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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07
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.

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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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Remember to follow me on @CeliaSawyerTV and for more information go on www.celiasawyer.com


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


03
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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05
Nov 13

Seasons Change, Rooms Rearrange

 Now that the clocks have turned back the winter months have come upon us and now it’s time to get your home cosy for the lead up to Christmas!

 Gone are the days going out the evenings and it’s time to curl up in front of the television, make your sofa comfortable with a lovely faux fur blanket to warm you up on a cold winter evening.

 Zara Home sell great blankets at a great price and would look great on your sofa or on top of your bed for a Ski Lodge feel.

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www.zarahome.com prices start at £99.99

 Marks and Spencer do great Faux Fur Throws as well and they are reversible as well so that  if you want to change your look , you can regularly.

 On sale at £63.20 – http://tinyurl.com/osdocal 

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Add warmth and texture, as well as protecting your floor with a gorgeous rug from Stepevi. These are really soft and feel lovely to the touch, with warm colours to really cozy up your living room. These sophisticated berry colours are fabulous.

http://stepevi.com/rococo

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Accessories for the season help transition your home for the winter. I am a great lover of candles and hurricane lamps, I always light them at dusk for that warm and cozy atmosphere.

 Scented candles are really great for creating atmosphere in your room. Depending on your budget, go for either Gucci or Zara Home, they both smell gorgeous and look really stylish.

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Look for lux, warm bedding, thin cotton is not great for winter and opt for comfier duvets with a higher tog to help you get some extra warmth at night. I like the White Company for bedding as they have a really good selection to choose from. http://www.thewhitecompany.com/home/bedroom/duvets-and-pillows/

For that really personal touch, try the Monogrammed Linen Shop for the ultimate luxury http://www.monogrammedlinenshop.com/bedroom/blanket-covers.html

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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

 

 

 

 

 

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