Oct 15

Autumn Luxury

Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE luxury. Whether it be a piece of furniture for one of my interior design projects, an item of clothing or a hotel. The latter being extremely important to me as I travel a lot and appreciate a good hotel that pays attention to the finer details and truly looks after its guests.

Whilst away on business lately I was lucky enough to stay at the Chewton Glen in Hampshire. I highly recommend the Suites here whether you be travelling with a partner, friend or family. There’s more than enough room to accommodate everyone without being on top of each other. Design wise the suites boast a classic, more traditional look than my own style but I appreciate the contemporary fabrics and wall coverings. In particular the panelled walls which offer a cosy and welcoming feel. Wall panelling is making its come back but with a modern twist, so if you are currently re-decorating I would look into this.

Dining at the Chewton Glen is to die for. A must even if you’re not staying at the hotel! The Chesil smoked oak-smoked salmon with chives and crème fresh is wonderful, as are the hand-dived scallops, with truffles, mint puree and all the trimmings.

For those of you who don’t know the Chewton Glen is a privately owned luxury Country House Hotel and Spa located on the edge of the historic New Forest, set in 130 acres of picturesque grounds, so you can enjoy the great outdoors too via the golf course, tennis courts, a croquet lawn and clay pigeon shooting. You’re spoilt for choice!

Chewton Glen Pool

For a touch of something different and really unique stay in one of the hotel’s famous Tree Houses. They are built high-up in the forest, elegantly simple yet reassuringly luxurious, each Treehouse is on stilts, delicately balanced within the valley and tree canopy. You still enjoy the amenities of the main hotel but can indulge in total privacy, whilst enjoying the floor to ceiling glass providing panoramic views for just you. There’s also a hot tub on the balcony and daily breakfast hamper delivered to your Suite!

Chewton Glen Tree House

If you’re looking for a great stay outside of the UK I’d recommend The Four Seasons in Cyprus. A magnificent hotel that accommodates your every need. There are few places I actually switch off and completely relax but The Four Seasons is one of them. From the beautiful loungers to the pools and dining, it’s simply fantastic.

7 Garden Suite 908 Bedroom

If you are travelling with children there are two outdoor pools and my son particularly loves the slide in the children’s pool. We always look forward to visiting ‘Colours’ situated at the hotel which sells the most amazing ice cream and cakes.  If you have children they will love it too!

22 Colours cafe & Adults only pool

Running my own business is none-stop so being able to combine business and travel together is lovely, especially when it’s at The Four Seasons. As it is independently owned and operated the staff and owners care all the more; everything is impeccable!

8 Adults Pool

This five-star resort is the pinnacle of luxury with world class hospitality, book yourself in you won’t regret it.

For more information on Celia’s hotel insights please visit



Mar 15

Hotel Shopping for 2015…. Grand Hotel Tremezzo on Lake Como is a must!


It finally feels like Spring/Summer is on its way which I love, so I am researching hotels in which to stay. When it comes to hotels I adore those that tell a story and offer luxury through and through. From the style to the service, there aren’t many hotels that capture my full attention but Grand Hotel Tremezzo does just that.

It is a beautiful luxury resort dating back to 1910. Grand Hotel Tremezzo is one of the oldest luxury hotels on Lake Como and for those who seek luxury during their stay; this is one of the best. The family owned hotel commands one of the most enchanting positions on Lake Como, with exquisite panoramic views of the town of Bellagio, the Riviera delle Azalle and the stunning Grigne Mountains. The hotel setting and views are simply breath taking!

The hotel is an amazing experience, not just for adults, but equally for children. From the moment I arrived, we were greeted with such friendly, efficient staff, and the children were made to feel extremely welcome. At Grand Hotel Tremezzo it’s all about the little touches and finer, elegant details which bring the whole experience to life. For the children, one of these finer details was  indeed the sweetie jar by reception which was visited frequently!!! The children particularly loved the fact that there were three separate swimming pools within this beautiful hotel resort, each offering a very different vibe and style. The floating pool on the lake in front of the private beach, boasts such a fantastic view of Lake Como that you never get tired of looking at it, and here the children loved to swim and sit on the surrounding bean bags. The garden pool bar offered great pizzas which was perfect for lunch and to enjoy in a relaxed and informal setting. During our stay we had great fun travelling across the lake on the hotel’s stylish private boat, stopping off for a nice walk and lunch in the picturesque village of Bellagio.

