will make it look masculine for him. I like the use of chrome with dark chocolate leathers in offices. If you have the budget why don’t you get a joiner to build in some storage in the same finish as your doors? This will look stylish and you can utilize the good space you have to keep it nice and tidy.

TOP HIGH STREET BUY

This week I recommend you go to your local British Heart Foundation Home and Electrical store. I found an amazing pair of armchairs for little money and had them recovered, my client loves them! http://www.bhf.org.uk/shop/our-local-shops/whats-in-our-stores.aspx

 SPLASH THE CASH

Amazing chairs, I love them, by Mark Brazier Jones http://www.brazier-jones.com/Category/Chairs?parentID=144354

 One more thing…

I am thrilled to have been shortlisted for the Inspirational Celebrity category at this year’s Inspiration Awards for Women. I have been nominated alongside the likes of Emeli Sande, Jessica Ennis, Lorraine Kelly and Victoria Pendleton for the awards ceremony in October.

So, please get voting for me! http://inspirationawards.co.uk/voting/index.php

 

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