Travel-inspired interior design

'Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind' - Seneca
 Brownstone beauties in New York City

Brownstone beauties in New York City

New York travel inspiration

We all operate and function in a different way and how we find inspiration will vary from person to person - reading, social media, music, nature, people, buildings, food......

Finding inspiration on the world wide web is a 'major' part of my day to day job and social media networks are a fantastic way to get inspired - swiping through instagram, perusing over millions of pinterest boards, reading blogs ... is an amazing resource, one that allows us to view the world and what it has to offer without even getting out of your chair.

 Rustic bar vibe in Dallas, Texas

Rustic bar vibe in Dallas, Texas

However, from time to time being able to 'disconnect' from this intense 'electronic world' can be enormously beneficial to reignite and reenergise the mind.

'Travel' - to make a journey, to go from one place to another..... (dictionary)

To 'travel' allows us to view the world in a different way. Travelling gives us the opportunity to clear away the distractions of 'normal' life and help us reconnect to the outside world.

 pretty cool way to 'hang' out at the bar 

pretty cool way to 'hang' out at the bar 

 a little humour with the bar stools in Texas!

a little humour with the bar stools in Texas!

I've recently just returned from a bit of a 'road trip' in America - starting out in Texas, moving onto the hip Californian West Coast and then Eastward to the delight that is New York City. Submerging yourself into new surroundings really does allow you to 'explore' and 'feel' what's actually out there around you.

 Street art in San Fransisco

Street art in San Fransisco

My trip lasted 2 weeks and I shot nearly 700 images in this time but every time I go away I love to come back with a new 'travel portfolio' of that destination visited - wonderful visuals that you can draw upon for future projects adding an element of 'travel-inspired interior design' can really inject a little 'international' flavour to your own ideas.

To share all the images with you may be a little too much so here's a few of my favourites.......

 Condo apartment in downtown Dallas

Condo apartment in downtown Dallas

 Texan wall art!

Texan wall art!

 Restaurant in Dallas

Restaurant in Dallas

Interior Designer Chelmsford
 New York Deli in Chinatown

New York Deli in Chinatown

 New York bistro in Little Italy

New York bistro in Little Italy

Interior Designer Chelmsford
Interior Designer Essex

Traditional features from the 1900's in Yosemite, California

 Industrial interiors at 50 Bowrey in New York

Industrial interiors at 50 Bowrey in New York

Interior Designer Essex
 The Bowrey Hotel, New York

The Bowrey Hotel, New York

Interior Designer Essex
Interior Designer Essex
 Commercial Foyer area in Financial District Dallas

Commercial Foyer area in Financial District Dallas

 Brooklyn Tin Tiled ceiling

Brooklyn Tin Tiled ceiling

 Pattern perfect in New York hotel

Pattern perfect in New York hotel

 Rice & Gold New York

Rice & Gold New York

 Outdoor garden in Monterey, California

Outdoor garden in Monterey, California

IKEA tribute to its founder - Ingvar Kamprad

IKEA tribute to its founder - Ingvar Kamprad

The founder of IKEA, Ingvar Kamprad, described as 'one of the greatest entrepreneurs of the 20th Century' on the company website tribute, sadly passed away this weekend at the age of 91. Founding the business at just 17, Ingvar's amazing vision to create a 'better everyday life for the many' reached millions of people worldwide.

Ingvar Kamprad's 'flat-pack' furniture radically changed how people designed their homes and the powerful IKEA CONCEPT of combining function, quality, design and value to help more people live a better life at home has affected so many of us today.

Best of Houzz awards 2018

Lovely way to start the day today with an email congratulating me that my design work has won in both the Design & Customer Service categories over at Houzz - yay! (big smiley face)

Apparently my portfolio includes some of the most popular images and consistent reviews on Houzz in 2017 so I've been given these badges as a little 'yay to me' - which I'm mighty pleased with.

Houzz is the leading platform for home renovation and design so if you've not had a chance to look at what it's all about then have a whizz over as it's full of great inspiration on everything you need to know about improving your home. As well as all the awesome photos and inspo, you can ask for advice, buy products and of course, hire the professionals should you so desire.

In the press release info, apparently little ole' me was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, home improvement and design industry professionals. When you say it like that it sounds pretty awesome doesn't it?!

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography.

I've been lucky enough to win DESIGN AND SERVICE and according to the info, it means that the Design award winners’ work was the most popular amongst the community and the service honours are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2017. 

The lovely fellows over at Houzz have already donned my profile with a “Best Of Houzz 2018” badge, as 'a sign of their commitment to excellence'.

These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals so a MASSIVE thank you to all those at Houzz for these fantastic awards.

 

 

Happy Christmas

metal reindeers

Well, we're on the final week countdown to Christmas. Are you feeling ready? I think I'm getting there slowly. 

Pretty wonderful to have had a little flurry of snow a week or so ago too wasn't it...... until it turned to black ice then slush, but hey, it was beautiful for a few hours!

