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Good Homes: My Interior Design School Course

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My excuse for being missing in action for a bit ( apart from Christmas ) is that I have been working really hard at my online Good Homes Interior Design Course that I wrote about a while ago. It’s one of many run by My Interior Design School.

I am on module 4 now and along with what I already knew about design and it’s many aspects – it has helped me no end. In fact I’m actually enjoying the technical side a lot and never thought that would be the case considering in the past I have focused more on textiles and styling. Now I can do the lot.

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Although clients will generally choose a designer that they like the style of amongst other requirements  – It’s important to me that they can rely on me to offer detailed drawings and know lots about my subject. I think it must be the Aquarian in me but I always like to know as much as possible.

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So far I have covered   colour in the home, electrical and lighting design, scaled floor plans and am now working on cost and time sheets for a bedroom design. All of these are very detailed and quite extensive so it is best to take time and fully absorb each part.

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I’ve found the way My Interior Design School explains each task very easy to comprehend and it has kept me wanting to learn more and more. There’s nothing worse than overly complicated instructions that put you off. So it’s been great so far.

Working with colours and textiles and coming up with ideas that will potentially make someone feel really happy and content in their home is really exciting. I feel like I have been working towards this in one form or another for a very long time.

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I always like to be honest on my blog and I can say hand on heart that this is a very good interactive course that fulfils it’s obligation to bring out the interior designer in you.  It covers so much and I feel it’s suitable for people who are creative but also want to gently get to grips with the more practical side.

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In fact I think I will be sad when it finishes. But very ready to crack on with it all too.

If you are interested in My interior Design School courses then have al little look here.

Do you have any new plans for 2018 ?

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with My Interior Design School. All opinions as always are my own.

How to use Pantone’s Ultra Violet for 2018


Well, it seems people are split again this time with Pantone’s announcement of their Colour of the Year 2018 being Ultra Violet. I’m in the for camp.

L to R: Plant – John Lewis Sidetable – John Lewis Gold Lamp – Target Sofa – Sofa.com Cushions – Bluebellgray Artwork – Dasol Kim at Saatchi Art White Table – Oliver Bonas Ceiling lamp – John Lewis Table plant – John Lewis Candle – Oliver Bonas Gold Side Table – West Elm Mug – Arhoj Pouffe – John Lewis Plant Pot – Audenza Cactus – Abigail Ahern 

Purples are associated with spirituality and mindfulness and actually this particular shade immediately reminded me of the legend that is Prince. Oh, I miss him.

Last year Greenery was definitely a slow burner according to my Twitter feed. Although I noticed it literally sprung in to life in the interior world further into the Spring. Maybe this will be the case this time too.

I love purple so am once again really happy with the vibrancy of Ultra Violet because it’s fresh and rich but can totally see how it’s strength of colour might be a bit much for some. It’s certainly no shrinking violet. Excuse the terrible joke. Colour is such a personal thing it would be impossible to please everyone.

But I do think trends are fun. They might inspire us to try out a new paint or textile and gets people talking about design.

I’ve made up a little mood board showing how I would use Ultra Violet in a palette for a living room. In fact, I’ve used very little of it overall because of its intensity but made sure the centre piece being the sofa, shouts the loudest. Using blues and golds with it makes it a lively combination and I’ve added some extra pops of purple around the room. I like the contrast with the bluey grey paint which is called Pale Wedgwood and made by Little Greene. It stands in the background like Ultra Violet’s more sensible friend. We all need one of those.

To give the room a serene feeling you could add more blues, lilacs and remove the pops of yellows and orange.

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1. Cushion – Habitat 2. Emma Bridgewater Plate – Liberty London 3. Art – Oliver Bonas 4. Throw – Berry Red 5. Rug – Designers Guild 6. Figurine – Arhoj 7. Cosmetic Bag – Otis Batersbee 8. Mug – Pantone 9. Roberts Radio – John Lewis 10. Lampshade – Love Frankie

If you’ve now got a thirst on for more of the purple stuff I have found some more accent pieces for the home here. What do you think of the rug ? It’s so bold. The Roberts Radio is adorable and I am such a fan of Love Frankie who make colourful lampshades. We have pink and leopard print ones here at home.

I’d love to know your thoughts on this colour. Are you loving it ? Loathing it ? Or somewhere in between ? What would be your chosen colour for 2018 ?

Lucy x

Holiday House London – Interior Design Heaven for Breast Cancer Research

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I had the absolute pleasure of visiting and dining at Holiday House, London on Wednesday as a guest of Farrow & Ball.

