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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.

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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. 

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'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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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