Images by Artur Szyperek As many of you will already know, I don’t live in London like most of the other design and interiors bloggers that I know. I live just outside Dartmouth in South Devon, which is the most beautiful rural location and I absolutely love living here. Admittedly I do miss out on
Furniture range produced by Donna Walker & The Living Furniture Project Just before Christmas I was contacted by a lovely guy called Alastair Sloan who wanted to tell me all about a project he is currently working on as he thought it might be of interest for me and for you guys, my readers. Well
Being an interiors geek, one of the aspects that really fascinates me is Surface Pattern Design and when I come across a really great designer I love having the opportunity to not only feature their work but also to interview them to find out a bit more about what influences their designs and what inspires them.
Contemporary Living Room design by Las Vegas Photographer Larry Hanna Well, it’s that time again! Time to welcome back the fabulous applied colour psychology expert that is Karen Haller. Karen and I started our Colour Psychology column exactly two years ago to the day and I am happy to report that the posts are still as popular as
Well, there is just under one week remaining for any design students and recent graduates out there to get your entries in to the 2013 Electrolux Design Lab competition before the closing date of March 15th. In case there is any doubt in your mind as to whether it is worth submitting an entry to
You may remember my post back in October when I introduced the new Axor Starck Organic range following my trip to Berlin to attend the World premier event? Well if not you might want to have a read as it contains Philippe Starck‘s account of the design process and his inspiration for the new collection.
Today I wanted to tell you all a little bit more about one of the BlogTourCGN sponsors. Du Verre Hardware is a Canadian company that produces high quality, original designs for cabinet hardware. Working with highly respected designers from all aspects of the design world, Du Verre creates design-driven collections of knobs and pulls for
One of the things I absolutely love about social media is the way that it allows you to connect with people in countries far away that you would ordinarily have no way of knowing about (that’s the people not the countries!). I have made some fantastic contacts on social media and I have discovered
Back in October I made the trip to Earl’s Court in London to check out the Scandinavia Show. It was a lovely little show and I discovered some great Scandi brands that I didn’t know about before. The highlight of the show though, apart from the yummy food that was being served up, was the
At Tent London this year, one of my favourite stands was, without doubt, that of Sian Elin, a surface pattern designer from Wales who sells her own range of textiles and wallpapers. Sian also works as a freelance illustrator and specialises in hand-drawn illustration as featured on her own range of greeting cards. Her bold,
At the moment I am absolutely, completely and utterly smitten with the vintage, industrial trend that we are seeing in interiors right now. There is something very reassuring and timeless about this aesthetic, perhaps it’s because many of the products look and feel like they have already been around for a long time, even if
Morning everyone and happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend and are well rested and prepared for the week ahead. Today, I am bringing you an interview with Guy Chenevix-Trench of Antiques by Design. Operating under the motto “Reclaim, Recycle, Reuse”, Antiques by Design is an innovative company that uses a combination of antiques,
I don’t normally tend to feature many house projects on the blog these days and the main reason for that is the photography. You may have noticed that I am not the world’s best photographer, which can be a little frustrating for me at times as I need to rely on others to provide the
Inspired by mid-century design with an influence from 1970’s Lunby dolls houses and the simplicity of Scandinavian graphics, surface pattern designer Rachel Powell makes some absolutely lovely wallpapers. She graduated in 2011 from the London College of Communication with a degree in Surface Design and now she specializes in print for interiors. You may have seen her
A few weeks ago at New Designers 2012 not only did I spot the amazing work of Jessica Hogarth, who I featured last week, but right next to her stand was the very talented Louise Tiler whose work also really caught my eye. Louise is a surface pattern designer who creates the most beautifully intricate
Now firstly I must apologize that it has been far too long since my last colour psychology post. When I originally launched this series of posts I intended to run them quarterly hence the series being called Karen’s Quarterly Colour Psychology Questions. However, as many of you know, I got married in April so my attention was somewhat
I first came across the work of Jessica Hogarth at this years’ New Designers at The Business Design Centre in Islington. She was exhibiting in the One Year On section and I was immediately drawn to her stand when I spotted the gorgeous Coastal Cottages wallpaper that she has recently launched in her NOTHS.com shop.
I’m not sure if I have ever mentioned this on the blog before, but until about a year ago I used to volunteer for Age UK. When I first moved to Bristol I decided that it was about time I did some charity work. I was a little apprehensive as I didn’t really fancy shaking
Designer Nico Yektai has been on my radar for a long time now and I really love all the unique and quirky pieces that he makes. His work is unlike anybody else’s I have come across and I have long wanted to find out more about him, his inspiration, design philosophy and manufacturing processes. I
Mini Moderns is an interior brand that I have been following with great interest and admiration for some time now. Specialising in applied pattern across a range of products including wallpapers, fabrics, cushions, rugs and ceramics, this creative duo never disappoint and every new design that they bring to market is equally as good, if
Scandinavian design has been increasingly dominating home interior trends in the UK in recent years. We British have grown very fond of the clean-lined and useful products that are often made from natural materials that seem to feed our need for emotional comfort. I myself am a huge fan of the design traditions that have filtered through
One of the things I love most about being a design writer is getting to interview the people behind the designs. No matter how great a design is, I usually find that you can never fully appreciate it until you have heard the story behind it direct from the person who created it. In Britain,
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you have all had a great weekend! For today’s post I thought I would feature a really inspirational story. At the moment we are inundated with doom and gloom and sometimes that can get us down a bit. But there are also some absolutely fabulous things going on out there,
As most of you will know by now, I recently started writing for Freshome, one of the biggest and best home interior and residential architecture blogs on the web. Luckily for me that means that my work is read by a far greater audience than I can reach with my own blog. With that in