It took a good day or so after taking the tour of this quite incredible double residence to absorb the scale of designers featured throughout the building and what they have managed to achieve, with the main goal being to raise as much as possible for Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Let me tell you a little more about Holiday House. It was started by interior designer Iris Dankner in America after she discovered that she had breast cancer. Iris decided after having her treatments that she wanted to raise as much awareness as possible for anyone going through the same situation as hers. She decided to combine the two things she felt most passionate about  – helping to find a cure and also interior design and so developed Holiday House.

This is it’s premier year in London having been showcased always in the United States before so for the first time here, two huge neighbouring homes at 59 – 61 Hamilton Terrace, NW8 9RG, have been opened up from November 9th  – December 10th 2017 and in the process of visitors buying tickets to view the breathtaking rooms all designed by different designers, make lots for this charity.

What’s especially unique is that everything on show in each room is also for sale with a big percentage of each sale also going to Breast Cancer Research.

Being that there were around 26 rooms I’ve picked out some of my favourites although to be honest every single designer has created something really special. I was totally in awe and found it really inspiring for my own interiors work. So much so I got home and was immediately thinking about what I can do next here with different colours and textures. I really enjoyed studying the combinations of  Farrow & Ball paints used in many of the rooms.

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I’m starting with this stunning room ( top picture and here’s another shot ) because it totally embodied everything I love about interior design. I think I’ve said before how much I love pink, green and gold. This room was put together by London based Amelia Carter.

It’s so rich and opulent. Just look at that wallpaper by de Gournay. Amelia works all over the world and I can definitely see how it has influenced this room. Totally love that Stark carpet too.

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This was another space curated by Studio QD and Nicky Haslam that I instantly took a shine to. In fact it made me look at earthy shades from a whole different perspective. The clever addition of books painted in to the wall frames the painting nicely. They used Farrow & ball ‘ Mole’s Breath’ as a bar before a specialist paint finish.

Really liked the mixture of textiles used. A testament to mixing patterns.

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Okay so this attic room in House 59 is something I am very inspired by. As we are a ‘ musical ‘ family here at home – I couldn’t help but fall in love with it.

Designer Philippe Maidenberg  of Maidenberg Architecture & Roche Bobois has created a luxurious and welcoming space to unwind. It has interactive technology by Playtronica to play with and walls of colourful sofas to chill out on. As it’s at the top of the building it feels separate which means making some noise without waking the rest of the house.

Personally, I think everyone needs somewhere like this in their home !

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Hazel Collins Designed much of the hallway and staircase of House 59 up the first floor and has called this project ‘ Healing Harmony ‘ using Farrow & Ball shade Peignoir. I was really taken with her use of stunning wallpaper ‘Birds in Chains ‘ by Kit Miles Studio. It contrasts with the marble so well.

striped bedroomAs you can see all the rooms are so different and that’s what makes the experience so interesting. Rosalind Wilson Design has curated ‘ Striped Night  ‘ here using Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball. I think it made a square shaped room really characterful and bold without making it feel small and dark with total solid colour.

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Everything about Beth Clancy’s room made me smile. Beth is senior designer at Rachel Laxer Interiors. Beth, like me, started in fashion and moved over to interiors.

This is called ‘ A Midsummers Dressing Room ‘ and it’s a dream ! Full of vintage pieces and as I mentioned earlier – everything is for sale so if you visit and see something you love you can buy it, as with everything in both the homes.

My eyes were drawn to the rug which is by Tiana Johnson Design. Gorgeous against the dark wood. The chandelier is by Porto Romana.

It’s a Grecian, Aegean Sea aesthetic here bright to life by award winning Laura Hammett. So calming and I thought the drapery over the bed was really effective. The wallpapered wardrobe is stunning. All those lovely textures together ! Love.

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I couldn’t wait to show my daughters a picture this bedroom. Although Mae is more a blue fan – and Betsey is the pink lover – they both absolutely adore everything about it. By Studio Suss, it’s named ‘ Teenage Dream’.

Studio Suss are at the cutting edge of design and work in both the commercial world as well as for clients and their homes.

Everyone loves a neon light, right ? It’s from Bag & Bones. I am a fan of Penelope Hope so was pleased to see some of her cushions on the bed.

The wall print was painted on and the ceiling has splashed of gold. Oh to be a teenager again … but it never stops me using these strong shades nowadays anyway in my own rooms.

There are so many other amazing designers to see and I don’t want to completely spoil it for you if you’re planning a visit. Do go if you can. I think you’ll really enjoy it.

Tickets can be found here at www.holidayhouselondon.eventbrite.co.uk

Thank you so much to Rachel Laxer for showing us around and being so informative. As a fan of her work it was a real treat.

