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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


31
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

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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!


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


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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8
Oct 13

This Is How I Live My Life…

I always get up at 5am and go for a run, rain or shine! This is of course much tougher in the winter, but after my 5 mile run, I feel I can deal with any challenge that comes my way on a day-to-day basis. As soon as I arrive at the office, (my executive assistant Nadine brings in an essential Costa Coffee), I check all my mail from the night before, many clients live Internationally, so this is very important, then I have a brief meeting with the team regarding anything we may need to catch up on from the night before, just to make sure everything is running smoothly.

Days are always hectic and they vary a lot. 3 out of 5 days, I will be rushing to see clients. I have a chauffeur who collects me and drives me to my meetings, and often there are 4 or 5 clients to see a day, so whilst I’m in between journeys, I can make all my calls regarding the next meetings. Once I arrive at client’s homes, whether it is a major sports personality, a movie star or a business person, we run through their requirements, which takes about an hour or so. Meetings, whether with new or existing clients, all have the same time allocated as the rest of the day, I am usually back in my studio working with my team on various designs. The other 2 days are filled with shopping for items, talking to manufacturers either here or overseas, designing my furniture range and often organising any television work I am about to do, as well as keeping an eye on the goings on in my property development company and my new jewellery range design.

I have to make sure that I am in tune with new designs for my interiors. I go to as many trade shows as I can, Milan, Paris, London, Birmingham. I enjoy these as it’s very important to know what’s out there. I also allocate a few days a month to looking at up and coming designers, although I am lucky enough to be inundated with introductions. I like to go to schools and colleges to see what is happening as there is so much talent there.

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A typical day is up out and meetings with my high net worth clients. Once I have a brief of their requirements, I go back and start creating. This is my favourite part of the job. I love creating a great living space for people and I love creating my mood boards. It really gives a very strong direction on where we are going with the design and overall look of the project. I love finding gorgeous textures and hunt through my many books and samples to find lovely “touchy feely” things to include on my boards. I get great satisfaction out of working on these, and clients love them. I am currently working on a 25 million pound home, a very well-known footballers house, and a wealthy International business man’s pad in South West London amongst other private residential properties Nationally and Internationally, I am also working with a private aviation company to interior design their aircraft for clients. At lunch times I always attempt to do some weight training in the gym, although days are busy and I’ve already been for a run, it’s very important to me to balance cardio training with weights as it’s the best combination.

My evenings are varied, I love being with my children, cooking for them, and helping them with homework. I love watching a movie with them. I often have to go to Charity events, TV events, or parties with clients, but I make sure that the time I spend is as balanced as possible and really love putting them to bed at night and giving them the support they need by being there. I am usually in bed myself by 9pm if I am not out and about socialising, that way my batteries are recharged for the next day… I always think something exciting is about to happen tomorrow… and it normally does.

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Celia Sawyer

A winner of The Inspirational Awards for women 2013.

www.celiasawyer.com

@celiasawyertv

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