Interior design


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

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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

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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

 


13
Aug 13

Design Inspired By Nature

There are so many influences from nature in my designs. Quite often this is subliminal, but can also be more obvious, for instance I love to use natural materials such as wood, stone, horn coral rope, capiz, but also perhaps in not such an obvious way, the way the light reflects across the water could be interpreted into a crystal bowl lit from above with a deliberate down lighter, or a luscious thick pile rug could have been inspired from watching a meadow gently blowing in the wind, changing the way the texture looks and feels whilst it sweeps across.

I generally use the organic world and the environment around my individual projects to influence me on how and what I will create the interior. I visualise the end result almost immediately by doing this.

Working in Cities, the countryside and beach side locations gives so much scope to be influenced by nature, and elements of each project are full of individuality and feel in touch with their surroundings.

The way this glass staircase curves and the chrome chaise sits below, beautifully compliments the energy of a waterfall and how it flows and falls at the bottom of a lake.

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This beach side apartment was kept in neutral tones so that the backdrop could say it all, however the soft thick white throw on the sofa was inspired by the waves hitting the shore outside, although its function is one of coziness in the room.  Notice the natural elements in this room, such as the twigs in the stone pot and the mother of pearl dishes and photo frame on the coffee table.

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One of the most important and perhaps the one major factor that inspires me from nature, is the way light falls. It could be the watching it  washing over a building giving contrast to the surrounding area that gives me an idea to re-create this in a project. Whatever it may be it is important to remember that nature offers up an abundance of inspiration when designing, you just need to open your mind to it.

Celia’s Interior Style File:

1. My house is really small and I am running out of places to store everything – mainly my clothes – HELP!

The first thing you need to do is de-clutter . In your bedroom go through your wardrobe and be strict with yourself, anything you haven’t worn for over 2 years ask yourself if you are actually going to wear it ever again? You’ll be surprised at how much space this will free up once you start the process and you’ll probably find you have created ample space for your remaining clothes and even space for new ones!   Do the same throughout the rest of your house. If you have paperwork piling up around the house invest in a good filing cabinet so that this can be organised and put away. Remember if you don’t use it, lose it!

2. I am looking to re-do my kitchen but it comes at a big cost – any tips for how to keep costs down?

Can you replace or revamp the cabinet doors instead of buying new ? If the carcasses are intact then this will save you lots of money. You can also buy work tops that are not expensive if this needs replacing. A good paint (tile paint can be an option if you have tiled walls) to freshen up the colour will also help as will some funky new accessories to give it a modern fresh feel.

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