Also a huge thanks to Farrow & Ball for inviting me and for the tastiest supper. Such lovely company.

Lucy x

All images copyright Mel Yates Photography 2017

Our Cosy Family Traditions for Christmas Eve

As we hurtle towards the end of another year it makes me really take stock of my family and it’s quite astonishing how much my girls have grown up this year. It makes me more keen than ever that they have many happy memories for their futures. One of  the things I know they will always remember will be our little Christmas traditions – maybe they will carry them on. Its funny isn’t it ? The small things but probably the moments that we will hold close the most. I’m not sure how many of our traditions started  – I think we’ve just taken inspiration from my own childhood and then added on some of our own new fun bits along the way.

We never forget to put up little trees in our own bedrooms as well as the main one. The girls decorate theirs every year with all sorts of things. We seem to accumulate different baubles along the way and they make some decs at school.

As it gets dark so early it’s a good opportunity to close all the curtains It really doesn’t feel like Christmas Eve until everything sparkling away. Lighting is key for our Christmas.

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It is impossible not to have a hot chocolate ladened with marshmallows while we crack open the mince pies for Father Christmas. I have some festive vinyl that I always put on. The classic songs are the best – White Christmas, Winter Wonderland and Santa Claus is Coming to Town. So we have a little dance and maybe scoff a pie or two along the way. Rude not to eh ?

It’s imperative that we are dressed in some cosy pyjamas to snuggle up and watch a classic film, usually something like The Sound of Music or National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. This year the girls have very cool festive ‘ Father Christmas riding a Unicorn ‘ pairs that come in sets of 2 and I have this very apt ‘ Do not Disturb ‘ set all from Marks and Spencers. Christmas Eve is one day of the year where I won’t be disturbed :) I love a party at this time of year but there’s usually too much to do for the the big day so chilling is just fine by us.

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We then make sure the stockings are all in their place, in the right place and then put a plate with a mince pie and some carrots for the reindeers.

There are always last minute gifts to wrap and the girls love helping with that. Then it’s bedtime for them and not soon after …. us too – always knackered by about 9pm !

I really, really love Christmas. It’s one of my favourite times of the year. I literally can’t wait …

What are your own traditions for this Christmas Eve ? I’d love to hear them. Do leave me a comment under the post.

You can find some more traditions of fellow bloggers on Instagram and Twitter if you search for #MyMarks  – this year’s campaign by Marks and Spencers.

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with Marks & Spencers. All opinions as ever are my own.

All images taken by me, Lucy, except image 6 which is by my awesome Daughter Mae.

 

Enhance the Season with the Artesano Nature Range

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There are several elements that make up the perfect ceramic for me and that is the quality, how they’re made, design and and how they will blend with my own kitchen palette. I like to enhance the Season and am doing so here with the Artesano Nature Range.

I like the tableware to enhance the colour of the food and drink – making the whole experience of eating even more enjoyable. After all, that’s what dining is all about isn’t it ?

When I spotted Villeroy & Boch’s new for this year Artesano Nature Range recently I did a little jump for joy as it ticks all those boxes.

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I’m a fan of their company anyway so as it’s getting all Autumnal out there and this season is earthy and beautiful – it seems a good time to talk about this collection as it’s inspired by nature. I love it when a plan comes together !

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All hand painted and in three different natural hues that work perfectly well together as a trio – Vert, Bleu and Beige. It also works well with Villeroy & Boch’s original Artesano range which is pure white.

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A clever combination – it also would work well mixed up with patterns. The colours sit well in between neutrals and prints. The brushed swirl design is fresh and eye catching without being too dominating.

layered plates colourful ceramicsFor your starters through to the main meal, the colours can be layered like  this to create a feeling of luxury and a fab splash of colour maybe against a white or background ?

green plate season tableware christmasWith the Winter season on it’s way I also think it would really enhance the rich reds and greens of the season. A charming splash of colour at the table.

A roast using their dinner plates or a bowl full of festive soup. I like their pizza and bread plates too. Very party friendly.

It’s getting me all excited about that time of year … can I say it yet ?

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An early morning coffee in one of the mugs looks pretty delicious too. I think the designs evoke nature perfectly – the shades of the beige in this mug matches the wood tones.

Now, I know I’m a colour nerd but I hope you agree with me that this is a really lovely and versatile range by Villeroy & Boch ? They have been in production since 1748 so they sure know what they are doing.

If you’d like to check out the entire set including dipping bowls, espresso mugs and cups and saucers then you can find it all on their website here.

Leave me a comment under this post and let me know your thoughts …

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with Villeroy & Boch. All opinions as ever are my own.