GHT Boat

The Grand Hotel Tremezzo is an absolute favourite of mine; the hotel is architecturally beautiful throughout as it is Art Nouveau in style, mixed with its unique setting it takes a lot to beat. Every luxury that you can imagine is included and my family and I were completely spoilt for choice. At Hotel Tremezzo, nothing is too much trouble, with their customer service bypassing exceptional.

The Grand Hotel Tremezzo is magnificent luxury at its very best! To see more of the hotel please look at http://www.grandhoteltremezzo.com/

May 14

Choosing Your Accent Colour

Accent colours form an important part of my interior design schemes. I often advise the simplest way to create a harmonious scheme is by staying neutral but livening up the neutral or monochrome tones with a bright, strong accent colour. By juxtaposing against the neutral canvas you will create a star-piece in a room, especially if its one specific item of furniture created in your chosen accent colour.


Below: A recent London mansion I designed. The accent colour is Ox Blood and is incredibly striking against the neutral elements of the headboard, bedside tables and other contrasting features.

Another example of this can be found in this central London luxury home. See how the accent colour is not only used on the chaise, but runs through the scheme with cushions and coffee table accessories.


Similarly, lime green has been worked through this modern kitchen (below). Take note of the colourful chairs and accessories, contrasting against the white and grey kitchen.


Purples and aubergines are two of my favourite accent colours; I use specific hues in my schemes as much as possible. In this family TV room I offset the purple chairs with artwork and objet d’art that complement the purple accent colour of choice. The purple chairs really stand out against the cream walls and carpet, giving the room that colour burst it needs!

photo 3-3

An example of getting the look with accessories can be found here;  This great velvet cushion by Zara Home comes in many colours to suit anyone’s scheme.

Celia Sawyer x

Twitter – @CeliaSawyerTV

Website – www.CeliaSawyer.com

Apr 14

The Importance of Great Lighting

A key element in interior design is lighting. It is one of the most important factors not to skimp on as it is essential to creating ambience and depth in a room. Great lighting can be used in many ways, and should be layered to suit your needs. If you have features in your room you wish to stand out and display, or areas you wish to highlight, position recessed ceiling spotlights to enhance these.

An amazing chandelier will give your room the “wow” factor and could be the star feature of your room. Table and floor lamps will add that extra warmth and dimension to your room, but also with so many beautiful lamps available now, can become a sculpture in themselves.

Practical lighting is also important, if you need an area to read, or work, then you need to plan this accordingly and in the first wave of your lighting design.

 I always use dimmer 5 amp systems these days so that throughout the day as the light changes outside, I can adjust the room lighting to suit the required mood. Think of lighting a little like adding a jacket (your wall lights) to your everyday dress (your practical lighting), and then adding jewellery and great shoes, (structural and feature lighting such as positioned spots and table lamps) and if you have the courage, an amazing hat (your star piece chandelier in the centre of your room)!


See how this pool area has ambient star lighting to create theatre whilst swimming


This living room has a light coffer to house an LED strip for a soft, warm effect.


Add beautiful wall lights to throw light onto the walls to create another layer

These great Ring light chandeliers really make a feature of this dining room. Like beautiful elegant pieces of jewellery, I love the way as the light changes, their shape reflects onto the ceiling.


Get the look for less!

BHS do some great lights, have a look at this fab pendant light for a glamorous effect  http://www.bhs.co.uk/en/bhuk/product/home-lighting-furniture-2565866/ceiling-lights-2809354/smoke-gabriella-pendant-1075878?bi=1&ps=40

 Remember to follow me on Twitter on @CeliaSawyerTV.


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!


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.


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



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.



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#


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


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.



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)


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.


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.


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


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.


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/


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

Lots of love, Celia x

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.



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/



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.




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





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!




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!


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!

Dec 13


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.



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.



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!)



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.



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



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!


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


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


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!


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


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


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


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


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


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

Keep to date with everything I’m doing on Twitter with @CeliaSawyerTV

Featuring WPMU Bloglist Widget by YD WordPress Developer