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black and white christmas tree
jingle bells

Here's hoping that most of you will all be able to start winding down this week as we approach the weekend celebrations. Kids will be finishing school in the next few days and that's when the fun and excitement begins.

black and white christmas tree

Genuinely feels like i've been writing lists for weeks now...... Just need to remember that somehow, it always seems to fall into place and it won't be long until we can start to dress the table for dinner. Yay!

Christmas dinner
Christmas dinner

All that's left to say, is a BIG thank you to all of you for supporting my blog this year and all that's left to say is I wish you a very Merry Christmas and I look forward to chatting to you all in 2018.

Happy New Year

HAPPY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR 

Bedroom finally gets some much needed storage

Bedroom finally gets some much needed storage

As I've mentioned before, when we moved into this house, we arrived with grand plans of what we were going to do when funds allowed. Nearly 2 years on and with no clear plan of when this will be exactly...... I felt that I needed to get my act together and finally organise some much needed storage for the bedroom. And where better to look than the world's largest furniture retailer, Ikea.

In our previous house, we got our local carpenter to build wonderful built in storage, but the 'built in' element meant that we had to leave it there on departure and subsequently we arrived to our new abode without any storage at all, apart from 2 clothes stands that I'd manage to acquire when the local GAP store closed down.

Prior to moving in, the previous owner had kindly asked if we would like her old pine wardrobe, which we have been using now for nearly 2 years. As grateful as I was to have at least one place to throw things into, the doors have never shut properly and the hanging space was very small so in fairness, it's never quite done the job. 

'As seen on TV'

'As seen on TV'

I've wanted to be able to say that for ages! And now I can **whoop whoop** as one of my designs was actually featured on TV last weekend.

A few months ago I was contacted by Tern TV, saying that they were in the process of filming a new show for Channel 4 called Best Laid Plans and wanted to know if I would get involved.

Each week architectural designer Charlie Luxton and property developer Sophie Morgan follow two families renovating their homes and together, they do their best to help these homeowners resolve their crucial design dilemmas. I know there are quite a few of these 'type' of shows on now but this is a good one and I'm really hoping they do a second series as it's a fab format.

Argos & Sainsbury's Spring|Summer home collection 2018

Argos & Sainsbury's Spring|Summer home collection 2018

So, yesterday I went along to view the new Spring | Summer 2018 collection for Sainsbury’s Home and Argos Home. Although being in London for a presentation meeting before 9am does require some part military organisation chez moi (family | dog | school…..) it was definitely worth it.  

Rona Olds, Head of Buying and Design Sainsbury’s Home, gave a great insight into the DNA of the company and their commitment to great design with their growing in-house team of talented designers. Not only do they want to promote talented new design but they are also very committed to ethical sourcing, ensuring that their products being sourced are obtained in a responsible and sustainable way.

Where should the TV go ?

Where should the TV go ?

The television - 'a telecommunication medium used for transmitting moving images and in two or three dimensions and sound' (wikipedia)

It's a funny old thing the television. So much excitement around it's invention and when it was introduced into our lives. Most 70 year olds love to share their memory of rushing to find someone who had a TV in their street to sit in front of a tiny screen to watch the Queen's coronation in 1952. 

The television has been on quite a journey over the 60 plus years its been in our homes. I remember we didn't actually 'own' a TV for years but rented it from the local TV place AND we had to get up to change channels! As a design it's evolved from a square box screen displaying fuzzy black and white images to a now far more refined wafter thin piece of technology. It's educated us, it's made us laugh, made us cry, we've argued over it and we've had gatherings around it and for most of us, we still choose to have at least one in homes today. 

Personally I'm not a fan of TVs in the bedroom so how to design these into these spaces has never been much of a concern for me BUT I do still like to have a TV in the living room.

Choosing the right design for the space

Choosing the right design for the space

SOOO sorry for such a delay between posts at the moment. Work is hectic which is great but it doesn't leave me much time to chat on the blog. 

Anyway, here I am. Ok so I've just finished a couple of bathrooms. Well, they are pretty much there, apart from mirrors to go up in each room. (one is a bespoke one that is going to be pretty much the entire elevation so this has taken a bit of time to sort but it will be worth it .....fingers crossed and let's hope it gets up the stairs - gulp!)

Totally delighted with how they both look and it got me thinking about how you choose the right design for your space.

Le Labo Fragrance Boutique

Le Labo Fragrance Boutique

Whilst in soho the other day, I stumbled across this most beautiful fragrance boutique - Le Labo - and the aromatic delights and decor lured me inside. You only have to take a read of their company manifesto to want to know more about this refreshing brand. They believe that fine perfumery needs to create a shock. They also firmly believe in the importance of the soulful power of thoughtful hands; hand-picked roses, hand-poured candles and hand-formulated perfumes. Products that are made with passion and care.

Le Labo offers fresh formulations in store. You select your labo scent, and they freshly hand blend you a bottle. How cool !? Not only that, each bottle has it's own personalisation with a custom printed label made of siwa washi paper. You can also have the option of having initials engraved your Travel Tube or Solid Perfume case for the ultimate gift. Look no further for that perfect offering I say, this is the one. How amazing would it be to received something so unique and personal. Of if you can't decide on a perfume fragrance then opt for one of their hand poured vintage candles, diffusers or other little gems.